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S H O R T L I S T E D
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N E W S PA P E R
Inspiring the
next generation
Major
warning
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TODAY
Former
PM offers
damning
verdict
on Brexit
Robert Peston on why he’s
talking to pupils P3 & 11
PLUS
New route into
Oxbridge for black
students P30
THU
Nu
e
018
267
O F
T H E
Y E A R
Brilliant
new i
columnist
Deborah
Orr
P17
P5
Whiteout
Britain
» Road, rail and air travel across UK badly hit by snow and freezing
temperatures with Storm Emma set to bring more disruption
» Met Office warns that communities could be cut off for days
» Weather red alert sounded for first time in Scotland
P7-9
Carnage
on the
high street
Found: first
stars in the
universe
P13
INSIDE RAJ PERSAUD
P15
P27
Why World Book
Day can be a parent’s
worst nightmare
Can coffee
make you
fitter?
P26
I BIG SIX ENERGY SHOCK
P33
P40
I TV GUIDE
P28
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
POLICE
Who is trying
to put a
spring in
our steps?
See p.8
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
1
MARCH
Quote of the day
I don’t even butter
my bread; I consider
that cooking
KATHERINE CEBRIAN
Three arrested over
Leicester explosion
Three men have been arrested on
suspicion of manslaughter following
the deadly explosion in Leicester
on Sunday night. The three, all
in their 30s and from the East
Midlands, East Anglia and the
North West, are being questioned by
Leicestershire Police.
NHS
BUSINESS
UNITED STATES
MUSIC
Fewer nurses but
more managers
Royal Mail stamps
mark on FTSE 100
Spotify plans New
York share listing
Richards sorry about
Jagger ‘snip’ remark
The latest NHS figures reveal
that the number of nurses in the
service are down but the number in
managerial positions has increased.
The number of senior managers in
the NHS rose by 7 per cent in the
past year to a total of 10,300, but the
number of nurses and health visitors
fell by 0.2 per cent to 284,000.
Royal Mail has returned to the FTSE
100 Index after a 10-month dispute
with the Communication Workers
Union came to a close with a pay and
pensions settlement in February.
The market has sent its stock price
up 51 per cent since early November,
securing a market capitalisation of
£5.6bn. PAGE 42
The world’s largest music
streaming company Spotify is to
go public. The Swedish firm, which
currently has more than 71 million
paying users across the globe, is
set to list its shares on the New
York Stock Exchange. The offering
values the company at more than
$23bn (£16.7bn).
Keith Richards says he regrets
saying Mick Jagger needed a
vasectomy after having his eighth
child. The Wall Street Journal
magazine reported that Richards
said “it’s time for the snip – you can’t
be a father at that age [74].” But
Richards said later: “I deeply regret
the comments about Mick”.
UNITED STATES
IRELAND
FILM
UNITED STATES
Trump aide Hicks
to quit White House
Snow halts Winter
Olympians’ return
Hope for ‘Death of
Stalin’ in Russia
Armed couples get
married in church
One of President Trump’s closest
aides, his communications director
Hope Hicks, is to resign from her
post, the administration said last
night. The 29-year-old former model,
who was originally Mr Trump’s
press secretary, took over the role
in August following the sacking of
Anthony Scaramucci.
The homecoming for Team Ireland’s
Winter Olympic team had to be
postponed yesterday... because of
snow. Three of the five-person team
were due to be greeted by the Irish
Minister for Sport at Dublin airport;
however, the party’s flight back
from South Korea was diverted to
Manchester because of the weather.
Armando Iannucci remains
optimistic that The Death Of Stalin
will be granted a cinema licence
in Russia. The writer and director
believes his satirical film exploring
the aftermath of Joseph Stalin’s
death may be re-approved following
presidential elections in the country
on 18 March.
Couples carrying AR-15 rifles
have exchanged wedding vows at
the World Peace and Unification
Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. The
ceremony led a nearby school to
cancel classes. The Rev Sean Moon,
son of church founder Rev Sun
Myung Moon, said God gave people
the right to bear arms. PAGE 25
Birthdays
Justin Bieber, pop singer,
24; Lupita Nyong’o (below),
actress, 35; Ron Howard,
film director, 64; Harry
Belafonte, singer, 91; Dalia
Grybauskaite, president
of Lithuania, 62; Roger
Daltrey, singer, 74
FOOD AND DRINK
The List
British values that
never change
Who’s brew?
Top for tea time
Kenya
Drinking tea first became a British custom when it was
popularised in the 17th century. It was then an expensive, exotic
import from the East, fashionable among aristocratic circles.
The International Trade Centre has released figures showing
the countries from which we import most of our black tea.
Countries from which the UK imported the most black tea in 2017
62,222
A set of 26 new designs for 10p
coins has been unveiled by the
Royal Mint to give an A-Z of what is
“quintessentially British”:
Anniversaries
Saturday 1 March 1692
In the village of Salem in
the Massachusetts Bay
Colony, Sarah Goode,
Sarah Osborne and
Tituba, an Indian slave, are
charged with witchcraft.
Tituba confessed later
that day, encouraging the
authorities to seek out
more Salem witches.
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Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
A Angel of the North
B Bond... James Bond
C Cricket
D Double decker bus
E English breakfast
F Fish and chips
G Greenwich Mean Time
H Houses of Parliament
I Ice-cream cone
J Jubilee
K King Arthur
L Loch Ness Monster
M Mackintosh
N National Health Service
O Oak tree
P Post box
Q Queuing
R Robin
S Stonehenge
T Teapot
U Union flag
V Village
W World wide web
X X marks the spot
Y Yeoman
Z Zebra crossing
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
tonnes
India
17,119
Malawi
11,197
Netherlands
Tea is still a firm
favourite; more
than half of Britons
have a daily cuppa.
61%
4,429
Switzerland
3,759
China
13.0bn
Tanzania
3,668
Poland
3,047
Rwanda
2,076
Zimbabwe
1,854
India
The top 5 revenueearning markets of the
tea industry in 2017 (£).
UK
1.1bn
8.4bn
Japan
USA
2.7bn
3.2bn
Indonesia
1,617
SOURCE: TRADE CENTRE/TRADE MAP, STATISTA
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NEWS
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3
i THURSDAY
1 MARCH 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
ThePage3Profile
ITALY
KRIS AVES, POLICE OFFICER
Rome mayor plans
to ban diesel cars
Oliver Duff
Why is he using a walking aid?
PC Kris Aves was left permanently
disabled after being run over by car
driven by terrorist Khalid Masood
during the attack on Westminster
last year. The policeman was walking
across Westminster Bridge on 22 March,
returning from a ceremony to honour
officers, when he was rammed by the
4x4 vehicle Masood was driving. Masood
killed five and injured 49 people during
the attack that day.
Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, will
seek to ban diesel cars to combat
air pollution in one of the most
traffic-clogged cities in the world.
The emissions are also threatening
thousands of historic monuments.
“If we want to intervene seriously,
we have to have the courage to adopt
strong measures,” Ms Raggi said.
#Skills2030 – a new
campaign for Britain’s
state schools
UNITED STATES
The US National Park Service
is considering new rules for
the disposal of human waste by
climbers on North America’s tallest
mountain, Denali. All water on the
Alaskan mountain comes from
melted snow, and contamination
can lead to diarrhoea and lifethreatening dehydration.
GERMANY
Council votes to keep
Hitler church bell
A hero’s return?
PC Aves is finally home again, thanks
to the “biggest response ever” to a DIY
SOS appeal for volunteer builders,
electricians and joiners who all worked
to transform the policeman’s home and
install wheelchair facilities. Narrow
doorways were widened and a bathroom
and ramp installed downstairs. In just
nine days hundreds of volunteers made
crucial changes to his home in East
Barnet so that he could be reunited with
his partner Marissa and son, aged six,
and daughter, four.
A town in Germany has decided
to keep a church bell dedicated to
Adolf Hitler ringing, but only as a
memorial to spark dialogue about
violence and injustice. Herxheim am
Berg council voted to preserve the
bell, which carries the inscription
“Everything for the Fatherland –
Adolf Hitler” above a Nazi swastika.
SCIENCE
Some have a ‘nose’
for authoritarianism
Was it hard to round up the troops to
transform the house?
Not at all. DIY SOS host Nick Knowles
told BBC viewers: “I’m not going
to pretend we had to find an army
because the moment people knew
what we were doing we had the biggest
response ever.”
Valerie Browne
People drawn to authoritarian
leaders are more likely to wrinkle
their noses at unpleasant body
smells, a study has found. Fans of
US President Donald Trump fall
into the category, say University
of Stockholm researchers, whose
work was published in Royal Society
Open Science.
PC Aves’s DIY SOS episode will be shown
on BBC1 on 7 March at 8pm
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on n
th ly
co a
nt
ra
ct
i@inews.co.uk
Climbers to be given
human waste rules
How is the PC now?
The tragedy left the father of two with
spinal cord injuries. He now uses a
wheelchair, as he has no mobility from
the chest down. For seven months
he was in Stoke Mandeville Hospital,
Buckinghamshire, unable to return
to his family home in north London:
the bathroom was upstairs, the house
wasn’t wheelchair accessible and a lot
of structural changes were needed.
In hospital the 35-year-old aired his
frustration about being parted from his
family: “I’m worried about getting ‘daddy
time’ back. It’s just been taken away from
you, and it’s not fair. It’s been too long.”
12
Letter from
the Editor
Today i launches a partnership
with the superb charity Speakers
for Schools, founded by Robert
Peston. It offers state school
students free talks from brilliant
and inspirational people.
Public schools frequently invite
speakers to address their students
– meaning that old boys and girls
go back to offer an insight beyond
the formal curriculum. Invaluable.
But why should this be the
preserve of a private education?
Speakers for Schools helps to
inspire future generations and to
offer practical advice. We’re
delighted to support a new initiative from them: taking leading
figures from business, tech and
culture into Britain’s secondary
schools, to spark discussion
around the skills that young
people will need for work in 2030.
During March, talks will take
place in schools around the UK
from dozens of speakers including
Twitter and Google execs Bruce
Daisley and Matt Brittin, Baroness
(Martha) Lane Fox, the V&A
director Tristram Hunt, Virgin
Money’s Jayne-Anne Gadhia and
the Bank of England’s Andy Haldane.
Our steam-powered curriculums pay lip service to the skills that
young people will want in 2030, in
a global economy transformed by
leaps in artificial intelligence. Over
coming days, we’ll bring you ideas
from leaders looking at this challenge. We hope you enjoy coverage
and, as ever, welcome your views.
So far, Speakers for Schools talks
have reached nearly half a million
young people around the UK. A
joyously simple idea, executed
with spark and imagination.
Report & Robert Peston, page 11
speakers4schools.org/skills2030
Twitter: @Peston, @olyduff
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NEWS
BREXIT
Theresa May
told MPs
yesterday
that ‘no
UK Prime
Minister
could ever
agree’ to the
plan from
Brussels PA
May: EU’s Irish border plan
‘risks breaking up the UK’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May faces a showdown with
Brussels after she flatly rejected its
suggestion that Northern Ireland
could follow European Union rules
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after Brexit with customs controls
shifting to the Irish Sea.
She told MPs that “no UK Prime
Minister could ever agree” to the
European Commission plan for
avoiding a “hard border” on the
island of Ireland. Mrs May argued
that the proposal, set out by the EU’s
chief negotiator Michel Barnier,
would risk breaking up the UK by
creating an internal trade barrier.
An alternative, which Mrs May
has also ruled out, would be to keep
the entire UK within the European
customs union.
The Brussels move was strongly
condemned by the Democratic
Unionist Party (DUP), on whose votes
Mrs May depends for a Commons
majority, but the Irish government
challenged her to come up with
another solution for the border’s
future status.
In December, Britain and the
European Union reached agreement
on the UK’s divorce terms from the
bloc, which included three proposals
for the Irish border.
The scheme which was fleshed
out by Mr Barnier yesterday is
regarded as a “backstop” by the UK,
but Brussels has indicated that it
does not believe Britain has provided
enough detail of its two preferred
border plans.
London aims to secure a deal on
the terms of a transition deal at
a summit in Brussels this month,
allowing trade talks to get underway.
At a p r e s s c o n fe r e n c e i n
Brussels, Mr Barnier signalled his
frustration at the lack of progress
in the negotiations that are ongoing,
saying: “We must pick up the pace.”
Mrs May’s stance on the Irish border
was welcomed by the DUP leader,
Arlene Foster, who denounced the
Brussels scheme as “constitutionally
unacceptable” and potentially
“catastrophic” for Northern Ireland.
The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar,
said that his preferred solution was
the so-called “Option A”, a new
relationship between the UK and
EU that is so close that a border is
unnecessary.
“Hardline Brexiteers and some
politicians in Northern Ireland will
say No and be angry at what they see
today, but just saying No and being
angry is not enough,” he told the Dáil
parliament in Dublin.
“If people do not like what they
see today, it is incumbent on them to
come up with alternative solutions
and to flesh out option A and
option B.”
But Sinn Féin president Mary Lou
McDonald said: “The Tory-DUP axis
is satisfied to treat the welfare of the
people of this island as collateral
damage so long as they achieve their
‘little Englander’ vision for Brexit.
“The position of the Tory-DUP
Brexiteers is that they will have their
Brexit at any cost.”
Sammy Wilson, the DUP’s
Brexit spokesman, said
yesterday: “The EU have been trying
to manoeuvre the negotiations
to ensure that the UK as a whole
stays within the single market and
customs union.”
IMMIGRATION
PM performs U-turn on
rights for EU citizens
By Rob Merrick
Theresa May has, in an apparent
U-turn, agreed that EU citizens who
arrive during the planned Brexit
transition period can settle in the UK.
The Prime Minister had vowed to
fight Brussels’ demand that residency rights be granted to its nationals who move in the period – of
about two years – when the
UK will still abide by
EU rules.
In January, Mrs May
insisted that the rights
offered had to be “different” because people arriving during the transition
period would be “coming to
a UK they know will be outside
the EU”. However, Downing Street
has now conceded that EU migrants
would be allowed to stay if they moved
to the UK during the transition
period, after the EU warned that it
would delay the start of talks about
a future trade deal. They would not,
however, be permitted automatically
to later bring over their relatives.
An announcement posted on the
Government’s website said: “EU
citizens and their family members
will be able to move to the UK during
the implementation period on the
same basis as they do today.”
The move is likely to anger
supporters of a hard Brexit on the
Tory benches who had insisted
that the EU’s proposal for
the transition period
was unacceptable.
But the move was
welcomed by the British
Chambers of Commerce,
which said that business
leaders would be “pleased
to finally have answers” on
the status of EU workers.
“Business will be pleased
that during a time of record-high
labour shortages, the Government
is showing a pragmatic approach to
immigration,” said the BCC’s director
general, Adam Marshall.
“Firms will want to see this realism
embedded in future migration policy
when the UK leaves the EU.”
THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
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BUSINESS SPORT
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POLITICS
i THURSDAY
1 MARCH 2018
5
PARLIAMENT
Johnson
chastised
for evading
border query
By Dan O’Donoghue and Harriet Line
Sir John Major said Mrs
May was in the grip of
‘ultra-Brexit’ views
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Major demands ‘unrealistic’ May
grants second referendum on EU
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Sir John Major signalled his support
for a second referendum on European Union membership as he called
for Parliament to hold a free vote on
whether Theresa May’s Brexit deal
should be put to the country.
The former Tory prime minister
passed a scathing verdict on Mrs
May’s “unrealistic” negotiating
strategy, accusing her of being in the
grip of “ultra-Brexit” views.
He argued that by pushing for exit
from the European customs union
she was pursuing a direction that
would leave people worse off, cost
jobs and diminish the UK’s influence.
Sir John said the government
had a duty to consider the impact of
Brexit on the “wellbeing” of people
and warned of a “terrible backlash”
if it left the country weaker.
Speaking in London two days before Mrs May sets out her vision for
a post-Brexit Britain, he concluded
that her “meaningful vote” on Brexit
should give MPs the options of accepting or rejecting her deal, sending her back to the negotiating table
or ordering a fresh referendum.
“By 2021, after the likely two-year
transition, it will be five years since
the 2016 referendum. The electorate
will have changed,” he said.
“No-one can truly know what ‘the
will of the people’ may then be. So let
EUROPE
Reform EU to stop Brexit, Blair urges
By Rob Merrick
The EU must “share the
responsibility” for finding a way
to stop Brexit by agreeing to
tighten immigration controls,
Tony Blair will say.
Speaking in Brussels, the
former prime minister will urge
EU leaders to recognise the Leave
vote as a “wake-up call” – arguing
reform would help persuade the
British public to change its mind.
Mr Blair will say Britain’s
departure also “weakens
Europe’s standing and power”,
undermining the single market
and creating “a competitive pole”
across the English Channel.
And he will point to immigration
as the key reform needed, while
also warning time is running out.
“We have months, perhaps weeks,
to think, plan and act,” he will say.
“Europe knows it needs reform.
Reform is key to getting Britain
to change its mind,” Mr Blair will
tell the European Policy Forum.
Parliament decide or put the issue
back to the people.”
Sir John insisted MPs should
be given a free vote on Mrs May’s
deal and act “on the basis of their
own conscience”.
He also doubted whether Mrs
May’s aims were realistic and argued
that she had only achieved progress
when she had given ground.
Downing Street rejected his
call for a free vote, confirming that
the party would impose a threeline whip, and also ruled out a
second referendum.
“The Prime Minister is confident
of getting the right Brexit deal and
anticipates that MPs from across
the House will support it,” a spokesman said.
Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg
said: “You would expect John Major
to make a statesman-like speech
free of propaganda and cheap comments, but in fact it is all cheap comments and propaganda.”
LABOUR
No more cash from Mosley after leaflet comes to light
By Nigel Morris
Labour announced it will accept no
more donations from the privacy
campaigner Max Mosley, who is at
the centre of a racism storm.
The Daily Mail has obtained a byelection campaign leaflet published
by Mr Mosley in 1961 linking nonwhite immigrants with diseases such
as tuberculosis, VD and leprosy.
The multi-millionaire motor-
racing tycoon has donated more
than £500,000 to the office of Tom
Watson, the deputy Labour leader,
last handing over money in 2017.
Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman
described language in the leaflet
as “utterly repugnant”, adding: “I
don’t think there will be any more
payments… We have moved away
from large individual donations and
they will be judged on the criteria
of whether they are appropriate
or ethical for the Labour Party
to accept.” The party
has no plans to return
the donations.
The Mail argues that
the discovery of the
leaflet raises questions
over evidence which
Mr Mosley (inset) gave
under oath in a High Court
trial when he successfully
sued the News of the World in
2008. During the trial he denied
such a pamphlet existed.
Mr Mosley insisted he
did not recall the leaflet and said he would
not be deterred from
campaigning against
press abuses. The newspaper passed a dossier
on the claims to the Crown
Prosecution Service, which
in turn sent it to Scotland Yard.
Boris Johnson was branded a “disgrace” after failing to answer questions in the Commons about his
apparent suggestion that a hard border in Northern Ireland remained
a possibility.
MPs heckled and jeered the Foreign Secretary, who left the chamber
after Prime Minister’s Questions –
despite an urgent question from Labour on Mr Johnson’s comments.
The former London mayor caused
controversy after a leaked memo
to Theresa May suggested that
the Government should focus on
preventing the border becoming
“significantly” harder.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily
Thornberry, who secured the question, described Mr Johnson’s absence
as a “huge discourtesy”.
She said: “It is a disgrace and a
huge discourtesy to this House that
the Foreign Secretary is not here to
answer the questions on his memo.”
Cabinet Office Minister David
Lidington told MPs that as he had
Cabinet responsibility for constitutional affairs, it was “perfectly reasonable” that he, and not the Foreign
Secretary, should be responding to
the question.
He added: “He, like every other
member of the Cabinet, stands foursquare behind our support for the
Belfast Agreement.”
EDUCATION
Students hit by
strikes ‘deserve
compensation’
By Alison Kershaw
Universities should compensate students affected by ongoing strikes by
union members in a bitter row over
pensions, Sam Gyimah has said.
The universities minister said the
Department for Education (DfE) is
“looking closely” at the issue.
He urged the University and College
Union (UCU) to call off the industrial
action, saying it is in the interests of
students, who are paying striking
workers’ wages. His comments came
as walkouts entered their fifth day.
UCU members are protesting
about changes to the Universities
Superannuation Scheme. Tens of
thousands of students have signed
petitions calling for compensation for
loss of lectures and classes.
Asked by reporters if universities should look at compensating
students if the strikes continue, Mr
Gyimah said: “Absolutely, I’m very
serious about that.
“I know some universities are looking at putting the money that they
save from not paying striking staff
into student support funds.”
6
NEWS
HEALTH
New DNA test offers better breast cancer risk assessment
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Doctors will find it easier to predict
which women are at risk of breast
cancer after a scientific breakthrough
identified 24 new genetic “early
markers” for the disease.
Australian researchers used
new DNA analysis techniques
to determine hereditary genetic
characteristics of at-risk people
that were previously impossible to
identify. That was because these
genetic variations involve changes
deep inside DNA – known as DNA
methylation – rather than mutations
on the surface of the genes, which
are easier to see.
Methylation-spotting techniques
applied to breast cancer for the
first time have identified two dozen
markers for heightened risk. “This
groundbreaking work is not only
helpful for women from families
with many cases of breast cancer,
but it will improve breast cancer risk
prediction for all women and pave the
way for the development of suitable
therapeutics for breast cancer,” said
Professor Melissa Southey, of the
University of Melbourne.
The researchers analysed only
1 per cent of the human genome,
suggesting that eventually doctors
will be able to identify hundreds of
such markers through blood tests.
“One would reasonably anticipate
that there are many many more to
be found,” added Prof Southey.
She likened the research into
DNA methylation to the beginning of
genetic mutation, or variant, analysis
in 2007. “Back then, we published the
first five common genetic variants
associated with breast cancer,” she
said. “Today, we have identified
close to common genetic variants
associated with breast cancer and
together they explain 18 per cent of
the heriditary risk.”
DNA methylation could make it
far easier for doctors to determine
who has an inherited predisposition
for breast cancer. This would allow
them to make lifestyle changes,
have regular screening, take drugs
to reduce their risk or consider
preventative surgery, says a report in
the journal Nature Communications.
EDUCATION
save
Teachers ‘pay
up to feed their
hungry pupils’
free bagels fortified with Vitamin D.
Facilities and staff are provided by
the schools themselves.
Teachers are buying food for pupils
Tracy Freeman, the charity’s
to stop them starting classes regional leader for Scotland, said
hungry, a charity warned yesterday she was shocked by some of the
as it announced plans to provide things she had heard from teachers
free breakfasts for 400 children in over the past year. “I often heard that
Scottish schools every day.
breakfast was the first meal some
Some children are so reliant on children would have eaten since
school meals that they often do not the school lunch the day before,”
eat between lunch and attending a she said. “At almost every school I
breakfast club the following
visited, there was evidence of
day, according to the Magic
teachers paying for food
Breakfast charity. The
themselves to address the
organisation, which
hunger they saw in their
already provides free
classroom every day.
breakfasts to more
“These teachers
Free breakfasts
than 31,000 pupils at
realised that by giving
being delivered to
schools in England, is
food to children at risk
Scottish schools
formally launching in
of hunger before class,
every day by the
Scotland today.
they might be able to
charity Magic
Breakfast
It is working with 13
concentrate and learn.”
schools in Edinburgh,
M a g i c B r e a k f a s t ’s
Glasgow, Fife and North
work was backed by i’s 2017
Ayrshire to help 400 children a day. It Christmas Appeal. To date the charity
also aims to begin delivering food and has received generous donations
offering support to schools in East from readers totalling £175,000.
In December, i reported from
Ayrshire, Falkirk, Inverclyde, North
Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and West Abercorn Secondary in Glasgow,
where teachers said some pupils
Dunbartonshire later this year.
The charity focuses on reaching would arrive for lessons crying with
children in disadvantaged areas hunger before Magic Breakfast was
and delivers breakfasts to schools in introduced. Anthony Currie, the
deprived areas with high numbers of head of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic
Primary in Edinburgh, said its pupils
pupils from low-income families.
It provides low-sugar cereals, had “thrived” since the introduction
porridge, unsweetened juice and fat- of free breakfasts through the charity.
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raise £100,000 for Magic Breakfast,
enough to pay for 500,000 healthy
morning meals for pupils.
However, to date the appeal has
raised about £175,000 thanks to the
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A pedestrian negotiates
Gardner Street in Glasgow
yesterday; a snowboarder
(inset below) in Greenwich
Park, south-east London GETTY
WEATHER
HEALTH
Red alerts as heavy snow puts lives
in danger and leaves trail of chaos
Appointments
at hospitals
are cancelled
By Sally Guyoncourt
Arctic conditions brought major
disruption to Britain as the so-called
Beast from the East stormed across
the country leaving chaos in its wake.
For the first time, the Met Office
issued a red alert weather warning
in Scotland as forecasters warned
“blizzard-like” conditions were
expected to hit the central belt,
Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
The alert means a risk to life is
likely and warned those in the area
to “take action now to keep yourself
and others safe”.
The south and east of the Irish
Republic were also put on red alert,
while south-west Wales could also
face the most severe weather today.
Amber warnings covered most of the
rest of the UK.
Heavy snowfall caused major
travel disruption with road closures,
stranded vehicles and cancellations
to flights and trains widespread.
The Met Office warned that rural
communities could be cut off for days
with power cuts and mobile phone
network disruptions, while police
warned people to avoid driving
if possible.
Three people were killed in a
crash in Lincolnshire and a man died
after a collision in Cambridgeshire.
Large sections of some of the
country’s major transport arteries
were closed by police as heavy
snowfall made them impassable.
The worst-affected areas were Kent,
East Anglia and the north-east of
England. The A1 in Durham was
closed between Scotch Corner and
Catterick after a lorry jackknifed.
In Norfolk, police reported roads
blocked as lorries and cars became
stuck in the snow, including the A11
southbound at Wymondham.
Richard Leonard, Highways
England head of road safety, said:
The Metropolitan police
last night said a man in
his 60s who was rescued after
falling into freezing water in
Welling, South London while
trying to save his dog, later
died in hospital.
FORECAST
Storm Emma to sweep in and join ‘Beast from the East’
By Sally Guyoncourt
Britain was braced for a second
red alert weather warning in the
space of just 24 hours as Storm
Emma swept in from the south to
join forces with the “Beast from
the East”.
Forecasters said a red alert
could be on the cards, the highest
level which means there is a
risk to life, for the south-west of
England and Wales. A Met
Office spokesman said:
“There is potential
for a red alert. It is
currently on amber
but we will make a
decision as things
develop overnight.”
Storm Emma
is expect to hit at
daybreak with the most
severe snow storms and
winds striking at midday
before moving north.
Katesbridge in Co Down
was the warmest place
in the UK yesterday
with a high of 1.7°C.
The coldest daytime
temperature recorded
was -5.3°C in Braemar,
Aberdeenshire, and
South Farnborough in
Hampshire hit -11.7°C at 2am.
“Drivers should plan their journeys,
monitor weather reports and pack a
snow kit of blankets, food, water and
a shovel if they really need to travel.
You should avoid driving during
heavy snow if at all possible.”
At Heathrow, British Airways
cancelled at least 103 mainly
short-haul flights. At London
City Airport 98 flights were axed.
Gatwick’s runway closed from 7am
to 1pm yesterday. Glasgow Airport
suspended all operations as the red
alert was issued.
Rail passengers fared equally
badly as severe weather halted trains
across the network. Travellers were
warned to avoid going to or from
Scotland by rail today. Last night,
the West Coast Main Line was closed
between Carlisle and Scotland with
no trains or replacement buses until
later today. No trains ran north
of Carlisle and sleeper services
between London and Scotland were
cancelled last night.
Many youngsters enjoyed a “snow
day” as schools were forced to shut.
Around 1,600 schools were closed
in Scotland and more than 2,624 in
England, with many expected to
remain shut today.
T h e N a t i o n a l E m e r ge n c y
Pressures Panel warned the NHS to
prepare for continued pressure as
severe weather gripped the country.
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By Sally Wardle
Hospitals have cancelled non-urgent
appointmentsbecauseoftheweather
and the cold snap could place the
NHS under renewed pressure, with
a rise in hospital attendance and
admissions expected.
A spike in norovirus cases and
high rates of flu have put the NHS in
its “most challenging circumstances
for years”, NHS England said. The
National Emergency Pressures
Panel (NEPP), which met yesterday,
warned that the NHS should prepare
for continued pressure. Its chairman,
Sir Bruce Keogh, said: “With the
severe conditions expected to
continue, we ask patients and their
families to bear with us as we seek to
minimise any disruption.”
An estimated 4,000 hospital beds
a week are being taken up by flu
sufferers as the NHS deals with the
worst flu outbreak of the decade.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole
NHS Foundation Trust, which runs
Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole
hospitals, cancelled all elective care,
including outpatient appointments.
And Medway NHS Foundation
Trust in Kent postponed some nonurgent operations and appointments.
Gateshead Health NHS
Foundation Trust asked off-duty
staff to come in to work, saying: “We
would really appreciate any extra
pairs of hands today.”
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NEWS
NATURE
Spring had sprung, before ‘Beast from the East’
By Emily Beament
Spring was making an early appearance before the freezing weather
of the “Beast from the East” swept
across the UK, sightings from the
public show.
The Woodland Trust’s Nature’s
Calendar scheme, which asks the
public to track the signs of the
seasons, had received more than
350 “unusual” early records before
meteorological spring officially
starts on March 1.
But with winter ending in subzero temperatures, wildlife experts
say many of the species putting in
an early appearance this spring
could suffer.
The first “spring” sign was hazel
flowering in Southampton last
October, the earliest recording
since 2000, and months before the
average first sighting of 2 March.
Red admiral butterflies were
spotted as early as 4 January,
compared to the average of 7 May,
while there have been sightings of
blackbirds nesting, frogspawn, red
tailed bumblebees and snowdrops.
