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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Sorrell
out
Champions!
Neville
Lawrence
I forgive
Stephen’s
killers
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P6
After 33
years,
business
giant is
driven into
retirement
P11
PM faces
backlash
after
bombing
Syria
MONDAY
16 APRIL 2018
Number 2,306
Solo
parenting
What I’ve
learnt so far
» House of Commons showdown today will see May address her critics
» Some Tory MPs fear that Britain could be dragged further into Syrian war
» Corbyn calls for Parliament to have veto on military action – and questions
whether humanitarian intervention can legally justify use of force
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‘After touring the
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Can Europe’s new
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BRITAIN’S BLOOM BONANZA
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another
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UNITED STATES
WAYNE BELLOWS, MARKET TRADER
Prince’s heirs still
waiting on payout
Oliver Duff
As the second anniversary of
Prince’s death approaches, his
heirs have yet to collect a dollar
of his estimated $200m (£140m)
estate. But bankers, lawyers and
consultants have earned millions
from it. The money can’t be split
among Prince’s six surviving siblings
until tax officials agree the value.
A divided public
Letter from
the Editor
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UNITED STATES
Barbara Bush seeks
‘comfort care’
Former US first lady Barbara Bush
is in “failing health” and will not
seek additional medical treatment,
a family spokesman has said.
Following a recent series of hospital
stays and after consulting with her
family and doctors, the 92-year-old
has decided to focus on what was
described as “comfort care”.
BRAZIL
Jailed Lula leads
in presidency race
What a great name for a market
trader.
Actually, it might not be. Fruit and veg
man Wayne has been banned from
using his voice to promote his wares
after receiving a noise complaint
from a local resident.
That’s crazy! How loud is too loud?
Mr Bellows’ bellow reportedly
reached a whopping 111 decibels,
which is similar in volume to a rock
concert or a chainsaw.
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Blimey. So he’s not allowed to shout
at all?
The 53-year-old, whose family has
been selling fruit and vegetables
in the seaside town of Lymington,
Hampshire, for the past 80 years,
was initially asked to refrain from
shouting in the mornings but says
he was later slapped with an all-day
ban. Mayor Barry Dunning, however,
believes Mr Bellows hasn’t been asked
to stop yelling altogether. “As far as
I know, we only asked him to tone it
down a little bit and not to shout early
in the morning.”
Either way, I imagine it hasn’t gone
down too well.
You imagine right. Mr Bellows, who
has worked on the stall for 35 years,
described the ban as “ridiculous” and
claims his loud pitches to customers
are essential to drumming up
business. He is worried the ban could
result in lost sales and ultimately
force him to reduce his workforce. “If
I cannot shout then I cannot sell,” he
said. “Trade will drop like a stone.”
Fair enough. Aren’t market traders
meant to be quite loud?
Mr Bellows certainly thinks so. “It’s
part and parcel of street life,” he says.
“It’s part of the atmosphere.”
What do the council say?
Not much. A spokesman said: “The
town council has a responsibility to
ensure a well-managed market for
all and upon receiving complaints
has to deal with them in line with our
market regulations, as published on
our website.”
Does Mr Bellows have any support?
He does. A number of his fellow
market traders have backed him,
including Mrs Long, who has also
been a fruit seller on Lymington
market for 35 years. She said shouting
was an important part of the job –
especially at the end of the day when
traders tend to reduce prices to shift
their produce. “You need to shout,
you need the banter to get people’s
attention,” she told the Southern Daily
Echo. “I’ve never heard anything like it.”
ChloëHamilton
Even imprisonment hasn’t knocked
former President Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva out of the lead in Brazil’s
presidential race. A poll yesterday
shows he is holding a strong
advantage. It’s the first survey of
Brazilians following the ex-leader’s
7 April incarceration on corruption
charges, which he’s appealing.
PEOPLE
Zsa Zsa’s trinkets
sold for $900,000
Costumes, memorabilia and other
items owned by late actress Zsa
Zsa Gabor have sold at auction for
more than $900,000 (£630,000).
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said that
a Margaret Keane portrait of the
actress was sold for $45,000, making
it the top seller. The auction was held
online and at the actress’s mansion.
Where do you stand on Britain
bombing Syria at the weekend? A
proportionate response to the
Assad government’s use of
chemical weapons on its people?
This much, but no further?
Continue military action if it has
Commons support? Air strikes
but no boots on the ground? An
unhelpful intervention that could
prolong conflict? Unsure?
Early opinion polling suggests
that the British public is cautious
about any escalation in conflict.
Roughly two in five support the
raids, two in five oppose, and the
rest don’t know. More than half,
though, say Theresa May was
wrong to order strikes without MPs’
backing. I understand the caution,
and it is questionable whether the
air strikes will have great impact
on the Syrian war – beyond their
broader strategic value in warning
tyrants around the world about the
use of chemical weapons. (Barrel
bombs aren’t humane, mind.)
I question, though, whether
turning to the Commons is really
the answer. Prolonged military
entanglements benefit from (and
usually need) a strong democratic
mandate. That can be found in
unquestioned and widespread
public support, or in the
symbolism of a Commons vote. In
this case, the Prime Minister had
neither, it is true.
But as we note today (page 7), she
was entitled to exercise the royal
prerogative. Blair and Cameron
broke with convention by giving
MPs a vote (cynically in Blair’s
case, before Iraq). Mrs May is
trying to repatriate Britain’s war
powers to Downing Street.
The debate about parliamentary
approval is a distraction. The real
question that needs answering –
and which MPs won’t come
close to answering today – is this:
What now?
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NEWS
POLITICS
Suspended Tory MP is questioned by police
By William McLennan
A Conservative MP has said he
is “completely confident” that he
will be able to prove his innocence,
after it emerged that police are
investigating alleged sexual offences
involving two members of his staff.
Charlie Elphicke, who was
suspended by the Tories in
November following “serious
allegations”, said he had not learnt
the nature of the complaint until he
was interviewed under caution by
police last month.
Mr Elphicke, who represents
Dover and Deal, wrote on social
media: “It was some five months
before I was made aware of what the
‘allegations’ against me were. Now
I know, I am completely confident I
will be able to prove my innocence.
I will continue to defend myself
vigorously for as long as necessary.”
Two women were interviewed by
Scotland Yard earlier this year over
alleged offences that are said to have
taken place between 2015 and 2017,
The Sunday Times reported.
It is the first confirmed police
probe since the Westminster sex
scandal broke last year. Since
i first
reported
the claims
involving
Charlie
Elphicke in
November
then, alleged misconduct has led
to the resignation of the Defence
Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and
the de facto Deputy Prime Minister,
Damian Green.
Mr Elphicke, 47, confirmed that
he spoke to police on 12 March. The
married father-of-two said that until
then, repeated requests to both
police and the Conservative Chief
Whip to explain the nature of the
allegations had been ignored.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan
Police said: “On 12 March 2018, a
man was interviewed under caution,
by appointment. The interview
was in connection with an ongoing
investigation being carried out
by the Child Abuse and Sexual
Offences Command into alleged
sexual offences.”
Mr Elphicke’s wife, Natalie, has
publicly supported her husband, and
in an article for The Sunday Times
last year drew comparisons with
the Labour MP Carl Sergeant, who
took his own life after allegations
of misconduct emerged. She said:
“Rushing to judgement has led to the
death of one man who lived to serve
those who elected him. It must not be
allowed to lead to any more.”
EDUCATION
Taxpayers spend
£250m sending
officers’ children
to public schools
having to move around the world.
But most of the payments under
Taxpayers have spent £246m in the MoD’s Continuity of Educathe past three years subsidising tion Allowance (CEA) fund went to
the private education of military claimants who were stationed in the
officers’ children attending elite UK. Because all claimants must pay
schools such as Eton, Harrow and at least 10 per cent of the fees, most
Gordonstoun.
ordinary soldiers are unable to afIn the past year alone, eight lead- ford to use the scheme to send their
ing public schools received nearly children to the top public schools,
£2m under the Ministry of Defence which charge up to £40,000 a year.
scheme which helps servicemen This means that almost exclusively
and women to pay for school fees.
it is the senior officer corps whose
Tony Blair’s old school, Fettes children go to Eton, Harrow and
College in Edinburgh, was paid
Prince Charles’s alma mater,
£441,027 and Eton, which
Gordonstoun.
has educated 19 prime
A sp oke s ma n fo r
ministers includthe Ministry of Deing David Cameron,
fence said last night:
The amount of
was given nearly
“The aim of the promoney spent in the
£270,000.
gramme is to make
past three years
Justin Madders,
sure that the children
on
subsidising
fees
the Labour MP who
of service personnel
at elite schools for
is co-chairman of the
don’t suffer educaservice personnel’s
All-Party Group on
tional disadvantage by
children
Social Mobility, said the
having to regularly upsubsidies mostly boosted the
root to follow their parent
life chances of a “narrow and privi- around the UK/world as they serve
leged group” in society.
their country.
He said: “The senior officers
“CEA is available to all service
who benefit from the scheme come personnel irrespective of rank. CEA
from very privileged backgrounds. claimants may select from a wide
I don’t see why a small group of variety of schools. This includes
people should get an elite education schools in both the independent and
paid for by the state.”
state-maintained sector.”
The total bill to the taxpayer over
Robert Verkaik’s ‘Posh Boys’ will be
the last three years is £246m.
The data, disclosed under the published by Oneworld on 5 July.
Freedom of Information Act, also
shows that 5,216 pupils benefited
While the annual figure
from the scheme last year, of whom
of £80m spent in the past
roughly 60 per cent have parents
year remains almost unchanged,
who hold senior officer rank, some
Eton, Harrow (£183,000),
on salaries over £100,000 a year.
Marlborough College (£346,000)
The payments of up to £21,000 a
and Shrewsbury School
school year are supposed to allow
(£231,000) all received increased
serving soldiers, sailors and airmen
MoD payments.
to ensure that their children do not
have their education disrupted by
By Robert Verkaik
£246m
Friends and relatives of Henry Vincent bring birthday tributes to the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither Green PA
CRIME
Dead burglar’s family
arrives en masse to
hold birthday vigil
By Tess De Da Mare
The row over tributes to a burglar who
was fatally stabbed during a botched
raid on a pensioner’s home continued
yesterday as crowds of relatives
marked the dead man’s birthday.
About 20 women from the
Traveller community arrived at
South Park Crescent in Hither
Green, south-east London, to lay
flowers close to the spot where
Henry Vincent, 37, died after he
was injured in the home of Richard
Osborn-Brooks.
The women, who said they were
relatives of Mr Vincent, arrived
in the street with flowers, cards,
balloons and a banner. They were
escorted by five police officers who
Henry Vincent (left) died in a struggle
with Richard Osborn-Brooks PA
tried to stop them stapling banners
and balloons to the garden fences
of homeowners. Eventually, the
tributes were attached to a street
sign and a lamppost.
A 37-year-old woman, who declined
to be named, said: “We are here
because it’s his birthday. We just want
to lay flowers. We don’t want to cause
any violence. We don’t all do wrong.”
When asked how Mr Vincent
should be remembered, another
woman said: “We all loved him.”
The group refused to respond to
reports that Mr Vincent would be
honoured with a £100,000 funeral,
or that the cortege would pass by Mr
Osborn-Brooks’ home.
Mr Osborn-Brooks, 78, was
arrested on suspicion of murder
following Mr Vincent’s death on 4
April but was quickly told he would
face no further action.
The burglar’s friends and family
have sparked outrage by laying
flowers and cards opposite the still
boarded-up home of Mr OsbornBrooks and his wife, Maureen.
The tributes have repeatedly
been torn down by neighbours and
well-wishers who are angry that the
career criminal is being remembered
in such a way, only to spring up again
within hours.
Mr and Mrs Osborn-Brooks are
reportedly living in a safe house and
plan to sell their property.
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SOCIETY
You’ll probably
live longer
than you think
People in their fifties and sixties
underestimate their chances
of living to age 75 by about 20
It was the battle cry of the baby percentage points and to 85 by 5 to
boomers: “Hope I die before I get 10 percentage points, it found.
For example, men born in the
old.” But while many of those now
in their fifties, sixties and seventies 1940s, interviewed at age 65, gave a
may not have taken the words of 65 per cent chance of making it to
The Who’s “My Generation” that age 75, whereas the official estimate
was 83 per cent. For women,
seriously, many do not expect
to live into old age – and
the equivalent figures
were 65 per cent and
this is having an impact
on their pensions,
89 per cent.
But those lucky
according to new
e n o u gh t o re ac h
research.
their late seventies
While planning
The actual chance
and eighties actually
for retirement
that a woman aged
65
will
survive
until
overestimate their
might not be the
she is 75
chances of surviving
rock’n’roll lifestyle, the
to 90 and above. This
pessimistic attitude of
optimism grows with age
both men and women who
and is also more pronounced
think they will die much earlier
than they actually do is “of particular for men. Mr Sturrock, one of the
concern”, says David Sturrock, a report’s authors, said it was a
research economist at the Institute “particular concern” that so many
people were misjudging their
for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
The IFS analysed individual longevity, hindering their ability to
survival expectations and their plan for a comfortable retirement.
Conversely, older people who
relation to health, wealth and
other individual circumstances, overestimated their survival
comparing them with official Office chances may show an undue
for National Statistics life table reluctance to spend their remaining
wealth near the end of life, he said.
survival rates.
As the cool spring
ends, buds will all
come out at once PA
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
89%
WEATHER
Blooming marvellous: a quick burst of colour is on the way
By Emily Beament
Spring may be here at last but it
will be over before you know it – so
get out in the garden and enjoy it
while it lasts.
That is the advice of the Royal
Horticultural Society (RHS),
whose experts have predicted
a short burst of spring flowers
before summer arrives.
The recent cold wet weather
and weeks of cooler than average
conditions means that plants
have remained in bud longer than
normal, the RHS said. But with
sunshine and Mediterranean
temperatures set to hit much
of Britain, there is likely to be a
condensed burst of everything
flowering together – daffodils,
magnolias, cherry blossom,
wood anemones, camellias,
rhododendrons and other species.
While the spring displays will be
“magnificent”, they could be over
within days as summer flowers
take over, the RHS said.
The society’s chief
horticulturalist and iweekend
columnist Guy Barter said: “I
would urge people to get outside
into their gardens or visit green
spaces this weekend as spring
could be over in the blink of an eye
and you really don’t want to miss
what’s coming.”
Weather, page 45
PEOPLE
85 years young – and still running every London Marathon
By Michael McHugh
Ken Jones has run in every London
Marathon since its inception PA
One of the oldest entrants in next
Sunday’s London Marathon has
vowed to keep running as long as his
legs will carry him.
Ken Jones, 85, has never missed
the annual event since it began in
1981. He has completed about 110
marathons during a life-long passion
for the sport.
Mr Jones is the senior member
of the Ever Present Club of veterans and is vowing to complete this
month’s competition. This time he
is planning to run the first five or six
miles and walk the rest, expecting to
be on his feet for around seven hours.
Mr Jones said: “There are only 10
of us left who have run every London
Marathon and I am the oldest guy –
all the others are younger than me
by five or 10 years.”
Mr Jones, of Strabane, Co Ty-
rone, ran his first marathon in 1967.
The retired great-grandfather,
who has gone from running fiveminute miles to 15 minutes a mile,
added: “By the time you reach 25
miles you are feeling pretty rough.”
He said part of the secret was to
avoid cigarettes and alcohol.
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NEWS
BREXIT
North of England ‘benefits as firms look outside London’
By William McLennan
More businesses are looking to expand into the North of England and
try to end their reliance on London
ahead of Brexit, analysts believe,
after figures showed a sharp rise in
business travel outside the capital.
Five northern cities were
among the 19 biggest growth
areas for corporate hotel bookings
last year, according to
data from Advantage
Travel Partnership, a
consortium of corporate
travel agents.
Bookings in 2017
rose by 55 per cent in
Blackpool (inset), 35
per cent in Preston, 33
per cent in Bradford, 24
per cent in Sheffield and 21
per cent in Doncaster, against
a national average of 9.5 per
cent. Bookings rose by 10
per cent in London.
Neil Armorgie, the
partnership’s global
product director, told
the Financial Times: “My
gut feeling is that the
uncertainty over Brexit
that we’ve been seeing is
making companies think about the
best place to grow and expand.”
The consultancy PwC said that
professional services firms were
increasingly working outside
London to avoid the city’s high costs.
“We see many of our clients
moving into the regions so we need a
bigger footprint in these,” it said.
It reported that hotel occupancy in
the regions, including both business
and leisure guests, reached a record
76 per cent in 2017.
In Preston, the University of
Central Lancashire has invested
£200m in a city centre campus.
Its pro vice-chancellor Joel Arber
said: “We are seeing Brexit as an
opportunity and are looking for
partners beyond London.”
News, page 19
CRIME
Father of Stephen
Lawrence forgives
his son’s killers
By Margaret Davis
The father of the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has decided
to forgive his son’s killers nearly 25
years after the murder.
Neville Lawrence, 76, said that the
decision was the hardest he had ever
made, and that he struggled to put
into words the devastation caused to
his family when his son was killed.
Stephen, then 18, was murdered
by a gang of racist white youths in
Eltham, south-east London, on 22
April 1993. “The fact that I had to lose
my first child has been devastating,”
Mr Lawrence said.
“I cannot begin to explain the pain
and the anguish me and my family
have suffered over the past 25 years.”
He said the decision to forgive
Stephen’s killers “will be the hardest
I will ever make”, but that he was
embracing his Christian faith. He
plans to spend the 25th anniversary
of his son’s death in church.
Two of the group of up to six men
who attacked the teenager and his
friend, Duwayne Brooks, simply
Four police officers
involved in the Lawrence
investigation could face criminal
charges of misconduct in public
office following an investigation
by the National Crime Agency, it
was reported yesterday.
Neville Lawrence said the death of his
son Stephen was ‘like a life sentence’
because they were black, have been
convicted of murder, but the rest have
evaded justice. The initial inquiry
into Stephen’s death was hampered
by incompetence, police racism and
alleged corruption.
Mr Lawrence, a former decorator,
said: “When these boys killed my son,
they created a legend. In his death,
Stephen is a legend.”
The father of three added: “My
family, especially me – I will never
be the person I was before Stephen’s
death. Maybe sometimes people
think you can just brush things aside.
You can never brush this aside, this is
going to live with you for the rest of
your life. This is a life sentence that
you can’t finish.”
Mr Lawrence’s solicitor, Jocelyn
Cockburn from Hodge Jones and
Allen, said: “I am humbled by his
message of forgiveness to mark
the anniversary of his son’s death.
Neville can feel proud of what he has
achieved in the intervening years.”
POLITICS
No 10 rejects talks
on Caribbean
immigrants
By William McLennan
Downing Street has rejected a
diplomatic request to discuss the
immigration challenges being faced
by some Windrush-generation
British residents.
Number 10 turned down a plea for
Mrs May to meet with a representa-
tive of 12 Caribbean nations. Some
British residents, some of whom
moved to the UK from the Caribbean
more than 50 years ago, have been
threatened with deportation.
The government’s “hostile environment” immigration policy means
that British residents who have lived
legally in the UK for decades are now
being asked for paperwork.
Guy Hewitt, Barbados high commissioner, revealed Downing Street’s
response to talks with Commonwealth leaders: “Regrettably they
have advised that is not possible.”
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i MONDAY
16 APRIL 2018
7
LABOUR
Corbyn: new law
needed to stop
PM going to war
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
US missiles over the skies of Damascus, Syria, early on Saturday; Parliament was not reconvened to debate British involvement in the strikes AP
May faces backlash as opponents
prepare to attack Syria bombing
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May faces a parliamentary
backlash today as she defends her
decision to authorise British bombing raids on Syria without winning
the support of MPs.
She bowed to demands for a full
Commons debate on the UK’s participation in the US-led air strikes,
setting the stage for a potential vote
on the military action.
Opposition parties have attacked
Mrs May’s refusal to recall Parliament last week, accusing her of bypassing Westminster to fit in with
Donald Trump’s timetable and risking a further escalation of tensions
with Russia.
Some Conservative MPs have
also expressed fears about the UK
becoming dragged into the seven-
year-old civil war in Syria in the face
of widespread opposition in Britain.
Mrs May will insist there was a
moral case for intervention and dismiss questions over the legality of
the blitz on President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected chemical weapons
installations.
She will argue she acted both in
Britain’s national interest – pointing out that a nerve agent was used
in Salisbury last month – and on humanitarian grounds following the
poison gas attack on the rebel-held
town of Douma.
The Government will apply to
the Speaker John Bercow to tear
up Commons business to allow for
a six-hour debate on Britain’s role in
the attacks.
Tory MPs have been put on a
three-line whip today and tomorrow
amid indications that both Labour
Theresa May will argue she acted in
the national interest GETTY
and the SNP are considering ways of
forcing a vote condemning the Government for its lack of consultation.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, called yesterday for a Commons
vote giving a “very strong steer”
to the Government to go back to
the United Nations and attempt to
get a “political process” under way
Commons veto When have MPs had the final say?
It is only over the last 15 years that
the expectation has grown that
Parliament is given prior approval
of British military action overseas.
Before then – as in the declaration
of war against Germany in 1939
– the move was simply announced
by the Prime Minister to the House
of Commons.
However, Tony Blair decided in
the highly charged countdown to the
Iraq war in 2003 to bind MPs into the
deployment of troops by giving them
a vote approving the invasion.
David Cameron asked for
Westminster’s approval in 2013 for
Britain to join US-led air strikes
on Syria to deter the further use of
chemical weapons by government
forces. When he lost by 13 votes, it
became politically impossible for
him to press ahead with the move,
even if he theoretically had the
power under the Royal Prerogative.
Mr Cameron also chose to ask for
MPs’ approval – which they gave – for
air strikes on Isis targets in Syria.
But he did not give Parliament a veto
on Britain joining bombing raids on
Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya
in 2011. The action was approved
three days after it began by 557 votes
to 13 (including Jeremy Corbyn).
aimed at ridding Syria of chemical
weapons.“It can be done, it’s hard
work and takes patience, but surely
that is better than the danger of escalation of this conflict into a proxy
war between the US and Russia over
the skies of Syria,” he told BBC1’s
Andrew Marr Show.
Stewart McDonald, an SNP defence spokesman, said: “Theresa
May needs to realise that she leads a
minority government and that Parliament must have a voice in matters
of such importance.”
Mrs May will repeat that the Government is confident in its conclusion that Mr Assad’s regime was
“highly likely” to have carried out
the Douma attack and that “its persistent pattern of behaviour” meant
that it was highly likely to continue
using chemical weapons.
“We cannot wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused
by chemical weapons attacks,” she
will tell MPs. She will speak of the
widespread support around the
world for the air strikes, adding:
“We have acted because it is in our
national interest to do so.
“It is in our national interest to
prevent the further use of chemical
weapons in Syria – and to uphold
and defend the global consensus that
these weapons should not be used.
“For we cannot allow the use of
chemical weapons to become normalised – either within Syria, on the
streets of the UK or elsewhere.”
Jeremy Corbyn has called for the
introduction of a War Powers Act
to prevent governments launching
military action in future without the
backing of MPs.
The Labour leader criticised
Theresa May for failing to recall
Parliament before allowing British
bombers to join air strikes on Syria.
He accused her of being dictated to
by US President Donald Trump and
French President Emmanuel
Macron, and questioned the
legality of the raids.
“The legal basis
would have to be
self-defence, or
the authority
of the UN
security council.
Humanitarian
intervention is a
legally debatable
concept at the present
time,” Mr Corbyn told
BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.
“What we need is something
more robust like a War Powers Act,
so governments get held to account
by Parliament for what they do in
our name.” Critics of the idea argue
that such legislation would need to
include a hard-to-define “emergency
clause” when governments could act
without parliamentary backing.
They also insist that the move
would deprive prime ministers of
the advantage of surprise in military
interventions.
AFTERMATH
Johnson warns
of retribution
from Russia
By Joe Watts
Boris Johnson warned yesterday that
Britain must take “every possible
precaution” to protect itself from
Russian retaliation after the air
strikes on Syria.
TheForeignSecretarysaidMoscow
had a record of launching clandestine
cyber attacks on infrastructure
and interfering in the democratic
processes of other countries.
Mr Johnson said that contact
between himself and his Russian
counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had gone
cold amid the military operation.
He could not say that the operation
would stop the Assad regime from
using chemical weapons again, but
said it had sent a message that their
use would not be tolerated.
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The weapons used
‘Mission accomplished’ but Trump’s
aides unveil new Russian sanctions
By Hope Yen and Robert Burns
IN WASHINGTON DC
Donald Trump defended his use of
the phrase “Mission accomplished”
to describe a US-led missile attack
on Syria’s chemical weapons
programme, even as his aides
stressed continuing US military
involvement and plans for new
economic sanctions against Russia
for enabling the regime of Syrian’s
President Bashar al-Assad.
Stepping up the pressure
on Syria’s President, the US
ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley,
indicated that sanctions
to be announced today
would send a message to
Russia, which she said
had blocked six attempts
by the UN Security
Council to make it easier
to investigate the use of
chemical weapons.
In an early-morning tweet,
the President said that the strike
was “perfectly carried out” and that
“the only way the Fake News Media
could demean was by my use of the
term Mission Accomplished”.
He added that he knew the
media would “seize” on the
phrase, but said it should
be used often. “It is such
a great Military term, it
should be brought back,”
he wrote.
Mr Trump had tweeted
“Mission Accomplished” on
Saturday after British, French and
US warplanes and ships launched
SYRIA
Assad appears on state television ‘in a good mood’
By Sarah El Deeb
DAMASCUS
The leaders of Russia, Iran and
the Hezbollah group in Lebanon
said yesterday that Western air
strikes complicated prospects
for a political settlement to the
country’s seven-year conflict.
A day after missile strikes in
his country, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad appeared
briefly on state TV, seemingly
unfazed by the military action
– and even reportedly in high
spirits. Russian state media said
Mr Assad was in a “good mood”
and denied speculation he and
his family fled to Iran before
Friday’s attack.
He told a group of visiting
Russian politicians the strikes
were accompanied by a campaign
of “lies and misinformation”
against Syria and Russia in the
UN Security Council.
Moscow and Damascus are
waging the same “battles”
against terrorism and “to
protect international law based
on respect of the sovereignty
of countries and the wills of
people,” Mr Assad said. AP
UK
Four RAF Tornados
fired eight Storm
Shadow missiles
at the Him Shinshar
weapons sites,
15 miles west of Homs.
more than 100 missiles, nearly
unopposed by Syrian air defences.
His choice of words recalled
a similar claim associated with
President George W Bush following
the US-led invasion of Iraq. Mr Bush
addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship
in May 2003 alongside a “Mission
Accomplished” banner, just weeks
before it became apparent that
Iraqis had organised an insurgency
that would tie down US forces in the
country for years.
Separately the Pentagon warned
that the Assad regime still had
the capability to launch further
chemical weapons attacks.
Ms Haley (pictured) made clear
yesterday that the US would not
be pulling troops out of Syria in
the short term, saying American
involvement there “is not done.” AP
US
B1B Lancer bombers
were used in the
air strike.
76 missiles were
fired at the Barzeh
research facility:
57 Tomahawk cruise
missiles and
19 joint air-to-surface
stand-off missiles.
France
Marine Lieutenant General
Kenneth McKenzie, the
director of the Joint Staff at the
Pentagon, said the air strikes
“took out the heart” of the Syrian
chemical weapons arsenal.
Mirage and Rafale
fighter jets were
deployed during
the air strike.
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Analysis
Him Shinshar
weapons site
Barzah ‘scentific
research centre’
Strikes were a show of
weakness, not strength
Patrick Cockburn
Before
After
TURKEY
Before
P
After
Incirlik
Euphrates
River
Aleppo
Raqqa
Idlib
Deir al-Zour
Hama
Mediterranean Sea
SYRIA
CYPRUS
Palmyra
Homs
RAF
Akrotiri
Him Shinshar
weapons sites
Barzah
Damascus research
centre
SOURCES: PENTAGON; UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE;
RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY; SYRIAN ARMY
JORDAN
IRAQ
50 miles
EYEWITNESS
British aid worker in Damascus:
we woke to deafening explosions
By Georgina Stubbs
A British aid worker in Syria has
described hearing “deafening
explosions” and said the building she
was in rattled when air strikes struck
their targets.
Madiha Raza (inset), who is on
her third trip to the country as a
co-ordinator for the British-based
charity Muslim Aid, was in her hotel
in Damascus when missiles struck a
target five miles away.
Ms Raza, 29, from Northwood,
London, said: “I was asleep and I woke
up because of deafening explosions,
which seemed as if they were right
outside. I was just so perplexed
because I did not know what was
going on. I just could not believe how
loud it was. The whole building rattled
and the windows rattled. It continued
for a good five minutes.
“As soon as I heard the first or
second explosion I jumped out of bed
and looked out of the window
to see if I could see where it
was or how far.”
Describing the
explosions as coming
“every few seconds”
before they stopped,
Ms Raza, who has
worked in dangerous
locations before,
including Mosul in Iraq,
admitted that it was an
“unnerving” experience.
She added: “This one actually
scared me… it was actually a very
scary situation because of just how
loud and close it seemed.”
Describing how life was normal in
Damascus ahead of the air strikes,
Ms Raza said that after the bombing
“life just goes on, it was like nothing
had happened”.
Pressed on what the
general feeling was like
among Syrians after
the strikes, she said:
“I think people are
annoyed, irritated…
obviously it is a
Western intervention
and people don’t tend to
like that.”
She added: “It is a very sad
situation in that there is a need
for everything here. People are in
need of shelter, nutrition, education,
medical help – desperate in every way
you can be.”
RUSSIA
Putin warns of chaos in world if West attacks again
By Jack Stubbs and Laila Bassam
IN MOSCOW
The Russian President Vladimir
Putin warned that further Western
attacks on Syria would bring chaos
to world affairs, while signs emerged
that Moscow and Washington want to
pull back from the worst crisis in their
relations for years.
Mr Putin made his remarks in a telephone conversation with his Iranian
counterpart Hassan Rouhani after
the US, France and Britain launched
missile strikes on Syria on Saturday
over a suspected poison gas attack.
A Kremlin statement said Mr
Putin and Mr Rouhani agreed that
the Western strikes had damaged
the chances of achieving a political
resolution in the multi-sided conflict that has killed at least half a
million people.
“Vladimir Putin, in particular,
stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter
continue, then it will inevitably lead
to chaos in international relations,” a
Kremlin statement said.
Mr Putin’s comments were published shortly after the Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov
struck a more conciliatory note by
saying Moscow would make every
effort to improve political relations
with the West. REUTERS
olitical leaders in power
generally like small wars.
It enables them to stand
tall, wrap the flag around
them, pretend that they hold the
fate of the nation in their hands,
and denigrate their opponents as
unpatriotic softies.
Theresa May is behaving in
keeping with this stereotype
since she ordered four British
warplanes to join the very
limited air attack on three
Syrian facilities on Saturday.
Her performances are low-key
but resolute, occasionally aping
Queen Elizabeth I at Tilbury
defying the Spanish Armada,
but more usually recalling a
stern-faced Judi Dench as “M”,
sending 007 on some dangerous
but necessary mission to thwart
the plots of the enemy.
But the air strikes should not
be dismissed simply as a glorified
PR stunt. They have a very real
significance, though one that is
diametrically the opposite to
that claimed by Donald Trump,
Theresa May and Emmanuel
Macron. What we saw was not
a demonstration of strength by
the US, UK and France but a
demonstration of weakness.
The evidence for this,
reflecting the real balance of
power in Syria, is the list of
targets that were not attacked
rather than the three that were.
Tremendous efforts were made
not to kill or injure any Russians,
as the dominant political and
military force in Syria.
The Iranians and Hezbollah
of Lebanon were evidently
out of bounds. So too was the
Syrian army, including its elite
divisions, heavy equipment and
ammunition dumps. Unlike
Baghdad in 1991, 1998 and 2003,
there were no cruise missiles
striking empty iconic sites
like the presidential palace
or defence ministry buildings
in Damascus.
Theresa May and Boris
Johnson argue that the
air strikes were simply
“humanitarian” in intent
and designed to prevent the
“normalisation” of the use of
poison gas.
Suppose that the threat of
renewed air strikes does deter
Assad. This is not necessarily
great news for the Syrian people
because less than 1 per cent –
1,900 people out of the 500,000
Syrians who have died violently
in the wars since 2011 – have
died by gas. If foreign leaders
showed any real concern over
seven years of butchery in Syria,
they would have made greater
efforts in the past to bring this
horrendous war to an end.
The restrained nature of
the air strikes was sensible,
reflecting the real balance of
power in Syria. Assad is backed
by Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and
Shia forces from Iraq and has
largely won the civil war. This is
not going to change without an
open-ended campaign of mass
bombing in support of rebel
ground troops like that which
Nato conducted in Libya in 2011.
A similar campaign could not
be conducted against Assad,
because, unlike Isis, he has
powerful foreign allies. The
point is that even far more
extensive air strikes would not
have changed the outcome of the
Syrian war, though they would
certainly have escalated it and
killed a lot more people.
There is a myth, lately adopted
Less than 1 per cent
of the 500,000 Syrians who
have died in the war since
2011 have died by gas
by President Trump, that
President Obama lost a real
opportunity to weaken or get rid
of Assad in 2013, but the factors
that restrained Obama then
apply today with equal force to
Trump: it is not possible to get
rid of Assad without a wider war
and, even if he went, the outcome
would be a collapse of the state,
as in Afghanistan, Libya and
Iraq, producing chaos in which
Isis and al-Qaeda would revive
and flourish.
THE INDEPENDENT
DEFENCE
British sub
plays cat
and mouse
British and Russian submarines
were engaged in a “cat-andmouse” pursuit in the days
before missiles were launched
at Syria.
ARoyalNavyattacksubmarine
was stalked beneath the surface
of the eastern Mediterranean
last week by at least one Russian
vessel, according to military
sources. The submarine was
thought to have been joined by
two Russian frigates and an antisubmarine aircraft.
The Astute-class submarine
did not take part in the
air strikes, with Britain’s
contribution delivered from
four RAF Tornados positioned
outside Syrian airspace.
French jets were also
deployed, while most of the
bombardment was delivered
from US warplanes, ships and
submarines.
William McLennan
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SYRIA
Comment
Fears that Idlib
could be scene
of next outrage
Intervention: easily
embarked upon,
difficult to end
Robert Fisk
IN DAMASCUS
S
yrian army troop
reinforcements are
moving up to more
frontlines in the suburbs
of Damascus for another
battle which could prove to be a
carbon copy of the Douma siege.
Just as some fighters accepted
Russian military mediation to
leave eastern Ghouta two weeks
ago while others stalled and held
out to the end – when footage of
gassed civilians went around
the world and led to last week’s
Anglo-American and French air
strikes in Syria – Russian and
Syrian government negotiations
to end the battles for the Yarmouk
camp have largely succeeded.
But in an area nearby on the
edge of the old Palestinian camp
district called al-Qadam, where
civilians are still living, Isis and
Nusrah (al-Qaeda) jihadists are
refusing to depart.
This is the area in which the
next battle for Damascus may
well be fought. Fresh Syrian
troops and Palestinian militias
from the al-Quds Brigade are
being sent to the suburb in
preparation for a final battle if
the talks drag on.
