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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Scientists
cannot say
nerve agent
came from
Russia
WEDNESDAY
4 APRIL 2018
Number 2,296
Katy Balls
Passport row points
to trade problems
P13
Jewdas row
Corbyn defends
meeting with
left-wing group
P4
Battle of the
big guns
7.45pm
PREVIEW P56
Plus: Frank Lampard
» Salisbury attack takes
new twist after UK’s top
defence lab admits it
cannot trace poison
» Head of Porton Down
says Government would
have used ‘other sources’
to identify Russian link
» No 10 insists that
Kremlin was behind
the assassination attempt
on Sergei Skripal
Teens are latest
London victims
P7
IN MONEY
Martin Lewis
on refunds
WORLD FOCUS
P6
Winnie Mandela
by Kim Sengupta
PLUS PUZZLES P42 I MASTERCHEF VS MALAYSIA I GIN-TRIFICATION I COMMONWEALTH GAMES
MATTHEW NORMAN I THE END OF ANIMAL TESTING I NASA’S NEXT-GEN PASSENGER PLANE
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PEOPLE
JONATHAN NOBLE,
‘UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE’ GENIUS
Singer makes appeal
over stolen rickshaw
Nigel Morris
Sophie Ellis-Bextor has appealed
for help after her tuk-tuk was stolen
from outside her home. The pop star,
who lives in Chiswick, west London,
took to Twitter to ask people to look
out for the motorised rickshaw. She
posted a picture of herself and her
husband inside the three-wheeler,
writing: “We miss it.”
A surprising twist
MACEDONIA
Alexander the Great
‘leaves’ main airport
Macedonia has renamed its main
airport, formerly called Alexander
the Great, in a goodwill gesture to
neighbouring Greece. It will now
be known as Skopje International
Airport. A previous government
erected monuments to Alexander,
irking Greece, which saw the move
as a usurpation of its own history.
SPACE
Litter-clearing
rocket has lift-off
A clever clogs?
And then some. The University
Challenge contestant answered what
some have described as the hardestever question on the show. Host
Jeremy Paxman asked: “If 1,1 is the
second row of Pascal’s Triangle, what
is the seventh row?”It is a question
that would have stumped many, but
not Newcastle University student
Jonathan Noble. After just a few
seconds deliberations, he correctly
fired back: “1, 6, 15, 20, 15, 6, 1.”
Well, obviously...
There were lots of furrowed brows
and bewildered looks from the rest
of his team. For a few seconds, even
Noble seemed defeated. But the
trainee teacher did not crumble
under pressure and engaged in some
speedy mental maths to win his team
a well-deserved 10 points. They
went on to beat Fitzwilliam College,
Cambridge, by 205 points to 65.
Were people impressed?
His team-mate’s jaws hit the floor,
and the notoriously hard to please
Paxman remarked on Noble’s “very,
impressive maths”. Many took to
social media to praise him. One
Twitter user asked: “What did Noble
of Newcastle just do there? That’s not
of this world”. Another called him “a
total boss” – and many asked to have
him on their pub quiz teams.
So, what is Pascal’s Triangle?
With 1 at the top, numbers cascade
down in rows in a triangular fashion.
Each slot is filled by adding the two
numbers directly above it. It is named
after French mathematician Blaise
Pascal and is particularly handy for
working out binomial coefficients and
in calculating combinations. And also
for impressing stern TV presenters
with your mathematical genius.
Is Noble the new Eric Monkman?
He’s certainly a rival. Monkman, who
gained popularity last year for his
charm, thundering voice and facial
expressions, became a household
name. Whether super-smart Noble
will follow in his footsteps remains to
be seen, but he has certainly received
many viewers’ backing.
Alina Polianskaya
A rocket carrying a satellite
designed to clean up space
litter using a net and harpoon
has launched successfully.
RemoveDEBRIS, part of a
British-led mission, was on board a
Space X Falcon 9 rocket which took
off from the Kennedy Space Centre
at Cape Canaveral, Florida. PAGE 21
ENERGY
European clocks
given timely boost
A glitch in continental Europe’s
electricity grid that had slowed
down electric clocks has been
corrected. The European Network
of Transmission System Operators
for Electricity said members
across a 25-country area had taken
measures to bring the power grid’s
frequency back to 50Hertz.
Letter from the
Political Editor
i@inews.co.uk
Boris Johnson was asked a
fortnight ago whether the nerve
agent used in the Salisbury attack
came from Russia.
The Foreign Secretary replied
that he had taken advice from
experts at Porton Down, the
chemical weapons research
centre nine miles from the city.
He added: “I asked the guy
myself. I said: ‘Are you sure?’ And
he said there’s no doubt.”
It is not known which “guy” Mr
Johnson had been speaking to, but
Porton Down’s head guy painted
a subtly different picture when
he was asked yesterday about the
provenance of the Novichok used
in the Salisbury poisoning.
Gary Aitkenhead said that his
scientists had “not verified the
precise source” of the material,
but believed it was “probably only
within the capabilities of a state
actor”. He went on to explain that
it was not Porton Down’s job to
conclude where the poison was
manufactured, but to pass on
its work for ministers to reach
broader conclusions.
A Government spokesman
also stressed that Porton Down
provided “only one part of the
intelligence picture” and that
Theresa May had drawn on wider
sources that to arrive at her
judgement that Russia is to blame.
Mr Aitkenhead’s surprise
intervention was presumably
intended to debunk Moscow’s
claims that the nerve agent could
have come from Porton Down.
His timing was curious as the
Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons is expected
to announce its own conclusions
this month.
He has moved from science into
geopolitics as his public failure to
confirm that the substance was
Russian will be seized on by the
Kremlin as evidence that the West
was too quick to attribute blame.
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NEWS
POLITICS
Comment
Corbyn accused of ‘bad judgement’
after Passover meal with Jewdas
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Jeremy Corbyn has defended going to
an event hosted by a left-wing Jewish
organisation which has described
claims of anti-Semitism in Labour
ranks as a smear against the party
leader.
He was accused of acting provocatively by joining a Passover meal organised by Jewdas after facing days
of charges that he has failed to act
decisively against anti-Semitism.
Jonathan Arkush, president of
the Board of Deputies, asked how
Mr Corbyn’s commitment to be “an
ally against anti-Semitism” could be
taken seriously as a result.
But the Labour leader said he had
“learnt a lot” from meeting Jewdas
supporters which was a “good thing”.
He said: “It wasn’t a meeting last
night, it was a Seder event, which
is a celebration of Passover, which I
celebrate with young Jewish people
from my own community and my own
constituency.
“It was very interesting talking to
a lot of young people about their experiences of modern Britain and I
learnt a lot. Isn’t that a good thing?”
He added that “anti-Semitism is a
vile and evil thing” and stressed the
party’s determination to expel any
member found guilty of it.
Mr Corbyn’s attendance at the
event fuelled a row which has engulfed his leadership for more than a
week, and led to more than 40 Labour
MPs joining a demonstration against
anti-Semitism in the party.
Jewdas last week accused mainstream Jewish leaders of “playing a
dangerous game with people’s lives”
by leading protests over Mr Corbyn’s
stance on anti-Semitism.
It described the controversy as
“the work of cynical manipulations
Labour MP Wes Streeting
said: “This demonstrates
either extraordinarily bad
judgement or a deliberate affront
to the majority of British Jews.
Probably both.”
Nigel
Morris
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Jeremy Corbyn said
he ‘learnt a lot’ from
his meeting with
Jewdas REUTERS
by people whose express loyalty is to
the Conservative Party and the right
wing of the Labour Party”.
As details of the event and Mr
Corbyn’s attendance emerged, the
Labour MP John Woodcock said:
“This is deliberately baiting the
mainstream Jewish community days
after they pleaded with him to tackle
anti-Semitism.
“And he must know that meeting
them now will give his members the
message that the group’s extreme
views are OK.”
Jewdas shrugged off the attacks
and quipped that Mr Corbyn attended the event because it organises the
best Seders.
Comedian David Baddiel rejected
claims Jewdas was “despised” by
other members of the Jewish community. He said. “They are just Jews
who disagree with other Jews. To
make out it’s somehow anti-Semitic
for him to spend Seder with them just
because they’re far left is balls.”
LABOUR
Lansman: ‘we all need training
over anti-Semitic prejudice’
By Nigel Morris
Prominent Labour figures including Jeremy Corbyn should take
part in training courses to combat
unconscious anti-Semitic
prejudice, the founder of
Momentum has said.
Jon Lansman said
the Corbyn-supporting
grassroots organisation
had acknowledged its
surprise over the extent
of the problem.
He argued that there was
not high levels of overt racism – by
denying the Holocaust for instance
– but widespread instances of “unconscious bias”.
Council and the Jewish Labour
Movement of “playing a dangerous
game with people’s lives”.
Mr Corbyn attended Monday’s
event with Jewdas in a personal
capacity, according to his spokesman.
Some critics believe that Mr Corbyn’s
association with Jewdas is a sign
that he is not committed to tackling
anti-Semitism. It was “a very clear,
two-fingered salute at mainstream
British Jewry”, according to Gideon
Falter, the chairman of the Campaign
Against Anti-Semitism.
Others ridiculed the suggestion.
The comedy writer and actor David
Schneider said: “Boo! Corbyn needs
to get out and meets some Jews!”
(Corbyn spends Passover with some
Mr Lansman told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show: “Unfortunately in the Labour Party it seems,
and maybe elsewhere, many people
do not seem to be willing to confront this unconscious bias
in themselves.
“We need a big programme of education
and training to make
people aware of that. It
should be attended by
all people involved in taking disciplinary decisions
within the party, Mr Lansman (inset) said.
Asked whether that should include the party leader, he replied: “I
think we all should.
t has been the worst spell for
Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership
since he led Labour to an
impressive showing in the last
general election. At a time when
he intended to focus on his party’s
local election campaign, he has
been diverted into responding to
accusations that Labour tolerates
anti-Semitism in its ranks.
More than a week has been
dominated by questions about
the issue, culminating in public
protests from Labour MPs over
his attitude to the problem. Mr
Corbyn has issued numerous
denunications of anti-Semitism
and gave an interview to the
Jewish News in which he pledged
to tackle hate crime.
The newspaper responded
by dismissing his comments as
inadequate. Senior Labour figures
have lined up to challenge him
to back his words with actions,
notably by expelling Labour
members guilty of anti-Semitism.
He faced further pressure after
the disclosure that hundreds of
violent and abusive messages
had been posted on Corbynsupporting Facebook groups.
The party again made clear it
had no truck with the authors of
racist social media messages, and
confirmed Mr Corbyn had taken
down his personal Facebook page.
But just when the controversy
appeared to be fading, he accepted
the Jewdas invitation to its Seder
celebrations. His opponents
see it as a deliberate message of
defiance to critics he believes
are exploiting the controversy.
Allies will view it as the action of
a conscientious MP committed
to forging links with local
constituency groups. Either way
he has given fresh impetus to a
controversy that continues to
tarnish the party’s image.
FINANCE
Explainer What is Jewdas and why is it controversial?
Jewdas is a radical, left-wing Jewish
group based in London which
describes itself as “radical voices for
the alternative diaspora”.
It appears to be at odds with more
mainstream Jewish organisations
and has suggested that antiSemitism allegations aimed at
Jeremy Corbyn are a smear and “the
work of cynical manipulations by
people whose express loyalty is to
the Conservative Party and the right
wing of the Labour Party”.
The group has criticised
mainstream Jewish organisations
for protesting about allegations
of anti-Semitism within Labour.
Jewdas accused the Board of
Deputies, the Jewish Leadership
Leader has
given Jewish
controversy
new impetus
Jews at Jewdas) “Boo! Not those Jews!”
Anti-Semitism allegations
have dogged Labour for a while.
High-profile members have been
suspended over such claims and an
independent inquiry into the issue
was accused of being a whitewash.
Since the most recent row broke
out, it has emerged that there is a
backlog of 70 complaints awaiting
investigation. Jewdas said yesterday
that it was glad to be the focus of
attention, adding: “Great that there’s
so much interest in our work... Please
feel free to make a donation!
“We are proud to be Jews and
proud of everyone who attended,
whether they were Jewish or not.”
Serina Sandhu
Ukip saved by £300,000 in donations
By Jane Clinton
The financial future of Ukip has
been secured after an emergency
appeal for funds raised almost
£300,000 from members and wellwishers, the interim leader Gerard
Batten announced.
Ukip faced possible insolvency
after being landed with a £175,000
legal bill from a libel case lost by its
MEP Jane Collins.
But Mr Batten said his appeal for
£100,000 had been more than met,
meaning “Ukip is now safe”;
£215,441 has been donated by Ukip
branches and £79,477 by individuals,
bringing the total raised to £294,918,
he said.
And Mr Batten said the legal bill itself had been paid “by other means”.
Ukip sources declined to discuss the
source of that money.
Thanking donors for their “incredibly generous” response, Mr Batten
said: “Those individuals and branches that donated cannot be thanked
enough.
“They have saved Ukip to fight on.”
Ukip said about 900 new members
had joined the party since Mr Batten took over the leadership from his
ousted predecessor, Henry Bolton,
in February.
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FOOD
‘MasterChef’ Wallace roasted by Malaysians
By George Martin
Malaysia’s Prime Minister has
waded into the MasterChef chicken
rendang row, which has been simmering away after Gregg Wallace
derided a Malaysian-born contestant’s attempt at the dish.
Wallace (inset), a judge on the BBC
cookery challenge show, told Bristolbased Zaleha Kadir Olpin that, while
he liked the flavour of the rendang,
“the chicken skin isn’t crispy, it can’t
be eaten, but all the sauce is on the
skin I can’t eat”.
But the culinary expert has been
roasted as ignorant by Southeast
Asians, who point out that rendang
has never had crispy skin. And now
the Malaysian PM Najib Razak has
tweeted: “Does anyone eat chicken
rendang ‘crispy’?”
Ms Olpin produced a dish that included the popular Malay rice dish
nasi lemak and a chicken rendang
curry – a Malaysian-Indonesian stew
of meat, spices and coconut milk – as
part of a task to create food that was
special to her.
But she was eliminated from the
contest by Wallace and fellow judge
John Torode after they criticised
her dish. Among those complaining
about Wallace’s comment, one suggested the judges had either
eaten a “wrong rendang in
the UK” or are “just plain
ignorant on how to cook
certain dishes”.
“As a Malaysian, if I
could, I would personally go to the show and
rendang their head. Uncultured swine, doesn’t
know variety of cuisine and
claims to be master chef?” wrote
Facebook user Jin Wee in the Malaysian newspaper The Star.
The British High Commissioner in
Malaysia Vicki Treadwell also commented, tweeting: “Rendang is
an iconic Malaysian national dish not to be confused
with Indonesian options.
It is never crispy.”
Torode responded
to the criticism, writing: “Maybe Rendang is
Indonesian!! Love this!!
Brilliant how excited you
are all getting. Namaste.” His
response fuelled the row as critics pointed out that “namaste” is a
greeting used in India.
A MasterChef spokeswoman said:
“Gregg wasn’t suggesting the dish
should traditionally have crispy skin
– he was saying he couldn’t experience the flavours of the dish as it was
presented.”
MasterChef contestant
Ms Olpin said after
her elimination: “Gutted to be
eliminated on MasterChef but
I stand by my traditional way
of cooking Nasi Lemak. Will not
change it for the world.”
MONARCHY
Philip to
undergo
surgery on
his hip today
By Tony Jones
Wang Mingqing
and Liu Dengying
were helped by a
police sketch artist
THECOVER.CN
CHINA
By Jane Clinton
Parents reunited
with daughter
who disappeared
24 years ago
A couple in China have been
reunited with their daughter
who went missing 24 years ago.
Wang Mingqing and his
wife, Liu Dengying, had been
searching for their daughter
Qifeng after she disappeared
aged three in 1994. At the time
the couple, who have another
daughter and son, had a street
fruit stall in the city of Chengdu.
One day Mr Wang went to change
some money and minutes later
his daughter was gone. When
he was reunited with Qifeng, Mr
Wang said: “Daddy loves you.”
The reunion came after a
police sketch artist drew a
picture of what Qifeng might look
like as an adult. The image was
circulated online and Kang Ying,
who lived on the other side of the
country, was struck by how much
she resembled it. DNA tests
confirmed she was Qifeng.
RETAIL
HEALTH
Slowdown in food prices
brings relief to consumers
Pasta can help dieters lose weight
By Josie Clarke
A substantial slowdown in food
price rises has provided welcome
respite for consumers as the impact
of the pound’s depreciation one year
on begins to fade, figures show.
Shop price deflation accelerated
to 1 per cent in March from 0.8 per
cent in February, driven by the lowest rate of food inflation for a year,
according to the British Retail Consortium-Nielsen Shop Price Index.
Food inflation took a significant
tumble from 1.6 per cent in February
to 0.4 per cent last month. Prices of
fresh food increased by 0.3 per cent
in March, a slowdown from the 0.9
per cent rise recorded in February.
Deflation in non-food prices
eased in March to a rate of 1.9 per
cent compared to 2.2 per cent in
February.
British Retail Consortium chief
executive Helen Dickinson said: “As
the impact of the pound’s depreciation one year on are beginning
to fizzle out, retailers are passing
the positive impact through to the
shop floor.”
By Jane Clinton
Pasta, long the enemy of the dieter,
can be part of a healthy eating regime and even help you lose weight,
according to a review of studies.
An analysis of 30 studies by Canadian researchers found pasta does
cause weight gain and having a portion of around half a cup three times
a week helped people drop more
than 1lb over four months.
It also emerged that pasta had
been unfairly maligned because it
had been lumped in with other more
fat-promoting “carbs”.
Unlike most refined carbohy-
drates, pasta has a low glycemic
index (GI) meaning it is absorbed
into the bloodstream more slowly
and so does not cause high blood
sugar levels or “spikes”.
“We can now say with some confidence that pasta does not have an
adverse effect on body weight outcomes when it is consumed as part
of a healthy dietary pattern,” said
lead author Dr John Sievenpiper, a
scientist with St Michael’s Hospital’s
Clinical Nutrition and Risk Modification Centre in Toronto.
But it was stressed that sensible portion control also needed to
be observed.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been
admitted to hospital for planned surgery on his hip which is due to take
place today, Buckingham Palace revealed yesterday.
Prince Philip, who is 96, is said to
have complained of a problem with
his hip which caused him to miss a
Windsor Castle event with the Queen
last week.
At the time the Queen’s consort
was said to be experiencing some
trouble with the joint.
Buckingham Palace said in a short
statement yesterday: “His Royal
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was
admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for
planned surgery on his hip which will
take place tomorrow.
“Further updates
will be issued when
appropriate.”
The Duke announced his
retirement in
May 2017 and
stepped down
from royal uties
last August, after
decades of supporting
the Queen, as well as attending events for his own charities
and organisations.
In June he was admitted to the
King Edward VII hospital as “a precautionary measure” following an
infection arising from a pre-existing
condition.
However, Philip does continue to
attend events with the Queen. His
final solo engagement was on 2 August last year, when he reviewed a
parade of Royal Marines outside
Buckingham Palace in his capacity
as Captain General of the corps.
When it was announced last year
that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was
not health-related and he had the full
support of the Queen.
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NEWS
SALISBURY
Timeline
Scientists who
identified nerve
agent say ‘no
proof it’s Russian’
By Paul Gallagher
The Salisbury nerve agent attack
took a fresh twist yesterday when the
head of Porton Down admitted his
scientists could not prove the toxin
used originated from Russia.
Gary Aitkenhead (inset)
said the poison had been
identified as a militarygrade Novichok nerve
agent which could, in all
probability, only be deployed by a nation-state.
But he said it was not Porton Down’s role to work out
where the agent came from and
suggested the Government’s conclusion it was highly likely to have come
from Russia was based on intelligence networks.
It left Downing Street on the back
foot and having to defend its conviction that Russia was behind the
attack that left former spy Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia in
comas and several other people needing hospital treatment, including police detective Nick Bailey.
“It is our assessment that Russia
was responsible for this brazen and
reckless act and, as the international
community agrees, there is no other
plausible explanation,” a spolesman
for No 10 insisted.
Porton Down’s identification of the
substance used in the attack was a
key plank in the evidence presented
by the UK in Theresa May’s successful bid to recruit international
support in the dispute with Moscow,
resulting in the expulsion of more
than 130 Russian diplomats from
over 25 countries.
Asked about his scientists’ findings, Mr Aitkenhead told Sky News:
“We in terms of our role were able to
identify it as Novichok, to identify it
was a military-grade nerve agent. We
have not verified the precise source,
but we have provided the scientific
3 March Yulia Skripal flies to London’s
Heathrow airport to visit her father
Sergei at his home in Salisbury.
4 March Police said the pair went to
The Mill pub before going to Zizzi
restaurant in Salisbury city centre,
leaving at 15:35.
16:15: Emergency services received
the first report of an incident.
Police find the couple on a park
bench in an “extremely serious
condition” They are taken to Salisbury
District Hospital.
5 March Wiltshire Police declare
a “major incident”. Public Health
England says there is no risk to public
health. Boris Johnson says UK will
“respond appropriately and robustly”
if Russia is found to have been
involved in the poisoning.
7 March Police confirm the use
of a nerve agent. A police officer
who reacted to the incident is also
hospitalised.
8 March Home Secretary Amber Rudd
said the use of nerve agent on UK soil
was a “brazen and reckless act”. She
later chairs a meeting of the Government’s emergency response coordination unit, Cobra,
12 March Prime Minister Theresa
May, says nerve agent was “militarygrade” developed in Russia and was
part of a group of nerve agents known
as Novichok. She gives Russia an
ultimatum to respond by midnight to
explain how Mr Skripal was poisoned.
They do not respond.
14 March Theresa May expels 23
Russian diplomats.
17 March Russia expels 23 British
diplomats and is closing down the
British Council in Moscow
19 March Independent chemical
weapons experts brought in from the
organisation for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to test
nerve agent
information to the Government, who
have then used a number of other
sources to piece together the conclusions that they have come to.”
The location of manufacture “can
be established through a number of
different input sources which
the Government has access
to”, he said, adding: “From
our perspective, scientific
evidence is only one of
those sources, and it requires a number of other
things to verify that.”
Mr Aitkenhead, the
chief executive of the Government’s Defence Science and
Technology Laboratory, flatly denied
Russian claims the substance could
have come from Porton Down itself.
Russia has denied responsibility
for the attack, with foreign minister
Sergey Lavrov even suggesting it was
carried out by Britain to distract voters from its difficulties with Brexit.
An extraordinary meeting
of the executive council
of the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
will be held in the Hague today to
discuss the Salisbury attack.
Investigators
remove a van
from an address in
Winterslow near
Salisbury (above)
and (right) at The
Maltings shopping
centre last month;
the entrance to
Porton Down (left)
PA; AFP/GETTY
REACTION
DIPLOMACY
Russia claims statement
has revealed ‘British bluff’
By David Connett
Russia’s embassy in London have
accused Britain of a “bluff” over the
Salisbury nerve agent attack.
“We understood from the very
start that UK Government statements on the nerve agent having
been produced in Russia were a
bluff. Now this has been confirmed
by the head of the secret lab [Porton
Down],” an embassy spokesman
said last night.
“This only proves that all po-
Foreign minister Alexander Grushko
claims Britain ‘needs an enemy’ AFP
litical declarations on the Russian
origin of the crime are nothing but
assumptions, not stemming from
objective facts or the course of the
investigation.
“This has also been essentially
confirmed by today’s comment by
the Foreign Office, whose “intelligence picture” has lost a key piece
– while the rest are kept secret even
from Britain’s allies.
The embassy spokesman said
Russia sought to interview Mr
Aitkenhead but were refused access.
Deputy foreign minister, Alexander Grushko, called the poisoning
of Sergei Skripal a “provocation
arranged by Britain” in order to justify high military spending because
“they need a major enemy”.
World on ‘brink of armed conflict’
By Patrick Grafton-Green
The world is on the brink of “the last
war in the history of mankind” amid
the fallout from the Salisbury nerve
attack, a Russian former general
has warned.
Evgeny Buzhinsky claimed that
diplomatic tensions between Russia and the West are “worse than
the Cold War” and could end in an
armed conflict.
It comes after around 150 Russian
diplomats were expelled from countries across the world after Britain
accused Russia of using a nerve agent
on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his
daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Retired
lieutenant general Mr Buzhinsky told
BBC Radio: “It’s worse than the Cold
War because if the situation will develop in the way it is now I’m afraid
it will end up in a very bad outcome.”
Clarifying what he meant by this,
he added: “A real war, the last war in
the history of mankind.”
He said war could be caused not
directly by the Salisbury poisoning
but by what has happened since. He
said: “If you’re going to achieve regime change it’s useless, actually you
are cornering Russia, and to corner
Russia is a very dangerous thing.”
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CRIME
CRIME
Two teenagers die of gunshot wounds
after separate attacks in London
‘McMafia’ style
drug barons
are ‘fuelling
bloodshed’
By Hatty Colier
Two shootings in London in the
space of an hour – including a driveby attack – have left a teenage boy
and girl dead.
Tanesha Melbourne, 17, was shot
in the chest near Northumberland
Park, in Tottenham, north London,
on Monday morning.
One friend described the teenager
as “just an innocent child caught up
in a stupid postcode war” between
gangs in the Tottenham and Wood
Green areas of the capital.
Her mother, who watched her
daughter’s life slip away, laid flowers
at the scene yesterday, and a card
reading: “To my baby Nesha. I’m
gonna miss you so much, you’re
always gonna be with me everywhere
I go.” It was signed “Love Mummy”.
Tanesha’s aunt, who did not give
her name, said: “We’re going to
stop the shooting, we’re going to
stop these stabbings. It’s not good
enough. We’re going to bring this
whole area to a standstill. My niece
has gone now and my sister’s in
turmoil. It’s terrible.”
Schoolfriend Candice Hassan,
17, said Tanesha was “in the wrong
place at the wrong time”. She added:
“Everyone knows Tanesha, she’s just
a humble girl. It was just the wrong
place at the wrong time. She didn’t
deserve any of that.”
One witness said the girl’s mother
arrived before paramedics, adding:
“She was screaming. She didn’t
know what to do. She didn’t deserve
that. Her mum didn’t deserve to
watch her die.”
Others suggested she had been a
casualty of a gang feud. Detective
Chief Superintendent Richard
Wood, the head of Scotland Yard’s
murder squad, said investigators
were keeping an open mind about
a motive.
He said: “It was a terrible attack
in which this young lady has lost her
life. I’d like to appeal to anybody who
was in the vicinity to contact the
incident room or Crimestoppers.
“At this stage, we are keeping a
completely open mind. It’s too early
Murdered in the capital this year
By Robin de Peyer
There have been 47 killings in London
so far this year; here are some of the
victims:
1 Tanesha Melbourne, 17, died on
Monday. She was found shortly after
9.30pm with a gunshot wound in
Tottenham, north London.
2 Abraham Badru, 26, shot dead as he
got out of a car near his home Hackney,
east London, on 25 March. Mr Badru was
an aspiring PhD student who earned a
police bravery award as a teenager for
saving a woman from a sex attack.
2
3 Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, stabbed to death
on 20 March at a shopping centre in
Stratford, east London. Three teenagers
were later charged over the incident.
3
1
4 Joseph Williams-Torres was shot
as he sat in a stationary in a car in
Walthamstow, east London, on 14
March. The 20-year-old died on his way
to hospital.
5 Lewis Blackman, 19, stabbed to death
in Kensington. He was found injured at
in the early morning of 18 February and
died at the scene.
4
5
6 Naomi Hersi, 36, was stabbed to death
in a hotel in Hounslow on 18 March.
6
7 Devoy Burton-Stapleton, 20, stabbed
to death while walking home in
Wandsworth, on 1 April.
8 Russell Jones, 23, was shot and stabbed
to death by a four men in an unprovoked
attack in Enfield on 17 March.
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to say what the motive is or if it’s just
a case of wrong place, wrong time.
“We do know that a vehicle drove
past a group of young people, shots
were fired from the vehicle and sadly
the young lady lost her life.”
Two miles away, in Walthamstow,
9 Balbir Johal, stabbed to death by a
group of man in Southall on 19 March.
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a 16-year-old boy was found with
gunshot wounds to the face and
another boy, 15, was stabbed on
Monday morning.
Scotland Yard said last night that
the 16-year-old had died in hospital.
So far there is no evidence of a link
to the Tottenham murder, but it will
be one line of police inquiry.
So far this year, the Metropolitan
Police has launched 47 murder
inquiries – eight in January, 15 in
February, 22 in March and two in
this month. EVENING STANDARD
Tale of two cities Crime-rate comparison
Figures published suggested an
alarming tipping point had been
reached when it came to comparisons of UK and US crime rates.
Newspaper reports comparing
crime figures of London and New
York found that for the first time in
modern history the murder rate in
the UK capital was higher than that in
the Big Apple.
The two cities have roughly the
same population, about eight to nine
million, allowing a relatively easy
comparison of murder rate per head
of population.
New York has traditionally been
something of a byword for violent
crime. In 1990 its murder rate hit a
record of 2,245 murders, the equivalent to six people being killed every
day for a year. On the face of things
London appears to have surpassed
its transatlantic rival. The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it recorded
15 murders in February, while
in the same month the New York
Police Department (NYPD) recorded
11 killings.
In March, London also had more
murders, albeit by a very slim
margin: 22 to New York’s 21.
But experts point out the comparison only holds true if you look at
the last two months – which most
analysts believe is far too short a
time frame.
The Metropolitan Police says
there were eight murders in London
in January, which compares with
18 killings in New York during the
London murders 1990-2017
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first month of the year. Allowing
for the three murders that have
occurred in London in April, so far in
London there have been 47 murders,
compared with the higher running
total of 50 in New York. While those
two months may be an anomaly the
year-on-year statistics still firmly
suggest the UK capital is the less
murderous city.
There were 116 murders in
London in 2017, compared with New
York’s 290. New York’s murder rate
has declined dramatically since the
1990 high, where as London’s has
been mostly one of steady if unspectacular drops from 181 homicides in
2005 to 155 in 2007 and 101 in 2013.
In 2014, the total of 93 murders was
the lowest since the 1960s.
Anxiety in London stems from a
national rise in violent crime – 21 per
cent – the highest tally since comparable records started in March 2011.
Gun-related crime went up by a fifth.
The surge in violent crime on London’s streets is being fuelled by
McMafia-style drug barons, a highprofile MP has said.
David Lammy (inset) said a “huge
spike” in the movement of cocaine
on the capital’s streets was contributing to all the bloodshed seen so far
this year.
Speaking after the
death of Tanesha
Melbourne in his
Tottenham constituency, he said:
“Most of these
killings are being
fuelled by a huge
spike in the movement of drugs, particularly cocaine.
“As we see in parts of
downtown America, young men –
particularly in communities such
as mine – become foot soldiers for
gangsters and McMafia bosses
much further up the tree,” he
said, in a reference to the BBC
television drama about organised
crime bosses.
He added: “What lies behind the
gun violence and the knife crime is
a serious drug market that is being
driven big time by gangsters and
McMafia bosses. That is absolutely
clear.” EVENING STANDARD
POLITICS
Khan: ‘austerity
responsible for
rise in violence’
By Jane Clinton
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,
has argued austerity is responsible
for the growth in violence among
young people.
Mr Khan tweeted: “Government
cuts have decimated services for
young Londoners.”
Giving evidence to the Budget and
Performance Committee earlier this
year Mr Kahn also warned of the
deep cuts to the police which have
seen the Met have to make £600m of
savings in recent years.
“The police are being tough on
crime, but the Government is being
weak on the causes of crime. Getting
back to being ‘tough on the causes of
crime’ will require a massive investment in the services that have been
neglected for too long, tragically letting our young people down.”
