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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
O F
What we did for equality…
Vitamin D
may cut
risk of
cancer
P10 & 11
P4
International Women’s Day
Number 2,273
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Rapid-fire Juve
sink Spurs
Y E A R
Deborah
Orr
on the
trans
debate
P15
Russian
spy was
poisoned
with nerve
agent
THURSDAY
8 MARCH 2018
T H E
The Queen
hosts Saudi
crown prince
P5
The domestic
dangers that
harm our pets
P9
» Policeman who went to aid of victims
in Salisbury is in coma
» Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
were deliberately targeted, say police
» First time such a substance has been
used in an attack on British soil
Italians win at
Wembley with two
goals in two minutes
P54
Patrick
Cockburn
in Syria
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper theipaper
P23
P6
PLUS BATTLE FOR BREXIT
P8
I TV GUIDE
P28
I EDUCATION
P32
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
SPORT
What did this
actress feel
compelled to
put on to play
Lara Croft?
See p.17
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
8
MARCH
Quote of the day
When choosing between
two evils, I always like
to try the one I’ve never
tried before
MAE WEST
Anniversaries
Thursday 8 March 2001
Divers raise the wreck
of Donald Campbell’s
speedboat, Bluebird, at
Coniston Water, Cumbria.
The vessel had lain there
in 150ft of water since
Campbell, 46, was killed as
he tried to break the world
speed record in 1967.
SOCIETY
COURTS
MUSIC
Britain First leaders
jailed for ‘campaign’
Cheeky Beatles 1962 Coca-Cola branches
memento for auction out into fizzy booze
Healthcare regulator the Care
Quality Commission (CQC) has said
too many children and young people
reach “crisis point” before accessing
mental health services. A review
by CQC found children face long
waiting lists, inappropriately high
eligibility criteria and gaps in service
that make finding support difficult.
Paul Golding, the leader, and Jayda
Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain
First have been jailed for a “political
campaign” in which Muslims were
branded paedophiles. The pair from
Penge, London, were found guilty at
Folkestone magistrates’ court.
Fransen was sentenced to 36 weeks
and Golding to 18 weeks in jail.
A hotel directory signed by The
Beatles is expected to fetch £10,000
at auction. The 1962 document, from
The Bull Hotel in Peterborough, was
filled in by the Fab Four prior to a gig
and included their predictions about
how many guests would come back
to their rooms. It goes under the
hammer on 24 March.
JAPAN
Coca-Cola is getting into the booze
business again by developing a
bubbly alcoholic drink in Japan.
The firm is experimenting with a
canned beverage that would be a mix
of sparkling water and an alcoholic
Japanese drink. Coca-Cola Co once
sold wine but got out of that business
in 1983. PAGE 40
NORTHERN IRELAND
CULTURE
IRAN
UNITED STATES
End of anonymity
for political donors
Kahlo’s monobrow
make-up on display
Two years in prison
for removal of hijab
Museum withdraws
Suu Kyi award
MPs have backed legislation to lift
anonymity on political donations in
Northern Ireland. They supported
an order under which the names
of major political donors will be
published by 308 votes to 261. The
identities of donors in Northern
Ireland have remained secret due to
security concerns.
Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow pencil –
used to emphasise her signature
monobrow – is included in an
exhibition at the Victoria & Albert
Museum in London. The show, which
opens on 16 June, has more than 200
objects that belonged to the artist,
including jewellery, medical corsets,
letters and outfits.
A woman who took off a headscarf
in public in Tehran in late December
has been sentenced to 24 months
in prison. The unidentified woman
was convicted of “encouraging
corruption through the removal
of the hijab in public”, in what
became known as the White
Wednesday protests.
The United States Holocaust
Museum is revoking a major human
rights award given to Myanmar’s
leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The
Elie Wiesel Award given to Ms
Suu Kyi in 2012 has been rescinded
over her refusal to condemn the
mass killings of Myanmar’s Muslim
Rohingya minority.
TECHNOLOGY
The List
Dog groomers have to untangle
more than just matted fur from
canine clients. Pets at Home asked
1,200 groomers across the UK to
reveal some the items they had
found when coiffing pooches. Here
are 10 of the strangest:
1 Doll’s head
2 Breakfast cereal, specifically
Nestlé Cheerios
3 Mini Babybel wax
4 Slugs
5 Sweets, including lollipops,
gummy bears and hard candies
6 Mascara wand
7 Kinder Surprise toy
8 Bracelet charms and earrings
9 Full size hairbrush
10 Lego bricks
65,000
3.8m
243,000
photos
uploaded on
Facebook
29m
WhatsApp
messages
350,000
tweets sent
210,000
snaps uploaded
120
60
800,000
files uploaded
on Dropbox
new accounts
on LinkedIn
25,000
seconds
87,000
posts on tumblr
hours of videos
watched
songs streamed
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
photos uploaded
on Instagram
search requests
1.5m
index
You may think that not a lot can happen in a minute. For example, if
you got held up by 60 seconds on your way to work, you’re not going
to be late. Yet in the collective digital world you can see that, in actual
fact, quite a lot happens in a minute.
Just a minute
Weird items dogs
have in their coats
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TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........34
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Organisers of the Birmingham 2022
Commonwealth Games are looking
for more than 2,000 young people
to take part in this year’s official
handover ceremony. Culture Global,
which is organising the event, wants
2,022 people aged between 16 and 25
from the local area to take part.
Mental health gaps
leave kids ‘in crisis’
Birthdays
Gary Numan (below),
musician, 60; Gyles
Brandreth, writer
and broadcaster, 70;
Helen Jenkins, triathlete,
34; Micky Dolenz,
drummer, 73; Lord
Grade of Yarmouth,
businessman, 75
Birmingham needs
2,022 for Games role
16,550
video views
on Vimeo
400
hours of
video
uploaded
on YouTube
2
million
minutes
of calls on
Skype
@
156m
18,000
matches
emails sent
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
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IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
8 MARCH 2018
AUCTION
ANNA BULLUS,
CHEWING GUM RECYCLER
AA’s founding text
could fetch $2-3m
The founding document of Alcoholics
Anonymous, known to adherents as
the “Big Book”, is heading back to
auction after a lawsuit disputing its
ownership was settled. The 161-page
manuscript is up for auction on
5 May in Los Angeles and is
expected to fetch between $2m and
$3m (£1.4m and £2.2m).
VATICAN
Murdered priest on
road to sainthood
REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Pope Francis has cleared the way for
murdered Salvadoran archbishop
Oscar Romero to be made a saint.
He said the churchman, who stood
up against right-wing oppression,
should be a model for Catholics. He
also approved a miracle attributed
to Pope Paul VI, paving the way for
his canonisation. PAGE 24
A use for discarded old chewing gum?
Yes. British designer Anna Bullus
launched the world’s first chewing
gum recycling project. She found an
ingenious way to collect chewed gum
and transform it into coffee cups,
Wellington boots and shoe soles. Her
project started 10 years ago when she
was looking into which elements of
roadside rubbish could be recycled.
“One of the litters I found was a piece
of chewing gum and, as a designer, I
was amazed there was nothing being
done to recycle it,” she told the BBC.
A sticky problem?
For sure. Chewing gum is made
from a synthetic rubber that does
not biodegrade. When tossed on to
the pavement, it sits there until it is
removed, which is a time-consuming,
costly process. Gum is the second
INDONESIA
Smoking orangutan
provokes outcry
most common type of street litter
after cigarette materials. In the UK,
councils spend around £50m each
year cleaning up the mess.
filters out unwanted material,
grinds it into pieces and then
compounds this with other recycled
plastic polymers.
Successfully changing behaviours?
Indeed. Anna designed eye-catching
bright pink, bubble-shaped bins made
out of her recycled gum. She called
them Gumdrops and ensured they
could be installed anywhere.
The project was launched at the
University of Winchester where
recycled-gum coffee cups were given
away to celebrate the first Gumdrops
on campus.
“Students would give the cup a
sniff to check it didn’t smell of mint
or bubble gum,” said Liz Harris, the
university’s environmental officer.
A recycling plant in Worcester
takes the Gumdrops full of used gum,
Will we be seeing Gumdrops
everywhere then?
Chances are you’ve already seen
them. They were trialled at Heathrow
Airport for three months, saving
it £6,000 in cleaning costs. Great
Western Railway has installed the
bins in 25 of its railway stations and
Wrigley has backed it with cash.
Anna agrees that her solution is the
best answer to gum litter.
“I do believe that through the right
design,” she said, “we can change the
way people behave.”
Valerie Browne
A video of an orangutan smoking in
an Indonesian zoo that is famous for
mistreating animals has led to an
outcry. In the video at Bandung Zoo,
south-west of the capital Jakarta, a
burning cigarette is thrown into the
primate’s enclosure. It is picked up
by the orangutan, who puffs on it as a
crowd of people laugh.
GERMANY
Call that singing?
Skylarks 1 Sheeran 0
An Ed Sheeran concert at an
airport in Germany has been moved
following concern about the impact
on the skylark population. Concerns
were voiced for the birds’ welfare
and the promoter has moved the
event from Essen to Dusseldorf. The
concert on 22 July is expected to
draw more than 80,000 fans.
3
Letter from the
Comment Editor
Barbara Speed
i@inews.co.uk
Inspiring women
deserve to be heard
There’s a day for everything these,
erm, days. This month, you may
be celebrating World Puppetry
Day (21st), or perhaps World
Oral Health Day (20th). In the US,
there are somehow two National
Doughnut Days.
It’s easy to slot International
Women’s Day (IWD) into the
same category: “awareness days”,
mainly symbolic, which are handy
for charities but don’t much
trouble the rest of us.
That would perhaps be the
case without the work of activists
and storytellers around the
country and world who will
flood your newspapers, radios,
televisions and social media
feeds today with stories of
women doing brilliant things:
becoming a world champion
archer despite extreme poverty,
say (p26-27), or tackling domestic
abuse (p10-11).
Some countries mark the
day in a more concrete way. In
China, women get a half-day off
work, while in Italy women are
given flowers by men and each
other. (Speaking as an unbiased
observer, I would be open to the
introduction of either tradition in
this country).
Perhaps more to the point,
on this day last year, Iceland
became the first country in the
world to require employers
to prove they offer equal pay
regardless of gender, ethnicity,
sexuality and nationality.
We shouldn’t need a day to
remind us of the value of women
(or oral health, for that matter).
But judging by the continuing
pay gap, harassment scandals and
power structures disadvantaging
women worldwide, we do.
Enjoy the stories – they might
hold some answers on how we can
make the rest of the year a little
more women-friendly, too.
4
NEWS
SCIENCE
Vitamin D intake linked to
decreased risk of cancer
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Increasing your vitamin D intake
could reduce the risk of developing
cancer – particularly in the case of
liver cancer, a study has found.
Researchers found that people taking higher levels of vitamin D were 20
per cent less likely to get some form
of cancer, with all other things being
equal. And the link was even more
pronounced with liver cancer, where
the risk fell by up to 50 per cent on
taking increased amounts of the vitamin. It was not found to reduce the
risk of lung or prostate cancer.
“Our findings support the theory
that vitamin D may protect against
the risk of cancer. Further studies are
needed to clarify the optimal concentrations for cancer prevention,” said
Jeffrey Wagner, of Oregon Health and
White Europeans are
thought to have evolved
pale skin to allow them to absorb
more sunlight – something that
was not so difficult in Africa.
Science University in Portland. Dr
Wagner said more work was needed
to determine whether there is a “ceiling” beyond which vitamin D has no
further effect and cautioned that
there could be another reason for the
apparent link between increasing the
vitamin and reduced cancer risk.
The researchers analysed data
from the Japan Public Health Centre-based Prospective (JPHC) Study,
which involved 33,736 male and female participants aged between
40 and 69 years. Participants were
split into four groups, ranging from
the lowest to highest levels of vitamin D. The participants were then
monitored for an average of 16 years,
during which time 3,301 new cases of
cancer were recorded.
The results were then adjusted
for cancer risk factors, such as age,
weight, physical activity levels,
smoking, alcohol intake and dietary factors. The study is published
in the BMJ.
Still blooming
marvellous
Horticulturist Simon Allan
checks the 16ft flower spike of
the ‘Doryanthes palmeri’, also
known as the giant spear lily, in
the Victorian Temperate Palm
House at the Royal Botanic
Garden in Edinburgh. It is the
first time the plant has flowered
in 60 years PA
Sunshine vitamin How to maintain healthy levels
Vitamin D is made by the skin in
response to sunlight. It helps to
maintain calcium levels to keep
bones, teeth and muscles healthy – as
well as reducing the risk of cancer.
Our vitamin D levels vary
depending on the time of year,
tending to be higher during the
summer and autumn months than in
the winter or spring.
One way to increase vitamin D
levels in the less sunny months is to
eat foods that are rich in it, including
oily fish such as salmon and tuna, as
well as eggs, mushrooms, fortified
milk and orange juice.
UV-emitting lamps and bulbs
can help, as can spending more
time outdoors, although be wary of
spending too much time exposed to
the Sun’s rays.
Supplements can also be a
good idea, but only in moderation.
If you choose to take vitamin D
supplements, 10mcg (micrograms)
a day should be enough for most
people – while taking more than
100mcg a day could be harmful.
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
8 MARCH 2018
5
DIPLOMACY
Amid protests over Yemen conflict, May
targets £65bn trade deals in Saudi visit
By Nigel Morris
POLITICS
POLITICAL EDITOR
Labour accuses
UK of colluding
in war crimes
Theresa May and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have set a target to boost trade between Britain
and Saudi Arabia by around £65bn.
They said they believed new deals
could be struck in the near future
in the education, training, financial
services, healthcare, technology and
defence sectors.
A Downing Street spokesman
said last night: “This is a clear demonstration of the strong international confidence in our economy as we
prepare to leave the EU.” Mrs May
raised “deep concerns” at the situation in Yemen and offered to support
reforms in Saudi Arabia to improve
gender equality and human rights,
the spokesman added.
Before the meeting, the crown
prince said there were “huge opportunities” to boost trade between
the two countries. “I have no doubt
it’s a very deep relationship and it’s
not only about politics, or military,
or intelligence, but also socially and
economically,” he said.
The UK and Saudi Arabia needed
to work closely together in the Middle East, he added. “There are some
failed states, and there are some terrorist and extremist organisations.
There are many challenges facing
us, affecting us and the United Kingdom and there are also huge opportunities in various sectors.”
The crown prince, 32, began a
three-day UK visit amid protests
against his country’s role in the war
in Yemen. There were protests outside Downing Street demonstrating
against the killing of Yemeni civilians in air strikes by a Saudi-led mul-
By Nigel Morris
The Queen greets the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, at Buckingham Palace yesterday PA
tinational coalition which is backed
by the UK and US.
The PM said ties with Saudi
Arabia had saved hundreds of UK
lives but said she had urged full access for humanitarian aid in Yemen
and a political solution. “The Prime
Minister and crown prince agreed
on the importance of full and unfettered humanitarian and commercial
access, including through the ports,
and that a political solution was
ultimately the only way to end the
conflict and humanitarian suffering
in Yemen,” said a Downing Street
spokesman.
Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman
will hold talks with Theresa
May on business and security
co-operation today at her
Chequers country house.
Jeremy Corbyn accused the Government of “colluding” in war crimes
committed by Saudi Arabia as its
crown prince arrived in London
yesterday.
In angry clashes with the Opposition leader, Theresa May retorted
that Britain’s close relationship with
the Middle East kingdom could have
helped to save lives in this country.
Labour has called for all arms sales
to Saudi Arabia to be suspended until
it ends its military action in Yemen
and the shadow Foreign Secretary,
Emily Thornberry, has claimed ministers are “bowing and scraping” to
their guest.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman was received by the Queen
at Buckingham Palace and went to
Downing Street for talks with Mrs
May. He was due to be guest of honour at a dinner hosted by the Prince
of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
Several hundred demonstrators
gathered in Whitehall to protest
against his presence in London.
Mr Corbyn challenged Mrs May at
PMQs: “It cannot be right that your
government is colluding in what the
United Nations says is evidence of
war crimes.”
Mrs May’s official spokesman said:
“The suggestion that British military
advisers are directing the war is simply not true.”
SOCIETY
WEATHER
BUSINESS
‘Beast from the East’
triggers £50m in cold
weather payments
Snow showers
return but ‘not as
bad as last week’
Carillion execs chose ‘pay
over good governance’
By Ian Jones
Last week’s cold snap triggered an
estimated £50m of cold weather
payments – the highest figure of
the winter.
Nearly two million people across
Britain were eligible for the money
in the seven days to 2 March, figures
show. Residents in the area covered
by the Coleshill weather station,
which includes Birmingham, Coventry and Dudley received £7.2m.
People in Doncaster and Sheffield got £4.3m, while £2.7m went to
residents covered by the Gravesend
weather station, including Dartford,
Romford and Southend-on-Sea.
In total, £90.7m is estimated to
have been paid out across Great
Britain in 2017-18, according to the
Department for Work and Pensions.
This is well above the amount for
2016-17 (£3.1m) and 2015-16 (£3.9m),
but below the £141.7m paid in 2012-13.
The cold weather payment scheme
runs each year from November 1 to
31 March. 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 0°C or below for seven
days in a row.
Kit Malthouse, the minister for
family support, housing and child
maintenance, said: “What cold
weather shouldn’t do is discourage
anyone from turning up their heating to keep warm.”
By Sally Guyoncourt
More snow is set to hit parts of
England and Wales again today as
wintry showers come in from the
south-west.
The snow, up to 5cm in places,
is expected to settle across parts
of Wales, the north Midlands and
northern England for a time today.
The Met Office said: “There will be
snow but it won’t be anything like
what we saw last week.”
Wales is expected to be
worst-hit, with snow forecast for
the morning rush hour. Most of
the snow should have melted by
the end of the day as temperatures
reach the average for the time
of year – single figures for the
North of England and 10 or 11C in
the South.
Weather, page 47
By Kalyeena Makortoff and
Ravender Sembhy
Executives at collapsed construction giant Carillion were more concerned with awarding themselves
bumper payouts as the company
headed for disaster, according
to the world’s biggest investor, Blackrock.
Blackrock was among
a trio of former Carillion
shareholders quizzed
by MPs from the Business and Pensions Committees yesterday, who
raised concerns not only
over remuneration but the
shortcomings of auditors and
directors who failed to unearth
accounting failings or challenge
its management.
Blackrock managing director
Amra Balic told the committees
it became clear during its most
recent conversation with Carillion board members that greater
attention was being paid to their
wallets than to the deterioration of
the business.
“It seems that the board was focusing more, thinking again how
to remunerate executives
rather than actually
what was going on at
the business.”
During the hearing
Murdo Murchison,
chairman of investment firm Kiltearn
Partners, questioned
the work of Carillion’s
auditors and said non-executive board members should
have challenged management.
He said he was “unhappy” with
both the level and timing of disclosures from Carillion management
and said he was “extremely frustrated with the audit performance”.
6
NEWS
COVER STORY
Former Russian spy
‘poisoned with nerve
agent in murder plot’
By Cahal Milmo
CHIEF REPORTER
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal
and his daughter were poisoned with
a nerve agent in a planned operation
that is being treated as attempted
murder, police said last night.
About 72 hours after the MI6
double agent (inset) and his 33-yearold daughter, Yulia, were found collapsed and “catatonic” in the centre
of Salisbury, Scotland Yard revealed
last night that the pair had been
“targeted specifically” in an attack
with the most feared category of
chemical weapon available.
Sources said last night that the
main line of inquiry being pursued by investigators is an assassination attempt masterminded
from Moscow.
The assault also left a police officer who dealt with the stricken
couple in intensive care. His condition, described as serious last night,
was said to have deteriorated. He is
being treated in the same hospital
where the Skripals remain critically ill. All three have been placed
in induced comas.
Police said the substance had
been identified but declined to disclose details. It is believed to be the
first time a nerve agent has
been deployed in an offensive capacity in Britain.
Metropolitan Police
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley,
head of the counterterrorism command,
said: “We are now in
a position to confirm
their symptoms are a
result of exposure to a
nerve agent. Scientific tests
by government experts have identified the specific nerve agent used
which will help identify the source.
“But at this stage in a fast-paced
ongoing investigation we will not
comment further.”
Officials said there was “no widespread” risk to the public as sites
across Salisbury, including a restau-
World Cup Prince William ‘had no plans to attend’
The Duke of Cambridge has no plans
to attend the football World Cup in
Russia – a decision which predates
the double agent poisoning, a royal
source has said.
The UK’s attendance at the
sporting event has become a
political issue after the nerve agent
attack on Sergei Skripal and his
daughter Yulia.
As president of the Football Association, English football’s governing
body, Prince William would be
expected to have some contact
with the national team during the
World Cup. But his involvement
may be just a good luck phone call to
manager Gareth Southgate after the
source said of his involvement with
the tournament that “there are no
plans to attend”.
The source stressed the plans not
to travel to Russia were made before
the incident involving Mr Skripal
and his daughter.
Theresa May said the Government
would “look at whether ministers
and other dignitaries should attend”.
rant and pub believed to have been
visited by the Skripals, remained
sealed off.
The Government last night did
not accuse Moscow as hundreds of
detectives, forensic specialists, analysts and security service worked
to trace the last movements of the Skripals and
pinpoint suspects.
But sources in Washington and Britain
told Reuters the main
line of inquiry being
pursued was that the
double poisoning was
a Russian operation to
punish Mr Skripal for his
treachery – raising the prospect of a furious confrontation between London and Moscow over
another brazen assassination operation on British soil.
Mr Skripal, 66, a former military
intelligence officer, was jailed for 13
years in 2006 for passing the names
of dozens of Russian agents to his
handlers in MI6. He came to Britain
in a Cold War-style spy-swap four
years later.
He was jailed in the same year
that the former Russian intelligence
officer Alexander Litvinenko was
murdered in London. Russia insists
it has “no information” about what
could have led to events in Salisbury.
Professor Dame Sally
Davies, the Chief Medical
Officer, said the incident posed
a “low risk” to the public and
advised that all the sites that
the pair were known to have
visited had been “secured”.
Met Police Assistant
Commissioner Mark
Rowley and Chief Medical
Officer Professor Dame
Sally Davies outside
Scotland Yard yesterday PA
INTELLIGENCE
Is this a sign that ‘honour
among spies’ is finished?
By Cahal Milmo
In the dog-eat-dog world of state espionage, the assassination of agents involved in spy-swaps or defections has
been rare. Even more uncommon are
attacks, intentionally or otherwise,
on those close to the target.
For these reasons, the poisoning of
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
in the depths of the English provinces
is being posited as possible evidence
that the unwritten rules of Cold War
conduct have been ripped up – and
replaced with a strategy altogether
more vicious and publicly ruthless.
The reality of intelligence work
has long been the plodding business
of pairing information from surveillance or in the public domain with
“hum-int” provided by agents courted, and often handsomely paid, over
years rather than the fast and furious
world portrayed in thrillers.
NERVE AGENTS
INVESTIGATION
‘Offensive weapons’ that
can cause heart failure
Police focus on Skripal’s Salisbury home
By Sally Guyoncourt
Nerve agents are chemicals used as
“offensive weapons” which can send
a victim into respiratory arrest or
heart failure.
Typically, they are carbamate or
organophosphorous compounds,
which disrupt the way nerves
transmit messages to the organs.
Although it is not yet known
which nerve agent was used
against the Skirpals, they can lead
to excessive stimulation in which
the pupils dilate, victims salivate
excessively, suffer convulsions,
cramps or breathing diffculties.
Such attacks can be fatal.
Dr Chris Morris, of the Medical
Toxicology Centre at Newcastle
University, said: “Some of the
early acute effects could have been
put down to food poisoning since
vomiting, diarrhoea and urinary
incontinence occur – ‘turning on all
the taps’ is a phrase often used.”
The Skripals’ fate will depend
on the severity of their exposure to
the agent, Dr Morris said, adding:
“Typically, if the symptoms can
be controlled until the agent is
removed, then recovery is good.
With the type of supportive care
given in these cases, then there
may be minimal long-term effects if
treatment was rapid and effective.
“There are some possible longterm symptoms such as anxiety and
depression, but these are relatively
non-specific.”
Antidotes are available for some
nerve agents.
By Sally Guyoncourt
Officers investigating the nerve agent
attack erected a new cordon around
the street and nearby roads where
the ex-spy lived.
Police teams could be seen carrying equipment out of three vans into
the home of Sergei Skripal last night
and a yellow tent was erected outside
the house at around 6pm.
Assistant Commissioner Mark
Rowley warned that officers in protective clothing will continue to be
visible in Salisbury with the investigation likely to take several more days.
Detectives urged anybody who visited Salisbury town centre on Sunday afternoon, or who visited a Zizzi
restaurant or the Bishop’s Mill pub,
to come forward. They also appealed
for anyone who might have taken
photographs in the town on the day to
Police
officers
search the
Wiltshire
home of
Sergei
Skripal
for clues
yesterday
GETTY
contact them. The Home Secretary,
Amber Rudd, is expected to update
MPs about the events in Salisbury in
the Commons today.
A fellow Russian exile Valery Morozov said he met Mr Skripal several
times, but alleges the former colonel
had not left his life in espionage behind him.
Mr Morozov told Channel 4 News
that the poisoned intelligence officer
regularly visited the Russian embassy. The embassy denied any such
contact with Mr Skripal.
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Blaming Kremlin
is ‘an attempt to
strain relations’
By Andrew Osborn
IN MOSCOW
But in so far as espionage operates
according to any rules, it has hitherto
included a “protocol” that casualties
of this intelligence war – doubleagents who are unmasked and then
handed over to the other side – are
thereafter left alone.
According to one Cold War anecdote, when the Soviet leader Yuri
Andropov was given the location of
two high-profile defectors, his orders were that they should be left
alone. But events in Salisbury have
prompted intelligence experts to suggest any such gentlemanly code has
been abandoned.
Misha Glenny, the former BBC
journalist and author of McMafia,
a study of international organised
crime turned into a recent television
drama, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “When you have something like a spy-swap, this is
done as a protocol deal between intelligence agencies. Although we think
of them as thoroughly
unscrupulous, they actually have rules of the
road – a sort of honour
among thieves.
“So it is very, very odd
to see somebody like Skripal being targeted like this.”
But other experts have pointed to
a new level of aggression – verging on
recklessness – from the intelligence
agencies of a country whose president, Vladimir Putin, has vowed that
traitors will “kick the bucket,
trust me”.
British investigators
will examine whether
Mr Skripal’s 33-yearold daughter (inset)
was unintended “collateral damage” in an
attack on her father,
or a target herself. The
truth may could well support the notion that the few
rules of “fair play” which once
governed the unsparing world of espionage have gone.
Russia said last night that attempts
to blame the Kremlin for the attack
on Sergei Skripal and his daughter
were wrong and looked like part
of a campaign to damage relations
between London and Moscow.
The Government has warned
that it will respond robustly if the
Kremlin is found to be behind the
poisoning of the former colonel
in Russia’s military intelligence
service, and his daughter, Yulia,
with a nerve agent.
Mr Skripal, who was sent to
Britain as part of a spy swap
in 2010, sold the identities
of dozens of Russian
agents and is regarded
as a traitor by Moscow.
But a spokeswoman
for the Russian
foreign ministry, Maria
Zakharova (inset), insisted
that allegations of Russian
involvement were “bogus” and
that Mr Skripal’s illness was being
cynically used to escalate an antiRussian campaign in Britain.
At a briefing in Moscow, she
said it looked as if an orchestrated
campaign, involving UK politicians
and the media, was under way
to harm ties between London
and Moscow. “Before it was clear
what happened, the traditional
speculation was being put about,”
she added. “It is very hard not to
assess this as provocative, black PR
designed to complicate relations
between our two countries.”
Ms Zakharova cited the highprofile deaths in Britain of two
other Russians – oligarchs Boris
B e re z ov s ky a n d A l ex a n d e r
Perepilichny – as examples where
the finger was also wrongly pointed
at Moscow. Mr Berezovsky, a critic
of Vladimir Putin, was found dead
in 2013 with a ligature around his
neck in a locked bathroom at his
home in Sunninghill, Berkshire.
At an inquest into his death, the
coroner said he could not be sure if
the 67-year-old killed himself or was
the victim of foul play.
Mr Perepilichny, 44, was found
dead near his luxury home on
the gated St George’s Hill estate
in Weybridge, Surrey, after he
had been out jogging in November
2012. He had assisted a Swiss
investigation into a Russian
money-laundering scheme.
Police ruled out foul
play despite suspicions
that he might have been
poisoned, but an inquest
into his death has yet to
give a definitive verdict.
“How did the
Berezovsky story end?
How did the Perepilichny
story end?” Ms Zakharova
asked reporters. “You don’t know...
and nobody has informed us via
official channels.
“This [Skripal] story will end the
same way. The media buzz will be
cranked up, there will be groundless
allegations without any proof, and
then it will all be declared secret,
and neither journalists nor society
nor politicians and officials will
know what really happened.”
Vladimir Putin claimed
yesterday that his
portrayal as “a villain” was an
opinion “expressed by western
sources, but not everyone – even
in the West – shares it”.
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POLITICS
Tusk warns PM that Brexit Britain
cannot have its cake and eat it too
By Leo Cendrowicz
IN BRUSSELS
The European Union has told Prime
Minister Theresa May in the strongest terms that Brexit Britain cannot
have its cake and eat it,
The President of the European
Council, Donald Tusk, dismissed
what he described as Mrs May’s “pick
and mix” approach as he unveiled the
bloc’s draft negotiating position – one
that is likely to hurt the British economy. He made it clear yesterday that
the EU saw Brexit as a losing proposition for Britain and to some extent
for the EU.
“I fully understand and respect
Theresa May’s political objectives to
demonstrate at any price that Brexit
will be a success and was the right
choice,” he said in Luxembourg. “I’m
sorry, this is not our objective.”
The guidelines are due
to be signed off later this
month. The UK and EU then
hope to reach an agreement on a
“political declaration” by October.
Although the PM last week spoke
of “facing up to some hard facts” of
life after Brexit, her pleas for creative
thinking have been mostly ignored by
the EU. The guidelines fall far short of
the comprehensive arrangement that
she is seeking: it agrees to tariff-free
and quota-free trade for goods but
makes clear that British banks will
not get the access that the government and the City want.