Donald Trump’s triumphal
claim at the weekend to have
taught the Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad a lesson will
look more than ironic if yet more
images of choking civilians then
appear on tape.
Explosions from the area were
thundering across Damascus
yesterday when state radio
reported that seven mortar shells
fell on to government-held areas,
killing one civilian and wounding
nine others. If the final al-Qadam
By Oz Katerji
The Scientific Research Centre in Damascus was attacked at the weekend AP
ceasefire talks – in which the
Russian army are deeply involved
– fail, will the world see even
more pictures of besieged civilian
gas victims dying in agony? More
to the point, what will Trump,
Theresa May and Emmanuel
Macron do then? Will further
missile strikes have to be staged
all over again?
It’s always dangerous to think
a foreign nation can switch off
its involvement in a war because
it doesn’t wish to undertake
further military operations.
Western public opinion
might tolerate one dangerous
adventure – after not a single
life was lost and individual
targets were apparently hit with
accuracy. But not another one.
The Syrian government insists
that the rubble in Damascus
was once the Centre of Scientific
Research with no connection
to chemical weapons, although
the very name has a rather
Strangelove quality about it.
Requests to visit the ruins of the
building hit by missiles at Barzeh,
less than two miles from the
centre of the city, were officially
declined yesterday.
THE INDEPENDENT
France has warned of an impending
human catastrophe in the northern
Syrian province of Idlib.
It is feared that the Syrian military,
which seized Eastern Ghouta after
a five-year siege that displaced
thousands of civilians, could next
target rebels in Idlib province.
The provincial capital, the city
of Idlib, is held by anti-government
rebels and is home to an estimated
two million people, including refugees
from other cities where oppostion
fighters were defeated by militias
loyal to Bashar al-Assad.
Rival militias are vying for
power in Idlib, including the largest
concentration of fighters with Hayat
Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist rebel
group linked to Al-Qaeda.
The French foreign minister, JeanYves Le Drian, said yesterday: “There
is a risk of a new humanitarian
disaster. Idlib’s fate must be settled
by a political process, which includes
disarming the militias.”
Some rebel leaders said they feared
an onslaught against Idlib, while a
senior Iranian official also indicated
that it could be the next target.
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BUSINESS
Founder of world’s biggest
advertising agency retires
after misconduct claims
By Dean Kirby
The chief executive of the world’s
biggest advertising agency has
stepped down following allegations
of personal misconduct though the
misuse of company assets.
Sir Martin Sorrell announced
that he was leaving WPP, the British
multinational that he founded and
led for 33 years.
The company, which has offices
in London, New York, Mumbai,
Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and
Shanghai, said that an investigation
into an allegation of misconduct had
concluded and that the allegation
“did not involve amounts that
are material”.
The move was interpreted as
part of a boardroom battle to force
a succession.
Sir Martin, 75, acquired a small
Kent-based wire baskets maker in
1985 and turned it into the world’s
largest advertising and marketing
services business.
In a statement he said:
“Obviously I am sad to leave
WPP after 33 years. It has been a
passion, focus and source of energy
for so long. However, I believe that
it is in the best interests of the
business if I step down now. I leave
the company in very good hands, as
the board knows.”
He added in a letter sent to WPP
In numbers
King of the ad men
£495m
The estimated personal wealth
of Sir Martin Sorrell (above)
£72m
Sir Martin’s pay package in 2015
200,000
Number of people employed by
WPP at its 3,000 offices
in 112 countries
33
Number of years Sir Martin had
been the company’s chief executive
staff: “As I look ahead, I see that the
current disruption is simply putting
too much unnecessary pressure on
the business, our 200,000 people
and their 500,000 or so dependents,
and clients we serve in 112 countries.
“That is why I have decided that
in your interest, in the interest of
our clients, in the interest of all
shareowners, both big and small,
and in the interest of all our other
stakeholders, it is best for me
to step aside.” He added: “As a
founder, I can say that WPP is not
just a matter of life and death, it
was, is and will be more important
than that.”
The company said Sir Martin will
be treated as having retired, with
chairman Roberto Quarta becoming
executive chairman until a new chief
executive has been appointed.
Mr Quarta thanked Sir Martin
for his achievements as the “driving
force” of the company.
Mark Read, the chief executive
of Wunderman and WPP Digital,
and Andrew Scott, WPP corporate
development director and chief
operating officer, Europe, have been
appointed as joint chief operating
officers of WPP.
Sir Martin denied any wrongdoing
after the allegations surfaced earlier
this month, but said he understood
the company had to investigate.
He was knighted in 2000.
Dame Judi Dench has a holiday home in the Cornish village of Zennor GETTY
PEOPLE
Locals only: Dench told to
stay out of phone mast row
By William McLennan
The rise and fall of a media tycoon
14 Feb 1945 Martin Sorrell is born
in London. He attends Haberdashers’
Aske’s School, studies economics at
Cambridge and gets a Harvard MBA.
1975 He joins Saatchi and Saatchi
and serves as finance director from
1977 to 1984. He is often referred to
as “the third brother” as he carries
out many of the firm’s acquisitions.
1985 Invests in Wire and Plastic
Products, a British wire basket
maker. It becomes WPP Group and
Sorrell is named chief executive.
1987 Buys J Walter Thompson, the
world’s oldest advertising agency,
for $566m. Two years later, WPP
pays $864m for Ogilvy and Mather.
1990 A profits warning sends
WPP shares tumbling and the firm
undergoes life-saving restructuring.
HEALTH
2018 WPP board investigates a
misconduct allegation against him.
Dame Judi Dench has been told
to keep out of a dispute over
mobile phone masts in the Cornish
village where she owns a second
home, because she only goes
there on holiday.
The Oscar-winning actress has
joined a chorus of opposition to
the proposals but has angered
some who welcome plans for a 49ft
EE mast intended to end coverage
blackspots in Zennor.
Dame Judi said she feared
the development would disrupt
MONARCHY
RETAIL
2000 Sorrell is knighted for services
to the communications industry.
2007 Accepts a £120,000 settlement
after a colleague brands him “the
mad dwarf”.
2017 WPP has its worst year since
the 2008 recession and its shares fall.
‘Give pay rise to hospital cleaners’ Windsor Airbnb
prices fit for a king
By Jennifer Cockerell
Hosptial cleaners are at the forefront of the National Health Service,
are crucial in preventing the spread
of the superbug MRSA and should
be recognised as such, a charity has
claimed.
Antibiotic Research UK said that
a recent pay offer to cleaners of
between 11 and 13 per cent should
mark the start of a concerted
campaign to value the role.
Its chief executive, Professor
Colin Garner, said hospital cleaners
helped to stop the spread of deadly
infections such as MRSA, so the
work they did could make the
difference between life and death.
He added: “Cleaning is one of the
most important jobs in our society,
and without it literally everything
would shut down. Yet it receives little
recognition and is often poorly paid.
The impact and importance of our
cleaners is not seen or appreciated.
Deadly superbugs such as MRSA
and Clostridium difficile can be
spread if we do not keep hygiene
levels high.”
He said the average wage for
cleaners overall is just £7.27 an hour.
Hours can be long and contracts also
tend to be short-term or zero-hours.
Green: I can’t go out in the street
By William McLennan
Windsor residents are hoping
to cash in on the royal wedding
by renting out their homes for
premium sums.
One two-bedroom property
is listed on Airbnb’s website
as being “located perfectly for
the royal wedding” – at £3,195
for the night. The host is one of
many homeowners capitalising
on interest in the upcoming
wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle. Homes in the
town are listed as “luxury royal
wedding accommodation” for
more than £2,000 a night.
“the serenity of the area, those
that live here, its wildlife and
wonderful natural beauty”. In an
objection submitted to Cornwall
County Council, she added: “This
telecoms mast would simply ruin
the landscape.”
Of 45 responses received by the
council, 44 objected to the mast.
Responding to Dame Judi’s
intervention, Grant Shapps,
the former Conservative Party
chairman, said: “It should be
for people who actually live
in an area to determine what
infrastructure is required.”
The retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has
insisted that he played no part in the
collapse of BHS and has been
“vilified” despite behaving
“like a gentleman”.
The billionaire Topshop
owner (inset) said he had
“nothing” to do with the
closure of the department
stores chain in 2016, which
led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and
left a void in its pension fund.
Sir Philip was pilloried and labelled
the “unacceptable face of capitalism”
when the company collapsed a year
after he sold the business to Dominic
Chappell for £1. Sir Philip and other
shareholders were paid £586m in
dividends, rent and interest during
their ownership of BHS.
In an interview with The
Mail on Sunday, he pointed
towards the millions he
gave to help plug the pension black hole. He said: “I
wrote a cheque for £363m,
but nobody has ever said
‘this man behaved like a gentleman’.” Sir Philip said he stopped appearing in public due to the abuse he
received. “You can’t go out, you can’t
go in the street,” he added.
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Golden netballers stun their hosts with last-second win
By Chloë Hamilton
England’s netball players wrote
themselves into the history books
with a dramatic win against
favourites Australia in the final
second of the game, to claim the
country’s first netball gold medal
at the Commonwealth Games.
The score was 51-51 when
England’s Jo Harten, 29, missed
a shot at goal with five seconds
left. Her team-mate Helen Housby,
23, then missed with three
seconds on the clock. But a late
contact penalty gave Housby a
second attempt at goal and she
slipped the ball through the net,
triggering jubilation from the
England fans and players.
Every previous netball gold had
been won by either Australia or
New Zealand.
Housby said of her winning goal:
“To be honest, it was kind of all a
blur. All I remember was having
the ball in my hands and then
running away screaming because
the final whistle had gone.
“As a shooter you dream of that
moment: Commonwealth Games
final, last-second goal. But you
never believe it’s really going
to happen.”
Tracey Neville, the team’s coach
since 2015, said she hoped the win
would encourage more people to
take up the sport, adding: “If I can
support its development in any
way, that’s what I want to do.”
Helen Housby (facing the camera) and her teammates celebrate their shock victory over hosts Australia in final GETTY
ENVIRONMENT
New pledge to tackle plastic
pollution in world’s oceans
By Tess de la Mare
As the curtain came down on
the Commonwealth Games, the
Government set aside a £61.4m fund
to tackle the rising tide of plastic
pollution in the world’s oceans.
Theresa May announced the fund
ahead of the Commonwealth heads
of government meeting in London,
which starts today. She is due to
Clean
oceans
call on all of the 52 leaders present
to sign up to the Commonwealth
Clean Oceans Alliance – a strategy
to help developing Commonwealth
nations research and improve waste
management. Four Commonwealth
countries have already joined the
UK in the alliance – New Zealand,
Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Ghana.
Downing Street said £25m of the
fund will be used to help researchers
investigate the issue of marine
plastic from a scientific, economic
and social perspective. A further
£20m will be used to curb plastic
and other environmental pollution
generated by manufacturing in
developing countries and prevent it
entering the oceans. The remaining
£16.4m will be devoted to improving
waste management to stop plastics
entering the water system and
contaminating rivers and oceans.
Mrs May said: “This week we will
look closely at how we can tackle
the many threats to the health of the
world’s oceans, including the scourge
of marine plastic pollution.
“As one of the most significant
environmental challenges facing the
world today it is vital we tackle this
issue, so that future generations can
enjoy a natural environment that is
healthier than we currently find it.”
Closing ceremony
Birmingham takes baton
Birmingham hosted a celebration as
England’s second city was handed the
baton for the 2022 Commonwealth
Games. Crowds gathered in Victoria
Square as the official handover took
place at the closing ceremony of
the 2018 Games, which organisers
claimed was watched by a TV
audience of one billion.
Dancers in Birmingham performed
to celebrate the city’s diversity.
They acccompanied a film made by
Daniel Alexander of Oldbury, West
Midlands, and a performance from
Erdington-based singer Lady Sanity.
MARATHON
Across
One mile from gold: runner
kept waiting for help
By Chloë Hamilton
Team Scotland has lodged a formal
question with Commonwealth
Games organisers as to why it took
marathon runner Callum Hawkins
so long to receive medical attention
after he collapsed one mile from the
end of the 26.2-mile race.
It had looked as though the
25-year-old runner, who had a twominute lead, was on course for a
shock gold medal, but he came a
cropper as he entered the final
kilometres, weaving for a few metres
before falling over the kerb.
Although he managed to pick
himself up and run for a further
few hundred metres, he collapsed
again, and this time hit his head on
a roadside barrier. He remained on
the road for several minutes before
receiving medical attention.
Commonwealth Games Scotland
chairman Paul Bush said the runner
was “exposed” and that there should
have been “more prompt attention
to him”. Hawkins was conscious,
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sitting up, and talking when he was
helped into an ambulance. He spent
last night in hospital and is expected
to make a full recovery. Australia’s
Mike Shelley won the race.
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BASHAR
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VIKTOR
ORBAN
MARTIN
SORRELL
DWAYNE
JOHNSON
BEYONCÉ AT
COACHELLA
Dictator’s
strategy is
clear
What do
Syrian people
want?
Leader
targets
refugees
Troubled last
few years for
business giant
‘Rampage’
ready-made
for ‘the Rock’
Star writes
herself into
history
TheNewYorkTimes
Newsweek
Bloomberg
BBC
The Atlantic
The Observer
While it is easy to blow
up Assad’s chemical
facilities, it is also
relatively simple for
him to reconstitute
them elsewhere, or just
turn to a commercially
available substance
like chlorine to make a
crude poison that any
nation is allowed to
possess.
(David E Sanger)
It is no accident that
Syrians are rarely
seen on television
discussing their own
country. Journalists in
daily communication
with Syrians will tell
you the same thing—
the vast majority
of them have been
seeking protection
from the international
community for years.
(Oz Katerji)
Orban boasts of adding
750,000 jobs to the
economy since 2010
after promising to
deliver a million in
10 years. In a country
of 10 million, that’s
nothing to sneeze at.
(Leonid Bershidsky)
In the end, it was
the trends in world
business that wrongfooted the sprawling
empire he created. The
old advertising firms
have been rendered
less important by the
reach and analytics
available to platforms
like Google and
Facebook. By his own
admission, WPP got
“walloped” last year
and the company has
lost a third of its value.
(Simon Jack)
It’s telling that two of
Rampage’s set pieces
end with a giant gorilla
laughing and giving
the finger straight
to camera. It’s an apt
representation of the
viewing experience for
this creature feature.
(David Sims)
She comes out dressed
as a modern-day
Cleopatra, behind
scores of dancers led
by a Black Panther
mascot. Thus begins
a show about far
more than her or
her career: it’s about
black excellence,
female power and the
unrelenting possibility
of self-belief.
(Eve Barlow)
The New Yorker
His strategy has been
clear: let the Americans
and other Western
countries focus on
destroying Isis, his
main enemy, and
don’t make the outside
world too angry. All of
his escalations have
been calculated and
gradual, even his use of
chemical weapons.
(Dexter Filkins)
Al Jazeera
It is ridiculous to
hear grown men and
women pontificating
on the horror of gas
attacks against Syrian
civilians without
the mention of the
multitude of other
ways Syrians are being
killed by the regime,
Russia and Iran.
(Malak Chabkoun)
Quote of
the day
WashingtonPost
Orban’s government
has now gone so far as
to demonise refugees
in school textbooks
by saying that it “can
be problematic for
different cultures to
coexist”. Researchers
have found that
Orban’s supporters
aren’t troubled by his
dictatorial turn. Funny
how putting your
country first usually
means putting your
democracy last.
(Matt O’Brien)
The Mail on Sunday
His time in charge has
been controversial,
with shareholder
revolts over lavish
pay awards. In 2015
he was paid £70.4m,
while the next year he
netted £48m.
(Ruth Sunderland)
Empire
In Hollywood, if you
have a really dumb idea
for a movie and a lot of
money to make it, you
call Dwayne Johnson.
He can sell you things
you thought you
actively did not want:
a Jumanji reboot, and
sequels to GI Joe. Based
on a video game with
no story or characters
to speak of, Rampage
is a quintessential
Johnson project.
(Olly Richards)
Variety
It seemed like the
only flaw of the show
might be not taking a
moment to breathe
amid all the medleyising… And then she
stopped to sing the
tender, unhurried “Love
on Top”, and even that
slight objection
melted away.
(Chris Willman)
LifeInBrief
DAME DAPHNE SHELDRICK CONSERVATIONIST
Unless we
act there is
a risk of a
coarsening
and
corruption of
what we have
until now
thought to be
acceptable
Boris Johnson
The Foreign
Secretary on
Bashar al-Assad’s
‘barbarism’
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who has died
of breast cancer aged 83, was the
Kenyan-British conservationist who
founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife
Trust (DSWT) and received global
attention for raising more than 200
baby elephants orphaned to poaching.
Born in Kenya in 1934, Daphne
Marjorie Jenkins was raised on a large
farm in the Rift Valley surrounded by
both domesticated and wild animals. As
a child, she took on the responsibility of
nurturing an orphaned baby bushbuck
(antelope). “Bushy” was the first of many
hundreds of orphans that Sheldrick
would go on to raise.
In 1953, the 19-year-old Daphne
married Bill Woodley, an assistant
warden in the Nairobi National
Park, and became pregnant with her
daughter Jill. By the mid-1950s, both
Woodleys began working with David
Sheldrick to establish Tsavo, a new
national park, from the scrubland
of the Taru desert. Tsavo covered
5,000 square miles and was the only
expanse of land that the government
gave permission to be set aside for the
preservation of wildlife, which was
beginning to be decimated by poaching.
Daphne took on two baby orphan
elephants that Sheldrick had rescued,
Samson and Fatuma, otherwise
splitting her time her between bookkeeping and secretarial work, and
establishing files on poachers.
By 1960, she had divorced Woodley
(though they remained friends) and
married Sheldrick. Daphne became
co-warden of Tsavo National Park with
David, and during that time raised and
rehabilitated back into the wild orphans
from species including elephants, black
rhinos, buffalo, and zebras.
After her husband’s death in 1977, she
created the DSWT in Nairobi. The trust
became famous for its contribution to
conservation and reintegrated more
than 90 elephants to the wild.
The key to its success was thought to
be Sheldrick’s tireless efforts at finding
the right formula to feed elephant
and rhino babies. Neither species
can tolerate the fat in cow’s milk, and
finding a suitable substitute took
Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error
before finally she hit on a formula that
contained coconut oil.
Sheldrick, who was made a Dame in
2006, warned in 2016 that if the rate
of ivory poaching continued, African
forest elephants – the smallest of
the three elephant species – could be
extinct as early as 2025. She published
several books on the subject and
was featured in many television
programmes and films, including the
2011 documentary Born to be Wild.
Daphne is survived by daughters
Jill and Angela, both of whom are also
wildlife conservationists. Angela, the
current DSWT chief executive, said
“the difference Daphne has made for
conservation in Kenya is unparalleled”.
She added: “She will be sorely missed,
but never forgotten. In her final weeks,
she drew most comfort from knowing
that her memory and work would
continue with the tiny steps of baby
elephants for generations to come.”
Born 4 June 1934
Died 12 April 2018
Joseph Charlton
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Pushing for peace is the best strategy
Air strikes expose the weakness of Western leadership
O
ne year ago, the
newly elected
President of the
United States was
watching cable news
when it showed
distressing images of a chemical
attack on a Syrian village. Donald
Trump started talking to aides
about the “horrible” footage. Then
this man who banned Syrians from
entering his country and berated
his predecessor for contemplating
air strikes four years earlier
ordered his armed forces into
retaliatory action. “No child of God
should ever suffer such horror,” he
told his nation.
Trump had won his election as
an isolationist, complaining about
the trillions of dollars blown on
America’s misadventures in the
Middle East. One week before
the bombing, his team insisted
that Bashar al-Assad, despite his
hands being drenched in blood,
could stay in power in Syria. Then
he saw children suffering on
television, asked military chiefs
how to respond and within 48 hours
of the broadcast had authorised
air strikes.
Now, images of more Syrian
children hit by chemical weapons
have provoked another round
of bombing, this time backed by
Britain and France. Downing Street
sources briefed journalists that our
Prime Minister was sparked into
action after seeing how Assad’s
forces used gas on civilians hiding
in Douma cellars. “She was very
struck by the sheer inhumanity of
it,” said one aide.
Never mind that there have
been dozens of chemical weapon
attacks in this hideous war. Nor that
Trump’s previous strike achieved
little (one man with the White
Helmets rescue team in eastern
Ghouta told me they were hit four
times in five weeks by chlorine gas
before last weekend’s attack). Nor
indeed that those enduring horrors
inflicted by Assad and his allies
say barrel bombs filled with oil,
shrapnel and high explosives are far
more terrifying than chlorine gas
as they devastate hospitals, schools
and markets. Our leaders saw some
distressing pictures so something
had to be done.
The air strikes on Saturday
morning were carefully calibrated.
Trump warned of his intent through
Twitter, ensuring his target had
time to hide supplies. As he tweeted
in 2013, “giving up the element
of surprise” in such a situation is
“stupid”. The assault was bigger
A child at a demonstration
yesterday in Najaf, Iraq,
where people protested
against the bombings in
Syria AFP/GETTY
than last year, yet smaller than
anticipated in Damascus and
designed not to hit Russia’s military
machine. Mission accomplished
politically, making Western leaders
look tough on illegal arms. Yet
last year’s attack shows this kind
of action does little to stop use of
easily made weapons, nor to stem
Assad’s advance.
Put aside the alarming suggestion
that US and British leaders ignored
Assad’s barbarity until moved by
media footage, with the implication
that they act from emotion rather
than clear-eyed analysis of the
world and Western interests. All
these raids do is expose the vacuity
of Western leadership, exemplified
by a vacillating strategy that has
shifted power in the Middle East
towards Russia and Iran.
Days before this attack, Trump
said that he wanted to withdraw
troops from Syria and “let other
people take care of it now”. This
highlights the West’s hesitancy
over how to handle events in Syria
after demonstrators took to streets
in 2011, repeatedly letting down
those it backed amid defeats and
infighting, while the likes of Iran and
Russia were resolute over support
for dictatorship, and Assad fanned
jihadist groups to divide his foes.
The US-led approach is so chaotic
that the CIA was at one stage found
to be funding a group fighting
another backed by the State
Department.
This blast of gesture bombing
makes no difference to the war,
nor is it likely to deter any other
tyrant contemplating use of illegal
weapons. Syrian opposition figures
condemned the “weak” response.
“Assad is allowed to use all kinds of
weapons to kill us except chemicals,”
tweeted one activist. Yet it boosts
Assad, defiant against the West, and
underscores with its timidity the
strength of Russia and Iran.
Barack Obama decided against
Our leaders
saw some
distressing
pictures – so
something had to
be done
similar action in 2013, accepting
he could not eliminate chemical
stockpiles. “What I would then face
was the prospect of Assad having
survived the strike and claiming
he had successfully defied the
United States, that the US had
acted unlawfully in absence of a
UN mandate, and that that would
have potentially strengthened his
hand rather than weakened it,” he
said later.
Obama opted for diplomacy,
putting pressure on Russia to
force Syria into an admission
for the first time that it had a
chemical stockpile, which was
then supposedly destroyed. The
arsenal seems to have been rebuilt,
showing the ease of making these
weapons. Sure, it is good to weaken
Assad’s ability to use gas on his
fellow citizens. Yet given his routine
use of such weapons, what are the
rules for reprisals – is it only when
video footage is heart-wrenching?
Should we believe Trump or his
Defence Secretary over whether
this is a sustained response or “a
one-time shot”? Why are barrel
bombs permitted? And where is any
strategy to promote human rights
and recover lost influence?
Many problems in the region
were exacerbated by the idiotic
2003 invasion of Iraq that inflamed
Islamist terror and undermined
the cause of freedom it claimed to
represent. Yet they are worsened
by an infantile and flip-flopping
US President. Nikki Haley, his
UN ambassador, says “Russia
can complain about fake news
but no one is buying its lies” after
Moscow blames Britain for staging
events in Douma – but her own
leader has done much to corrode
faith in mainstream media while
supporting other despots.
These strikes expose the
weakness of Western leadership.
There was a time in this depressing
conflict when we could have
imposed no-fly zones and shown
consistency on the ground in
support of moderates. Now we need
to accept that our role, if we are
not willing to challenge Russia and
Iran, is to push for peace, sanctions
and war crimes cases. But who
really knows what the West wants
now in the Middle East? Obama’s
timidity on Syria can be criticised.
But impulsively lashing out with no
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There is a common
misconception that
the public’s views are
represented by their
MPs. In most cases MPs
are voted in by less than
half of their constituents.
When it comes military
action in Syria, our MPs
could either have a free
vote influenced by their
personal views, or a
whipped vote where they
fear for their careers
if they do not toe the
party line.
Either way, in any
urgent debate prior to a
decision about military
action, there is no time
for MPs to canvas their
constituents’ views. My
MP’s social media gives
me no idea about how he
would be minded to vote.
Our democratic
system is what it is, but
let’s not pretend that our
MPs can be expected to
speak for most people.
RICHARD LOTT
CHEPSTOW,
MONMOUTHSHIRE
Arm the UN
for peace
Why is it up to us to
“not allow” Syria to use
chemical weapons?
What we need is an
effective and armed
United Nations in which
it is no longer possible
for one government
with a vested interest to
veto collective action by
the majority.
Such an organisation
would have put an end
to the Syrian war several
years ago. And our Prime
Minister could get on
with emptying the bins,
fixing the NHS and
looking after the elderly.
BILL JONES
WEST YORKSHIRE
Alone, air
strikes are futile
Aerial bombardment has
been a cornerstone of
military action for over
80 years. In all that time
it has not once achieved
any significant objective
Assad wife’s UK
citizenship
Why has the UK
not stripped Asma
al-Assad of her British
citizenship? This lady has
stood by her husband’s
side throughout the war
in Syria.
She is not an unintelligent person and cannot
be blind to what the
world is thinking about
her husband’s regime.
Whilst she remains a
citizen she can visit the
UK bringing their children with her. If we took
away her citizenship
this would send a very
personal message to her
husband about our views
on his actions.
WENDY BARKER
BEDFORD
Whose right
to life?
Shappi Khorsandi’s
article (14 April)
regarding her encounter
with the protesters
outside the Marie Stopes
abortion clinic was
compelling reading.
Abortion is a highly
charged emotional
issue, both from the
perspective of the
pregnant female and
those Christian activists who camp outside
these clinics protesting
against what they claim
is the “right to life” of the
unborn baby.
Jehovah’s Witnesses
number 140.000 in the
UK. They subscribe to the
belief that a child who
needs an emergency
blood transfusion in
order to survive severe
haemorrhaging must be
denied that procedure
and so must (unnecessarily) die. Why do the
ROW’S
Abortion clinics have
seen protests and
counter protests
“right to life” protesters
never assemble outside
their halls and voice the
“right to life” of those
innocent children?
PATRICK TANSEY
TENBURY WELLS,
WORCESTERSHIRE
Stop, search and
compensate
Sir Cliff Richard has the
sanctity of his home
invaded by the South
Yorkshire Police. The
result of this is that they
pay him £400,000 for
getting it wrong.
An individual is
stopped and searched,
because he looks
different, or is the wrong
colour. Again the police
get it wrong, but all the
individual gets is a sense
of resentment.
Perhaps it’s time for
the police to give a £100
voucher for getting it
wrong with stop-andsearch individuals. It may
not unruffle feathers, but
it could help to moderate
unnecessary stopping.
P A ROSE
COVENTRY
Cost of our
council bosses
Research carried out by
the TaxPayers’ Alliance
reveals that more than
220 people employed
by Scottish local
authorities take home
salaries of over £100,000
a year.
Council bosses have
been moaning for years
and cutting essential
services but never
their own salaries. In
West Lothian there are
11 employees whose
salaries, together
with the employer’s
pension cost of 20
per cent, range from
£105,820 to £165,449.
The yearly cost for
220 is therefore about
£26,375,500, a
staggering sum.
Adding in the 1,223
councillors, the 129
MSPs plus their staff
and the 44 spin doctors,
I would suggest that
Scotland is expensively
over-governed.
CLARK CROSS
LINLITHGOW,
WEST LOTHIAN
How will the
roads be fixed?
One correspondent (13
April) criticises Corbyn’s
idea for free bus passes
for young people,
financed perhaps from
vehicle excise duty (VED),
on the grounds it will
divert funds away from
road maintenance.
Just as national
insurance contributions
don’t directly fund the
welfare state, so it is with
VED and roads.
There is no correlation in fiscal policy and
never has been. Aneurin
Bevan made this clear in
the 1950s.
TERRY JOHNSON
THE WIRRAL
Coverage of the
Grand National
How disappointing to
find i glorifying the
Grand National (14 April).
The nonsense pedalled
No man has ever won
the race, and no woman
ever will. You’ll find it’s
the horses which do
the work, take all the
risks and can pay with
their lives.
CHARLOTTE YOUNG
SOMERSET
Drain the
radiators
Improve the quality of
your life by sitting down
and dividing all those
you know into “drains”
or “radiators”.
Drains are those who,
after every meeting or
telephone conversation
leave you enervated
and depressed – having
burdened you with
every negative aspect of
their lives.
By contrast the radiators leave you happier,
uplifted and positive. You
can decide to discourage
the drains and cultivate
the radiators.
It really does work. I no
longer dread answering
the phone for fear that
it will be a drain whose
only real purpose, every
time, is to saddle me with
their problems.
Try it – you won’t
regret it.
ROBERT READMAN
BOURNEMOUTH,
DORSET
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in favour of horse racing
is that the horses love it
or else they wouldn’t run.
No, they run because
they are herd animals
whose instinct to run is
fuelled by being a prey
species in the natural
world. It is the usual
fiendish human talent for
exploitation that makes
the horses run such
challenging courses.
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except when in support
of action on the ground.
Unless the Western
allies can stomach the
economic and political
costs of taking and
holding territory,
air strikes will
remain futile.
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Kanye gets philosophical
over obsessive selfies
Of all the places in the world
for Kanye West to meet his
newest artistic collaborator,
The European Fine Art Fair
in Maastricht would seem
like an unlikely spot.
But it’s where West
met interior designer
Axel Vervoordt in
2013, and the pair
have become such firm
friends after Vervoordt
designed West and
Kim Kardashian’s
LA house,
that they
interviewed
each other
for The
Hollywood
Reporter.
The chat
gets deep
quickly,
with
Kanye
saying
he’s currently
writing a book:
“I’ve got this
new concept
that I’ve been diggin’
into. I’m writing
a philosophy
book right now
called Break the
Simulation.”
He elaborates:
“I’ve got a concept
about photographs,
and I’m on the
fence about photographs —
about human beings being
obsessed with photographs
— because it takes you out of
the now and transports you
into the past or transports
you into the future. It can
be used to document,
but a lot of times it
overtakes people.
People dwell too much
in the memories.”
He might want
to run his
theory past
his wife,
whom he
compares
to Marie
Antoinette
in the
interview,
and all of her
sisters, who
spend most of
their waking
hours taking
selfies.
But she’s just
utilising a very
special talent,
West added: “A
designer told me
that my wife was a
master of light and
I was a master of
time.”
Nothing like
appealing to
the ego to get
someone onside.
Booty shaking ride viewed over cornflakes
For thousands of Beyoncé fans there has
never been a Sunday breakfast as exhilarating as yesterday.
At a time – 7.15am, to be exact – which
normally peaks with a bowl of cornflakes
and a mug of tea, they were locked into a
livestream of her performing the Saturday
night headline slot at Coachella Valley
Arts and Music festival in California.
Her two-hour long set was nothing
short of majestic: a booty-shaking,
rip-roaring ride through her greatest hits
that moved pop into the political. From
“Crazy In Love” through to the recent
“Formation”, her high-energy songs were
interspersed with powerful messages
about feminism and the Black Lives
Matter movement – including a moving
excerpt from Malcolm X’s “Who Taught
You To Hate Yourself” speech .
She later played the final card up her
diamante sleeve: out popped Michelle
Williams and Kelly Rowland from the
floor, as she reunited her 90s girlgroup
Destiny’s Child for a three-track moment.
The internet choked on its toast and
Coachella was renamed #Beychella.
Standing out and looking at the crowd
in Palm Springs, Beyoncé said: “Thank
you for allowing me to be the first black
woman to headline Coachella.”
Somehow, Sunday Brunch along
with Tim Lovejoy just isn’t going to cut
it anymore.
Eminem pops up with Mom’s Spaghetti
While 99 per cent of the guests at
Coachella (above) gathered to watch the
mighty Beyoncé perform, rapper Eminem
pulled in the other 1 per cent – for his
pop-up pasta restaurant.
Called Mom’s Spaghetti – after the
one and only line anyone can ever
remember from his 2002 hit “Lose
Yourself” – the mini-kitchen serves up
from a menu of just three dishes:
spaghetti, spaghetti with meatballs
and something called a spaghetti
sandwich, which is a scoop of pasta and
some mozzarella between two slices of
garlic bread.
There was no word on whether the
last dish was on his rider for his set at the
festival last night.
‘We’re women, not gadgets’
Tina Fey has spoken out
about the lack of female
writers in the comedy
workplace – and said she felt
like women were treated as if
they were a kitchen gadget.
The Mean Girls writer was
speaking at the Power of
Women event in New York,
and explained: “When I first
started out, female comedy
writers were treated a bit
like cappuccino machines,
where if you tried to hire a
few more between seasons,
people would look at you
like, but we have one! It’s you.
We have one. And God forbid
the one
you had was a little bit
broken because then it’ll be
like: Oh, you know, we had
one before and it didn’t work.
We got rid of it.”
But she wanted to be the
person who changed that, she
said: “I made a vow to myself
to not accept that privilege of
being the only woman in the
room, to make sure that I was
not a cappuccino machine,
and to use any power that I
had to create opportunities
for others.”
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Going solo: parenting alone, what I’ve learnt so far
FAMILY
Genevieve
Roberts
M
y daughter Astrid has
just turned one, and
over the past year I’ve
frequently been asked
how I find being a solo
mum. I became a mother on my own:
there is no one else involved in the
parenting of my daughter, estranged
or not. Instead, a donor kindly gave
some sperm to help create Astrid
(right). And I have never doubted
that my daughter is the best thing to
happen in my life.
While I haven’t tried being a mum
as part of a team, so don’t have a
point of comparison, I’ve learnt a few
things so far about solo parenting.
Responsibility can be a mixed blessing
A friend recounted an argument
with her partner about introducing
new foods into their son’s life (a
psychologist may suspect it wasn’t
really a row about vegetables).
I constantly make tiny decisions
on Astrid’s behalf: which shampoo;
whether to pick organic food. I’d
find it tricky to keep checking if
someone else is happy with these
micro choices. But then there are
big, weighty decisions – which
nursery she’ll be happiest
at, whether to rush her
to A&E when her
temperature’s peaking
at 40 degrees – where
I’d love a second
opinion.
A group of friends
who are happy to talk
through big choices,
whatever time of night,
is invaluable for a solo
parent.
Accept kindness and help
Whether it’s a bag of clothes or an
offer to help move a cot, I’m learning
to say “yes please” to help. It’s
liberating, I frequently feel grateful
for people’s kindness, and it means
I don’t end up in a corner sobbing
because flat-pack furniture is
beyond me.
