Published: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:53:08 GMT2017-03-30T10:53:08ZCopyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2017
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:18:11 GMT2017-03-30T08:18:11Z
Brexit secretary says UK will not withdraw security cooperation from the EU if it fails to get a trade deal in two years’ time
The Brexit secretary, David Davis, has said Theresa May’s article 50 letter was not a threat to withdraw security cooperation with the EU if no final deal is reached before Britain’s exit in two years’ time.
In the letter, May warned European leaders that failure to reach a comprehensive Brexit agreement covering crucial deals on justice and home affairs would result in a weakening of cooperation on crime and security.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:08:07 GMT2017-03-30T10:08:07Z
From Le Monde to El País, EU papers predict difficult talks ahead, especially if Britain resorts to security ‘blackmail’
European newspapers greeted the formal start of Britain’s exit from the EU with a mixture of pain, puzzlement and predictions that the coming two years of negotiations could get nasty – especially if the UK resorts to “blackmail” over security cooperation.
In France, Le Monde said Theresa May’s letter triggering article 50 was not a good start: It “alternated between concessions to the EU and threats”, demanding a special future relationship but simultaneously warning of a reduction in defence and security cooperation if she did not get it.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:51:00 GMT2017-03-30T06:51:00Z
Cabinet ministers David Davis, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson have been nicknamed ‘the three Brexiteers’ for their cavalier approach to the finer details of leaving the EU. The withdrawal process is ‘simple’ and at the same time ‘more complex than a game of chess’, they say, but definitely not as straightforward as a hard or soft boiled eggContinue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:18 GMT2017-03-30T05:00:18Z
PM’s threat to use Europe-wide sharing of intelligence for leverage in trade deal is unlikely to be taken seriously
Theresa May’s opening bid of putting security on the Brexit negotiating table will be viewed by defence, intelligence and police chiefs across Europe – and even within the UK – as both surprising and brutal.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:34:36 GMT2017-03-30T10:34:36Z
Noel Conway, 67, who is terminally ill, wanted judicial review of ban that prevents him ending his own life without protracted pain
A terminally ill former lecturer has lost a high court bid to change the law so that he can be given assistance to die at home surrounded by his family.
Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in November 2014. His condition is incurable and he is not expected to live beyond 12 months.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:28:01 GMT2017-03-30T10:28:01Z
UN’s refugee agency announces new milestone after six years of war and urges countries to step up resettlement efforts
The number of Syrians who have fled their country has topped 5 million after six years of war, the UN’s refugee agency has said.
UNHCR announced the milestone a year after participating countries at a Geneva conference pledged to “resettle and facilitate pathways for 500,000 refugees” from Syria. Only half of those places have been allocated so far.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:43:42 GMT2017-03-30T09:43:42Z
Report by Labour MP Ann Coffey finds there were 714 recorded offences in Greater Manchester in 2016, up from 146 in 2013
The number of child sexual exploitation offences recorded in the Greater Manchester area has increased almost fivefold in three years, a report has revealed.
There were 714 recorded offences of child sexual exploitation – a specific form of abuse when an individual or group coerces or deceives a child into sex – in the area in 2016 compared with 146 in 2013, according to the report by the Labour MP Ann Coffey.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:09:14 GMT2017-03-30T10:09:14Z
Industry trade body Ukie found 57% of games companies employ workers from the EU, and many are assessing their future in UK
Two fifths of games companies based in the UK are considering relocating out of the country in the wake of Brexit, a survey has found.
The primary concern across the industry is over a loss in international talent from EU countries creating a skills shortage which 40% say could make them move some or all of their operations. Ukie, the industry trade body that carried out the research, found 57% of UK games companies employ workers from the EU, and that at those companies EU workers represent an average one third of all employees.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:13:12 GMT2017-03-30T09:13:12Z
City watchdog to tackle weakness that allows fraudsters to make ‘tap and go’ payments months after cards are cancelled
The City regulator has set out measures to tackle fraudulent payments on contactless cards which have been reported lost or stolen.
In a letter to the Treasury select committee, published on Thursday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said consumer losses on contactless payments were relatively small but in some circumstances cards could be used by a fraudster several months after it had been cancelled.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:46:25 GMT2017-03-30T09:46:25Z
Privately owned helicopter carrying five people vanished on Wednesday during flight from Bedfordshire to Dublin
Rescuers are searching Snowdonia national park in north Wales for a helicopter that disappeared en route from the UK to Ireland with five people on board.
Seven mountain rescue teams, police officers and search dogs are looking for the missing aircraft but are being hampered by extremely poor weather conditions with visibility down to a few metres in places.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:06:24 GMT2017-03-30T04:06:24Z
State attorney general says revised ban is ‘neon sign flashing: Muslim ban, Muslim ban’, as judge rules injunction on executive order must stay in place
A federal judge in Hawaii decided on Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
US district judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban just hours after hearing arguments.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:42:14 GMT2017-03-30T10:42:14Z
Man stopped in car shortly afterwards on nearby street in Stourbridge and arrested on suspicion of wounding
A couple and their young son have been stabbed in an attack at their home, police have said.
All three were found with serious stab wounds at a house in Greyhound Lane in Stourbridge at 8am on Thursday, West Midlands police said.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:18:28 GMT2017-03-30T07:18:28Z
Human rights lawyer stresses importance of safeguarding evidence of massacres, gang rapes and slave markets to ensure Islamic State is held to account
Evidence of Islamic State atrocities needs to be collected urgently to ensure it is not lost and that those responsible for “the worst crimes of our generation” eventually face justice, the human rights barrister Amal Clooney has said.
Massacres of the Yazidi people, murders, gang rapes, forcing children to become soldiers and the operation of slave markets should not go unpunished by the international courts, she told a conference on accountability for crimes in Syria and Iraq. Clooney is working as counsel to survivors of Iraq’s Yazidi community, which was overrun by Isis fighters in 2014. She is assembling records and testimony with the aim of bringing charges against captured and fugitive Isis soldiers and commanders.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:15:32 GMT2017-03-30T09:15:32Z
Password manager security flaw found by researcher from Google, prompting fears sophisticated hackers might be able to exploit it
Password manager LastPass is advising users to avoid using its browser plugins while it battles to fix a “major architectural problem”, which could allow an attacker to steal passwords or execute code.
The vulnerability was discovered by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher at Google, who tweeted about its existence over the weekend. Keeping with responsible disclosure norms, Ormandy did not publicly state how the bug is exploited, and informed LastPass of its existence.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:23:43 GMT2017-03-30T07:23:43Z
In recent years, references to such attacks have become inescapable. But this lazy term obscures the real nature of the threat against us
At around 8pm on Sunday 29 January, a young man walked into a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City and opened fire on worshippers with a 9mm handgun. The imam had just finished leading the congregation in prayer when the intruder started shooting at them. He killed six and injured 19 more. The dead included an IT specialist employed by the city council, a grocer, and a science professor.
The suspect, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student, has been charged with six counts of murder, though not terrorism. Within hours of the attack, Ralph Goodale, the Canadian minister for public safety, described the killer as “a lone wolf”. His statement was rapidly picked up by the world’s media.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:40:06 GMT2017-03-30T09:40:06Z• Emanuel Santos happy with commemorative bust of Real Madrid striker
The sculptor who made the bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that his creation may not be to everybody’s taste but insisted the Real Madrid striker had given his seal of approval before it was unveiled.