The EU also wants to maintain
“existing reciprocal access to fishing waters”, so that its fishing fleet
can continue trawling the North Sea.
The arrangement will be similar to
the EU’s 2016 trade deal with Canada,
with limited access to the EU’s single
market for financial firms.
“Being outside the customs union
and the single market will inevitably
lead to friction,” the guidelines say,
and warn of “checks and controls to
uphold the integrity of the EU single
market” as there will be different external tariffs and no common institutions or shared legal system.
Mr Tusk added: “This will be the
first free trade agreement in history
that loosens economic ties, instead
of strengthening them. This is the
essence of Brexit.”
Donald Tusk warned of ‘inevitable
friction’ in trade AFP/GETTY
Potential flashpoints The vexing issues
Trade
Theresa May is pressing for a
bespoke free trade deal under which
Britain remains close to the European single market through abiding
by some of its rules while diverging
from others.
The EU insists this would be a
“pick and mix” approach amounting
to the UK abiding only by the regulations it likes. It is offering a basic
trade agreement modelled on its
existing deal with Canada.
Financial services
Chancellor Philip Hammond wants
the EU and UK to agree to mutual
recognition for financial services
such as banking and insurance.
The EU is opposed to including
financial services in a trade deal.
Fisheries
The EU says the UK should accept
“existing reciprocal access to fishing
waters and resources”.
That runs counter to government
promises to “take back control” of
British waters.
EU bodies
Britain is proposing continued
membership of EU regulators such
as the European Medicines Agency
after Brexit.
That is being ruled out by the EU.
LABOUR
Corbyn orders
inquiry in new
anti-Semitism row
By Sally Guyoncourt
Jeremy Corbyn has ordered a
disciplinary investigation into
claims that Labour Party members
posted anti-Semitic comments on
a Facebook group which supports
Palestinian rights.
The Campaign Against AntiSemitism said that posts to the group
Palestine Live, whose thousands
of members are believed to have
included Mr Corbyn himself before he
became leader, included conspiracy
theories about a leading Jewish
banking dynasty – the Rothschild
family – as well as alleged Israeli
involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks
and links to neo-Nazi material.
Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said:
“Jeremy and the Labour Party are
implacably opposed to all forms of
anti-Semitism and will take whatever
necessary action to stamp it out in
the Labour Party.
“I don’t think anyone is suggesting
that anything Jeremy has written in
any Facebook group or anywhere else
constitutes anti-Semitic comments.
“It is repugnant if there are antiSemitic posts… If they involve anyone
to do with the party, disciplinary
action will be taken.”
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SCIENCE
Pets at home face greater risk of illnesses
By Florence Snead
Pets that spend a majority of time indoors have a higher chance of developing illnesses such as diabetes and
kidney disease, research suggests.
Scientists from the United
States said this could be linked to
the animals being more exposed to
chemicals found in cosmetic and
pharmaceutical products. The team
looked at concentrations of parabens
– preservatives commonly used in
both products as well as some foods
– which previous studies have shown
can disrupt the hormone system.
Parabens were found in all 58 vari-
ations of dog and cat food tested in
the study, as well as in 60 different
urine samples.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found dry food contained
higher levels of parabens than wet
and that cat food had higher concentrations than dog food. It concluded
that dogs were exposed to sources of
parabens other than those present in
their food, while cats’ exposure came
mainly from their diet.
An abstract for the study stated
the exposure of pets to a wide range
of chemicals in the indoor environment and subsequent increase in
non-infectious diseases was “a concern”. It added “little” was known
about the sources and pathways of
exposure to chemicals in pets.
Previous studies have
linked chemical exposure
in pets to diseases such
as diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney diseases
and cancer, which have
increased in cats and
dogs in recent years
The researchers said that
to their knowledge, it was the
first time the occurrence of these
substances has been reported in pet
food and urine in the United States.
NATURE
Lost shipping gear is
killing off marine life
By Katie Grant
Seafood companies must take “urgent action” to stem the flow of fishing gear pouring into the world’s
oceans, resulting in the deaths of millions of animals, a report has warned.
At least 640,000 tonnes of
“ghost gear” – discarded
or lost fishing nets and
lines – are abandoned in
the sea every year, the
UN estimates.
More than 100,000
whales, dolphins, seals
and turtles, and millions
of fish, are killed annually
after becoming entangled in
nets larger than football pitches,
traps and floating ropes, according
to the non-profit organisation, World
Animal Protection.
The group is calling for seafood
companies to prioritise the problem,
which it says could be responsible
for as much as 30 per cent of the decline in some fish stocks. In a report
published today, the animal welfare
body ranks the 15 biggest seafood
companies across five tiers based on
the efforts they are making to tackle
the issue.
None of the businesses ranked in
the top two tiers, but the British firm
Young’s Seafood, which supplies
approximately 40 per cent
of all fish eaten in the UK
every year, achieved tier
three “improver” status.
Of all the companies
ranked, just three, including Young’s, have a
clear position on ghost
gear or publicly acknowledge the issue.
The report warned that if the
threat is not addressed “there is a
great risk that that ghost gear will
combine with other current oceanic
threats to create what the UN termed
‘a destructive cycle of degradation’.”
It added that “this could mean our
oceans stop providing for humans in
the many ways we now rely on them”.
Top of the
pie charts
A pie is inspected by a judge during
the British Pie Awards at St Mary’s
Church, Melton Mowbray. Almost
1,000 pies from 180 professional
pie-makers are jostling to be
crowned supreme champion PA
It comes as the UK charity Cats
Protection issued an urgent plea
ahead of Mother’s Day about the
dangers of buying bouquets
containing lilies for catloving mums.
The feline welfare
charity warned lilies are
extremely toxic to cats
and that the animals
can be affected simply by
brushing past the flower
and then grooming the pollen from their fur.
It has contacted leading supermarkets and florists to ask them to
include a prominent warning on any
bouquets containing the flowers.
“Lilies are one of the most common
forms of poisoning in cats and we
can’t emphasise enough just how
dangerous they can be,” said Louise
Waters, a spokeswoman for the
charity. “The toxins can cause them
to go into kidney failure and this can
be fatal.”
A pet food association
says 44 per cent of UK
households have pets. Dogs (25
per cent) are the most popular,
followed by cats (17 per cent).
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NEWS
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
SOCIETY
AID
Corbyn backs campaign for Wollstonecraft statue
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Jeremy Corbyn is leading calls
from men across the world of politics, business, entertainment and
academia for a statue to be erected
in memory of the pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
It follows a plea from more than
80 female public figures for Wollstonecraft, an 18th-century ad-
vocate of women’s rights, to be
honoured by a memorial. Men supporting the campaign include Mr
Corbyn, his deputy Tom Watson, the
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince
Cable, the actors Sam West, Jason
Isaacs and Tom Hollander, and the
comedian Jeremy Hardy.
In a letter to The Guardian, they
argued: “Wollstonecraft was the
first to call for gender equality, over
250 years ago, when she challenged
the male philosophers and politicians of the time, including Burke
and Rousseau. She called for women
not ‘to have power over men but
over themselves’. As a key Enlightenment philosopher, her ideas on
justice and education have become
core values in Britain and beyond.”
Campaigners are fundraising for
a Wollstonecraft statue to be put up
in Newington Green, north London,
where she lived.
Jo Cox funding to
empower those in
poorer countries
By Sam Lister
Aid money will be given to help
powerless women in poor countries
build better lives in memory of the
murdered MP Jo Cox, the International Development Secretary
has announced.
Penny Mordaunt called for everyone to “raise their game” to make
gender equality a reality ahead of International Women’s Day today.
Jo Cox Memorial Grants funded by
£10m of UK Aid Direct cash will be
made to grass-roots organisations on
issues the Labour MP campaigned
on. The money will be used to help the
voices of girls and women be heard
when holding people in power to account. The funds will also support
them in finding work and improve access to family planning services.
Speaking ahead of a speech in London, Ms Mordaunt said: “Jo was a
dedicated humanitarian who fought
for gender equality at home and in
developing countries, and her pas-
Jo Cox spent 20 years working in the
voluntary sector
sion and commitment will continue
to support the world’s most disadvantaged and disenfranchised women
through these new UK aid grants.
“The MeToo movement has sent
shockwaves around the world and
given a voice to millions of women,
but the majority of women and girls
in the poorest countries are still
not heard.
“We all have the power to change
this injustice and that’s why UK aid is
keeping girls in school, stamping out
violence and giving a voice to women
both at home and in shaping the future of their countries.
“It is only by everyone raising their
game and making gender equality
a reality that we will build a more
peaceful, safe and prosperous world
for us all.”
Ms Mordaunt said a strategic vision for gender equality will help
reach women and girls most at risk
of being left behind because of ethnicity, disability or geography.
She called for more women to be
given a seat at the negotiating table
in areas hit by conflict or crisis.
Ms Mordaunt also said more must
be done to increase women’s involvement in politics.
Kim Leadbeater, Mrs Cox’s sister,
said: “It’s wonderful to have the Jo
Cox Memorial Grants being launched
today – for every life that is touched
by these grants, they will make a real
difference and they will be money
well spent.
“It’s so fitting to have these grants
created in Jo’s name, which will reach
a range of different countries and
projects that encompass Jo’s passion
for both women’s empowerment and
bringing local communities together.
Jo spent 20 years working in the voluntary sector and working overseas.”
Around the world How different nations mark the day
The UK Events are taking place across
the country, many of which mark both
the centenary of women’s suffrage
and International Women’s Day.
In London, Tate Modern will be
illuminated in bright magenta, in a
twin display with Tate Britain.
China The State Council advises
women are given a half-day off work.
Madagascar and Nepal In both countries, it is an official holiday
for women.
Russia Men and women give flowers
to women colleagues, friends, family
and partners.
Italy On the Festa della Donna, as
the day is known, men give women
mimosa blossom flowers. The
government marked the day last year
by giving women free entry
to museums.
Germany We have a woman from
Germany to thank for International
Women’s Day. In 1910, Clara Zetkin,
then the leader of the ‘Women’s
Office’ for the Social Democratic
Party in Germany, proposed an
annual Women’s Day at the International Conference of Working
Women in Copenhagen. Women
representing countries across
the world approved her idea. Yet
according to Carla Bleiker, a journalist
for Deutsche Welle, the day “isn’t much
of a thing in Germany”.
Afghanistan
Women in Afghanistan are celebrated
on 8 March, an official holiday, and in
ceremonies, conferences and events
until the end of the month. .
Iceland Iceland marked IWD in 2017
by announcing plans to become
the first country to legally require
employers to prove they offer equal
pay regardless of gender, ethnicity,
sexuality and nationality. This came
into effect on 1 January this year.
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SOCIETY
May to set out
plans for tackling
domestic abuse
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Prince Harry and the engineers of the future
Prince Harry talks to students Tara Vooght and Lauren
Bull (left) who both want to be engineers, during a visit
to the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. His
visit marks the start of construction of the Silverstone
Experience, which is due to open at the motor racing
track in spring 2019 ARTHUR EDWARDS/THE SUN/PA
PEOPLE
Our part in the equality battle
What action are these women
most proud of? By Heather Saul
Jessica Wragg, butcher at the Ginger
Pig “I put forward a book proposal
to US publishers to tell the story of
my 10 years as a woman in the meat
industry. They took it; it’s going to be
published next year.”
Marsha De Cordova, Labour MP for
Battersea “As a visually impaired
woman of colour, winning a crucial
swing seat is something I’m
immensely proud of and I am also
grateful for the opportunity to fight
for genuine equality from inside
Parliament. Too often disabled
women are held back by social and
institutional barriers which stop
them from fulfilling their potential.”
Harini Iyengar, lawyer “I’ve devoted
20 years to fighting for equality and
human rights as a lawyer. But
the thing I did in 2017 which
made me the proudest was
standing for Parliament
for the Women’s Equality
Party. I am now standing
for the party in Hackney
as the local election
candidate for Dalston on
3 May.”
Sarah Sands, editor of BBC Radio
4’s ‘Today’ “I’ve been reading an
awful lot of brilliant books by women
as chair of the Women’s Prize for
Fiction 2018 judging panel. I think
that’s probably been my biggest
contribution as it hasn’t left me a lot
of time to do anything else!”
Cathy Newman, presenter for
Channel 4 News “I wrote a
book called Bloody Brilliant
Women. It celebrates
the female pioneers,
revolutionaries
and geniuses
who transformed
20th-century Britain.
Many of them should have
been in the history books but
aren’t. It’s out in the autumn.”
Nimco Ali, campaigner against
female genital mutilation and
founder of Daughters of Eve “I
lobbied Somaliland’s presidential
candidates to commit to pass
legislation against FGM.
All three agreed and on 6
February 2018 the winning
candidate tabled the first
ever anti-FGM legislation
in the country.”
Caroline Lucas, co-leader
of the Green Party (left)
“Last year I was proud to
be an outspoken member of
the cross-party group on sexual
harassment. Our work is a step
towards a serious change in culture
in Westminster.”
Anj Handa “I created Igniting
Inspiration, a year-round campaign
to showcase women making a
positive difference in society.”
Nicky Morgan, Tory MP for
Loughborough (left) “I became the
first female chair of the Treasury
Select Committee and we launched
the women in finance inquiry.”
Maria Caulfield,
Conservative MP for
Lewes “I am really proud
of the cross-party work
I did as a member of the
Women and Equalities
Select Committee where
we investigated issues on
the gender pay gap, maternity
discrimination and getting more
women into Parliament.”
Domestic abusers could be
electronically tagged, banned from
drinking alcohol and ordered to
receive treatment for drug addiction, the Prime Minister will
announce today.
Under government plans
for a crackdown on violence in the home, courts
and police will be given
new powers to curb
abusive behaviour and
protect victims.
Theresa May (inset),
announcing a public consultation on the proposals,
said she wanted to “put an end
to this abhorrent crime for good”.
Planned legislation includes
the creation of civil orders to put
restrictions on abusers. The conditions could include attending
programmes for drink and drug
problems and agreeing to be electronically tagged to ensure abusers
stay away from their victims.
Breaching the new Domestic
Abuse Protection Orders would become a criminal offence.
Courts will be also be able to impose longer sentences in cases of
abuse involving children, and a Do-
AVIATION
All-female crews take the controls
A series of flights are being
operated with all-female crews
to mark International Women’s
Day (IWD).
Airlines want to encourage
more women and girls to consider
a career in aviation because only
about 3 per cent of the global pilot
workforce is female.
British Airways claimed a
record for the most women
Deeds not Words, the Story of Women’s
Rights, Then and Now was published
on the centenary of women’s
suffrage. In a small way, I hope I
have helped to join the dots between
feminism past and present.”
of successfully campaigning for
schools to respond better when girls
are raped or sexually assaulted by
other pupils.”
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involved in a single flight
on Monday. Sixty-two women –
including crew, baggage handlers,
check-in staff and security workers
– contributed to the operation
of flight BA1484 from London
Heathrow to Glasgow.
Six all-female crews will operate
16 easyJet flights today. Virgin
Atlantic is celebrating IWD with
three all-female crews on flights.
Across
Helen Pankhurst, Care International’s
special adviser on gender equality
and great-granddaughter of
Emmeline Pankhurst “My book,
Rachel Krys, co-director of End
Violence Against Women “I’m proud
mestic Abuse Commissioner will
monitor progress in tackling the
problem and supporting victims.
Mrs May said: “Domestic abuse
affects those from all walks of life.
Victims can be young and old, male
and female, and I hope as many
people as possible will come forward to give us their views and
share their experiences.”
Suzanne Jacob, chief
executive of the domestic abuse charity
SafeLives, said: “We
welcome the focus on
the need to hold perpetrators to account and to
prioritise the needs and
safety of women and girls.
The time for piecemeal sticking plasters is over. We need radical
change, and we will stand with survivors to make this happen.”
Diane Abbott, the shadow Home
Secretary, said: “Any measures to
combat domestic violence are welcome. However, this Tory Government have spent the last eight years
cutting the very services those fleeing abuse rely on. Domestic violence
is one of the toughest crimes to police effectively and it’s become more
difficult because of the Tories’ cutting 21,000 police and support for
women’s refuges.”
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Commuters faced “a furnace engulfed in flames” when a bomb exploded on a rush-hour London Tube
train, a court has heard.
Teenage asylum-seeker Ahmed
Hassan allegedly packed a homemade device with deadly shrapnel
before leaving it to go off on a timer at
Parsons Green station on 15 September last year.
Ninety-three people were in the
carriage when it partially exploded,
causing a massive “fireball”.
Passengers were injured in the
“stampede” as they fled in fear and
panic, while others suffered signifiJurors were told that
after the explosion the
defendant searched the BBC
website for news of the bombing
as he fled to Dover, where he
was arrested.
cant burns, the Old Bailey heard. Mr
Hassan, the court heard, told British
authorities he had been trained by
Isis “to kill” before he allegedly planted the bomb with a timer to trigger it.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan told jurors: “Had the device fully detonated,
it is inevitable that serious injury and
significant damage would have been
caused within the carriage.”
The defendant had arrived in
Britain in the back of a lorry via the
Channel Tunnel in October 2015 and
claimed asylum, saying he was in fear
of Isis because of what happened to
him in his home country.
Asked by Home Office officials in
2016 if he ever had any training with
Isis, he said: “They trained us on how
to kill. It was all religious-based.”
He denied he had been sent to Europe to work for Isis, the court heard.
Mr Hassan denies attempted
murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion
that was likely to endanger life.
The trial continues.
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Nothing better than a bear hug
Proud mum Victoria takes her
new cub – the first polar bear born
in the UK for 25 years – outside for
the first time at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland
Wildlife Park near Kingussie.
The cub was born in December but
Victoria damaged the maternity
den’s video camera and the birth
was only confirmed by high-pitched
cries on the audio feed.
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An unusual standoff between police
and a man suspected of swallowing a
drugs stash has ended after he spent
47 days in custody refusing to go to
the toilet.
Lamarr Chambers, 24, was arrested in Harlow, Essex, on 17 January
and officers tweeted updates of what
they described as “poo watch”.
Essex Police decided to release him
from custody on Monday “following
medical and legal advice”.
The Crown Prosecution Service
discontinued charges of intent to
supply a Class A drug and motoring offences, but Chambers was rearrested by Essex Police on suspicion
of being concerned in the supply of a
Class A drug. He was released on bail
and taken to hospital for treatment.
Deputy Chief Constable BenJulian Harrington said: “On the basis
of all the medical evidence, it is most
appropriate, in the interests of Mr
Chambers and of justice, to ensure
he receives the treatment he needs.”
Police had applied for custody
extensions at seven court hearings
as they waited for Chambers, of Brixton, London, to go to the toilet.
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SQUIRRELLING
AWAY
BEER FOR
GIRLS
CROWN
PRINCE
MARKET
REGULATION
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TRUMP
RUSSIAN
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The pine
marten might
save the red
Feminism is
for life, not
for PR
Saudi leader
has mixed
reception
Reform
essential but
don’t be rash
President
must handle
Kim gently
Time to stand
up to Russia
or risks grow
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New Statesman
The Guardian
City AM
CNN
Daily Mirror
Surely there is scope
for reintroducing
red squirrels to
safe British islands.
And who are the
backwoodsmen
opposed to these
possibilities?
Bureaucratic
scientists, quibbling
over what is or isn’t
a native species. It
is astonishing.
(Robin Page)
TheDaily Telegraph
Quote of
the day
If the pine martens
killed the greys and
were unable to catch
red squirrels, what
then would be on their
target list? A few cat
owners living near
woodland will be
keeping an eye
out for movement in
the branches.
(Editorial)
If Brewdog want to
make a contribution,
they should speak to
the women on the
frontline that work in
beer – rather than a bro
joke at the expense of
its potential buyers.
It’s evident that
Brewdog are going to
be learning at least
one lesson from this
PR disaster: feminism
is for life, not just Q1.
(Jasmine Andersson)
Forbes
Honestly, with so
much wrong with
society and so many
heart-wrenching
stories about how it
continues to suppress
51 per cent of the
global population, do
companies’ intentions
even matter?
(Tara Nurin)
As so often, it is
about nothing but
filthy lucre, and
this Government’s
desperation to plug the
hole that will be left
in Britain’s trade and
growth prospects by
May’s refusal to stay in
a customs union with
the EU after Brexit.
(Emily Thornberry)
Evening Standard
Were this Crown
Prince to fail, the
kingdom would
experience a
conservative
backlash that would
set back reform for
another generation.
Mohammed bin
Salman is the best
hope we have — let’s
welcome him and
let’s work with him.
(Editorial)
If a British engineering
icon like GKN can
be bought by a debtladen asset stripper
like Melrose and
taken apart, it leaves
the Government’s
industrial strategy in
tatters. This would
not be allowed to
happen in France or
Germany, and it must
be stopped here.
(Jack Dromey)
Financial Times
Markets are not
perfect, and without
regulation they
fall into cronyism.
Executive pay
packages are a source
of concern, but this is
no reason to abandon
of market capitalism.
Blocking the GKN
deal is a bridge too far.
(Editorial)
President Trump’s
inconsistency
will not result in a
denuclearised North
Korea, but the fear of a
US attack in both North
and South may result
in a de-escalation of
tensions. Avoiding an
unnecessary second
Korean War would
count as a major
foreign policy victory
for Washington.
(Jonathan Cristol)
New YorkTimes
Joseph Yun, the one
senior person who
knows the portfolio,
retired last week. But
this is an opportunity
that cannot be
squandered. It will
require a president
who can keep his
thoughts off Twitter.
(Editorial)
Nobody was brought
to justice for the
poisoning of Alexander
Litvinenko in London.
If the authorities fail
to bring a suspect to
court in this case, it
will be evidence of
the Kremlin’s reach.
Nations must respect
other nations.
(Editorial)
Daily Mail
It is vital that the West
uses the measures
available to it to make
clear to Putin that
he cannot get away
with behaving in this
murderous way. If we
do nothing, Putin’s
response will be to
carry on with the same
gangsterism — and
there will be more
poisonings to come.
(Mark Almond)
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BARBARA ALSTON SINGER
To mansplain verb informal
- explaining
[something]
to someone,
typically a
woman, in
a manner
regarded as
condescending
or patronising
Theresa May
The Prime Minister
helps Jeremy
Corbyn with a
definition
Barbara Alston, who has died aged 74,
was a founding member of the fourwoman American “girl group” The Crystals. One of their singles, “Da Doo Ron
Ron”, is synonymous with the 1960s.
The singer was 17 when she became
part of a quintet of Brooklyn highschool students organised in 1961
by her uncle, Benny Wells. More
interested in choreography than
singing, she nevertheless served as
the band’s first lead vocalist, backed
by fellow singers Dolores “Dee Dee”
Kenniebrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia
Wright and Myrna Giraud.
Alston was pushed to the fore
by producer Phil Spector, who was
searching for up-and-coming acts for
his newly formed label, Philles Records.
Spector had listened in on a Crystals
rehearsal at the Brill Building, a music
industry hub in Manhattan.
Then 21, Spector was beginning to
develop the richly orchestrated “wall of
sound” style that would make him one
of the 20th century’s most acclaimed
producers. For the group’s earliest
pop hits, he surrounded Alston’s alto
voice with lush strings and guitars in
songs such as “There’s No Other Like
My Baby”, which peaked at No. 20 on the
Billboard charts in 1962, and “Uptown”,
a Latin-tinged single about the “sweet”
charms of urban tenements.
The Crystals maintained a strained
relationship with Spector, who was
later convicted of the 2003 murder
of actress Lana Clarkson. He shocked
the group when he used their name on
tracks sung by Darlene Love, including
the No 1 hit “He’s a Rebel” and its
follow-up, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”.
In later years, Alston sued Spector
to receive her share of royalties from
The Crystals, who regrouped in 1963
without Thomas and with Dolores “La
La” Brooks as lead singer. They released
hits including “Da Doo Ron Ron” and
“Then He Kissed Me” before Alston left
the group in 1965 to raise her son.
Barbara Ann Alston was born in
Baltimore, and grew up in Brooklyn.
She won a talent show with a group
called the Delphi Thezonians – “Gag!”
she later wrote. “Nobody remembers
how we came up with that ridiculous
name or what it even means” – before
joining The Crystals, named for a
daughter of songwriter Leroy Bates.
Her two marriages, to Daniel
Prophete and Kenneth Pitter, ended
in divorce. In addition to her daughter,
survivors include two children from
her second marriage and seven
great-grandchildren.
Alston also had a son, Tony Alston,
from a relationship with musician LC
Cooke, the younger brother of singer
Sam Cooke. Tony, who was transgender
Barbara Alston (far left) with The
Crystals in 1964 KEYSTONE/GETTY
and sometimes went by Toni, was shot
and killed in 2010. The murder remains
unsolved.
Alston appeared in the original 1966
Broadway production of Cabaret as one
of the Kit Kat Girls and later returned to
The Crystals for a short-lived reunion.
Otherwise, she stopped singing and
held secretarial positions in New York
and then in Charlotte, where she had
lived since 1984. WASHINGTON POST
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Died 16 February 2018
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It’s a binary problem
The ‘trans debate’ is toxic – both sides need to try a little understanding
T
he Labour Party
is rumoured to be
convulsed by an
argument over rights
for transsexual people.
These rumours were
hardly assuaged by the resignation
this week of Munroe Bergdorf, a
male-to-female trans activist and
model who had been appointed
as an adviser to the party on
gender and sexuality issues. The
announcement that Labour is to
formalise inclusion of trans women
on all-women shortlists is reported
as having caused further outrage.
The so-called trans debate, which
is more like a Wild West shootout,
is certainly toxic. But it’s worth
mentioning that Britain’s two main
political parties, held firmly and
immovably in place by the first
past the post voting system, are
always convulsed by argument over
something or other. Admittedly,
this particular moment is arresting,
not least because the collapse of the
gender binary is making a mockery
of the teetering, monumental
political binary.
Often, when the left isn’t in power,
it can be found thigh-deep in fairly
muddy identity politics. Partly, this
is displacement activity. But it’s also
a way in which the progressive goal
of full equality for all can be an aim
at times when the levers of economic
power are out of reach. It’s not
fiddling while Rome burns, but to
some extent it is fiddling while
Rome siphons off the dosh and gives
it to Rome’s relatives and friends.
The trans issue is pretty simple
for me. I’m not Michael Gove, nor
am I an admirer of his. So I tend,
gratefully, to rely on the views of
experts. Experts contend at the
current time that gender dysphoria,
in which a person’s psychological
concept of their gender identity
does not match the identity
expressed by their biology, is a real
and debilitating condition. Experts
in the field also contend that they
have the medical technology to
assist people who struggle with this
condition. Cool.
But not everyone agrees with
this. All of these people tend
to be lumped into an invented
category, trans-exclusionary
radical feminists, or Terfs. They
are caricatured as women who
hate men so much that they can’t
accept that male-to-female trans
people aren’t messing about with
their minds and bodies just so that
they can go into women’s lavatories
and perve on proper females.
Terfs, in turn, tend to hint that far
I’m not
Michael Gove,
nor am I an
admirer of his.
So I rely on the
views of experts
Munroe Bergdorf
has resigned as
Labour’s LGBT
adviser JOHN
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too many trans women are crazy
psychopaths. (Though psychopathy
is much more common than people
think, and there are bound to be
one or two.)
The whole thing started when
trans women started wanting to
attend radical feminist conferences
and were told that these spaces
were for biological females, not
trans females. Whether or not you
consider it unsisterly to insist on
your right to barge in where you’re
not wanted, or unsisterly to be
less than totally certain that the
complete stranger you’ve never
met before really is your sister, will
depend on how much you really
respect an individual’s right to self
define in relation to others.
I’d like to think that if I were
a trans woman, I’d have enough
respect for radical feminists to
shrug and give a salute to how much
the uncompromising nature of the
movement had done to advance the
rights of all women, including me.
But, hey, everyone likes to think
they’re a hero.
In other words I’m torn. I don’t
like transsexual people being shitbagged for what they stand for and
I don’t like radical feminists being
shitbagged for what they stand
for either. I don’t like the binary,
whether it’s the gender binary or
the political binary. Also, I don’t like
it when one group sets itself up as
wholly the good and true victims
and the group that opposes it as
wholly the bad and manipulative
aggressor. In this “debate”, both
sides do this.
Which, I’m afraid, makes both
groups narcissistic, just as the
two groups that call themselves
the main political parties are
also narcissistic. Narcissists
always need an “other” to define
themselves against, and a group
they feel they belong to, in order
to affirm their shaky sense of
themselves. When such groups
turn inwards, various narcissists
inside the group tend to fight among
themselves. A common enemy
beyond the group, unites the group.
Narcissistic groups always need a
common enemy, for stability.
Radical feminists need to try
to understand that trans people
have fought hard to gain a sense
of themselves that they feel
comfortable with, and should be
respected for that, not vilified.
Trans people need to try to
understand that many radical
feminists have fought a similar
fight themselves, all their adult
lives, usually up against the
sort of vilification that they are
now in receipt of from the trans
community. Anyone who wants to
be free to be who they want to be,
should honour those who helped to
make that possible, even if they feel
they are not getting everything they
want themselves from that group,
and immediately.
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Falling fertility
– so what?
Your
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TWEETS
AND EMAILS
I find it ironic that you
publish, on the same day,
an article describing
decreasing human
fertility as a crisis and
a letter pointing out
that the problem with
doughnut economics is
that people will not, of
their own accord, do the
decent and responsible
thing to reduce our
combined burden on the
biosphere (i, 7 March).
There are about a
hundred thousand times
too many of us for a
reduction in the rate of
increase of the human
population to be a crisis.
CHRIS NEWMAN
BOROUGHBRIDGE,
NORTH YORKSHIRE
I am surprised that
scientists looking
into the rise in male
infertility have ignored
the obvious reason
for this phenomenon
- Brexit. After all,
everything else is blamed
on it!
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SHEFFIELD
Whistling didn’t
bother me
®
Tess Daly
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I liked being whistled at,
and don’t understand the
push for it to be made a
hate crime (i, 7 March). It
made me feel attractive.
