60 p 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 Helen Mirren Grand National 2018 ‘I hate doing sex scenes’ SEE CENTRE PAGE PULL-OUT SECTION Interview on privacy, Brexit and becoming lazy FR DAY The Vaccines Rock’ vi PLUS Books l TV Top Picks CONSUMER FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 Number 2,304 MARK STEEL Public grief and moral outrage All hail the flower vigilantes P23 firstname.lastname@example.org @theipaper theipaper theipaper EDF joins British Gas in energy price rise Cabinet gives May go-ahead to attack Syria P10 COURTS Cliff Richard ‘deserves big payout from BBC’ P9 STEPHEN BUSH Forget stop and search The real reason crime is rising » Ministers agree that use of chemical weapons must be challenged and back co-ordinated international response » French President says he has proof that Assad government used chlorine gas on civilians » Russia calls for emergency UN Security Council meeting, and vows to protect its troops from Western missile strikes P17 EUROPA LEAGUE Arsenal reach semis after Moscow drama P58 P5-7 PLUS WOMEN IN TECH P22 I TYSON FURY’S COMEBACK P53 I HOMES & DESIGN P42 I PUZZLES P50 NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 3 ThePage3Profile UNITED STATES TOM CHURCH, WOULD-BE TRAIN PASSENGER ‘Tiger on loose’ turns out to be a raccoon Oliver Duff A report of a “tiger in Harlem” caused a social media frenzy in New York City yesterday. Twitter users reported that police were chasing a loose tiger along a street at 8.30am. Shortly afterwards, the police department conﬁrmed that there was indeed a wild-animal sighting in the area – but it was a raccoon. Symptoms of a silent killer SAUDI ARABIA First fashion show a bit of a cover-up Saudi Arabia kicked off its ﬁrstever fashion week with shows by international labels Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier. In line with Saudi cultural norms and rules on gender segregation, the catwalks were open only to women and “no outside cameras” were allowed to ﬁlm inside the auditorium. MUSIC Sir Elton: your songs are too bad to sing King of the road? This resourceful traveller bought a car rather than pay the price of a train ticket from London to Bristol. What’s more, he saved money. Tom Church, 27, had planned to travel by rail to visit a friend in Bristol but took exception to the cost of a return ticket, which can be as much as £218. Mr Church, from London, purchased a car, tax and insurance instead. Not the typical route… Mr Church, who runs a voucher code website, said this was actually a cheaper option. Where did he ﬁnd the car? It was being offered for £80 on a classiﬁed advert website. Sounds like an old banger. Mr Church admitted the 1997 Honda Civic was a “very old car” but said the MOT for it was “ﬁne”. The original owner was selling the car for scrap. Many passengers, however, travel on the route for far less than this – an off-peak return today would cost less than the £80 Mr Church paid for the car. How much did the whole enterprise cost him? On top of the £80 car, there was six months of road tax at £81.38, single-day insurance for £20.43 and petrol for the trip at £25. In total, the journey cost Mr Church £206.81. An Anytime Return ticket from London to Bristol starting today was priced at £211.40 yesterday, while passengers travelling ﬁrst class could expect to pay more than £300. Did he enjoy the journey? Mr Church said: “I actually prefer the train – it only takes an hour and a half, as opposed to three and a half hours by road – so my legs got a bit sore sitting for that long.” However, he was impressed with the car’s condition. “I was quite surprised at how well the car ran. I wouldn’t have guessed it was 21 years old,” Mr Church said. Luke Bailey Sir Elton John has called on singers and bands to write better songs. The hitmaker, 71, said he was a big fan of Stormzy and Kendrick Lamar but added that there was a lot of music in the charts that he could not sing. Sir Elton announced earlier this year that he was retiring from performing live with a three-year, 300-date tour. UNITED STATES Mummified monkey is found in shop Workers renovating a department store discovered the mummiﬁed remains of a monkey. Labourers found the carcass in an air duct on the seventh ﬂoor of the century-old building. A long-time employee of the shop in Minneapolis recalled that a monkey had escaped from its pet department in the 1960s. Letter from the Editor email@example.com “After seeing a great review of i on Monday night’s BBC News channel, I thought I’d give it a try,” writes Paul Morris, of Crackington Haven, north Cornwall. “Eschewing my usual rag (The Times), I bought your Tuesday edition. I was impressed by your front page about prostate cancer. Turning to page 4, in a story under the heading of ‘symptoms’, I found not one mention of the symptoms. “In disappointment, I jettisoned i and returned to my usual, rather boring, paper. Yours, perplexed...” I too had been irritated by this – and stomped around the ofﬁce moaning, “What are the bloody symptoms!” in what colleagues must have found concerning behaviour. The article in question was mislabelled – it was actually a backgrounder on people who get the disease. But infuriatingly a piece on symptoms is exactly what plenty of readers would have wanted to digest, alongside our cover story about major new research into better diagnosis and treatment. The quick summary about symptoms, then, is that most men with early prostate cancer don’t show any. As the cancer grows, it can press on the urethra and change the way that men urinate, but confusingly this symptom is more likely to be a sign of the (non-cancerous) condition, an enlarged prostate. Still worth checking out, though, if you have difﬁculty urinating, a weak ﬂow, need to urinate more suddenly or often, especially at night. Too much information? Men need to talk more about their health, because silence is killing them. The Prostate Cancer UK and NHS websites have more information and advice. Back to north Cornwall. My wife and I surf about 20 miles up the coast, so we know and love the area. After an entreaty from me, Mr Morris decided to visit the village shop yesterday to try i again. And in a shameless attempt to get him to buy i for a third day this week, I told him I would cover the mistake in today’s column. “All right! I can take a hint!” he chuckles, adding, as I sit at my desk: “Sunny now: sea glittering blue and surf clean.” Till tomorrow, then, when iweekend includes a Grand National guide for those who like a dabble, a spring special on Britain’s birds, a travel guide to Europe avoiding airports, Tony Parsons, comedian Cariad Lloyd and our pick of news, views, culture and sport. nhs.uk/conditions/ prostate-cancer/ symptoms/ 4 NEWS MEDIA BBC urged to cancel Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ broadcast By Adam Sherwin ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT Lord Adonis has called on Ofcom to order the BBC to axe a Radio 4 documentary in which Enoch Powell’s “incendiary and racist” Rivers of Blood speech will be broadcast in full. The infamous 1968 speech predicted “rivers of blood” and “the black man having the whip hand over the white man” because of immigration. Powell was sacked as a Conservative frontbencher as a result. The speech will be read by the actor Ian McDiarmid during the Radio 4 programme marking its 50th anniversary, broadcast tomorrow. Presenter Amol Rajan, BBC media editor, reﬂects on the speech’s “enduring inﬂuence and signiﬁcance”. Lord Adonis’s letter read: Enoch Powell at a meeting in the late 1960s EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS/GETTY “Because of the time-sensitive and urgent nature of the issue, I am writing directly to ask Ofcom to instruct the BBC to cancel its proposed broadcast on Saturday of Enoch Powell’s infamous 1968 speech. It seems extraordinary that one should have to make the argument in today’s Britain that Powell’s speech is an incitement to racial hatred and violence which should not be broadcast.” Ofcom does not have the power to order the BBC to cancel programmes. The BBC said: “This is a rigorous journalistic analysis of a historical political speech. It’s not an endorsement of the controversial views and people should wait to hear the programme before they judge it. Many people know of this controversial speech but few have heard it beyond soundbites.” TRAVEL Friday the 13th ‘slump’ rejected by big airlines By Simon Calder Claims by a fare-comparison website that “superstitious Brits” are shunning ﬂights on Friday 13th have been flatly rejected by the three biggest airlines serving the UK. Kayak claimed fares for Friday 13 April to Auckland are barely half the level for other Fridays in April. The ﬁrm asserts the average fare for departures to New Zealand’s largest city on “the superstitious date” was just £554 return, compared with an average of £1,049 on other Fridays. However, Kayak’s results have been difﬁcult to replicate – especially for any fares to Auckland as low as £554 return. Looking ahead to the next Friday 13th, in July, the lowest fare to Kayak claimed fares to Auckland were half the level of other Fridays GETTY British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has conﬁrmed it is considering buying Norwegian, Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier. Shares in Norwegian soared by nearly 48 per cent. Auckland with a two-week stay on Kayak is £1,039 return. That is 4 per cent higher than the average of the other Fridays in July. The fall in fares to Belfast was dramatic, according to Kayak, with the April average of £107 return falling 41 per cent to £63. British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair all compete between London and Belfast and all dismissed Kayak’s claims. A spokesperson for easyJet said: “There is absolutely no truth in this effect. Either for Friday 13th or September 11th.” British Airways reported that there is no drop in demand, adding that Friday is its busiest day. Ryanair’s spokesperson said: “No, as always customers continue to book in their thousands. Every day is a lucky day for our 130 million customers, who enjoy the lowest airfares in Europe both on Friday 13th, September 11th and each of the 364 days we operate annually.” THE INDEPENDENT HUNGARY Orban ‘threatened by mercenaries’ By Pablo Gorondi IN BUDAPEST A Hungarian magazine has published more than 200 names of people it claims are likely to be members of a group that the authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says are “mercenaries” paid by Jewish US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros (inset) to topple the government. Those on the list in Figyelo include members of rights organisations such as Amnesty International, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, refugee advocates, investigative journalists and faculty and officials from the Soros-founded, Central European University. Figyelo was formerly a respected business magazine, which took on an unabashedly pro-government slant after it was acquired by an Orban ally in December 2016. AP SYRIA CRISIS NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 5 COVER STORY UNITED STATES Cabinet gives May backing to ‘take action’ against Assad in Syria ‘I never said when’: Trump steps back from strikes By Lewis Smith Theresa May was given the go-ahead by the Cabinet yesterday to “take action” against the Assad regime. Ministers agreed it was vital the use of chemical weapons in Syria does not go “unchallenged” and gave the Prime Minister their backing to work with the US and France in coordinating an international response. No 10 pointedly avoided saying last night that military action was imminent but a government source indicated that British-backed strikes against Syria would take place. Submarines have already been ordered into the region and aircraft have been placed in a state of readiness. The emergency meeting of Cabinet came amid rising international tension following the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria on Saturday which Western intelligence is convinced involved chemical weapons. No 10 described the attack as “shocking and barbaric”. Ministers sat down for their meeting shortly after the French President Emmanuel Macron announced he had “proof ” chemical weapons had been used by Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The US has also put together its biggest air and naval strike force since the 2003 Iraq War. Russia, however, has threatened to hit back on behalf of Mr Assad’s regime, its ally, if the West launches military strikes in Syria. No 10 said ministers agreed Mr Assad had a “track record” of using chemical weapons, including against civilians, and that it was “highly likely” he was responsible for the attack on Douma. The bombing left up to 75 people dead, many of them children, and prompted widespread By Guy Faulconbridge IN WASHINGTON Rebel ﬁghters and their families travelling from Douma arrive at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint yesterday AFP/GETTY Vote demanded Corbyn raises spectre of Iraq Opposition leaders have demanded a parliamentary vote before any new military action in Syria. The Prime Minister summoned her top team to No 10 amid signs she is preparing to join US-led air strikes against Syria. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn raised the spectre of the Iraq war as he insisted MPs should have their say. He said: “Parliament must be consulted on this. Surely the lessons of Iraq, the lessons that came there from the Chilcott Report, are that there has to be a proper process of consultation... Just imagine the scenario if an American missile shoots down a Russian plane or vice versa. Where do we go from there?” Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable told the BBC: “Parliament can and should be recalled immediately and a vote held on this issue. The position is a very dangerous one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic President of the United States.” calls for action. In a statement issued last night, No 10 said of the bombing: “The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of international law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all. “Following a discussion in which every member present made a contribution, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged. Cabinet agreed the Prime Minister should continue to work with allies in the United States and France to co-ordinate an international response.” FRANCE Macron has ‘proof’ that regime used chemical weapons By John Irish IN PARIS France has proof that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week, President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday, in an announcement that added to the feeling a missile strike against the Assad regime is just days or hours away. France is expected to join the United States and Britain in carrying out air strikes in response to the use of the weapons. “We have proof that last week, now 10 days ago, chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” Mr Macron (inset) said, without giving any de- tails about the evidence. The attack on Douma on 7 April killed dozens of people, including children. “Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective,” Mr Macron told broadcaster TF1, when asked whether a red line had been crossed. Germany said yesterday it would not join any military strikes against Syria, but its supports Western ef- forts to show the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “Germany will not take part in possible – there have not been any decisions yet, I want to stress that – military action,” Ms Merkel said after meeting Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin. “But we support everything that is being done to show that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable,” she added. REUTERS President Donald Trump cast doubt last night over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria in response to a reported poison gas attack, even as France said it had proof of Syria’s guilt. Fears of confrontation between Russia and the West have been running high since Mr Trump said on Wednesday that missiles “will be coming” after the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma on 7 April, and lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But yesterday he appeared to take a step back. “Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!” he tweeted. Later, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the US had not yet made a decision on any potential military attacks in Syria, but would discuss options at a White House National Security Council meeting scheduled for last night. But the gradual hardening of Washington’s stance towards Moscow was underlined by Mike Pompeo, the right-wing CIA director picked to be the next Secretary of State. He told the US Senate that years of conciliatory US policy toward Russia were “now over”. In contrast with his predecessor Rex Tillerson, Mr Pompeo is vowing to promote democracy and human rights. He chastised Russia for acting “aggressively” and emphasised that the Trump administration considered Russia “a danger to our country”. But he will also say that diplomatic efforts with Moscow must continue. There were signs, though, of a global effort to head off a direct confrontation between Russia and the West. REUTERS Donald Trump had tweeted that missiles ‘will be coming’ AFP/GETTY Syria options No-ﬂy zone, sanctions and blockade Following the suspected chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on 7 April, it is widely expected that the UK will join the US and allies in military action against Syrian government targets. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has said that “more bombing, more killing, more war will not save life. It will just take more lives and spawn the war elsewhere”. There are other non-lethal methods that the UK could employ in its response. It could enforce a no-ﬂy zone over Syria which would limit the possibility of any future chemical attacks, since gas attacks are often carried out from the air. Sixty per cent of the British public would support this kind of action, in comparison to the 22 per cent of the population who are in favour of launching cruise missile attacks on Syrian military targets, according to a recent YouGov poll. Alternatively, the UK could impose further sanctions upon people afﬁliated to, and in the employment of, the Syrian government. This is what it did along with the US and the EU after sarin gas was used against civilians in April 2017 Another possible option would be to establish a naval blockade around Syria as Russia threatened in 2015 – in that case to ensure the delivery of armaments. This would not affect the delivery of arms by land, but it could help starve Bashar al-Assad’s regime of essential equipment. However, the move would almost certainly provoke Russia into a response. The UK could also reconsider its strategy of dispensing aid to Syrian rebel forces, such as the Free Syrian Army, through private contractors. In December 2017, the BBC claimed that money intended to help establish a police force had instead been channelled to people linked to the al-Nusra Front, an extremist group with ties to al-Qaeda. Mattha Busby 6 NEWS SYRIA CRISIS RUSSIA Moscow warns West: the priority now is to avert the danger of war By Makini Brice and Michelle Nichols Russia warned the West yesterday not to take military action against Syria and said it was trying to avert a war with the US. Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, said he could not rule out war should the US attack Syria in retaliation for the attack on civilians in Douma. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” he said after a closed-doors meeting at the UN in New York City. “We hope there will be no point of no return.” When asked if he was referring to a war between the America and Russia,headded:“Wecannotexclude any possibilities, unfortunately, r Add colour to you 1 £ .95 840g £4.25 £2.50 * 3 2 £ £ .50 * 1ltr 2pk Ready to use, effective co c ntrol of slugs & snails 3 £ 1ltr because we saw messages that are coming from Washington. They were very bellicose.” Russia has called a meeting of the UN Security Council today to discuss the Syria crisis and has asked for UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to address the meeting. A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that Western leaders had no authority to be “investigators, prosecutors and executioners”. Syrian opposition activists and doctors say that a gas attack last week by the regime of Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, killed dozens of people in Douma, a rebel-held town near the capital, Damascus. The Syrian government has denied the allegations. Ms Zakharova described the claims as fake but said that the international chemical weapons watchdog should investigate them. She insisted that Russia would ensure the team’s security. Moscow has said that it will target US missiles and the ships or aircraft ﬁring them if an attack on Syria threatens the lives of Russian military personnel based there. Asked to comment on possible US air strikes, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it was “necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria”. He added that it would have an “utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement”. Mr Peskov would not say if Moscow could use a Russian-US military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a US attack, saying only that “the hotline exists and has remained active”. On Wednesday, Donald Trump warned Russia that it should “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally, but posted a tweet yesterday saying that it may come “very soon or not so soon at all”. MILITARY Russia capable of repelling US strike By Andrew Osborne IN MOSCOW A leading US military expert has said that Russia has the technical capability to repel a US attack. Ben Hodges, a former US army general, said Russian military capabilities in Syria include surface-toair missiles designed to shoot down military aircraft, missiles and drones. Moscow also has between 10 and 15 warships and support vessels deployed in the Mediterranean, plus dozens of war planes and helicopters at its Hmeymim airbase. Russia has said it will target US missiles and the ships or planes that ﬁre them if an attack on Syria threatens the lives of its own military personnel based there. REUTERS Comment £10 8 £ * The West so easily forgets its role in Saddam’s gas attacks Robert Fisk e pests... Let's weed out gard Loads more garden stuff you’ll at *Offers live until 31.05.18. All products subject to availability. Please check your store in advance to avoid disappointment. Online delivery charges may apply. Wilko Slug Killer 840g (£2.32 per 1kg). Weedol Pathclear 6 Tubes Plus 2 Free (£55.56 per 1ltr). Always read the label and product information before use. W e all know the problems of proof when it comes to chemicals and gas. Unlike depleted uranium – which we used to use in our munitions – it doesn’t, like a shell fragment or a bomb casing, leave a tell-tale hunk of metal with an address on it. When all this started with the ﬁrst gas attack in Damascus, the Russians identiﬁed it as gas munitions manufactured in the Soviet Union – but sent to Libya, not to Syria. But it’s a different war that I’m remembering today. It’s the IranIraq war between 1980 and 1988, when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran. When the Iranians stormed into Iraq years later, Saddam used gas on thousands of Iranian soldiers – and civilians, for there were nurses and doctors at the war front. Funny how we forget this now. We don’t talk about it. We have forgotten all about it. Talk about the “normalisation” of chemical warfare – this was it! But in our desire to concentrate minds on Syria, we’re not mentioning the Iran gassings – Iran being another one of our present-day enemies, of course – and this may be because of our lack of ofﬁcial memory. NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 7 INQUEST Seafood poisoning linked to whistle-blower’s death By Emily Pennink Vladimir Putin at an exhibition in the Space Pavilion in Moscow yesterday REUTERS SYRIA Assad’s forces take control of last rebel-held town By Tom Miles IN GENEVA The Russian military announced yesterday that the Syrian government is now in full control of the last rebelheld town on the outskirts of Damascus that was the site of a suspected chemical attack over the weekend. This would mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar Assad (inset) as the United States and its allies consider punitive military attacks against Syria following the suspected chemical attack that killed 40 people. The United Nations said it was More likely it’s because of what happened: the institutionalisation of chemical warfare, the use of chemicals by Saddam who was then an ally of the West and of all the Gulf Sunni states, our frontline Sunni hero. The thousands of Iranian soldiers who were to die were referred to on Iraqi radio after they crossed the frontier. The “Persian insects” had crossed the border, it announced. And that’s how they were treated. For the precursors for the Iraqi gas came largely from the United States – one from New Jersey – and US military personnel later visited the battlefront without In our desire to concentrate minds on Syria, we’re not mentioning the Iran gassings hopeful of getting aid to at least 100,000 Syrians who are desperate for help after months of battle ended years of siege around the rebelheld enclave. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said: “What I hope is that the battle for eastern Ghouta, very belatedly, now is over because there seems to be an agreement on Douma, the remaining rebel stronghold, that could lead to us getting access for the ﬁrst time in a long time, to help the people inside Douma.” The UN had been prevented from sending aid, Egeland said, adding that he hoped all those who wanted to leave would be evacuated. REUTERS making any comments about the chemicals which were sold to the Iraqi regime, of course, for “agricultural” purposes. That’s how to deal with insects, is it not? Yet not a soul today is mentioning this terrible war, which was fought with our total acquiescence. Of the thousands of Iranians who were asphyxiated, a few survivors were even sent to British hospitals for treatment. They had blisters on their skin and, horriﬁcally, more blisters on top of the ﬁrst blisters. I wrote a series of articles about this obscenity for The Times, which I then worked for. The Foreign Ofﬁce later told my editors that my articles were “not helpful”. No such discretion today. No fear of being out to get Saddam then – because in those days, of course, the good guys were using the chemicals. The “number one suspect” in the death of a wealthy Russian whistleblower is seafood he ate during a romantic meal with his lover in Paris, an inquest heard. But a “malignant” poisoner at the smart Japanese restaurant could also be to blame, it was claimed. Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, collapsed while out jogging near his home in Weybridge, Surrey, in November 2012. The married father had spent the night before with his ex-model girlfriend Elmira Medynska, 28, at the Buddha Bar in Paris. The Old Bailey has heard he sent back “bad” tempura prawn and ate either sushi or sashimi, then vomited repeatedly at his hotel. Giving evidence on Wednesday, Ms Medynska said: “I think maybe he vomited because it was not good food in the restaurant.” Coroner Nicholas Hilliard QC is examining how Mr Perepilichnyy died and who might have had a motive for murder. The inquest heard from a cardiologist on the effects of ﬁsh poisoning on the heart. Dr Peter Wilmshurst Dr Geoffrey Kite, from Kew, ﬁrst raised the possibility that an unknown compound in Mr Perepilichnyy’s body could be the poisonous plant gelsemium. But testing ruled it out “beyond reasonable doubt”, he said. Alexander Perepilichnyy vomited repeatedly after eating seafood in a Paris restaurant PA said that histamine or scombroid poisoning could result from eating long-distance ﬁsh, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. Symptoms include rashes, hives cramps, vomiting and itching. The cardiologist, who had experienced fish poisoning himself, said: “It’s rarely fatal. There are cases of people who have died of it.” Dr Wilmshurst said there was a “more than 50 per cent” chance it was poisoning, if Perepilichnyy ate ﬁsh. Asked if that contributed to his death, Dr Wilmshurst said: “If you cannot find any other reason, that becomes the number one suspect.” Bob Moxon Browne QC, for Legal & General Assurance, suggested there were three possibilities, including “malign” intent. Professor Robin Ferner said he first thought of the plant alkaloid Colchicine when he looked for a delayed-action poison which causes vomiting in the way described by Ms Medynska, although none was identiﬁed in the body. The toxicologist did not agree that fish poisoning caused Mr Perepilichnyy to suffer a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, although nothing could be ruled out. SALISBURY ATTACK Watchdog endorses UK’s nerve agent verdict By Gavin Cordon The international chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed Britain’s analysis of the chemical used in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning, as Russia continued to deny responsibility for the attack. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the toxin had an “almost complete absence of impurities”. Britain said the ﬁnding backed its assessment that it was produced in the kind of controlled scientiﬁc environment most likely to be found in a state laboratory. The OPCW report does not directly name Novichok – the military grade nerve agent developed by Russia, which the UK has said was used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia – and nor does it identify its source. However, it states that its analysis of biomedical and environmental samples “conﬁrm the ﬁndings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury”. It said that the name and structure of the chemical were included in its full classiﬁed report made available to member state governments. In its report, the OPCW said it had been able to collect blood samples from the Skripals and from detective sergeant Nick Bailey who was also hospitalised in the incident, as well as environmental samples from contaminated “hot spots” in the area. Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury along with her father, the Russian former spy Sergei Skripal GETTY ‘No doubt’ Johnson demands answers from Kremlin The Foreign Secretary said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) backed Britain’s view that only Russia could have carried out the March attack. “This is based on testing in four independent, highly reputable laboratories around the world. All returned the same conclusive results,” said Boris Johnson. “There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible – only Russia has the means, motive and record. “We invited the OPCW to test these samples to ensure strict adherence to international chemical weapons protocols. We never doubted the analysis of our scientists at Porton Down.” He said Britain has called a meeting of the OPCW executive council in The Hague to discuss “next steps”, adding: “The Kremlin must give answers.” However, Georgy Kalamanov, Russia’s deputy minister of industry and trade, maintained it was impossible to pinpoint the agent’s origin. 8 NEWS TECHNOLOGY Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerberg claims By Alastair Reid Cambridge University has criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to US Congress after the Facebook founder suggested that “something bad” may have taken place in the way researchers used private data collectedonhissocialmediaplatform. A spokesman for the university said that Facebook had yet to provide evidence for its claims. T h e u n i ve rs i ty s a i d i n a statement: “Our researchers have been publishing such research since 2013 in major peer-reviewed scientific journals, and these studies have been reported widely in international media. “These have included one study Mark Zuckerberg testiﬁes before the US Congress GETTY in 2015 led by Dr Aleksandr Spectre [Kogan] and co-authored by two Facebook employees.” Dr Kogan, who also uses his married named Spectre, is accused of giving the private data of tens of millions of Facebook users to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica after collecting it via a Facebook app in 2013. Pete Fleming, a market research manager at Facebook, and Dr Kogan were among the co-authors of a 2015 study which used Facebook data about almost 60 billion friendships to understand issues surrounding social class and relationships. SOCIETY Drinking limit guideline is good for your health pectancy and several adverse health outcomes,” said Dr Dan Blazer, the The recommended alcohol limit in report’s co-author. some EU states, including Italy, PorMen in the US are advised to tugal and Spain, is almost 50 per cent drink no more than 11 glasses of higher than in the UK, a report pub- wine, or pints of beer, almost double lished in The Lancet has revealed. than in the UK. Italians, Portuguese The UK recommends people do and Spanish drinkers are warned not drink more than 14 units a week that consuming more than around – or around six pints of beer or nine glasses of wine could be glasses of wine – giving it dangerous. one of the strictest set of Experts, who are inguidelines in the world. creasingly associating Regularly drinking a higher risk of stroke, more than this could fatal aneurysm, heart Number of pints take years off your life, failure and death with of beer that US experts have today excessive drinking, men are advised to warned, in support of say that if you regularstick to per week, the UK’s recently lowly have more than nine compared with six ered guidelines. drinks a week you risk in the the UK “Doctors and other shortening your life by one healthcare professionals to two years. must heed this message and transMore excessive drinking – a weekmit it to their patients. This study ly total of more than 17 drinks – was has shown that drinking alcohol at linked with a shorter life expectancy levels which were believed to be safe of four to ﬁve years. is actually linked with lower life ex“The findings ought to be widely disseminated and they should provoke informed public and professionThe report, including data al debate,” wrote Professors Jason from almost 600,000 Connor and Wayne Hall from the drinkers in 19 countries, shows University of Queensland Centre for that approximately half go over Youth Substance Abuse Research, the weekly recommended limit. Australia, who led the team that carried out the study. By Mattha Busby 11 HOSPITALS Long winter made waiting times worse By Alex Matthews-King More patients than ever before were left waiting for more than four hours in A&E departments in March, ofﬁcial ﬁgures show. Data from NHS England revealed yesterday that only 84.6 per cent of patients in emergency rooms and urgent care walk-in centres were seen within four hours last month, well below the 95 per cent target that was last hit in 2015. The arrival of the “Beast from the East” storm brought snow just as the weather would usually be improving, and NHS leaders warned of pressures lasting into the summer. While cancer operations were meant to be spared from the suspension of nonurgent care, ﬁgures show hundreds were cancelled as trusts struggled to cope. This was in addition to those patients left in pain waiting for hip operations or cataract surgeries. Ian Dalton, the chief executive of NHS Improvement, said: “These statistics highlight the mammoth pressures facing the NHS this winter, which have continued into March. Nobody working in the NHS will be happy.” THE INDEPENDENT NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 9 EDUCATION May’s former college launches sex harassment probe By Barbara Speed An independent inquiry is being launched into allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at the Prime Minister’s former Oxford college. St Hugh’s has confirmed that its governing body commissioned the investigation following claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased Fellow. It is understood the Fellow is Professor David Robertson, who died in August last year. The inquiry was set up after author Mel McGrath wrote an article on the website The Pool, accusing Professor Robertson of “doing a Weinstein on me” – a reference to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – when she was an undergraduate in the 1980s. The inquiry will be chaired by Alison Levitt QC, who carried out a review into the crimes of Jimmy Savile and who has been tipped to become the director of public prosecutions. Ms McGrath wrote: “David, who was my tutor, held tutorials in his ﬂat on college grounds and had an un- canny knack for scheduling a shower, at whatever time of day, just before I arrived. He’d open the door – as if innocently – dressed in his bathrobe and, one time, in a tiny towel. “I would have to undergo the humiliating experience of reading my essay, on which I had laboured hard, while David sat opposite, half-naked and man spreading.” The college conﬁrmed that an investigation had been launched but a spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate to comment until the investigation was complete. Former students include Theresa May, the Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and the suffragette Emily Davison. COURTS COURTS Soldier ‘tampered with wife’s parachute’ Sir Cliff ‘deserves top-end payout over BBC filming of police raid’ By Mattha Busby A soldier who was cheating on his wife with multiple other women tampered with her parachute in an attempt to kill her, a court has heard. Emile Cilliers, 38, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, was £22,000 in debt and believed he would get an insurance payout of £120,000 in the event of his wife’s accidental death. He has denied two charges of attempted murder and a third of damaging a gas ﬁtting to endanger her life. A retrial at Winchester Crown Court heard that Mr Cilliers wanted to permanently “get rid” of his wife, a highly experienced parachutist and parachute instructor. The court was told that Mr Cilliers was in “contact with a number of prostitutes” and had been having an affair with one woman, as well as his ex-wife. In the month before the alleged murder attempt, Mr Cilliers apparently arranged to meet his exwife for sex before arranging to have unprotected sex with a prostitute. Victoria Cilliers survived the 4,000ft fall but suffered severe injuries after jumping from a plane with a defective parachute at the Army Parachute Association in Netheravon, Wiltshire, on 5 April 2015. “Those at the scene immediately realised something was wrong with her reserve parachute,” said Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting. “Two vital pieces of equipment which fix the parachute to the parachutist’s harness were missing, and their absence meant her reserve parachute would inevitably fail.” The trial continues. By Brian Farmer and Sian Harrision Sir Cliff Richard’s lawyers have told a High Court judge that the singer should get compensation at the “very top end of the scale” because BBC coverage of a police raid on his home caused him “great damage”. The 77-year-old singer has sued the BBC over coverage of the raid following a sex assault allegation. Sir Cliff, who denied the allegation and was not charged with any offence, says he suffered “profound and long-lasting damage” as a result of coverage. BBC editors have said they will “defend ourselves vigorously”. A barrister leading Sir Cliff ’s legal team told Mr Justice Mann in the High Court the BBC’s coverage of the search at the singer’s apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014 was a “very serious invasion” of privacy. Justin Rushbrooke QC said the footage of the police raid had a “prolonged impact” on Sir Cliff. He did not give any indication of the amount the celebrity wanted. Lawyers have told Mr Justice Sir Cliff Richard, arriving at the Rolls Building in London, was caused ‘great damage’ by the BBC coverage of the raid over a sex assault allegation PA The singer initially sued the BBC and South Yorkshire Police after complaining about coverage of the raid. South Yorkshire Police agreed to pay Sir Cliff Richard £400,000 after settling a claim. Mann how in late 2013, a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, saying he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff, during an event featuring evangelist Billy Graham at Shefﬁeld United’s Bramall Lane football stadium in Shefﬁeld, when a child in 1985. Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014. Sir Cliff denied the allegation and in June 2016 prosecutors said that he would face no charges. A BBC spokesman said it reported Sir Cliff’s “full denial of the allegations at every stage”. “In a nutshell, it is Sir Cliff ’s case that the BBC’s coverage of the search was an invasion – indeed a very serious invasion – of his privacy for which there was no lawful justiﬁcation,” Mr Rushbrooke said. “The fact and the details of the investigation which the BBC published to the world at large, along with the video footage of his apartment being searched, were private information and there was no public interest in the disclosure of this information to the millions of viewers and website readers around the world to whom it was published. “For strong public policy reasons, persons who are under investigation but have not been charged with any offence should not be publicly named other than in exceptional circumstances – circumstances not present in this case.” The trial continues and is expected to last 10 days. SOCIETY Parkinson: Men feel under threat about flirting By Sherna Noah Army sergeant Emile Cilliers at Winchester Crown Court PA Sir Michael Parkinson has said men feel “under threat” over the “merest” sign that they could be ﬂirting. The chat-show host has previously said: “There isn’t a man of a certain age who doesn’t look back and wonder, ‘Was my behaviour entirely appropriate?’” Now the 83-year-old has told the Daily Mirror about having a photograph taken with a female mayor. “I had to say to her, ‘Do you mind if I put my arm on your shoulder?’ She said, ‘Not at all. Why do you ask?’” the broadcaster (inset) recalled. “You feel yourself, all men do, being under threat for the merest indication they might be flirting with someone.” The TV veteran has had prostate cancer in recent years. And he has revealed that he had to learn how to walk again after back surgery. He told the newspaper: “I can’t pretend I didn’t get depressed at times, but I didn’t get to a crying depression stage. That’s not really in my nature. Keeping working was important.” 10 NEWS ENERGY EDF follows British Gas with increase in electricity rate By Alan Jones Energy company EDF is to increase its standard variable electricity tariff by 1.4 per cent – £16 a year – from June, affecting about 1.3 million customers. The French ﬁrm is also increasing charges for using cash or cheque payment by £6. The company said 59 per cent of its customers who are on a ﬁxed tariff, have a direct debit gas account or are on the safeguard tariff or prepayment meter will not be affected by the 1.4 per cent rise. Béatrice Bigois of EDF, said: “We know that price rises are not welcome and we have worked to offset rising energy and policy charges by cutting our own costs.” British Gas announced a 5.5 per cent increase both for gas and electricity customers earlier this week. EDF said the 1.4 per cent increase will take average bills to £1,158 a year, which it said reflected the increase in some of the ﬁxed costs associated with supplying electricity. A dual-fuel standard variable customer choosing to pay by cash or cheque will see a combined increase of £28 a year (+2.3 per cent) to £1,248 a year. Stephen Murray, energy expert at price comparison website MoneySupermarket, said: “Clearly the price rise from British Gas has opened the ﬂoodgates and we’re now ofﬁcially in price rise season. It’s fair to say the forthcoming energy price cap is looking like a key factor in this round of price rises. “The Big Six suppliers know they have a short window to adjust prices upwards before the Government starts to enforce pricing legislation. “Regardless of what’s happening, consumers on standard tariffs should focus on their own energy usage and get themselves on a competitive ﬁxed-rate tariff as soon as possible. The chances are that you’re unnecessarily paying too much for your energy and now is the time to switch and save.” LEGAL Ex-council head ‘lied in Cyril Smith abuse inquiry’ By Dean Kirby NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT The former leader of Rochdale Council could face a police investigation after the national child abuse inquiry found he lied in evidence about a school linked to the town’s late MP Cyril Smith. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said it “defies belief” that Richard Farnell, who was the council’s Labour leader from 1986 to 1992 and again for several years until 2017, was unaware of abuse at the council-run Knowl View school. It also said it was “shameful” he refused to take responsibility but chose to blame senior education and social services ofﬁcials at the council. Mr Farnell denied lying to the inquiry, saying he is “shocked” at the ﬁndings. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News yesterday, he said he was “deeply sorry” for the “grave mistakes” and “unacceptable failings” of the council while he was in charge in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But he added: “I am shocked at the findings of the inquiry. I told the truth.” The 167-page report says Smith’s Steve Rumbelow, the chief executive of Rochdale Council, admitted council ofﬁcers failed “in their most basic duty of care to children”. The inquiry said it ‘deﬁes belief’ that Rochdale Council’s leader Richard Farnell was unaware of the abuse “prominence and standing” allowed him to pressure people in the town to keep quiet about abuse allegations. Richard Scorer, a lawyer for Knowl View abuse victims, has called for Smith to be stripped of his knighthood and for perjury charges to be considered against Mr Farnell, who has been suspended by Labour. Greater Manchester Police said it will “look to consult” with the inquiry about “possible offences”. Mr Scorer, from law firm Slater and Gordon, said: “To lie under oath is a serious crime and I expect police would consider whether perjury charges are appropriate in this case.” The inquiry’s report highlighted the vulnerability of children at Knowl View and found that staff at the now closed school were “complacent and arguably complicit” in the abuse. TERRORISM MI5 ‘weakened Isis’ with cyber attack By Pat Hurst Isis terrorists struggled to promote their ideology of hate online after the UK launched its ﬁrst cyber campaign against the extremists, the head of the UK intelligence service has said. Ex-MI5 senior officer Jeremy Fleming, in his first public speech since becoming head of GCHQ last year, said the UK cyber attack on Isis was “too sensitive to talk about in detail” but his organisation and the Ministry of Defence had conducted a “major offensive”. Mr Fleming, speaking in Manchester, said: “These operations have made a significant contribution to coalition efforts to suppress Daesh [Isis] propaganda. Cyber is only one part of the wider international response. Did it work? I think it did.” NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 11 PEOPLE ‘Superman’ star’s son opens spinal cord clinic By Flora Thompson Not everyone is a winner Racegoers turned out in style for the ﬁrst day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree. Trainer Nicky Henderson had three wins and the big race is tomorrow at 5.15pm. REUTERS Four-page sport pullout SPORT Investors planning expanded global club tournament to rival World Cup By Katie Grant An international consortium of investors has produced a $25bn (£17.6bn) plan to organise global football tournaments for Fifa, potentially transforming how the beautiful game is played. The group, which includes investors from Japan, the US, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China, is discussing proposals to expand the “Club World Cup”, along with the creation of a new league competition for national teams, The Financial Times (FT) has reported. The Club World Cup is an international competition organised by Fifa, the sport’s global governing body, played annually by seven top teams from across the globe. This year’s competition will be staged in UAE. Under the new system, from 2021, the Club World Cup would be played every four years by the top 24 club teams, according to “people with knowledge of the plans”, the FT said. A new national team competition would take place every two years, it reported, rivalling and perhaps even replacing the World Cup. Fifa would have a 51 per cent stake in a joint venture with the consortium, with the investors guaranteeing revenues of at least £17.6bn, it is understood. Fifa President Gianni Infantino, speaking at the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) annual conference held in Colombia last month, confirmed Fifa interest in the expansion of the Club World Cup. “For two years we have been The identities of the investors behind the expansion plan are unclear, but it was suggested theconsortium may have been assembled by the London and Jersey-based investment ﬁrm Centricus. talking about a Club World Cup with 24 teams, more inclusive and with more respect for the international calendar, with fewer games,” he said. “We have studied it, we have spoken to the [Fifa decision-making] Council. We want to do something that people like... there are companies that are interested and that is a good sign that there is interest. “The question is not if we have to do a more significant Club World Cub, but rather, why it hasn’t been done until now. It’s time to do it.” One source with knowledge of the offer was quoted as saying: “This whole idea is that world football is not just about Europe.” The son of the late Superman star Christopher Reeve will open the country’s first spinal cord rehabilitation clinic for paralysed children. The actor’s 38-year-old son, Matthew, attended the official launch of Neurokinex Kids in Crawley, West Sussex, yesterday. The clinic is the ﬁrst of its kind in the UK and is part of Neurokinex Gatwick – the only afﬁliation to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network outside the US. Christopher Reeve was injured in 1995 after being thrown from a horse at an equestrian competition in Virginia. He became quadriplegic and was conﬁned to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. This prompted him to campaign for more support for those with spinal cord injuries. Before he died aged 52 in 2004, he also lobbied for human embryonic stem cell research. The £300,000 centre has the capacity to treat 20 paralysed children a day and pledges to use the latest scientiﬁc research to help them become more active. The organisation believes young children who are paralysed are more likely to develop long-term health problems when they grow older but they are more receptive to activity-based rehabilitation. The son of the late ‘Superman’ star, Matthew Reeve GETTY LITERATURE Across Classic novel ‘set to inspire women in China’ By Katrine Bussey A new edition of Muriel Spark’s classic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is being published in China with a foreword penned by Scotland’s ﬁrst minister Nicola Sturgeon. Dame Muriel Spark, who died in Italy at the age of 88, wrote more than 20 novels. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was her most famous work and it was made into an Oscarwinning ﬁlm starring Maggie Smith. The publication of the new Mandarin translation of the work is part of a series of special events that mark the 100th anniversary of the ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ by Muriel Spark was published in 1961 birth of the Edinburgh-born writer. It was announced by the first minister at a special event at Fudan University in Shanghai to celebrate both the author’s centenary and China’s year-long Inspiring Women in the Arts programme. Ms Sturgeon said: “I am delighted that Chinese readers will enjoy The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. “This publication highlights the global appeal of Muriel Spark, and underlines her status as one of Scotland’s best-loved writers. She has inspired countless female authors to take up writing, and I’m conﬁdent she will continue to do so.” 1 3 4 No 2304 Down 1 2 Solution, page 53 Islamic ruler initially called the greatest getting credit for returning (6) Actor Derek involved in CIA job somehow (6) Haphazard or damn disorganised (6) Caught old prime minister with key (1,5) He is an old priest surrounded by a bad smell (6) 12 NEWS HISTORY Ancient Egyptian text reveals earliest sex assault accusation By Tom Embury-Dennis A 3,000-year-old Egyptian text has been identified as one of the first records of a powerful man being called out for sexual assault. The script, known as Papyrus Salt 124, outlines a list of alleged indiscretions by an important artisan called Paneb, who lived in the ancient city of Thebes – now part of Luxor – in about 1200BC. Paneb was the chief foreman in a community of artisans who built royal tombs in the ancient city. But his apparent corruption, both legal and moral, led one furious peer to write a complaint to the pharaoh’s chief ofﬁcial. Though the history of Paneb is not new – the papyrus was discovered in the 19th century by Egyptologist Henry Salt – the allegations regarding his sexual misconduct are being reassessed in the wake of the #metoo movement. The chief accusation by the author Amennakht was that Paneb TECHNOLOGY bribed his way to the position of chief workman. But he went on to allege a litany sexual assault and adultery offences, though ambiguities in the text make the exact nature of some of the charges unclear. One allegation of rape, however, does appear clear cut. Amennakht accused Paneb of taking the clothes of a woman called Yemenwaw, before he “threw her on top of a wall and violated her”. In another, Amennakht relayed testimony by Paneb’s own son Papyrus Salt 124 records a complaint about the immoral actions of the artisan Paneb BRITISH MUSEUM The SpaceX factor Rocket science brought to Earth: ‘London to China in half an hour’ 180,000 mph By Rhiannon Williams TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT SpaceX wants to replace international aeroplane travel with rockets within the next decade, in what it is calling “space travel for earthlings”. Speaking at TED 2018 (Technology, Entertainment and Design) in Vancouver, Gwynne Shotwell, the firm’s chief operating officer, said the technology will be up and running in the next decade – the same timeframe in which SpaceX hopes to ﬂy to Mars. Around 100 passengers could ﬁt inside one of its Big Falcon Rockets (BFRs), which could make the journey between London and Shanghai in half-an-hour at a speed of 16,000mph. Each rocket could complete multiple long-haul trips a day. The com- Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s chief operating ofﬁcer, said the 16,000mph service could be operational in the next decade GETTY Aapehty, who swore on oath examples of “debauchery” by his father. Dr Roland Enmarch of the University of Liverpool said ancient Egyptians considered adultery “reprehensible”. “Sleeping with married women, whether they wanted to or not, was a no-no, and taking them by force just makes it worse,” he said. Paneb was “probably put to death eventually”, Mr Enmarch said, which “may have had something to do with ﬁlching materials from the royal tombs”. THE INDEPENDENT Alongside plans to travel to and create a hospitable city on Mars, SpaceX is also working on a satellite initiative to deliver high-bandwidth internet across the globe. pany says seats will cost somewhere between the price of an economy and business class ﬂight. “If we can run trips that last a half hour or an hour, we can run dozens of them a day,” Ms Shotwell said. “A long-haul aircraft can only do one. “I’m personally invested in this one, because I travel a lot, and I do not love to travel. And I would love to get to see my customers in Riyadh, leave in the morning and be back in time to make dinner.” The BFR could take off and land on launch pads on bodies of water outside major cities. SpaceX founder and Tesla boss Elon Musk first touted the notion of international rocket travel last September, claiming most places on Earth could be reached in under half an hour, and everywhere in under an hour. At the time, Mr Musk estimated a ﬂight between Shanghai and New York would take 39 minutes from blast off to landing, covering 7,400 miles. Commercial airlines currently take 15 hours. SpaceX has safely launched and landed several rockets without human passengers in the past year. Mr Musk and Ms Shotwell’s ambitions face numerous obstacles in terms of safety regulations, fuel consumption, environment concerns and rocket launch infrastructure requirements. SpaceX aims to complete its ﬁrst unmanned voyage to Mars by 2022, followed by a manned mission in 2024. Mr Musk hopes to colonise the planet within a century. The new flight times SpaceX ‘BFR’ 348ft Saturn V 363ft Top speed achieved by the rocket in orbit without being restricted by friction from the air or weather The ‘BFR’ will make a flight to the Moon in preparation for its mission to Mars SpaceX ‘BFR’ can carry 100 passengers in 40 cabins and can transport 150 tons of cargo A Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry 290 passengers up to 9,782 miles, with a top speed of 678 mph SpaceX aims to complete its first unmanned voyage to Mars by 2022, followed by a manned mission in 2024. Prime movers How far can you get in 30 minutes? n Get the train from London Waterloo to Guildford (assuming trains are on time). n Take a ferry between Staten Island and Lower Manhatten (right) in New York. n Catch a train from York to Leeds, or from Taunton to Exeter. n Walk the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Brooklyn Bridge. n Complete a 6.2-mile run (in 26 minutes and 17 seconds, like Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele (below, far left) in 2005). n Set a record for swimming in Antarctic waters, like British swimmer Lewis Pugh (below, left), who spent 30 minutes and 30 seconds in sub-zero waters in December 2005. n Take Elon Musk’s Hyperloop ultra-speed transport system between New York and Washington. n Take Elon Musk’s rocket from London to Shanghai, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Cape Town or New York. NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 13 NATURE Charismatic animals ‘more likely to go extinct’ By Rachel Roberts Some of the world’s most beloved animals are at risk of extinction because too many people assume their iconic stature guarantees their survival, a study suggests. Animals which are the biggest draws in zoos and safari parks, including lions, tigers and polar bears, could be threatened by their own “charisma”, researchers concluded. Using a combination of surveys, zoo statistics and ﬁlms, researchers identiﬁed the top three most “charismatic” animals as tigers, lions and elephants, followed by giraffes, leopards, pandas, cheetahs, polar bears, grey wolves and gorillas. “I was surprised to see that although these 10 animals are the most charismatic, a major threat faced by nearly all of them is direct killing by humans, especially from hunting and snaring,” said William Ripple, an academic in forest ecology at Oregon State University and a co-author of the international study, published in PLOS Biology. Many of these animals are so frequently depicted in pop culture – including films and television – that this could promote the idea of a “virtual population” that is ﬂourishing far better in the media than in nature, according to lead author Depicting endangered animals such as giant pandas in pop culture can give the impression they are ﬂourishing GETTY Franck Courchamp of the University of Paris. The researchers found the average French citizen will see more virtual lions through photos, cartoons, logos and brands in one month than there are wild lions left in West Africa, with the world’s population at less than 8 per cent of historic levels. “Unknowingly, companies using giraffes, cheetahs or polar bears for marketing purposes may be actively contributing to the perception that these animals are not at risk of extinction, and therefore not in need of conservation,” Dr Courchamp said. To ﬁght the problem, the authors suggest that companies using images of threatened species for marketing purposes provide information to promote their conservation. And they also suggest some of the proﬁts generated by the companies using animal images should be used to protect endangered species – something larger companies including Disney already do. Around 800,000 “Sophie the giraffe” baby toys were sold in France in 2010 - more than eight times the numbers of giraffes living in Africa, the authors of the study found. LEGAL Circus laws may force UK’s last lion tamer into jaws of early retirement By Mattha Busby The UK’s last lion tamer has been refused a licence to perform in a circus with three big cats, in a move which is likely to force him into an early retirement. Thomas Chipperfield, 28, appealed against the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ original decision in July, but it was thrown out as the Government reaffirmed its “absolute” commit- ment to ban animals in circuses. The circus artiste, from Cannock, Staffordshire – who prefers to be called a big cat trainer – has always stressed that his animals have all the relevant welfare licences and are checked by vets. Although the court recognised that Mr Chipperfield was highly experienced with big cats, this was trumped by licensing concerns. The judge felt he would be unable to provide written itineraries and maintain suitable care plans for his two lions and tiger. Performing with big cats is not illegal in the UK but there are regulations in place which effectively prevent the practice. The Conservative Party has said it is in favour of a ban but has been unable to ﬁnd parliamentary time to steer through legislation. Mr Chipperﬁeld’s pursuit of a second appeal limited what he could say, but he told the BBC that he had The Conservatives are in favour of a ban on performing with big cats AFP “consistently acted in good faith with my team on the advice given by the circus licensing panel and their inspectors. This advice was often conﬂicting.” Mr Chipperfield’s father was a circus presenter, and as a result he was raised around wild animals in Ireland. He made his circus debut aged 11 with two alligators and by the time he was 15 he was able to put his head in their open mouths. NATURE ENVIRONMENT Increased risk of drought adds to bees’ problems Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years By Josh Gabbatiss Catastrophic changes in global weather patterns could be on the horizon as scientists confirm the warming Atlantic current has reached a “record low”. The Gulf Stream current is now By Claire Hayhurst Bees are at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer ﬂowers, researchers say. A study by the University of Exeter examined the impact of droughts – which are expected to become more common in many parts of the world – on ﬂowering plants. Drought roughly halved the overall number of ﬂowers, meaning less food for bees and other pollinators, the study found. The research, which was carried out in collaboration with the Drought halved the number of ﬂowers for bees to pollinate, the study found University of Manchester and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, is published in the journal Global Change Biology. Bees are already under pressure around the world from threats including habitat loss, the use of particular pesticides and the spread of diseases. at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years. Climate change resulting from rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a likely cause. Two international teams of scientists have undertaken extensive analyses of sea surface temperature data and underwater sediments. Both studies were published in the journal Nature. In both papers, the researchers found the current had slowed down by roughly 15 per cent, although one study found the dip had occurred over the past 150 years, the other since the 1950s. MOTORING Diesel vehicles still account for 40% of UK car market By Neil Lancefield More than two out of ﬁve cars on UK roads are diesel-powered despite concerns over emissions. Although demand for new diesel cars plummeted last year, Depart- ment for Transport data shows a total of 12.9 million diesels are licensed. This represents a market share of 40.1 per cent and demonstrates the signiﬁcant position diesel continues to hold in the automotive industry. Steve Gooding, director of research charity the RAC Foundation, said the data highlights “just how entrenched” diesel cars have become. He said: “It could take several years before the size of the overall diesel ﬂeet is signiﬁcantly dented.” NEWS NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 arts Culture All’s well that ends Welles Orson Welles began ﬁlming The Other Side of the Wind in 1970 with a cast including John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich and Dennis Hopper. Principal shooting ran for six years but Welles left behind just a 45-minute print of the “ﬁlm within a ﬁlm” that he worked on until he died in 1985. Netﬂix stepped in with the ﬁnancing to complete the ﬁlm from the 1,000 negative reels stashed in a Paris warehouse. Netﬂix boss Ted Sarandos said completing Welles’s ﬁlm in line with his “true artistic intention” was “a dream come true”. Huston’s character is based on Ernest Hemingway, who once threw a chair at Welles. The 2018 line-up includes cinema auteurs Jean-Luc Godard, Wim Wenders and Spike Lee, whose BlacKkKlansman is about the real story of a black Colorado police ofﬁcer who went undercover in 1978 to inﬁltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Orson Welles (centre) with John Huston (left) and Peter Bogdanovich on the set of ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ THE WELLES-KODAR COLLECTION, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH CENTER Cannes ‘stuck n the ast’ ove efusa to aow Netflx to ente Wees fim By am shwi ArTS AND MEDiA COrrESpONDENT Netﬂix has withdrawn the world premiere of Orson Welles’s ﬁnal movie from the Cannes Film Festival after organisers banned the streaming platform from entering its features in competition. Netflix rejected a request to unveil The Other Side of the Wind, the long-awaited completed version of an unreleased ﬁlm Welles had begun shooting in 1970. Last year, two Netflix films competed for Cannes’s Palme d’Or. But the organisers of the 71st festival said it was reintroducing a ban on any ﬁlms which do not have theatrical distribution in France. Netﬂix releases ﬁlms such as Oscar-nominated drama Mudbound simultaneously in cinemas and online. Ted Sarandos (inset), Netﬂix’s chief content officer, accused Cannes of being “stuck in the past”. Netﬂix releases should be considered “on fair ground with every other ﬁlm-maker”, he said. Sarandos said he had refused a request to screen The Other Side of the Wind in an out-of-competition slot. Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux said of the Welles withdrawal: “We all had a desire to see this ﬁlm... but we don’t have the same position. Last year when we had [Netﬂix] on the red carpet we were very criticised.” Welles’s daughter Beatrice urged Netflix to reconsider. “Let my father’s work be the movie that bridges the gap between Netflix and Cannes,” she wrote in an email to Mr Sarandos. French law requires a gap of up to 36 months between a film’s cinema release and its release online. PeoPle W1A star Alex Beckett has died suddenly at the age of 35, his agent said. The comedy star was best known for his role as Barney Lumsden, from Perfect Curve PR, in TV satires Twenty Twelve and W1A. “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Alex – a wonderful man and a hugely talented actor,” his agent Gavin Denton-Jones said. “Our thoughts are with his family and we kindly ask that their privacy be respected at this difﬁcult time.” The Welsh-born actor was currently starring as the character Waitwell in The Way Of The World at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Senior staff at the theatre said it was “with profound sadness that we announce the sudden death of actor Alex Beckett”. His W1A co-star Jessica Hynes expressed her sadness in a post on Twitter, writing: “Alex Beckett was a wonderful, clever, kind, brilliant per- 38 In tomorrow’s life “High definition vinyl” could hit stores next year to boost the resurgent market in LPs. The ﬁrst records stamped “HD vinyl” will offer longer playing times and the most precise reproduction yet of a studio recording, the Austrian-based firm behind the initiative said. Income from vinyl LPs grew by 24 per cent last year, UK industry body BPI said. Collectors are set to snap up limited releases available at 240 stores at next weekend’s Record Store Day. A European patent was first filed in 2016 for High Definition Vinyl, promising greater audio ﬁdelity, volume and extended playing times than regular LPs. Rebeat Innovation has received £3.4m in funding to launch HD vinyl manufacturing, which involves converting audio digitally to a 3D topographic map. Lasers inscribe the map on to the “stamper” that etches the grooves into the vinyl. Günter Loibl, Rebeat CEO, said the process allows records to be made with the minimum loss of audio information. The HD vinyl can be played on normal record players but can feature up to 30 per cent more playing time and amplitude, he said. Rebeat has ordered its ﬁrst £420,000 laser and is set to begin test pressings in September. “By summer 2019 we shall see the ﬁrst HD vinyls in the stores,” Mr Loibl predicted. 14 – 15 April 2018 Great tIt Parus major PLUS how you can help them thrive By am shwi House sParroW Passer domesticu s The house sparrow well-known and is one of Britain’s most a grey head and best-loved birds. Males have black bib with and white cheeks. chestnut sides The bigger the dominant the bib, the more male sparrow has pale within its ﬂock. A female with a pale stripe brown feathers all over behind the eye. The house sparrow is small but it’s a sturdy bird stout beak designed with a for eating seeds. It could unkindly be described as scruffy as its feathers look loose. Of the six tit species that breed in the great tit is the UK, the largest. It has similar plumage to a blue tit but with and white cheeks. a distinctive black head The chest is bright yellow with a stripe running black down. wider and sometimesThe stripe in males is extends down legs. They feed primarily on insects to the take seeds from but will a feeder. 20 birds to spot in your garden There is one British director in competition, Pawel Pawlikowski, for Cold War, the follow-up to his 2015 Oscar-winning Ida. The film, backed by Amazon Studios and Film4, is a love story set in a politically divided 1960s Europe. Only three of the 18 films competing for this year’s Palme d’Or are directed by women, the same number as last year, a disparity which has prompted criticism. They are Eva Husson, Nadine Labaki and Alice Rohrwacher. HD vny maks atest evouton n musc son – so glad to have known him, so sad he is gone.” Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, said: “We’re all incredibly crushed to hear of Alex’s untimely death. “He was a very proliﬁc, versatile and much-admired comedy star whose role as Barney Lumsden in both Twenty Twelve and W1A was a key ingredient of their success.” “We think of him fondly and Alex Beckett (far right) in ‘W1A’ with our hearts go out to his family and Sara Pascoe, Joel Fry and Jessica Hynes friends at this painfully sad time.” tib pi c my c Bck By Bb sp 15 Blue tIt Cyanistes caeruleus starlInG Sturnus vulgaris Starlings spend much and run conﬁdently of their time in ﬂocks along the ground. look black from They a closer they are distance but when you get actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. They are one of the most common birds and are garden ﬁrst after a wet night. in the queue for worms mixes, including Starlings eat mostly seed sunﬂower hearts cake, and will and suet eat from feeders or the ground. 