Emanuel Santos, a Madeiran artist, was chosen to recreate the image of the four-time Fifa player of the year which will adorn the newly named Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo in Funchal after offering his services to the owner of the airport, where he was previously employed. Santos spent three weeks creating the bust before it was sent to the Portuguese mainland to be cast in bronze.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:21 GMT2017-03-30T08:00:21Z
Before Trump took office, the US drones that killed several members of the Tuaiman family used to come about once a week. Now they come every day
Every day, as they hear the whine of the drones overhead, the Tuaiman family waits for Donald Trump to finish killing them.
The drones used to hover about once a week over al-Rawdah, the Yemeni village where the family lives, sending children running for cover.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:00:24 GMT2017-03-30T10:00:24Z
Not only did they vote to violate your privacy for their own profit – they are making it illegal for a key watchdog to protect your privacy online
Think about all of the websites you visit every day. Now imagine if the likes of Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon collected all of your browsing history and sold it on to the highest bidder. That’s what will likely happen if Congress has its way.
This week, they voted to allow internet service providers to violate your privacy for their own profit. Not only have they voted to repeal a rule that protects your privacy, they are also trying to make it illegal for the Federal Communications Commission to enact other rules to protect your privacy online.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:20 GMT2017-03-30T07:00:20Z
The channel that gave us comedy budgies, Keith Chegwin naked and Touch the Truck is turning 20. But it hasn’t all been bad – and these days Five’s even making money
It’s one of those birthdays destined to shock, like the infant child of a distant cousin suddenly turning 16. Where did the time go?
So brace yourself: Channel 5 is 20 years old. I know – how did that happen? True, it spent much of that time being called Five, but apart from the rebranding – and the subsequent de-rebranding – it’s been with us, all day, every day, since Easter Sunday 1997. You might think that congratulations are in order, but where would you send the telegram? Do you even remember who owns Channel 5 these days?Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:00:10 GMT2017-03-29T23:00:10Z
Southwark Playhouse, London
This show about 42nd Street in the 1980s is imaginatively staged with the ever-magnificent Sharon D Clarke but it’s a tough sell
The low-life musical has a long history that includes Guys and Dolls and Irma La Douce. But where they swathed gambling and prostitution in fairytale fables, this show, first seen on Broadway 20 years ago, aims to capture the grit and grime of New York’s 42nd Street before it was cleaned up. For all the efforts of Cy Coleman (music), Ira Gasman (lyrics) and David Newman (who co-authored the book), The Life still can’t avoid putting a gloss on an essentially tawdry milieu.
The story shows sex worker Queen attempting to escape her world with her pimp and lover, Fleetwood, a Vietnam veteran and drug addict. When he goes after a new recruit to the game and Queen falls prey to a brutal hustler, their chances of flight are seriously endangered.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:41:04 GMT2017-03-30T09:41:04ZReal Madrid and Chelsea desperately wanted Neymar from Santos but the Brazilian had his heart set on Barcelona. This extract from a new book reveals how the chase unfolded and why it ended up in court
On a July evening in 2011 the football world’s focus was on the Vila Belmiro Stadium in Santos, which appears little changed from the days when a teenage Pelé lived in a dormitory under one of the stands. National-team coaches had arrived in Brazil before the World Cup qualifying draw, as a 19-year-old footballer called Neymar went toe-to-toe with Ronaldinho, the two-time world player of the year famous for his hip-swivelling trickery with the ball and toothy grin.
Sporting a blond mohawk hairstyle that teenagers all over Brazil were copying, Neymar was a blur of energy and movement. He danced past six players before slipping the ball into the net. One of the moves was so rapid that it required slow-motion replays to understand just how he had done it.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:20 GMT2017-03-30T07:00:20Z
• Mohed Altrad’s purchase in stake of Gloucester set to be approved
• Clubs warned that any sleight of hand will not be tolerated
The contentious attempt by Montpellier’s owner, Mohed Altrad, to purchase a stake in Gloucester is set to be approved next month following months of talks on both sides of the Channel. Both clubs have been warned, however, they will be banned from European tournaments indefinitely should any integrity issues arise in future.
Altrad, the Syrian-born billionaire once named as world entrepreneur of the year, had been hoping to take a 45% controlling share of Gloucester, despite a Ligue National Rugby rule which only permits a 20% stake in another club. Gloucester are keen on fresh investment, however, and the chairman, Martin St Quinton, who holds 90% of the club’s shares, has been in long-term negotiations to offload a sizeable chunk.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:49:00 GMT2017-03-30T10:49:00Z• ‘We have to make sure that the priority for us is what happens on the pitch’
Arsène Wenger has instructed his Arsenal players to recover their focus and not to use the uncertainty over his future as an excuse for falling short of the required standards.
The manager continued to be bombarded with questions over his intentions, which he continued to deflect and it remains easy to see the issue as a distraction for everybody at the club. Wenger is out of contract in the summer and, although he said he was “very clear” about what he wanted to do, he once again refused to make it public.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:38:26 GMT2017-03-29T19:38:26Z
• As official TV audiences decline the Premier League is taking action
• Police forces across the UK and abroad are collaborating with ISPs
The Premier League has launched its biggest crackdown on piracy with a series of moves to combat illegal streaming, in light of fears that widespread availability of new consumer-friendly devices could fatally undermine its business model.
The streaming of live football through the internet, bypassing companies such as Sky who have paid for the broadcast rights, has long been a problem for the game’s governing bodies. What was once a minority activity, available only to those with digital skills and knowledge of the more shadowy parts of the internet, has in the past few years become mainstream. Estimates at the number of piracy-enabled devices in the UK, either apps or so‑called ‘Kodi boxes’, reach the hundreds of thousands.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:22 GMT2017-03-30T09:00:22Z
This week’s roundup also features Dara Ó Briain’s foray behind the cricket mic, spectacular rally driving and dreamy mountain biking
1) The 163rd edition of the Boat Race takes place on Sunday. The contest between Oxford and Cambridge universities has seen some epic battles down the years including a dead heat in 1877, this dramatic finish in 2003, and the chaotic 2012 race disrupted by a protester in the water. Last year almost saw the Cambridge women’s boat sink in ferocious conditions, bringing back memories of 1978. How tough is it to prepare and compete in the Boat Race? This tough.
2) Coventry City will make their first appearance at Wembley for 30 years when they take on Oxford United in the EFL Trophy final this weekend. They enjoyed happier times in 1987 when the Sky Blues overcame Tottenham in an exhilarating FA Cup final memorable for Keith Houchen’s diving header (the subject of this Golden Goal). David Pleat’s star-studded Spurs team were eventually beaten in extra time when Gary Mabbutt put through his own net:Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:20 GMT2017-03-30T07:00:20ZWhoever paid for Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest likeness might want a refund but can you identify the players and managers captured in these artworks?• Quiz: what are the missing lyrics in these football songs?Who is this?Alan ShearerThierry HenryRyan GiggsDennis BergkampWho is this?Nobby StilesJimmy GreavesNorman HunterDuncan EdwardsWho is the man on the far right?Alf RamseyMartin PetersBobby CharltonRay WilsonWho is this?Bob StokoeBrother WalfridWilliam McGregorJimmy "Jinky" JohnstoneWho is this?Martin PetersJimmy HillHerbert ChapmanBilly WrightWho is this (the one with the ball at his foot, not the guy heading the ball)?Tommy GemmellStevie ChalmersJohn GreigDavie CooperWho is this?Bob PaisleyBill ShanklyDixie DeanAlf RamseyWho is this?Jackie MilburnBilly BremnerAlan ShearerTed BatesWhere is this statue?IpswichNewcastleVilamouraBarcelonaWho is this? Bobby CharltonBobby RobsonBobby MooreGeoff HurstWho is this?William McGregorTom FinneyJack WalkerJohn MotsonWho is the player on the right?Gianluca ZambrottaFabio CannavaroGennaro GattusoMarco MaterazziWho is this?Nat LofthouseEmlyn HughesWilf MannionJohnny HaynesWho is this?Kevin KeeganMarouane FellainiBill BremnerDiego MaradonaWho is this?Matt BusbyBob StokoeBrian CloughPeter Osgood Continue reading...[...]