David Lammy MP for Tottenham,
where the latest fatal shooting took
place, said austerity meant the Borough of Haringey “has cut youth
services, it’s not got the best mental
health services and has certainly
not been able to implement a proper
public health response to gun and
knife crime.”
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POLITICS
HEALTH
Cancer ‘one-stop shops were Labour’s idea’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Labour has said the new “one-stop
shops” set up by NHS England,
Cancer Research UK and Macmillan to speed up cancer diagnosis
were its idea.
NHS England says the new
centres would “end the cycle” of
patients having to be referred
multiple times for different tests
for different cancers by their GP.
The shadow Health Secretary,
Jonathan Ashworth, said:
“These cancer diagnosis centres could make
a huge difference to survival rates. I hope they get
the support and funding
necessary. It is of course
another policy [Labour]
proposed at the 2017 general election, too.”
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of
GPs, cautioned whether
the long-term effects of
the trial would be felt.
“It is essential that
the scheme is rigorously evaluated to ensure that new centres
can cope with demand,
and that it is beneficial
for patients,” she said.
Cuts delayed my
cancer diagnosis,
says Lansley
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A former health secretary has called
on the Government to improve bowel
cancer screening after claiming that
“wrongly” imposed Tory cuts to the
NHS meant it took longer for him to
be diagnosed with the disease.
Lord Lansley said the Treasury
had frustrated the delivery of a
screening programme he introduced
in 2010, which could have ensured he
was diagnosed earlier.
The Conservative peer, 61,
announced a new “bowel scope”
test to detect signs of cancer among
55-year-olds shortly after being made
health secretary in 2010. He said the
scheme was intended to be rolled
out across England by the end of
2016, but it fell foul of cuts to Health
Education England (HEE) imposed
by the Treasury in 2014.
“The bowel scope is only available
to about 50 per cent of the population.
It could save 3,000 lives a year, but
training and recruiting endoscopists
and support staff will take years,” he
wrote in The Daily Telegraph.
“Health Education England is
getting more resources for training
more NHS staff, reversing the
Lord Lansley said he was ‘lucky’ his
bowel cancer was spotted in time
Lord Lansley’s comments
come after the BBC
newsreader George Alagiah, who
is receiving treatment for bowel
cancer for a second time, said
earlier screening would have
caught his disease sooner.
Treasury-imposed cut to the HEE
budget in 2014.”
Lord Lansley, who served as the
MP for South Cambridgeshire from
1997 to 2015 and was replaced as
Health Secretary in 2012 by Jeremy
Hunt, said he was “lucky” that his
cancer was spotted nine months
ago, when spreading back pain and
“nagging” from his wife persuaded
him to see his GP.
But he said that if the bowel scope
scheme had gone ahead as planned,
he would have automatically been
called in for screening.
Deborah Alsina, the chief executive
of Bowel Cancer UK and Beating
Bowel Cancer, said: “As Lord Lansley
rightly highlights we need to urgently
invest in both the endoscopy and
pathology workforce to ensure we
can deliver an optimal bowel cancer
screening programme as this has
been shown to be the best method of
detecting bowel cancer early.”
A spokeswoman for the
Department for Health and Social
Care said: “The rollout of an
additional test is well under way,
which will mean all men and women
in England are invited for bowel
scope screening around the time of
their 55th birthday.
“This is in addition to the
routine bowel cancer home testing
programme already in place for
people aged 60 and older.”
Matthew Norman, page 25
Analysis
Tory reorganisation has led to
greater ‘marketisation’ of NHS
Paul Gallagher
A
ndrew Lansley had been
shadow health secretary
for six years before taking
office when the Coalition
came to power in 2010.
After David Cameron promised
“no top down reorganisation of
the NHS”, the Government went
ahead and did do exactly that.
His main reform was the 2012
Health and Social Care Act
which required an extensive
reorganisation of the NHS. Among
the changes were the abolition
of NHS primary care trusts
(PCTs) and Strategic Health
Authorities. It also meant the
transfer of up to £80bn of health
care funds from the abolished
PCTs to several hundred “clinical
commissioning groups”, partly
run by GPs in England but a
major point of access for private
service providers.
A King’s Fund analysis of
the reforms concluded in 2015
they had resulted in greater
marketisation of the NHS, but
claims of mass privatisation
are exaggerated. The top-down
reorganisation was also described
as “distracting and damaging”
– a problem that challenged his
successor, Jeremy Hunt.
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SPAIN
Outcry over
elephant death
in truck crash
By Aritz Parra
IN MADRID
An elephant died and four more are
being treated for injuries after a circus truck accident on a major Spanish highway that provoked an outcry
among animal rights defenders.
The truck overturned on Monday after overtaking another long
vehicle, said Albacete’s Civil Guard
spokesman José Amado.
He said the initial investigation has
found that the movement of the five
female elephants inside the truck
could have destabilised it when the
driver manoeuvred to switch lanes.
The driver was not injured but one of
the elephants died at the scene.
The four surviving elephants are
being treated. Three of them have
minor cuts and one has more serious
injuries to her legs.
“With five unpredictable animals,
each one of them weighing three
to four tons, accidents can happen
no matter how much care has been
taken,” Mr Amado said.
Videos shared by authorities
showed the elephants standing on the
road and being lifted on to trucks by
huge industrial cranes. AP
One of the circus
elephants is
rescued by an
industrial crane AP
TRANSPORT
IRAN
Travellers stranded in France as rail
unions stage first of 26 strike days
Aid worker
Ratcliffe ‘is at
the end of
her tether’
By Simon Calder
Alongside liberté, égalité and
fraternité, the French have long
cherished mobilité. Travellers on
French rail routes yesterday found
there was only a skeleton service
running as day one of a series of 26
days of strikes called by French rail
unions to defend working conditions
and benefits took place.
Staff will operate a “two days
off/three days working normally”
pattern until late June. With an
average of six out of seven services
cancelled, at least 10 million journeys
were wrecked.
Families heading home after the
Easter break, commuters returning
to work (inset) and hapless tourists
were caught up in what is seen as an
existential crisis for les cheminots:
the railway workers of France.
Even by the generous standards
enjoyed by many public employees
in France, staff working for the
national rail enterprise
SNCF seem particularly
blessed. In return for
ensuring the nation’s
high-speed mobility
and often working
unsocial hours, they are
typically able to retire in
their early fifties. They
also have guarantees on
employment protection and
steady pay rises.
Naturally, SNCF staff are
reluctant to cede any of these hard-
won benefits. But the organisation
for which they work is €45bn
(£39bn) in debt and within two years
will face competition from leaner
train operators.
A similar mindset prevails for
many staff working for Air
France. The national airline
– still 18 per cent owned by
the French government
– cancelled one in four
flights yesterday. Pilots,
cabin crew and ground
staff are seeking a 6 per
cent pay rise that they
claim is necessary to make
up lost ground. The airline has
offered 1 per cent.
The Air France group, which also
includes the Dutch airline KLM, has
French police were called
in to maintain order on
rail replacement buses in Paris
and other major French cities
yesterday. “They are extremely
overcrowded and tensions are
running high,” a spokesman said.
a powerful position in Europe and its
profits increased by 42 per cent last
year to €1.5bn (£1.3bn).
Yet the advantages that Air France
has created since it established
Europe’s first regular transatlantic
flight in 1946, with a link from Paris
to New York, are being eroded by
low-cost, long-haul competition.
THE INDEPENDENT
TRAVEL
British family of four killed in car crash during Florida holiday
By Georgina Stubbs
Four members of a British family
were killed in a car crash as they
returned from a visit to the Kennedy
Space Centre in Florida.
A police spokesman in the town of
Titusville said the “violent collision”
happened at about 6pm on Monday
when the holidaymakers’ rented
Mitsubishi car was in collision with
a Ford pick-up truck.
Adam Stephenson, 30, Maryanne
Stephenson, 29, Brian Stephenson,
66, and 56-year-old Sheralyn
Stephenson – all from Bristol – died
in the crash. Todd Hutchinson, the
deputy chief of Titusville Police, said:
“Our emergency personnel were
on the scene within a few minutes.
There was nothing they could do, all
four were pronounced deceased at
the scene.”
Using the destination set into the
satnav, officers went to an address
in Davenport, where the family was
staying, to inform relatives of the
deaths. Mr Hutchinson said officers
believed that the family had just left
Kennedy Space Centre and were
trying to navigate back to their
holiday home, having being re-routed
because of an earlier collision.
“The GPS had indicated for them
to make a U-turn at that intersection
which was an illegal U-turn,
unfortunately, and violated the right
of way of the pick-up truck,” he said.
The Ford driver received “non lifethreatening injuries”, he added.
By Daniel O’Mahony
The jailed aid worker Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “at the end of her
tether” after two years in captivity in
Iran, her husband said yesterday.
Richard Ratcliffe said it never
occurred to him that he would still be
fighting for her release, as he called
for Theresa May to intervene.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 39 (inset), is
serving a five-year prison sentence
in Tehran over allegations,
which she denies, of
trying to overthrow
the Iranian regime.
She was visiting
family with her
daughter Gabriella,
now four, when
they were detained
at Tehran airport on
3 April 2016.
Mr Ratcliffe, 43, from
Hampstead, north London, told the
BBC: “She really feels very low, very
powerless and frustrated. She’s very
fragile. She talks about not being able
to go on much longer... She talks in
terms of feeling like the Government
is not doing anything.”
The Foreign Office said: “We
continue to approach her case in a
way that we judge is most likely to
secure the outcome we all want.”
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NEWS
HEALTH
COURTS
Living in a green neighbourhood can
help to prevent those blue moods
Italian avoids
jail for ‘Harry
Potter’ theft
By Jack Hardy
By Paul Gallagher
Residential greenness and odds of major depressive disorders An Italian bookseller who stole a
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Researchers said their
results will help to
support public health and urban
planning professionals in arguing
for extra green space.
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Odds ratio*
Greener neighbourhoods can help
prevent depression and other mental
illnesses, according to the largest UK
study of its kind.
Women, people under the age of 60
and those living in poorer neighbourhoods are the most likely to benefit
from parks and other leafy local areas,
according to the research which
looked at the experiences of almost
100,000 people with mental health
issues from 10 cities across England,
Scotland and Wales.
Despite a substantial body of evidence, the links between residential
green exposure and mental health still
remain far from conclusive in adults,
the researchers from the universities
of Oxford and Hong Kong said.
One previous large-scale study
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found that having 10 per cent more
greenness than average within 1km
was associated with 4 per cent lower
odds of depression, and within 3km
was associated with 2 per cent lower
odds of depression.
However, previous studies investigating potential links have used
coarse measures of green exposure,
neglecting to include private gardens,
street trees, and green spaces.
The study, published in The Lancet
*The odds ratio is a measure of association between an exposure and an outcome.
An OR of 1 means no association, whereas the closer to 0 the greater the association.
SOURCE: THE LANCET
Planetary Health, is the first of its kind
to use UK Biobank data to investigate
links between green exposure and
mental health. It analysed income as
well to rule out potential underlying
factors affecting mental health.
It is also the largest study to use
high resolution aerial images to get a
true sense of each area’s “greenery”,
rather than rather than relying
on information such as a person’s
access to parks or similar areas.
The greener the area, the lower
the chance of residents having a
“major depressive disorder”, the
researchers found.
“Residential green can provide
restorative stress-relieving
environments that are capable of
instilling a positive psychological
state,” the team concluded. “Green
environments might also provide
stimuli for attention restoration and
associated cognitive benefits.”
signed Harry Potter edition worth
£1,675 in a “professional, targeted
operation” has avoided jail.
Ru d o l f S c h o n e g ge r, 5 5,
snatched the rare copy of Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire, signed
by author JK Rowling, at Hatchards in Piccadilly, central London,
on New Year’s Eve.
CCTV showed him browsing in
the shop before making a switch
with another novel while a staff
member had her back turned. A
copy of Late Call by Angus Wilson
was in the place of the other book.
He was found guilty of theft and
two charges of handling stolen
goods following a trial at Hendon
magistrates’ court last week.
During a hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court yesterday
the defendant was given a 26week custodial sentence for the
theft, suspended for 24 months,
and four-week sentences for each
other charge to run concurrently,
also suspended for 24 months.
He will also have to perform 150
hours of unpaid work.
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SPORT
Netball
player hopes
to inspire
young girls
By Alina Polianskaya
Alistair Brownlee
will carry the
England flag at the
opening ceremony
today PA
Brownlee battles injuries and,
potentially, sharks in medal quest
By Mark Staniforth
Alistair Brownlee is determined to
defy Queensland’s shark-infested
waters and put the bite on his rivals
when he defends his Commonwealth
Games triathlon crown in the Gold
Coast tomorrow.
The 29-year-old received a stark
reminder of the potential dangers
lurking in the shallows when he
had a close encounter with a shark
hook during a sea swim in training
last week.
Although the introduction of its
Shark Control Programme in 1962
has dramatically reduced the rate
of incidents, according to sharkattackdata.com there have been five
fatal shark attacks off Queensland
this century.
Brownlee, who will carry the England flag at the opening ceremony
today, said: “I have spent a lot of
time in the sea since I have got out
here and we did a big sea swim last
Friday. I was right out there and I
saw the shark hooks, which are set
out to catch them if any happen to be
around. I swam past and they were
about 10 metres away and I just
thought, ‘woah’.”
Brownlee and his rivals, including younger brother
Jonny, must traverse 750
metres of the Southport
Broadwater, in which a
2.5-metre bull shark was
caught lurking as recently as 2015.
Marine predators notwithstanding, the elder
Brownlee’s defence of his title is
far from a foregone conclusion after
a season hampered by his recovery
from a major hip operation as well
as some time out to focus on longerdistance races.
In fact, his brother arrived in the
Gold Coast having had by far the bet-
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Hockey Sofa surfers
Hockey players Jo Hunter and
George Pinner, who married last
year, said they have been preparing
for the Commonwealth Games with
sofa dinners and binge-watching
television.
The England players,
from Loudwater, Bucks,
revealed they both have
an unorthodox approach
to a major tournament.
Pinner, 31, (inset) said:
“Most of our evenings have
been spent on the sofa. I love
my takeaways, and Jo loves
chocolates and sweets. So it is good
us being together as we keep each
other in check. And it’s easier to not
think about the fact that Domino’s
pizza is a call away when you have
your wife there telling you ‘No’ and
she’s doing it too for the same goals.”
Brownlee said he was
delighted to be flag bearer.
“Growing up watching major
Games on TV it was always a big
deal who was carrying the flag. I
never in a million years thought
a triathlete would get to do it.”
ter preparations, potentially making
him a slight favourite to get one over
his brother finally.
For the elder Brownlee, who once
seriously considered targeting either the 10,000m or marathon at
the Gold Coast Games, his future
path remains far from certain with
the Tokyo Olympics now almost two
years away.
He added: “I’ve had a fantastic career and I have to pinch myself about
how well it’s gone but I’m never sure
how good the body or the motivation
is going to be.”
In Saturday’s
TRAVEL
Here comes
the sun
30 brilliant
summer holidays
The woman leading the Uganda netball team in their Commonwealth
Games debut said the sport changed
her life, and hopes the squad’s
achievements will inspire other girls
from her home country.
Captain Peace Proscovia, 28, who
led her squad to qualify for contest
for the first time after fishing seventh
in the world rankings last year, has
spoken out about the opportunities
that sport can create.
“If it wasn’t for netball, I wouldn’t
have left my village,” she told BBC
Sport, adding that her own childhood in Arua, north-west Uganda
was tough.
Teachers spotted her sporting talent from a young age, but she had to
fight to follow her dream of playing
professionally, as her father did not
initially want her to move to Kampala
for university.
“I believed I was doing the right
thing,” she said. “I believed that it
would pave the way for my family and
for the girls in my community.”
Where she is from, many girls are
married off young as they are seen
as “a source of wealth”, she said. “So
many girls that would have been very
resourceful to my country today just
disappeared.
“When you start looking for them,
you find they’re married, and some of
them got married in primary school.
Having seen what netball has done
for me, the girls are all working hard
to become the next Peace.”
The 6ft 4in star shooter was
scouted by Loughborough Lightning
during the World Cup qualifying
competition in Botswana in 2015 and
came to the UK to join them helping
them to the Superleague final last
year.
The world’s top 12 teams – which
include all four UK home nations –
are taking part in the competition,
which takes place from tomorrow
until 15 April.
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MURDER
RATES
ANTISEMITISM
WINNIE
MANDELA
ALISON
SAUNDERS
GENDER PAY
GAP
VERDICT ON
‘ISLE OF DOGS’
Misleading
figures aren’t
helpful
Modern day
brings new
facets
White men
get a free pass
in death
She will not
be missed
as DPP
The data
only shows
so much
Reviewed by
a dog and
a human
New Statesman
Financial Times
TheIndependent
Daily Mirror
The Times
The Spectator
Missing from these
headlines: incidents
of New York crime
have recently plunged
to record lows. Last
year saw the lowest
number of murders in
the city since records
began. Crime has
declined for 27 years.
So even if London is
moving closer to New
York’s murder rate, it’s
hardly a meaningful
comparison.
(Anoosh Chakelian)
So are we reliving
the 1930s? Not really.
Contemporary antiSemitism contains
some loud echoes of
the past — for example,
the idea of Jews as a
shadowy international
network. The new
element is the way that
anti-Semitism is now
mixed in with bigger
fights about Islam
and Israel.
(Gideon Rachman)
Winnie Mandela was
beautiful and brave,
but was intoxicated,
and destroyed, by
the arrogance of her
self-importance and
the exercise of her
power. Her influence
among the shanties of
many black townships
nevertheless
remained considerable.
(Paul Martin)
On top of all the bad
calls on rape and sex
abuse cases during
her reign, the DPP
swallowed criminal
budget cuts which
turned trials into
lotteries, with victims
denied redress and
defendants put
through the wringer.
We need a DPP
who will stand up
for justice,.
(Editorial)
As the gender pay
gap has deflated over
the years, feminist
groups have needed
to skew statistics and
omit information to
keep the victimhood
industry relevant. The
message they want
to spread ignores the
accomplishments of
working women.
(Kate Andrews)
I took my own dog,
Monty. He said he liked
it. It was “good”, he said.
I did not especially
trust his opinion so
investigated further. As
good as, say, drinking
from the toilet? “No,”
he said, “not as good as
that, obvs.” As good as
this tennis ball here?
“No,” he said
(Deborah Ross)
The Pool
Mashable
There’s more than one
kind of unfairness in
these figures, which
is why closing the gap
isn’t just about getting
paid what the guy at
the next desk gets. It
will involve asking
why women fall off the
promotion ladder, why
part-time jobs don’t
tend to be as well-paid.
(Gaby Hinsliff)
Isle of Dogs has
some glaring flaws.
But anyone with
experience in the
institutions tasked with
managing pets will tell
you it got one thing
right. We treat dogs like
disposable trash. And
we’re astonishingly
comfortable with their
systemic abuse.
(Jess Joho)
Forward
Evening Standard
We need a much more
robust use of powers
to stop and search
those suspected of
carrying weapons
and greater efforts
to penetrate gangs.
The Mayor must take
greater responsibility.
(Editorial)
What’s been
astonishing to witness
has been non-Jewish
commentators and
politicians passing
judgement on Jewish
organisations that
they are very unlikely
to have heard of just
minutes before.
(Keith Kahn-Harris)
Quote of
the day
The Guardian
Britain’s heroes
are allowed to have
waged war. The
warriors against
white supremacist
oppression are not.
Madikizela-Mandela,
as the press coverage
of her death shows,
is not entitled to the
rose-tinted eulogy of
our white British men.
(Afua Hirsch)
Daily Telegraph
The next DPP will have
their work cut out to
restore the reputation
of the office. The
failings in the CPS are
emblematic of a wider
malaise in the criminal
justice system, which
the Government needs
to address as a priority.
(Editorial)
LifeInBrief
ZENA SKINNER CHEF AND COOKERY WRITER
For all his SAS
training, at
least I would
remember
to bring a
packed lunch
Gregg Wallace
The MasterChef
judge boasts that he
could do a survival
programme better
than Bear Grylls
Zena Skinner, who has died aged 91,
presented the popular BBC show
Cookery Club and had a television career
that spanned 30 years from 1959.
Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, Skinner
joined the Women’s Royal Naval
Service during the Second World War,
after seeing a recruitment poster with
the slogan “Join the Wrens and free a
man for the fleet”. Skinner hoped she
would be allowed to work as a driver
or despatch rider but after a training
course which included learning how
to polish floors, she was trained as a
coder and went on to spend four years
decoding signals in Portsmouth.
After demobilisation, Skinner
demonstrated household appliances at
an Eastern Electricity Board showroom
in Royston, Hertfordshire, before taking
up the same role for GEC. Her remit in
both positions included making house
calls to service appliances she had sold,
and GEC in particular was so pleased
with Skinner’s skill as a demonstrator
that she was sent first to Jamaica and
then to East Africa in a training capacity.
It was while Skinner was in East
Africa that her talent came to the
attention of a wider audience. She was
demonstrating cookery equipment by
making fairy cakes. She later recalled:
“The Queen was there and they brought
some warriors out of the bush to meet
her. I offered them all cakes. Someone
took a photo and it appeared in the
national press and when I got back to
England the producer of Cookery Club
phoned me to go and see her.”
Skinner first appeared on Cookery
Club in 1959, showing viewers how to
make brandy snaps. She went on to
present many BBC shows, including
Town And Around, Ask Zena Skinner
and Bon Appetit, and even appeared
on Crackerjack. She was a regular
contributor to Radio Times and wrote
several cookery books. She was also a
brand ambassador for Tupperware.
There were rumours of a great
rivalry with Fanny Craddock – who
presented her own cookery show in a
ballgown – but Skinner said in 2001;
“It wasn’t true. We were just totally
different. Fanny was the upmarket lady
wearing an evening dress to cook exotic
things, and I was the typical housewife
making plain British food.”
Eventually, Skinner’s time at the
BBC came to an end, but she continued
to work in television. She made Years
Ahead for Channel 4, and abandoned
her usual role to become a DIY expert.
Skinner retired from TV for good in
1989 but quickly found other ways to
fill her time. She settled in Redbourn,
Hertfordshire, and made handicrafts
to be sold for charitable causes. With
her brother Bruce and his wife Mary,
Skinner decided in particular to
support Keech Hospice Care in Luton.
Between them, the trio would go on to
raise more than £100,000.
Years after her television retirement,
Skinner’s recipes are still very much in
circulation. As recently as November
2015, an episode of BBC Points West
introduced her Christmas Cake to a
new generation of cooks.
THE WASHINGTON POST
Born 27 February 1927
Died 7 March 2018
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Passport to trade trouble
The printing contract row highlights a more fundamental debate
F
or a taste of the next big
Brexit battle, look no
further than the blue
passport saga. Since the
Government announced
that British passports
will return to navy blue, the
document has made many voters
see red. While some Remainers
dislike what the new document
represents, the more pressing
debate is one that is taking place
within the Leave camp over how
they will be made.
The cause of the disagreement
is the Government’s reported
decision to save the taxpayer
£120m and award the £490m
contract to produce the UK’s
post-Brexit identity documents
from next year to a Franco-Dutch
supplier rather than the existing
Gateshead-based manufacturer.
Now, the rejected company – De La
Rue – is launching a legal challenge
against the decision.
This government’s proposals
have led former minister Priti
Patel to brand the move a “national
humiliation”, and both the Daily
Mirror and the Brexit-backing Daily
Mail have launched petitions calling
for the Home Office to give the
contract to a British firm. Labour
are none too happy either, with
Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit
Secretary, saying they should be
made here.
On the other side, the Brexitbacking Sun have praised
the decision – warning that
Britain will wave goodbye to
international success if we’re not
open for business. Meanwhile,
some ministers have taken to
blaming Brussels while they still
can, with Matt Hancock, the
Culture Secretary, telling hacks
at a Westminster lunch that EU
procurement rules are to blame.
What the whole debacle reveals
is what the next big debate of the
Government’s Brexit project will be:
the battle between the protectionists
and the free marketeers.
There’s a common misconception
that if the Brexiteers succeed in
getting Theresa May to agree to a
trade agreement with the EU that
sees the UK out of the customs
union and able to strike its own
trade deals then the battle for Brexit
will have been won. However, in
truth, it will only just be beginning.
Each free trade deal must be
ratified by Parliament, so will
need to command the support of a
majority of MPs. As the passports
row has demonstrated, there
is a large number of MPs who
Could hormone-treated beef become palatable in the UK if British beef farmers rebrand themselves as the high-quality option at the top of the market? GETTY
back British interests over global
competition. Are they really going
to say yes to a trade deal that could
threaten UK farmers’ livelihoods?
One of the biggest achievements
of the Leave side in the referendum
campaign was that they managed
to put on a unified front, even
though each Brexiteer has a slightly
different view of what Brexit ought
to look like. The most fundamental
difference relates to free trade – and
it means there are two different
outlooks on what Britain should be
come March 2019.
Both Boris Johnson and Michael
Gove fall into the pro-free trade
camp. One of their tribe’s big
quibbles with the EU was that
it limited their options – there
was a whole world of opportunity
out there and the European
Union meant they were locked
into a customs union with one
region, and one of the slower
growing ones at that.
Then there are the protectionists.
These are MPs like Peter Bone and
some Labour politicians who see
the Brexit vote as being driven by
a desire to curb immigration and
protecting British interests. It
follows that – as with the passport
row – where British jobs can be
found they should be given. It is
the job of the Government to resist
It is the job of
the Government,
for some, to resist
globalisation
even if it means
less choice
globalisation even if it means the
British consumer has less choice or
has to cough up more in the shop.
Even if the blue passport row
resolves itself, these two tribes are
unlikely to make peace any time
soon. This is a problem. For the
Government’s vision of Brexit to be
a success, it needs to be able to pass
competitive free trade deals.
The contents of these will be a
turn-off to some voters, without
a doubt. Many Brits intuitively
feel that British things should be
made in Britain. What’s more, each
week there is a new scare story
about what various countries want
from Britain, from the row over
chlorinated chicken coming from
the US to suggestions that Australia
is preparing to demand that Britain
accepts hormone-treated beef as
the price of a symbolic early Brexit
trade deal.
If they do that, it will be a hard sell
both to voters and the agriculture
industry. The difficulty is that
with free trade, it’s often very easy
to work out who the big loser is
when the winner is more subtle.
Shoppers may have the choice of a
slightly cheaper weekly shop but for
certain beef farmers the move could
end their livelihood. One theory
doing the rounds in government
is that hormone-treated beef
could be palatable so long as it was
clearly labelled as such – that way
British farmers could rebrand
themselves as the high-quality top
of the market option.
But if the Government is unable
to successfully defend a decision
to save taxpayers millions by using
a foreign contractor, what chance
do they have of selling a trade deal
that undercuts UK industry? Even
if the Brexiteers do get the deal
they want, it won’t be worth the
paper it’s written on if they can’t
get the subsequent trade deals
through Parliament. It’s high time
the Government started making
the argument for the type of Brexit
it desires.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
at the Spectator magazine
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Fox’s misguided
zeal for trade
Liam Fox, an MP in
the farming county of
Somerset, is organising a
trade deal with Australia
which will require the UK
to accept Australian beef
laced with hormones,
which is currently
banned here (i, 3 April).
Two further obstacles
to accepting this produce
are both the appalling
lack of animal welfare
standards in Australian
agriculture and the
projected destruction of
three million hectares
of Queensland forest for
beef production.
While Dr Fox very
clearly doesn’t care
about the welfare of
Australian animals, it
is equally disturbing
that in his zeal for trade
he obviously views the
livelihoods of his own
constituents with
similar disregard.
AIDAN HARRISON
ROTHBURY,
NORTHUMBERLAND
Passport to
protectionism
De La Rue has lost its
£490m passport printing
contract to Gemalto,
which is based in
France, and is to appeal
against the decision.
The irony of this is that
while many Brexiteers
project a vision of a
Britain buoyed by free
trade, it seems it is OK
when British companies
secure overseas
contracts, but woe betide
those foreign firms who
secure UK contracts. It
appears that we are free
trade when we win, but
protectionist when we
potentially face losing.
ALEX ORR
EDINBURGH
Tattoos will be
like piercings
Regarding the tattoo
correspondence (Your
View, 3 April), when I
had my left ear pierced
40 years ago, my greatgrandmother, then 95,
IN TOMORROW’S
said: “It’s all the fashion
these days, isn’t it.”
I regularly see fiftysomethings like me with
piercings and it will be
the same with tattoos.
Trust my great-gran.
CHRIS BLOMELEY
SOUTHPORT
Editor, 3 March). When
I embarked on Scuba
training, I worked out
that the open diving
element would take
place in March, when
the water would be at
its coldest. “Oh ,we go
to the Blue Lagoon,” the
instructor reassured
me. It turned out to be a
quarry in Wakefield.
ANDREW CHARTERS
HOLMFIRTH,
WEST YORKSHIRE
Think ink: tattoos
are not just for
young people,
says i reader Chris
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Navel-gazing
explanations
Why, when the Holy
Bible says that Eve was
the first woman created
from a rib of Adam, do
all of the portraits of her
depict her with a navel?
Come to that, most
also show Adam with
a belly button as well.
Explanations please?
IVAN POWELL
BUBWITH,
EAST YORKKSHIRE
Jewish festival,
not pagan
While it is true that the
origin of the name of
Easter derives from a
pagan source, the actual
Christian feast does not
have a pagan origin.
The date of Easter
follows the Jewish feast
of Passover because
Jesus was crucified, died
and was resurrected
during this Jewish
festival. This is central
to Christian faith and
its date is determined
by the Jewish hestival
of Passover, not by any
pagan rite.
MARIE KIRK
HILLINGDON, LONDON
A North-South
health divide
What positive news
about the new initiative
on cancer diagnosis (i, 3
April). I do note, however,
that there appears to be a
concentration of clinics
in South East England,
some in Yorkshire and
Lancashire but none
in the North east of
England. This goes no
way to altering our
view of ourselves as the
forgotten region.
PETER ROGERSON
HEIGHINGTON,
DARLINGTON
Kept in
the dark
Police stop and
search powers
Stabbings in London are
at their highest level in
six years, with a 23 per
cent increase meaning
that the capital now has
more murders than New
York. I do not suppose
that this escalation
of knife crime could
possibly be linked to the
restrictions on “stop
and search” following
complaints that
police were targeting
specific sections of
the community?
CLARK CROSS
LINLITHGOW,
WEST LOTHIAN
Venerating the
name of Bede
I saw a letter today
mentioning the
Venerable Bede. It was a
very old family – indeed,
he came from a long
string of Bedes.
CHRIS ROUSE
DROITWICH SPA,
WORCESTERSHIRE
Russian
‘removals’
It’s a bit rich for Russia’s
foreign minister, Sergei
Lavrov, to suggest that
our government was
trying to divert attention
from Brexit difficulties
by poisoning the Skripals.
He conveniently forgets
Russian history.
Stalin murdered many
hundreds of thousands
of those he regarded
as political opponents,
including his own
generals, and also many
thousands of poor souls
who just about survived
imprisonment by the
Nazis. While not in the
same numbers, removal
still exists in minds of
those in power there.
STAN JONAS
BOGNOR REGIS,
WEST SUSSEX
Pesticides kill
hedgehogs
The Government is to
erect signs warning
drivers about hedgehogs
on roads in an effort
to reduce the numbers
killed (i, 2 April). That is
laudable, but hedgehog
populations have
plummeted because
of habit loss and
overuse of insecticides,
both of which are
the responsibility of
industrial agriculture.
Warning signs in
farmyards might be
more effective.
STEPHEN PALMER
CUMWHITTON,
CUMBRIA
Anti-semitic
Jewish group?