Charlotte Armitage, citizen
science officer for the Woodland
Trust, said they had been “shocked”
by the number of early records
received this year – putting it down
to mild winter weather.
Clockwise from above: snow drifts across Zennor near St Ives,
Cornwall; walkers near the 30m-high Kelpies sculptures in Helix
Park, Falkirk; giant waves crash over Seaham lighthouse near
Durham; a hardy soul braves the icy waters of Hampstead Heath
bathing pond in north London soon after dawn yesterday; rolling
snowballs at Phoenix Park in Dublin; mounted police ride near
Admiralty Arch in Westminster PA: GETTY; REUTERS
EDUCATION
Children should take the
day off, says headteacher
By Florence Snead
The headmaster of a leading private
school has encouraged parents to
stay at home and play in the snow
with their children.
S h a u n Fe n t o n , o f R e i gat e
Grammar School in Surrey, which
remained open despite the snow, said
families should take the opportunity
to create special memories as, in his
experience, these would last “longer
than any lessons taught at school”.
Mr Fenton wrote in an email to
parents: “I realise that for some
families work or other commitments
mean that they will not have any
options about the day, whereas
for others it makes sense to enjoy
making snowmen and sledging.
“Looking back to my own childhood,
in these moments some fabulous
lifelong childhood memories were
formed, memories that lasted longer
than any lessons taught at school.
“I believe that there are too few
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Weather in brief
SOCIETY
Homeless hotline is
inundated with calls
A record number of rough sleepers
were referred to a specialist helpline
by members of the public.
More than 3,600 alerts were sent
to StreetLink, which connects the
homeless to local services, between
Monday and Tuesday morning –
the highest total ever for a 24-hour
period. The app enables people to
alert agencies if they fear for the
safety of those on the streets (below).
More than 2,000 of the referrals
concerned people in London, with
director Matt Harrison saying the
level of concern was “inspiring”.
He said: “We hope we can help even
more vulnerable people to get their
lives back on track this year.”
CRIME
Thieves caught out
by trail of footprints
Two suspected thieves were
arrested after they left a trail of
footprints in the snow.
Officers in Macclesfield received
a report of a theft from a van on
Tuesday night. Police said they
followed a line of footprints in the
snow and arrested two men, both
aged 39 and from Manchester and
Stockport, on suspicion of theft.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire
Police said: “The offenders made off
on foot leaving a trail of footprints
in the snow. Officers made a search
of the area and arrested two men.
Items were recovered nearby.”
LEISURE
Conditions are snow
joke for ski centre
CONSUMER
snow days for our children where
they can go out and enjoy making
snowmen and go sledging.
“Therefore, if there is a lot of snow
and you can go sledging or make
snowmen with your children today,
then maybe today is a chance to make
some special memories.”
A tiny school which stands more
than 1,100ft (335m) above sea level
defied blizzards and stayed open as
teachers and pupils struggled in and a
parent with a digger kept paths clear.
Wearhead School did not shut,
unlike more than 240 others in
County Durham. The school’s 27
pupils mainly live on local farms and
it has closed because of bad weather
only once in the past 13 years.
Cold weather
payments total
£41m this winter
By Ian Jones
Three-year-old Wilfred Martin puts
his sledge to the test in Richmond Park,
south-west London, yesterday PA
Plunging temperatures have
triggered the highest amount
of cold weather payments so far
this winter.
An estimated £20.3m has been
paid out by the Government to
a total of 813,000 people in the
seven days to 23 February. It
beats the previous high of £16.4m
in the week ending 15 December.
In total £40.8m is estimated
to have been paid out across
Britain since the 2017-18 scheme
began, far above the amount
for 2016-17 (£3.1m) and 2015-16
(£3.9m) but well below the
£141.7m paid in 2012-13.
Payments are triggered
by data collected by the Met
Office from 94 weather stations
around Britain.
A sum of £25 is automatically
paid to eligible people in
every area where a weather
station shows the average
temperature has dropped,
or is forecast to drop, to zero
degrees or below for seven days
in a row.
A ski centre closed its doors
yesterday, saying that its slope
“doesn’t run well in snow”.
Chatham Ski Centre in Kent said
it would have to wait until the snow
melted to reopen its dry slope.
Bosses wrote on Facebook that it
closed because of an “inaccessible
car park”. But another explanation
from the manager read: “The slope
doesn’t run well in this snow. It’s
just not compacted, so you ski on
the matting. We don’t have piste
grooming equipment.”
The closure provoked hilarity on
social media. One Twitter user said:
“You couldn’t make it up!”
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Public libraries have suffered a
drastic decline in numbers of books
on their shelves, figures reveal today.
Released to coincide with World
Book Day today, the statistics
underscore growing concerns about
declining opportunities for children
to pick up books.
Figures released by the House
of Commons Library and seen by i
show that the total stock of books
in libraries has reduced by almost a
fifth since 2010. Stocks in England fell
from 78.4 million volumes in 2010-11 to
63.3 million in 2016-17, a reduction of
15.1 million or 19 per cent.
The total of titles available for
lending has fallen by 7.7 million, the
number of adult fiction books in
libraries has fallen by 3 million and
there are 3.7 million fewer adult nonfiction books on shelves.
The shadow Culture Secretary,
Kevin Brennan, said: “World Book
Day is a great opportunity to
celebrate the joy and excitement
that books can bring, but we cannot
be complacent. Figures show that
almost a fifth of book stock
has been lost from our
libraries over the past
seven years. Labour
is calling on the
G overnment to
mark World Book
Day by ending
the cuts that put
libraries at risk.”
T h e re s u l t s o f
the annual National
Literacy Trust survey, also
released today, found that more than
half of children at Key Stage Two
are not read to at home, even though
education experts say that shared
reading improves a child’s enjoyment
of literature and helps to improve
their overall performance at school.
The trust’s survey questioned
49,042 pupils at UK schools and
revealed that nearly half (47.5 per
cent) of those aged eight to 11 did not
read with anyone outside school – a
proportion which increased to 72 per
cent across the full school age range.
More than 50 per cent of pupils
who did read at home said that it
helped them to feel calm.
World Book Day has launched a
three-year campaign to get parents
to “Share a Story” and read with
their children for just 10 minutes a
day to help cement a love of reading.
A highlight of its campaign is the
release of Good Night Stories for Rebel
Girls 2, a sequel to the best-seller that
features 100 tales about women who
have changed the world.
The new book includes Oprah
Winfrey, JK Rowling and Beyoncé,
as well as less well-known women
suggested by readers of the first
volume. These include the first allfemale anti-poaching unit in South
Africa, the Black Mambas.
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Pupils prepare for the challenges
of working in an automated world
Many schoolhildren fear a lack of contacts could hold them back
SPEAKERS
FOR
SCHOOLS
70%
of students are aware that some jobs are
likely to be automated by the year 2030,
which means that computers or robots
will do these jobs instead
Q Which of these do you think would stop
you from being successful in your
career in the future?
Not having enough confidence in my abilities
47%
The UK leaving the European Union (Brexit)
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
71%
think it will be more difficult for people
to get a job in 2030 than it is now
40%
Not having enough work experience opportunities
38%
Not having enough money
Q How do you think jobs for people could
change by 2030?
33%
Not knowing the right people
29%
There will be more jobs requiring technical skills
(such as coding and handling complex data)
55%
There will be more jobs requiring creativity
35%
18%
More jobs will be short-term or temporary
of 18-year-olds believe that hearing from
successful people in industry will help
them to build the right skills for the future
34%
66%
of students believe that good
computer and IT skills are
important to be successful
in a future career
32%
think that learning
a foreign language
is important
Students aged 15 who cannot get work
experience from people they know
49%
Can get work experience but do not
believe it would be of good quality
13%
Think an apprenticeship
would be good for them
29%
SOURCE: YOUGOV
educational background would be manual work to middle-ranking
a problem. Robert Halfon,
jobs. It will have a huge impact
the Conservative MP for
on incomes. That is why
Harlow who chairs the
we need to have a huge
Commons Education
focus in schools on
Select Committee,
subjects like design
said that pupils were
and technology and
Proportion
“absolutely right to
robotics to ensure
of jobs
be concerned”.
these concerns do not
expected to
“Research shows
come to fruition.”
be lost to
that about 28 per cent
Will Dry, the coautomation
by 2030
of jobs will be lost to
founder of Our Future
automation by 2030,” he
Our Choice, a youth group
said. “We face the march of the
campaigning to thwart Brexit,
robots that will affect everyone from added: “This poll confirms what
28%
we have been saying: young people
aren’t just opposed to Brexit, they
are also scared by it. Politicians must
start listening to young people: any
Brexit will prove to be a disaster, a
great barrier to us succeeding.”
Andrew Law, the chairman of
the Board of Trustees of Speakers
for Schools, said: “The results of
the survey demonstrate clearly
the widespread career concerns
of students today. Lack of selfconfidence and family background
are the students’ key areas of
perceived weakness.”
The campaign Inspirational speakers to motivate state secondary school pupils
Leading lights from the worlds of
business, technology, culture and
politics are going back to school to
inspire future generations to
gain the skills for success.
Bruce Daisley, the
vice-president of Twitter
Europe; Baroness
Chakrabarti, the shadow
Attorney General;
Baroness Lane Fox (inset),
the founder of Lastminute.
com; and Dr Tristram Hunt,
director of the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London, will be among
the key figures to give inspirational
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Comment
Look beyond
exam grades
to encourage
free thinkers
Robert Peston
Survey findings
By Richard Vaughan
Pupils are prepared for a more
challenging workplace because of
the rise of automation – but many
fear that they will be held back by
parental income, a lack of contacts
and Brexit.
A YouG ov survey of 11- to
18-year-olds conducted on behalf
of Speakers for Schools and shared
with i, reveals that young people are
optimistic about their futures but
have concerns about barriers that
will prevent them from succeeding
in later life. i is partnering up with
the Speakers for School campaign
running this month.
The poll of just under 1,000 pupils
reveals that well over two-thirds
(71 per cent) are expecting it to be
tougher to find a job in 2030 because
of the automation of jobs and the
growth of artificial intelligence.
Young people also believe that
technical skills, such as coding
and dealing with complex data,
will be increasingly necessary,
as well as “softer skills” such as
creativity, communication and
problem solving.
But the findings reveal serious
misgivings among students – the
older ones in particular – about the
hurdles that will prevent them from
succeeding in life. Four out of 10
18-year-olds named Brexit as being
one of the biggest potential brakes
on their life chances; 38 per cent of
all respondents aged 11 to 18 said a
lack of work experience would hold
them back, while 47 per cent cited
low self-confidence.
Perhaps of even greater concern
is that 34 per cent of young people
thought parental income would
prevent them from succeeding,
while just under a quarter –
23 per cent – believed their
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talks to state school pupils as part of
a new national campaign.
Entitled “What skills will young
people need for work in 2030?”
(#Skills2030), the campaign
has been launched by
the charity Speakers for
Schools in partnership
with i. The charity was
set up in 2011 by the ITV
political editor Robert
Peston, with the aim of
“levelling the playing field”
for students at state secondary
schools by giving them access to
influential figures who were once the
preserve of public school old boys’
networks. Mr Peston said: “Speakers
for Schools and S4SNextGen are
dedicated to working with students
so that they acquire the confidence,
experience and knowledge to aim for
the top. As the students themselves
recognise, the industrial revolution
we are experiencing has made it
more important than ever that we all
do what we can to help young people
make the most of themselves – and
that is what our Skills 2030 campaign
is all about.”
The Skills 2030 campaign will
see 30 key figures take on the role
of ambassador speakers and visit
state schools to give motivational
talks, share insights and advice to
students on how to develop their
future careers. The talks are geared
to helping young people prepare for
an evolving jobs market, highlighting
the skills considered fundamental by
today’s leaders. Organisers hope it
will also prompt more leading firms
to open up opportunities to state
school students by offering work
experience via the charity’s new
programme, S4SNextGen.
speakers4schools.org/Skills2030
W
hen I left my
comprehensive school
in the late 1970s, and
university a few years
later, the economy was in a mess.
Unemployment was soaring.
Whole industries were going bust.
But even so, my generation
was lucky. It was obvious what
qualifications were needed to
obtain secure employment.
Employers took their
responsibilities seriously, to
provide a career structure and
decent pensions. Properties were
affordable even in London, for
those on average incomes.
I had little idea what I wanted
to do for a living. So I dabbled
for a few years until I fell into
journalism – and discovered that I
never wanted to do anything else.
For today’s school students, it
is so much harder. There are no
jobs for life. There are not even
many careers that come with the
kind of contracts that guarantee
paid work tomorrow, let along in
a month or a year.
For those who want to be their
own bosses, it is easier now to set
up and grow a business. But that
does not suit everyone.
More alarming, for young
people, are the rapid advances in
robotics and artificial intelligence
which, according to the Bank of
England, could put up to half of
all jobs at risk of redundancy.
We are living through an
industrial revolution which could
impoverish considerably more
people than it enriches.
This is why Speakers for
Schools, the charity that provides
free talks in state schools by
brilliant and inspirational
people, is running a series of
presentations for young people on
what skills they will need for 2030.
What worries me is that we have
a school system almost entirely
focused on compelling children
to get the best possible grades in
exams that themselves measure
a very limited set of skills.
There is not enough
encouragement of creativity,
flexible thinking, confidence,
intuiting, empathising, the ability
both to lead and work in a team,
the capacity to listen and adapt.
All this would be a priority
whether or not we were leaving
the EU. It is significantly more
pressing, now that we have to pay
our way in the world on our own.
Time to equip students, not for
the jobs of yesterday, but those
of tomorrow.’
Robert Peston is the founder of
Speakers for Schools and ITV’s
political editor
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Toys R Us and Maplin face collapse
with more than 5,000 jobs at risk
By David Connett
Thousands of jobs were put at risk
yesterday as two major retailers
called in administrators after rescue
hopes failed.
Toys R Us, which employs 3,200
people, and electrical goods giant
Maplin, which employs a further
2,300 people in 217 stores across the
country, both called in administrators after difficult trading conditions
caused them to fail.
The UK’s biggest toy seller has
been hit by a slump in sales as children shift to screen games, the spiralling value of sterling after the Brexit
vote driving up costs, and the growing problem of counterfeit goods. Its
US parent company filed for bankruptcy last September but the UK
firm admitted defeat yesterday after
hopes of finding a buyer vanished.
Administrator Simon Thomas
Prezzo to close 100 restaurants across UK
Hundreds of jobs are expected to be
lost at Prezzo as the restaurant chain
edges closer to a restructuring that
will see up to 100 sites close.
The company, owned by private
equity firm TPG Capital, is set
to launch a Company Voluntary
Arrangement (CVA).
A total of 100 of the Italianthemed chain’s 300 outlets have been
earmarked for closure, along with
its Tex-Mex chain Chimichanga.
Prezzo, which is working with
AlixPartners on the restructuring,
employs 4,500 people.
This year has also seen burger
chain Byron and Jamie’s Italian
undertake CVAs as they come under
increasing pressure from rising costs
and falling consumer confidence.
said: “We will be conducting an orderly wind-down of the store portfolio over the coming weeks.
“All stores remain open until further notice and stock will be subject
to clearance and special promotions.
We’re encouraging customers to redeem their gift cards and vouchers as
soon as possible.”
He said they would continue to try
and find a buyer.
Maplin called in administrators
after talks to sell the company collapsed. Chief executive Graham
Harris said it also suffered from the
slump in the pound after Brexit,
weak consumer confidence and also
a withdrawal of credit insurance.
“We believe passionately that Maplin has a place on the High Street and
that our trust, credibility and expertise meets a customer need that is
not supported elsewhere,” Mr Harris
said.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill, run by
retail billionaire Philip Day, had been
touted as a potential rescuer for Maplin but talks are thought to have
broken down, forcing Maplin to call
in administrators.
Richard Lim, the chief executive
of Retail Economics, said: “All is not
well on UK high streets. The perfect
storm of spiralling operating costs,
softer consumer demand, and seismic structural changes has claimed
more victims.”
Labour called on the government
to hold urgent talks with trade unions
and the companies to ensure that
jobs are safeguarded and problems
in the retail sector are addressed.
All smiles
on the
royal stage
Meghan Markle joined
the Duchess of Cambridge
on stage yesterday as the
royals set out their charitable vision for the future.
They joined Prince Harry
and the Duke of Cambridge,
as they outlined the
philosophy behind the
Royal Foundation, set up
by the brothers in 2011 to
pursue their charitable and
philanthropic interests.
The Duke said they
took inspiration from
their parents who were
“an example of diligence,
compassion and duty”,
and their grandparents,
who “had made support
for charity central to their
decades of service”.
Charities fund
goes on budget
shortfalls
Millions of pounds confiscated
from errant bankers and earmarked for military and emergency service charities has been
siphoned off by ministers to cover
shortfalls in departmental budgets, it has been claimed.
The Treasury, Ministry of Defence and Education Department
have used a fund set up to help
charities supporting military
personnel in dire straits cover
shortfalls in their own budgets, it
has emerged.
Over the past five years
ministers have taken a third of
the £973m cash collected from
fines paid by banks over the Libor
interest rate-rigging scandal,
according to The Sun newspaper.
Ministers have used £326m
of the fund to pay for projects
including improving army barracks, installing sports facilities
on military bases and buying
air ambulances.
Funding for such projects
normally comes from taxpayerfunded departmental budgets.
Johnny Mercer, a Tory MP and
army veteran, said he would call for
a Defence Select Committee investigation into the fate of the Libor
fund. “This is vital public money
that George Osborne specifically
targeted at a certain group who
have served this country, not to
bail out budgets elsewhere.”
Waist and hip
size link to
heart attacks
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
MOTORING
Across
Mobile use while driving halves
The number of motorists caught
using a mobile phone illegally has
almost halved since penalties for offenders were doubled, figures show.
Around 39,000 fixed penalty
notices (FPNs) were issued to drivers
from March to December last year
compared with 74,000 during the
same period in 2016, according to
police data.
The 47 per cent decline is due to a
combination of harsher punishments,
road safety campaigns and a lack of
enforcement due to reductions in
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HEALTH
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By Neil Lancefield
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traffic officer numbers, according to
the AA.
The figures were obtained after
the AA submitted Freedom of
Information requests to all of the
UK’s 45 police forces. It received
responses from 41.
Since 1 March last year, motorists
caught using a handheld phone have
faced getting six points on their
licence and a £200 fine – up from
the previous penalty of three points
and £100. March saw the most FPNs
issued for mobile use in 2017 as many
forces conducted a crackdown, with
more than 8,500 caught.
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oil plant (6)
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film (6)
Larger waist and hip sizes are
more strongly associated with
heart attack risk than overall
obesity, especially among women,
according to research.
In a study of nearly 500,000
adults aged 40-69 from the UK,
researchers found that, while general obesity and obesity specifically around the abdomen increases
the risk of heart attacks in both
sexes, women with higher waist
circumference and waist-to-hip
ratio have a greater risk than men.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that the differences
in the quantity and distribution of
fat tissue not only results in differences in body shape between
women and men, but may also
have differential implications for
the risk of heart attack in later life.
“Our findings support the notion that having proportionally
more fat around the abdomen (a
characteristic of the apple shape)
appears to be more hazardous
than more visceral fat which is
generally stored around the hips
(the pear shape),” said the study’s
lead author Dr Sanne Peters.
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Signals from first
stars found after
14 billion years
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Astronomers working in the Australian outback have found radio signals
from the first stars in the universe,
which are nearly 14 billion years old.
In an astonishing discovery, researchers have found evidence
that it only took about 180 million
years for stars to form following the
Big Bang that created an entirely
dark universe.
The 13.6 billion-year-old stars that
have just been detected are nine
billion years older than the Sun,
according to a study published in the
journal Nature.
The research found that
hydrogen gas – and the
universe as a whole – must have
been twice as cold at this point in
history as previously estimated,
putting it at minus 234°C.
“It is unlikely that we’ll be able to
see any earlier into the history of
stars in our lifetimes,” said project
leader Judd Bowman of Arizona
State University.
For the first 400,000 years after
the Big Bang the universe was dark.
There were no stars or galaxies and
the universe was filled with hydrogen
gas, the study says.
Then, for 100 million years or so
gravity slowly pulled the densest regions of gas together until, in some
places, the gas collapsed to form the
first generation of stars.
To detect the stars, researchers from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and Arizona State
University used a ground-based
instrument called a radio spectrometer, located at the Australian
national science agency’s Murchison
Radio-astronomy Observatory in
Western Australia.
As radio waves enter the groundbased antenna, they are amplified by
a receiver, and then digitised and re-
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How a doughnut
links the Earth
and the Moon
By Josh Gabbatiss
How the first
stars in the
universe might
have looked
NATIONAL SCIENCE
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corded by computer, in a similar way
to how FM radio receivers and TV
receivers work.
The signals detected by the radio
spectrometer came from primordial
hydrogen gas that filled the young
universe and existed between all the
stars and galaxies. These signals hold
a wealth of information that opens a
new window on how early stars –
and later, black holes and galaxies –
formed and evolved.
A new theory about the Moon’s origins has been proposed by scientists,
involving a spinning doughnut of vapourised rock.
The current, widely accepted,
theory is that the Moon was created
when an astronomical body the size
of Mars, known as Theia, slammed
into Gaia (the early Earth) around
4.5 billion years ago, with debris flying off to become the Moon.
That theory has now been challenged by an international team of
researchers in a paper published in
the Journal of Geophysical Research
– Planets. The new idea suggests a
synestia – a doughnut-shaped vapourised rock – was formed by the
collision. Over time, said co-author
Simon Lock of Harvard University,
the synestia cooled and shrank with
both the Earth and the Moon emerging from the vapour.
In astronomical terms, they believe
that this happened in a relatively
short space of time – over the course
of a few hundred years. The theory
would help explain why the Moon
is so similar chemically to Earth.
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SNOW COVERS
BRITAIN
WHAT NOW
IN SYRIA?
‘RED
SPARROW’
Problem
should not
be a surprise
What do the
strikers hope
to achieve?
Time for a
proper
debate
Trains
cancelled at
drop of a hat
The next
stage of
civil war
Shockingly
violent and
sexual
The Spectator
The Times
The Telegraph
EveningStandard
Daily Mirror
Forbes
Brexiters may worry
that the Irish border
issue is being “used to
frustrate Brexit” but
even Brexiters cannot
claim they were not
warned, repeatedly
and from a very early
date, that this could
prove a problem.
The Government has
had 18 months to
produce a workable
alternative plan and
has failed to do so.
(Alex Massie)
New Statesman
The simple trade-off
is this: you can’t
have significant
customs and
regulatory divergence
and maintain the
border between the
United Kingdom
and Ireland as it is.
(Stephen Bush)
Quote of
the day
Women don’t
need to find
a voice – they
have a voice.
Meghan Markle
Speaking at a
London forum
for the Royal
Foundation
I’m the son of one
professor and the
brother of another. It’s
a rare day when I don’t
consult the works of a
university researcher.
They deserve to be
well remunerated. But
with the best will in
the world, what’s their
strike for? What do
they hope to achieve?
(Daniel Finkelstein)
Varsity
The impact of these
strikes is extraordinary
because it is intimate.
They are forcing
engagement with the
real political issues
that have a direct
impact upon us –
right now, standing
outside our lecture
halls, and for a long
time into the future.
(Alice Hawkins)
It is time we had a
grown-up debate on
an issue dominated,
by unhelpful language
and confusion.
What does it mean
to be homeless
and how is that
different from rough
sleeping, or begging?
Who deserves our
sympathy, and who the
cold shoulder?
(Harriet Sergeant)
This is a time for
London to show its
best, Big Society
aspect. Old people will
be afraid to go out in
the snow for fear of
falls; so the rest of us
should not hesitate to
ask neighbours if they
need supplies. This
shouldn’t be an excuse
for the city to shut
down. (Editorial)
Targeting the Islamic
State jihadists was
relatively simple when
they had no missiles
to shoot down aircraft.
But Syria’s tyrant,
backed by Russia,
possesses the ability
to fire back. We need a
negotiated solution to
this terrible conflict,
not more fighting.
(Editorial)
TheGuardian
Daily Express
Are there any
circumstances
in which the rail
companies in this
country will not
take advantage of
their hard-pressed
passengers?
Hardly had the forecast
of snow been aired
before services were
being cancelled.
(Editorial)
Vox
The dirt under their
fingernails is merely
part of the act; they
deserve an Oscar, not
pocket change. You’d
expect to hear this
sentiment in a pub at
last orders – you don’t
expect to hear it from
a council leader, and
certainly not from the
police. (Daniel Lavelle)
The US has harshly
condemned the
onslaught but Syrian
leaders say the fighting
will continue. More
than anything, the
attacks show how
Eastern Ghouta is the
next battlefield in one
of the world’s worst
civil wars — and just
how bloody the fight
will be. (Alex Ward)
Red Sparrow is a grim
piece of work. It is less
an action thriller than
a borderline erotic
horror show, a coldblooded espionage
drama that sustains
itself through twists,
turns and periodic
bouts of onscreen
cruelty. It features the
kind of sexual content
and violence that is
barely possible in our
PG-13, four-quadrant
global blockbuster era.
(Scott Mendelson)
Chicago Tribune
The cast excels at
transcending its
material. The script
by Justin Haythe
matches Francis
Lawrence’s direction;
it’s workmanlike and
steady and pretty flat.
(Michael Phillips)
LifeInBrief
ANTONIO FRAGUAS DE PABLO SPANISH CARTOONIST
Antonio Fraguas de Pablo, whose
charming, reflective cartoons published
under the pen name Forges earned
him immense popularity in his native
Spain, has died aged 76.
Forges rose to prominence in the
1970s, when his newspaper vignettes
in the waning years and aftermath of
Francisco Franco’s regime helped a
nation bruised by authoritarian rule
see its ills through a comedic lens.
In 1976, just months after Franco’s
death, there appeared the first tome
of Forges’s Los Forrenta Años, a comic
book series in which he set out to
address close to 40 years of Francoist
rule, including its most tragic aspects,
in a frank yet funny way. In 1979, he
received the freedom of expression
prize from Spain’s union of journalists.
In response to his death, the
country’s best-selling general interest
newspaper El País called Forges “the
caricaturist who best represented the
past half century of Spanish history”.
Antonio Fraguas de Pablo was
born in Madrid in 1942, the second
of nine children of a Catalan mother,
María Ascensión de Pablo López, and
a Galician father, the novelist Antonio
Fraguas Saavedra.
Forges began work at 14 as a
technician at the state-owned
television broadcaster. He was once
charged with repairing Franco’s own
TV set, and met the general in person.
From that glimpse into Franco’s life he
retained “one very strange thing”: in the
dictator’s home, there were no books.
He himself nurtured more literary
ambitions. He took on the pen name
Forges, the Catalan translation
of Fraguas, “You forge”. In 1964, a
newspaper published one of his
cartoons for the first time; in 1973, he
decided to dedicate himself exclusively
to cartooning. His popularity quickly
grew, as the public came to love his
cast of characters – stone-faced
bureaucrats, overbearing bosses,
provincial old ladies dressed all in
black – and delighted in his daring
caricatures of the political class.
In one cartoon, Forges depicted
a small man in a large bed, staring
straight ahead as his wife says: “I’m not
asking for the impossible… Just imagine
I am the people…” Readers recognised in
this character a Francoist whose public
displays of power far exceeded, they
liked to think, his abilities in private.
Such cartoons were subversive, and
Forges faced trial several times. But he
always managed to bypass censorship
because his jokes, though teasing,
were not quite explicit enough to be
prosecuted. “Most of the times you
really couldn’t explain his jokes,” his
son, the journalist Antonio Fraguas,
said. “You only could laugh about them.”
He was ubiquitous in popular culture
not just through his estimated 250,000
cartoons but also through two films
he directed in the 1970s, television
programmes and comic books.
On a late night talk show in 2016,
Forges said: “Everybody dies. If you are
going to take that badly, you’re doing it
wrong. So you have to take it as a joke.”
To him, life was a comic strip, and so
was death. THE INDEPENDENT
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Does fear fuel America’s love of guns?
Conservatives’ creation myth makes them cling to second amendment
O
f all the stirring
words against gun
violence that have
been spoken since
14 February, I sort
of like Amanda
Meyer’s best. “I’m not a protester,
and activist or anything like that,”
she tells her own camera. “I’m just a
regular hillbilly gun owner.”
The gun she owns is a Sig Sauer
P229 pistol. Meyer goes on: “It’s in
the garage, field-stripped … and I
really like this gun. But what I really
like more is when people don’t get
killed. My brother shot and killed
himself, Sandy Hook occurred just
about 20 miles from where I was
teaching and my cousin and his wife
were in Vegas at the concert.”
So. She lost her brother. She was
nearby when 20 six- and seven-year
olds and six adult staff, like her,
were slaughtered. Family members
by luck missed out on being among
58 murdered people and 851 injured
in Las Vegas. All in recent years.
Anyway. To cut a short story even
shorter, the gist is that Meyer has
come to believe that the Second
Amendment is used as “an excuse
for treating children as collateral
damage in this country” and she
doesn’t think this is right. So she
goes into her garage and macerates
her P229 with an angle grinder. If
she sold it, she explains, it could still
be used to kill.
What’s great about Meyer is that
she is a person who has examined
the facts and changed her mind.
Sure, she saw a lot of death, up
pretty close, before she got there.
Her decision is informed by her
own grief and empathetic grief
for others.
But, in the US, which is pretty
much always in the throes of
controversy after a mass shooting,
one can see painfully clearly that
many minds are changed neither
in response to the terrible loss of
other humans nor in response to
the facts that those losses illustrate.
People are stubborn. We tend not to
like admitting we’re wrong. In a big
way. Which results in the cognitive
distortion that the therapists call
“emotional reasoning”, in which
we believe our emotional reaction
proves something to be true. We’re
most susceptible to emotional
reasoning when we are hungry,
angry, lonely or tired.