There will be times you’ll wish you
have someone to share your child with
When my daughter started to crawl
I felt overwhelmed with pride and
joy. I know that in the next few
days, she’ll take her first steps. I
can’t wait. There’s no one in the
CRIME
Stefano
Hatfield
The story
most people
talk about
O
ne terrifying night, four
hooded men burst into my
octogenarian’s mother’s
home around midnight
by kicking down the front door.
They stormed from room to room
downstairs, screaming for money.
Luckily, she was upstairs in her
bathroom at the time. She put
on her dressing gown “ready to
go downstairs”. To do what? The
kindness of neighbours saved her.
Hearing a commotion, they emerged
from the night and scared the men
off. Real community policing.
Cut to Hither Green today. When
burglar Henry Vincent broke into
pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks
and his disabled wife Maureen’s
home there on 4 April, Mr OsbornBrooks had only one thought going
through his head, the one many
would have: how to defend ourselves.
In the absence of any possibility of
“flight”, only “fight” remains.
We don’t actually know what
world who will feel the wonder
I do (though Astrid likes to
applaud herself).
I’m surrounded by brilliantly
supportive friends and family,
but I suspect sharing memorable
moments with a partner feels
especially lovely.
There is a simplicity to
parenting solo
I floated through
the first months
of motherhood in
a blissful, sleepdeprived haze,
cuddling and nursing
my daughter. My
responsibility was to
her alone and it was
magical.
Many friends found those
first months hard with another
relationship to maintain: they would
want to stay up late to support their
partners through their return to
work, and not all felt they could go to
bed at 8pm if they wanted or needed
too (or would feel guilty if they did),
and consequently became shattered.
My daughter comes first. She’s
my favourite person and has my
attention. I don’t mourn a changed
relationship with my partner, or
miss any former shared freedom.
And there is a pleasurable
straightforwardness to that.
Next, on 29 April: Going Solo – The
Nursery Conundrum
happened next. Reports suggest
Vincent was stabbed to death by the
78-year-old with a screwdriver. But,
what has since happened outside
that hitherto unremarkable house
reveals more about polarity in
Britain than any recent story. Forget
World War Three, it’s the one people
are debating everywhere.
Vincent’s traveller community
has sought to turn the area outside
Osborn-Brooks’ house into a shrine
– under the noses of local police.
Resentful residents tear down the
tributes, only for the whole process
to be repeated. The police have told
residents to desist. It’s a depressing
stand-off, likely to be exacerbated if
Vincent’s funeral procession passes
the house in provocation.
Tough cases make for hard laws.
The factors of this “lose-lose” story
reflect public mistrust of the police’s
ability to protect us; the notion that
“decent” people get punished and
the inadequacy of laws to deal with
social divisions and inequality.
It is not right that the OsbornBrooks cannot return home for
fear of vengeance, nor that those
who tear down tributes should
fear reprisals.
For Hither Green, read the “silent
majority”, sick of the perceptions
that criminals can “get away with
it”; victims get blamed; the police
don’t care. But the community cares
about the micro: are we safe in our
homes? There are no winners in this
sad story, but some good can emerge
if authorities use existing laws to
help the community feel protected.
If not, then they lose that authority.
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Patrick Stewart
joins campaign
for a public vote
on Brexit deal
By Izzy Lyons
Sir Patrick Stewart has joined a
campaign to demand another referendum on the final Brexit deal.
Speaking at a rally in Camden,
north London yesterday afternoon,
the actor, 78, told a crowd of more
than 1,200 people that he “will not
stand idly by” while Britain’s “future
is at stake”.
Earlier Sir Patrick described his
two best known characters – Star
Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard
and X-Men’s Charles Xavier – as
“admirable” individuals who were
“concerned for the wellbeing of
Speaking alongside MPs
Anna Soubry and Chuka
Umunna, Sir Patrick said: “Now
that we are learning the real cost
of Brexit, I want to urge that we
think again.”
everyone” and so would both have
backed Remain.
Before the event, he told the BBC’s
The Andrew Marr Show that the calls
for a fresh vote were “part of the
democratic process”.
Asked what he would say to people
who voted for Brexit, he said: “What
we are doing is in their benefit.”
On Picard and Xavier, also known
as Professor X, he added: “[They]
were excellent, admirable individuals. Yes, intellectuals, but also compassionate and concerned for the
wellbeing of everyone.
“They would have voted Remain.”
In response, Boris Johnson, the
Foreign Secretary, told the programme that Brexit would enable
Britain to “boldly go” to areas it had
neglected in recent years as it sought
trade deals.
Mr Johnson also dismissed Sir
Patrick as (wrongly) having played
“something in Star Wars” when
Sir Patrick Stewart
launches the People’s
Vote campaign
yesterday
JONATHAN BRADY/PA
faced with questions about the new
People’s Vote campaign, which is
pushing for voters to be given the
final say, rather than Parliament, on
the deal secured by Prime Minister
Theresa May.
At the London launch of People’s
Vote, Sir Patrick said that in the
event of a Brexit he would show his
new blue passport “with less pride”.
“Since the 2016 referendum, there
has been a concerted effort by many
– including government – to shut
down debate about Brexit and to tell
us that we should simply trust ministers to get on with it because Brexit
is an irreversible process. That we
shouldn’t worry about the cost and
complexity of it or the litany of broken promises. Well today we say
that’s not good enough.
“Our country’s future is at stake
and we will not stand idly by. That is
why I support a people’s vote on the
final deal.” Sir Patrick said that the
day Britain joined the European Economic Community, 1 January 1973,
was one of the best days of his life.
Growing up in working-class
Yorkshire, he had witnessed the aftermath of the Second World War.
“When the UK and Ireland were
brought in I felt for the first time
in my life that the brutality of both
world wars could never happen
again,” he said.
MEDIA
MUSIC
Masculinity reinvented
without the banter
Sheeran: my wall is not ‘anti-homeless’
Ed Sheeran has responded angrily
to claims he is building a wall around
his house to keep out rough sleepers,
claiming instead that the structure
is to keep paparazzi away from his
doorstep.
The singer’s building agent Paul
Smith revealed in a planning appli-
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Men who want to ditch the sexist banter and the need to appear
tough in every circumstance will be
helped from today by a digital platform called The Book of Man, which
promises to provide the “progressive advice and inspiration modern
UK men actually need”.
The rapper Professor Green is a
launch columnist for The Book of
Man, which positions itself as an alternative to the “blokeish banter” of
sites such as The Lad Bible.
Its central tenet is that “toxic
masculinity needs to make way for
the new masculinity”. Advice will
range from “mental health issues
and being a great father” to “avoiding everyday sexism”.
Editor Martin Robinson said:
By Chloe Hamilton
Professor Green is a columnist for
The Book of Man
“Many men are unhappy at the way
they are depicted and frustrated
with old-school ideals of masculinity – you only have to look at the stats
on depression and suicide to see
there is serious dysfunction here.”
The new entrant may struggle to
eat into the Lad Bible’s audience of
60 million followers. The entertainment site was accused of reinventing the sexist “new lad” culture of
1990s magazines such as Loaded.
cation one reason the singer wanted
to erect railings around his London
home was to “prevent opportunities
for rough sleeping”.
However, The Sun reported Sheeran dismissed the claim by the tabloid
and referenced his previous work
with homeless charities Crisis and
Shelter. “The reason was to keep
the paps that you employ from being
on my doorstep, Have a good day.”
A spokesman for Sheeran said: “This
is a standard planning application,
which was not written by Ed, and it is
not reflective of Ed’s views or feelings
on homelessness.”
Sheeran has previously described
his own experiences of sleeping
rough in London in his 2014 book, A
Visual Journey.
PEOPLE
Calvin Harris offers to help threatened fish workers
By William McLennan
The DJ Calvin Harris has offered to
help employees at an under-threat
fish factory where he used to work.
The Scottish musician, named
as the world’s highest-paid DJ, has
offered his support to staff at the
Pinneys of Scotland site in Annan,
which is threatened with closure by
its owner, Young’s Seafood, with the
loss of at least 450 jobs.
Harris, 34, worked at the salmon
processing plant before his musical
career took off.
Dumfries and Galloway Council
leader Elaine Murray said she had
received a message from Harris via
his music management company.
It said: “Calvin forwarded me the
article about the Pinneys facility that
is being threatened with closure in
Dumfries and asked if there is anything he can do to help.”
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Craignethan Castle is a 16thcentury Scottish fortress which
once thrived amid war and treason, but parts of it have now been
abandoned because of a smelly
and intolerant invader: a “very
angry badger”.
Historic Scotland was forced
to shut tunnels which are popular
with the public after staff discovered the unexpected guest.
“If you’re heading to Craignethan Castle over the next few days,
you might find the Cellar Tunnel
closed due to the presence of a
very angry badger,” the heritage
organisation warned.
The animal is said to have
caused a mess, digging up through
loose soil into stonework.
Staff had been trying to lure it
out with cat food and honey, but
last night Historic Scotland said it
had finally left. “Our works team
have used a GoPro to view the tunnel and it seems our visitor has vacated. We’ll keep the tunnel closed
in the interim while we do a little
housekeeping following its visit.”
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Scientist plays down danger of AI apocalypse
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
One of Britain’s leading computer
scientists has warned against scaremongering and letting imaginations
“run wild” over artificial intelligence
(AI) and its capacity to eventually
enslave humans.
Dire warnings from prominent
figures – including SpaceX chief
executive Elon Musk and the scientist Stephen Hawking, who died last
month – should be taken with a pinch
of salt, according to Nick Jennings,
vice-provost of research and enterprise and professor of artificial intelligence at Imperial College London.
Mr Musk has previously tweeted:
“AI superiority at national level most
likely cause of WW3”. Professor
Hawking warned that the development of full AI could “spell the
end of the human race”.
On a more immediate level numerous researchers have warned
of the jobs that will be
lost to robots.
But Professor Jennings (inset), formerly
chief scientific adviser
to the Government on
national security, told i that
none of this was likely.
“At one level, AI is easy to understand because there’s uncountably
many books and films that talk about
artificial intelligence in terms of robots, and that’s what people latch on
to,” he said. “I find they slightly let
their imagination run wild, and
that’s one of the challenges.”
He said the AI landscape has changed immeasurably in the past
few decades as it became of increased scientific interest.
“I’ve been an AI researcher for 30 years,
and at various points I’ve
been told AI is a failed technology, that it’s irrelevant, that I
couldn’t get funding if I couldn’t get
students, so that’s a far worse place
to be in than where we are now.
“But many responsible scientists
find themselves pushing that when
AI was deemed to be failing, that it
wasn’t a failed technology and that
there was some good stuff in there,
that it was worthwhile. Now I spend
a lot of time going round saying, ‘It’s
not going to take over the world, it’s
not going to take all our jobs and kill
us, etcetera’.”
British universities and technology and research companies are
locked in competition with the US,
China and Russia to develop AI, with
Vladimir Putin declaring that whoever becomes “the leader in AI will
become ruler of the world”.
Professor Jennings said: “People will use AI for good and for bad.
SPACE
Probe to
search for
new planets
bearing life
By William McLennan
The hunt for alien life will step up a
gear today when Nasa launches a
probe which will search for undiscovered planets that could support life.
The spacecraft, known as Tess,
is expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral air force base in Florida this
evening. The satellite’s cameras will
scour the cosmos for stars outside
our solar system and the planets that
orbit them. Known as exoplanets,
they will become targets for powerful
telescopes looking to identify conditions that could support life.
“We’re going to look at every single
one of those stars,” said the mission’s
chief scientist, George Ricker of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“All astronomers for centuries to
come are going to focus on these ob-
An impression of
Tess, which will
search for exoplanets
that could support
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Think about the web – the web has
improved most people’s lives, but
there’s still child pornography and
drugs and all the things that use
the web as a basic platform. AI is
the same. It’s a universal, powerful
technology and I hope most people
will use it for good, but people will
undoubtedly use it for bad as well.”
Noting that there were
“2,100 AI start-ups
in London alone”, Professor
Jennings said he had compared
Silicon Valley and London,
“and currently we’re outpacing
Silicon Valley two to one”.
jects,” Dr Ricker said. “This is a mission for the ages.”
Nasa’s astrophysics director,
Paul Hertz, said missions like Tess
– which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite – will help
answer the question of whether
other forms of life exist. The mission
is expected to cost $337m (£237m).
The satellite will orbit the Earth,
as cameras zoom in on distant stars,
known as red dwarfs. As orbiting
planets pass in front of these stars,
they cause a brief reduction in
brightness, which will be detected by
Tess. It will replace the Kepler Space
Telescope, which is due to run out of
fuel within months.
Tess will focus on the closest stars
to Earth, allowing astronomers to
explore any new exoplanets with
Nasa’s new James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled for completion in 2020 and will succeed the
Hubble Space Telescope. The probe
will blast into orbit attached to a
rocket made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
However, even if life is detected
on any of the new planets, technology does not yet exist to reach these
worlds, according to Nasa project
manager Jeff Volosin.
“For me, just knowing they’re
there would be enough,” he said.
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SOCIETY
Sacking rugby stars ‘may backfire’
Millennials ‘scared to touch meat’
By David Connett
A former international rugby player
has warned of an angry backlash
from fans following an announcement that Ulster and Ireland rugby
players Paddy Jackson and Stuart
Olding have had their playing contracts terminated.
The move followed a controversial
trial which saw both players cleared
of rape charges. The Irish Rugby
Football Union and Ulster Rugby
said the decision was made after
they “acknowledged our responsibility and commitment to the core values of the game: Respect, inclusivity
and integrity.”
But many critics argued both men
should have been allowed to resume
their playing careers having been
Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart
Olding were cleared of rape charges
found not guilty by a jury. Some
people suggested commercial considerations were the real reason for
the decision after sponsors, fearing
a backlash, threatened to withdraw
financial backing if both men were
allowed to return.
Paddy Wallace told the BBC he
sensed anger among fans in the
wake of the decision to let the players go. He warned some supporters
may “vote with their feet” as they
believe their views were not taken
into consideration in the decisionmaking process, and that the move
was simply motivated by money.
“Ulster felt they needed to protect
their sponsors rather than the players involved,” he said. “That could
come back to bite them, because a
lot of the supporters are thinking:
‘Do I renew my season ticket, do I
come to the games?’”
He said supporters were angered
by the senior rugby executives’ “invisibility” during the trial. “A lot
of fans are disgruntled. Some are
feeling a disconnect and the easiest
thing to do is vote with their feet.”
By William McLennan
A supermarket is to start selling
ready-to-cook chicken in pouches
to help squeamish millennials
who are afraid of handling
raw meat.
Sainsbury’s will introduce touch-free packaging next month,
allowing cooks to add
ingredients to the
pan without touching
them, after research
showed under-35s are
increasingly wary of preparing uncooked chicken.
Katherine Hall, Sainsbury’s product development manager, said:
“Customers, particularly younger
ones, are quite scared of touching
raw meat. These bags allow peo-
ple, especially those who are timepoor, to just ‘rip and tip’ the meat
straight into the frying pan without
touching it.”
The supermarket and its poultry suppliers have been investigating the trend and
ways to engage consumers. One woman
from a focus group
told researchers she
“sprayed chicken with
Dettol before cooking
it”. Growing awareness
of bacteria causing food
poisoning, has contributed
to fears, Ms Hall said.
Market research firm Mintel
found 37 per cent of young cooks
said they preferred not to handle raw
meat when cooking, compared with
27 per cent of the wider population.
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Shots fired at home of former PM’s trial judge
By Memphis Barker
IN ISLAMABAD
Amid rising tension ahead of a verdict in the corruption trial of Pakistan’s ex-prime minister Nawaz
Sharif, unknown gunmen appeared
to shoot at the home of a supreme
court judge in two separate incidents
on Saturday night. One bullet struck
a window and another 9mm casing
was found in the garden.
The apparent target, Justice Ijaz
ul-Ahsan, 57, holds a whip hand over
the future of Mr Sharif (inset) as
he is currently overseeing the expremier’s trial on charges linked to
the Panama Papers, as it progresses
through a lower court.
Mr Sharif has been campaigning for elections due to be held this
summer on a platform that his family’s legal troubles result from a
conspiracy struck between the judiciary and the army, a response to
his attempts to seek peace with India
while prime minister.
A police investigation was under
way yesterday after forensic investigators scoured the grounds of Mr
Ahsan’s home. The current prime
minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,
promised to shift federal resources
to bring the culprits to book.
Early reports did not discount
the theory that the bullets could
have been fired into the air in
celebration, striking the judge’s
home accidentally.
Opposition leaders ploughed
ahead with accusations that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz
was itself behind the incident. Its
leadership is extremely unlikely
to have ordered any attack on Mr
Ahsan’s home, the analyst Hasan
Askari Rizvi told i.
He said if it was someone in the party then it
would probably be a lowranking supporter who
“thought he could do it
without causing serious
damage to anyone”.
Mr Ahsan formed part
of the five-member Supreme Court bench that disqualified Mr Sharif from office
in July on grounds of “dishonesty”.
He has been a “highly visible” foe of
the Sharifs, the lawyer Reza Ali told
i, scripting the most condemnatory
passage in that verdict. Supporters
of Mr Sharif claim that Mr Ahsan’s
supervisory role in the ongoing corruption trial – designed to avoid the
usual delays – amounts to rigging,
since to find the ex-PM innocent of
corruption would contradict
the initial disqualification.
Leaders in the PML-N
further suggested that
the shooting incident
was a put-up job by the
country’s intelligence
agency, the ISI, designed
to blacken the party’s
reputation. On condition
of anonymity, one said the incident was “another act in the circus
designed to tarnish the PML-N”.
In recent weeks Pakistan’s most
popular TV channel, Geo, deemed
pro-Mr Sharif, has been removed
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from the airwaves, with the military
the only plausible culprit. This follows widespread allegations that the
army manipulated senate elections
in March to hurt the PML-N and
Mr Sharif.
Whether or not its erstwhile
leader and namesake is jailed, the
party’s path to re-election – once
considered a certainty – gets steeper
by the day.
Most analysts expect
Mr Sharif to be found
guilty by the National Accountability Bureau, but the fate of his
daughter and desired political
heir, Maryam, who is also on trial,
draws wide speculation.
FRANCE
Queen’s heart
is stolen in raid
on Nantes
museum
By David Connett
Thieves broke into a museum and
stole a reliquary containing the heart
of a former Queen of France.
The Thomas-Dobrée museum in
Nantes was burgled and a 6in oval
case made of gold stolen. It contained
the heart of Anne of Brittany, who
married Charles VIII of France, and
later Louis XII after Charles died.
She was buried in Paris in 1514, but
to show that her heart belonged to
Brittany, it was placed in her parents’
tomb in Nantes.
Catherine Touchefeu, a Loire-Atlantique councillor, called for its return. “They should understand that
its historical and symbolic value far
outweighs its 100 grams of gold.”
40,000 people turn
out to bid farewell
to Winnie Mandela
By Nomvelo Chalumbira
IN SOWETO
South Africa laid to rest the antiapartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday, after
40,000 people mourned her at a
funeral ceremony in her township
of Soweto.
Madikizela-Mandela’s death on
2 April at the age of 81 was met by
an outpouring of emotion across the
country, with the ruling African National Congress and opposition parties holding memorials to remember
her courage in the struggle to end
white-minority rule.
The official funeral service for the
ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela
took place on Saturday morning in
Soweto, the Johannesburg township
at the forefront of the battle against
apartheid.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said
that, just as South Africa grieved for
Madikizela-Mandela, it was comforted by the profound meaning of
her life.
“In death, she has demonstrated
that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the
numerous disputes we may have are
eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society,” he said.
“Loudly and without apology, she
spoke truth to power. It was those
in power who, insecure and fearful,
AUSTRALIA
Residents flee
as bushfire
rages in suburbs
By Oz Katerji
Naomi Campbell, top, pays tribute at the funeral in a stadium in Soweto,
Johannesburg; above, the funeral procession AFP/GETTY
visited upon her the most vindictive and callous retribution. Yet,
through everything, she endured.
They could not break her. They
could not silence her.” The burial
ceremony ended a nearly two-week
mourning period declared by the
government. REUTERS
In 1991, Ms MadikizelaMandela was convicted of
kidnapping and being an accessory to assault, but her six-year
jail sentence was reduced to a
fine and a two-year suspended
sentence on appeal.
Hundreds of firefighters are
tackling a large bushfire in the
southern suburbs of Sydney.
The blaze has affected homes and
some residents have been instructed
to seek shelter as evacuation is now
too dangerous.
The New South Wales Rural Fire
Service said it was concerned that flying embers could start new outbreaks
as the bushfire advances with strong
winds pushing the flames north.
The weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot this
year, exacerbating the situation.
Shane Fitzsimmons from the Rural
Fire Service said that the fire was
behaving “very aggressively”.
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Boy bitten by
shark still
‘happiest in
the ocean’
People celebrate
at the end of the
annual Colour Run
race in front of the
Eiffel Tower in Paris
yesterday. The Colour
Run is a 5km race
without winners or
prizes, with runners
being showered with
coloured powder at
stations along the run.
By William McLennan
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UNITED STATES
Lawyer burns himself to death in
protest against climate change
By Maya Oppenheim
David Buckel was a pioneer of samesex marriage JOSE F MORENO/AP
lead to increased action. “Most humans on the planet now breathe
air made unhealthy by fossil fuels,
and many die early deaths as a result – my early death by fossil fuel
reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” read a copy of the note,
HUNGARY
Tens of thousands protest
against anti-migrant PM
By Gergely Szakacs
IN BUDAPEST
Tens of thousands of Hungarians
protested in Budapest on Saturday
against what organisers said was an
unfair election system that gave the
Prime Minister Viktor Orban a landslide victory at the polls after a “hate
campaign” against immigrants.
Mr Orban won a third straight
term in power in elections a week
ago after his anti-immigration campaign message secured a strong majority for his ruling Fidesz party in
parliament, giving him two-thirds of
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Paris
colour is
running
A leading lawyer and environmental activist used fossil fuels to burn
himself to death in New York in a
horrifying protest against climate
catastrophe.
David Buckel’s body was found
by onlookers in Brooklyn’s Prospect
Park. Police said the 60-year-old was
pronounced dead at about 6.30am
on Saturday in what they deemed to
be a suicide.
Before setting himself alight, he
had stowed his identification and a
suicide note close by, police sources
said. The campaigner is understood
to have used the note to implore others to lead less selfish lives in order
to protect the Earth.
He said he wanted his death to
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seats based on preliminary results.
In a Facebook post before the rally,
organisers called for a recount of
ballots, free media, a new election
law, as well as more efficient cooperation among opposition parties
instead of the bickering seen in the
run-up to the vote.
The protest was among the biggest in Hungary in recent years, similar in size to a mass rally prompted
by Mr Orban’s plan to tax internet
use four years ago and a pro-government demonstration called by Mr
Orban’s supporters shortly before
the election. REUTERS
which The New York Times obtained.
The Daily News reported that the
activist’s note said he hoped his
death would be “honourable” and
“might serve others”.
“Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water
and weather,” read the note.
Mr Buckel took his own life just
a few blocks from his home. As a
lawyer, he had garnered praise for
his role as the lead attorney in a
lawsuit involving Brandon Teena,
a transgender man who was raped
and murdered in Nebraska. His life
and death were the subject of the
Academy Award-winning 1999 film
Boys Don’t Cry, which earned Hilary
Swank an Oscar.
Mr Buckel also spearheaded
same-sex marriage cases in a
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number of states across the US. He
worked as marriage project director
at Lambda Legal, a national organisation that strives for LGBT rights,
where he was the strategist behind
same-sex marriage cases in New
Jersey and Iowa.
Susan Sommer, a former Lambda
Legal attorney, who is now the general counsel for the Mayor’s Office of
Criminal Justice in New York, said
Mr Buckel was “all about justice, but
he was also all about what it means
to be human”. THE INDEPENDENT
When Mr Buckel proposed
filing a lawsuit for gay
marriage in Iowa in 2005, it was
legal only in Massachusetts.
UNITED STATES
Cheerleader sues for being
‘bullied’ about virginity
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A schoolboy who was bitten by a
shark while on a family holiday
has said that the experience has
hardened his resolve to become a
marine biologist.
Shane McConnell was walking
along a harbourside in the Bahamas
when he tripped and fell into the
water, before being attacked by a
bull shark (inset).
The 12-year-old, from Edinburgh,
was left with deep lacerations to his
feet that required 53 stitches. Medics
said he may have lost both feet had he
not been wearing shoes.
“I put my hand over my eyes to
block the sun out and accidentally tripped and
fell into the sea,” he
said. “I was scared
because I knew
sharks were
around – I’d seen
the shadow of one
earlier that day.
“When I was
swimming back, I
saw a shark come out
of the water. I saw its tail and
fin – it was big and grey and I think it
thought I was food being thrown in.
“I shouted for help when I saw it,
but then it disappeared under me. I
felt it brush my hand – I thought it
had missed me.”
When he pulled himself up a nearby ladder, he realised he had been
bitten, but he still did not realise the
extent of his injuries until doctors removed his shoes in hospital.
He said that David Attenborough
was his “idol” and that he watched
the BBC series Blue Planet on the
plane home. “It was three years ago
I realised I wanted to be a marine biologist,” he said. “Even after this, I am
happiest when I’m in the ocean.”
His father, Jim, praised his son’s
bravery. “It was two-and-a-half hours
of putting stitches in. [He] never
flinched, never flinched once.”
A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader is suing the American
football team and the National Football League
(NFL), claiming that she
was bullied because of her
faith and virginity. Kristan Ann Ware (inset) says
she quit her job after being
questioned about her sexual
beliefs by a team manager.
In her complaint, Ms Gore says she
had told her teammates she was waiting until she was married “because of
her personal relationship with God”
before being confronted about it at
her yearly performance review.
The team’s director Dorie
Grogan is alleged to have
said, “Let’s talk about the
fact that you’re a virgin”,
and told her not to discuss the issue any further.
Ms Gore says she suffered ongoing harassment
but insists the complaint
should not be misconstrued
as an attack on the Miami Dolphins.
She said: “I just want to make it a
better place for the cheerleaders.”
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INDIA
Kim meets
Chinese envoy
Women protest
across nation
The North Korean leader Kim
Jong-un has met with a highranking Chinese diplomat in
Pyongyang, amid a flurry of
diplomacy following Mr Kim’s
recent surprise visit to Beijing.
Song Tao, who heads
the Communist Party’s
international department, led
an art troupe to Pyongyang to
attend an arts festival.
Mr Kim made an
unannounced trip to Beijing
last month ahead of meetings
with the South Korean
President Moon Jae-in and
President Donald Trump. AP
Thousands of people have protested
across India to seek an end to sexual
violence against women.
Protesters marched in New Delhi,
Mumbai and other cities yesterday
to show their anger at recent cases
and express solidarity with victims
of sexual violence.
The outrage was triggered by the
rape and murder of an eight-year-old
girl in the Indian-controlled portion
of Kashmir and the abduction and
rape of a teenage girl in India’s
northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Violent crimes against women have
been on the increase in India despite
tough laws enacted in 2013. AP
American priest
goes on trial over
spying claims
By Zeynep Bilginsoy
IN ISTANBUL
An American pastor imprisoned
in Turkey is going on trial for
alleged terror ties and spying
in a case that has increased
tensions between Washington
and Ankara.
First Rohingya refugee
family returns despite fears
By Todd Pitman
NORTH KOREA
TURKEY
MYANMAR
Andrew Craig Brunson,
an evangelical pastor from
North Carolina who denies
the allegations, is facing 35
years in prison on charges of
“committing crimes on behalf of
terror groups” and “espionage”.
The trial begins today in western
Izmir province.
He was arrested in December
2016 for alleged links to both
an outlawed Kurdish insurgent
group and the network of
the US-based Muslim cleric
Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey
blames for a masterminding a
failed military coup that year. AP
Myanmar has accepted what appear
to be the first five among 700,000
Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled
military-led violence against the minority group, even though the UN
says it is not safe for them to return.
Hundreds of Rohingya were reportedly killed in the recent violence,
and many houses and villages burnt
to the ground. The UN and US have
described the army crackdown as
ethnic cleansing.
A government statement said
on Saturday that five members of a
family returned to western Rakhine
Uganda
The flood of South Sudanese
refugees from the country’s
five-year civil war has been
called a children’s crisis.
More than 60 per cent of
the one million refugees who
have poured into neighbouring
Uganda are under the age of
18, officials say. More than two
million people have fled South
Sudan overall.
Amid the fighting, more than
75,000 children have found
themselves on their own in
Uganda and neighbouring
countries, according to the UN
refugee agency – separated
from their families in the chaos
or sent to relative safety.
While many children have
been reunited with relatives
after crossing the border,
others are matched by aid
workers with foster families
in an effort to minimise the
disruption in their lives.
Without parents, some are
left vulnerable to exploitation
and abuse.
One young mother-of-two,
Beatrice Tumalu, now takes
care of eight other children.
“I feel pity for them,”
she says, explaining that
she grew up under similar
circumstances during the
years that South Sudan fought
for independence from Sudan.
That independence was won
in 2011, and South Sudan’s
civil war broke out two years
later. The unaccompanied
children have little access to
psychosocial support to help
Adelle Kalakouti
state from a refugee camp across the
border in Bangladesh. They had been
rescued by Indonesian fishermen
after three weeks stranded at sea.
Your
carriage
awaits
Horse-drawn carriages
participate in the
annual Enganches
(carriage-driving)
exhibition at the Real
Maestranza bullring
in Seville, Spain,
yesterday. A crowd of
about 3,000 watched
the ornately decorated
carriages competing
for the honour of
parading though the
streets later in the day.
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SPAIN
Separatists rally in support of their jailed leaders
Hundreds of thousands of Catalan
separatists rallied in Barcelona yesterday to demand the release of highprofile secessionist leaders being
held in pre-trial detention.
P r o t e s t e r s w av e d C a t a l a n
separatist flags behind a huge banner
that read “for rights and liberties, for
democracy and unity, we want them
back home!”
The demonstration was organised
by two pro-independence grassroots
groups, the National Catalan
Assembly and Omnium, whose
presidents are among the nine
separatists in prison awaiting trial
for their roles in last year’s failed
breakaway bid by the region.
The regional chapters of Spain’s
two leading labour unions, along with
other civil society groups, supported
the protest despite complaints from
some members who do not want
secession for Catalonia. AP
MIDDLE EAST
SOMALILAND
CHINA
Troops destroy
Gaza tunnel
Poet jailed for
Flight attendant
unification plea held hostage
The Israeli military says it has
destroyed a Gaza tunnel that
penetrated Israeli territory.
The Israel Defence Forces
spokesman lieutenant colonel
Jonathan Conricus said yesterday
that the tunnel was connected to a
network dug by Hamas militants
in the northern Gaza Strip and
entered Israel near the Israeli
community of Nahal Oz. It is the
fifth such Hamas tunnel Israel has
destroyed in as many months. AP
A court in Somaliland has sentenced
a poet to three years in jail for
reciting a poem advocating the
reunification of Somaliland with
Somalia. Nacima Qorane was found
guilty of bringing the self-declared
republic into contempt.
Rights groups have said Ms
Qorane’s basic human rights may
have been violated.
S o m a l i l a n d d e c l a re d i t s e l f
independent in 1991, but is not
recognised internationally.
By Joseph Wilson
IN BARCELONA
Postcard
From...
Homeward bound: Syaimama,
Mominah, Kamal Nuson, Muhamad
Ilyas and Umar Syari AFP
The statement said that authorities
determined whether they had lived
in the country and provided them
with a national verification card
– a form of ID that does not mean
citizenship, which the persecuted
Rohingya have been denied in
Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
The statement said that the
family was staying with relatives in
Maungdaw town, the administrative
centre close to the border. It did not
say if any more repatriations are
being planned. Bangladesh has given
Myanmar a list of more than 8,000
refugees to begin the repatriation, but
it has been delayed by a complicated
verification process. AP
An Air China flight bound for
Beijing was diverted to central
China yesterday after a passenger
held a flight attendant hostage
using a pen as a weapon.
All passengers and crew on
Flight 1350 made it safely off the
plane after what had earlier been
described by authorities as an
“illegal interference”. The Civil
Aviation Authority of China said
“the matter was successfully
handled”. AP
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In Cuba, a lost
generation comes
out of the shadows
Elderly revolutionaries are being
eased out, write Andrea Rodriguez
and Michael Weissenstein
F
idel and Raul Castro were
scruffy young guerrillas in
1959 when they descended
from Cuba’s eastern
mountains, seized power
and never relinquished it.
As they aged into their eighties
and nineties, the Castros and
their fellow fighters cast a shadow
so deep that Cubans born in the
first decades after the revolution
became known as Cuba’s
“lost generation”, men
and women who spent
their lives executing
the orders of greying
revolutionaries.
Next week, Raul
Castro (inset right,
with Fidel, far-right) will
step down as President
after a decade in office,
handing the position to a
successor widely expected to be
57-year-old vice-president Miguel
Diaz-Canel. The 19 April handover
is the centrepiece of a broader
transition to a group of leaders
from the lost generation, who face
an unprecedented test of their
ability to guide a nation that has
followed the same commandantes
for 60 years.
Despite a series of reforms under
Raul Castro, Cuba remains locked
in grinding economic stagnation
that has driven hundreds of
thousands of Cubans to emigrate in
search of better lives. Change will
require potentially painful reforms,
such as the elimination of a dualcurrency system that has created
damaging economic distortions.
The world should expect no
immediate radical change from
a single-party system dedicated
to stability above all else. Castro
will remain first secretary
of the Communist Party,
described by the Cuban
constitution as the
country’s “highest
guiding force”. Castro
has said nothing
publicly about how he
will use that position.
But Cuban leaders have
been making clear that
a generational handover is
underway.
On 24 February, Castro awarded
one of Cuba’s highest honours,
the title Hero of Labour, to fellow
guerrillas and vice-presidents
José Ramón Machado Ventura,
87, Ramiro Valdes, 85, and
Guillermo Garcia Frias, 90. For
many Cubans, the elaborate
ceremony in the soaring, newly
reopened neoclassical Capitol
building had a valedictory tone, a
sign that the powerful Valdes and
Cuba’s younger generation will soon find themselves in charge, as the 1959 revolutionaries fade away YAMIL LAGE/AFP
Machado Ventura will have far less
important roles in Diaz-Canel’s
administration.
While the inner workings of the
Cuban government are opaque,
both men were widely perceived as
conservatives slowing reform.
“This government that
we’re choosing today will be a
government that will owe its
existence to the people,” Diaz-Canel
told state-run media after voting for
members of the National Assembly
in March. “The people will
participate in the decisions that this
government takes.” Diaz-Canel’s
generation was marked by waves of
mass migration from Cuba. About
125,000 fled in 1980 when Fidel
Castro allowed free migration from
the port of Mariel outside Havana.
The “Special Period” saw tens of
thousands more Cubans fleeing
on home-made rafts. As a result of
the migratory waves, hundreds of
CHINA
Sperm donors told they must
‘love the socialist motherland’
By Chiara Giordano
A sperm bank in the Chinese capital
Beijing has insisted that would-be
donors “love the socialist motherland and embrace the leadership of
the Communist Party”.