20 birds to spot in your garden A colorful mix of green makes the blue, yellow, white and attractive and blue tit one of our most most recognisabl visitors. Blue e garden tits seeds and nuts, eat insects, caterpillars, although during summer they spring and mostly feed on invertebrates. They were infamous for following milkmen in order sneaky sips from to take milk bottles by pecking through the foil tops. This phenomeno n has practically died out now with the decrease of doorstop deliveries. MaGPIe Pica pica WoodPIGeon Columba palumbus BlaCKBIrd Turdus merula Males live up to their females are brown name but, confusingly , often with spots streaks on their breasts. The bright and yellow beak and orangeeye-ring make blackbirds one adult of the most striking male They can often be seen hopping birds. lawns and foraging around in leaf litter. Blackbirds are members of the thrush family have a varied diet, eating insects and they in the summer and fruit in the and worms winter. From a distance, close up a subtle the magpie appears black and white, blue and green often seen in sheen can be seen. although pairs or small Magpies are groups. It is a chattering call. noisy bird with Magpies are jacks-of-all a harsh, predators and -trades – pest-destroyers; arrogant attitude their challenging scavengers, has , almost During the winter won them few friends. the magpie’s vegetarian, and in the summer diet is largely insects. Only during predominately the spring, when its young, does it became a predator, feeding the nests of songbirds raiding for eggs and young. Magpies are surrounded by superstition, including versions of the poem that “One for sorrow, opens: two for joy.” CHaffInCH Fringilla coelebs The chafﬁnch is a gardens. The malefamiliar sight in many UK hood and a pink has a smart blue-grey face is brown and buff, and breast. The female white markings and both have black and on their wings. are woodland birds but have These ﬁnches adapted to live wherever there or hedges. You’re are trees to see chafﬁnchesmore likely hopping around on the ground beneath feeders rather than on them. CarrIon CroW Corvus corone The all-black carrion crow is one of adaptable of our the cleverest, most alone or in pairs, birds. They are fairly solitary, usually found although they may form Carrion crows will come to gardensoccasional ﬂocks. although often for food and cautious when it is safe, initially, they soon learn and will take advantage return repeatedly to of whatever is on offer. Carrion crows have also worked out how to eat shellﬁsh by dropping them from a height to break their shells. Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto This dove is mainly buff coloured black half collar, and a long, white with a thin, black base. Collared tail doves originally with a from southern came Asia and spread from there. The naturally species was ﬁrst in Britain in 1953 recorded and has since become a common UK garden bird. One reason behind the collared dove’s success is its ability breed year-round to . However, they won’t win any prizes for their nest building – sometimes just a ﬂimsy platform of twigs. GreenfInCH Chloris chloris Its twittering and wheezing song and splash of yellow and green as it ﬂies make this ﬁnch a truly colourful character. Although quite sociable, they birds at the table. can squabble with other The female looks more brown but be confused – don’t once the yellow in her she ﬂies off you’ll spot tail and wings. Greenﬁnches eat nuts and seeds mainly, and sunﬂower seeds enjoy hearts, peanuts and and nyjer seed in particular. dunnoCK Prunella modularis No wonder dunnocks are often overlooked not only are they – a slender beak, small, brown and grey with but they also like around under to creep bushes in a mouse-like searching for way their Dunnocks have insect and spider prey. different breedingadapted to make use of known for ‘trios’ strategies and are well breed with two – often one female will males. This suits as she might get the more help rearing female, her chicks. Wren Troglodytidae The wren is a tiny brown bird, seen foraging usually at between paving the corners or the garden, slabs insects. It is dumpy, for tiny spiders and almost rounded, ﬁne bill, quite with a long round wings and legs and toes, very short a short, narrow It has a remarkably tail. loud voice Wr roost t h The UK’s largest and commonest woodpigeon is largely grey with pigeon, the patch and white a white neck wing patches. will pretty much Woodpigeons eat anything you the bird table. put out on Their sheer size to push away allows them smaller everyone welcomes birds with ease and not the sight of them in their garden. Unlike other garden birds, who scoop up water throw their heads and to allow it to drop back down their throats, woodpigeons suck it up using their beak as a straw. life GoldfInCH Carduelis carduelis 39 How to.. attract birds to your garden F rom bees to butterﬂies, to feathered friends, frogs P i w there Goldﬁnches have are lots of things Water brings a magical quality and bright yellow a distinctive scarlet face, do to help wildlifeyou can your garden, and to and give and delicate bird, wing patch. A dashing is the key to life nature for so many creatures you have a few a home – whether are increasingly these seed-eating ﬁnches that live in it. Many people put or a big garden.ﬂowerpots, a balcony tables for food. visiting bird feeders and but fewer providefood out for birds, If garden, howeverA nature-friendly sunﬂower hearts you’re ﬁlling seed feeders, a regular supply clean water. and nyjer seeds of offer places for big or small, will food for these birds to shelter Birds need water birds. Goldﬁnches are great breed and as long thistle seeds. and also love and bathing. Water for drinking The goldﬁnch announces its provide birds withas food is supplied, arrival with a important during is particularly tinkling, trilling plenty of feeding opportunities. call. If you’re lucky, you may natural supplies the winter when be visited by a roBIn small ﬂock. dry, hot weather may be frozen, and in Erithacus rubecula op bi c when water can during the summer Over half of UK Their tuneful winter, to stop be hard to ﬁnd. 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Males feeders and ke and females h action as so a th Plus l Weekend TV l Gong out l Fms l Books l Comment NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 17 MyView StephenBush Stop and search does not cut crime We must find solutions that work, not resort to proven failures I f history ever reaches a kinder verdict on Theresa May than the current consensus that she threw away her parliamentary majority and her political authority in an election that she didn’t need to call, stop and search will be a major part of it. May’s decision to crack down on its illegal use – which disproportionately targeted ethnic minorities, who were seven times more likely to be searched even though they were not seven times more likely to engage in criminal behaviour – was a sign that she had a mode of policy beyond mere illiberalism and a willingness to challenge Conservative Party orthodoxies. The Labour government of Tony Blair tried to clamp down on the use of stop and search immediately after the Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence concluded that the Metropolitan Police was institutionally racist. But the way Labour achieved it was simply to reduce the total number of people being searched. Ethnic minorities who had no case to answer were still disproportionately represented but, crucially, a number of genuine criminals of all races were able to escape. Crime in London rose even as it fell across the country. What May did was different: in clamping down on its illegal use, the total number of searches fell signiﬁcantly, but the number of arrests did not. As a result, crime in London continued to fall along with crime in the rest of the country, and did so for the next four years. Analysis, both from the Home Ofﬁce and independent experts, showed that May had achieved reform without making life easier for criminals. Now, for the ﬁrst time in a quarter of a century, crime is rising again, provoking a furious political debate as to why. For many Conservatives, the answer is simple: May’s reforms to stop-and-search powers. But the problem here is that crime isn’t just rising in London, but across the country. It is not the case that fewer people are being stopped and searched in Coventry than four years ago – but that crime is rising there at the same rate as in the capital. So any explanation for why crime is rising which is conﬁned to London alone – whether that be stop and search, or the effectiveness of the city’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan – doesn’t Theresa May’s proposals mean that more innocent people will be searched by police for no reason other than their accent or the colour of their skin GETTY hold water. Something else is going on. In all likelihood, just as schools and hospitals are beginning to feel the strain of the long years of public spending restraint, so too is law enforcement. That is the explanation backed up by the Home Ofﬁce’s own report, and, unlike May’s changes to stop and search, it is as true – truer, in fact – in Coventry as it is in London. It has the distinct downside of exposing to criticism some of the decisions made by successive Conservative governments – but that doesn’t make it untrue. But that question is secondary to the broader importance of stop and search as a political issue, which is not as a matter of policy, but as a character tell. When politicians reach for stop and search as a solution to the problem of rising crime, it tells us three things about them. The ﬁrst is that they follow, rather than lead, public opinion, which still strongly opposes May’s changes to stop and search. Never mind that the over-use of stop and search was a waste of time that encouraged minority groups to distrust the The over-use of stop and search was a waste of time that encouraged minority groups to distrust the police police, and never mind that it doesn’t work – there are votes to win. The second is that politicians have no respect for evidence in their policymaking process. As old-fashioned as this concept may seem, politicians should at least try to come up with solutions that work, rather than ones which are proven failures. But the third, given that Westminster still looks very little like the country it represents, is the price that politicians are willing for other people to pay. Rolling back May’s changes to stop and search means that more innocent people – people who have committed no crime and have no plans to do so, who are, in the language of political cliché “hard-working people who pay their taxes” – will be searched for no reason other than their accent or the colour of their skin. What unites May’s critics is one thing: none of them envisages that they will be searched more. That misfortune will happen to other people, who they will never meet, and do not much care about. And there is no more damning test of anyone seeking to have power over other people than the price they are willing for others to pay for their rhetoric. Stephen Bush is a special correspondent at ‘New Statesman’ magazine Twitter: @stephenkb firstname.lastname@example.org 18 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence @ Your View TWEETS AND EMAILS Free bus rides are not enough Labour is promising young people free bus travel. It also insists that UK citizens must lose their EU freedom of movement after Brexit. So instead of being free to live and work anywhere in the EU from Barcelona to Budapest, youngsters will have to limit their horizons to free bus tickets to Barnsley or Barnstaple. Living the dream, eh, Jeremy? CHRIS WEBSTER NORWICH Jeremy Corbyn says he will fund his new bus scheme from road tax receipts (I suppose he has no potholes in his street – but many roads in the UK are in serious need of proper repairs). Good old Jeremy, trying to catch the younger voters with promises that he cannot possibly keep. BARRY BEVITT PONTEFRACT, WEST YORKSHIRE There’s a right place to mourn Peter Atkinson (Your View, 12 April) says that burglars’ families deserve respect because they have not burgled anyone. That’s ﬁne, as long as they have not proﬁted in any way from their relatives’ crimes, and do not seek deliberately to provoke the victims of those crimes by posting “tributes” on their garden fences. The police are quoted as wishing to respect the needs of families to mourn the passing of loved ones. That’s ﬁne also, as long as they do READER OFFER Could you unlock tax-free money from your home? Equity release could allow you to access your property wealth Tax-free cash lump sum Maintain home ownership1 No monthly repayments required GE YOU T F R R QUOEE TE Homeowners aged 55 plus could benefit from releasing money locked up in their homes. 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ROGER SLATER MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE Yes, burglars have families too, and they have a right to place ﬂowers in remembrance of a relative who has died. Surely the place for this is at the deceased’s grave, rather than on a public street in Hither Green, where they serve only to create bad feeling and disturbance to local residents? DAVID BASS FAVERSHAM, KENT Love Russia, but not its leaders I agree totally with Valerie Stark (Another View, 12 April). The Russian people do need some of our love and respect. We should concentrate on the positives that Russia (not the USSR) has given us – read about the great moderniser, Peter the Great; delve into the works of Chekhov, Pushkin and Dostoyevsky; listen to the symphonies of Tchaikovsky, Prokoﬁev and Borodin; watch some of Sergei Eisenstein’s classic movies; listen to opera stars Anna Netrebko and Feodor Chaliapin; watch the sublime dancing of the splendid Bolshoi ballet company. We have no grouse with the Russian people. Our problems with the Russian Federation stem from its leaders and its corrupt oligarchs. GRAHAM B BULL YATE, SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE Churchill had huge respect I, too, was born before the Second World War and, although only four years old, I can remember the anticipation of parents and family when Churchill was about to speak. All were gathered around the radio and his words were listened to with great respect. They were certainly a source of inspiration to everyone of every class. He was a great leader in war, but the electorate turned to Clement Attlee for hope and peace at the next general election. M GRAVES WIVENHOE, ESSEX ‘Will of people’ is worthless I have lost count of the number of times that the “will of the people” has been used to justify the economic and political self-harm that will result from leaving the European Union. When it comes to pushing the country into a potentially lethal conﬂict, it seems that the will of the people counts for nothing. SIMON SMITH NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE Social media is an unsocial ill I could not agree more with Simon Kelner (Voices, 12 April) that social media is becoming the scourge of our age and its effect on young people is indeed invidious. I am a primary school governor, and it is lovely to watch youngsters interact with each other. Where does this all fade away and the ubiquitous screen become their default setting? It does lead to an isolation and you are only as good as your next “like”. This needs to be addressed by investing in youth clubs and societies where young people can feel at home and make real, not virtual, relationships. We are creating a generation who cannot communicate meaningfully without their smartphones. JUDITH A DANIELS GREAT YARMOUTH Brush strokes with TV fame John Payton (Your View, 12 April) invites names for his new TV game show. How about Winner Takes Wall? 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Please return this coupon to Freepost Age Partnership inewspaperDec17 AY’S Floating their boat A new cruise line for millennials LIFE ‘How I was misdiagnosed with epilepsy and the treatment cost me my son’ NEWS 2-28 People VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 By Jessica Barrett TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 The Rock eyes up the White House in 2024 Rebel Wilson’s court battle over magazine articles that portrayed her as a serial liar is ﬁnally coming to an end. The actress (inset) is set to recoup her legal costs after being awarded Australia’s largest defamation payout of A$4.5m (£2.5m) from the publisher Bauer Media, which she sued last year. Bauer appealed against the sum awarded by the Supreme Court of Victoria. But yesterday the court conﬁrmed that the company will also have to pay most of the star’s legal fees, which could total A$1m. Wilson, 38, alleged that she missed out on roles in Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 because of the stories about her published in Woman’s Day magazine and on various Bauer websites. We already live in a world in which Donald Trump is US President, so it is perhaps not so far-fetched that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is giving serious consideration to running for the White House. The actor and ex-wrestler is not in a big rush to begin his campaign, however, so we still have time to let it sink in that there could one day be a former WWF star as the “leader of the free world”. Johnson has conﬁrmed that he will not run for the presidency in 2020. Speaking at the London premiere (left) of his new ﬁlm Rampage, the 45-year-old added: “I think right now I am just learning as much as I can. I respect our political process. I also do not have any delusions that it’s easy. And I have a tremendous respect, so 2020 is not going to happen. “Maybe 2024, maybe 2028. I don’t know. I think the best thing I can do now is to go to work and learn. That’s where we’re at.” U R Y T H M I C You’ll Hardy recognise him Tom Hardy has revealed the extent of the makeover that he undergoes every day playing Al Capone in the forthcoming biopic Fonzo. The Peaky Blinders and Taboo actor is portraying the Chicago gangster in his later years, when Capone had dementia as a result of neurosyphilis. Hardy spends hours being transformed with prosthetics (pictured) for the role. The biopic, directed by Josh Trank and due for release later this year, also stars Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan. S = a r e m a d e of t h i s 19 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @jess_barrett Truth hurts as Wilson closes in on £2.5m E i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 » 20 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence Why shouldn’t London be as green as Copenhagen? KELNER’S VIEW Simon Kelner I was a captive audience in the back of a London taxi last week. As we crawled through the clogged arteries of the capital, going from one set of temporary trafﬁc lights to another, I gave my cabbie a good listening to. His particular beef was the proposal to pedestrianise Oxford Street, which a signiﬁcant number of his fellow cabbies oppose, because they believe it will add to congestion, particularly from buses, in and around the area. My natural position is to sympathise with London’s black cab drivers, because they have had a hard time of it recently. Uber has come along and eaten their lunch, and meanwhile there has been an epidemic of roadworks in the centre of the city, making a straightforward journey lengthy, complicated and frustrating for driver and passenger alike. They have never had it so bad. But the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street? I’m not so sure I agree with him. The impulse to transform Europe’s most polluted thoroughfare into an environmentally friendly retail “boulevard” – Mayor Sadiq Khan’s description – is a noble one, and, as those who work in, and visit, the district will know, the teeming streets of the West End at busy periods are difﬁcult for pedestrians, too, to negotiate. My cabbie, however, had a wider point to make. “We’ve had almost 20 years of London Mayors,” he said. “And what have they actually done?” He went on to answer his own questions. “Is the capital safer? Knife crime is at all-time high. Has the Congestion Charge worked? The trafﬁc is worse than ever. Housing? I’ve never seen so many homeless people on the streets. Supporting business? Rate increases are killing shops and restaurants.” And on he went with his charge sheet, indignant that Londoners haven’t had good value from the mayoral ofﬁce. That is open to debate, as it’s difﬁcult to see what the Mayor can do about certain of his complaints (the congestion, for instance, has been massively exacerbated both by the rise of Uber and the increase in delivery drivers taking products bought online back and forth from the supplier). But what is clear to anyone who lives, works and plays in London – as I have done for 30 years or so – is that it’s never been a harder place to exist. It is, by most criteria, the capital of the world now, and with that brings a huge inﬂux of people and commerce, with all the attendant problems. The Mayor has limited powers to affect matters, and I think we have to be generous: London’s current pre-eminence owes much to some of the initiatives that came from his ofﬁce. The capital’s public spaces, just to pick on one example, have been completely re-invigorated over the past two decades, and contribute much to the city’s appeal for visitors and residents alike. In this vein, plans to turn Oxford Street into a pedestrian haven should probably be welcomed. Cabbies may complain but the advent of Crossrail should revolutionise the way people get around town. A pedestrian-only zone in the city centre is a natural development of this. Environmentally speaking, London will never be Copenhagen, but it shouldn’t stop the Mayor’s ofﬁce from trying. SOCIETY decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” The camera reveals a picture of Apu just to be sure there is no mistake. This was an entirely inadequate response – a betrayal, even. Fans are furious that the writers used Lisa, a feminist eco-warrior, to voice their middle-aged male opinion. Perhaps they are trying to convince themselves that they are the victims, that by using Lisa – the voice of reason and justice in the programme – they can reassure themselves that they are standing up for a truly noble cause: their right to use racial stereotypes without guilt. It goes beyond Apu (inset). There is not a single Asian character in the series who exists outside the conﬁnes of their stereotype – and there aren’t many to start with. I suppose their accents are what the audience ﬁnd funny so there’s never a need to develop them as people. And yes, The Simpsons makes fun of every stereotype, but the only characters given any variety or complexity are the “yellow” ones. The same cannot be said for the Asian characters, however. Maybe a little stereotyping could be tolerated if there was more to these characters than just a funny accent. This was The Simpsons’ chance to adopt a new path that considers the cultural repercussions of their writing. They blew it. They took Kondabolu’s documentary as an attack, and proved his point. So usually on the ball, they missed the mark. Lucinda Diamond Simpsons’ Apu stance is a betrayal am a huge Simpsons fan. My bedroom wall is plastered with pictures from the series; I have seen every episode to date at least three times. It’s an obsession. Not dissimilar to comedian and fan Hari Kondabolu, who wrote and starred in the documentary The Problem with Apu, in which he discussed the stereotyped portrayal of the Indian Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The Simpsons’ response to this has left fans heartbroken. In its most recent episode, which aired on Sunday night, Marge reads Lisa a book with “politically correct” terms, and Lisa complains. Marge responds with “What am I supposed to do?” at which point Lisa breaks the fourth wall by staring directly into the camera. “It’s hard to say.” She begins: “Something that started I NEWS NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 AGRICULTURE 21 CULTURE Batman to help college track down lost TV clips By Laura Harding Lord Newborough hopes that his Japanese sika deer will be popular with non-EU customers RHUG ESTATE Sheep farm adds venison to its menu as it prepares for Brexit fallout By Dean Kirby One of the UK’s leading producers of organic lamb is diversifying into venison to ensure that his Welsh farm has “a good future after Brexit” amid concerns about future exports. Lord Newborough, who owns the Rhug Estate near Corwen in Denbighshire, said he was “deeply concerned” that overseas markets would become harder to access. The farm has introduced a new herd of Japanese sika deer favoured by leading chefs for their meat. The business, which was recently granted a royal warrant by the Prince of Wales, already supplies other producers’ venison to restaurants in London and Hong Kong. Increasing demand means that it will produce its own venison, which the aristocrat said was one way of ensuring the farm has “a good future after Brexit”. The 8,000-acre farm also has 5,000 ewes producing 7,500 lambs each year. Around 93 per cent of Welsh lamb exports go to the EU. “A large percentage of the lambs we produce go to the continent, but we don’t know what the future will be in exporting to the EU,” Lord Newborough told the BBC. “We are very accustomed to sending it across the channel where it’s readily received, but getting ARTS Hislop’s play is given freedom of the theatre By Rachel Roberts Ian Hislop’s radio play about freedom of speech is to get a month-long theatre run. Trial by Laughter tells the true story of satirist William Hone, who was accused of seditious libel in 1817 access to the new markets is going to be difﬁcult. We are competing with the southern hemisphere, where they produce a much bigger lamb and dominate markets like Singapore and the Middle East.” Gareth Jones, the estate’s manager, said the farm needed to look at various alternatives to lamb. He added: “The problem at the moment is that we don’t know where we’ll be going with Brexit and that’s the biggest issue for the agricultural sector, not just in Wales, but the UK.” A spokesman for the Government told the BBC that it was committed to securing the best deal with the EU through an “ambitious economic partnership”. The spokesman added: “As we leave the EU we will forge new and ambitious trade links around the world, reaching new customers for Welsh farmers and products, such as a recent agreement with Saudi Arabia worth £25m to UK lamb farmers.” New Zealand venison producers have reported that there is “unprecedented” demand for venison in the European pet food market. It is commonly used in food for dogs and cats with allergies. Previously lost footage featuring Batman star Adam West teaching road safety to a group of children will be screened for the ﬁrst time in more than 50 years. The clip from May 1967 of Batman teaching children the Green Cross Code will be shown to an audience of TV professionals and enthusiasts to kick off a hunt for 100 missing television clips. The firm Kaleidoscope, which specialises in finding lost television footage, recently discovered the segment, which was never screened outside of the UK. It will be shown at Birmingham City University tomorrow, as the company launches its list of the UK’s top 100 missing TV shows, which industry professionals most want to see recovered. This includes early episodes of Doctor Who featuring Mark Eden as Marco Polo, Top Of The Pops and The Avengers. The full list will be unveiled at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building alongside screenings of found clips and episodes from famous shows such as Out Of The Unknown, Sexton Blake and The Goodies. Viewers have been asked to come forward with any recordings and video tapes which could contain lost material. Also in demand are the Hancock’s Half Hour episode Lady Chatterley’s Revenge from 1957 and the Dad’s Army episode The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Walker, which was ﬁrst screened in 1969. ROYAL FAMILY for pillorying the government and the Prince Regent. “It was a huge trial for free speech,” Hislop, the editor of Private Eye told the journal Chortle. “He basically decided to make the jury laugh. And he wrote an account and it’s very, very funny. They tried to rig the trial every single way to put him away. But the public were not having it.” Trial by Laughter was originally performed on Radio 4 and is now set to run from September to October at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Princess Royal says recovering Duke is ‘on good form’ By Tony Jones and Jemma Crew The Princess Royal said the Duke of Edinburgh was “on good form” when she visited her father in hospital following his hip operation. She is believed to be the first member of the Royal Family to visit the Duke, 96, since he had surgery nine days ago. The Queen also gave an update when asked about Prince Philip’s recovery, telling a well-wisher in Windsor: “He said he’s getting on very well.” Princess Anne (inset) spent 50 minutes at the private King Edward VII hospital in central London with her father, wh o h ad a p l a n n e d surgery to replace his joint with a prosthetic implant. The Queen’s comment came during a brief walkabout after a visit to the King George VI Day Centre in Windsor to mark the 60th anniversary of her opening the building. At the time of the operation, Buckingham Palace said that the surgery to replace the joint had been a success and Philip was “comfortable and in good spirits”. Get the full picture at a fraction of the price Subscribe to i today on 0800 082 0628 or visit inews.co.uk/subscriptions and quote the promotional code 40D DD-JPI *Terms and Conditions apply. Offer only valid for customers paying by direct debit. Other offers available. theip paper 22 NEWS TECHNOLOGY App ‘will detect fake videos of celebrities’ By Rhiannon Williams TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT A computer scientist is working on an app capable of detecting fake footage of celebrities and politicians, generated by the advanced software he created as a student. G oogle engineer Supasorn Suwajanakorn demonstrated the software, which he had trained on 14 hours of footage of former US President Barack Obama, during a TED conference staged in Vancouver. The system, which uses a neural learning network to mimic the way the human brain works, studies the subject’s teeth, mouth movement and facial expressions and learns to mimic them uncannily. Mr Suwajanakorn (inset), who createdthesoftwareattheUniversity of Washington, is concerned by how easily such technology could be manipulated to create videos which appear entirely real. “These results seemed intriguing, but at the same time troubling; it concerns me, the potential for misuse,” he said. “We don’t want it to be in the wrong hands, so we have to be very careful about it.” One example he used was real-seeming footage of a world leader announcing nuclear war in a video circulating on social media and across the internet. M r S u w a j a n a ko r n i s working with the AI Foundation on an app called Reality Defender, which could run in web browsers to spot fake videos or doctored pictures. “Video manipulation will be used in malicious ways unless counter-measures are in place,” he told the AFP news agency. “We have to make it very risky and cost-ineffective.” W h i l e M r Suwajanakorn’s software is remarkably sophisticated, there is still a “long way to go” before it can accurately model people, the scientist has admitted. Similar technology is already being used to edit the face of female celebrities onto the bodies of pornographic actors, creaking videos known as “deepfakes”. Twitter, Reddit and the world’s largest porn site Pornhub, announced crackdowns on deepfake videos in February, following a spike in uploading. SOCIETY What women want: more opportunities in science, tech, and engineering A conference is aiming to change attitudes, reports Heather Saul F or better or for worse, technology is an inescapable presence in our lives. Getting users to switch off occasionally is now a bigger challenge than getting them to switch on. Yet despite being such an all-consuming force, just 17 per cent of people working in computing technology in the UK are women. The Empowering Women with Science and Tech all-day conference at this year’s Leeds International Festival hopes to change this by reshaping our understanding of what a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) looks like. Natasha Sayce-Zelem is the head of technology at Sky and tech festival director. Her goal is to encourage women to sidestep into a technology career by using transferable skills they may not know they already have, as New openings “I think it’s great to show that regardless of where you come from and your qualiﬁcations, if you see a gap in what you need, or want on the web then, with drive and enthusiasm, you can ﬁll it.” Sarah Beeny “We need a diverse workforce to help shape the current and future direction of technology so it meets all of our needs. Not everyone is going to want to be a coder, and that is all right.” Natasha Sayce-Zelem she did. Sayce-Zelem started out as a freelance music photographer, photographing acts including David Bowie and Rage Against The Machine, before segueing into TV and then digital development. Her own foray into a technology career was “pretty scary”. “I wondered if I was making a massive mistake,” she says. But she has never looked back. Now she wants employers to shape the next generation of talent by bringing in “diamonds in the rough”: the candidates with these transferable interpersonal and communication skills who can be trained up. Working in tech is about more than just coding, something this event is designed to highlight. Last year, BBC Radio DJ Lauren Laverne was a guest speaker after co-founding The Pool, an online platform targeted at women, in 2015. This year, property presenter and online entrepreneur Sarah Beeny will be talking about her successful websites My Single Friend, a dating site launched in 2005, and Tepilo, the online estate agency. Sayce-Zelem’s aim is to tackle the alienation that may deter some women from working in it. “I try to showcase speakers that you wouldn’t naturally associate with tech,” she says. Beeny (inset) insists she is not a “tech fan” as such. “I actually think founding an online business is much easier if you are a bit of a tech Luddite,” she says. June Sarpong will be chairing a panel during the conference in Leeds GETTY An empathetic approach The all-female panel is compèred by June Sarpong, the broadcaster and author of Diversify, a collection of research on diversity and inclusion across society. Neuroscientist Dr Sophie Scott will talk about the science of laughter. Belinda Parmar, who runs The Empathy Business, will discuss the power of empathy and its place in business and the technology industry. “We know statistically, on average, women have higher levels of empathy,” she said . “However, what we don’t know is whether it’s because women are socially conditioned to be more sociable and pleasing of others. “I’ll be talking about how gender can divide us and empathy unites us, and I’ll be talking about what I think the future looks like in terms of how we can have more empathy in the way we recruit and in the products themselves.” This month, the median gender pay gap was revealed as 9.8 per cent across UK businesses with more than 250 staff. This gap is exacerbated in the tech industry by the overwhelming number of men in senior positions, and it takes seed at school. Just 10 per cent of students who completed an A-level computing course in 2017 were female. An enduring problem is a lack of awareness of how creative tech actually is, says Sayce-Zelem. “A lot of what we do is around people and problems. As a team, we have to creatively problem solve.” The process is so creative she believes the science, technology, engineering and maths acronym Stem could be replaced with “Steam”: “In all of those, the arts are so important,” she says. Improving awareness is also about promoting women role models in media, TV and ﬁlm, she adds. While dramas such as The Social Network have highlighted leading male ﬁgures, few celebrate leading women. “I know a lot of women who got into law because of Ally McBeal,” says Sayce-Zelem. “They enjoyed relating to a lawyer and found the different facets of her job really interesting. Having a few more of these roles written for women in ﬁlms and TV could be a really progressive step forward.” Her own role models include Anne-Marie Imaﬁdon MBE, the co-founder of Stemettes, a social enterprise which aims to improve the representation of girls and women in Stem industries, and astronaut Helen Sharman, a speaker at the festival. “Most people won’t realise she was not only Britain’s ﬁrst female astronaut into space, but she was Britain’s ﬁrst astronaut into space. People focus on Tim Peake and his amazing achievements, but Helen was there doing it ﬁrst.” The discussion of what it means to be a woman in tech needs broadening urgently, she adds. “There are a lot of women who become alienated: they don’t feel they belong in tech ‘gang’ because they don’t code and they think it is exclusively around coding.” Getting 17 per cent closer to 50 per cent is about creating more awareness of the vast range of roles available, she says. “It’s just not known to people how cool and exciting the industry is – and it’s constantly evolving. Technology is the language we all use. It’s the most spoken language in the world.” Leeds International Festival begins on 27 April. For more information, visit leedsinternationalfestival.com 24 NEWS ENVIRONMENT BRAZIL New logging rules may change the tune of guitars Ranchers plant cocoa in effort to save rainforest By Michael Casey IN CONCORD An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests is threatening some American guitarmakers, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, which is prized for its resonant sound. Since new trade rules took effect in The guitar industry’s frustration is focused on a United Nations convention that is responsible for combating wildlife smuggling. 