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:59:08 GMT2017-03-30T09:59:08Z
Only one horse is currently trading at odds-on out of 27 races in Britain today – an impressive display of competitiveness
There are 27 races on the programme in Britain this afternoon and currently just one horse trading at odds-on, and that’s a 10-11 chance. It’s an impressive offering in terms of competitiveness, given that we are halfway between Cheltenham and Aintree and the opening day of Flat racing on turf is two days away. It’s what racing will need to do on a regular basis when the sport’s new funding system kicks in, probably in the next few days.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:41:03 GMT2017-03-29T19:41:03Z• President upset by critical draft of report into bullying and sexism claims
Brian Cookson, the International Cycling Union president, requested an interview with the panel investigating claims of bullying and discrimination in British Cycling in January, having been upset by a highly critical draft version of its report.
Set up by British Cycling and the funding agency UK Sport last April, the five-strong independent panel’s first report on the allegations made by the former Great Britain rider Jess Varnish and others was finished just before Christmas.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:50:03 GMT2017-03-29T14:50:03ZThe Sale wing, fresh from league, is entirely within his rights to seek international recognition with England having completed three years’ residency
If Denny Solomona’s declaration that he is available for England has not come as a surprise, nor unfortunately has the admission that he has already braced himself for the inevitable criticism that will come his way. Putting aside his controversial switch from rugby league for a moment, the first thing to say about Solomona is that he is entirely within his rights to seek international recognition with England. He has completed the required three-year residency period and, as confirmed by his club Sale on Wednesday, the necessary paperwork.
Critics will point to two things. One, that the required period of residency is not long enough – hardly Solomona’s fault – and two, that his change of heart is financially motivated. Only last September he was quoted as saying: “My heart’s not here, it’s not for England,” when asked if he would consider playing league for England, where the financial incentives pale in comparison with the £22,000 a match that members of Eddie Jones’s side receive.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:03:06 GMT2017-03-30T08:03:06Z
Today’s fluff was a cat who really was gone
Chelsea have been linked with both Álvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku before, but today’s update is that civil war has broken out at Stamford Bridge over which highly-rated extremely expensive sharp-shooter to buy. Alexis Sánchez’s declaration that he wants “to stay in London but with a team that is winning things”, widely interpreted as a come-and-get-me plea to the apparent future champions, only complicates matters further. “Chelsea are locked in a £70m wrangle over which striker will be their top summer target,” reports the Sun. “Boss Antonio Conte wants to nab Real Madrid’s Spanish hitman, but technical director Michael Emenalo is desperate to lure Lukaku back.”
Luckily José Mourinho is ready to help out his successor in the Chelsea hot-seat, by stepping in to buy Lukaku himself. “Mourinho needs a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” reports the Mail, “and Lukaku fits the bill.” But Manchester United have a big bill, and it will take more than one man to fit it: the Independent provides a handy summary of their summer want list, saying there is a “general desire to bring in a top-class forward, two midfielders, a defender and a winger, two of whom are ‘warriors’.” That, it seems reasonable to conclude, is a lot of shopping.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:22 GMT2017-03-30T09:00:22Z
Complaints about the length of ball games have been going on for years but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s solutions won’t solve much
“Baseball games are too long,” wrote Tracee Hamilton in the Washington Post in 2013, setting off a chorus of complaint. “I never thought I’d say that, but even a baseball lover like me is growing impatient with the pace of the games. And I can’t be the only one.”
That year the average Major League Baseball game clocked in at 3hr 7min. In 2014 things got worse with the average time jumping six minutes to 3hr 13min. In 2015, pushed by umpires to speed things up, players and managers finished their business in an average of 12 minutes faster, down to 3hr 1min. Last season, though it crept back to 3hr 7min.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:23 GMT2017-03-30T09:00:23Z
When Pele’s old club announced they were holding open tryouts, I, a 31-year-old journalist with no professional football experience, dared to dream
Pele. Franz Beckenbauer. Carlos Alberto.
In the 1970s, some of the greatest football players in the world turned out for the New York Cosmos. The team invested a fortune in attracting foreign talent, and won the North American Soccer League in 1977, 1978 and 1980.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:52:00 GMT2017-03-29T19:52:00ZThe striker on loan from Milan has failed to live up to his initial wonder-kid billing but is candid enough to admit mistakes and target a return to the very top
M’Baye Niang took the iPad and, nonchalantly flicking away the action picture of a gangling teenager almost lost in the billowing red and blue first-team shirt of Stade Malherbe Caen, zoomed in upon the quote in question. He had delivered it as a 16-year-old contemplating his first full campaign in Ligue 1, a kid being interviewed as the great emerging hope of French football. “‘You fall back much faster than you climb in this game’,” he read as if impressed by his younger self’s level-headed outlook. The semi-shrug and hint of a nod that followed served as confirmation that, almost six years on, he still agrees with the sentiment.
Scratch the surface of Niang’s story over recent seasons and those words would appear prophetic. Recruited to the academy at 13, he had become Caen’s youngest senior player at 16 years and 114 days. In the summer of 2012 the teenager from Les Mureaux, an unforgiving industrial suburb of the Yvelines département to the west of Paris, would spend time on trial at Arsenal and Everton, listening to the contrasting sales pitches put forward by Arsène Wenger and David Moyes. Then Adriano Galliani, the Milan vice-president, arrived on a private jet and whisked him and his family off to San Siro where, by mid-December, he would become the Rossoneri’s second youngest scorer at 17 years and 350 days.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:50:01 GMT2017-03-29T18:50:01Z• Spieth: ‘If I play my best golf I believe I can beat anybody’
It is an indication of Dustin Johnson’s current stranglehold on golf that even in his native Texas, with the Masters in such proximity, a Jordan Spieth media conference was dominated by discussion about the world No1. The mistake would be in believing Spieth is in any way taken aback by Johnson’s prominence.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:51:03 GMT2017-03-30T07:51:03Z
• Further chaos engulfs League Two’s crisis-hit bottom club
• Danny Webb was 10th manager under Francesco Becchetti’s ownership
Danny Webb has resigned as Leyton Orient manager after only two months in charge, becoming the tenth man to leave the job in less than three years under the club’s Italian owner Francesco Becchetti.
News of the 33-year-old’s departure comes 10 days after a winding-up petition against the League Two club was adjourned until 12 June to give the owner more time to settle outstanding debts and possibly sell the club. Becchetti has said he would be interested in selling up but no deal has yet been secured.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:00:23 GMT2017-03-29T17:00:23ZIt is ridiculous to cast split loyalties as an issue of blame, an absence of old English backbone; to understand rather than bully is the only viable future
Parallax error is the kind of thing one learns about in year five physics. It describes the way the same object can appear to have different qualities observed from different angles – like a measuring gauge, for example, or Arsenal’s talented teenage centre-forward Eddie Nketiah.