Why is there so much cognitive
distortion around this issue in the
US? In picking which driver of
cognitive distortion is behind the
emotional reasoning of US rightto-bear-arms advocates, I’m going
to plump for angry – anger being
a secondary response, most often
triggered by fear.
This fits in nicely with some
research by Yale psychologist John
Bargh which asked participants
about social issues, then asked
them again how they would feel
about the same issues if they
had “a superpower”. Half of the
people taking part in the study
were liberals, and their views
didn’t change. The other half were
conservatives, and they became
markedly more progressive in their
views once they felt physically safe
and protected.
So, it doesn’t seem too much of a
stretch to suggest that conservative
Top, semi-automatic pistols on sale in Las Vegas. Above, survivors of the
Florida shooting are maintaining pressure for gun control reform GETTY; AP
Americans like guns because they
feel frightened.
It’s particularly hard not to be
nonplussed by the gun-loving
madness of the religious right
in the US. And I do think all this
irrationality, all this belief in the
idea that the more guns everyone
has, the safer they’ll be, is mixed up
with religious thinking. Precisely,
with creation myths and even with
original sin. And also, of course,
with patriotism.
I think the US right clings to
the Second Amendment because
it is afraid of anything at all that
might dent the fragile, sugar-spun
confection that is the creation
myth of the USA. The idea of
rugged individualism underpinned
by sinewy intellectual gigantism
is heavily defended. The idea
of a bunch of adventurers and
chancers laying claim to land with
the assistance of slaughter, armed
attack, international abduction,
slavery, racism, repression and so
on… Well, not so much.
American conservatives, deep
down, want to protect the myth of
their own heroism and reject the
gnawing ignominy of their national
American
conservatives,
deep down, want
to protect the
myth of their
own heroism
original sin. Or, at least, this is the
manner in which I like to think, deep
down in their dark psyches, that the
buggers are suffering.
Who doubts, after all, that Trump
himself, the embodiment of all the
mixed-up, blustering, unquenchable
need for reassurance of heroism
and exceptionality that his party
has fallen prey to, does not, deep
down, suffer from an insecurity so
vast that he’d do anything to hide
his own fear from himself? Not
me. And I think that every single
American who supports him feels
the same. God bless America? God
help it.
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accents
It was interesting to
hear of Jane Merrick’s
experience as a
Northerner going South
(i, 28 February).
I did this in reverse.
Having been born
and brought up in
Hertfordshire, I met
and married a Yorkshire
man and have lived in
Yorkshire for 45 years.
Being proud of my
accent, which is in no
way “posh”, I have of
course taken on some of
the Yorkshire twang.
However, in my early
years up North, I was
mocked for my long “a”
vowels, even from some
of my primary school
pupils. I don’t think I
will ever flatten my
vowels but, having
listened to myself speak
on a video recording, I
am closely approaching
being accepted as a
Yorkshire lass.
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I do not agree with Jane
Merrick about accent
being the problem for
broadcasters and – more
importantly – listeners
on the BBC. I hear many
warm and engaging
regional accents on my
radio and television.
However, if an accent
is too broad then it
cannot be understood
by listeners and viewers.
Some recent dramas
have been spoilt by the
directors encouraging
actors to thicken their
accents to sound more
realistically rural. Many
viewers thought the
“mumbling” went too far.
Speaking clearly, so that
everyone understands,
should be the aim of all
broadcasters and actors.
Lazy speech has
nothing to do with accent
or class. It is education
that shapes a colourful
and natural accent and
turns it into a voice that
can be listened to and
understood with ease.
TERENCE FLEMING
GUISBOROUGH
feel sure that anything
is possible, given the
creative brains we have
in this country.
BOB BLACKMAN
FAREHAM, HAMPSHIRE
The Northern
Ireland issue
All power
to Pep
Simon Kelner is spot
on with his piece
“Political Pep should be
praised, not punished”
(i, 28 February).
Would not the Football
Association better
serve the game if they
focused on improving
the abysmal quality of
referees at all levels in
the professional game,
punishment of blatant
cheating by so-called
top-class players and
drug abuse, where
testing of players and
punishment of offenders
can be a lottery?
STEPHEN STOKES
FLINTSHIRE
Notes on the
Welsh language
Further to Darach
Ó Séaghdha’s piece on
the Irish language (i, 28
February), it should be
noted that the Welsh
language has also had
to adapt with the times.
Alongside the obvious
“ambiwlans” (ambulance),
“tacsi” (taxi) and “sgwter”
(scooter), we can also
boast “popty ping” (for the
microwave). Sadly, there
is no Welsh equivalent
for schadenfreude,
though this did not
prevent celebrations in
Cardiff when Scotland
beat England in the
Six Nations.
DAVID HUGHES
BATH
The Irish language
has been at the
centre of talks
over the future of
power sharing at
Stormont GETTY
Collective
showers
I thought I heard the
weather forecaster on
Radio 4 announce the
arrival of a “pestering”
of snow showers
this morning. What a
wonderful collective
noun, and possibly
an original one. Such
a change from the
pedestrian delivery
of the presenters and
their dependence on
interrupting.
ROGER BARESEL
LONDON
Snow brought
chaos then, too
Regarding the current
harsh weather, Eric
Sharp (Your View, 28
February) says that today
we “wouldn’t cope” as
they did in the past. He
fails to take into account
how the nation suffered.
There were huge
disruptions of energy
supplies. My mother
used to tell me how
desperate they were to
keep the house warm
enough for a new baby
when my sister was born.
Businesses and factories
had to shut because of
lack of fuel. Animals
froze or starved. It is a
myth that people were
more resilient than they
are today.
ALISON BUTLER
CAMBRIDGE
Charity for
charity’s sake?
I was horrified to see the
huge salary taken by the
CEO of Comic Relief.
If he/she doesn’t give
£100,000 of it to the
charity as a donation,
then it stinks of greed.
We have always given
to the Salvation Army
when they are asking for
money at the door, but
when I learnt that they
had allowed the company
they employ to collect
bags of clothing for them
to make a profit, I was
similarly horrified.
CLIVE PYGOTT
Plastic for
potholes
Following the
suggestions made by two
creative readers (Your
View, 26 February), I
would like to put forward
one of my own.
It would appear that,
given the black trays we
find our food in could be
separated and shredded
successfully, then the
black waste material
might be mixed with
quick setting asphalt and
shredded rubber (from
old tyres) and used to
fill the many millions of
potholes on the roads
– an ever increasing
problem, one hears. I
The British government
declared at Sunningdale
in 1973 and in the AngloIrish Agreement in 1985
and the Downing Street
Declaration in 1993 that
Northern Ireland could
vote itself out of the UK
and into a United Ireland
whenever it so wished.
Perhaps now is an
appropriate moment
for it to hold such a
referendum and end the
longstanding problem of
the tenuous relationship
between Ireland and
Britain and the present
political sticking point
with the EU.
T MURPHY
BURY, GREATER
MANCHESTER
Duped,
not stupid
Although I appreciated
Paul Mason’s thoughtful
article (i, 27 February),
I cannot agree that
“misled” is a euphemism
for stupid. And in view of
the catalogue of hazards,
pitfalls and obstacles to
a smooth Brexit, most of
which we had no inkling
of at the time, “duped” is a
better description.
DAVID BUCKINGHAM
LEAMINGTON SPA
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Can you ‘wow’
like Owen?
These days, it seems, you’ve got to take
your light relief where you can get it.
Which must be the reason behind the
bizarre rise of the “Say Wow like Owen
Wilson” movement.
Granted, it’s not quite got the same
weight or momentum as #MeToo
or #TimesUp, but it is on its way to
London after hundreds of people
gathered at Melbourne’s Federation
Square last weekend, just to chant
Wilson’s catchphrase. And no, there’s
no indication that any of this is just a
piece of performance art.
Fans of the 49-year-old actor will
have noted that he manages to sneak
several elongated “wow”s into each
movie and he previously admitted:
“They’re for my really committed fans.
There’s a little word that’s just a little
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Nicolas Zoumboulis, started it all on
Facebook – where else – and he went a
little further to describe it. “Ultimately
I just really want to put some ‘positive
energy’, as Owen likes to say, out into
the world,” he said.
There are now plans to hold a
London leg of this life-affirming
moment in Trafalgar Square on
11 March. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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Marcc Rose as Tupac and Wavyy Jonez as Biggie in the latest celebrity true crime dramatisation
Truth still proving elusive for Tupac and Biggie
Following the likes of The People
vs. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the latest
entertainment-world true-crime
case to be re-examined with a new
TV dramatisation is the murders
of Tupac Shakur and Christopher
‘Biggie’ Smalls.
The 10-part series, Unsolved: The
Murders of Tupac and The Notorious
B.I.G., looks at the still unexplained
killings of these two hip-hop greats.
But thank heavens for actor
Josh Duhamel (right), who plays
Detective Greg Kading, who has
it all figured out, apparently. He
told US Weekly: “We all know what
happened. And that’s one thing that
I think people are going to be most
surprised by.”
OK, we’re all ready for the big
reveal.
“Did they do it?” he asked. “Did
they not do it?”
Aren’t you meant to be telling us?
He adds: “There’s so many
conflicting theories that it’s hard to
sift through it all and find out what
the actual truth is. For all I knew,
Tupac might still be alive!”
Right. So this one is still filed
under unsolved, then.
Jennifer Lawrence at the London
premiere of ‘Mother!’ PA
She said she understands why
people might have voted for him:
“Here’s a big powerful man in a nice
suit, pointing at you and going,
‘I’m going to make you rich’. It’s so
appealing.”
What’s a little more difficult for
her to understand was a universal
panning for her last film, the
allegorical horror story, Mother!.
Directed by her then-boyfriend,
Darren Aronofsky, Lawrence, 27,
told Vanity Fair magazine: “Did you
guys not get it? I gave my body,
Darren gave his f**king heart. He
bled for that script, and you don’t
get it. It’s a little sad.
“And I remember letting it be sad
for a couple of days, and then I was
like, ‘You know what? This is not
where I get my happiness from. I get
my happiness from my friends and
my house – they’ve brought me so
much sanity.”
Lawrence:
Trump made
me political
Jennifer Lawrence has said that
the appointment of Donald Trump
as President forced her out of a
Hollywood way of thinking and into
becoming political instead.
The actress – currently appearing
in Red Sparrow – said: “I’ve always
thought that it was a good idea to
stay out of politics. Twenty-five per
cent of America identifies as liberal
and I need more than 25 per cent of
America to go see my movies. It’s
not wise, career-speaking, to talk
about politics.”
However, she adds: “When Donald
Trump got sworn into office, that
f**king changed.”
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There’s nothing ‘Beastly’ about snow in February
KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
T
here are two ways of looking
at the “Beast from the East”,
and this is exemplified by
the media coverage. On
the front page of this newspaper
yesterday was a picture of transport
chaos, with lorries, nose-to-tail
and stationary on a snowbound
motorway, under the headline “The
deadly big chill”. Another quality
newspaper used a rather different
image on its front page, that of happy
children sledging down a hill in West
Sussex. “Taming the Beast”, read
the caption on that picture.
Blessing or curse? I suppose it
depends how serious you are about
carrying on with your business,
regardless of the weather. Who can
blame children for making the most
of their unscheduled free time? They
don’t often get the chance to frolic
in the snow, after all. But what of
the schools? Hundreds of schools
up and down the country were
closed yesterday. Why? Was it really
impossible in every case to keep
them open?
I live in central London and when
I woke up yesterday, my street was
a blanket of snow. It’s highly unusual
to see snow settled in the capital’s
streets, and there was no sign that
Westminster Council had got their
gritting lorries out. Yet I got a taxi
and made my way into work. Almost
without exception my colleagues,
who live in various corners of
London, got to the office at their
usual time.
I looked on Westminster Council’s
website and saw that two schools
in my area were closed for the day.
Really? If I and my workmates could
travel about the city unimpeded by
this (largely) unexpected natural
phenomenon, how come these
schools were closed? One of them,
Our Lady of Dolours Catholic
Primary School, simply put on their
website: “School is CLOSED due to
extreme weather conditions... Please
stay safe and warm.”
Let’s be honest. These are not
extreme weather conditions, in
the correct sense of the term.
Unseasonal, yes. Inconvenient,
certainly. But extreme? That may be
true in certain outlying parts of the
nation, but in central London there
was maybe an inch of snow on the
ground at its worst.
There may have been other
reasons why the school was closed
for the day, but I find it hard to
believe that, with a modicum of will
and determination, its gates could
not have been kept open. And this,
I’d contend, might well have been the
case, too, at many other educational
establishments across the country.
And what happens when schools
are closed? It may be good news for
budding skeleton gold medallists,
but it also means that many parents
have to stay at home to look after
their children, with the consequent
loss of productivity for the nation.
The economic cost of this beastly
incursion into our weather patterns
is inestimable, but surely could have
been mitigated if we were just a little
more serious about work.
We knew we were in for a tough
week when, on Monday, a professor
from the British Antarctic Survey
was wheeled out on the BBC’s Today
to give us important advice. In times
of severe cold, wear a coat. That was
the gist of his expert counsel. And if
in doubt, he might have added, stay
at home.
PEOPLE
and has been said to have turned to
her for fashion advice. Harry is also
friends with her husband David, and
both the Beckhams were guests at
William and Kate’s wedding.
Could this be why there has
been so much “will they, won’t
they” confusion over rumours of
a Spice Girls reunion? The five
recently confirmed that they
were considering all possibilities
to “explore some incredible new
opportunities together”. Perhaps
they aren’t planning a tour at all, just
a one-off royal performance.
It would certainly make for a lively
do. Would Theresa May be up on the
dancefloor comparing leopard-print
pumps with Scary Spice? Fergie
would certainly bust a move to “Who
Do You Think You Are”.
But it could never happen. Camilla
wouldn’t stand
for it, for one –
just imagine her
scrapping with Geri
after Charles gets
his bottom pinched
again. Ginger Spice
famously called
the prince “sexy”
when they met
in 1997, and he
wrote to her after
she left the Spice Girls,
lamenting that the band wouldn’t be
the same without her.
And doesn’t anyone remember
the video for “Wannabe”? This lot
show up at a posh party and havoc
ensues. Just imagine. Mel C doing
cartwheels across the top table. Mel
B getting gobby with Prince Philip.
Baby Spice getting off with the guy
from Suits.
On second thoughts, bring it on.
We all need a bit of Britpop chaos to
spice up our lives.
Siobhán
Norton
Will the royal
wedding be
spiced up?
I
desperately want to believe
it. The idea that Harry and
Meghan’s first dance as a
married couple might be to
the strains of “2 Become 1” – the
same song that played during my
first disco slow
dance – is a
delicious thought.
Spice Girls
fans were pretty
excited too, after
Mel B dropped
hints that the band
might perform at
the royal wedding.
And there is,
apparently, no
greater fan than Harry himself – he
and the Girl Power posse go way
back. When he met them in 1997
(pictured), he described it as the best
day of his life. He was the envy of
other 13-year-old boys after holding
hands with Emma Bunton and
getting a kiss on the cheek.
Meghan Markle and Victoria
Beckham have also recently become
pally. Markle wore a knit by the
singer-turned-designer in one of
her official engagement photos,
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ENVIRONMENT
Pesticides used in Britain ‘do harm bees’
By Emily Beament
European experts are warning that
most uses of pesticides known as
neonicotinoids represent a risk to
wild bees and honeybees.
A study confirming the dangers
of three neonicotinoid pesticides on
bees has prompted fresh calls for a
total ban on the use of the chemicals
in the countryside.
The assessment by the European
Food Safety Authority (Efsa), which
looked at the impacts on wild solitary bees and bumblebees as well
as honeybees, confirmed most uses
of the chemicals pose a risk to the
insects. Concerns about the
chemicals impact led the
European Commission
to impose limits on their
use. The new proposals will restrict the pesticides to use only on
greenhouse plants.
Jose Tarazona of Efsa’s
pesticides unit said “The
risk to the three types of bees
we have assessed is confirmed.” Bees
can be exposed to the pesticides by
foraging on pollen and nectar from
flowering crops which contain residues of the chemicals.
They can also be exposed
to them through plants in
the vicinity of the crop
contaminated by drifting dust. Friends of the
Earth called for an urgent outdoor ban on the
chemicals. Sandra Bell,
its spokeswoman, said: “We
have been playing Russian
roulette with the future of our bees
for far too long.”
Dr Philip Donkersley of Lancaster
University said: “All three neonicotinoids evaluated show high risk for
exposing bumblebees through the
pollen and nectar that they feed on.
This exposure affects solitary bee
reproduction, colony viability and
learning ability in bumblebees.”
Dundee University’s Prof Christopher Connolly warned the greatest risk to bees was from ongoing
exposure due to the persistence of
the pesticides and their transfer to
other flowering plants, and constant
low-level pollution could also in-
crease the resistance of pests to the
chemicals. “A highly restricted use of
neonicotinoids would reduce this environmental stress and retain neonicotinoids as important pest control
agents for use in severe situations,”
he suggested.
Environment Secretary
Michael Gove said a total
ban in the countryside would be
supported by the UK and kept in
place after Brexit.
CULTURE
World’s oldest
tattoos found
on mummies
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
A wild bull and a mysterious “S”
motif on the bodies of two 5,000 yearold Egyptian mummies in the British
Museum are the oldest figurative tattoos in the world, research has found.
Infrared photography has pushed
back evidence for artistic body modification by a millennium, the museum
said. The mummies were
examined for a Journal of
Archaeological Science
research paper. Dating to between 3351
and 3017BC, images of
a wild bull and a Barbary sheep were identified on the upper arm
of a male mummy. Linear
and S-shaped motifs were
identified on the upper arm and
shoulder of a female mummy (inset),
the oldest tattoos ever found on a female body. Her symbols also appear
in pottery decoration. Below them on
her right arm is a linear motif.
Daniel Antoine, one of the paper’s
lead authors and a curator at the
museum, said: “Incredibly, at over
5,000 years of age, they push back
the evidence for tattooing in Africa
by a millennium.”
Joining dots on
the mysterious
whale shark
HEALTH
Ask Alexa for breastfeeding tips
By Siobhan Norton
One-in-three mothers feels embarrassed to ask for help with
breastfeeding from healthcare professionals, research has revealed.
A survey by Public Health England (PHE) shows that nearly a
quarter of new mothers (24 per cent)
wished they were more prepared
for breastfeeding.
The UK has among the worst
breastfeeding rates in the world. In
England, while almost three-quarters of women begin breastfeeding
when their child is born, rates drop to
44 per cent within six to eight weeks.
In response, PHE has launched a new
tool, Breastfeeding Friend, where
women can ask for advice via Amazon’s Alexa.
Mothers can use the digital assistant to answer questions on latching,
sore nipples and frequency of feeding. It can also give advice on issues
such as tongue-tie, skin-to-skin contact and baby blues.
Breastfeeding Friend, created as
part of PHE’s Start4Life programme,
is also available on other platforms
including Facebook Messenger and
the Start4Life website.
Where do young whale sharks go to
mate and where do their young live?
Those are questions Jonathan Green
and his colleagues want to find
out, with Jonathan checking on a
fin-mounted satellite tag on a whale
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shark near the Galapagos Islands off
the coast of Ecuador. Whale sharks
are one of the least understood
animals in the ocean.
But one fact that is known about
them is that it is possible to identify
them through their distinctive dot
pattern. Each shark has a unique
configuration of dots that act like a
fingerprint, and an international
database has already identified
8,000 individuals so far. AP
SOCIETY
New low for heterosexual marriage
By Hayden Smith
Marriage rates among heterosexual
couples have fallen to a record low,
official figures show.
Rising costs associated
with tying the knot were cited
as one possible factor behind
the drop.
Experts also suggested
many people are focusing
on other priorities such as
education, starting a family
or buying a house.
Figures for 2015 show
marriage rates for op-
posite-sex couples were the lowest since data collection started
in 1862, with 21.7 marriages per
thousand unmarried men, and 19.8
marriages per thousand unmarried women in England
and Wales.
Figures from the Office
for National Statistics
show that there were
6,493 marriages between
same-sex couples in 2015 –
2.6 per cent of all marriages
– with a further 9,156 converting their civil partnership into a marriage.
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WORLD FOCUS
Removing term
limits ‘would be
a return to Mao’
Women in
Japan ‘at
risk’ if they
say Me Too
Few feel free to
speak out. By
Mari Yamaguchi
in Tokyo
I
n patriarchal Japan, saying
“Me Too” can be risky for
women. Online comments
accused entrepreneur Rika
Shiiki of lying and being a
publicity seeker when she tweeted
that she lost business contracts
after refusing to have sex with
clients. Some said that by agreeing
to dine with a man, she led him on.
“The comments I received were
disproportionately negative,” the
20-year-old university student and
businesswoman told a television
talk show in December. “We need
to create a society where we
can speak up. Otherwise sexual
harassment and other misconduct
will persist forever.”
The #MeToo movement has
not caught on in Japan, where
speaking out often draws criticism
rather than sympathy, even from
other women.
In a patriarchal society where
women have long taken the blame,
many victims try to forget attacks
and harassment instead of seeking
support and justice, said Mari
By Christian Shepherd
Journalist Shiori Ito was criticised online after she said she was raped AP
Miura, a political science professor
at Sophia University in Tokyo.
“It’s an exhausting and
intimidating process... It’s quite
natural that victims feel reluctant
to speak up.”
One woman, journalist Shiori Ito,
went public last year. She held a
news conference after prosecutors
decided not to press charges
against a prominent TV newsman
whom she had accused of raping
her after he invited her to discuss
job opportunities over dinner and
drinks in 2015.
Many online comments
criticised her for speaking out,
looking too seductive and ruining
the life of a prominent figure. Some
women have even called her an
embarrassment, she said.
“Many people think Shiori’s
problem has nothing to do with
them... and that’s why #MeToo
isn’t growing in Japan,” said lawyer
Yukiko Tsunoda, who specialises in
sex crime cases.
In Japan, sexually assaulted
women are traditionally called “the
flawed”, she added. AP
Sumo scandal Wrestler under investigation
A Japanese sumo wrestler is under
investigation for indecent assault, in
the latest scandal to hit the country’s
ancient sport.
The incident, which reportedly
took place in 2016 on the main
island of Kyushu, involved a teenage
wrestler and a woman, who was also
in her teens.
Police began investigating after a
complaint from the woman.
The wrestler, who is currently
active in the sport, has denied the
charges. REUTERS
In a rare public expression of dissent,
a leading Chinese political commentator and a prominent businesswoman have penned open letters urging
lawmakers to reject a plan that would
allow President Xi Jinping (inset) to
become a dictator for life.
Their pleas on a popular
messaging app were circulated widely after the
ruling Communist Party
announced plans on Sunday to scrap constitutional limits on the time
presidents and vice presidents can serve.
On Monday, Li Datong, a
former editor for the state-run
China Youth Daily, wrote that lifting
term limits would “sow the seeds of
chaos”. “If there are no term limits
on a country’s highest leader, then we
are returning to an imperial regime,”
Mr Li said on Tuesday.
“My generation has lived through
Mao. That era is over. How can we
possibly go back to it?”
Wang Ying, a businesswoman who
has advocated government reforms,
wrote on WeChat that the Communist Party’s proposal was “an outright
betrayal” and “against the tides”.
“I know that you (the government)
will dare to do anything,” she wrote,
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certainly useless. But I am a Chinese
citizen, and I don’t plan on leaving.
This is my motherland too.”
Sociologist Li Yinhe said the removal of term limits would “return
China to the era of Mao”.
Yesterday, it was reported that
authorities in the far western region
of Xinjiang were detaining suspects flagged by predictive
software that combines
data on everything from
security camera footage
to health and banking
records. Human Rights
Watch (HRW) said a
subsidiary of the China
Electronics Technology
Group was working with
the Xinjiang government to
combat extremism by collating data
on the behaviour of citizens and flagging unusual activity.
Some people targeted by the system have been detained or sent to
“political education centres” as part
of the region’s security campaign, according to the HRW report. REUTERS
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US buckles up for another four
years of Trump in the Oval Office
President’s voters consider him a
hero. By Andrew Buncombe
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and collates polls, suggests it
currently stands at 41 per cent,
though it notes there is a spread of
13 points. And don’t the Democrats
expect to do well in the midterms? A
recent poll by CNN found suggested
registered voters were planning to
vote 54-38 in favour the Democrats.
If that proved to the case, the
Democrats would have the sort of
numbers they have not enjoyed since
2006, when they secured both the
House and the Senate.
Yet while his opponents may
be loathe to admit it, Trump has
a lot going for him – as evidenced
by the odds of two-to-one listed by
oddschecker.com, which aggregates
various betting shops odds.
Firstly, Trump is the incumbent,
and incumbent presidents usually
win when they run for re-election.
Individuals such as George HW
Bush, who lost to Bill Clinton in 1992
after reneging on a promise not to
increase taxes, are the exception.
The office brings huge advantage
in terms of media coverage, name
recognition and the ability to
raise money.
The second thing Trump has in
his favour is that the people who
voted for him think of him as nothing
less than a hero. A poll taken on
the anniversary of his election
found that 82 per cent of those
who supported him would do so
again. And having cracked down on
immigration, enacted a version of his
travel ban, and, crucially, overseen a
Kims ‘used Brazilian passports
to apply for Western visas’
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
and his late father Kim Jong-il used
fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit West-
Second term?
Anything is
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tax reform package the Republicans
had not seen for 30 years, Trump
can present himself as a man who
has delivered on his promises.
And to cap it all, the Democrats
do not look battle-ready for 2020.
A series of special elections have
revealed that the party has not
agreed to a solid or substantial
platform other than opposing
Trump. They need to offer voters
a genuine alternative message,
especially on economics. But there’s
no sign of it. So America and the rest
of the world had better buckle up.
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Mueller inquiry
examines
Trump’s early
Russian deals
By David Gardner
Special counsel Robert Mueller
is investigating Donald Trump’s
business ties to Russia before he
ran for the White House it was reported yesterday.
Witnesses in the ongoing inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential
election are reportedly being
asked by Mr Mueller’s prosecutors about when Mr Trump decided he would run for office.
Mr Mueller’s office is said to
have asked witnesses about Mr
Trump’s business dealings in
Russia prior to the election,
whether the Kremlin
may have had any
compromising
information
about him, and
why plans for a
Trump Tower
in Moscow
fell through.
A source told
CNN that one witness claimed Mr Trump
was serious in 2014 about launching a White House campaign even
though the President tweeted
earlier this month that he didn’t
decide whether to run until later.
The reports suggest Mr Mueller
(inset) is moving beyond the presidential campaign to also examine
Mr Trump’s finances and his past
links with Russia.
Mr Trump and the Kremlin
have said there was no meddling
in the US election and the President says investigating his family’s
finances would breach Mr Mueller’s mandate. EVENING STANDARD
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Analysis
e learnt this week
that Donald Trump
has already decided
on social media guru
Brad Parscale as his
next presidential campaign manager. So can he win Trump another
four years in the Oval Office? To the
horror of Democrats, progressives
and others who loathe him, the answer is: very possibly.
A flurry of caveats need to be
laid out straight away. No one
can possibly know the political
environment in 2020. Trump
may have been indicted by
Robert Mueller and heading for
impeachment, or he may have
been defeated by a Republican
primary challenger. And while the
President’s White House doctor
gave him a very clean bill of health,
it is always possible he will be forced
to stand aside because of poor
health, or worse. John F Kennedy
was assassinated during his first
term; Franklin D Roosevelt died of a
cerebral haemorrhage shortly into
his fourth.
There is much that might point
against a Trump re-election.
Records suggest the former reality
television star is the most unpopular
president of all time. For much of his
first term, his approval ratings have
trudged along in the mid-30s. They
jumped after the passage of his tax
bill late last year, but then slipped
down again.
RealClearPolitics, which collects
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ern countries in the 1990s, senior
Western European security sources
have revealed.
“This shows the desire for travel
and points to the ruling family’s
attempts to build a possible
escape route,” the source said. Four
other senior Western European
security sources confirmed that
the two Brazilian passports with
photos of the Kims in the names of
Josef Pwag and Ijong Tchoi were
used to apply for visas in at least two
Western countries.
The passports may also have been
used to travel to Brazil, Japan and
Hong Kong, the security sources
said. REUTERS
Kushner’s influence on the wane?
By Zeke Miller
IN WASHINGTON
The security clearance of
White House senior adviser and
presidential son-in-law Jared
Kushner has been downgraded,
significantly reducing his access
to classified information.
This Saturday,
in your
Dawn O’Porter on why there’s no age
limit on public meltdowns, the joy of an
all-in-one and why she can’t stop cooking
The news has set off rampant
speculation among President
Donald Trump’s allies that Mr
Kushner’s days in the White
House might be numbered.
On the same day, the
departure of a third Kushner
ally in the West Wing in as many
months was announced. AP
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world in
10 stories
AFGHANISTAN
Only peace with
the Taliban can
‘save the country’
By Rahim Faiez
IN KABUL
SOUTH AFRICA
SLOVAKIA
Lion whisperer
fails to stop kill
Mafia link to
dead journalist
A lion that mauled a young
woman to death on Tuesday
was under the care of a man
known as the “lion whisperer”
for his close interactions with
the predators.
Kevin Richardson keeps lions
at his refuge in the Dinokeng
Game Reserve.
He said he and a colleague
took three lions for a walk and
that one chased an antelope,
eventually encountering the
woman at least 2km away.
Mr Richardson said he had
sent out a “notification” that he
was walking with the lions. AP
A journalist shot dead near Bratislava
was working on a story about the
activities of the Mafia in his country
and its links to people close to prime
minister Robert Fico.
Jan Kuciak’s Aktuality.sk news
website published his last, unfinished
story yesterday. It describes the
activities of members of the Italian
‘Ndrangheta criminal group in
eastern Slovakia, and the business
ties between one of them, a senior
assistant to Mr Fico and another
official close to him.