I have to confess to
being puzzled by all the
criticism that Jeremy
Corbyn is attracting.
I cannot reconcile
him happily going to a
Jewish meeting with
the accusations of antiSsemitism. Even his own
MPs think he is getting
it wrong, but they never
seem fully to explain
how. What is it that I’m
not getting?
IAN BUCKLEY
HEXHAM,
NORTHUMBERLAND
Cold comfort
for divers
I’m sorry Oliver Duff’s
surfing was affected by
the cold (Letter from the
Keith Bushnell (Your
View, 3 April) isn’t sure
who would want lighter
evenings in the summer
and darker mornings
in the winter. We in the
north of Scotland have
these phenomena all the
time, and at even later
times than suggested.
I can honestly say that
lighter evenings and
mornings in the summer
are a wonderful thing,
but the darker mornings
and evenings in the
winter are not.
STUART TYRIE
ABERDEEN
Level the school
playing field
Your appeal to support
school children with a
decent breakfast is to
be applauded. However,
it seems that things
are pretty appalling
for many pupils. State
schools are underfunded
and falling far behind
private schools. It seems
iniquitous that well
funded private schools
are given charitable
status and are, in effect,
partly state funded. I
hope i can pursue this
outrageous situation.
FRANK WILLIAMS
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Seth Rogan
backs Stormy
Daniels’ story
Stormy Daniels is fast becoming
one of the most compelling
characters in Hollywood. While
she is doing whatever she can to
reveal details of her alleged affair
with Donald Trump, the President is
doing everything he can to stop her
(including taking legal action to stop
a non-disclosure agreement
that he formerly made Daniels
sign being read to a jury
in court).
But before she became
infamous, Daniels (inset)
was famous not just for
being a porn star but
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rates Daniels’ story, admitting she
told him about it at the time.
“I’ll be honest, she may have
mentioned some of this stuff
around 10 years ago,” Rogen told
Ellen DeGeneres.
“At the time, when you ask a porn
star who they’ve been sleeping with
and the answer is Donald Trump, it
was like the least surprising thing
that she could have said,” Rogen said.
“And so yeah, she had mentioned it
actually. She did mention it.”
Apatow spoke in March about
working with Daniels. He said:“I just
remember that she was very smart
and really strong and funny,
to the point where we kept
asking her to do silly things in
our movies.”
Not-so-silly Daniels,
whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been
seeking to invalidate the
agreement she signed
before the 2016 presidential election.
She has offered to
return the $130,000
(£92,000) she was paid as
she tries to “set the record
straight” about her affair
with Trump.
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Adele marries
Carr (sort of)
Alan Carr’s Los Angeles wedding sounds
like a strange cheese dream of the editor
of Heat magazine, but we’re well past
April Fool’s Day and it did, in fact, happen.
Carr has revealed that singer Adele “got
ordained” and married him and Paul
Drayton during a ceremony in her back
garden in January. The “Someone Like You”
singer confirmed it yesterday, posting this
on her Instagram account with the caption:
“You know me, any excuse to dress up…”
Adele apparently organised every detail
for the big day, not only marrying them
but singing for their first dance – she then
flew the couple out to Las Vegas to watch
Celine Dion live in concert. With friends
like that, who needs to register for gifts at
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
L
ike Jeremy Corbyn, I
went to a Passover dinner
last weekend. The Seder,
traditionally held on the first
night of Passover, is a dinner which
celebrates the deliverance of the
Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt,
and is a joyful and meaningful
occasion, to which family members
and friends are invited. I sat round
the table with people young and old,
of various depths of faith, and, I’m
certain, of a wide range of political
views. There was a tricky moment
when someone mentioned Brexit (a
reference to the exodus, I believe),
but he was quickly shouted down.
Mr Corbyn’s event, organised by a
Jewish group from his constituency,
was a more political affair, and, it
has to be said, rather more rowdy.
A leaked audio recording on the
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Guido Fawkes website revealed that
the gathering didn’t exactly adhere
to the religious text. There wasn’t
much mention of locusts and frogs,
as far as I could make out.
It sounded more like a political
rally which could have been
organised by any one of a multitude
of fringe Labour groups. Someone
shouts out “f**k capitalism” at one
point. This particular sub-sect of
Labour, called Jewdas, comes from
the far left, and, like many Jews of
a left/liberal persuasion, they have
principled opposition to the policies
of the Israeli government.
There are deeply offensive tweets
in circulation, purportedly from this
group, and one calls for Israel “to be
disposed of”. They also believe that
the current focus on anti-Semitism
in Labour is confected by right-wing
opponents to destabilise Mr Corbyn.
So was it wise for Mr Corbyn,
in the current climate within and
without his party, to go to this
dinner, with a gift of beetroot he’d
grown on his Islington allotment?
Probably not, and it doesn’t matter
whether he attended as a private
citizen or not. When you’re the
leader of a major political party,
everything you do, everything
you say, everywhere you go is a
political act. And he was just giving
succour to those – and there are
many, for sure – who are looking for
any evidence to make the charge
that Mr Corbyn is an anti-Semitic
sympathiser stick.
I know it is not a fashionable
stance given the binary nature of
today’s political discourse, but I
think it is entirely possible that all
things might be true. Yes, there
is a body of anti-Semitism in the
Labour Party. Yes, Mr Corbyn
hasn’t done enough to condemn,
and expel, it (you can’t help feeling
that his reaction would have been
more vigorous had it been revealed
there was an anti-Palestinian lobby
in his ranks).
But yes, the right-wing media
has seized upon this as a stick
with which to beat Labour, and
Mr Corbyn in particular. And yes,
some people may slip too easily into
conflating anti-Israel sentiment with
hardcore anti-Semitism.
What can Mr Corbyn do now,
given that the dogs are barking and
it’s hard to get them to stop? Few
people believe he is an anti-Semite
himself. Yet how does he prove this
negative proposition? If anything,
he is guilty of a lack of political
leadership and moral courage. He
does not need go out of his way to
prove his own probity on the issue,
but he does need to go out of his way
to prove the unfitness of others.
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favourite film as cultural garbage
was deemed totally unacceptable. I
must be a “culture critic’”outsider,
rather than someone who writes
about technology and is deeply
embedded in it.
“I picture an obese, sweaty bitch
typing this shit out while patting
herself on the back about how
she’s smashing the patriarchy
to smithereens,” one wrote from
the depths of forum Reddit, in
an admirable subversion of the
stereotype applied to a lot of gamers.
“I feel as if you wrote this when
you, yourself, are not a gamer and
you just want something to stir up
drama on the internet,” said another,
who went mysteriously quiet when I
answered that I was, in fact, a gamer.
Many of them were particularly
stung by my declaration that the
film is two hours and 20 minutes of
mansplaining, and therefore went
to great pains to, well, explain to me
exactly what mansplaining was
and how I was misusing it.
As online abuse goes,
this is the shallow end
of the pool. But the
reaction I received
was markedly
different to the ones
encountered by
my male journalist
counterparts who
didn’t enjoy the film
either, and therein lies
the problem. Men expressing
opinions online tends to inspire
debate,; when women do it, all too
readily it triggers abuse. And by
rising en masse to mansplain to me
why Ready Player One isn’t sexist,
my trolls could not have proved
my theory about the film more
admirably if they’d tried.
Rhiannon
Williams
Spielberg film
review led to
sexist trolling
L
ast week I wrote a piece
roundly criticising the
book and subsequent film
adaptation of Ready Player
One, a thin and dull tribute to
80s pop and video games culture
directed by Steven Spielberg. My
Twitter feed and email inbox
went into meltdown as
hundreds of people
took umbrage with
my assertion that
the film (inset)
caters to a narrow
brand of nerdism
which excludes the
opinion of anyone
who’s not a white,
heterosexual man.
While we all know social
media facilitates trolling – and
threats far scarier than the ones
aimed at me – the backlash couldn’t
have illustrated the point I was
trying to make more perfectly.
The notion that someone who
knew anything about gaming could
betray the nerd brotherhood by
publicly denouncing their new
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V&A offers to return Ethiopian
treasures looted by British soldiers
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The Victoria and Albert Museum
has offered to return Ethiopian
treasures looted by British
troops during one of the most
controversial episodes in the nation’s
military history.
The royal and religious artefacts
were plundered during the Battle
of Magdala in 1868, when a British
expeditionary force laid siege to
the mountain fortress of Emperor
Tewodros II. Ethiopia has repeatedly
called for the collection’s return.
Twenty items from the haul,
including a priestly gold crown and
a gold chalice, will this week go on
display at a V&A exhibition marking
the 150th anniversary of the battle.
Tristram Hunt, V&A director, said
he had made a “clear statement”
to Ethiopia’s ambassador to the
UK that “if Ethiopia is interested
in pursuing the long-term loan of
the Magdala items we would stand
ready to assist”.
Mr Hunt told The Art Newspaper:
“It behoves an institution like the
V&A to reflect on this imperial past,
to be open about this history and to
interpret that history. We should not
to be afraid of history, even if it is
complicated and challenging.”
A loan is likely to require Ethiopia
to withdraw claims, submitted to
the V&A, the British Museum and
the British Library in 2008, for
restitution over plundered objects.
The Magdala haul was so great it
required 15 elephants and 200 mules
to carry it away. The V&A would
retain ownership if a long-term loan,
which would need to meet security
conditions, was agreed.
Ethiop
pian treasures include an 18th
century gold inscribed chalice (left),
a gold and gilded copper crown from
1740 (above) and a 19th-century amber
and silver necklace V&A
Stolen treasures
Elgin Marbles
Sculptures adorning the 2,500 year
old Parthenon temple in Athens
(inset) were sold to the
Britiish Museum in
1816
6 by the 7th
Earl of Elgin,
the former
ambassador to
the Ottoman
Emp
pire. Legal
challenges by
Gree
ece to secure
theirr return have
yet to succeed. The 7th
Earl’s son, James Bruce, the 8th Earl,
served as governor of Jamaica and
gove
ernor-general of Canada and
went on to plunder the Chinese
Emp
peror’s Old Summer Palace in
Beijiing during the Second Opium
Warr in 1860.
Rosetta Stone
The 2,200-year-old inscribed tablet
which unlocked the mystery of
ancient hieroglyphics was seized
by the British during the defeat
of Napoleon in Egypt in 1801. It is
housed in the British Museum, and
calls by Egypt for the stone’s return
have been rebuffed.
Koh-i-Noor
Mined in India, the priceless
106-carat diamond was presented
to Queen Victoria by the East India
Company in 1849. Housed in the
Tower of London, the gem is a symbol
of British colonial subjugation for
the Indian government, which has
sought its return.
Following the defeat of the
Abyssinian troops, British forces
entered the Magdala fortress, in
what was then Abyssinia, with the
aim of collecting anything of value to
be later auctioned off to raise money
for the troops.
The V&A said the display, which
NATURE
includes precious vessels of gold
and silver used in religious rites and
ceremonies, “provides an unsettling
reminder of the imperial processes
which enabled British museums
to acquire the cultural assets
of others”.
The selected items “highlight
the craftsmanship and beauty
of the Magdala treasures within
the context of the collection’s
complex history”.
Mr Hunt said he “welcomed
the opportunity to give the
widest possible access” to the
Ethiopian haul.
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EDUCATION
Benin sculptures
The European “discovery” of African
art began with the British “punitive”
expedition against the west African
city of Benin in 1897. Nigeria has
demanded the return of the metal
Benin plaques and sculptures
housed in the British Museum.
Breeding whales ‘sound as Project aims to
good as Louis Armstrong’ undo decline
Protection needed to save
rural schools from dying out
By Harry Cockburn
By Alison Kershaw
protect their existence and provide a
quality education for pupils.
Rural schools are under threat and
Roland Hurrell, from Somerset,
should be given protected status, told the conference: “Somerset
teachers have warned.
is a rural county, we have a small
These schools, which often have
population compared to our
small numbers of pupils are
geographical size. God
struggling under a squeeze
knows we have more cows
on budgets, delegates at
than people.”
the National Education
He added: “Seriously,
Union conference in
small populations
Brighton have heard.
create bigger problems
If a school has fewer
The union passed a
for our schools in
pupils than this, it is
resolution arguing that
villages and small
defined
as
small
rural schools provide a
towns. Funding is a real
vital service to their local
problem for leadership
communities.
in those schools. Our
It called on the union’s
schools do not get a fair deal in
executive to put pressure on the comparison to our compatriots in
Government to “give rural schools towns and cities across the country.”
a protected status, recognising
Anne Swift, from North Yorkshire,
their significance for the survival of said that the Government defines
their communities and valuing the small schools as having fewer than
educational offer they give pupils.”
200 pupils and “in many shire
Delegates said they wanted to see counties that’s the majority of
more funding for rural schools to help primary schools”.
Arctic-dwelling bowhead whales
have been described as the “Louis
Armstrong” of the oceans after
scientists who studied the highly
varied style of the songs the species
produce during breeding season.
The bowhead, which has the
largest mouth of any living animal,
constantly changes its vocal
repertoire during winter breeding
season, when it largely lives beneath
the pack ice during the blackness of
the 24-hour polar night.
Scientists used hydrophones
– under water microphones – to
record the whales over several years
during mating seasons, when the
mammals sing for 24 hours a day.
They were amazed by the range
of vocalisations, which followed
specific patterns, sometimes
repeated over a period of months,
but never sang again in later years.
L ead author of the study
of wild salmon
By Hilary Duncanson
The bowhead whales sing a style of
freeform song that is likened to jazz
Professor Kate Stafford, who is an
oceanographer at the University
of Washington, compared the
whales’ musical style to that of jazz
legend Louis Armstrong. She said:
“If humpback whale song is like
classical music, bowheads are jazz.
The sound is more freeform.”
The study, published in science
journal Biology Letters, analysed
audio recorded east of Greenland.
A “ground-breaking” project
that aims to reverse the decline
of wild Atlantic salmon is getting
under way in the Highlands.
The Missing Salmon Project,
which involves the fish being
tagged and tracked, is described
by organisers as the largest effort
in Europe to help the species.
Anglers gathered at the River
Garry yesterday to herald the
start of the scheme run by the
Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST),
which hopes to discover why the
fish is in trouble.
The group’s executive director
Sarah Bayley Slater said: “In
launching the Missing Salmon
Project, we are making our stand
now and giving our generation a
chance to save the species before
it’s too late.”
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Tesco has
reduced
the sugar in
its drinks
ahead of the
launch of
the so-called
‘sugar tax’
this Friday
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NEWS
RETAIL
Supermarkets in a bitter
battle to beat the sugar tax
By Katie Grant
Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all
reduced the amount of sugar in their
own-label soft drinks prior to the
introduction of the so-called “sugar
tax” this Friday.
The Government plans to use the
money raised from the soft drinks
industry levy – an estimated £520m
per year – on funding sport in
primary schools .
Tesco, Asda and Morrisons, which
comprise three of the UK’s “Big Four”
supermarkets, have all reformulated
their own-brand soft drinks, reducing
the sugar content of these products
so they fall beneath the threshold
for the levy – one of the policy’s
key objectives.
The supermarkets revealed separately that they had cut the amount of
sugar in their own-brand soft drinks
to below 5g of sugar per 100ml, with
Tesco declaring yesterday it was “the
first retailer” to achieve this feat.
Asda disputed Tesco’s claim,
though, with a spokesman insisting
this was “not true”, and that it had
done the same. And a spokesman for
Morrisons also confirmed “all Morrisons branded drinks are under the
threshold and will, therefore, be unaffected by the upcoming sugar tax”.
The last of the “Big Four” supermarkets, Sainsbury’s, admitted it has
not yet reduced the quantity of sugar
in all its own-label soft drinks so as to
fall beneath the sugar tax threshold.
The grocer does claim to have removed 2,267 tonnes of sugar from
its own-brand soft drinks since
2014, however.
In 2016 the then
Chancellor George
Osborne announced that a tax
on sugary soft drinks would be
implemented this year.
PEOPLE
Ex-Army chief’s ‘outrage’
at new Iraq major inquiry
By Elizabeth Arnold
A former Chief of the General Staff
has said it is an “outrage” that an investigation into an Army major
over the death of an Iraqi
teenager has gone on for
15 years.
General Sir Richard
Dannatt’s comments
came as Major Robert
Campbell revealed he
had decided not to speak
again about the day and
queried why he was being
investigated “yet again”.
Maj Campbell earlier told The
Daily Telegraph he had been “broken”
by the discovery that yet another official inquiry had been launched into
his conduct over the death of an Iraqi
in May 2003.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme, he said: “On legal advice
from my lawyers and personally, I
have decided after all this time I am
never going to speak of that day again
and I mean that,” Describing the toll
on his mental health, he added: “Well,
I fully accounted for myself in my
statement in 2004 and it had been
examined and pored over and
dissected by prosecutors and
police forces and investigations and I don’t feel
I need to justify myself
any further.”
He went on: “What
I want more than anything is a good night’s
sleep and I haven’t had one
for 15 years, so what possible
good can come out of this, I have
no idea.”
Lord Dannatt (inset), who was in
post from 2006 to 2009, told Radio 4:
“In the specific case of Major Campbell, his case was investigated very
thoroughly by the Royal Military
Police at the time and a decision was
taken in 2006 there was no case to answer. That should have been the end
of the matter. I think it’s an outrage
that it’s gone on for 15 years.”
KENYA
Call to jail anyone with ivory for life
By George Nganga
IN NANYUKI
The death of the world’s last male
northern white rhinoceros this
month led a Kenyan government official to call for anyone with ivory to
be sentenced to life in prison.
“Ivory belongs to elephants and
rhinos,” said Najib Balala, Kenya’s
tourism minister. He spoke out in
a memorial service for Sudan, the
rhino, 45, who died 11 days ago.
Wildlife officials at the Ol Pejeta
conservation site, about 155 miles
north of Nairobi, put down the rhino
because of his failing health.
Sudan is survived by the last two
females of his species, his 27-yearold daughter Najin and 17-yearold granddaughter Fatu. The only
hope for preserving their species is
through in vitro fertilisation, according to experts at Ol Pejeta.
Mr Balala said: “We are going
to change our laws so that anyone
caught with ivory will be jailed for
life.” REUTERS
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Murdoch prepared to sell Sky News to Disney
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox
has offered to sell the Sky News
channel to Disney in order to allay
regulatory concerns about the billionaire’s influence over UK media.
Fox said that Disney h ad
“expressed interest” in buying Sky
News, to help clear the way for
the Murdoch-owned corporation
to complete its proposed £18.5bn
takeover of Sky.
The Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA) ruled that the Fox
deal to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it
does not already own would not be
in the public interest because of Mr
Murdoch’s control of other news
outlets such as The Sun and
The Times.
Mr Murdoch is in the
process of selling most of
Fox’s TV and film assets to
Disney in a £47bn deal. The
Sky News proposal would
take place regardless of
whether that deal was successfully concluded, Fox said.
Disney would guarantee to fund
the loss-making Sky News for five
years at the present level and for
a further five years at a level “not
materially different” from now. As
an alternative to the Disney sale,
Fox proposed additional measures
to preserve the news
channel’s independence.
Fo x w o u l d c o n t i n u e
funding Sky News for 15
years and create a legally
separate structure for
the channel. Mr Murdoch
and his son James, Fox’s
chief executive, would
give “personal undertakings” not
to interfere with the channel’s
editorial decisions.
Fox warned the CMA against accepting “a number of unsupported
and fanciful assertions” by “a group
of politicians”, including Ed Miliband and Sir Vince Cable, who opposed to the deal.
The proposed transaction has,
however, been complicated by a rival
£22bn bid for Sky from broadcaster
Comcast, owner of NBC and Universal Studios, in February.
Analysts Liberum Capital said the
Fox remedies “should be adequate”
to overcome the regulator’s
media plurality concerns. “More
importantly, we think the news and
today’s comments from Sky point
to a revised bid from Fox/Disney
to trump Comcast’s 1250p bid,” the
firm said. Culture Secretary Matt
Hancock confirmed that he will give
a decision on the merger in June.
Fox’s offer to ring fence Sky
News as a legally separate entity
resembles the structure that Ofcom
agreed with BT to distance itself
from its broadband infrastructure
arm Openreach.
Under the Fox proposals,
Sky News would have
its own board with five to
seven directors, chaired by an
“independent expert” .
TELEVISION
Death of weapons inspector
Dr Kelly dramatised in show
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
It’s finger
lickin’ good
A group of pandas chow down
on bamboo shoots at the
Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding
Research Base in Chengdu,
Sichuan Province, China, as part
of a special project by scientists
to increase the population of
the endangered species.
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on Fox
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A new TV espionage drama Deep
State, tipped to become the next
Homeland, echoes claims that the
Iraq weapons inspector Dr David
Kelly was murdered by elements
within the security forces.
The Fox thriller stars Mark
Strong as an ex-MI6 spook
forced to return to service
by intelligence chiefs. The
first British-made Fox
TV drama, imagines a
conspiracy by powerful
corporations and elements within the CIA to
spread chaos and revolution in the Middle East.
Among the covert operations
Strong’s character Max Easton uncovers is the killing of a British UN
weapons inspector who has failed to
produce evidence of a secret chemical weapons programme by a Middle
Eastern state.
The story echoes the real-life case
of Dr Kelly (inset), the UN weapons
expert who was accused of being the
source of a BBC news report that
Tony Blair’s government had “sexed
up” the case for invading Iraq.
Kelly was found dead near his Oxfordshire house in 2003. The Hutton
Inquiry concluded that Kelly’s death
was suicide. But conspiracy theories
claim he may have been murdered.
The Deep State of the series’ title
is the theory, believed by a majority of Americans according to a recent poll, that
unelected bureaucratic
and military officials secretly manipulate policy
decisions to spread government and corporate
control worldwide.
Matthew Parkhill, creator
of Deep State, said: “I came across
this idea of an unelected government
and I sat down with ex-MI6 analysts
to research the show.”
“A lot of what happens is based on
reality,” Mr Parkhill said.
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‘The Mother of the
Nation’ continues
to garner respect
Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral ‘to
attract thousands’. By Kim Sengupta
W
innie MadikizelaMandela, her full official surname, who
died on Monday aged
81, four years after
her former husband, continues to be
known as “The Mother of the Nation”.
This is despite her divorce from
Nelson Mandela, despite convictions
for kidnapping and fraud and allegations of other crimes from corruption
to instigating murder and unseemly
property disputes following the death
of Mandela.
While Mandela was serving his sentence in Robben Island, MadikizelaMandela began to take a leading role in
the African National Congress (ANC)
and paid the price. Over the years she
was arrested, kept in solitary confinement in a concrete cell and viciously
treated during interrogation.
After her release she was harassed,
banned and banished by the apartheid government. These things are
not easily forgotten or ignored.
On returning to Soweto in 1985
after another banishment, Madikize-
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la-Mandela said: “We have no
guns, we have only stones, boxes of
matches and petrol. Together, hand
in hand, with our boxes of matches
and our necklaces, we shall liberate
the country.”
What followed was “necklacing”
– forcing a petrol-soaked tyre over
someone and then setting it on fire.
The killings caused huge international outcry, especially in the West.
But to her supporters and many others it was justified retribution against
informers of a brutal police state, or
criminals who had been preying on
the community.
The list of victims grew with members of the Mandela United Football
Club, which she had founded, carrying
out attacks. Madikizela-Mandela was
accused of instigating and even taking
part in a murder. She was charged in
connection with murder, convicted of
kidnapping and being accessory to assault despite witnesses disappearing.
On appeal her assault conviction
was overturned, but the kidnapping
one was upheld. She paid a fine.
But she survived and prospered within the ANC, heading
the party’s Women’s League and
running for deputy president.
Madikizela-Mandela will be given a
state funeral and thousands are expected to attend.
Lucas Sibisi from Tembisa township, will be among the mourners.
He said: “Despite all that is wrong
with our country, we are no longer
ruled by the apartheid racists.”
THE INDEPENDENT
PM rows back
on penalties
for peddling
‘fake news’
By Manoj Kumar
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday ordered the
withdrawal of rules punishing
journalists held responsible for
distributing “fake news”, giving no reason for the change,
less than 24 hours after the
original announcement.
The move followed an outcry by
journalists and opposition politicians that the rules laid out in a
decree represented an attack on
the freedom of the press.
Late on Monday, the country’s
Information and Broadcasting
Ministry had said the government
would cancel its accreditation of
journalists who peddled articles
which officials considered to be
“fake news”. REUTERS
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AEROSPACE
Nasa makes a big noise about building
a quieter successor to Concorde
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
The quest to build a quiet successor to Concorde took a major step
forward after Nasa hired Lockheed Martin to build a groundbreaking new generation of
supersonic aircraft.
Awarding the $247.5m (£176m)
contract to the Californian aerospace firm, Nasa’s Jaiwon Shin said:
“This is a history-making day... Nasa
is opening a new era.”
Concorde was a triumph of engineering that comfortably exThe hope is the X-plane
will spawn a new
generation of quieter supersonic
planes that would be able to fly
from London to New York in
three hours.
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ceeded the speed of sound – but
the sonic boom it produced was so
loud that the jet was forced to slow
to conventional speeds over land to
avoid rattling windows and causing
other disruptions.
Although it was retired in 2003 engineers continued to dream of creating a quiet supersonic jet that can
exceed the speed of sound – around
770mph in dry air – over land as well
as sea.
Nasa has announced plans to
create the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator X-plane, an experimental
supersonic jet that is due to make its
first flight in 2021.
“It will fly over land, but quietly,
over select US cities and we will ask
people living and working in those
communities what they heard, if
anything,” Mr Shin said.
“This is a critical step to an exciting future,” he added.
The aircraft would fly at ap-
proximately 940mph – twice the
speed of today’s commercial airliners and nearly as fast as Concorde
– at 55,000ft.
When a plane moves slower than
sound, the jet’s sound waves arrive on the ground in pretty similar
shape to how they left the engine.
But when planes move faster than
sound, they outrun their own engine
noise, with the vibrations spreading
out behind them through the air that
crash into the ground as a powerful
shock wave.
The new plane will produce a low
boom that sounds like a “thump
or heartbeat” and is expected
to be about the volume of a car
door closing.
It will achieve this by having a
longer nose and more swept-back
wings than conventional aircraft
which will give it a more slender,
streamlined shape allowing it to cut
through air more efficiently.
4,000 new
galaxies are
discovered
By Jane Clinton
One of the largest 3D maps of the
infant universe has revealed 4,000
early galaxies, according to research.
Because light from the most distant galaxies takes billions of years to
reach us, a team of astronomers used
the 8.2m Subaru telescope in Hawaii
and the 2.4m Isaac Newton telescope
in the Canary Islands to effectively
“look back in time”.
The scientists from Lancaster University mapped 16 different time periods between 11 and 13 billion years
ago to and discovered the galaxies,
many of which have now evolved into
galaxies like the Milky Way.
The light from these galaxies is also
stretched by the expansion of the universe, increasing its wavelength to
make it more red. By measuring the
so-called “redshift” of a galaxy, astronomers can deduce its distance;
how long its light has taken to reach
us and how far back in time we are
seeing it.
The findings were announced at a
presentation at the European Week
of Astronomy and Space Science in
Liverpool yesterday.
SCIENCE
British-led rubbish-collecting mission
launches first clean-up in space
By Jon Von Radowitz
A British-led mission demonstrating
how to salvage space junk orbiting the
Earth launched successfully – and on
time for arrival at the International
Space Station (ISS) this morning.
The blast-off came less than a day
after a Chinese space station broke
up over the Pacific.
The RemoveDebris satellite, to be
deployed from the ISS, will carry a
net for capturing space litter and a
Dragsail harpoon that can spear and
haul in larger objects.
A Space X Falcon 9 rocket carrying the box-like craft took off from
the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape
Dragsail is one system to grab space
junk under trial SURREY SPACE CENTRE
Canaveral, Florida ,at 16.30 on Monday. RemoveDebris was designed
and built by a consortium led by the
University of Surrey and funded by
the European Commission. It is the
first practical attempt to try clean-up
technology in space.
ENVIRONMENT
FIJI
Ecologists look to the stars in
a bid to catch poachers out
Era of ‘extreme weather’ kills four
By Florence Snead
Ecologists have joined forces with
a team of astrophysicists in a bid
to reduce poaching using technology more typically employed to
detect stars.
It is hoped the project will help the
ecologists at Liverpool John Moores
University to access hard to reach
areas and monitor wildlife without
disturbing the animals.
The team piloted their concept
with infrared footage of cows and
humans, filmed by a drone at a
farm in Wirral. They worked with
Knowsley Safari in Merseyside and
Chester Zoo to build up libraries of
imagery to train the software to recognise different types of animal in
various landscapes and vegetations.
Astro-ecologist Dr Claire Burke
said: “With thermal infrared cameras, we can easily see animals as a result of their body heat, day or night,
and even when they are camouflaged in their natural environment.
“Since animals and humans in
thermal footage ‘glow’ in the same
way as stars and galaxies, we have
By Nick Perry
IN WELLINGTON
Scientists ‘taught’ computers to
recognise infrared images of animals
been able to combine the technical
expertise of astronomers with the
conservation knowledge of ecologists to find animals or poachers.”
Fiji is entering a “frightening new
era” of extreme weather, the
leader of the Pacific island
nation said yesterday after
flooding from a cyclone
killed at least four people.
Cyclone Josie struck
Fiji on Sunday (inset). The
Pacific island nation of nearly 1 million people avoided a
direct hit, but heavy rains and
flooding caused damage to homes,
businesses and vehicles on the western side of the main island, Viti Levu.
More than 1,000 people remained
in evacuation centres this week as the
storm moved away.
Prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama said climate change
was causing extreme
weather events to become
more severe and occur
more often.
It is a “fight for our
very survival”, he said,
adding:“we are now at
an almost constant level
of threat.” He said countries
must limit the global temperature
increase, as agreed under the Paris
climate accord. AP
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MALI
Crown Prince
‘supports’ Israel
Mass grave
found in village
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman said
Israelis are entitled to live
peacefully on their own land
in an interview published on
Monday in the magazine The
Atlantic, another sign of the
improving relations between
the two countries.
Asked if he believes the
Jewish people have a right
to a nation state, Crown
Prince Mohammed said: “The
Palestinians and the Israelis
have the right to have their
own land. But we have to have a
peace agreement.” REUTERS
A mass grave has been discovered in
central Mali just days after arrests
by the military as it responds to
increasing jihadist attacks in the
region, human rights group Amnesty
International said in a report
released yesterday.
Concerns are growing about
alleged abuses as Mali’s military tries
to stop extremism from spreading
further in the west African nation.
Residents in the village of Dogo
identified six blindfolded bodies,
found in the mass grave as people
who had been arrested last month by
the military, the human rights group
said. AP
Oil spill and fire
leads to state
of emergency
By Agustinus Beo Da Costa
and Wilda Asmarini
IN JAKARTA
A state of emergency has been
declared around a port on
Borneo after a large oil spill and
fire killed four people.
Disaster mitigation officials
Trump says military will
guard border with Mexico
By Steve Holland
SAUDI ARABIA
INDONESIA
UNITED STATES
were able to control the blaze in
the port of Balikpapan but were
still working to contain the spill,
which started last Saturday and
spread over an area of around
4.5 square miles.
“We have warned the public
not to carry out activities that
could spark fires,” the head of
the city’s environmental agency,
said yesterday.
Balikpapan, in East
Kalimantan, is a major mining
and energy hub and home to one
of the few oil refineries in the
country, run by state energy firm
Pertamina. REUTERS
President Donald Trump said
yesterday that he would use US
military forces to protect the border
with Mexico until a long-promised
wall is completed and “proper
security” is in place.
Mr Trump, who earlier threatened
to halt US foreign aid to Honduras
and other countries unless they
stopped a “caravan” of Central
American migrants headed to the
United States, called use of the
military at the southern border “a
big step”.