No one who whistled at
me or my friends took
any further liberties.
If anyone groped me
persistently on the Tube
or at a party, I put my
stiletto heel down on
his foot hard. He soon
got the message that
his attentions were not
welcome. The police are
overstretched – they
need to concentrate on
serious crimes like rape,
domestic violence and
child abuse. Not trivia
like this.
MARY ALEXA
STURMINSTER,
DORSET
enough to see (and if
you want, to remove)
the fat; fish; grains, beans
and pulses; eggs; herbs
and spices. Enough for
a universe of delicious,
nutritious, and healthful
meals, without concealed
fat, salt, sugar, and
complex additives that
other people would like
you to buy and eat, for
their profit.
EDDIE CLUNAN
CONISTON, CUMBRIA
Offensive,
however old
I’m amazed that
Charlie BrinkhurstCuff (i, 7 March) should
describe the use of
seven-year-old tweets
to discredit Munroe
Bergdorf as a “witch
hunt”. Ancient comments
or behaviour have been
used in abundance
against white, male
MPs and celebrities
recently. Surely she
does not believe that her
“influential, outspoken,
left-wing, black or
brown friends” deserve
different treatment just
because they fall into
that group of people?
JOHN GILBERT
MINSTER, KENT
Silver
linings
Given the dreadful
events in Salisbury, I
note some people are
advocating a boycott of
the football World Cup
in Russia. Ardent football
fans may be worried but,
if we choose to withdraw
at least we shall not again
suffer the humiliation
of losing to Iceland,
or another so-called
minnow nation. Every
cloud has a silver lining.
ROBERT BOSTON
KINGS HILL, KENT
All hail
Anna Soubry
I would like to pay
tribute to the courage,
conviction, and integrity
of Anna Soubry and her
unyielding voice in her
In defence of
Team Sky
Anna Soubry, a prominent Tory Remainer, has faced
criticism from right-wing Brexiters in the party PA
fight against the Tory
right-wing obsession
with Brexit.
She is the voice of
reason and common
sense filtering through
a cacophony of
confusion, illusions
and downright lies.
T MURPHY
BURY, GREATER
MANCHESTER
Mothering
Sunday
Surely it must be time
to call a halt to the so
called “Mother’s Day”
celebration - it has run
its boring course by now.
It was invented by card
companies (the spin-offs
being Grandmother’s
Day, My Dog/Cat Day etc),
to sell overpriced cards
and flowers. Mothering
Sunday is a religious
celebration and should
remain so!
GEOFF REEVE
DERBYSHIRE
What are
we eating?
Your article on food
and obesity (i, 6 March)
implied another part
of the solution. Of the
numerous food items
listed from several
manufacturers, I can’t
say what is in any of
them; and nor, I would
wager, can most of those
who eat them. Chicken
Legend? Surely that’s a
hen’s foot.
Perhaps the answer
is not to shove anything
down your neck unless
you can identify it one
hundred per cent. That
allows vegetables and
fruit; meat in pieces big
I totally agree with Matt
Butler’s defence of Sir
Bradley Wiggins and
Team Sky (i, 7 March ).
Show me a sport where
the top exponents do
not take advantage of all
modern-day equipment,
supplements etc that are
within the “rules”. We
want winners, not the old
runners-up we used to
have. We have a worldbeating team in Sky,
long may they continue
to dominate (within
the rules).
CHRIS CASELTON
BEXLEYHEATH,
KENT
Investment in
council housing
While I welcome Theresa
May’s aspiration to build
more affordable houses , I
think that it is disgraceful
that more is not being
done for the masses
who will never aspire to
home ownership. What
Easter
grammar
“How will you be
Eastering?” This was
a message recently
received by me from
“Mr Sainsbury”. Surely
I am not alone in being
appalled at this misuse
of our English language.
Easter is not a verb even my computer is
confused by it. Easter
is the name of one our
major Christian festivals
and should not be abused
in such a way and used
as an advertising ploy!
Apologies please,
Mr Sainsbury.
KATE DANDO
ALTON, HAMPSHIRE
Bells and
whistles
I read with interest that
the new Dyson vacuum
cleaner is able to sense
temperature, altitude
and the barometric
pressure of its
environment. I just want
a vacuum that sucks up
pet hairs and crumbs.
LOUISE CAVE
SEAFORD,
EAST SUSSEX
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The next
Nixon to go
into politics?
As the future of the Sex and
the City franchise languishes
amid a bitter feud between its
stars Kim Cattrall and Sarah
Jessica Parker, a brave new
horizon awaits their co-star
Cynthia Nixon.
Rumours about the actress,
who played Miranda Hobbs
on the hit US TV show,
Nixon at the ‘People’s State of
the Union’ protest in New York
running for governor of New
York have been circulating
for some time, but it looks
as if it could be more than
just speculation.
Nixon is said to be
absolutely serious about the
position and is said to have
been preparing a campaign to
challenge current Governor
Andrew Cuomo in the
Democratic primary this
September. CNN reported
that Nixon has hired Rebecca
Katz and Bill Hyers, who both
worked on the campaign for
Bill de Blasio, the current
Mayor of New York.
“Many concerned
New Yorkers have been
encouraging Cynthia to
run for office and, as she
has said previously, she will
continue to explore it. If and
when such a decision is made,
Cynthia will be sure to make
her plans public,” Nixon’s
publicist told CNN.
Forget another tired
film sequel; this is the
ending that Sex and the City
always needed.
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A stone made ‘Tomb
Raider’ plausible
While most actresses
are expected to lose
weight for roles (something both Gemma
Arterton and Jennifer
Lawrence have spoken
candidly about), Alicia
Vikander says she put
on nearly a stone to
play Lara Croft.
Vikander (left, at the
Tomb Raider premiere
in London on Tuesday
night) reprises Angelina Jolie’s role from
the original Hollywood
film, based on the
computer game.
The Oscar winner
said she wanted to
make her fight scenes
against men “plausible”
and gained a stone in
muscle with intensive
training before filming.
She told Hunger magazine: “I wanted it to be
plausible that a young
girl could fight a man
who’s obviously both
stronger and bigger.
“To feel like you
have that strength is
pretty cool.”
But she added: “I
realised it takes about
four months to gain
anything, and only
three weeks to lose
it all!”
The film, out next
week, rather implausibly reimagines
Croft as a London bike
courier who leaves her
old life behind to look
for a tomb off the coast
of Japan.
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Simon
Kelner
T
his morning it seems a
baffling, perilous world for
men of a certain age. On the
one hand, we are being told
by a well-known TV presenter that
having regular tests for prostate
cancer is an absolute must. And then
we learn from a most authoritative
source that the test for this type of
cancer, which kills 11,000 men every
year, may be a waste of time.
Bill Turnbull (inset), the former
BBC Breakfast host, has gone public
with the fact that he has terminal
cancer, which had spread from his
prostate to his legs, pelvis and ribs.
His moving first-person testimony
in an interview with the Radio Times
should act as a warning to men,
middle-aged and beyond, to have
their prostate checked. But is that
the correct advice?
I had a cancer episode myself
nine years ago, when I had a kidney
removed. During a subsequent
consultation with my specialist, I
asked whether I should have the
PSA (prostate specific antigen)
test for prostate cancer. “Why?” he
responded, nonplussed. My dear
friend Robert had died a couple of
years earlier from the disease,
and as we had spent a lot
of time discussing the
fluctuations of his PSA
reading, I had assumed,
not unreasonably, that
this was an important
thing to know.
“And what will you
do when you know your
reading?” continued the plainspeaking professor. The gist of his
assertion was that there are two
types of prostate cancer: one that
kills you whatever you do, and one
with which you can live quite happily
(many men die in later life with –
rather than from – prostate cancer.
Why go looking for trouble? That’s a
crude interpretation of his advice.
Who am I to doubt the good
professor, but I’ve always wondered
whether this was a rather cavalier
attitude to the third most deadly
form of cancer in the Britain.
Until today, that is, when Cancer
Research UK released the results
of the largest ever trial of PSA tests,
which revealed that screening made
no difference to death rates.
Ostensibly healthy men would
take a blood test which, the
10-year study showed, would not
discriminate between the two
types of prostate cancer. The lead
author of the report, Prof Richard
Martin, said: “The results highlight
the multitude of issues the PSA
test raises – causing unnecessary
anxiety and treatment by diagnosing
prostate cancer in men who
would never have been
affected by it and failing
to detect dangerous
prostate cancers.”
In his final months,
Robert repeatedly said
he thought it was the
treatment, rather than the
disease, that was killing him.
But then, when you hear
Bill Turnbull’s first-hand account,
screening makes a lot of sense. “I’m
cross with myself,” he said. “Maybe
if I’d got it earlier and stopped it at
the prostate, I’d be in a much better
state.” And who can gainsay that?
What we need is better education
on the subject. Many men don’t
even know where the prostate is, or
what it does. There is half as much
research into prostate cancer as
there is into breast cancer, even
though the former is a bigger killer.
Perhaps more effort should be
directed towards the development
of a test which resolves forever this
stark divergence of opinion, and
gives men entering a difficult phase
of their lives some long-overdue
reassurance.
SOCIETY
new avenues of conversation.
I love that we are communicating,
but some of our modern shortcuts
leave many behind. Did you know,
for example, that “yes” and “yes.” are
very different things? A full stop in a
text message or online post implies
that you are angry – and it might be
the reason your teenager has been
off with you ever since you replied to
their text at the weekend.
It’s a minefield, it turns out. If you
use the tilde character (~) either side
of a word, it probably means you
were being sarcastic. And while “...”
is an ellipsis, apparently two dots
(“..”) means you are upset.
Meanwhile, a friend of mine has
ruffled more than a few feathers
with emoji gaffes. Thinking the
“grimacing face” emoji portrayed a
wide grin, she set about offending
friends and destroying potential
romances. “Thanks for such a lovely
night [grimace face]”; “Can’t wait
to see you later [grimace face]”;
“That meal you cooked was delicious
[grimace face]”. You get the picture.
We’ve set her straight, and she’s well
on the road to rehabilitation.
A sobering thought, though.
While we snigger at Donald Trump’s
grammar on social media, perhaps
he’s more down with the kids than
we thought. Lots of Capital Letters
and use of exclamation marks (!!!)
might suggest he is getting the
message across more effectively
than we dinosaurs are. Is Mr
Trump actually a master of modern
communication? [Grimace face].
Siobhán
Norton
When our
emojis miss
The Point
I
n the ever-evolving world of
language, there is no doubt that
social media has helped it to take
a great leap forward. Suddenly,
instead of giant screeds of text, we
are required to express ourselves
in just 140 (or 280 characters), or
perhaps even pictorially. We have
learned to convey tone with a single
word, or novel use of punctuation.
Or a single, eye-rolling meme.
Grammar purists may despair,
but it’s hardly a bad thing, is it? The
ancient Egyptians, after all, used
hieroglyphics to tell a story (the first
emoji, possibly?), as etching War
and Peace onto a sarcophagus would
certainly result in an aching arm.
When copy editor Deanna
Hoak shared an online post this
week on the subject, it sparked a
conversation about the nuances of
the language. The post referred to
how we use capitals to emphasis
The Point, extra punctuation for
emphasis (!!!), and shrthnd to open
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Indie bible ‘NME’
quits print for
the online stage
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Music weekly the NME, which has
surfed pop and rock trends since
1952, is to cease printing this week
after announcing that its free edition
was “no longer financially viable”.
The NME (originally the New Musical Express), which championed
bands from the Rolling Stones to
The Smiths and Oasis to Arctic
Monkeys, went free in 2015 in a bid to
reverse a plummeting circulation.
The free edition, handed out in
student unions, stores and railway
stations, reached 300,00 readers.
But publishers Time Inc said tomorrow’s print edition would be the
Top five Cover stories
Blur vs Oasis, 12 August 1995
The Battle Of Britpop depicted Liam
Gallagher and Damon Albarn ready
to rumble.
Ian Curtis, 14 June 1980
Suicide of Joy Division frontman
memorialised in a stark black-andwhite image by Anton Corbijn.
Morrissey, 13 February 1988
Former Smiths singer in typically
provocative pose.
Rihanna, 18 September
2015
First cover star of the
free era, signalling an
attempt to ditch its
indie past.
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announce an exclusive
interview with him.
last, with the title continuing as a
digital-only brand.
Paul Cheal, Time Inc UK group
managing director, music, said:
“NME is one of the most iconic
brands in British media and our
move to free print has helped to
propel the brand to its biggest ever
audience on nme.com. The print
reinvention has helped us to attract
a range of cover stars that the previous paid-for magazine could only
have dreamed of.
“At the same time, we have also
faced increasing production costs
and a very tough print advertising
market. Unfortunately we have
now reached a point where the free
weekly magazine is no longer financially viable. It is in the digital space
where effort and investment will
focus to secure a strong future for
this famous brand.”
The NME enjoyed a peak readership of 306,000 in 1964 when
it traced the rivalry between the
Beatles and the Stones. Its influence remained during the 70s, making the transition from glam rock to
punk and hiring writers including
Danny Baker, Tony Parsons and
Mark Ellen.
However circulation began to fall
in the 80s. Despite a brief upsurge
when Oasis brought rock stars to
national attention once again, the
digital revolution meant music fans
no longer needed to wait
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Sir David Attenborough and a 3D hologram of him feature in Sky ‘s ‘Hold the World’ programme
TECHNOLOGY
Attenborough knows how to handle himself
By Adam Sherwin
A virtual reality experience in which
a holographic Sir David Attenborough invites users to handle the Natural History Museum’s most fragile
objects could open up rarely seen collections to the world.
Sir David, 91, was filmed by 106
specialist cameras at a laboratory
BOOKS
Prize list shows
women are a
‘literary force’
By Adam Sherwin
The 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction
longlist featuring Arundhati Roy’s
latest and a debut which began life on
a mobile phone, shows that “women
of the world are a literary force to be
reckoned with.”
in Seattle and turned into a 3D hologram for Hold the World, a “crossover
of interactive video game and TV
documentary technology”, according to Sky.
The naturalist invites Oculus Rift
headset-wearers to “handle” objects
including a blue whale, a stegosaurus
and a trilobite. “It democratises these
objects. Children can have access to
them,” Sir David said. He hopes the
Sky VR app experience would be replicated using artefacts at museums
around the world.
He said he next wanted his avatar to inspect the first marine chronometer, unveiled by John Harrison
in 1735, which solved the problem of
longitude; it is housed at the National
Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Sarah Sands, chair of the judging
panel, said a seismic year for gender
equality had informed a list which
encompasses “searing social realism, adventure,
comedy, poetic truths,
ingenious plots and unforgettable characters”.
The list includes The
Ministry Of Utmost Happiness, the second novel
by Roy (inset) and her first
in 20 years. Also competing for the £30,000 prize is British writer Fiona Mozley, who began
writing her first novel, Elmet, set in
the copses of Yorkshire, on a train
from York.
Ms Sands, editor of Radio 4’s
Today programme, said the
Prize, now in its 23rd year,
was still relevant. “It’s not
that female authors need
a leg-up or that these are
‘women’s books’. This is
more a celebration of these
terrific voices because we
don’t want readers to miss this
talent,” she said. “There’s been some
really big names we had to lose.”
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The size of economy seats on British
Airways flights is set to shrink – but
travellers who want extra elbow
room should head for row 42.
The airline is squeezing an extra
52 seats into its wide-bodied 777
Boeings based at Gatwick in order to
compete with rivals Norwegian.
Most of the additional capacity
is achieved by adding one extra
seat to each economy row. At
present they are nine abreast, in a
3-3-3 configuration.
The refit adds a 10th seat. Some
space will be saved by narrowing
the two aisles by a couple of inches.
But in addition each economy seat
– known by BA as World Traveller –
must shrink.
British Airways will not reveal
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be. However, similarly configured
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cent from 18.5 inches to 17 inches.
The optimal seats for elbow room
are in row 42: either A and B, or
J and K. This is where the cabin
begins to narrow, with only eight
seats in a row.
But while the seats are getting
smaller, seatback screens are
getting larger. In economy, the
screen area will be almost
three times larger than at present
and will have “gesture control to
navigate the interface”, says BA.
The first of the high-density
aircraft will be deployed on routes
to Cancun in Mexico, the Dominican
Republic resort of Punta Cana and
the Jamaican capital, Kingston.
Passengers on all long-haul routes
from Gatwick will experience it by
next year – including on the 12-hourplus trip to Mauritius.
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CAMPAIGN
Learning new skills will always pay
off, says Bank of England economist
SPEAKERS
FOR
SCHOOLS
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The chief economist at the Bank of
England has told pupils there has
been no better time in human history
to invest in skills and to stride into
the world of work despite concerns
about the march of robots and artificial intelligence.
Andy Haldane – who was named
one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2014 –
said today’s school leavers can expect
unprecedented opportunities.
Rising life expectancy could mean
people would have to work longer, he
said, and it could become the norm to
have several professions during a career. But young people who are prepared to keep learning new skills will
be able take advantage of this.
He told pupils at Thistley Hough
Academy in Stoke-on-Trent: “If you
make an investment in these sorts of
things, there has never been a better
time for it to pay off for you.”
Mr Haldane was at the 630-pupil
Andy Haldane speaks
to pupils at Thistley
Hough Academy in
Stoke-on-Trent
JON SUPER
school as part of the Skills 2030 campaign by the charity Speakers for
Schools. i has launched a partnership
with the charity, which was founded in 2011 by ITV political editor
Robert Peston and aims to give state
secondary school pupils access to influential people.
Mr Haldane described his experiences growing up in Yorkshire in
the 1980s, when three million people
were unemployed, and said he was
inspired to become an economist to
help “generate jobs and give people a
decent life”.
“None of my family had been to university or stayed at school beyond 16,”
he said. “But at your age, this was the
thing I felt passionate about. It’s still
the reason why I go to work.”
He added that concerns about robots replacing jobs have been around
since the 1960s, while the uncertainty
of work has “been with us for centuries. Some people say we’re in the
early stages of a new industrial revolution of artificial intelligence. You
will need to think about the world of
work not in terms of professions, but
in terms of skills you might need.
“The hardest thing for a machine
would be those human skills of caring, sympathy, empathy and emotion.
People also want goods and services
that are crafted by people.”
Mr Haldane told i financial literacy
is also key to teaching young people
how to make good choices on what to
borrow, save or spend and when to
work and invest. He said:“Every child
has something going for them. They
just need to work out what it is. And
if you can plant that thought, it can
self-germinate. If we can seed some
of that aspiration, that’s a huge return
over the long run.”
HOUSING
The cost of a making your house the perfect home? £24,000
By Sally Guyoncourt
British homeowners are accumulating repairs worth more than £24,000
and running a “dangerous risk” by ignoring them, a survey has found.
The average British home suffers
from a catalogue of faults but three
quarters of families are finding it difficult to fund the repairs.
Research carried out by the online
trades search site MyJobQuote.co.uk
across 2,581 households found the
average bill for repairs needed in the
homes was an estimated £24,200 for
everything from leaky taps to faulty
electrical wiring.
But the majority admitted
they “simply cannot afford” to fix
their homes.
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said: “Faulty wiring and dodgy
plumbing can be life-threatening, so
it’s essential that British homes are
maintained to a safe standard.”
Almost half of all homeowners surveyed (48 per cent) had “dodgy” plug
sockets, 43 per cent had frozen or
leaky taps and 31 per cent said their
homes had broken windows.
And more than half of respondents
(51 per cent) said they believed there
were “potentially dangerous risks” in
their homes.
But three-quarters (74 per cent)
said they “simply can’t afford” to fix
things, while 39 per cent “kept forgetting” to do the repairs and 18 per cent
said they were “waiting for others in
the household to fix it”.
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Chinese
universities
look to lure
UK students
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Chinese universities are rushing to sign up British students to
study in the Far East.
More than 35 Chinese higher
education institutions will descend on the Student World exhibition events in London and
Manchester this month.
While China has traditionally
been one of the biggest exporters
of international students, it is now
the third most popular destination
for overseas studies.
The exhibitors will
showcase courses
on offer in English in the hope
500,000
of attracting
Number of
school leavers
international
wary of English
students China
tuition fees.
wants to attract
by 2020
John Demer,
UK executive director of FPP EDU
Media, which operates
the Student World expo, said:
“With tuition fees in England
reaching £9,250, it’s easy to see
why many school leavers in England may have become disillusioned. Overseas study has never
been more attractive.”
China’s ministry of education
has set a target for 500,000 international students to be taught
in the country by 2020. Research
by the Institute of Education suggests the country is on course to
surpass that. The UK has around
438,000 international students.
Visiting Chinese universities
will include those from Peking,
Nanjing and Zhejiang, which have
been named among the world’s top
200 higher education institutions.
Fees in China are typically between £1,500 and £3,000.
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SYRIA
‘We’re armed with
light weapons but
will resist their tanks’
The Kurds who plan to halt Turkish forces
talk to Patrick Cockburn in Manbij, Syria
invasion is now in its seventh week
and Rojva and his fighters take
some comfort in the fact that it is
moving so slowly. But the Turkish
strategy has been to take rural
areas before moving methodically
to surround and besiege Afrin City
and residential areas.
The big battles in Afrin are
still to come and are likely to be
as destructive and bloody as
anything seen in Eastern
Ghouta, Raqqa or East
Aleppo. YPG fighters
have battle experience
stretching back to
at least 2012, much
of its gained against
fanatical opponents
such as Isis. The
likelihood is that, as
in Eastern Ghouta, the
Turkish generals will seek to
avoid the heavy losses inevitable in
street fighting and pound Afrin into
ruins with air strikes and artillery
fire. Civilian casualties are bound to
be horrendous.
The Syrian Kurds believe Turkey
wants to eliminate not just the
enclave of Afrin, but the 25 per
cent of Syria that they have taken
with US help since 2015. Some
think that defeat will mean the
ethnic cleansing of Kurds from
Syrian Kurds flee Afrin as Turkish forces advance on the city; YPG fighters in Deir Ezzor (inset left) AFP/GETTY
Afrin, traditionally one of their
core majority areas. They cite a
speech by President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, made the day after the
invasion started, claiming that “55
per cent of Afrin is Arab, 35 per cent
are the Kurds… and about 7 per cent
are Turkmen. We aim to give Afrin
back to its rightful owners”.
The Kurdish leaders are
convinced that Erdogan is
determined to destroy their de
facto state in the long run, but differ
about the timing and objectives of
the present attack. Elham Ahmad,
the co-president of the Syrian
Democratic Council that helps
administer the Kurdish-held area,
believes that the Turkish assault
on Afrin, if successful, will set “a
precedent for a further Turkish
military advance”.
Ahmad had just returned from
Afrin where she was born and
where her family still lives. “Our
convoy of 150 civilian cars was hit
by a Turkish air strike,” she said.
“We ran away from the cars, but
30 of them were destroyed and one
person was killed.”
She is angry that the outside world
is exclusively preoccupied with the
bombardment of Eastern Ghouta by
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces,
but ignores similar bombing and
shelling in Afrin, where she says 204
civilians had been killed, including
61 children, as of last weekend.
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MALDIVES
Country’s first gay marriage ends in tragedy
China deters Indian task force
By Melanie Burton
IN MELBOURNE
Australia’s first gay marriage lasted
just 48 days and ended in heartbreak with the death of a terminally
ill woman, Queensland state parliament heard yesterday after the family allowed details to be released.
Jo Grant married her partner
of eight years, Jill Kindt, on 15 De-
cember in their home on Australia’s
north-east Sunshine Coast, less
than a week after the nation became
the 26th country to recognise samesex unions.
The couple had avoided a 30-day
waiting period and were granted
exceptional circumstances to become Australia’s first married
same-sex couple following the passage of the marriage equality laws
In Saturday’s
on 9 December. The wedding had
remained private until it was revealed with the family’s permission
in parliament yesterday.
“Jo’s mum Sandra believes the
marriage renewed Jo’s spirit, keeping her alive long enough to have one
last Christmas with her family.”
Ms Grant, who was in palliative
care for a rare form of cancer, died
on 30 January. REUTERS
By Sanjeev Miglani
IN NEW DELHI
A Chinese naval force that entered
the Indian Ocean for the first time
in four years may have deterred an
Indian intervention in the Maldives
after its pro-China President imposed a state of emergency, say military experts.
India has traditionally been the
biggest player in the tiny island chain
250 miles to its south, and faced calls
from Maldives’ opposition leaders last month to use force against
President Abdulla Yameen to restore
democracy.
After the state of emergency was
declared India moved aircraft and
ships to its southern bases and put
special forces on standby. But Prime
Minister Narendra Modi held off
from hard action, unwilling to tangle
with China, sources said. REUTERS
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n a field beside an abandoned
railway station close to the
Turkish border in northern
Syria, Kurdish fighters are retraining to withstand Turkish
air strikes. “We acted like a regular
army when we were fighting Daesh
[Islamic State] with US air support,” says Rojva, a veteran of the
People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“But now it is us who may be
under Turkish air attack and
we will have to behave
more like guerrillas.”
Rojva and his brigade
have just returned
from 45 days fighting
Isis in Deir Ezzor
province in eastern
Syria and are waiting
for orders which may
redeploy them to face the
Turkish army, which invaded
the Kurdish enclave of Afrin on
20 January. Rojva says: “We are
mainly armed with light weapons
like the Kalashnikov, RPG [rocket
propelled grenade launcher] and
light machine guns, but we will be
resisting tanks and aircraft.” He
makes clear that whatever happens
they will fight to the end.
Kurdish and allied Arab units
are streaming north in order to
stop the Turkish advance. The
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after 33 years
Voters deciding
new president
A man wanted for murder who
has been on the run since 1985
was caught in Madrid this week
when he was stopped by police
for not wearing a seat belt.
The 70-year-old Italian, who
has been fleeing an Interpol
arrest and capture warrant for
the past 33 years, was stopped
by police while driving along
Madrid’s Gran Via on Sunday
when they saw neither he nor
his passengers were wearing
seat belts.
The man’s nervous
demeanour prompted police to
run further checks.
Voters have gone to the polls to
choose a new president from among
16 candidates, in a race that has
sparked debate over dual nationality
and eligibility for the country’s
highest office.
The front-runners are Samura
Kamara, incumbent Ernest Bai
Koroma’s pick as successor, and
Julius Maada Bio, who was defeated
in the 2012 election.
This is the fourth time elections
have been held since Sierra Leone’s
brutal civil war ended in 2002.
The current president has served
two terms and is barred by the
constitution from running again. AP
UN human rights
chief denounces
‘intimidation’
By Tom Miles
IN GENEVA
The UN human rights chief,
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, decried
a “pervasive climate of
intimidation” yesterday in Egypt
ahead of presidential elections
this month.
Postcard
From...
Jeddah
Fatima Salem giggles with
hesitation when it’s her turn
to drive through a small
parking lot lined with bright
orange cones and arrows. Like
millions of Saudi women, she
plans on applying for a driver’s
licence when the kingdom lifts
its ban on women driving in
June. But first, she has to learn
how to drive.
“I’m nervous,” admits the
30-year-old master’s student.
Francesca Pardini, an
Italian former motor racing
driver, helps calm her nerves,
reminding Salem to check the
mirrors and buckle up. Once
on the road, Pardini reaches
Only right of foetus is the
right to be born, court rules
By Padraic Halpin
SPAIN
EGYPT
IRELAND
Egypt has stepped up a
crackdown on media outlets it
deems to be publishing reports
that might harm national
security, ahead of an election
where President Abdel Fattah
el-Sisi is virtually guaranteed a
second term.
Mr Hussein, in an annual
report to the UN Human
Rights Council, said: “Potential
candidates have allegedly been
pressured to withdraw, some
through arrests. Legislation
prevents candidates and
supporters from organising
rallies.” REUTERS
over to help straighten out the
wheel after a left turn, and
they both lurch forward when
Salem steps on the brakes
before a “stop” sign.
The right to drive, which
people in other countries gain
as teenagers after a similar
ordeal has been denied to
Saudi women. Dozens who
dared to protest and defy the
ban over the years were jailed,
prosecuted and stigmatised.
A royal decree issued
last year by King Salman
announcing that women
would be allowed to drive in
2018 upended one of the most
visible forms of discrimination
against women in Saudi
Arabia, where guardianship
laws still give men the final say
on whether a woman can travel
abroad, obtain a passport or
marry. AP
Aya Batrawy
Ireland’s Supreme Court has cleared
the way for an abortion referendum
planned for the end of May, ruling
that the unborn do not have inherent
constitutional rights outside the right
to life.
In January, the government
proposed holding a referendum
to liberalise the abortion regime,
offering voters the first opportunity
in 35 years to overhaul some of the
world’s strictest laws on the issue.
Before finalising the exact wording
and date of the referendum, Prime
Minister Leo Varadkar had said it
Leo Varadkar has been waiting on the
Supreme Court’s ruling
was prudent to wait for the Supreme
Court judgment on a verdict against
which the state was appealing.
The initial judgment related to an
immigration case where a Nigerian
man sought to revoke a 2008
deportation order in proceedings
initiated eight years later on the basis
that his Irish partner was at that time
pregnant with their child.
The High Court had ruled that
the unborn enjoyed rights beyond
the right to life set out in the eighth
amendment that voters are due to
be asked if they wish to repeal in
the proposed referendum. But in its
appeal the state is arguing the only
right the unborn have is the right to
be born and all other constitutional
rights take effect at birth.
The Irish cabinet is due to meet
today to discuss the ruling.
Reuters
on trial in
Myanmar
Wa Lone, a Reuters
journalist (third
from left), leaves
court after his trial
in Yangon, Myanmar,
yesterday. Two
Reuters journalists
are charged with
violating state secrets.
Wa Lone and Kyaw
Soe Oo were arrested
in December for
acquiring “important
secret papers” from
two policemen AP
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Quake toll mounts as strong aftershocks hit region
At least 55 people have been confirmed dead and authorities fear the
toll could exceed 100 after last week’s
earthquake in Papua New Guinea.
As survivors faced more aftershocks early yesterday, the governor of the Southern Highlands
region William Powi said people were
still feeling traumatised from the
disaster and were fearful of the ongoing aftershocks.