2017, luthiers have complained about long delays in getting permits to import rosewood and export finished instruments that contain it. Warehouses have ﬁlled with unsold instruments, and a bagpipe maker in New Hampshire went so far as to ask the Governor to intervene after a permit application was lost. “I’m so annoyed. I’m so distraught by this,” said Chris Martin, chairman of Martin and Co, which uses rosewood in 200 models of acoustic guitar, some played by Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran, Sting and other stars. Fearful that Africa and Asia were losing rosewood forests, governments adopted the rules to stem the Travel Offer By Marcy Nicholson Brazil’s cattle ranchers are planting cocoa on their used-up pasture with ﬁnancial support from international environmental groups, which hope it will help save the rainforest. For decades, ranchers have been the engine of clear-cutting in the Amazon rainforest that has rendered an area nearly the size of Spain treeless. Environmentalists say the practice destroys wildlife habitat and undermines the planet’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. “Cocoa plantations favour the local, regional and national economy,” the international campaign group The Nature Conservancy said on its website. The renewed planting could make Brazil one of the world’s top three cocoa growers again.REUTERS Luthiers argue that they use only a small amount of rosewood AP ﬂow of smuggled rosewood to China’s luxury furniture makers. But the restrictions have hurt companies that use relatively tiny amounts of the wood in guitars, clarinets and oboes. Months after the regulations were adopted, US acoustic guitar exports fell by 28 per cent, and electric guitar exports declined 23 per cent, according to Music Trades magazine. Latin America proposed the regulations to combat increased rosewood smuggling over the past decade. “There are other woods that work,” Mr Martin said. 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Full terms and conditions can be found on page 53 NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 25 CHINA Baby is born four years after his parents died By Rachel Roberts A baby has been born to a surrogate mother in China four years after his parents died in a car crash. The couple had frozen several embryos and the mother was due to undergo IVF ﬁve days after their deaths in March 2013. The baby boy was born in Guangzhou in December 2017 after a long and protracted ﬁght by the dead couple’s parents, Chinese media reported yesterday. Surrogacy is illegal in China, but the grandparents used a woman from Laos to carry the child, named Tiantian. he parents, Shen Jie and Liu Xi, were both only children born during the era of China’s one-childper-family policy – leaving the two sets of grandparents anxious to carry on their bloodlines. The embryos were frozen in a liquid nitrogen tank in a Nanjing hospital atfer the fatal accident. When the hospital refused to meet the grandparents to discuss the situation, they tried a fresh tactic, with one pair suing the other for ownership of the embryos. “The risk of suing the hospital was too great,” Shen Xinnian, the father of Mr Shen, told Beijing News. Afteronesetofgrandparentswona court case granting them ownership, they hit another stumbling block after being told they could take the embryos only if another hospital agreed to store them. Other Chinese hospitals proved unwilling to get involved because of the legal uncertainty over untransplanted embryos, leading the grandparents to look to Laos, where commercial surrogacy is legal. With no airline willing to carry a thermos-sized bottle of liquid nitrogen, the embryos were taken across the border by car, and two were implanted into the womb of the surrogate mother, resulting in a pregnancy. The 27-year-old woman gave birth to the child in China after travelling there on a tourist visa so the child would have Chinese nationality. Proving paternity was the next hurdle, with all four grandparents having to give blood and take DNA tests to establish that both parents had been Chinese nationals and that the child was indeed their grandson. Hu Xingxian, the baby’s maternal grandmother, chose the name Tiantian, which means “sweet sweet”. “His eyes look like my daughter’s,” Ms Hu told the Beijing News. “But he looks more like his father.” Medical institutions are banned from carrying out “any form of surrogacy” by a 2001 Ministry of Health regulation, but it is a grey area, with law-enforcement agencies frequently looking the other way. UNITED STATES By Tom Embury-Dennis In an interview set “to shock the President”, the former FBI director James Comey has reportedly compared Donald Trump to a mob boss. A clip of the interview, which was released ahead of its full broadcast on Sunday, shows ABC’s George Stephanopoulos ask Mr Comey (inset): “How strange is it for you to sit here and compare the President to a mob boss?” Mr Comey was fired as head of America’s federal law enforcement agency last year after he repeatedly refused to promise his loyalty to Mr Trump. The White House insists it was triggered by his handling of a 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. According to the Axios news website, a source present at the ﬁlming said the interview was “going to shock the President and his team” and that it would “certainly add more meat to the charges swirling around Trump”. The source said Mr Comey “told George things that he’s never said before” and that he “answered every question”. In the clip, Mr Stephanopoulos asks Mr Comey: “Are there things you know, but haven’t said, that could damage Trump?”; “Was President Trump obstructing justice?”; and “Should Donald Trump be impeached?” Mr Comey does not speak during the 30-second video. Last summer, Mr Comey testiﬁed the President had asked him to drop an investigation into sacked National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and pressured Mr Comey to declare that Mr Trump was not being investigated as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation. Appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey said the President had lied when he claimed to the public the FBI was in disarray and that agents had lost conﬁdence in him. “Those were lies, plain and simple,” he said. Sunday’s ABC interview is the ﬁrst part of a high-proﬁle press tour for Mr Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership, which will be released next week. 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NEWS NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 27 RWANDA Trade can save Africa, but only on Africa’s terms, says Kagame In his final special report, Michael Day assesses the President’s plan for peace and prosperity across the continent I n a sign of Rwanda’s growing conﬁdence, the little African nation has just locked horns with Donald Trump in what must be the US government’s unlikeliest trade war. For years, ﬁrms in Europe and the US have bought surplus donations from charities and sold them on to the developing world for a proﬁt. But in 2016, east African countries, concerned that imported cast-offs were killing their own nascent clothes trades, decided to play dirty. Rwanda increased tariffs on imported used clothes from $0.20 to $2.50 per kilo. America has responded by threatening tariffs of its own. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania backed down. But not Rwanda. On 29 March, Trump said he would suspend duty-free access for Rwandan goods by June. President Paul Kagame said ﬁne, you do that, in so many words. On his election in January this year as head of the African Union, Kagame (inset) declared that trade could save the continent, but it would have to be trade on Africa’s terms. He went some way to realising that goal last month when the African Free Trade agreement was signed in the capital, Kigale. Firms such as Pharma Lab in the Free Trade Zone, an industrial area which has sprung up from nothing in Kigali in just a few years, are driving growth and helping to modernise Rwanda’s economy It sells and distributes German medical laboratory products. Employees are sent to Germany to learn how maintain the devices. Jacqueline Karakezi, the ﬁrm’s founder and managing director, says the government is also The Rwandan capital’s burgeoning economy is helping to heal the wounds of the past CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY political experiment. For now, it appears to be working. Growth rates have averaged 5-6 per cent over the last decade. Across town from the Free Trade Zone is Kigali’s telecom building. On the sixth ﬂoor, the governmentand NGO-funded FabLab and KLab provide space, facilities and technical support for Rwandan businesses, entrepreneurs and students looking to design and market tech ideas. Out on the sixth-ﬂoor balcony, 17-year-old Linda Paciﬁque Ikirezi, is working on her big idea – an app that will allow Rwandan workers to connect with potential employers. “This is great place to come to, to see other people and to get technical help,” she says. Her dreams have some way to go before being realised. And Rwanda might never fully recover from what happened 24 years ago. But seeing a 17-year-old designing apps to help Hutus and Tutsis ﬁnd jobs suggests things might be going in the right direction. Let’s hope the rest of the continent follows. encouraging it to begin exporting and even manufacturing products and services to other countries in the region. A large photo portrait of President Kagame hangs behind her desk. Despite criticism from overseas dissidents and human right groups, Ms Karakezi is in no doubt about who has revived Rwanda. “Kagame is an exceptional person,” she says. “He has a vision for Rwanda, the region and Africa.” She says that Kagame has instilled discipline into Rwandan industry and made the ﬁght against corruption a priority. Rosette Kamariza, 26, is a microbiology graduate who works in the company’s air and water puriﬁcation units. She hails the importance of new industry in Rwanda. “I think this is crucial for Rwanda’s success. We are now the only factory in East Africa making these things.” In addition, both women indicate how Rwanda has been successful in getting women into skilled jobs. Last week Kagame appointed a woman, Yvonne Manzi Makolo, as chief executive of the national airline RwandAir. Nearly two-thirds of MPs are women. It’s debatable how much power parliamentarians have. But Kagame clearly understands the importance of symbols – and the untapped potential of women. Pharma Lab, and the other start-ups in the Free Trade Zone, are small, for now at least. But the signiﬁcance lies in what they represent. The Rwandan government had grasped that wealth and employment is the best way to ﬁght unrest. People don’t talk politics in Rwanda. They avoid any potential source of conﬂict. “People might get angry in a bar, but they’ll never ﬁght, ever,” says one NGO worker. Guilt and grief are not mentioned much. But they loom large. It’s impossible to walk down the street here and see a middle-aged man without wondering what he saw or did 24 years ago. Kagame hopes that he can put a lid on this and pass the baton on to the next, untainted generation. It’s effectively a giant UNITED STATES INDIA POLAND Louisiana approves bill banning sex with animals Minarets at Taj £6bn budget for battle against smog Mahal gates fall By Luke Rix-Standing highest in winter when households Raising expectations Help for young entrepreneurs In Kigali’s Telecom tower, help is at hand for young entrepreneurs FabLab offers help for people looking to design furniture, buildings and above all, business involving 3D printing. There are 85 members. The KLab has 1,200 members who have software ambitions. For most of them, that means a search for the next big smart phone app. Typical are Schandrack Shumbusho, 21, and Paciﬁque Kamugisha, 23, who have By Tom Embury-Dennis Louisiana’s state senate has approved a bill explicitly banning sex with animals by 25 votes to 10. The bill, which now goes to the House of Representatives, would make sexual abuse of an animal illegal, require an abused animal to be taken from its abuser and bar those convicted from owning any pets in future. A law covering “crimes against nature” – which includes bestiality – exists on the books, but was ruled unconstitutional in 2003 by the high hopes for their new Apple and Android friendly apps that allow secure, cash payments to be made between smart phones. “It’s almost ready. Now we just need ﬁnancial backing,” says Shumbusho. “We are going to show it at the May investors conference in Kigali. Support from an overseas branch of America’s Carnegie Mellon university adds to the sense that Kigali might be going places. Supreme Court. The state senator who wrote and sponsored the bill, J P Morrell, said it was written to better deﬁne bestiality and make it illegal under an enforceable law. Ahead of the vote, Mr Morrell told lawmakers: “God forbid you vote against this bill. Good luck explaining it.” The 10 senators – all Republican – who voted against the bill were senate president John Alario, Brett Allain, Dan Claitor, Jack Donahue, Jim Fannin, Ryan Gatti, Gerald Long, Beth Mizell, Jonathan Perry and Neil Riser. THE INDEPENDENT By Luke Rix-Standing A powerful storm toppled two minarets at the entry gates of the famed Taj Mahal in northern India, but no damage was done to the white marble main building. Bhubanesh Kumar, an ofﬁcial of the Archaeological Survey of India, said the damage was minor and would be repaired by experts. The winds during the storm on Wednesday night reached 80mph. The 17th-century Taj Mahal attracts up to eight million visitors a year. AP use cheap coal and fuels or even Poland’s government plans to spend trash for heating. Some Poles wear up to £6.3bn by 2028 on cleaner masks when the pollution is high, as heating as part of its efforts air quality reports show. to ﬁght smog. “We treat this problem Polish Prime Minister seriously. We don’t want Mateusz Morawiecki our children to associmade the announceate winter with masks ment yesterday at a on their faces, but of Europe’s 50 with snow and sledge government commitmost polluted tee tasked with ﬁghting a n d s n ow m e n ,” M r cities are in Poland air pollution under a new Morawiecki said. “Stop Smog” programme. The government wants The World Health Organisato co-ﬁnance household insution says that 33 out of Europe’s 50 lation and the purchase of cleaner most polluted cities are in Poland, heating systems, hoping that will including Krakow. Air pollution is signiﬁcantly cut down the pollution. 33 28 NEWS Panorama Around the world in 10 stories IN GENEVA MIDDLE EAST Fifteen killed in Taliban battle Gaza casualties stretch hospitals The Taliban stormed a government compound in central Afghanistan, triggering a lengthy gun battle which killed 15, including three top local ofﬁcials, before they drove Afghan forces out. The attack in the Khuja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province, which is now largely under Taliban control. The Taliban, who took responsibility for the attack, planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from going to help. AP Hundreds of Gaza Palestinians wounded by Israeli ﬁre in two weeks of border violence are severely taxing the coastal strip’s hospitals. Palestinian health officials say nearly 1,300 people have been shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers during the mass border protests, which were called for by the territory’s Hamas rulers. The casualty figures are at the heart of an intensifying debate over the military’s open-ﬁre orders. The Israeli military has disputed the Gaza count of wounded –in clashes that have killed 33 Palestinians – saying that at most dozens were shot. AP Supporters of jailed Lula take on his name By Luke Rix-Standing More than 60 Brazilian members of congress from the opposition Workers’ Party have formally changed their name to “Lula” in honour of their jailed former leader. Party head Gleisi Hoffmann WTO says Trump trade war could cost America jobs By Jamey Keaten AFGHANISTAN BRAZIL SWITZERLAND led the tribute to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former Brazilian president. She will now be known as Gleisi Lula Hoffmann in ofﬁcial Congress documents, in a move followed in droves by her party colleagues. But right-wing opponents responded by adding Judge Sérgio Moro – who convicted Lula – to their names. The former president began a 12-year sentence for corruption on Saturday. He says the corruption charges against him were politically motivated. The head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has warned that President Donald Trump’s plan to protect US businesses with trade tariffs on imports could cause a “domino effect” that costs jobs. Roberto A zevedo waded delicately into the possible impact of a simmering US-China dispute involving tit-for-tat tariffs that could escalate into a trade war with consequences for the global economy. Asked if he could understand Trump supporters who want to see US manufacturing jobs return home, Idaho Scores of dead geese rained down from the sky during a “freak event” in the US. The birds were migrating north over Idaho when the entire ﬂock was struck by lightning, wildlife experts say. More than 100 plummeted on to a car park and nearby rooftop in the city of Idaho Falls during a ferocious storm. “All of them were dead,” said James Brower, co-ordinator with the state’s Department of Fish and Game. “Nothing was moving or twitching. Mother Nature is sometimes cruel to the wildlife kingdom.” Ofﬁcials initially found 51 birds on the ground on Saturday but a further 61 were later discovered on the roof of a nearby warehouse. They were a mix of snow geese and Ross’s geese. Mr Brower said that ﬁsh and game ofﬁcer Jacob Berl was one of the ﬁrst on the scene. “He opened a few up and saw their lungs were exploded. It’s sad. It’s never something you want to see.” It is thought a perfect storm of factors – the timing, wind and direction of ﬂight – all contributed to the deadly incident. However, in order to better understand how precisely the lightning affected the ﬂock, the department has said it will now send several of the birds for necropsies to determine an ofﬁcial cause of death. THE INDEPENDENT Colin Drury Mr Azevedo said that “every country, every leader” wants to create jobs and improve salaries. But, he said, “actions that you Survivor bears the scars Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Zoltan Matyah shows his prisoner number tattooed on his arm outside the Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. He gathered with others ahead of the annual “March of the Living”, in commemoration to the six million Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. AFP/ GETTY PACIFIC OCEAN Woman swept away by wave on cruise ship deck A passenger who fell off a cruise ship reportedly went on deck to be sick before a wave swept her away as her husband watched helplessly. A member of crew on the P&O cruise-liner Paciﬁc Dawn raised the alarm, prompting a search which was still under way last night. P&O said that a crew member saw the woman fall over the side of the ship about 4pm yesterday, 300km west of New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Paciﬁc. “A crew member notified the bridge straight away and the ‘man overboard’ incident response was activated immediately,” said David Jones, a spokesman for P&O. “In line with this, Pacific Dawn turned around to follow the course it was on at the time of the incident.” . The Australian Maritime Safety Authority and New Caledonian authorities issued a call for nearby vessels to assist in the search. AUSTRALIA SWITZERLAND NEW ZEALAND Turnbull to ease China ‘tension’ Billionaire still missing in Alps Ardern bans sea oil exploration Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said there is “some tension” in relations with Beijing, following accusations of Chinese meddling in the country’s politics. Mr Turnbull emphasised positivity in the relationship, and declined to say if Australian ofﬁcials had been refused visas to China. He said he was conﬁdent “any misunderstandings” would be resolved. AP A strong storm in the Swiss Alps was hampering efforts yesterday to ﬁnd a German billionaire, Karl-Erivan Haub, who has been missing on the Matterhorn since Saturday. The head of the rescue effort, Anjan Truffer, said the bad weather meant teams had not been able to head out as planned, the DPA agency reported. The businessman, 58, heir to the Tengelmann retail empire, was training for a ski mountaineering race when he disappeared. AP New Zealand’s government is to ban all new offshore oil and gas exploration in a historic climate win that has come after seven years of public protests. By ending new oil and gas exploration, Jacinda Ardern’s coalition government has effectively put the fourth-largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on the planet – covering more than four million sq km – off limits for any new fossil fuel exploitation. By Katie Grant Postcard From... WTO head Roberto Azevedo fears a ‘domino effect’ from the US policy AFP take are not the end of the process” but can prompt retaliation. “And that kind of domino effect may have implications that will undermine your original goals,” he said. Mr Trump has led efforts to slap penalties on $150bn (£107bn) worth of imports from China. China has responded with a decision to tax $50bn in US products such as soybeans and small aircraft. The 23-year-old WTO has faced criticism it is ill-equipped to ensure fair and free trade – as epitomised by Mr Trump’s complaints about a yawning US trade deﬁcit with China and claims it is swiping coveted intellectual property. AP 13.04.2018 FR DAY Film Music Comedy Theatre GoingOut Staying In Television Books I hate doing sex scenes Helen Mirren talks to James Mottram about entering her ‘death period’, the end of privacy and the joy of laziness H elen Mirren saunters into a Venetian garden in the midday sun. Sporting a bright yellow skirt, purple nail polish and rainbow-coloured cardigan, she’s here to talk about The Leisure Seeker, an OAP road movie pairing her with Donald Sutherland. Leisure seeking is something she’s rather good at. “I’m unbelievably lazy,” she says, grinning. “I’ve just spent two months doing nothing at all.” Still, when Dame Helen does get to work, she makes it count. Her 40-year screen career ranges from the game-changing Baftawinning female detective Jane Tennison in the Prime Suspect series to her Oscar-fêted turn as Elizabeth II in The Queen. Even when she’s not the lead – her gangster’s moll in The Long Good Friday, her head housekeeper in Gosford Park (another Oscar nod) – she’s utterly memorable. Now she’s in her “death” period. In 2016, she played the Grim Reaper – albeit wearing a beret and a feather boa – in the critically mauled Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. “It was about ﬁnding the light in darkness and suffering,” she says, defensively. In The Leisure Seeker, her character Ella Spencer is suffering from a terminal illness, while her husband John (Sutherland), a former literature professor, is sliding towards dementia. “As much a part of life as anything else”, death can’t be ignored, she says. “We’re all headed in that direction, sorry to tell you. You realise that as you lose friends and colleagues. It becomes a part of your life at every age; it’s not just what happens to older people.” Her ﬁrst ﬁlm with Sutherland since 1990 docudrama Bethune: The Making 30 FILM FR DAY ‘I get to be in action movies: they love Oscar winners!’ Continued from page 29 of a Hero sees this bickering married couple travel in a motor home to the Florida Keys so that John can realise his dream of visiting Ernest Hemingway’s house. The ﬁlm is far removed from the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Capturing the frustrations of long-term marriage, there’s also a gentle bedroom moment between Mirren and Sutherland. “I was a bit nervous about the sex scene. I didn’t really want to do it,” she admits. How did she get over it? “Donald was great. He sort of took charge.” It’s hard to imagine Mirren being bashful: after a time at the RSC in the late Sixties, she garnered a pin-up reputation in ﬁlms such as Caligula, Excalibur and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover. The truth is somewhat different, though. “I always hated doing sex scenes. Every part of my life.” Now 72, Mirren has a life-loving aura about her, as sparkling as her platinum-blonde bob. What happens when you die doesn’t concern her. “I’m not into that sort of thing. Neither were my parents.” Mirren’s English mother Kitty and Russian father Vasily, who played viola in the London Philharmonic and later drove a taxi, were secular by nature. “Make the most of [life]” was their motto. “People are living longer, with healthier lifestyles,” Mirren says, before adding. “I don’t exercise.” A thought strikes her about living on into your nineties. “Honestly, do you really want to live that long? I do in a way because I’m so fascinated by where technology is taking us, having witnessed the world without technology.” She’s talking about the pre-internet age. “It’s so fundamentally changed our world.” For her husband, the American film director Taylor Hackford, whom she met on 1985’s White Nights, the rise of streaming sites such as Netflix changed everything. “It’s devastating for film directors, because they want their movies to be watched communally in a cinema.” Needless to say, at home, Mirren daren’t watch movies on her phone. “But I’ll watch them on my iPad,” she smiles. In her line of work, technology has, of course, changed issues of privacy. “There used to be an understanding, but now it is completely gone. Random people taking photos, emails being hacked, people doing screen grabs. It used to be if you did a nude scene, for example, it was a closed set, no photography. Now they [take] a screenshot from the movie and put it on the internet, for everybody to see.” What about social media? Does it bring actors and fans closer together? “It appears to be closer, but it isn’t really,” she says. “Actually it’s as managed as ﬁlm magazines from the 1950s.” Thankfully, Mirren’s Instagram account is delightfully from the heart – pictures of John Hurt, George Michael and London buses. “Everybody brands themselves now. What Andy Warhol said has come true.” One potent moment in The Leisure Seeker sees Ella and John accidentally join a pro-Trump rally, which director Paolo Virzi shot before Trump became President in November 2016; back then, nobody believed he would make it to the White House. Has she considered moving back to Britain in the wake of his election? “No,” she says, carefully. “My husband is American and I have a lot of family in America.” While it’s not hard to see where her loyalties lie – her Instagram features a girl with “F**k Trump” painted on to her lips – she has “great faith” in the American people. What about Brexit? “It’s very hard to see where Brexit is going to take us. Rather like Trump’s America, it was a rather nostalgic idea. Let’s go back to how it used to be, with cricket and tea on the lawn and people being nice to each other. None of these horrible problems [of today].” For Mirren, the past few years have been gloriously entertaining, even living out action-movie fantasies in Red and Fast and the Furious 8. Next, she stars in Luc Besson’s crime thriller Anna, then the big Disney extravaganza The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Lazy or not, Mirren has clearly been enjoying these post-Oscar freedoms. “It’s one of the advantages of winning: I get to be in action movies! They love having Oscar winners in their action movies. They want to bring you down.” ‘The Leisure Seeker’ (15) opens next Friday On the road Mirren with Donald Sutherland in ‘The Leisure Seeker’ Mutants go ape in plotless B movie RAMPAGE (12A) Filmof theweek HHHHH Brad Peyton, 100 mins, starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Naomie Harris Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab It’s when a giant crocodile, a huge wolf and a King Kong-sized ape scurry up a Chicago skyscraper that it becomes clear that Rampage, the new monster movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has completely lost the plot. The film, loosely based on a video game, must have cost a fortune, but its crummy storyline would barely pass muster in the ALSOSHOWING A GENTLE CREATURE (18) HHHHH Sergei Loznitsa, 143 mins, starring: Vasilina Makovtseva, Liya Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriuta The title of Sergei Loznitsa’s new ﬁlm comes from a celebrated 19th-century Dostoevsky short story, but the action is set ﬁrmly in contemporary Russia. The protagonist is a forlorn young woman (Vasilina Makovtseva) whose husband is serving a sentence for murder. The plot revolves around her efforts to deliver him a parcel full of basic clothes and food stuffs. If you’ve ever stood in a queue at a post ofﬁce or travelled on an overcrowded bus, you will feel sympathy for the plight of Loznitsa’s hapless heroine. Everything and everybody is against this “gentle creature”. In the Kafka-esque world which the director portrays with very grim humour, decency and justice are in short supply. The ﬁlm has a warped, nightmarishlike feel. Makovtseva’s unnamed protagonist is not the prisoner – but she is caught in a purgatorial world anyway. CUSTODY (15) HHHHH Xavier Legrand, 94 mins, starring: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux Custody is like a French version of Kramer vs. Kramer – but done as a brutal thriller instead of a tearjerker. Some of its insights are similar to those found in the celebrated American movie: when a couple get divorced, it doesn’t mean they both stop loving one another. The difference here is that instead of cuddly Dustin Hoffman, the husband, Antoine (Denis Ménochet), is a tormented, boorish and abusive man. The mystery is why the long-suffering Miriam (Léa Drucker) married him in the ﬁrst place. Only gradually do we realise that Antoine may be unhinged and wants to control every aspect of his family’s life. In the latter stages, the ﬁlm changes dramatically in tone. What had appeared to be a naturalistic study of the break-up of a marriage turns into a violent thriller. We begin to understand the secrecy and shame which have clouded the children’s lives. A chilling and well-observed study of domestic violence that is all the more powerful because of its slow-burn approach. i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 For no particular reason, Rampage opens with a scene in space. A scientist is stuck in a spaceship with a giant rat which has been “genetically edited” and is now trying to kill her. After a big explosion, the growth serum blasts across the universe and lands in the wildlife sanctuary. George takes it and, in no time at all, grows to King Kong size, escapes from the sanctuary and goes on the rampage. Cops and special forces are after him but are powerless to stop him. Nor can they do anything about an enormous wolf which has also quaffed down some of the growth substance and is likewise on a wrecking spree. The special effects are the ﬁlm’s strongest element. We get to see the monsters munching on aeroplanes and helicopters as if they’re snacks. The wolf has a ravenous Naomie Harris’s main achievement here is in keeping a straight face Cheeky monkey George destroys buildings and aircraft alike creakiest 1950s B movie. Director Brad Peyton follows pretty much the same formula as his previous (and equally far-fetched) San Andreas. The slight difference here is that it isn’t earthquakes which are rumbling America but giant mutant animals. Johnson plays Davis Okoye, a conservationist who works at the San Diego Wildlife Sanctuary. He is especially close to the albino ape George, whom he rescued when the chimp was two years old. He has taught George sign language. The animal knows how to give him the finger, how to fist bump and how to share a joke. Davis gets on far better with his simian pal than any of the humans he works with. Film Matrix appetite which it can only satisfy by eating soldiers. It’s dispiriting to see an actress of Naomie Harris’s calibre lumbered with some of the lines she is given here as a genetic scientist who continually tries to explain just how the serum works. Her main achievement is to keep a straight face. Dwayne Johnson is the same likeable, impassive presence he is in every other action movie. All the death and destruction never upsets him. The most agitated he becomes is when he reminisces about the poachers in Africa who killed George’s mother. In fact, he is far more upset about this than about the soldiers massacred by the mutant animals. Thanks to Johnson’s screen persona and the ﬁlm’s sense of its own ridiculousness, Rampage has a certain charm, thrilling the audience one moment then making them groan at a bad pun the next. But sophisticated storytelling it isn’t. THE INDEPENDENT Life or death question lacks shock value TRUTH OR DARE (15) HHHHH Jeff Wadlow, 100 mins, starring: Lucy Hale, Violett Beane, Tyler Posey, Sophia Taylor Ali, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk Truth Or Dare is one of the sillier offerings from producer Jason Blum, the man behind hits from Paranormal Activity and Get Out to Insidious and The Purge. It has a very ﬂimsy high-concept premise: a group of college students go on their last spring break to Mexico for a few days of sex, sun and sangria. On their ﬁnal night, they are lured to an abandoned religious mission where they play a game of “truth or dare”. The game turns out to be in deadly earnest. Back at college, they are forced to keep on playing by a malevolent force. If they forfeit their turn, they die. Bloodcurdling incidents soon mount as the students perform ever more lethal dares and reveal devastating truths. Early on, the film has some of the same irreverent feel as Harmony Korine’s Springbreakers. The good-looking, self-absorbed, pampered college kids are relentless hedonists, and the game very quickly reveals that they are far more interested in their own wellbeing than in that of anyone else. Even the main protagonist, Olivia (Lucy Hale), who had been planning to do humanitarian volunteer work during the spring break, has a ruthless survival instinct. Every character is hiding a secret and suffering anxiety as a result. Brad is gay but terriﬁed about coming out to his dad, a homophobic cop. The fun-loving Markie, Olivia’s best friend, is tormented by the suicide of her beloved father. Medical student Tyson has been forging prescriptions. Director Jeff Wadlow throws in a fair amount of gore and the students hallucinate that the demon is everywhere – that even their best friends are taunting them. Suddenly, these friends will start speaking in a hoarse voice and develop rictus-like smiles that make them look like a rip-off Joker. But the real truth is that the film is very rarely frightening. Blum and his associates are trying hard to establish Truth Or Dare as a franchise. There is something cynical in the way they try to tick off boxes. This is a rites of passage story and a tale about the shifting sands of friendship. It is also surprisingly topical – a horror picture for the social media age. Cambridge Analytica may not have details of the characters’ Facebook accounts, but the demon most certainly does. A few moments of ingenuity aside, this is lacklustre ﬁlm-making, its premise so contrived that any attempts to stir up suspense are stiﬂed. THE INDEPENDENT There’s something out there A demonic being haunts Lucy Hale and friends REEL = TALK= JESSICA BARRETT Big hitters join CIA torture drama Annette Bening (above), Adam Driver and Jon Hamm will star in The Torture Report. The script, by Contagion writer Scott Z Burns, will focus on the CIA’s treatment of terrorist detainees in the wake of the Twin Towers attacks. Brit duo sign up to psychological thriller Russell Tovey (above) and Jim Carter have joined Bill Condon’s adaptation of The Good Liar. The drama, based on the Nicholas Searle novel, is about a con artist (Ian McKellen) who meets a rich widow (Helen Mirren) online. Woah! Bill and Ted plan reunion A third Bill and Ted instalment is edging closer: writer Chris Matheson says he has come up with a way in which Keanu Reeves (above) and Alex Winter could return to the roles. “You’re told you’re gonna save the world,” he says. “Now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it. It affects their marriages, their relationships with their kids, their everything.” WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES RAMPAGE (12A) TRUTH OR DARE (15) A GENTLE CREATURE (18) CUSTODY (15) “Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. As much fun as it has, it seems shy of going completely over the top.” Empire “Its propulsiveness allows you to mostly ignore the odd plot strand which doesn’t really pay off or the general air of preposterousness.” Entertainment Weekly “A bleak, angry epic painting a despairing portrait of a Russia that feels more like a lawless frontier state than a modern nation.” The List “Legrand works in the raw social realist tradition, stripping away sentimentality in favour of direct, observational ﬁlm-making.” Variety “Put the biggest action star on the planet alongside even bigger creatures and what do you have? A giant CGI monstrosity.” South China Morning Post “The truth is that it’s a lazily helmed, cheap-feeling triﬂe with no true scares and an off-putting cynicism coursing through it.” TheFrightFile.com “A ﬁlm which starts out naturalistically and gradually transmogriﬁes into a surrealistic political fable.” The Daily Beast “Perhaps the most dazzling fusion of grim social realism and giddy genre thrills since 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.” Sight and Sound Silent film rules at the box office Dystopian thriller A Quiet Place, which stars real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (above), has earnt $71m (£50m) in its opening weekend – the second biggest opener of the year, after Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. 