Trump has railed against 1,200-
Argentina
Jorge Josifovich is downcast as
he walks under the pounding
sun in one of Argentina’s most
fertile agricultural regions,
staring at soy crops parched
by the country’s worst drought
in years.
The drought, which began
in November, has caused
big losses and reduced
expectations of economic
growth in the world’s thirdlargest exporter of soybean
and corn. “It’s dramatic,” said
Mr Josifovich, a farmer and
agricultural engineer.
“Not only is there the
physical loss of grain yield, but
there’s also the loss of quality,
which lowers the product’s
final price.”
What is expected to be the
poorest harvest in at least
a decade has already cut
growth forecasts by up to a
percentage point.
Argentina has been hit by
severe droughts in the past.
The last one, in 2008, killed
thousands of cows, cut grain
output and stirred growing
discontent among farmers who
complained about a lack of aid.
This time, the government
has promised to provide debt
relief to drought-hit farmers.
However, many growers say
more need to be done.
“We have a business
that is out in the open
air and we depend on
weather,” Mr Josifovich
said. “Sometimes, our
complaints are justified.” AP
Almudena Calatrava
plus Central American migrants on a
2,000-mile journey from the MexicoGuatemalan border, and reiterated
threats to derail the North American
Koreans
sing for
summit
Lee Sun-hee and girl
group Red Velvet,
from South Korea,
performing with North
Korean musicians at a
concert in Pyongyang,
North Korea yesterday.
The event was held
ahead of the historic
inter-Korean summit
scheduled for later this
month. GETTY
UNITED STATES
Judge reverses testimony ruling for Cosby’s retrial
Defence lawyers at Bill Cosby’s
retrial on sexual assault charges
can call a witness they say will
undermine the credibility of the
comedian’s accuser, a Pennsylvania
judge said yesterday, reversing his
ruling on that witness in the first
trial, which ended with a hung jury.
The ruling to allow Margo Jackson’s
testimony came from Montgomery
County Judge Steven O’Neill
during jury selection in Norristown,
Pennsylvania. It was a victory for Mr
Cosby’s legal team, which had argued
her testimony will be central to their
argument that Andrea Constand’s
claim of assault is untrue.
Mr Cosby, 80, is facing his second
criminal trial on charges that he
drugged and sexually assaulted Ms
Constand at the comedian’s home in
suburban Philadelphia more than 14
years ago. The first trial ended in a
mistrial last June. REUTERS
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UNITED STATES
TURKEY
Five Star rejects
Berlusconi deal
Arrest over fatal Putin in Ankara
slide accident
for Erdogan talks
The leader of Italy’s antiestablishment 5 Star Movement
ruled out joining a coalition with
Forza Italia yesterday.
Until now, 5-Star had said it was
ready to talk to all parties after
last month’s national election.
In an interview recorded by the
La7 TV channel, Luigi Di Maio
said 5 Star was open to talks with
the Democratic Party and the
far-right League, but not with
Silvio Berlusconi’s party. REUTERS
One of the designers of a Kansas
water park slide that decapitated
a 10-year-old boy in 2016 has been
arrested in Texas.
John Timothy Schooley was met by
police officers at Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport as he arrived
there on a flight late on Monday.
Mr Schooley is being held without
bond at the Dallas County jail pending
his arraignment and extradition
to Kansas on charges that include
second-degree murder. AP
By David DeKok
IN HARRISBURG
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‘Big step’: President Trump will
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Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) if
they are not stopped.
“We will be doing things with
Mexico, and they have to do it,
otherwise I’m not going to do
with the Nafta deal,” Trump told
reporters at the White House. He
said if the “caravan” reaches the US
border “our laws are so weak and so
pathetic... it’s like we have no border”.
Mexican officials stepped up efforts
yesterday to process the dwindling
group and determine whether they
had the right to stay in Mexico or be
returned to their countries of origin.
Mexico has said such “caravans”,
of mostly Central Americans, have
occurred since 2010. REUTERS
The leaders of Russia and Turkey
are scheduled to launch the start
of the construction of Turkey’s
first nuclear power plant as ties
between the countries deepen.
Russian President Vladimir
Putin, on his first foreign visit
since re-election on 18 March,
arrived in Ankara yesterday for
talks with President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. They will remotely
launch the construction of the
Russian-made Akkuyu plant. AP
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SOCIETY
Gay dating app
disclosed HIV
status of users
to third parties
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
A gay dating app will cease disclosing the HIV status of its users
to third-party companies amid
increasing user concern about
digital privacy.
Grindr, which is used by 3.6 million LGBTQ people daily, shared
information from user profiles with
two external companies – including whether the users were HIVpositive and the date they were
last tested, Norwegian non-profit
research organisation Sintef found.
App optimisation firms Apptimize and Localytics also received
GPS, email address and phone data
which could be combined to identify
users and their personal health information, Sintef told BuzzFeed.
Disclosing HIV status is optional
for Grindr users, and is visible to
other users when filled out, but
many users may choose to use the
app anonymously.
“As a company that serves the
LGBTQ community, we understand
the sensitivities around HIV status
Hackers take advantage
Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid were
among apps vulnerable to hacking,
a report from Russian security firm
Kaspersky Lab found last October.
Location information, identifiable personal data and unencrypted
messages were exposed during
testing of the apps for Apple’s iOS
and Google’s Android smartphone
operating systems.
The Android versions of Tinder,
Bumble and Paktor all upload user
photos using unencrypted HTTP,
which the team was able to exploit.
They were also able to gain
control of Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid,
Badoo, Happn and Paktor Android
accounts by exploiting a vulnerability in linking the user’s Facebook
account to the app giving access to
the user’s correspondence.
HIV data had been shared
with Apptimize to test a
new opt-in feature reminding
users to get tested, and ceased
once the feature was rolled out
last week.
disclosure,” Scott Chen, Grindr’s
chief technology officer, said. “Our
goal is and always has been to support the health and safety of our
users worldwide.”
Both the companies, which
Grindr uses to improve the app’s
function and to test new features,
are contracted to uphold user privacy and security, he added, saying personal information was only
shared with them when necessary
or appropriate.
“However, this information is
always transmitted securely with
encryption, and there are data retention policies in place to further
protect our users’ privacy.”
The news comes in the wake
of the Cambridge Analytica data
scandal, when whistle-blower
Christopher Wylie claimed the
personal information of 50 million
Facebook users had been harvested
without their consent and used
to target them with personalised
adverts using the 2016 US
presidential election.
Bryce Case, Grindr’s chief security officer, told BuzzFeed the company had decided to stop sharing
information with Localytics over
the reaction to the report, calling it a
“misunderstanding of technology”.
“It’s being conflated with Cambridge Analytica. This is just something we use for internal tooling,”
he said.
“I will not admit fault in the regard that the data was used.”
“All practices where a company
has access to confidential information such as HIV status or sexual
orientation should be illegal to
share with other parties,” said Evgeny Chereshnev, chief executive and
founder of privacy tech firm Biolink.
Jackson pays tribute to King
Rev Jesse Jackson (nearest the
camera) visits the balcony outside
room 306 at the Lorraine Motel,
where civil rights leader Martin
Luther King Jr was assassinated
50 years ago today. The motel
is now in the grounds of the
National Civil Rights Museum in
Memphis, Tennessee.
King was assassinated as he
stepped out on to the balcony to
speak to friends in the parking lot
below, before he was due to deliver
a speech that night. Rev Jackson was
present when a gunman wounded
King in the neck. King died from his
wounds shortly after. GETTY
ISRAEL
Netanyahu scraps deal on African refugees
By Jeffrey Heller
IN JERUSALEM
Israeli prime minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said he was cancelling
an agreement with the UN refugee
agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to right-wing
pressure to scrap the deal.
The agency, the UNHCR, said it
hoped Israel would reconsider the
decision soon and offered to work
with it to identify and “respond to the
protection needs” of asylum seekers
in the country.
On Monday Mr Netanyahu
a n n o u n c e d a n a r ra n ge m e n t
with the UNHCR that would
have relocated about 16,250 migrants to Western countries.
But the fact that thousands more
would be allowed to stay raised an
outcry from right-wing politicians
who want the migrants expelled.
He then posted on Facebook he was
putting the agreement’s implementation on hold. By yesterday, the deal
was dead.
“I have listened carefully to the
many comments on the agreement.
As a result, and after I again weighed
the advantages and disadvantages, I
decided to cancel the deal,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s office quoted Mr Netanyahu as saying.
REUTERS
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Synthetic cannabis linked to dozens of deaths
By Jeremy B White
IN SAN FRANCISCO
Synthetic marijuana products have
been linked to a spiralling public
health crisis in Illinois, where authorities say two people have died and
dozens more have been hospitalised.
In dozens of cases that have rippled
through the greater Chicago area in
recent weeks, people have reported
severe bleeding after using synthetic
cannabinoid products, the Illinois Department of Public Health warned.
The toll has risen rapidly in
recent days, climbing from 38
recorded incidents last week
to 56. Nine of the afflicted have
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to emergency medical workers and
local health departments around the
state warning them to be alert.
Also referred to by names like “K2”
and “spice”, synthetic cannabinoids
are chemicals that mimic the effects
of marijuana’s active components.
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Animal-free tests
are looking good
A wave of laboratory innovations are helping to make
cruelty-free cosmetics possible. By Siobhán Norton
A
t a laboratory in
Cheshire, cosmetic
experiments are being
carried out. Soaps,
moisturisers, shampoos,
lotions and potions are all being
tested for things like skin sensitivity
or corrosion, eye irritation and
toxicity. But here, there are no
substances being dropped into
albino rabbits’ eyes, no chemicals
applied to shaved skin.
At XCellR8, in fact, there are no
animals at all, or even any animalderived products being used. All the
tests use engineered human skin or
eye tissue, or human skin cultures,
thanks to a wave of innovation
resulting in testing that is, advocates
say, cheaper and more accurate than
the animal-involved alternatives.
Crucially, it is also cruelty-free.
Dr Carol Treasure set up XCellR8
with her co-founder, Bushra Sim, in
2008. “I’ve always loved animals,”
she said. “Then I started my career
in the pharmaceutical industry and
saw animal testing going on, and I
found that incredibly difficult to be
in that environment.
“I felt that from an ethical
viewpoint it wasn’t right, and from a
scientific viewpoint, I thought there
has to be a better way.”
Necessity being the mother
of invention, the race to find
alternatives escalated when the
European Union banned cosmetic
testing on animals in 2013, as well as
closing its markets to any product
that had been tested on animals.
“Traditional animal tests were
never very good at predicting
human safety and it’s important
that the replacements are safer,” Dr
Treasure said. “Regulations within
Europe have forced extra resources
to be put into the development of
alternative methods.”
When Europe implemented the
ban, it was met with dismay by much
of the industry. Cosmetics Europe
warned that the ban would destroy
businesses and deprive European
consumers of new innovations.
But as campaigners celebrate five
years since the ban they say that
the biggest cosmetics market in
the world has flourished. And now
parliamentarians want to take it a
step further – with a global ban.
“The one thing we haven’t seen
in the past five years is cosmetics
companies going under – they all
Non-animal testing
Animal-free testing methods span
three categories: using biological
matter (in vitro), computers (in
silico), or human volunteers
(in vivo).
In vitro
n Reconstructed human skin is
used for skin sensitivity and skin
corrosion tests. The three-dimensional, cell model replicates the key
traits of human skin.
n The Wyss Institute in the US has
created “organs on chips”, which
contain human cells grown in
the lab that mimic the function of
human organs for toxicity testing.
In silico
n Computer models simulate
human biology and predict how the
body will react to drugs.
In vivo
n Human volunteers can be
safely studied in many tests using
magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) to test the brain’s reaction to
certain drugs.
n Microdosing – where volunteers
are given a tiny drug dose and their
responses measured - can replace
animal tests and help to rule out
drugs that won’t work on humans.
seem to be doing just fine,” Alex
Mayer, a British MEP, said. “This
proves that the ban works here and
therefore there’s no excuse for it not
to work in the rest of the world.”
It’s an ambitious goal, but not an
impossible one, say campaigners.
Since the EU ban came into effect,
other countries have followed. India
and New Zealand have banned the
sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
Australia and Korea are banning
them this year. And legislation is
being considered in California and
New York.
“The time is right,” Michelle
Thew, of Cruelty Free International
(CFI), said. “We always had
consumer support on this issue,
but now we’ve also got science on
our side. We’ve demonstrated that
non-animal methods are more
effective and more reliable but we’ve
also now got industry saying that
within the European Union this is
NATURE
Experts reveal the best
way to tackle foreign
invaders in our gardens
The ‘Enemy Within’ falls under the
spotlight. By Hannah Stephenson
W
hen we think of
invasive plants,
alarm bells might
ring at the mention
of Japanese
knotweed or giant hogweed – but
can the same be said about buddleia,
bamboo or montbretia?
These and other common plants
will be coming under the spotlight
at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower
Show in a garden of invasive plants,
created to highlight non-native
species that “escape” from gardens
up and down the UK and the damage
they can do once let loose.
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no animals are
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Dr Carol Treasure
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an increasingly safe position. We’re
not getting the arguments that we
used to.”
Together with celebrities such as
Ricky Gervais and Joanna Lumley,
nearly 100 policymakers, retailers
and animal experts have
signed a letter addressed
to heads of European
governments calling
for international
action. The European
Parliament will
vote this month
on the motion, and
campaigners hope that
this will result in a UN
resolution to end animal testing on
cosmetics around the world.
The cosmetics company The Body
Shop has been campaigning on the
issue for decades and is confident
the end is in sight. A joint petition
with CFI has so far collected five
million signatures, with the aim to
Experts from the Property Care
Association’s Invasive Weed Control
Group are developing the “Enemy
Within” garden to showcase 14 of the
invasive non-native plants currently
thriving across the country.
These include montbretia, false
Virginia creeper, Japanese rose,
three-cornered garlic, the garden
lupin, buddleia and cotoneaster.
Professor Max Wade, chairman
of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control
Group, says: “We know from studies
of today’s invasive weeds that it can
take decades to become a national
problem after escaping from
gardens. For instance, giant rhubarb
was first seen outside of gardens in
1908 and it wasn’t until about the
turn of the century that it became
invasive, while Japanese knotweed
took from 1886 to around 1940 to
start its ascendancy.
“Based on this, we should
consider that not only is tomorrow’s
hit eight million before it is taken to
the United Nations.
“In 1989, the Body Shop was the
first global beauty brand to call out
this issue,” Jessie MacNeil-Brown,
senior manager of international
campaigns and corporate
responsibility at The Body
Shop, said. “In 1989, no one
thought that we would be
here today celebrating
five years of a complete
ban in the biggest
cosmetics market in the
world. People thought we
were completely mad.”
It hasn’t all been plain
sailing. Animal testing is mandatory
in China and while the US does not
have a regulatory requirement,
the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) does require companies to
perform toxicological tests and
concedes that animal testing may
sometimes be necessary.
Lupin flowers on display at the
Chelsea Flower Show AFP/GETTY
Japanese knotweed growing in
gardens today, but we are busy
planting the follow-on generation to
perpetuate the process.”
Steve Hodgson, chief executive of
the PCA, says: “The biggest issue is
to be really sensible about disposal.
You can’t chuck this stuff in a skip
because it will go to landfill and
“We accept that animal testing
is a thing of the past in Europe. We
have been investing in alternatives
for years, but the science is complex
and the progress is not as fast as we
would like,” John Chave, director
general of Cosmetics Europe, said.
“We need regulators to buy into
alternatives so that they can be fully
absorbed into the regulatory safety
approach in Europe and elsewhere.”
Treasure said that regulators
are warming to alternatives, with
XCellR8’s tests recognised by the
OECD and the European Chemicals
Agency (ECHA). “It means that the
industry now has the confidence to
take on these methods,” she said.
“It shows consumers that they do
have power in this situation. It’s only
public pressure that causes changes
in the regulations and then the
regulations cause more innovation.
“So you can always trace it back to
the role of the individual consumer.”
cause a problem somewhere else.
Don’t put it into cold composting.
You might have to burn it.”
He adds: “The difficulty is the
corms [underground storage
organs, present in many plants].
If your garden waste bin goes to
hot composting, that should be
okay. But if you don’t know where
it goes, think it through. Most skip
companies will do it for you, but it is
very expensive.”
If you want these plants in the
garden, put them in pots so they are
contained, Hodgson advises.
“If you containerise plants which
spread by runners or rhizomes, you
will have a hugely restricting ability.”
He does not recommend strong
weedkillers. However, advice
generally given about getting rid of
bamboo and other invasive plants
involves using a combination of
digging and using the strongest
forms of glyphosate available.
f some ironies seem too
blatant to be worth pointing
out, the one involving Andrew
Lansley also feels too cruel.
The 61-year-old former health
secretary has revealed that he
has stage three bowel cancer, and
blames inadequate screening due
to NHS cuts for its late detection.
If discovered earlier, the treatment
would have been infinitely less
brutal and his chances of survival
much higher.
You needn’t be a soothsayer to
foresee the reaction to this from
some of Twitter’s less empathetic
commentators. Recalling Lansley’s
counterproductive efforts to
restructure the NHS after the 2010
general election, not to mention
his membership of the Tory-led
coalition cabinet that championed
austerity, their response brings an
Emo Philips gag racing to mind.
The comic was in a café with
a German girlfriend when she
moaned about the impossibility
of finding a decent bagel in Berlin.
“Hmmm,” he muttered, “and
whose fault’s that?”
It’s true that no one other than
Lansley (inset) could claim that
his attempted “reforms” achieved
anything beyond harming the NHS
and demoralising its staff.
Yet even if he hadn’t advocated
earlier bowel cancer screening in
the job, as he did, it would be idiocy
to think that his inadequacies
invalidate the case he makes now.
Across a range of cancers,
including lung and pancreatic as
well as colorectal, survival rates in
the UK lag behind those in the rest
of western Europe.
Even within Britain, there is a
discrepancy. When I went to the
surgery a few years ago about acid
reflux, a GP recently arrived from
Glasgow mentioned that at my
then age (50), I’d automatically be
offered bowel cancer screening
in Scotland.
Elsewhere in the UK, a routine
colonoscopy (or a sigmoidoscopy)
is not available until you turn 60.
This is deranged. Most
bowel tumours start
as benign and
asymptomatic polyps,
and take 10 to 15 years
to change character.
Once detected, they
are easily removed
before turning
malignant.
Whipping out
a polyp during a
colonoscopy costs
a tiny fraction of
what would later
be spent on radical
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surgery and/or radiotherapy, and/
or chemo.
Clearly it helps when public
figures such as Lansley and the
BBC journalist George Alagiah,
whose recurrent bowel cancer is
incurable, share their experience.
Semi-pro hypochondriacs
like me can recite the symptoms
from memory (blood in the stool;
abdominal pain; change in bowel
habits; unexplained weight loss;
fatigue). Less neurotic types
need educating.
It might have saved my sisterin-law, Penny, who died almost 10
years ago from bowel cancer. At
her age (late 30s), the disease is
so unlikely that she ignored the
symptoms for almost two years.
By the time she saw a doctor, there
was no hope.
Routine screening is no panacea.
It wouldn’t have helped Penny or
the very few with the desperate bad
luck to develop bowel cancer so
young. With other cancers, it isn’t
crystal clear it helps at all. Expert
opinion is split about the value of
the PSA blood test for prostate
cancer. It produces so many false
Early screening of
the asymptomatic
for bowel cancer is
a no-brainer
negatives and false positives, and
the lives saved have to be balanced
against the side effects from
aggressive treatment of tumours
that would never become lethal.
But early screening of the
asymptomatic for bowel cancer is
the ultimate no-brainer.
While they die early, and untold
tens of millions are spent on
treatments that should never have
been required, the Government’s
auto-response is to trot out
its smug twin mantras, about
survival rates rising and more
being invested in treatment than
ever before.
Screening cannot be forced on
the unwilling, of course. Tempting
as it would be to dispatch NHS
hit squads around the country,
storming 50th-birthday parties
and forcing cameras up every
birthday boy and girl, there might
be civil liberties issues.
But it can and must be
made available. The continued
refusal to do so is nothing
less than mass,
state-sponsored
manslaughter by
gross negligence.
THE INDEPENDENT
Television Wednesday 4 April
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
Daytime
GERARD GILBERT
6pm
7pm
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11pm
Late
PICK OF THE DAY
===
10.30am and 12.15am, BBC1
The Gold Coast of Australia, familiar
to viewers of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me
Out Of Here!, plays host to the 71
territories that make up the
Commonwealth, including such
minnows as Guernsey, the Falkland
Islands and Turks and Caicos in a
sporting event celebrating a former
empire – surely the first and last one
in history to do so. Bowls, netball
and squash are among the nonOlympic sports featuring in the next
11 days, but with Queensland nine
hours ahead of the UK, most of us
will catch up on the BBC2 early
evening highlights package. This
morning’s live ceremony is at the
relatively civilised hour of 10.30am,
with the best bits at 7pm.
8pm, BBC1
Semi-finals week begins with the
eight remaining cooks heading to
RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire
where, split into two teams, they
must cook lunch for 120 veterans
and serving airmen who are
celebrating the RAF centenary. The
losing quartet must then cook-off
against each other in an invention
test using leftovers from the meal.
Commonwealth Games 2018
MasterChef
===
Attenborough’s
Wonder Of Eggs
8pm, BBC2
In case you missed it over Easter,
there’s another chance to catch this
eye-opening documentary posing
such questions as why birds lay eggs
at all, and how some birds find the
calcium required to build an
eggshell in the first place – pregnant
tits, for example, spending half their
lives searching for snail shells.
===
My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me
9pm, BBC1
Comedian Patrick Kielty was just 16
in 1988 when his father, Jack, was
murdered by paramilitary gunmen
during the Troubles in Northern
Ireland. A decade later, he voted in
favour of the Good Friday
Agreement, even though it meant
that those convicted of his father’s
murder would be released from
prison. Now, 20 years on, Kielty
travels around Northern Ireland to
see how and whether it has delivered
an end to the sectarian hatred.
===
The Assassination Of Gianni
Versace: American Crime Story
9pm, BBC2
One of the many admirable aspects
of this horribly gripping, almost
Hitchcockian drama is how it doesn’t
waste time with flashbacks. Actually,
the chronology is so skewed that
flashbacks wouldn’t work anyway, as
we now head back to one year before
Andrew Cunanan’s killing spree.
Our handsome psychopath is in
California, sponging off a wealthy
older man whose friends have the
good sense to dislike Cunanan.
===
Save Me
9pm, Sky Atlantic
Such has been the overwhelmingly
positive response to this Lennie
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Oxford Street Revealed
(R) (S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S). 10.30
Commonwealth Games:
Opening Ceremony
2018 Live coverage from
Carrara Stadium in
Queensland, Australia (S).
1.30 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 2.00 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.15 Moving On (R)
(S). 3.00 Escape To The
Country (S). 3.30 Money
For Nothing (S). 4.15 Flog
It! (R) (S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 Money For
Nothing (R) (S). 7.15
Bargain Hunt (R) (S). 8.00
Sign Zone: See Hear (S).
8.30 Sign Zone: Classic
Mary Berry (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 Street Auction (R)
(S). 11.45 Claimed And
Shamed (R) (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.15 The Hairy Bikers’
Comfort Food (R) (S). 2.00
Trust Me, I’m A Vet (R) (S).
3.00 Indian Ocean With
Simon Reeve (R) (S). 4.00
Patagonia: Earth’s Secret
Paradise (R) (S). 5.00 Put
Your Money Where Your
Mouth Is (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (R) (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 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (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). 7.10 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). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 11.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 11.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 12.00 Channel 4
News Summary (S). 12.05
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
1.05 Posh Pawnbrokers
(R) (S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 4.00 A
New Life In The Sun (R) (S).
5.00 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
5.30 Star Boot Sale (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away! (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
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(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.15 NCIS
(R) (S). 3.15 FILM: First
Class Fear (Richard Gabai
2013) Thriller, starring
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5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
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Six; Weather (S).
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News; Weather
(S).
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show (S).
6.30 The Repair
Shop Restoring
a damaged
Davenport
desk (R) (S).
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News; Weather
(S).
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(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Tegan
wakes from her
coma (R) (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Jasmine
receives a
threatening
text (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Alex
Jones and Ore
Oduba (S).
7.00 Today At
The Games
Highlights of
the opening
ceremony
at Carrara
Stadium (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Brenda steals
Laurel’s
wallet (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 The Yorkshire
Vet Casebook
Julian Norton
and Peter
Wright try to
save a working
sheepdog (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 Nature’s
Microworlds
The Amazon
rainforest (R) (S).
8.00 MasterChef The
eight remaining
cooks in the
competition
head to RAF
Halton in
Aylesbury (S).
8.00 Attenborough’s
Wonder Of
Eggs David
Attenborough
reveals the
secrets of birds’
eggs (S).
8.00 Britain’s
Brightest
Family (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street David
makes a huge
sacrifice (S).
8.00 The Supervet
Lee Dixon
brings his dog
to see Professor
Noel Fitzpatrick.
Last in the
series (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors A
woman patient
suffering
withdrawal
symptoms from
tramadol (S).
8.00 Metalworks!
– The
Blacksmith’s
Tale The
blacksmith’s
craft. Last in the
series (R) (S).
9.00 My Dad, The
Peace Deal And
Me Exploring
the legacy
of Northern
Ireland’s peace
deal (S).
9.00 The
Assassination Of
Gianni Versace:
American
Crime Story (S).
9.50 Live At The
Apollo (R) (S).
9.00 Benidorm
Monty is
concerned
about Sammy’s
career relaunch
(S).
9.00 One Born Every
Minute Couple
Sharnee and
Dan await
the arrival of
their first child
together (S).
9.00 Housing
Yorkshire:
Somewhere
Called Home
New series.
Documentary
(S).
9.00 Make! Craft
Britain The
novice crafters
are introduced
to mosaic
making. Last in
the series (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
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News; Weather
(S).
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Sport (S).
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Weather (S).
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News (S).
10.45 Uefa Champions
League
Highlights (S).
10.00First Dates
New series. The
return of the
dating show (S).
10.00Why Do Men
Earn More
Than Women?
Investigating
unequal pay
and the gender
pay gap (S).
10.00Martin Luther
King: The
Assassination
Tapes (R) (S).
10.45 The March On
Washington
(R) (S).
11.15 Lenny
Henry: The
Commonwealth
Kid (R) (S).
11.15 Golf: The
Masters
Preview 2018
A look ahead (S).
11.45 Hospital (R) (S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
guests including
Sam Quek, Jake
Humphrey
and Rob
Beckett (R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (R) (S).
11.05 Murder On The
Internet Part
one of two. The
dark side of
online dating
(R) (S).
11.45 Carved With
Love: The Genius
Of British
Woodwork The
artistic legacy
of the Middle
Ages (R) (S).
11.40 FILM: American
Reunion
(Jon Hurwitz,
Hayden
Schlossberg
2012) Comedy
sequel (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Chris is
expelled from
school (R) (S).
11.55 Family Guy
Lois runs for
mayor (R) (S).
12.15 Commonwealth
Games 2018 (S). 2.30
Commonwealth Games
2018 (S).
12.45 Sign Zone: See Hear
(R) (S). 1.15 Sign Zone:
MasterChef (R) (S). 2.15
Sign Zone: The Funeral
Murders (R) (S). 3.20 BBC
News (S).
12.35 Sunday Night At
The Palladium (R) (S).
1.25 Jackpot247 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.50 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 Live From Abbey
Road Classics 12.35 Seven
Year Switch 1.30 FILM:
Multiplicity (Harold
Ramis 1996) 3.30 The
Question Jury 4.25 George
Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
5.20 Streetmate
12.05 When Kids Kill (S).
1.00 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Inside Windsor Castle (R)
(S). 4.00 Cruising With
Jane McDonald (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Great Artists (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
12.45 Top Of The Pops:
1983 (R) (S). 1.25 Top Of
The Pops: 1983 (R) (S).
1.55 Metalworks! – The
Blacksmith’s Tale (R) (S).
2.55 The Ruth Ellis Files: A
Very British Crime Story
(R) (S). 3.55 Close
1.50 FILM: Day Of The
Flowers (John Roberts
2013) Premiere. Drama,
starring Eva Birthistle
and Charity Wakefield (S).
3.55 Close
12.25 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.50 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.20 Two And A Half Men
(R) (S). 2.15 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.25 Teleshopping
5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen
John Torode has a taste
test in ‘MasterChef’
8pm, BBC1
Patrick Kielty visits his
home village as he
discusses ‘My Dad, The
Peace Deal And Me’
9pm, BBC1
‘The Assassination of
Gianni Versace’
9pm, BBC2
6.50 FILM: Ender’s
Game (Gavin
Hood 2013) Scifi adventure,
starring Asa
Butterfield (S).
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (R) (S). 6.20
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.10
Who’s Doing The Dishes?
(R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 8.20 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold (R) (S). 8.55
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S).
9.05 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (R) (S). 10.00 FILM:
St Trinian’s 2: The Legend
Of Fritton’s Gold (Oliver
Parker, Barnaby Thompson
2009) (S). 12.15 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.40 You’ve Been
Framed Gold Rides Again!
(R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (R) (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 4.55 Judge Rinder
(R) (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
Dating game,
hosted by Paddy
McGuinness (R)
(S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
tries to find
romance (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Die
Hard (John
McTiernan
1988) Action
thriller, starring
Bruce Willis (S).
9.00 Hell’s Kitchen
USA Elise and
Michelle get
into a heated
argument (S).
10.00Hell’s Kitchen
USA The chefs
compete in a
blind taste test
challenge (S).
10.55 Family Guy
(R) (S).
NEWS
2-25
James-scripted drama that it comes
as no surprise that it has been
recommissioned, so look out for the
loose ends requiring a second series.
First, however, Nelly (James) has to
scour some pretty dark places in the
search for his missing daughter.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
First Dates
10pm, Channel 4
The addictive-relationships reality
show returns with former spouses
Stuart and Mandy arriving together
for their rendezvous to lend moral
support. A little odd, and it might
prompt questions from their dates
as to whether or not they really have
separated. Things are clearer cut for
Morganne from Wales, who’s up for
anyone who’s not Welsh. Can Cardiff
charmer Nathan talk her around?
VOICES
12-16
TV
26-27
FILM OF THE DAY
Insyriated
10.20pm, Sky Cinema Premiere
(Philippe Van Leeuw, 2017)
This tense domestic drama is set in a
single apartment in Damascus, Syria,
with the noise of warfare and gunfire
right outside the window. Unable
to leave the apartment while there
are bombs and snipers outside, an
extended family – with the formidably
strong and protective mother of three
played by Hiam Abbass (far left) at
the head of it – barricade themselves
in and try to live life in as defiantly
ordinary a way as possible. The film
shows in microcosm and in urgent,
up-close dramatic terms, how
civilians’ everyday lives are cruelly
held hostage to ideologies, politics
and military forces that are seemingly
out of anybody’s control.
IQ
28-35
===
Close Encounters Of
The Third Kind
5.10pm, Sky Cinema Greats
(Steven Spielberg, 1977)
A regular suburban dad (Richard
Dreyfuss) has a brief alien encounter,
and thereafter becomes obsessed.
Spielberg’s spectacular adult fantasy
is cinema at its purest.
===
Hancock
8pm, Sky Cinema Action
(Peter Berg, 2008)
Was ever a superhero more drunken,
petulant and bad-tempered than
John Hancock (Will Smith) is in this
witty, comparatively down-to-earth
superhero film? He is rarely thanked
by the people of LA whose lives he is
occasionally roused to save.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R).