Yesterday’s large tremor was a
6.7-magnitude aftershock that struck
just after midnight, the strongest
since last Monday’s deadly 7.5-magnitude quake that killed residents,
destroyed homes, triggered landslides and halted work at four oil and
gas fields.
“It is beyond the capacity of the
provincial government to cope with
the magnitude of destruction and
devastation,” Mr Powi said.
“Our people are traumatised and
finding it difficult to cope.” AP
JAPAN
EUROPE
EL SALVADOR
By Nick Perry
Wall fails to stem Police smash
Slain archbishop
radioactive water gun-running ring to be made saint
A costly underground ice wall is
only partially effective in reducing
the ever-growing amount of
contaminated water at Japan’s
destroyed Fukushima nuclear
plant, according to experts.
The plant’s operator says the
ice wall has only cut the leak of
radioactive water by half. The
government-commissioned panel
suggested that further repairs to
the building could help stem the
rainwater and groundwater. AP
European police have smashed a
weapons-smuggling ring operating
in Austria, Germany, Switzerland
and France.
Rudolf Welte of Rottweil police in
southern Germany said yesterday
the gang’s operations came to
light following an investigation in
Toulouse, France.
He added that simultaneous raids
in the four countries in November led
to several arrests and the seizure of
large numbers of firearms. AP
Pope Francis has cleared the way
for slain Salvadoran archbishop
Oscar Romero to be made a saint,
approving a miracle attributed
to him.
Romero was gunned down by
right-wing death squads on 24
March 1980, as he celebrated Mass.
El Salvador’s military dictatorship
had opposed his preaching against
the repression of the poor by the
army at the start of the country’s
1980-1992 civil war. AP
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UNITED STATES
Porn star sues Trump over ‘hush’ contract
By Michael Balsamo
IN LOS ANGELES
A porn star who has said she had
sex with US President Donald
Trump is seeking to invalidate
a non-disclosure agreement she
signed days before the 2016 presidential election.
A lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles court, alleges the agreement,
which prevented her from dis-
Gary Cohn (centre) resigned over Donald Trump’s planned tariffs AFP/GETTY
EU and IMF warn
Trump: step back
from trade war
By Philip Blenkinsop
IN LUXEMBOURG
Europe and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday urged
Donald Trump to step back from the
brink of a trade war, after the resignation of a key economic adviser made
controversial tariffs on imported
steel and aluminium more likely.
The departing adviser, Gary Cohn,
was seen as a bulwark against Mr
Trump’s economic protectionism.
Mr Trump plans to impose a duty
of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per
cent on aluminium to counter cheap
imports, especially from China, that
he says undermine US industry
and jobs. But that risks retaliatory
tariffs on US exports and complicates talks on the North American
Free Trade Area (Nafta).
“In a so-called trade war... nobody
wins, one generally finds losers on
both sides,” IMF head Christine Lagarde said, adding that a trade war
would take a “formidable” toll on global economic growth.
The EU is planning to levy tariffs
on imports of US whiskey, peanut
butter, cranberries and orange juice
in retaliation, Cecilia Malmström,
the Brussels trade commissioner,
has confirmed. In Geneva, China
raised its concerns at the World
Trade Organisation where 17 other
WTO members also voiced misgivings. “Many said they feared tit-fortat retaliation which could spiral
out of control, damaging the global
economy and the multilateral trading system,” Keith Rockwell, a WTO
spokesman, said.
A trade official quoted Canada’s
WTO ambassador as saying: “We
fear the US may be opening a Pandora’s Box.”
In a tweet yesterday Mr Trump
showed no sign of backing down, saying the US had lost more than 55,000
factories and 6 million manufacturing jobs and let its trade deficit soar
since the first Bush administration.
“Bad policies & leadership. Must win
again!” he tweeted, a day after saying
he did not fear a trade war. REUTERS
Business, page 41
Peter Navarro, who wrote
a book called Death by
China: Confronting the Dragon - A
Global Call to Action, is among the
candidates to replace Mr Cohn.
SOUTH AFRICA
Attackers try to saw off athlete’s legs
By Christopher Torchia
IN JOHANNESBURG
A leading South African triathlete is
in hospital after three men tried to
saw off his legs.
Mhlengi Gwala, 27, is battling to retain the use of his limbs after he was
attacked in Durban while cycling to a
training session.
The men pulled him from his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and
started sawing into his right calf,
damaging muscle, nerves and bone.
The assailants missed a main artery
and surgeons believe they can save
the leg.
When the saw got stuck on bone
on Mr Gwala’s first leg, the men then
moved to his left leg before eventually
fleeing, enabling the athlete to flag
down a passing car.
His training partner Sandile
Shange told the BBC: “He was asking
them: ‘Why are you cutting my legs,’
– he was screaming and crying, but
there was no help because it was the
early hours of the morning.”
A case of attempted murder is
being investigated. AP
cussing the alleged sexual encounters, is “null and void
and of no consequence”
because Mr Trump did
not sign it.
Adult film actress
Stormy Daniels (inset),
whose real name is
Stephanie Clifford, said
she wanted to go public
with the details of her alleged sexual relationship with Mr
Trump before the election,
according to the lawsuit.
Ms Clifford alleges
she began an “intimate
relationship” with Mr
Trump in 2006 and
that it continued “well
into 2007”, according to the lawsuit. Mr
Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump,
in 2005. AP
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at gender equality
A 23-year-old world champion archer targets the
rights of girls to aim for the top. By Laura Martin
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here is a moment in the
documentary Ladies First
where 23-year-old worldchampion archer Deepika
Kumari is asked how it
felt to lose in the quarter-finals of
the 2016 Rio Olympics. Even though
it was three months after the event,
her eyes instantly fill with tears.
“Please don’t ask that question,” she
says, and walks quietly off screen.
Failure doesn’t seem to be in
Kumari’s vocabulary. Born into
extreme poverty in an Indian village,
she says she felt like “a burden”
to her family growing up. As a
child, her cousin introduced her to
archery, using makeshift bamboo
bows and arrows. Kumari asked to
be sent away, aged 12, to an archery
academy and master the sport.
In four years, Kumari won gold
at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
and gold in the World Cup in
Turkey in 2012.
Speaking to i, she’s now overcome
her loss in Brazil and is excited to
have new targets: to become the first
Indian woman to win an Olympic
gold medal, to take back her spot
as the world’s best archer, and – the
most urgent bullseye to aim for – to
fight for equal rights.
She is currently one of the most
recognised female sports stars in
India, her story worthy of a ragsto-riches Bollywood film – which is
what attracted director Uraaz Bahl.
His award-winning documentary
is released today, International
Women’s Day, on Netflix.
“I didn’t even know what archery
was at first,” Kumari recalls. “I
was just a girl in search of food and
shelter. I’m the eldest and I thought
if I left home and provided for
myself, it would be one less mouth
for my family to have to feed.”
Her decision caused many family
rows, as by challenging traditional
conventions, she and her parents
faced becoming social outcasts.
“My father is very influenced by
what people say,” Kumari says. She
and her mother “had to fight for me
to be allowed to have a career”.
Bahl – who is translating for
Kumari – tells me that in her home
state of Jharkhand, 60 per cent of
girls are married by the time they
are 16. The female literacy rate is
55.42 per cent, as many girls are
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Battle is not
over on press
regulation
I
t is nine years since the
parliamentary expenses
scandal erupted and we learnt
the juicy details of how some
MPs were gaming the system to
feather their own nests.
Yet nearly a decade on, it is hard
to knock the suspicion that a few
of those who felt ambushed over
taken out of school when they marry
and are expected to stay at home.
“In the big cities in India, women
are more emancipated, they have
more rights,” Kumari says. “But
if you come to a small town, the
women are very oppressed. Some
families are very conservative and
will oppress their daughters even
more. They believe that women
are incapable of doing things, that
women shouldn’t be allowed out of
the house. I want that to change.”
In the film it becomes clear that
the authorities do not provide
any proper support for Kumari
and her team-mates. The women,
who shoot 300 arrows on an
average day, have grown up in a
highly pressured environment
– yet there is no physiotherapy,
no sports science education, no
sports psychologist to coach them
their expenses remain motivated
by a desire for revenge. In January,
the former head of the Independent
Parliamentary Standards Authority
(Ipsa), Sir Ian Kennedy, accused
MPs of engaging in a “squalid
vendetta”, when they blocked
his appointment as an electoral
commissioner. Ipsa was set up in
the wake of the expenses scandal
to clean up the system; Sir Ian
suggested that many in Parliament
“simply want the old system back”.
If MPs were sore about the way
expenses rules had been overhauled,
it is not difficult to imagine the
anger that they felt towards those
who had exposed the scandal – the
press. Indeed, it true that a sizeable
number of MPs believed that the
way in which information had been
published was highly invasive.
When the newspaper industry
was hit with its own scandal two
years later, it was unsurprising
perhaps that politicians had such
sympathy for victims of media
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‘I was worried my
signing would be
a bit rubbish’
Oscar-winner Rachel Shenton tells
Samuel Fishwick how she celebrated
F
Deepika Kumari
lets an arrow fly
at the Rio 2016
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on the mental strength needed to
compete in the Olympic arena.
Kumari suffered from a shoulder
injury in the run-up to Rio, which
could possibly have had an impact
on her performance. But it was
the negative thoughts that really
hampered her chances, even after
the injury had healed; in the film
she struggles with her emotions,
and it remains one of her biggest
battles, even now.
In the film, Kumari says: “People
often throw around the term
‘ladies first’ – so when girls want
to advance in life, in education or
sports, why not say ‘ladies first’
when it really counts?”
She says she often looks at her
Western competitors at the Games
and believes they have a selfconfidence that just isn’t promoted
in females in India. “In our country,
girls have ambitions and dreams,
but are held back by fear,” she
says. “When I don’t do well, a lot of
negative thoughts creep in and you
have thoughts like: ‘Am I wasting my
time; is this all for nothing; what is
my life coming to?’ A mental coach
would be able to help control all of
those, and the darkness.”
Despite the documentary shining
a light on the issues faced by female
sports stars, Kumari says that she
hasn’t seen anything major change
in her field just yet – she thinks this
is still about 10 years off. However,
she is fully immersed in training
for Tokyo 2020 – where she is
“absolutely” gunning for gold – but
she now wants to use her position
as a public figure to improve life for
other girls, and plans to open a range
of training facilities and academies
for the next generation.
“I want to offer children the right
type of support – from mental to
sport science – basically, the full
range of help that sportspeople from
developed countries have access
to. I want to give Indians the same
platform as other people.”
She says that she doesn’t know
if she’d call herself a feminist, but
that she is fighting for equal rights
for women. “Whatever rights are
given to a boy, it should be the same
for a girl. Parents believe a son can
go and study then go and earn a
living for his family – then why can’t
a daughter? They’re both just as
capable. Daughters are told they’re
not equal. I just want equality – I’m
showing every day that I can support
my family and that I am capable.”
‘Ladies First’ is available to watch now
on Netflix
intrusion. Quite aside from the fact
that much of the behaviour exposed
during the Leveson Inquiry was
disgraceful, there was a sense that
some MPs saw an opportunity to
settle some scores.
Sure enough, the exposure of so
many misdeeds cast a considerable
shadow over sections of the press
and cost more than a few
people their jobs. Yet for
some in Parliament, a
final reckoning – in the
form of stricter, statebacked regulation – did
not come to pass.
Instead, we have
ended up with the
curious situation in which
the bulk of the press is selfregulated via the Independent Press
Standards Organisation, while a
few, lesser-known titles have joined
the system overseen by Impress
– funded at arm’s length by Max
Mosley and recognised by a panel
which is funded by the Exchequer.
Last week, it appeared that the
Government had made a break with
the past when it announced it had
cancelled the second part of the
Leveson Inquiry. It also reaffirmed
its intention not to trigger Section
40 of the Crime and Courts Act,
which would see those media groups
not covered by an officially
recognised regulator hit with
legal costs, even when
claims had no merit.
But if you thought this
might be the end of the
debate, you would be
wrong. This week, the
Data Protection Bill is
being debated by MPs; its
primary purpose to bring
some EU regulations into UK
law. Yet amendments introduced in
the Lords would effectively establish
a pathway to an investigation akin
to Leveson II and create similar
cost-shifting provisions to those
envisaged by Section 40. In sum,
those who believe the press “got
away with it” after Leveson are
using parliamentary tactics to try to
outmanoeuvre the Government.
For those genuinely wronged by
the press, it is understandable that
they should feel legal punishments
are appropriate. Yet the reality is
that the amendments to the bill
could have a hugely negative impact
on journalism in this country. It
would, at a stroke, empower people
in positions of power with the tools
they need to stop journalists prying
into things that they very much
ought to be prying into.
If you assume they believe
in a free press, that seems an
extraordinary thing for politicians
to want to achieve. Fundamentally,
the press has a duty to behave
responsibly. But it must also be
empowered to act in the interests
of the public by investigating dodgy
deals, hypocrites and charlatans
of every sort – and even the way
elected representatives are
remunerated. THE INDEPENDENT
or a brief moment on
Sunday night, as she
heard her film’s name
read aloud onstage,
Rachel Shenton felt a
stillness envelop her. “Everything’s
silent. Your whole world stops, and
you stand there thinking, could
that actually be us?” she says.
“I was in disbelief. You think
there’s something else coming, a
mistake; then suddenly everything
snaps back in an instant, you’re
being hurried for time and you
have to get up on the stage.”
The 30-year-old actress – who
wrote, produced and starred in The
Silent Child, which won the Oscar
for Best Live Action Short Film
for its story of a profoundly deaf
four-year-old girl – won plaudits
for accompanying her acceptance
speech with British Sign Language,
for the benefit of her deaf co-star
Maisie Sly.
“My hands were shaking, so I
was worried my signing would
be a bit rubbish,” she says. “But
we could see Maisie, and how
happy she was. She was calm as
a cucumber. She’s six years old so
she’s got an advantage in all this
business. She’s totally unfazed by
it, and was more concerned with
going to Disneyland today.”
By Shenton’s own ambition,
she and the film’s director – her
29-year-old fiancé Chris Overton,
who she met while they were both
starring in Hollyoaks – are not a
party couple. They live in south
London with her white Alsatian,
Cassie, and prefer “long walks in
the Lake District to nights out”.
Did they make an exception
for the Oscars? “We got to bed
at 5am and woke up at 8am,” she
says, but only because they were
dealing with so many phone calls.
They even forgot to pick up their
$100,000 goodie bags.
After the ceremony finished at
8pm, they were whisked off to have
their statuettes engraved and then
took a cab to the legendary Vanity
Fair after-party. And then?
“We were there for five minutes,”
says Shenton. “We just wanted to
take the Oscar back to the crew,
who worked so hard. That was
our priority – to get back to our
family and have our own party.”
They rented an Airbnb apartment,
which was decorated with gold
balloons. It had a little red carpet,
so Sly’s siblings could dress up and
walk it like their sister.
Does she think Tinseltown
We were at the ‘Vanity
Fair’ party for five minutes.
We just wanted to take the
Oscar back to the crew
Rachel Shenton (right) with Chris
Overton and Maisie Sly at Sunday’s
Academy Awards GETTY
struggled with her Stoke accent? “I
like to think my accent isn’t strong
enough – but I get people coming
up to me in America and saying I
sound like Mel B.
“She’s from Leeds. They just
hear a British accent and probably
can’t quite work it out. That’s the
nice thing about sign language
– no accent.”
The 20-minute film tells the
story of Libby, played by Sly, who
lives a silent life until a social
worker, played by Shenton, teaches
her sign language.
The film is personal for Shenton.
“My dad lost his hearing very
suddenly when I was 12, becoming
profoundly deaf. As I said in my
acceptance speech, it’s a silent
disability.” Her late father, she says,
would have been proud.
“We wanted to shine a light on
deafness and raise the profile of
deafness, but also put that light on
the lack of access to education for
deaf children,” says Shenton, who
has been an ambassador for the
National Deaf Children’s Society
since 2011.
She says her own black Suzanne
Neville dress was not entirely
in solidarity with the Time’s Up
movement. “I just love black – it’s
flattering,” she says. But she does
see International Women’s Day
today as “a celebration”.
“Everyone was saddened by all
the stories that were coming out
from the #MeToo campaign. But I
actually think from that a positive
thing has happened.”
Diversity, she says, is, however,
about more than race and gender.
“It’s important to remember that
disability is diversity, and that
disabled actors and disabilities
are something that is hugely
underrepresented in film.”
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PICK OF THE DAY
Not Going Out
9pm, BBC1
According to the BBC, Not Going Out
is the “longest-running sitcom on
air”. Google being unclear on the
matter, let’s just say that it has been
a great survivor, having been saved
from the axe by its fans and
managing to carry on despite the
departure of stars Tim Vine,
Miranda Hart and Katy Wix, while
transforming from a bachelorflatshare comedy to a suburban
married-with-kids affair. The single
constant since 2006 has been Lee
Mack as the pun-happy “Lee”, while
Sally Bretton (left, with Mack) as
his wife and verbal sparring partner
Lucy is almost as enduring. Tonight’s
story involves Lucy’s dad, a CCTV
camera and a lawnmower.
Great Continental
Railway Journeys
8pm, BBC2
In his trademark canary-yellow
trousers and lapis-blue jacket, and
enunciating like a man trying to
make himself heard by an elderly
relative, Michael Portillo traverses
Ukraine, a nation that has existed
as an independent country only
since 1991 and which at the time of
Portillo’s trusty Bradshaw’s Handbook
was divided between Russia and
Austro-Hungary. The presenter
begins in the capital, Kiev.
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Civilisations
9pm, BBC2
Arriving now at the ancient GrecoRoman period, classicist Mary Beard
takes over from Simon Schama in an
episode entitled “How Do We Look?”.
What Beard and we are looking at is
the human body – from a huge
enigmatic Olmec head in Mexico to
the 4th-century Aphrodite of Knidos
– a statue so naturalistic that legend
has it that one young male forced
himself on the marble form. Thence
it’s over to China for the Terracotta
Army and Thebes for Greek poetry
carved by a tourist into the leg of a
giant ancient Egyptian statue – a
sort of early form of TripAdvisor.
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Rachel Nickell: The
Untold Story
9pm, ITV
ITV continues its crimes-thatshocked-the-nation series of
documentaries with Fiona Bruce
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 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 Coast And Country
Auctions (S). 4.30 Antiques
Road Trip (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (R) (S).
6.00 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 6.30 Coast And
Country Auctions (R) (S).
7.15 Wanted Down Under
Revisited (R) (S). 8.00 Sign
Zone: Earth’s Natural
Wonders (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom 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 A Place To Call
Home (R) (S). 4.45 More
Creatures Great And Small
(R) (S). 5.15 Flog It! (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 James Martin’s
American Adventure (S).
3.00 Tenable (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.00 Countdown (R) (S).
6.45 3rd Rock From The
Sun (R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.30 Frasier (R) (S).
10.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen
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
Crufts Extra With Alan
And Clare (S). 4.00 A New
Life In The Sun (S). 5.00
Four In A Bed (R) (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:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.20 NCIS:
Hit & Run (R) (S). 3.20
FILM: A Bone To Pick:
An Aurora Teagarden
Mystery (Martin Wood
2015) Whodunit, starring
Candace Cameron Bure
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show (R) (S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys Goes
To Ireland (R) (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Santa’s
Little Helper
disappears (R)
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Hunter
proposes to
Olivia (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Topical stories
(S).
7.30 EastEnders Jack
offers to help
Mick stand up
to Aidan (S).
7.00 Saving Lives
At Sea Crew
members in
Ireland race to
rescue a lone
yachtsman (R)
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale
David struggles
with his feelings
(S).
7.30 Britain’s
Pothole Crisis –
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8.00 MasterChef
Seven more
amateur cooks
are put to the
test (S).
8.00 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys New
series. Michael
Portillo travels
through Ukraine.
8.00 Emmerdale
Joe gets an
unwanted visit
(S).
8.30 The Cruise:
Voyage To
Alaska (S).
9.00 Not Going Out
New series (S).
9.30 Still Game New
series (S).
9.00 Civilisations
Mary Beard
looks at images
of the human
body in ancient
art (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
looking into the murder of Rachel
Nickell, the 23-year-old mother who
was killed in front of her infant son
on Wimbledon Common in July
1992. Among those speaking to
Bruce, who was a junior reporter
assigned to the case at the time, is
Colin Stagg, the man charged and
acquitted of the murder, and Harry
Ognall, the former High Court judge
whose 1994 ruling set Stagg free.
===
Still Game
9.30pm, BBC1
The return of the Glaswegian
codger-com, with Jack and Victor
(Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill
acting older than their ages)
disgruntled to find their local
watering hole, The Clansman, going
upmarket, selling expensive burgers,
Mary Beard presents
‘Civilisations’
9pm, BBC2
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 Judge
Rinder (R) (S). 5.50 Take Me
Out (R) (S).
Fiona Bruce revisits
a crime which shook the
UK in ‘Rachel Nickell:
The Untold Story’
9pm, ITV
No surprise in store
for Isa in ‘Still Game’
9.30pm, BBC1
7.00 The Secret Life
Of Kittens Part
one of two.
Following cats
from birth to 12
months old (R)
(S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 With
Stephen “Tin
Tin” Duffy and
Billy Ocean (R).
6.05 Suffragette
Interview
Special (R) (S).
6.15 FILM: A League
Of Their Own
(Penny Marshall
1992) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Crufts 2018
Judging
includes the
Working and
Pastoral groups
(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
Scientists’
efforts to
understand
emotions (R) (S).
8.50 You Were
Never Really
Here Interview
Special With
director Lynne
Ramsay (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 Rachel
Nickell: The
Untold Story
Fiona Bruce
investigates the
1992 murder (S).
9.00 Married At
First Sight The
couples decide
whether to stay
together. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Do The Right
Thing With
Eamonn & Ruth
New series.
Consumer
entertainment
show (S).
9.00 Pop! The Science
Of Bubbles
Physicist Helen
Czerski explores
why bubbles are
so significant (R)
(S).
9.00 FILM:
Suffragette
(Sarah Gavron
2015) Period
drama, starring
Carey Mulligan
(S).
9.00 FILM: White
House Down
(Roland
Emmerich 2013)
Action thriller,
with Channing
Tatum (S).
10.00MOTD: The
Premier League
Show Magazine
programme
featuring news
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Europa
League
Highlights (S).
10.00The Job
Interview Good
Housekeeping
magazine
interviews for a
junior product
tester (S).
10.00The Nightmare
Neighbour Next
Door A dispute
over access
to gas meters
spirals out of
control (S).
10.00Horizon: Is Your
Brain Male Or
Female? (R) (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Top Gear Matt
LeBlanc and
Chris Harris
test off-roaders
in California (R)
(S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
Michail Antonio,
Judy Murray
and Joel
Dommett (R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox
Reviews include
Saturday Night
Takeaway
and Celebrity
Haunted
Mansion (R) (S).
11.05 Nightmare
Tenants, Slum
Landlords (R)
(S).
11.00 Horizon: Hair
Care Secrets (R)
(S).
11.10 Random Acts
11.15 FILM: The
Babadook
(Jennifer Kent
2014) Horror,
starring Essie
Davis (S).
11.40 Family Guy
Quagmire
proposes
to Peter’s
housemaid (R)
(S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone: Nigel
Slater’s Middle East (R)
(S). 1.15 Sign Zone: Royal
Recipes (R) (S). 2.00 This Is
BBC Two (S).
12.35 Lethal Weapon
(R) (S). 1.20 Jackpot247
3.00 Britain’s Pothole
Crisis – Tonight (R). 3.25
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.10 Seven Year Switch
(R) (S). 1.05 One Born Every
Minute (R). 2.00 Damned
(R) (S). 2.30 Electric
Dreams: The Father Thing
(R) (S). 3.25 The Week
Britain Froze (R). 3.55
Coast Vs Country (R) (S).
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Cowboy Builders (R) (S).
4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R)
(S). 4.45 House Doctor (R)
(S). 5.10 Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.00 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (R) (S). 12.30 TOTP2:
Genesis (R) (S). 1.15 TOTP2:
Wham! Special (R) (S). 1.45
Classic Cellists At The
BBC (R) (S). 2.45 Pop! The
Science Of Bubbles (R) (S).
3.45 Close
1.05 Random Acts 1.10
FILM: Girlhood (Celine
Sciamma 2014) Drama,
starring Karidja Toure (S).
3.30 Close
12.10 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.40 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.10 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.35 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 2.05 Two And
A Half Men (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping (S).
NEWS
2-27
bottled craft ales and with
“tablecloths and people I don’t know”.
A parallel storyline involves Isa and
her unerring ability to anticipate a
surprise party.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
The Job Interview
10pm, Channel 4
You’d think that anyone going for a
job on Good Housekeeping would
have actually bothered to pick up the
magazine before their interview, but
none of the hopefuls has done that
elementary piece of homework.
Anyway, it’s all good publicity for the
venerable consumer title, whose
readership’s most common query is
apparently about stain removal.
Asked how they would remove a
red-wine spillage, one enterprising
candidate suggests “hiding it”.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
11am, Film4
(Charles Vidor, 1946)
Rita Hayworth (left) is unforgettable
in this deliciously perverse and odd
film noir, as the femme fatale who
comes between Johnny (Glenn Ford), a
drifting US gambler, and his employer
(George Macready), a German casino
owner, in Buenos Aires towards
the end of the Second World War. A
token Nazi spy plot unfolds in the
background, but Gilda is only really
concerned with the psychodynamics
of jealousy, cruelty and desire in its
central ménage à trois. “I hated her so
I couldn’t get her out of my mind for
a minute,” says Johnny in voiceover.
“I hate you too, Johnny,” says Gilda,
leaning in for a kiss. “I hate you so
much I think I’m going to die from it.”
1.05pm, TCM
(Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
An endearingly madcap screwball
comedy involving a mix-up with four
pieces of luggage. One belongs to a
jewel thief, another to a spy, a third to
kooky whirlwind Barbra Streisand,
the fourth to pompous Ryan O’Neal.
Gilda
What’s Up, Doc?
===
Full Metal Jacket
10.25pm, ITV4
(Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
A schematic drama about militarism
in which the former US Marine R Lee
Ermey gives a towering performance
as a drill instructor systematically
dehumanising his new recruits,
before they are let loose amid the
chaos of 1968 Saigon.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
7.55 The Royal (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.40 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.50 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.20 On The Buses (R) (S).
4.55 You’re Only Young
Twice (R) (S). 5.25 Rising
Damp (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat The
arrival of Lord
Ashfordly’s new
wife causes
excitement (R)
(S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rude(ish) Tube (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). 1.40 Four In A
Bed (R) (S). 2.10 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 2.40 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.15
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 3.50 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 4.20 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 5.20 Walks With My
Dog (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
and Sheldon’s
flat is burgled
(R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 Crufts 2018
Clare Balding is
joined by a dog
trained to help
people with
PTSD (S).
i
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
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 Australia
(R) (S). 8.30 Send In The
Dogs Australia (R) (S). 9.00
Road Wars (R) (S). 9.30
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).
5.30 Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Storm City (R) (S).
7.00 Storm City (R) (S).
8.00 The British (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).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 BBC Radio
1’s Residency – The Black
Madonna 12mdn’t BBC Radio
1’s Residency – Bradley Zero
1.00 Toddla T 3.00 BBC Radio
1’s Residency 4.00 Radio 1’s
Early Breakfast Show With
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
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 Playlists 4.00
Seani B
6.00 Futurama
A strange
substance turns
the crew into
teenagers (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
doctors treat
a hard-living
punk rocker (R)
(S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Lisa uncovers
an unusual
fossil (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A woman is
attacked in a
supermarket (R)
(S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates
the murder of a
chauffeur (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Sienna is
jealous when
Joel tries to
help Cleo (S).
7.30 My Hotter Half
(S).
8.00 Lewis The
detective
suspects rock
band veterans
are mixed up in
murder (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
Sheldon’s dad
is rushed to
hospital (S).
8.00 Grand Designs
Restoring a
200-year-old
industrial
building in
Somerset (R) (S).
8.00 Arrow Cayden
James tries
to bring Star
City’s entire
infrastructure
under his
control.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny shoots
an undercover
cop (R) (S).
9.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine New
series (S).
9.30 Brooklyn NineNine (S).
9.00 WWII’s Great
Escapes: The
Freedom Trails
The story of a
SAS mission in
northern Italy
(R) (S).
9.00 My Wonderful
Life A man
leaves
messages, gifts
and surprises
to be delivered
posthumously.
9.00 Britannia The
battle of wills
between Kerra
and Antedia
intensifies.
10.00Jamestown
Maria is framed
for a crime (R)
(S).
10.00Our Cartoon
President (S).
10.35 Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver (R)
(S).
10.00Unforgotten Sir
Phillip makes
a difficult
decision to
salvage his
reputation (R)
(S).
10.00The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.35 The
Inbetweeners
(R) (S).
10.05 999: What’s
Your
Emergency? (R)
(S).
11.00 Unforgotten
Father Robert’s
revelations
have lasting
repercussions.
Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.40 The Big Bang
Theory Howard
receives
shocking news
(R) (S).
11.10 24 Hours In
A&E Medics
treat a 20-yearold man who
has collapsed
(R) (S).
11.10 The Force:
Essex Traffic
officers pursue
a getaway car
(R) (S).
11.10 Divorce Frances
has to deal
with Lila’s bad
attitude (R) (S).
11.45 Active Shooter:
America Under
Fire (R).
12.05 DCI Banks (R) (S).
1.05 DCI Banks (R) (S). 1.55
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.05 First Dates (R) (S).
1.15 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.15 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 3.00 Timeless (R)
(S). 3.40 The Goldbergs (R)
(S). 4.05 The Goldbergs (R)
(S). 4.25 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S).
12.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.10 999: What’s Your
Emergency? (R) (S). 2.15
The Good Fight (R) (S). 3.25
Food Unwrapped (R) (S).
3.50 Close
12.10 Ross Kemp: Extreme
World (R) (S). 1.10 Brit
Cops: Rapid Response (R)
(S). 2.10 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.05 The Force: Essex
(R) (S). 4.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 5.00 Futurama
(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
West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
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. 9.00
Essential Classics. 12noon
Composer Of The Week: Rachel
Portman. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. 5.00
In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
A playlist for International
Women’s Day. 7.30 Radio
3 In Concert. Music by five
forgotten women composers.