The bodies of 27-year-old Mr
Kuciak and his girlfriend, Martina
Kusnirova, were found on Sunday. AP
CHINA
Xi quickens
pace of hi-tech
military upgrade
By Christian Shepherd
IN BEIJING
China is developing
technologies to build a nuclearpowered aircraft carrier,
as Beijing pushes forward
with an ambitious military
modernisation programme.
Chinese President Xi Jinping
pledged last October to turn
China’s military into a worldclass fighting force by 2050,
and has made new technology
development a key policy plank,
investing in stealth fighters,
aircraft carriers and missiles.
State-owned China
Shipbuilding Industry
Corporation, the country’s
largest naval vessel
manufacturer, revealed the
ambition in a list of technical
developments the company
hopes to achieve as part of
weaponry upgrades. REUTERS
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf
Ghani has called for peace talks with
the Taliban to “save the country”.
A resurgent Islamist extremist
movement has been blamed for much
of the increased violence in Afghanistan since US and Nato forces concluded combat missions in 2014.
A slew of attacks have underscored
the weaknesses of Afghan security
forces more than 16 years after the
US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.
Phoenix
A group that invokes the
name Satan as a metaphor for
opposing religious tyranny
has sued the well-off Phoenix
suburb of Scottsdale after
being denied an opportunity
to give the opening prayer at a
City Council meeting.
Michelle Shortt of the
Satanic Temple of Tucson
was scheduled to preside
over the council’s invocation
in July 2016. But the city
cancelled it, saying it would
keep with tradition in allowing
prayer only from groups with
substantial ties to Scottsdale.
According to the lawsuit filed
this week in a federal district
court in Arizona, the Satanic
Temple wasn’t asked about
community ties when it applied
by phone to give the prayer.
The group is asking a judge
to find the city in violation of
the US Constitution’s First
Amendment right to free
speech and to prevent the
city from denying prayer
opportunities to non-Christian
religious groups.
The Satanic Temple is a
national group with chapters
in several states. It does not
worship Satan or deities. It has
sought to start after-school
classes in protest against what
it says is the erosion of the
separation of church and state.
Phoenix City Council blocked
the temple from delivering an
opening prayer by opting for
silent prayer instead. It later
restored spoken prayers. AP
Felicia Fonseca
President Ashraf Ghani said he would
give Taliban members passports AFP
However, the Taliban’s violence
continued yesterday when six police
officers were killed. General Abdul
Raziq, Kandahar’s police chief,
said insurgents attacked a police
checkpoint, killing the officers.
At least 30 other people were
kidnapped by insurgents in a separate
incident in southern Afghanistan on
Tuesday night. A group of insurgents
wearing army uniforms stopped a
bus and kidnapped 30 people, 19 of
whom were policemen. AP
The men
who fell
to Earth
A search and rescue
team surround the
Soyuz MS-06 space
capsule. The Russian
cosmonaut Alexander
Misurkin and Nasa
astronauts Mark Vande
Hei and Joe Acaba
from the International
Space Station landed
in a remote area
outside the town
of Zhezkazgan, in
Kazakhstan ALEXANDER
NEMENOV/AFP/GETTY
CAMBODIA
Shock over US decision to hold back aid to military
Cambodia said yesterday it was
shocked by a “disrespectful” US decision to rein back aid programmes
because of perceived attacks on the
political opposition.
The White House is to suspend
or curtail several aid programmes
that support Cambodia’s military,
and treasury.
A Cambodian court on Tuesday
ordered the seizure of the
headquarters of the main opposition
party in Phnom Penh – the latest
blow to the dissolved Cambodia
National Rescue Party.
The prime minister Hun Sen, who
has ruled Cambodia for more than
30 years, has forced the closure of
an English-language newspaper and
jailed government critics, including
opposition leader Kem Sokha, whom
he has accused of conspiring with
the United States to overthrow
him. REUTERS
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UNITED STATES
INDONESIA
Semi-automatics
in the crosshairs
Trump talks Iran Yacht seized in
with Gulf states corruption probe
Norway is moving to ban semiautomatic firearms as of 2021,
which will mark a decade since
mass murderer Anders Behring
Breivik shot dead 69 people.
Peter Frolich of the judicial
affairs committee said private
persons, including hunters,
“should not have the right in
Norway to access such weapons”.
Mr Frolich said a broad
majority in parliament backed the
proposal. AP
President Donald Trump discussed
Iran’s “destabilising activities” and
other security and economic issues in
separate telephone calls with Saudi
and Emirati leaders on Tuesday.
In calls with Saudi Crown Prince
Mo h a m m e d b i n S a l m a n a n d
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh
Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Mr
Trump thanked them for highlighting
ways Gulf states “can better counter
Iranian destabilising activities and
defeat terrorists”. REUTERS
By Prak Chan Thul
IN PHNOM PENH,
Postcard
From...
“We will consider the Taliban’s
view in the peace talks,” Mr Ghani
told the Second Kabul Process
Conference yesterday which was
attended by representatives from
more than 20 countries and NGOs.
He said the Afghan government
would provide passports and issue
visas to Taliban members and their
families. He said his government
would also work to remove sanctions
against Taliban leaders.
Mr Ghani said a ceasefire must be
agreed on and the Taliban must be
declared a political group.
Indonesian authorities in Bali
have seized a luxury yacht that
was sought by the US Department
of Justice as part of a multibilliondollar corruption investigation.
Television footage showed
officials talking to the crew on
board the Equanimity, moored
at Benoa Bay.
The corruption investigation
is linked to the Malaysian state
fund 1Malaysia Development
Berhad (1MDB). REUTERS
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FLORIDA
It makes business sense to shun the NRA
Armed police
welcome pupils
back to school
Republicans are
behind public
opinion, writes
David Usborne
M
ore than 20 major
companies have
severed ties with the
National Rifle Association (NRA) in the
wake of the Parkland High School
shooting – many of which are household names. They include airlines
United and Delta, car rental firms
Hertz and Avis, and hotel chains
Wyndham and Best Western.
This shift in corporate calculation
is about the bottom line. They
are reading consumer sentiment.
The downside from alienating the
NRA and its supporters is now
outweighed by the greater risk that
being seen to support them will
result in a loss of customers and
public prestige.
They have seen the polls, like one
for CNN showing 70 per cent of
Americans now favour stricter gun
laws. That’s a level not seen for a
quarter of a century.
A boycott it isn’t, though.
Members will still be able to fly
Delta and United to Dallas – they
just won’t be getting a discount.
And maybe no discount either at
the hotel or car company they’ve
booked. They probably won’t
care terribly much. That all these
companies have also demanded
their names be removed from the
NRA website also won’t make
members weep at night.
“Let it be absolutely clear,” the
NRA said defiantly. “The loss of
a discount will neither scare nor
distract one single NRA member
from our mission to stand and
defend the individual freedoms
that have always made America the
greatest nation in the world.”
But if you doubt this is a big
moment, look what’s happening
in Georgia, where Delta’s decision
to spurn the NRA has triggered
disproportionate fury from state
Republicans. They are threatening
now to torpedo legislation that was
on the brink of being passed, which
would give airlines at Atlanta’s
Hartsfield Jackson Airport tax
breaks on aviation fuel.
It’s tricky for Delta. The tax break
would save them tens of millions
of dollars a year. But it may not be
smart of its GOP critics either.
While Delta is not about to take
up a cheeky invitation, made this
week by New York, to move its base
from Atlanta to John F Kennedy
airport, threatening the airline
won’t sit well with the 33,000 Delta
employees who live in the state.
Delta appears not be to be
buckling. Meanwhile, backers of
the #BoycottNRA movement are
applying pressure to other big
corporations to join in, especially
in the tech field, including Apple,
Google and Amazon. Amazon is
CONSUMER
Gun shop halts assault rifle sales
By Sally Guyoncourt
One of America’s biggest gun outlets
is halting sales of assault-style rifles
and will not sell guns to anyone under
21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.
Dick’s Sporting Goods chairman
Edward Stack said on Good Morning
America that after the shooting the
firm “felt it needed to do something”.
Mr Stack said that the gunman,
Nikolas Cruz, had purchased a gun
at a Dick’s store, although not the
one used at the school shooting.
Mr Stack said that the scarcely
regulated system in place in the
sector would not stop sales to dangerous people, and he called on politicians to do something to prevent
further massacres.
He added that his business was
prepared for any backlash over its
new policy on assault-style rifles.
Plans to end ‘parallel societies’
Denmark’s centre-right
government is to set out plans
to double the punishment
for crimes such as
vandalism and theft
committed in areas
with a large number of
immigrants and high
unemployment, in an
attempt to eliminate
so-called “parallel
societies” by 2030.
The government also wants
to target immigrants who resist
integration with local Danes,
IN PARKLAND
Students return to class at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland,
Florida yesterday AP
being asked to explain why it gives
the NRA space on its TV streaming
service to showcase its own
gun-toting content.
That so many companies are
putting their heads over the
parapet now should give hope,
preferring to stick to their
own traditions.
Danish legal expert Birgitte
Arent Eiriksson (inset) told The
Local news website that
the proposals risked
violating the principle
that “everyone is
equal before the
law”. However, the
opposition Social
Democrats say they
support the plan.
Denmark has about
half a million inhabitants with
non-Western backgrounds –
10-times more than in 1980.
that finally something meaningful
will happen to tackle America’s
gun violence scourge. Politics is
a customer-based business too,
and eventually its practitioners in
America, even Republicans, will
have to catch up. THE INDEPENDENT
Even as President Donald Trump
prepared to continue discussions on
gun control in Congress, students
and teachers returned to Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School
yesterday, two weeks after a teenager killed 17 of their friends
and classmates.
Passing heavily
armed police, pupils
were accompanied
by comfort animals
including a donkey
and horses, one of
which had “eagle
pride” painted on
its side.
But seeing officers carrying military-style rifles did not reassure all the students.
“This is a picture of education in
fear in this country. The NRA [National Rifle Association] wants more
people just like this, with that exact
firearm to scare more people and
sell more guns,” said David Hogg,
who has become a leading voice in
the students’ movement to control
assault weapons.
“I know one of those bullets could
be shredding through me if I was
misidentified as a school shooter.” AP
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h, World Book Day, or
as it’s fondly known
in our house BUT-IDON’T-EVEN-LIKEPETER-PAAAN-Day,
ever since the time when in a panic
I tried to fob my then five-year-old
daughter off with a feather and a
shredded orange sheet fashioned
into an outfit that, on closer
inspection, was more Oompa
Loompa-meets-Matchstick
Girl than an age-defying child
of Neverland.
What can I say? I was busy.
By which I do not mean I was
uninterested in getting involved,
per se – after all World Book Day
as a concept is a glorious thing. As
a writer and avid reader, I could
hardly think of a more valuable
thing to nurture in children than
an appreciation of books, as World
Book Day has sought to do for the
past 21 years.
But like so many parents, I
find myself wondering each year
when the dreaded reminder pings
through our class WhatsApp
group, followed by a string of
expletives, what panic-buying
swathes of themed polyester,
destined to become future landfill,
has really got to do with that?
While I have massive respect
for those who take the time
to produce lovingly created
manifestations of their children’s
favourite book character to wear
to school along with all the other
kids, bar the inevitable few whose
parents did not remember, could
not afford to, or did not bother to
take part, I know I cannot be that
hands-on creative person. With
three children to cater for and
a job, the prospect of fashioning
a triptych of inspired (or even
very basic) costumes to match
my offsprings’ seemingly random
choices of character, which might
easily range from the slime in
Ghostbusters (try telling them it is
not a book) to, you know, Godot,
is exhausting.
So it is that each year, along with
98 per cent of my contemporaries
(if the statistics implied by the rate
of swearing on the parents’ group
messaging board is to be trusted
as evidence), I pull out my phone at
the eleventh hour, while embedded
under someone else’s armpit on
Personally, I would
rather give my child’s
school the £30 I burn
on costumes
the morning commute, and madly
Google cheap costumes from
China, which I then loathe myself
for buying, only to have them
arrive and be told by my middle
child that he wanted to be Mildred
Hubble. Because the thing is that
after seven years of being a parent
I know my skill-set and my limits,
and I am careful to apportion my
time accordingly.
Relinquish my own hobbies
EMPLOYMENT
Don’t scorn apprenticeships
– they should be cherished
Snobbery around not going to university didn’t stop
Natasha Meek from finding another way to learn
“B
ut you’re smart.”
This was one of the
responses I received
when I told tutors
and peers about my
wish to go for an apprenticeship.
It wasn’t until I attended college
that I realised that people had
misconceptions about who should
take on apprenticeships and that
university places were for “gifted
people”. Unlike most families,
my parents were apprenticeship
advocates, but there’s a great deal
of pressure on students to take a
route that may not suit them.
I had always wanted to be
a journalist but the course
descriptions didn’t fit what I
was after – university has to be a
worthwhile choice if you’re signing
up to years of student debt.
When I confessed to my tutor
and friends that I didn’t want to
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Under fire: inside
the mind of a
first responder
Dressed to impress?
When stand-up comedian Joe
Heenan posted a picture of his children on Twitter two World Book
Days ago, he set the bar extremely
high for comedy costumes. His
son was clutching a hairdryer; his
daughter, a toaster. “Forgot they
had to be in costume, so they’re
going to school as pages 89 & 165
of the Argos catalogue,” read the
caption. Dad joke alert! Still, at least
they wouldn’t face the fate of Liam
Scholes, aged 11, a year previously.
He turned up as Christian Grey, of
50 Shades fame, and was banned
from being in any WBD photos.
Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen
on facing an armed assailant – alone
S
Your child
doesn’t have to
dress up as a
witch to enjoy
reading Harry
Potter books
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and social life in order to devote
my non-working time to my
children? Absolutely. Temper my
immediate career expectations in
order to balance life as a working
parent with raising rather a lot of
offspring? Of course. Put in the
necessary hours to teach them
about being kind, about tying
their shoelaces and what death is?
Without a doubt. But tie myself in
knots trying to create a handmade
costume using a few hastily-bought
materials and not even a smidge of
practical creativity? I won’t do it.
Perhaps I am being sentimental,
but I am struck that while WBD is
about advocating the joy of reading
to children from all backgrounds,
for those whose parents choose
or cannot afford or spare the time
to take part, I feel the flamboyant
display of World Book Day must
feel pretty isolating. That isn’t to
say we should avoid events that
will cause disparity. As funding
for schools across the country
continues to be decimated by
the Government, the number
of intriguingly obscure events
organised to raise much-needed
cash has increased so that in any
given week, at my children’s school
at least, one can expect letters
home about bake-a-themed-cake
sales/wear pyjamas to school days/
dress your child as a one-eyed
coeliac monkey event.
Personally, I would rather give
my child’s school the £30 I burn on
costumes, as I know many friends
would. Ultimately, of course,
schools should not be forced to
beg parents for money, and they
should not be lambasted for doing
so because they don’t have much
choice. But while I love seeing the
hoards of Harry Potters and Ruby
Redforts pile through the school
gates, I cannot help but wonder if
we could not find something more
inclusive and more meaningfully
connected to reading than a pair of
Spiderman PJS.
spend three years of my youth
at university, I started to feel
excluded. Classmates would hear
about my decision and then talk
to somebody else. It wasn’t until
my college started an
employment tutorial
that I began to feel
accepted again.
I had a
wonderful tutor
who rebuilt my
confidence and
encouraged me
to take on work
experience. In
every college, there
should be more space
for students to explore
different options. Being an
apprentice doesn’t mean you’re less
clever, or better, than anyone doing
a degree. It’s about understanding
how you want to learn and how you
wish to start your career.
In November, I became an
apprentice journalist at Johnston
Press. So far, the 18-month
apprenticeship has been a
whirlwind of wonderful
and challenging
events. I spend
three days a week
at the office, one
“news day” where
I visit court and
one day studying
for my NCTJ
qualification at an
accredited college.
There is something to
be said for putting your
studies into practice, and the
value of an apprenticeship lies in
the opportunity to seek help from
experienced professionals.
Last week I had the chance
to speak to the Prime Minister
Theresa May (inset) about the
importance of apprenticeships
and how we must eliminate the
snobbery that surrounds them.
“We want to make sure other
routes, like apprenticeships and
technical education, are there but
also are valued,” she said.
This ambition – to build a
country with a workforce based on
both students and apprentices –
really resonates with me.
We need to stop treating
university like a one-size-fits-all
form of education. Apprenticeships
and degrees need to have a
guaranteed value. Students
shouldn’t have to end up with
£60,000 of debt for studying, and
nor should apprentices have to
manage on minimal wages.
cot Peterson, branded
a coward by President
Donald Trump because
he remained outside the
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School when a gunman killed
17 people inside, has defended
his actions during the recent
Florida shooting.
The armed officer apparently
believed gunfire came from outside
the buildings, so following his
training he took cover and prompted
a lockdown.
James Warwick, an assistant
professor at Wilmington University
who specialises in police behaviour
during high stress predicaments,
has pointed out that this standard
response protocol – to secure the
scene and notify a Swat unit then
wait for them to arrive – was shown
up after the 1999 Columbine High
School mass shooting.
Thirteen people were killed
by the gunmen at Columbine,
partly because it was more than
three hours before the Swat team
made contact. The delay revealed
a serious flaw in the standard
response protocols.
In his study “A Comprehensive
Study of Police Preparedness and
Training for Effectively Responding
to and Stopping Active Shooters in
the US”, Warwick contends there
has been a recent swing in police
strategy away from waiting for
Swat teams to arrive, and towards
encouraging first responders to
engage the killer.
First responders may have a
better chance than they realise.
For example, Warwick quotes
surveys which find 98 per cent of
such killers act alone, and despite
being heavily armed and obsessed
with murder at close range, they
have an average hit ratio of less than
50 per cent; 90 per cent commit
suicide on-site.
Dr Pete Blair, professor of
criminal justice at Texas State
University, argues that the latest
data suggest that the risk in solo
entry is about the same as the risk
in police team entry for an active
shooter event. There is about a one
in four chance of being shot in either,
if the attack is still ongoing.
So what is going through a
lone officer’s mind? And are they
physiologically equipped to “go
it alone”?
According to Dr Audrey Honig,
a psychologist at the Los Angeles
Sheriff’s Department, and Dr
William Lewinski, professor
The risk in solo entry is
about the same as the risk
in police team entry for an
active shooter event
Followinghis training: School
resource officer Scot Peterson AP
emeritus at Minnesota State
University, perception is distorted
and memory becomes impaired.
In a study of more than 900 officers
involved in shootings, 89 per cent
reported experiencing some
perceptual distortions. Officers in
active shooting events can even fail
to see something occurring directly
in front of them.
So, Honig and Lewinski argue,
fine motor skills that require hand/
eye coordination, such as taking
aim and shooting precisely, begin
to deteriorate, as resources are
allocated elsewhere toward larger
muscle groups in limbs used for
running or fighting. We evolved
to bolt or brawl, not to squeeze a
trigger carefully at a precise target.
Under high stress, brain
processes shift from cogitating
to reacting. After the event, we
return to thinking, and as result
fail to grasp what it was really like
during the fire-fight, and that in a
sense we were different people. This
explains how witnesses viewing
the same incident develop widely
different perceptions.
This may explain why Trump
sees Peterson as a coward, while the
police officer has defended himself.
The President asserted that he
would have run into the Florida
high school, even if he had not been
armed. But Honig and Lewinski
conclude that we would all suffer
physical and mental limitations in
these high-stress situations.
If the President doesn’t
grasp this, then either he is a
genuine hero, or he is blinded by
narcissistic self-belief.
Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter
Bruggen are psychiatrists and
co-authors of the forthcoming book
‘The Streetwise Person’s Guide to
Mental Health Care’.
Television Thursday 1 March
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC2
This ambitious new series – a sort of
Blue Planet II for art history – aims to
broaden Kenneth Clark’s landmark
1969 programme Civilisation and
reach beyond Europe and his
starting point of the Dark Ages.
Clark was an Olympian presenter
and had some sweeping views that
wouldn’t pass muster today, but
he was engagingly opinionated –
so it’s good to have Simon Schama
(left) and Mary Beard on board here
(the more gently outspoken David
Olusoga makes up the triumvirate).
Against footage of Islamic State
blowing up the ancient Syrian site
of Palmyra, Schama begins: “When
the opposite shows up… we know
what civilisation is”.
8.30pm, E4
The nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper’s
mother is worrying that he isn’t
making any friends at school –
although Sheldon himself isn’t
concerned, preferring to quote
Jean-Paul Sartre that “Hell is other
people”. Nevertheless, to assuage his
mom, the fledgeling geek borrows a
copy of How To Win Friends And
Influence People. But when he does
win a friend, and they start
designing rockets together,
it attracts the attention of the FBI…
Civilisations
Young Sheldon
===
Weinstein: The Inside Story
9pm, BBC1
Pipped to the post by last week’s
Channel 4 documentary about
Harvey Weinstein, this investigation
should still have something fresh to
bring to the allegations against the
disgraced movie producer, being a
joint investigation by two trusty
public broadcasting current affairs
heavyweights, Panorama and the
American PBS series Frontline. With
testimony from insiders, the report
uncovers the complex web of
lawyers, journalists and private
detectives Weinstein employed to
keep his secrets hidden.
===
From Ice To Fire: The Incredible
Science Of Temperature
9pm, BBC4
In the final part of her series, Helen
Czerski explores the science of heat,
and how the ability to harness it has
led to some of humanity’s greatest
innovations, from steam engines to
plasmas and fusion power. Along
with the talk of molecular structures
and what-not (sorry to be a physics
philistine), Czerski enlivens the
theory with experiments such as
creating a Viking-style dagger and
holding two spheres together by way
of the vacuum between them.
===
Britannia
9pm, Sky Atlantic
Cait and her blind father wandering
aimlessly around Ancient Britain
bring a touch of King Lear to the
Butterworth brothers’ already
magpie-ish (or, perhaps, given their
prevalence in the show, crow-ish)
drama. Meanwhile, deserting
legionaries Bruno and Philo stumble
upon a witch doctor’s drug stash.
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Murder, Mystery And My
Family (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (S).
11.00 Wanted Down
Under Revisited (S). 11.45
Caught Red Handed (S).
12.15 Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
Shakespeare & Hathaway
– Private Investigators
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.45 Get
Away For Winter (S). 4.30
Antiques Road Trip (R) (S).
5.15 Pointless (R) (S).
6.00 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 6.30 Get Away For
Winter (R) (S). 7.15 Wanted
Down Under Revisited (R)
(S). 8.00 Sign Zone: Earth’s
Natural Wonders (R) (S).
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Live (S). 12.00 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Perfection
(R) (S). 1.45 Plan It, Build It
(R) (S). 2.15 Yes Chef (R) (S).
3.00 A Place To Call Home
(R) (S). 3.50 More Creatures
Great And Small (R) (S).
4.20 Greece With Simon
Reeve (R) (S). 5.20 Flog
It! (R) (S).
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3rd Rock From The Sun (R)
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Loves Raymond (R) (S).
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Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
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Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Summer
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In The Sun (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Extreme
Cake Makers (R) (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
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(S). 1.15 Home And Away
(S). 1.45 Neighbours (S).
2.15 NCIS: Conspiracy To
Murder (R) (S). 3.15 FILM:
My Family’s Secret (Curtis
Crawford 2010) Thriller,
starring Nicholle Tom (S).
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Neighbours (R) (S).
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6.00 Eggheads Quiz
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(S).
6.30 Great British
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6.30 ITV News;
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6.00 The Simpsons
Marge is forced
to replace the
family car (R)
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
(R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
Helen Czerski discusses
the fascinating science
of heat in the final
episode of ‘From
Ice To Fire’
9pm, BBC4
A look at ‘Weinstein:
The Inside Story’
9pm, BBC1
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 EastEnders
Aidan pressures
Mick to take a
large amount of
cash (S).
7.00 Live Athletics
The World
Indoor
Championships
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Snowstorm:
Britain’s Big
Chill – Tonight
Reports on
current talking
points (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 The Wonderful
World Of
Puppies How
young pups
develop early
bonds with
humans (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days News and
analysis from
Washington DC
and London (S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S).
6.45 FILM: The Three
Musketeers
(Paul WS
Anderson 2011)
Adventure,
starring Logan
Lerman (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
Priya loses her
temper (S).
8.30 The Cruise:
Voyage To
Alaska New
series (S).
8.00 George Clarke’s
Amazing Spaces
Last in the
series (S).
8.00 Bargain-Loving
Brits In The Sun
Katie-Louise
organises a
charity auction
to be played out
live on the radio.
8.00 The Brain: A
Secret History
Efforts to
understand the
human mind (R)
(S).
8.00 MasterChef The
amateurs aim
to book a place
in the quarterfinal (S).
How To Win Friends:
‘Young Sheldon’
8.30pm, E4
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.20 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.50 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.15 Who’s Doing
The Dishes? (R) (S). 11.10
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
12.15 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.15 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.45 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden’s
mother visits
for Christmas
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 Weinstein: The
Inside Story
Hollywood
producer
Harvey
Weinstein’s fall
from grace (S).
9.00 Civilisations
New series.
Simon Schama
presents the
first in a series
of films on the
history of art (S).
9.00 Serial Killer
With Piers
Morgan An
interview with
US murderer
Lorenzo Gilyard
(S).
9.00 Married At First
Sight Harriet
and Richard
honeymoon in
Lisbon (S).
9.00 Panic At 30,000
Feet: Airline
Emergency
Exploring what
happens when
flights lose
control (S).
9.00 From Ice
To Fire: The
Incredible
Science Of
Temperature
Last in the
series (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
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News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
10.00Mock The
Week With
James Acaster,
Ed Byrne, Ivo
Graham and
Zoe Lyons (R).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 100 Years
Younger In 21
Days (R) (S).
10.00The Job
Interview
Fashion label
Chi Chi London
interview for a
creative junior
designer (S).
10.00Concorde:
Designing The
Dream Part one
of two (R) (S).
10.00Wild Weather
With Richard
Hammond Last
in the series (R)
(S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Top Gear The
team takes a
motorsports
road trip across
the Wild West
(R) (S).
11.45 Lethal Weapon
Riggs and
Murtaugh
investigate
the death of a
surfer (R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox
Theresa May’s
appearance on
This Morning is
appraised (R) (S).
11.05 Concorde:
Triumph &
Tragedy BA’s
attempts
to make
the aircraft
profitable (R) (S).
11.00 Storm
Troupers:
The Fight To
Forecast The
Weather (R) (S).
11.10 FILM: Aliens:
Special Edition
(James Cameron
1986) Thriller
sequel, starring
Sigourney
Weaver (S).
11.20 Family Guy
Brian appears
on a television
dating show (R)
(S).
11.45 American Dad!
(R) (S).
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Slater’s Middle East (R)
(S). 1.20 Sign Zone: Royal
Recipes (R) (S). 2.05 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.30 Jackpot247 3.00
Snowstorm: Britain’s Big
Chill – Tonight (R). 3.25
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 24 Hours In Police
Custody (R). 1.05 The Great
British Skinny Dip (R). 1.55
One Born Every Minute (R)
(S). 2.50 How To Get Fit Fast
(R). 3.45 Britain’s University
Spending Scandal: Channel
4 Dispatches (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Cowboy Builders (R) (S).
4.00 My Mum’s Hotter
Than Me! (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Divine Designs (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S). 12.35 Elvis
Costello: Mystery Dance (R)
(S). 2.05 From Ice To Fire:
The Incredible Science Of
Temperature (R) (S). 3.05
Handmade On The Silk Road
(R) (S). 3.35 Close
2.10 FILM: Dreams Of A
Life (Carol Morley 2011)
Drama-documentary,
starring Zawe Ashton (S).
4.00 Close
12.15 American Dad! (R)
(S). 12.40 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.05 Ibiza
Weekender (R) (S). 2.10
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 2.20
Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2
Nightscreen
9.00 FILM: Pitch
Perfect (Jason
Moore 2012)
Comedy,
starring Anna
Kendrick (S).
9.00 Survival Of
The Fittest The
battle of the
sexes continues
(S).
10.00CelebAbility
Entertainment
game show,
hosted by Iain
Stirling (R) (S).
10.50 Family Guy
(R) (S).
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The Job Interview
10pm, Channel 4
My only quibble with this literally
engaging reality series, which, by
the way, should be an essential
primer for anyone going for job
interviews, is that it seems too easy
to spot the winning candidate along
with the no-hopers and plucky
runner-up. This week Hilton Hotels
is looking for a conference and
banqueting manager and it certainly
wasn’t ever going to be experienced
sommelier David, who seems to
have swallowed Google wholesale
and can spout arcane facts at will.
And up-and-coming fashion brand
Chi Chi London also grabs the
opportunity for an extended free
advertisement as they interview
prospective junior designers.
FILM
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FILM OF THE DAY
===
4.10pm, Talking Pictures
(Robert Hamer, 1947)
Although Ealing Studios is best
known for its comedies, this
somewhat less cheery melodrama is
not atypical of the company’s 1940s
output. And with its avant-kitchensink frankness and its rich and lively
panorama of East End working-class
life, it is among the studio’s best
films. Googie Withers is terrific as
Rose, an ex-barmaid, now a harried
and unfulfilled housewife with a
dull older husband and two unruly
teenage daughters from an earlier
marriage, who is revisited by her past
when a former lover (John McCallum,
left with Withers) escapes from
prison and hides out in the air-raid
shelter at the bottom of her garden.
10pm, Channel 4
(Mark Romanek, 2002)
Robin Williams played against type
in this stylish chiller, as a lonely photo
lab employee stalking a suburban
family whose pictures he develops.
He’s so effective, it’s a shame he only
ever did one other bad-guy role.
It Always Rains On Sunday
One Hour Photo
===
Dreams Of A Life
2.10am, Film4
(Carol Morley, 2011)
In 2006, bailiffs entered a bedsit in
North London to find the decomposed
remains of the tenant: a 39-year-old
whose death went unnoticed for
three years. This touching doc asks
who she was, and why her life ended
with such a sad whimper.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.30 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 8.00
The Royal (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.30
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.25
Love Your Garden (R) (S).