31 32 MUSIC FR DAY The great escape Justin HaywardYoung (third from left) and Freddie Cowan (far right) say they want to offer people a break from the world ‘We tried to find out who we are… Hailed as …and ended up rock’n’roll’s saviours when more confused’ they first emerged in 2011, The Vaccines have returned with a new album that redefines them – as silly, apolitical and even romantic, they tell Roisin O’Connor T he Vaccines’ frontman Justin Hayward-Young is sporting the same short-sleeved shirt he wears in the video for “I Can’t Quit” from their recently released fourth album, Combat Sports. It’s alarmingly bright – splashes of red with a tropical pattern of green, yellow and pink. The shirt is a good symbol for the album itself. With a cluster of radio-friendly pop-rock tracks, it is full of youthful, frenetic energy. Songs such as “Nightclub” and “Put it on a T-Shirt” are heaps of fun, full of colour, and often just the right amount of silly. “I think every record is reactive to the previous one,” says Hayward-Young. “On the last record, we did loads of rehearsals and reﬁned it on the computer. Then when it came to playing it live, we were super-excited about the songs but realised we wouldn’t be able to do them justice. I always thought we were a great live band, so we wanted a record that would feel natural. It’s a reﬂection of how we were feeling when we made it, with renewed energy, especially given the line-up change.” After the release of their 2015 album English Graffiti, The Vaccines considered calling it a day. Hayward-Young had lost sight of what set the band apart from other indie-rock bands and wondered if they could keep going. “On the last record I think we set out to ﬁnd out who we were, and at the end we came out feeling more confused than informed,” he says. “Then, when we started this new process, especially when Pete [Robertson] left and we talked about not even having a drummer any more, we really were in the wilderness. Our first record deﬁned us, and it was a challenge working out how to grow from that sound. So I’m really happy we’re back at the core of what we should be doing.” “I think it speaks of who we are now,” agrees lead guitarist Freddie Cowan. “It’s more grownup. You respect the personality, what the band is, but I think we are being ourselves to the best of our ability.” When The Vaccines emerged, there was hype well before the release of their debut, the tongue-incheek-titled What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?. They came third in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll, and landed their first NME cover. They struggled to fend off comparisons to other bands of their time, but Hayward-Young says they always believed they were something more than those other acts. “I knew we were capable of more than what some people were saying, despite the fact they were hyping us,” he explains. While the pair cite an eclectic range of inﬂuences, once they were in the studio for Combat Sports, their producer Ross Orton “essentially banned” them from listening to music in the studio. “We were grateful,” Hayward-Young says. “He said: ‘If you’re going to reference anyone, reference yourselves.’ It was frustrating i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 It’s really good to make yourself, and the listener, uncomfortable on occasions at the time, but it meant we were going off instinct.” He’s not sure about the suggestion of a Libertines/Pete Doherty influence on his songwriting in “Young American”, the sixth track on the album. “I don’t hear it as being as British as that… I think I was trying to channel Leonard Cohen,” he says. “It was around the time he died. I was obsessed with his lyrics and the way he’d ﬂip an entire phrase by switching a word. ‘Young American’ was a conversation I wasn’t able to have with someone. And at the time I really wanted them to hear it – now I don’t care. But it was an uncomfortable moment. “We keep talking about being authentic, and I think it’s really good to make yourself, and the listener, uncomfortable on occasions. But I actually think the song’s quite romantic. Our songs are written huddled over a piano or a guitar and often you don’t hear that. So it’s nice to have those moments on the record.” One thing they didn’t do on the record was attempt to turn it – or any one track – into an overtly political statement. Hayward-Young says he feels artists are given an opportunity to make those statements, but it’s not the responsibility that some have made out. “You can use your platform if you want, to educate, to inform, but equally people listen to music to escape all of that,” he says. “To dance, to get over a break-up, to just disappear into this world you’ve created and not be reminded of all the shit that’s going on outside for a while. “The rise of populism, Brexit, Donald Trump – that’s a reaction. People don’t like being told by the people they consider to be the elite, the entitled, so I think you have to be conscious that it can be counterproductive at times. Also, imagine how bad our music would be if it sounded the same but we shifted the message,” he says, breaking off with a laugh. “You could argue that Nirvana had a bigger cultural and therefore political impact than Rage Against the Machine,” Cowan adds. “It was just less explicit.” With the record out, they’re looking forward to their return to Alexandra Palace in London tomorrow night. “It was quite a long time ago, now, since we last played [there],” HaywardYoung says. “2012 was the last time – that’s six years and we’re still selling out a 10,000-capacity venue in London.” He beams. “That’s pretty mind-blowing.” THE INDEPENDENT ‘Combat Sports’ is out now. The Vaccines play The O2 Academy, Shefﬁeld, tonight and Alexandra Palace, London, tomorrow. They headline Live at Leeds festival on 5 May (leedsinternationalfestival. com/event/live-at-leeds) ALBUMREVIEWS A wild card who’s as good as she thinks CARDI B Invasion of Privacy HHHHH Album ofthe week Download: Be Careful, Bodak Yellow, Money Bag, Bickenhead, I Like It, Ring ft Kehlani Critics tried to call Cardi B’s success a one-off, as if she were a passing fad rather than a unique and exciting artist – and you can stamp a big fat “sexist” sign on that. It’s the same sexism which still tries to pit her against fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, as though you can only have one female MC enjoy success at a time. Referred to by one critic as “the new American dream”, her debut album Invasion of Privacy recounts her rags-to-riches narrative in album opener “Get Up 10”: “Went from making tuna sandwiches to making the news”. There are so many meme-able lines you’d be pushed to pick a favourite, yet this writer’s is the TINASHE Joyride HHHHH Download: No Drama (ft Offset), Faded Love (ft Feature), Me So Bad (ft Ty Dolla $ign) After the R&B-tinged pop singer’s successful full-length debut, the 24-year-old teased her sophomore effort incessantly. But album delays and setbacks added two years to the timeline. Finally, Joyride has arrived – and it’s a deﬁnite departure from her previous work, with moodier songs, fewer pop hooks and more experimentation. It has a more mature tone – but misses missing the catchier elements that helped Tinashe rise in the ﬁrst place. Ilana Kaplan LAURA VEIRS The Lookout HHHHH Download: The Meadow, Heavy Petals, Watch Fire With her 10th folk-pop album, Laura Veirs puts aside the tumult of the current political climate and creates her own response to the chaos around her. The Lookout is both delicate and powerful in its allusions to protective imagery and its response to the Trump era, delivered via consistently gorgeous folk melodies, as, in ﬁnespun metaphors, Veirs approaches the subjects of the nation’s racial divides, mortality and being a parent. Ilana Kaplan blatant but still splendid “Cardi B on the charts, and expect that”. It sums up her own belief in her talent, her hold on the industry, and how aware of it she is. What really ﬂies on Invasion of Privacy is her voice: Cardi B has a particular inﬂection that conveys her personality so beautifully. She’s as conﬁdent as it seems possible to be while weaponising her own sexuality on album closer “I Do”, and drips venom on “Be Careful” as she prepares a bowl of cereal with bleach. Regardless of speculation around the involvement of ghostwriters on this record, each and every line is her own thanks to her delivery – references to her personal life are sometimes as speciﬁc as a single tweet sent from her account last year. She samples 60s boogaloo hit “I Like It Like That” and calls to her Dominican heritage with bachata music on the sexy, swinging “I Like It”. Saving spots for Puerto Rican trap/reggaeton singer Bad Bunny, and Colombian artist J Balvin, she puts her own spin on the Latin music explosion that kicked off last year. Remarkably, Chance the Rapper’s contribution to the hook on “Best Life” actually seems to bring about a dip in the energy, but by contrast Cardi bursts on, carefree and ﬁery: “I can’t believe they wanna see me lose that bad,” she marvels, laughing at her haters. She’s wild and completely unpredictable, and that’s what this music industry needs – someone who plays by nobody’s rules but her own. When she sings off the hook on “Be Careful”, it’s just another moment when Cardi B runs to her own rhythm: because nothing about Invasion of Privacy is formulaic. THE INDEPENDENT Roisin O’Connor JOHN PRINE The Tree of Forgiveness HHHHH Download: Lonesome Friends of Science, Caravan of Fools, God Only Knows, When I Get to Heaven Bob Dylan calls John Prine’s songs “Proustian”, respect earnt back on his 1971 debut, but undimmed for recent Americana stars from Justin Vernon to Jason Isbell. Isbell guests on these ﬁrst new Prine songs for 13 years, which also include co-writing credits for The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Phil Spector. Little here goes much past three minutes, or makes great claims for itself. Shaggy dog stories seem always at the point of being told in lyrics which can seem throwaway, but have no loose threads. “Summer’s End” evokes the seasonal sanctuary of home for the lonely. “Caravan of Fools”, by contrast, sees him lower his cancer-scratched voice to one of biblical portent. Some songs are slight, yet still solid, like good chairs you can settle into for a while. 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The story is adapted from the novels of Michael Connelly. 2 LOST IN SPACE FROM TODAY, NETFLIX This sleek update of the 60s series stars Toby Stephens as John Robinson, a patriarch about to take his family on a ﬁve-year mission into space to explore a distant planet. However, they are sabotaged by Dr Smith (the ever-excellent Parker Posey), which means they end up stranded on an alien planet – and they’re not the only ones. Also starring Molly Parker (Deadwood, House of Cards) as Maureen Robinson. THIS WEEK’S Tento watch Chosen by Jessica Barrett 4 THE CRYSTAL MAZE SUN 8PM, CHANNEL 4 Richard Ayoade returns as host for a new series of the rebooted 1990s adventure game show. This week it’s a family affair, the Hauxwells taking on the physical, mental and mystery challenges to determine how 3 HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE SAT 7.30PM, ITV Saturday nights are made for Harry Hill. The comedian is back with a new series of the show in which he and some celebrity pals try to stop an alien invasion (because… why not?). Hill is joined by an eclectic bunch in the ﬁrst episode: ITV’s political editor Robert Peston, actress Sally Dynevor (Coronation Street’s Sally Webster) and… Anneka Rice. long they’ll get in the Crystal Dome. Will they leave any of their loved ones locked up on the way? 5 THE TRAVEL MAN MON 8.30PM, CHANNEL 4 Yet more Ayoade, this time spending a deadpan 48 hours on the Portuguese island of Madeira with Peep Show star Robert Webb. They sample the local wine and cake, dine at a restaurant that can be reached only by sea or cable car, and head to the capital, Funchal, for an embroidery lesson. 6 TATE BRITAIN’S GREAT ART WALKS TUES 9PM, SKY ARTS Art historian Gus CaselyHayford is joined by stars such as Robert Lindsay, Helena Bonham-Carter and David Bailey for a series of walks which explore the areas that inspired their favourite artists. The ﬁrst episode takes Casely-Hayford and Billy Connolly to Cookham in Berkshire, where Stanley Spencer was born and painted for most of his life, describing it as a “village in Heaven”. 7 Clockwise from top ‘Bob Geldof’ and his assistant in ‘Urban Myths’; Billy Connolly in ‘Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks’; Stephen Lawrence remembered STEPHEN: THE MURDER THAT CHANGED A NATION TUES 9PM, BBC1 Film-makers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees present a three-part documentary investigating one of Britain’s most notorious murders. It has been 25 years since Stephen Lawrence was killed at a bus stop by six white males in an unprovoked attack. Failures in the police investigation meant the killers walked free. This ﬁlm follows Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence’s struggle for justice. We see the story through her eyes, and the eyes of Stephen’s family and friends, and there is comment from former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Paul Condon, that role’s incumbent Cressida Dick, former home secretary Jack Straw and Theresa May. 8 PARADISE HUNTERS TUES 9PM, CHANNEL 4 Many of us dream about leaving our jobs, but few do it. Here, two millennials who are fed up with their mundane lives risk everything when they hand in their notice and leave their friends and family behind to start very different jobs, from working on a ranch in Mexico to becoming a salmon farmer on a remote Scottish loch. 9 THE ALIENIST FROM THURS, NETFLIX It’s New York in 1986 and a series of murders of young, male prostitutes has gripped the city. The story, based on the novel by Caleb Carr and adapted by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, follows the work of a criminal psychologist who joins forces with a journalist and an aspiring female police detective to investigate the murders. Described as the “grizzliest period drama yet”, it stars Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans. 10 URBAN MYTHS THURS 9PM, SKY ARTS Live Aid was not only “the day rock’n’roll changed the world”, it was also the source of countless music industry rumours. Backstage At Live Aid, the latest episode of the comedy series Urban Myths, imagines how some of those rumours played out. We watch Bob Geldof (played by Jonas Armstrong) and his personal assistant Marsha Hunt (Kerry Howard) marshal the world’s most famous faces – Sade, Midge Ure, Elton John and Freddie Mercury among them – in the green room at Wembley. Television Friday 13 April CRITIC’S CHOICE Daytime GERARD GILBERT 6pm PICK OF THE DAY === 11.25pm, BBC1 Friday night is comedy night, with the excellent Episodes and Lee And Dean (see both, right) joined by a promising new mockumentary co-written by and starring Lily Brazier, left (Miche in People Just Do Nothing) as Maxine, a Noughties pop has-been now managing – or mismanaging – her own girl band. The deluded David Brent-like Maxine decides to revive her own career with “Mum rock”, which is ironic given that she’s not much of a mother either. “The kids still don’t like me,” she complains to her husband, an ex-boy-band member now writing jingles (played by Nathan Barley’s Nicholas Burns). All that and Dane Bowers as himself. 8.30pm, BBC1 After the excitements of the previous rounds, travelling to Peru and recreating Michelin-starred dishes, the three ﬁnalists now have to cook their hearts out for the chance to follow 2017 champion Dr Saliha Mahmood Ahmed. Expect to see all of them back next year, when they get a chance to judge instead of being judged. Wannabe MasterChef: The Final === The City & The City 9pm, BBC2 The production design alone makes this adaptation of China Miéville’s fantasy-thriller hybrid worthwhile, but thankfully that’s not all there is. David Morrissey’s Inspector Borlu gets permission to pursue his murder investigation in the shiny city of Ul Qoma – having ﬁrst attended a course so that he can see the place that he has been conditioned not to. He gets a new police partner, played by German actress Maria Schrader, and there are ﬂashbacks to a previous visit to Ul Qoma, when lover Katrynia (Lara Pulver) went missing. astonished to learn that their boss prefers women. Either way, Liese (Hilde de Baerdemaeker) is in a permanently foul mood throughout this latest investigation, which involves a diamond trader murdered in a hotel swimming pool – and that means those heels are clacking extra ﬁercely on Antwerp’s cobbles. === 10pm, BBC2 David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik’s sitcom is humming along so sweetly that it’s a shame to think this is the ﬁnal series. Matt Le Blanc’s heightened version of himself is back on top, leveraging his new-found celebrity to secure a new show from the network, and he wants Sean and Beverley Rough Justice 6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Commonwealth Games 2018 Live athletics, diving, hockey and rugby sevens on day nine (S). 1.00 BBC News At One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15 800 Words (S). 3.00 Escape To The Country (S). 3.45 Money For Nothing (R) (S). 4.30 Flog It! 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Someone’s been covertly ﬁlming them, but who? “She should have closed the curtains,” reckons Soﬁe, while her male colleagues are simply 7.00 The One Show (S). 7.30 Sounds Like Friday Night Featuring Lily Allen and Sam Smith (S). 10pm === 6.00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals (R) (S). 6.20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) (S). 6.45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) (S). 7.10 Who’s Doing The Dishes? (R) (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.20 Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.55 You’ve Been Framed! Gold (R) (S). 9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (R) (S). 10.20 The Bachelor (R) (S). 12.15 Emmerdale (R) (S). 12.45 Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.15 You’ve Been Framed! Gold (R) (S). 1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S). 2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.40 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.50 Judge Rinder (R) (S). 5.50 Take Me Out (R) (S). 7.00 You’ve Been Framed! 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(R) (S). 1.05 Two And A Half Men (R) (S). 1.30 Two And A Half Men (R) (S). 1.55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) (S). 2.20 Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) to write it for him. First, however, his ex-wife wants him to talk to his young sons about “that video”. FILM CHOICE LAURENCE PHELAN === Lee And Dean 10pm, Channel 4 Things are getting confusing for poor Dean, as he and Lee carry out their ﬁrst ever job for a gay couple and Lee (Miles Chapman) seems surprisingly at home, either lounging in their clients’ hot tub or perusing their video collection. Ramon Tikaram joins the cast as Mrs Bryce-D’Souza’s errant husband Jonty (“He’s been away ﬁnding himself or something,” says Mrs B-D, the brilliant Anna Morris) and the episode ends at a poetry evening where Dean makes his stage debut. FILM OF THE DAY === 9pm, TCM (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) Kubrick’s masterly Stephen King adaptation is about a blocked writer who takes a job as a live-in caretaker and moves with his young family into a remote, snowbound hotel for the off season – only to ﬁnd that all work and no play makes Jack an axe-wielding maniac. Mr Nicholson’s (left) wild-eyed and iconic performance constantly threatens to overpower the ﬁlm, but doesn’t quite. In fact, this is a terrifyingly plausible look into the abyss of psychosis, and no other horror ﬁlm has the same grandeur, meticulous attention to detail or claim to the status of cinematic high art. 8pm, Sky Cinema Greats (Menhaj Huda, 2005) A ﬁlm with an authentic tone but a melodramatic, tabloid-baiting plot, about a fun-ﬁlled day in the lives of a group of hoodie-clad north London teenagers, involving lashings of sex, drugs, violence, swearing and urban music. The Shining Kidulthood === Wilson 12midn’t, Sky Cinema Premiere (Craig Johnson, 2017) Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a dyspeptic but garrulous middleaged divorcee with a knack – a perverse gift – for saying absolutely the most socially inappropriate thing at any one time. 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The rich legacy of a composer best known for the Canon in D. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. Highlights from the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music series. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th birthday. 4.30 BBC Young Musician 2018. Highlights from this year’s Young Musician percussion ﬁnalists. 5.00 In Tune. Guests include the Castalian Quartet and Pavel Kolesnikov. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. Featuring music by Debussy. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. The BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by Elgar, Yiu and Elkington. 10.00 The Verb. With writer and actress Ruth Jones and poet Raymond Antrobus. 10.45 The Essay: One Bar Electric Memoir 11.00 Music Planet 1am Through The Night. 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Clare Balding explores the beaches of Aberlady Bay with local school pupils and teachers. 11.55 The Listening Project 12mdn’t News And Weather 12.30 Book Of The Week: Packing My Library 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast 5.30 News Brieﬁng 5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45 IPM BBC Radio 4 LW 9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm Shipping Forecast 5.54 Shipping Forecast BBC Radio 4 Extra 6am White Heat 6.30 Arthur Mee: Encyclopaedist 7.00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 7.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase 8.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again 8.30 Brothers In Law 9.00 It’s Your Round 9.30 After Henry 10.00 Jude The Obscure 11.00 Podcast Radio Hour 12noon I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again 12.30 Brothers In Law 1.00 White Heat 1.30 Arthur Mee: Encyclopaedist 2.00 The Essex Serpent 2.15 Disability: A New History 2.30 Tristram Shandy 2.45 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 3.00 Jude The Obscure 4.00 It’s Your Round 4.30 After Henry 5.00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 5.30 The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase 6.00 The Scarifyers: The King Of Pick ofthe day Radio 3 In Concert 7.30pm, BBC Radio 3 At London’s Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Andrew Davis (above), in works by Elgar, Raymond Yiu and Elkington. 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Presented by Catherine Bott. 10.00 Smooth Classics 1am Katie Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones Absolute Radio 6am Christian O’Connell’s Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00 Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s With Claire Sturgess 10.00 Sarah Champion 4am Jay Lawrence Heart 6am Jamie And Emma 9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy 7.00 Club Classics 10.00 Lilah Parsons 1am James Stewart TalkSPORT 6am The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast With Ally McCoist 10.00 Jim White, Perry Groves And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00 Sam Matterface and Darren Gough 7.00 The Season Ticket With Danny Kelly And Laura Woods 10.00 The Two Mikes 1am Extra Time With Tom Latchem FR DAY 38 AGENDA What’sontoday... Visual Arts AMERICA’S COOL MODERNISM: O’KEEFE TO HOPPER Ashmolean Museum, Oxford An exploration of the “cool” in American art in the early 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. (01865 278112) to 22 Jul OCEAN LINERS: SPEED & STYLE V&A, London SW7 This exhibition, the most comprehensive ever about international ocean liners, is bookended by two ships: Brunel’s Great Eastern of 1859, which transformed ocean travel, and the Queen Elizabeth II of 1969, which brought the era of great ocean-going passenger shipping to a close. Between these two vessels a whole transport culture is on display, from fabulous posters for the liners to archive ﬁlm clips, showing how the golden age of ocean travel helped shape the modern world. (020 7942 2000) to 17 Jun THE HOUSE OF FAME: CONVENED BY LINDER Nottingham Contemporary Part retrospective, part kinship jamboree, this celebration of British artist and musician Linder is a riotous exchange between art, fashion, music and architecture, spanning more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and 16 days from on £2,199pply performance, starting with her early photo collage for the Buzzcocks’ 1977 single “Orgasm Addict”. As well as her own work, the exhibition includes almost 200 works by 30 artists, stretching from the 1600s to today. (0115 948 9750) to 17 Jun YTO BARRADA: AGADIR Barbican Curve, London EC2 Yto Barrada, the 46-year-old New York-based Moroccan artist, is a force of life and her new show, an interweaving of bits and pieces, is a delight. There are live performances, a mural, collages, wickerwork sculptures and an eight-minute movie, taking as their starting point the 1967 novel Agadir, by Moroccan author Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine. (barbican.org.uk) to 20 May VICTORIAN GIANTS: THE BIRTH OF ART PHOTOGRAPHY National Portrait Gallery, London WC2 The ﬁrst exhibition to examine the relationship between four ground-breaking Victorian artists – Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79), Lewis Carroll (183298), Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65) and Oscar Rejlander (1813-75) – with material drawn from public and private collections featuring sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Frederic Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. (020 7306 0055) to 20 May ANDREAS GURSKY Hayward Gallery, London SE1 The gallery reopens after a two-year reﬁt with the ﬁrst major retrospective in a UK institution of the German photographer, featuring around 60 of the artist’s images from the 1980s through to his most recent work, including Paris, Montparnasse (1993), an immense photograph showing a seemingly endless block of ﬂats, and Rhine II (1999/2015), a sleek, digitally tweaked vision of the river as a contemporary minimalist symbol. (020 3879 9555) to 22 Apr PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea This free exhibition of the pioneering German painter, printmaker and sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th century focuses on her portraits of working women and her two great series concerned with social injustice: Ein Weberaufstand (A Weavers’ Revolt) and Bauernkrieg (Peasants’ War), with the ever-present imagery of death, especially a mother’s grief, and the theme of war. (01792 516900) to 17 Jun Talks CAMBRIDGE LITERARY FESTIVAL Cambridge Union Society On the bill this year are Lucy Worsley, Harriet Harman, Luke Harding, Rose Tremain, Alan Hollinghurst, Robert Macfarlane, Denise Mina, Ed Miliband, Afua Hirsch and Jenny Uglow. (01223 357 851) to Sun ESTLITFEST Print Room at the Coronet, London W11 This weekend centenary celebration of Estonian writing takes place as part of the London Book Fair and features Kristiina Ehin, Kai Areleid, Rein Raud, Christopher MacLehose, Ian Thomson, Jaan Undusk, Mihkel Mutt and the Estonian ambassador to the UK, Tiina Intelmann. (the-print-room.org) to Sat Comedy COUNT ARTHUR STRONG Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Scattering malapropisms gleefully as he goes, Steve Delaney’s doddery old thesp “delves into his own personal box of video cassettes” to pick highlights from his “glittering” TV career – and tell tales from the good old days. (01743 281281) tonight ROB AUTON Soho Theatre, London W1 Rob Auton, dealer in wonderfully strange comic poetry and funny, surprising trains of thought, has grown his hair long – very long – and wants to tell you all about it (and about eyebrows, follicles and hirsuteness in general) in The Hair Show. (020 7478 0100) to Sat RICHARD HERRING Pound Arts Centre, Corsham Richard Herring ﬁnds himself face-to-face with his half century – and his dodgy knees, low-hanging testicles and demanding family – in Oh Frig, I’m 50! (01249 701628) tonight HELEN MURRAY Pick ofthe day South Africa Selected departures up to November 2018 & January to November 2019 Your tour includes... ✓ Full day guided safari in the Kruger National Park ✓ Tour of the legendary Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift ✓ Internal flight to the stunning ‘Garden Route’ ✓ Visit Hermanus for the world’s finest on-shore whale watching* ✓ Enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful small country of Swaziland ✓ Stay in the heart of the fabulously beautiful Western Cape’s Winelands, experiencing a cellar tour and tasting at a 300-year old wine estate ✓ Visits to the Cape of Good Hope and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens ✓ Visit to Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum ✓ Stay three nights in Cape Town, dominated by Table Mountain ✓ Optional night in a tented safari camp, with a bushwalk with a ranger ✓ Return flights from London Heathrow ✓ Stay in three and four-star hotels with breakfast, two lunches and three dinners ✓ The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager Optional Rovos Rail extension – 18 days from £4,099pp Prices are based on two people sharing and are correct at time of print. Single supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking conditions of Riviera Travel, ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Subject to availability. Additional entrance cost may apply. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. For further information please write to Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1SP. *Whale watching dependent on season. For more information or to book, please call: 01283 523447 www.ipariviera.co.uk ABTA No. V4744 THEATRE DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS Bunker Theatre, London SE1 Kevin Armento’s fascinating play revisits Bill Clinton’s notorious relationship with his intern (which always gets dubbed the Monica Lewinsky Scandal) in the light of the #MeToo movement and the allegations against Donald Trump. There is an almost abstract quality to the play, seen here in a ﬂuent production by Joshua McTaggart, with a largely bare dais of a stage on which the perspectives of ﬁve women at the centre of the scandal clash, including Hillary Clinton (Flora Montgomery), Chelsea Clinton (Kristy Philipps) and Lewinsky (Daniella Isaacs). (020 7234 0486) to 28 Apr i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 JESS ROBINSON Junction, Cambridge Impressionist Jess Robinson, blessed with a belting voice, brings Beyoncé, Kate Bush, Judy Garland and a host of other female icons to very funny life in Here Come the Girls. (01223 511511) tonight World Music MÉLISSA LAVEAUX Rich Mix, London E2 The Haitian-Canadian singer’s third album, Radyo Siwèl, is on the No Format label, and is packed with great pop-infused songs, drawing on Haitian music and poetry and steeped in the island’s history and culture. (020 7613 7498) tonight Classical LABÈQUE SISTERS Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 Katia and Marielle Labèque join the London Philharmonic Orchestra under John Storgårds for the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos, framed by Stravinsky’s Jeu de Cartes ballet and Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony. (020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm IGOR LEVIT Wigmore Hall, London W1 The Russian-German pianist premieres Frederic Rzewski’s new work, Ages, in celebration of the American pianist-composer’s 80th birthday, plus a selection of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words and a transcription of the Adagio from Mahler’s 10th. (020 7935 2141) tonight 7.30pm Pop THE ORIELLES Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Inquisitive, sardonic and self-determined, this Halifax trio deliver sharp hits of C86 revivalism on the debut album, Silver Dollar Moment. Sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford (with pal Henry Carlyle Wade) lead a keen-witted display of DIY indie-pop thinking. (lunatickets.co.uk) tonight THE VACCINES Academy, Shefﬁeld The ramalama indie-rock hopes of 2011 return, rejigged of line-up and refreshed of outlook. After the Arctic Monkeys-aping pop diversion of English Grafﬁti, the whiplash riffs and bullish tunes of Combat Sports bristle with ﬁghting spirit. (gigsandtours.com) tonight Dance VOICES OF AMERICA Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 A major coup for English National Ballet: a world premiere staging of William Forsythe, one of the world’s most inﬂuential choreographers. Plus Jerome Robbins’ The Cage and Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings. (020 7863 8000) to 21 Apr MATTHEW BOURNE’S HIGHLAND FLING Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 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. (0131 529 6000) to Sat Folk & Roots THE LOWEST PAIR Café No 8, Launceston ‘Movies are made by white men’ The film industry has long suffered from a lack of gender diversity and monoculturalism. The East End Film Festival will do its best to right that, says Kaleem Aftab The Americana twosome comprise the banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T Lee, mixing Winter’s high lonesome harmonies and Lee’s Midwest croon. (01566 777369) tonight Theatre CATHY Soho Theatre, London W1 More than 50 years after Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home, Ali Taylor’s play, which draws on real-life experience to imagine how a modern Cathy would fare, reminds us that the state of housing is still a very sore issue. (020 7478 0100) to Sat THE BAND Newcastle Theatre Royal Writer Tim Firth’s musical about Take That is an infectious homage to the music of Britain’s best-loved boy band and the power of youthful friendship. The on-stage action never takes itself too seriously as it journeys from 90s suburban teenage bedroom to the present day. (thebandmusical.com) to Sat HUMBLE BOY Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond Charlotte Jones’s 2001 domestic comedy fuses Alan Ayckbourn’s agonising humour with the artful eloquence of Tom Stoppard, and Paul Miller’s revival cherishes its quirks, deliberately ﬂirting with cartoonish excess but achieving warmth and poignancy. (020 8940 3633) to Sat LEGALLY BLONDE Grand Theatre, Blackpool Lucie Jones stars in Anthony Williams’s brilliantly energetic and witty production of the legal musical, based on the 2001 ﬁlm and telling the story of how an apparently air-headed California valley blonde goes to Harvard Law School and becomes a seriously brilliant lawyer, without ever giving up on her right to wear pink at all times. (legally blondethemusical.com) to Sat MISS SAIGON Palace Theatre, Manchester Laurence Connor’s production of Boublil and Schonberg’s great sung-through drama from 1989 is a breathtakingly spectacular and gripping piece of ensemble theatre, which relocates the story of Puccini’s 1903 opera, Madam Butterﬂy, to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War. Sooha Kim gives a soul-stoppingly powerful and poignant performance as the Saigon bar-worker. (miss-saigon.com) to 12 May Bright spark Annika Berg’s ‘Team Hurricane’ has shades of Harmony Korine F or too long in the film industry, diversity has looked good as a buzzword, yet made only cosmetic difference in practice. As the Argentine director Lucrecia Martel said at the recent Cartagena Film Festival in Colombia, “Films are made by white middle-class men.” It is a systemic problem in cinema, not just Hollywood, as some would have us believe. So, as headline programmer at the East End Film Festival, the first question I had to face with my fellow programmers was how to create a festival that would represent the full range of wonderfully diverse ﬁlms from around the world. It’s trickier than you might think. The film festival scene is dominated by sales agents, mostly from France and Germany, who take on films that they believe they can put into competition at Cannes, Berlin and Venice and sell to a multitude of territories. One needs to spend only five minutes at any festival to realise that, while ﬁlm-makers may be diverse, those calling the shots are a monolithic group. This bottleneck pushes a certain type of movie, which is why Cannes struggles to have any female directors in competition and ﬁlms from Africa remain as rare as cheetahs. The problem that the industry faces is exempliﬁed by the career of Sara Driver, the director of our opening-night ﬁlm, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean- Michel Basquiat. In the 1980s, Driver was a key component of the New York independent film scene that gifted us directors such as Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee. In 1981, she made her mediumlength directorial debut, You Are Not I. The film played at Cannes and the French movie bible Cahiers du Cinéma heralded it as one of the best ﬁlms of the 1980s. Her feature debut Sleepwalk opened Critics Week at Cannes, 1993’s When Pigs Fly played at Locarno. She also produced two other great 1980s movies, Jim Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation and the seminal Stranger Than Paradise. Driver wanted to direct films, but the dramatic movies she wanted to make had female protagonists and, for the past 25 years, ﬁnanciers balked – so Boom for Real represents a welcome return to the director’s chair. The East End is a discovery festival and only debut and second films qualify for competition. Of the eight vying for the top prize, half are directed by women. These include Different Kinds of Rain by Isabel Prahl, an extraordinary psychological drama that won Best First Feature Film at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; and Sara Driver’s debut was critically lauded, yet for 25 years ﬁnanciers balked at backing her High Fantasy, an inventive South African body-swap dramatic comedy from former magician Jenna Bass. I Am Another You is a documentary by the Chinese-born director Nanfu Wang that plays like a slacker detective story, set in Texas, while Annika Berg’s Team Hurricane is an exciting radical punk film about teenage girls. I first saw it at the Venice Film Festival and it gave me that same tingly sensation I had when I ﬁrst saw Harmony Korine’s Gummo. Another of the selected films, Tigre, about a mother trying to reconnect with her son in Argentina, is directed by female-male team Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Gaurdiola. Rounding off the competition are Indian drama Belekempa (The Bangle Seller) by Ere Gowda, about village life; Daha (More) by Onur Saylak, which tells the brutal story of refugees being smuggled to Greece; and Mexican Sebastian Hoffman’s surreal black comedy Time Share. Throw into the mix the English premiere of Fatih Akin’s Golden Globe-winning Best Foreign Language picture In the Fade and enthralling new dramas from two British female directors – the Tanzania-set Pili by Leanne Welham, featuring a cast of non-actors living with HIV, and Deborah Haywood’s misanthropic comedy Pin Cushion – and it’s clear that the seeds of change are being sown. The East End Film Festival runs to 29 April, various venues; eastendﬁlmfestival.com 39 FR DAY 40 BOOKS Loud immigrants and quiet heartbreak THE ONE WHO WROTE DESTINY Nikesh Shukla (Atlantic, £14.99) Review by Anita Sethi T he battle between fate and free will rages forcefully throughout the engrossing third novel by Nikesh Shukla. Are we destined to be who and where we are, or do we have some element of control over our identities and the direction of our lives? These questions also echoed throughout Shukla’s Costa First Novel Award-shortlisted Coconut Unlimited, in which a group of friends in 1990s Harrow form a rap band in an attempt to deﬁne themselves, as well as his second novel Meatspace, in which a man loses his job and his girlfriend and feels as if he has lost control over his own life until he is forced to take the reins. The One Who Wrote Destiny traces the ﬁckle fortunes of three generations of the Jani family: Mukesh, his twin daughter and son Neha and Raks, and their grandmother Ba. The narrative moves deftly through time and place, from the 1960s to the present, between the UK, Kenya and New York, separated into sections told in the ﬁrst person by each character. Mukesh’s tale opens in 1966 in Keighley, where he has moved from Kenya. He feels as if he is in an “in-between world”, dressed in a navy-blue suit jacket that used to belong to his father. He soon confronts the gap between his dreams and reality. Instead of hanging out with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as he had envisaged, his welcome in England is somewhat less glamorous – a bicycle crashes into him and the person on it calls him a “bloody wog”. Shukla edited The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays about race and immigration in the UK. Those themes are tackled unflinchingly here, as he explores both overt racism but also more insidious forms of discrimination and microaggressions. “They fear a loud immigrant,” says Neha when she gets into an altercation on the bus. “It’s easier to dismiss me later as an angry brown woman than deal with me in the present.” The character Raks is a comedian whose career is floundering – his jokes are, according to his sister, distinctly unfunny. But the author’s own gift for distilling humour from the most painful experiences is apparent, tackling thorny topics with both gravity and a lightness of touch. Discriminatory behaviour Shukla explores insidious forms of racism in the UK from the 1960s on FOX/GETTY Shukla, who worked until recently as editor of youth magazine Rife, is also excellent at capturing generational divides, not least when Mukesh bemusedly asks what a retweet is. The emotional core of this moving novel is grief, a topic tackled with sensitivity. It inﬁltrates all of these lives. Neha, whose mother died of cancer, struggles to keep her own diagnosis a secret and enumerates her worries: “Now that I’m dying my biggest fear appears to be the legacy of unﬁnished projects”. Shukla’s poignant novella The Time Machine also explored grief and its royalties were donated to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (the author’s mother died of cancer in 2010). This is a novel about the pain of parting from places, as well as from people. One chapter narrated by grandmother Ba is called “I Heard that People Bear the Pain of Being Away”. The novel gains cumulative power as the grief of generations gathers, until the heartbreaking concluding chapter, “Everyone Disperses – One By One They All Leave”. Although the characters gain some agency in their lives, the novel also offers a clear-eyed look at mortality – the destiny no one escapes. This story, though, is written with such vitality that it lives beyond its ending. ALSORELEASED ROSIE: SCENES FROM A VANISHED LIFE Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus, £14.99) After 14 novels, ﬁve collections of short stories and almost every prize for them, Rose Tremain turns to non-ﬁction for the ﬁrst time with this lyrical account of her life up to the age of 18. There are all the elements of a post-war idyll: handsome parents, a privileged London home and a paradisal Hampshire retreat in 2,000 acres with a dairy, a kitchen garden and staff busy making roasts and puddings – a place where a child could feel “drugged with happiness”. Pity about the adults, though; neither Rosie’s bereaved grandparents nor her unloving mother (herself an unloved child) had any time for her. Affection was delegated to the nanny, whom, unsurprisingly, Tremain remembers with adoration. The break-up of her parents’ marriage was bad enough, but worse was the “Great Casting Out”, when Tremain’s mother remarried and decided that the Top5 Books best place for her two daughters was boarding school. Mother (chillily called “Jane” throughout) is not to be forgiven for this, nor for other high-handedness. The book starts with her dictating what her daughter can or can’t have remembered. Rose retaliates by imagining her mother’s selﬁsh self-justiﬁcations: “Jo and Rosie have got quite enough already, thank you very much!” Tremain tells us explicitly how real-life stimuli fed through to her ﬁction. She also tells us that she punished her mother by putting her into a novel with an unhappy ending: “I took her husband away from her and left her with an unknown future.” Rosie’s young life is often like a novel. Her father joined a cult, her piano teacher (the concert pianist Joyce Hatto) turned out to be involved in a notorious musical hoax. The evocation of 1950s schoolgirldom (“our minuscule, girlie lives”), with all its emotions and elations, is wonderfully vivid – distinctive, like being donated a set of dreams. Rosie herself seems fated to be misguided, not least by the bizarre request from a beloved English teacher to spend weeks up a scaffolding in an exam term painting a mural of Il Penseroso on the classroom ceiling. Another thoughtless uprooting removed this budding Michelangelo from school – just at the point where she had ﬁxed on a scholarly future – to send her to be “ﬁnished” with a view to becoming a posh secretary. “We’d work for men who’d been educated to be whatever they were capable of being, and we would serve their needs.” The narrative leaves us with Rose emboldened by Paris in the early 1960s and on the brink of breaking free. It’s a quiet drama, but as you’d expect, it’s the writing that makes this book such a delight: “Round come the thermometers dunked in TCP, Tuesdays dawn and serve up the wonderful bacon pudding, our charity garments begin to take shape, tea is bread and jam again, a cold wind sighs over the hockey ﬁeld.” It’s a vanished life, as the subtitle tells us, but vanished into art. EVENING STANDARD 1. The Midnight Line Lee Child (Bantam) 2. The Shortest History of Germany James Hawes (Old Street) 3. The History of Bees Maja Lunde (Simon & Schuster) 4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins) 5. The Invisible Guardian Dolores Redondo (HarperCollins) Claire Harman BEALPORT: A NOVEL OF A TOWN Jeffrey Lewis (Haus Publishing, £14.99) Bealport is a town dependent on a fading shoe factory that a private equity mogul buys on a whim, apparently with good intentions. Things look good for the locals, who have become used to layoffs, shopping for broken or water-damaged goods and getting their kicks at the local demolition derby. An Emmy-winning writer on 1980s TV cop show Hill Street Blues, Jeffrey Lewis also has four novels to his name. His prose is ﬂuent and beautiful with a light, witty touch and he can evoke a character in just a few lines. At the story’s heart is the rivalry between two nicely drawn brothers – solid, stolid Gary and prodigal chancer Billy, who is in his way as covetous and as heedless of consequence as the worst corporate asset-stripper. Beneath the affectionate portrayal of simple folk are murkier undercurrents. There is resentment of the rich and the story takes in drug addiction, sexual inﬁdelity, guns and faith. Although Donald Trump is never mentioned, this is very much his America. The narrative arc of this short book is as inevitable as it is neat. EVENING STANDARD Nick Curtis SHAKESPEARE’S ORIGINALITY John Kerrigan (OUP, £25) John Kerrigan is one of our most incisive writers on Shakespeare. This book comprises versions of his Oxford Wells lectures and looks at the trickiest of questions: how original was Shakespeare? It takes in textual sources, innovation in stagecraft and the history of when Shakespeare became both the great original and the best of adaptors, including a bold piece on King Lear that tracks its origins back as far as the Oedipal myth. Stuart Kelly DEAR MRS BIRD AJ Pearce (Picador, £12.99) This debut novel gives an insight into the trials of twentysomething life – from ﬂatsharing to ﬁrst jobs – while dodging Luftwaffe bombs. Pearce is said to have been inspired by a collection of 1940s women’s magazines, which might account for the mannered language. However, the twee turns of phrase are undercut by the impact of the Blitz for a tale that combines humour and pathos. Laura Paterson i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 The hard cell THE SUN DOES SHINE: HOW I FOUND LIFE AND FREEDOM ON DEATH ROW Anthony Ray Hinton (Rider Books, £16.99) Review by Alasdair Lees I n the spring of 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of jail after spending nearly three decades on death row in an Alabama prison. For 28 years he’d lived in a 5ft by 7ft cell – the size of a small bathroom – right next to the chamber housing Yellow Mama, the state’s garishly coloured electric chair. He’d smelt the burning ﬂesh of 54 of his friends as they were executed, and watched rats eating the blood of men who had bashed their brains in against walls. He was undergoing, he says, a slow-motion “lynching” by what he perceived to be the southern state’s racist authorities. In 1985, at the age of 29, Hinton was wrongfully convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers in a cartoonish show trial. “Chained and shackled like a slave,” he notes, “going to auction.” Empathetic ﬁgure Hinton befriended a KKK member who lynched a man The story he relays in this incredibly moving chronicle of spending half his life under the sword of Damocles is one staggering revelation after another, but also a lovely portrait of kindness, warmth and how faith is its own reward. Pushed to the limits of his humanity in an almost unimaginable hell hole, Hinton experiences a miraculous inner transformation that allows him to endure a terrible wrong. Hinton’s modesty summons tears. His life before being nailed to the cross is one of heartbreaking simplicity: high schooleducated, living with his mother, working to clean gum off warehouse ﬂoors, chasing girls, gently struggling with poignant everyday trials. But his youth is a time when white people were still bombing churches and setting their dogs on black children. “It doesn’t matter if you didn’t do it,” the cops tell him after he pleads his innocence when arrested, “one of your brothers did.” On death row he somehow navigates through his rage and despair to a state of forgiveness and grace. He builds memory palaces in his imagination as a way of psychologically escaping the abyss “where love and hope went to die”. In an unprecedented move in his part on death row, he reaches out with his voice, speaking through the bars to the men on his block, penetrating the infernal soundtrack of moans and screams. He befriends men accused of horriﬁc crimes, including a KKK member who lynched a teenager, “the ﬁrst white man to be put to death [in Alabama] in almost 85 years”. He empathises with these loveless men who had been “taught to kill”, “born broken or broken by life”, some of them barely literate, whom he concludes nevertheless deserve to live. One of his epiphanies is that everyone is more than the sum of the worst thing they’ve done. The awful truth that emerges is that he was statistically probably not the only innocent man among the inmates he befriended. The horrendous realities of the American justice system that surface throughout his book are incomprehensible. His story forms an astonishing document. THE INDEPENDENT COFFEE TABLE CHOICE ONEMINUTE WITH… Aminatta Forna, writer & academic Where are you now and what can you see? In my ofﬁce in Virginia in the US. It’s on the corner of the house, which sits on the edge of a state park. One window faces the road, the other, the woods. Deer emerge from the trees sometimes; once three huge stags wandered on to my lawn. What are you currently reading? Mainly American classics, the works my students would have read at high school. I’ve just ﬁnished Willa Cather’s My Antonia. In between, I’m reading Lesley Nneka Arimah’s stunning collection of stories What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. Who is your favourite author and why do you admire her/him? Michael Ondaatje, for his command of style, his boldness in breaking genre and his commitment to tackling some of the dominant themes of our time, such as the reverberating impact of immigration and colonialism, and the moral questions that arise out of war and civil conﬂict. Describe the room where you usually write… In London I wrote in my study, overlooking the garden. I had it painted my favourite shade of yellow and I was surrounded by photographs, paintings and objects collected over time. In the US, I work in a spare room. Which ﬁctional character most resembles you? When I was a kid, I saw myself in Huck Finn. I think I still do. Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature? The work of 200 female artists over the past 50 years is gathered in ‘Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women’ (Laurence King, £40). The artist Liz Rideal and curator Katherine Soriano brought their own experiences to bear on their choices – from Marina Abramovic to Lisa Yuskavage. ‘One of us experienced formative teenage years in the late 1960s, from Mary Quant to Jimmy Hendrix, the other in the late 1970s, from The Osmonds to punk; one is single, one is married; one is a mother, the other not.’ The works are divided into ﬁve sections: Body, Life, Death, Stories and Icons. Above, ‘Por um ﬁo’ (‘By a Thread’), 1976, by the Brazilian-born American visual artist Regina Vater. Here are a few: Gudush Jalloh, Isatu Kabia, OB Sesay, Donald Bash Taqi. They are: the vet who saved the street dogs of Freetown from extermination, a midwife providing care to the poorest women, a man who left his job in London to spearhead the Ebola rapid response unit in Sierra Leone, and one of only two government paediatricians in the same country at a time when infant mortality has dropped dramatically. The West is so used to seeing Africans as victims that our heroes are rarely ever sung. ‘Happiness’ by Aminatta Forna is out now (Bloomsbury, £16.99) 41 42 Homes & Design Waste not want not Dustcarts and bins may soon be a thing of the past thanks to automated waste-collection systems, writes Vicky Richardson A housing scheme being built in east London proposes a dustcartfree future. It’s a development where far more of our waste can be easily recycled. Europe’s largest automated waste collection system is being installed at the 443-acre Barking Riverside, close to Barking town centre. This is the first large-scale project in the UK to adopt infrastructure which is already common in other countries. Barking Riverside will have 11,000 homes, workplaces and leisure facilities within a new urban quarter that would usually require 19,000 waste bins. However, the Envac system being used replaces these with 460 “waste outlets” and a network of underground pipes to vacuum waste to a local recycling plant, which is also an ecology centre. The master plan, by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, has streets designed for walking and cycling, while the carbon emissions from recycling vehicles will be eradicated. Matt Carpen, project director forBarkingRiverside,says:“We’ve learnt from major European cities, such as Stockholm, and integrated futureproof technology to promote sustainability and liveability for our residents.” First in the UK with Envac was Wembley Park, Quintain’s regeneration of 85 acres, where it is claimed the system can collect the waste of 10,000 homes in minutes and carbon emissions from dustcarts have been slashed. Such progress has been lacking for years in Britain, whereas – according to a 2014 report by the London Waste and Recycling Board – new homes have been built in many cities around the world using the technology. Examples of vacuum and pneumatic systems were cited in New York, Doha, Stockholm and Brisbane, begging the question why the UK has done so little to update its waste infrastructure. One clear reason is the scale of investment needed to install such systems. With local authority spending already so constrained, the possibility of the new systems being rolled out across the country still seems like a pipe dream. A more modest, yet ingenious, approach is being tested in Cambridge. Eddington is a 370acre community being built by the University of Cambridge to encourage researchers and key workers to stay in the city. Nine teams of architects are working to provide thousands of new homes and community facilities such as schools, shops and research centres. Eddington has a sustainable strategy, which includes a new underground waste collection system. Heather Topel, the project director, says: “A huge benefit is the removal of wheelie bins to dramatically improve the streetscape and remove the need for weekly collections.” So far 500 people have moved into homes in the first phase which are equipped with specially designed bins in the kitchens, access to composting facilities and the new waste system where instead of 3,000 individual household bins, there are 450 underground bins. Communal bins are located on the street no further than 55 yards from each home. Rubbish drops down into an underground store and when the container is 80 per cent full a specially adapted recycling lorry collects the waste. The problem in the capital remains that a large proportion of the population lives in ﬂats, where it is harder to deal with waste and to recycle: half as much waste gets recycled from apartment buildings compared to houses. Currently 37 per cent of housing is purpose-built ﬂats, and by 2030 ﬂats are set to make up half of the city’s accommodation. Resource L ondon, which represents the capital’s waste authorities, wants developers to come up with new solutions to encourage ﬂat dwellers to recycle. The clean streets of Cambridge Eddington are more than a pipe dream thanks to an underground waste collection system A huge beneﬁt is the removal of wheelie bins How the vacuum system works Air flow Peabody housing association, managing 55,000 London homes, has tested “intelligent” rubbish chutes at a block in Aldgate East. Such chutes are common in private residences – for example at St George Wharf, Vauxhall. The idea is that you press a button to divert the waste to the appropriate bin. Sounds good in theory, but the system needs regular maintenance and can easily become blocked with bad and hard-to-recycle rubbish items such as takeaway pizza boxes. Unfortunately, Peabody has drawn the conclusion that design solutions are not the answer: “We need to start by improving recycling rates.” Last month Peabody and Resource London launched an in-depth, two-year study to find out why flat dwellers are so bad at recycling. Apparently researchers will spend time in residents’ homes to “learn how recycling ﬁts into their lives and what motivates them to recycle”. The research reinforces the belief that the problem is down to individual behaviour. Yet examples from cities such as Stockholm, where recycling is far more widespread and efﬁcient, suggest the problem is not so much people with bad habits as bad infrastructure. In the meantime, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is proposing that local authorities should cut back rubbish collection services to put more pressure on householders to recycle, which makes no sense at all. Isn’t it time we put wheelie bins in the dustbin of history? EVENING STANDARD SOURCE: ENVAC Vicky Richardson is associate director at the London School of Architecture NEWS 2-28 Doing up the dream Ben Alden-Falconer And lo, there was light (and heat)! But only after an almighty struggle When I ﬁrst looked round the house in Margate, I marvelled at the vintage ceiling lights and the Bakelite switches. But when I tried to put a new bulb into one of the lights and it exploded with a dramatic ﬂash – the ancient cord insulation had crumbled to dust allowing the wires to short-circuit – the old electrics turned from being living history to downright dangerous. I replaced the cable, but it left me very wary about how much I used the 70-year-old electrics. I learned to be careful, turning off the one electric heater if I wanted to boil the kettle or use any power tools. But the freezing weather has been near-unbearable and the need to use tools more pressing than ever, so before they come in to rewire the whole house in a few weeks, the electricians have put in a temporary fuse box and four new plugs from which I can run extension cables. Finally, I think, I can leave the electric heaters on to dry out some of the damp that remains after the burst pipe, and also use more than one at a time. Within an hour of using the new plugs, though, an acrid smell wafted up from the basement. When I go to investigate, an oily black liquid is dripping from the box next to my meter, together with wisps of smoke. I can actually feel the heat coming off the black box and gingerly ﬂick every switch to “off”. Time to phone Mick the builder, who is as helpful as ever. It is brilliant to have someone to call at a moment like this, but we quickly establish that VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 Ben was wary about using the 70-year-old electrics in his house but he wasn’t afraid of getting stuck into the front gate (below left) They’ve never seen anything like this in 40 years on the job the electricians will not be allowed to touch anything “before” the meter, so I start searching online for help. My power supplier is closed for the weekend, but I eventually get a number for UK Power Networks, the supplier for the South East. Its call staff is brilliant, perhaps through years of dealing with customers panicked about losing power in the cold and dark. A variety of electrical experts call that day. First on the scene is someone to assess the situation. Yes, he conﬁrms, it is dangerous. The black liquid leaking from the box is bitumen, melted by intense heat. He adds a warning that the old 30w fuses will take more like 60w before they actually blow; lucky I am not using them! I quiz him on whether the old thick cable before the smoking box is unsafe too (I might as well ﬁnd out i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 43 while the experts are on hand) and he tells me it has a steel core, coated in bitumen and hessian, with a steel sheath around the outside - probably better than any modern plastic casing. Next in are the nearest available electricians, who happen be specialists in overhead power lines. They’ve never seen anything like this in 40 years on the job, they declare, before making the unit safe by disconnecting it and covering it in yellow warning tape. The guys I really need, apparently, are the “jointers” who deal with underground cable, and they’re tied up on a job. A phone call is made to HQ, but the afternoon is wearing on, and the chances of power before nightfall are not looking good. The jointers arrive just before dusk, a couple of friendly, no-nonsense guys in blue boiler suits. New box, new fuse – and power is restored within the hour. I have now been brought up to modern safety standards, and my meter is the only remaining piece of 1940s equipment. Another planned day of work has been scuppered, but rather than twiddle my thumbs without power, I have spent the day in the garden hand-sanding the front gate and starting to repaint it. It’s certainly not a priority but a great way to enjoy a rare bit of sun and better than being idle. Follow Ben’s renovation progress on Instagram @Margate_renovation_ipaper DO N ’ T T H IN K DO W N S I Z I N G, T H I N K R IG H T SI Z I N G ! Pictured: Fleur-de-Lis Marlborough B U Y N O W ! 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A year ago, the shares were trading at 236p. “Carpetright intends to enter a company voluntary arrangement, which needs the approval of creditors, but would give the business some much-needed breathing space,” said David Madden, an analyst at CMC Markets. “A CVA is seen as a serious sign that a business is struggling, and in the near-term investors might steer clear of the stock.” The retailer, which employs nearly 2,700 staff, announced its intention to close stores last month, when it revealed that it was battling difﬁcult trading conditions. Carpetright now says that it has identified 205 sites that are underperforming and/or on unfavourable lease terms, or “in certain cases, not expected to have signiﬁcant strategic value”. Under the terms of the CVA, Carpetright will seek reduced rent and revised lease terms for the 113 shops it is not closing. The company Carpetright was founded by businessman Lord Harris of Peckham in 1988, when he opened the ﬁrst shop in Canning Town, east London. He sold out of the business in 2014. hopes to receive approval from both its creditors and shareholders for the CVA proposals by 30 April. Meanwhile, the company is also expecting to make £60m through an equity capital raising, using the proceeds to reduce debt and cover the costs associated with the CVA. “These tough but necessary actions will enable us to address the burden of a legacy UK property estate consisting of too many poorly located stores on unsustainable rents and are essential if we are to restore our proﬁtability and deliver a successful turnaround,” said Carpetright’s chief executive, Wilf Walsh. “Completion of the CVA and equity financing will enable us to establish an appropriately sized estate of modernisedstores,oneconomicrents, complemented with a compelling online offer, enabling Carpetright to The closures put 300 Carpetright jobs across the UK at risk GETTY address the competitive threat from a position of strength.” Richard Lim, the chief executive of Retail Economics, said Carpetright’s challenges go beyond a lack of online presence. “A slower housing market, the rising of the experience economy and a deceleration in the appetite for credit have also hindered the furniture and ﬂooring market,” he added. THE INDEPENDENT TECHNOLOGY Avast seeks increased security with London float By Ben Woods Quote of the day I don’t think so many companies or people are going to leave the UK. It is the people not coming that we should worry about Ana Patricia Botin The Santander boss fears that the ﬁnancial sector will stall after Brexit. The 30 Second Briefing MOTHERCARE Is Mothercare still in trouble? Yes. The struggling retailer, which remains locked in talks with lenders about a reﬁnancing deal, reported yesterday that its like-for-like sales had slipped by 2.8 per cent in the three months to 24 March. The update followed a period of turbulence for Mothercare, which replaced its chief executive, Mark Newton-Jones, last week. What now? Mothercare is said to be considering a company voluntary arrangement which would allow it to close lossmaking shops and secure discounts on rents. New chief executive David Wood said his “immediate priority” was to ensure that Mothercare returned to ﬁrmer ﬁnancial ground. But surely there are some bright spots within the business? Sales on Mothercare’s website rose by 7.2 per cent over the quarter. Investors seemed to be heartened by this news, and the shares rose by 6.7 per cent to 18.14p yesterday. “This statement provides welcome reassurance after a challenging time,” said Clive Black, an analyst at Shore Capital. But the shares are still a long way off the 125p they were trading at a year ago. Why are Britain’s retailers struggling so much? High-street chains have been battered by weak consumer conﬁdence amid soaring inﬂation. They have also had to contend with surging wages costs and steep rises in business rates. Since January, Toys R Us and Maplin have ﬁled for administration, while fashion retailers such as New Look and Select have begun closing stores across the UK. The cyber security specialist Avast is lining up a bumper listing on the London stock market which would value the software company at $4bn (£2.8bn). The firm is planning to free float 25 per cent of its share capital in early May, as it looks to raise $200m from primary proceeds and $800m from secondary shares. Avast, which blocked two billion cyber attacks per month last year, said it would use the money to bolster growth by driving down its debt pile. The chief executive, Vincent Steckler, said: “Over the past 30 years, Avast has grown from a visionary start-up to the No 1 consumer cyber security company, with 435 million users worldwide. “This transformation of our company has happened because of the dramatic increase in the number and types of threats around the world which are a growing concern to people, and Avast’s ability to stay ahead of the bad guys with new and evolving technologies and products. “As a leading European tech company, a listing on the London Stock Exchange is a strategic and natural fit, supporting the future growth of our business.” The Prague-based business is one of the largest providers of security software, with revenues and proﬁts of $779.5m and $451m last year. The move would be seen as a coup for the City of London as it gears up for Brexit. Avast pulled back from floating on New York’s Nasdaq in 2012, according to reports. NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 BANKING TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 RETAIL Metro Bank faces investor backlash over family links WH Smith not standing still on stationery expansion By Kalyeena Makortoff and Ravender Sembhy By Laura Onita The Metro Bank chairman, Vernon Hill, is facing the prospect of an embarrassing shareholder rebellion after an investor hit out at more than £21m of payments from the lender to his wife’s architecture ﬁrm. Royal London Asset Management has warned it will vote against a raft of resolutions at Metro Bank’s annual general meeting on 24 April, including the re-election of founder and chairman Mr Hill and the lender’s remuneration report. The fund manager, which holds a 0.44 per cent stake in Metro Bank worth £13.6m, said it would also vote against the re-election of the heads of the remuneration and audit committees. Shirley Hill’s firm InterArch was paid £4.6m in 2017, linked to architectural design services for Metro Bank, as well as a branding, marketing and advertising agreement that was renewed in January. It brings the total amount paid to InterArch to £21m, based on accounts ﬁled between 2010 and 2017. Royal London’s head of responsible investment, Ashley Hamilton Claxton, said: “In a year when large corporate failures dominate the headlines, boardrooms should pay especially close attention to related party transactions such as Vernon Hill’s wife’s architecture ﬁrm was paid £4.6m in 2017 AFP/GETTY the payments by Metro Bank to InterArch, owned by the wife of the bank’s chairman, for design and branding services.” In its annual report, Metro Bank’s audit committee said contracts with InterArch were at “arm’s length” and were “at least as beneﬁcial as those which could be obtained in the market from an alternative supplier”. In 2007, Mr Hill resigned from USbased Commerce Bancorp after the lender faced scrutiny by regulators over allegations of business deals with the chairman’s family members. Royal London also raised concerns a b o u t t ra n s p a r e n c y a r o u n d performance targets for executive pay. Metro Bank’s annual report detailed a remuneration package totalling £496,667 for Mr Hill in 2017, up from £405,000 a year earlier, while chief executive Craig Donaldson took home £1.5m, up from £1.3m in 2016. Metro Bank said: “InterArch provides architecture, design and branding services to the bank. The audit committee has strong review and benchmarking processes in place.” ENERGY Winter storms batter National Grid’s profits By Emily Beament National Grid, the UK’s power generator, has warned over profits after suffering a £140m hit