Posting a list of requirements for
donors on its social media account,
the Third Hospital of Peking University said they were also required to
be “loyal to the party’s tasks, be decent, law-abiding and be free of any
political problems”.
To be successful, they also had
to be over 20 years old and show no
signs of hair loss, colour blindness or
weight problems.
They were put through two rounds
of tests – one which checked the quality of their semen and one for general
health and fitness.
Those who passed the tests
China ended its onechild policy in 2015,
which caused a surge
in demand for sperm
donors AFP/GETTY
could expect to be paid 200 yuan
(£23) immediately and 5,500 yuan
once they successfully donated
their semen. There did not appear to be a test to check donors’
political loyalty.
A doctor on the hospital helpline
told the South China Morning Post
that no additional tests would be
conducted for political requirements
as long as donors considered themselves “suitable”.
The demand for donated sperm
surged after Beijing relaxed its onechild policy in 2015, allowing two
children in most families, according
to a report by Beijing Youth Daily
from 2016.
China bans the sale of human
semen, and women looking
for fertility treatment must
use non-profit sperm banks.
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thousands of Cubans in their fifties
and sixties have regular contact
with friends and relatives in other
countries, a sharp distinction from
Cuba’s original revolutionaries.
That increased contact with the
outside world is boosted by a broad
set of changes implemented by Raul
Castro that include the spread of
mobile phones and internet and
a private sector that has come to
employ nearly 600,000 Cubans.
After years in the shadows,
Diaz-Canel and his generation
The people will
participate in
the decisions
that this
government
takes
UNITED STATES
Starbucks ‘sorry’
after police arrest
black customers
By Alex Horton
Starbucks has apologised to
two black men arrested at a
Philadelphia branch of the chain
in an incident that has led to
accusations of racial profiling by
the company and police.
Mobile phone videos captured the
moment on Thursday when at least
six Philadelphia police officers
stood over two seated black men,
asking them to leave. A man named
Andrew Yaffe arrives to tell police
that the two men were waiting for
him. The officer says that they were
being arrested for trespassing.
“Why would they be asked
to leave?” Mr Yaffe says, “It’s
discrimination.”
The two unidentified men are
taken out in handcuffs, and were
released on Friday without charge.
now must show they are able
to lead a nation facing deep
economic problems, a hostile US
administration, dwindling ranks
of regional allies and increasing
disenchantment among younger
generations of Cubans.
But just a week before a new
president takes office, many Cubans
are unconvinced that leaders from
the lost generation will be able to fix
the problems they have inherited
from the founders of communist
Cuba. AP
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salacious accusations levelled by
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Here’s a good
reason for PM
to lose sleep
A
sked if she lost sleep
before deciding to join
the US and France
in bombing Syria,
Theresa May couldn’t
answer even this apparently
simple question. Like a GCSE
Comey’s revelations ‘Ego-driven and unethical’
Mr Comey reveals that Mr Trump
was deeply concerned about
allegations made in the Steele
dossier about a sex tape.
The current White House
chief of staff, John Kelly, called
Mr Comey within minutes of Mr
Comey being fired, telling him he
“intended to quit” over the sacking
and that he “didn’t want to work for
dishonourable people”.
Mr Comey discusses Mr Trump’s
relationship with Russia and
his inability to reprimand the
Russian government, noting that
“given numerous opportunities to
condemn the Russian government’s
invasions of its neighbours and
repression — even murder — of its
own citizens, Trump refused to just
state the plain facts”.
His personal view of Mr Trump
is: “This President is unethical,
and untethered to truth and
institutional values. His leadership
is transactional, ego-driven, and
about personal loyalty.”
He compares Mr Trump to a
mafia boss, comparing Mr Trump’s
approach to personal relationships
to that of “Sammy the Bull’s Cosa
Nostra induction ceremony”.
super swot parroting a doggedly
memorised answer, she trotted out
the platitude about sending troops
into action being the hardest thing
a prime minister has to do. But
whether she slept well on the eve
of what can hardly be dignified
as battle, or was too anxious to
get more than a few winks, she
wouldn’t say.
Perhaps she thought she’d sound
glib if she gave the first answer,
and weak if she gave the second.
The lethal flaw that did so enliven
her election campaign still plagues
her. What we’ve still got here, it
seems, is failure to communicate.
If she lost sleep last night, here’s
hoping it was because she was
putting some serious thought into
an incredibly complex matter –
today’s speech to the Commons.
She has various questions to
address, none as facile as the
insomnia one, and all of which
she can be relied on to ignore.
One question is domestic,
and grindingly obvious. If the
paramount point of Brexit
is restoring parliamentary
supremacy, why did she not
consult Parliament before sending
in the war planes?
Even now, she has no plans
for a debate. “As I say, the PM
will be making a full statement
tomorrow,” said Boris when
Andrew Marr asked him about
that yesterday.
She has no more of a
constitutional duty to call a debate
than to sanction military action.
This is because in place of a
constitution, we have the jumble
of protocols, conventions and
precedents that allow a premier to
do as she or he pleases.
Even so, the precedent set
by David Cameron, when last
a government contemplated
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James Comey (right)
being interviewed
on ABC News last
night. His book is out
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ALSWANG/ABC/AP
dismissed him as “a showboat” and
asked officials in the Department
of Justice to come up with a reason
for firing him.
Yet the move, something Mr
Trump’s then top strategist Steve
Bannon said was one of the worst
mistakes in modern politics, set
in motion the recusal of Attorney
General Jeff Sessions and the
appointment of Special Prosecutor
Robert Mueller, two incidents that
have come to haunt the President
during his 15 months in office.
Mr Mueller has so far filed
indictments against four former
members of Mr Trump’s campaign,
along with a Dutch lawyer and
more than a dozen Russians. Mr
punishing Bashar al-Assad for
using chemical weapons, is to let
MPs decide.
If May prefers to rely on the
wisdom of President Trump, that’s
her call. But she might explain
what was so frantically urgent
about these raids that she was
willing to ridicule the most sacred
of all Brexit precepts.
She surely could have persuaded
Trump to wait a day, and recalled
the Commons on Saturday. It
would have inconvenienced some
MPs by interrupting their holidays,
and our hearts would have bled for
each and every one of them. But
what’s the point of parliamentary
sovereignty if not to help a PM
with the hardest decision she could
ever take?
Another question is more
personal. We are told that what
steeled May to sanction the
raids was the footage of afflicted
Mueller also wants to interview Mr
Trump, something the President’s
lawyers wish to avoid.
Mr Trump and his supporters
have been quick to dismiss the
claims contained in the book,
which is published by Macmillan
and which has an initial print run of
850,000 copies.
Some of the accusations were
already covered in testimony Mr
Comey gave on Capitol Hill in the
summer of 2017. But there is much
It bothered him if there
was even a 1 per cent
chance his wife, Melania,
thought it was true
The precedent
set by David
Cameron is to
let MPs decide
children. No one who has seen the
pictures could be unaffected. But
if the suffering of Syrian children
has driven her to action now, why
14 months ago did she turn away
almost 3,000 Syrian children, even
though local authorities had made
provision for them in accord with
the Dubs amendment for which the
Commons voted? For less than the
price of a single missile, with the
surcharge of offending the delicate
feelings of a few newspapers, those
desperate children could have been
given homes here.
Will she revisit that cruelty now?
Or must more Syrian children
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new material in the memoir, which
he is promoting with an 11-city
promotional tour.
One of the most embarrassing
and tawdry sections of the
book concerns a claim that was
contained within the so-called
Trump Dossier, which former
British spy Christopher Steele
helped compile and which Mr
Trump dismissed as fake news
when it was published by BuzzFeed
in January 2017.
Among the claims in the dossier
was that Russia had obtained
compromising material about
Mr Trump during a 2013 visit to
Moscow, in which he was said to
have hired prostitutes to urinate on
a bed at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Mr Comey writes that although
Mr Trump had dismissed the
accusation as rubbish, after he
entered the Oval Office, he became
particularly concerned about it.
“He brought up what he called
the ‘golden showers thing’,” Mr
Comey writes.
“It bothered him if there was
‘even a 1 per cent chance’ his wife,
Melania, thought it was true…
He just rolled on, unprompted,
explaining why it couldn’t possibly
be true, ending by saying he was
thinking of asking me to investigate
the allegation to prove it was a lie. I
said it was up to him.”
When Mr Comey was asked
about this in an ABC interview at
the weekend he said: “Honestly,
I never thought these words
would come out of my mouth, but
I don’t know whether the current
President of the United States was
with prostitutes peeing on each
other in Moscow in 2013.”
He said he was shocked when
Mr Trump said it would be very
damaging for his marriage if there
was even a 1 per cent chance the
First Lady believed it could be true.
“I remember thinking, ‘how
could your wife think there was
even a 1 per cent chance you were
with prostitutes peeing on each
other?’” he said. “I’m a flawed
human being, but there is literally
zero chance my wife would think
that was true.”
Mr Trump said on Friday that
Mr Comey was an “untruthful
slime ball”. He said on Twitter: “It
was my great honour to fire him.”
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gasp for breath through a chlorineulcerated mouth before the PM
rouses herself, to quote Boris
from earlier today, “to stand up for
principle and civilised values”?
If she didn’t lose sleep after
turning those children away last
February, it’s a safe bet she lost
none on Friday night. But without
wanting to give the make-up
artist too big a challenge with
her under-eye bags, it would be
reassuring if she had sacrificed a
few hours’ kip last night to write a
speech that went beyond the ritual
medley of platitudes.
Let’s hope that she will engage
with the moral, political, military
and strategic complexities of
intervening yet again in a region
with a less than perfect track
record for rewarding western
intervention.
Parliament at least deserves
that. So we do all. THE INDEPENDENT
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SOCIETY
Charity with
£425m locked
in legal limbo
A wealthy fund has never been able to
give away its fortune. By David Connett
O
ne of the UK’s richest
charities, which has
never spent a single
penny on the cause
it was created for, is
struggling to give away the money
and close itself down.
The National Fund was set up
in 1927 to pay off the national debt,
swollen by the expense of the First
World War. It was started with an
anonymous donation of £500,000,
with the donor stipulating that the
money should be held in trust and
invested in the stock market until it
had accumulated enough to pay off
the entire UK debt.
Patriotic gifts do have a long
history. During the Napoleonic wars,
gifts from wealthy and poor alike
raised more to help the country to
fight the French than the fledgling
income tax introduced for that
purpose.
More than 90 years on, the
National Fund now has assets
worth £425m, but with national
debt at £1.7 trillion and rising at a
rate of £400m a day the trustees
decided it was unlikely to ever
achieve this. As a result, it wrote to
the Charity Commission, the body
which regulates charities, asking
permission to shut down and give its
fortune away.
That was nine years ago – and
the trustees are still waiting for
their answer. While they wait,
they continue to pay out millions
in fees to professional advisers,
including bankers, accountants and
investment experts. Last year it paid
out more than £1m, according to the
latest accounts.
The Charity Commission insists
that the future of the charity is “of
serious concern” to the regulator,
and that it is trying to ensure that
the charity’s assets are put to good
Donors A dwindling band
People’s willingness to donate to
the Treasury has dwindled in recent
years, even as the country’s debts
reach a record high.
Four times as much money was
raised through donations in the
seven years before the financial
crisis as in the eight years following
it, according to an analysis of figures
from the Debt Management Office.
Most people who donate to
the nation in their will do so
anonymously. One exception was
Joan Edwards, a former nurse,
who made a £520,000 bequest
for “whichever government is in
office”. Controversially, it was
initially split between the coffers of
the Conservatives and the Liberal
Democrats, who were in coalition,
before being handed to the Treasury.
The National Fund is shedding more
than £1m a year in fees while it awaits
its fate AFP/GETTY
use. It said it referred the fund to the
Attorney General’s Office in 2011 for
a decision, but that this decision has
still not been made.
The Attorney General’s Office
initially said it would seek a High
Court ruling allowing the National
Fund’s assets to be transferred to
the National Debt Commissioners, a
government body set up in the 18th
century to help manage government
investment and debt. A spokesman
for the Government’s most senior
legal adviser said in 2012 that it
was “still considering a number of
issues” before the application could
go ahead.
The Charity Commission is
reported to favour amending the
rules to permit the National Fund to
be able to make grants to deserving
causes. According to experts, the
National Fund is a wealthy charity.
A change in the rules to enable it to
give grants would see it become one
of the top 20 wealthiest charitable
funders in the UK. The health
charity Wellcome Foundation is
currently the top of the list, with
assets of more than £20bn.
However, that option, according
to a report in the charity sector
publication Civil Society, has not won
over the Government.
Critics point out such an outcome
could put off others similarly
inclined to donate money to the state
rather than to relatives or other
charitable causes.
Lord Keen of Elie QC, Scotland’s
Advocate-General, who represents
the Justice Ministry in the House of
Lords, told Labour peer Baroness
Hayter that the fate of the money
locked in the fund was still a work
in progress, and the Attorney
General’s Office was working with
the Charity Commission and the
Fund’s trustees “to help resolve this
legally complicated matter”.
Television Monday 16 April
CRITIC’S
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PICK OF THE DAY
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9pm, ITV
A meeting of two national
treasures as the Queen (left) and
Sir David Attenborough – born
within a month of each other – stroll
like old friends through Buckingham
Palace’s gardens, stopping here and
there to observe individual trees.
Her Majesty, who seems to be gently
opening up to the TV cameras
in her tenth decade, has a serious
purpose in mind, needless to say
– her ambitious new project in which
she is hoping to persuade all 53
Commonwealth countries to
create a network of national forest
parks that would provide a tree
canopy second only in size to
the Amazon rainforest. So far,
40 nations have signed up.
5.30pm, Channel 4
A sort of speed-dating version of
Dragons’ Den in which inventors and
entrepreneurs have just 90 seconds
to demonstrate their new products
to real shoppers in the hope that one
of them will part with their cash
– and persuade national retailers to
stock their wares. Brian Conley
hosts, while in a similar vein...
The Queen’s Green Planet
Buy It Now
===
Give It A Year
8pm, ITV
Baroness Karren Brady steps out of
Lord Sugar’s shadow and over to ITV,
meeting budding entrepreneurs with
suitably colourful business ideas –
and then revisiting them 12 months
later. A simple enough idea in itself,
then, and first up is Sarah from
Essex and her nascent wedding
venture, supplying illuminated
bride-and-groom initials that her
fiancé Sam knocks up in the garage
at the weekend. Thomas from
Manchester, meanwhile, thinks he’s
solved the problem of tea going cold:
a special mug that retails at £70.
===
North Korea’s Secret Slave
Gangs – Panorama
8.30pm, BBC1
As Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
prepare for their summit meeting,
Panorama investigates slavery,
North Korean-style. It is thought
that more than 100,000 North
Korean workers are posted abroad
to earn money to help fund the
country’s nuclear weapons
programme, and footage reveals
secret work gangs operating in
Russia, China and Poland.
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Travel Man: 48 Hours
In Madeira
8.30pm, Channel 4
Richard Ayoade finally meets his
match in the deadpan humour
stakes as Robert Webb accompanies
him to the Portuguese island of
Madeira, the birthplace of Cristiano
Ronaldo. Having paid homage
at a statue of the Real Madrid
footballer, the pair toboggan down
the capital’s busy streets in a sort
of greased whicker-basket (a pastime
thereabouts, apparently) drink the
local brew poncha – “a sort of liquid
Fisherman’s Friend”, according to
Webb, who also memorably
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Perfection (R) (S). 1.45
Home Away From Home
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Trust Me, I’m A Doctor (R)
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House (R) (S). 5.15 Put Your
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Loves Raymond (R) (S).
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Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S).
10.05 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 11.00 Undercover
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Channel 4 News Summary
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With Me (R) (S). 1.05 Posh
Pawnbrokers (R) (S). 2.10
Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 4.00 Escape To
The Chateau: DIY (S). 5.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 5.30
Buy It Now (S).
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Wright Stuff 11.15 Traffic
Cops (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Gadget Show (R) (S). 1.10
Access (S). 1.15 Home And
Away (S). 1.45 Neighbours
(S). 2.20 NCIS (R) (S). 3.20
FILM: Deadly Duplicate
(Nadeem Soumah 2018)
Premiere. Thriller, starring
Jen Lilley (S). 5.00 5 News
At 5 (S). 5.30 Neighbours
(R) (S).
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News; Weather
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show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (S).
6.30 Britain In
Bloom New
series (S).
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News; Weather
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Weather (S).
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(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Robbo is
released on bail
(R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Presented by
Matt Baker and
Alex Jones (S).
7.30 Nightmare Pets
SOS (S).
7.00 The Secret
Helpers This
time, Lesley
and Lauren seek
advice from
worldly-wise
strangers (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Judgement
is passed on
Gabby and Liv
(S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
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(S).
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Premiership
Rugby
Highlights
Highlights from
the 20th round
of matches (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 Nature’s
Microworlds
(R) (S).
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 North Korea’s
Secret Slave
Gangs –
Panorama (S).
8.00 Only Connect
(S).
8.30 University
Challenge The
second semifinal of the
competition (S).
8.00 Give It A Year
New series (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street Alya
is stunned to
realise Rana is
gay (S).
8.00 The True Cost Of
Green Energy:
Channel 4
Dispatches (S).
8.30 Travel Man:
48 Hours In
Madeira (S).
8.00 Police
Interceptors
Liam and his
dog Vader bring
down a fleeing
suspect (R) (S).
8.00 Turkey With
Simon Reeve
The presenter
explores the
country (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 DIY SOS: The Big
Build The team
help a young
disabled athlete
in Cheltenham
(R) (S).
9.00 Secret Agent
Selection: WW2
The students
are schooled
in guns and
explosives (S).
9.00 The Queen’s
Green Planet
(S).
9.00 The Island With
Bear Grylls
Barnes risks
strong currents
on a journey by
raft to a nearby
island (S).
9.00 Paddington
Station 24/7
News of a
major incident
comes through
to Swindon
control room.
9.00 Beirut: An Art
Lovers’ Guide
Janina Ramirez
and Alastair
Sooke explore
the capital of
Lebanon (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Have I Got A Bit
More News For
You (S).
10.00QI With Romesh
Ranganathan,
Matt Lucas and
Liza Tarbuck
(R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News (S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.50 The
Investigator:
A British Crime
Story (R) (S).
10.00Kiss Me First
Leila suspects
Denier might
be Adrian’s
next target (S).
10.00Waco Inferno:
The Untold
Story Memories
of the longest
stand-off in
American
history (S).
10.00The Ottomans:
Europe’s
Muslim
Emperors (R) (S).
11.30 The Graham
Norton Show
With guests
Dwayne
Johnson and
Naomie Harris
(R) (S).
11.15 Gettys: The
World’s Richest
Art Dynasty
The story
behind the
world’s richest
art dynasty (R).
11.50 Last Laugh In
Vegas A few of
the rehearsing
celebrities meet
a medicine man
(R) (S).
11.00 Indian Summer
School Ethan
writes a
controversial
article for
the school
newspaper (R).
11.05 Criminals
Caught On
Camera
Journalist Nick
Wallis follows
a Flying Squad
investigation (S).
11.00 Dan
Cruickshank: At
Home With The
British (R) (S).
11.35 FILM: Priest
(Scott Charles
Stewart 2011)
Fantasy thriller,
starring Paul
Bettany (S).
11.00 Family Guy
Brian’s new
girlfriend leaves
him (R) (S).
11.30 American Dad!
Stan replaces
Steve (R) (S).
12.20 BBC News (S).
12.30 Sign Zone:
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Sign Zone: Attenborough’s
Wonder Of Eggs (R) (S).
2.25 Sign Zone: Murder,
Mystery And My Family
(R) (S). 3.10 This Is BBC
Two (S).
12.40 Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.05 First Dates (R) (S).
1.00 Lee And Dean (R) (S).
1.30 My Online Nightmare
(R) (S). 2.25 I Don’t Like
Mondays (R) (S). 3.20
Hidden Restaurants With
Michel Roux Jr (R) (S). 4.15
Building The Dream (R) (S).
12.05 America’s Toughest
Prisons (R) (S). 1.00
SuperCasino (S). 3.10
Restless Legs Syndrome:
Can’t Stop Twitching (R)
(S). 4.00 My Mum’s Hotter
Than Me! (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S).
12.00 The Toilet – An
Unspoken History (R)
(S). 1.00 Top Of The Pops:
1983 (R) (S). 1.35 Top Of
The Pops: 1983 (R) (S). 2.15
Beirut: An Art Lovers’
Guide (R) (S). 3.15 Close
1.20 FILM: Howl’s Moving
Castle (Hayao Miyazaki
2004) Animated fantasy,
with the voice of Chieko
Baisho (S). 3.45 Close
12.00 The Cleveland Show
(R) (S). 12.30 Two And A
Half Men (R) (S). 12.55 Two
And A Half Men (R) (S). 1.20
Release The Hounds (R)
(S). 2.20 Teleshopping 5.50
ITV2 Nightscreen
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Health: Truth Or Scare
(S). 10.00 Homes Under
The Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Heir Hunters (S). 11.45
Dom On The Spot (S). 12.15
Bargain Hunt (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 Flipping
Profit (S). 4.30 Flog It! (S).
5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
7pm
8pm
11pm
Late
Brian Conley hosts the
showcase ‘Buy It Now’
5.30pm, Channel 4
Survivalist Bear Grylls
presents as the two
camps continue their
stay on ‘The Island’
9pm, Channel 4
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 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 8.55 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.20 The Bachelor
(R) (S). 12.15 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.45 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.15
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.35 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.45 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
4.55 Judge Rinder (R) (S).
Richard Ayoade spends
48 Hours in Madeira
8.30pm, Channel 4
6.00 Take Me Out A
Michael Jackson
impersonator
is among the
contestants
(R) (S).
6.35 FILM: Super 8
(JJ Abrams 2011)
Sci-fi thriller,
starring Joel
Courtney (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips,
narrated by
Harry Hill (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Zoey and
Walden break
up (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Mission:
Impossible –
Ghost Protocol
(Brad Bird 2011)
Action, starring
Tom Cruise (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Brian and
Stewie learn
to invest in the
stock market (S).
9.30 American Dad!
(S).
10.00Plebs Marcus
spies a
money-making
opportunity (S).
10.30 Family Guy
Peter befriends
OJ Simpson (R).
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describes a local speciality fruit “as if
a pineapple had had a really bad day”.
And that’s all before a trip to the
world’s busiest trout farm.
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The Island With Bear Grylls
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9pm, Channel 4
Mercedes and the ever-supportive
Phil seem to be channelling Kerry
and Kurtan Mucklowe from BBC3’s
This Country (“Ooh… thunder,” says
Mercedes as a storm brews, “Ooh…
lightning.”) as they set off in search
of fresh water. Meanwhile, in the
posh camp, art dealer Barnes has
had enough of eating “grotty old
limpets and manky old crabs”. He
has decided to build a raft to explore
the neighbouring island – probably
not a good idea given the abovementioned brewing storm.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
FILM OF THE DAY
Klute
12am, Sky Cinema Classics
(Alan J Pakula, 1971)
A highly atmospheric character
study and thriller starring Donald
Sutherland (left) as John Klute, a
small-town detective, who is hired
to investigate the disappearance of a
rich executive. His only lead is call
girl Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda), who
introduces him to the murky world
of New York scenesters, junkies and
perverts through which she moves.
Fonda won her first Academy Award
for her brilliant performance as the
by turns defiant and vulnerable
sex-worker, a well drawn and
complicated character able to
represent some of the conflicts and
contradictions women were dealing
with in the era of sexual liberation.
IQ
30-37
===
Mission: Impossible
– Ghost Protocol
9pm, Film4
(Brad Bird, 2011)
The fourth entry in Tom Cruise’s
goofy spy series is no more than a
series of neatly strung together
set pieces – but some of them
really are breathtaking.
===
Woman In A Dressing Gown
11.15pm, Talking Pictures
(J Lee Thompson, 1957)
An early kitchen-sink drama and a
scary vision of pre-feminism Britain,
about a cockney woman (Yvonne
Mitchell) whose husband (Anthony
Quayle) has an affair with Sylvia
Syms because, the film seems to
suggest, she has let herself go.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
The Royal (R) (S). 9.00
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.25
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.20
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.35 The Royal (R) (S).
1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S). 2.40
Classic Coronation Street
(R). 3.15 Classic Coronation
Street (R). 3.50 On The
Buses (R) (S). 4.20 On The
Buses (R) (S). 4.55 You’re
Only Young Twice (R) (S).
5.30 Rising Damp (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 8.00 How I Met
Your Mother (R) (S). 9.00
New Girl (R) (S). 10.00 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 10.30 2
Broke Girls (R) (S). 11.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) (S).
11.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(R) (S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (R) (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.00 New
Girl (R) (S). 3.30 New Girl
(R) (S). 4.00 Brooklyn NineNine (R) (S). 4.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 A Place In The
Sun: Summer Sun (R) (S).
10.30 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 1.40
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.10
Come Dine With Me (R)
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (R) (S). 3.45 Come
Dine With Me (R) (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S). 5.55
Kirstie And Phil’s Love It
Or List It (R) (S).
6.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 6.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 7.00
Meerkat Manor (R) (S). 7.30
Meerkat Manor (R) (S).
8.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
9.00 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 9.30 Motorway Patrol
(R) (S). 10.00 Road Wars
(R) (S). 11.00 Warehouse
13 (R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Fish Town (R) (S). 7.00
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 8.00 The
British (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Making
Of David Attenborough’s
Bachelor King (R). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
Vernon gets a
nasty surprise
(R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo The
keepers try to
work out why
male red panda
Jung is losing
weight (R) (S).
6.00 Futurama (R).
6.30 The Simpsons
Bart becomes a
Catholic. With
the voice of
Liam Neeson
(R) (S).
6.00 House Cuddy
and House take
a sick day (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica
investigates
foul play in Las
Vegas (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Damon turns
to Buster for
help (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Re-creating an
art deco home
in Surrey (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer becomes
a bounty hunter
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Four Buddhist
monks are
murdered (R) (S).
8.00 Lewis A student
dies during a
clinical trial
(R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
The Cooper
men plan a road
trip to Cape
Canaveral (R) (S).
8.00 Supergirl The
DEO captures
a second
Worldkiller.
8.00 Blue Bloods A
domestic abuse
case is linked to
one of Frank’s
friends (R).
9.00 FILM:
Transformers:
Revenge Of The
Fallen (Michael
Bay 2009) Sci-fi,
starring Shia
LaBeouf.
9.00 Hotspots: On
The Frontline
9.00 Made In Chelsea
Louise is fed up
of Ryan being
sidelined since
Alik’s return to
Chelsea (S).
9.00 Building Giants:
Venice Sea Wall
New series (S).
10.00DCI Banks Part
one of two. An
investigative
journalist is
found dead
(R) (S).
10.00Don’t Tell The
Bride Ireland
Chef Jamie
takes charge of
organising his
wedding (S).
10.00Car SOS
A Porsche 911
suffering from
almost terminal
rust (R) (S).
11.00 DCI Banks Part
two of two.
The detective
races to find a
mysterious tape
recording (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory Raj’s
parents set him
up on a blind
date (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.00 24 Hours In
A&E A tree
surgeon who
has fallen 40ft
to the ground
(R) (S).
11.50 Air Ambulance
ER The team
races to the
rescue of an
elderly couple
(R) (S).
12.05 Scott & Bailey (R) (S).
1.05 Scott & Bailey (R) (S).
2.00 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.00 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 1.05 Made In Chelsea
(R) (S). 2.05 Don’t Tell The
Bride Ireland (R) (S). 3.00
First Dates (R) (S). 3.55
How I Met Your Mother
(R) (S). 4.15 Rules Of
Engagement (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.00 Building Giants:
Venice Sea Wall (R) (S).
2.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.50 Close
12.55 Brit Cops: War On
Crime (R) (S). 2.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 3.00
NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S).
4.00 The Real A&E (R) (S).
4.30 The Real A&E (R) (S).
5.00 The Dog Whisperer
(R).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show
With Rene LaVice 3.00 Radio
1’s Specialist Chart With Phil
Taggart 4.00 Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show With Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Nick Bright 10.00 Ace
12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00
Yasmin Evans 4.00 MistaJam
5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 MistaJam
7.00 DJ Target 9.02 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00 Twin
B 1am Radio 1’s Drum & Bass
Show With Rene LaVice 3.00
1Xtra Playlists 4.00 Twin B
10.00Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver
10.35 Beware The
Slenderman
Documentary
(R) (S).
12.50 Real Time With Bill
Maher (R). 2.00 Crashing
(R) (S). 2.35 Divorce (R). 3.10
Here And Now (R). 4.20 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.10 The
West Wing (R) (S).
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BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Blues Show With Paul
Jones 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Mike Batt – By Arrangement
11.00 Jools Holland 12mdn’t
Johnnie Walker’s Sounds Of
The 70s 2.00 Radio 2’s Jazz
Playlist 3.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Great British Songbook 4.00
Radio 2 Playlists: Hidden
Treasures 5.00 Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Verdi 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3
Lunchtime Concert. Christoph
Prégardien and Julius Drake.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. The
BBC Philharmonic performs
pieces by Rebel, Richard
Strauss and Ravel. 4.30
BBC Young Musician 2018.
Highlights of performances by
the woodwind finalists. 5.00
In Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. Aurora
Orchestra performs pieces
by Martin Suckling, Mozart
and Beethoven. 10.00 Music
Matters 10.45 The Essay:
Secret Admirers. Penny
Gore celebrates the work of
composer Leos Janacek. 11.00
Jazz Now 12.30am Through
The Night
ONDEMAND
Lifeline
All4/Walter Presents
This thriller imagines what might
happen if a transplanted human
heart could carry memories.
Ordeal By Innocence
BBC iPlayer
Missed the big reveal – or indeed
any of Sarah Phelps’s version of
Agatha Christie’s whodunit?
Lost In Space
Netflix
The space-colonising Robinsons
have crash-landed on an alien
planet in this sci-fi thriller.
panel show, with Arthur Smith,
Jack Dee, Lucy Porter and Lloyd
Langford. 7.00 The Archers 7.15
Front Row 7.45 She Said/He
Said. Written by Eileen Horne.
8.00 The Turban Bus Dispute.
The battle for the right to wear
a turban at work. 8.30 Crossing
Continents. A woman’s
mission to reunite families
amid the rubble of Mosul. 9.00
The Second Genome. New
research into manipulating our
microbiome to stay healthy
and beat chronic disease. 9.30
Start The Week. With Agnes
Poirier, Richard Vinen and
Roger Scruton. 10.00 The
World Tonight 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: Nikesh Shukla – The
One Who Wrote Destiny. By
Nikesh Shukla. 11.00 Word
Of Mouth 11.30 Today In
Parliament 12mdn’t News And
Weather 12.30 Book Of The
Week: Dearest Squirrel 12.48
Shipping Forecast 1.00 As BBC
World Service 5.20 Shipping
Forecast 5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer For The Day 5.45
Farming Today 5.58 Tweet Of
The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
9.45am Daily Service 12.01pm
Shipping Forecast 5.54
Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am An Illustration Of
Modern Science 6.30 Knutas
On Britain 7.00 Millport
7.30 The Unbelievable Truth
8.00 Hancock’s Half Hour
8.30 Flywheel, Shyster And
Flywheel 9.00 Just A Minute
9.30 King Street Junior 10.00
Jude The Obscure 11.00
Clown’s Shoes 11.15 The
New Look 12noon Hancock’s
Half Hour 12.30 Flywheel,
Shyster And Flywheel 1.00 An
Illustration Of Modern Science
1.30 Knutas On Britain 2.00
Expo 58 2.15 Shakespeare’s
Restless World 2.30 Tristram
Shandy 2.45 The Love And
Wars Of Lina Prokofiev 3.00
Jude The Obscure 4.00 Just
A Minute 4.30 King Street
Junior 5.00 Millport 5.30 The
Unbelievable Truth 6.00 The
Man Who Was Thursday 6.30
Pick
ofthe
day
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Start The
Week 9.45 Book Of The Week:
Dearest Squirrel 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 The
Escape Room 11.30 Spike
Milligan: Inside Out 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front
12.15 You And Yours 12.57
Weather 1.00 The World At
One 1.45 Chinese Characters
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Spike And The Elfin Oak 3.00
Brain Of Britain 3.30 The
Food Programme 4.00 Natalie
Haynes Stands Up For The
Classics 4.30 Beyond Belief
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00
Six O’Clock News 6.30 The
Unbelievable Truth. Comedy
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Book at
Bedtime:
The One Who
Wrote Destiny
10.45pm,
BBC Radio 4
The story of three
generations of
the same family,
riven by feuds
and falling-outs,
written by Nikesh
Shukla (above).
A Good Read 7.00 Hancock’s
Half Hour 7.30 Flywheel,
Shyster And Flywheel 8.00
An Illustration Of Modern
Science 8.30 Knutas On Britain
9.00 Clown’s Shoes 9.15 The
New Look 10.00 Comedy
Club: The Unbelievable Truth
10.30 Comedy Club: The
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The
Galaxy: The Primary Phase
11.00 Comedy Club: The News
Quiz Extra 11.45 Comedy
Club: Helen Keen’s It Is Rocket
Science 12mdn’t The Man Who
Was Thursday 12.30 A Good
Read 1.00 An Illustration Of
Modern Science 1.30 Knutas
On Britain 2.00 Expo 58
2.15 Shakespeare’s Restless
World 2.30 Tristram Shandy
2.45 The Love And Wars Of
Lina Prokofiev 3.00 Jude The
Obscure 4.00 Just A Minute
4.30 King Street Junior 5.00
Millport 5.30 The Unbelievable
Truth
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 8.00 5 Live Sport:
Premier League Football
2017-18. West Ham United vs
Stoke City. 10.00 5 Live Sport: 5
Live Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe 4.00 Steve Lamacq
7.00 Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon
Coe 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends With Lauren
Laverne 1.00 Classic Albums
2.00 Classic Scottish Albums
2.30 6 Music Live Hour 3.30
6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00 Chris
Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Jane Jones presents
a horse-inspired concert.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Ben Burrell 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am Jay
Lawrence
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Max Rushden
And Joey Barton 10.00 Danny
Murphy And Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00
Sports Bar 1am Extra Time
With Will Gavin
The doctors
never told me about
the risks
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mourners to grieve for her
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Despite checking
with the experts
about taking
an epilepsy
drug when
pregnant, Fiona
MacKinnon went
on to lose her
son. And other
children are still
in danger, she
tells LydiaSmith
W
hen
Fiona
MacKinnon gave
birth to her son
Euan in 1993,
she instinctively
sensed something was wrong.
“He was unable to make any
noises, cry or feed,” she says.
Three days later, a scan revealed
he had several birth defects, including a large hole in his heart.
At one month old, Euan was
given a diagnosis: foetal valproate
syndrome, caused by exposure
in the womb to the drug sodium
valproate.
“I felt enormous guilt that effectively something I’d swallowed
had caused such severe defects,”
Fiona says.
Sodium valproate was introduced in the UK in 1974 and is used
to treat epilepsy.
The drug, sold under the
brand names Epilim, Episenta
and Epival, carries a 10 per cent
risk of causing physical abnormalities in babies if taken during
pregnancy. Babies exposed to
it also have a 40 per cent risk of
developmental problems.