11.30 Love Your Garden
(R) (S). 12.30 The Royal (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 On The Buses (R)
(S). 4.20 On The Buses
(R) (S). 4.50 You’re Only
Young Twice (R) (S). 5.25
Rising Damp (R) (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote British
agent Michael
Haggerty takes
over a case (R)
(S).
8.00 Agatha
Christie’s
Marple A
personal
column
foretells a
murder (R) (S).
10.00Unforgotten (R)
(S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Coach Trip: Road To
Tenerife (R) (S). 7.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
8.00 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
9.00 Melissa & Joey (R)
(S). 10.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 10.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
11.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 12.00
The Goldbergs (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 Melissa & Joey
(R) (S). 3.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 3.30 Baby Daddy (R) (S).
4.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Winter Sun (R) (S).
10.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 11.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.10 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 3.45 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.15
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 5.55 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 6.30 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 7.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 7.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 8.00
Send In The Dogs (R) (S).
9.00 Road Wars (R) (S).
10.00 Warehouse 13 (R) (S).
11.00 Forever (R) (S). 12.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1 (R)
(S). 5.00 The Simpsons (R)
(S). 5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
The Guest Wing (R) (S).
9.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 10.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (R) (S).
2.00 Blue Bloods (R) (S).
3.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
4.00 The West Wing (R) (S).
5.00 House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
tries to modify
Penny’s
behaviour (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet A
Newfoundland
dog needs
surgery for its
bent front legs
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Planet Express
gets a new boss
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
The nuclear
plant is sold (R).
6.00 House A chess
player collapses
after a fight (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Coach Trip:
Road To
Tenerife (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Building a New
England-style
water mill
retreat in the
Chilterns (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer
reminisces
about life with
Marge (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A naked corpse
is found in the
desert (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Oliver,
Felicity and
Diggle prepare
to face Cayden
James.
8.00 Blue Bloods The
Reagan family’s
neighbours are
found stabbed
to death (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
(S).
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Seani B 1am Toddla T
3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Seani B
9.00 WWII’s Great
Escapes: The
Freedom Trails
(R) (S).
9.00 My Wonderful
Life A woman
leaves
messages, gifts
and surprises
to be delivered
posthumously.
9.00 Britannia Cait
and her father
seek shelter
in the ruins of
their old home.
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.35 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.00999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
(R) (S).
10.00Jamestown
Jocelyn has
mixed feelings
at the arrival of
Read’s new wife
(R).
10.00Our Cartoon
President (S).
10.35 Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver
(R) (S).
11.00 Unforgotten
Cassie
questions Sir
Phillip about his
shady criminal
past (R) (S).
11.10 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory The
girls go on a
weekend trip to
Las Vegas (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A staff
nurse is
attacked by
a prisoner
awaiting
treatment (R) (S).
11.05 The Force: Essex
Documentary
following police
in the county (R)
(S).
12.05 DCI Banks (R) (S).
1.05 DCI Banks (R) (S). 2.00
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (R) (S).
1.10 Celebs Go Dating:
The Finale (R) (S). 2.15 The
Inbetweeners (R) (S). 3.10
Young Sheldon (R) (S). 3.30
Timeless (R) (S). 4.15 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.35 Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 999: What’s Your
Emergency? (R) (S). 2.10
The Good Fight (R) (S). 3.10
8 Out Of 10 Cats (R) (S).
3.50 Close
12.00 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.00 Brit
Cops: Frontline Crime UK
(R) (S). 2.00 Most Shocking
(R) (S). 3.00 The Blacklist:
Redemption (R) (S). 4.00
It’s Me Or The Dog (R) (S).
5.00 Futurama (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James & Adele Roberts
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Greg
James & Adele Roberts 7.00
Annie Mac 9.00 The 8th With
Charlie Sloth 11.00 BBC Radio
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Radio 1’s Greatest Hits 4.00
Early Breakfast With Jordan
North
BBC Radio 1Xtra
9.00 Celebs Go
Dating: The
Finale One of
the celebrities
decides they are
better off going
it alone (S).
11.10 Divorce (R) (S).
11.45 Active Shooter:
America Under
Fire (R) (S).
12.55 Britannia (R). 1.55
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 2.55
Billions (R) (S). 4.05 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The
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6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Anneka Rice
12mdn’t The Craig Charles
House Party 2.00 Radio 2’s
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. Presented
by Petroc Trelawny. 9.00
Essential Classics. With Ian
Skelly. 12noon Composer Of
The Week: Richard Strauss.
The repercussions of Strauss’s
association with the Nazi
regime. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Mark
Padmore and the Belcea
Quartet at the Aldeburgh
Festival in Suffolk. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Auber’s
comic opera Fra Diavolo. 5.00
In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. 10.00
Free Thinking. The influence of
Laurence Sterne’s 1768 travel
book A Sentimental Journey.
10.45 The Essay: Are You
Paying Attention? How rituals
help to focus attention. 11.00
Late Junction. A selection
of music taken from the
BBC’s vinyl archive. 12.30am
Through The Night. A new
violin concerto from Michael
Berkeley.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 In Our Time
9.45 Book Of The Week: The
Line Becomes A River 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 From
Our Own Correspondent 11.30
The World In 3D 12noon News
12.04 The Curious Cases Of
Rutherford & Fry 12.15 You
And Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00
The World At One 1.45 British
Socialism: The Grand Tour 2.00
The Archers 2.15 Drama: A Pact
Of Silence 3.00 Ramblings 3.27
Radio 4 Appeal 3.30 Open Book
4.00 The Film Programme
4.30 BBC Inside Science 5.00
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Ellie Undercover:
Rent For Sex
BBC iPlayer
Journalist Ellie Flynn
investigates landlords offering
free rooms in exchange for sex.
Hannibal’s Elephant
Army All4
Just how did the Carthaginian
general manage to cross the
Alps with 37 elephants in tow?
PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six
O’Clock News 6.30 State Of The
Nations. Comedian Elis James
performs in his home town of
Carmarthen. 7.00 The Archers.
Will loses his temper. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Riot Girls: The Good
Terrorist. By Doris Lessing,
dramatised by Sarah Daniels.
8.00 Law In Action. The crisis in
collapsing prosecutions. 8.30
The Bottom Line. An overview
of the business world. 9.00
BBC Inside Science. The latest
scientific research. 9.30 In Our
Time. Melvyn Bragg and guests
discuss the ancient Chinese
work on military strategy.
10.00 The World Tonight.
With Mark Lowen. 10.45 Book
At Bedtime: A Portrait Of
The Artist As A Young Man.
By James Joyce. 11.00 Sarah
Kendall: Australian Trilogy.
The storyteller examines why
stories are so important to
her. 11.30 Today In Parliament.
Presented by Susan Hulme.
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12.30 Book Of The Week: The
Line Becomes A River 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
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8.31am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
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BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Burnt 6.30 Revolutionary
Radio 7.00 Double Income,
No Kids Yet 7.30 Foiled 8.00
Marriage Lines 8.30 The Goon
Show 9.00 It’s Your Round 9.30
The Inimitable Jeeves 10.00
Home Front Omnibus 11.00
The Interview 11.15 Outline
Permission 12noon Marriage
Lines 12.30 The Goon Show
1.00 Burnt 1.30 Revolutionary
Radio 2.00 Short Stories By
Oscar Wilde 2.15 A History
Of The Future 2.30 Tales Of
The City – The Days Of Anna
Madrigal 2.45 A Confession
3.00 Home Front Omnibus
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ofthe
day
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Inimitable Jeeves 5.00 Double
Income, No Kids Yet 5.30 Foiled
6.00 Orbiter X 6.30 Great Lives
7.00 Marriage Lines 7.30 The
Goon Show 8.00 Burnt 8.30
Revolutionary Radio 9.00
The Interview 9.15 Outline
Permission 10.00 Comedy
Club: Foiled 10.30 Comedy
Club: Newsjack 11.00 Comedy
Club: Rhod Gilbert’s Leaving
Llanbobl 11.30 Comedy Club:
Spoon, Jar, Jar, Spoon – The
Two Sides Of Tommy Cooper
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Great Lives 1.00 Burnt 1.30
Revolutionary Radio 2.00
Short Stories By Oscar Wilde
2.15 A History Of The Future
2.30 Tales Of The City – The
Days Of Anna Madrigal 2.45 A
Confession 3.00 Home Front
Omnibus 4.00 It’s Your Round
4.30 The Inimitable Jeeves 5.00
Double Income, No Kids Yet
5.30 Foiled
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 7.45 5 Live Sport:
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Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Nemone 10.00 Lauren
Laverne 1pm Mark Radcliffe
4.00 Steve Lamacq 6.00 Steve
Lamacq’s Roundtable 7.00
Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe
12mdn’t 6 Music Recommends
With Steve Lamacq 1.00 The
First Time With Flea 2.00
Classic Singles 2.30 6 Music
Live Hour 3.30 6 Music’s
Jukebox 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast 9.00
John Suchet 1pm Anne-Marie
Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott features the
work of the Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
The World in 3D
11.30am,
BBC Radio 4
Kaethe Kollwitz’s
most famous
sculpture, Mother
And Her Dead
Son (above) is
the focus of this
documentary
examining the
emotions provoked
by sculptures.
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Max Rushden
And Darren Campbell 10.00
Jim White 1pm Hawksbee
And Delaney 4.00 Adrian
Durham And Darren Gough
7.00 (Except Scotland) Kick-off
7.00 (Scotland) The Scottish
Football Show 10.00 Sports
Bar 1am Extra Time With
Adam Catterall
Science
Beverage report
Can drinking a coffee
before you work out
help make you fitter?
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Daniela Vega
The trans actress who will
be blazing a trail at this
year’s Academy Awards
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I
t was in part thanks to David
Cameron that 27-year-old
Naomi Kellman launched
Target Oxbridge in 2012, a
programme that coaches black
African and Caribbean students
to get into Oxford and Cambridge
universities. In 2011, the then prime
minister had said that “only one
black person went to Oxford last
year”. He was wrong, however. The
statistics obtained via a Freedom of
Information request by the Labour
MP David Lammy the year before
had found an intake of 27 black
students, including one “black
Caribbean” student. Not a great
number, but more than one.
Kellman was frustrated by
the headlines that followed,
perpetuating Cameron’s incorrect
statement. “You can deal with a
[media] storm if something comes
out of it afterwards, but not if it
just destroys hopes and dreams.”
A similar “storm” happened last
October when the results of another
FoI request by Lammy about the
intake of black and minority students
at Oxbridge made the front pages.
Yet to Kellman’s mind, the
reporting of this information,
often without proper context, can
really backfire. For black students
applying to Oxford, she tells me over
a coffee in central London, “you’re
already putting yourself forward
for something scary. And this news
story is the straw that breaks the
Diversity
challenge
Naomi Kellman and her team at Target Oxbridge
have helped 81 black students to gain places
at either Oxford or Cambridge universities.
She tells Marisa Bate why media anger
surrounding Bame student numbers is unhelpful
camel’s back and makes you think:
‘I’m not doing it’.”
So what are Lammy’s intentions
with these media hurricanes he’s
creating? “I think David Lammy’s
intention is to shine a light which is
right because it wasn’t good, but the
problem is what happens after that,
and what happened was politicians
and media grabbed hold of it, used it
as a stick to beat Oxford with, made a
lot of noise, everyone does their hand
wringing because they care so much
– and then nothing happened”.
So Kellman made something
happen. With the support of her
employer, Rare, a recruitment firm
that specialises in diversity, and
initially as a pro-bono pilot project,
she designed and led the first Target
Oxbridge. With just six Year 11s and
six Year 12s, she began a programme
that would take bright black
students and in her own words “give
them hope”. Kellman was beginning
to bust Cameron’s myth of the one
black student at Oxford.
In the beginning, she called in a
lot of favours: “I spoke to Oxford’s
African and Caribbean Society.
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I said; ‘Fill a room for me, get as
many people as you can!’ When
I took those first students to visit,
I’ll always remember how their
faces lit up when they saw a room
full of black Oxford students. I don’t
think they believed me when I said
they existed.”
The course grew rapidly and
has expanded considerably. It now
consists of one-on-one mentoring,
seminars and residential visits to
the universities, as well as meetings
with Oxbridge tutors and current
students, with financial backing
from both universities.
So successful has the programme
been, and such is the unprecedented
demand for places, that the
universities have just announced
further funding for an extra 115
places, taking the number of fully
funded students on the course
from 45 in 2017 to 160. To date,
Kellman and her team at Target
Oxbridge have helped 81 black
students to gain places at
either Oxford or Cambridge.
Kellman also designed
Target Oxbridge around
her own experience as a
black student at Oxford,
more than 10 years ago.
Born in Croydon, the
eldest of six and with
parents who hadn’t been
to university, it was her
state-school teacher
who mentioned the
Cambridge, with St John’s
and Trinity colleges in the
foreground; below, Naomi
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idea of Oxford; but at the time, she
had only known one person who
had gone and “she was a white,
middle-class girl, played all these
instruments… and to me, she lived
a really different life to mine, so I
hadn’t really connected that I should
also be going”.
Yet after taking A-levels at her
local grammar school, where she
forced herself to join the debating
club and learned about public
speaking and confidence – vital
skills for an Oxford interview – she
applied. Kellman was offered a place
at Lincoln College to study PPE.
Freshers’ week was hard, as it is
for all new students, but Kellman
felt other layers of difficulty to
overcome; she was the only black
person in her year. During Freshers’
Fair she tracked down the African
and Caribbean society (she knew
they had one; it was one of the first
things she looked up when she
decided to apply). “I wrote my name
down immaculately along with my
email because I was terrified they’d
lose me and I wouldn’t find myself for
the whole three years,” she says.
The ACS became a lifeline: “I
wouldn’t have got through Oxford
without it.” Often it’s the general
experience of being a student at
Oxford that the young people she
coaches want to know about: “Is
there somewhere I can get my
hair done? Will there be clubs
playing the music I like? Will there
be the food that I like?” And “Will I
face racism?”
Did she face racism? Because she’s
fair, she says she “passed” but her
friends suffered microaggressions,
although “we didn’t have that
language at the time”.
She recalls one of her black
friends was met by surprise when
she mentioned her dad was still part
of her family life.
So now, in some ways, Kellman is
providing an external ACS for black
students applying to Oxbridge.
Shouldn’t that be Oxbridge’s job?
“It’s not something Oxbridge are
not aware of and something they
haven’t been working on. Things
are happening but not as quickly as
I’d hope”.
Plus, Kellman believes, it’s not
a problem unique to Oxford or
Cambridge. Plenty of Russell Group
universities have a small number
of black students, too. “Don’t point
the finger at Oxford, point it at
everyone,” she says.
And Kellman thinks Target
Oxbridge is doing something that
perhaps Oxbridge can’t: “I think
we’ve been able to address the
problem in a unique way because
we fully understand the problem
in terms of understanding the
experience and understanding
the students. I think it’s just
different when someone stands
up and says: ‘I truly know what
you are worried about and how
you are feeling’.”
Tw o o f t h e k e y
concerns that Kellman
identifies with the
students she works
with are “Will I lose
my blackness?” and
“Am I good enough?”
The first, she says, is
about persuading
them they are not
swapping one world
for other, instead
gaining additional
experiences.
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The second, she says, often results
from having endured schooling that
expects very little of them. “I have
a meeting with students, and they
are worried they won’t come across
as intelligent, which is bizarre
because they’ve got 9 A*s and they’ve
achieved that at a school where no
one else did, or they were on free
school meals but, from what I’ve
seen, schools have told them they are
not Oxbridge material.
“Their academic predictions were
low until they spit out these 8, 9, 10
A*s and suddenly the school wants
them to stay.” Coupled with media
representation – “black students
are only in the press if they are doing
music or sport or involved with knife
crime”, she says – it’s easy to see why
students might think this way. “If
the world keeps telling you you’re
not good at something, you can
internalise that”.
There is another problem which
goes beyond Oxbridge failures
in recruitment: “Something is
happening to black students in
the education system”, Kellman
says. While Lammy’s most recent
FoI request revealed that some
colleges hadn’t given any offers to
black students for several years,
the problem of access begins before
university admission.
Oxford has a requirement of
three A grade A-levels or more,
something that Kellman thinks
should not be changed (in some Ivy
League schools in the US, entry
grades are lowered for those from
disadvantaged backgrounds).
Recent figures have shown only
around 400 black students are
achieving those three A grades
or more, about 1.5 per cent. And
over the past five years, Oxford
Their faces lit up when
they saw a room full of
black Oxford students. They
didn’t believe they existed
and Cambridge admission of black
students has ranged between a fairly
representative 1 and 1.5 per cent.
“So you’ve got that potential half
a per cent that should be getting to
Oxbridge, and that’s not a negligible
amount of people. Oxbridge could be
recruiting more of them”, Kellman
says, “and that’s why we do what we
do, but it’s not a huge pool. There’s
a broader question – why are
black students not attaining at the
highest levels at A-level in line with
everyone else? I don’t know if the
Government’s looking at that. I think
it would be great if they could”.
Kellman is humble about her
efforts, but she does say “When we
started out, people didn’t know if it
was possible, but now they know.”
What she wants next is positive
representation of black students in
the media, something she believes
shifted slightly after a group of black
boys at Cambridge shared a picture
of themselves on Facebook which
went viral.
“I think what I’ve always tried to
do is bring a positive angle to the
story so people aren’t put off, and
to let people know that, despite the
stats, you should still try,” she says.
“Sometimes I look at privileged
people and think the thing they
have more of is chances to fail. So
let’s at least afford these students a
chance to try.”
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EMPLOYMENT
What not to say
at your job
interview
Top tips from
leading recruiter
Ronald Claus,
who has grilled
10,000 applicants
in his career
DON’T SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE
ABOUT PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS
I have interviewed candidates in
the past who criticise their current
employer and tell me how much
they hate their job, the culture of
the company or their line manager.
It is really important to come across
as positive. Giving this kind of
negative feedback makes you look
bad as a candidate and brings up
the question how you as a future
employee might talk about us as a
company or me as your manager.
DON’T ASK IRRELEVANT
QUESTIONS
Questions in regards to salary,
benefits and any pre-booked
holidays should not be asked at first
interview stage, and only asked with
caution during the latter stages of
an interview. Really think about
how a question can make you look.
However, not asking any
questions at the end of an interview
can make you look uninterested in
the role and the company, so making
smart queries will lead you to stand
out from the crowd and ensure you
are remembered by the interviewer
for the right reasons.
DON’T PRICE YOURSELF
TOO HIGH OR LOW
If you are asked what your salary
expectations are, a good answer
is to say you’d leave that up to the
interviewer to produce a package
that reflects your experience, taking
into consideration what you will
bring to the role and the current
market rate for this kind of position.
Reiterate that although money
is of some importance, it’s more
important for you to join a company
with a great reputation where you
can grow and develop and fulfil your
career aspirations.
DON’T REPEATEDLY SAY:
‘I REALLY WANT THIS JOB’
It’s great to be enthusiastic and
show that you are really interested,
but know where and when to stop.
There are other ways of showing
your interest.
DON’T SAY: ‘I DON’T KNOW’
It is important to be honest, but at
the same time show some resilience.
If you get stuck on a question, ask
for the question to be repeated or
rephrased, or even ask to go back
to the question at a later stage,
as it will buy you time to come up
with a good answer.
Ronald Claus is talent acquisition
recruitment operations manager for
UK and Ireland with Hilton Hotels
and Resorts and appears on ‘The Job
Interview’ tonight, Channel 4, 10pm
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Drinking coffee isn’t the same as
taking a measured dose of caffeine,
but it produces similar results
Science & Technology
Can you drink
your way to
victory?
Caffeine boosts
athletic performance,
says NeilClarke,
but the impact of an
Americano could
depend on your genes
C
affeine helps athletes
perform better and train
longer and harder. Professional and amateur
sportspeople alike take
it as a performance-enhancing “ergogenic” aid for a wide range of activities – from intermittent exercise
such as football and racket sports, to
endurance exercise such as running
and cycling, to resistance exercise
such as weightlifting.
But while most scientific research
into the drug looks at the effects of
pure caffeine consumed as tablets
with water, in the real world most
people get their caffeine from coffee,
energy drinks or other products like
special gels or chewing gum.
So will drinking an Americano
before your workout actually make
a difference? The answer could depend as much on your genes as what
kind of coffee you’re drinking.
Scientists think caffeine affects
the body chemical adenosine, which
normally promotes sleep and suppresses arousal. Caffeine ties up the
receptors in the brain that detect
adenosine and so make it more alert.
But it may also increase stimulation of the central nervous system,
making exercise seem like it involves
less effort and pain. In high-intensity
activities such as resistance training or sprinting, it may increase the
number of fibres used in muscle contractions, meaning movements can
be more frequent and forceful.
Research has shown that pure
caffeine can help endurance athletes run faster and cycle for long-
The
amount of
stimulant
in a cup will
depend on
the blend
and how it
is brewed
er. It can help footballers to sprint
more often and over greater distances, and basketball players to
jump higher. It can help tennis players and golfers to hit the ball with
greater accuracy. And it can help
weightlifters lift more weight.
The evidence for caffeine’s effects
on sprinting is more mixed. Limited
improvements have been found for
events lasting under three minutes.
But for races of around 10 seconds,
caffeine can improve peak power
output, speed, and strength.
An increasing number of studies
have also shown that coffee can be
used as an alternative to caffeine to
improve cycling and competitive
running performance, and produce
results similar to pure caffeine.
In fact, coffee may even be more
effective at improving resistance exercise than caffeine alone.
Similarly, drinking energy drinks
containing caffeine before exercise
can improve mental focus, alertness,
anaerobic performance and endurance performance.
But drinking coffee isn’t like taking a measured dose of caffeine. The
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From the protests and the jokes to the
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amount of stimulant in a cup, and so
how it affects you, will depend on the
blend of coffee and how it is brewed.
Studies have shown consuming either 0.15g or 0.09g of caffeinated coffee per kilogram of body weight can
improve performance. So a dessert
spoon of coffee granules rather than a
traditional teaspoon is probably best.
It’s also worth bearing in mind
that each piece of research shows
caffeine improves athletic performance of a group of people as a whole.
But we also know that genetic factors have a big influence on our responses to caffeine and not everyone
reacts in the same way. This means
consuming caffeine won’t necessarily improve your performance.
In fact, you could end up feeling
nauseated and jittery at a time when,
if you are competing, you are already
feeling anxious.
And, as caffeine’s effects can linger
for up to five hours, taking it too late
in the day could disrupt your sleep,
which is a big factor in health and
fitness in general. This means it’s
important to practice with caffeine
during training sessions or friendly
fixtures before using it for an important event.
Some have also suggested that
you should abstain from caffeine
in order to enjoy a better effect on
your performance when you consume it for exercise.
But maintaining your normal intake will prevent any possible withdrawal symptoms and still provide
benefits if caffeine is taken before
exercise. Its effects peak between
30 and 75 minutes after ingestion.
Finally, it’s a commonly held belief that caffeine is a diuretic that
will lead to dehydration because it
makes you produce more urine. But
a number of studies have shown
that this isn’t the case with moderate amounts of coffee, cola or any
other caffeinated beverage, which
help keep you hydrated like any
other drink.
Neil Clarke is a principal lecturer
in sport and exercise science at
Coventry University
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D
aniela Vega was 17-yearold when she began
transitioning to female.
She was lucky that her
parents were supportive
of her decision to do so, as not many
others in her native Chile were. She
was bullied by her fellow students at
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street threw her down stairs and
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the Best Foreign Film Oscar at this
weekend’s ceremony, where Vega
will also be the first transgender
presenter in the awards’ history.
She plays the fantastic woman
of the title. We see her coping with
grief and struggling to live a normal
life as a waitress and singer in the
face of individual and institutional
prejudice. She suffers a humiliating
strip search by the police and her
lover’s ex-wife. Her family treats her
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In person, Vega, wearing thick
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with how AFantasticWoman has been
received by the press and public so
far. Her casting in the title role came
about after the director Sebastián
Lelio, fresh from his success with
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single older woman, which is now
being remade with Julianne Moore
in the lead – called her up while
researching his film.
“He called me to ask if I could help
him understand what it meant to be
a trans person in Chile and that is
how we met,” says Vega. She would
tell him that there are no laws in
Chile that allow people to do safe
transitions; that there is no public
policy supporting the rights of trans
people; and that there is no sex
education about transgender people.
Vega spent a year in bed suffering
depression in her late teens. Her
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Tragedy as telenovela:
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» The Assassination of Gianni Versace BBC2, 9pm
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Clockwise from
main: Chilean
actress Daniela
Vega in ‘A Fantastic
Woman’; at the
Berlin film festival;
and with director
Sebastian Lelio
school; there, she was encouraged
to go to theatre school. During that
time she also worked at Club Bizarre,
a Santiago nightspot, and she was
singing opera at every opportunity.
Herbigbreakcamewhenadirector
approached her to collaborate on a
work about transitioning. They came
up with the show La Mujer Mariposa
(The Butterfly Woman), which has
run for eight years. In 2015 she took
a trans role in the film La Visita (The
Guest) in which she surprises her
family at her father’s wake when they
are expecting his son.
What Vega wants more than
anything is to change the curiosity
around trans people. “One of the
challenges is to incorporate trans
people in more areas of daily life. I
think it could change, but I don’t know
if it’s really changing. An awareness
is one thing, but an opportunity is a
different thing.”
So far opportunity has been a
problem in a film industry built
around celebrity. When roles
touching upon the trans experience
have been available, they have
traditionally gone to star names.
When Teena Brandon adopted the
male identity of Brandon Teena in
Boys Don’t Cry it was Hilary Swank
who won the Best Actress Oscar
for playing the part. Jared Leto won
Best Supporting Actor for Dallas
Buyers’ Club. Eddie Redmayne was
nominated for playing Lili Elbe in
The Danish Girl, and Felicity Huffman
received a nomination for her turn
in Transamerica.
The trans community complain
that such casting is another sign of
discrimination. Others have joined
the fight, including Transparent
star Jeffrey Tambor, who said, as he
picked up his second Emmy, that he
hoped transgender talent would be
given a chance to prove itself.
Recently, there have been some
positive exceptions, most notably
Laverne Cox in Orange is the New
Black and Mya Taylor in Sean
Baker’s Tangerine. Vega argues that
trans actors should be able to play
non-transgender characters. “I
would love to play a part of a woman
in a film,” she says. “When you make
something visible it makes it a reality.
I want to open spaces that have
historically been closed.”
For that reason, Vega hopes
audiences will not simply see A
Fantastic Woman as a political film.
“While I think it’s impossible to
separate art from politics, this film is
firstly a love story and only after that
the persecution of a social group.
“I think that being trans adds
something more intense to the
role,” she adds. “It makes it more
contemporary, a story of a modern
couple in what is a very classic story
of a couple separated by death.”
It will be interesting to see what
happens next for Vega. Will she get
her wish to just be a character in a
film, or will she always be defined by
her gender identity? She now has a
book in the works and is developing
two films, but she also wants to
perform opera at every opportunity.
“I love both singing and acting. It’s
a different physical feeling and it’s
like you have two children and you
don’t know which one is the best. The
best thing for me, perhaps like I did
here, is to sing opera in a movie.”
Wherever we see her, whether it’s
on screen or stage, it will be both a
huge surprise and an indictment of
society if this is the last we hear of
the fabulous Daniela Vega.
‘A Fantastic Woman’ is released
on Friday
n paper, a script based
on the dramatic murder
of the Italian fashion
designer Gianni Versace
in 1997, set in perma-tanned Miami
and with a cast including Ricky
Martin and Penélope Cruz, might
sound like a recipe for the biggest
slice of cheesecake melodrama
you will get to see all year. Not
that there is anything wrong with
cheesecake melodrama. From
Dynasty to Nashville, when US
dramas borrow the high-octane
emotion of Latin American
telenovelas and mix it up with
cinematic opulence, it can be
alchemised into TV gold.
You saw it glittering when
Cruz, playing sister Donatella,
magnificent in a peroxide blonde
wig and skin-tight black leather,
clomping around in high heels
with the thuggish gait of a bruiser
in Doc Martens, addressed a
shadowy looking boardroom hours
after Gianni has been shot dead
outside his Miami palace by serial
killer Andrew Cunanan. “I will not
allow that man to kill my brother
twice,” she hissed.
The Spanish actress doesn’t
make much of an attempt to
pretend she’s Italian – why would
she bother when all the Americans
pronounce her brother’s name as
“Johnny”? As a result, she reminds
you of how wonderful she was in
the same late 1990s period in the
films of Pedro Almodóvar.
Ricky Martin turns out to be
Darren Criss steals
the show, dissembling
and deceiving with
alarming ease
a revelation as Gianni’s partner,
vilified and shut out by both family
and the police.
The Assassination of Gianni
Versace is not just an excuse for
some great fashion and Latin
passion though, but a horrific
tragedy, overshadowed by the
death of Princess Diana a month
later. Edgar Ramirez gives Versace
a poetic tenderness that makes
you feel the senseless waste and
brutality of his murder. But it
is Darren Criss who steals the
show as a real American psycho,
with plentiful nods to that film,
dissembling and deceiving with
alarming ease and dancing to Phil
Collins, his eyes flashing behind his
preppy glasses.
The first American Crime Story
series, The People v OJ Simpson,
Edgar Ramirez brings poetic
tenderness to his portrayal of
designer Gianni Versace BBC/FOX
combined ersatz performances
with an acute dissection of the
growing fault lines in American
society over race and the power
of celebrity.
This second series suggests
there will be similar analysis of
how painfully and dangerously
closeted homosexuality was and
how glamour and money circulates
and distorts passions like drugs.
But without a long court case, the
exploration this time seems more
psychological than sociological
– what drove Cunanan to kill
Versace? Did he know him?
The mingling of fact and possible
fiction and the glamorisation of
Cunanan, despite the beauty and
drama, might make this slice of
real life harder to swallow.