“Arsenal wonderkid Eddie Nketiah nets hat-trick for England Under‑18s,” was the headline in one English newspaper after Nketiah’s fine performance against Qatar on Tuesday night. “England-born Ghanaian Eddie Nketiah scores on England debut,” was an alternative view from Ghanaweb.com after Nketiah had scored on his debut against Saudi Arabia last week.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:51:39 GMT2017-03-29T12:51:39Z• Pavey upgraded to bronze after silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse disqualified
Jo Pavey has expressed her delight after finally being awarded a 10,000‑metres bronze medal for the 2007 world championships 10 years late – but admits she still wonders whether she missed out on other medals because of drugs cheats.
The 43-year-old was upgraded from fourth in Osaka after the International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed that the Turkish athlete Elvan Abeylegesse, who originally took silver, had retrospectively failed a doping test at the championships. The result means that the American Kara Goucher is pushed up to silver behind the Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:32:53 GMT2017-03-29T12:32:53Z• Sir Craig Reedie says decision on ban must be made at ‘earliest possible date’
Sir Craig Reedie has urged the International Olympic Committee to decide whether to ban Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics at the “earliest possible date” in order to end the uncertainty for every athlete hoping to compete.
But the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency declined to say whether he felt Russia should be excluded from PyeongChang – despite conceding the “lurid allegations” of state-sponsored doping in the country were the worst he had heard.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:42:49 GMT2017-03-30T10:42:49ZThe shiny PR guff merchant Spameron will go down in history, his name forever linked with that of his signature disaster – Brexit
Oh, Dave, you were doing so well at pretending you didn’t exist. As Britain set about the political catastrophe of beginning its EU exit process, Cameron had almost got away with the tactic of keeping his pink, smug head down, as indeed he has been doing since he resigned in the aftermath of the referendum.
At the time, Britons scoffed at the arrogance of a man who could take a risk on fundamental constitutional change with far-reaching consequences for millions of people, on the basis of settling the internal divisions in his own party – and who then, having lost, could casually wash his hands of the whole disaster.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:21 GMT2017-03-30T08:00:21ZThe photo of calves in cramped pens will shock many, and with so many non-dairy alternatives now, consumers have a choice
Photographs of industrial rows of cramped pens, each imprisoning a solitary calf, will shock those who still believe in the fairytale of the pastoral dairy farm, where blushing maidens milk smiling cows. Welfare legislation says that calves should only be held in solitary pens until they are eight weeks old, but Animal Equality claims that the battery calves it photographed at Grange Dairy in Dorset are up to six months old – too large for their hutches– and say that some have grazes on their backs. But trading standard officers say there is no evidence of any breach of animal welfare requirements. Marks & Spencer, which sells milk from the farm, said it was “disappointed” to see the report, but it has refused to drop the supplier.
Upsetting as the story is, what happens elsewhere in the dairy industry amounts to systematic cruelty. In reality, the daily practices of most dairy farms are more distressing than those of meat production. A mother cow only produces milk when she gets pregnant. So, starting from the age of 15 months, she will usually be artificially inseminated. Farmers mechanically draw semen from a bull, and then force the female cow into a narrow trap, known as a “cattle crush”, where they will brutally impregnate her.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:36:02 GMT2017-03-30T10:36:02ZScotland’s first minister is demanding a second independence referendum in the belief that Scots don’t support Theresa May’s Brexit vision
Nicola Sturgeon disagrees profoundly with Theresa May about Brexit. Scotland’s first minister wants Scotland to remain in the EU single market and believes it should continue to apply the EU’s rules on freedom of movement. Indeed, she is so concerned about the prime minister’s opposition to these ideas that she wants to hold a referendum on Scottish independence so that the country can determine its relationship with the EU for itself.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:00:24 GMT2017-03-30T10:00:24Z
The decision to act as non-Muslim as possible, is an emergent phenomenon – but not an entirely new one
Two weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Nora decided to remove her headscarf – for good. Weighing on the mind of the 23-year-old were recent assaults against conspicuous Muslims like herself. State suspicion and private violence would only get worse under Trump, she feared. So she hid part of her identity from the world.
Many Muslim men and women, like Nora, choose to conceal their Muslim identity – or express it in a way that is less ‘threatening’ to others. Some take things one step further: they undertake the extreme measure of erasing their Muslim identity altogether by passing as non-Muslim in public.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:09:00 GMT2017-03-30T08:09:00ZWhat is being negotiated between Britain and the European Union is not the end of a marriage. It’s a self-inflicted downgrade
As Britain formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave it is essential for Brits and Europeans alike to be aware of what is about to start. Both sides tend to speak of a “divorce”, while some British commentators compare the coming negotiations to a “game of chicken”.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:18:02 GMT2017-03-30T08:18:02ZCulture secretary Karen Bradley is right to remind the broadcaster of the need to embrace regional diversity
Sometimes I get on the morning train from Leeds to London and wonder what happened to conference calls, to Skype, the internet, and that vision of the future we were once sold of creative types in their ecologically sound homes in Yorkshire or Somerset, skipping off on the school run, and then sitting by their laptops in jeans and casual footwear, gazing out at the mountain greenery while remaining at the nation’s media coalface.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:20 GMT2017-03-30T07:00:20ZThe latest government changes equate illness with a lack of motivation, as welfare becomes a tool to modify behaviour
What’s worse: kicking someone because you’ve convinced yourself it will help them, or knowing it won’t and doing it anyway? This isn’t some abstract moral dilemma: with a new wave of “welfare” cuts set to come into force next week, a perverse ideology seems to be driving government policy.
Take the grim cut to Employment and Support Allowance, the out-of-work sickness benefit relied on by hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities, mental health problems and chronic illnesses. From April, anyone newly classed by the Department for Work and Pensions as “Wrag”, or Work-Related Activity Group – people judged as so ill they can only take steps to prepare for future work rather than actually apply for jobs – will see their benefit shrink by £30 a week. That translates as a cur of nearly 30% (down to £73 a week) to a disability benefit already so meagre it’s leaving a third of recipients struggling to afford food.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:12:34 GMT2017-03-30T09:12:34ZThe UK’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants has led to huge numbers of people being detained, mistreated and deported – and enriched private detention providers
On Tuesday night, at least 17 people blockaded the runway at Stansted Airport to prevent a mass deportation to Ghana and Nigeria. Tens of people were due to be deported, including some who have lived in the UK for several years, and others with outstanding asylum claims. For now, the flight has been cancelled, and everyone who was on it remains in the UK. Seventeen arrests have now been made.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:19 GMT2017-03-30T06:00:19ZThe dangers to our continent eclipse even Brexit. We’re leaving the EU but will need a new forum for cooperation – perhaps the Treaty of London
Notice of Britain’s intended departure from the European Union this week was symbolic. The letter went to Brussels by snail mail. Whatever Brexiters might say, Britons are leaving hesitant, nervous and divided. As before in history, they are turning their backs on another grandiose attempt to meld Europe into a single political space. In the past, they have defied such attempts by waging war. This time, mercifully, a referendum was enough. But an affair is over. Europe’s political geography has changed.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:48:39 GMT2017-03-30T07:48:39Z
A whole wave of talent is not being seen or heard, simply because at most venues it’s almost impossible for performers to get on stage
I’ve played in bands all my life, but it wasn’t until a spinal cord injury left me paralysed in 2007 that I began to wonder: where are all the disabled musicians?