Campaigners say that women
have too often been prescribed the
drug without being fully warned
of the risks, which has resulted
in up to 20,000 children being left
with avoidable disabilities.
Several years before Euan was
born, Fiona had been diagnosed
with temporal lobe epilepsy and
prescribed sodium valproate,
after finding out she was intolerant of other medications.
Before becoming pregnant, she
consulted her GP and neurologist
who told her there was only an increased risk of cleft lip and palate.
“Our thoughts at the time
were that although these were
significant and unwanted effects, we would take the risk as
these can be surgically corrected,” Fiona says. “We were absolutely not warned of any other
possible complications.”
Fiona suffered two miscarriages before becoming pregnant with
Euan. “Despite having a number
of scans I was assured that he
looked healthy generally but was
small,” she says.
But instead of adjusting to
becoming new parents after his
birth, their joy was overshadowed by making sure everything
possible could be done to help
him medically.
“We weren’t able to celebrate
having a baby and our lives were
taken over by hospitals and
worry,” she says. “We were allowed to take him home for a week
– I think the doctors knew this
might be the only opportunity to
do so.
“After a couple of days at home,
he went into heart failure and
was rushed to hospital. Only then
were we told the stark truth that
he was likely to die sooner rather
than later.”
For three months, Fiona and
her husband lived by Euan’s hospital bedside. They gave permission
for his case to be documented for
a medical paper being written on
sodium valproate.
“Finally he ended up being so
ill that he was put on a life support machine. At that point the
surgeons felt they should take the
gamble and undertake open heart
surgery,” she says. “Sadly the defects were multiple. Euan lost his
battle for life aged 16 weeks.”
In 2016, the UK’s Medicines
and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) updated
advice regarding sodium valproate, warning it should not be
prescribed to women who are
pregnant or may become pregnant in the future – unless alternative treatments are ineffective
or not tolerated.
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16 APRIL 2018
It was only after Euan passed away
that Fiona MacKinnon found out
that she had been misdiagnosed
with epilepsy
Despite this, a 2017 survey of
2,000 women by three epilepsy
charities showed more than a
quarter of those taking the drug
said they had not been informed of
the risks before being prescribed
it. The MHRA also introduced a
sodium valproate toolkit with information about risks, but nearly
68 per cent of women surveyed
said they had not received it.
Last year, it was reported that
regulators considering licensing the drug knew of the risks
to unborn children in 1973 – but
decided not to warn patients
directly to avoid giving “rise to
fruitless anxiety”.
It has taken until this year for
the UK Government to order
a review into how authorities
responded to concerns over sodium valproate, as well as vaginal mesh and the pregnancy
test drug Primodos. Earlier this
month, new measures banning
women of childbearing age from
being prescribed the drug were
backed by a European medicines
regulatory body.
“It is important to review and
learn from how the healthcare
system and regulators have handled these three issues, including
how we ensure the patient voice is
I felt enormous
guilt that effectively
something I took
caused severe
defects
What is temporal
lobe epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a serious
neurological disorder
marked by recurring
seizures. Temporal lobe
epilepsy – where seizures
occur in the region of the
brain where memories
are stored and language,
emotions and senses are
processed – is the most
common form.
Temporal lobe epilepsy
can be devastating as
seizures can impair
awareness and may have
associated behavioural
problems. People with these
types of seizure may have
difficulty with everyday
activities, including holding
down a job or obtaining a
driving licence.
Conventional therapies
to treat epilepsy address
the condition’s symptoms
by trying to reduce the
likelihood of having a
seizure. However, many
people with temporal lobe
epilepsy still have seizures
despite taking these drugs.
SOURCE: THE EPILEPSY
SOCIETY
carefully heard,” says Dr Ian Hudson, CEO of the MHRA.
“We will work closely with DHSC
(Department of Health and Social
Care), the NHS and the wider
healthcare system on this review.
By all parts of the healthcare system working together, we can ensure patients are listened to and
their concerns are addressed.”
Clare Pelham, from the Epilepsy
Society, has also called for women
taking sodium valproate to have a
mandatory review with their GP
every 12 months, instead of being
given repeat prescriptions.
“Our hearts go out to all the
mothers since 1974 who have taken
sodium valproate during their
pregnancy in ignorance of the risk
to their unborn baby,” she says.
It was only after Euan passed
away that Fiona found out she had
been misdiagnosed with epilepsy
and her neurological problems
were the result of a rare autoimmune condition – so she had never
needed to take sodium valproate.
“My partner and I were both devastated as were our families. I felt
very angry and let down that after
seeking advice before becoming
pregnant this actually happened,”
she says, adding that the government review is overdue.
“I feel both relieved and deeply
saddened that it has taken so long
to get to this point.”
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Cruising along
with the party
generation
A new river cruise line has
launched in Europe, catering
specifically to younger
travellers. But will WhatsApp
groups, silent discos, yoga
and brunch win over this
notoriously demanding
market? By Barbara Speed
Travel
Unravelled
BY SIMON
CALDER
I
t’s 3am aboard The A, a
river cruise ship docked in
Amsterdam’s port, but the
onboard WhatsApp group
is wide awake. “James,” a
female passenger sends to the
ship’s 100-odd occupants. “Where
are you. I wanna see you. Come to
room 129.”
James doesn’t reply – perhaps
he’s busy at the on-board silent
disco, or has decided to sample
Amsterdam’s nightlife after the
Red Light District tour. All is not
lost, though – my phone lights
up as other passengers offer to
step in. “Ross” pipes up: “Still in
the lounge.”
“Who???” she types back.
This is millennial cruising, as
designed by river cruise operator
Uniworld. The A (and its sister
ship, The B) is a “digital first” boat,
with a film streaming service in
the rooms, Bluetooth speakers,
“Instagram-worthy” m eal s
featuring quinoa and sliders, and,
of course, the WhatsApp group.
Activities are achingly youthful
too: early morning yoga sessions
take place among the trendy
black-and-white striped furniture
out on deck, and the two on-board
bars host “local celebrity DJs”
and a silent disco to allow latenight partying without breaking
local noise rules at port. On land,
passengers can sample German
beer, Frankfurt’s “posh clubs” and
local food markets. It’s about as
far as you can imagine from the
outdated brocade-and-black-tie
image of traditional cruising, but
the crucial question remains: you
can lure a millennial to the water
with cocktails and brunch, but can
you make them cruise?
The evidence suggests that
you can. According to research
carried out by the Association of
British Travel Agents at the end
of last year, 10 per cent of 18- to
24-year-olds intend to take a cruise
at some point over the next year.
Hotel refurbishments have the potential to spoil a trip
Q
How can I find out if my
hotel will be ready for
occupation on my holiday
dates? Last year we had the
misfortune to be in the group of
many people booked at the Alua
Sol in Mallorca in early May.
Tui sent many of us there even
though the refurbished hotel
was not ready. A disastrous
holiday ensued.
I am travelling on 1 May
this year with Tui again and
noticed our chosen hotel has
been refurbished. I’m nervous
because my husband has limited
mobility and we don’t want
the same to happen again. I
called the hotel but only got a
pre-recorded message. I have
contacted the holiday firm and
was told that no building work
was showing on the company’s
system. But how can I be sure?
Diane B
A
As you will know from
bitter experience last
summer, holidaymakers have
little choice but to trust the tour
operator to keep them informed.
Thomson (as it was at the time)
assured customers booked at
the Alua Sol in eastern Mallorca
that the resort would be ready,
despite many reports on social
media indicating it was far from
complete. Some holidaymakers
were actually taken by bus
from Palma airport to the Alua
Sol, only to be turned away by
the manager.
Tui (as it is now) has learnt
from that episode, and I am
sure your stay will be fine. But
neither you nor I can be certain.
If I may suggest so, a good
strategy to minimise the risk
of encountering an unfinished
hotel is not to book in the first
week of the summer season,
which generally starts on 1 May.
If problems are to emerge with
over-running buildings work,
that is the spell they are most
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The A’s sleek blackand-white design
is illuminated with
neon, hoping to
attract a younger
market to cruising
SIMON HARVEY
PHOTOGRAPHY
Half the
passengers
were
drinking
until the
early hours,
then grimly
sat through
excursions
the next day
The Cruise Line International
Association, meanwhile, found
that cruises were the favoured
holiday type for almost half of
Americans and Canadians aged
20 to 35.
This may seem little hard to
credit, but the same research also
shows that young people have
different priorities than the older
crowd. They care about value
and price, and are particularly
attracted by the idea of sampling
multiple destinations on one trip.
For a generation that loves city
breaks, cruises may well be the
next logical step.
In short, millennials are seen
as a big opportunity for what,
10 years ago, looked in danger of
becoming an outdated holiday
industry. Lines across the board
(most notably Royal Caribbean’s
new mega-ship Symphony of the
Seas) are hastily installing USB
charging points and updating
their menus, but Uniworld is
so far unique in launching a full
line to appeal exclusively to the
younger generation.
Its eight-day cruise aboard The
A from Amsterdam to Frankfurt,
“Rolling on the Rhine”, has a
lead-in rate of £1,249 per person
sharing a room, which includes
transport to the cruise, two meals
a day (brunch, of course, and
dinner) and 13 excursions. That is
far cheaper than equivalent trips
aboard its vessels with archetypal
cruise ship names such as River
Duchess and SS Antoinette, which
start at £2,500 per person.
Where Uniworld goes a little
off-message is on duration. Yes,
£1,249 for eight days is good value,
but still a big lump of money for
the average twentysomething.
The Cruise Line International
Association survey found that
younger people prefer shorter
cruises – presumably to maximise
holiday allowances and save on
cash. Both The A and The B offer
only set eight-day packages, which
seems a missed opportunity, given
that a long weekend cruise in
Europe at about £600 all-in might
be an easier sell.
The balance between aesthetics
and value, both important to
young travellers, is also a delicate
one. White, black and grey
On Saturday, in your
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dominate The A’s interiors, and
the bathrooms, in particular,
are beautifully turned out in
chrome and marble-effect, but
the classiness is occasionally
jarred by coloured neon, or
heart-shaped sculptures.
The slightly confused aesthetic
also highlights the danger in
lumping all younger people
into one category. The hipster
private members’ club chain
Soho House has been referenced
as one inspiration for these two
ships, but young people who are
members of private clubs do
not necessarily have the same
priorities as others simply looking
for a fun European holiday.
On my preview night aboard
The A, half of the passengers
were drinking until the early
hours, then grimly sat through
the excursions the next day, while
the other half were kept awake by
the revellers (and that incessant
WhatsApp group) despite
their leisurely dinner
and early night.
The risks of
stratifying by age
alone became
apparent to
Uniworld before
The A even
set off on its
maiden voyage
t h i s w e e ke n d .
The original plan
was for a 21-to-45 age
restriction on bookings,
but early feedback from travel
agents showed interest from older
customers, plus groups of friends
with one or two a few years older.
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Travel
essentials
What’s included
U by Uniworld’s
(ubyuniworld.
com, 0845 678
5656) seven-night
“Rolling on the Rhine”
itinerary cruises
from Amsterdam to
Frankfurt on The A
and costs from £1,249
per person, based on
two sharing a cabin.
The price includes
return flights or
Eurostar from the UK,
14 meals on board,
13 excursions, two
dedicated U Hosts,
on-board wine tasting,
local “celebrity DJ”
party, plus port
charges and gratuities.
The new rule is that anyone over
18 can sail.
Just as women’s magazines such
as Cosmopolitan ostensibly appeal
to professional twentysomethings
but end up on the nightstands
of aspirational teenagers, the
younger aesthetic of Uniworld’s
new cruises seems most likely to
reel in 30- to 50-year-olds who
want modern design, good
value, a youthful feel,
no kids, and boozefocused activities.
A n d t h a t ’s
no bad thing
fo r Un i w o rl d .
As much as
millennials may
say they want
to try a cruise,
and they are an
emerging market,
they have less money
and time than their slightly
older Gen X counterparts. The A
and The B will successfully appeal
to the young at heart, if not the
Snapchat generation.
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BY PETER SWANSON
As he is about to
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A sad but simple domestic
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I
n September 2016, the artist
Taryn Simon staged an act
of collective mourning in
New York City. It was 15
years after the fall of the
Twin Towers, three years
after the acquittal of George
Zimmerman for the shooting
of Trayvon Martin and the
dawning of #BlackLivesMatter,
and some way into an escalating
migration crisis that would see
thousands die in the waters of the
Mediterranean as they made the
crossing to Europe.
Titled An Occupation of Loss,
the subject of the work was not
the mourning of any one event
or person in particular, but the
phenomenon of loss itself, and
the structures that surround
it. Simon brought together
3 0 p ro fe s s i o n a l m o u r n e rs
from around the world: from
Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Romania,
India, Greece, Ghana, Ecuador,
China, Cambodia, Burkina Faso,
Bhutan, Azerbaijan, Armenia
and Albania. She arranged them
in chambers at the base of tall
columns resembling organ pipes
where each performed according
to their own traditions, lamentiing
g
somethin
ng absent and unnamed.
Jerrry Saltz, art critic for New
Yorkk magazine, admitted to feeling
“sshaken” by the work: “I stood
A woman cried,
rocking back and
forth, moaning,
speaking words I
couldn’t understand
allone with a woman seated on a
ben
nch as she cried, tears running
down
n her cheeks, rocking back
and fortth, thumping her thigh,
moaning, siinging, and speaking
g
words I couldn’tt understand
d. I
knew this was a universal language
of loss and inconsolability. I heard
these sounds come out of me only
once in my life; when I stood on
Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue
and wailed as I watched the first
tower fall on September 11, 2001.”
As it happened, the New York
staging of An Occupation of Loss
took place just a month before
the election to the presidency
of Donald Trump. Could the
performance have taken place in
New York today? “I don’t know
that it would be possible,” says
Simon, pondering the impact of
the various travel bans imposed
by the 45th President. “It was
already fractured, but who knows
what would have happened
post-Trump?”
Simon is in London installing
a new version of An Occupation of
Loss with the art commissioning
body Artangel. She admits to
feeling like she’s spent the day
“in a dustbowl” – the work will
occupy an unspecified (and
unseen) underground location
near Islington Green. A new
architectural element will take
the place of the pipe structures
used in New York: “Everything
is designed for sonic reasons,”
she explains. “The cacophony
here is in fact going to be quite
exaggerated.”
While she is often described
as a photographer, Simon’s work
has always relied on an intense
Death watch
Artist Ta
aryn Simon
invited professional
mourn
ners from 11
countrries to grieve.
She exxplains why
to Hettie Judah
process of r esearch, and is
composed as much of text as it is
of image. She is interested in the
unseeable, the u nportrayable:
those points wherre the limits of
image-making beccome apparent.
For The Innocentt s (2002) she
took portraits of in
ndividuals who
had served time foor crimes they
had not committee d. Each was
positioned at a sii te significant
for their convictioon: the scene of
arrest, crime or alibi. As Simon
pointed out, the primary cause of
wrongful convicction is mistaken
identification: the photographs
ask us to queestion what we see
and the tru
u s t we place on the
recollection
n of it.
For Pa
a perwork and the Will
of Capiital (2015) she recreated
bouq
quets of flowers decorating
th
h e tables around which were
formulated significant political
accords, contracts, treaties, and
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The weekend’s
television
ROB EPSTEIN
A sexed-up classic
whodunit that delivers
the verdict you want
» Ordeal By Innocence BBC1, Sunday, 9pm
» Lost in Space Netflix, available now
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Professional mourners in
‘An Occupation of Loss’ by
Taryn Simon (inset), first
shown in New York in 2016
and now coming to London
The photographs
ask us to question
what we see and the
trust we place on
our recollection of it
decrees. These ranged from a
convention on munitions held
in Oslo, to an agreement for
economic co-operation in Ecuador,
and Fifa’s 2014 decision in Zurich
to ban third-party ownership of
players’ economic rights. Using
some 4,000 specimens in total,
each of the 36 photographed
arrangements is an “impossible
bouquet” – the concept itself the
product of the economic boom
in 17th-century Holland. As with
the human players seated around
each conference table, it was
modern capitalism that brought
together plants that would never
naturally bloom in the same
territory and the same season.
The research and bureaucracy
b e h i n d An O c c u p a t i o n o f
Loss are formidable – there
is no database of traditional
mourning practices, or indeed of
professional mourners. Simon
found herself pursuing word-ofmouth links over years, between
anthropologists, historians and
musicologists. Once she identified
the individuals she hoped to
include in the work, she then had
to tackle the US Department
of State. A substantial volume,
published alongside the work,
reproduces just som
m e of the
paperwork generated by the visa
application system: by noo means
were all successful (appliccations
from Kenya and Colom
m bia
seemed to perform particularrly
ill). She has since described
the US government’s role as
“curating” the work to a degree, in
deciding who could and couldn’t
be included. The artist has had to
start the process all over again in
Britain. The work has thus been
“further curated” by UK Visas
and Immigration.
Simon’s interest in loss came
at first from thinking about
the regimentation and social
organisation of contemporary life,
and what possibility there was for
“space that is not programmed.
Where is there potentially a space
where we are truly ourselves?”
she asks. “I thought that the only
possibility of that sort of space
would be in loss, in grief.”
It was in exploring how human
experience this raw could itself
become ordered and governed
that she started looking into the
professional performance of the
act of mourning.
Simon has been interested, too,
in rituals of bereavement in the
US and the UK: “how we respond
d
privately, nationally, civically to
loss,” and the protocols attach
hed
to formalised acts of grief and
remembrance, such as th
he twominute silence for Armiistice Day.
Despite being
g aw are of the
transs a c t i o n all nature of the
performances, and in some cases
their combination of scripted and
improvised material, Simon’s own
experience of the mourning rituals
in An Occupation of Loss has “felt
beyond text and beyond language”,
she says. “The laments themselves
would feel to someone perhaps like
music, or language in written form
but they’re not – they’re this other
form of expression.”
As an artist whose work has
been grounded in “the collection
of data”, and the attempt to
“create a sense of logic and
comprehension”, An Occupation
of Loss is, perhaps ultimately
“about the absence of that.” It
seems horribly fitting, at a time
when logic and comprehension
themselves feel under threat, to
throw ourselves into a collective
act of grief that transcends either.
‘An Occupation of Loss’ runs
17 to 28 April (artangel.org.uk)
oodness, a lot of brickbats
have been slung the way
of Sarah Phelps, whose
adaptation of Agatha
Christie’s 1958 novel Ordeal
by Innocence has clearly been
found guilty by those who enjoy
taking offence. She’s introduced
swearing! She’s acknowledged
the existence of sex! And, oh my,
she’s even changed the name of the
dysfunctional family at the centre
of the scandal from Argyle to
Argyll! Isn’t that appalling? Well, of
course not. How ridiculous.
Let us concern ourselves, then,
with more important questions,
namely: given this was airing
in prime time, for a far broader
audience than Christie fanatics,
was it entertaining? And second,
given Phelps’ revelation that she
had changed the identity of the
murderer, did the intricacies of her
plotting work?
To the first point, it was
undoubtedly absorbing, with
brisk pacing, every sentence and
action imbued with meaning.
Aesthetically, it was stunning, the
colour palette gorgeously vibrant;
each shot would have looked at
home in a gallery, with not a camera
angle left untried.
Much of the acting was of the
highest order of melodrama, ideal
for a Sunday night. Bill Nighy
conveyed exquisite nuance with
but a curl of the lip as patriarch
Leo. Anna Chancellor brought
depth to Queen Bitch Rachel
Much of the acting
was of the highest
melodrama – ideal for
Sunday night viewing
(and delivered the line “If you’re
going to be mediocre, as least look
pretty” with wonderful throwaway
malice). Luke Treadaway was as
twitchy as a guinea pig at feeding
time as fresh-out-of-the-asylum
Dr Calgary. And Alice Eve had the
line of the series – “I’m actually
trying to just eat my grapefruit
in peace” – even if she did sound
like a sulky millennial rather
than an Interwar baby. The only
disappointment? Christian Cooke
– the late stand-in for the sex-abuse
allegation-sidelined Ed Westwick
– whose Jack-the-lad accent was
as strangled as an archetypal
Christie victim.
Which brings us back to the
subject of the murder. Phelps set
up her ducks beautifully. By the
start of the third episode, any of the
Ella Purnell plays Hester Argyll in
this Agatha Christie adaptation BBC
family could have been the killer.
And I had no trouble accepting
that – last-second spoiler alert –
Leo was the perpetrator. What’s
more, the housekeeper’s revenge
upon him for her rape at his hands
– locking him in an underground
nuclear bunker – certainly felt
satisfying. Which, for a whodunit, is
just the verdict you want.
The 1960s sci-fi series Lost in
Space was never great – but it
was at least enjoyable in its own
kitsch way. Sadly, its Netflix
resurrection, with all the flash
CGI you’d expect, lacks that
redeeming quality, resulting in a
slow-paced, po-faced journey into
anodyne banality.
There are plenty of flashbacks
in the first episode, as we discover
why the Robinsons are now
stranded on a treacherous planet,
but they slow what action there is
to create a yawning (and I use the
verb advisedly) chasm of insipidity.
Daughter Judy spends a great deal
of the episode trapped beneath ice
while her family attempt to retrieve
her, but there is little in the way of
tension, even when young Will is
confronted for the first time by a
robot that’s not so much an update
of jolly Robby as a cross between
Alien and Darth Maul.
The bickering kids are annoyingly,
preternaturally intelligent and
inconceivably composed under
pressure – even when middle child
Penny flays her mother’s broken leg
to relieve pressure.
Parker Posey gives good crazy
as Dr Smith, but, when we’ve
had sci-fi reboot excellence from
Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica,
even she isn’t justification enough
to keep watching a distinctly
underwhelming slog.
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Arts
This psychodrama
is set in a hospital
room PATRICK
BALDWIN
Arts
reviews
THEATRE
Pericles
BARBICAN, LONDON
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Pericles is the most geographically
restless of Shakespeare’s late
plays. The hero goes on a lengthy
journey round the eastern
Mediterranean before his family
– sundered by a storm at sea – is
hauntingly reunited in the last act.
This account presents Pericles
as a psychodrama. The whole
piece is played out in a hospital
room. His adventures now over,
Christophe Grégoire’s fraught,
grizzled-bearded hero lies in
a coma, attended by a female
doctor (Cécile Leterme) and two
POP
POP
Tokio Myers
QUEEN’S HALL, EDINBURGH
HHHHH
Returning to Edinburgh for
the first night of his UK tour,
Tokio Myers was in a humble,
appreciative mood. It was during
last summer’s Fringe that he
composed his transformative
cover of The Weeknd’s “Angel”,
which he later performed on The X
Factor with Rita Ora, consolidating
his mainstream appeal after
winning Britain’s Got Talent.
A classical pianist and
percussionist energised and
inspired by old-school electronica
and raw hip-hop elements, Myers
is a classic crossover act – the
bitter political pill of “Baltimore”,
an appeal for social justice and
a reflection on deprivation, is
couched in a steady beat and
a hypnotically beautiful, even
poppy confection.
Whether standing atop his
piano or prostrating himself
across it in blissed-out
calm, Myers is a composed
stage presence. And his
reinterpretations of others’ work
flips them on their head, with
Robert Miles’ “Children” suddenly
characterised by sinister horns
and jungle rhythms.
JAY RICHARDSON
male nurses (Guillaume Pottier
and Martin Nikonoff). Concerned
visitors try to attract his attention.
As if undergoing some turbulent
inner journey, Pericles keeps
snapping out of this comatose
state and reliving his earlier trials,
with the cast of seven playing
multiple roles that have dreamlike connections with one another.
You can see why the emphasis
is on psychic disturbance. In the
opening episode, our wife-seeking
protagonist solves a deadly
riddle that betrays the secret
of King Antiochus’s incestuous
relationship with his daughter.
Fearful escape by sea, depression,
and sense of taint, hard to
shake off, follow. His current
circumstances in the hospital and
the details of his hazardous life
merge. Remembering a storm, he
chucks the contents of chamber
pot over himself. A fished-up suit
of armour becomes a straitjacket.
The concept has validity but
there are problems here with
how it is deployed. With the
one location and no changes of
costume, the episodes lose some
of their distinctness of tone and
the attempts at comedy are not
always fortunate. I failed to see
why the actors playing the royal
couple had to moonlight as the
squalid keepers of the brothel
in Myteline. This, to my eyes,
results more in confusion than
the Freudian inversion such as
you get when Valentine Catzéflis
strikingly plays both Antiochus’s
corrupted child and Marina,
the militantly chaste daughter
of Pericles.
The reunion scene is beautifully
done – Gregoire shading from a
violent out-of-control eagerness,
that unnerves Marina, to an
infinitely touching shy wonder.
He just can’t cope with the
onslaught of happiness. Hence the
fainting need for further medical
support. Fitfully very interesting,
but this production – one hour 40
minutes, played straight through
– is not vintage Cheek by Jowl.
To 21 April (020 7638 8891)
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The first exhibition to explore
Monet’s career through the
buildings he painted in Normandy,
Rouen, Paris, London and Venice.
More than 75 paintings from the
mid-1860s to 1912 make up the
show, which includes depictions
of buildings in villages and by the
coast as well as some of Europe’s
most famous monuments. The
show is always focused on the
mundane fact of buildings, and
makes you realise that Monet
was a great observer of the real
world. (0800 912 6958) to 29 Jul
Roy Lichtenstein
TATE, LIVERPOOL
More than 20 works, drawn from
the Artist Rooms collection, chart
Roy Lichtenstein’s career, from his
early interest in landscape to his
pop paintings influenced by comic
strips and advertising imagery.
The display also presents a threescreen installation, his only work
with film, which was made after
spending two weeks at Universal
Studios. (tate.org.uk) to 17 Jun
China’s First Emperor and
the Terracotta Warriors
WORLD MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL
Objects from the discovery in
1974 of the underground army
of life-sized terracotta warriors
guarding the tomb of China’s First
Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, form the
centre of this exhibition, which
includes pieces that have
never been on show in the UK
before, excavated over the past
40 years from the Imperial
Mausoleum and selected tombs.
(liverpoolmuseums.org.uk) to 28 Oct
When We Were Young
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT
GALLERY, EDINBURGH
This display documenting the
experience and representation of
childhood uses photographs from
the gallery’s collection to explore
how the portrayal of children has
shifted over the past 170 years,
featuring daguerreotypes from
the 1840s to digital prints from
2017. (0131 624 6200) to 13 May
Harry Styles
O2 ARENA, LONDON
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Harry Styles shone the moment
he stepped out on stage on his
sold-out world tour, in part
thanks to his Freddie Mercuryinspired ensemble of a pink
embellished jacket and matadorstyle spangly trousers.
After opening with a couple of
upbeat, crowd-pleasing tunes,
performing “Only Angel” and
“Woman”, the former One
Direction bandmate told his
horde of adoring fans to “feel free
to be whatever you want to be in
this room tonight”.
They took his message to
heart, as any hint of silence in
between songs from Styles’ selftitled album was immediately
quashed by the deafening screams
of his dedicated “Stylers”
(otherwise known as “Harries”),
who had ventured from all over
the world to watch their idol
swan across the stage with moves
like Jagger and an impressive
vocal range.
The mood in the arena became
more subdued when the
24-year-old performed the
country-esque “Ever Since New
York”, and even more so when he
sang “Two Ghosts”, a ballad
VISUAL ARTS
Monet and Architecture
FILM
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
15, ROBIN CAMPILLO, 143 MINS
Harry Styles
delighted fans at a
packed O2 Arena
with a typically
charismatic show
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supposedly written about his
past relationship with Taylor
Swift. However, the funky beat of
“Carolina” and the catchy guitar
riff of new song “Medicine” had
everyone’s hips shaking once more.
Styles made sure to spread the
love throughout the night, chatting
with an array of his most avid
followers and proudly gracing the
stage with rainbow-coloured flags.
One of the highlights of the night
came when he belted out platinum
One Direction hit “What Makes
You Beautiful”. While he has no
doubt carved out his own unique
identity as a solo performer in
the past couple of years, the touch
of nostalgia went down a treat.
Closing with fan-favourite
“Kiwi”, Styles ended the show
as any captivating showman
would – with vivacity, flair and
killer dance moves.
SABRINA BARR
THE INDEPENDENT
The wonder of Robin Campillo’s
ensemble drama, a Cannes winner
in 2017, is the sure-footed way it
combines polemics and historical
reconstructions with melodrama.
It tells the stories of a handful of
Aids activists in Paris in the early
1990s, focusing on a volatile and
impassioned figure in his mid-20s.
Limited release
A Quiet Place
15, JOHN KRASINSKI, 90 MINS
The director stars alongside
Emily Blunt in this ingenious and
extremely well-crafted horror
film, set in the aftermath of an
alien invasion. The approach is low
key and nuanced, making us care
about the characters, and even
in its noisiest, most outlandish
moments, when the alien
creatures are on the rampage,
it remains totally absorbing as
drama. Nationwide release
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agenda
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
Thoroughbreds
15, CORY FINLEY, 93 MINS
Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy
star as scheming and deeply
dysfunctional old school friends in
a macabre and stylised comedydrama that takes us to places
where few other films about the
growing pains of young Americans
go near. The tone is closer to that
of a particularly twisted Patricia
Highsmith crime novel than it is
to a John Hughes bratpack movie.
Nationwide release
COMEDY
Marc Maron
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Fans of Netflix’s wrestling
comedy Glow might know Marc
Maron as the lycra-clad female
cast’s sleazy director, but he’s won
his spurs as a doyen of political
stand-up in the US and as host of
the hugely popular WTF podcast.
(020 3879 9555) tonight
POP
Shame
VARIOUS VENUES
Shame’s tangy debut album
gives guitar-rock renewed bite.
Seething and brawling, Songs
of Praise brims with righteous
melees of cacophonous postpunk and spiky provocations,
spat out by frontman Charlie
Steen with the intent to agitate,
not capitulate. Cookie, Leicester
(seetickets.com) tonight; Hare &
Hounds, Birmingham (seetickets.
com) Tue; Electric Ballroom,
London NW1 (ticketabc.com) Wed;
Bullingdon, Oxford (wegottickets.
com) Thur; Haunt, Brighton
(ticketweb.co.uk) Fri
IAMDDB
VARIOUS VENUES
“Bitch, I’m the wave, you can go
home,” advises Manchester’s
Diane Debrito on the fiercely
infectious “Shade”. Building on
waves of buzz, IAMDDB tours her
off-piste hybrids of twitchy trap,
slow-dripping soul and silky jazz.
Motion, Bristol (livenation.co.uk)
tonight; Institute, Birmingham
(ticketweb.uk) Tue; Hidden,
Manchester (ticketweb.uk)
Wed; Koko, London NW1
(ticketweb.uk) Thur
Girl Ray
VARIOUS VENUES
The spirits of C86 and singersongwriter classicism merge
on Girl Ray’s debut album, Earl
Grey. Mixing pep and personality
with twists of citrus-y wit, Poppy
Hankin leads the London trio in
flavoursome shows of DIY charm.
Leadmill, Sheffield (seetickets.com)
tonight; Deaf Institute, Manchester
(ticketweb.co.uk) Tue; Heaven,
London WC2 (wegottickets.com)
Wed; Haunt, Brighton
(seetickets.com) Thur
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
Goat Girl
VARIOUS VENUES
Stumbling out of the same
Brixton pub scene that coughed
up Shame, Goat Girl launch their
eponymous debut album. Like
Siouxsie with a student-sized
hangover, pseudonymous singer
“Clottie Cream” presides over
grubby post-punk broadsides
and spaghetti-country earworms
with imperious assurance.
Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
(seetickets.com) tonight; Garage,
London N5 (wegottickets.com) Tue;
Cookie, Leicester (seetickets.com)
Thur; Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
(seetickets.com) Fri
TALKS & POETRY
IQ
30-37
faded star of silent films drives the
piece with an unbelievable stage
presence, while Danny Mac’s Joe
is charismatic and believable.
(atgtickets.com) to Sat
Frozen
THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET,
LONDON SW1
Bryony Lavery’s award-winning
1998 play takes a close, insightful
look at the moral and emotional
consequences of one horrific case
of child abduction and murder.
In Jonathan Munby’s revival,
Suranne Jones stars as the
mother in what is effectively a
three-hander, concentrating on
her, the paedophile serial killer
and a criminal psychologist.
(020 7930 8800) to 5 May
Viv Albertine
The Ferryman
The musician-actor follows
up Clothes, Music, Boys, with
To Throw Away Unopened, a
memoir of family dynamics.
She talks about the book here.
(0117 925 2274) tonight 7pm
Jez Butterworth’s new play,
directed by Sam Mendes and
set in Northern Ireland in the
early Eighties, is a complex
family portrait, played out
against the backdrop of the
Troubles, starring the fiercely
uncompromising Paddy
Considine. (theferrymanplay.
com) to 19 May
WATERSTONES, BRISTOL GALLERIES
FOLK & ROOTS
Kris Drever
GIELGUD THEATRE, LONDON W1
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Opening
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COMEDY
Angela Barnes
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
Turning 40 is the jumping-off point
for Angela Barnes’s latest, Fortitude.
(020 7478 0100) opens Tue
DANCE
Cinderella
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE
Matthew Bourne reimagines the fairy
tale as a Second World War romance.
(0844 811 2121) opens Tue
THEATRE
Mary Stuart
LOWRY, SALFORD
Robert Icke’s gripping Almeida
staging goes on tour. Juliet
Stevenson and Lia Williams star.
(0843 208 6000) opens Tue
NETTLEBED FOLK CLUB
Kris Drever celebrates 10 years
of recordings with a “best-of”
tour featuring brand new songs
alongside older favourites.
(01491 641617) tonight
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Sunset Boulevard
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY
Nikolai Foster’s production of
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is
seamless and visually spectacular,
evoking vintage Hollywood
glamour with film clips, high
platforms and staircases and an
ingenious mix of cinematic and
mood lighting. Ria Jones as a
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18, SERGEI LOZNITSA, 143 MINS
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protagonist is a forlorn young woman (Vasilina Makovtseva) whose husband is in prison far away, serving
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ECONOMY
Inflation holds steady with
rise in the cost of air travel
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Inflation is expected to have held
steady in March as a drop in
food and fuel prices was offset by
higher airfares around the earlier
Easter holidays.
A consensus of economists forecast
the Office for National Statistics’
(ONS) consumer price index (CPI)
to come in at 2.7 per cent for March,
in line with February’s reading and
holding below the 3 per cent recorded
in January.
Britons are believed to have
benefited from slightly weaker food
prices, which had surged on the back
of the weaker pound, as well as a
bigger month-on-month drop in fuel
prices than a year earlier.
But airfares are likely to have
helped offset the drop, having risen
during the Easter bank holiday,
which fell earlier in the calendar
this year.
Martin Beck, lead UK economist
at Oxford Economics, said: “Although
we think that 2018 as a whole will see
a steady decline in price pressures,
March may have proved an exception
to that. For one, base effects which
helped push down inflation in
February won’t be as favourable.
“Moreover, while average petrol
prices at the pumps dropped 1.4 per
cent between February and March
this year, that was only a touch
Experts widely believe
interest rates will rise
in May and possibly again in
November, with another due in
2019, which would see rates climb
to 1.25 per cent next year.
bigger than the 0.8 per cent drop seen
between the same months in 2017.”