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). 10.15
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S). 2.40
Classic Coronation Street
(R). 3.15 Classic Coronation
Street (R). 3.45 Judge Judy
(R) (S). 4.10 FILM: Carry
On Up The Khyber (Gerald
Thomas 1968) Comedy,
starring Sid James (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 8.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 9.00
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 10.30 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30
The Goldbergs (R) (S).
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(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R)
(S). 10.30 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R)
(S). 11.35 Four In A Bed (R)
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With Me (R) (S). 3.15 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 3.45
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 4.50 A Place In The
Sun: Home Or Away (R) (S).
5.55 Kirstie And Phil’s Love
It Or List It (R) (S).
6.00 Supergirl (R) (S). 7.00
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Futurama (R) (S). 8.30
Modern Family (R) (S). 9.00
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The Simpsons (R) (S). 10.00
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Warehouse 13 (R) (S). 12.00
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Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jnr’s death, Jenn Selby
travels to the heart of the civil rights movement in Alabama
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n the outskirts
of Birmingham,
Alabama, past the
roadside diners and
retail parks, stand
uniform rows of white houses,
each separated from the next by
a tangle of chicken wire. Paint
flakes from doorways and lonely
swings creak on windy stoops.
It feels derelict and deserted; a
world away from the sprawling,
industrial streets and skyscrapers that comprise the state’s
largest city.
Yet it is in this seemingly
unremarkable part of town – a
floodplain once reserved for
segregated African Americans
to live on – that a national revolution was born. Among the desolation stands the red-bricked
turret of the Bethel Baptist
Church; a beacon of hope in the
face of rampant racial inequality that saw black citizens denied
the right to vote, forced into economic slavery and on the receiving end of vigilante justice. It is
here that the heart of the nonviolent civil rights movement,
in which Martin Luther King
Jnr rose to prominence, first
started to beat.
Bethel, led by the Rev Fred
L Shuttlesworth – a key King
ally – from 1953, was the staging
ground for most of the peaceful protests that would go on
not just to change the lives of
fellow Americans, but to inspire similar pursuits of justice
around the world. It is one of the
highlights of the Alabama Civil
Rights Trail; a mapped out series of signposted monuments
now protected as Unesco World
Heritage Sites that’s part of a
new, nationwide network. This
year, the trail serves to commemorate the life and work of
King on the 50th anniversary of
his death on 4 April 1968.
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“Shuttlesworth was nicknamed the ‘bravest man in the
civil rights movement’, and not
without reason,” Dr Martha
Bouyer, a celebrated local African American historian, tells
me. To the left of the church
stands an ivory metal outline
of a house, marking the spot on
which the Reverend’s home once
stood. It was bombed by Klansmen on Christmas Day 1964
after the movement won a case
to desegregate buses. Shuttlesworth and his family narrowly
escaped with their lives.
“It is symbolic of the courage, strength and endurance of
the civil rights movement in the
face of hostility and brutality,”
she adds.
Sadly, not all such attacks
were narrow escapes. Inside
the 16th Street Baptist Church
in the centre of Birmingham, a
large, round clock hangs on the
Bethel Baptist
Church is a beacon
of hope in the face
of racial inequality
wall. The time has been stopped
at 10.22am; a harrowing reminder of the time an explosion
killed four innocent girls as they
prepared for Sunday service on
15 September 1963. Like Bethel,
it had been bombed in retaliation for the passing of an act
that desegregated schools in
the area. News of the murders
made international headlines,
putting huge pressure on Lyndon B Johnson’s government
to sign the Civil Rights Act of
1964; a consequence of tragedy
readily celebrated in a series of
plaques and statues of the girls
outside the building.
To walk in King’s shoes, however, there was one pilgrimage I had to make: crossing
the Edmund Pettus Bridge in
Selma, where King and 25,000
interfaith demonstrators from
across the US walked the 54mile journey on their way to the
state capital, Montgomery, to
protest for equal voting rights.
Treading on the concrete
sidewalk over the bottle green
Alabama river, the blue sky
crisp and heavy with the promise of frost, I can almost hear
The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, where four innocent
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the dull trudge of foot soldier
boots grinding to a halt. Here
on 7 March 1965, a day now
known as Bloody Sunday, the
world watched as footage of
peaceful protesters being violently attacked by state police
was broadcast on to their television screens.
It took two further attempts,
the third led by King himself, before the procession finally made
it to Montgomery, moving up
Dexter Avenue to demonstrate
outside Alabama’s Supreme
Court. Even before this, it was
one of America’s most historic
streets – at one end, the site
where the American Civil War
started, the other, where the
South formed the Confederacy.
I walk past the Court Square
Fountain, the site of a former
slave market, to the spot where
in 1955 Rosa Parks, a leading
activist, refused to give up her
bus seat to a white passenger,
sparking a state-wide boycott
of public transport. Just down
The Edmund
Pettus Bridge in
Selma (above); the
Dexter Avenue
Baptist Church in
Montgomery
(top right)
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the road stands the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; a handsome, red brick structure with
a grand, white staircase. It was
the only place for which King
ever served as pastor. Inside
the small, private chapel in
the basement is the humble,
wooden lectern where he delivered some of his most famous
speeches. Standing behind it,
I notice a graffitoed message
scrawled on the footrest.
“It has been an absolute privilege to momentarily walk in Dr
King’s shoes,” it reads, signed:
“David Oyelowo”. The tribute
by the British actor, who played
King in the Ava DuVernay-directed film Selma, is not exactly
an authorised addition.
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some new ground rules about
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Wanda, one of the church’s senior experts, acknowledges in a
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Gintrification
oël Coward maintained that the perfect martini should
be made by “filling a
glass with gin then
waving it in the general direction
of Italy”. A century later, hipster
craft cocktail connoisseurs would
balk at such breeziness.
As a nation we take gin extremely seriously these days.
We’re drinking it in every cocktail
variation imaginable, putting it in
our Instagram bios (you know
the ones: “I’m 99 per cent gin”,
or “Is it gin o’clock yet?!”), eating gin-flavoured sweets at our
desks and wiping our feet on Gin
Drinker Lives Here doormats.
Thousands of us are now even
distilling it ourselves.
Sales of gin have just hit a
record high in the UK. The Wine
and Spirit Trade Association announced last month that in 2017
we bought 51 million bottles. That
figure is 27 per cent higher in volume than 2016 – the equivalent of
more than nine and a half million
more bottles.
It’s not the first time our country has been swept by such an
epidemic. The Gin Act of 1751 was
introduced to deter backstreet
distilling during the Gin Craze
which overran London in the first
half of the 18th century. Hogarth’s
Gin Lane captured the urban
desolation of streets overrun by a
gin-soaked working class.
It isn’t immediately obvious
what is it about gin, made with
juniper berries and botanicals,
which has so spectacularly captured the zeitgeist this time
around. Are we drinking ourselves into a gin oblivion over
Brexit? Perhaps, but Olivier
Ward, gin expert and co-founder
of the Gin Foundry, says that the
modern craze has actually been
10 years in the making. “There
was obviously a massive boom
last year: there was a 27 per cent
rise in sales,” Ward explains. “But
sales have been growing in double
digits for some time.”
He adds that gin primarily
People want
something that
imbues a sense of
local provenance
The Sipsmith gin distillery in
London (top and right); William
Hogarth’s engraving ‘Gin Lane’
(centre); gin-themed products at
Scribbler (above) GETTY IMAGES
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Gin classics
Jack Williams, a
London-based drinks
expert, suggests five ways
to gintrify your gin
DRY MARTINI
When ordering choose
either an olive (for that salty
kick) or a twist (for a light
citrusy edge) but always
ask for it wet (a higher
vermouth to gin ratio) as it
really does make for a more
sophisticated drink.
A new gin craze is sweeping Britain and,
unlike the 18th-century version, this one is
decidedly sophisticated. By Jessica Barrett
became the frontrunner of cool
spirits thanks to the resurgence
of cocktails in the mid-Noughties
(Sex and the City is partly to blame
for this movement). Couple that
with what Ward describes as an
“injection” of investment from
big names such as Tanqueray and
Beefeater, who launched cooler,
more sophisticated extensions of
their brands such as Tanqueray
No Ten and Beefeater 24, as well
as the launch of Hendrick’s in
1999, and the way had been paved
for smaller artisanal brands to
find their feet. Once they had the
law on their side, of course.
Sipsmiths was the first small
gin brand in this country to challenge the Gin Act; the company
pushed HMRC for a small-scale
distilling licence and eventually
launched in 2009. There are now
310 distillers and 900 brands on
the British market.
While the 18th-century gin
craze was sparked by a despera-
tion for a cheap buzz, this time
around millennials are looking for
a sophisticated product. Along
with the surge in popularity for
farmers’ markets and buying and
eating local produce, we’re now
very much into knowing the provenance of our alcohol, too.
Ward says: “Beforehand you’d
never see who the brand was…
Now people want something that
imbues a sense of local provenance and gin does that in a way.”
As much as all of this has elevated gin over the past decade, no
one could have predicted the huge
surge of gin sales in 2017. The advent of Christmas 2016 saw an
influx of gin-based merchandise
cropping up on sites such as
notonthehighstreet, Etsy and in
stores including John Lewis and
card shop Scribbler.
Gin cards and merchandise are
far and away the top sellers, says
Vanessa Mallia from Scribbler.
“We have a lot of gin merchandise
– there are 30 cards, and 15 other
products including notebooks,
cocktail-making books, lip balms,
coasters, popcorn… ” Particularly
popular were the “Gindependent” tote bags and coasters which
were almost instant sell-outs.
Mallia adds: “One of our most
successful Valentine’s Day cards
was ‘You’re the gin to my tonic’ –
that one sold out pretty quickly.”
These products are directed
mainly at women, who Ward says
currently make up the majority of gin drinkers in the UK. To
succeed, the products must poke
fun at our drinking: it’s “banter”
– there are no drinking problems
here and there’s certainly no
mention of “mother’s ruin”.
Gone is the image of a middleaged woman sipping a lacklustre Gordon’s, with ice and a limp
slice. Gin is now the tipple of the
millennial who wants it to be
served with Fever-Tree tonic, and
a slice of grapefruit or cucumber,
and they’ll pay up to a tenner
for it. The gentrification of gin
is complete.
NEGRONI
A simple mix of equal parts
gin, sweet vermouth and
Campari. Swap the sweet
vermouth for dry vermouth,
port, sherry or wine. This
three-part cocktail is the
easiest and most rewarding
to play with in your
home bar.
HANKY PANKY
This drink calls for a small
dash of Fernet-Branca
alongside gin and sweet
vermouth (which is
infamously a very difficult
flavour to balance). When
done right, this is one of
the best.
FLORA DORA
Gin, raspberries, limes,
mint and ginger ale. A
slightly forgotten classic
that still seems modern
when drunk today.
GIN AND TONIC
This drink is popular
because it’s versatile and
easy to make at home.
Garnish with a slice of
grapefruit, or cucumber
and rose, a sprig of lavender,
a slice of lemon and a sprig
of thyme or a slice of apple
and juniper berries.
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be the “perfect girlfriend”
and breaks up with her.
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W
hen
the
Famalam pilot
aired on BBC2
in September,
two o f t h e
most striking
sketches featured Samson
Kayo and Gbemisola Ikumelo
auditioning for Midsomer Murders,
a none-too-heightened exercise
in tokenism where they dutifully
delivered the single line they were
given. The reaction was especially
positive online, with the show
trending on Twitter (you can
watch the sketch online at inews.
co.uk/famalam).
Now that Famalam is back
for a series, there’s an obvious
difference – Kayo plays Midsomer
Murders’ blaxploitation
throwback Detective Moses
Mountree, shaking up sleepy
Middle England with his shoot,
swear, shag first, ask questions
later approach, the vengeful bane
of morris dancers in blackface.
“There was a point that the
powers-that-be didn’t think
there was an audience for this,”
producer Akemnji Ndifornyen
reflects. “But the power of the
internet, it’s given a voice to
people who would otherwise have
been told, ‘Oh no, you’ve got to
wait, you’ve got to be asked. You’ve
got to be told that you can come
in, to be invited’. Well, now they’re
making their own invitations.”
A case in point would be Tom
Moutchi, originally hired to
Famalam’s writing team on the
strength of his Vine videos, but
who impressed enough to be
asked to join the core cast of Kayo,
Ikumelo, Roxanne Sternberg,
John MacMillan and Vivienne
Acheampong. With a nod to Black
Panther’s success, the series opens
with him banging heads together
as a superhero, only to fall foul of
the police.
“There’s been a whole shift
in diversity with films like Black
Panther,” he notes. “Now, more
than ever, everyone wants to see
more prominent, strong-melanin
characters on screen and this
is the perfect show for that. I
definitely feel like I’m one of the
faces of youth because if you look
at what I did, I picked up an iPhone
and made my own stuff. That’s
essentially what got me here.”
Aside from its cinematic-on-abudget sheen, emphasis on music
skits and willingness to ask the
cast to improvise, affording it a
freewheeling freshness, Famalam
is arguably one of the first British
sketch shows to truly harness
the look and rhythms of online
comedy, beyond even Moutchi’s
Luther parodies, with the cop
approaching crime scenes with
his smartphone.
“While I thought it would
be really cool to do a British
version of Key and Peele, with
their amazing cinema spoofs and
homages, I also wanted to be down
with the kids, to bring in a youth
audience who are going to repeat
the catchphrases,” director Tom
Marshall explains.
“There’s William and Funke,
our version of Richard and Judy
for the conventional BBC Two
audience. But we’ve got Snapchat
jokes too. And the amazing thing
about Instagram is that I can get
deep into what inner city kids in
London secondary schools are
‘There’s
been a
shift in
diversity’
Sketch shows are a rarity these
days. Those with an all-black cast
are even rarer. Enter the brilliant
‘Famalam’. By Jay Richardson
into. So I hope this is something a
broad age range will enjoy.”
The pace of the skits is
“breakneck, like The Fast Show.
But I think it feels like a mix
of lots of different influences,”
Ndifornyen adds. “It’s a comedy
mixtape.”
Sketch shows on television have
become rare, in part because of
the prevailing notion that online
sketches have surpassed them
for speed, variety and topicality.
Those with a predominantly black
cast are even rarer. Featuring
Ndifornyen and Kayo, there was
The Javone Prince Show in 2015
and The Stephen K Amos Show
five years before that. But those
one-series offerings interspersed
sketches around stand-up and
music. There hasn’t been a “pure”
sketch show with a black cast on
British television since Little Miss
Jocelyn ended a decade ago.
“The brief was we want a
new sketch show with up and
coming black talent to explore
races issues,” recalls Marshall,
who brought Sternberg and
MacMillan onboard after working
with them on the sitcom Chewing
Gum. He and Ndifornyen are the
show’s driving forces, behind the
dodgy Nollywood spoofs of Fast
and Furious and Game of Thrones,
the show’s exquisitely attuned
hip-hop video parodies and its
breakout star, Scribbler P, with his
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as Babatunde
Warrington) and
(left) his co-stars
Tom Moutchi,
Roxanne Sternberg,
John MacMillan
and Vivienne
Acheampong. Allblack comedies have
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between since ‘The
Stephen K Amos
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television
SEAN O’GRADY
All the usual tropes of
TV history shows – but
with hilarious results
» Cunk on Britain BBC2, 10pm
T
o understand Cunk on
Britain it’s best to think
potted histories in a garage style.
Yet everyone in the ensemble,
from the cast to executive
producers Ben Caudell and Chris
Sussman have pitched in with
ideas, inspired by this opportunity
to explore uncharted waters.
“I remember getting handed
the first batch of scripts for the
pilot and saying ‘could all this be
a little bit raunchier, a little bit
naughtier?’” Marshall recalls.
“Then we managed to get a few
sketches in that were a bit more
risqué, the pilot came out, and
we’d sort of got away with it.
Everyone was really happy.
“So we thought, ‘how far can
we push it?’ There is stuff in the
series I can’t believe we’ve got
away. We’ve a licence to talk about
things other sketch shows don’t
because we’ve an all-black cast.
“Of course, that doesn’t give us
any protection for people not liking
Famalam. But they’re a very woke
cast, they’ve experienced some of
the prejudice we’re exploring. If
anyone pulled us up on any of the
sketches, our defence would be
that they came out of discussions
with the actors.”
For Sternberg, who cites the
Midsomer Murders audition sketch
as “my absolute favourite … having
been given this opportunity, even
if it’s niche, it’s important to raise
some issues as well.”
Diversity in television is
“improving, there are great
characters written for people of
colour now.
“So we’re getting there, we’re
just not there quite yet. It’s a
comedy, so it’s parody. But thank
God we’re beyond the point of
one-line roles. I’ve been acting for
about six years and I’ve definitely
seen improvement. It’s been a
long time coming. But I think we
deserve [Famalam] and everyone
will respond to it.”
Kayo fights shy of calling
Famalam “a black sketch show”,
noting that no-one described
Little Britain as a white show. He
argues that “we’re not protesting,
we’re just taking the mick so
people can understand what’s
happening and how things have to
change. We’ve got multicultural
cities, especially London. And I
feel like, just because you haven’t
heard these stories told before,
doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t
be. You can go on YouTube right
now and see all the Nollywood
stuff we’re sending up.”
Certainly, this show is “filling
a hole, there’s nothing like it on
telly”, agrees Ndifornyen, an
It feels like a mix
of lots of different
influences. It’s a
comedy mixtape
actor by trade whose résumé
includes the seminal black sitcom
The Crouches and BBC Three’s
Hailmakers, in which he stars
with Kayo. He asked to produce
Famalam when he initially joined
the project, making him the only
black producer currently working
in comedy at BBC Studios.
“AK’s the one black person
in the room and we need to get
more ethnic minorities among the
decision makers” Kayo reflects.
“It is happening. But too slowly.”
Ndifornyen calls the BBC “an
amazing resource” and points
out that it’s given him work
throughout his career. Even so,
he suggests that “if the last two
years have taught us anything,
disruption is good, going against
the status quo helps fresh talent
to move up and keeps everyone on
their toes”. And he points out that
in the US, “Key and Peele never got
called a black sketch show.
“My name is as African as they
come and I’m black every day. I
love it, I love my black skin. But
all this black chat? Key and Peele
never got it, they were just doing
something funny. We don’t want
to be the one of one when there’s
so many other amazing, talented
people who deserve their chance.”
‘Famalam’ starts on BBC3
next Monday and on BBC2 the
following Sunday at 10pm
of it as Simon Schama’s
History of Britain but with
a strong Bolton accent and minus
the scholarship. Plus a simpleton
presenter and some rather
funny lines in her tour d’horizon
of everything “from ancient
man to Ed Sheeran and from the
tranquil beauty of Roman Bath
to the golden wonder of Oxford
motorway services”.
Not that there was much wrong
with Schama’s lines in his classic
series, you understand, but they
didn’t have that playful mix of filth
and insight that fall so easily from
the lips of Philomena Cunk, the
televisual persona of the brilliant
comedian Diane Morgan.
Cunk on Britain deploys all the
usual tropes of the sweeping TV
history documentary series, but
sends them up nicely. Thus, we
get the usual rostrum camera
work on some old engravings,
Cunk/Morgan doing pieces to
cameras up mountains and in
medieval yards, clips from bad
Hollywood films about history
and, most importantly, interviews
with a variety of “talking
head” academics.
Ah, these poor talking heads,
about to be decapitated just as
surely as Charles I or Anne Boleyn
or any leader of Ukip. Cunk, Oxford
Regius Professor of Spoof History,
hits these apparently unsuspecting
brain boxes like a paramilitary
This constituted
the funniest take on
British history since
‘1066 And All That’
version of Ali G or Louis Theroux,
for Cunk is the faux-est of the faux
naïve. Robert Peston, clever-clogs
hack, came off worst when he took
far too seriously Cunk’s question:
“What’s the most political thing
that’s ever happened in Britain?”
The agony on his face was exquisite
as he attempted to process this
barmy query into any of the
many intellectual frameworks at
his disposal. The result? Historic
levels of gurning, squirming and
the most impressive collection of
Peston noises ever seen on British
television, at least since Northern
Rock went down.
Tom Holland, historian of the
Roman Empire, was just visibly
very annoyed by Cunk’s persistent
attempts to find out “where did
the Romans actually come from”
Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) in
her new series ‘Cunk on Britain’
and the fate of the dragon St
George fought).
The female dons came off much
better, for what it’s worth. Given
just 10 seconds to explain the Wars
of the Roses, Vanessa Harding, a
history professor at the University
of London, summarised it as a
dynastic struggle for control of
England the crown with time to
spare. First class honours, there.
Laura Ashe, fellow of Worcester
College Oxford, must be woman
of the world to have been able to
discuss Chaucer’s “bum jokes”
with a comparatively straight face
and to maintain her composure
when asked whether King Arthur
“came a lot”. Coolest of all was Dr
Jessica Nelson, of the National
Archives, who had got the actual,
proper, real Domesday Book out
of the vaults specially and decided
to treat Cunk like the idiot child
she was obviously playing. (“Is the
Domesday Book like The Runaway
by Martina Cole?”).
Cunk’s main problem is that as
soon as she becomes a bit better
known for her technique, anyone
with letters after their name will
be putting the phone down on the
TV researchers trying to “bid” for
an interview. Thanks to Morgan’s
astonishing sharp delivery and
the writing team of Charlie
Brooker, Ben Caudell, Jason
Hazeley, and Joel Morris, this
constituted the funniest take on
British history since 1066 And All
That (WC Sellar and RJ Yeatman,
1930), with that same subversive
cheek on the trad myths and
fables of the British “island story”
(and a lot more swearing).
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Hollywood star Jared Leto is one
of only a select handful of actors
who have forged a credible career
as a musician, developing his dual
professions side by side since
forming Thirty Seconds to Mars
20 years ago with his drummer
brother Shannon. Slowly, they
have scaled the commercial
heights to arena rock success and
have fully embraced the bombast
– and budget – which comes with
that station on their current
Monolith tour, an impressive
“in the round” set-up with fans
waving branded flags in the crowd
well before the brothers hit the
stage running.
Unsurprisingly, Leto makes for
a charismatic frontman. The Oscar
winner, known for his Method
acting, threw himself into his rockstar role with regulation indoor
shades, a fine tartan trenchcoat
and maxi kilt, and a volley of
standard instructions to the
crowd to make some noise, get
their hands in the air and suchlike.
He is a sufficiently decent rock
hollerer, though with a tendency
to push his voice too far.
It was broad, banal anthems all
the way, generally buoyant and
rousing in tone but peppered with
a degree of cosmetic angst and
tooled up with a preponderance
of wo-oh choruses lustily taken
up by the crowd.
The resonant piano cover of
Rihanna’s “Stay” was easily the
most memorable track in the set,
while their own ballad “Rider”
provided the best showcase for
Leto’s voice. “Hurricane” was
more of a mild pop rock zephyr
and proceedings threatened
to drift during “City of Angels”
before charging up again when
Leto strapped on a guitar for the
grungy “Conquistador”.
At times, the show felt more
like a bland rally than a gig but, as
Leto worked all sides of the room,
one had to salute his commitment
to keeping energy levels high and
ensuring that his audience was
part of the party. The performance
was far more fun when the
shades were discarded and you
could see how much he was
enjoying himself, even indulging
in some rock’n’roll pantomime by
orchestrating a Mexican wave and
posing for selfies with the fans he
invited onstage.
The gig ended on a sanctioned,
decorous stage invasion with
Leto wearing a bra thrown from
the crowd. His earlier declaration
that “we’ll never forget this night
as long as we live” had sounded
premature and perfunctory but as
it turned out he wasn’t so earnest
and contrived after all.
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Picasso 1932:
Love, Fame, Tragedy
TATE MODERN, LONDON SE1
A month-by-month journey
through Picasso’s “year of
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100 paintings, sculptures and
drawings, alongside family
photographs and glimpses into
his personal life. Three of his
paintings featuring his lover
Marie-Thérèse Walter are
shown together for the first
time since they were created.
(020 7887 8888) to 9 Sept
Vija Celmins
NEW ART GALLERY, WALSALL
The Latvian-American artist Vija
Celmins is part of a generation
of artists, in particular those
based in Los Angeles during the
60s, who made work using found
images. This selection of
drawings and prints features
intense images that engage with
the natural world: the surface
of the ocean, the desert floor, a
spider’s web and star-filled skies.
(01922 654400) to 6 May
FILM
Isle of Dogs
PG, WES ANDERSON, 101 MINS
Wes Anderson’s Japan-set stopmotion fable is very stylised,
very offbeat and characterised
by an extremely dry and often
ironic humour, packed full of
intricate visual detail and dealing
with some weighty themes
(ethnic cleansing, fascism and
corruption). The film is set in
the near future, when dog flu has
ravaged the canine population,
prompting a tidal wave of anti-dog
hysteria. Nationwide release
The Islands and the Whales
DANCE
THEATRE
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
HHHHH
12A, MIKE DAY, 84 MINS
This impressive documentary
profiles the pilot whale hunters
of the Faroe Islands. Shot over
a period of five years, the film
is full of beautiful imagery of
seascapes and mountain ranges,
but the story the director is
telling is bleak. In future years,
the documentary is likely to be
regarded as a record of the final
days of a way of life that cannot be
sustained. Limited release
Rumpelstiltskin Cathy
This is the final part of
BalletLORENT’s trilogy of
fairy tales. As in Rapunzel and
Snow White, Carol Ann Duffy’s
text puts its own twists on the
Grimm source – focusing on the
community rather than the role
of women.
Duffy’s scenario, a narration
recorded by Ben Crompton, gives
the mysterious Rumpelstiltskin
an origin story. He’s the neglected
son of a queen who died in
childbirth, turned out by his
father but treated kindly by
the shepherd’s daughter. The
story later gets some overcomplicated twists. There’s a
lot of work put in for an Angela
Carter-ish punchline.
The emphasis on speech can
sideline the dance content. There’s
too much rustic skipping about,
with a spoonful too much sugar in
the score by Murray Gold.
Liv Lorent’s choreography is
strongest when she gives individual characters time to develop
their own movement.
Touring to 29 September (balletlorent.com)
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
In 1966, the BBC broadcast Ken
Loach’s Cathy Come Home, a drama
that shook the nation. More than
50 years on, Ali Taylor’s play
draws on real-life experience
to imagine how a modern Cathy
would fare.
The piece was commissioned
by Cardboard Citizens, the
company that makes theatre with
and for homeless people. I have
never felt so viscerally how easy
it can be for people to fall in the
homeless trap.
Cathy Owen gives a stunningly
good performance. Humorous,
nobody’s fool, and proud of the
fact that she has always been able
to pay her way, she juggles three
jobs as a cleaner. Her 15-year-old
daughter Danielle (Hayley
Wareham) is only months away
from GCSEs. But when Cathy gets
a few weeks behind with the rent,
the new landlord sees it as the
perfect opportunity to evict her
from her East End flat and move
in more profitable tenants.
Mother and daughter are
then pitched into a bewildering
tangle of officialdom, heightened
by the fact that Amy Loughton
and Alex Jones play all the other
Unsane
15, STEVEN SODERBERGH, 98 MINS
Cathy Owen (left) and Hayley Wareham in the visceral ‘Cathy’ PAMELA RAITH
characters. This is a crusading
piece and does not pretend to be
even-handed but the opposition is
never caricatured. No emergency
accommodation can be found for
them within the borough, so the
pair are relocated to a bedsit in a
dismal property in Luton.
It’s as if the intricate support
groups that make life feasible
and the fact that people have
dependents no longer carries any
weight for the geniuses who think
that a two-bedroom maisonette
in Newcastle will be the solution
to Cathy’s problem There’s a
terrible catch in all this. If you
refuse an offer, you can be deemed
“intentionally homeless” .
Every setback feels like a body
blow. The descent is utterly
convincing and with no trace
of melodrama.
To 14 April (020 7478 0100)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
This chilling, darkly funny and
ingeniously scripted thriller – shot
on an iPhone 7 – benefits from a
wonderfully fiery performance
by Claire Foy. She plays
Sawyer Valentini, a self-reliant
businesswoman who we slowly
learn has been a victim of stalking
– and who suddenly finds herself
committed to a nightmarish
asylum, institutionalising
“sane” people for profit.
Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Jo Nesbo
VARIOUS VENUES
Harry Hole finds himself in a
retelling of Macbeth, in the latest
instalment of the crime writer’s
series, part of a project in which
Shakespeare’s plays are retold
NEWS
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Arts
agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
by contemporary novelists. The
author talks about the book here.
National Theatre: Dorfman, London
SE1 (020 7452 3000) tonight 6pm;
St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton
(eventbrite.co.uk) Thur 7.15pm
Aminatta Forna
MR B’S EMPORIUM, BATH
The novelist discusses her new
book, Happiness, in which the lives
of a Ghanaian psychiatrist and an
American studying the behaviour
of urban foxes collide in modern
London. (01225 331155) tonight 7pm
Tara Westover
WATERSTONES, GOWER ST,
LONDON WC1
The writer talks about her new
memoir, Educated, which details
her early life in a survivalist
family in Idaho. She is joined by
Rebecca Stott, whose latest book,
In the Days of Rain, chronicles
her experience of growing up in
a fundamentalist Christian sect.
(020 7636 1577) tonight 6.30pm
COMEDY
TV
26-27
DANCE
Matthew Bourne’s
Highland Fling
THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW
Scottish Ballet dance Bourne’s
“Romantic wee ballet”, which
brings the sprites and Highlanders
of La Sylphide to the Scotland of
Trainspotting. Expect feral sylphs
and sharp designs from Lez
Brotherston. (0844 871 7647) to Sat
POP
Shame
VARIOUS VENUES
Shame give guitar-rock renewed
bite on their tangy debut album.
Songs of Praise brims with
righteous melees of cacophonous
post-punk and spiky provocations,
spat out by frontman Charlie
Steen with intent to agitate, not
capitulate. Clwb Ifor Bach,
Cardiff (seetickets.com) tonight;
Thekla, Bristol (alttickets.
com) Thur; Magnet, Liverpool
(gigsandtours.com) Fri
Phill Jupitus
Big Thief
Brooklyn’s indie-strafed folkrockers navigate extremes of
tender beauty and tarnished grit
on album two. With Adrianne
Lenker’s voice matching
instinctive feeling to great range,
Capacity is a cathartic beauty:
sometimes sweet, sometimes
sharp, always intoxicating.
Academy, Manchester
(seetickets.com) tonight; Koko,
London NW1 (dice.fm) Thur
VARIOUS VENUES
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Shrek the Musical
Always happiest on the move, the
Fiery Furnaces singer shifts base
from the New York-themed New
View. Inspired by a 1980s-style
goth disco of the same name
in Athens, Rebound revels in
pellucid synths, mysterious
intimacies and dreamy melodies.
(wegottickets.com) tonight
A delicious touring version
of the story of Shrek, driven
by two fine central performances
by Steffan Harri in the title
role and Laura Main as Fiona.
(shrekthemusical.co.uk) to Sun
MOTH CLUB, LONDON E9
The Gigspanner Big Band
VARIOUS VENUES
Teaming up with popular duo
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin,
fiddle maestro Peter Knight’s
Gigspanner make hay of their
recent excellent albums,
Layers of Ages and The Wife of
Urban Law. St Helen’s Church,
Alveston (01454 419322) tonight;
Town Hall, Marlborough (01672
512487) Thur; Pavilion, Hailsham
(01323 841414) Fri
Josienne Clarke and
Ben Walker
VARIOUS VENUES
The duo, touring with Samantha
Whates in support (with whom
Clarke runs the excellent sideproject PicaPica), perform tracks
from their haunting new album of
original songs, Seedlings All. The
Cookie, Leicester (0116 253 1212)
tonight; Portland Arms, Cambridge
(01223 357268) Thur; Colston Hall,
Bristol (0117 203 4040) Fri
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM
Beautiful: the Carole King
Musical
BRISTOL HIPPODROME
Marc Bruni’s touring production
of the Carole King tribute musical,
with Bronté Barbé in the lead.