I could think of disabled sportspeople, yes. But musicians? At the time, I could only name about five.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:44:11 GMT2017-03-29T19:44:11ZThe prime minister revealed that she understands her domestic audience but not her European one. The result was a row founded on a peculiar British trait: a feeling that we had traded an empire we ran - for one that ran us
Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the largest economic powers in the world, is a historic and needless act of political folly, the consequences of which will shape this country and our neighbours for years to come. But now it is happening. It is thus the country’s fourth big geopolitical shift since 1945. First we withdrew from empire, begining with India in 1947. The second was joining what was then the European Economic Community in 1973. The third was the ending of the cold war between 1989 and 1991. They changed the world in ways no one could predict and we are still living today with the results. An abrupt severance from Europe without any transitional link to our nearest neighbours, with whom there are bonds of common endeavour, could still result in chaos. This would place at risk not only our prosperity and security but also deal a blow to the multilateral architecture that could presage a more volatile global era.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:18:00 GMT2017-03-29T14:18:00ZThe prime minister has triggered the start of the two-year negotiation period to take us out of the EU. Our writers discuss what happens next Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:59:59 GMT2017-03-29T18:59:59Z
The PM’s article 50 speech invoked a misty-eyed vision of a fairer Britain – but Brexit will not produce that kind of country
Like Aeneas fleeing from Troy on the shore of Italy, or Cortés on the coast of Mexico, it was a moment for the burning of the boats. On Wednesday Theresa May burned hers. But they were our boats too that she burned, Britain’s boats, boats in which, for half a century, postwar Britain has tried to reconcile its history and its future in Europe – and failed. For good or ill on both sides of the channel, Britain will not be returning to the European Union.
It doesn’t get more serious than that for this country. Yet it ended, as it began, with more of a whimper than a bang. As 1973 dawned, the Guardian reported that Britain had embarked on its membership of Europe without fireworks. “It was difficult to tell that anything of importance had occurred,” records the paper’s front page, “and a date which will be entered in the history books as long as histories of Britain are written, was taken by most people as a matter of course.”
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:22:01 GMT2017-03-29T15:22:01Z
The prime minister has hailed Brexit as an exercise in autonomy. To prevent Scotland from seeking the same would be indefensible
There are days that are seen by history as truly defining. They shape the eras that fall on either side of them and come to be judged as the pivot points on which history then turns, for good or ill. Today, 29 March, threatens to become one of those days. I say threatens because I cannot pretend that I believe the triggering of article 50 by the prime minister is anything other than a sad day in the history of Britain, and the European continent as a whole.
I believe in the independence of nations – Scotland included. But I believe just as strongly in the interdependence of nations – the need for countries to work together to tackle challenges and seize opportunities that few can do alone. That is why an independent Scotland would always seek to work closely with others, across the British Isles and beyond. So it is the fact that 29 March marks the point at which the UK starts to turn its back on almost half a century of close cooperation with its partners on the European mainland that makes it so dispiriting.Continue reading...
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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:38:04 GMT2017-03-29T13:38:04ZThe prime minister’s talk of a brighter future for this country after triggering article 50 sounded like a fantasy. And now there’s no turning back
Nothing conveyed the madness of Brexit like the triggering of it. Theresa May’s speech to the Commons delighted the anti-EU warriors – of course it did. The likes of Victoria Borwick, the Kensington MP who wore an alice band in union jack colours for the occasion, or Bill Cash and John Redwood, for decades dismissed as backbench eccentrics for demanding a British departure from the European Union, were ecstatic at the prime minister’s announcement of what they saw as Britain’s day of liberation. They bellowed their joy when the PM declared that article 50 had been triggered, and: “This is a historic moment from which there will be no turning back.”
They might have been hoping for some stirring rhetoric to match, a rousing reassertion of the case for Brexit. But in her speech and in her letter to Donald Tusk, May – no doubt inadvertently – reminded the country of something else: the value of what has just been lost.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:24:13 GMT2017-03-29T19:24:13ZJoanna Cannon gave up psychiatry after signing a £300,000 publishing contract. Her desire to return to hospitals shows that other work can sometimes benefit authors
For many novelists, other work is a matter of economic necessity. They squeeze their writing around their day job, into crannies still tighter when they have a family or other commitments too. Some take on work in related fields; others, like Octavia Butler, choose the kind of jobs that fill their hours but not, they hope, their minds. Joanna Cannon’s first book, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, was written in snatched moments in the car parks of hospitals where she worked as a psychiatrist. When it sold over 100,000 copies, and she secured a £300,000 contract, she became a full-time author, as so many writers dream of doing. Yet now she has said that she misses her patients and plans to return, albeit on a voluntary, part-time basis, bringing the arts into hospitals.
Some authors thrive in isolation. Others flourish in the world. Anthony Trollope produced more than 20 novels before resigning from the postal service, though it meant writing from 5.30am each day. Even those who have bitterly resented their jobs have sometimes profited from them. Think of William Golding, who wrote Lord of the Flies as a grumpy and rather unsatisfactory teacher at a boys’ school. In Franz Kafka’s books the sense of being trapped, and the bureaucratic entanglements, surely owe something to his loathed work as a clerk. The stress of Ms Cannon’s job drove her to writing in the first place, and she believes that authors need “to get out there and hear real voices”. She may now have found the best of both worlds, benefiting patients – and readers too.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:53:32 GMT2017-03-29T17:53:32Z
White self-interest still rules and the left must keep waging the battles it is deemed to have already won
If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Hey, guys? I don’t mean your pins, I mean your lean social conservatism, your light-hearted anti-feminism! Get a life where you return to a time before political correctness, when you could reduce the most powerful women in the land to body parts. And when everyone laughed!
The reaction to the Daily Mail’s “Legs-it” cover may be over-egged but that is because it is indicative of something that we can feel in our waters, the ascendancy of a mood that counters attitudes many liberal types have taken for granted. The social conservatism now on public display marks the real end of David Cameron’s government and the pinning down of what May-ism will mean.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:10 GMT2017-03-29T16:26:10Z
They came in their Union Jack ties for a rousing goodbye, but instead Theresa May announced the triggering of article 50 with a tear in her eye
In his Brussels office, President Tusk ripped open the envelope. “Dear Donald, hope you are well... blah, blah... the people of Britain have voted... blah, blah... it’s not you, it’s me... blah, blah... I really want to remain friends, but right now I need some space... blah, blah... I know I can’t expect to have my cake and eat it but if there was any chance of me having my cake and eating it, I wouldn’t say no... blah, blah... joint custody of the kids... blah, blah... Love from Theresa.”
Tusk scrunched the letter into a ball and tossed it into the bin. It was almost exactly as he had expected. Polite, verging on the over-familiar, in places; rude and a bit threatening in others. Nothing he couldn’t deal with quite comfortably. He would give as good as he got over the coming years. But what did surprise him was how emotional he felt. “We already miss you,” he muttered. “Thank you and goodbye.”Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:44:11 GMT2017-03-29T12:44:11Z
NHS England’s decision to end GP-prescribed gluten-free items is shortsighted. Many people struggle to buy the foodstuffs they need to keep them well
I have coeliac disease, the autoimmune condition which means that if I eat gluten – which is found in wheat, rye or barley, and many common foods – my body starts to attack itself. There is no cure for this lifelong condition, which affects one in every 100 people in the UK, and the only option is to eat a gluten-free diet.