10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45
The Essay: Minds At War.
11.00 Late Junction. 12.30am
Through The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 In Our Time
9.45 An Alternative History
Of Art 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 11.00 From Our Own
Correspondent 11.30 Brexit:
The Shipping Forecast 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Political Thinking With Nick
Robinson 2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: The Unforgiven
3.00 Ramblings 3.27 Radio 4
Appeal 3.30 Bookclub 4.00 The
Film Programme 4.30 BBC
Inside Science 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide
To The Galaxy: Hexagonal
Phase. New series. Dirk Maggs’
adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s
novel And Another Thing. 7.00
The Archers. Alice’s evening
ends in disaster. 7.15 Front
Row 7.45 The Citadel. By
AJ Cronin. Dramatised by
Christopher Reason. 8.00 Law
In Action. Joshua Rozenberg
THURSDAY
8 MARCH 2018
29
ONDEMAND
Jessica Jones
Netflix
Krysten Ritter in the best of the
Netflix Marvel adaptations.
The Old Grey
Whistle Test Live
BBC iPlayer
“Whispering” Bob Harris
welcomes guests old and new
to a one-off special.
Broad City
Now TV/Sky Box Sets
All four seasons are now
available of this consistently
funny comedy.
discusses the law regarding
sex discrimination in the
workplace. 8.30 The Bottom
Line. An overview of the
business world. 9.00 BBC
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Do you
know where
your dinner
came from?
Working out which foods are
ethical for us to eat should not be
so hard, argues ChrisWest
A
Education
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are able to exploit a
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nyone concerned about
the pressures that our
food habits are placing on the environment
can be forgiven for feeling confused, conflicted or downright overwhelmed by the ethics of
food choices.
Is the modern popularity of quinoa
in Europe good because it improves
the lives of poor South American
farmers, evil because Western consumption prices out local consumers, or somewhere in between?
Were the coconuts in
my coconut milk picked
by a monkey chained
and effectively used
as a slave in Southeast Asia? And am I
a bad person if I eat
an avocado (inset) because the growth in
plantations to grow them
is apparently leading to
greater deforestation?
In the drive for change, it’s vital
for consumers to use their purchasing power as discerningly as they
can. But with profit-making still at
the top of the food-industry agenda –
and the environmental costs of many
food products hidden by complex
supply chains – we need more than
consumer power alone to achieve a
truly sustainable food system.
The global population continues
to grow in a world with limited re-
sources, increasing the pressure on
producers to maximise the amount
of food that can be grown on existing land. As the long tentacles of
transnational corporations seek
the most cost-effective and efficient
supply chains to feed these extra
mouths, the environment has often
had to take the strain.
A billion tons of topsoil vital to crop
quality are lost every year through
erosion in the 28 EU states alone,
while land-use change has driven a
58 per cent decline in vertebrate
abundance since 1970.
Food-supply chains are
now often so complicated and opaque that
consumers are rarely
– if ever – presented
with a comprehensive
picture of the journey
their food has been on.
Instead, we have to rely on
businesses and individuals at
each stage to act ethically – and
on supermarkets to provide the information necessary for us to make
sustainable choices.
But our trust is tempered by the
opposing pulls of supermarkets’ interests. To satisfy customers, they
need to make sure that their food is
safe to eat and has been produced
in a sustainable way – but their first
responsibility is to turn a profit
for shareholders.
The pitfalls of this conflict are
Aclockwithacuckoo
thatemergesevery
milleniumistoo
long-termforme
ByGraemeAForbes
Construction is under
way on a “10,000 year
clock”. It will have a
year hand, a century
hand, and a cuckoo that
comes out every 1,000
years. Yes, really.
The American
inventor Danny Hillis
wrote about the idea
in 1995, and, thanks
to a $42m (£30m)
investment from the
Amazon chief executive
Jeff Bezos (pictured
right), the clock is now
being installed inside a
Texas mountain.
The clock will
occasionally play music
by ringing its bells,
each time producing a
clear. Rarely a day seems to go by
without a story pointing out the
flaws in certification schemes, or the
concealed social and environmental
costs of seemingly harmless supermarket food.
Often, the food labels and ingredients lists that consumers rely on to
make purchasing decisions are wholly inadequate. Take meat production, where many of the true costs of
production are hidden. We’ve been
conditioned by the industry to look
out for the “Red Tractor” or “organically certified” symbols as a sign of
quality. But where, for example, is
unique tune that will
not be played again,
according to the team
behind it.
There is no practical
purpose served by a
500ft tall mechanical
clock dug into the
Sierra Diablo mountain
range. But this misses
the point.
The aim, Bezos says,
is to encourage longterm thinking, in an era
when the speed of life
seems to be increasing
all the time.
The project is a
symbol of the Long
Now foundation,
established to foster
a greater sense of
the label indicating what the animal
was fed on?
The chances are that soybeans
were a large part of your former cow,
pig or chicken’s diet. Often, this soy
will be linked to deforestation of ecologically important landscapes. In
some cases, the soybeans might have
been sourced ethically, but a lack of
information means that as consumers we simply don’t know.
In the fresh fruit and vegetable
aisles, consumers have become used
to being able to purchase any food
item that they desire throughout
the year. Consumers are not pro-
responsibility for
future generations.
This seems to be a
laudable goal. After
all, it’s good to ensure
that companies don’t
prioritise quarterly
profits over the
sustainability of their
businesses. It’s good
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IN ASSOCIATION WITH
vided with the information, though,
to decide whether the benefits to
overseas farmers who produce this
food outweigh the environmental
costs of eating foods out of season.
Collectively, this fosters food habits
that are fundamentally incompatible
with sustainability.
In many cases, retailers have little power to provide the information
consumers deserve. Half of the food
consumed in the UK today is classified as “ultra-processed”, passing
through multiple factories and using
industrial ingredients a far cry from
the fresh produce associated with
when governments
don’t prioritise
re-election over public
health issues or the
environment. It’s good
to ensure that one’s
pension provides
security in one’s
retirement, even if it
is many decades away.
I’m sceptical, however,
that such “long-term”
thinking is what we
really want. As the
British economist
John Maynard Keynes
pointed out in 1923:
“In the long run we are
all dead.”
Extending our
thinking from weeks
or months to decades
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Ecuadorian farmers harvesting
quinoa; is its growing popularity
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Retailers
don’t know
the source or
even contents
of their
products
or centuries would be
a good thing, but once
we start thinking in
millennia, we stretch
ourselves too far.
Such thinking risks
removing us from the
contexts – our life
plan, our society, our
civilisation – in which
things matter to us.
Indeed, it removes us
from contexts in which
talk of “mattering”
makes sense at all.
Another philosopher,
Thomas Nagel,
cautioned against
losing touch with the
human scales on which
our actions, plans and
lives make sense: “To
home cooking. These complex supply chains are often impenetrable
from the outside, meaning that often
even retailers don’t know the source
or even contents of their products –
as was the case when UK supermarkets unknowingly stocked “beef ”
lasagne products containing 60 to
100 per cent horse meat.
Because of this, we cannot depend
on food retailers alone to promote
genuinely sustainable consumption.
They are, after all, just the visible
endpoint of a food system with problems at every stage of the chain.
It’s time to bring more voices to
the table and take a system-wide
approach. The Modern Slavery Act,
Sustainable Development Goals,
Paris Climate Agreement, and New
York Declaration on Forests have all
enshrined grand shared ambitions
for society and development.
Food “pacts” are already helping to align international, national
and local policy. Producers, suppliers and consumers are also being
brought together to work out practical solutions to key problems such as
maintaining soil health.
In the past few years, social and
environmental issues have even become among the biggest concerns of
shareholders. This new-found conscience in investors could play a big
role in bringing about meaningful
change across the food-supply chain
– although we must remain vigilant
to “greenwashing”, a marketing
strategy aimed at portraying a company as environmentally friendly
when they are not.
Of course, consumers and retailers still have a role in driving
change towards a more sustainable
food system. Supply does follow demand – and we mustn’t shirk our
own responsibilities. But we must
also band together to ensure that
there are structures in place that
stop food choices from being such a
minefield. Only then will consumers
be given the choice that they – and
the planet – deserve: one that is ethical and sustainable.
Chris West is a senior research fellow
at the Stockholm Environment
Institute and co-authored this
piece with Bob Doherty, a professor
of marketing, and Tony Heron,
professor of International Political
Economy, all at the University of York
see myself objectively
as a small, contingent,
and exceedingly
temporary organic
bubble in the universal
soup produces an
attitude approaching
indifference.”
If we think on a
10,000-year scale, what
do railways, or pension
schemes, or countries,
matter? The result is
paralysis, rather than
responsibility. Much
better, then, to stick to
the medium term.
Graeme A Forbes
is a lecturer in
philosophy at the
University of Kent
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Education
Schools
in all but
name
Unregistered educational
institutions are able to avoid
scrutiny, writes Etan Smallman
W
hen is a school
not a school? This
peculiar question
has become
crucial to the
welfare of thousands of children
in Britain amid increasing
concerns about unregistered
educational institutions – which
have been accused of everything
from physical abuse to fostering
extremism. Until last week, at
least, the legal definition seemed
clear enough. An “independent
school”,inEnglandatleast,“means
any school at which full-time
education is provided for five or
more pupils of compulsory school
age”, according to the Education
Act 1996. “Full-time” means “any
institution that is operating during
the day, for more than 18 hours per
week”. Run such an enterprise
without registering, and you would
be committing a criminal offence
and risk imprisonment.
TheGovernmenthasrepeatedly
promised a clampdown on those
that do. In 2015, David Cameron
even included a pledge in his
speech to the Conservative Party
conference in Manchester.
Ofsted has since identified more
than 350 suspected illegal schools
in England. At least a quarter of
these are religious, half of them
Islamic. Rogue schools have been
accused of their teachers hitting
pupils, advocating the murder of
homosexuals, branding women
who wear perfume as adulterers,
and breaching fire safety orders.
Yet there has never been a single
prosecution, let alone a conviction.
To the astonishment of many,
last week, the Government
Pedants’
Corner
BY JEFF ROBSON
revealed publicly for the first time
that it regards a large number of socalled “illegal schools” as neither
illegal – nor even as schools.
The key loophole in the
Education Act, it says, is the
phrase “education suitable to
the requirements of pupils of
compulsory school age”. If a
“school” teaches a religious
curriculum so restricted as to not
be “suitable”, it is off the hook, as
it does not technically count as a
school and therefore can’t be held
to Ofsted requirements.
“The message, in other words,
is that if you want to avoid the
scrutiny and oversight of the
Government, teach as narrow
and doctrinaire a curriculum as
possible,” says Jay Harman, of the
pressure group Humanists UK,
which campaigns against faith
schools. “This is nonsensical.”
The Department for Education
(DfE) has been remarkably tightlipped about its stance until now.
In 2016, while reporting on a
“setting” that had been ordered to
close after running unregistered
for 40 years – according to Ofsted
– I put a question to the DfE. Were
lawyers for some unregistered
religious “schools” arguing they
did not meet the definition, and
what was the Government’s view?
The DfE refused to answer.
Even now, the official position
is hardly clear. Guidance from
At the end of the
day, you do what’s
best for the child.
The law is an ass
WHO’S WHO
Many of our readers
have taken us to task
over the column in the
2 March issue in which
Simon Kelner wrote that
Keith Richards (inset)
“may, at one time, have
said that he wanted to die
before he got old...”.
They correctly pointed
out that it was in fact
Roger Daltrey of The
Who (though the words
were written by Pete
the Crown Prosecution Service
makes no mention of a religious
focus precluding an unregistered
setting from being in breach of the
law; neither does the DfE’s own
guidance (despite a section on
“schools with a religious ethos”).
The Children and Young People
Scrutiny Commission of Hackney
Council in east London published
a report in January saying the law
was “woefully inadequate” and
that its members were “baffled
by an apparent lack of desire on
the part of the Government” to
address the crisis.
Its chairman, Christopher
Kennedy, who has accused the
DfE of giving “disingenuous”
quotes to the media, has said the
council has been calling for new
legislation for years, but was told
by the Government “they have no
plans to change the law”.
Another Hackney councillor,
Abraham Jacobson, who is a
member of the Orthodox Jewish
community, finished secular
education at age 14 and says one
of his sons left his school early to
study full-time at a yeshiva instead,
having completed six GCSEs.
Jacobson, who also sat on
Townshend) who sang
that he hoped he
died before he
got old, in the
first verse of
“My Generation”, their
No 2 single
from 1965.
Rest
assured that we
did know the song
was not by the Rolling
Stones – deploying such
a well-known phrase
the local commission that
i nv e s t i ga t e d u n r e g i s t e r e d
settings, says: “At the end of the
day, you do what’s best for the
child. As far as I’m concerned, the
law is an ass. It’s a one-size-fits-all
policy, which does not understand
the culture of the [Orthodox]
Jewish community at all.”
He insists that parents of
children taking purely religious
lessons would be happy to
abide by stricter safeguarding
regulations if Ofsted vowed not
to interfere in their curriculum.
Ofsted has also repeatedly said it
wants the law changed to give it
more investigatory powers. The
Ofsted chief inspector, Amanda
Spielman, has said: “There are
segments of particular faiths who
are determined to use our schools
to promote beliefs and practices
that are an anathema to British
values. The current legislative
framework is not adequate.
“We need a better definition of
a school so that institutions that
should be inspected cannot evade
scrutiny and also the powers
to collect the kinds of evidence
needed to take action.”
When asked by i whether it was
was done to indicate the
general mood of the
time, no doubt
shared by Mr
Richards, and
to contrast
it with the
current
longevity
and sobriety
of the average
60s rocker. Though
there’s clearly nothing
wrong with the memories of contemporaries
proposing any action to close the
gaping loopholes, the DfE declined
to comment. It is more than two
years since the Government’s
consultation on “out-of-school
education settings” concluded,
but the DfE is still sitting on the
results. Asked why, and if and
when they would be disclosed, the
DfE declined to answer beyond
saying it would be “in due course”.
A spokesman for the DfE said:
“No child should be placed at risk
and where a school is operating
illegally action must be taken.
There are clear powers in place
for authorities to intervene
where children are being put
at risk and we will continue to
work with our partners to look
at how we can tackle this issue
most effectively.”
Sarah* is a member of the ultraOrthodox Jewish community in
Stamford Hill, Hackney in northeast London, and is concerned
that communal pressure will soon
see her sons begin studying at
unregistered yeshivas.
“ M y m a i n co n ce r n s a re
safeguarding issues – unsafe
buildings and teachers not being
vetted – and zero non-religious
of Messrs Richards
and Daltrey among our
eagle-eyed readers.
MISTAKE CLOCKED
The article on the
horologist John Harrison
in the 8 February issue
said that a campaign
was under way to fund
a statue “in his native
Yorkshire”. Although
Harrison was born in
Wakefield, Barrow upon
Humber, where he lived
for most of his life and
where the proposed
statue will be located, is
in Lincolnshire.
PAPAL BULL
The first paragraph of the
article in the 8 February
issue about Pope
Benedict referred to him
as a “retired pope”.
In fact, Pope Benedict
resigned from office on
11 February 2013 rather
than retiring and still
NEWS
2-27
They are
schools, which
teach religious
studies from
very early in the
morning until
very late at night
education,” she tells i . “The
schools are totally Yiddishspeaking, and the children are not
even taught basic English.”
She is incredulous that the
institutions are not regarded by
the Government as schools. “I
think it's ridiculous. They are
schools, which teach religious
studies from very early in the
morning until very late at night,
six days a week.
“Children are being left to rot;
mentally, physically, emotionally,
a c a d e m i c a l l y. T h e y a r e
brainwashed daily on the dangers
of the internet and engaging with
anyone outside the community,
they are not allowed to play
sports, or visit a library.”
Sarah adds the claim that some
parents pretend their children
are home -schooled. “But I
know that’s impossible, as
the religious studies are allconsuming. There is no time to
teach anything else.”
This, of course, is the other
regulatory conundrum; the law
on home schooling is just as lax.
Councils have a responsibility to
identify children not receiving a
“suitable education”. However,
there is no requirement for parents
to notify authorities if they want to
teach children at home, making
it impossible for councils even to
know how many youngsters they
need to check up on.
This week, a police study
revealed that half of 70 London
extremists known to the
Metropolitan Police had removed
their children from state schools
to teach them at home. The Met’s
deputy assistant commissioner,
Neil Basu, has previously said:
“Unregulated and home schooling
are a breeding ground for
extremism and future terrorism.”
Humanists UK is calling for “a
simple obligation on parents to
register their children as homeschooled” and a register of “outof-school settings”, including
“schools” providing full-time
religious instruction.
Harman warns: “The longer
the Government delays these
reforms, the longer thousands
of children will remain at risk of
indoctrination and abuse.”
Sarah, who says she has
complained to Ofsted, her council
and her MP, adds: “It's extremely
upsetting that it's taken decades
for the authorities to finally
admit there's a problem, and
only after being rammed in the
face with evidence in the media.
Everyone has turned a blind eye
for decades.”
*Sarah’s name has been changed to
protect her identity
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33
UNIVERSITIES
Surge in unconditional offers means
students take their ‘foot off the gas’
By Eleanor Busby
Education leaders have called for
an urgent rethink on universities
which make “unconditional
offers” to students following a
massive surge in the number of
places being given out regardless
of final exam grades.
Clare Marchant, the head of
the Universities and Colleges
Admissions Service (Ucas), said
that the sector needed to have an
“open and honest” debate about
the issue after figures showed a
40 per cent rise in unconditional
offers received by school-leavers.
Last year, 50,000 students were
offered unconditional places,
raising fears that universities were
using the practise to secure student
fees of more than £9,000 a year, to
the detriment of some pupils.
“I think the sector having an
open and honest discussion about
theimpactofunconditional[offers]
is really important,” Marchant
said. “[Some universities] are
using it in an across-the-board
way and that is of probably of the
greatest concern.”
Concerns have also been raised
by Robert Halfon, the chairman of
the Commons Education Select
Committee, who said he was
“hugely concerned” by the issue.
Last week, the Universities
minister, Sam Gymiah, warned
that a growth in unconditional
offers could undermine the
“excellence” of universities. He
said institutions should not make
unconditional offers as a way of
“sidestepping” key criteria.
Unconditional offers are not
limited to vocational subjects
at less prestigious universities.
Computer science and biological
sciences are among the subjects
with the highest proportions of
unconditional offers being given
out, a report from the universities
admissions service showed.
Marchant warned students not
to forget the importance of A-level
grades and urged them not to rush
into accepting offers. “Our advice
to students is two-fold. First, keep
your foot on the gas because those
A-levels and other qualifications
stay with you for life. You will have
them on your CV when you are
40-plus and applying for a job.
“Second, don’t make the choice
on the back of an unconditional.
Think about what choice you
The rise in unconditional offers has led to fears
they are being used to secure student fees GETTY
would have made anyway.”
The number of unconditional
offers received by 18-year-olds
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he was born during the
American Civil War, and died
the year the New Musical
Express published the UK’s first
singles chart. She was a key
player in the fight for women’s
suffrage; invented suffrage literature;
was a Royal Court hit dramatist; a friend
to Oscar Wilde and Henry James, adored
by George Bernard Shaw and Ibsen’s
high priestess. “The passage of Elizabeth
Robins through the world, flaming torch
in hand, may bewilder those whose path in
life is the beaten track,” wrote her friend
Florence Bell.
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death that she made it into the Dictionary
of National Biography. Even then it was in
a “Missing Persons” appendix.
Robins’s chaotic Kentucky childhood
was marked by trauma, including her
father’s bankruptcy and her mother’s
treatment in an insane asylum. In
adulthood, marriage proved equally
turbulent: her actor husband, in full
theatrical armour, pitched himself into
Boston’s river, leaving the suicide note: “I
will not stand in your light any longer.”
Robins crossed the Atlantic to play bit
parts on the British stage, which was at
that time dominated by the male actormanager. When she discovered the work
of Henrik Ibsen, her ambition blossomed.
Here was a playwright demanding female
characters be more than seductresses and
ingenues. Robins pawned her jewellery,
leased a theatre and became an actormanager: the first producer of Ibsen’s
Hedda Gabler on the British stage, and its
very first Hedda. She was a sensation.
Votes for Women was written in a “white
heat” in 1907; initially no supporter of
the suffrage movement, researching the
play involved attending meetings and
demonstrations. The process politicised
Her weapon was words
and she wielded them
on stage, in the press
and in Parliament
Robins. She learnt how for 40 years
women like Millicent Fawcett had been
patiently petitioning Parliament, hoping
to win MPs over to the idea that a civilised
society is one in which all men and women
have the basic human right of choosing
who governs them; where we are judged
in a court of law by a jury of our peers;
where taxation is allied to representation.
In 1906 a reforming Liberal government,
packed with MPs who had promised to
support women’s suffrage, swept to power
in a landslide election. But the government
kept quiet on the issue.
After half a century of ineffective
diplomacy, Emmeline Pankhurst founded a new movem e n t . T h e Wo m e n ’s
Social and Political Union
emulated the Chartists’
high-profile, attentiongrabbing tactics. Mass
rallies, revolutionary
language and physical
force comprised “a
sensational campaign”,
wrote Pankhurst, which
“made women’s suffrage a
matter of news”.
Votes for Women was written
at that pivotal moment, when the
suffrage campaign adopted these
bold new tactics, when suffragists
turned into suffragettes. Audiences
at the Royal Court attending
its 1907 premiere knew
exactly what was on the
A true
theatrical
pioneer
Elizabeth Robins brought Henrik Ibsen
to Britain, pulled a gun on George
Bernard Shaw and wrote the first
suffragette play. By Theresa Heskins
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front pages of the newspapers, and how it
related to the drama unfolding on stage
before them. When the curtain went up
on act two, it was “the finest stage crowd
scene that has been seen for years” (The
Sketch). Act three divided the critics, who
commented: “The cause would make more
headway if all its advocates were as fair
to look upon and as beautifully dressed”
(The Times).
The play’s run was extended, and Robins
gave a quarter of her royalties to the two
main suffrage societies. She was now
committed to the movement, although she
was opposed to militancy. Her weapon was
words, and she wielded them on stage, in
the press and, with friends in Parliament,
as a means of furthering the cause.
For modern audiences, the detail of the
political backdrop, the fact that critics
of women’s suffrage were female as well
as male and that there was a lengthy
campaign prior to the hunger strikes and
force-feeding, might come as a surprise.
It certainly did for me, when I stumbled
across Robins’s work while searching for a
play to mark this year’s 100th anniversary
of the Representation of the People Act.
In editing the play for a 2018 audience,
I’ve added material to fill in some of
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the background, including a prologue
focusing on that pivotal moment of voices
first breaking the silence to crash on to
the front pages, and an epilogue in the
form of Radio 3’s newly commissioned
Pankhurst Anthem, composed by relatives
of Emmeline for this anniversary year.
In staging it we’ve adopted a modern
approach, born of our feeling that the play
has a peculiarly contemporary resonance.
Going into pre-production last October,
with revelations about continuing
imbalances of power hitting the front
pages, we were reminded how immediate
and relevant this play is, with its themes
of voices coming together to gain the
courage to speak; and of the role of the
media in offering a platform in making
those voices heard.
There is a story about playwright
George Bernard Shaw paying Robins an
unexpected visit. He was in love with her.
She wasn’t quite so keen on him and had
tried to keep him at arms’ length, insisting
that he call her Miss Robins instead of
Bessie. She was alone in her apartment
when he called. She became so afraid of
his advances, and his refusal to leave, that
she pulled a gun on him. Instead of hiring
lawyers to pressure her to keep quiet
about the incident, he afterwards wrote
about it himself. He seems rather to have
admired her courage.
Theresa Heskins is the artistic
director of the New Vic Theatre; ‘Votes
for Women’ is at the New Vic Theatre,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire,
until 24 March (01782 717962)
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BY ELISA BRAY
In this honest and raw
labour of love, each
baby was a wonder
» One Born Every Minute C4, 9pm
» Lucy Worsley’s Fireworks for a Tudor Queen BBC4, 9pm
N
o matter how many times
you’ve seen One Born
Every Minute, it never
bores. In the lead-up to
the births of my children, I watched
it obsessively, to the bemusement
of family and friends. Why do it to
yourself? Not just to equip yourself
with the possibilities of what lies
ahead: induction, emergency
C-section, dream breathe-it-out
water birth, but also to witness that
magical moment the baby arrives.
Because as the 11th series’ first
episode “Best Laid Plans” so
brilliantly portrayed, every birth
is different and each baby is a
miraculous wonder.
The series has moved from
Liverpool to Birmingham Women’s
Hospital, and its first episode
took us gently from easy birth to
frightening. Sharon’s dream birth
saw baby Reeva emerge so quickly
that her birthing partner – her
sister – arrived a minute too late.
Next we saw Rhiana, who had a
textbook water birth with her first
child and now, with meconium in her
waters, needed monitoring. Again,
plans went out of the window.
The third birth was more
stressful; 26-year-old Samantha
struggled to conceive following
childhood leukaemia and lost a
baby girl at 25 weeks. Her case
risked severe blood loss and, sure
enough, the fears came to fruition.
We felt the terror as if we were
in the birthing room, her mother
gasping at her daughter’s blood, the
We saw the babies
being born in graphic
detail, emerging a
terrifying colour
‘Votes for Women’ at the New
Vic Theatre; (inset left) Elizabeth
Robins in ‘Hedda Gabler’,
1891 ANDREW BILLINGTON;
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8 MARCH 2018
emergency buzzer pressed and the
sudden swarm of medics.
Everything turned out fine but
it was a stark reminder of the risks
involved with childbirth. “It’s so
much easier being a man, isn’t it,”
observed her husband, Tony.
This is not a show that
presents the babies in their
pink cherubic glory: it’s honest
and it’s raw. We saw the babies
being born in graphic detail,
emerging a terrifying colour and
disconcertingly quiet before taking
their first breath. “Its colour
is perfectly normal; they come
out purply-blue,” the midwife
reassured an anxious Rav.
Everyone loves a love story, and
this episode had plenty; Sharon
and Rav married despite their
differing castes, while Tony’s
‘One Born Every Minute’ showed
that every birth is different
devotion to Samantha through
the hardships was moving. The
glorious moments that the babies
arrived in their mothers’ arms
were captured beautifully.
Lucy Worsley’s Fireworks for
a Tudor Queen was a science
experiment-meets-history
documentary. With the help of
materials scientist Zoe Laughlin,
the historian set out to recreate one
of the earliest firework displays,
put on by Robert Dudley, Earl of
Leicester, in 1575 at Kenilworth
Castle, in an attempt to woo Queen
Elizabeth I. Worsley scoured
historical texts for an idea of how
the display looked, while Laughlin
consulted a 400-year-old manual
on how to make Tudor-style gerbs
(fountains), girandole (Catherine
wheels), rockets on sticks and a
fire-breathing dragon.
We got to see gunpowder made
from scratch to an Elizabethan
recipe – charcoal, sulphur and
saltpetre (potassium nitrate),
including its vital ingredient, urine.
“A firework is essentially a
bomb with a paper casing rather
than a metal one,” said Zoe, with a
nervous glint.
There’s nothing like rain to
add to the can-they-pull-it-off
anticipation. Would it be an eightminute display or eight seconds?
The finale was no let-down: in
Elizabethan garb, they watched
their experiment succeed, bar a
mishap when the dragon set off a
rocket box.
And Worsley discovered that
the Tudors’ love of fireworks
went beyond entertainment, to
fear, propaganda and storytelling:
“Tudor fireworks had more soul.”
Twitter: @Elisabray
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Arts
Anne-Marie Duff and
Rory Kinnear in
Rufus Norris’
post-apocalyptic
‘Macbeth’
BRINKHOFF-MOGENBURG
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THEATRE
Macbeth
NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
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This is a grim, grimy and gritty
Macbeth which opens with a man’s
head being cut off, put in a plastic
bag and hung from a dead branch
and then it gets really dark.
Rufus Norris has set his
production in a post-apocalyptic
POP
wasteland where the trees of
Birnam Wood are spiny and
blackened, the castles are concrete
bunkers and everyone wears at
least four filthy coats at once. The
Road meets Rada, if you will.
Rory Kinnear’s shaven-headed
Macbeth wears sweaty T-shirts
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O2 ARENA, LONDON
“I come from a place I’m very
proud of, Las Vegas. But lately I’ve
become tired of the USA,” Imagine
Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds
confesses before singing “I Don’t
Know Why”, as a tribute to the
recent victims of the Florida
school shooting. Recently he has
been advocating for LGBT rights
in the Mormon church. For “It’s
Time” he wears a rainbow flag,
The whole show has a rather
preachy feel to it – from the initial
speech peppered with phrases like
“be present with me” and “share
your heart” to the handful of
times he’s down on his knees, with
arms outstretched as if in prayer.
Their over-the-top set, with huge
barrages of confetti and balloons,
is ultimately rather repetitive.
The highlight is undeniably in
the later half. The band appear on
the small stage at the other end of
the arena to play a pared-down
version of “Warriors” that bleeds
right on into a similar take on
“Sucker For Pain”. It’s beautiful,
heartfelt and quite haunting.
EMMA HENDERSON
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and body armour held together
with masking tape. His queen,
played by Anne-Marie Duff with
a feral magnetism, is in jeans
and bovver boots. Their feast is
an illegal rave, complete with
thumping soundsystem, drugs and
glitter. Banquo’s murderers are
junkies. And so on. Macbeth lends
itself well to this sort of lawless,
survive-or-die scenario.
The problem is, it never lifts
itself beyond that – a scenario.
The blackened stage that looks
as though it’s draped in bin bags,
the witches who wear doll limbs
around their necks, twitch and
glitchily whisper “Mac-Beth”, the
portentous soundtrack of whoops
and wails, growls and groans – it
should be atmospheric but the
Olivier stage swallows it all up.
Full of horrors, but the human
drama is harder to make out.