The package-holiday comedy
Benidorm has returned for an
incredible 10th series. I can see
why: its Britons-abroad slapstick
manages to be both funny and
clever, laughing at and with the
holidaymakers. Only writers this
confident could come up with a
scene where bigoted Eddie sat
by the pool and described his
granddaugther’s work in Germany
as a trip to “Hitler’s heartland”,
where she would be with “lesbians
in comfortable shoes”. Everybody
knew he was being a moron, but
Benidorm isn’t afraid to say that
these are exactly the morons we all
live with and, indeed, are related to.
Rather, Benidorm celebrates how
ridiculous but lovable most Britons
are: uncouth, smutty, terrible
jokers, yet with hearts of gold and,
above all, indiscriminate in their
love of other people’s sunshine. It
made me really want to join them.
Twitter: @little_aloha
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Felicity Dean is
impressive as Princess
Margaret in Richard
Stirling’s play
Arts
SIMON ANNAND
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
A Princess Undone
PARK THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
There has been a resurgence of
interest in Princess Margaret
lately. She’s been portrayed as an
emblem of Sixties modernity in
The Crown. She’s been caught from
a multiplicity of angles in Craig
Brown’s waspish Ma’am Darling.
Now she’s making a rare foray
on the stage in Richard Stirling’s
witty chamber play, which sees the
sixty-something woman seeking
a secret new purpose.
“It’s not easy being a Princess,”
Felicity Dean’s impressive
Margaret declares at the outset.
The occupational hazard is the lack
of a clear occupation. Nor is there
a glaringly obvious role for the
younger sister and sole sibling of a
female monarch. Margaret reports
that her father, George VI, used to
say that “Lilibet is my pride and
Margot is my joy” – which did not
THEATRE
THE INDEPENDENT
YORK THEATRE ROYAL
HHHHH
RAFAL MILACH
VISUAL ARTS
Deutsche Börse
Photography Prize
PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY, LONDON
HHHHH
The Deutsche Börse is the best
photographic prize because it
immerses you in the artists’ work
and this year’s show presents
photography as a constantly
shifting, diverse field.
Mathieu Asselin’s project
explores the human and
ecological effects of products
made by the biotechnology
company Monsanto. As much
about found images and text as
it is about his own pictures, it is
chilling and inflammatory.
Batia Suter also uses existing
images, cut from hundreds of
publications, reprinted and
VISUAL ARTS
BP Portrait Award 2017
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT
GALLERY, EDINBURGH
The exhibition, which originally
ran at London’s National Portrait
Gallery, is now in Edinburgh,
showcasing work selected
from 2,580 entries by artists
from 87 countries, including the
winner of the £30,000 first prize,
Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan.
(0131 624 6200) to 11 Mar
Impressionists In London,
French Artists in Exile
(1870-1904)
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
The first exhibition to map the
connections between French
and British artists, patrons and
art dealers during the FrancoPrussian war and afterwards,
with work by Monet, Tissot,
Pissarro, Dalou, Sisley and Legros.
(020 7887 8888) to 7 May
FILM
I, Tonya
15, CRAIG GILLESPIE, 119 MINS
Margot Robbie stars in this
comedy-drama purporting to
tell the story of figure skater
Tonya Harding and of her role in
the hammer attack on her main
rival, Nancy Kerrigan, in the run
up to the 1994 Winter Olympics.
At times, the film comes close to
caricaturing Harding, but Robbie
has such passion and drive that
she transcends the film’s more
garishly cartoonish elements.
Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Essex Book Festival
VARIOUS VENUES, ESSEX
Rafal Milach’s
work looks at
various systems of
control in Eastern
Europe, including,
pictured, in
Anaklia, Georgia
Brighton Rock
Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock
became a cult classic thanks to
the 1948 film adaptation starring
Richard Attenborough. A recent
big screen outing failed to match
the original – as does this new
production by Pilot Theatre.
It’s disappointing because
all the elements are there. In
Esther Richardson’s hands this
is a production which looks and
sounds brilliant. Greene exposed
the violence simmering behind
the seafront and here the score,
composed by Hannah Peel, which
is both beautiful and eerie, does
much the same. .
Sadly though the story of
Catholic guilt, gang warfare and
a generation growing up without
any moral boundaries is lost,
particularly in the first half. The
second half is more successful
and there are some beautiful
moments, particular between
Pinkie (Jacob James Beswick) and
Sarah Middleton as Rose, the
teenage waitress who falls under
his spell. With some fine tuning
this could be a performance to live
long in the memory.
To 26 May
SARAH FREEMAN
exactly shine a torch on a possible
path to take.
Puffing at her cigarette holder
and knocking back industrial
quantities of Famous Grouse,
Dean’s Margaret swoops
between condescending Cockney
mateyness and steely snobbery.
There’s the awful whiff of
an intelligence that has gone
bad on her and a life of shallow
conflicting identities that would
be rudderless if she didn’t always
have the option of pulling rank.
The play is set in Kensington
Palace in August 1993. The
Royal Family are still in shock
from the “annus horribilis”, not
least the separation of Charles
and Diana. Fearing further
damaging revelations about the
monarchy, the Princess sets out
to burn potentially scandalous
correspondence and memorabilia
belonging to the Queen Mother
and enlists the latter’s reluctant
butler (“Backstairs Billy”– played
by the author) to bring over the
bags from Clarence House.
She also summons a former
bit of rough – the ex-actor and
gangster John Bindon (Patrick
Toomey) – to negotiate with him
about destroying photographs of
their dalliance 12 years before.
Roddy Llewellyn gets only a
passing mention and there is only
one acknowledgement of the most
formative decision the Princess
made in putting duty before love
and renouncing Group Captain
Peter Townsend.
Jonny Kelly’s vividly acted
production can’t disguise the
fact that the play drifts too much
during the first half. There’s a
fantastic ding-dong, though,
between Dean and Toomey in the
second. Uneven, but worth a visit.
To 17 March (020 7870 6876)
PAUL TAYLOR
assembled densely on the walls.
There’s a game of classification
here: natural and artificial
forms, rhyming visually, with
red herrings and curveballs
everywhere. It’s a delight.
Colour in the show is provided
by Rafal Milach’s absorbing look
at various systems of control
in Eastern Europe: it’s often
seductive, confusing the sociopolitical content.
But I hope Luke Willis
Thompson wins. I found his filmic
portrait of Diamond Reynolds,
the US woman who captured her
boyfriend being shot and killed by
a police officer on Facebook Live,
profoundly touching when it was
shown at the Chisenhale Gallery
last year. Here, a tighter space
lends the film more intimacy,
I was moved all over again.
To 3 June; the winner will
be announced on 17 May
(020 7087 9300)
BEN LUKE
EVENING STANDARD
On the bill this year are Anne
de Courcy, Jim Al-Khalili, Elly
Griffiths, Suzi Quatro, Nicci
French, Nicola Upson, Henry
Hemming, Jenny Uglow, Caspar
Henderson and John Crace.
(01245 347456) to 31 Mar
Clio Barnard
CURZON, CANTERBURY
The film director takes part in a
Q&A session following a screening
of Dark River, an adaptation of
Rose Tremain’s Trespass that
moves the story’s location from
France to northern England.
(curzoncinemas.com) tonight 6.40pm
COMEDY
You (Still) Can’t Say That!
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON N1
Speaking out at this wonderfully
staffed gig for the anti-censorship
organisation PEN are Kevin
Eldon, ace comic-poet John
Hegley, Pippa Evans, Robin Ince,
Harriet Braine, Ronnie Golden,
Sindhu Vee and Miles Jupp.
(unionchapel.org.uk) tonight
David Baddiel
LANCASTER GRAND
After a West End residency
last year, David Baddiel hits the
road with his very affecting, very
funny My Family: Not the Sitcom,
about the frank realities of living
with his father’s dementia.
(01524 64695) tonight and Fri
NEWS
2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
DANCE
Sasha Waltz and Guests
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
The Berlin-based choreographer
takes the body as her subject in
Körper, piling up dancers into
squirming, composite creatures.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
POP
Castlemania: Oh Sees
VARIOUS VENUES
John Dwyer’s shape-shifting,
name-changing San Francisco
garage-psych crew – more often
spied with a “Thee” in the moniker
– return with the expansive,
frenetic wig-outs of Orc. Supports
at this Castle Face Records
showcase include prog believers
Once and Future Band.
Albert Hall, Manchester
(seetickets.com) tonight; Troxy,
London E1 (eventim.co.uk) Fri
First Aid Kit
ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON NW1
After much personal upheaval,
Sweden’s folk-country sister act
return with album number four.
The golden harmonies remain,
but the raptures seem all the
sweeter for the lived-in heartaches
behind them on the lovely Ruins.
(roundhouse.org.uk) tonight and Fri
Wiley
VARIOUS VENUES
“Back with a Banger”, indeed.
Despite the release delays, Wiley
displayed all the bravado of a
man who knows he’s on form
with his 11th album. Here, grime’s
veteran ground-breaker gives
the fast-firing raps and hardhitting melodies of Godfather the
victory-lap treatment. 24 Kitchen
Street, Liverpool (gigsandtours.com)
tonight; Brixton Academy, London
SW9 (gigsandtours.com) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Albert Hammond Jr
Spiro + Leveret
The Strokes don’t seem to
know what they’re on with these
days, but at least one of their
guitarists hasn’t lost his drive.
Propulsive power-pop nuggets
with hidden depths await as
Albert Hammond Jr previews
Francis Trouble, an album written
in tribute to his stillborn twin.
(eventbrite.co.uk) tonight
A stellar double header of two
of the finest instrumental
groups in the UK: the minimalist,
systems music-inspired
restructuring of folk tunes from
Spiro; and Leveret with their
latest album, Inventions, featuring
their first set of self-penned tunes.
Victoria Hall, Settle (01729 825718)
tonight; Met, Bury (0161 761 2216) Fri
DINGWALLS, LONDON NW1
VARIOUS VENUES
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
Furrow Collective
Flight
Fresh from the studio where
they’ve been working on a new
record, the BBC Radio 2 Folk
Award-winning four-piece start
on a UK tour that will include
new music alongside songs and
ballads from previous albums
Wild Hog and At Our Next
Meeting. Bournemouth Folk Club
(bournemouthfolkclub.com) tonight;
Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
(01635 244246) Fri
Scottish Opera revive
Jonathan Dove’s hit comedy about
life-changing encounters in an
airport lounge. (0131 529 6000)
tonight and Sat 7.15pm
VARIOUS VENUES
Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys
VARIOUS VENUES
Nominated for Best Group at this
year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards,
Sam Kelly and his seven-piece
band embark on a UK tour in
support of the excellent new
album, Pretty Peggy. Cornerstone,
Didcot (01235 515144) tonight;
South Holland Centre, Spalding
(01775 764777) Fri
JAZZ
Miles Ahead
MILTON COURT CONCERT HALL,
LONDON EC2
The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra,
the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth
Jazz Orchestra and the National
Youth Orchestras of Scotland Jazz
Orchestra perform the great Miles
Davis/Gil Evans collaboration.
(020 7638 4141) tonight
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FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
THEATRE
School of Rock
NEW LONDON THEATRE, LONDON WC2
The kids are more than all right
– in fact, they are an absolute joy
in this ridiculously entertaining
show, with music by Andrew
Lloyd Webber, adapted from the
2003 movie and starring Stephen
Leask. (0844 811 0052) to 13 Jan
Flashdance
39
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Game Night
15, FRANCIS DALEY AND
JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN, 100 MINS
Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman
star in this comedy-drama. Opens Fri
TALKS & POETRY
Jewish Book Week
VARIOUS VENUES, LONDON
PRINCESS THEATRE, TORQUAY
Joanne Clifton stars a workingclass Pittsburgh woman who
works as a welder by day and
a burlesque-bar dancer by
night but dreams of one day
becoming a fully trained
“proper” dancer in this great
adaptation of the 80s musical.
Matt Cole’s choreography is
smart, sexy and full of explosive
energy. (atgtickets.com) to Sat
With sessions by Matthew d’Ancona,
Jonathan Freedland, Douglas Murray,
Melanie Phillips and Afua Hirsch.
(jewishbookweek.com) opens Sat
COMEDY
Bill Bailey
O2 APOLLO, MANCHESTER
Two nights in Manchester for
the doyen of musical comedy.
(08444 777 677) opens Fri
22 day
from on s
l
£4,399ppy
OPERA
A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
LONDON COLISEUM, WC2
ENO’s revival of Robert Carsen’s
1995 production, with Christopher
Ainslie and Soraya Mafi as the
fairy king and queen, and Joshua
Bloom as Bottom. German-based
English conductor Alexander
Soddy makes his ENO debut.
(020 7845 9300) tonight 7.30pm
If you only see
one thing today
New Zealand
Land of the Long White Cloud
REUTERS/ANDREW YATES
Selected departures October 2018 to April 2019
Your tour includes...
VISUAL ARTS
China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors
WORLD MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL
Objects from the discovery in 1974 of the underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors guarding
the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, form the centre of this exhibition, which includes
pieces that have never been on show in the UK before, excavated over the past 40 years from the Imperial
Mausoleum and selected tombs. (liverpoolmuseums.org.uk) to 28 Oct
✓ Stay in Auckland, Singapore, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Nelson,
Christchurch, Queenstown, Te Anau and Omarama
✓ A dolphin-watching cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands
✓ Visit the Te Puia, Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland with local Maori guides
✓ Admire Napier’s beautiful Art Deco architecture on a guided walking tour
✓ Sightseeing tour of Auckland, visit Christchurch and see snow-capped Mt Cook
✓ Visit Nelson and cruise Abel Tasman National Park’s stunningly scenic coast
✓ Cruise to the South Island with a vineyard visit and tasting in Marlborough
✓ Cross the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
✓ Spectacular helicopter flight around the iconic Franz Josef glacier
✓ Cruise awe-inspiring Milford Sound with the chance to see dolphins and seals
✓ Return flights from the UK plus a two-day stopover in cosmopolitan Singapore
✓ Hand-picked accommodation, with breakfast included
✓ The services of our experienced and
insightful tour manager throughout
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supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking
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+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
ENERGY
Hunt for cheaper rates sees
Big Six lose market share
By Josie Cox
More than one in five households
across the UK now get their
energy from small- and mediumsized suppliers, leaving the largest
six suppliers with a record-low
market share, data from regulator
Ofgem revealed.
It said yesterday that during 2017,
5.1 million electricity consumers and
4.1 million gas consumers switched
supplier, which was the highest
number for almost a decade.
More than 30 per cent of those
consumers switched from one of the
six largest suppliers – British Gas,
EDF, nPower, E.On, Scottish Power
and SSE – to rival smaller companies.
Ofgem said many switched for the
first time.
“With more customers voting
with their feet, the message is clear:
suppliers need to look at what they
are offering to their customers, or
risk losing them,” said Dermot Nolan,
chief executive of Ofgem.
“Nevertheless, there are still too
many consumers who are paying too
much for their energy, which is why
we are introducing price protection
whilst we reform the market, to make
competition work for all consumers,”
he added.
The Ofgem figures show that,
as of December last year, smaller
and medium-sized suppliers were
Ofgem says around 57 per
cent of non-prepayment
meter consumers remain on poor
value rates, which can be as much
as £300 more expensive than the
cheapest deals on the market.
delivering electricity to 21 per cent
of consumers, and gas to 22 per cent.
Back in 2013 their market share was
just 4.7 per cent for electricity and 5
per cent for gas.
The six largest energy suppliers’
market share, meanwhile, was 79 per
cent for electricity and 78 per cent for
gas in December, down from 84 per
cent for both at the end of 2016.
Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs
expert at price comparison website
MoneySuperMarket, welcomed
the Ofgem figures, calling them
“encouraging and further proof of
the ever changing face of the retail
energy market”.
He said that the data proves that
“there has never been a better time
to be a domestic energy customer
in the UK, with over 65 suppliers
and all types of different tariffs to
choose from”.
There are now more than 65 energy
suppliers in the UK market PA
“But for all the people engaging,
there’s still millions languishing on
expensive standard variable tariffs,”
he pointed out.
“The noise about the incoming
price cap can blind people but it
shouldn’t – quite simply the quickest
and easiest way to save money on
your energy bills, especially right now
when it’s still freezing, is to go online
and switch, either with a Big Six or
emerging supplier.” THE INDEPENDENT
PROPERTY
Leasehold
scandal puts
£130m dent in
Taylor profits
By Ravender Sembhy
Quote of
the day
Cryptocurrencies
are used for
buying fentanyl…
it is a rare
technology
that has caused
deaths in a fairly
direct way
Bill Gates
The former Microsoft
boss shares his worries
about the crypto craze
The 30
Second
Briefing
and Wales outside London for solo
buyers – and found Newcastleunder-Lyme came out top, with
buyers typically needing to sacrifice
10.84 per cent of their monthly wage
in mortgage payments there.
HOMES FOR
SINGLETONS
How was affordability worked out?
The research was based on analysing
the prices of one-bedroom flats
against ONS average earning
statistics. Kirklees, Blackpool and
the East Riding of Yorkshire also
featured in the top 10.
What’s the story?
Singletons who hope to get on
to the property ladder should
consider Newcastle-under-Lyme
in Staffordshire, North Tyneside
(Tynemouth beach is pictured above
yesterday) or Bradford, research
suggests. Zoopla calculated the
most affordable places in England
Where should singletons avoid?
Cambridge was identified as
the least affordable area, with
mortgage payments taking up
36.14 per cent of monthly wages.
While northern areas dominated
the most affordable list, southern
areas including Brighton, Bath and
Windsor appeared on the least
affordable top 10 rundown.
How much less affordable
is London?
While London was excluded from
the lists, single buyers determined to
own a home in the capital would need
to set aside more than half (57.35 per
cent) of their monthly wage. Single
buyers in Kensington and Chelsea
would face a mortgage gobbling
up 82.44 per cent of their monthly
earnings, while those in Westminster
would typically need to set aside
82.12 per cent of their monthly wages
on mortgage payments.
House-building giant Taylor Wimpey
has seen full-year profits dented after
it paid out £130m because of a leasehold scandal.
Taylor, the UK’s third-biggest
house builder, saw bottom-line annual
profit fall 5.8 per cent to £555.3m. Pretax profit fell 6.9 per cent to £682m
in the period. It set aside £130m to
help customers trapped in onerous
leasehold contracts drawn up by the
house builder.
Leaseholders were forced to
stomach ground rents that doubled
every 10 years and the freeholds to
their houses were able to be sold to
third-party private firms, making
many homes unsaleable.
Taylor said it had secured
agreements with 90 per cent
of freeholders to allow affected
customers to convert to an inflationbased leasehold scheme and
added that it was making “good
progress” on agreements with the
remaining freeholders.
However, the group said Britain’s
property market remained solid
despite economic uncertainty, and
hailed an otherwise “strong year”.
Chief executive Pete Redfern said:
“2017 was another strong year for
Taylor Wimpey and we enter 2018 in
a good position.”
Total revenue grew 7.9 per cent to
£3.96bn after a 4.6 per cent rise in
completions to 14,842 over 2017.
Stripping out the leasehold
provision, pre-tax profits came in at
£812m for the year, up from £733.5m.
Average prices on private sales
lifted 3 per cent to £296,000.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
TELEVISION
ITV’s new boss plays down
fall in advertising revenue
By Simon English
ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall
claimed yesterday that Comcast’s
£22bn bid for Sky would spur
more deals in her sector, despite
a disappointing City debut as the
broadcaster’s new chief executive.
As she unveiled a fall in advertising
revenue and embarked on a “strategy
refresh”, the former easyJet and
Guardian boss said Comcast’s move
on Sky was “really interesting.
It shows how valuable content
businesses are”.
NBC, owned by Comcast, is
rumoured to have pondered a bid for
ITV in the past. “I think everybody
has had a look at everybody,” Dame
Casrolyn said, suggesting that
consolidation in the face of the threat
from Netflix and Facebook is likely
to quicken. But her comments came
as shares in ITV plunged 7 per cent
in morning trading on the back of
underwhelming results. ITV shares
closed down 7.62 per cent at 160p.
Advertising revenue fell 5 per cent
to £1.59bn in 2017, earnings per share
dropped 9 per cent to 10.2p, and there
is no special dividend for the first
year in six.
Dame Carolyn blamed “political
uncertainty” for the fall in ad revenue
and said ITV would spend more than
£1bn on programming this year.
City analysts note that this amount
Dame Carolyn
McCall was
previously
head of easyJet
and Guardian
Media Group
AFP/GETTY
seems puny compared with the
firepower of Amazon. Some fear ITV
may be simply unable to compete.
“Creating and owning quality content
is a huge advantage. We have a great
opportunity to make content famous
on our channels,” Dame Carolyn said.
She downplayed the switch to
“catch-up” TV watching: “Seventyfive per cent of the population watch
live. If you have live sport, great
drama, then live TV is very robust.”
She thinks ITV has consumer
data it can sell and use to generate
content. “I was amazed that ITV
had 100 million interactions with
customers last year.
“Currently we are not really doing
anything with that data,” she said.
EVENING STANDARD
ITV Studios delivered
a hike in sales last year,
with revenues up 13 per cent at
£1.6bn. Underlying earnings in the
division remained flat at £243m.
‘Near historic low’ sales trigger Foxtons slump
Foxtons has reported a slump in annual results, citing sales activity in
London being “near historic lows”.
The estate agent reported overall
group revenue for 2017 of £117.6m,
down from £132.7m a year earlier.
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Motorists pay the
price for insurers’
rising dividends
I
t won’t be long before the Association of British Insurers (ABI)
releases another car insurance
premium tracker and if it goes to
form it will show that consumers
are getting kicked in the teeth.
What the trade body has typically
done when this happens is to cry
crocodile tears for the “hard pressed
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HEALTH
Venture fund
will be first to
invest in war
on superbugs
By Tom Nicholson
PROPERTY
By Josie Cox
IQ
30-39
Profit before tax tumbled to £6.5m
from £18.8m, while its basic earnings
per share slipped from 5.7p to just
1.9p last year.
“We are pleased to have delivered
a performance in line with market
expectations. However, sales activity
in the London property market is
near historic lows and this had a
significant impact on our overall
performance in 2017,” said chief
executive Nic Budden.
Foxton’s letting revenue fell by
just 3 per cent to £66.3m but sales
revenue plunged by 23 per cent
to £42.6m.
motorist” while complaining that its
poor members have had no choice
but to increase premiums to deal
with the rising cost of compensating
people who get hurt by bad drivers.
It also likes to trot out the hoary old
line about there being an “epidemic”
of dodgy whiplash related claims.
A credulous media usually falls for
this, reporting it as fact without ever
testing the ABI’s claims against any
evidence. Such as, say, the results
released by Direct Line.
What they show is that far from
suffering alongside the “hard pressed
motorist”, insurers have never had
it so good.
Direct Line reported a 3.6 per cent
rise in premiums written, but a 51.4
per cent rise in operating profits, a
40 per cent rise in regular dividends
per share, and a 50 per cent rise in
super-special “here’s some of the
extra money we made so you can buy
yourself something nice” dividends.
This it has been able to do because
it has hiked the price of premiums
without there being a corresponding
rise in the cost of claims.
You can see the effect of this in
the company’s combined operating
ratio. It compares premiums with
costs and claims and is expressed
as a percentage. For every 1 per cent
below 100 the insurer makes £1 for
every £100 of premiums taken in.
Direct Line’s improved to 91.8 per
cent from 97.7 per cent the previous
Th
his is not a country that
works for everyone. It’s a
country that works for the
likes of insurance companies
year. So it made £8.20 on every £100
of premiums it took in, before any
returns from investing are added,
against just £2.30 previously.
Now Direct Line doesn’t just insure
cars. So let’s look at motor insurance
specifically. There the loss ratio
(before costs) improved to 79.7 per
A venture fund which will be the
first to invest in companies fighting
antibiotic-resistant superbugs was
launched yesterday.
The Repair Impact Fund, which
is backed with $165m (£119m) from
Danish life science investors Novo
Holdings, has been set up with the
goal of injecting between $20m and
$40m per year into 20 start-ups and
early-stage companies in Europe
and the United States working
on innovative antibiotics to stop
bacteria that contemporary drugs
cannot kill.
While initiatives like the Carb-X
partnership invest in antibiotic
research already, the Repair Impact
Fund offers venture
f u n d i n g ra t h e r
than Carb -X’s
research grants.
N o v o
start-ups
Holdings
working on
h a s fo u n d e d
innovative
life science
antibiotics will
companies in
receive
funding
Scandinavia
as
well
as
investing abroad.
The company has stakes in drug
manufacturer Novo Nordisk, a
healthcare group specialising in
diabetes and hormones, and enzymes
and biotech specialist Novozymes.
Diseases caused by antibioticresistant microbes kill 700,000
people a year and are projected to kill
10 million a year by 2050 - far more
than the 8.8 million a year currently
killed by cancer worldwide.
Antibiotic-resistant diseases were
named one of the “biggest threats”
to public health by the European
Food Safety Agency and European
Centre for Disease Prevention in
a report on Tuesday. The World
Health Organisation has also named
antibiotic-resistant disease as the
greatest threat to public health.
20
cent of the premiums taken in against
84.1 per cent the previous year.
How did Direct Line pull off the
trick? Simple. It increased its prices.
The ABI would tell you that it had to
do this. It didn’t, and in a competitive
market it wouldn’t have been able to.
In a competitive market the
company would probably have had to
absorb at least part of any increase in
claims costs while working smarter
to keep shareholders sweet.
But the motor insurance market
isn’t as competitive as the industry
would have you believe. So there was
no need to do that.
In a “country that works for
everyone” this would attract the
attention of ministers and regulators,
who might start asking questions.
But this is not a country that
works for everyone. It’s a country
that works for the likes of insurance
companies, their executives, and
their shareholders.
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pages
Bid to crackdown
on laundering
The Japan Times
The Justice Ministry of Japan
has launched measures to
crackdown on fraud and money
laundering by organised crime
syndicates using dummy firms.
Founders of new companies will
have to declare a de facto head
before the company is allowed
to be incorporated. The head
will then be investigated to
confirm they have no criminal
links. However, there will be no
penalties for false declarations.
‘Influx of foreign
flour hits prices’
The Jamaican Gleaner
The flour industry is at the
centre of a trade row in
Jamaica, where industry
specialists claim imported flour
from Trinidad and Tobago is
being dumped into the market.
“There has been a large influx
of flour at extraordinary prices,
so we’re going in the direction
of bringing an action against
that,” said Ralston Nembhard,
General Manager of JF Mills.
Effort to tackle sick
days ‘is working’
Ansa
A drive to cut the amount of
sick days taken by Italian public
sector workers is proving
effective, figures suggest. The
head of the pensions and social
security agency INPS, Tito
Boeri, announced that a new
central hub to control absences
had seen sick days down 19.6
per cent in the fourth quarter of
2017, compared to a 3.3 per cent
drop in the private sector.
Cotton exports
‘soar in past year’
The Nation
Pakistan’s raw cotton export
industry is booming, with
growth of 48.72 per cent in
the first seven months of the
financial year compared to
the same period the previous
year. According to the Pakistan
Bureau of Statistics, roughly
33,306 metric tonnes of raw
cotton worth almost $55m was
exported between July 2017 and
January 2018, up on the 21,352
metric tonnes worth $36.9m in
the same period last year.
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CONSUMER
INSURANCE
Unilever chief’s
pay rises to £10.3m
Shares windfall
for Admiral staff
Unilever’s chief executive,
Paul Polman, earned £10.3m
in 2017, the company’s annual
report revealed. His 2017 pay
deal, including a £1m salary,
£2m bonus and £6.4m in longterm bonus scheme shares, is a
rise of 51 per cent. His package
in 2016 was £6.8m. Unilever,
whose brands include Dove,
announced profits of £7.1bn.
More than 9,600 staff at car
insurer Admiral have been
handed a shares windfall after
profits rebounded in 2017. The
Cardiff-based group, which
owns Elephant and Confused.
com, said employees would
receive free shares worth
£3,600 thanks to a record
profits haul of £403.5m for last
year, up 45 per cent on 2016.
AUTOMOTIVE
RETAIL
Toyota to build
new Auris in UK
Top women are
sold short at Asda
Toyota is to build a new version
of its Auris car in the UK. The
model will be produced at the
Burnaston plant in Derbyshire,
with engines sourced mainly
from Toyota’s Deeside factory in
North Wales. The move follows
£240m of investment last year
to upgrade the Burnaston site,
which included £20m from
the Government.
Asda has vowed to increase the
number of women in top-level
positions from 35 per cent after
revealing a 53 per cent gap in
the bonuses paid to men and
women. Despite the disparity,
the retailer’s gender pay gap
for all workers hit 12.5 per cent
for mean hourly pay compared
with a UK-wide figure of 17.4
per cent.
TECHNOLOGY
ENERGY
Pinterest hires
ex-Google exec
Watchdog to look
at merger plans
Pinterest, the visual search
engine app start-up valued at
$12.3bn (£8.9bn), has hired its
first chief operating officer as
speculation of an initial public
offering grows. Francoise
Brougher, formerly of Google,
joins six months after the app
announced it had 200 million
monthly users.
A move by SSE and the owner
of NPower to merge operations
and create a new UK energy
supplier is to be investigated by
a watchdog. The Competition
and Markets Authority will
focus on whether the deal
would “significantly reduce”
the competition for supplying
energy to domestic customers.
ONLINE
BANKING
Facebook blamed
for site’s closure
Which? launches
‘super complaint’
Facebook algorithm changes
“decimated” lifestyle site Little
Things, forcing its closure and
the loss of 100 jobs, according to
its chief executive Joe Spieser.
He said changes cut the site’s
organic traffic by 75 per cent.
The page had built up more
than 12 million followers.
The Payment Systems
Regulator is looking to protect
people from authorised push
payment (APP) scams following
a “super complaint” from
Which? Victims conned into
transferring money by bank
transfer have no legal right to
get money back from a bank.
the
markets
TOM NICHOLSON
After diving in morning trading,
the FTSE 100 clambered slowly
back to its opening level by
mid-afternoon, only for a late fall
to leave it down 50.5 points or 0.69
per cent at 7231.9 by the close.