But some experts – including
George Brown, economist at
Investec – are expecting inflation to
fall even further.
Mr Brown highlighted BRC Shop
Price Index data, which showed food
prices dropping at their fastest rate
in 18 months in March, which could
have a larger impact on the inflation
figure alongside fuel costs.
“Overall though, the risks to
inflation are skewed to the downside,”
he said. “We suspect that these
factors will mean that we see another
step-down in CPI inflation in March
such that it falls to a one-year low of
2.5 per cent.”
Slower growth from CPI could ease
pressure on the Bank of England,
which is widely expected to raise
interest rates beyond 0.5 per cent in
Food prices dropped at their fastest
rate in 18 months last month GETTY
May. Two of the nine Monetary Policy
Committee (MPC) members already
voted to raise rates to 0.75 per cent
last month, marking the first split
vote since last November when rates
were raised from 0.25 per cent to 0.5
per cent.
Despite keeping rates on hold,
the committee said that “ongoing
tightening of monetary policy” would
be needed to bring inflation back to
the Bank’s 2 per cent target.
RETAIL
Rising rates
driving
high street
closures
By Ben Woods
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WHITBREAD
Why has a hedge fund built up a stake
in Whitbread?
American investment firm Elliott
Advisors has secretly built up a
stake of more than 6 per cent in
Premier Inn and Costa Coffee owner
Whitbread, with the apparent aim
of pressuring management into
breaking up the company.
Elliott has become the largest
shareholder in the FTSE 100 leisure
giant, stock market filings revealed.
It is said to believe that spinning off
the coffee shop chain – the largest
in the UK, with more than 2,400
branches – could create up to £3bn
of value for shareholders.
How would the changes create
value?
Many hotel companies and coffee
shop chains trade at higher price-toearnings multiples than the leisure
giant, which also owns Beefeater
and Brewers Fayre. Elliott is
understood to believe share prices
for the two separate businesses
could jump as much as 40 per cent
on Whitbread’s current value.
Who are Elliott Advisors?
The British arm of US hedge fund
manager Elliott Management
Corporation, which has a history
of forcing changes at companies
it invests in. It helped to secure
a higher price for SAB Miller
shareholders in the drinks
company’s £79bn takeover by
Anheuser Busch in 2016.
The fund manager has also built
up a stake in Sky, which is in talks
over a sale to 21st Century Fox.
Elliott’s parent company manages
funds with a combined $35bn
(£26bn) of assets. Its flagship fund
was founded in 1977 and primarily
invests in companies undergoing
bankruptcy, reorganisation, or
corporate restructuring.
The boss of toy retailer The Entertainer has condemned Britain’s
soaring business rates, saying the
Government must take some blame
for casualties on the high street.
Founder Gary Grant said last year’s
rate hike had been a “real killer”
for retailers by heaping financial
pressure on firms already suffering
from squeezed margins.
His criticism comes amid a spate of
restructuring and refinancing deals
involving British retailers, as they
grapple with rising costs and waning
consumer confidence.
While pressures from rising
inflation and the national living wage
have hit retailers, Mr Grant said
business rates remain “the elephant
in the room”.
“Landlords are being realistic
about their rent, but the one thing not
negotiable are business rates.
“[The retail sector] is seeing
many stores empty for long periods
of time and the biggest issue is that
[retailers] can’t open stores.
“Business rates are out of line now
with retail turnover. Business rates
are the real killer. Any increase in
cost where you have flat and declining
turnover is going to put pressure on
the bottom line.
“The Government needs to take
some responsibility for the high
street’s decline.”
Retailers, hospitals, pubs and
schools were among those dealt a
hammer blow in April last year when
the first business rates revaluation
for seven years left many facing
crippling bill increases.
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on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
An orgy of murder – but press and public
no longer want to know whodunnit
C
rime stories have become
the most popular genre
in UK book publishing
for the first time, just as
London’s real-life murder
rate has outstripped that of New
York. “Why we’d all kill for a great
crime novel,” punned the Daily
Mail last week, headlining a piece
by author Ruth Dudley Edwards
explaining the addictive qualities of
a finely plotted murder mystery.
Yet as the London bloodbath
soared to 57 killings since the
start of the year, few of us could
say much about the identities and
personality traits of the victims,
and even less about the motives
and characteristics of those
who took their lives. A media
disconnect with modern murder
is reinforcing a general lack of
interest in the human details of
these grisly tales.
When a young man dies now
in the streets of Hackney or
Harlesden, there is little news
media interest in achieving justice
and insight through journalistic
sleuthing, irrespective of the
public appetite for Stieg Larsson
and Ian Rankin whodunnits. This
orgy of killing fails to generate the
tabloid obsession with the Moors
Murderers or the Yorkshire Ripper.
The gangster voyeurism still
attached to the Kray Twins and
Mad Frankie Fraser is not extended
to the postcode mafias.
The killings are mostly recorded
as statistics. Coverage of this
knife crime scourge is fitful and
sometimes politically motivated,
aimed to embarrass the Mayor of
London or Home Secretary rather
than to curb the death toll.
This failure to grasp the causes
and consequences of the rise in
street killings amounts to a media
oversight not dissimilar to that
which preceded the Grenfell Tower
fire, which left the media classes
palpably shocked by the subsequent
revelations of housing conditions
beyond their experience.
Press columnists have struggled
to make sense of it all. One Times
writer suggested, not very
plausibly, that there was a link
to aggressive language used by
politicians on Twitter. A Telegraph
journalist blamed white middleclass people ordering drugs on
Snapchat. A London Evening
Standard columnist called for
police officers of Somali origin.
Most of the London murder
victims have been young black
males, and race is surely a factor
in the media’s lack of empathy
for these deaths (highlighting
the need for greater diversity in
A young man at the scene in Hackney where 18-year-old Israel Ogunsola was stabbed to death CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/GETTY
newsrooms) and, depressingly, in
its apparent belief that the wider
public lacks interest. But there are
other reasons why murders are not
covered like they used to be. Within
newsrooms, the crime desk has lost
prestige, if it exists at all.
This is made clear in a new book,
The Murder Gang by Neil Root, a
story not of ruthless mobsters but
of the elite group of reporters who
covered the “golden age of tabloid
crime”. They worked cheek-by-jowl
with the police and aped the style
of CID detectives: trilby hats and
trench coats. Percy Hoskins of the
Daily Express was so admired by his
publisher, Lord Beaverbrook, that
he was given a grace-and-favour
apartment on Park Lane.
In a foreword to the book, Duncan
Campbell, eminent former crime
correspondent of The Guardian,
notes that this was a time when
readers were served “not overegged tittle-tattle about ‘celebrities’
but tales of crime”.
The reckless, sometimes
criminal, behaviour of the Murder
Gang also shows the roots of the
out-of-control newsroom culture
which caused the closure of the
News of the World in 2011, amid
the phone-hacking scandal.
“As a matter of course, Murder
Gang members got the scoop
by listening in to police radios,”
writes Root.
Scotland Yard’s pre-Leveson
investigation into press bribery
of police and public officials was
a hammer blow to the 72-year-old
Crime Reporters Association, and
police-media relations have not
recovered.
We don’t need to return to the
scurrilous antics of the Murder
Gang but we do need to improve our
understanding of street criminality.
The stabbings might not appear to
have the plot line of the Salisbury
poisonings, but they matter.
The Daily Mail was once
considered the “police officer’s
paper”. Today it rails at the police
over supposed political correctness,
accusing officers of protecting a
shrine for the burglar Tony Vincent,
fatally stabbed while attempting to
rob an elderly couple in London.
It was the Mail that in 1997 called
out as “Murderers” the gang that
killed black London architecture
student Stephen Lawrence, 25
years ago this week. A three-part
BBC1 documentary, Stephen: The
Murder that Changed a Nation,
begins tomorrow.
The question is: has that famous
murder really changed this nation?
A generation later, 57 people have
died in less than four months, many
in similar circumstances to Stephen
and many of them even younger, yet
society and its Fourth Estate mostly
chooses to look away and focus on
the rich and famous.
Twitter: @iburrell
Neville Lawrence, page 6
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The day at
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OUTLOOK
PROPERTY
Retailers lead in
profit warnings
Asking prices
top 2017 record
UK-listed companies issued
73 profit warnings in the first
quarter, a report from EY says.
That is two fewer than in
the same quarter of 2017 but
this masks one of the toughest
quarters for the UK’s high
street. In a “worrying omen”,
retail profit warnings hit a
seven-year high, EY said,
involving 41 per cent of listed
general retailers.
House sellers’ asking prices
reached a new high of £305,732
on average in April, according
to the latest index.
Across Britain, the average
price of new-to-the-market
property edged up by 0.4 per
cent or £1,228 month on month,
Rightmove said.
The increase took prices
above the previous record of
£304,943 seen in July 2017.
WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID
Sixth-formers
raise ‘millions’
Earlier warning
to Conviviality
Start-up hedge fund Heijin
Capital has big ambitions, but
its backers will have to wait for
a return on their investment –
because its partners are still at
school. Heijin (“black gold” in
Mandarin) is the brainchild of
six sixth-formers led by Greg
Laurent Josi, 17, and has already
raised “several million” in
investment capital.
Bargain Booze owner
Conviviality was warned a
year before it collapsed that
it needed to strengthen its
financial controls. The firm
went into administration this
month. Accountancy firm EY
was asked to review its cashflow
forecasts in January last year
by its lenders – Barclays, HSBC
and RBS.
Cineworld scheme
fails to inspire
Robot takeover
‘an inevitability’
Cineworld shareholders have
forced the board to scrap
controversial bonus plans.
Investors rejected the deal
because the awards were linked
to a rise in its market value after
its takeover of US rival Regal
Cinemas which left Cineworld
with a heavily discounted
share price.
Bill Gates says it is only a matter
of time before robots replace
humans in the majority of jobs.
“Work won’t be the central,
almost religious, activity it is
today. That’s an inevitability,”
the Microsoft founder said.
He also repeated warnings
that artificial intelligence had
the potential to be dangerous.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Debenhams under
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JD Sports sets the
profit bar higher
Debenhams is expected to
report a halving of its profits
on Thursday after it performed
poorly over Christmas and was
forced to close stores in March
due to extreme weather. The
department store is expected to
post half-year pre-tax profits of
just £44m, down from £87.8m a
year earlier.
JD Sports is expected to
report record full-year profits
tomorrow. The sports clothing
retailer had said in January that
it expected profit before tax to
top £300m.
JD is also expected to reveal
further details about its recent
acquisition of US peer The
Finish Line.
‘Agile’ Unilever set
for sales growth
Banks cautious on
Primark owner
Unilever will issue a firstquarter update after promising
in March to become a
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focused business”.
That pledge came after the
company fought off a $143bn
takeover attempt by Kraft last
year. Sales are expected to grow
3 to 5 per cent this year.
Associated British Foods,
which owns Primark, reports
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business. However, analysts
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What the future holds for social media
in the wake of Facebook backlash
i MONDAY
16 APRIL 2018
41
daily
money
VICKY SHAW
By Hamish McRae
In the last week, 9 per cent of Facebook’s American users have cancelled their accounts over privacy
concerns, according to a survey by
Creative Strategies. Apparently, 17
per cent have deleted their Facebook
app from their phone, 11 per cent
from other devices, and the 9 per cent
have cancelled altogether.
We should wait until we get proper
data from the company itself, but the
episode raises the possibility that
we have hit Peak Facebook. In other
words, have we reached the point
that social media fragments cease to
play an ever more prominent part in
our lives?
So what are the things to look for
that will give a feeling for the future
shape of social media after the
apparent Facebook backlash in light
of the Cambridge Analytica data
harvesting scandal that has shaken
the internet firm to the foundation of
its core? Here are my five.
1. We need to know what is
happeningtotheFacebooknumbers
The crude statistics are stunning and
will remain so: to sign up 2.2 billion
accounts when the world’s population is 7.5 billion is extraordinary.
But don’t look at the headline
numbers; look at the national
Facebook breakdown. Some users,
mostly in the US but also in Western
Europe, are hugely profitable.
They are the people whom the
advertisers really want to reach out
to. I guess that three-quarters of
Facebook’s profits come from less
than 10 per cent of its accounts. If US,
UK and other European accounts
fall, or even stagnate, this will be the
signal that peak Facebook has indeed
been reached. And this can happen
even if the overall number of users
of the platform continues to rise, as I
rather expect that they will.
Mark Zuckerberg
at the Senate
hearings last
week REUTERS
2. What happens to the other
platforms?
Social media is so new that the rules
and etiquettes have still to evolve.
Except perhaps those controlled by
Facebook, other platforms will likely
develop different rules of engagement in the social media market.
If Facebook’s most valuable users
start to sign off, that creates a brilliant and fantastic market opportunity for its rivals. There is, I suspect,
room in the market for a posher
version of Facebook (and Linkedin) that would pick up this business. Remember, Facebook started
at Harvard University and you can’t
get more upmarket than that.
3. When does the shift to online
retailing peter out?
If online retailing stops growing or
simply grows much more slowly
than in the past, the value of social
media advertising wanes. It is a parallel trend to the rise of social media
but one that is integrated with it.
4. What is Jack Ma doing?
He has called on Mark Zuckerberg to “fix” the privacy issues of
Facebook but I’m more intrigued
by what he does, not what he says.
And what he is doing with the Ant
Financial Services Group, the
Hangzhou-based fintech company
that he has spun out of Alibaba, may
In Sport
Gold Coast
Games
Birmingham
has a tough
act to follow
Pages 48-49
give us all a clue to the new direction
of this space. If Ant goes public it
could have a valuation of more than
$100bn, which could be larger than
Goldman Sachs or its rival PayPal.
5. Don’t write off conventional
media, but watch how it fights back
It is inherently strange that people
say they value content, but the big
high-tech firms have until recently
originated little of it. It would not
damage them much if conventional
media becomes a more effective
challenger. But it would signal some
sort of turning point in the battle for
thoughtful people’s space of mind.
THE INDEPENDENT
Today is “mortgage freedom day” –
the annual date when home owners
can typically expect to have earned
enough in their take-home pay to
cover their mortgage costs.
The calculation was made by
Halifax, whose research is based on
average mortgage payments for a new
borrower with a 30 per cent deposit.
It said the average annual mortgage
repayment cost for a home owner
would be £8,039 and they would
have an average net annual income
of £27,724. With house prices and
wages varying across the UK, some
areas can expect mortgage freedom
day to fall earlier than others.
For homeowners in Northern
Ireland, it was back on
10 March – while in
England it falls two
months later on
9 May. Mortgage
freedom day in
London does not
fall until 13 June
– and homeowners
in Brent in north
London must
wait until 11 August.
In Copeland, Cumbria, mortgage
freedom day was on 24 February.
Andy Bickers, the mortgages
director at Halifax, said: “The northsouth divide remains when it comes
to mortgage freedom day.”
***
The cost of leasing a new car in the UK
has gone up 9 per cent in the past year
as a result of weak sterling following
the Brexit vote.
Research by the accountancy
group UHY Hacker Young shows the
monthly cost of leasing a car rose
from an average of £232 in February
2017 to £253 in the same month this
year, based on a selection of the most
popular car models in the UK.
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daily recipe
Tomato dhal with shallot tadka
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 47
RHYME LETTERS
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SERVES 4-6
For the dhal
500g vine tomatoes, quartered
1tsp sugar
Salt and pepper
2tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2tsp ground turmeric
2tsp ground coriander
200g red lentils, rinsed
½tsp salt
For the shallot tadka
2tbsp olive oil
1tsp fennel seeds, 1tsp cumin seeds
and ½tsp chilli flakes pounded
together in a pestle and mortar
2 echalion shallots, sliced
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Futoshiki
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1263
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomato lunchbox tarts
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and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Jigsawdoku
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FRANK
PRANG
Recipe from thetomatostall.co.uk
GENT
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4
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Preheat the oven to 190C. Spread the
quartered tomatoes on a baking sheet
and sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper.
Drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil
and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Let
the tomatoes cool a little and then tip
them into a deep bowl and roughly blend
with a stick blender.
Heat one tablespoon oil in a large
saucepan. Add the garlic and spices
and stir well for a couple of minutes
then add the tomato mixture. Bring to
a simmer, then cook, for 10 minutes
before adding the lentils and salt. Pour
in 800ml water, then bring the mixture
back to a simmer for 20 minutes or so.
The lentils should be cooked and the
dhal thickened by now. It will thicken
further if you leave it to stand for a few
minutes. Adjust the seasoning.
Meanwhile, to make the tadka, heat
the oil in a frying pan, add the spices and
cook for a couple of minutes, stirring
now and then, until the mixture smells
toasty. Add the shallots and cook, stirring
often, for about 10 minutes or until they
are soft and lightly browned. Season with
a little salt. Pour the dhal into a serving
dish, top with the onion tadka and serve.
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1984
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
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shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
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in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
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Solution to Saturday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Pearl, 4 Ewe (Purlieu), 8 Croquet, 9 React, 10 Flash, 11 Lobster, 13 Double
Dutch, 16 Concede, 18 Woman, 19 Liken, 21 Trapeze, 22 Dab, 23 Enter.
DOWN 1 Pacify, 2 Avocado, 3 Laughable, 4 Err, 5 Exact, 6 At all events, 7 Star, 12 Blue
whale, 14 Comment, 15 Endear, 16 Colt, 17 Naked, 20 Nib.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 20;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 47 and minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Sudoku Harder
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Word Wheel
This is an open-ended puzzle. How many
words of three or more letters, each
including the letter at centre of the wheel,
can you make from this diagram? We’ve
found 43, including one nine-letter word.
Can you do better?
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Tiger Roll goes
home to enjoy a
hero’s welcome
By Gary Carson
Gordon Elliott and Tiger Roll soaked
up the plaudits as the Grand National
heroes were treated to a rapturous
welcome in the village of Summerhill
in County Meath yesterday.
A remarkable eight-year-old, Tiger
Roll added the world’s greatest steeplechase to his CV when hanging on
in a dramatic finish to emerge victorious by a head from the strong-finishing Pleasant Company, trained by
Willie Mullins.
In doing so he gave Elliott a second
win in the Aintree spectacular, after
Silver Birch in 2007, and was adding
to his three triumphs at the Cheltenham Festival.
A native of Summerhill, Elliott’s
pride and joy paraded down the
main street surrounded by a couple
of hundred people, in company with
stablemates Bless The Wings, who
was third, and General Principle,
who landed the Irish Grand National
on Easter Monday.
Elliott said: “It’s unbelievable and
it’s only sinking in now when you get
home and see all your family, friends
and the crowd here in Summerhill. It’s some buzz and it’ll be a long
night!”
Looking back on the race itself,
he said of the Davy Russell-ridden
winner: “Two hundred yards out I
thought we were home and hosed. In
fairness, he’s only a small horse and
in the last 50 or 100 yards he just hit
a brick wall.
“Thankfully the line came in time.
I wasn’t sure he had won. When you
aren’t sure of the angles at a track,
you are always very nervous.
“It was just a feeling of relief and
it’s great.”
KELSO
GOING:SOFT
TARRAG NAEGEL LTD HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£8,035 added 2m 7f
1
U55315 TOMKEVI Rebecca Menzies 7 11 12............................. B Hughes C,T
2
35-P52 ROAD TO GOLD (C) N Alexander 9 11 11.........Lucy Alexander
3
-27541 CHICORIA Tristan Davidson 9 11 5 ......................................H Reed (5)
4
222 GERONIMO A M Thomson 7 11 4 ........... Mr Alex Chadwick (7)
5
-458P0 FORTY CROWN (CD) G Bewley 12 11 1....................... J Bewley (3)
6
213540 REIVERS LODGE (CD) S Corbett 6 10 10.......J Corbett (5) H,T
7
26-P93 RINNAGREE ROSIE Mrs L Normile 12 10 0............................................
............................................................................................................... Ross Chapman (3) C
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Road To Gold, 5-2 Geronimo, 10-3 Chicoria, 5-1 Tomkevi,
16-1 Forty Crown, Reivers Lodge, 25-1 Rinnagree Rosie.
BORDERS CARERS CENTRE HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
4) £8,511 added 2m 6f
1 1-51UP ALWAYS TIPSY N Alexander 9 11 12..................Lucy Alexander
2
576214 SO SATISFIED I Jardine 7 11 10..................... Ross Chapman (3) C
3
-P4453 OSCAR O’SCAR (C) M Hammond 10 11 10.......F O’Toole (3) C
4
0-5543 TIKKANDEMICKEY R Shiels 12 11 9.........................C Bewley (3) C
5 P4396P VOYAGE A NEW YORK (CD) Miss L Russell 9 11 4..........................
......................................................................................................................................Derek Fox T
6
24-421 DUN FAW GOOD J Walton 11 10 12................ Miss C Walton (3)
7 162UP5 HAVANA JACK (C) L Kerr 8 10 12 .....................................................D Cook
8
470666 BEAU SANCY Kenny Johnson 6 10 6................Alison Clarke (7)
9 848F64 LOG ON Mrs R Dobbin 7 10 0 ................................................... C O’Farrell
10 6-3565 JACKOFHEARTS Mrs J McGregor 10 10 0 .................. S Quinlan
- 10 declared BETTING: 3-1 Dun Faw Good, 7-2 Oscar O’scar, 4-1 So Satisfied, 7-1
Tikkandemickey, 8-1 Log On, 10-1 Always Tipsy, 12-1 Voyage A New York,
14-1 Havana Jack, 33-1 others.
HUNTER REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT MANAGERS
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £14,000 added 3m 2f
1
562P3- SILVER TASSIE M Hammond 10 11 12..........................A P Cawley
2
1F-P2P NEWTOWN LAD Miss L Russell 8 11 11...............Derek Fox T,V
3
68-211 LOOKSNOWTLIKEBRIAN T Vaughan 7 11 11 ...........R Johnson
4
381-7P SCOTSWELL (CD) Mrs H Graham 12 11 5 ............ T Dowson (3)
5
946732 STREETS OF PROMISE (BF) M Scudamore 9 11 0..........................
.............................................................................................................................T Scudamore C
6 F-FPP4 ROYAL SALUTE (D) G Bewley 8 10 11.......................... J Bewley (3)
7
632114 SMUGGLER’S STASH (D) Mrs R Dobbin 8 10 7 ....R Day (3) V
8
245222 BUFFALO BALLET N Alexander 12 10 7 ...Lucy Alexander C
9
313443 LOWANBEHOLD (C) Miss S Forster 11 10 0..T Willmott (7)
- 9 declared BETTING: 2-1 Looksnowtlikebrian, 5-1 Buffalo Ballet, 11-2 Smuggler’s
Stash, 6-1 Streets Of Promise, 7-1 Silver Tassie, 10-1 Newtown Lad, 12-1
Scotswell, 16-1 Lowanbehold, 25-1 Royal Salute.
MANNERS LE GARCON D’OR HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
4) £9,000 added 2m 1f
1
-17864 MUMGOS DEBUT Miss L Russell 10 11 12..............Derek Fox T
2
1-24PP HALCYON DAYS Rebecca Menzies 9 11 12......................T Kelly C
3
-P1142 JOHN WILLIAMS A M Thomson 9 11 9.........................................................
........................................................................................................Rachel McDonald (7) C
4
P251P3 CHARLIE SNOW ANGEL Miss S Forster 9 11 0..................................
...................................................................................................................................J Hamilton T
5
42P12- HARLEYS MAX S Corbett 9 10 13 ....................................J Corbett (5)
6
8P4323 LAS TUNAS (D) R M Smith 6 10 6................................... R McLernon
7
67566P DUHALLOWCOUNTRY V Thompson 12 10 0.....T Dowson (3) B
- 7 declared BETTING: 13-8 John Williams, 9-2 Las Tunas, 6-1 Mumgos Debut, Harleys
Max, 7-1 Halcyon Days, Charlie Snow Angel, 20-1 Duhallowcountry.
2.40
3.10
3.40
4.10
WINDSOR
3.50
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MPM FLOORING HANDICAP (CLASS 5) £7,021 added
1m 2f
1
90128- NORDIC COMBINED W Kittow 4 9 9.................................A Atzeni 9
2
9629-6 FAST AND HOT (CD) R Hannon 5 9 8......... Rossa Ryan (5) B 7
3
31116- RAIL DANCER S L Keightley 6 9 7 ...............Aaron Jones (3) V 8
4
9926-9 LADY VALDEAN J Santos 4 9 4......................................O Murphy H 5
5
90-547 MANCHEGO J Osborne 4 9 3.....................................................S Levey T 3
6
36-388 ESSENAITCH (CD) P Evans 5 9 2..........................................J F Egan 10
7
43224- MAROC (BF) Mrs N Evans 5 9 2.........................................L Morris C 4
8
719-24 BOMBERO (D) E De Giles 4 8 12.......................................S De Sousa 2
9 41-055 DAILY TRADER (D) P Evans 4 8 12.......................... Fran Berry C 6
10 5-7546 BAZ (D) D Shaw 8 8 11 .............................................................. P Mathers C 1
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 Bombero, 5-1 Daily Trader, 11-2 Manchego, 7-1 Rail Dancer,
8-1 Fast And Hot, Nordic Combined, 14-1 Baz, Essenaitch, 20-1 others.
4.20
SKY BET WINDSOR SPRINT SERIES HANDICAP (CLASS
3) £11,500 added 6f
1 00000- BLAINE (D) B Barr 8 9 7 ...................................................... J P Spencer B 1
2
3000-4 MOBSTA (D)(BF) M Channon 6 9 6.............................. S De Sousa 8
3
32165- CLEAR SPRING (CD) J Spearing 10 9 6 .............................. A Kirby 9
4
7100-3 MAJOR PUSEY (CD)(BF) J Gallagher 6 9 4.................H Crouch 7
5
115477 TITAN GODDESS Mike Murphy 6 9 3......Nicola Currie (5) 11
6
610/0- TAWNY PORT (D) J Given 4 9 1....................................................T Eaves 2
7
0/777- CINCUENTA PASOS (D) J Tuite 7 9 0.............................. R Hornby 3
8
4750-0 GIANT SPARK (D) P Midgley 6 8 12.....................................L Morris 4
9
15220- NIGHTINGALE VALLEY (CD) W Kittow 5 8 11..O Murphy 12
10 630-50 BAHAMIAN DOLLAR (CD) P Evans 5 8 9......David Egan (3) 6
11 00934- POET’S PRINCESS (D) H Morrison 4 8 9......................K O’Neill 5
12 5-3152 GLORY OF PARIS (D) B Millman 4 8 7 ...........................J F Egan 10
- 12 declared BETTING: 11-4 Mobsta, 5-1 Glory of Paris, 11-2 Poet’s Princess, 7-1 Clear
Spring, 8-1 Major Pusey, 12-1 Nightingale Valley, 14-1 Blaine, Titan
Goddess, 16-1 others.
Trainer Gordon Elliot (left) and Tiger
Roll posing in County Meath yesterday
top
tips
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(4.45pm Newmarket)
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(3.35pm Newmarket)
Results service
FFOS LAS
Going: Soft-heavy in places
2.05 (2m4f nov hdle): ANOTHER EMOTION (H Bannister 10-3)
1; Luckofthedraw (6-4F) 2; Faint Hope (12-1) 3. 4 ran. 1/2l, 41/2l. (W
Greatrex). NR: Cold As Ice.
2.40 (2m h’cap ch): LICKPENNY LARRY (R T Dunne 2-1JF) 1;
Vicenzo Mio (2-1JF) 2; Gone Platinum (10-3) 3. 5 ran. hd, 31/2l.
(T R Gretton).
3.10 (2m3f83yds sell ch): ALF ‘N’ DOR (S Bowen 11-8F) 1;
Atlantic Roller (6-4) 2; Astigos (20-1) 3. 4 ran. 12l, 21l. (P Bowen).
3.45 (2m7f177yds h’cap ch): BALLYCROSS (S Twiston-Davies
9-2) 1; Alfie Spinner (7-2) 2; Horatio Hornblower (3-1F) 3. 9 ran.
2l, 11l. (N Twiston-Davies).
4.20 (2m7f191yds h’cap hdle): SOLOMN GRUNDY (R T Dunne
6-1) 1; Laugharne (9-2) 2; Royal Claret (4-1F) 3. 10 ran. 21/2l, 5l.
(N Mulholland).
4.50 (2m7f177yds h’cap ch): THE LION DANCER (H Bannister
5-1) 1; Cruising Bye (10-3) 2; Sounds Of Italy (5-1) 3. Steel Native
3-1JF, Clondaw Rigger 3-1JF. 7 ran. 11/4l, 8l. (C Mann).
5.20 (1m7f182yds nh flat): MICK MANHATTAN (A Wedge 8-1)
1; Smiths Cross (5-6F) 2; Landofsmiles (5-1) 3. 6 ran. 1/2l, 9l. (E
Williams). NR: Good And Hardy.
Placepot: £67.20. Quadpot: £14.90.
NEWCASTLE
Going: Heavy; aw standard
2.25 (2m56yds nh flat): SUMMER LIGHTENING (G Lee 20-1) 1;
Sixties Star (40-1) 2; Shamitsar (66-1) 3. The Very Thing 8-13F.
14 ran. 11/4l, hd. (Kenneth Slack).
3.00 (2m4f19yds h’cap ch): ORIONINVERNESS (S Mulqueen
2-1F) 1; Mcginty’s Dream (3-1) 2; Sharney Sike (7-2) 3. 6 ran. 14l,
10l. (Miss L Russell). NRs: Frankie Ballou, Notonebuttwo.
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY
Sarries surge into
play-offs while
delivering doom
and gloom to Bath
SARACENS
Tries Brits, Williams, Wigglesworth,
Farrell, Burger, Spencer
Conversions Farrell 4 Penalty Farrell
BATH
Penalties Priestland 2
41
6
By Hugh Godwin
AT ALLIANZ PARK
From Liam Williams sashaying at
the back like a latter-day Phil Bennett to the all-court quality of the
remarkable 19-year-old forward Nick
Isiekwe, Saracens were streets ahead
of an error-prone Bath as the champions of 2011, 2015 and 2016 deservedly
booked their place in the title playoffs for the ninth successive season.
Sarries also welcomed back centre Duncan Taylor and flanker Mike
Rhodes from injury, and No 8 Billy
Vunipola may be another returnee at
London Irish on Sunday week, when
a win will secure a home tie in the last
four with a match to spare.
For Bath, there is only doom and
gloom, epitomised by Jonathan
Joseph hobbling off after 27 minutes
when the England centre was tackled by Schalk Burger and had his left
ankle twisted under the flanker’s body.
Anyone thinking sportspeople are
too mollycoddled should have witnessed Joseph, one of Britain’s most
gifted midfielders, haul himself on
crutches round half the pitch to the
players’ tunnel. His availability for
England’s summer tour to South Africa may be in doubt.
Meanwhile Bath are all but certain to finish outside the Premiership’s top six and be demoted to the
second-tier Challenge Cup in Europe
next season, as they need to win both
their remaining league matches with
try bonuses and hope other results go
their way.
In the current climate of the bottom four clubs changing their directors of rugby in the past four months,
Todd Blackadder may be feeling the
chill at eighth-placed Bath. “If someone wants to make those decisions,
that’s nothing I can control,” the New
Zealander said, while bemoaning a
performance that lacked the the quality to worry Saracens.
“Our skillset and our execution
were poor,” said Blackadder. “There
were just so many missed opportunities; at times we looked a mile away
and we can only look at ourselves.”
Blackadder’s Saracens counterpart, Mark McCall, was understandably cock-a-hoop by comparison.
“We’re getting people healthy at
the right times, and we wanted to
generate momentum and get some
confidence,” he said, satisfied that
all three targets had been hit. When
the returning Taylor and Rhodes
Liam Williams of
Saracens runs in to
score their second
try against Bath
yesterday GETTY
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Hameed fails
again as rain
limits play at
Old Trafford
By Gareth Cox
Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for
19 but Lancashire all but wiped out
Nottinghamshire’s first-innings ad-
vantage on a rain-interrupted day of
their County Championship opener.
The 21-year-old opening batsman
is targeting an England recall but has
made minimal impact in this Division
One fixture, contributing just 22 runs
across two innings.
Lancashire ended day three, in
which only 53.2 overs were bowled
because of the bad weather, on 58 for
two to trail by six runs after Nottinghamshire had earlier fell for 222.
Hampshire m o v e d i n t o a
commanding 242-run lead against
Worcestershire on day two of their
clash at the Ageas Bowl.
Ben Cox made 65 as the visitors
posted 211 in reply to Hampshire’s
first-innings 290, which had been
Haseeb Hameed
made just 22 runs
over two innings
for Lancashire
in their County
Championship
opener against
Nottinghamshire
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boosted by James Vince’s classy 75
on the opening day of the season.
Hampshire closed on 163 for eight
in their second innings, with Tom
Fell’s run-out of top-scorer Hashim
Amla for 36 late in the day keeping
the visitors in the contest after skipper Jack Leach took three for 34.
Tim Murtagh and James Harris grabbed four wickets apiece as
Middlesex launched their Division
Two campaign with victory over
Northamptonshire inside three days.
Murtagh returned figures of four
for 36 and Harris took four for 39 to
clean up the Northants second innings for 142 and secure a 160-run
success for their side.
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ROUND-UP
Simmonds grabs hat-trick as
Exeter send Exiles to brink
By Nick Purewal
combined for a searing second-half
raid, it was missing a Le Bon to make
it a Duran Duran reunion, but it did
create a marvellous try for Burger.
That was Saracens’ fifth; the sixth
was another belter made for replacement scrum-half Ben Spencer
by Alex Goode’s jinking break, while
an earlier blindside score for Richard Wigglesworth and a long-range
interception try for Owen Farrell
had contributed to the one-sided
second-half fun. The groundwork
was laid by Saracens with a series
of penalties kicked for line-outs in
the opening 15 minutes, leading to a
try for the hooker Schalk Brits as he
threw in to George Kruis and peeled
round to occupy the driving seat in a
pack-splintering charge.
Farrell converted for 7-0, then the
difference in between the teams was
summed up by a move around the
midpoint of the half that was end to
end to end. Aled Brew burst clear
with good pace but the Bath wing
failed to spot a possible scoring pass
outside to Ben Tapuai – the centre
who will be swapping clubs with
Harlequins’ Jamie Roberts in the
summer.
Instead, the ball went infield
where a bungled transfer between
two seasoned internationals in
Rhys Priestland and Francois Louw
led to Williams scooping up the
Sam Simmonds’ hat-trick
sealed Exeter Chiefs a home
Premiership semi-final as the
league leaders thumped London
Irish 45-5 to push the Exiles ever
closer to relegation.
Reigning Premiership
champions Exeter booked
themselves home advantage in
the fast-approaching play-offs,
with Ben Moon, Mitch Lees and
Jack Yeandle also crossing.
Exeter also took a step
closer to topping the
Premiership’s regular-season
table, maintaining their
eight-point advantage over
second-placed Saracens.
Irish’s 17th defeat in 20 league
matches leaves the bottom club
facing a second Premiership
relegation in three years.
New coach Declan Kidney
surely cannot now save the
Exiles, who trail Worcester
by nine points with only a
maximum 10 on offer in their
final two matches. England No 8
Simmonds took his Premiership
try tally to 12 for the season –
just one behind the league’s top
scorer, Worcester’s Josh Adams.