The action on Rae Smith’s set is
centred on a big, awkward slope
and some small rooms, it plays
out largely in the murk, and the
stage has a pointless, occasionally
comical, revolve.
There are some zinging
moments. When Macbeth and
his wife appear after Duncan’s
murder dressed all in red – he in
Duncan’s spivvy old suit, she in a
spangled ballgown that screams
murder – it’s a visual punch but it
never goes anywhere. The banal
brutality of Lady Macduff being
presented with the remains of
her children in plastic bags is
unbearably affecting. The ending
is memorably grisly – perhaps
gratuitously so.
Kinnear is not at his finest as
Macbeth. We see the shock – after
he kills Duncan, it’s physical – but
we never really see the steel. It’s
a performance overwhelmed
by the quirk that surrounds it.
The scenes with Duff glint with
a potential that’s never quite
realised. The whole thing feels
underpowered, which is the last
thing Macbeth wants.
To 23 June (020 7452 3000);
‘Macbeth’ will be broadcast live
to cinemas as part of NT Live on
10 May
ALICE JONES
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON SW1
A 20th-century survey of the
painting of life observed, from fullbreasted mistresses to decaying
squid and dirty city streets,
stretching from Walter Sickert’s
paintings of London nightlife in
the early years of the century,
through to Lynette YiadomBoakye’s evocative, dreamlike
figures, with the School of London
– Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud,
Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews,
Frank Auerbach and RB Kitaj – at
its heart. (020 7887 8888) to 27 Aug
FILM
The Nile Hilton Incident
15, TARIK SALEH, 111 MINS
Corruption seeps into every
pore of Egyptian society in Tarik
Saleh’s impressive political
thriller, set in 2011 on the eve of
the Arab spring and taking its
inspiration from Roman Polanski’s
Chinatown. It manages the feat of
remaining an atmospheric private
eye-style mystery while offering
sharp insights into the final days
of Mubarak’s presidency.
Limited release
A Fantastic Woman
15, SEBASTIÁN LELIO, 104 MINS
The transgender heroine of this
rousing Chilean melodrama fully
lives up to the film’s title. Marina
(Daniela Vega) is a wonderfully
complex, defiant and passionate
character, as we follow her over
a few tempestuous days in which
she experiences joy and sudden
bereavement – and then fights
with admirable tenacity to be
allowed to grieve properly for her
loved one. Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
Huddersfield Literature
Festival
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
There is a gorgeous energy
about Ballet British Columbia’s
triple bill, touring the UK
this month. The programme
includes a superb work by star
choreographer Crystal Pite, but
it’s also a fine introduction to a
smart contemporary company.
The dancers have individuality
and muscular strength, powering
through a programme of works by
female choreographers.
Based in Vancouver, and
directed by Emily Molnar, Ballet
BC is more contemporary than
classical, with a focus on new
works and collaborations. In
Molnar’s own 16 + a room, which
opens this programme, the
women wear pointe shoes, but
move with weighted power. The 13
dancers run and slide and grapple,
diving fearlessly into lifts and
turns. They sprint on and slide,
wide-legged, whip through turns
or leap into the air, stiff-legged.
Pite, a former Ballet BC dancer,
made her first professional work
for the company before going
on to international success. Solo
Echo is an intimate, wintry piece
VISUAL ARTS
All Too Human: Bacon,
Freud and a Century
of Painting Life
VARIOUS VENUES
With Helen Pankhurst,
Joanne Harris, Jeremy Vine, Tim
Dowling, Lucy Mangan, Patrick
Stewart and Susan Dunne.
(litfest.org.uk) to 18 Mar
COMEDY
Glasgow International
Comedy Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
Livona Ellis and Darren Devaney in ‘16 + a room’ MICHAEL SLOBODIAN
danced to Brahms cello sonatas. A
soloist dips and squirms through
flowing shapes, sinking to the floor
and picking himself up again, abs
first. Others run on and freeze,
stopping dead in sprint positions,
fanned out across the stage. .
It’s a dance full of impulses
and reactions, introspective in
tone, suggesting a need for both
community and independence.
Pite arranges her seven dancers
in curving lines; when one falls,
shock waves ripple back through
the others. Like the music, Solo
Echo is both spare and lush.
Bill, by Sharon Eyal and Gai
Behar, brings on the full company
for an uptempo finale. Dancers in
brightly-coloured unitards stomp
and strut, twitching and shimmying in a group ritual.
Touring to 24 March
(danceconsortium.com)
ZOE ANDERSON
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Early starters at Glasgow’s
expansive gathering of big
hitters and local heroes are
Katherine Ryan with Glitter
Room and Iain Stirling (both
tonight); and Kai Humphries,
Susie McCabe and riotous
crowd-pleaser Craig Hill
(all Friday). (glasgowcomedy
festival.com) to 25 Mar
Mark Thomas
PLAYHOUSE, LIVERPOOL
“Dodging cultural and literal
bullets”, comic-activist Mark
Thomas’s latest adventure
took him to the Jenin refugee
camp in Palestine – to set up a
comedy club. He tells the story
in Showtime from the Frontline.
(0151 709 4776) to Sat
NEWS
2-27
Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Sophie Willan
BRIGHTON DOME
The Bolton stand-up’s second
show, Branded, is a candid, wryly
funny affair, in which we get to
meet her “vegan smackhead”
mother again – and hear tales
of the comic’s time as an escort.
(01273 709709) tonight and Fri
albums, composed a series of
songs inspired by the South
Dorset Ridgeway, and been
nominated for the 2017 BBC
Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award. St
Mary Magdalene, Cobham (01474
814332) tonight; St John’s Church,
Farncombe (01483 426353) Fri
POP
Phil Wang
VARIOUS VENUES
Phil Wang first came to our
notice as one third of sketch aces
Daphne, but he really found his
feet as a solo performer last year
in Kinabulu, a smart but lightly
handled show about ethnicity and
patriotism. Selby Town Hall (01757
708449) tonight; Otley Courthouse
(01943 467466) Fri
Rob Brydon
VARIOUS VENUES
The panel-show mainstay
offers some welcome edge
(and some choice audiencebaiting) in I Am Standing Up. Parr
Hall, Warrington (01925 442345)
tonight; Harrogate Convention
Centre (harrogateconventioncentre.
co.uk) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Ninebarrow
VARIOUS VENUES
Since launching themselves at
Larmer Tree in 2013, the Dorset
folk duo have released two fine
Field Music
VARIOUS VENUES
Sunderland’s intelli-pop brothers
return with brains, grooves and
beefs to spare on their best album
yet. Peter and David Brewis face
down first-world moaning, Brexit,
gender stereotypes and more on
Open Here, an album at once warm
and infectious, sharp and bright.
Komedia, Brighton (seetickets.
com) tonight; Colston Hall, Bristol
(colstonhall.org) Fri
Insecure Men
VARIOUS VENUES
Something skewed this way
comes, as Childhood’s Ben
Romans-Hopcraft unites with
Saul Adamczewski, who somehow
managed to get himself kicked out
of Southwell miscreants Fat White
Family for misbehaviour. The
result is a surprisingly focused
debut album, full of unsettling
tales set to nagging alt-lounge
melodies. Scala, London N1
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight; Thekla,
Bristol (ticketweb.co.uk) Fri
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Pale Waves
THEKLA, BRISTOL
While critics fret over the divide
between their goth chic and
pop instincts, expect a growing
army of Waves-watchers to mass
regardless as the 1975’s mates
tour. (ticketweb.co.uk) tonight
DANCE
Paradise Lost (Lies
Unopened Beside Me)
VARIOUS VENUES
Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance
takes on Milton’s epic poem, not
to mention love, parenthood and
the whole of creation, in a rural
tour of this very funny, very tender
one-man show. Calstock Arts
(carntocove.co.uk) tonight;
Amata, Penryn Campus
(carntocove.co.uk) Fri
CLASSICAL
Insula Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
To mark International Women’s
Day, French conductor Laurence
Equilbey conducts her Insula
Orchestra in Louise Farrenc’s
rarely heard Symphony No 3, plus
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with
soloists Alexandra Conunova,
Natalie Clein and Alice Sara Ott.
(020 7638 8891) tonight 7.30pm
IQ
30-39
gives a powerful and poignant
performance as the Saigon
bar-worker whose passionate
romance with a US soldier ends in
tragedy. (02380 711811) to 17 Mar
Julius Caesar
BRIDGE THEATRE, LONDON SE1
This thrilling promenade
production resoundingly confirms
two things: Nicholas Hytner is
the pre-eminent interpreter of
Shakespeare in modern dress;
and the Bridge Theatre, the new
base he has created by Tower
Bridge, has extraordinary spatial
flexibility. The performances are
excellent across a large company
that includes Ben Whishaw, David
Morrissey and David Calder in the
title role. (0843 208 1846) to 15 Apr
WORLD MUSIC
Maya Youssef
ST MARY’S MUSIC HALL, LONDON E17
With her album Syrian Dreams,
the Damascus-born quanun
player has been nominated for
best artist at the Songlines music
awards 2018. Find out why at
Walthamstow’s newest venue.
(stmarysmusichall.co.uk) tonight
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Sweet Country
15, WARWICK THORNTON, 113 MINS
Australian Western starring Bryan
Brown and Sam Neill. Opens Fri
THEATRE
The Great Wave
NT: DORFMAN, LONDON SE1
Indhu Rubasingham directs Francis
Turnly’s play about two sisters struck
by a giant wave. (020 7452 3000)
previews from Sat; opens 19 Mar
TALKS
BBC Radio 3 Free
Thinking Festival
SAGE, GATESHEAD
With Matthew Sweet, David Olusoga,
Anne McElvoy and Afua Hirsch.
(0191 443 4661) opens Fri
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RETAIL
New Look to close 60 stores
and shed jobs in rescue bid
By Holly Williams
Almost 1,000 jobs are to be cut at
New Look as the fashion retailer
prepares to close 60 stores as part of
a rescue plan.
The company is to shut more than
10 per cent of its 593-strong UK
store estate as it pushes ahead with
a company voluntary arrangement
(CVA). Up to 980 jobs out of the
workforce of 15,300 are under threat,
although the retailer said it would
look to redeploy staff where possible.
As part of New Look’s plan, it is
also asking landlords to slash rents
and revise leases on 393 stores.
Alistair McGeorge, the executive
chairman of New Look, said: “Given
our challenged trading performance
and over-rented UK store estate,
we are having to take tough but
necessary actions to reduce
our fixed-cost base and restore
long-term profitability.”
All of the stores will remain open
as normal until creditors vote on the
CVA proposal on 21 March.
Details of the potential job losses
and store closures follow dire figures
from New Look last month, when it
posted a pre-tax loss of £123.5m in
the nine months to December, while
UK like-for-like sales plunged 10.7 per
cent and online sales fell 15 per cent.
The news comes during a dismal
start to 2018 for the high street, with
New Look’s previous
chief executive Anders
Kristiansen left abruptly in
September 2017, with its former
chairman Alistair McGeorge
returning to replace him.
the collapse of Toys R Us and Maplin
last month, Mothercare in trouble
and a host of restaurant chains
undergoing painful restructurings,
including outlets run by chef Jamie
Oliver, as well as Byron and Prezzo.
Retailers have been hit hard over
the past two years by surging wages
costs, eye-watering business rate
rises and inflation caused by the
weak pound, which have coincided
with falling consumer confidence.
Daniel Butters, a partner at
Deloitte who is handling the New
Look CVA, said: “The retail trading
environment in the UK remains
extremely challenging. New Look
is an iconic brand on the high street
and the CVA will provide a stable
platform upon which management’s
turnaround plan can be delivered.”
He believes it is a “fair proposal”
for landlords and stressed that
New Look has 593 stores and employs
15, 300 people across the UK PA
“employees, suppliers and business
rates will continue to be paid on time
and in full”.
A CVA is designed to allow a
company and its creditors to reach
agreement and avoid administration.
New Look, which is owned by the
South African investment group
Brait, is also struggling under £1.2bn
of borrowings but is not seeking a
debt restructuring arrangement.
PROPERTY
Number of
homes for
sale falls to
record low
By Vicky Shaw
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
COCA-COLA
It is in everyone’s
interests for this
vital cross-border
trade to continue
Stephen Jones
The chief executive of UK
Finance on how European
firms rely on Britain’s
financial services
What’s all this about Coca-Cola
launching alcoholic drinks?
It’s true. Coca-Cola is to add an
alcoholic beverage to its product
line for the first time in its 136-year
history. The soft drinks firm plans
to introduce a popular canned
beverage known as Chu-Hi – but
you’ll have to go to Japan to try it.
What will it taste like?
Traditionally, the drink is made with
a distilled liquor called shochu and
sparkling water, with flavouring
added. The launch of a new drink
catered to the Japanese market is
nothing new. Coca-Cola’s Japanese
division creates an average of 100
new products every year.
Why now?
Jorge Garduño, the president
of Coca-Cola Japan, hailed the
introduction of an alcoholic
beverage as a “unique” development
in the history of Coca-Cola, whose
products are officially sold in
every country in the world bar
North Korea and Cuba. “We haven’t
experimented in the low-alcohol
category before, but it’s an example
of how we continue to explore
opportunities outside our core
areas,” he said.
Will it be coming to the UK
any time soon?
The new drink is unlikely to ever
be launched in the UK. “I don’t think
people around the world should
expect to see this kind of thing
from Coca-Cola,” said Mr Garduño,
who described the Japanese
market as “incredibly dynamic,
fiercely competitive and rooted
in innovation”. Japan is known for
its twists on food. It’s possible to
find baked potato and soy sauceflavoured Kit Kat bars.
Katie Grant
The number of homes on estate
agents’ books has dwindled to a new
low, according to the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The average property stock per
branch fell to a record low of just
under 42 in February, as new buyer
inquiries fell for the 11th month in a
row and sellers were reluctant to put
their homes on the market.
In what the RICS said was “another
sign of the increasingly challenging
market environment”, the average
time for a sale to complete from
listing has increased by two weeks
over the past year.
At the start of last year, it took
around 16 and-a-half weeks typically
to sell a home. Now it takes around
18-and-a-half weeks.
S e p a ra t e f i g u r e s r e l e a s e d
yesterday showed that annual house
price growth slowed to a five-year low
in February. Property prices rose by
1.8 per cent in the year to February,
according to the Halifax. This was the
smallest increase since a 1.1 per cent
rise in March 2013.
Economists said the figures
showed that a modest rise in
mortgage rates in recent months had
badly affected the housing market.
Further increases in new mortgage
rates are expected as soon as May.
Year-on-year house price growth is
now less than half the rate seen just a
few months ago.
In November, a 3.9 per cent annual
increase was recorded.
The average UK house price in
February was £224,353, down slightly
from November’s high of £226,408.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
MEDIA
Weinstein studio on brink
of bankruptcy as deal fails
By Angela Jameson
Harvey Weinstein’s former film
and television studio is expected
to file for bankruptcy after an 11th­
hour attempt to buy the company
collapsed yesterday.
A group of investors led by Maria
Contreras­Sweet, an official in
Barack Obama’s administration,
was planning to buy the Weinstein
Company in a $500m (£360m) deal.
It pulled out when it discovered a
further $50m of undisclosed debt, on
top of the $225m it knew about.
The rescue plan, which had already
stalled once but was revived, would
have saved about 130 jobs in New
York and Los Angeles. It would have
put a majority of women directors
in control of the company, which
was founded by the disgraced movie
mogul and is behind hits including
Django Unchained and The Artist.
T h e p rop o se d rescue d ea l
apparently included a $90m
compensation pot for the victims of
alleged attacks by the film producer.
Analysts predict that now the deal
has fallen through, the Weinstein
Company will file for bankruptcy
within the next few days. The board
added it will “continue to pursue
an orderly bankruptcy process to
maximise the company’s value”.
Ms Contreras­Sweet said her
investor group, which included the
The Weinstein
Company has
bankrolled film
hits including
‘The Artist’
REUTERS
billionaire Ron Burkle, who part­
owns the Soho House members’
clubs chain, would consider
acquiring Weinstein Company assets
that may be up for sale in the event of
bankruptcy proceedings.
There is likely to be great interest
from rivals in the entertainment
business in its film library and TV
division, which was valued at $1bn
three years ago and made War and
Peace for the BBC.
The Weinstein Company’s board
said it had been transparent with its
“dire financial situation” and hoped
a deal could be reached. “We regret
being correct that this buyer simply
had no intention of following through
on its promises,” it added.
EVENING STANDARD
The Weinstein brothers
have released 94 films
since 2010, with the top five
making more than $1.5bn,
according to Box Office Mojo.
Record year for Page despite UK worries
Recruiting company PageGroup
has seen a record year in 22 of its
overseas markets, offsetting any
Brexit­induced weakness in the jobs
market at home.
PageGroup reported operating
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Cohn leaving
Trump’s team
is a no-brainer
S
ee ya Gary Cohn. It’s
tempting to add that old
schoolyard jibe “wouldn’t
wanna be ya”, but Donald
Trump’s outgoing economic
adviser is filthy rich and will probably
get more lucrative job offers after
he has cleared his desk – all the
more so because of the tax cut he
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BANKING
RBS agrees
$500m deal
to resolve
US charges
By Jonathan Stempel
RECRUITMENT
By Angela Jameson
IQ
30-39
profit for 2017 11.3 per cent
higher at £118.3m, at the top end
of expectations.
Revenues climbed 9.8 per cent to
£1.37bn on a constant currency basis,
helped by the booming recruiting
conditions in Europe, China and the
US. However, the group warned that
2018 would be another challenging
year for its UK business, where
reported gross profit fell almost 4 per
cent to £140.8m.
The UK market now represents
just a fifth of PageGroup’s gross
profits after a period of rapid
expansion overseas.
played a leading role in pushing
through. In public, Mr Cohn and the
US President followed the form and
made nice.
The spin from anonymous sources
quoted in the US media is that his
resignation was sparked by his
disagreement with America’s trade
policy, specifically Mr Trump’s steel
tariffs and what might be coming in
their wake.
The President is reheating his
aggressive “America First” agenda
ahead of the US mid­term elections.
Despite frequently being at odds
with his party, he needs as many
Republicans elected as possible.
But the policy is anathema to Mr
Cohn, a free trader who served as
the president of investment bank
Goldman Sachs before, like so many
others from that institution, moving
into public life.
A lifelong Democrat, he is socially
liberal, is said to have pushed for
the employment rights of LGBT
people to be preserved, and to have
advocated for the US remaining in
the Paris Climate Accords, while
offering sound practical advice to his
mercurial boss.
Guilt by association with protect­
ionist policies he believes to be anti­
thetical to America’s long term best
interests, pushed by the hardliners in
Trump’s circle was, we are told, the
straw that broke the camel’s back,
leading to his joining a revolving door
Th
he President is reheating
hiis aggressive ‘America
First’ agenda ahead of the
US mid-term elections
of advisers that has been spinning at
a dizzying rate of late.
There is a lot to be said for the
media’s favoured explanation.
But it is also true that Mr Cohn, in
delivering the tax package, may well
feel he’s done the job he intended
to do. America’s rich are getting
Royal Bank of Scotland has reached
a $500m (£360m) deal with US
regulators to settle claims that it
misled investors by selling risky
mortgage securities that contributed
to the 2008 global financial crisis.
The settlement announced by Eric
Schneiderman,theNewYorkattorney
general, calls for the bank to pay
$100m in cash to the state and provide
$400m of relief to homeowners and
communities, including funds to build
affordable housing.
RBS is the sixth bank to settle
similar claims by New York, resulting
in roughly $3.7bn of settlements.
JPMorgan, Bank of America,
Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and
Goldman Sachs Group have also
settled, with JPMorgan’s roughly
$1bn accord the largest.
RBS admitted to having
misled investors into believing
the residential mortgage­backed
securities it sold in 2006 and
2007 were properly
underwritten
a n d co m p l i e d
with applicable
laws
and
regulations.
Many securities
sold then
plummeted in
value as housing
and financial
markets fell into
distress. “While the financial crisis
may be behind us, New Yorkers are
still feeling the effects of the housing
crash,” said Mr Schneiderman.
This could be an important
milestone for RBS. The lack of
a settlement with the Justice
Department has impeded the UK
Government’s ability to reduce its
recent 71 per cent stake in RBS.
It had taken a larger stake during
the financial crisis, but has sold down
part of it.
richer, its corporations more bloated.
Its economy has enjoyed a short­
term boost.
That being the case, there is scant
upside for him in sticking around in a
place that, by all accounts, is as much
fun to work at as having your teeth
pulled out with a pair of rusty pliers.
Through this lens, Mr Trump’s
angling for a trade war simply
provided him with the excuse he
needed. It makes Mr Cohn look
good. It portrays him as a man
making a principled decision
when that decision could easily
have been motivated by a careful
consideration by Mr Cohn of what
lies in his best interests.
Leaving now means he can point
to the tax cut as his legacy, while
avoiding any chance of an association
with the troubles that lie ahead.
Plus it leaves him free to pick up a
lucrative new job somewhere. For Mr
Cohn, quitting now is a no­brainer.
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From the
business
pages
Farm incomes hit
by low crop prices
The Adelaide Advertiser
Cash incomes are expected to
fall for about half of Australia’s
farms this year, due to lower
grain crops and beef cattle
prices. Incomes are expected
to average A$170,000 (£96,000)
per farm, according to research
firm Abares. It compares to an
average of A$212,600 (£120,000)
a farm last year, the highest
recorded in 20 years after
record winter grain production
and high prices for beef cattle.
Cannabis shops
fail to spark interest
The Calgary Herald
The Alberta Gaming and
Liquor Commission has yet to
see a flood of applications for
cannabis stores despite the
process opening on Tuesday.
The regulator has forecast it
will get 250 applications in the
first 12 months. Despite the slow
start, it says it has received a
stream of calls about cannabis
sales. Cannabis will be legalised
across Canada this summer.
Minister visits US
for trade deal talks
The Copenhagen Post
Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish
business minister, is preparing
to travel to the US and Mexico in
an effort to improve conditions
for companies looking to gain a
footing in the lucrative markets
across the Atlantic. The US is a
huge export market for Danish
firms, worth 53 million kroner
(£6.4bn) a year. In Mexico, he
will attempt to strengthen an
established trade partnership.
Services boom is
a boost for China
China Daily
China is poised to make greater
contributions to the world
economy with its reaffirmed
commitment to economic
rebalancing. China’s economy,
once heavily reliant on fixed­
asset investment and exports, is
increasingly fueled by services
and consumption. Consumption
contributes 58.8 per cent of
GDP, and the service sector
accounts for 51.6 per cent. China
now has the largest middle­
income group in the world.
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The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
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24609.2
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+7.1
+5.0
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BANKING
RECYCLING
Goldman Sachs in
Frankfurt move
Biffa hit by China’s
rule changes
Goldman Sachs is moving
a string of UK bankers to
Frankfurt in what sources say
could be seen as a “dry run”
for the first Brexit-related
moves by the bank. Plans are in
motion to relocate around half
a dozen investment staff – most
of whom are involved in debt
capital markets – to Germany
within the coming months.
Shares in the waste recycling
group Biffa plunged by almost
11 per cent after it said it would
be affected by changes to
recycling laws in China. Chinese
regulations now enforce strict
quality restrictions on imports,
including types of cardboard,
mixed paper and an outright
ban on plastics. Biffa’s shares
dropped to 221p yesterday.
FASHION
HOSPITALITY
Toledano joins
Victoria Beckham
Travelodge to
open 20 UK hotels
Victoria Beckham’s eponymous
fashion label has appointed
an industry veteran as its
chairman. Ralph Toledano is
president of French fashion’s
governing body and has worked
at fragrances group Puig and
handbag maker Chloé. Victoria
Beckham’s business was valued
at £100m in December after
receiving a £30m cash injection.
Travelodge is to open 20 more
hotels and create 550 jobs in
the UK this year. The hotels will
cost £240m to build, with the
money being put up by outside
investors. New branches will
appear in locations including
Glasgow, Dagenham, Bury St
Edmunds and York. Travelodge
has 578 hotels in the UK, Spain
and Ireland.
RETAIL
AUTOMOTIVE
Debenhams hopes
for French boost
Fall in car demand
a blow for Lookers
Debenhams has struck a
concession deal with a French
interiors brand, Maisons du
Monde, in its latest attempt to
revive trading. The concessions
will open in three of its stores
this spring – in Debenhams at
Westfield in west London, and in
Birmingham and Manchester. It
closed 10 stores last year.
The car dealership Lookers
said its profits fell last year as
demand for new cars fell for
the first time in six years. The
group’s annual pre-tax profits
fell by 27 per cent to £58.4m.
Sales have fallen amid confusion
over government restrictions
on diesel vehicles, as well as
rising inflation.
TECHNOLOGY
INSURANCE
BlackBerry
sues Facebook
Esure on track to
issue 3m policies
The software business
BlackBerry, once a leader in
the smartphones market, has
filed a lawsuit in the US against
Facebook, accusing the social
media group of copying some
features from BlackBerry
Messenger. Facebook said it
would fight the action.
Esure said it was on track to
issue three million insurance
policies by 2020 as it posted a
36 per cent rise in underlying
pre-tax profits to £72.7m for
2017. The group raised prices
for motor and home insurance
last year. But profit at its motor
business still rose to £102.7m.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 was flat on the open
yesterday, but managed to close
up 11 points to 7,157.84.
Meanwhile the FTSE 250 gained
84 points to close at 19,774.17. It
was a mixed bag for European
indices, with the Cac 40 in France
relatively flat, but Germany’s Dax
gaining more than 1 per cent.
***
Back in the UK, Rolls-Royce was
the biggest riser on the FTSE 100
after announcing it had returned
to profit in 2017. The shares were
up 11.5 per cent to 924p on the day.
On the FTSE 250, the highest riser
was breakdown firm AA, up 15 per
cent to 85.36p.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
MANUFACTURING
£20m cash
boost for
bookmaker
Rolls-Royce
shares surge as
profits hit £4.9bn
By Holly Williams
Shares in Rolls-Royce surged
yesterday after the aero engine
maker bounced back from a loss and
indicated it would be cutting more
jobs to save money.
Rolls-Royce said that it made
a profit of £4.9bn last year, partly
thanks to the recent rise in the pound.
It marked a recovery from a dire
2016, when it made a loss of £4.6bn.
Rolls also gave details of costcutting measures on the way this
year. The chief executive, Warren
East, said it was too early to say
how many jobs will be affected, but
confirmed the shake-up will cut out
duplicate roles in its support and
management functions.
About 600 managers have already
left the group since 2015 under a
previous overhaul.
Shares in Rolls-Royce rose by
11.5 per cent yesterday to 924p as
investors cheered a better-thanexpected performance for 2017.
However, Rolls-Royce also said
that this year’s results would be hit
by costs relating to repairs on some
of its engines used in aircraft flown
by British Airways and other airlines
– and admitted the fault would take
years to fix.
It revealed a charge of about
£340m in 2018 for the cost of repairs
INSURANCE
Legal & General chief urges
other cities to copy London
By Michael Bow
Regional cities should try to be more
like London so that a greater number
of young entrepreneurs want to stay
in them, the chief executive of the
insurer Legal & General has said.
Nigel Wilson said London had
problems in the 1970s and 1980s
but became a world beater by
regeneratingareassuchasDocklands.
“We don’t want young aspirational
entrepreneurs thinking that they are
Dick Whittington and they must come
to London to have a great career,” Mr
Paddy Power is being
given a £20m cash
boost by its owners to
help revive the flagging
betting brand.
Paddy Power and
Betfair merged two
years ago to create a £7bn
online betting empire.
But financial results
issued yesterday by
the combined business
showed that the Paddy
Power brand, which once
stood out for its often
controversial campaigns,
has lost market share to
its rivals.
Ahead of the World
Cup, the company
will now give more
generous bonuses to
loyal customers.
Rolls-Royce, the world’s
second-largest maker of
aircraft engines, was established
in 1884. It is separate from the car
business. After a difficult period
in the 1970s, the firm listed on the
London Stock Exchange in 1987.
to existing engines, which could see
its 2018 earnings fall by 7 per cent to
£300matthelowerendofitsforecasts.
Up to 500 Trent 1000 engines –used
on Boeing 787 planes – and some
Trent 900 engines are affected by the
issues, which see components wear
out earlier than expected.
Andy Chambers, an analyst at
Edison Investment Research, said
the results gave hope that RollsRoyce “may finally be starting to take
off facing into the wind” and that
there was a sense of optimism from
the company.
Josh Mahony, a market analyst at
online trading company IG, added:
“While the firm has had to contend
with a restructuring process and
the unexpected costs associated
with fixing engine parts earlier than
expected, the firm seems to have a
clear-cut strategy moving forward.”
Rolls-Royce has hired advisers
Alvarez & Marsal to help it
“significantly” slash costs.
Wilson said. “They can actually have
great careers in Oxford, Cambridge,
Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester,
Cardiff or Birmingham.”
He made his comments as Legal
& General reported pre-tax profits
of £2.1bn for 2017. Profits at its
retirement unit shot up after it
emerged that its customers probably
will not be alive for as long as was
forecast. L&G released £332m
previously put aside for pension
payments after the predicted rise in
UK life expectancy slowed.
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Smoked fish pie with crispy potato
and cauliflower topping
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 48
RHYME LETTERS
19
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SERVES 4-6
16
For the topping
900g floury potatoes, such as Maris
Piper or King Edward, peeled and
cut into large cubes
1 cauliflower cut into florets
150ml milk
50g butter
100g mature cheddar, grated
For the filling
450g fresh white fish, such as haddock,
cod or coley, skinned
250g smoked haddock fillet, skinned
1tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2tbsp flour
300ml hot vegetable stock
3tbsp crème fraîche
180g pack raw jumbo king prawns
25g pack fresh flat leaf parsley, finely
chopped
3 medium free range eggs, hard boiled,
shelled and quartered
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How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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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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LETTERS
Futoshiki
1
Tomorrow
Salmon and spinach fish pie
with sweet potato
VEHICLE
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
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DISPLAY
RHYME
7
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4
CAT
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2
STOLE
5
3
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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Recipe from waitrose.com
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Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6.
For the topping, bring a pan of water to
the boil and add the potatoes. Simmer
for 15 minutes until tender, then add
the cauliflower and simmer for eight
more minutes until the potatoes and
cauliflower are very tender.