Under current national prescribing guidelines I can receive up to 14 items – such as a loaf of bread, box of pasta, or packet of spaghetti – on prescription every month. I never claim everything I might be entitled to, but I do usually get a few items a month. In order to access this list, I pay £104 a year for a pre-payment prescription.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:16:58 GMT2017-03-29T13:16:58ZA tipping point in the history of the EU, a chance for a new cooperation … we asked European writers and politicians for their reaction to today’s events Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:10:05 GMT2017-03-29T18:10:05Z
Budget airline fears the absence of new aviation deal would mean no flights between UK and Europe after March 2019
Every industry wants its interests to be uppermost in the trade negotiations between the UK and the EU, but few companies shout as loudly as Ryanair. In its latest dispatch, the Irish carrier warned there was “the distinct possibility of no flights between Europe and the UK for a period after March 2019 in the absence of a bilateral deal”.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:04:08 GMT2017-03-29T15:04:08ZA theme park’s tweeted response to artist Scottee’s complaint about homophobic graffiti just made things worse. In the internet age, the customer is king
For connoisseurs of power, PR and the politics of complaint, there was an exquisitely horrible moment on social media this week. The writer and artist Scottee saw some homophobic graffiti on a wall in the Southend theme park Adventure Island, and tweeted a photo and a polite request for it to be removed.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:32:43 GMT2017-03-29T09:32:43ZIn Iraq and across the Middle East nation-states are collapsing, with the rise of myriad groups. The international community must rethink its strategies
There is a crisis of authority and security in the Middle East and North Africa that will continue even after the defeat of Islamic State and the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria. Mosul’s liberation and the eventual fall of Raqqa will signal the end of the “caliphate” but it could also mark the beginning of the era of armed groups.
Like never before in the region’s modern history, the fragility of states and the collapse of institutions now threatens the nation-state system. Sub-national identities based around ethnicity and religion have thrived in these uncontested spaces and have become powerful mobilisers of people and resources. And it is not so much the banal, potentially reversible and constantly evolving challenges of identity and sectarian politics that should worry the international community but the rise of violent non-state actors.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:19:19 GMT2017-03-29T16:19:19Z
Much has been made of the singer’s secret donations, but people on lower incomes give proportionately more than wealthy donors without any fanfare
Last year was notable for a distressing spate of celebrity deaths from the worlds of music, film, sport and more. But George Michael’s premature death on Christmas Day sparked an outpouring, not just of grief, but also of revelations about the star’s covert and sizeable charitable giving. Newspapers carried reports that his lifelong philanthropy had only just “come to light” and a series of stories emerged on social media from people who now felt the time was right to reveal the singer’s good deeds.
We have learned that he made donations of five figures or more to charities including Comic Relief, the Terrence Higgins Trust, Help a London Child and Childline. He volunteered and fundraised for Macmillan Cancer Support, disaster relief funds and a homeless shelter. He made spontaneous gifts to individuals in need, including £15,000 to a Deal or No Deal contestant who needed the money to pay for IVF treatment and a £5,000 tip to a student nurse struggling with debt. And in 2006 he gave a free concert at London’s Roundhouse for nurses, in thanks for care received by him and his family.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:05:53 GMT2017-03-29T16:05:53Z
Despite the Daily Telegraph’s fears, there were no conspicuous acts of sabotage when Sir Tim Barrow delivered the article 50 letter
Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, delivered the letter Europe had been waiting for at lunchtime on Wednesday. After 31 years in the diplomatic service, stints as Britain’s envoy to Moscow and Kiev, a KCMG and an MBE, it was a funny sort of career pinnacle – to become the nation’s most eminent postman.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:57:00 GMT2017-03-29T11:57:00ZQuitting the single market while keeping immigration at current levels and smearing all criticism of rock-hard Brexit as treachery – that seems to be the plan
Theresa May’s tactic is clear: to accuse anyone who dares question her headlong, blindfold charge towards hard Brexit of being democracy deniers. This despite it looking increasingly likely that the result of her reckless, divisive Brexit will be to leave the single market and not reduce immigration – the very opposite of what Brexiteers pitched to the people.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:59:25 GMT2017-03-29T08:59:25ZThe science is clear: powered by a plant-based diet, we can all run faster, live more healthily and cut our recovery times
Jermain Defoe knows he’s gained far more than he’s lost by dropping meat, eggs and dairy products from his diet. “I don’t find anything hard to give up … because I know the feeling scoring goals gives me,” the recently recalled England striker said.
He’s not the only one fuelled by plants who experiences that unique, momentous feeling. Countless other athletes of all levels are discovering the same benefits of a vegan diet – and, like Defoe, are seeing their performance soar and recovery time plummet. Many even say that fuelling their body with super-nutritious plant foods is the key to their success.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:49:23 GMT2017-03-29T10:49:23ZHe treated politics as a game of chance and allowed the referendum vote to become a virility contest about whether or not Britain could stand alone
Sometime before the 2015 general election, an aeon ago in the history of British politics but less than two years ago in ordinary time, David Cameron told the Financial Times that he wanted to be judged on his success in resolving the two big questions that had overshadowed British politics for nearly a generation. This is how he described them: “One is, does the United Kingdom want to stay together? Yes. Secondly does the United Kingdom want to stay in a reformed European Union? Yes.”
No need to trouble with the score, then.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:26:35 GMT2017-03-29T12:26:35ZThe breakdown in power-sharing at Stormont may lead to direct rule, yet the prime minister has taken her eye off the ball at a critical moment
While much of Britain’s attention has been on the latest twists, turns and turmoil over Brexit, Northern Ireland has been quietly self-immolating in the corner. The country’s power-sharing parliament collapsed in January after Sinn Féin refused to partner the Democratic Unionists any longer. The deadline for the parties to reach a resolution and save Stormont was Monday – but it came and went without a deal being reached.
Just 48 hours before Theresa May was due to trigger article 50, her Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire, took to the steps at Stormont House to announce that Northern Ireland no longer had a government. Almost two decades after the Good Friday Agreement was signed, in 1998, the peace process lies in tatters.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:02 GMT2017-03-29T08:00:02ZAs the UK takes the first official step towards Brexit, young writers give their views on what this means to them Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:01 GMT2017-03-29T07:00:01ZEvery day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: blond men look evil. Blond children, like Mark Lester in Oliver!, look angelic. But the combination of cherubic ringlets with weathered features is all wrong. Innocence and age don’t belong together. That’s why fiction is awash with blond men doing bad things. From Max Zorin in A View to a Kill to the Lannisters in Game of Thrones, the bad blond just looks right.
Unfortunately, the world today seems to be in the grip of a monstrous case of life imitating art. Mad improbably fair-haired men are ruining the world. The schlocky trope has jumped from the movies into real life and Roger Moore’s too old to save us. Everywhere you turn men who look like the Milky Bar Kid’s strange uncle are destroying democracy and spreading prejudice. The Malfoys are running the salon.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:02 GMT2017-03-29T10:00:02Z
A spate of companies headed by women – from Thinx to Nasty Gal – have come under fire for not practicing what they preach. Let’s not be so shocked
Is there anything the internet enjoys more than the story of an uppity woman getting her comeuppance? You’d think not, judging by the schadenfreude that seems to have surrounded the fall from feminist grace of Miki Agrawal, the founder of period-underwear company Thinx.