This journey through the world
of pop, beginning in 1958, tells a
gripping human story with real
feeling, and has some hugely
enjoyable 60s showbiz moments.
(beautifulmusical.co.uk) to Sat
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Chance
Opening
this week
TALKS & POETRY
The Laugharne Weekend
VARIOUS VENUES
On the bill in the literary sessions
at this festival are Magnus Mills,
Cosey Fanni Tutti and Jess Phillips.
(thelaugharneweekend.com) opens Fri
COMEDY
Underbelly Festival Southbank
JUBILEE GARDENS, LONDON SE1
OPERA
Macbeth
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Zeljko Lucic and Anna Netrebko
star as the murderous Macbeths,
with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as
the doomed Banquo, in a revival of
Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 Royal Opera
production of Verdi’s opera.
(020 7304 4000) tonight 7.30pm
Sara Pascoe, James Acaster and Luisa
Omielan are among the comedy picks.
(underbellyfestival.com) opens Fri
DANCE
Coppélia
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
Birmingham Royal Ballet dance one
of ballet’s bounciest classics.
(0844 871 3022) opens Thur
13 days
from on
l
£3,539ppy
THEATRE
The Great Wave
NT: DORFMAN, LONDON SE1
Francis Turnly’s epic thriller
unfolds in Japan and North
Korea, beginning in 1979 with the
disappearance of a 17-year-old
during a storm. Questions of
identity, of siblinghood and
personal responsibility are
raised with speed and acuity
in Indhu Rubasinhgham’s
remarkably fluent and
beautifully acted production.
(020 7452 3000) to 14 Apr
If you only see
one thing today
VISUAL ARTS
America’s Cool
Modernism:
O’Keefe to Hopper
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, OXFORD
TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART, CHICAGO
IQ
28-35
Eleanor Friedberger
FOLK & ROOTS
Freed from the demand for TV
panel show quick quips, Phill
Jupitus is in a storytelling mood
in Juplicity, reflecting on his
upbringing in a pub – and his
formative years as a punk-poet
support act for Billy Bragg.
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes
(01253 794221) tonight; Pocklington
Arts Centre (01759 301547) Thur;
Theatre Royal, Wakefield
(01924 211311) Fri
VARIOUS VENUES
VOICES
12-16
An exploration of the “cool”
in American art in the first
half of the 20th century,
from early experiments in
abstraction by artists such
as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur
Dove and Paul Strand to
the strict, clean precisionist
paintings of Charles Sheeler
and Charles Demuth.
Among the loans from
US institutions are 35
paintings that have never
been seen in the UK
before. The show includes
George Josimovich’s Illinois
Central from 1927 (left).
(01865 278112) to 22 Jul
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✓ Experience the spectacular 300-foot Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji,
stunning examples of Japan’s world-renowned natural beauty
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
ECONOMY
British manufacturing has
made slow start to the year
By Ben Chu
Britain’s manufacturers’ activity
softened substantially in early
2018, according to the latest survey
snapshot of the sector.
The Purchasing Managers’ Index
(PMI) came in at 55.1 for the past
month, above the 50-point threshold
that separates contraction from
expansion and up slightly from the 55
reading registered in February.
However, the average reading
for the first quarter of 2018 was the
lowest in a year. In November last
year, the PMI briefly reached a fouryear high of 58.3.
“The latest PMI survey
provided further evidence that UK
manufacturing has entered a softer
growth phase so far this year,” said
Rob Dobson, of IHS Markit, which
compiles the survey.
“Although the pace of output
expansion ticked higher in March,
which is especially encouraging given
the heavy snowfall during the month,
this was offset by slower increases in
new orders and employment.”
His colleague Chris Williamson
said some slowdown since the turn of
the year “was inevitable”.
The index of new orders fell to a
nine-month low.
“The foundations for the sector’s
continuing strength were looking a
little more unstable,” said Duncan
The PMI survey also
guaged manufacturers’
optimism for the year ahead:
more than 54 per cent said they
expected output to increase over
the next 12 months
Brock, of the Chartered Institute of
Procurement and Supply.
The Office for National Statistics
estimates that manufacturing, which
accounts for about 10 per cent of UK
GDP, expanded by 1.3 per cent in the
final quarter of 2017 and by 2.5 per
cent over the year as a whole.
Exports from the sector were
helped by the weakness of the pound
and also strong demand from the rest
of the world.
“On the basis of past form, the
[PMI] output index... points to a
slowdown in manufacturing growth
to around 0.5 per cent in Q1, well
below the 1 per cent plus rates seen
at the end of last year,” said Ruth
Gregory, of Capital Economics.
Dr Howard Archer, the chief
economic adviser at the EY Item
Club, said: “While easing back further
from January peak levels, the March
Some experts say a manufacturing
slowdown this year was inevitable
purchasing managers’ survey still
pointed to relatively elevated price
pressures in the manufacturing sector
so will do little to dilute expectations
that the Bank of England will hike
interest rates in May.”
Overall UK GDP slowed to 0.4 per
cent in the final quarter of 2017.
The March PMI readings for construction and the UK’s dominant
services sector will be released later
this week. THE INDEPENDENT
PENSIONS
Firm shamed
after ‘opting
workers out
of scheme’
By Laurie Havelock
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
Right now, though,
it’s better to divide
and conquer, so I’m
back to sleeping at
the factory. The car
business is hell.
Elon Musk
The Tesla chief executive
on efforts to meet missed
production targets for
the US car firm’s Model 3
SPOTIFY’S
FLOTATION
How much is a music streaming
app worth?
Up to $30bn (£21bn), according to
Wall Street estimates. The Swedish
tech firm pressed play on its stock
market flotation yesterday to raise
cash at a time when investors
are hungry for fast-growing tech
companies. That value is set to vary
wildly, however, as markets make
sense of a complicated company.
It must be a profitable firm, then?
Actually, it’s not. As is the case with
tech firms which made enormous
stock market debuts recently, such
as Tesla and Uber, Spotify is yet to
turn a profit. Its income has taken
a hammering after costs, including
the royalties it pays artists and
labels, started to spiral. Investors
cannot even consult past earnings
for guidance as Spotify has never
filed any. Instead, it has racked up
losses of nearly €1bn (£870m) over
the past three years.
What do investors think?
It’s a bit early to tell for those
who picked up stock yesterday,
but according to Laith Khalaf, an
analyst at Hargreaves Landsdown,
uncertainty surrounding the
music group could cause peaks and
troughts in its stock price. “This
approach will save the company
money, but will probably lead to
volatility when the stock starts
trading, as the market tries to find a
price it’s comfortable with,” he said.
And the competition?
In a world of tech, it is fierce, The
making or breaking of Spotify will be
its ability to compete with the likes
of Apple and Amazon, both of whose
forays into the music streaming
world are backed with all of their
financial muscle.
A pensions watchdog has named
and shamed a recruitment firm that
allegedly opted employees out of its
retirement savings scheme, in what
marks the first time that such an
offence has been prosecuted.
According to The Pensions
Regulator, directors and senior staff
at Workchain – formerly known as
Smart Recruitment UK – logged into
the online system that controlled
the firm’s workplace pension using
employees’ personal data and ended
their membership of the plan with
out their knowledge or consent.
The system currently requires
employees to opt out of pension
schemes themselves.
Seven of Workchain’s senior
employees, including its directors
Phil Tong and Adam Hinkley, have
been charged with “unauthorised
access to a computer programme”
according to the Computer Misuse
Act of 1990.
Mr Tong has claimed that the
incident relates to mistakes made
when Workchain implemented autoenrolment pensions in 2014, resulting
in an underpayment in contributions
of approximately £3,500.
He said: “Since the implementation
we have been totally compliant
and fully support auto-enrolment
pensions.”
The defendants have been
summoned to appear at Derby
Magistrates’ Court on 7 June.
If the case is committed to the
Crown Court and rules against the
directors, they could face up to two
years in prison and an unlimited fine.
NEWS
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VOICES
12-16
TV
26-27
BREXIT
De La Rue given more time
to bid for UK passports deal
By Ben Chapman
The deadline to award a contract to
make blue British passports after
Brexit has been extended by two
weeks following a request by the
bidder De La Rue.
The move follows anger at the
announcement that UK passports
would be produced by the FrancoDutch company Gemalto when De
La Rue’s current contract, worth an
estimated £400m, becomes available
for renewal in July.
T h e B r i t i s h c o m p a n y,
headquartered in Basingstoke,
Hampshire, said Gemalto was
chosen only because it undercut the
competition, but it also admitted that
it was not the cheapest choice in the
tendering process. Nevertheless, De
La Rue said yesterday that it would
appeal against the decision.
A spokesman said: “We confirm
that we are taking the first steps
towardsinitiatingappealproceedings
against the provisional decision to
award the British passport contract
to a part state-owned Franco-Dutch
company. Based on our knowledge of
the market, it’s our view that ours was
the highest quality and technically
most secure bid.”
The news comes after a campaign
by a national newspaper to reverse
the decision to award Gemalto the
contract. A Change.org petition
A Franco-Dutch firm
was awarded the
contract to make UK
passportsGETTY
opposing the move had gathered
266,000 signatures last night.
The announcement that the new,
blue passport would be made by an
overseas firm was met with outcry
by pro-Brexit politicians and groups.
Sir Bill Cash, the Conservative
chairman of the Commons European
Scrutiny Committee, said that the
decision was “incongruous to say
the least”. He added: “Whatever the
conditions which led to the decision
in terms of pricing, the fact is that this
is a symbolic event.”
About 200 De La Rue jobs are
thought to be affected by the decision.
THE INDEPENDENT
The markets responded to
De La Rue’s appeal in kind,
with the firm’s stock price falling
by 10 per cent to 499p.
Chinese firm’s £400m London homes scheme
A Chinese developer has made its UK
debut by investing in an east London
site where it plans to build a £400m
property scheme.
The residential firm Country
Garden has snapped up the Ailsa
Outlook
SIMON
ENGLISH
Let’s cheer the
good guys when
they get it right
T
here’s something like
a battle for the soul of
corporate Britain going
on, and perhaps for the
first time there’s reason
to think the good guys might win.
The bad ones make the news more
often, and quite right too, but maybe
we could give a pat on the back to the
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AVIATION
‘Beast from the
East’ knocked
£4m off Flybe’s
revenue stream
By Ben Chapman
PROPERTY
By Joanna Bourke
IQ
28-35
Wharf project in Poplar from
developers Galliard Homes and
Lindhill, with planning consent in
place for 785 homes.
Country Garden is understood to
be fronting a consortium of investors,
including a Hong Kong fund.
The purchase comes despite the
Chinese government imposing rules
last year to limit overseas deals in
property, hotels, sports clubs and the
film industry.
In August, the Chinese developer
Dalian Wanda ditched plans to spend
£470m on a site at Nine Elms, close to
Battersea power station in London.
folk who are at least trying. Some
companies expect too much credit –
you shouldn’t win a prize just for not
being Gordon Gekko – others’ view of
themselves is laughable.
When Google floated on Wall
Street in 2004 its then motto “Don’t
be evil”, seemed real. Its prospectus
said it would treat staff well, that
investors should expect the cost
of employee benefits to rise, that it
would cut no corners on the route to
profit and that if it didn’t make any
money from one quarter to the next,
that was just too bad.
It dropped that motto in 2015,
perhaps because it realised it was
now comical, though staff still
seem to think it’s real (if you work
at Google you don’t read the news,
presumably). Google’s motto is now
“Do the right thing”, which means:
whatever we feel like.
One of the problems with offending
firms is that they set the bar low for
other corporations. Wow, consumers
are supposed to think, a bank that
doesn’t exist purely to exploit me:
way to go.
Trying to raise this bar is Amanda
Mackenzie, the former Aviva
executive now running Business in
the Community, one of the Prince
of Wales’s charities that aims to get
businesses to behave better. As she
puts it: “There are lots of companies
out there who do very noble things
and some companies and individuals
It must be harder to be a
rogue if everyone around
you wants to be proud of
where they work
who definitely do not. The good guys
massively outweigh the bad, it’s just
we don’t want to recognise them
and talking about the good they do
is always seen as trying to lipstick a
bulldog.”
How society earns the money it
needs is not widely understood, which
The so-called “Beast from the East”
wiped £4m off of Flybe’s revenues
because of flight cancellations,
airport closures and delays, the
budget airline said yesterday.
The severe cold weather in
February and March saw many
people’s travel plans disrupted as
snow, ice and strong winds wreaked
havoc across the UK. Flybe said it
cancelled 994 flights in the three
months to 31 March, compared with
372 in the same period last year.
In a trading update yesterday, the
struggling Exeter-based carrier said
its turnaround plans were starting to
yield positive results.
Flybe’s revenue per seat, the
industry’s standard measure of an
airline’s financial performance, rose
by 9 per cent to £50.84, behind rival
easyJet, which reported
revenue per seat of
£55.99 in January.
Flybe’s load
f a c t o r, t h e
proportion of
seats available
that were
actually filled,
rose by almost 7
percentage points
to 73 per cent, some
way down on the 96 per c e n t
achieved by market leader Ryanair.
After initial gains, shares in Flybe
fell by 0.9 per cent to close at 33p last
night, but the stock is still trading at
little more than a tenth of the 295p
price it floated at back in 2010.
The company’s share price fell
by 20 per cent in October after it
issued a second profits warning,
blaming “higher than expected”
maintenance costs.
Flybe’s chief executive, Christine
Ourmieres-Widener, said the changes
would help to cut costs amid a rise in
fuel prices and a fall in the value of
sterling. THE INDEPENDENT
can mean that the role of business as
a force for good is discounted.
The battle for the corporate soul
won’t be plain sailing. Very large
organisations are sometimes going
to miss rogue staff behaving badly.
That’s particularly true at investment
banks where it remains the case that
if you’re making money, your boss
isn’t much inclined to take a close
look at the trading strategy behind
the success that is going to increase
his bonus.
But it must be harder to be a
rogue in the first place if the entire
organisation wants to be proud of
where they work rather than see it
merely as a source of income. Even
good companies will sometimes get
it wrong. Last month, Aviva ditched
a plan to cancel “irredeemable”
preference shares at a cost to
investors of £450m. It did the right
thing. Eventually. That’s better than
not at all, let’s agree.
EVENING STANDARD
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From the
business
pages
Property agents
fined for Airbnb lets
The Straits Times
Two property agents who ran a
lettings business in Singapore
by advertising short-term rental
properties on Airbnb have been
fined S$60,000 (£32,500) each
by the Urban Redevelopment
Authority. It was the first
prosecution under new rules
that set a minimum term for
private rents of three months
in the city state, where 80 per
cent of the population lives in
subsidised public housing.
Former G8 chair
facing jail sentence
Sydney Morning Herald
A former chairman of childcare
provider G8 Education faces
a 25-year jail term after being
charged with attempting to
pervert justice during an
Australian Securities and
Investments Commission
inquiry into a takeover bid for
G8’s rival, Affinity Education
Group, in 2015. Jenny Hutson
faces a further 29 charges over
discrepancies in the deal.
Irish drivers pay for
lack of regulation
The Business Post
Ireland’s central bank and
its consumer watchdog, the
Competition and Consumer
Protection Commission,
are clashing over tensions
surrounding the state of the
€2.7bn car finance market.
Each claims the other needs
to regulate the sector, but both
bodies deny responsibility for it,
in a move that affects thousands
of Irish car buyers.
Black market boom
after drug legalised
CBC
Restricting Canada’s supply
of legal marijuana and how
suppliers can advertise it
may make the drug more
accessible to children and keep
it from those who need it as a
medical treatment, according
to a report from the CD Howe
Institute. Evidence from areas
where the drug has already
been legalised shows the black
market sector has actually
boomed, wiping out $420m in
potential tax revenue.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 26.1 at 7030.5
858.2
1850.0
1639.8
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CONSTRUCTION
HOBBIES
More Carillion job
losses announced
Hornby shares
go off the rails
A further 97 Carillion
employees have lost their jobs,
putting the total number of
those let go by the contracting
company at 1,802. However, the
Official Receiver added that
more than half – 54 per cent –
of the pre-collapse workforce
had now been found jobs, with
873 more transferring to new
employers this week.
Shares in the toy maker Hornby
slumped by 6.1 per cent to 23p
yesterday after it admitted that
it had signed a new finance deal
with Barclays. The company
is undergoing a turnaround
plan overseen by the new chief
executive Lyndon Davies, who
admitted that discounts and
delivery delays were hitting
sales this year.
AVIATION
SOFTWARE
Gender pay gap
at Ryanair is 72%
Bidding war for
Fidessa hots up
Ryanair revealed a gender pay
gap of 72 per cent yesterday,
the worst across the entire
airline industry so far. Women
make up only 3 per cent of the
top quarter of earners at the
airline, while median pay among
Ryanair’s 1,182 UK staff is 71.82
per cent lower and median
bonuses are 3 per cent lower
for women than men.
Fidessa, the London-listed
provider of trading software,
is expected to be the subject
of a takeover bidding war. A
statement from the UK firm
confirmed yesterday that it was
weighing up a £1.3bn offer from
Swiss rival Temenos, alongside
those from two other companies
which have been invited to
submit improved offers.
RETAIL
TECHNOLOGY
Wesfarmers looks
to sell Homebase
IQE chief dies in
cycling accident
Wesfarmers, the Australian
company that owns Homebase,
is reportedly looking for a buyer
for the retail chain after two
years of difficult trading. The
iinvestment bank Lazard has
been consulted over a strategic
review of the business, while
Wesfarmers is considering
closing 40 stores.
The computer chip maker IQE,
which supplies parts to Apple,
announced yesterday that its
chief financial officer Phillip
Rasmussen, died in a cycling
accident while on holiday
over Easter. Mr Rasmussen,
47, was struck by a car while
riding his bike on the Spanish
island of Menorca.
TECHNOLOGY
INSURANCE
Robots put Corby
workers at risk
FCA warns RAC
over premiums
The Northamptonshire town
of Corby is the part of the UK
most threatened by the trend
of automation, according to
a Localis survey. Thirty-one
per cent of the area’s jobs are
potentially replacable by robot
workers, compared with the UK
average of 17.6 per cent.
The Financial Conduct
Authority has again warned
insurance firms to implement
new rules about customer
choice after the RAC was
reprimanded yesterday for
failing to display detailed
information about the historical
price of insurance premiums.
the
markets
The FTSE fell on the first day of the
working week, shedding almost
0.4 per cent at 7,030. Mediclinic
was the biggest faller, with its
shares slipping by 4.6 per cent
to 573p. The software company
Micro Focus was the biggest riser,
climbing by 2.5 per cent to 1011p.
***
On the Continent, Germany’s
DAX index fell by 0.78 per cent by
the close of trading, and France’s
CAC40 suffered a modest drop
of 0.19 per cent, while Italy’s
FTSE MIB gained 0.44 per cent.
Many European markets reflected
the losses seen on Wall Street
on Monday.
i WEDNESDAY
4 APRIL 2018
39
Trade war fears after
White House hits out
at rising China tariffs
The White House has criticised
China for imposing $3bn (£2.1bn)
worth of tariffs on US imports in
retaliation against Donald Trump’s
levy on steel and aluminium.
Amid fears of a trade war between
the two superpowers, Beijing put
a duty of up to 25 per cent on 128
American imports. It said that was
needed to safeguard its interests. But
the White House criticised the move,
which it described as “unfair trading”.
Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters
said: “Instead of targeting fairly
traded US exports, China needs
to stop its unfair trading practices
which are harming US national
security and distorting global
markets. China’s subsidisation and
continued overcapacity is the root
cause of the steel crises.”
China’s ambassador to the US said
the threat of a trade war between the
two countries was large. Cui Tiankai
said his country would continue to
respond with the same intensity.
“If they do [impose new tariffs] we
will certainly take countermeasures
of the same proportion and of the
same scale, same intensity,” Mr Cui
told the South China Morning Post.
US stocks fell sharply and Asia
traded generally lower after the
new tariffs were announced. Connor
Campbell of SpreadEx said that
such movement came as “investors
continue to process the latest chessmoves in the nascent trade war”.
The US initially took two major
steps on tariffs which triggered
tension with China. First on
aluminium and steel, then on
intellectual property.
The White House cited national
security laws to impose new steel
and aluminium tariffs on 8 March to
protect US producers.
However, a number of major US
allies including Canada, Mexico and
the European Union are expected
to receive exemptions from the new
tariffs. THE INDEPENDENT
US market volatility is
expected to continue
throughout the week, though at
midday trading yesterday the S&P
500 and Nasdaq both rebounded.
Kia turns on the Gangnam style
The Korean car maker Kia rolled out
a revamped version of its flagship
vehicle, the K9 sedan, at a special
media event in the Seoul district of
Gangnam yesterday.
The model features new safety
technologies and automated
features such as “lane-following
assist” and is due for a US release at
the end of this year.
daily
money
balance transfer products. Credit
providers have reacted to the Bank of
England’s concerns “about excessive
lending” and that borrowers are
“overstretching themselves”, said
Charlotte Nelson, a finance expert
at Moneyfacts.
***
The number of interest-free deals on
credit cards has fallen to its lowest
level in eight years, according to
Moneyfacts, both for purchase and
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Thousands have overpaid student
loans, so here’s how to get a refund
There are three ways you may be owed money if you went to university
Martin
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Your questions
about money
T
his is a clarion call
to everyone who has
been to university in
the past 20 years or so.
Hundreds of thousands
of you have overpaid your student
loans, and with one quick phone
call could be entitled to hundreds
or thousands of pounds back.
I first broached this subject last
November, suggesting that people
should try it to see if it happened.
Ever since, I’ve been swamped with
success stories of people getting
their cash back. There are three
main ways you may be owed money:
REPAYING YOUR STUDENT
LOAN TOO EARLY
You are eligible to start repaying
your student loan only in the
April after graduation, which for
most is around nine months after
leaving. For those who didn’t finish
university, it’s the April following
leaving – even then you only repay if
you earn above a set threshold.
Started university in or after 2012 in
England and Wales
Your repayment threshold has
always been £21,000, though it rises
to £25,000 next month.
Started university before 2012
in England and Wales, or at any
time since 1998 in Scotland or
Northern Ireland
The threshold has changed each
year. It is currently £17,775 and
rising to £18,830 in April.
A Freedom of Information
request found that in the past three
years, more than 100,000 university
leavers repaid early and it’s likely
that there are many more going all
the way back to 1998. This is because
as an employee you repay your
student loan automatically through
Once you graduate, you have to
pay back your student loan only
if you earn above the earnings
threshold in a given tax year
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the payroll. So if your employer has
the wrong information about your
university leaving date (which can
be their fault or yours), or simply
ignores it, then you may have
started repaying too soon. If so, you
are entitled to your money back.
IF YOU OVERPAID IN A
PARTICULAR YEAR
You have to pay back your student
loan only if you earn above the
earnings threshold in a tax year. Yet
most payrolls work on a monthly
basis, so the £21,000 threshold is
seen as £1,750 a month.
If you earned over that in a
month, such as for a bonus, you
could have had the money taken
off you. Or if you stopped work
half-way through the year, money
could have been taken off you, even
though in total you earned less than
£21,000 in the year.
If that has happened to you,
you may be due money back – like
reader Oli, who said: “My starting
salary was £25,000, but because
my employment didn’t start at the
start of the tax year I was eligible to
get £450 back.”
Yet if you earned more than
£21,000 in a year, but due to
irregular income too much was
taken from you (for example, you
earned £22,000 but had more than
£90 taken) you cannot claim this
back because once you earn more
than £21,000 your repayments
are paid at everything you earn on
£1,750 every month.
PAYING AFTER YOUR LOAN
HAS BEEN PAID OFF
More than 86,000 people overpaid
this way in 2015-16. This happens
because the Student Loans
Company gets told only once a
year by HM Revenue and Customs
(HMRC) how much you have paid
– though it does retrospectively
calculate the interest as if you’d
paid each month.
As a result, people who have
finished paying off their loans can
still have money deducted up to a
year later – this is due to change
from 2019. HMRC will tell you if this
has happened, but that takes time;
if you think you’re affected call
HMRC. In the meantime, to avoid
this happening, a new rule means in
the past 23 months you can switch
to repaying the loan by direct debit
instead of through your employer –
which should help.
HOW TO GET YOUR MONEY BACK
In a perfect world you would check
your payslips, then call up the
Student Loan Company with your
national insurance number, payroll
number and PAYE reference.
Yet the world isn’t always
perfect, but do that if you can. It
helps the Student Loans Company,
but if you don’t have these records
just call the company on 0300 100
0611 and its assistants will do their
best to help.
Martin Lewis is the founder and
chairman of Money Saving Expert.
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i WEDNESDAY
4 APRIL 2018
41
TAXATION
Take-home
pay boosted
by personal
allowance rise
By Caitlin Morrison
The current tax year comes to an
end this week and, with new rules
coming into effect, an increased
personal allowance should see
workers’ take-home pay go up.
The personal allowance is the
amount of income that a worker is
not required to pay tax on.
Following an announcement
in last year’s Autumn Budget,
the personal allowance for
earners in the basic rate tax
band (those on salaries between
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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 47
RHYME LETTERS
10
10
11
3
CAFE
4
22
ASCEND
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ARRIVED
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SERVES 4
2tsp ground cumin
1tsp chilli powder
1tsp dried oregano
2 x 240g packs smoked salmon fillets
Olive oil spray
250g greek yogurt
1tbsp Dijon mustard
2tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 lemon
1 celeriac, about 600g
100g bag watercress
MEANING
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CONNECT
Jigsawdoku
Preheat the oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Rub the
spices and oregano into the salmon and
place on the baking tray. Spritz lightly
with oil and roast for 15 to 20 minutes
until browned and cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix
together the yogurt, mustard, dill and
juice of half the lemon. Peel and shred
or coarsely grate the celeriac, adding it
to the dressing and turning to coat it as
you go.
Cut the remaining lemon half into four
small wedges. Divide the salmon, celeriac
salad and watercress between four
plates and top each with a lemon wedge.
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Killer Sudoku No 1253
Tomorrow
Griddled chicken with
tzatziki and courgette
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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LETTERS
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Minesweeper
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Futoshiki
6
Recipe from waitrose.com
HORN
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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3
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LOAF
RHYME
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CRUEL
4
MAIZE
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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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1974
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
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Easier
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4 Compass point (5)
5 Smell (4)
6 Dressed (4)
7 Mutual trust and
friendship (11)
13 Captivate (7)
14 Greed (7)
15 Close of play in
cricket (6)
17 Result (5)
18 Smile broadly (4)
19 Heroic poem (4)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Knows, 4 Banned (Noseband), 7 Lost property, 8 Merry, 9 Enforce, 11 Trench,
13 Allure, 16 Example, 18 Apple, 19 April showers, 20 Remedy, 21 Aunts.
DOWN 1 Kilometre, 2 Observe, 3 Soppy, 4 Boozer, 5 Needful, 6 Enter, 10 Elevenses,
12 Caprice, 14 Umpteen, 15 Jersey, 17 Ample, 18 Aloha.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 47 and minurl.co.uk/i
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Sudoku Harder
Concise Crossword No 2296
ACROSS
1 Factory (4)
3 Archery target
ring (5)
8 German measles (7)
9 Big (5)
10 Lubricated (5)
11 Burning (6)
12 Item of
headwear (8,3)
16 Mild (6)
18 Colossal (5)
20 Problem (5)
21 Corrosionresistant metal (7)
22 Fish basket (5)
23 Not as much (4)
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How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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idoku Exclusive to i
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16
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
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Weather
A high pressure
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i racing
Million reasons
for Ebor fans
to be cheerful
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
The Ebor, already one of the biggest and best staying handicaps in
the northern hemisphere, is set to
become huge.
This year’s race will be worth half
a million pounds, which is not bad in
itself, but from 2019 it will be worth the
full million, a British first, with York
racecourse and local sponsors Skybet
combining in their ambition to one day
make it a race, within a special event,
to rival Australia’s Melbourne Cup.
The Ebor, first run in 1843, may
never be a “race that stops a nation” as
the Melbourne Cup does (and which
will still be worth almost four times as
much anyway), but a million smackers will go a
long way to encouraging the stated aim
of British Racing
to keep stayers in
training beyond
their three-year-old
careers and reduce
the number being exportedoverseas.Aspart
of that initiative, the York
showpiece will, from now on, be open
only to four-year-olds and upwards.
The news was greeted enthusiastically by the racing industry, trainer
Hugo Palmer (above) even suggesting: “Who knows, maybe an Aussie
will try to win it one day, too!” So far,
it has been strictly one-way traffic,
with recent Ebor winners invited to
run in the Melbourne Cup. Last year’s
winner, Nakeeta, went on to finish a
fine fifth and trainer Iain Jardine will
surely now have 25 August at York
ringed on his kitchen calendar.
Ruth Jefferson’s top-class chaser
Waiting Patiently, who bypassed the
Cheltenham Festival in order to run at
next week’s Grand National meeting,
has suffered a training setback and
will now miss the rest of the season.
top
tips
BEST BET
Night Story
(5.15, Lingfield)
Recent course winner looks
good to continue trainer Charlie
Appleby’s winning streak.
NEXT BEST
Mametz Wood
(3.55, Southwell)
Showed bags of promise last
backend and ready to pay his way.
ANTE-POST
Punters have quickly latched on
to Taxmeifyoucan at Kelso on
Saturday and he’s now a bestpriced 5-1 favourite.
KEMPTON
8.15
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5
6
GOING:STANDARD
32RED HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £11,200 added 1m 3f
8422-1
84233962911724-23051
/55-56
EXCEEDING POWER M Bosley 7 9 9 ...............................R Havlin 1
KAZAWI (BF) R Charlton 4 9 7.......................................K Shoemark 6
FAST AND HOT (C) R Hannon 5 9 5.............Rossa Ryan (5) B 3
ARCTIC SEA (C) P Cole 4 9 4......................................................L Morris 5
SONNETIST (D) P Evans 4 9 3 ................................................A Kirby C 4
GOLDEN NECTAR (C) Mrs L Mongan 4 8 12...................J Fahy 2
- 6 declared BETTING: 13-8 Kazawi, 11-4 Exceeding Power, 5-1 Arctic Sea, 6-1
Sonnetist, 8-1 Fast And Hot, 14-1 Golden Nectar.
LINGFIELD
GOING:STANDARD
US MASTERS 6 PLACES AT 188BET HANDICAP (CLASS
4) 3YO £9,750 added 7f
1
31030- TATHMEEN R Hannon 9 7 .........................................................J Crowley 2
2
921- FLAVIUS TITUS (D) R Varian 9 5............................................A Atzeni 6
3
733-34 THE MUMS (BF) J Gosden 9 3............................................L Dettori B 4
4
0671- INSURGENCE (CD) J Fanshawe 9 2................................D Muscutt 7
5
833- LAUNCESTON PLACE H Spiller 9 1.............................Fran Berry 5
6
618-4 CHESS MOVE G Baker 9 0............................................................Doubtful 3
7
112251 BUNGEE JUMP (CD) Grace Harris 8 13 ....................C Noble (5) 1
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 Flavius Titus, 10-3 Insurgence, 7-2 The Mums, 11-2
Tathmeen, 15-2 Launceston Place, 12-1 Bungee Jump.
DAILY RACING SPECIALS AT 188BET FILLIES’
HANDICAP (CLASS 5) 3YO £7,021 added 6f
1
72-13 KATH’S LUSTRE (D) R Hughes 9 7..................................... S W Kelly 5
2
3129- KALAGIA M Johnston 9 6............................................................J Fanning 2
3
525- HAYLAH R Hannon 9 4....................................................................L Dettori 3
4
804- FAAY E Dunlop 9 3 .....................................................................James Doyle 4
5
5-8227 FLORA TRISTAN M Botti 9 2................................................ A Atzeni H 1
- 5 declared BETTING: 13-8 Haylah, 3-1 Kalagia, 7-2 Kath’s Lustre, 5-1 Faay, 10-1 Flora
Tristan.