***
ITV took a big hit after its weaker
profit announcement, closing
down 7.62 per cent at 160 points,
and insurer Admiral closed down
4.56 per cent at 1,843, despite its
record financial results.
***
James Fisher & Sons was the day’s
biggest climber, finishing up 10.78
per cent to 1,562 points.
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1 MARCH 2018
ENERGY
Nuclear authority wasted
public funds on clean-up
By Alan Jones
The Government has been accused
of being “culpable” for failures over
a nuclear clean-up contract that
cost the taxpayer up to £122m.
The Public Accounts Committee
(PAC) published a damning report
into a contract to clean up the Magnox nuclear reactor and research
sites. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) was accused
of failing in both the procurement
and management of the contract,
which was awarded to the wrong
bidder after an “overly complex”
procurement process.
Between 2012 and 2014, the NDA
ran a procurement exercise for
services to decommission 12 sites –
two research and 10 Magnox sites
– and awarded a 14-year contract to
Cavendish Fluor Partnership.
It was taken to court after Energy Solutions, part of a consortium that bid for the contract but
lost, lodged legal claims. After
nearly two years of litigation, the
High Court ruled that the NDA had
wrongly decided the outcome of
the procurement process;
the NDA settled legal
claims of nearly £100m.
The PAC said the
costly mistakes had
caused “untold reputational damage” to
the NDA, but it added
that the Government
must share the blame.
Sir Geoffrey CliftonBrown, deputy chairman of
the PAC, said the NDA “is entrusted with some of the most important
work affecting health and safety
matters in the nuclear industry
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doubt on its ability to perform its
role effectively.
“From the design and execution of the procurement process
onwards, the handling of the Mag-
nox contract has been an appalling piece of mismanagement and
financial waste.
“It is wholly unacceptable that
some details of what took
place should remain so
murky – not least the
NDA’s inability to fully
account for some
£500m of taxpayers’
money paid to its previous contractor.
“Central government is also culpable.
Having signed off the
NDA’s needlessly complicated
procurement plan, it then failed
in its duty to taxpayers as issues
emerged and costs grew.
The NDA’s total spend
in 2016-17 was £3.2bn –
£100m under budget, despite the
£100m cost of the legal battle
fought with Energy Solutions.
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Minesweeper
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
SAYS
LETTERS
Futoshiki
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FROG
HAT
RHYME
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GRIN
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BOO
SMITE
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Jigsawdoku
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Peel and finely dice the onion. Peel
and finely chop or crush one large or
two small garlic cloves. Halve the chilli,
de-seed and finely chop. Use half of it
in the dish or all, depending on your
preference for heat.
Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large
saucepan. Add the onion and fry on a
low heat, stirring often, for 10 minutes.
If it looks like catching at any point, add a
splash of water.
Meanwhile, peel and dice the sweet
potato into 3cm chunks. Wash the
spinach well, then drain into a colander.
Give the cardamom pods a light bash
with the flat of a large knife, so they open
a little. Put a pan of water on to boil.
After 10 minutes, add the sweet
potato, garlic, chilli, curry powder, garam
masala and cardamom pods to the onion.
Stir for two minutes.
Add the coconut milk and ground
almonds. Refill the tin with water and
add that too, along with a good pinch
of salt. Bring the pan up to a medium,
bubbling boil and cook for 10 minutes.
Keep an eye on the curry as it cooks; stir
now and then and add a little more water
if required.
Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa in a sieve.
Add it to the pan of boiling water and
cook for 13 to 14 minutes, until the seeds
have popped open. Meanwhile, put the
flaked almonds in a dry frying pan and
gently heat, stirring often, until golden
and toasted. Transfer to a plate.
Once the curry has cooked for 10
minutes, add the spinach, stirring so it
wilts in. Cook for a further five minutes
or so, until the spinach is wilted and the
sweet potato is tender. Try a little of the
curry and add more salt and add a good
squeeze of lime juice to taste.
Drain the quinoa and serve with
the curry, a dollop of yoghurt and a
sprinkling of toasted, flaked almonds.
Pick out the cardamom seeds as you go;
they are bitter to bite into.
Tomorrow
Spring greens and spelt risotto with thyme
RIGID
15
9
SERVES 2
1 onion
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
1 chilli
Oil for frying, e.g. sunflower or coconut
500g sweet potato
200g baby spinach
1tsp cardamom pods
1tsp curry powder
1tsp garam masala
200ml tin coconut milk
25g ground almonds
100g quinoa
A dollop of yoghurt
25g flaked almonds
1 lime
Salt
BRAY
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NEWS
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VOICES
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TV
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IQ
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1945
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 48.
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vehicle (4)
3 Distinguished (7)
4 Lariat (5)
5 Fight (Informal) (5)
6 Type of monk (8)
7 Spurting oil well (6)
12 Immediate medical
assistance (5,3)
14 Stick (6)
15 Muslim holy
month (7)
17 Sag (5)
18 Precise (5)
19 Group of
countries (4)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Play, 3 Track (Plate rack), 8 Ridge, 9 Maximum, 10 Imperil, 11 Canon,
12 Portmanteau, 17 Apple, 19 Auditor, 21 Impasse, 22 Libra, 23 Early, 24 Gala.
DOWN 1 Permit, 2 Add up, 3 Toxic, 4 Ammonia, 5 Kimono, 6 Ferret, 7 Amalgamated,
13 On paper, 14 Tiddly, 15 Valise, 16 Errata, 18 Essay, 20 Tibia.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 21
Puzzle solutions See page 48 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Wheel, Kakuro,
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ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
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Concise Crossword No 2267
ACROSS
1 Eyelid
inflammation (4)
4 Hungarian
composer (5)
8 Valued old items (8)
9 Wander (4)
10 Type of dance
music (6)
11 Long tube (4)
13 Bravery medal (8,5)
16 Second-hand (4)
18 Disinter (6)
20 Ring of light (4)
21 Rough-haired
terrier (8)
22 Warehouse (5)
23 Pleasant (4)
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How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Sudoku Harder
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idoku Exclusive to i
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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ABC Logic
How to play Place the letters
A, B and C exactly once in each row and
column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
B
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C
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C
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B
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B
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Word Wheel
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words of three or more letters, each
including the letter at centre of the wheel,
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i racing
SPORT
Willoughby
Court injury
adds to
Rooneys’ woe
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Willoughby Court will miss the JLT
Chase at Cheltenham, a second blow
for owners Paul and Clare Rooney,
whose If The Cap Fits was ruled out
of another Grade One, the Supreme
Novices’ Hurdle, with a muscle tear
last Friday.
“His foot still isn’t 100 per cent,”
reported trainer Ben Pauling (below),
who will now aim his stable star at
Aintree or Punchestown.
It remains grim on the jumps
racing front and prospects of a
weekend resumption are becoming
ever slimmer as the UK freezes
under this Siberian blast.
Kelso have already abandoned
their Saturday fixture,
b u t a re n e go t i at ing with the BHA
to reschedule for
Sunday week, as
they did two years
a go i n s i m i l a r
circumstances.
Seeyouatmidnight, Scotland’s big
Grand National hope
this year after One For
Arthur’s famous triumph last April,
was meant to be in action at the Borders track on Saturday and he needs
another run to complete his qualification for Aintree’s showpiece.
Meanwhile, Cheltenham is expecting up to six inches of snow and
although milder weather is forecast
next week, the Festival is likely to
open on soft ground on 13 March.
Yesterday’s release of the Cheltenham Festival handicap weights
prompted quite a stir. Among those
commanding attention are De Plotting Shed (7-1 from 10-1) in the Novices’ Handicap Chase; Glenloe (8-1
from 10-1) in the Pertemps Hurdle;
Flying Tiger (16-1 from 33-1) in the
County Hurdle; and Vaniteux (10-1
from 14-1) in the Grand Annual Chase.
top
tips
BEST BET
Gronkowski
(7.30pm, Kempton)
Highly regarded, on a hat-trick and
improving. Yard in top form, too.
NEXT BEST
Arsenio Lupin
(8pm, Kempton)
Came good here recently after
wind surgery and open to further
improvement.
ANTE-POST
Willie Mullins’ Invitation Only is
now clear 7-2 favourite for the JLT
Chase at Cheltenham. following
Willoughby Court’s defection.
KEMPTON
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3
84-44 CLOUD EIGHT (BF) M Botti 9 11.......................Nicola Currie T 7
4 2040-6 ALASKA (D) J Bradley 9 10.....................Kerrie Raybould (10) 3
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5.55
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FORM VERDICT
Fortune’s Pearl was last seen chasing home Elarqam in a Group 3 at
Newmarket in September and he arrives here the top-rated performer
in the field with potential for further improvement as a three-year-old.
However, he concedes race fitness to GRONKOWSKI, who has been
impressive since switching to the all-weather and for the application of
blinkers so could easily take advantage and land the hat-trick. Three Weeks
is open to further improvement and is a threat along with Jellmood.
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ARSENIO LUPIN (CD) D P Quinn 4 9 4 ...............H Burns (7) 4
WINK OLIVER (D) J Hughes 6 9 4....Poppy Bridgwater (7) H,C 3
SHADOW WARRIOR (D) P D’Arcy 4 9 1................. O Murphy 5
TEE IT UP TOMMO (CD) D Steele 9 8 9............Hollie Doyle 2
- 6 declared BETTING: 11-8 Shadow Warrior, 9-4 Arsenio Lupin, 11-4 Titan Goddess,
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3
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4
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5
42-355 ZABEEL STAR (D)(BF) K McLintock 6 9 2......Connor Murtagh (5) 7
6 04734- X RATED (D) M Johnston 4 9 2.......................................... J Fanning 5
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8
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9
451-13 THEGLASGOWWARRIOR (C) J Goldie 4 8 10 ......Phil Dennis (3) 8
10 904-25 LONDON GLORY D Thompson 5 8 7................J P Sullivan B 9
- 10 declared BETTING: 5-2 Henpecked, 5-1 X Rated, 6-1 Theglasgowwarrior, 7-1 Cadeau
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ATHLETICS
Muir confident
her twin-track
approach will
pay dividends
tion coming up, is it OK if I have a couple of days?’ she reveals. “Wednesday
The hidden downside of Laura is in the small animal hospital, ThursMuir’s relentless quest to maximise day I will be competing in the world
every gram of talent within was best championships. So it’s a bit surreal.”
summed up by a tweet despatched
But also a profitable balance deshortly after the young Scot claimed spite the traumas of watching the
a British indoor title 12 days ago.
flight departure schedules to facilitate
Flanking her on the podium were a relatively late flight south. Muir has
rivals Eilish McColgan and Rosie embraced the new mantra that elite
Clarke, freshly returned
sport and personal passions
from training camps in the
should not be inseparable
sun and heat of Kenya.
Wednesday with increasing awareness
Muir, by her own admon- is in the
of the pitfalls of chucking
ishment, stuck out like a small animal
every egg into one basket.
pale thumb in between.
Juggling both, particularly
“Definitely did not win the hospital,
in her demanding final year,
‘best tan competition’,” she Thursday I will has been just as tough as it
be competing might appear, she acknowljested online.
The consequence of not in the world
edges. Try running six miles
venturing too far from her indoors. So it’s in the freezing fog after the
base in Glasgow while she a bit surreal
cold reality of a night shift
flits between the real-life
or focusing on galloping toplacements that will lead
wards personal bests followher to graduating this summer as a ing taxing surgery on a horse.
fully-qualified vet.
That twin track, Muir offers, has
Yet the 24-year-old has plenty other helped hone her skills at both. “It’s
valuable victories to pursue, starting been a huge part of my success in
tonight in Birmingham, where she will both areas. I’ve not had to choose and
spearhead home hopes in the 3,000 that’s been a real positive.
metres in the opening session of the
“We’ve seen the issues of sport and
IAAF world indoor championships.
mental health come to the fore and
Few among her foes will have had it’s also something flagged up in vetto beg the leeway to compete as Muir erinary where it is a big, big issue. So
has this week. “I had to send a few having the two alongside one another,
emails saying ‘I’ve got a big competi- where mental health is something
By Mark Woods
Results service
FA CUP FIFTH ROUND REPLAY
Tottenham (1)..............6 Rochdale (1) ........ 1
Son 23, 65
Humphrys 31
Llorente 47, 53, 59
Att 24,627
Walker-Peters 90
Tottenham away to Swansea in
quarter-finals
CYCLING
UCI TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS, Men’s Team Sprint Gold
Medal Final: Netherlands 42.727secs
bt Great Britain (J Carlin/R Owens/J
Kenny) 43.231. Bronze Medal Final:
France 43.373secs bt Russian Federation 43.584. Women’s Scratch Final: 1 K Wild (Neth), 2 J D’hoore (Bel),
3 A Dideriksen (Den), 6 K Archibald
(GB). Women’s Team Sprint Gold
Medal Final: Germany 32.605secs bt
Netherlands 33.124. Bronze Medal
Final: Russian Federation 32.990secs
bt China 33.282.
HORSE RACING RESULTS
WOLVERHAMPTON
Going: Standard to slow
2.15 1. JEREMY’S JET (G Downing) 9-2;
2. Joys Delight 4-1 fav; 3. Final Attack
11-2. 11 ran. nk, 3/4l. (A Carroll). NRs:
Babette, Ok By Me.
2.45 1. SHAMLAN (D Costello) 6-1;
2. Critical Thinking 11-4 fav; 3. Lord
Murphy 4-1. 10 ran. nk, 11/2l. (Kevin
Frost). NR: Three’s A Crowd.
3.20 1. BLUE ROCKS (G Malune) 40-1;
2. Perceived 15-2; 3. King Kevin 8-11
fav. 7 ran. hd, 1l. (Mrs L Williamson).
3.50 1. COMPATRIOT (J P Spencer)
8-15 fav; 2. Sunshineandbubbles 6-1; 3.
Mrs Burbidge 6-1. 6 ran. 11/2l, 8l. (Olly
Murphy). NRs: Filament Of Gold, Lord
Franklin, Rock’n Gold.
4.25 1. UPAVON (A Kirby) 6-1; 2. Rose
Berry 7-2; 3. Afandem 8-1. 8 ran. 9-4
fav Nautical Haven (8th). hd, hd. (A
Carroll).
4.55 1. DUBAI ACCLAIM (R Kingscote)
evens fav; 2. Vj Day 7-4; 3. Carpet Time
20-1. 6 ran. 2l, 11/2l. (R Fahey).
Placepot: £43.60. Quadpot: £14.80.
Place 6: £88.20. Place 5: £54.35.
SNOOKER
WELSH OPEN CARDIFF, 2nd rd: L
Highfield (Eng) bt D Junhui (Chin) 4-1;
N Saengkham (Thai) bt J Trump (Eng)
4-1; R O’Sullivan (Eng) bt G Dott (Sco)
4-0; M Stevens (Wal) bt S Donaldson
(Sco) 4-2; M Allen (N Ire) bt Soheil
Vahedi (Irn) 4-1; I Burns (Eng) bt N
Robertson (Aus) 4-3; B Hawkins (Eng)
bt T Ford (Eng) 4-0.
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NORRIE (GB) 6-3 5-7 7-5. Women’s
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pia’s Genzebe Dibaba, three-times a
world indoor gold medallist, is likewise
hedging her bets as is her Dutch rival
Sifan Hassan, the defending 1500m
champion, and fellow Scot Eilish McColgan. While the 1500m field this
weekend also includes Northern Ireland’s 2016 European outdoor medallist Ciara Mageean.
Fourth at the shorter distance at
the World Championships in London
last year, a global gong for Muir now
appears overdue as British athletics seeks a new star to replace Mo
Farah at its forefront. “It will be very
tough against a lot of the
Africans and some of
the Europeans as
well,” Muir says.
“Even though
Laura Muir’s
the 1500m is only
position in
two rounds, it
the World
will be very deChampionship
manding, physi1500m last year
cally demanding
as well as mentally.
“I feel like I am in a
good place to perform well in a l l
the rounds I think from my practice
in Belgrade and London I am used
to doing the two events now. It’s
something I should be able to cope
well with.”
Undoubtedly, she is the strongest of
a cluster of home medal contenders
with men’s 1500m hope Chris O’Hare
and high jumper Robbie Grabarz wellcapable but recovering from injuries
and team co-captain Andy Pozzi still
searching for his prime form.
But the GB and NI squad will be
without former Olympic and world
champion Greg Rutherford who
withdrew on the eve of the championships. Recovering from two surgeries
last year, the 31-year-old would rather
sit out than fall well short.
“My performance from the British
Championships to the Indoor Grand
Prix in Glasgow at the weekend
showed improvement but it was still
not at the level I demand of myself,”
he said.
4
you look out for, has been a huge help
to me in coping with my workload.
“I have had a lot of support from
both communities – veterinary and
running – and it’s definitely good that
one is able to distract my mind from
the other and vice versa.” A double
champion at last spring’s European
indoors, Muir will again pursue multiple targets in Birmingham with this
evening a straight 3,000m final before
she moves onwards to the 1500m, with
two further races in as many days. The
fields for both are outstanding. Ethio-
Three to watch at the World Indoor Championships
Christian Coleman
(USA)
The 21-year-old
American set a
world record in the
60-metre sprint
11 days ago at his national indoor
championships – and it was the second time this year he had lowered
the 20-year-old mark held by Maurice Greene.
He clocked 6.37sec in January, but
the time was unable to be ratified
because there were no electronic
starting blocks. So, on 18 February,
he made sure the record was his by
running 6.43sec.
Jonathan Davies
(Britain)
In this post-Mo
Farah era, Britain
can no longer take
a distance medal as
a given. But 3,000m runner Davies,
aged 24, is a decent prospect and
is in great form heading into the
worlds in Birmingham.
He lowered his indoor 3,000m
personal best twice in the space
of a week this year, most recently
on 10 February when he clocked
7min 50.18sec in coming sixth in a
stacked field at a Grand Prix event
in Boston.
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Maria Lasitskene
(ANA)
The high jumper is
one of only eight
Russians allowed
to compete at these
championships, as Authorised
Neutral Athletes.
She is the current outdoor world
champion (she won in 2015 as well
as last year in London), and if she
had been allowed to compete at
the Rio Olympics, she would probably have won that, too. Her indoor
personal best of 2.04m, set a month
ago in Volgograd, is streets ahead of
her rivals.
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gb on Kenny’s return
by Ian Parker
IN APELDOORN
Jason Kenny, Jack Carlin and Ryan
Owens won silver for Great Britain
in the men’s team sprint at the UCI
Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn.
The trio were beaten by the
Netherlands’ Jeffrey Hoagland,
Harrie Lavreysen and Nils van
Thoenderdaal in a final decided
by half a second. The Netherlands,
who also set the fastest times in
qualifying and the first round, finished in 42.727sec.
It is Britain’s first medal in the
discipline in a world championships
since 2011, also in Apeldoorn.
Six-time Olympic champion
Kenny only returned to racing in
January, having initially decided to
retire following the Rio Olympics.
Britain mixed and matched their
line-up in each round of the event,
with Joe Truman joining Carlin
and Owens in qualifying and Phil
Hindes racing alongside Kenny and
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Carlin in the first round. Kenny said
he was “chuffed” to take a silver
medal home. “I’m really happy, absolutely,” he said. “I was just happy
to be in the team.”
Earlier, Laura Kenny helped
Great Britain qualify second fastest
in the women’s team pursuit in her
first competitive outing since giving
birth six months ago.
Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker,
Emily Nelson and Kenny were second to defending champions the
United States in a time of four minutes 19.177sec.
Laura Kenny returned to the fray
doPIng
russia’s olympic ban lifted
after less than three months
tests in South Korea: Nadezhda
Sergeev, a bobsleigher, and AlexanAfter 85 days, during which two der Krushelnitsky, who won bronze
athletes were caught doping, Rus- in the mixed doubles curling.
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The IOC said before the closing
Olympic Committee has been lifted. ceremony – in which the Russians’
Russia had been expelled from requests to appear under their own
the IOC last December as a result flag were denied – that if there were
of their state-sponsored
no further positive tests,
doping programme. The
their membership would
suspension ruled the
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made good on that
finished on Sunday.
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The ban did not
cided the two violaRussian athletes
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there
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the OAR banner in
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of 168 athletes competsuspension of the Rused, as Olympic Athletes
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the organising committee.
Russia has repeatedly denied
The team, the third largest at running a state-sponsored doping
the Games, had to prove they were programme. Its Olympic Commitclean before they were allowed to tee president, Alexander Zhukov,
compete. They won 17 medals, in- welcomed the decision, adding that
cluding two golds.
the national organisation “has had
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Fergie chat causes Jones
to doubt decision-making
years to learn how to fix problems
“He [Ferguson] mentioned a lot of
in matches on the hoof. After losing matches where things went wrong
the 2003 semi-final to Jones’s Aus- and a lot of the times you don’t have
When he watched Manchester tralia, the All Blacks’ captain, Richie a solution. We don’t have robots,
United in the company of Sir Alex McCaw, famously admitted regret at we have human beings and, on a
Ferguson on Sunday, Eddie Jones not spotting the need for a drop-goal day, things can happen to people
was more likely to be munching on in the quarter-final defeat by France and we don’t know why. If we knew,
prawn sandwiches than humble in 2007.
then everyone would have a 100 per
pie, but by yesterday’s latest meetEngland’s principal leaders, in- cent record.”
ing with the media in Oxford, the cluding captain Dylan
Jones’s Six Nations titleAustralian head coach of England Hartley and sometime
holders could finish anyHe
conceded he had some long-term vice-captains Owen Farwhere from first to fifth in
problems with his team.
rell, George Ford, Danny [Ferguson]
the current championship,
“I don’t need to worry about the Care and Mike Brown, mentioned a
depending on their last two
steel or the character of these play- may feel they have been lot of matches matches – against France
ers,” Jones said, in a response to the chastised by association. where things
in Paris on Saturday
alarming way England lost shape
“We’re trying to do it went wrong
week, and unbeaten Ireand focus during last Saturday’s in four [years], so eve- and you
land at Twickenham seven
25-13 loss to Scotland at Murrayfield. rything’s a bit more difdays later.
don’t
have
a
Yet it was clear the two or three ficult for us,” said Jones,
“We are working on the
solution
hours of Fergie time he had spent at who took the England job
breakdown, about the imOld Trafford the next day had made in December 2015.
portance of knowing your
Jones reflect on the way some of his
“After 20 minutes [in Scotland], job,” Jones said of one of the more obteam appeared slow to react to the it would have been ideal if we’d have vious calamities in Edinburgh. “We
challenge laid down by the Scots.
reacted quicker, but we didn’t, so it play off the speed of the ball, we don’t
This is a long way from saying took us until half-time. That’s the play a formation or a pattern, and it
Jones has suddenly given up on progression of the team, and unless involves more decision-making for
winning the 2019 World Cup, but he you have these sorts of lessons you the players. That means it is more
referred to the 2011 and 2015 win- don’t learn from them – and we’ve difficult to do.
ners New Zealand needing eight learnt a lot.
“One thing I know is we can’t
win playing ‘pattern football’. We
don’t have the athletic ability to do
it. I’m not a magician, I have them
[the players] for 13 weeks a year
and I can’t suddenly make them
more athletic.
“All I can do is work with them as
well as we can, to try to maximise
the rugby out of the players we have.
We’ve got good players but we don’t
have the ability to be athletically better than other teams.”
Two factors may work in
Jones’s favour in Paris next week:
France are even less blessed in
the athleticism department than
England, plus Wasps’ multi-talented
back Elliot Daly looks like being fit to
return after ankle and calf injuries
ruled him out of this month’s wins
over Italy and Wales, and the loss
in Scotland.
“The question was whether I’m
going to go away from the type of
rugby we’re playing and the answer
is ‘no’,” said Jones – but tweaking his
Dylan Hartley and his England team failed to respond against Scotland GETTY
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RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
No action over Murrayfield tunnel scuffle
By Sports Staff
England back Owen Farrell
and Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson
have escaped punishment
over the alleged tunnel fracas
before the Calcutta Cup clash at
Murrayfield on Saturday.
Scotland forward Ryan Wilson
has also been cleared of making
contact with the eye area of
England’s Nathan Hughes during
his team’s victory.
Footage emerged which
appeared to show Farrell (right)
running between players from
both teams, before shoving
Wilson to one side as he made his
way to the changing room. The
Scotland forward turned, and
other players looked to join the
scuffle before the footage ended.
Six Nations Rugby wrote
to both teams seeking
clarification over
what happened and,
having concluded
its investigation,
announced
yesterday that “no
clear evidence of
violent conduct or
similar against any
individual player” had
been found.
England head coach Eddie
Jones confirmed that he has
discussed the incident with
Farrell. “I have definitely spoken
to Owen but that’s the end of the
matter, it’s done and dusted,”
Jones said.
“I have no reaction to the
decision. We’ll leave it to
those people to decide
those things, they’ve
made their decision
so it is obviously the
correct decision.”
The Scottish Rugby
Union, meanwhile,
revealed Wilson was free
to play in Scotland’s final
two Six Nations matches against
Ireland and Italy after a citing for
alleged foul play was dismissed at
a disciplinary hearing in London.
‘Emotional’ Stokes
and a fielding
masterclass steer
England to win
NEW ZEALAND
Santner 63, Guptill 50
ENGLAND
Morgan 62, Stokes 63no
England won by six wickets
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By Chris Stocks
AT THE BAY OVAL
Ben Stokes has spoken of his relief
and happiness after producing what
he described as an “emotional” manof-the-match display to inspire England to victory in the second ODI
against New Zealand.
The all-rounder made his first
appearance for his country in five
months during Sunday’s three-wicket defeat in the series opener in Hamilton. But England have now levelled
the series at 1-1 with three to play
after Stokes took two wickets, played
a part in two run-outs and top-scored
with an unbeaten 63 to help his team
chase down 224 with 73 balls to spare
at the Bay Oval.
The all-rounder missed the Ashes
earlier this winter after he was suspended by the England and Wales
Cricket Board for his part in a latenight incident in Bristol last September that saw him charged with affray.
Stokes is facing a trial later this
year after pleading not guilty in his
first court appearance the day before
he flew out for this tour. But after so
long out he is finding comfort in doing
what he does best – winning cricket
matches for his country.
“It was very satisfying for me,” he
said in his first interview since being
brought back into the England fold.
“I was quite emotional walking off
there at the end. Even walking on the
field for the first time and walking off
tonight made me understand how
much of a privilege it is to represent
your country.
“It was a different feeling to what it
is normally but it was a great feeling
to be walking off there. There was relief, happiness and obviously it’s been
a long time.”
Watching the Ashes from afar
was particularly hard for Stokes,
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England all-rounder
Ben Stokes on his way
to an impressive 63 not
out against New Zealand
yesterday AFP/GETTY
Tauranga scoreboard
THE BAY OVAL (Second ODI): England beat New
Zealand by 6 wickets
England won toss
NEW ZEALAND
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1 0 0 3
5
H M Nicholls c Roy b Stokes
C de Grandhomme run out
38 1 4 40 48
M J Santner not out
63 1 6 52 85
*T G Southee run out
6 0 1 3
1
L H Ferguson c Rashid b Stokes 19 1 0 38 44
T A Boult run out
2 0 0 3
6
Extras (lb5 w5)
10
Total(49.4 overs)
223
Fall: 1-6, 2-9, 3-48, 4-79, 5-82, 6-108, 7-141, 8-147,
9-216.
Bowling: D J Willey 5-0-16-0, C R Woakes 7.4-142- 2, A U Rashid 10-0-32-0, T K Curran 9-0-53-0,
M M Ali 10-0-33-2, B A Stokes 8-0-42-2.
ENGLAND
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
J J Roy c Santner b Boult
8 0 2 13 14
J M Bairstow c Sub b Ferguson 37 1 5 39 62
J E Root c de Grandhomme b Boult 9 0 1 18 23
*E J G Morgan c & b Munro
62 3 6 63 83
B A Stokes not out
63 1 7 74 90
†J C Buttler not out
36 3 2 20 27
Extras (lb2 w8)
10
Total(for 4, 37.5 overs)
225
Fall: 1-15, 2-47, 3-86, 4-174.
Did Not Bat: M M Ali, C R Woakes, D J Willey, T K
Curran, A U Rashid.
Bowling: T G Southee 7-0-55-0, T A Boult 8-1-46-2,
M J Santner 7.5-0-40-0, L H Ferguson 8-0-48-1, C de
Grandhomme 2-0-11-0, C Munro 5-0-23-1.
Umpires: W R Knights and R J Tucker.
It was very satisfying
for me. There was relief,
happiness and obviously
it’s been a long time
especially as England were hammered 4-0 by Australia. Stokes
added: “I’ve been following all the
cricket that all the lads have been
playing but what I have to do now is
focus on going forward.
“It was frustrating to watch the
Ashes. I went through all the emo-
tions as I would have done playing
but there’s not a lot I can change
about that now. I want to contribute
every time I play for England.”
This was a victory forged on the
back of an utterly ruthless display
in the field from England. They
produced arguably their best fielding display in 50-over cricket for
some years.
As well as three spectacular catches – two from Jason Roy and another
from David Willey – there were four
run outs. Not since 1998 against Australia at The Oval had England managed as many in one-day cricket.
The only frustration for England
was the unbeaten 63 from Mitchell
Santner, New Zealand’s match-winner in Hamilton, that helped their opponents post a total above 200 after
they had been 82 for five and then 147
for eight in their innings.
However, they were always in control of this match, even when they
lost Roy and Joe Root early on.
Alongside Morgan, Stokes took
this game away from New Zealand,
the pair’s fourth-wicket partnership
worth 88 by the time England’s captain was caught and bowled by Colin
Munro on 62.
Morgan, dropped on 27 and 40, did
ride his luck. But he reached a composed half-century in 48 deliveries by
clubbing Boult to the boundary in the
27th over. Stokes followed in the 32nd
over, reaching his 11th ODI half-century in 54 balls. At that stage, England
needed just 47 to win from 112 balls.