In the last few years Agrawal has built both Thinx and her own personal brand off the back of loud and proud feminist values. Thinx was going to dismantle the stigma around periods! Thinx was giving sanitary pads to women in Africa! Thinx was a woman-led company working to benefit women!Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:09:30 GMT2017-03-29T10:09:30Z
Research has shown that cats love human company above all else. That may be news to some – but not to me and my loyal, sociable sidekick
In very important news: cats are nice. Yes, that’s right – forget about Legs-it; purge your mind of Trump’s climate change idiocy (if only) and don’t worry about the axing of your gluten-free bread prescription. Just turn to your nearest source of feline fluff (try a friend, neighbour or simply venture on to the street if you find yourself devoid of cat) and say “ahhhh”.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:01:10 GMT2017-03-30T07:01:10Z
Pop superstar joins Solange, Barry Gibb, the xx, Biffy Clyro, Stormzy and the Jacksons down on Worthy Farm
Glastonbury has announced its first swath of artists for this year’s festival at Worthy Farm from 21-25 June, with 83 acts confirmed in addition to the three headliners, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.
Joining the headliners are a selection of pop and indie royalty – Katy Perry makes her Glastonbury debut, and Barry Gibb is taking the Sunday teatime “legend” slot that drew huge crowds for Dolly Parton in 2014 and Lionel Richie in 2015.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:01:19 GMT2017-03-30T06:01:19Z
Figures showing academic attainment in the south consistently outperforming the north are stark, with Liverpool particularly badly off
Hundreds of thousands of children growing up in the north of England are falling behind their southern counterparts because of a stark educational divide, according to research by the office of the children’s commissioner for England.
The statistics show that where in the country a child goes to school has a marked effect on their attainment. Children in major northern cities do markedly worse than those in London or the south-east: in the Thames Valley Berkshire region, where the prime minister, Theresa May, has her constituency, 8% of 11-year-olds reached a higher standard at Key Stage 2, compared to just 3% in Liverpool and 4% in Leeds.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:31:52 GMT2017-03-30T10:31:52ZAll the day’s economic and financial news, as City firms prepare to move jobs out of London after BrexitLatest: JP Morgan eyeing move to DublinBank may buy enough space for 1,00 workersLloyd’s to create Brussels subsidiary for life after Brexit Earlier:Markets sleepy, but it might not lastIntroduction: Pound and FTSE 100 steadyPolitics Live: Davis rejects claims article 50 letter contained Brexit ‘blackmail’ threat 11.30am BST Just in: A former investment banker has been fined over £37,000 for sharing confidential client information over the WhatsApp messaging service.The FCA found that Mr Niehaus, who was a managing director in the Investment Banking division at Jefferies International Limited, received client confidential information during the course of his employment and, on a number of occasions between 24 January and 16 May 2016, shared that information with both a personal acquaintance and a friend, who was also a client of the firm. In one of the instances where Mr Niehaus shared client confidential information with his friend, who was also a client of the firm, that information was about a competitor. Mr Niehaus used the instant messaging application WhatsApp to share this information. The information was shared by Mr Niehaus because he wanted to impress the people that he shared the information with.The details of the information he shared included the identity of the client, the details relating to the client mandate and the fee Jefferies would charge for their involvement in the transaction. Mr Niehaus also boasted about how he may be able to pay off his mortgage if one of the deals was successful. 10.55am BST Bloomberg is also reporting that JPMorgan is in talks to buy office space in Dublin in response to Brexit.It believes the bank wants enough room for over 1,000 workers.The lender is negotiating the potential purchase of a building in Dublin’s Capital Dock that’s being developed by a venture between Kennedy Wilson Holdings Inc. and Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency, the people said, asking not to b[...]
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:45:02 GMT2017-03-29T15:45:02Z
Artists of any age will be able to participate in Britain’s most prestigious contemporary art prize following rule change
Britain’s most prestigious contemporary art prize is making major rule changes to allow artists of any age to participate – an acknowledgement that people are never too old to “experience a breakthrough in their work”.
The Turner prize, which has helped the early careers of artists including Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, will from this year lift its rule that eligible artists must be under 50.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:19 GMT2017-03-30T06:00:19Z
Former London mayor will give evidence to committee to back up comments linking Hitler with support for Zionism
Ken Livingstone will appear before Labour’s most senior body on Thursday, which will rule on whether he will be expelled from the party for comments he made linking Adolf Hitler to support for Zionism.
The former mayor of London, who has been suspended from the party for 11 months, said he would present evidence to the national constitutional committee (NCC) to back up his claims in a series of TV and radio interviews that Hitler “was supporting Zionism” before he “went mad”.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:00:09 GMT2017-03-29T22:00:09Z
William, Kate and Harry recruit celebrities and other individuals for videos discussing depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts
Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enlisted a rapper, a Royal Marine and a Labour spin doctor to try to push stigma about discussing mental health beyond what they believe is a “tipping point” and into public acceptability.
The royals are trying to use their high profile to convince the public that “shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations”. The rapper Stephen Manderson, known as Professor Green, and the comedian Ruby Wax have joined other public figures and individuals who have suffered mental illness to make short films for their mental health campaign, Heads Together, and talk openly about their experiences of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:21:30 GMT2017-03-29T18:21:30Z
Languages student Elsa Scaburri’s death raises concerns about mental health among students
A third-year languages student is understood to have killed herself in the fifth case this year of suspected suicide involving students at the University of Bristol.
Elsa Scaburri, who was studying for a degree in French and Italian, was halfway through her year abroad. According to a statement released by the university, she died last week near her home, which is understood to be in Wiltshire.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:06:15 GMT2017-03-30T08:06:15Z
UK is one of only two European countries that denies children granted asylum the right to apply for family to join them
Campaigners are calling on the UK government to allow children who have been granted refugee status to apply for family members to join them.
A 30,000-strong petition will be delivered to ministers on Thursday when activists will unveil a giant paperchain linking the Home Office and the Department for Education – the two departments campaigners say are responsible for the policy.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:22:51 GMT2017-03-30T09:22:51Z
As sales slide thanks to Brexit uncertainty and inflation, the French industry is turning to even more exclusive vintages
On every table in the modern concrete atrium, corks were popping as representatives of the main producers in the 300-year-old French champagne industry gathered for their annual London tasting. But the atmosphere was far from celebratory.
The biggest brands in the champagne market, from Moët & Chandon to Bollinger, were gathering on the same day that Theresa May officially triggered the UK’s departure from the EU. As a result, the crisp finish of a Pol Roger or a Veuve Cliquot was tempered by the sour taste of Brexit among the 500-plus attendees at Central Saint Martin’s art school, near the Eurostar terminal in St Pancras.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:04:06 GMT2017-03-29T17:04:06Z
Staffordshire bull terrier had attacked Mario Perivoitos before, neighbour says after man bitten on neck at north London home
A dog that mauled its owner to death while he was being interviewed by a BBC film crew had attacked him before, a neighbour said.
The man, named locally as Mario Perivoitos, 41, was with the film crew at his home in Wood Green on 20 March when his Staffordshire bull terrier attacked, biting him in the neck.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:50:20 GMT2017-03-30T07:50:20Z
Booker, target of a £3.7bn takeover by Tesco, reports sharp fall after ban on displaying cigarette packets
Booker, the wholesaler behind convenience store brands including Budgens and Londis, which is the target of a £3.7bn takeover by Tesco, has suffered a sharp fall in tobacco sales after a ban on displaying cigarette packets in shops.
Booker, which supplies 125,000 UK convenience stores, said tobacco sales dropped by 7.5% on a like-for-like basis in the three months to 24 March, while non-tobacco sales were up by 4.7%. Overall, like-for-like sales rose by 0.7%.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:18 GMT2017-03-30T05:00:18Z
Home secretary summons Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook for discussion on encrypted messages and extremist propaganda
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, will tell tech bosses they must do more to tackle terrorism during a private meeting on Thursday.