Drain and return to the pan, and heat
for a few minutes to dry out the potatoes
and cauliflower. Add the milk and butter,
and mash together. Add the cheese and
mix well. Meanwhile, cut the fish into
large chunks and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and
cook the onion for about five minutes
until softened, then stir in the flour and
cook for a minute. Slowly add the hot
vegetable stock, stirring continuously,
until you have a smooth sauce. Add
the crème fraîche and stir. Add the fish,
prawns and parsley, then season.
Spoon the fish filling into a 1.5-litre
ovenproof dish and arrange the eggs on
top. Spoon on the mash and rough up the
top with a fork. Bake for 30 minutes until
the top is golden, the filling is bubbling
and the fish is cooked through.
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VOICES
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TV
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IQ
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1951
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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SPORT
i racing
In-form Elgin
added to field
for Champion
Hurdle
CARLISLE
Going:Heavy
ENHANCED PLACE ODDS AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 4) £11,400 added 2m 4f
1
F-4132 CARALINE M Hammond 7 12 1................. Mr Joe Wright (7) C,T
2
-9B313 MAJOR HINDRANCE (BF) Henry Oliver 8 11 12........D Crosse
3
-32215 WHITSUNDAYS D McCain 9 11 12......................................B Hughes T
4 14P32P NEVER UP (CD) Mrs S Smith 7 11 10...........................................D Cook
5
-973F4 GROVE SILVER (CD) Jennie Candlish 9 11 4.........S Quinlan B
BETTING: 2-1 Caraline, 5-2 Major Hindrance, 7-2 Whitsundays, 6-1 Grove
Silver, 7-1 Never Up.
3.55
NEWCASTLE
By Jon Freeman
7.15
RACING EDITOR
There were no surprise absentees at
yesterday’s six-day declaration stage
for the Champion Hurdle, but Elgin
has been added to the field after being
supplemented at a cost of £20,000.
Elgin has been improving all
season and his most recent victory
in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton
has persuaded connections that
Cheltenham’s first-day feature is
worth a shot.
“He deserves to take
his chance,” said
trainer Alan King
(left). “His rating is
higher than three
of the first six last
year and if you take
out Buveur D’Air,
it’s wide open.”
There
were,
however, a few unexpected
omissions on Tuesday’s supporting
card, notably Willie Mullins’ Vroum
Vroum Mag.
The winner of 14 of her 21 races,
Vroum Vroum Mag has been first and
second in the last two editions of the
Mares’ Hurdle, but hasn’t been in the
same sort of form over the winter, so
has been retired to the paddocks.
Also missing from the Festival
later in the week will be Top Notch,
“a bit too quiet,” according to Nicky
Henderson and therefore out of the
Ryanair Chase, and Olly Murphy’
County Hurdle fancy Hunters Call,
who has suffered a training setback.
Ruby Walsh has his first public ride
since breaking his leg last November
when partnering Lareena in a maiden hurdle at Thurles this afternoon.
Going:Standard
SUNBETS.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750 added 1m
1
2635-1 TESTA ROSSA (CD) J Goldie 8 9 9.................. Phil Dennis (3) B 1
2
52090- KENTUCKYCONNECTION B Smart 5 9 7 ................................G Lee 3
3
3-1531 ARNARSON E Dunlop 4 9 4....................................................R Havlin C 6
4
0-8322 LOST AT SEA K Burke 4 9 4..................................................... C Lee (3) V 4
5
0066-3 MUTARAKEZ (D) Mrs R Carr 6 9 2 ..............................J P Sullivan 2
6
42-355 ZABEEL STAR (D)(BF) K McLintock 6 8 9.......J Gormley (5) 5
BETTING: 11-8 Testa Rossa, 5-2 Arnarson, 5-1 Lost At Sea, 8-1 Zabeel Star,
Mutarakez, 25-1 Kentuckyconnection.
7.45
SUNBETS.CO.UK DOWNLOAD THE APP HANDICAP
(CLASS 5) £7,021 added 1m
1
2
04-913 AL KHAN (C) K Ryan 9 9 9...........................................................K Stott C 10
34-304 NEWMARKET WARRIOR (CD) I Jardine 7 9 7
J Gormley (5) 4
3
3729-5 ABUSHAMAH (D) Mrs R Carr 7 9 7..............................J P Sullivan 2
4
71465- NATAJACK (D) Rebecca Bastiman 4 9 6..........................P Makin 7
5
32177- SWANSWAY (CD) M W Easterby 5 9 5......................H Shaw (7) 5
6
44191- KILBAHA LADY (CD) N Tinkler 4 9 5.............L Edmunds (3) T 3
7
0001-9 METRONOMIC (D) P Niven 4 9 3.......................................... A Mullen 8
8
87879- HERNANDO TORRES (C)(D) M W Easterby 10 9 1
C Hardie 6
9
26547- SIR GNET E Dunlop 4 9 1.....................................................D Muscutt H 1
10 /D8-80 MAN OF VERVE P Kirby 4 8 12.................................................S Gray H 9
BETTING: 5-2 Al Khan, 4-1 Kilbaha Lady, 5-1 Abushamah, 11-2 Newmarket
Warrior, 8-1 Natajack, Sir Gnet, 10-1 Swansway, 25-1 Metronomic, 33-1
others.
8.15
BETWAY CHELTENHAM FIRST&LAST RACE LOSERS
MONEYBACK HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £9,750 added 6f
1
02-517 HEAVEN’S GUEST (CD) R Fahey 8 9 10.................... P Hanagan 7
2
42766- ROYAL BRAVE (C)(D)(BF) Rebecca Bastiman 7 9 7....P Makin 5
3
059-24 FIRMDECISIONS N Tinkler 8 9 5 ...........................L Edmunds (3) 2
4
3-6214 BORN TO FINISH (D)(BF) J Osborne 5 9 3 ...........J Fanning C 1
5
83-111 ORIENTAL LILLY (CD) J Goldie 4 8 13..............Phil Dennis (3) 3
6 600-63 GLORIOUS POLITICS (CD) T D Barron 4 8 12....Ben Curtis 6
7
66790- MAJESTE (D) Rebecca Bastiman 4 8 12 .................................J Hart 4
BETTING: 11-4 Oriental Lilly, 4-1 Born To Finish, 5-1 Heaven’s Guest,
Firmdecisions, 6-1 Glorious Politics, Royal Brave, 14-1 Majeste.
SOUTHWELL
Going:Standard
BETWAY CHELTENHAM FIRST&LAST RACE LOSERS
MONEYBACK HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £10,000 added 5f
1
20611- QUICK LOOK (D) M W Easterby 5 9 7.................Nathan Evans 4
2
3462-4 ARZAAK (CD) C Dwyer 4 9 7 .................................L Edmunds (3) B 1
3 224186 BROTHER TIGER (D) D C Griffiths 9 9 2 .................E Greatrex 2
4
1058-7 VIMY RIDGE (D) A Bailey 6 9 1...........................Joshua Bryan (5) 5
5
21-131 JACK THE TRUTH (CD) G Scott 4 8 13.......................Fran Berry 3
6
132221 SOMETHING LUCKY (CD) M Appleby 6 8 11(6ex)
A Rawlinson V 7
7
515145 ARCHIMEDES (CD) D C Griffiths 5 8 7....................J Quinn C,T 8
8
-44022 CROSSE FIRE (CD) S Dixon 6 8 7...........................................L Morris 6
BETTING: 5-2 Something Lucky, 3-1 Jack The Truth, 9-2 Quick Look, 6-1
Arzaak, 10-1 Crosse Fire, Brother Tiger, 14-1 others.
3.35
WINCANTON
Going:Soft-Heavy in places
SMARKETS HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £11,800
added 1m 7f
1
P-2341 MOABIT (CD) P Nicholls 6 12 2..........................Bryony Frost (3) T
2
-22611 SEA WALL (CD) C Gordon 10 11 12.................................H Reed (7) H
3
21F322 WATCOMBE HEIGHTS C Tizzard 8 11 9.......................... H Cobden
4
/62212 SHOW ON THE ROAD (BF) P Hobbs 7 11 7 ............M G Nolan H
5
562423 ANOTHER CRICK Noel Williams 5 11 2........ W Hutchinson H
6
3-5487 CATCHIN TIME Miss L Hurley 10 10 0....Miss Page Fuller (5) C,T
BETTING: 13-8 Moabit, 7-2 Show On The Road, 4-1 Sea Wall, 5-1 Watcombe
Heights, 7-1 Another Crick, 33-1 Catchin Time.
SMARKETS HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,800 added
3m 1f
1
24P-64 VIEUX LILLE (C) P Hobbs 8 11 13...........................................T J O’Brien
2
133F31 MUFFINS FOR TEA C Tizzard 8 11 12.........................P Brennan T
3
-92F32 TWO SMOKIN BARRELS (BF) M Scudamore 9 11 11
T Scudamore
4
113-02 KAP JAZZ (C)(BF) Miss V Williams 8 11 9....................C Deutsch
5
F2-316 DOMINGO Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 8 ...........................................A Coleman C
6
14-F22 THEDRINKYMEISTER K Bailey 9 11 6................................... D Bass V
7
-53P12 CRANK EM UP (CD)(BF) David Dennis 7 11 0
S Twiston-Davies B
8
5223-7 SAROQUE Miss V Williams 11 10 11..................Mr H Nugent (7)
9
8P2-43 FIGHT COMMANDER (BF) O Sherwood 9 10 7........L Aspell C
BETTING: 3-1 Muffins For Tea, 9-2 Two Smokin Barrels, 5-1 Kap Jazz, 7-1
Crank Em Up, 8-1 others.
2.40
3.10
top
tips
BEST BET
Domingo
(3.10pm, Wincanton)
Travelled well for a long way
before tiring on his British debut
at Ffos Las last month.
NEXT BEST
Moabit
(2.40pm, Wincanton)
Won as he pleased at Chepstow
last time and probably still a jump
ahead of the handicapper.
ANTE-POST
Elgin is a best-priced 20-1 after
being supplemented for the
Champion Hurdle.
CRICKET
EVENING RACING RESULTS
KEMPTON Going: Standard
5.40 1. KYLLACHY GALA (G Malune) 12-1; 2. Pactolus 11-1; 3. Star Archer
4-7 fav. 6 ran. nk, 11/4l. (M Botti). Tote: £16.90; £5.30, £4.40. Exacta: £121.90.
Trifecta: £236.50. CSF: £119.00. NR: Flight Of Fantasy.
6.10 1. TARSEEKH (C Bishop) 8-1; 2. De Little Engine 10-1; 3. Bookmaker
16-1. 14 ran. 11-8 fav Check ‘em Tuesday (7th). nk, 11/4l. (C Gordon). Tote:
£10.30; £2.70, £3.40, £3.40. Exacta: £92.50. Tricast: £857.24. Trifecta: £937.70.
CSF: £85.65. NRs: Compton Brave, Sandacres.
6.40 1. HERECOMESTHESUN (E Greatrex) 11-10 fav; 2. Lawn Ranger 10-1;
3. Martineo 10-1. 14 ran. 3/4l, 3l. (Archie Watson). Tote: £1.90; £1.10, £2.60,
£2.60. Exacta: £13.90. Trifecta: £115.60. CSF: £13.00.
7.10 1. GRONKOWSKI (J P Spencer) 6-4 fav; 2. Court House 5-2; 3. Fortune’s
Pearl 5-1. 7 ran. 3/4l, 11/4l. (J Noseda). Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £2.00. Exacta: £6.00.
Trifecta: £15.20. CSF: £5.62.
7.40 1. SPARE PARTS (Nicola Currie) 12-1; 2. Shyron 7-1; 3. Fast Track 11-2
fav. 13 ran. nk, 1/2l. (P McEntee). Tote: £11.80; £3.00, £3.00, £2.10. Exacta:
£107.20. Tricast: £401.57. Trifecta: £695.80. CSF: £93.74. NR: Magic Mirror.
8.10 1. STRATEGIC HEIGHTS (J P Spencer) 9-4 fav; 2. Porto Ferro 8-1; 3.
Awesome Allan 10-1. 10 ran. ns, 1/2l. (J Osborne). Tote: £3.30; £1.50, £1.90,
£1.70. Exacta: £19.40. Tricast: £162.97. Trifecta: £161.90. CSF: £22.87. NRs:
Caesar’s Comet, Ubla.
8.40 1. FAMOUS DYNASTY (Josephine Gordon) 7-1; 2. Tommys Geal
10-3 fav; 3. Bird For Life 5-1. 13 ran. nk, nk. (M Blanshard). Tote: £8.50;
£1.90, £1.50, £2.20. Exacta: £26.30. Tricast: £132.05. Trifecta: £147.20. CSF:
£30.33. NR: Avocet.
9.10 1. WALLY’S WISDOM (K Fox) 5-1; 2. Sanches 4-1; 3. Hold Hands 10-1. 12 ran.
3-1 fav Koubba (7th). 1/2l, 1l. (J R Jenkins). Tote: £8.00; £2.40, £2.30, £2.10. Exacta:
£43.60. Tricast: £198.84. Trifecta: £310.20. CSF: £25.63. NRs: Estibdaad, Shamonix.
Jackpot: £13,817.30. Placepot: £275.40. Quadpot: £7.60.
Taylor’s brilliant 181
sets up series decider
ENGLAND
Bairstow 138, Root 102,
Sodhi 4-58
335-9
NEW ZEALAND
Taylor 181 no, Latham 71
New Zealand won by five wickets
339-5
and Root in the 80s, a total pushing
400 looked likely.
Instead, Bairstow fell for 138 and
the rest of the batting line-up bar
Root, who made 102, misfired badly.
How costly that implosion would
be wasn’t initially clear after New
Zealand collapsed to two for two in
the third over of their chase.
Taylor, on the eve of his 34th
birthday, ultimately proved the
difference as New Zealand won by
five wickets, with three balls to spare,
to level the series at 2-2 and set up a
decider in Christchurch on Saturday.
Taylor had also scored a hundred
to condemn England to defeat in the
series opener in Hamilton.
What made this knock even more
impressive, though, was the fact
that he was forced to contend with
a recurrence of the thigh injury
that forced him to miss the previous
match, in Wellington, last weekend.
Morgan played down his team’s
dramatic collapse as a “one-off” and
insisted England will not change
their ultra-aggressive batting style.
By Chris Stocks
AT THE UNIVERSITY OVAL
Ross Taylor struck a brilliant, careerbest unbeaten 181 as England blew a
golden opportunity to secure a seriessealing win against New Zealand at
the University Oval.
Eoin Morgan’s team may have set
their opponents a record chase on
this ground of 336, in the fourth ODI,
following fine centuries by Jonny
Bairstow and Joe Root.
They surely would have been out of
sight at the halfway point had it not
been for an horrendous collapse of six
wickets for 21 runs, when they were
well set on 267 for one in the 38th over
of their innings.
At that stage, with Bairstow having
posted his first overseas ODI century
It has been
a one-off, that’s
the thing. We’ve
certainly had
collapses of
the top order...
but we’ve not
had a collapse
like that
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CYCLING
Ross Taylor
on his way
to a superb
unbeaten 181
in Dunedin
yesterday AP
He said: “It has been a one-off, that’s
the thing. We’ve certainly had collapses of the top order... but we’ve not
had a collapse like that.
“ I t ’s s o m e t h i n g t h a t ’s
not happened before and is
extremely disappointing.”
At the suggestion it was a case of
over-ambition, though, he said: “I’m
a big fan of over-ambition. We’ve
scored 400 twice. When two guys
play out of their skin... we’ve got to
put the cream on the cake and the
cherry on top.”
Taylor had to take the drinks
buggy across the ground to his press
conference as he struggled with the
thigh injury which ruled him out of
the previous match.
He hopes to be fit for the weekend,
and agreed his 19th ODI hundred
must rank among his best. “Being
there at the end, in a win, [it] has to
be up there,” said Taylor. “If they’d
got to 360-370, it would have been an
unrealistic target. We always knew
we’d have to bat well but we knew it
wasn’t out of our reach.”
As for his birthday plans between
matches, Taylor added: “I did have a
very nice bottle of wine in my suitcase
which I was going to open.
“But damn it, I don’t think I can
have it if I’m to give myself any
chance of playing on Saturday.”
THE INDEPENDENT
Deignan: I want to celebrate women’s
equality – not talk about Wiggins...
By Tim Rich
Standing in the same building where
Sir Bradley Wiggins was condemned
for use of a controlled substance,
Lizzie Deignan said she believed the
British public was intelligent enough
to realise cycling’s integrity was
measured by more than one man.
On Monday the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport select
committee released a report that accused Wiggins of using cortisone to
enhance his performance during the
2012 Tour de France.
Two days later, Deignan, who won
the world road race title under her
maiden name of Armitstead, was at
the Palace of Westminster for the announcement that the Tour of Britain
would, for the first time, offer equal
prize money to women and men.
“I am here to celebrate women
gaining equality in the Tour of Britain, which is something I have long
wanted, and yet every interview I
have done has been about Wiggins,”
she said. “I credit the public with
enough intelligence to realise that
cycling goes beyond one man.
“It is unfortunate this has
happened; the reputation of cycling
has been damaged by this.
“There are so many good things
happening in cycling, so many good
people – from volunteers to coaches,
to people who help organise the
sport at grassroots level who do not
deserve to be damaged by this. It is
really upsetting.”
The irony is that Ovo Energy’s
decision to more than double the
prize money for the women’s tour to
€90,000 (£80,385) is proof the sport
still carries a wide appeal to sponsors
just when the credibility of its star
performers is under serious question
with the public.
Victories in the London Olympics and the Tour de France earned
Wiggins the BBC Sports Personality
of the Year award. Chris Froome was
nominated last year after his fourth
Tour de France win – and finished
seventh.
Deignan, who can recall a time just
before the London Olympics when
the men’s team had a back-up team of
20 while the women had to make do
with two, and had to borrow helmets
from Team Sky, argues equality is far
more important.
“Female cycling is huge now, from
participation right the way through
Hayley Simmonds, Elinor Barker, Lizzie Deignan, Hannah Peyton and Joscelin
Lowden launch the 2018 Ovo Energy Women’s Tour of Britain SWPIX
to racing. It is something we have ing to Ireland to be with her future
fought for.
father-in-law, who was suffering from
“There can be no more excuses terminal cancer.
because, if the Tour of Britain can do
However, tipped to win gold to go
it, so can the others. It is also vital it with the silver she had won in the
is on television because when I grew London Games, she made no impact
up my hero was Denise Lewis, not on the roads of Rio.
Nicole Cooke because she was never
“I was wearing a jersey people did
on television.”
not want me to wear,” she reflected.
The race will begin in Framlingham “I felt I wasn’t being willed on by the
in Suffolk, move to the heart
nation, I felt I had bricks on my
of England for stages in
back.” Wiggins called her
Northamptonshire,
excuses for missing the
Wa r w i c k s h i re a n d
tests “ludicrous”.
Worcestershire before
Tw o y e a r s o n ,
climaxing among the
contemplating a rePrize money, in
mountains of Snowturn to the Tour of
euros, that the
donia. It will finish
Britain she won in
men’s and women’s
on 17 June on the sea2016, she said: “As
winners
of
the
front at Colwyn Bay.
long as you can look at
Tour of Britain will
Less than two years
yourself in the mirror
receive
ago, Deignan was in a
when you wake up, that is
position where Wiggins
all that matters.
now stands, fighting for her
“Ultimately, I have no control
reputation after being accused of over what people think of me. All
missing three drugs tests, an offence I can rely on are my own integrity
which carries an automatic ban.
and my own hard work. I compete
She managed to clear her name because cycling is the thing I have
in time to compete for Britain in always loved.
the Rio de Janeiro Olympics – one
“Am I a better cyclist than I was?
of the drugs testers had made no That’s a good question. It is harder
serious attempt to find her and the to win back the world championship
other failure had been due to her fly- than to win it in the first place.
“I think any athlete would tell you
that, because the moment you have
I was wearing a jersey in
that medal in your hand, your mind
Rio that people did not want
starts to wander elsewhere – but
me to wear. I felt I had bricks
I have never been one for resting
on laurels.”
on my back
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Cardiff
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Birmingham 36 8 6 22 23 54 30
Burton Alb
35 7 8 20 26 62 29
Sunderland
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K Boyd 30 (pen)
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Erwin 58
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Celtic
28 19 7 2 56 18 64
Rangers
29 18 4 7 59 32 58
Aberdeen
28 16 4 8 43 33 52
Hibernian
28 13 9 6 40 32 48
Kilmarnock
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Hearts
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Motherwell
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SPORT
FRANCE
SCOTLAND
Kingholm starts as
Townsend predicts
aerial bombardment
By Duncan Smith
Scotland
It has gone down as one of Team to play Ireland (Saturday, Dublin)
Scotland’s greatest wins, but coach
Gregor Townsend said yesterday
S Hogg
B Kinghorn
S Maitland
he could spend “hours” talking
15
11
14
about what didn’t go right in the
H Jones
13
glorious Calcutta Cup triumph.
P Horne
12
Townsend has made just one
enforced change from the team that
10
9
G Laidlaw
F Russell
beat England for Saturday’s trip to
Dublin, rewarding the players who
8
have put Scotland’s Six Nations
6
7
R Wilson
firmly back on track.
H Watson
J Barclay, capt
However, he made clear there was
5
4
G Gilchrist
J Gray
plenty of room for improvement,
and that it will have to be achieved
2
1
3
if the Scots are to post a landmark
S Berghan
G Reid
S McInally
away win to put themselves into the
Replacements R Brown, J Bhatti, WP Nel,
mix for the title.
T Swinson, D Denton, A Price, N Grigg, L Jones.
“There are lots of things we could
improve on. I would be here for
hours if I listed them all,” he said. 10 minutes against England, that’s
“Look, the pleasing thing was the up there with the best we’ve seen.”
Townsend said that Edinburgh’s
accuracy and intent we played at in
the first half. How we defended, we Blair Kinghorn had been told just
before the team was announced
were aggressive there.
“We were obviously very good that he would be starting on the
around the breakdown. It will wing after Tommy Seymour failed
be much tougher this weekend to recover from a back injury.
It is an unfamiliar position
because of how Ireland are
for the full‑back, but
in contact.
Townsend has every
“But there were a
faith in Kinghorn,
few things we didn’t
while acknowledging
get right – things
that he is likely to
you probably
Age of Edinburgh
be targeted early by
don’t see until you
full-back
Blair
Ireland’s renowned
go t h rou gh t he
Kingholm, who will
kicking game.
video two or three
play on the wing
“If you are playing
times. Just look‑
against Ireland
against a team with
ing at where a player
a strong kicking game,
could be to take an
you expect, whether at full‑
opportunity that might
back or wing, to have kicks to
have presented itself.
“In the second half, we did have deal with. We like the balance of our
a couple of opportunities we didn’t back three, with three full‑backs
take. But the commitment and there. We expect we will get some
effort in defence over the last five or kicks to catch.”
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ENGLAND
Australia ready to move
for Jones after World Cup
By Chris Jones
Australia are thinking of turning to
Eddie Jones after the 2019 World
Cup, even though he extended his
contract with England until 2021
just two months ago.
England have claimed
successive Six Nations
titles under the
58‑year‑old Australian,
a nd w i th M ichael
Cheika announcing he
will quit as Wallabies
coach if he does not win
the World Cup in Japan,
Australian rugby chiefs are
weighing up replacements.
Jones (above) was head coach
when the Wallabies were beaten
by England in the 2003 World Cup
final, and if he returned to that role
it would rule him out of leading the
Lions on their tour of South Africa
in 2021.
Ben Whitaker, Rugby Australia’s
high performance manager, is in
charge of the process and has made
it clear Jones is on his radar.
Jones will be irritated this
issue has surfaced as he
prepares the team to
face France in Paris,
but Whitaker said:
“I ca n’ t sp eak o n
behalf of the board,
but if I’m tasked with
pulling together a list of
potential candidates, is
Eddie Jones on there? Yes, he
is – quite obviously.
“If he’s willing and able, which
are things you would have to work
out, he would be on the list – prob‑
ably another dozen would be too.”
EVENING STANDARD
Why French crisis
just goes on and on
O
n Saturday afternoon
at the Stade de France,
half an hour before
the home team take
on England in the Six
Nations Championship, Bernard
Laporte will shake hands with
Edouard Philippe, the French
Prime Minister, and Bill Beaumont,
the boss of World Rugby, and
officially begin France’s run‑in to
hosting the 2023 World Cup. It is
unlikely Laporte, the chairman
of the French Rugby Federation
(FFR), will take questions from
the assembled press on the public
prosecutor’s ongoing investigation
into his alleged conflict of interest –
but with the state of the Gallic game
as it is, how can anyone be sure?
France are a global power of
rugby in disarray. No team including
England can match their Six Nations
record in the open era: Grand
Slams in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004 and
2010. But that last year was the fin
de siècle: from 2012 to 2016 they
finished in the bottom half of the
table every season.
The country will stage the 2023
World Cup in big, gleaming football
stadiums, having promised hundreds
of millions of pounds in revenue. But
the calamities among their rugby
men have been mounting up.
On the field, the end to Guy
Novès as national coach came
with a 23‑23 draw at home to
Japan last November. The sports
newspaper L’Equipe claims Novès
and his assistants are still waiting
for their pay‑offs.
Off the field, new coach Jacques
Brunel – 64 years young – dropped
Once the best in Europe, France came
into the Six Nations in total disarray.
Since then the situation has become
almost farcical. Hugh Godwin reports
eight players who went on a bizarre
charges. Nevertheless, Mourad
night out in Edinburgh after losing
Boudjellal, the chairman of Toulon
32‑26 to Scotland three weeks ago.
– one of the powerful French clubs
They included the effervescent
whose legion of foreign players may
try‑scoring wing Teddy Thomas
have weakened the national side –
and the battering‑ram No 8 Louis
commented archly in a video blog:
Picamoles, both of whom might
“Thanks to Les Bleus, Edinburgh
have given England
has become the capital of
sleepless nights.
spanking.”
After the misbehaving
Then there is Laporte.
The French
group’s mostly sleepless
The indomitable former
are still very
night in the Scottish
coach and minister
lackadaisical. France
capital, Arthur Iturria,
for sport had his FFR
They are
the lock, and Geoffrey
office and home raided in
not close to
Palis, the full‑back, both
January over a possible
being as
attributed facial injuries
conflict of interest due to
they had suffered to
his business dealings with
professional
accidental collisions with
Mohed Altrad – another
as players
hotel‑room furniture.
of the club owners, at
in
England
The truth, according to
Montpellier, who has his
some French newspapers,
company name on France’s
was a brief fight outside a night
jerseys in a big‑money sponsorship.
club, before at least one woman
As for Brunel (right), he came into
joined players in a hotel room.
the job with conciliatory talk of several
Scottish police delayed the French
club coaches helping him out. When
team’s flight the following morning
I asked him at the Six Nations’ media
to make inquiries, but brought no
launch for some names and how it
France in Six Nations and World Cups since 2000
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2nd
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6th
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WC: Quarter-final
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Maxime
Machenaud
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feelings
known after
France’s loss
to Ireland last
month GETTY
would work, he muttered vaguely
partnerships at nine and 10, and
about getting everyone on the same
they all do different things, and the
page. He was much less equivocal
rest have to adapt.
after Edinburgh. The dropped players
“Generally, from what I’ve been
have stayed dropped and in the next
hearing, everyone in the French
match, a ho-hum win over Italy, wing
camp seems a lot happier under
Benjamin Fall and fly-half Lionel
Brunel. But if I was the French
Beauxis made their first starts in five
coach, I’d put in a five-year plan to
and six years, respectively.
get this team back into the condition
Bearing in mind it has
you need an international
become almost impossible
team to be in. The
to predict any France
French are still very
line-up, to lose half the
lackadaisical. They’re
team as a disciplinary
not anywhere close to
measure must have
being as professional
France have won
hurt. Brunel’s initial
as the young players
just one Six Nations
selection, remember,
coming through in
game against
was a last-minute
England. Here in
England since 2010
drop goal by Johnny
France, they rely a lot
losing the other six
Sexton away from
more on their talent
matches
beating Ireland in their
and raw skill. Rather than
opening Six Nations match
working as hard as you need
this year.
to work at international level.
Nick Abendanon, the former Bath
“In my opinion, they need a hard
and England full-back, has played
international coach that will give
for Clermont Auvergne in France
them a bit of direction in getting that
for the past four seasons, and
mentality of working hard and being
three of his club-mates – Sébastien
a lot more professional. But I can’t
Vahaamahina, Rabah Slimani and
see that ever happening.”
Rémy Grosso – are in the squad
Abendanon is predicting an
to meet England. Another, Rémi
England win on Saturday, but
Lamerat, was one of those
he added: “I know the French
jettisoned, post-Edinburgh.
feel that if there’s ever a good
“The players are definitely
opportunity to beat England,
there in France,” Abendanon
this is it. They are trying
told i. “Unfortunately Antoine
to use the quality of their
Dupont and Matthieu Jalibert,
attacking players to
the young scrum-half and
move teams around
fly-half, both got injured in
the field. If they get into
the Ireland game. Morgan
a kicking game with
Parra would have come back
England, they’ll
at scrum-half, but he got
be screwed. They
injured. They have tried
don’t want to get into
God knows how many
that duel.”
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WALES
ENGLAND WOMEN
Gatland opens
the door for
North’s early
return home
‘Future is bright for
women’s game – I
wish I was playing’
By Andrew Baldock
By Peter Rutzler
to encourage greater integration
between the men’s and women’s
You could say that Maggie Alphonsi teams, with both Saracens and
has won everything that women’s Harlequins ensuring their male
rugby has to offer. The flanker, who and female sides are firmly placed
retired in 2014, played a key part in under the same umbrella, using the
seven successive Six Nations tri- same kit, sponsors and stadia.
umphs with England, including six
But there remain some caveats.
Grand Slams, as well as lifting the The most noticeable development
World Cup trophy four years ago.
has seen a cross-over between the
But there is still one thing she
15s game with sevens, with the
wishes she could have parlatter attracting several
ticipated in: the new,
from the England set-up
revamped Tyrrells
including World Cup
Premier 15s.
star Emily Scarratt.