On Saturday, Northampton
ended a five-game losing streak
by producing a shock 27-21 win
at Leicester.
Wasps jumped to third in the
table after their 30-15 bonus
point win over Worcester, which
included two tries from winger
Christian Wade.
Gloucester moved up to sixth
by hammering Harlequins 37-9,
leaving them three points behind
fourth-placed Newcastle.
stray ball and racing 75 metres for
an exultant try.
With a strong breeze at Bath’s
backs aiding the visitors, and
Priestland nabbing two penalty
goals, the gap was only six points
approaching the interval. But a
magnificent touchline chase by
Isiekwe denied Bath’s scrum-half
Kahn Fotuali’i a try. And anyone
with eyes to see in the sell-out
crowd knew which way the wind
was blowing, in every sense. As
Farrell lined up a 40-metre penalty,
in first-half added time, it was like a
starter gun to many of the spectators heading to the bar, straining on
their blocks as the ball rose into the
elements, stalled for what seemed
an age and finally flopped through
the posts for 15-6.
Bath’s hope of anything like a successful season were disappearing in
a similar fashion.
Puzzle solutions
Results Service
BASKETBALL
BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: London 77
Worcester 86; Surrey 95 Plymouth 82;
Manchester 82 Glasgow 86.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
ATHLETICS — Men’s Marathon: 1 M
Shelley (Aus) 2:16:46, 2 M Solomon
Mutai (Uga) 2:19:02, 3 R Simpson (Sco)
2:19:36. T54 Marathon: 1 K Fearnley
(Aus) 1:30:26, 2 J Smith (Eng) 1:31:44, 3
S Lawson (Eng) 1:31:44. Women’s T54
Marathon: 1 M de Rozario (Aus) 1:44:00,
2 E Ault-Connell (Aus) 1:44:13, 3 J Jones
(Eng) 1:44:20.
BADMINTON — Men’s Doubles Gold
Medal Match: M Ellis & C Langridge
(Eng) bt S Rankireddy & CC Shetty (Ind)
2-0. Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match:
MK Chow & V Hoo (Mas) bt L Smith &
S Walker (Eng) 2-0. Mixed Doubles Gold
Medal Match: C Adcock & G Adcock (Eng)
bt M Ellis & L Smith (Eng) 2-1.
BASKETBALL — Men’s Bronze Medal
Game: NZ bt Scotland 79-69.
NETBALL — Women’s Gold Medal Game:
England bt Australia 52-51.
RUGBY SEVENS — Men’s Bronze Medal
Match: England bt South Africa 21-14.
Women’s Bronze Medal Match: England
bt Canada 24-19.
SQUASH — Men’s Doubles Gold Medal
Match: Z Alexander & D Palmer (Aus) bt
D Selby & A Waller (Eng) 2-1. Bronze: D
James & J Willstrop (Eng) bt A Clyne &
G Lobban (Sco) 2-0. Women’s Doubles
Bronze Medal Match: R Grinham &
D Urquhart (Aus) bt L Massaro & S-J
Perry (Eng) 2-0.
TABLE TENNIS — Men’s Singles Bronze
Medal Match: S Achanta (Ind) bt S
Walker (Eng) 4-1. Mixed Doubles Gold
Medal Match: N Gao & M Yu (Sgp) bt L
Pitchford & T-T Ho (Eng) 3-0.
CRICKET
SPECSAVERS COUNTY
CHAMPIONSHIP - DIVISION ONE
Hampshire v Worcestershire, The Ageas
Bowl: Hampshire 290 (75.4 overs; G K
Berg 75no, J Leach 4-42) & 244 (66.2
overs). Worcestershire 211 (66.2 overs;
O B Cox 65) & 59-3 (23.0 overs).
Exeter’s Sam Simmonds took his try
tally to 12 for the season yesterday
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire, Emirates
Old Trafford: Lancashire 158 (61.0
overs; J T Ball 5-43) & 58-2 (24.0 overs).
Nottinghamshire 222 (72.2 overs).
Yorkshire v Essex, Emerald Headingley:
No play Sunday due to a wet outfield.
DIVISION TWO
Middlesex v Northamptonshire, Lord’s:
Middlesex 214 (80.2 overs; B A Hutton
5-54, B W Sanderson 4-42) & 159 (38.3
overs). Northamptonshire 71 (21.2 overs;
J A R Harris 5-9, T J Murtagh 4-27) &
142 (38.2 overs; J A R Harris 4-39, T J
Murtagh 4-36). Middlesex (20pts) beat
Northamptonshire (3pts) by 160 runs.
Kent v Gloucestershire, Canterbury:
Kent 64 (18.5 overs) & 153 (48.3 overs; D
J Bell-Drummond 61; R F Higgins 5-22).
Gloucestershire 110 (39.0 overs; G H
Roderick 51) & 61-1 (15.5 overs).
Warwickshire v Sussex, Edgbaston:
Warwickshire 299 (86.2 overs; T R
Ambrose 81, I R Bell 70; D Wiese 4-56).
Sussex 194-6 (48.0 overs; O P Stone
6-52).
CYCLING
AMSTEL GOLD RACE, HOLLAND, Men
(263km): 1 M Valgren (Den) Astana Pro
Team 6hrs 40mins 7secs, 2 R Kreuziger
(Cz Rep) Mitchelton-Scott at same time,
3 E Gasparotto (It) Bahrain-Merida
at 2secs.
GOLF
OPEN DE ESPANA, MADRID, SPAIN,
Final Round Scores (Gbr & Irl unless
stated, par 72): 268 J Rahm (Sp) 67 68
66 67; 270 P Dunne 66 65 68 71; 271 N
Elvira (Sp) 68 66 66 71; 272 G Coetzee
(SA) 72 66 71 63; 273 B Rumford (Aus)
68 66 68 71; M Warren 66 69 69 69; J
Campillo (Sp) 70 67 67 69; H Sturehed
(Swe) 67 68 66 72.
USPGA RBC HERITAGE, HILTON HEAD,
SOUTH CAROLINA, Final Round Scores
(USA unless stated): 272 S Kodaira
(Japan) 73 63 70 66 (Kodaira won at the
third extra play-off hole); S W Kim (S
Kor) 68 65 68 71; 273 L List 70 64 67
72; B DeChambeau 68 64 75 66; 274 B
Horschel 66 69 67 72; W Simpson 69
68 69 68.
MOTORCYCLING
WORLD SUPERBIKES ARAGON, ALCANIZ, SPAIN, Race 1 (Red Flagged): 1 J
Rea (GB) Kawasaki 5mins 36.213secs, 2 A
Lowes (GB) Yamaha 5:36.421, 3 C Davies
(GB) Ducati 5:36.854. Race 2: 1 C Davies
(GB) Ducati 33mins 29.519secs, 2 J Rea
(GB) Kawasaki 33:30.703, 3 M Melandri
(It) Ducati 33:34.103.
BRITISH SUPERBIKE S RD 2, BRANDS
HATCH INDY CIRCUIT, KENT, Race 1: 1
S Byrne (GB) Ducati 22mins 58.754secs,
2 B Ray (GB) Suzuki 22:59.591, 3 J
O’Halloran (Aus) Honda 23:01.166.
Race 2: 1 L Haslam (GB) Kawasaki 19mins 41.564secs, 2 G Irwin
(GB) Ducati19:41.931, 3 M Laverty (GB)
BMW19:42.162.
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE
Warrington (22)40 Hull K R (2)................ 26
Warrington: Tries: Cooper, Hughes
(2), Currie, Lineham, Ratchford, Atkins.
Goals: Ratchford (6).
Hull K R: Tries: Blair, Donaldson, Atkin,
McGuire. Goals: Shaw (5).
Castleford (19)....41 Catalans D’s (0) ...... 0
Castleford: Tries: McShane (2), Shenton,
Holmes (2), Clare, Wardle. Goals: Gale
(6). Drop Goals: Gale.
Huddersfield (6) 12 Salford (12)...............30
Huddersfield: Tries: I. Senior, Roberts.
Goals: Brough (2).
Salford: Tries: Flanagan, Nakubuwai,
Hauraki, Bibby (2). Goals: Lui (5).
Wakefield (22)...... 24 St Helens (14)........20
Wakefield: Tries: Jones-Bishop, Lyne,
Horo, Tupou. Goals: Finn (4).
St Helens: Tries: Percival (2), Makinson,
Douglas. Goals: Richardson (2).
P W D L F
A Pts
St Helens
11 9 0 2 302 138 18
Wigan
10 8 0 2 287 140 16
Warrington 12 8 0 4 248 187 16
Castleford
9 7 0 2 192 160 14
Leeds
10 6 1 3 192 164 13
Hull
11 6 0 5 261 230 12
Wakefield
10 5 0 5 204 186 10
Salford
11 4 0 7 178 224 8
Widnes
11 3 0 8 197 255 6
Hull K R
11 3 0 8 197 268 6
Huddersfield 11 2 1 8 160 313 5
Catalans D’s 11 2 0 9 142 295 4
BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP
Batley 46 Toulouse 22; Barrow 26
Featherstone 38; Dewsbury 12 Toronto
Wolfpack 23; Halifax 18 Swinton 12;
Sheffield 20 Leigh 72.
RUGBY UNION
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
Gloucester (13)....37 Harlequins (9)..........9
Gloucester: Tries: Braley, Woodward,
Polledri, Ackermann. Conversions: Twelvetrees (4). Penalties: Twelvetrees (3).
Harlequins: Penalties: Smith (3). Att:
13,892.
Leicester (12) .........21 Northamptn (17)...27
Leicester: Tries: Veainu, Toomua. Conversions: G. Ford. Penalties: G. Ford (3).
Northampton: Tries: Foden, Reinach,
Tuala. Conversions: Myler (3). Penalties:
Myler (2). Att: 25,849.
Wasps (23)................30 Worcester (3)........ 15
Wasps: Tries: Wade (2), Launchbury,
Bassett. Conversions: Gopperth, Daly.
Penalties: Gopperth (2).
Worcester: Tries: Hammond, Adams.
Conversions: Shillcock. Penalties: Jones.
Att: 16,374.
London Irish (0) ....5 Exeter (21).................45
London Irish: Tries: Cokanasiga.
Exeter: Tries: Moon, S. Simmonds (3),
Lees, Yeandle. Conversions: Steenson
(6). Penalties: Steenson.
Saracens (15) ........41 Bath (6).............................6
Saracens: Tries: Brits, Williams, Wigglesworth, Farrell, Burger, Spencer. Conversions: Farrell (4). Penalties: Farrell.
Bath: Penalties: Priestland (2).
P W D L F A B Pts
Exeter
20 15 0 5 543 318 15 75
Saracens
20 14 0 6 618324 11 67
Wasps
20 12 1 7 540450 11 61
Newcastle 20 13 0 7 408444 7 59
Leicester
20 12 0 8 479434 9 57
Gloucester 20 11 1 8 458492 10 56
Sale
20 10 0 10 524462 14 54
Bath
20 9 0 11 466492 10 46
Harlequins 20 7 0 13 449555 8 36
Northamptn 20 7 0 13 448585 8 36
Worcester 20 6 0 14 364556 7 31
London Irish 20 3 0 17 352 537 10 22
GUINNESS PRO14
Edinburgh (26).....52
Leinster (12)............15
S Kings (0).................12
Scarlets (14)............14
B Treviso (5).............17
Cardiff B (33)..........45
Zebre (10) ................. 34
PW
Glasgow
19 15
Munster
20 13
Cheetahs
20 11
Cardiff Blues 20 11
Ospreys
19 8
Connacht
20 6
Zebre
19 5
PW
Leinster
20 14
Scarlets
20 13
Edinburgh 20 14
Ulster
19 11
B Treviso
20 11
Newport G 20 2
S Kings
20 1
Newport G (26).....32
D L F A B Pts
1 3 580306 13 75
0 7 544 337 15 67
0 9 580534 14 58
0 9 479456 9 53
0 11 350 427 8 40
0 14 398467 10 34
0 14 349562 7 27
D L F A B Pts
1 5 591 327 12 70
1 6 495 357 11 65
0 6 470356 8 64
1 7 478443 9 55
0 9 398429 10 54
2 16 370639 8 20
0 19 358800 7 11
4
TENNIS
ATP FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO US MEN’S
CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS,
HOUSTON, TEXAS, Semi-finals: (6) S
JOHNSON (US) bt T Harry Fritz (US) 7-5
6-7 (4-7) 6-2; (8) T SANDGREN (US) bt I
Karlovic (Croa) 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4).
ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, Semi-finals: P Andujar (Sp) bt J Sousa (Portugal) 6-4 6-4;
(2) K EDMUND (GB) bt (4) R GASQUET
(Fr) 6-3 6-4. Final: P Andujar (Sp) bt (2) K
EDMUND (GB) 6-2 6-2.
WTA LADIES OPEN LUGANO, SWITZERLAND, Semi-finals: A Sabalenka
(Bela) bt S Voegele (Swit) 6-4 6-2; (2) E
MERTENS (Bel) bt V Lapko (Bela) 6-1
4-6 6-4. Final: (2) E MERTENS (Bel) bt A
Sabalenka (Bela) 7-5 6-2.
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GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
Bedford 29 Cornish Pirates 34; Bristol
P Doncaster P; Ealing Trailfinders 54
Hartpury RFC 36; Jersey 50 Nottingham
29; Richmond 29 London Scottish
30; Rotherham Titans 30 Yorkshire
Carnegie 26.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
Ampthill & District 22 Coventry 10;
Caldy 42 Blackheath 18; Cambridge 22
Esher 32; Darlington Mowden Park 40
Fylde 7; Loughborough Students 32
Bishop’s Stortford 14; Old Elthamians
29 Old Albanians 34; Plymouth Albion
28 Birmingham Moseley 24; Rosslyn
Park 36 Hull Ionians 37.
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
yell; dusk; kelp;
scent; yelp; musk;
bark; bask; mask;
lark; hide; prank;
hike; lurk; collide
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Rec-all, 3 So-used, 4 NU-MP-T-y
Down: 1 Ra-is-in, 2 Lordly*
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD headlined
OTHER WORDS aid, aide, aided, alien, deadline,
denial, denied, dial, did, die, died, din, dine, dined,
elide, elided, hail, hailed, halide, headline, hid, hidden,
hide, hind, idea, ideal, idle, idled, indeed, inhale,
inhaled, laid, lain, lid, lie, lied, lien, line, lined, nail,
nailed, nil
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SPORT
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Games of underdog
mean Birmingham
has tough act to follow
England players
celebrate after
claiming the gold
medal GETTY
Mark Staniforth reflects on 11 days
which gave movement new relevance
W
e should be so
who took up lawn bowls four
lucky, as Kylie
years ago and whom since,
Minogue once
having known little more than
sort-of said. And
her remote homeland, has been
we were. Stretch- afforded the opportunity to see
ing from Surfers Paradise to the
the world.
beach volleyball courts of CoolThere was a beach volleyball
angatta, the Gold Coast Comteam from Vanuatu who dealt a
monwealth Games are destined
major scare to the home nation,
to go down as one of the greats.
and a 10,000 metres runner from
It was hard, amid the crashing Lesotho who finished two laps
cobalt surf and the searing
behind everybody else but was
sunshine, to reconcile the
greeted at the finish line by three
notion that these are a Games
members of the Australian team.
whose relevance on the modern
Scottish successes
sporting calendar is increasingly encapsulated the Games’
questioned.
uniqueness: on the one hand, the
Ten thousand miles away,
audacious diving of 21-year-old
it is all too easy to
Grace Reid; on the other,
dismiss as irrelevant or
the steely nerves of
anachronistic all sport
Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall,
It was
which does not fulfil the hard, amid
who won a historic fifth
dumb prescription of
Games gold medal on
the searing
ranting football bosses
the lawn bowls green.
sunshine,
to
or mindless jingoism.
Away from the sport,
Even when escaping reconcile the
the Gold Coast Games
notion that
the suffocating
admirably did not shy
blanket of top-flight
these Games’ away from controversy.
football, the insatiable relevance is
In staging ceremonies
insistence on success
heavily influenced by
questioned
has created an
the region’s Aboriginal
unhealthy, win-athistory, it sought to
all-costs culture which pays
restore ongoing issues to centre
scant heed to the fundamental
stage.
purpose of world-class sport.
Diver Tom Daley used his
Superstars are all well
media duties after winning
and good, but if they come
his fourth Games title with
pre-packaged in PR spin, then
his partner Dan Goodfellow to
one can hardly hope for future
implore the Commonwealth
generations to aspire to follow in Games Federation to do more
their footsteps.
to pressurise those 37 out of 53
Apart from Usain Bolt,
nations of the Commonwealth
parachuted in for a pair of
where homosexuality remains
back-to-back press conferences,
illegal.
genuine global stars were hard
Birmingham has a lot to live
to find at the Gold Coast Games.
up to in four years’ time. It
The names of the real stars
may not have the surf nor the
of the Gold Coast would mean
sunshine, but it has something
little if they were listed here.
much more valuable: the perfect
They were stars in their own
blueprint for how to preserve
right, here to pursue personal
the Commonwealth Games for
goals, not those which cynically
what it is today thanks to these
box-tick broader pictures like
glorious 11 days on the Gold
funding cycles.
Coast: more relevant, more
There was a 19-year-old from
essential, more vibrant than
Norfolk Island, Shae Wilson,
ever before.
Tom Daley (right, with diving partner Daniel Goodfellow) used his media
duties after winning a gold medal in the 10m synchronised to draw attention
to the 37 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is illegal GETTY
‘Bloomin heck,’ golden
netballers oust Aussies
By Matt McGeehan
IN THE GOLD COAST
Netball, bloody hell. Tracey Neville’s
England won Commonwealth Games
gold with a last-gasp win over world
champions Australia which was reminiscent of her brothers’ Champions
League win 19 years ago.
The memorable phrase used
by Sir Alex Ferguson, the
Manchester United manager when Gary and Phil
Neville won the 1999 European Cup to complete
the treble in Barcelona,
could easily be transported to Australia’s Gold Coast
after an extraordinary performance and astonishing finale.
Helen Housby’s last-gasp goal
earned a 52-51 win, sparking jubilant
scenes. “Bloomin heck,” head coach
Tracey Neville (right) said.
“I actually said to them, ‘can you
win by a few more goals because this
isn’t pleasurable on the bench?’”
Gary Neville was cheering on from
his living room in the early hours of
the morning, UK time.
“His wife sent me a video,” Tracey
Neville said. “He was literally at the
telly going ‘C’mon, Helen, go on’.
“I remember the treble in Barcelona when they put that goal in. I
was on tour at the time and I
was screaming in a room at
4am. Everyone says what
does it mean to the Neville family. We just live,
eat and breathe sport. We
support each other 100
per cent.”
In the roles of Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham – the stoppage-time goalscorers
at the Nou Camp – here were Jo
Harten and Housby. It was Housby
who kept her composure to deliver a
victory which England Netball hope
Final medals table
1 Australia
2 England
3 India
4 Canada
5 New Zealand
6 South Africa
7 Wales
8 Scotland
9 Nigeria
10 Cyprus
20 N Ireland
34 Isle of Man
G
80
45
26
15
15
13
10
9
9
8
1
0
S
59
45
20
40
16
11
12
13
9
1
7
1
B Total
59 198
46 136
20
66
27
82
15
46
13
37
14
36
22
44
6
24
5
14
4
12
0
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will be just the start – and will inspire
all ahead of the 2019 World Cup in
Liverpool.
Tracey Neville said: “The actual
gold medal was meant to be won at
the World Cup next year. Hopefully
we can back this up.” For Neville, a
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16 APRIL 2018
FORMULA ONE
Title hopes slipping away
already, admits Hamilton
By Philip Duncan
AT SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Commonwealth bronze medallist in
1998, the victory fulfilled a long-held
dream.
Harten’s last-gasp goal in Saturday’s defeat of Jamaica sent the
Roses into a first global final since
1975, after last-four appearances at
all five prior Commonwealth Games,
three of them bronze. Australia had
three prior golds and two runner-up
appearances.
That final 43 years ago ended in defeat to Australia, but the Roses were
determined not to settle for silver.
Neville added: “It’s was a dream as
a player and I’m living it as a coach
through these players.”
Geva Mentor, playing at her fifth
Games, said: “Hopefully this is the
start of something amazing for the
sport in our country. I hope this lifts
our profile. We’ve got a World Cup in
our back yard and it’s time to cement
what we’ve achieved here.”
This England squad – featuring five
players plying their trade in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball – refused
to be cowed by their more vaunted
opponents, opening up a three-point
lead at one stage in the first quarter.
Harten and Housby were unerring in shooting but Australia wrested
back the initiative to take a one-point
lead at the interval. The fierce intensity continued in the second quarter
as the teams exchanged blows, with
England edging the scoring to level at
25-25 at half-time.
It was feisty too. Laura Geitz and
Harten battled for territory and the
English goal shooter kept finding the
net as England twice opened up a
three-point lead, only to see it swiftly
vanish each time. Steph Wood scored
with the final throw of the third quarter to give Australia a 38-36 lead and
the hosts extended that to four goals
early in the fourth quarter.
Neville switched her side around
and it had the desired effect as
England cut the deficit. Harten and
Housby scored in quick succession to
put England ahead for the first time
in the fourth quarter with little more
than four minutes remaining.
Goals were exchanged before England claimed a vital rebound late on
and it looked like it was heading for
an extra period when Harten missed.
But Housby claimed the rebound
and drained the shot at the second attempt – after a foul – to spark scenes
of ecstasy. Fittingly, the last word
belongs to the 23-year-old Carlisle
player. “It’s a blur. I just remember
having the ball in my hands and then
running away screaming,” Housby
said.“This is the best day of my life.”
» Hawkins’ marathon agony, p13
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that
his hopes of sealing a fifth world
championship are in grave danger
as his winless start to the new season continued.
Hamilton reduced the deficit to
leader Sebastian Vettel in their title
battle to only nine points after Max
Verstappen’s collision with the Ferrari driver during yesterday’s frenetic Chinese Grand Prix.
But – after dominating practice on
Friday – Hamilton and his Mercedes
car have subsequently been well off
the pace at a circuit where they have
ruled in recent seasons.
The 33-year-old Englishman was
the hot favourite to beat Vettel to
this year’s title, but he now believes
that his once-dominant Mercedes
team are behind Ferrari and indeed
Red Bull in the pecking order.
“Who knows what this season
holds, but if it continues this way it
is going to be very tough to win the
championship,” Hamilton said.
“We underperformed in qualifying and the race was a disaster on
my side of the garage. I need to try
and rectify that and get myself back
into a normal performance.
“It has not changed my thinking
about the season, and my goals are
obviously still the same, but it is
clear from this weekend that we are
not the quickest.
“We are the second or third fastest team at the moment so we have
got some improving to do, but that is
not impossible.”
Hamilton started fourth on the
grid and lost one place off the start
line. He was then sitting in fourth,
after moving ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, before Red Bull’s inspired pitstop call paved the way for Daniel
Ricciardo to win.
Results and standings
FIA FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Final Positions after Race (56 Laps):
1 D Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1hr 35mins 36.380secs
2 V Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:35:45.274
3 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:35:46.017
4 L Hamilton (GB) Mercedes GP 1:35:53.365
5 M Verstappen (Neth) Red Bull 1:35:56.816
6 N Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:35:57.432
7 F Alonso (Sp) McLaren 1:36:07.019
8 S Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:36:11.666
9 C Sainz (Sp) Renault 1:36:12.143
10 K Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:36:15.974
11 E Ocon (Fr) Force India 1:36:20.430, 12 S Perez
(Mex) Force India 1:36:21.105, 13 S Vandoorne (Bel)
McLaren 1:36:25.753, 14 L Stroll (Can) Williams
1:36:31.870, 15 S Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1:36:34.621,
16 M Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:36:38.984, 17
R Grosjean (Fr) Haas F1 1:36:41.676, 18 P Gasly (Fr)
Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36:42.710, 19 C Leclerc (Monaco) Sauber-Ferrari 1:36:58.955, 20 B Hartley (NZ)
Scuderia Toro Rosso at 5 laps,
Fastest Lap: D Ricciardo 1min 35.785secs on lap 55
Drivers Standings:
1 S Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 54pts
2 L Hamilton (GB) Mercedes GP 45
3 V Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 40
4 D Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 37
5 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 30
6 F Alonso (Sp) McLaren 22
7 N Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 22
8 M Verstappen (Neth) Red Bull 18
9 P Gasly (Fr) Scuderia Toro Rosso 12
10 K Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 11, 11 S Vandoorne
(Bel) McLaren 6, 12 C Sainz (Sp) Renault 3, 13 M
Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 2, 14 E Ocon (Fr) Force
India 1.
Manufacturers Standings:
1 Mercedes GP 85pts, 2 Ferrari 84, 3 Red Bull 55, 4
McLaren 28, 5 Renault 25, 6 Scuderia Toro Rosso 12,
7 Haas F1 11, 8 Sauber-Ferrari 2, 9 Force India 1, 10
Williams 0.
Hamilton, 33 (right), felt he should
have been called in for fresh rubber,
too, but Mercedes felt track position
would be of greater importance.
And the British driver, who is due
in Mercedes’ Brackley factory
on Thursday, has now called
on his team to raise their
game in order to claw
their way back into the
championship fight.
“I have got to keep
constructive pressure
on the guys but they’re
already pressured,” Hamilton added.
“I’ve got to take it upon myself
to try and figure out what has gone
wrong and move forward, but of
course it is a joint effort and definitely on my side we have struggled
more. I was just uncomfortable in
the car.”
Meanwhile, the great and good of
Formula One have rounded on Verstappen after the Dutchman’s banzai driving took centre stage again.
Despite Ricciardo pulling off a
Red Bull tactical masterstroke to
secure a quite remarkable win, it
was the aggressive tactics deployed
by his hot-headed team-mate which
dominated the paddock discourse
for a second weekend in succession.
Seven days ago in Bahrain, Verstappen collided with Lewis Hamilton, but in Shanghai, it was Vettel
who would feel the full force of the
brilliant, yet exuberant Dutchman,
whose hairpin lunge on the German
was desperate. Late on the brakes,
he thudded into the Ferrari and sent
them both into a spin.
Vettel, who was second at the
time of their coming together – during a frenetic finale sparked by the
deployment of a safety car – limped
over the line in eighth.
“I don’t need to say anything
here,” said Vettel on the radio as he
pointed the blame at Verstappen.
The stewards agreed hitting the Red
Bull driver with a 10-second penalty
which would demote him to fifth.
“It was completely Max’s fault,”
said Niki Lauda, Mercedes’
non-executive chairman and
three-time world champion. “When you compete
in more races you should
get more clever but he is
going the other way. He
needs to sort himself out.”
“In that situation he has
to change his style otherwise it will happen again,” Vettel warned. “I said to him afterwards
‘look, the race is long and you threw
your podium away’.”
Lewis Hamilton
trails Sebastian
Vettel in
yesterday’s
Chinese
Grand Prix.
He overtook
Vettel after
the German’s
collision
with Max
Verstappen
GETTY
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Football
SPORT
Talking Points
CHAMPIONSHIP
Eight things to take away
from this weekend
EDITED BY TEDDY CUTLER
1
Do sacked Ulster players deserve
never to play rugby again?
2
Roy lights up the
IPL with swashbuckling innings
Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Oldfield were found
not guilty of rape earlier this year.
But courts have different burdens
of proof than employers and at the
weekend it emerged Jackson and
Oldfield had had their contracts revoked. The review conducted by the
Irish Rugby Football Union zoned
in on the disgusting messages
exchanged by the group. But the
questions should also be asked – do
Jackson and Oldfield deserve to be
barred from employment? And are
they carrying the blame for rugby’s
wider misogyny problem?
A little reminder that Jason Roy
(right) is one of the more startling
talents to have emerged from
county cricket in recent decades.
Facing a challenging, but not
overwhelming, target of 195 set
by Mumbai Indians in the Indian
Premier League on Saturday, Roy
carved his way to 91 not out off 53
balls with six sixes. Without him,
it seemed the Delhi Daredevils
would have come nowhere close to
winning. We tolerate Roy’s inconsistencies because his brilliance is
so luminous.
3
4
Once could be a fluke, twice an
unlucky aberration, three times,
maybe, suggestive of deeper
problems. But how do you explain
the regularity of Derby County’s
end-of-season collapses? The latest
episode in Derby’s latest attempt
to throw away promotion came in a
3-1 defeat to Burton Albion. Death,
taxes and Derby collapses. Still,
the season isn’t done quite yet. The
narrative could be destroyed.
Spare a thought for Morpeth Town
whose Northern League title celebrations are going to, er, have to
wait. Morpeth beat Ryhope 5-1 to
extend their lead at the top of the
table to 15 points. Except that the
second-placed team, Marske United, have played eight fewer games
thanks mostly to an FA Vase run.
Marske are giving the old cliché,
“games in hand”, a whole new and
pretty extreme meaning.
One thing in the Championship is
certain: Derby’s end-of-season dip
Morpeth forced to sit and wait to
discover if they’ve won the title
5
6
Wolves fully deserve their promotion. In a way, they should receive
credit for backing themselves to
go up. But if the Football League is
really serious about cracking down
on overspending by clubs, it needs
to impose far quicker punishments. There’s no point in fining an
established Premier League team
years later while the sufferers keep
labouring in the division below.
The Bundesliga has many features
the Premier League might copy –
safe-standing and ownership rules
that empower fans, to name two.
What it can’t boast is a better title
race. Bayern Munich rested firstteam players and still beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-1. It makes
you wonder if those same laudable
ownership rules might be
killing competition.
7
8
If you think there’s unfair pressure from fans in English football,
take a look at the New York Yankees. They signed home-run king
Giancarlo Stanton (below) but his
mediocre start to the new season
has drawn vociferous boos from
home crowds. The MLB regular
season is 162 games long, so
lord knows what the vitriol
is going to be like if Stanton
screws up in the play-offs.
The Seattle Seahawks were reportedly ready for Colin Kaepernick (above) to work out with them
prior to a possible signing, but
backed out when he refused to say
whether he would be kneeling during the playing of the anthem this
coming season. Difficult-to-avoid
conclusion: Kaepernick’s play
is good enough for the NFL.
His politics are not. At least
that is now clear.
No point waiting years to work out
whether Wolves have breached rules
Faltering home-run king Stanton
gets a fiery welcome in New York
Maybe the Bundesliga’s greatest
strength is also a big weakness
Seahawks U-turn on Kaepernick
reveals an uncomfortable truth
Wolves players and
coaching staff celebrate
after yesterday’s victory
at Molineux REUTERS
Promotion sealed
– now Wolves
target breaking
100-point barrier
points thanks to Diogo Jota’s 17th
goal of the season in the 21st minute
and an 87th-minute strike from
Benik Afobe.
BIRMINGHAM CITY
They played the final 38 minutes
0
with a one-man advantage after
Blues had been reduced to 10 men
By Gareth Cox
when Harlee Dean was sent off for
bringing down Helder Costa.
With a place in the Premier League
Nuno, who is in his first season in
safely secured, Wolves manager charge at the club, said: “I am very
Nuno Espirito Santo now wants his pleased. This is a big moment, first
table-topping side to celebrate in for the fans. It is why we work, for
style by smashing through the
our fans. It was a special feel100-point barrier.
ing always having the fans
Fulham’s home draw
behind us.
with Brentford on
“The players have
Saturday had already
been fantastic from
s e a l e d Wo l v e s
day one. It was a very
Points won by
promotion from the
hard season but the
Wolves in the
Championship, with
players deserved [to
Championship this
four games still to play.
be promoted]. They
season – with three
And, after easbelieved in something
games still to play
ing to a comfortable
that was changing.
victory against 10-man
“They trust and believe
Birmingham at Molineux
and they kept doing that. It is
yesterday, Espirito paid tribute to his the best reward you can have when
players and the club’s fans.
someone believes the same as you.
The home side cruised to three
“It is good to have 95 points and we
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
Jota 21, Afobe 87
2
95
Who’s up and down?
The promotion and relegation
picture in England and Scotland
is starting to come into focus
after this weekend’s matches.
Wolves have secured their
place in the Premier League
for next season following their
win over Birmingham and St
Mirren will be in the Scottish
Premiership.
All the raw emotions of football
will come into play over the next
few weeks for the players and
supporters of clubs in contention
battle for titles, promotion and
relegation. Nerves will be shredded with millions of pounds on
the line. It will make the careers
of some managers while others
will be politely thanked for their
services and ushered through the
exit door.
Here is a look at the confirmed
winners and losers of the league
season so far.
PREMIER LEAGUE
Champions Manchester City
CHAMPIONSHIP
Promoted Wolves
LEAGUE ONE
Relegated Bury
LEAGUE TWO
Nothing resolved
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Relegated Chester
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Nothing resolved
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Promoted St Mirren
Relegated Brechin
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
WOMEN’S FA CUP
Kirby’s double settles the
battle of the treble chasers
CHELSEA
Kirby 5, 74
MANCHESTER CITY
can now celebrate. But let’s now do
something special. Lets dream now.
Let us get to 98, 101, 104 points maybe?
“Birmingham came to fight for
something that was important
to them. Some of their tackles
were out of order but the referee
punished them.
“The Championship is the hardest competition the world. Each
team comes to fight and derbies are
special. And we were also intense in
what we did. We were ready for it.”
Birmingham manager Garry
Monk is now facing a real fight to
avoid relegation as his side are only
two points above the drop zone with
three games remaining.
Monk admitted the 11th minute
miss by Maxime Colin was crucial
but insisted his side will keep fighting.
Wolves were indebted to the reflexes of goalkeeper John Ruddy for
preventing Birmingham from taking
a surprise early lead.
Lukas Jutkiewicz prodded a
pass through the Wolves defence
that was picked up by Colin. The
right-back only had Ruddy to beat
from 12 yards but saw his first shot
beaten away and when the rebound
flew straight back to Colin, the keeper quickly readjusted to produce an
even better second stop.
Monk said: “We had that great
opportunity with Max and then
in the second half going down to
10 men made a difficult challenge
much harder. But we are fighting.
We are not going to take our eyes off
the prize.
“It is still in our hands. Our belief
will get us to where we want to be. We
have three massive games to come.”
2
0
A brilliant brace from England star
Fran Kirby meant Chelsea eliminated
Women’s FA Cup holders Manchester City yesterday in the semi-final at
Kingsmeadow.
It took the hosts just five minutes
to go ahead when Kirby was first to
a ball over the top from Magdalena
Eriksson and finished with panache
after a mistake by City and England
captain Steph Houghton.
Maren Mjelde’s volley was then
cleared off the line, before Nikita
Parris sent a curling shot just wide
and then headed over the bar from a
Jill Scott cross.
The win keeps alive Chelsea’s
chances of a treble but ended City’s
hopes of achieving the same feat. The
two sides are battling for the Women’s Super League 1 title and are also
in the Champions League semi-finals
where Chelsea face Wolfsburg and
City play Lyon.
The visitors struggled in the final
third yesterday and were punished
by Kirby in the 74th minute when the
Chelsea striker scampered clear and
slotted the ball past Ellie Roebuck in
the City goal.
“I know Fran’s always on the line
ready to run, which is really good,”
said Eriksson when questioned about
her pass for the first goal.
“It’s a really nice option to have.