BET & WATCH AT 188BET.CO.UK FILLIES’ HANDICAP
(CLASS 5) 3YO £7,021 added 1m
1
2-1727 FELISA (CD) P Evans 9 7.............................................................Doubtful 10
2
01U-7 INDISCRETION (D) J Portman 9 6...............................R Kingscote 9
3
14757- CONTROVERSIAL LADY (D) J S Moore 9 5......J Watson (7) 8
4
0850-7 POETIC STEPS M Johnston 9 3 ............................................J Fanning 2
5
5-2323 SWEET SYMPHONY M Botti 9 3......................................A Atzeni H 4
6
2929- LAST ENCHANTMENT Eve J-Houghton 9 3.............C Bishop 6
7
88630- GRACE’S SECRET Ed Walker 9 3 .......................................... L Keniry 1
8
579- GIRLS TALK M Bell 8 13....................................................................W Buick 5
9 4080-4 SUPERSYMMETRY David Loughnane 8 12 .... Josephine Gordon 7
10
736-5 KACHUMBA R Guest 8 10..............................................................L Morris 3
- 10 declared BETTING: 5-2 Sweet Symphony, 4-1 Girls Talk, 9-2 Last Enchantment,
15-2 Kachumba, 10-1 Poetic Steps, 12-1 Indiscretion, Supersymmetry,
Grace’s Secret, Controversial Lady.
PLAY ROULETTE AT 188BET CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS
5) £7,021 added 7f
1
6646-9 SEA SHACK (D)(BF) W Knight 4 9 9..............................L Morris V 1
2 610576 TAVENER (CD) D C Griffiths 6 9 9 ............................ O Murphy C 8
3
220-92 INTERLINK M Bell 5 9 8 ..............................................................L Steward 6
4 5260-0 BLACK CAESAR (CD) P Hide 7 9 7...............................S Woods (7) 4
5
8-0122 FROZEN LAKE (D)(BF) J G O’Shea 6 9 4 Rossa Ryan (5) C 3
6
56-513 NATALIE EXPRESS (CD) H Spiller 4 9 3 .......K Shoemark H 7
7
7-0531 MISTER FREEZE (D) P Chamings 4 9 1 ..............J Haynes T,V 2
8 044867 CLEMENT (CD) J G O’Shea 8 8 12.....................................R Havlin V 5
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Sea Shack, 4-1 Interlink, 9-2 Frozen Lake, 6-1 Mister Freeze,
Natalie Express, 8-1 Tavener, 12-1 Clement, 16-1 Black Caesar.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET NOVICE
STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 5) 3YO £5,800 added 1m 4f
1
41- ANTONIAN J Gosden 9 9................................................................L Dettori 7
2
21 NIGHT STORY (CD) C Appleby 9 9.........................................W Buick 8
3
06-212 TECHNOLOGICAL G Margarson 9 9 ..............................O Murphy 6
4
ACADEMICIAN J Portman 9 2................................................ R Hornby 2
5
7- CONSTRUCT R Beckett 9 2 .......................................................L Steward 5
6
IN DEMAND C Fellowes 9 2 ..................................................S Donohoe 3
7
2 SEXY BEAST E De Giles 9 2 ................................................C Shepherd 9
8
4- SILVER CHARACTER T Dascombe 9 2...................R Kingscote 1
9
TOWNIE MAC H Morrison 9 2.....................................C Bennett (3) 4
- 9 declared BETTING: 6-4 Night Story, 5-2 Antonian, 5-1 Technological, 10-1 Sexy
Beast, 12-1 Silver Character, 14-1 Construct, 25-1 In Demand, 33-1 Townie
Mac, Academician.
2.45
CRICKET: SECOND TEST
Careless fielding
ends England’s
miserable winter
on a familiar low
ENGLAND
3.15
4.15
4.45
5.15
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NEW ZEALAND
Latham 83, Sodhi 56 not out
Match drawn – NZ win series 1-0
307 &
352-9
278 &
256-8
By Chris Stocks
AT THE HAGLEY OVAL , CHRISTCHURCH
After 35 days of cricket, it was entirely
fitting that England should end their
Test winter on a depressingly familiar
low note after they were denied a series-levelling victory by New Zealand.
Joe Root’s team needed to take 10
wickets on the final day of this series
to end a 12-match winless streak
away from home. However, they fell
short, taking seven before their hopes
were extinguished by a brave eighthwicket stand between Ish Sodhi and
Neil Wagner that spanned 31.2 overs.
By the time that was ended, Root
having Wagner caught, there were a
scheduled three minutes left in the
day – the final hour having started at
5.04pm local time. Wagner, who was
originally given out lbw, reviewed
the decision to eat up valuable seconds and by the time Trent Boult was
walking out to the crease, the umpires
called the match for bad light.
England can have no complaints,
they had 101.4 overs to get the job done
on this final day and they did not help
Scoreboard
CHRISTCHURCH (Day 5 of 5): New Zealand drew
with England
New Zealand won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings 307 (Bairstow 101,
Wood 52, Southee 6-62, Boult 4-87)
NEW ZEALAND — First Innings 278 (Watling 85,
de Grandhomme 72, Southee 50, Broad 6-54,
Anderson 4-76)
ENGLAND — Second Innings 352-9 dec. (Vince 76,
Stoneman 60, Root 54, Malan 53, de Grandhomme
4-94)
NEW ZEALAND — Second Innings 42-0
Second Innings Contd
Runs 4s Bls Min
T W M Latham c Vince b Leach
83 10 207 343
J A Raval c Stoneman b Broad
17 2 60 152
*K S Williamson c Bairstow b Broad 0 0 1 0
L R P L Taylor c Cook b Leach
13 2 23 33
H M Nicholls c Cook b Anderson
13 1 24 23
†B J Watling c Anderson b Wood
19 3 66 81
C de Grandhomme c Leach b Wood 45 6 97 134
I S Sodhi not out
56 9 168 199
N Wagner c Vince b Root
7 1 103 105
Extras (lb2 nb1)
3
Total(for 8, 124.4 overs)
256
Fall: 1-42, 2-42, 3-66, 4-91, 5-135, 6-162, 7-219, 8-256.
Did Not Bat: T G Southee, T A Boult.
Bowling: J M Anderson 26-8-37-1, S C J Broad 24-672-2, M A Wood 22-10-45-2, M J Leach 32-15-61-2,
J E Root 12.4-5-28-1, B A Stokes 4-3-2-0, D J Malan
4-1-9-0.
Umpires: M Erasmus and B N J Oxenford.
themselves, dropping five catches in
New Zealand’s second innings. The
hosts can point to the partnership
between Sodhi, who batted for more
than three hours for his unbeaten 56,
and Wagner, who scored seven in 103
balls, for sealing their first Test series
win against England since 1999.
Root and his players will be glad
a miserable winter is over. They
have lost five of seven Tests across
The 13-match
barren streak
overseas is now
the worst in
England’s Test
history and
their shattered
confidence will
have to be rebuilt
FOURTH TEST
‘Awesome’ Philander stars in
crushing win over Australia
SOUTH AFRICA
AUSTRALIA
Philander 6-21
SA win by 492 runs
and win series 3-1
488 &
344-6dec
221
& 119
South Africa completed the humiliaton of Australia with a 492-run victory inspired by Vernon Philander in
the fourth Test in Johannesburg.
They took less than 90 minutes to
triumph on the final day and captain
Faf Du Plessis said: “That last little
bowling spell from Vernon is right Vernon Philander
up there, it’s amazing. I think he got celebrates his side’s
six for nine or something like that at victory over Australia
the end and I think that’s something
awesome.”
Chasing a fanciful 612 victory tarI’v
ve been on
get the tourists were bowled out for
119 with Philander bulldozing his way the receiving end
through their batting line-up with six of Australia and
wickets for 21 on the final morning.
South Africa so
Australia won the first Test before
the hosts hit back to claim their first it’s nice to get
series win at home to Australia since one over them on
readmission by 3-1. Du Plessis added: home soil
“I’ve been on the receiving end of
Australia and South Africa so it’s nice
to get one over them on home soil.
It was an awesome team performance. You have to look way beyond
the XI guys on the field. It’s been an
awesome squad performance from
everyone.”
The series marks the end of Morne
Morkel’s international career. The
paceman, who took 309 Test wickets,
said: “I’m obviously very emotional
but it’s been a great journey.
“I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I was given and to go out on
a high – the mission was to beat the
Aussies on home turf and to accomplish that is a special feeling.”
Australia skipper Tim Paine said:
“They [South Africa] were outstanding from the Durban Test match and
they totally outplayed us and they’ve
been far too good.
“It has been a really challenging
week. When you’re slightly off in a
match of Test cricket like that, you’re
going to be found wanting – and we
certainly were.”
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WEDNESDAY
4 APRIL 2018
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BOXING
New Zealand’s Neil Wagner
is surrounded by England
fielders as he bats on the
final day of the second
Test in Auckland AP
five months, including a bruising
4-0 Ashes defeat, and lost the first
match of this series in Auckland after
they were bowled out for 58. Their
13-match barren streak overseas is
now the worst in England’s Test history and they will have to rebuild their
shattered confidence and form ahead
of their first series of the summer that
starts against Pakistan next month.
England knew they had a tough
task to take 10 wickets on a pitch that
only really offered any assistance to
the new-ball bowlers. Stuart Broad,
though, got the day off to a perfect
start when he removed Jeet Raval
and the key scalp of home captain
Kane Williamson with the first two
deliveries of the day.
Ross Taylor was the next to go
when he top-edged Jack Leach to
short backward square to give the
Somerset left-arm spinner his maiden Test wicket. New Zealand were
reeling on 66 for three inside the first
hour of the day and they were four
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came; rise; lady;
mature; dame;
ripe; dime; grime;
gripe; coin; moan;
join; mean; corn;
loan
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 St.-rays, 3 ME-XI-co., 4 Trop-h-y
Down: 1 Su-MM-it, 2 S-I’m-ony
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD blundered
OTHER WORDS bed, bedder, bee, been, beer, bend,
bended, bender, bled, bleed, blend, blended, blender, blue,
bluer, blunder, bred, breed, bundle, bundled, burden,
burdened, burned, deed, deer, delude, den, denude, due,
duel, dune, eel, elder, elude, eluded, end, ended, endure,
endured, led, lee, leer, lend, lender, lune, lure, lured, nee,
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rue, rule, ruled, rune, udder, under
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tory came within sight when De
Grandhomme hooked Wood to Leach
on the boundary. There were now a
scheduled 27.5 overs left, but with the
bad light closing in England had to
take every opportunity. They didn’t,
Stoneman, on his knees, failing to
gather his third chance, this time at
silly point after Sodhi edged Broad.
At that stage there were just 7.4
overs remaining. And despite Root’s
late breakthrough it proved too little
too late. THE INDEPENDENT
Deontay Wilder is ready to
fight Anthony Joshua in the
UK this summer to decide
the undisputed heavyweight
champion of the world,
according to his co-manager.
Joshua was quick to call out
Wilder (below) after defeating
Joseph Parker on Saturday to
add the WBO title to his own
IBF and WBA belts.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly
Finkel has responded to the
challenge, saying the American
fighter’s team are prepared
to begin immediate
negotiations over
a unification
contest.
“We are
really glad
that Anthony
Joshua said
for the first
time, ‘I will fight
Deontay next...’
and we believe he
is a man of his word. Deontay
accepts the challenge,” Finkel
told The Telegraph.
“We want to make it public
that Deontay wants the fight,
and we are prepared to come
over, or meet here and get the
deal done. Deontay is ready to
sign and come to the UK to fight
this summer.
“A unification between
Wilder and Joshua would push
the mandatories back.
“Assuming it will be Wembley
Stadium in the summer... and if
they are ready as they say they
are, we want to get it done.”
Results Service
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7
9
9
down at lunch after Henry Nicholls
edged James Anderson to slip.
Two more wickets came in the
middle session but England’s cause
was not helped by Mark Stoneman
dropping both Colin de Grandhomme on six and new batsman Sodhi on
nought. England had a minimum of
41 overs in which to get the final four
wickets when they took the second
new ball shortly before tea.
A 57-run, seventh-wicket stand
was fraying English nerves but vic-
Wilder ready
to come to UK
to fight Joshua
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P M B O E N W G C
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
QUARTER-FINAL FIRST LEG
Juventus (0) ...................0 Real Madrid (1)...3
Ronaldo 3, 64
Att 40,849
Marcelo 72
Sevilla (1)........................... 1 B Munich (1)...........2
Sarabia 32
Jesus Navas 38 (og)
Att 40,635
Thiago 68
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa (0).............. 3 Reading (0) ............0
Bjarnason 46
Att 29,223
Hourihane 63
Hogan 70
Bolton (0)..........................0 Birmingham (1).1
Jutkiewicz 41
Att 21,097
Fulham (1)..........................2 Leeds (0)....................0
McDonald 33
Att 21,538
Mitrovic 63
Wolverhampton (1)2 Hull (1)..........................2
Jota 18 (pen)
Meyler 37 (pen)
Buur 83
Bennett 78 (og)
Att 29,718
P W D L F A Pts
Wolverh’mpton 40 26 8 6 73 36 86
Cardiff
39 24 8 7 62 33 80
Fulham
40 21 12 7 70 41 75
Aston Villa
40 21 10 9 64 37 73
Derby
39 17 14 8 57 38 65
Middlesbro’ 40 18 9 13 56 39 63
Bristol City 40 16 14 10 56 45 62
Millwall
40 16 14 10 50 39 62
Sheff Utd
40 18 8 14 53 45 62
Preston
40 15 15 10 49 42 60
Brentford
40 15 13 12 56 47 58
Ipswich
40 15 8 17 49 51 53
Leeds
40 15 8 17 52 56 53
Norwich
40 13 13 14 42 50 52
QPR
40 13 11 16 49 57 50
Sheff Wed
40 11 14 15 48 54 47
Nottm Forest 39 13 7 19 43 56 46
Hull
40 9 14 17 55 61 41
Reading
40 9 12 19 45 60 39
Bolton
40 9 12 19 34 59 39
Birmingham 40 11 6 23 30 57 39
Barnsley
39 7 13 19 39 58 34
Sunderland 40 6 13 21 43 72 31
Burton Albion 40 7 10 23 29 71 31
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Bury (0)...............................0 Rochdale (2)...........2
Delaney 30
Henderson 43
Att 4,628
Bottom Half
Fleetwood Tn
Doncaster
Gillingham
Blackpool
Oxford Utd
Walsall
Oldham
Wimbledon
M K Dons
Rochdale
Northampton
Bury
P
40
38
39
40
39
39
38
39
40
38
41
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12
12
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17 53
13 47
14 43
15 46
17 55
17 47
17 52
19 37
18 40
15 40
21 36
24 32
A Pts
57 51
45 49
47 49
52 47
61 46
58 44
66 43
50 42
54 42
46 41
69 40
61 30
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREM
Hibernian (1) ................. 3 Hamilton (1)..........1
Kamberi 17, 63, 85
Ogboe 9
Att 15,818
Motherwell (0)............0 Aberdeen (0).........2
Arnason 65
Att 4,127
McLean 68
Ross County (2)..........4 Partick (0)...............0
Schalk 35, 56, 72
Att 3,944
Draper 41
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
31 21 8 2 62 20 71
Aberdeen
32 19 5 8 50 34 62
Rangers
32 18 5 9 63 38 59
Hibernian
32 16 10 6 48 34 58
Kilmarnock 31 13 10 8 42 38 49
Hearts
32 10 13 9 33 30 43
Motherwell 32 10 7 15 36 43 37
St Johnstone 32 10 7 15 32 47 37
Hamilton
31 8 6 17 41 56 30
Dundee
31 8 5 18 31 49 29
Ross County 32 6 7 19 37 56 25
Partick
32 6 7 19 26 56 25
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D L F A Pts
St Mirren
30 21 4 5 59 31 67
Livingston
30 15 10 5 50 31 55
Dundee Utd 30 14 7 9 41 36 49
Morton
31 12 11 8 41 29 47
Dunfermline 31 12 10 9 47 32 46
Queen of S’th 32 11 10 11 50 50 43
Inverness CT 29 10 8 11 38 34 38
Falkirk
30 9 11 10 36 42 38
Dumbarton 30 6 9 15 19 43 27
Brechin
31 0 4 27 19 72 4
Dundee Utd (2) .............2 Dumbarton (0)..0
McMullan 30
Att 3,620
Mohsni 45
Dunfermline (1)......... 1 Livingston (0).....0
Ashcroft 11
Att 4,572
Inverness CT (2).........4 Brechin (0).............0
Chalmers 12, 58
Att 1,963
Donaldson 22, Oakley 66
Queen of South (0) ..2 Falkirk (1) .................2
Thomson 51
Nelson 5
Brownlie 73
Longridge 87
Att 1,062
LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO
Berwick .............................P Stenh’semuir ...P
Cowdenbeath .............P Montrose ..............P
Both postponed - due to waterlogged pitch.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Barrow (1).........................L AFC Fylde (1) ........L
Waterston 29
Smith 24
Leading Positions: 1 Macclesfield P 41
pts 81, 2 Sutton Utd (40-72), 3 Boreham
Wood (41-69), 4 Wrexham (41-68), 5 Aldershot (41-68), 6 Tranmere (39-67).
CRICKET
FOURTH TEST MATCH
South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg:
South Africa 488 (136.5 overs; A K
Markram 152, T Bavuma 95no; P J
Cummins 5-83) & 344-6dec. (105 overs;
F du Plessis 120, P J Cummins 4-58).
Australia 221 (70.0 overs; T D Paine 62,
U T Khawaja 53, P J Cummins 50) & 119
(45.4 overs; V D Philander 6-21). South
Africa beat Australia by 492 runs.
THIRD TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL
West Indies v Pakistan, Karachi: West
Indies 153-6 (20.0 overs; A D S Fletcher
52). Pakistan 154-2 (16.5 overs; Babar
Azam 51). Pakistan won by 8 wickets.
MCC UNIVERSITY MATCHES:
Gloucestershire v Cardiff MCCU, Bristol:
Gloucestershire 359-5dec. (80.0 overs;
B A C Howell 89, G H Roderick 85, G L
van Buuren 52; B Evans 4-53) & 140-2
(35.0 overs; G T Hankins 54no). Cardiff
MCCU 101 (46.4 overs; M D Taylor 5-15).
Gloucs drew with Cardiff MCCU.
Sussex v Loughborough MCCU, Hove:
Sussex 337-7dec. (103 overs; B C Brown
119no, H Z Finch 80, W A T Beer 50no).
Loughborough MCCU 99 (30.4 overs; O
E Robinson 7-23) & 71-2 (34.4 overs).
Sussex drew with Loughborough MCCU.
Kent v Oxford MCCU, Canterbury:
Kent 100-3 (33.0 overs). Oxford MCCU.
Kent drew with Oxford MCCU. No play
Tuesday due to wet outfield.
Warwickshire v Durham MCCU,
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 299-4dec.
(78.0 overs; I J L Trott 111no, I R Bell 100,
A J Hose 68). Durham MCCU 35-1 (13.0
overs). Warwickshire drew with Durham
MCCU. No play Tuesday due to rain.
GOLF
TEE-OFF TIMES IN THE FIRST ROUND
OF THE THE MASTERS, AUGUSTA, (US
unless stated, all times Local): Selected
times: 1 1042 T Woods; M Leishman
(Aus); T Fleetwood (GB); 1053 S Garcia
(Sp); J Thomas; D Redman (a); 1148
I Poulter (GB); T Immelman (SA); P
Cantlay; 1327 P Mickelson; R Fowler; M
Kuchar; 1338 A Scott (Aus); R McIlroy
(GB); J Rahm (Sp); 1349 J Spieth; A Noren
(Swe); L Oosthuizen (SA); 1400 J Rose
(GB); D Johnson; R Cabrera-Bello (Sp).
RACING RESULTS
LINGFIELD Going: Standard
2.20 1. DOTTED SWISS (T Marquand)
7-2; 2. Gold Filigree 11-4 fav; 3. Warrior’s
Valley 3-1. 7 ran. 3/4l, 21/2l. (R Hannon).
Tote: £4.50; £2.00, £1.80. Exacta: £14.80.
Trifecta: £36.50. CSF: £13.15.
2.55 1. JUNGLE INTHEBUNGLE (C Bishop) 6-4 fav; 2. Lady Prancealot 9-2; 3.
Penniesfromheaven 8-1. 8 ran. shd, 2l. (M
Channon). Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £2.00, £2.00.
Exacta: £9.20. Trifecta: £51.50. CSF: £8.84.
3.25 1. DOWN TIME (D Costello) 20-1; 2.
Gunner Moyne 25-1; 3. The Jungle Vip
15-8 fav. 8 ran. hd, nk. (P Midgley). Tote:
£25.50; £4.20, £5.10, £1.20. Exacta: £314.10.
Trifecta: £3500.40. CSF: £400.30.
3.55 1. KEY PLAYER (C Bishop) 7-1; 2.
Ostilio 4-5 fav; 3. Kawasir 15-8. 9 ran.
1
/2l, 11/4l. (Eve J-Houghton). Tote: £7.10;
£2.00, £1.10, £1.10. Exacta: £20.30. Trifecta:
£44.40. CSF: £14.37.
4.25 1. TAVENER (A Atzeni) 3-1 fav; 2. Sandra’s Secret 4-1; 3. Dutiful Son 7-2. 6 ran.
13/4l, 1l. (D C Griffiths). Tote: £3.20; £2.20,
£1.80. Exacta: £15.40. Trifecta: £57.40.
CSF: £15.14.
5.00 1. LE TORRENT (T Marquand) 10-3;
2. Multigifted 16-1; 3. Master Burbidge
9-4 fav. 9 ran. nk, 21/2l. (S Dow). Tote: £3.90;
£1.20, £4.30, £1.10. Exacta: £63.10. Tricast:
£142.53. Trifecta: £246.50. CSF: £54.02.
5.30 1. WIDNES (Darragh Keenan) 4-1; 2.
Karam Albaari 12-1; 3. Outofthequestion
9-4 fav. 10 ran. 1/2l, 21/4l. (A Bailey). Tote:
£5.00; £1.60, £3.40, £1.40. Exacta: £39.90.
Tricast: £135.25. CSF: £52.82.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £7,058.81 carried over to . Placepot: £12.90. Quadpot:
£5.70. Place 6: £11.49. Place 5: £6.23.
SNOOKER
CHINA OPEN: BEIJING: 1ST RD: B
Hawkins (Eng) bt S Baird (Eng) 6-3; J
Higgins (Sco) bt M O’Donnell (Eng) 6-2;
G Dott (Sco) bt M Joyce (Eng) 6-2; Z
Yuelong (Chin) bt C Zhe (Chin) 6-2; F
O’Brien (Rep Ire) bt S Maguire (Sco) 6-5;
Y Bingtao (Chin) bt K Maflin (Nor) 6-5; M
Selby (Eng) bt S Donaldson (Sco) 6-4; M
King (Eng) bt P Ebdon (Eng) 6-5; X Guodong (Chin) bt J Robertson (Eng) 6-5; N
Robertson (Aus) bt R Williams (Eng) 6-3;
M White (Wal) bt P Davison (Eng) 6-5; K
Wilson (Eng) bt A Higginson (Eng) 6-3; D
Junhui (Chin) bt C Steadman (Eng) 6-4;
C Wakelin (Eng) bt S Murphy (Eng) 6-0;
D Gilbert (Eng) bt M Dunn (Eng) 6-3; E
Slessor (Eng) bt R O’Sullivan (Eng) 6-2; L
Honghao (Chin) bt A McGill (Sco) 6-4; T
Ford (Eng) bt Y Sijun (Chin) 6-2; M Holt
(Eng) bt M Davis (Eng) 6-4.
TENNIS
WTA ABIERTO GNP SEGUROS,
MONTERREY, MEXICO: First round: N
BROADY (GB) bt C Zhao (Can) 6-3 6-7
(5-7) 6-2.
WTA VOLVO CAR OPEN, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: First round:
T Townsend (US) bt H WATSON (GB)
6-3 6-4.
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RUGBY UNION
Sarries backers
pull out but Wray
vows to carry on
By Ian Laybourn and Louis Doré
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray is
to take full control of the Premiership club after its South African
investors pulled out.
Wray, who has co-owned Saracens with entrepreneur Johann
Rupert’s Remgro company for the
past nine years, reassured supporters of the club’s future after news
emerged of a sell-out.
Wray says he has bought
Remgro’s 50 percent stake in the
two-time Champions Cup winners
and has begun a search for new investment partners.
The move comes just days after
Saracens were knocked out of the
competition they won two years in
succession.
On Sunday Saracens director of
rugby Mark McCall saw his team
beaten 30-19 by Irish side Leinster
at the Aviva Stadium.
Saracens made an operating loss
of £2.74milion last year and Wray is
looking for investment to help fund
a new £22m West Stand at Allianz
Park to increase the capacity to
10,500 and provide sport and fitness
facilities to generate more revenue.
In a statement to i, Wray said:
“Remgro has been a fantastic
shareholder in Saracens for the last
nine years and, as shareholders do,
they have decided to reduce their
shareholding and I am very happy
to say that I’ve decided to buy all
their shares as I have huge faith and
commitment to this club and everything it stands for.
“We have a great bunch of people,
a great team and I like to believe
that we are not just a rugby club, we
are trying to stand for good things
in the community. We are trying to
build an extended wider sense of
family if you like, indeed in September we are opening the Saracens
High School.
“This is exciting stuff and needs
to be built on solid ground. If you
believe you have something great,
then you must build-in succession
and sustainability.
“We all want Saracens to be great
for the next 100 years and it’s quite
likely, some might indeed even say
probable, that I won’t be here for the
next 100 years, so in due course we
need to bring in extra investment.
“At this point I should say I have
never sold a share in Saracens and
never intend to. New money will
always go into the club to continue
building it for better and better
things.”
Saracens went out of the Champions Cup to Leinster on Sunday GETTY
Scarlets probe fans’ racist chants
By Jack de Menezes
Scarlets have launched an investigation into claims that supporters
racially abused La Rochelle players
during Friday’s European Champions Cup clash.
The Pro12 champions reached
the last four of the Champions Cup
with a 29-17 victory, booking a semifinal at the Aviva Stadium against
tournament favourites Leinster.
However, the fallout from what
should have been one of the region’s
great victories has led to allegations
of racially abusive chants and misbehaviour made by Scarlets supporters about other home fans, and
the club confirmed that they are
looking into the claims, which were
made online.
“An investigation will be undertaken to understand the full facts
and background of the incident before commenting further,” a Scarlets statement read.
“We have a proud history of being
a family club and events such as this
are completely unacceptable.” THE
INDEPENDENT
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
W
ayne Coolwell
remembers well
the last time the
Commonwealth
Games came to
Queensland. in 1982. They brought
together the remnants of a lost
British Empire. Sport, too. But there
were also rallies down Queen Street
in the heart of Brisbane: banners unfurled; chants unbridled; discontent
unleashed by Aborigines seizing
their chance to tell the outside world
of their plight.
“It was civil but some of the other
marches were horrific with the
violence,” he recalls. “People were
very badly injured. The protests
were about similar things: human
rights, deaths in custody, wanting
our land.” Issues which remain, he
adds. “Nothing much changes over
time does it?”
Today, the Games return to
this part of Australia, one hour
further south and almost two
generations on. In a post-Brexit
world, maybe more relevant but
anachronistic perhaps in a nation
where, increasingly, they refer back
to the “British invasion” of the late18th century rather than the cosy
narrative of Captain Cook’s voyage
of discovery which masks the brutal
realities of conquest.
While Birmingham’s decision to
step in as hosts of the 2022 Games
when Durban was stood down
has ensured the event’s
medium-term future,
there are still those
who wonder aloud
why the idea of
bringing together
Australia has
disparate
hosted the most
nations with
Games, its first
was in Sydney in
long-held but
1938
now-tenuous ties
every four years has
any right to survive.
Particularly here,
when it cuts across the concept of
reconciliation which Australia’s
politicians were finally forced to
embrace following two centuries of
denial and distrust.
However, there has been a
certain détente when it comes
to the Commonwealth Games,
claims Coolwell, who is one of the
forces behind the establishment
of a National Indigenous Sports
Foundation.
“There is a divided group,” he
says. “Some people believe in one
thing and some another. But things,
in my opinion, have mellowed in the
past 30 years. The fire still burns
for some in many ways. But I don’t
think Aboriginal people see it as an
affront, especially with Aboriginal
people involved.
“Cathy Freeman in 2000 was
the classic example. I don’t recall
any huge protests around those
[Olympic] Games. The majority of
Aboriginal people, and the whole
country, wanted her to win. So they
were riding her and it was massive
publicity. But it was understood
that this was also a moment to tell
the world about the social injustices
going on.”
Here there has been a concerted
effort by local organisers and the
Commonwealth Games Federation
(CGF) to build bridges and generate
goodwill. It is expected that tonight’s
opening ceremony will highlight
native culture alongside modern
5
Compromise
the name of
the Games in
divided land
Aborigines will take the chance
to highlight their grievances but,
writes Mark Woods, the next 11
days can help mend old wounds
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Why Games matter to us What the athletes think
England’s
Daniel
Goodfellow
training at
the Optus
Aquatics
Centre on the
Gold Coast
yesterday.
Below: The
artist Leeton
Lee PA/JEFF
HOLMES
music and dance. A rapprochement,
of sorts, has been accomplished
with a reconciliation action plan put
in place with the aim of delivering
tangible benefits from these Games
for both Aborigines and the Torres
Strait Islanders from the north of
the country.
“I take my hat off to Australia and
the Australian people on both sides,”
CGF president Louise Martin says.
“Indigenous people want to be part
of the whole as well.”
Respect is a key thread in
addressing sensitivities in Australia.
The main tribe centred on the Gold
Coast site, the Yugambeh, have been
consulted frequently, with even
the Queen’s baton relay used as an
educational instrument.
Several hundred jobs and
£8million in contracts were
generated, according to Queensland
government officials, with other
spin-offs beyond.
Even among the home nations
here, links have been forged.
Sleeping with the old enemy,
sceptics say. Healing through time,
others argue. “There are a couple
of ways to look at it,” says Leeton
Lee, who created a special artwork
for Team Scotland. “Part of my
heritage is also European. But I
have to look at us moving forwards
Wheretocatchtheaction
The BBC will cover the Games
extensively, with live coverage
through the night and highlights
every evening. Further coverage is also available across their
digital platforms.
Today 10.30am-1.30pm, BBC One
(Highlights 7-8pm, BBC Two)
Tomorrow 12.15am-6am & 9.15am1pm BBC One; 6-9.15am BBC Two
(Highlights 1-5.15pm & 6.30-8pm,
BBC Two)
because we can’t go back. There is a
lot of conflict for a lot of Aboriginal
people, if it’s something which sits
well with them or not. But for me, it’s
also about celebrating and sharing
cultures. And we have so many
different cultures.”
There will be 71 nations marching
into Cararra Stadium this evening,
Scotland first, Australia last. The
Commonwealth reunited again
with Prince Charles accepting its
salute. When the Games conclude
in 11 days, there will be myriad
issues unresolved and causes still to
fight. Sport has the power to heal,
Coolwell notes. But it is just one
more terrain where the playing field
is not yet level.
“It’s not just about Cathy
Freemans or elite athletes,” he says.
“It’s more about how the authorities
react to Aboriginal people – do
they understand our place and our
history?