The firms, including Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, are being hauled before the home secretary days after she criticised some of them over their adoption of encryption techniques that mean users’ messages cannot be accessed. The move was prompted by the announcement by police that Khalid Masood had used one such app – WhatsApp – prior to carrying out the attack in Westminster that killed four people on Wednesday 22 March.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:32:08 GMT2017-03-29T18:32:08Z
Muslim and Jewish faith leaders, police and tourists among those commemorating the four people killed in terror attack
Hundreds of people gathered on Westminster bridge and outside the Houses of Parliament to pay their respects to the four people who were killed in last week’s terror attack in central London.
At 2.40pm on Wednesday, precisely a week after Khalid Masood drove into crowds of tourists and passersby on the bridge before stabbing to death a police officer at the nearby Palace of Westminster, the crowds fell silent, many bowing their heads.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:10:31 GMT2017-03-30T06:10:31Z
Chain looks to fill gap in the high street left by collapse of Woolworths as part of broader strategy to sell items priced over £1
Poundland is to put value fashion into more than 100 stores by the end of the year as it tries to step into the gap on the high street once filled by Woolworths.
The chain, which was bought by the South African group Steinhoff International for £610m in September, expects to put Pep&Co clothing outlets in up to 200 of its 850 stores over the longer term. Pep&Co is also also owned by Steinhoff.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:30:35 GMT2017-03-29T18:30:35Z
Julian Cole suffered a severed spinal cord after being arrested on a night out in Bedford in 2013, but CPS failed to find evidence against officers involved
Police officers will face no charges over the arrest of a man who was left in a vegetative state, having suffered a broken neck, after prosecutors concluded that there was not enough evidence against them.
Julian Cole suffered a severed spinal cord injury after a night out in Bedford in May 2013, during which he was arrested by officers and carried to a police van. Relatives of the black athlete and student later said they had been inspired to speak out about his case by the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:49:46 GMT2017-03-29T18:49:46Z
First minister condemns Theresa May’s decision to trigger article 50 and dismisses promise of new powers for Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to press on with a fresh independence referendum after dismissing Theresa May’s promise of substantial new powers for Scotland after Brexit.
The first minister said May’s decision to trigger article 50 on Wednesday, beginning the UK’s divorce from the EU, was one of the most destructive acts by a British leader in modern history, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs across the UK.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:01:10 GMT2017-03-29T23:01:10Z
Public Health England says changes to nine food groups could lead to 200,000 tons of sugar being taken out of snacks yearly by 2020
Chocolate bars and sweets are likely to get smaller as a result of a major push from Public Health England, which is urging the food industry to help fight obesity by cutting 20% of sugar from the main snacks and foods that children eat.
After talks with the confectionery industry, which has said removing sugar and keeping the taste would be hard, PHE is recommending they make the change by shrinking the size of the sweets and chocolate bars they sell.Continue reading...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:18 GMT2017-03-30T05:00:18Z
New advice to judges says offences in domestic context are more serious because such incidents are rarely one-off
Domestic violence should be punished more severely than similar attacks against strangers outside the home, according to draft guidelines published by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.
The recommendation reflects a shift in public attitudes towards domestic abuse. Forty years ago police officers often ignored complaints by wives against their husbands.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:01:10 GMT2017-03-29T23:01:10Z
British gardens also saw a ‘waxwing winter’ in this winter’s Big Garden Birdwatch, conservationists say
The number of robins visiting gardens hit a 20-year high in this winter’s Big Garden Birdwatch, conservationists said.
Average numbers of the robin seen in gardens were up to their highest levels since 1986, making it the seventh most commonly seen bird in the citizen science survey in January.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:13:40 GMT2017-03-29T15:13:40Z
Regulator to set minimum programming quota for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland based on population size
The BBC is to be forced to spend more of its programming budget outside London, with potentially large spending increases in Scotland and Northern Ireland, under tougher targets set out by its new regulator, Ofcom.
The proposals, announced ahead of Ofcom’s takeover of BBC regulation on Monday, will for the first time introduce a minimum network quota for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland based on their population size. The quota will also set a target for network hours commissioned as well as spending.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:58:06 GMT2017-03-29T09:58:06Z
Competition regulator says £21bn deal would create a ‘de facto monopoly’
The £21bn merger between the London Stock Exchange and its German rival Deutsche Börse has fallen apart after it was blocked by the European commission on the day that Britain served notice on its EU membership.
Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition regulator, said the deal between the London and Frankfurt exchanges would create a “de facto monopoly in the crucial area of fixed income instruments”.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:17:11 GMT2017-03-29T16:17:11Z
Sleep deprivation highlighted in inquiry into role of education in preventing mental health problems in children
Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs have been told.
Edward Timpson, minister for children and families, highlighted the issue while being questioned by MPs who are investigating the role of education in preventing mental health problems in children and young people.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:14:10 GMT2017-03-29T17:14:10Z
Airlines and auto industry remain concerned over race to secure a deal that can retain access to European single market
British businesses have cautiously welcomed the prime minister’s pledge to work for a “bold and ambitious free trade agreement” with the EU as part of the Brexit negotiations, but reiterated warnings that it would be disastrous for the UK to leave without a deal.
Concerns have been rising among businesses in recent weeks that the UK could be heading towards a hard Brexit that would mean paying World Trade Organisation tariffs of about 5% on imports and exports with Europe.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:13:38 GMT2017-03-29T16:13:38Z
Journalists said to be shocked as ex-News of the World editor jailed over phone hacking gets job to promote truthfulness of papers
Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World who was jailed following the phone-hacking scandal, has been hired to do PR for the Telegraph Media Group (TMG).
His public relations firm, Coulson Chappell, has been awarded a contract to improve the standing of the company’s publications, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. His main brief is thought to be to promote the papers as truthful and authoritative.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:21:41 GMT2017-03-29T17:21:41Z
World’s biggest insurance market expected to shift 100 out of 600 jobs from London to retain presence in EU post-Brexit
Lloyd’s of London will announce on Thursday that it has picked Brussels as the base for its new EU subsidiary to secure a European foothold after the UK’s departure from the EU.
The announcement by the world’s biggest insurance market will be made alongside its annual results, a day after Theresa May triggered article 50 to kickstart the process of leaving the EU.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:11:48 GMT2017-03-29T10:11:48Z
Seventeen held after activists prevent departure of flight taking asylum seekers and other migrants to Nigeria and Ghana
Police have arrested 17 anti-deportation protesters who locked themselves to an aircraft at Stansted airport, preventing a charter flight due to remove asylum seekers and other migrants from the UK from taking off.
The protesters locked themselves to the wing of a Titan Airways flight and refused to move. All 17 protesters involved with the action have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and are now in police custody.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:41:11 GMT2017-03-29T10:41:11Z
Club refute ‘wholly false’ claim by Mustafa Bashir that he would receive a professional contract if he was not sent to prison
Leicestershire County cricket club has issued a legal warning to an abusive husband who was spared jail after he made “wholly false” claims that he was about to sign a contract with the club.
Mustafa Bashir forced his then wife, Fakhara, to drink bleach and hit her over the back with a cricket bat but was spared jail by judge Richard Mansell QC after his lawyers told the court he had been offered a contract by Leicestershire as a professional player, but only if he was not sent to prison.Continue reading...
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:29:28 GMT2017-03-29T07:29:28Z
Family of Andreea Cristea say thanks to emergency and medical workers and for ‘love, support and respect’ she is receiving
A Romanian tourist who fell into the Thames during the Westminster attack is in critical but stable condition, her family have said.Continue reading...