It was an equation that was never
in doubt as Stokes led England home
with ease alongside Jos Buttler.
THE INDEPENDENT
British Basketball faces two years
in the international wilderness as
crippling funding cuts threaten
to spark a withdrawal from
the 2019 World Cup qualifying
competition.
That’s the warning from the
CEO of British Basketball, Lisa
Wainwright. She says that one of
the country’s largest participation
sports is now facing the prospect
of having its men’s, women’s and
youth teams being banned for two
years as a result of being able to
fulfil its qualifying commitments.
GB’s next qualifiers are
scheduled to take place in
Glasgow against Estonia and
Israel in late June and early July.
The country currently
lies bottom of their
group having lost
four from four in
a table topped
by Greece.
Money needed to
A decision on
fund GB’s men’s
whether those
women’s and
two fixtures
youth teams for
will be fulfilled
one year
is expected
within the next two
months. “In real-terms,
if we don’t get any funding we
will have to withdraw our senior
team from... the qualifiers,” says
Wainwright.“The international
federation will [then] suspend
us for up to two years and that
means all of us – that’s the
implication that people don’t
seem to understand.
“It’s not just the men. It means
the women, who are now top of
their division will not be able
to compete in November in
Manchester in the next round,
and all the age-group teams will
be suspended as well.
“If we can’t get the guys on
court then we can’t carry on. It
really is that simple.”
£1m
CRICKET
Hampshire
sign veteran
batsman Amla
By Sports Staff
Hampshire have strengthened
their batting by signing veteran
South African Hashim Amla as an
overseas player for the first three
months of the season.
The former Proteas captain
brings a wealth of experience to
the Ageas Bowl, with an average
of 49.08 in his 113 Tests and 50.23
in 164 one-day internationals.
The 34-year-old former Essex,
Nottinghamshire, Surrey and
Derbyshire batsman will be
available to feature in both the
County Championship and Royal
London One-Day Cup.
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Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Thomas deserves our
support as he takes on
fairway loudmouths
I
n days gone by they might
Thomas said, alerting the
have hung a badge on Justin
authorities to the identity of the
Thomas and called him marbeery miscreant. His policing of the
shal. Not only is he cleaning up episode saw a range of views aired
on the PGA Tour, the 24-yearon social media, some suggesting
old Kentuckian is running the riff
his response was harsh, others
raff clean outta town.
claiming he lost a lot of admirers,
His victory at the Honda Classic
a thread which prompted him to
last week was his second of the
apologise and even to confess that
season, taking his career total on
he might have over-reacted.
the PGA Tour to eight. In the past
Away with you, boy. This is no
three decades, only Tiger Woods
time to lose conviction. The game
and Jordan Spieth have kept the
does not need fans like these.
scoreboard ticking over at that rate
“I just turned around and asked
before the age of 25.
who it was, and he didn’t want
Thomas tees up at the first World to say anything, now that I had
Golf Championship of
actually acknowledged
the season in Mexico
him,” Thomas said of
today alongside Dustin
the incident when he
He got to
Johnson and Jon Rahm, leave a couple was feeling a little more
the only golfers in the
of holes early. resolute.
world ranked above
“So he got to leave a
Just
because
him. Should the rate of
couple of holes early. Just
plunder continue at the you stand
because you’re standing
behind the
same inexorable pace
behind the ropes doesn’t
he will be out on his own ropes doesn’t mean that you can – I
before the year is out.
mean you can don’t care how much I
As a fairway paragon [shout abuse] dislike somebody, I’m
of law and order, he
never going to wish that
already is, taking it to
kind of stuff upon them. I
the moronic tendency who insist
felt it was inappropriate, so he had
on polluting the atmosphere with
to go home.”
their inane contributions. A man
Though the Ryder Cup has seen
can take only so many shouts of
a shift in player-fan engagement
“mashed potato” at the top of his
this is largely good natured, indeed
backswing. While we applaud
encouraged by participants and
Thomas’s work on the fairways,
deepens the experience. The stuff
his forthright tackling of the PGA
that follows the players around the
National goons on Sunday struck
United States is boorish, puerile
an equally portentous note.
and offensive, a drunken blight on a
“I was like, OK, I’ve had enough,”
sunny afternoon.
Thomas said after one heckle too
This week’s carnival pitches up
many by the bonehead in question
in Mexico City, a lively, old town of
during his final round. Having
20 million people, but not one that
absorbed the base supplication, “I
presents a danger to the fabric of
hope you hit it in the water” before
the game. The Club de Chapultepec
his tee shot at the 16th, a follow-up
is the stomping ground of Mexican
“get in the bunker” proved the
elites for whom “mashed potato” is
tipping point.
something that is heard only as puré
“Who said that? Was it you?
de patatas in the club restaurant,
Enjoy your day, you’re done,”
and not at all at street diners.
With Woods and Rory McIlroy
stood down, Thomas headlines
in a three-ball alongside Johnson
and Rahm. His win rate over his
last 31 events stands at 23 per cent.
Alongside Spieth and Rahm he is at
the vanguard of golf’s bright, young
things, not only kids with talent but
winners.
With the first major of the
season only one month away, the
game is busy looking for weekly
pointers. There is, naturally, a
heap of interest in the improving
Woods, but away from the Grand
National thinking of tea-leaf
tipsters, the hard cash is piling in
on the big-hitting Johnson and the
laser-putting Spieth, both around
sevens. That makes Thomas an
each-way banker in my book at 14-1.
Get in the hole. Oops, sorry
Justin Thomas, aged 24, has made a
Justin.
brilliant start to the new season
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FOOTBALL
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
David Beckham
acknowledges the
LA Galaxy fans
after his final
match for the club,
a 3-1 win over
Houston in the
2012 MLS Cup
Final GETTY
Zlatan to the rescue of desperate Galaxy?
New noisy neighbours and a lack of star turns give MLS giants a headache. Chris Young reports
B
illboards across Los
Angeles greet motorists
with images of LA Galaxy
players in various states
of ecstasy and the slogan
‘Setting the Standard Since 96’.
As one of the founding members
of MLS, Galaxy have indeed set the
bar high – winning more league
championships than any other
side and becoming synonymous
with north American ‘soccer’ by
recruiting household names such
as David Beckham, Steven Gerrard
and Robbie Keane.
So why do Galaxy feel the need to
shout about their longevity, literally
from the rooftops, in a bid to attract
punters? Because their position as
the most dominant club in LA, let
alone the MLS, is coming under
severe jeopardy.
Last season, Galaxy endured the
worst campaign in their history;
finishing bottom of the Western
Conference after deciding to
replace departed ageing stars such
as Gerrard, Keane and Landon
Donovan with homegrown rookies.
They won just eight games.
Season ticket sales are thought
to have slumped as a result – some
local reports suggesting by as much
as a third. By contrast, filling the
stadium will not be a problem for
new rivals LAFC, who will play their
first MLS game on 4 March. They
had sold 16,000 season tickets for
their new 22,000-seater stadium by
last September.
Galaxy’s efforts to attract
casual fans are not helped by
the faces staring down
from the billboards.
There’s Ashley Cole –
now 37 – and Mexico
internationals Giovani
and Jonathan dos Santos
for LA’s large Hispanic
community, yet no star
power that can compare to
the heady days of Beckham,
Gerrard and Keane.
This is where a certain
Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes
in. Galaxy were casting
covetous eyes towards
the Swede long before he
moved to Old Trafford.
From a sporting and
marketing aspect, it has
always seemed a perfect
fit. He has that Beckhamesque ability to transcend
football and resonate with
a public who remain NBA,
MLB and NFL aficionados.
Although MLS clubs
are, in general, trying to move away
from signing over-the-hill players
from Europe, there are always
going to be exceptions for any
available A- listers.
Since fresh fuel was added to
the Ibrahimovic (left) rumour
mill last month, Galaxy
have tried to brush off
the speculation that
they are finally on
the verge of landing
him, yet there’s been
so much noise that
their experienced head
coach, Sigi Schmid, has
been forced to pretty much
confirm that it’s a possibility.
“If it happens, it happens,
and once it happens, then
we’ll give thought to it,” he
happened to say last week.
Whether Galaxy sign
Ibrahimovic in the next
couple of months or wait
until his Manchester United
contract expires in the
summer, there will clearly
be a large element of risk to
the acquisition of a 36-year-old
with a questionable knee.
MLS may lack quality, but it
does put players through the
wringer physically. But perhaps
Galaxy’s hand is largely forced here. Los Angeles attraction. It is even
There would surely be a few extra
equipped with paddling pools on the
bucks flying around for landing
top tier for Hollywood’s glitterati
such a marketable figure, and even
to dip their toes while watching the
if Ibrahimovic’s knee never fully
game.
recovers, he was never the
Their head coach, Bob
most mobile frontman in
Bradley, may have proved
the first place.
to be suitably unsuitable
By relying on his
at Swansea, arriving
size and footballing
in autumn 2016 and
brain, the goals will
leaving a few weeks
LA Galaxy’s final
inevitably come
later, but in the
position last
against the poor
States, he’s a different
season
–
bottom
of
MLS defending.
prospect; widely
the MLS Western
It’s the prospect
respected
and boasting
Conference table
of being superseded
success in MLS and
by LAFC that has to be
with the national team.
playing a major part in the
Although LAFC’s ‘biggest’
Galaxy’s continued pursuit of
signing up to this point has been
Ibrahimovic though.
former Arsenal youngster Carlos
After such a poor season in 2017,
Vela – who has also played 63 games
there have been big changes over
for Mexico – they do still have
the winter, with nine signings and 14 one Designated Player contract
players either offloaded or released. available, which they are expected
Yet Galaxy still need a hook to
to activate in the summer.
persuade casual football fans to
The gauntlet is being laid down
head out to the suburbs of the city,
to the Galaxy and they need to
rather than join the bandwagon of a
respond to consolidate their 22-year
rival club starting from scratch.
history as one of MLS’s biggestLAFC’s £220m Bank of California hitting heavyweights.
Stadium – which opens its doors at
Otherwise, it will only be
the end of April – is slap bang in the
memories of Beckham and co that
heart of the city’s downtown.
the club have to fall back on as the
It promises to be the archetypal
fall from grace continues.
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Neville faces testing
debut without three
of his best players
Neville’s task is all the more daunting given that he cannot call upon the
experience of vice-captain Jordan
Phil Neville takes charge of his first Nobbs (knee) nor playmaker Karen
game as England women’s head Carney (ankle), meaning that a trio
coach tonight knowing he must alter with a combined total of 284 caps
the public’s fractured perception, have been left behind.
both of himself and women’s football
All three will hope to be availauthorities following his controver- able by the time the next World Cup
sial appointment.
qualifying matches come around
Neville will use the SheBelieves in April – England are second in
Cup, an invitational tournament
Group 1 behind Wales, having
held in the United States, to
played one game fewer than
build a relationship with his
the current leaders.
squad but also to douse
That is the ultimate aim
any flames still flickerfor Neville, but the abing since his arrival. The
sence of three key playresults are important
ers will allow him the
but England have found
opportunity to look at
these games difficult,
one or two others who will
winning just one of their
treat representing their
six previous matches.
country this week as the pinIt has not had a bearing
nacle of their careers.
on how the team has perRachel Daly, Abbie McThey
formed in major tournaManus and Georgia Stanments, but Neville will be have been
way received late call-ups,
motivated to make a good asking us
in addition to 19-year-old
start. England, ranked third what he
Manchester City goalkeepin the world, face France in
er Ellie Roebuck.
the opening game of the was like
For all the negativity
tournament at the Mapfre as a player
surrounding
his
Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. and whether
appointment, Neville’s
The Lionesses play Ger- he was
depth of experience on the
many on Sunday in New any good
playing side simply cannot
Jersey, with the final game
be discounted.
of the tournament taking
He brings a wealth of
place against the USA in Orlando knowledge and know how – somea week today. It is a tight schedule thing Sampson simply didn’t have –
that will be heavily scrutinised back even if some of the younger players in
home. In theory, Neville’s easiest as- the squad have been forced to resort
signment comes first, with France to YouTube to unearth some of their
ranked sixth in the world, compared manager’s greatest footballing hits.
with world champions USA and
“They have been asking us what he
Olympic champions Germany, who was like as a player and whether he
are first and second, respectively.
was any good,” smiled Lucy Bronze,
Neville’s predecessor, Mark Samp- the Lyon right-back who will captain
son, guided the women’s team to her country for the first time in Cosuccessive third-placed finishes in lumbus in place of Houghton.
this competition, but the new boss
“Was he better than [his brother]
will have to make do without captain Gary tends to be the question. He’ll be
Steph Houghton, as the centre-back getting a few more hits on YouTube at
is ruled out with an ankle injury.
the moment.”
By Ben Grounds
and Steve Brenner
LIVERPOOL
Clash with Grand National
does not concern police
By Carl Markham
Merseyside Police are satisfied
with arrangements to schedule a
Liverpool home match at the same
time as the Grand National, despite
city mayor Joe Anderson labelling
it “madness”.
The Reds’ Premier League game
against Bournemouth, with a sellout crowd of 54,000, will kick-off at
5.30pm on 14 April, after being moved
to accommodate BT Sport coverage.
That is just 15 minutes after an
estimated 70,000 people will have
watched the world’s greatest steeplechase being run at Aintree, just four
miles up the road.
It is the first time in 24 years that
Liverpool will have played at home
on Grand National day but police are
happy for the two events to coincide.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson
said: “The staggered finish times of
these events will assist with our policing operations, and will ensure that
both race-goers and football fans can
attend the respective events safely.”
However, Anderson believes it
will create unnecessary pressure on
local police.
He wrote on Twitter: “Need urgent
meeting with @MerseyPolice they
simply will not cope given the normal
pressure of a Saturday. #madness.”
Pep Guardiola
(with some of City’s
coaches) wore his
ribbon during and
after Sunday’s cup
triumph AP
Guardiola ready to back
down over yellow ribbon
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
Pep Guardiola is prepared to stop
wearing a yellow ribbon, a symbol
supportive of Catalan independence, during matches if the issue
begins to overshadow Manchester
City’s season.
The Football Association first
spoke to Guardiola when he started
wearing the ribbon in December,
then gave him two formal warnings
that he was in breach of their kit
regulations before charging him last
week when he continued to wear it
during City’s FA Cup match against
Wigan Athletic.
In defiance of the governing body
once more, City’s manager wore it
pitch-side in their Carabao Cup final
victory against Arsenal at Wembley
on Sunday and he insisted afterwards that he would continue to do
so, even if he was fined or suspended.
But speaking ahead of tonight’s
Premier League match against
Arsenal, his stance softened
yesterday. “The club is in front
of me,” Guardiola said. “It’s more
important what is happening with
the team and the club than my
personal opinion.”
He added: “I don’t want to damage
my team or club. They know my
opinion, it’s simple like that.”
Guardiola will, however, speak to
the FA to explain his position. He
was given until Monday to either
appeal the charge or accept it before it is referred to an independent
commission, which will decide on
a sanction.
Guardiola argues that he wears
the yellow ribbon in support of
democracy and the right to vote,
rather than as backing for a political party, after the Spanish government deemed poll results voting for
Catalonia to become independent of
Spain illegal and imprisoned outspoken politicians.
“It’s like the pink ribbons for the
breast cancer. It’s not about the right
or left, the democracy or the republicans… if I bring the ribbon… it’s support for the people with AIDS, it’s
not for the right or left, the people
in Catalonia are independent people,
it’s not about a political issue.
“It’s for the people who say it’s not
right to have four people in the prevention jail when two of them are not
politicians. No, the ribbons are many
colours, it says something for the humanity. The FA, I am open to talking
to them, to express what I expressed
in the last [few] days,” he said.
Guardiola also conceded that he
would stop wearing the ribbon if
his employers requested it. “It’s not
going to happen, but if they say that,
I am going to accept that,” he said.
“They are the bosses. The club is
more important than my personal
opinion. But my personal opinion is
not a political opinion.”
The 68-year-old said he was
“amazed” at being asked the
question, given his record of
honouring contracts, and by
the “earthquake” that followed
Sunday’s League Cup final defeat
by Manchester City.
Wenger’s contract runs until
June 2019, which means that
Arsenal – or, more precisely,
majority shareholder Stan
Kroenke – would have sack him to
force a change this year.
“I have been here for 21 years
and I always respected my
contract, so I am quite amazed
that you ask me the question,”
Wenger said.
“In life, I look at what people
do, not at what they say. If you
want me not to be here, that’s a
different problem. You ask me
my commitment, and my attitude
is dictated by what I did in my
life, not by what I say in a press
conference.” THE INDEPENDENT
Arsenal
Cech
Bellerin Mustafi
Ramsey
Özil
Koscielny Kolasinac
Xhaka
Wilshere Mkhitaryan
Aubameyang
Sané
Aguero
Sterling
D Silva Gundogan De Bruyne
Danilo
Laporte Otamendi Walker
Ederson
Manchester City
Possible teams for tonight’s match at The Emirates
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Referee A Marriner (West Midlands)
ARSENAL
Wenger ‘has no
intention of
stepping down’
By Miguel Delaney
Arsène Wenger is adamant he
intends to honour his Arsenal
contract, and won’t walk away
from the job this summer.
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FOOTBALL
FA CUP
Llorente
cashes in
after another
VAR farce
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Son 23, 65, Llorente 47, 53, 59,
Walker-Peters 90
6
ROCHDALE
Humphrys 31
1
By Luke Brown
Tottenham Hotspur
Vorm
Trippier
AT WEMBLEY
If there was a defining image to this
ridiculous evening, it was the sight of
referee Paul Tierney standing still
with his left hand raised quizzically
to his ear, as the snow fell lightly atop
his head. The fifth round of the FA
Cup has never seen a match as farcical as this. In the end, Spurs cruised
past Rochdale 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against Swansea, but it will be
the confusion caused by VAR, rather
than the events on the pitch, which
will live in the memory.
This gets complicated, so here are
the facts. Six legitimate Tottenham
goals, two disallowed – one correctly
and one incorrectly. Two Tottenham
penalty appeals, one harshly given
by VAR and one harshly ignored.
And if that wasn’t strange enough, a
12-minute hat-trick from Fernando
Llorente, who had managed two
goals in his previous 26 matches.
It was a harsh end for Rochdale,
who had performed so valiantly in
the first tie and whose fans deserved
better than this. But their struggling
team can have few complaints. Unlike Tottenham, who were on the
wrong end of a succession of nonsensical VAR decisions which left those
fans committed enough to brave the
elements without a clue what was
going on. Ultimately, this game was a
sign that video technology has a long,
long way to go.
The chaos started after just six
minutes. Son burst forward and
drove the ball across the face of goal,
The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
Foyth
Dier
Sissoko
Winks
Lucas
Lamela
Rose
Son
Llorente
Henderson Humphrys
Kitching
Cannon
Camps
Done
Delaney McNulty McGahey Rafferty
Lillis
Rochdale
Substitutions: Tottenham Dembélé (Winks, 62), Alli
(Son, 68), Walker-Peters (Moura, 82); Rochdale Davies
(Humphrys, 58),Thompson (Kitching, 64), Adshead
(Cannon, 76).
Booked: Tottenham Son, Foyth, Lamela; Rochdale:
none.
Man of the match Llorente. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Tottenham Hotspur 63% Rochdale 37%.
Attempts on target: Tottenham 11 Rochdale 2.
Referee P Tierney (Wigan).
Attendance 24,627.
with Lillis succeeding only in
the VAR set to work. A halfparrying it into the path
empty, half-frozen Wemof the looming Fernando
bley held its breath,
Llorente. He tangled
with Tierney eventuwith Harrison McGaally disallowing the
hey and appeared to
effort and awarding
Spurs have reached
fall over the ball, with
a free-kick. Worse
the
last
eight
of
Lamela on hand to
were to come.
the
FA
Cup
in
poke home.
VAR was back at
consecutive years
O n l y h e h ad n’ t .
it mere minutes later.
for the first time
In a sign of what was
This
time Lucas Moura
since 2002
to come, the game was
was the one to dart into
paused for two minutes as
the box, going down under
2002
ATHLETICS
FOOTBALL
Snow forces Muir to
take 300-mile taxi
Stelling appeals for
Pools investors
Laura Muir’s build-up to her world
indoor bid was hit by the snow last
night as the European champion
was forced to travel from Glasgow
to Birmingham by taxi. With her
flight cancelled, the medal hope left
on a 300-mile trip south just before
5pm and was not expected to reach
the team hotel until the early hours
of this morning. Muir runs in the
3,000 metres in the opening session
of the world indoor championships.
Hartlepool president Jeff Stelling
has appealed to potential investors
to join a consortium attempting
to save the National League club.
Stelling and a Teesside businessman
are understood to have £1.2million
as they attempt to buy out current
owner John Blackledge, but believe
they need another £600,000 to make
the deal viable. Stelling said: “I don’t
believe the club can survive much
longer. The club needs investment –
and it needs it now.”
» Interview,p48
pressure from the struggling McGahey. Tierney initially waved away the
credible appeal with a shake of the
head, only for play to suddenly stop
with the ball at the other end of the
pitch. The replays – which showed
the Brazilian was blocked off – were
consulted. The penalty wasn’t given.
It was arguably much more of a
penalty than the one awarded to
Spurs by VAR five minutes later.
But first Tottenham’s opening goal,
a fine strike from the edge of the box
by Son. Played in by Lamela, the inform Korean stood up Joe Rafferty
and curled the ball into the far corner. There could be no complaints –
not even from Tierney.
But there could with Tottenham’s
spot-kick. Kieran Trippier was
pulled down by Matt Done a fraction
inside the box, although the contact
appeared to be initiated a few inches
outside. First Tierney awarded the
free-kick. Then VAR awarded the
penalty. And then finally Tierney
FORMULA ONE
Bottas steals march on Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas has
taken an early advantage
over the British driver,
whose testing schedule
was scuppered by
bad weather.
Defending
champion Hamilton
could finish the opening
three days with only 25
laps under his belt – the
least of any driver this week
– while Bottas (above) has already
racked up 152 laps of testing. The
third instalment of pre-season
practice at the Circuit de
Catalunya yesterday was
effectively a washout
following a deluge of snow.
“The miles in these
conditions are less
valuable than proper miles
in proper conditions, but
I will take it,” Bottas said.
“I definitely have a better
understanding of the car [than
Lewis] because of the mileage.”
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Quarter-final draw
Saturday 17 March
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
(12.15pm, BT Sport 1)
Manchester United v Brighton &
Hove Albion
(7.45pm, BT Sport 2)
Sunday 18 March
Wigan Athletic v Southampton
(1.30pm, BBC One)
Leicester City v Chelsea
(4.30pm, BBC One)
disallowed the goal: Son was ruled
to have stopped during his run-up
before rolling the ball past Lillis. He
was shown a yellow card and a second Spurs goal had been chalked off.
Worse was to come, as Rochdale
took full advantage by levelling
the score. Stephen Humphrys did
superbly well to control Andrew
Cannon’s ball over the top, gliding
past Juan Foyth and stroking the
ball beyond Michel Vorm. And they
should have scored a second before
Fernando Llorente nods home
his hat-trick goal at Wembley,
where referee Paul Tierney
(above, right) took centre stage
during a succession of VAR
referrals GETTY
RUGBY UNION
SNOOKER
John takes year off
after head blows
‘Terrible’ Trump
out of Welsh Open
Ospreys centre Ben John will take
a year off from the game to recover
from a series of head injuries. The
26-year-old has suffered three
incidents since the start of 2017,
the latest of which came on Boxing
Day when he sustained an injury
following an aerial collision. He has
not played since and after taking
medical advice has opted to take a
12-month sabbatical, despite only
being ruled out by doctors for the
rest of the season.
Judd Trump and Ding Junhui
both crashed out of the Welsh
Open with surprise second-round
defeats. World No 3 Trump was
beaten 4-1 by Noppon Saengkham
of Thailand, who is ranked 58th
in the world. And it was the same
score as Ding, China’s world No 4,
was beaten by world No 69 Liam
Highfield. Trump said: “I got what
I deserved. I played terrible in both
of my games here [in round one he
beat Duane Jones 4-3].”
half-time, only for a powerful Cannon
strike to crack off the post.
If the first half was farcical, the second was decidedly formulaic, thanks
to Llorente’s hat-trick. His first goal
was his best: a delicate chip over Lillis having been played through by
Lucas. And the duo reunited when
the Spaniard tapped home his new
team-mate’s inch-perfect cut back.
He wasn’t done there, and Llorente
completed his first hat-trick in Spurs
colours when he nodded home Son’s
cross, which looped over Lillis and
presented the striker with the simplest of headed finishes. Son then
grabbed his second with a similarly
routine finish, after Lamela dissected
Rochdale’s tiring defence with a sublime slide-rule pass.
The Argentinian also hit the post
with a well-struck free-kick. The sixth
goal did arrive, for late substitute Kyle
Walker-Peters, who scored his first
goal after exchanging neat passes with
Dele Alli and rolling the ball into the
net. A conventional end to an utterly
confusing night. THE INDEPENDENT
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Snooker: Welsh Open
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Tennis: Dubai Open
Sky Sports Arena, 11am
Cycling: World Track Champs
Europsort 2, 5.30pm
Athletics: World Indoor Champs
BBC Two, 7pm
Football: Arsenal v Man City
Sky Sports Premier League, 7pm
Rug League: Hull KR v Castleford
Sky Sports Arena, 7.30pm
Amazon could pave way for
future deals with tech giants
» Continued from back page
vice-chairman Ed Woodward (below)
was among those who predicted that
at least one of the tech giants would
compete with Sky and BT for the
majority of domestic rights, covering Premier League matches
from 2019 to 2022, but a legitimate threat did not
materialise from Amazon,
Facebook, Netflix, Twitter
or YouTube.
If Amazon tests the waters
with one of the packages and
it proves successful, however,
it is hoped that it could pave the
way for greater interest in the next
auction process.
Amazon has already started broadcasting tennis, including buying the
UK rights to the US Open, while
Facebook has shown the Champions
Trophy cricket final and streamed
some Champions League games via
Fox Sports. BT Sport has also made
some European football matches
available for free on YouTube, including last season’s Champions League
final between Juventus and Real
Madrid.
The deals agreed more
than two weeks ago with
Sky and BT totalled
£4.5bn, with the Premier League on course
to fail to match the
record £5.14bn secured
for the last set of rights.
Sky is paying £9.3m
per match, down from
£10.8m last time, although BT
is paying £9.22m per game, a sizeable
increase on the £7.6m it is currently
paying. But while the interest in domestic rights has stagnated, there is
expected to be a significant increase
in the rights sold abroad.
Back in business Man of the match
Stokes helps England beat Black Caps
» Match report, p50-51
Jones to
avoid using
public
transport
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
Sport
England’s head coach Eddie
Jones has vowed to avoid travelling by public transport following any future losses, such as last
weekend’s in Scotland, after the
Australian endured physical and
verbal abuse on his train journeys
home from Edinburgh to London
on Sunday.
Jones (below) travelled alone,
without colleagues or minders, in
standard class on a 9.15am train
from Edinburgh to Manchester,
where he watched Manchester
United’s Premier League match
with Chelsea in the company of
Sir Alex Ferguson, before finishing
the trip in similar fashion after United’s
2-1 win.
There was
a mix of Scottish and English rugby and
football supporters on the
two trains, and
despite Jones complying with dozens
of requests to take part in
selfie photos, he was worried for
his safety.
“It wasn’t comfortable,” said
Jones. “I’m a human being, I don’t
consider myself any different from
anyone else and for me to travel on
public transport, I thought was OK.
But I’ll make sure I won’t in future.”
Asked whether the abuse was
physical or verbal, he replied: “A
bit of both. I never knock back a request for a selfie unless I’m racing
to somewhere, so I try and do the
right thing by the fans, but if that
happens then you’ve got to have a
look at your own safety. After a loss,
no, I wouldn’t [repeat it].
“I don’t want to make a big deal
about it. As an Australian coaching England, there were always
going to be challenges and that’s
just one of them. I had it down in
Bath once, before a game, but I
dealt with that pretty swiftly.”
01.03.18
P54-55
FOOTBALL
Llorente sees
Spurs through
after another
VAR farce
Ben Stokes hit
an unbeaten 63
yesterday as
England defeated
New Zealand by six
wickets CREDIT
» Six Nations, p50
P52
FOOTBALL
Can Zlatan be
the superhero
who can save
the Galaxy?
Premier League struggles
to sell remaining TV deals
Broadcasters including Amazon offered incentives to buy up domestic rights
Exclusive
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
P48-49
ATHLETICS
Muir happy
to take
twin-tracked
path to success
The Premier League is struggling
to sell the remaining two domestic
television rights packages and is set
to include alternative incentives in
negotiations.
Five of the seven deals on offer
were quickly sold to Sky, which won
the rights to four of them comprising 128 live matches, and BT, which
will show 32 live games. Multiple
bidders are interested in the last
two packages – one which includes
20 matches from a Bank Holiday and
one midweek set of fixtures, and the
other offering 20 games from two
midweek fixture lists – but have not
met the Premier League’s reserve
price during the auction process.
Sky, BT and Amazon are believed to
be among the interested parties.
The Premier League has in the
past sold separate rights packages
to broadcast near-live matches and
also goal clips that appear online and
on social media shortly after they
are scored, but they are thought now
to be included as part of the remaining rights packages to ensure the
league secures an acceptable deal.
The final set of fixture packages
offer the chance to simulcast all of
the games live at once, making it of
particular interest to Amazon for its
Prime Video service.
Each broadcaster is limited to 148
of the 200 matches on offer, meaning Sky would only be able to win one
more of the remaining two packages.
The Premier League is particularly keen for one of the tech giants
to become involved in broadcasting
matches to a live domestic audience,
in the hope that it will strengthen its
bargaining power and drive up the
price in future.
Sky and BT forced a staggering 70
per cent increase in the last deal, but
softened their approach this time
around to their financial benefit.
Manchester United executive
» Continued on p55
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