“We don’t have a national sports
museum for indigenous people,
which is crazy because we have such
a long history of sport.
“They say Aussie Rules came out
of an Aboriginal sport. A lot has
been worked on but it’s been over
the place and Aboriginal people
don’t want white folks saying how
we should do things any more.”
ALISTAIR BROWNLEE
England (Triathlon)
“A huge honour,” declared Alistair
Brownlee after he was unveiled as
England’s flag-bearer for tonight’s
Opening Ceremony in Gold Coast.
“I can’t imagine what it will feel like
walking into the stadium with the
cross of St George, alongside all
the other Commonwealth nations.”
An inconvenience too, given the
double Olympic champion will
have to dart speedily to bed once
his duties are done to rise early
tomorrow to defend the title he
landed at Glasgow 2014 from a
clutch of challengers, including
younger brother Jonny.
Yet the Yorkshireman has diverted from his previous trajectory to
be here, placing his move into the
long-distance Ironman circuit on
hold for the sake of what might be
his final Commonwealth outing as
he approaches 30 later this month.
Why not, he says. “I think not
having a fixed plan has been valuable for the longevity of my career.
So I think there are a few things
this year, obviously: the Commonwealth Games, and that first half
of the year, then look at the longest
stuff in the second half. And then I
can sit down and see what I’ve
enjoyed, see what’s motivates me.”
Perhaps not this, he acknowledges. Or at least
not enough to
take another
left-turn to the
Olympic distance ahead of
Tokyo 2020.
HANNAH MILEY
Scotland
(Swimming)
“It seems an age
since my first
Commonwealth
Games,” Hannah
Miley admits. Probably because
it is. The 28-year-old will be one
of an elite band of swimmers who
also took the plunge in 2006 in
Melbourne, then as an untested
prodigy, now a defending champion twice over in the 400m
individual medley, with a quest to
make it a hat-trick tomorrow.
“A couple of weeks beforehand
I was in hospital with pneumonia,
so I know it wasn’t the best performance I could give,”the Scot recounts of her debut. “But just being
in the Village, the hype of having
stands completely filled with spectators, TV cameras being around,
having my friends message me
saying, ‘We saw you on TV’. It was
all really exciting, and at the age of
16 I felt I had the world at my feet.”
Two years on from coming
fourth in the Olympics, Gold
Coast has kept her going when her
peers have long since retired. It
has been five-star treatment all
the way this time, just as it was on
home turf in 2014. A world away
from her second Games, in Delhi
in 2010, when there were loads
of glitches but also heaps of perspective. “It opened my eyes,” she
says. “Sometimes us athletes can
be quite selfish, and it taught me
that you’ve got to appreciate what
you’ve got.”
GISELLE ANSLEY
England (Hockey )
The country name on the shirts
may have changed, but the target
remains the same, Giselle Ansley
says. British gold at Rio 2016, to be
followed by an English victory at
Gold Coast 2018, she trusts, with
the nucleus of the team which
proved so resilient in Brazil two
years ago.
And midway through an Olympic cycle, the Commonwealths
have immense value. “To keep
people focused on us, we’ve got to
win,” Ansley says. “So the best way
we make an impact is doing well
on the pitch. Nine million people
watched our Olympic final. If we
keep doing that, we’ll be out there
but we also need to prove it wasn’t
a one-off. But the Commonwealth
Games will be massive for that.”
Australia are the defending
champions. There is a barrel of
hurt, Ansley concedes, from 2014
when England were denied on
penalties in the final by their old
rivals. “Having allowed them to
equalise with 11 seconds on the
clock last time in Glasgow, none of
us have forgotten that.
“They didn’t qualify for the
World League finals, so there’ll be
a lot of incentives for them. We’re
using it as a stepping stone to the
World Cup but
you always want
to go into the lion’s den, in their
backyard, and
steal that gold
back from them.”
ADAM PEATY
England
(Swimming)
Adam Peaty has
what he terms
“Project 56”– to
be the first man
to dip below 57 seconds in the 100
metres breaststroke. Everyone will
anticipate something special on
Friday when the Olympic champion
hits the water as an outstanding
favourite, after four years without
defeat at his dominant distance.
“People expect you to be running
close in every single appearance,”
he says. “It’s a weird thing. The more
pressure, the more people watching, the more I want to perform. I’m
not one to falter under pressure – I
proved that in Rio. So going into
Commonwealths, I couldn’t be in a
better place.”
Yet these Games, Peaty says, are
a staging point, not the destination. His schedule for this year
has been lightened so he can land
further Olympic golds. “I didn’t feel
the need to race all this season because, by Tokyo, I’ll be knackered,”he
declares. “So it’s been about getting
nice little hits, training a bit, resting
a bit. Then the Commies, then one
or two more hits before Europeans,
and then out. I don’t see this season
as a target.”
But for the next few days Peaty’s
focus will be absolute, firstly over
100m and then in the 50m. “I don’t
know who goes looking for silver,”
he confirms. “That’s not me… It’s
about showing the world that I’m
not here to mess about.”
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Golf
THE MASTERS
All is forgiven: Augusta’s adoring
faithful only have eyes for Woods
Kevin
Garside
I still want to compete
and I want to beat these
guys, and hopefully this
will be a good week
AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL
A former Masters champion, who
fashioned one of the great finishes
over the closing holes to claim his
Green Jacket, teed off at a packed
10th tee. As he walked proudly after
his ball, a high tracer following the
line of the trees, nobody moved.
No o n e c a re d a b o u t C h a rl
Schwartzel. They were waiting for
somebody else.
At precisely 8:31am, that
somebody appeared. His name was
Tiger Woods. Also on the tee were
Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and
Thomas Pieters.
While there was affection for
Mickelson and Couples, and polite
curiosity about the identity of
Pieters, only one flame had drawn
this crowd. Oh boy, and this was
Tuesday, still 48 hours to kick-off.
The show lasted but nine holes,
yet in that short window Woods
erased the presence of every other
golfer on site.
The roars started at the 13th,
where he rolled his first eagle of
the morning from 15 feet. A second
followed at the 15th, from 10 feet.
And then came a birdie at the parthree 16th – five shots gained in
four holes. It was mercy this was
happening under a morning sun
before the Jersey boys had drained
the keg.
It had taken golf fan Mac and his
chums, who caught up with Woods
on the 15th fairway, four hours just
to escape the frozen runway at
LaGuardia the day before, and they
wanted to make up for lost time.
They had been waiting nine
months for this, Mac’s mother
buying the tickets for his father
Tiger Woods takes the applause after chipping home for an eagle on the second during practice on Monday REUTERS
as a birthday surprise. It was the fire hydrant eight years ago to
first visit to Augusta for a
precipitate his remarkable
hardcore brotherhood,
fall, that his wife ever
whose blown minds
took a seven iron to
were a fair measure
his Escalade, that
of the power of this
he ever looked at
place to enthral and
another woman.
Winning margin,
of the hot-stepping
The sins of the
in shots, when
Woods to light up the
past have been
Tiger Woods won at
dance floor.
wa s h e d c l e a n by
Augusta for
Wandering about
the euphoria of his
the first time
these pristine pastures,
unlikely comeback,
in 1997
there is no sense that
a development that he
Woods ever drove into that
described as a miracle in
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his media conference yesterday. He
laughed when asked if he felt that
he was treated harshly back then
by the moral arbiters in the media,
given the standards associated
with the nation’s pussy-grabbing
president today.
“Yes, I’m really pleased to be
playing the Masters this week,”
was his response, which invites us
to make up our own minds. The
public have made up theirs, as have
the players, who appear universally
devoted. “I’m still getting used to
that part because I don’t feel like
it’s been that long that I’ve been out
here and competing and playing.
“A lot of these kids, some of
their first memories are of when I
won my last major championship.
That’s what is crazy. It just puts
into perspective for us, and for me
especially, hearing some of these
guys. It’s flattering, it’s nice, but I
still want to compete and I want to
beat these guys, and hopefully this
will be a good week.”
This is where it all began for
Woods, of course, where he first
tattooed his unique profile in the
annals of this sport. He was just
a kid who loved thrashing his
opponents as hard as he hit the ball.
His significance as an ethnic totem
was something for us, not him.
He won by 12 shots after taking 40
strokes to play his first nine holes.
That was 21 years ago, and here he
is, with his thinning hair and a fused
spine, shaking down the best in the
game as an ancient, not a punk.
“Of all the tournaments I won,
that was by far the most important,
my first major as a professional.
That was the year they changed
the rule. We were getting a 10-year
exemption on the PGA Tour.
“So I had a job for the next 10
years. You guys laugh at it now, but, I
mean, it was the coolest thing in the
world. In ’98 Mark [O’Meara] wins
twice [Masters, The Open] and only
gets five years.
“To do it here, with my dad here.
It was just an incredible week
and one that I certainly will never
ever forget.”
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CHAMPIONSHIP
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Buur saves Wolves
but they have to wait
for promotion party
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Jota pen 18, Buur 83
2
HULL CITY
Meyler pen 37, Bennett og 78
2
By Sports Staff
Defender Oskar Buur made a
dream league debut as he rescued a
point for the Championship leaders
Wolves at Molineux. The substitute
headed home from close range to
deny battling Hull victory.
Nuno’s side remain within touching distance of the Premier League
but will have to wait at least a week
to confirm promotion, with a struggling Hull not prepared to lie down
and make things easy for them –
even after falling behind.
Wolves took the lead through
Diogo Jota’s 18th-minute spot-kick
only to be pegged back when David
Meyler also converted a penalty,
eight minutes before half-time.
Diogo Jota celebrates after opening
the scoring for Wolves from the spot
Hull then looked set to pull off a
surprise victory when Ryan Bennett turned the ball into his own net
with 12 minutes remaining, only to
be denied shortly afterwards.
Wolves were denied the perfect
start by a stunning second-minute
save from Hull goalkeeper Allan
McGregor. Barry Douglas lifted a
free-kick into the area and Romain
Saiss met his cross with a powerful header from eight yards that
McGregor did well to push over.
Having overcome that shaky
start, Hull threatened in the 15th
minute, Jon Toral’s free-kick finding
Meyler only for the Irishman to lift
his shot off target.
Wolves would quickly capitalise.
As well as converting from the spot
with a clinical piece of finishing,
Jota also won the penalty when he
drew a foul from Michael Hector. He
could have had a second in the 24th
minute when he raced clear only
to be denied by a smart challenge
from McGregor. The keeper had to
recover instantly to save the followup from Helder Costa with his legs.
Costa’s night got worse when his
poor pass led to Hull’s equaliser. His
ball put Roderick Miranda in trouble and led to him hauling down
Meyler, who comfortably beat John
Ruddy from the spot.
Hull were galvanised and threatened to take the lead eight minutes
into the second half when Ola Aina
was picked out at the far post only
to be crowded out. Hector steered
a 70th-minute header wide from
Kamil Grosicki’s cross as Wolves
started to live dangerously.
Their luck ran out when Bennett
turned the ball into his own net following a Grosicki cross. It looked
enough for Hull but Wolves suddenly found a burst of energy and when
Douglas crossed from the left, Buur
headed home from 12 yards.
ROUND-UP
Fulham and Villa cement
play-off positions with wins
By James Mariner
Fulham and Aston Villa cemented
their places in the play-off zone last
night, both recording home
victories in their quest to
return to the Premier
League after minimal
time away. Slavisa
Jokanovic’s Fulham,
unbeaten since
mid-December in
the league, beat Leeds
United 2-0 at Craven
Cottage, on-loan forward
Aleksandar Mitrovic (inset)
setting up Kevin McDonald for the
opener from close range shortly
after the half-hour before doubling
the lead himself on the hour mark.
Aston Villa went one better,
easing past Reading 3-0 to remain
two points behind Fulham and
move eight points clear of fifthplaced Derby. Birkir Bjarnason
opened the scoring for Steve
Bruce’s side in the opening
minute of the second
period, before Conor
Hourihane and Scott
Hogan confirmed victory
against a Royals outfit
who had David Edwards
sent off for two bookings
inside the opening half-hour.
Birmingham survived the
dismissal of Che Adams to win 1-0
at Bolton, Lukas Jutkiewicz finding
the net to take the Blues five points
clear of the bottom three.
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Ronaldo soars to
new heights as
he inflicts more
misery on Juve
This was Ronaldo’s 23rd goal in his
last 12 games but, even among the
hundreds he has scored, this is one
that will be remembered the best.
REAL MADRID
Juventus had only ever lost one EuRonaldo 3, 64, Marcelo 72
3
ropean game here before tonight, to
Bayern Munich in 2013. By losing 3-0
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
– Ronaldo obviously set up the third
AT ALLIANZ STADIUM
– they conceded more goals than
they had in all six home Champions
This is one of the proudest, loudest, League games last season, when Real
most impenetrable grounds in Eu- thrashed them in the final.
rope but last night the Juventus StaWhat was so frustrating for Juvendium stood to applaud the man who tus was that even before Ronaldo’s
conquered it like no one has before.
magical moment, they were underCristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid performing. This team is meant to
1-0 up early on but his second goal be all about efficiency, details, and
was stunning even by the standards doing just enough to get over the
of his own greatness. Facing away line. Tottenham outplayed them for
from goal, just inside the box,
almost three hours, rememhis overhead kick plucked
ber, but Juventus scored
Dani Carvajal’s cross
twice in three minutes to
from high out of the
go through.
rainy sky and struck
It was only the third
it like a tennis smash
minute when Real
Cristiano Ronaldo
into the corner of GiMadrid sensed that
is the first player
anluigi Buffon’s net.
uncharacteristic slopto score in 10
Once 40,000 Juvenpiness,
and made the
consecutive
tus fans had assimilated
most of it. Isco – preChampions League
matches
what had happened, the
ferred to Gareth Bale –
audacity, difficulty, and the
floated out to the left wing,
fact their team were out of the
receiving a pass from Marcelo.
Champions League, they rose to their He drove a cross to the near post,
feet to clap. How often do you see the where Ronaldo turned it past Buffon.
second-greatest player of the modern
Juventus had to raise their game,
era do something that only he in the but they played with so much haste
world could do?
that they made mistakes you would
JUVENTUS
0
10
Juventus
Buffon
De Sciglio Barzagli Chiellini
Costa
Asamoah
Khedira Bentancur Sandro
Higuain Dybala
Ronaldo Benzama
Isco
Casemiro
Kroos
Modric
Marcelo
Varane
Ramos
Carvajal
Navas
Real Madrid
Substitutions: Juventus Mandzukic (Asamoah, 69),
Matuidi (Costa, 69), Cuadrado (Khedira, 75); Real
Madrid Vazquez (Benzema, 59), Asensio (Isco, 75),
Kovacic (Modric, 82).
Booked: Juventus Bentancur, Dybala (twice); Real
Madrid Ramos, Kovacic.
Sent off: Juventus Dybala (66).
Man of the match Ronaldo. Match rating 8/10.
Possession: Juventus 47% Real Madrid 53%.
Attempts on target: Juventus 2 Real Madrid 6.
Referee C Cakir (Tur). Attendance 40,849.
never expect. Every time they got
near the edge of the Madrid box,
otherwise accomplished players
– Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala,
Douglas Costa – would miscue and
the attack would break down. At
the end of the first half, Dybala was
booked for a ludicrous dive.
Juventus pushed on, but only left
themselves more exposed. After Ronaldo produced the finish this night
will always be remembered for, Dybala carelessly kicked Carvajal in
the stomach and was sent off. There
was still time for Ronaldo to slide in
Marcelo to bundle in the confirming
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Thiago to the rescue
as Sevilla threaten to
shock German giants
SEVILLA
Sarabia 32
1
BAYERN MUNICH
Navas og 37, Thiago 68
2
By Ed Malyon
Sevilla
Soria
AT THE RAMÓN SÁNCHEZ PIZJUÁN STADIUM
It was a night of which Sevilla can be
proud but, ultimately, it felt like the
night when the dream died.
Thiago Alcantara popped up with a
second-half header to complete Bayern Munich’s comeback in a game
that had started with hope but ended
in frustration. Sevilla know they had
their shot and they could have taken
it, too, but they were up against a side
precision-engineered while they remain a work in progress.
There are still 90 minutes left of
this Champions League quarter-final
tie and, on this evidence, Sevilla will
entertain as they go down fighting.
But going down feels sadly inevitable.
As lively and exciting as Sevilla
were, Bayern’s first-half performance was stodgy. They should have
been at least a goal down before Pablo
Sarabia made glorious amends for an
earlier sitter that he had blazed wide.
As Sarabia swept the ball home
there was suddenly a belief that one
of continental football’s great machines could be disrupted and Sevilla
could usurp another European giant.
Bayern appealed for handball,
claiming that Sarabia had controlled
Sergio Escudero’s cross with his arm.
Those appeals were unheard by the
Italian referee or the Sevilla players
wildly celebrating a deserved opener.
But it took just one moment to
burst their bubble and around 60
more to thoroughly put them in their
place. Franck Ribery’s tame cross
took a deflection off Jesus Navas and
reserve goalkeeper David Soria fumbled at his near post, just six minutes
after Sarabia had taken the roof of
the Sanchez Pizjuan.
That freak bounce felt like the
moment that this game changed, although Franco Vazquez was close to
Kjaer
Navas
Lenglet Escudero
Nzonzi
Sarabia
Pizarro
Vasquez
Correa
Thiago
Alcantara dives
to give Bayern
the lead in
Seville GETTY
Ben Yedder
Ribéry
Thiago
Bernat
Lewandowski
Martinez
Müller
Vidal
Hummels Boateng Kimmich
Rocket Ronnie
Ulreich
Bayern Munich
Substitutions: Sevilla Ramirez (Correa, 78), Muriel
(Ben Yedder, 80) ; Bayern Munich Rodriguez (Vidal, 36),
Rafinha (Bernat, h-t), Robben (Ribery, 79).
Booked: Sevilla Correa, Pizarro; Bayern Munich
Ribery, Bernat, Müller.
Man of the match Thiago.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Sevilla 42% Bayern Munich 58%.
Attempts on target: Sevilla 4 Bayern Munich 4.
Referee D Orsato (It).
Attendance 40,635.
getting Sevilla back in front as the
second half started but, not for the
first time, he found himself up against
defending of the highest order.
Now Bayern turned the screw and
Sevilla’s dangerous moments – which
had mainly come through Sarabia,
Vazquez and Joaquin Correa –
became infrequent and the boisterous crowd were hushed by the sight
of the visitors marauding forward.
Soria made up for his part in the
equaliser by saving brilliantly from
one Bayern header, but could do
nothing about Thiago’s bouncing effort shortly after. A deathly silence
descended on Seville as the Germans
took a barely-deserved lead and
Sevilla’s chance looked to have gone.
THE INDEPENDENT
Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his lead as the top
goalscorer – his Turin brace
taking him to 119 in the
Champions League era.
Most CL goals (not
including qualifiers)
119 Cristiano Ronaldo
(Man United, Real Madrid)
100 Lionel Messi
(Barcelona)
71 Raul
(Real Madrid, Schalke)
56 Ruud van Nistelrooy
(PSV, Man Utd, Real M)
53 Karim Benzema
(Lyon, Real Madrid)
50 Thierry Henry (Monaco,
Arsenal, Barcelona)
48 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
(Ajax, Juventus, Inter,
Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG,
Manchester United)
48 Andrei Shevchenko
(D Kiev, AC Milan, Chelsea)
46 Filippo Inzaghi
(Juventus, AC Milan)
45 Robert Lewandowski (B
Dortmund, Bayern)
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Messi and fans can fire Barça to victory
Lionel Messi is expected to start
tonight after a hamstring injury
own assessment on the 30-year-old
striker’s influence, adding: “Leo
Messi is such a footballer that he
makes all his team-mates play better
when he’s on the pitch.”
Valverde also made sure to send
out an appeal to the fans to create a
cacophonous atmosphere. They were
in fine voice during a 3-0 victory over
Chelsea and the coach urged: “I really hope the Camp Nou fans turn out
in huge numbers to back us against
Roma and roar us on like they did
against Chelsea.
“Being favourites doesn’t mean
anything as far as I’m concerned. It’s
not the reality of the game. Everything’s up for grabs. We’ll have to play
extraordinarily to beat them.”
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hopes the combination of
Lionel Messi and a passionate Nou
Camp crowd will be enough to
overpower Roma.
Barça are at home in the first leg
tonight and are likely to have their
star man back in the starting XI following hamstring trouble. Messi suffered a twinge playing for Argentina
and although he was on the bench
against Sevilla on Saturday, he came
on to score an 89th-minute equaliser.
“Messi is unique in the world.
Unique in the history of football,”
said Valverde, as they bid to reach
the semi-finals for the first time in
three years.
Defender Jordi Alba offered his
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Goals all-but guaranteed as Anfield
awaits a feast of attacking football
Sam
Cunningham
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It will have disappointed some Manchester City fans to hear that Pep
Guardiola is prepared to write off
the potential Premier League titleclincher against Manchester United
at the Etihad Stadium this weekend. It is any supporter’s dream to
win the title against their biggest
rivals. But Guardiola has no qualms
about crushing those dreams. He is
dreaming bigger, because he has to.
Winning the title at City
has become the baseline; the
expectation. Guardiola admitted he
thought he was going to be sacked
last season for his failure to deliver
what has come to be considered the
bare minimum.
City have been phenomenal this
season. Guardiola has been able to
implement his staggeringly complex
system to devastating effect with the
right group of players in his second
season with them. Other managers
and players consider Guardiola’s ter-finals by Liverpool will not sigway of playing – evolved from the nify progression in the project. The
total football of his idol and mentor Champions League is the final fronJohan Cruyff – to be the toughest to tier; the party leaving Camp Four
understand and realise on the pitch. for the last climb to the summit of
But Guardiola has got it
Everest, with Guardiola
working. Their Premier
out front, wearing a ManLiverpool
League campaign has been
chester City scarf.
a joy to watch.
The path ahead is
are one of the
The EFL Cup was sig- few clubs in
treacherous. Liverpool
nificant as Guardiola’s England this
are one of the few clubs in
first trophy at the club, yet
England this season over
owner Sheikh Mansour season over
whom a City victory is
whom
a
City
has seen this silverware
not a foregone conclusion;
before, under Manuel victory is not when 11 opposition players
Pellegrini and Roberto a foregone
and their manager don’t
Mancini. What he has not conclusion
just turn up to chase a ball
experienced is reaching
around for 90 minutes,
the Champions League
leaving with whatever they
final, or claiming the ultimate prize. can get their hands on resembling a
The European Cup — the solid sil- souvenir of the part they played in
ver, 11kg beauty — is something you the first season we really saw Guarcannot buy and the replica given to diola tattoo his style on to English
the winners to keep is one of the few football.
things in the world Sheikh Mansour
Jürgen Klopp is the only mandoes not own.
ager who can boast the upper hand
Getting knocked out in the quar- against his Catalan counterpart; the
James Milner training
with Liverpool
yesterday ahead of
their Champions
League clash with
Manchester City
tonight REUTERS
Liverpool
Karius
AlexanderArnold
Lovren
Van Dijk
Oxlade- Henderson*
Chamberlain
Robertson
Milner
Salah
Firmino
Mane
Sane
Jesus
Sterling
D Silva Fernandinho* De Bruyne
Zinchenko Otamendi Kompany Walker
Ederson
Manchester City
Probable teams for tonight’s first leg at Anfield
Kick-off 7.45pm TV BT Sport 2 Referee F Brych (Ger)
*misses next Tuesday’s second leg if booked tonight
only manager who has won more
times against Guardiola than he has
lost in a head-to-head dating back to
their time in the Bundesliga.
Anfield, where the first leg will be
played tonight, is the only ground
where City have not managed to win
once since Sheikh Mansour bought
the club almost a decade ago. It is also
the scene of City’s only defeat in the
league this season, back in January.
Bar City, no team in the Premier
League has been better to watch
this season than Klopp’s Liverpool.
The way they sweep forward in a
tsunami of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane was
described by Guardiola as “almost
unstoppable” this week.
This is a man who speaks five
languages, so linguistic nuance is
important to him and the adverb
“almost” was included for a reason.
Guardiola believes he has a method
to succeed where others have so regularly failed in clamping a muzzle on
a forward line which has devoured
defences with 75 goals in 119 games.
Most games of this nature tend
to be over-hyped and end up as boring, tight affairs, played largely in
the middle of the pitch, with either
side unwilling to give anything to the
other.
But City and Liverpool will not betray their principles because of the
opposition or the occasion or what
is riding on it. They are the Premier
League’s top scorers — Liverpool
with 75 and City 88 — and know only
goals. They have scored 12 times
against each other in their last two
matches.
In Guardiola and Klopp’s personal meetings, between City and
Liverpool, and Bayern Munich and
Borussia Dortmund, they have produced 37 goals.
Yesterday’s announcement by
Klopp that Joel Matip was out for
the season means Liverpool are running out of defenders. You have more
chance of being eaten by a shark
than this match finishing goalless.
Manchester City paid
Schalke an initial £37m for
Leroy Sane in 2016 GETTY
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Sane’s speed
and quality
remind me
of Giggs
Frank
Lampard
L
eroy Sane reminds me of
Ryan Giggs and how Liverpool cope with him will be
a major factor in tonight’s
Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.
Sane joined City from Schalke
for an initial £37m 2016 and he is
already looking an absolute bargain.
He is a superstar in the making,
and the way he tiptoes through
defences, his movement, his
intelligence and speed, make me
think back to what Giggs was like.
But what I also love about him
is that he’s happy to do the simple
things and move the ball quickly.
There are so many factors in
the first leg tonight, but I will be
interested to see who plays against
Sane at right-back for Liverpool.
It will probably be Trent
Alexander-Arnold, although
Nathaniel Clyne is fit again. This
is a big area for City to target, and
I would bring David Silva in there
as well to look to exploit the space
around Liverpool’s right centreback and full-back.
Silva and Sane were bargains
for different reasons. Silva, who
cost £24m in 2010, has one been
one of the greatest Premier League
players. I particularly appreciate
what he’s done this season. At 32,
he has changed his game slightly
to become more of an all-round
midfielder, showing his work ethic.
I fancy City to progress over two
games. They have the quality. It is
hard enough beating them once, as
Liverpool already have, but twice is
so difficult.
I’m not ruling Liverpool out. We
know that if Jürgen Klopp’s side get
it right, they can hurt any team in
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SNOOKER
O’Sullivan hits 147
but still goes out
Ronnie O’Sullivan chalked up his
14th maximum 147 break but was
still knocked out in the first round
of the China Open, 6-2 by Elliot
Slessor. O’Sullivan, 42, produced
the perfect clearance in the fifth
frame to secure the £42,000
prize fund. However, 23-year-old
Slessor, from Gateshead,
progressed, having opened up a
4-0 lead before going on to secure
his place in the second round at
the expense of the world No 2.
CRICKET
TENNIS
Bans were unfair,
claims union
Watson continues
her disastrous run
The bans handed out to three
Australia cricketers involved in
a ball-tampering scandal were
unfair, the players’
union has said.
Former captain
Steve Smith
(left) and vicecaptain David
Warner were
suspended
for 12 months
and Cameron
Bancroft for nine
for their roles.
However, the Australian
Cricketers’ Association said the
players’ “distressed faces has
sent a message across the world
as effective as any sanctions
could be”.
Heather Watson fell to a seventh
consecutive defeat as she
tumbled out of the Volvo Car
Open in Charleston to
American Taylor
Townsend. The
British No 2
(right) has
suffered early
exits at every
tournament
since her run to
the semi-finals
of the Hobart
International in
January. Townsend, 21, is ranked
118th, 47 places above 25-year-old
Watson and capitalised on a
tentative display by the world
No 71 to secure a 6-3, 6-4 victory
in the first event of the clay-court
season.
» Proteas sealseries win,p46
BOXING
Alvarez withdraws
from rematch
Canelo Alvarez’s planned 5 May
rematch with Gennady Golovkin
has been cancelled. The Mexican
boxer’s decision to withdraw from
the middleweight title fight comes
after he twice tested positive for
banned substance clenbuterol.
Canelo was handed a temporary
suspension by the Nevada State
Athletic Commission, to be
decided at an 18 April hearing in
Las Vegas.
» Wilder ‘will fight in UK’, p47
Sport on tv
Football: Liverpool v Man City
BT Sport 2, 7pm
Football: Barcelona v Roma
BT Sport 3, 7pm
Tennis: Volvo Open
BT Sport/ESPN, 3pm
Snooker: China Open
Eurosport 1, 12.25pm
Football: AC Milan v Inter Milan
BT Sport 1, 7pm
Racing: Lingfield Park, Southwell
At The Races, 11.15am
Basketball: Celtics v Raptors
BT Sport 2, 1am
Find form for
your county
or you’re out,
warns Root
By Chris Stocks
IN CHRISTCHURCH
Joe Root has warned England’s
players they will have to perform
at the start of the County Championship season if they want to keep
their Test places this summer.
Root was speaking after his team
were denied victory in the final
Test against New Zealand, ending a bruising winter with another
series defeat, following their 4-0
Ashes hammering.
New Zealand ended the day on
256 for eight to salvage a draw and
secure their first series win against
England since 1999. The result also
extended the tourists’ winless run
overseas to 13 matches, their worst
sequence away from home in Tests.
Several players will have their
places reviewed ahead of series
against Pakistan and India, with
batsmen Mark Stoneman, James
Vince and Dawid Malan the three
most under the microscope.
Root said: “You go into the start
of the summer and you’ve got to go
Sport
All about me Ronaldo
makes history with
superb two-goal display
as Real win at Juventus
out and perform. Guys who are in
the shirt have to prove to everyone
that they’re an international player.
“I do think they are some very
talented players who are capable of
special things in an England shirt.
It’s up to them to go and prove it at
county level.
“We’ve not performed to our ability and not got the results we wanted
– it’s been very disappointing.”
» Fitting end to winter of woe, p46
Cristiano Ronaldo
celebrates after
scoring Real’s
second goal last
night REUTERS
» Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid, Match report, p52
04.04.18
P53
FOOTBALL
Bayern take
control of CL
quarter-final with
win at Sevilla
P49
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Athletes open
up on why
the Games
matter to them
Klopp counts the cost of
losing Matip for season
Centre-half joins Klavan and Gomez on sidelines for Euro clash with Man City
By Mark Critchley
P46
CRICKET
Aussies thrashed
as awesome
Philander
inspires triumph
Jürgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool will go into tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg
against Manchester City with just
two fit centre-halves.
It was announced yesterday that
Joel Matip will miss the rest of the
season and may be forced to undergo
surgery on a thigh injury suffered in
Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Dejan Lovren will take Matip’s
place and partner Virgil van Dijk in
the centre of defence for City’s visit,
but Ragnar Klavan will be unable to
provide cover as he struggles with a
minor problem.
Joe Gomez is also unavailable, having picked up an
ankle problem while on
international duty with
England, and Klopp
(right) is down to the
bare bones at the back.
“If there is a centre-half,
I’m open for talks,” the Liverpool manager joked yesterday,
adding of Matip’s injury: “It is a big
blow. He is a very good player and
we need him. He was surprised, he
didn’t think it was that serious until
we saw the scan. We miss Ragnar, who is a big doubt for
tomorrow and we have no
chance to take the risk.”
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will not deviate
from his Manchester
City side’s attacking approach, despite admitting
that their style of play is
“perfect” for Liverpool.
Liverpool came out on top the last
time the two sides met, winning 4-3
at Anfield in January with Sadio
Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all on the scoresheet.
“You have to analyse the goals and
the game,” Guardiola said. “Second
half we were much better, but in the
middle – 10 minutes, three goals.
“Of course we have to improve on
that, because [if that happens] in
this competition you are out.
“That means we are solid, but I
know the way we play is perfect for
Liverpool.” THE INDEPENDENT
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