from ferocious storms in the US. The group said that annual headline group earnings – a measure Outlook CARL MORTISHED Even after Skripal, it’s business as usual with Russia I n the film The Godfather, there is a scene where Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, proposes that he murder a rival maﬁoso. He is advised caution, but Michael argues that he is not motivated by revenge. “It’s not personal. It’s strictly business,” he say. In the gangster world, everything of profits – would be lower than previously expected, with the rough weather conditions hammering the US business. However, the blow will be “largely offset” by a £60m boost from changes to finance costs and a lower US tax charge of 24 per cent. Despite the ﬁnancial setback, it said underlying group earnings were on track to meet expectations. The update comes after National Grid was forced to issue a “gas deﬁcit warning” in March as extreme weather conditions, including heavy bouts of snow, battered the UK. is personal, especially business. In the civilised world, laws govern the conduct of business. There is no need for blood ties and blood shedding to protect your interest. But when gangsters subvert governments or become governments, and when their proxies fight their battles on our streets, no higher law is enforceable. It’s either a game of diplomatic bluster or threats of retaliation. Should we carry on “just doing business” with a state-sponsored criminal enterprise and its commercial puppets, or do we get personal? Since the attempted killing in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal, the Russian former KGB agent, and his daughter, the British Government has behaved pretty much according to form. There has been lots of posturing, snubs and the expulsion of diplomats but little sign the Government has the appetite to harm seriously the economic interest of those who ordered the attempted assassination or condoned it and their business allies. No such restraint in Washington, where the US Treasury has fired a blunderbuss at Russian billionaires with links to the Kremlin. Their assets will be frozen and they are barred from doing business in America and with Americans, including US banks. One of them, Oleg Deripaska, could ﬁnd his core business, the aluminium combine Rusal, in serious trouble. Th he British approach to rellationships with pariah states can be expressed in godfatherly terms Its share price halved this week as investors concluded that Rusal’s ability to conduct business in US dollars is threatened. The difference between Donald Trump’s bare-knuckle punch and Theresa May’s hand in glove is more than diplomatic style. America can i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 The boss of WH Smith has said he will ramp up his efforts to sell more pens, pads and paper to halt a fall in proﬁts at its high street stores. The newsagent recently signed a deal with the Post Ofﬁce to sell WH Smith stationery in 175 locations. It also snapped up Cult Pens, an upmarket online stationer, for an undisclosed sum, while it tries to rely less on books, newspapers and magazines. Chief executive Steve Clarke said: “It’s key to our strategy. Stationery is the most attractive and has the highest margins.” It already accounts for more than half of its high street sales and 60 per cent of proﬁts, he added. Revenues were flat to £643m for the six months to 28 F e b r u a r y, wh i l e p re tax profits edged down 1 per cent to £82m. Samestore sales were up 3 per cent in its travel arm, the largest part of the business. WH Smith has 839 travel stores – including 258 overseas – at railway stations, airports and transport hubs, as well as an increasing number in hospitals. The strength of the travel arm helped make up for weakness on the high street, where like-for-like sales fell 4 per cent as the boom in demand for spoof humour book titles came to an end. Investec’s Kate Calvert dubbed the results “solid”. “Another consistent performance continuing a long track record of steady growth and strong cash generation,” she said. Shares in WH Smith rose by almost 2 per cent yesterday to 2,018p. EVENING STANDARD afford to shun Russia – its economy is small, about the size of Italy. Russia sells almost nothing that America needs but competes as an oil exporter. It’s a moot point whether Britain can afford to shun Russia. The British approach to commercial relationships with pariah states can be expressed in godfatherly terms: it may be personal but we can dress it up as business. Without the economic power of the EU, Britain will have to take the view that a buck is a buck. London is the UK’s engine and its job is to process and service foreign capital, much of it in ﬂight. In the ﬁrst half of last year, Chinese investors spent £4bn on London real estate. These Chinese reckon Brexit is a small risk compared with the gangster economy back home. Why would we ever put that ﬂow of foreign cash through a moral ﬁlter? After all, it’s not personal. It’s strictly business. EVENING STANDARD 47 From the business pages Lockheed keen on shifting to India The Hindustan Times With the Indian Air Force in the process of buying 110 ﬁghter jets, in a deal that could be worth more than $15bn, US ﬁrm Lockheed Martin has expressed its readiness to shift its F-16 ﬁghter aircraft manufacturing unit to India. Asked if the Trump administration would allow it, Randall Howard of Lockheed Martin said the company had “full support of the US government”. Thai household debt accelerates The Bangkok Post The Bank of Thailand has sought to dispel fears that the ratio of household debt to GDP accelerated in the ﬁnal quarter of last year. It said the higher debt load could be attributed to seasonal spending by middleto upper-income earners. The country’s household debt ratio edged up from 77.3 per cent in the third quarter to 77.5 per cent in the fourth. Kremlin dismisses rouble slump fears The Moscow Times The Russian government has pledged to minimise the fallout from US sanctions and dismissed steep falls in the rouble as short-term volatility, saying Russia needed time to adjust to the curbs. The rouble has shed more than 3 per cent of its value against the dollar this week despite rising oil prices. Investors fear the US could impose more sanctions. DXB welcomes Dubai visitor surge The National DXB Entertainments, which operates Legoland Dubai, said visitor numbers jumped by 45 per cent in the ﬁrst quarter thanks to cooler weather. The leisure company, which also owns hotels and cinemas, received 851,000 visits in the ﬁrst quarter of the year, up 55,000 over the previous quarter. The company is targeting India, Saudi Arabia and the UK to attract tourist numbers to its Dubai centres. 48 BUSINESS The Business Matrix The day at a glance FTSE 100 up 1.2 at 7258.3 3i Group Admiral Anglo Amer Antofagasta AB Foods Ashtead Group AstraZeneca Aviva BAE Systems Barclays Barratt Dev BHP Billiton BP BAT Berkeley Grp Hldgs British Land BT Bunzl Burberry Carnival Centrica Coca-Cola HBC Compass CRH Croda Intl DCC Diageo Direct Line Ins Easyjet Evraz Experian Ferguson Fresnillo G4S GKN Glencore GSK 892.4 1905.5 1670.4 949.2 2581.0 2031.0 5045.0 509.6 591.6 216.0 550.4 1445.8 504.5 4174.0 3883.0 653.0 240.5 2099.0 1718.0 4510.0 139.6 2501.0 1461.5 2376.0 4647.0 6590.0 2493.5 357.5 1661.0 396.8 1545.0 5306.0 1266.5 253.4 439.4 342.4 1429.6 -0.8 +9.5 -1.8 -1.2 +5.0 +19.0 -25.0 +7.6 -5.0 +1.4 -0.6 -2.6 -1.4 -46.0 -13.0 +7.2 +1.6 -17.0 -2.0 +9.0 +0.7 -9.0 -24.0 +13.0 +48.0 +15.0 -12.0 +4.1 +51.5 +2.2 -7.5 +24.0 -19.0 +0.1 +4.9 +0.1 -7.6 975.0 2184.0 1870.0 1071.0 3387.0 2185.0 5520.0 550.0 682.5 225.5 705.5 1662.4 536.2 5643.6 4270.0 695.0 318.0 2472.0 2024.0 5435.0 220.1 2711.0 1765.9 2955.0 4684.0 7762.5 2735.5 411.3 1698.7 468.9 1708.0 5722.0 1746.0 342.6 463.2 416.9 1724.5 Low 756.5 1766.0 950.1 11.1 2386.0 1476.0 4260.0 482.2 533.5 177.3 6.3 1103.0 436.9 3775.0 3031.0 589.0 216.4 1918.5 1481.5 4427.0 119.7 2077.0 1396.5 27.0 3497.0 6445.0 2186.5 337.6 1050.4 169.8 1428.0 4427.0 1150.5 233.8 3.0 270.0 1179.4 Company Price Chg High Halma Hargrve Lans HSBC Hldgs IAG Imperial Brands Informa IntCont Htls Intertek ITV Johnson Matth Just Eat Kingﬁsher Land Secs Legal & Gen Lloyds Bk Gp Lon Stock Ex Marks&Spen Mediclinic Intl Micro Focus Intl Mondi Morrison (Wm) National Grid Next NMC Health Old Mutual PaddyPwrBetfair Pearson Persimmon Prudential Randgold Res Reckitt Ben RELX Rentokil Initial Rio Tinto Rolls-Royce RBS Shell A 1195.0 1703.5 681.6 608.6 2466.5 723.8 4253.0 4810.0 142.9 3270.0 729.8 302.3 944.6 269.5 68.2 4238.0 270.8 580.8 1258.5 1907.0 230.1 823.6 5028.0 3370.0 237.8 7125.0 769.2 2660.0 1817.5 5692.0 6036.0 1505.5 273.2 3750.0 881.2 264.7 2368.5 +4.0 +13.5 +6.0 -7.0 -22.0 +3.8 +2.0 +5.0 -7.3 +41.0 +18.6 +4.9 -3.6 +3.7 +1.1 -8.0 +5.8 +4.8 +88.5 +19.0 +1.3 -3.9 +152.0 -2.0 +1.6 -105.0 +4.4 -15.0 +2.0 -184.0 -114.0 -20.0 -5.4 +28.5 -4.4 +1.5 -25.5 1341.0 1935.0 798.6 680.6 3956.5 773.0 4944.0 5470.0 220.2 3511.0 906.0 369.8 1217.1 279.9 73.6 4371.0 397.8 890.2 2970.5 2145.0 254.4 1174.3 5355.0 3558.0 259.6 8967.0 775.8 2901.0 1992.5 8255.0 8110.4 1784.0 338.8 4226.6 994.5 304.2 2579.5 Low 1022.0 1258.0 618.0 525.0 2301.0 631.0 3656.0 3927.0 141.0 2681.0 544.0 285.3 900.2 244.3 61.8 3164.0 262.0 495.4 26.8 1684.0 203.3 733.0 3565.0 1864.0 185.5 6027.4 563.0 2175.0 1612.1 5540.0 4973.4 1399.0 238.2 2882.5 795.5 221.8 1982.5 19772.9 3996.5 +118.0 +4.7 FTSE Euroﬁrst300 1485.3 +9.9 Dow Jones * 24551.2 S&P 500 * 2671.1 +361.8 Nasdaq * 7155.2 DAX 12415.0 CAC 40 5309.2 +31.3 Hang Seng 30831.3 -66.4 Nikkei 21660.3 -26.8 +28.9 +86.2 +121.0 EURO/ POUND DOLLAR/ POUND + 0.48¢ FTSE 250 FTSE All Share $1.4241 +1.2 + 1.01¢ 7258.3 €1.1561 Markets FTSE 100 Company Price Chg High Shell B Royal Mail RSA Insur Sage Sainsbury(J) Schroders Scot Mort Inv Tst Segro Severn Trent Shire Sky Smith&Neph Smith (DS) Smiths Gp Smurﬁt Kappa Grp SSE Stan Chart Standard Life Aber St James Place Taylor Wimpey Tesco TUI AG Unilever United Utilities Vodafone Whitbread WPP 2411.0 570.8 654.2 672.0 253.0 3225.0 450.4 607.4 1847.5 3685.5 1301.0 1326.0 490.5 1501.5 2954.0 1296.5 733.1 377.0 1082.5 190.2 233.2 1587.0 3924.5 703.6 207.3 3809.0 1187.0 -22.5 +3.8 +1.8 +2.0 +2.6 +26.0 +2.2 +0.8 -2.5 +96.0 -9.0 +3.0 +3.5 +1.5 -18.0 +5.5 +3.4 +11.6 +7.5 +0.1 +7.8 +2.0 -19.0 -6.8 +1.1 +65.0 -12.0 2617.0 575.0 672.5 825.2 339.9 3784.0 479.2 626.2 2575.0 5021.0 1378.0 1442.0 565.0 1697.0 3254.0 1554.0 864.2 448.6 1279.5 211.9 234.2 1687.9 4557.5 1078.0 239.7 4333.0 1762.0 Low 2037.0 367.8 568.5 630.0 222.4 3043.0 361.1 474.5 1664.0 2940.5 11.4 1173.0 5.3 1354.0 1712.7 1176.5 678.8 349.4 1051.0 173.0 165.3 934.4 3678.5 648.6 190.1 3499.9 1074.0 For enquiries call +44 (0)20 7825 8300 GOLD Per troy ounce, London pm ﬁx – $0.67 High $71.69 Chg $1,338.4 Price – $22.93 Company OIL Brent crude, per barrel RETAIL PEOPLE 2,000 jobs to go as Toys R Us closes Tributes paid to ‘giant’ of unions Toys R Us will shut its ﬁnal stores in less than two weeks, resulting in the loss of more than 2,000 jobs, the retailer’s administrators have conﬁrmed. The toy chain collapsed in February and insolvency specialist Moorﬁelds has been selling off the retailer’s stock at knockdown prices. Toys R Us’s 75 stores will close on 24 April. Labour politicians and union ofﬁcials were among hundreds who attended a memorial service for the former Nupe and Unison union leader Rodney Bickerstaffe. Paying tribute at Westminster Central Hall, former deputy prime minister John Prescott described Mr Bickerstaffe as a “giant” of the labour movement. INSURANCE TRANSPORT Saga reports rise in earnings FirstGroup shares up on ‘no buy-out’ The travel and insurance ﬁrm Saga has reported a marginal rise in earnings, boosting investors’ conﬁdence following a proﬁts warning in December. The company said pre-tax proﬁts rose by 1.4 per cent to £190.1m for the 12 months to 31 January, up from £187.4m a year earlier. The shares rose 5.7 per cent to 123.7p on the FTSE 250. FirstGroup shares shot up by 8.2 per cent to 110.1p yesterday after the transport company conﬁrmed it had rejected a takeover approach by the US private equity ﬁrm Apollo Management. The ﬁrm – which co-runs the South Western Railway franchise – claimed that the offer “signiﬁcantly” undervalued the company. MEDIA RETAIL Disney ‘must bid for whole of Sky’ Quiz fashion sales grow by a third Walt Disney must bid for the whole of Sky even if Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7bn offer for the pay-TV group is blocked, the Takeover Panel has ruled. It will come as a blow to Disney, which is understood to have wanted the option to bid for the rest of Sky or not should regulators block the Fox bid. The fashion retailer Quiz grew its sales by almost a third in its ﬁrst ﬁnancial year since its initial public offering last July. Group revenues jumped from £89.8m to £116.4m in the year to 31 March, a rise of 30 per cent. Online sales at the Glasgowbased ﬁrm more than doubled in the year to £30.6m. RETAIL EMPLOYMENT Dunelm sales up despite gloom ‘50,000 jobs a day needed for young’ The furniture retailer Dunelm appeared to side-step the gloom shrouding the retail sector as it reported that third-quarter sales rose by 5.1 per cent to £268.2m. On a like-for-like basis, store sales were up 1.2 per cent. The ﬁrm’s shares climbed by 8.8 per cent to 570p on the news. Commonwealth countries need to create 50,000 jobs a day to provide work for the growing number of young workers, a study suggests. The Overseas Development Institute said that 17.5m new jobs were needed every year until 2030 – 50 per cent more than before. the markets The FTSE 100 index edged out of the red yesterday, ending the day 1.2 points higher at 7,258.34 after Donald Trump played down the prospect of a military attack on Syria led by the US and France. *** Shares in IAG fell by 7p to 608.6p amid news that the British Airways owner is exploring a potential acquisition of low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle. The biggest risers on the FTSE 100 were Micro Focus International, up 88.5p at 1,258p, and Tesco which rose by 7.8p. The biggest faller was ITV, down 7.3p to 142.9p. NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 BANKING Brexit foresight ‘could have changed Goldman Sachs plans for new UK HQ’ By Kalyeena Makortoff The boss of Goldman Sachs has said that the US investment bank may have delayed or even scrapped plans for a new UK headquarters had he known about Brexit earlier. Lloyd Blankfein said there were “a lot of reasons” to follow through on the construction of the £1bn London site, which is set to open in 2019, now that the decision has been made. “We are going to keep that building and there’s a lot of reasons to have it and it works out economically,” he added. “But that’s not the same thing as saying that if we knew four years ago, when we made the decision to go ahead, that we would have had this outcome. We probably would have delayed that decision.” T h e n e w o f f i c e, which is being built just off Farringdon Street in the City of London, is expected to be about nine storeys high when it is ready to house staff next year, though Goldman Sachs has kept the option of letting out remaining space to Oil price soars amid fears of Syria strikes The price of oil is at its highest level in more than three years as the likelihood of the US and UK taking military action in Syria increases. Brent crude oil surged past $72 per barrel yesterday morning and remained at around $72 for the most of the day, while US benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil hit $67 at one stage. The oil price goes up when tensions heighten in and around the oil-rich nations of the Middle East, because of threats to supplies. The prospect of a Yemeni attack on Saudi Arabia, and the risk of the US reimposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, are also keeping oil prices high. In tomorrow’s Tony Parsons on modern crime thrillers and why his life has been too easy to write a memoir other tenants, depending on how much square footage it needs for its local workforce. T h e b a n k , e m p l oy s around 6,500 UK staff. “Even if we don’t ﬁll it all, it’s still economic... for a lot of reasons specific to Goldman S a c h s ,” a d d e d M r Blankfein (inset). He has been a vocal figure on Brexit and has not shied away from bemoaning the uncertainty that has since hit the UK’s ﬁnancial sector. However, he admitted that the EU withdrawal has not had the effect he expected. “I’m at least wrong in the fact that I would have thought there would have been a worse outcome by now,” he said. “There might be a lag effect to this, or it may not happen.” Goldman is expected to at least double staff numbers at its Frankfurt ofﬁce to 400 through a mix of relocations and recruiting German workers under its Brexit contingency plans. 49 daily money The digital bank Tandem has launched a new range of ﬁxedterm savings accounts. Tandem is offering a one-year ﬁxed saver paying interest of 1.80 per cent, a two-year ﬁxed account paying 2.10 per cent, and three-year ﬁxed account paying 2.30 per cent. If a saver were to put in £1,000, they would earn interest of between £18 and £69, depending on how long they are willing to tie up the money. Customers can pay in up to £2.5m, and have to put in at least £1,000. The highest-paying one-year ﬁxed bond on the market is from Islamic bank BLME, which offers a return of 1.95 per cent for savers willing to pay in a minimum of £25,000. Al Rayan, another Islamic bank, offers an expected return of 1.86 per cent on its one-year account. It requires a much lower initial deposit, at £1,000. *** An increasing number of grandparents are providing regular ﬁnancial support to their children and grandchildren, research has found. Nearly one in three pensioners are helping to fund the cost of everyday living for their relatives, such as food, travel and university tuition fees. Those helping out are spending an average of £4,300 a year, according to insurance ﬁrm Prudential, which commissioned the research. *** Shawbrook Bank has increased the rate on its ﬁve-year ﬁxed-rate Isa, which now pays a market-leading 2.30 per cent a year. Savers must invest from £5,000. 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Solution: minurl.co.uk/i 3 9 4 5 Jigsawdoku 4 9 4 4 TORSO TRUCK 9 SWAN 4 4 16 10 7 4 6 6 In Monday’s i Tomato dhal with shallot tadka DEPARTED 4 15 6 Recipe from riverford.co.uk/recipes 4 29 29 This makes a great sharing plate for a party or barbecue and the recipe can easily be scaled up to serve more. Boil the beans in salted water for three minutes until tender, double-pod, then mash roughly with a fork. Finely zest the lemon, then squeeze the juice of one half into the beans. Stir in the olive oil, lemon zest, Parmesan, mint and chilli. Season with salt and pepper to taste (you may want a little more lemon juice too). Toast, grill or griddle the bread, then rub with a cut clove of garlic. Drizzle with some olive oil, then pile on the broad bean mixture and grate over a little more Parmesan to serve. 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The solution will be printed in tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 53. x x ÷ + 5 - + 9 + - ÷ 23 19 17 5 -3 11 3 x 11 + x 2 26 4 - + + 5 10 13 16 14 7 16 9 24 9 22 18 24 4 24 13 17 25 6 24 25 25 13 25 12 24 25 9 24 11 25 20 15 7 24 19 23 7 6 25 25 10 20 3 25 26 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 C 6 DOCK DOWN 1 Contusion (6) 2 Traditional wisdom (3,5,5) 3 Dismal (5) 4 Responding impudently (9,4) 6 Shepherd’s delight, proverbially (3,3,2,5) 7 Stratagem (4) 8 Esoteric (6) 13 Glacial period (3,3) 14 Foolishness (6) 16 Spartan serf (5) 17 Eager (4) Stuck on the concise crossword? For today’s solutions, call 0905 789 3590. Calls cost 80p per minute plus your network access charge. If you are having trouble accessing this number, please call our helpdesk on 0333 202 3390. 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 With 100 brand new number puzzles, including Calcudoku, Kakuro, Wijuko, Hexagon, Maths and Symbols of Value. 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B C I A N A R E O 52 Weather NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-43 TV 36-37 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 BOXING Fury’s return is good news – and he is already targeting Joshua meeting Steve Bunce After the glory, the fall, the darkest of days, an increase of ten stone in weight and far too many false starts the return of Tyson Fury is set for Manchester on 9 June. Fury has his boxing licence back, his waist back, a new desire in his once dead eyes and in the next 18 months he wants some or all of his heavyweight titles back. Fury is still only 29, he has fought the bulge and dropped as much as 100 pounds in fat to conﬁrm his desire to “leave history behind and get back what is mine”. Fury last fought in November 2015 when he was simply brilliant over twelve rounds in Düsseldorf in front of 50,000 silent fans; he gave Wladimir Klitschko a boxing lesson. He left the ring draped in four championship belts and during the next few months he watched helplessly as they were taken back and at the same time his health on both sides of the ropes went into vicious free fall. At the end of 2016, he was lost, overweight, suicidal and a raging side-lined witness to the Anthony Joshua machine. The rumours of a return, the pledges to end his exile were treated with increasing disdain. Last year Joshua, tired of the endless baiting, told him simply: “Shut up, you fat f**k.” The reply made Fury chuckle. “When I’m ready to fight Joshua it will be an easy night,” said Fury Tyson Fury (right) on his way to victory over Wladimir Klitschko during his last ﬁght in 2015 2015 in London yesterday. “He struggles with throwing more than one punch – he will not land a punch on me and will need a bag of rice to touch me.” Fury has always had a good boxing brain and is a much smarter ﬁghter than he ever gets credit for but, madly, he often fails to use his brain When I am ready to ﬁght Joshua it will be an easy night – he struggles with throwing more than one punch in his life away from boxing and often bounces from calamity to calamity. Fury will work with Frank Warren, the promoter, who guided Frank Bruno from the very edges of retirement and then, through a selection of perfect opponents, to a night of tears and joy at Wembley Stadium when Bruno, in his fourth attempt, won the world heavyweight title. Bruno’s win that night and his ﬁnal journey to that ﬁght remains one of British boxing’s fairy tales. “He will not be rushed,” insisted Warren. “He will ﬁght the men I pick Puzzle solutions Results Service FOOTBALL EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS 2ND-LEG CSKA Moscow (1) ................2 Arsenal (0).................................2 Chalov 39 Welbeck 75 Nababkin 50 Ramsey 90 Agg: 3-6. Marseille (3).............................5 RB Leipzig (1) ..........................2 Ilsanker 6 (og) Bruma 2 Sarr 10 Augustin 55 Thauvin 38 Payet 60 Sakai 90 Agg: 5-3. Red Bull Salzburg (0) ......4 Lazio (0) ...................................... 1 Dabbur 56 Immobile 55 Haidara 72 Hwang 74 Lainer 76 Agg: 6-5. Sporting (1) ..............................1 Atletico Madrid (0) ...........0 Montero 28 Agg: 1-2. SKY BET LEAGUE ONE Bradford (0)............................ 0 TOP HALF P Wigan 40 Blackburn 41 Shrewsbury 41 Rotherham 41 Plymouth 40 Charlton 41 Portsmouth 41 Peterborough 41 Scunthorpe 41 Bristol Rovers 41 Fleetwood Town 42 Bradford 40 Shrewsbury (0)....................0 W D L F A Pts 26 8 6 81 27 86 25 11 5 75 36 86 24 10 7 55 33 82 21 6 14 68 51 69 18 9 13 53 48 63 17 11 13 54 49 62 19 5 17 54 51 62 16 13 12 64 51 61 15 16 10 58 49 61 16 7 18 57 61 55 15 9 18 56 60 54 16 6 18 49 61 54 VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE FC Halifax (0) ..........................2 Gateshead (1)...........................2 Fondop-Talom 48 Burrow 37, 90 Kosylo 90 Att 1,302 North: Spennymoor Town 0 Brackley 3; AFC Telford 3 Leamington 2. CRICKET INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians 147-8 (20 overs); Sunrisers Hyderabad 151-9 (20 overs, Markande 4-23. Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 1 wkt. WOMEN’S 3rd ONE-DAY TOUR MATCH, Nagpur: England 201-9 (50 overs, A Jones 94). India 202-2 (45.2 overs, Raj 74no, Sharma 54no, Mandhana 53). India Women win by 8 wkts. India win series 2-1. and he will get there, it will be steady. I’ve done this before, it’s what I do.” Warren has a list of heavyweights, all poised to play their part and get their pay in Fury’s return. “The heavyweight division has been put on notice,” insisted Warren, who is looking at a sensible and gradual return. “It will be three or four fights, he needs the rounds,” the promoter added. Fury also conﬁrmed that he will no longer be working with his uncle and former trainer Peter Fury. Before, during and after the Klitschko win so much of the praise was placed at Peter’s feet. That was then and now a young trainer called Ben Davison, with the skimpiest of qualiﬁcations, will take over in the corner for one of the highest profile ring returns in decades. It has been Davison’s task to manage the weight loss during the last six months and he has done a great job. However, arranging runs and a diet must never be confused with what a trainer has to do in the weeks before a real fight – lifting up and easing down an elite athlete is an ancient art – and more importantly on the night in the crucial sixty-second breaks between rounds. However, Fury and Davison certainly seem happy and he deserves a chance. Fury’s return is genuinely good news for a thriving heavyweight division and there is bold talk of Joshua fighting the American Deontay Wilder. Fury is back and a lot of the current heavyweights will start to feel a little uneasy – and so they should. THE INDEPENDENT COMMONWEALTH GAMES ATHLETICS Men, 200m Final: 1 J Richards (Tto) 20.12 secs, 2 A Brown (Can) 20.34, 3 Le Reid (N Ire) 20.55. 800m Final: 1 W Kintamal (Ken) 1min 45.11secs, 2 K Langford (Eng) 1:45.16, 3 L Mathews (Aus) 1:45.60. Pole Vault Final: 1 K Marschall (Aus) 5.70m, 2 S Barber (Can) 5.65, 3 LCutts (Eng) 5.45. Women, 200m Final: 1 S Miller-Uibo (Bah) 22.09 secs, 2 S Jackson (Jam) 22.18, 3 D Asher-Smith (Eng) 22.29. 400m Hurdles Final: 1 J Russel (Jam) 54.33 secs, 2 E Doyle (Sco) 54.80, 3 W Nel (SA) 54.96. T38 100m Final: 1 S Hahn (Eng) 12.46, 2 R Clarke (Aus) 13.17, 3 O Breen (Wal) 13.35. Long Jump Final: 1 C Nettey (Can) 6.84m, 2 B Stratton 6.77, 3 S Proctor (Eng) 6.75. BOWLS Women, Triples - Gold Medal Match: Australia bt Scotland 21-12. Bronze Medal Match: England bt Canada 20-12. CYCLING Women’s Cross Country: 1 A Last (Eng) 1hr 18mins 02secs, 2 E Richards (Eng) 1:18.50, 3 H Smith (Can) 1:20.26. DIVING Men’s 3m Springboard Final: 1 J Laugher (Eng) 519.40pts, 2 P Gagne (Can) 452.70, 3 J Connor (Aus) 438.50. WRESTLING Women’s Freestyle 76 kg Bronze: G Nelthorpe (Eng) bt Hajaratu Kamara (S Leone). MEDAL TABLE 1 Australia 2 England 3 India 4 Canada 5 South Africa 6 New Zealand 7 Scotland 8 Wales 9 Cyprus 10 Jamaica 21 Northern Ireland 28 Isle of Man Gold 62 28 14 12 11 10 7 7 6 4 1 0 Silver Bronze Total 46 47 155 32 26 86 7 10 31 28 19 59 9 12 32 12 9 31 13 15 35 8 10 25 0 2 8 6 5 15 0 2 3 1 0 1 TENNIS ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO: Second round: (2) K EDMUND (GB) bt R Albot (Mol) 6-2 6-4. RUGBY LEAGUE BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE Widnes (8)...............................20 Hull (12)................................39 Widnes: Tries: Wilde, Olbison (2). Goals: Gilmore (4). Hull: Tries: Washbrook, Faraimo, Matongo, Griffin (2), Talanoa, Shaul. Goals: Sneyd (5). D rop Goals: Sneyd. P W D L F A Pts St Helens 10 9 0 1 282 114 18 Wigan 9 7 0 2 278 132 14 Warrington 11 7 0 4 208 161 14 Leeds 9 6 1 2 184 155 13 Hull 11 6 0 5 261 230 12 Castleford 8 6 0 2 151 160 12 Wakefield 9 4 0 5 180 166 8 Hull K R 10 3 0 7 171 228 6 Widnes 11 3 0 8 197 255 6 Salford 10 3 0 7 148 212 6 Huddersfield 10 2 1 7 148 283 5 Catalans Dragons 10 2 0 8 142 254 4 3 RUGBY UNION AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY: Newcastle v Sale. GUINNESS PRO14: Cheetahs v Munster (6.35), Glasgow v Connacht, Ulster v Ospreys (7.35). GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP: Bristol v Doncaster. - 1 ÷ 4 + ÷ 2 23 9 9 - 7 - + 7 360 1 REAR SENT PEAR SEND PEAK SAND PECK SANK DECK SACK DOCK BACK - 3 57 1 5 + + 10 4 16 6 ZYGOLEX LEFT TO RIGHT: cord; bell; pork; gone; cork; gong; bung; lung; long; bunk; pine; trunk; pipe; divan; shine 5-CLUE CROSSWORD Across: 1 C-Ali-PH<, 3 Jacobi*, 4 Random* Down: 1 C. Major, 2 H-Eli-um (He) WORD WHEEL NINE-LETTER WORD anaerobic OTHER WORDS ace, acne, acorn, acre, aeon, aerobic, air, arc, arcane, are, area, arena, aria, bacon, ban, bane, bar, bare, barn, baron, beacon, bean, bear, boa, boar, bra, brace, brain, bran, cab, cabin, cairn, can, cane, canoe, car, carbine, carbon, care, cobra, cornea, crab, crane, ear, earn, era, near, oar, ocean, race, rain, ran YESTERDAY’S CODEWORD 1981 1 2 3 4 5 6 14 15 16 17 18 19 W Z Q V P D E F I 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 K B U L C Y O X J RUGBY UNION Falcons poised for ‘must win’ clash with Sale By Andrew Baldock Dean Richards believes Newcastle can “almost kiss the semi-ﬁnals goodbye” if they do not beat Premiership opponents Sale Sharks tonight. The Falcons’ 27-13 defeat at Worcester last weekend dented their play-off hopes. They are currently ﬁfth – one point and one place above Kingston Park visitors Sale – with three games remaining. Newcastle rugby director Richards (above) said: “For us, it’s a must-win game in terms of keeping our top-four hopes alive and if we don’t win then we can almost kiss the semi-ﬁnals goodbye.” Richards has made eight changes to his starting lineup, with ﬂanker Gary Graham returning from injury, while Sale are without suspended backs Denny Solomona and Mike Haley for the trip to Kingston Park. RUGBY LEAGUE Widnes suffer more injuries in defeat by Hull WIDNES Tries Wilde Olbison 2 Goals Gilmore 4 - + 5 11 + 2 x 9 3 6 ÷ 8 -3 ÷ + x x + - 8 FOOTBALL THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP Aston Villa v Leeds..................................................................................... RUGBY LEAGUE BETFRED - SUPER LEAGUE: Leeds v Wigan. CHAMPIONSHIP: Rochdale v London Broncos. 6 + 5 FIXTURES (7.45pm unless stated) CRICKET SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP First day of four (11.00am) First Division: Hampshire v Worcestershire (The Ageas Bowl), Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (Emirates Old Trafford), Yorkshire v Essex (Emerald Headingley). Second Division: Kent v Gloucestershire (Canterbury), Middlesex v Northamptonshire (Lord’s), Warwickshire v Sussex (Edgbaston). MCC UNIVERSITY MATCHES First day of three (11.00am): Durham v Durham MCCU (Emirates Riverside), Glamorgan v Cardiff MCCU (The SWALEC Stadium), Leeds/Bradford MCCU v Derbyshire (Weetwood), Leicestershire v Loughborough MCCU (Grace Road), Somerset v Oxford MCCU (Taunton), Surrey v Cambridge MCCU (The Kia Oval). x x H A S T R G M N 53 HULL FC Tries Washbrook, Faraimo, Matongo, Griffin 2, Talanoa, Shaul Goals Sneyd 5 Drop goal Sneyd 20 39 Three tries in six secondhalf minutes for Hull proved crucial as Widnes succumbed to their fourth straight Super League defeat. Widnes enjoyed the early pressure but were kept out by a keen Hull defence and the Vikings’ injury jinx struck again when Chris Dean left the ﬁeld with a biceps injury. And their problems were compounded when co-captain Chris Houston was forced off having gone close to scoring following the second-half restart. With their ﬁrst real attack, Hull opened the scoring when Jake Connor’s smart ﬂick pass sent Danny Washbrook scampering over, with Marc Sneyd converting. Hull went into the break 12-8 ahead but Widnes continued to press and Tom Olbison scored the ﬁrst of two tries giving his side a 14-12 lead. It would not last long as Hull’s class showed through. PA 54 SPORT COMMONWEALTH GAMES Hughes’ victory celebrations are cut short in the most cruel fashion By Ian Parker IN THE GOLD COAST England’s Zharnel Hughes celebrated victory in the men’s 200 metres final before being told he had been disqualified for catching Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards in the face with his arm. Hughes crossed the line ahead of Richards, with both men clocked at 20.12 seconds, but as he completed a lap of honour with the cross of St George draped over his shoulders, race ofﬁcials told him of his disqualiﬁcation. Television replays showed Hughes’ left arm accidentally caught Richards in the face and affected his finish. Team England lodged an appeal against the decision but athletics ofﬁcials rejected it. Hughes’ disqualiﬁcation meant Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid was bumped up to a bronze medal and Canada’s Aaron Brown got silver. Katarina Johnson-Thompson leads in the heptathlon overnight after victory in her 200 metres heat gave her a 126-point lead after the ﬁrst day of competition. The world indoor pentathlon champion claimed victory in 23.56sec to move on to 3765 points ahead of today’s javelin, long jump and 800m. Kyle Langford won silver in the men’s 800m with a personal best time of 1:45.16, narrowly behind Kenya’s Zharnel Hughes talks with a track ofﬁcial after his men’s 200m ﬁnal yesterday in which he was disqualiﬁed for catching a competitor in the face with his arm AP Wycliffe Kinyamal who won in 1:45.11. England’s Dina Asher-Smith (left) took bronze in the women’s 200m final as Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas took gold and silver went to Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson. There was silver for Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle in the women’s 400m hurdles while England’s Shara Proctor picked up bronze in the women’s long jump. Jack Laugher won a second gold medal of the Games and his fourth Commonwealth title overall with victory in the men’s three metres springboard. Laugher scored 519.40 points to take a second of three possible golds here. The 23-year-old diver, RUGBY SEVENS Zambia ready to play their part in sport’s greatest mismatch By Tim Wigmore They are the most iconic international sports team in professional sport, with an unmatched winning record: the All Blacks. Their name has been built on rugby union but in rugby sevens, they are scarcely less formidable. Men’s rugby sevens has featured in ﬁve previous editions of the Commonwealth Games; New Zealand have won four times. Now, consider Zambia’s challenge. A country with 10,000 registered rugby players, who have never reached the rugby union World Cup, will tomorrow morning make their Commonwealth Games debut – against New Zealand. “It’s a very exciting moment – it’s amazing exposure for us as a team,” says Zambia captain Israel Kalumba, who works for the air force. “We’re trying to surprise the world – to show that Zambia can play with big teams like New Zealand.” While New Zealand’s players are highly–paid professionals, complete with their own support army of sports scientists, Zambia’s players are amateurs, who have only been together as a squad for the last two weeks. For head coach Andrew Kaminsa – who mixes his role with running a construction business and played in Zambia’s only previous game against New Zealand, a 29–0 defeat in 2003 – the challenge is as much in the mind as on the pitch. “It doesn’t matter whether its professional or amateur it’s the same concept. I’ve been telling the boys the All Blacks are human beings like Israel Kalumba says his Zambia side want to ‘surprise the world’ any of us. The only difference is they probably play more rugby than us – but in terms of the rules, the structure, it’s basically the same. “It’s a bit different obviously – playing the All Blacks for the kind of players we have. We’re just going to stick to our gameplan, to stop them and see how we can run with the ball.” That Zambia are in the Gold Coast at all speaks to how international rugby is changing. The sevens format, by its nature, lends itself better to emerging nations rising. who successfully defended the 1m title on Wednesday, could complete a Gold Coast hat-trick today when he will compete with Chris Mears in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard ﬁnal. There was further joy for Laugher at the end of the evening as his girlfriend Lois Toulson picked up bronze in the women’s 10m platform for England. Annie Last and Evie Richards delivered an England one-two in the women’s cross country mountain bike race with a dominant performance. The pair pulled clear of the pack in the first of six laps around the Nerang forest and continued to stretch their lead, with Last beating Richards by 48 seconds as Canada’s Haley Smith took bronze a further 96 seconds back. Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf’s bid for a Commonwealth Games medal in the beach volleyball fell short as they lost the bronze medal game to New Zealand brothers Ben and Sam O’Dea 21-13, 21-15. Scotland’s Kay Moran, Stacey McDougall and Caroline Brown had to settle for silver in the women’s triples of the lawn bowls as Australia took gold with a 21-12 victory in the ﬁnal. England’s Katherine Rednall, Ellen Falkner and Sian Honnor picked up bronze with a 20-12 win over Canada. Scotland’s Seonaid McIntosh took bronze in the women’s 50m prone rifle as Singapore’s Martina Veloso took gold with a Games record 621.0. In wrestling, England’s Georgina Nelthorpe took bronze with victory over Kaharatu Kamara of Sierra Leone in the women’s freestyle 76kg, while Wales’ Curts Dodge beat Ebimienfaghe Assizecourt of Nigeria to bronze in the men’s freestlye 74kg. “It’s cheaper to run than the 15-aside game,” Kaminsa says: a very real advantage considering that, until recently, Zambia were so short of funds that the national squad often didn’t have enough rugby balls to conduct drills in smaller groups. Just as signiﬁcant is the structure of the international game. While rugby union is still a sport of hierarchies – which is why the Six Nations eschews promotion and relegation – the sevens format is a meritocracy, with teams’ berths in the World Rugby Sevens Series solely dependent on how they perform on the pitch. In the current edition, Fiji, USA and Kenya are all in the top seven positions. To tomorrow, then, when Zambia play at 2:37am local time back home. “Everyone is saying we can’t wait to watch,” Kalumba says. “Sevens is a game of chance.” It is an opportunity not just to cause a staggering upset but – more realistically – to lift the sport in Zambia. Nothing can galvanise a sport in a new frontier quite like the cachet of success in an international tournament. “They’ll be a bit physical we know that – we just need to tackle them and go low,” Kaminsa says. “The bigger you are the harder you fall.” CRICKET Jake Ball was dropped after one Test in the last Ashes series Ball hopes for chance to prove he is Test quality By David Charlesworth Jake Ball believes he is still awaiting a proper opportunity to prove his England credentials after a miserable winter. Ball had been identiﬁed as a bowler suited to Australian conditions ahead of the Ashes but returned match ﬁgures of one for 115 in the ﬁrst Test at Brisbane, his preparation hampered by an ankle injury. The Nottinghamshire seamer was overlooked for the remainder of the series and he lost his place for England’s Test tour of New Zealand that followed. But Ball said: “I don’t think one game is any time to nail down a spot. I think you need to be given a few games. “In that sense, it’s been frustrating and I’d quite like a run in the side but you’re not Jake Ball’s always going ﬁgures after the to get that. ﬁrst Ashes Test “So far, at Brisbane in November it hasn’t worked out but hopefully I’m given a chance at some point this summer or maybe even the winter. “I know I can bowl 85mph plus. I’ve got the height, I can get good bounce, get a bit of seam movement and I’ve proved that with Notts. I’d say England haven’t quite seen that from me yet. “Out in Australia, I was asked to bowl a lot of short stuff, stuff I’m not used to, but you have to be prepared to do those jobs. “When you go into a side that’s got Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, you’re not going to be the one that takes the new ball and bowls when it’s nice to bowl. “You’re going to bowl the overs which are harder and the overs you’re not comfortable with.” 1-115 NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-43 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 55 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP Team-by-team guide to the season Division One ESSEX Last season 1st Coach Anthony McGrath Captain Ryan ten Doeschate Overseas star Peter Siddle (ﬁrst ﬁve CC matches) One to Watch Adam Zampa Essex have long fantasised about adding a ‘mystery’ spinner to their T20 armoury. In the Australian leggie Zampa they feel they have found their man. He arrives in mid-summer with a reputation for being hard to get away. Indeed, his economy rate in T20s for Australia is a parsimonious 6.00. i Forecast 4th HAMPSHIRE Last season 5th Coach Craig White Captain James Vince Overseas star Hashim Amla (ﬁrst three months) One to Watch Sam Northeast With reportedly every top side queuing up for Northeast (right) this winter, there is the feeling of a coup after Hampshire managed to persuade him to swap Kent for the Ageas Bowl. Fitting in alongside Amla, Vince, Rossouw and Sean Ervine makes him a linchpin in a Galaticos-like order. i Forecast 2nd SOMERSET Last season 6th Captain Tom Abell (CC and one-day), Lewis Gregory (T20) Coach Jason Kerr OverseasstarCorey Anderson (T20) One to Watch Jamie Overton The 23-year-old pace bowler needs to prove his ﬁtness and durability, having missed the second half of the last two seasons. With his twin brother Craig having achieved a place in England’s Ashes squad and a call-up for the one-day side during the winter, Jamie will be ﬁred up to follow suit. i Forecast 7th SURREY Last season 3rd Coach Michael Di Venuto Captain Rory Burns (CC and one-day), Jade Dernbach (T20) Overseas starDean Elgar (Apr-May) One to Watch Sam Curran He will not turn 20 until June, but Curran is already regarded as a core member of Surrey’s teams in all three formats. Since his debut at 17, in 2015, he has scored more than 1,000 ﬁrst-class runs and is close to 100 wickets. Expect his left-arm swing and middle-order batting to continue to catch the eye. i Forecast 1st LANCASHIRE Last season 2nd Coach Glen Chapple Captain Liam Livingstone Overseas star James Faulkner (T20) One to Watch Haseeb Hameed Having burst onto the scene in the second half of 2016, Hameed had a nightmare last season. He failed to score a century and posted only 513 runs from 12 Championship appearances. He lost his England place and suffered a broken ﬁnger – for the second time in 12 months. The Boltonian will be aiming to prove his troubles are over. i Forecast 5th NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Last season 2nd in Div Two Coach Peter Moores Captains Steven Mullaney (CC and one-day; Dan Christian T20) Overseas star Ross Taylor (First eight CC matches) One to Watch Ross Taylor Kiwi batsman Taylor is currently 11th in the Test rankings for batsmen and at seven in the ODI list. The capture of the stylish strokemaker should guarantee a signiﬁcant number of early-season runs as Notts look to compete strongly on their return to Division One. i Forecast 3rd WORCESTERSHIRE Last season 1st Div Two Coach Kevin Sharp Captain Joe Leach Overseas star Martin Guptill One to Watch Dillon Pennington The paceman impressed when sharing the new ball during the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup. He is currently on a scholarship at University Of Worcester but has set his sights on making his ﬁrstteam breakthrough this summer. Recently signed a two year contract with the county to come into effect from this October. i Forecast 8th YORKSHIRE Last season 4th Coach Andrew Gale Captain Garry Ballance Overseas star Kane Williamson One to Watch Matthew Fisher A seam bowler who has been earmarked for great things since making his ﬁrst-team debut aged just 15 in 2013, the now 20-yearold was struck down by hamstring troubles in 2016. It curtailed his involvement last year as workloads were managed. But he played the last two Championship games and impressed – with the bat as well. i Forecast 6th Division Two DERBYSHIRE Last season 8th Coach Kim Barnett Captains Billy Godleman (CC and one-day) Gary Wilson (T20) Overseas star Duanne Olivier (April-June) One to Watch Duanne Olivier His pace promises to provide Derbyshire with a menacing new ball attack. The 25-year-old already has experience of English conditions having played two Tests for South Africa last summer and he also brings consistency and control in the one-day format. i Forecast 8th DURHAM Last season 9th Coach Jon Lewis Captains Paul Collingwood (CC) Tom Latham (one-day) T20 TBC Overseas star Aiden Markram (Four CC Matches) One to Watch Michael Potts The next fast bowler off the Riverside production line could well be Potts, who burst on to the scene last season. The 19-year-old played ﬁve matches, but took 14 wickets and had the knack of striking at crucial times. His consistency gave even the best of batsmen issues. i Forecast 5th KENT Last season 5th Coach Matt Walker Captain Sam Billings Overseas star Adam Milne One to Watch Sean Dickson A latecomer to the county circuit, the 26-year-old opening batsman already boasts a brace of ﬁrstclass triple centuries and a double hundred to boot. Consistency will be key for Dickson, South Africaborn to a mother who hails from Kent, as he looks to post his maiden 1,000-run season and improve on a ﬁrst-class average of 37.91. i Forecast 4th MIDDLESEX Last season 7th Div One Coaches Richard Scott; Daniel Vettori (T20) Captain Dawid Malan Overseas star Ashton Agar (T20) One to Watch Nick Gubbins After bursting onto the scene in Middlesex’s title-winning campaign of 2016, when he amassed over 1,400 ﬁrst-class runs, Gubbins endured a lean spell last season which ended with a hamstring injury. Two centuries in the recent South v North series fuelled hopes that he has turned the corner. i Forecast 2nd NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Last season 3rd Coach David Ripley Captain Alex Wakely Overseas star Doug Bracewell, One to Watch Brett Hutton His ability was never questioned by the Notts management but their opportunities to pick him were limited. Hutton has arrived at Northants wanting more game time and is certain to get greater opportunities. His role as a bowling all-rounder looks a valuable asset for the county, who hold promotion ambitions. i Forecast 6th GLAMORGAN Last season 7th Coach Robert Croft Captains Michael Hogan(CC), Colin Ingram (one-day and T20) Overseas star Shaun Marsh One to Watch Lukas Carey After taking seven wickets against Northants on his Championship debut in 2016, the 20-year-old seamer continued to improve during his second season. Carey, took 35 wickets at 30 last year and also featured in white ball cricket. He moves the ball sufﬁciently to trouble top-order batsmen. i Forecast 7th GLOUCESTERSHIRE Last season 6th Coach Richard Dawson Captains Chris Dent (CC and Royal one-day), Michael Klinger (T20) OverseasstarDan Worrall (Not T20) One to Watch Dan Worrall Australian seamer Worrall is capable of suiting English conditions. He bowls a full length and hits the pitch hard, according to Michael Klinger and Cameron Bancroft, who have played against him back home. He ﬁnished second leading wicket-taker in the 2015-16 Shefﬁeld Shield with 44 victims. i Forecast 9th LEICESTERSHIRE Last season 10th Coach Paul Nixon Captain Michael Carberry Overseas star Mohammad Abbas One to Watch Callum Parkinson One of the country’s brightest spinning talents, the 21-year-old left-armer turns the ball on the most unpromising surfaces, and is developing the ﬂight and guile to tempt batsmen into mistakes when conditions are not in his favour. His 8-148 at Worcestershire last season was Leicestershire’s best individual bowling return since 2001. i Forecast 10th SUSSEX Last season 4th Coach Jason Gilliespie Captains Ben Brown (CC and One-day), Luke Wright (T20) Overseas star Ishant Sharma (4 April – 4 June) One to Watch Michael Burgess Arrived at Hove a year ago as a trialist and ended the season with a maiden Championship hundred and a contract at least until the end of this season. The 23-yearold came through Surrey’s system and had a spell with Leicestershire but has blossomed at Sussex. i Forecast 1st WARWICKSHIRE Last season 8th Div One Coach Jim Troughton Captains Jeetan Patel (CC and one-day), Grant Elliott (T20) Overseas star Colin de Grandhomme (T20) One to Watch Olly Stone Given a belated Warwickshire debut, following knee surgery which ruled him out for a year, fastbowler Stone delivered some searing spells which suggests his pace is not impaired by the injury. If he stays ﬁt, expect him to force his way into the England reckoning. i Forecast 3rd 56 Football SPORT PREMIER LEAGUE Was it a penalty or does referee Oliver really have a ‘bin for a heart’? Will Magee debates the dramatic ending to Real v Juventus, which was a sad finale to keeper Buffon’s European career W hen Michael Oliver awarded a penalty against Juventus in the last minute of stoppage time at the Bernabeu – this after an incredible ﬁghtback from the Bianconeri which saw them go from 3-0 down to 3-3 on aggregate against Real Madrid – the overwhelming feeling was one of bitter disappointment. After 90 minutes of rip-roaring entertainment, for the game to end in such an arbitrary fashion felt deﬂating. Where fans had been mentally preparing for a frenetic period of extra time, instead they were faced with a game abruptly ended by an emphatic spot kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, it was not Oliver’s prerogative to ensure that the evening’s entertainment went on indeﬁnitely. Nor was it his job to keep Gianluigi Buffon on the ﬁeld, with the legendary goalkeeper’s furious reaction to the penalty call ultimately going far beyond what the referee could be expected to tolerate. That said, Buffon’s anger at the decision to whistle for Medhi Benatia’s last-ditch challenge on Lucas Vazquez was perhaps understandable. Not only did it annihilate Buffon’s last chance of winning the Champions League before his retirement, it was also a contentious call over what many felt was an ambiguous incident. Buffon didn’t hold back when asked about Oliver after the match. “To award such a doubtful, or super-doubtful, penalty just before the ﬁnal whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart,” Buffon said. “A human being cannot decide the elimination of a team Gianluigi Buffon remonstrates with referee Michael Oliver AFP/GETTY with such a decision. When I don’t feel I’m good enough, I put myself in a corner. He should do the same. It’s a matter of sensibility. It means you don’t know where you are, which teams are playing, you don’t know shit.” Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was similarly robust in his post-match comments, suggesting that Champions League referees are unsympathetic towards clubs from Italy. “We absolutely need VAR in the Champions League,” Agnelli said. “This isn’t about one or two points, but rather going forward in a massive tournament that brings so much money and prestige, we can’t allow these incidents to occur.” Meanwhile, in his column for the Daily Mail, former referee Graham Poll backed Oliver over the decision and praised his “very strong but correct refereeing at the Bernabeu”. “Oliver was courageous enough to award a penalty which, once converted, took Real Madrid through to the semi-ﬁnal,” Poll added, adding that the decision to send off Buffon was also correct given his aggressive protests. Even referees were divided over the penalty call, however. Former La Liga referee Eduardo Iturralde told Spanish tabloid AS: “The contact from behind wasn’t enough. He shouldn’t have blown for a penalty.” Ultimately, when even ex-referees can’t decide, the decision is bound to be debated ad inﬁnitum. Still, when the incident is that ambiguous, no wonder so many felt it was a disappointing way to end an incredible tie. SPAIN Internazionale ready to move if Bale sale triggered est fees to fund summer plans. His former Wales manager, Chris Coleman, said Bale could only leave the Internazionale will make a move for Bernabeu for another “giant club”. Gareth Bale in the summer, should Asked if he has a future in Spain, the Real Madrid decide to sell the Welsh Sunderland manager said: “The last forward. While Bale and his time I spoke to him, he was advisors say they want to very happy in Madrid, his stay at the Bernabeu, it is family is settled there. known that Real want But he is who he is, to reshape their attack Real Madrid are who this summer, ideally they are and there La Liga appearances through the purchase are comings and made by Bale since of Neymar from Paris goings all the time. joining Real Madrid Saint-Germain, and “If you work so in September 2013 that will require sighard to get to a stage niﬁcant sales. in your career where While it is not certain you are seen as one of they want to sell Bale, sourcthe better players and es close to the club say his status you are playing for one of the has changed. He is no longer seen as biggest clubs, that’s not somewhere “intransferible” – to use the Spanish where you want to leave, I would phrase – and is considered a player imagine. who could fetch one of the high“Where does he go from there one match fewer, with four games remaining in the regular season. Fulham are determined not to sell Despite being so young, Sessegnon Ryan Sessegnon for at least a year has played a major part in Fulham’s should they win promotion to the promotion push – starting 41 of their Premier League this season. 42 matches at either left-back or on The 17-year-old winger is the wing. He has scored 14 goals one of the most soughtand made six assists. after youngsters in the It is believed Sessegame and is wanted by gnon would prefer to Tottenham, Manchesstay at Fulham should ter United, Liverpool, they go up because Ryan Sessegnon has Manchester City and he would be guaranstarted all but one Paris St Germain. teed to play regularly of Fulham’s league It was thought that under Jokanovic. games this season Sessegnon would leave Sessegnon’s form in the summer, but it is has led to him be nomiunderstood that Fulham nated for the Championare prepared to ignore bigship Player of the Season, as money offers if they reach the top well as the Young Player of the seaflight. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are son at the EFL awards, which take in the second automatic promotion place on Sunday. spot having gone on a remarkable Fulham value the teenager, who 20-game unbeaten run. They are one was part of the England side that point above Cardiff, who have played won the European Under-19 ChamBy Simon Johnson By Miguel Delaney and Damien Spellman 121 Sessegnon won’t go to Tottenham, insist Fulham 41 Gareth Bale was taken off at half-time against Juventus on Wednesday that’s bigger? There’s nowhere bigger, so if he does leave Madrid, where’s he going to go? It’s going to have to be another giant club. “Is it back here? Probably, maybe if he does move, if it’s on the cards. But the last conversations I had with him, he was happy there. He liked the life in Madrid, loved the club.” NEWS 2-28 Ryan Sessegnon has two years left on his Fulham contract PA Kane ‘will learn a lot’ from furore over goal appeal By Jon West pionships last summer, at around £50million. It is believed Spurs are very conﬁdent about securing his signature if Fulham remain in the Championship. However, Fulham think Sessegnon would be a major asset in the top ﬂight and would look to keep him for another 12 months if they go up. Sessegnon, who has been at Fulham since he was eight, has two years left on the contract he signed last summer, so the club would be under pressure to agree a new deal to ensure they receive a big fee when they do eventually decide to sell. The presence of Jokanovic at Craven Cottage is a key factor in Sessegnon’s future, too. The Serb took charge of Fulham in 2015 and handed the youngster his professional debut a year later aged just 16 and 81 days. Last month, Sessegnon said: “For someone to have faith in you at the tender age of 16 is massive. This season he has had total conﬁdence in me and I just want to repay him with my performances. I’m really focused on Fulham at the moment. I want to get us into the Premier League.” Jokanovic revealed recently that he has spoken to Sessegnon about the transfer speculation and said: “I believe he can grow playing here, rather than with a top-ﬁve Premier League team. I think we can give him what he needs.” EVENING STANDARD Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane “will learn a lot” from the storm created by his controversial goal appeal. The Premier League’s goal accreditation appeals panel’s decision to award Kane the goal initially credited to Christian Eriksen in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Stoke put the striker on 25 league goals for the season, four behind Golden Boot frontrunner Mo Salah, of Liverpool. It also unleashed a spectacular backlash, with Salah himself tweeting “Wooooooow really?” when he heard Kane’s claims that Eriksen’s free-kick had gone in off his shoulder had been upheld. Social media was soon awash with photoshopped images of Kane ‘stealing’ other goals from the archives and former England forwards Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker fuelled the furore with sarcastic posts. The appeal gave the impression that Tottenham were taking undue trouble over an individual award. Spurs manager Pochettino countered that his player had not been expecting the appeal to have been so divisive. “Harry is disappointed because he never wanted to create this,” the coach said. “Sometimes, it is a small or simple thing that becomes bigger and you cannot stop it. He is going to learn a lot from this. “Of course he never thought that this situation was going to go on to such big things when he was so certain that he touched the ball. It’s normal that he was disappointed. Tottenham fans will back Harry but others will kill him. People have opinions but that is normal.” Pochettino, who does not indulge in social media himself, also made it clear he had not advised Kane about the appeal. “I wasn’t involved,” he said. “I am sure Harry and Christian were agreed to do this. No-one said to me what was going to happen. The club believed it was right to appeal.” THE INDEPENDENT VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 The Fan Matrix i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 57 ARSENAL Newcastle the latest in a long line of relegation candidates we face in the run-in as we pretend that the Premier League is worth anything other than giving Aubameyang his contracted game time and avoiding injuries to anyone vaguely important for the Europa League. George Bond What supporters are saying about your club BOURNEMOUTH EDITED BY JAMES MARINER PREMIER LEAGUE Can’t see anything except a defeat at Anﬁeld. Maybe Salah will be rested but even then I though Firmino had a cracking game at City in midweek too. I’d be delighted if we got a point up there. Then again this club never stops surprising us. RoyalCherry (Up The Cherries) BURNLEY Stand Chat) Let’s get the three points against Leicester tomorrow, and all but make sure of a European tour. It’s been a great season whatever happens, but it would be such a shame should it end on a whimper, and we miss out on our IMO deserved tag of best of the rest. MACCA (Up The Clarets!) CHELSEA CRYSTAL PALACE EVERTON HUDDERSFIELD TOWN BRIGHTON & HOVE Palace next. Play as we did last Saturday and they as they did and we’ll get spanked; play as we CAN and they play Benteke and we’ll win comfortably. My prediction is a home win alas! But I feel we already have enough points. Tim Over Whelmed (North Substitutions. Been banging on about them all season. Roy again refuses to take players off when they are shattered and, surprise, we concede late. Have never really enjoyed this season and can’t wait for it to end, but a win against Brighton would make all the rubbish worth it. Ollie Potts marcus (Grand Old Team) LEICESTER CITY LIVERPOOL MANCHESTER CITY MANCHESTER UNITED NEWCASTLE UNITED SOUTHAMPTON STOKE CITY SWANSEA CITY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WATFORD WEST BROMWICH ALBION WEST HAM UNITED What to do with Vardy (above)? Is he the main contributor to managers’ demises at our club? Maybe if he wasn’t here we would take a new identity anyway. If mugs like Everton came knocking, I would maybe let go. Don’t shoot me down in ﬂames! Gazza M (Foxes Talk) In a week of stunning comebacks it’s easy to forget our dominant second half at City. Epitomised by Pogba we were strong and brave – showing what they can do when let off the leash. WBA at home this Sunday? Easy. Gabriel Counsell We are not safe yet. Five points thrown away in the last two home games and I’m fearing yet another late-season collapse. I feel we need two more points. We’ve the talent to beat Huddersﬁeld but they did thrash us last time. Paul Cohen Do we really think if Big Sam has a decent end to the season he will get the sack? I suggest he won’t & why should he? He would have earned the right to see out his contract and plan for next season. Unless there is a plan and a new manager in place, ready. Can’t think of a worse way to end our Champions League hopes than a loss to Spurs which guaranteed their qualiﬁcation, followed by a draw that essentially gave West Ham their safety. Not quite sure how Conte has survived Abramovich’s wrath! Charlie Gould If we pick up a win in either home game against Watford tomorrow or Everton, we should be conﬁdent of safety. Circumstances may change but that’s at least a target to aim for. We don’t score many goals but it only takes one chance to get us over the line. Olly Diamond The spectacular is now our only hope of maintaining our 10-year run in the Prem! Monday offers a good opportunity against an uninspiring West Ham. Arnautovic’s departure is one of the main contributors to our lack of success and could now damage our dreams directly. Hugo Parrott Harry Kane has been awarded with this goal struck with his shoulder against Stoke last Saturday TV 36-37 Well, who predicted that score? Fearing the worst, I think most Reds would have just appreciated putting up a ﬁght. But putting ﬁve past City over two legs surpassed expectations. Bring on whoever in the semis, we can beat them all. Still, shame we dropped points against the Blues. Elliott Charles Three wins on the bounce and the Toon go marching on. A sterling 2-1 win at Leicester compounded the side’s change in mentality over the past 24 months under Rafa. An unrelenting defensive display, and innovative in the ﬁnal third. Harry Savill Naughton is crap and cannot be relied upon. Constantly leaving right wing/corner open. Whenever opposition come down our right, he runs backwards and watches and nearly every time lets them in. Olsson, on the opposite side, sticks the foot in. SgorioFruit (Planet Swans) Although we lacked a cutting edge I actually enjoyed large spells of last week’s game. Haven’t felt that for ages. While disappointed to draw, those enjoyable spells were most important. SmethDan (Westbrom.com) Contrary to the two teams we have just lost to, Spurs play nice football and will have possession, which we need to allow space for us to counter. This will be an entertaining game and am thinking 2-2, between two good, footballing sides. Bluview (Blue Moon) Even without Stephens against Chelsea tomorrow, I’d stick with ﬁve at the back and bring Bertrand into centre. Bednarek seems borderline competent, but the prospect of watching him against Hazard leaves me uncomfortable. Nick Roberts The appeal for Kane’s goal at Stoke is more embarrassing for him than anything else. He’s had a terriﬁc season and not winning the Golden Boot will not detract. Praying City do not resdiscover form, and that their capitulation continues at least another week. Charlie Taylor-Kroll Two weeks ago this game against Stoke looked a relegation dog-ﬁght, ﬁt for Monday night viewing. But our point at Chelsea all but conﬁrmed West Ham’s continued presence in the Prem. Roll on next season! Joe Light 58 Football EUROPA LEAGUE Sport Welbeck gets complacent Arsenal out of big trouble CSKA MOSCOW Chalov 39, Nababkin 50 2 ARSENAL Welbeck 75, Ramsey 90 2 Arsenal win 6-3 on aggregate 13.04.18 Pullout RACING Might Bite swallows up the competition at Aintree P55 CRICKET Team-by-team guide for the new County season BOXING P53 Steve Bunce on why the return of Tyson Fury is good news CSKA Moscow Akinfeev A Berezutski Ignashevich V Berezutski By Jack Pitt-Brooke AT THE CSKA ARENA It says plenty about the new reality for Arsenal that this draw with CSKA Moscow, a game in which they lost the plot and nearly lost the tie, is nonetheless a crucial step in their season. All Arsenal had to do was avoid losing 3-0 to make it into the semi-ﬁnals. But after going 2-0 down, and surrendering any grip on the game, Arsenal were heading for exactly that. All that talk about learning from Barcelona’s defeat in Rome looked presumptuous, as a limited CSKA found it far too easy to cut through. Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin scored either side of half-time, both taking advantage of Petr Cech palm outs and static defending to tap in. This was not a young Arsenal team, not with Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey playing. But they looked lost for long periods and were ultimately saved at the end. Danny Welbeck converted from a one-two with Mohamed Elneny with 15 minutes left, an away goal that killed CSKA’s momentum, before Aaron Ramsey scored a second, to equalise on the night, with the game’s last kick. Arsenal admitted Barcelona’s experience in Rome on Tuesday night was on their minds. They had to avoid a Russian repeat, which meant quietening the crowd, holding off the early surge, making sure that this never felt like the hosts were on the brink of something special. Of course, the CSKA fans were loud, tucked in close to the pitch in The Sport Matrix The stories you need to know Nababkin Kuchaev Bistrovich Dzagoev Golovin Musa Chalov Lacazette Özil Wilshere Welbeck Elneny Ramsey Monreal Koscielny Mustaﬁ Bellerin Cech Arsenal Substitutions: CSKA Moscow Vitinho (Dzagoev, 38), Natcho (Bistrovich, 72), Milanov (Chalov, 79); Arsenal Chambers (Wilshere, 69), Iwobi (Lacazette, 77). Booked: CSKA Moscow Golovin. Man of the match Elneny. Match rating 7/10. Possession: CSKA Moscow 55% Arsenal 45%. Attempts on target: CSKA Moscow 5 Arsenal 4. Referee F Zwayer (Ger). their modern new home. Their Arsenal was that they had ridplayers responded: Krisden out the early pressure, tijan Bistrovic ﬂattened and started to look comWilshere and Ramfortable, before concedsey in the opening ing the ﬁrst just before minutes. Aleksandr the break. Maybe comClean sheet kept Golovin got on the placency had started by Arsenal keeper ball, Ahmed Musa to creep in, after they Petr Cech in his last ran in behind, and the twice threatened on 15 matches, in all Arsenal centre-backs the break. Maybe they competitions had to do more desperwere unsettled by the ate defending than they arrival of Santos Vitinho did for all of that comfortfor the injured Alan Dzagoev, able ﬁrst leg last week. giving CSKA an extra body in the But what was so frustrating for box. But the goal was all far too easy: 1 Konstantin Kuchaev’s unchallenged cross from the left, Nababkin’s free header at Cech, Fedor Chalov’s easy tap in, without an Arsenal defender anywhere near him. Suddenly the second half had a different feel: CSKA only needed two to knock Arsenal out. And they had the crowd with them, the ball, and Arsenal pinned back in their box, defending to keep their season alive. Arsenal needed to take the sting out of the game, but that means defending better than this: closing down, anticipating, reacting, the COMMONWEALTH GAMES CRICKET Bolt criticises Ujah for Games snub India coast to series win over England Usain Bolt has criticised English sprinter CJ Ujah for opting not to compete at the Commonwealth Games. Ujah (right) chose to focus on the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, where he was disqualiﬁed for a false start in the semi-ﬁnals. He recorded a 100-metre time of 10.15sec in Arizona ﬁve days ago, which would have been enough for silver in the Gold Coast. Asked about Ujah’s no-show, 100m world record holder Bolt (below) said: “The Commonwealths is an important stepping stone. I would have done it. I was very keen on coming here as I look at this as a major championship. I’m not one of those persons that says the Commonwealths is not important. For me, I ﬁnd it very important. If they don’t show up, that’s their loss.” India recorded a comfortable eight-wicket victory over England at Nagpur to win the ﬁnal one-day international and secure the series 2-1. Despite 94 from wicketkeeper Amy Jones, as England posted 201 for nine, the tourists could not produce a repeat performance with the ball. Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and captain Mithali Raj all hit half-centuries in a dominant Indian display at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. NEWS 2-28 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 29-41 TV 36-37 BUSINESS SPORT 46-49 53-59 i FRIDAY 13 APRIL 2018 59 Payet leads Marseilles through while Lazio slump By James Mariner Welbeck’s ﬁne ﬁnish was a rare bright spot for Arsenal last night GETTY whole thing. But that is not how it went. Five minutes after the restart Golovin unleashed a hopeful 30-yarder, Cech parried it back into play and Nababkin reacted far quicker than Monreal to tuck in the rebound. All that talk about learning the lessons of Barcelona looked empty, given how sloppy and passive Arsenal were here. Cech had to dive to save from Kuchaev, and when Musa ran into Shkodran Mustaﬁ a harsher referee could have given a penalty. Arsenal needed to change The semi-ﬁnalists Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg, Marseilles, Atletico Madrid Draw takes place at noon today First legs Thursday 26 April, Second legs Thursday 3 May the game because they were heading for disaster. So Wilshere was hauled off and Calum Chambers came on, a third centre-back, a new COMMONWEALTH GAMES TENNIS England’s agony in hockey shoot-out Edmund powers into quarter-finals England’s women hockey team experienced the agony of penalty shoot-out defeat as they were beaten by New Zealand following a goalless draw in their semi-ﬁnal. Hannah Martin was the only one of England’s ﬁve shooters to beat New Zealand goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon, who had come on speciﬁcally for the shoot-out. Black Sticks captain Stacey Michelsen beat Maddie Hinch with the 10th and ﬁnal penalty to edge it 2-1. British No 1 Kyle Edmund sailed to his third quarter-ﬁnal of the season by beating Moldovan Radu Albot in straight sets at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco. Second seed Edmund, who made the last eight at the Brisbane International and the Australian Open in January, overcame an untidy start to win 6-2, 6-4. He will play Malek Jaziri in the quarter-ﬁnals after the Tusisian beat Germany’s Mischa Zverev, also by 6-2,6-4 yesterday. formation to stem the tide. Within minutes, Arsenal had scored, an away goal that doubled what CSKA had left to do. Welbeck, full of running, left Nababkin behind out on the left, passed to Elneny and ran in behind the CSKA defence. Receiving Elneny’s perfect through ball, Welbeck opened up his body and ﬁnished past Igor Akinfeev. When Ramsey raced through in stoppage time his ﬁnish was enough to make the score look far better in the end than it might have done 20 minutes before.THE INDEPENDENT Sport on tv Commonwealth Games BBC One 9.15am; BBC Two 1pm Golf: Open de Espagna Sky Sports Golf, 11am & 4pm Golf: RBC Heritage Sky Sports Golf, 1pm Racing: Aintree Festival ITV, 2pm Rugby union: Newcastle v Sale BT Sport 1, 7pm Football: Aston Villa v Leeds Sky Sports Football, 7pm Rugby league: Leeds v Wigan Sky Sports Arena, 7.30pm Dimitri Payet inspired Marseilles into their ﬁrst major European semi-ﬁnal for 14 years as they came from behind to beat RB Leipzig 5-3 on aggregate last night. The former West Ham United forward (right) scored, assisted and had another strike disallowed as Marseilles won 5-2 on the night to take their place in today’s draw for the semi-ﬁnals. A goal down from the ﬁrst leg, the hosts fell further behind within two minutes as Bruma doubled Leipzig’s lead with an away goal, cutting in from the right and converting after good work from Naby Keita and Jean-Kévin Augustin. An Ilsanker own goal levelled on the night for the French side, who added another inside the opening nine minutes through Bouna Sarr in a whirlwind opening. Payet had an effort disallowed before setting up Florian Thauvin, who volleyed in the home side’s third. After Augustin pulled one back, Thauvin repaid the favour to assist a ﬁne fourth from Payet and Hiroki Sakai added a ﬁfth. Lazio conceded three goals in ﬁve second-half minutes to crash out in Austria, losing 4-1 to Red Bull Salzburg to go out 6-5 on aggregate. Amadou Haidara, Hee-chan Hwang and Stefan Lainer all found the net late on to put out the Italians, who had been two goals up from the ﬁrst leg. Atletico Madrid complete the last four, despite going down 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon as Fredy Montero scored. Diego Simeone’s side went through 2-1 on aggregate.