“You’ve hit a nerve,
This has resulted in
I am gutted that I’m
key players missnot playing in it, honing the Six Nations,
estly,” Alphonsi tells
with players switchi, speaking on behalf
ing formats ahead of
of Land Rover during
the Commonwealth
a HITZ session at the
Games and a World
Stoop to celebrate InterCup later this year. For
national Women’s Day.
Alphonsi, this could pose
The top flight of women’s do- challenges to both set-ups.
mestic rugby in England has had
“The ideal vision for sevens and
a breakthrough year. The launch 15s rugby is that you would want
of the new format, featuring 10 it to be separate,” she says. “The
sides, coupled with £2.4m worth challenge I see is that it is very hard
of RFU investment, has sought to to move players back and forth
improve standards in the domestic and expect them to perform in
women’s game.
both formats.”
For Alphonsi (above),
Yet Alphonsi remains
who spent her entire cahighly positive about the
reer playing for Saracens,
future.
The Six Nations is
This year
missing out on the re- we have seen
becoming more competibranding was disappoint- big strides
tive; the 2017 tournament
ing, but she feels she has
went down to the wire.
played some part in help- forward. For
This year is poised to be
young girls the the same, with England’s
ing the game progress.
“I finished in 2014 and opportunities and France’s game this
that was just the start of are getting
weekend likely to decide
it. We won the World Cup, bigger and
the overall winner.
and people were starting better
“This year we have seen
to get interested in wommassive strides forward
en’s rugby,” she says.
and for young girls com“What is great is that we have ing into the game the opportunities
a competition structure which is are just getting bigger and better,”
sponsored, we have female athletes she says. “Now people are fully
who are on professional contracts aware of women’s rugby where beand games are being shown on TV.” fore there probably wasn’t much of
Women’s rugby is certainly on a discussion.”
an upward trajectory. England’s Land Rover is a key partner of
defeat to New Zealand last year in HITZ; a national programme that
the Rugby World Cup final in Dublin uses rugby to inspire and motivate
attracted 2.6 million TV viewers.
young adults to get back into
The Premier 15s has also helped education or employment
Warren Gatland has opened the door
on an earlier-than-expected return
to Wales for star wing George North.
The British and Irish Lion’s contract with Premiership club Northampton expires this summer. It was
announced last November that he
will then move back to Wales on a national dual contract and join a so far
unspecified regional team.
Saints have five Aviva Premiership
games left, but whether or not North
(below)playsapartisdebatable.Hisselection to face Italy this weekend came
four days after he missed the Premiership game against Sale Sharks, after
which interim Saints boss Alan Gaffney suggested the 25-year-old had not
wanted to play for Northampton.
North had been released by Wales
as it was a Six Nations fallow week,
but he did not feature for Northampton and there were reports of an
arrangement with former
Saints rugby director
Jim Mallinder that
he would not play
club rugby on
rest weekends.
Gatland,
who said that
North suffered
a hip-flexor injury during the
37-27 defeat against
Ireland, added: “The
message I have said to George is if
he wants to come home quicker than
next season, we will look after him.
“We are here for him. He knows if
he isn’t comfortable in that environment we will support him and the
union [Welsh Rugby Union] will support him 100 per cent for whatever
happens with him.”
Wales have made 10 changes from
the side that lost to Ireland. Bath No 8
Taulupe Faletau captains his country
for the first time, taking over from a
rested Alun Wyn Jones, while Scarlets flanker James Davies – younger
brother of Wales centre Jonathan
Davies – makes his Test debut.
Gareth Anscombe becomes Wales’
third different starting fly-half of this
season’s Six Nations.
Wales
Team to play Italy (Sunday, Cardiff)
L Williams
G North
14
S Evans
15
11
13 O Watkin
12 H Parkes
9 G Davies
G Anscombe 10
8
7
T Faletau, capt
J Davies
5
4
C Hill
6
J Tipuric
D Davies
3
2
1
T Francis
E Dee
N Smith
Replacements K Owens, R Evans, S Lee, S Davies,
E Jenkins, A Davies, R Patchell, L Halfpenny.
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Wolves back
on track by
ending Leeds’
play-off hopes
LEEDS UNITED
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Saiss 28, Boly 45, Afobe 74
0
3
By Callum Dent
AT ELLAND ROAD
Championship leaders Wolves returned to form with a bang as they
beat Leeds to move a step closer
to promotion.
Nuno Espirito Santo had seen
his side’s rampant form stall in
recent weeks following a threematch winless streak.
That run allowed nearest challengers Cardiff to cut the gap from
13 points to three, but Wolves doubled their advantage at the top
courtesy of goals from Romain
Saïss, Willy Boly and Benik Afobe
during an impressive display.
Wanderers are also now 10
points clear of third-placed Aston
Villa, who host their local rivals on
Saturday evening.
Similar to the 3-0 defeat at
Middlesbrough last Friday night,
Leeds were again second best and
saw their very slim play-off hopes
go up in smoke.
Leeds had the crowd engaged
early on, hurrying Wolves with
their pressing, but it was not long
before Diogo Jota started to influence the game. They eventually
made their pressure count in the
28th minute as the unmarked Saïss
headed in a Barry Douglas corner.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Leeds’
goalkeeper, denied Wolves again
with a fine save at the feet of Leo
Bonatini following a flowing team
move. But he could do nothing
about Boly doubling the visitors’
advantage on the stroke of halftime, the defender nodding in
after Danny Batth’s header came
back off the crossbar from another Douglas corner.
It was second-half substitute
Afobe who sealed the win 16 minutes from time, chipping the onrushing Peacock-Farrell to leave
Leeds with one win from their last
13 games in all competitions.
How ‘The Growl’ made Milan smile
– and why it’s bad news for Arsenal
has made headlines for slapping his
assistant on the touchline, for asking
his own players to slap him and for a
bizarre expletive-ridden post-match
press conference.
But, promotion with Pisa aside,
sk those who know
Gattuso had done little of note in a
Gennaro Gattuso best to
footballing sense in roles at Palermo,
describe him in a word
Swiss club FC Sion and OFI Crete.
and one always comes to
That was until he returned to
mind: “Angry.”
San Siro in November. He took the
A snarling bulldog of a man, at the reins with Milan in a mess. All the
peak of his playing days – whether
optimism that swept through the club
in the Rossoneri of Milan or Azzurri
last summer – after a £200million
of the Italian national team –
outlay on a whole new team
Gattuso was renowned for
of players – had washed
his combative style in
away. Under former
the middle of the park.
manager Vincenzo
Lunging tackles,
Montella, Milan had
red cards and
lost to all six of their
Milan
are
yet
to
lose
pitchside punch-ups
big rivals in Serie A
in 2018 – they are on
were commonplace.
by mid-November
a 13-game unbeaten
Andrea Pirlo even
and
looked destined
run with six clean
joked that Gattuso
for yet another season
sheets in a row
once tried to kill him
outside of the fight for a
with a fork.
Champions League place.
A few grey hairs and a
While a return to Europe’s
move to the dugout has done little
top competition next season is still
to calm the man they call “Ringhio”
a long shot, Gattuso has at least
(the growl). In his short and quixotic restored some pride at one of Italy’s
managerial career to date, Gattuso
most storied clubs.
Evan
Bartlett
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Willy Boly (left) celebrates scoring
Wolves’ second goal against Leeds
Since taking over from Montella
in late November, the 40-year-old
has transformed the mood in Milan,
leading the club on a 13-game
unbeaten run and into the
Italian Cup final.
The improvement has
not gone unnoticed among
the club’s cognoscenti.
“I like him. I like his
presence, he’s always angry,”
says Ruud Gullit, a Ballon d’Or
and two-time European Cup
winner with Milan in the
late 1980s. “Sometimes
in football you need to
be moody! If you love
too much then people
don’t like it.”
“Gattuso has really
changed the face of Milan,”
agrees Andriy Shevchenko,
who won the Champions
League and Ballon d’Or
while playing for Milan
in the mid-2000s. “It’s
almost like two different
teams. With Montella, Milan
signed 11 players and it was a
time of transition. It’s always
difficult when so many players
come to find the perfect solution.
Any manager needs time to adapt
players and bring them into team in
the perfect positions.
“The second stage, when Rino
came, it has really changed the
mentality of the players. Milan are
starting to look like the Milan of
the old days.”
The “Milan of the old days”
which Shevchenko speaks
of – arguably Europe’s best
side in the 2000s – was built
on strong foundations: Dida,
Alessandro Nesta, Paolo
Maldini, Cafu – to name
a few – comprised one
of the most formidable
defensive lines in football.
Gattuso, a key
component of that side
at the base of midfield,
has instilled something of
that era into the current
team with Gianluigi
Donnarumma, the
highly promising young
goalkeeper, playing
behind Leonardo
Bonucci, a surprise
signing from Juventus
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are stuck in a
negative spiral
By Mark Mann-Bryans
Gennaro Gattuso
leads his Milan
players in
celebration after
beating Lazio in
the Coppa Italia
semi-final last
weekend GETTY
last summer, and Alessio Romagnoli,
one of Europe’s most exciting young
defenders. Milan have now kept six
clean sheets in a row.
“At the moment Milan looks very
good,” Shevchenko adds. “They are
compact and aggressive and very
angry for the win.”
That word again: angry.
The perfect example of this
new-found doggedness was shown
in the Coppa Italia semi-final last
Wednesday against a Lazio side which
has scored more goals than any other
in Italy this season. Milan held them
to 210 minutes of goalless action,
eventually triumphing on penalties.
Following that win, Gattuso
promised Arsenal a night of “ugly”
at San Siro on Thursday. “We’re not
Brad Pitt,” Gattuso said. “We have to
continue being as ugly as me and my
beard, with dark circles under our
eyes. I want to clear this up, as I am
not a great coach. I’m still in the early
days, I’m not a guru of the bench
and I’ve achieved nothing yet. At the
same time, I am not the person that
some seemed to think I was.
“You don’t learn this profession
through books, you learn it by
getting smashed in the teeth by
setbacks. I’ve had some and I will
have many more.”
Arsène Wenger will be hoping one
of those setbacks comes tonight,
but if you had to pick any team in
Europe that does not fancy coming
up against an “ugly”, “angry” Milan
and be “smashed in the teeth”... it
would probably be Wenger’s.
Arsène Wenger insists winning the
Europa League is an opportunity
Arsenal must grab – but Laurent Koscielny admits he and his team-mates
are in a “negative spiral”.
The Gunners are away to AC Milan
tonight in the opening leg of their
last-16 Europa League clash.
Arsenal head into the San Siro
clash having lost their last four games
in all competitions, including a Carabao Cup final defeat at the hands of
Manchester City. That run has also
left them 13 points adrift of the Premier League top four and supporters have started to turn on manager
Wenger once again.
Koscielny called for unity after
Sunday’s galling 2-1 loss at Brighton
and, speaking on the eve of the Milan
game, conceded the mentality of the
players needs addressing.
“When you have bad results its always bad for the team,” he said. “We
are disappointed with how we played.
We need to be together. That’s the
most important. It doesn’t matter
what’s going on outside.
“We are in a negative spiral and it’s
difficult to get out of this. We need to
have positive voices in our heads because the brain dictates the body and
the legs.”
The slump in Premier League
form now means winning the Europa
League, as Manchester United did last
season, is the clearest path for returning to European football’s top table.
Wenger has called on his players
to step up and do just that, as they
look to stop their season petering
out with two months of the campaign
remaining.
“It makes me think about last year,”
Wenger replied, when asked if having
a trophy to play for was similar to last
season’s run to a third FA Cup success in four years. “Last year we won
the FA Cup, we made 75 points and
missed out of the Champions League
by one point.
“Seventy-five points is still a very
good score that we will not reach this
season. This is an opportunity we
have to take, yes, of course.
“It is certainly difficult when you
go through a patch like that but it is
[also] a good opportunity to show you
have the quality and the strengths.”
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JonathanLiew
PSG must learn that gathering 11
superstars does not make a team
Shortly before half-time at the Parc
des Princes, a swell of noise surged
around the stadium and filled it like
water. Kylian Mbappé had timed
his run to perfection and was free,
clear, on his own. With Edinson
Cavani haring unmarked through
the centre, surely this would be
the moment that Paris SaintGermain took the lead and seized
the momentum in their Champions
League last-16 tie against Real
Madrid.
Of course, had Mbappé squared
the ball to Cavani, it would have
been a noteworthy event in itself.
On a night of familiar frustrations
for the French league leaders,
perhaps the most familiar of all
was the way in which their muchheralded front three seemed to
Kylian Mbappé’s travails summed up Paris Saint-Germain’s problems GETTY
be playing three entirely different
games. Mbappé passed the ball
to Cavani once all night. Cavani
Of course, teams of superstars
to Marco Verratti, wanted to do
didn’t pass the ball to Mbappé or
have won Champions Leagues
something eye-catching before
Angel di Maria at all. Di Maria
before; indeed, these days you
moving the ball along: almost as
didn’t pass the ball to Cavani, and
would almost call it a prerequisite.
if trying to justify their time on
passed it once to Mbappé.
But what links virtually
the ball.
This, perhaps, is the curse
all this competition’s
And this, perhaps, is the biggest
of filling your team with
problem with this team. There is
Like one of winning sides, from
superstars. Everyone
Zinedine Zidane’s Real
not one purpose but 11. Like one
those hastily
wants to be the man.
Madrid to Roberto di
of those hastily assembled boy
assembled
And so of course Mbappé
Matteo’s Chelsea to Jose
bands you see on The X Factor,
X-Factor boy Mourinho’s Porto, is a
took on the shot. It was
PSG has become a vessel for naked
bands, PSG
saved by Keylor Navas.
sense of shared purpose.
individual ambition. How can you
Cavani looked furious, but has become
That’s not to say you
build an elite footballing unit when
perhaps deep down he
need a Big Idea. But
your front three won’t even pass it
a vessel for
knew he would have done
you
do
need
a
skeletal
to each other?
individual
exactly the same thing.
structure
upon
which
to
And so that Mbappé chance
ambition
As another Champions
hang your multitude of
encapsulated the very modern
League draws to a
diverse talents.
dilemma that superclubs like
conclusion without PSG’s
What, then, is PSG’s shared
PSG face at the sharp end of this
involvement, you wonder whether
purpose? It’s hard to discern. Often
competition: how do you build a
this will be the year that the penny
it’s “pass the ball to Neymar”,
long-term project when it is built
finally drops for France’s richest
which is why it’s even harder to tell
on the idea of instant gratification?
club and its Qatari ownership.
what they’re doing when he’s not
Perhaps this is the ultimate irony
Coach Unai Emery will doubtless be playing. But even as they recycled
of the PSG tale: that the world’s
replaced this summer. But is there
the ball on Tuesday, the distinct
most impatient club is being forced
the appetite in Paris for a genuine
whiff of performative individualism
to wait, and wait, and wait, for
shift in approach, one that seeks to
was hard to shake off. Everyone,
the one thing it really wants. THE
build rather than merely assemble?
from Dani Alves to Adrien Rabiot
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LIVERPOOL
Uefa drop Brewster racism
case due to lack of evidence
By Carl Markham
Laurent Koscielny called for unity
after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton
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Liverpool have urged football’s
governing bodies to take “robust”
action to tackle discrimination in
the game after a racism allegation made by young striker Rhian
Brewster was dropped due to
insufficient evidence.
No action will be taken against
Spartak Moscow’s Leonid Mironov
after Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body could not prove he had
used discriminatory language towards the England Under-17 World
Cup winner in a Uefa Youth League
in December. Mironov admitted
swearing at Brewster (right) during
the game but – despite the Liverpool
player’s furious reaction on the pitch
– no proof of racist comments was
uncovered after five players from
each side and the match official were
interviewed, although Uefa
conceded the allegation was
made in good faith.
In a similar incident,
Reds first-team forward Roberto Firmino
last month saw the case
against him dropped
because there was no evidence to corroborate Everton
defender Mason Holgate’s allegations of a racist remark.
A club spokesman said: “We
would like to place on record our admiration for the courage shown by
Rhian throughout this process and
commend his exemplary conduct.
“The club is very proud of the maturity, dignity and leadership Rhian
has displayed in bringing focus to
this issue and he will continue to receive our full support.
“In keeping with Rhian’s stance,
the club encourages football’s governing bodies to facilitate
the most robust processes
possible to identify and
tackle discrimination in
the game at all ages.”
Kick it Out also released a statement
saying that they were
“deeply disappointed” in
the verdict and that the outcome is “likely to give further encouragement to those who wish to
be abusive in sport”.
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FOOTBALL
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LAST 16
Spurs stunned as they are mugged
Tottenham Hotspur
Sam
Cunningham
Lloris
AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Son 39
1
JUVENTUS
Higuain 64, Dybala 67
Juventus win 4-3 on aggregate
2
Trippier Sanchez Vertonghen Davies
Dembélé
Alli
Dier
Eriksen
Kane
Son
Why bother wasting your time and
energy with a whole lot of hard
Higuain
Dybala
Costa
work when you can score a couple
of goals in each leg in short, punishing bursts? It was during the openMatuidi
Khedira
ing nine minutes of the first match,
Pjanic
in Turin, that Juventus went two
ahead; at Wembley, they scored
Barzagli
Sandro Chiellini Benatia
from their first two shots on target
in three devastating second-half
Buffon
minutes. The rest, largely, had been
all Tottenham.
Spurs were in control, as they Juventus
had been for the remaining 81 min- Substitutions: Tottenham Lamela (Dier, 74), Llorente
86); Juventus Asamoah (Matudi, 60), Lichtsteiner
utes at the Allianz Stadium, and (Alli,
(Benatia, 61), Sturaro (Higuain, 83).
they were a goal ahead, needing Booked: Tottenham Vertonghen, Alli, Dembélé;
Sandro, Panjic, Benatia, Chiellini.
merely not to concede more than Juventus
Man of the match Costa.
once in the final 26 minutes of their Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Tottenham 51% Juventus 49%.
Champions League last-16 meeting. Attempts on target: Tottenham 6 Juventus 3.
Less than half-an-hour to record Referee S Marciniak (Pol).
one of the great European nights in Attendance 84,010.
their history.
Those three minutes were the Barzagli on the left and shot hard
sharp end of football at the high- across goal, but Gianluigi Buffon got
est level: Gonzalo Higuain, scorer a solid double-fist away from danger.
of both goals in the first leg, flicked
It was a strange first half of ifs
out a leg to divert the ball past Hugo and buts, but Spurs finished ahead.
Lloris, then played Paulo Dybala Harry Kane duped Giorgio Chiellini
through on goal and the 24-year-old with some close control inside the
finished with the calmness of
penalty area and, as the Italian
a veteran.
defender went to ground,
There was a muted,
his hand met the ball. No
shared disbelief
penalty. Chiellini even
around the majorappeared to swipe his
ity in the stadium: if
hand at the ball.
Last night’s
being stunned had
Two minutes later,
defeat was
a sound, it would be
Douglas Costa raced
Spurs’
first
in
this. How, they were
free of Jan Vertong18 matches
all wondering, had it
hen, who clearly took
come to this?
the Brazilian forward
Nine minutes in last
down. Referee Szymon
night and Spurs hadn’t
Marciniak gave nothing.
conceded twice, which was a
Five Juve players surrounded
vast improvement on the previous him angrily, and they had a point.
match. They hadn’t even let in one. The instinct was to call for VAR,
Ahead in the tie already on away until you realised there was a bloke
goals, following the 2-2 draw, they standing only six yards away, with a
should have had the lead outright clear view. The additional assistant
themselves after only three minutes referee was staring right at the playwhen Son Heung-min beat Andrea ers as it happened, knees slightly
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FOOTBALL
Kilmarnock see off
Saints to reach fifth
A magical performance from Jordan
Jones saw Kilmarnock climb to fifth
in the Scottish Premiership with a
2-0 win over 10-man St Johnstone.
The winger terrorised the Saints
defence, earning a penalty and
tempting a cynical challenge from
Jason Kerr, who was sent off late in
the first half. Kris Boyd scored his
13th of the season, blasting home
from the spot. Lee Erwin scored the
second to continue an impressive
home run under Steve Clarke.
bent, so as to be as close as possible
without entering the field.
Had that been a penalty and a yellow card, then Vertonghen would
surely have been off just before the
half-hour when he was booked for
tripping Dybala. If. But.
If Juventus felt aggrieved by that,
their frustration was compounded
six minutes before the break when
Son gave Spurs the lead. Barzagli
monstered Dele Alli during a Totten-
ham attack, but the ball trickled to
Kieran Trippier, who passed across
the box for his South Korean teammate to scuff the ball over Chiellini
and Buffon, who had gone to ground
expecting a low shot.
Barzagli versus Son down Tottenham’s left was an uncomfortable
mismatch for the Italians. It was like
watching Usain Bolt entering the
kids’ race at a school fete for a bit of
laugh; over and over and over again.
CRICKET
Warner clear to play second Test
David Warner will be available for
Australia’s second Test against
South Africa this week
after accepting a breach
of the International
Cricket Council’s code
of conduct.
Warner (right) was
hit with a level two
charge after video
footage showed the
fiery Australia opener
having to be restrained by
his team-mates from confronting
Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman
Quinton de Kock. The Australian
vice-captain’s acceptance of
a level two offence means
he receives three demerit
points and has been
fined 75 per cent of his
match fee, but avoids a
one-Test ban.
De Kock is contesting
his charge – a level one
offence for which the severest
punishment is a fine – and will
attend a hearing today.
A couple of minutes before his goal,
Son had run clear into that space
once more, beaten the covering
Chiellini with a clever feint before
dragging a shot across Buffon and
wide. His goal was third time lucky.
After the break Juventus adopted
the tactics of a relegation-threatened Isthmian League side and
started kicking lumps out of their
opponents. Chiellini pole-axed Alli,
as Spurs countered, with a challenge
FORMULA ONE
McLaren hit by yet
another car failure
McLaren’s pre-season crisis
deepened yesterday after Fernando
Alonso missed nearly seven hours
of testing in Barcelona, following
another car failure. Alonso’s teammate Stoffel Vandoorne broke down
on three occasions on Tuesday.
McLaren have now completed fewer
miles than any other team, with
two days of practice left. An oil leak
meant Alonso managed just 57 laps
yesterday, while Mercedes completed
175 circuits and Red Bull 165.
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Rare home defeat a reminder City
still have a long way to go in Europe
Gonzalo Higuain
flicks the ball past
Hugo Lloris to
score Juve’s first
goal at Wembley
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MANCHESTER CITY
Jesus 8
1
BASEL
Elyounoussi 17, Lang 71
Man City win 5-2 on aggregate
2
By Mark Critchley
AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM
that wouldn’t have looked out of place
in an MMA fight.
Even when Juve scored those
two goals, still Spurs pushed. Son
crossed hard and low and Chiellini
made an almost impossible block
to deny Kane. Buffon grabbed his
team-mate’s shoulders and roared.
They say no feeling is better than
scoring, but Chiellini and Buffon
might disagree.
Son then shot millimetres wide
of the left post with a low drive and
Christian Eriksen was just as close to
the right. In the final minute, Kane’s
downward header beat Buffon but
came back off the inside of the upright and bounced along the line,
waiting for a touch to send it over,
until Barzagli booted it away.
Twelve minutes, four goals
and Juventus were through, with
plenty of energy in reserve for the
latter stages.
ATHLETICS
CYCLING
Farah stands by
harassment claims
Sir Mo Farah is standing by his
claim that he was racially harassed
at Munich Airport on Tuesday,
despite German police disputing
his version of events. The German
Federal Police said yesterday they
could not “see any indication of
racial harassment”. A spokesman
for Farah then issued a counter
statement, saying: “Mo stands by his
statement and has lodged a formal
complaint with Munich Airport and
the German Federal Police.”
Some scoffed when Pep Guardiola
suggested his side cannot yet be
compared with the members of European football’s elite, but on this
evidence he may well have a point.
Manchester City fell to their
fourth defeat of the season – their
first at home in 459 days – to a
plucky, organised but eminently
beatable Basel side playing for little
but pride. That, for a club intent on
world domination, is sub-standard.
This was a weakened City side
and, thanks to an emphatic firstleg win, one never in danger of not
reaching the Champions League
quarter-finals, but such a limp defeat
should still not have been allowed to
pass, especially after Gabriel Jesus
opened the scoring early on.
Yet after being overran on their
own turf three weeks previous, Basel’s pride was hurt and Raphael
Wicky’s side would not leave this
competition quietly.
If Mohamed Elyounoussi’s equaliser came as a surprise to the Etihad, Michael Lang’s winner sent
shockwaves through a stadium that
had not witnessed its side beaten in
so very long.
Would Real Madrid, Barcelona
or Bayern Munich have contrived
to lose this game after proving they
were so superior to their opponents?
Defeat was a reminder that this club
still has some way to go to establish
itself at this rarefied level.
Sunday’s victory over Chelsea
came at such a leisurely pace that
changes were perhaps not necessary but Guardiola made six regardless, and the most eye-catching was
the highly-rated 17-year-old Phil
Foden starting in midfield.
There was also a return for Gabriel Jesus, making his first start since
New Year’s Eve, and it took him just
eight minutes to end a goal drought
dating back to mid-November. The
finish could not have been simpler,
into an open net at the far post, but
Luckless Cavendish crashes again
Mark Cavendish has suffered another
first-stage crash and is out
of the Tirreno-Adriatico,
having finished outside
the time limit.
The Team
Dimension Data
rider (right) was
taken to hospital after
suffering facial cuts in
the incident. Although
he managed to cross
the finishing line battered
and bloodied in Italy, he was later
adjudged to have missed the cut-off
point. It was Cavendish’s first race
back since he was forced to
withdraw from last month’s
Abu Dhabi Tour, having
sustained concussion and
whiplash from a fall.
It is thought the crash
was caused by his back
wheel hitting a pothole.
Chris Froome’s Team Sky
finished third yesterday in an
opening team time trial that was
won by BMC Racing.
Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring Manchester City’s goal last night AFP/GETTY
Jesus owed much to the in-form
Leroy Sané, whose driving run
across and through a crowded midfield had made it happen.
A routine evening’s work seemed
in order, perhaps even another fivegoal rout, but then came a moment
that left Guardiola’s mouth agape.
When Aymeric Laporte was
caught too far up-field, Basel countered quickly through Blas Riveros.
Having burst into the penalty area
virtually unopposed, the wing cut
the ball to Elyounoussi and Claudio
Bravo was well-beaten.
Though City still struggled to find
that final pass to split the visitors’
defence, City began to assume control in the second half.
That sense of security was misplaced, however, and Basel would
come again. It was one of City’s
older heads, Yaya Touré, to blame,
the Ivorian turned inside out by
Elyounoussi out on the right flank.
Basel’s scorer turned creator with
a neat pass inside the full-back to
Lang, who finished emphatically
past Bravo at a tight angle.
For Basel a memorable victory to
ease elimination. For City, progression, but a defeat that should not be
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RUGBY LEAGUE
Johnstone named
in England squad
Uncapped Wakefield winger Tom
Johnstone has been named in
England coach Wayne Bennett’s
21-man elite performance squad.
The 22-year-old has been on
England’s radar since bursting on
to the scene in spectacular fashion
in 2016 but a ruptured cruciate
ligament last April ruled him out of
the World Cup. However, Johnstone
made an impressive comeback
with a hat-trick in Trinity’s opening
match of the Super League season.
Manchester City
Bravo
Danilo
Laporte
Gundogan
B Silva
Elyounoussi
Riveros
Suchý
Stones Zinchenko
Foden
Touré
Sané
Jesus
Oberlin
Dié
Zuffi
Frei
Bua
Lang
Lacroix
Vaclik
Basel
Substitutions: Manchester City Diaz (Gundogan, 66
mins), Adarabioyo (Foden, 89); Basel Stocker (Bua, 68),
Van Wlfswinkel (Oberlin, 74).
Booked: Manchester City Jesus; Basel Lacroix.
Man of the match Lang.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Manchester City 78% Basel 22%.
Attempts on target: Manchester City 3 Basel 3.
Referee P Kralovec (Czech).
Attendance 49,411.
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» Match report, p54-55
08.03.18
P52
FOOTBALL
Gattuso: Milan’s
angry manager
who is plotting
Wenger’s demise
P50
RUGBY UNION
Quelle horreur!
What has gone
wrong with the
French side?
UCI chief wants answers from ‘cheating’ Team Sky
By Matt Butler
P51
RUGBY UNION
I’m gutted I never
got to play in
the Premier 15s,
reveals Alphonsi
Pressure is mounting on Team Sky
after the head of cycling’s world
governing body, David Lappartient,
referred to their “unacceptable”
practices of dosing corticosteroids
to Bradley Wiggins as “cheating”.
Monday’s parliamentary select committee’s report said that
the team had “crossed ethical
boundaries” in their legal administering of triamcinolone during
Wiggins’ career.
But Lappartient, in an interview
with the BBC, went further. “If you
are using substances to increase
your performances, I think this is
exactly what is cheating,” he said.
Lappartient, who said that cycling
has been “damaged” by the report,
added that the sport needs answers
from Sky’s past: specifically regarding the delivery of a Jiffy Bag to Wiggins at the end of the 2011 Critérium
du Dauphiné.
Wiggins claimed he had no knowledge of what was in the bag, while
Sky maintain that it contained Fluimucil, a decongestant. The Team Sky
doctor at the time, Richard Freeman,
is yet to speak on the matter.
Lappartient, his voice dripping
with sarcasm, said: “Nobody seems
to remember. They lost the laptop...
it was very unlucky.” He added:
“They probably don’t want anybody
to know what was in the bag.”
He said that the UCI’s integrity
division needs to investigate Team
Sky “to see if there is some violation
of anti-doping rules”.
Meanwhile, Chris Froome’s decision to keep riding, despite an adverse
finding relating to levels of an asthma
drug during last year’s Vuelta hanging over his head, was questioned
by Tom Dumoulin. The pair are currently racing the Tirreno-Adriatico
in Italy. Dumoulin, the world timetrial champion, said: “Can he be here?
Yes. Is it good for cycling? No. Does
anyone benefit from it? No.”
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