She fought well for the ball and
scored. It was really nice to get a goal
in the first half. Fran’s been exceptional this year, she’s such a good goal
scorer. I have no words.”
Manchester City manager Nick
Chelsea’s
Fran Kirby
celebrates
opening
the scoring
yesterday PA
Cushing said: “I thought we played
well. I thought we dominated the ball,
but we didn’t create enough chances
and unfortunately Chelsea caught us
on two counter-attacks.
“Seventy per cent of the gameplan
worked, we just didn’t create enough
chances. The way that we play we’re
susceptible to getting punished on
the counter-attack. We switched off
on two of them and unfortunately
they scored two goals. Without complaining again, we’ve got work to do
as a team, but we’ve got no opportunities to do it. We’ve got to recover and
go again against Sunderland.”
Quinn wins it for Gunners at the death
EVERTON
Kelly pen 67
1
ARSENAL
Carter 25, Quinn 90
2
Arsenal’s pursuit of a 15th
Women’s FA Cup is on course after
they booked a place in the final by
beating Everton 2-1.
The semi-final was heading for
extra-time until Louise Quinn
stepped up with an injury-time
winner to send the Gunners to
Wembley.
Arsenal had taken the lead
through Danielle Carter in the 25th
minute before Chloe Kelly drew
Everton level midway through the
second half from the spot.
The visitors had the final
say, though, thanks to Quinn’s
intervention as they reached a
16th Women’s FA Cup final.
“In the second half we created
just as many chances and it was
probably our fault in a way that
we made it such a dramatic game,”
Carter said afterwards. “But we
Louise Quinn
heads in the
winner for
Arsenal PA
always had belief, with the players
in the pitch and the ones that we
brought on, that we would win.
“When we came out for the
second half we just wanted to
kill the game off, with an early
goal. Everton got back in it with a
penalty, but didn’t lose our plan
and we just kept at it.
“We now have a chance to
win our 15th FA Cup, which is
massive and we are just going to
go into that game and try and get
the job done.”
51
i MONDAY
16 APRIL 2018
Football results
PREMIER LEAGUE
Burnley (2)................... 2
Wood 6
Long 9
Crystal Palace (3) ...3
Zaha 5, 24
Tomkins 14
Leicester (0)...............1
Vardy 72
Att 21,727
Brighton (2)................2
Murray 18
Izquierdo 34
Att 24,656
Huddersfield (0) .....1 Watford (0).................0
Ince 90
Liverpool (1) ...............3 Bournemth (0) ........0
Mane 7, Salah 69
Att 52,959
Firmino 90
Southampton (1).... 2 Chelsea (0)...................3
Tadic 21
Giroud 70, 78
Bednarek 60
Hazard 75
Att 31,764
Swansea (0).................1 Everton (1) ..................1
J Ayew 71
Naughton 43 (og)
Att 20,933
Tottenham (1)............1 Man City (2)................3
Eriksen 42
Gabriel Jesus 22
Att 80,811
Gundogan 25 (pen)
Sterling 72
Yesterday
Man Utd (0)..................0 West Brom (0) .........1
Att 75,095
Rodriguez 73
Newcastle (1) ............. 2 Arsenal (1) ...................1
Perez 29
Lacazette 14
Ritchie 68
Att 52,210
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
33 28 3 2 93 25 87
Man Utd
33 22 5 6 63 26 71
Liverpool
34 20 10 4 78 35 70
Tottenham
33 20 7 6 65 30 67
Chelsea
33 18 6 9 57 33 60
Arsenal
33 16 6 11 62 45 54
Burnley
33 14 10 9 33 29 52
Leicester
33 11 10 12 49 47 43
Everton
34 11 9 14 39 54 42
Newcastle
33 11 8 14 35 42 41
Bournemouth 34 9 11 14 41 56 38
Watford
34 10 7 17 42 60 37
Brighton
33 8 11 14 31 46 35
Huddersfield 34 9 8 17 27 54 35
West Ham
32 8 10 14 40 58 34
Crystal Palace 34 8 10 16 36 54 34
Swansea
33 8 9 16 27 46 33
Southampton 33 5 13 15 33 53 28
Stoke
33 6 9 18 30 63 27
West Brom
34 4 12 18 27 52 24
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Barnsley (1)................. 2 Bolton (0).....................2
Gardner 22
Le Fondre 82 (pen)
McBurnie 90
Noone 85
Att 14,138
Burton Alb (2)............3 Derby (1)........................1
Boyce 24, Murphy 44 Nugent 29
Akins 68
Att 5,563
Fulham (0)....................1 Brentford (0) ............1
Mitrovic 70
Maupay 90
Att 20,877
Hull (0).............................0 Sheff Wed (1) .............1
Att 16,417
Rhodes 18
Middlesbro (1)........... 2 Bristol City (1)..........1
Friend 18
Djuric 13
Ayala 68
Att 24,812
Norwich (0)..................0 Cardiff (0).....................2
Zohore 86
Att 25,503
Hoilett 90
Nottm Forest (0)..... 2 Ipswich (1)....................1
Brereton 89 (pen)
Ward 38
Lolley 90
Att 25,093
QPR (1).............................1 Preston (1)...................2
Smith 13
Robinson 45, 74
Att 13,760
Reading (1)................... 2 Sunderland (0)........2
Kelly 20 (pen)
McNair 47
Kermorgant 79
Cattermole 66
Att 17,348
Sheff Utd (0)................1 Millwall (0).................1
Clarke 74
Morison 76
Att 27,454
Yesterday
Wolves (1)...................... 2 Birmingham (0)......0
Jota 21, Afobe 87
Att 29,536
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
43 29 8 6 78 36 95
Cardiff
42 25 8 9 64 35 83
Fulham
43 23 13 7 73 42 82
Aston Villa
43 23 10 10 67 40 79
Middlesbrough 43 20 9 14 61 42 69
Millwall
43 18 15 10 55 40 69
Derby
42 18 14 10 61 43 68
Preston
43 17 15 11 54 45 66
Sheff Utd
43 19 9 15 58 50 66
Brentford
43 17 14 12 59 48 65
Bristol City
43 17 14 12 60 50 65
Ipswich
43 16 8 19 51 54 56
Norwich
43 14 14 15 46 54 56
Leeds
43 15 9 19 54 61 54
QPR
43 14 11 18 54 65 53
Sheff Wed
43 12 14 17 51 59 50
Nottm Forest 42 14 7 21 45 60 49
Hull
43 11 14 18 64 62 47
Reading
43 10 13 20 48 63 43
Bolton
43 9 13 21 36 66 40
Birmingham 43 11 7 25 32 63 40
Barnsley
42 8 14 20 44 63 38
Burton Albion 43 8 11 24 33 78 35
Sunderland
43 6 16 21 47 76 34
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool (0).............. 2 Fleetwood (0)...........1
Solomon-Otabor 88 Burns 75
Gnanduillet 90
Att 7,371
Bristol Rovers (0)..1 Blackburn (0)............1
Lines 90
Mulgrew 65 (pen)
Att 10,029
Bury (1) ........................... 2 Northampton (2)...3
Clarke 11
Taylor 6, 88
Mayor 74
Hoskins 33
Att 3,117
Charlton (0).................0 Scunthorpe (1).........1
Att 11,877
Toney 31
MK Dons (1) .................1 Doncaster (0)............2
Ugbo 19
Marquis 49, 63
Att 8,954
Oldham (1) ....................1 Gillingham (0)..........1
Nazon 45
Eaves 90 (pen)
Att 3,853
Oxford Utd (2)............ 2 Southend (0)..............0
Henry 6
Att 7,332
Ricardinho 45
Peterboro (0).............0 Rochdale (1)................1
Att 5,496
Henderson 16
Plymouth (0)..............0 Portsmouth (0).......0
Att 14,634
Walsall (2)..................... 2 AFC W’don (0)..........3
Fitzwater 6
Pigott 48
Ngoy 45
Taylor 65
Att 4,663
Parrett 90 (pen)
Wigan (0).......................0 Rotherham (0) .........0
Wigan
Blackburn
Shrewsbury
Rotherham
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Charlton
Peterborough
Blackpool
Bristol Rovers
Fleetwood
Bradford
Doncaster
Southend
Gillingham
Oxford Utd
AFC W’don
Walsall
Oldham
Rochdale
Northampton
MKs Dons
Bury
P
41
42
41
42
42
41
42
42
42
43
42
43
40
40
42
42
42
42
42
41
41
43
42
42
W
26
25
24
21
16
18
19
17
16
14
16
15
16
13
14
12
13
13
12
11
10
11
10
7
D
9
12
10
7
16
10
6
11
13
14
8
9
6
14
11
16
11
10
12
13
15
10
12
9
L
6
5
7
14
10
13
17
14
13
15
18
19
18
13
17
14
18
19
18
17
16
22
20
26
F
81
76
55
68
59
53
54
54
64
56
58
57
49
49
49
44
57
42
51
54
45
39
42
34
A
27
37
33
51
49
48
51
50
52
53
62
62
61
46
62
48
62
53
62
68
53
74
61
65
Pts
87
87
82
70
64
64
63
62
61
56
56
54
54
53
53
52
50
49
48
46
45
43
42
30
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Accrington (1)...........1 Exeter (1)......................1
Jackson 38
Stockley 21
Att 3,135
Cheltenham (0) ........0 Forest Green (1) .....1
Att 4,744
Doidge 43
Chesterfield (0)........0 Mansfield (0).............1
Att 7,967
Benning 67
Colchester (1).............1 Notts County (0)....3
Wright 10
Forte 51
Ameobi 69
Att 3,599
Duffy 76
Crawley Town (1) ...1 Coventry (1)...............2
Young 13
Ponticelli 5, 77
Att 3,294
Grimsby (1).................. 2 Barnet (0).....................2
Collins 6
Akpa Akpro 62
Rose 82 (pen)
Weston 79
Att 5,416
Luton (2)......................... 3 Crewe (1).......................1
Hylton 39
Bowery 35
E Lee 45
Att 9,202
Ruddock 51
Morecambe (1)..........1 Carlisle (1)....................1
Lang 29
Devitt 14
Att 3,319
Newport Co (2) ......... 2 Swindon (0) ...............1
Amond 15
Mullin 62
Tozer 35
Att 3,911
Port Vale (0)................1 Lincoln City (0) .......0
Kay 63
Att 5,580
Stevenage (0).............0 Cambridge Utd (0) 2
Att 3,269
Corr 54, 83
Yeovil (0)........................0 Wycombe (0).............1
Att 3,307
Williams 79
P W D L F A Pts
Accrington
41 26 6 9 68 41 84
Luton
43 24 11 8 90 44 83
Wycombe
42 22 11 9 76 55 77
Notts County 43 20 13 10 66 45 73
Exeter
42 22 7 13 58 48 73
Coventry
42 20 8 14 53 41 68
Mansfield
43 17 16 10 62 48 67
Lincoln City
41 18 13 10 57 43 67
Swindon
43 19 7 17 64 64 64
Carlisle
43 16 14 13 58 51 62
Colchester
43 16 13 14 52 49 61
Newport Co
41 14 15 12 51 52 57
Crawley Town 43 16 9 18 54 61 57
Cambridge Utd 42 15 12 15 46 55 57
Stevenage
43 13 13 17 56 60 52
Cheltenham
43 13 12 18 62 61 51
Crewe
43 14 5 24 57 73 47
Yeovil
41 12 10 19 55 65 46
Port Vale
43 11 13 19 47 59 46
Morecambe
42 9 17 16 41 54 44
Forest Green 42 12 7 23 49 70 43
Grimsby
43 10 12 21 36 65 42
Barnet
43 9 10 24 40 65 37
Chesterfield
41 9 8 24 43 72 35
THE WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP
SEMI-FINAL
Motherwell (2)..........3 Aberdeen (0)..............0
Main 20, 66
Att 18,470
Bowman 22
Yesterday
Celtic (2)..........................4 Rangers (0) .................0
Rogic 22
Att 49,729
McGregor 38
Dembele 52 (pen)
Ntcham 78 (pen)
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hamilton (0)...............1 Kilmarnock (0) ........2
Templeton 73
Broadfoot 63
Att 4,348
K Boyd 79
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
33 22 9 2 64 21 75
Rangers
33 19 5 9 67 38 62
Aberdeen
33 19 5 9 50 36 62
Hibernian
33 16 11 6 49 35 59
Kilmarnock
33 15 10 8 45 39 55
Hearts
33 11 13 9 35 30 46
Motherwell
33 10 8 15 36 43 38
St Johnstone 33 10 8 15 32 47 38
Hamilton
33 8 6 19 43 60 30
Dundee
33 8 6 19 31 53 30
Ross County 33 6 8 19 38 57 26
Partick
33 6 7 20 26 57 25
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dundee Utd 1 Falkirk 0; Dunfermline 4
Brechin 0; Inverness CT 5 Dumbarton 1;
Morton 0 Queen of South 1; St Mirren 0
Livingston 0.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Airdrieonians 2 Albion 0; Ayr 1 Stranraer
2; East Fife 0 Arbroath 5; Forfar 0 Alloa 1;
Raith 2 Queen’s Park 0.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Clyde 2 Stirling 1; Elgin 1 Edinburgh City
1; Montrose 1 Berwick 0; Peterhead 1
Cowdenbeath 0; Stenhousemuir 3 Annan
Athletic 2.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Barrow 0 Ebbsfleet United 1; Boreham
Wood 4 Chester FC 2; Gateshead 2 Eastleigh 0; Macclesfield 1 Leyton Orient 1;
Maidenhead Utd 3 Dover 2; Maidstone
Utd 1 AFC Fylde 0; Solihull Moors 3
Guiseley 1; Sutton Utd 1 Hartlepool
1; Torquay 1 FC Halifax 0; Tranmere 2
Aldershot 0; Woking 0 Bromley 2; Wrexham 1 Dag & Red 2.
WOMEN’S FA CUP SEMI-FINALS, Yesterday: Everton 1 Arsenal 2; Chelsea 2
Man City 0.
52
Football
SPORT
PREMIER LEAGUE
SCOTTISH CUP
Moussa Dembélé dinks
home a cheeky penalty
to put Celtic three up
yesterday REUTERS
Survival would be
vindication for
Moyes and Marko
By Jonathan Liew
Celtic’s display
shows Rangers
gulf in class is
as wide as ever
CELTIC
Rogic 22, McGregor 38,
Dembélé pen 52, Ntcham pen 78
RANGERS
4
0
By Stephen Halliday
AT HAMPDEN PARK
Any debate over a closing of the gap
between Celtic and Rangers this
season was shut down emphatically
by the Scottish champions as they
marched imperiously into the Scottish Cup final at the expense of their
crestfallen Old Firm rivals.
The gulf in quality between the
teams remains as wide as it has always been during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure as Celtic manager, which
now sees him firmly on course for
the unprecedented feat of winning
back-to-back domestic trebles.
Motherwell will stand between
Celtic and that piece of Scottish
football history in the Hampden
final on 19 May but the tournament
sponsors are unlikely to receive too
many bets on the Fir Park club upsetting the odds.
While Celtic savoured their biggest Hampden win over Rangers
since the 1969 Scottish Cup final, this
was an agonising day for Graeme
Murty whose prospects of remaining as manager of the Ibrox side
beyond the summer have probably
been fatally undermined.
First-half goals from Tom Rogic
and Callum McGregor put Celtic
in total command before the
dismissal of Ross McCrorie
(right) early in the second left
Rangers in a hopeless situation. Celtic capitalised with
successful penalties by
Moussa Dembélé and
Olivier Ntcham.
From the opening
seconds, Celtic carried the demeanour
of a side determined
to underline their status as the country’s
best. They were superior in every department – overpowering
Murty’s players who
appeared painfully
cowed and uncertain
in comparison.
The cup holders could have been Celtic a penalty and send McCrorie
ahead as early as the fifth minute off as the defender found himself
when Dembélé, whose appetite for on the wrong side of Dembélé and
these types of occasions is so often tugged his shirt to pull him down just
in sharp contrast to his occasionally as the striker was lining up a shot.
disinterested contributions
Dembélé rubbed salt in
in more run-of-the-mill
Rangers’ wounds with his
games, latched onto
almost contemptuous
Ntcham’s cross from
conversion of the spotthe right and cracked
kick, as he dinked a
a volley against Wes
chip into the net.
Celtic have
Foderingham’s leftThere would not
competed
in
55
hand post.
be even the slightest
Scottish
Cup
finals,
Celtic remained
crumb of comfort for
winning 37 times
firmly on the front
Rangers and a joyous
foot and only had
afternoon for Celtic fans
to wait until the 22nd
was sealed by their team’s
minute to take their fully
fourth goal, again from the
deserved lead. Dembélé and
penalty spot, with 12 minutes
James Forrest linked up superbly remaining.
down the right with the winger
Rangers substitute Jason Holt’s
squaring the ball across the face of challenge on Celtic replacement
the box into the feet of Rogic.
Patrick Roberts sent the winger
The Australian playmaker turned tumbling and gave Madden another
away from the wrong-footed McCro- straightforward decision to make.
rie and slotted a precise right-foot Curiously, Dembélé gave up the
finish beyond Foderingham’s chance to add to his tally against
left hand into the corner of Rangers, handing the responsibility
the net.
to Ntcham who made no mistake.
Celtic put a more
realistic sheen on the
scoreline when they
made it 2-0 seven minutes before the break. The
goal was a calamity for Russell
Martin, the veteran Scotland
international’s weak attempt
to clear a Kieran Tierney cross
merely guiding the ball into the
path of McGregor who curled a
Motherwell manager
shot beyond Foderingham.
Stephen Robinson has told
The Ibrox team then found
his men to “make history” after
themselves 3-0 and a man down
they beat Aberdeen 3-0 in the
just seven minutes into the
Scottish Cup semi-final. Curtis
second half. There could be no
Main (above) struck twice either
dispute about referee Bobby
side of Ryan Bowman’s goal.
Madden’s decision to both award
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A few years ago, Marko
Arnautovic was asked which
coaches enjoyed the biggest
influence on his career, and
alongside the Werder Bremen
legend Thomas Schaaf and
Jose Mourinho, who managed
Arnautovic at Internazionale,
there was a surprising name.
When Steve McClaren arrived
at Twente in 2008, Arnautovic
was a wayward young striker.
Over the following year he would
strike up an unlikely rapport with
a manager whose achievements
in Dutch football – Eredivisie
runners-up and champions in his
first two seasons – remain, in this
country, curiously underrated.
McClaren gave him licence to
run riot and was rewarded with
14 goals – a tally that, almost a
decade on, Arnautovic is yet to
surpass. “Steve started my career,
really,” Arnautovic would later
say. “He gave me the opportunity
to play and show myself. I like him
as a man and as a coach.”
As West Ham prepare to host
Stoke, the club that brought him
to English football five years ago,
Arnautovic is one of the in-form
players, his nine goals in 14 games
a tribute to his own toil but that of
another much-maligned British
manager: David Moyes.
When Moyes landed in east
London in November, you could
barely make him out through the
fog of scepticism that greeted his
arrival. Yet for all their trials on
and off the pitch, victory against
Stoke would move them nine
points clear of the relegation zone.
His ability to wring the best
out of Arnautovic – an approach
he describes, simply, as “let him
be Marko” – is one of the reasons
why both men could well emerge
from this season with enhanced
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Allen
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Premier League Saturday
SOUTH’TON 2 CHELSEA 3
BURNLEY 2 LEICESTER 1
Giroud holds
hope of top-four
place for Blues
Dyche rejects
idea Burnley
can join elite
Olivier Giroud has refused to
let Chelsea give up on even the
slightest chance of Champions
League qualification.
The substitute struck twice as
Chelsea – who trail fourth-placed
Tottenham by seven points – scored
three times in eight minutes for a
comeback victory at Southampton.
“As long as mathematically it is
going to be possible, we are going
to believe,” said Giroud (below). “So
we take the games one by one and
we have maybe five or six finals to
play. Let’s do the job and we will
see what the other teams do.”
The defeat left Mark
Hughes’ men five points adrift
of safety.
Hughes insists his
players can cope with
the pressure, despite
their increasingly
precarious position.
“They’ve taken
blows all year, they
can’t start feeling
sorry for themselves
now, it’s gone beyond
that,” said Hughes.
Manager Sean Dyche has
welcomed the prospect of
European football at Burnley next
season but accepts that becoming
a top-six Premier League club is
“unlikely”.
Burnley are now favourites to
claim seventh spot after a home
win over nearest rivals Leicester
opened up a nine-point gap with
only five games left.
Provided Southampton do
not pull off an FA Cup triumph,
seventh will be enough to send
Burnley into Europe for the first
time in more than 50 years. But
Dyche was keeping his feet on
the ground after a fifth straight
league win took them over
the 50-point mark.
He said: “It’s unlikely
you can get so powerful
financially that you
can become one of the
top six. Are we moving
forward? Yes. Can the
club move forward and
build? Yes. But can you
just take it for granted?
Absolutely not.”
LIVERPOOL 3 B’NMOUTH 0
C PALACE 3 BRIGHTON 2
Salah is ‘the best We’ve learned
in the world at
our lesson,
using his head’
insists Tomkins
Mohamed Salah’s finish for
Liverpool against Bournemouth
– his 40th goal of the season –
has been hailed as being “up
there with some of the very best
headers of a ball in the world”,
according to team-mate Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The midfielder said: “The finish
from Mo was a bit of an unusual
one for him. It proves that he can
do that. He could have had a few
but he kept going and kept going,
and got his goal in the end. It was a
great finish.”
James Tomkins
believes Crystal
Palace’s victory
over Brighton
shows they have
learned their
lesson over
conceding damaging late goals.
The defender (above) said: “It’s
happened to us a few times when
we have panicked, but we managed
to keep a clean sheet in the second
half. It was nerve-wracking at
times, and I can imagine the fans
being a bit nervous watching us.”
HUDD’FIELD 1 WATFORD 0
SWANSEA 1 EVERTON 1
Huddersfield manager David
Wagner defended match-winner
Tom Ince (below) after his
stoppage-time strike – only his
second league goal of the season –
clinched victory against Watford
in a major boost to the club’s
survival hopes.
Wagner said:
“I would disagree
that he’s had a
difficult season.
He’s helped the
team massively.”
Jordan Ayew believes Swansea
have set the standard to survive in
the Premier League.
Ayew’s 11th goal of the season
secured a draw against Everton,
the least Swansea deserved after
outplaying Sam Allardyce’s side
for long periods at the Liberty
Stadium.
The striker said: “We are five
points ahead of the bottom three
now and this is a step forward. If
we keep on playing like this we will
make everyone happy.”
Wagner leaps
Swans will stay
to Ince defence afloat, says Ayew
Matt Ritchie
(second right)
celebrates with
team-mates
after scoring
Newcastle’s
winner
yesterday PA
Benitez’s birthday bonus as
Gunners left travel sick again
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Perez 29, Ritchie 68
2
ARSENAL
Lacazette 14
1
By Damian Spellman
AT ST JAMES’ PARK
Rafael Benitez admitted he could
not have dreamt Newcastle would
smash through the Premier League’s
40-point barrier with five games
to spare.
The Magpies cemented their
unlikely place in the top 10 with a
comeback victory over Arsenal at St
James’ Park yesterday to ease themselves to 41 points – 13 clear of the
drop zone.
That seemed a highly unlikely prospect back in December when a 1-0
away defeat by the Gunners saw the
team complete a run of nine games
which yielded just a single point.
Manager Benitez, who celebrates
his 58th birthday today, said: “We
were not expecting to be in the top 10,
but at the same time I said we were
dreaming, but we were awake and
thinking that we could do it.
“If you see the way that the players
were working for every single ball
– and the fans and all the staff –
everybody was pushing in the same
direction and that is the key when
you want to succeed in something.”
A first victory in 12 against
Arsenal, who had won the last 10
meetings, and a first home success
over the Gunners since December
2005, was secured by Matt Ritchie’s
68th-minute strike.
Alexandre Lacazette had fired
the visitors, who have not collected
a single point on the road since the
turn of the year, into a deserved 14th-
header was flicked on by Perez into
the path of Ritchie, who coolly finished past goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Newcastle nearly extended
Dubravka
their lead further with a quarter
of an hour left when Kenedy’s shot
Yedlin Lascelles Lejeune Dummett
looped up off Shkodran Mustafi
and hit the crossbar, before Arsenal
scrambled clear.
Diame Shelvey
The win effectively guaranteed
Newcastle’s
top-flight status and –
Ritchie
Kenedy
Perez
asked where that ranked in his career
– Benitez said with a smile: “You want
Gayle
me to say that it’s like the Champions
League [with Liverpool] in 2005!
Lacazette
Aubameyang
Iwobi
“It’s a great achievement. The difference is that when you win titles,
especially if it’s a cup, there are fewer
Willock
Xhaka
Elneny
games or it’s just a final.
“When you achieve something like
that,
it’s during the whole season and
Monreal Holding Mustafi Chambers
you can see the team progressing and
improving, so I’m really pleased to
see players playing every week much
Cech
better, learning about what to do in
Arsenal
difficult situations.
Substitutes: Newcastle Slimani (Gayle, 63),
“It’s a great achievement for everyJoselu (Perez, 79), Murphy (Ritchie, 86);
one, not just for me – for everyone.”
Arsenal Welbeck (Willock, 68), Maitland-Niles
(Chambers, 78), Nketiah (Iwobi, 86).
If
Benitez was a happy man, opBooked: Newcastle Slimani; Arsenal None.
posite number Arsène Wenger left
Man of the Match Diame. Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Newcastle 28% Arsenal 72%.
Tyneside not quite believing what he
Attempts on target: Newcastle 4 Arsenal 3.
had witnessed.
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire).
Attendance 52, 210.
He said: “It’s a bit ‘the story of the
season’. We had 70 per cent of the
ball, were 1-0 up and in the end, you
minute lead, only for Ayoze
lose 2-1 and you wonder how you
Perez to restore parity
can lose this game. That’s
15 minutes later with a
what happened today.
quality first-time fin“I think the game
ish at the near post
could have been over
– his third goal in as
at half-time. We conPremier League
many games – after
ceded two goals from
points won by
a low cross from
nowhere. It’s very
Arsenal this year
DeAndre Yedlin.
disappointing because
The winner came
I feel it’s very harsh to
when Nacho Monreal
swallow a defeat like
failed to clear the ball and
that. Overall, we played
substitute Islam Slimani’s
with a good spirit.”
Newcastle United
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Football
PREMIER LEAGUE
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Kompany eyes
next year after
United slip-up
hands City title
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Wolves start
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season. But Mourinho remains confident he can close the gap, pointing
Manchester City captain Vincent out he has won eight championships
Kompany has challenged his team- in his career.
mates to defend their title after
“I trust in my work,” Mourinho
Manchester United’s defeat to West said. “That is for sure. I have no reaBromwich Albion yesterday con- son not to trust. As I was saying, eight
firmed the Sky Blues as Pretitles are eight titles and three
mier League champions.
Premier Leagues are three
City beat Tottenham
Premier Leagues and the
on Saturday but United
last Premier League was
would have delayed
not 20 years ago it was
them winning the title
three years ago. And I
had they avoided losing
know how to win.
to bottom-of-the-league
“I believe in myself. But
West Brom yesterday.
I don’t play. My experience
But the surprise 1-0 defeat,
you don’t win titles with insecured by Jay Rodriguez’s
consistency. You win titles with,
second-half header, meant Pep Guar- of course, quality. Without quality
diola’s side were crowned champions you have no chance. But you win tiwithout kicking a football again.
tles with consistency, at every level.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Not just the performance level, but
result at Old Trafford, Kompany also the mental level, the day-by-day,
(above) said he sensed ahead of the everything must be consistent since
game that United might slip up, be- day one until the last day. One of the
fore the three-time Premier
things we have to improve
League winner revealed his
is consistency.”
M
y
City
desire to claim back-to-back
In the end it was another
team-mates
crowns with City.
example of inconsistency
“I had a feeling when I will roll their
and a meek surrender havwoke up this morning,” said eyes as I want ing so dramatically come
Kompany who was City’s to see the
from two goals behind at
captain when they won the reaction next the Etihad Stadium in the
league in 2012 and 2014.
Manchester derby the pre“You can’t take [winning season. I’ve
vious week to hold up City’s
the league] for granted, I’ve never retained coronation.
the
title
won three now but there’s
“If I was in their position
so many we’ve missed. My
I would be very upset if
team-mates will roll their
someone says that they won
eyes as I want to see the reaction the title because Manchester United
from us next season as I’ve never lost against West Bromwich Albion,”
been able to retain a title.”
Mourinho said. “They won the title
United manager Jose Mourinho because they were the best team,
backed himself to catch City next because they won a great amount of
season after he handed them this points, they lost only two matches, beyear’s title. With five games remain- cause they were the best team, that’s
ing, City are already 16 points clear at the reason why they were champions.”
the top of the table, ahead of secondplace United, following a phenomenal » Premier League table, p51
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The
Sport
Matrix
The stories you
need to know
Rodriguez an unlikely
kingmaker while Pep
relaxes on golf course
MANCHESTER UNITED
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Rodriguez 73
0
1
By Sam Cunningham
AT OLD TRAFFORD
So Jay Rodriguez headed Manchester City to the Premier League title
– not something you would expect
given he plays for bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion.
Yet after Manchester United
wrenched the trophy out of City’s
firm grip a week ago, coming back in
the derby from two goals behind at
RUGBY LEAGUE
Wakefield stun league leaders
Wakefield coach Chris Chester
hailed his side after their 24-10
win over Super League leaders St
Helens, but admitted he “aged about
10 years” in the last few minutes at
Belle Vue.
England centre Mark Percival
(right) scored two tries as Saints
fought back from 22-6 down to close
to within two points but Wakefield
clung on for victory, their first at
home to St Helens for six years. Both
sides finished the game with 12 men
after Percival and Wakefield hooker
Tyler Randell were sin-binned.
Chester said: “I aged about 10 years
in the last five minutes but I couldn’t
be more proud of my players. I’m
really pleased, it means I can sleep a
bit better tonight.”
Huddersfield’s miserable campaign
continued with a 30-12 home defeat
by Salford, with Giants’ Danny
Brough also sent off for dissent late
on. Jake Bibby sealed victory for
Salford with two tries.
Castleford underlined the size of
the task facing Steve McNamara as
they hammered his Catalans side
41-0 to move into the top four. Paul
McShane and Oliver Holmes both
crossed twice for the Tigers in a
record Super League win over the
rock-bottom Dragons.
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where Rodriguez (below) reacted
quickest to head the bouncing ball
past David De Gea from a few yards
out. In his peak years, before several
De Gea
long-term injuries, around the time
he was scoring freely for SouthampValencia Smalling Lindelof Young
ton and called up for England, Rodriguez was on City’s radar. This was
a little reminder of why.
Herrera
Matic
Pogba
It was also the first match for Rodriguez since the Football Association
Sanchez
Lukaku
Mata
announced it was “not proven” that
he had racially abused Brighton’s
Gaetan Bong and after a desperately
Rondon
horrible period for the striker he
was smothered by his team-mates in
Rodriguez
celebration, scoring his third goal in
four
games.
Phillips
McClean
Brunt Livermore
A match of few chances could have
gone either way, really. West Brom
had the first breakthrough in the
Gibbs
Hegazy Dawson Nyom
12th minute, Jake Livermore’s low
shot saved by a stretching De Gea.
Foster
In the second half, in which United
had most of the ball, Matic dug out
West Bromwich Albion
a cross and Romelu Lukaku headed
Subs: Manchester Utd Lingard (Herrera, 45), Martial
away from Ben Foster, who tipped the
(Pogba, 58), Rashford (Young, 75); West Bromwich
ball out somehow.
Krychowiak (Phillips, 77), Sturridge (Rondon, 85) Yacob
(Brunt, 90). Booked: Manchester Utd Pogba; West
Midway through the first half,
Bromwich Nyom.
Pogba shifted the ball between his
Man of the Match Rodriguez. Rating 5/10.
Possession: Man Utd 70% West Brom 30%.
feet around Rodriguez, popped it out
Attempts on target: Man Utd 4 West Bromwich 4.
to Alexis Sanchez, continued into the
Referee P Tierney (Lancashire).
Attendance 75,095.
box but when the cross was overhit
he reached out the Hand of Pog – and
the ball dropped meekly to Foster.
A cheeky smile spread across Pogba’s face as he lay on the turf. Nice
City and Liverpool in the Champi- try. Referee Paul Tierney showed
ons League, the second of which City him a yellow for deliberate handplayed at a pace somewhere between ball. The away fans chanted, “Cheat!
the speed of sound and the speed
Cheat! Cheat!”
of light, Juventus’s comePogba was still riding the
back against Real Madrid
wave of his titanic role in
denied by a split-second
their comeback against
stoppage time penalty
City which denied their
decision, Roma’s upset
rivals the Premier
against Barcelona,
League title last weekhere was a reminder
end, trying from disthat football can be
tance four times in the
slow and quite dull
first half; a tame one
sometimes.
too close to goalkeeper
Mourinho’s antidote to
Foster, an audacious atexcitement. There would’ve
tempted chip from 35 yards
been more tension as Guardiowhich went wide, two blocked.
la attempted a 10ft putt on
But despite easily being
the 18th to win the round.
United’s most creative
West Brom’s victory
player, the midfielder
came as a surprise,
was brought crashing
given their league
back down when he
This was the first
position, although it
was hooked with less
match
West
Brom
was not undeserved
than an hour of the
have won since
for stand-in manager
match played.
January when they
Darren Moore’s side.
A n u n i m p re s s e d
beat Brighton 1-0
Chris Brunt sent in a
Mourinho did not even
deep right-hand corner
look at Pogba as the player
on 73 minutes, and Nemanja
strode off. The Portuguese
Matic, under pressure from Craig
will struggle to meet the eye of any
Dawson, dealt with it awfully, head- of his players, or United’s supporters,
ing down into his own six-yard box after this.
Manchester United
Manchester City
fans celebrate being
crowned Premier
League champions
after United lost to
West Brom PA
half-time, yesterday at Old Trafford
they handed it right back to them,
neatly wrapped with a nice, silk ribbon attached.
Maybe this was Jose Mourinho’s
way of taunting their rivals: preventing them from clinching the title in
a derby match at their own ground,
then letting them win it when they
were not even playing a game. It is
hard to tell what goes on in Mourinho’s head these days.
City manager Pep Guardiola was
on a golf course somewhere not
too far away with his son, Maruis,
and some friends, enjoying the first
of three days off, uninterested in
watching live if his City side would
be pushed over the line by a United
defeat. Sir Alex Ferguson was also
on the golf course when he was told
he had won his first Premier League
title with United, 25 years ago. It’s
becoming a thing.
Guardiola was probably not expecting it to actually happen, given
West Brom had not won a match
since January, losing nine and
drawing one. Although the Catalan
definitely still made the right call to
skip this one; it was not a thrilling
match, won by a single goal, which
came from a set piece and a United
defensive error.
After the frenetic Manchester
derby, the blur of two legs between
GOLF
TENNIS
Rahm clinches win
on home territory
World No 4 Jon Rahm fired a fiveunder-par final round of 67 to win the
Open de Espana in Madrid. Rahm
became the sixth Spaniard to win
the tournament since it achieved
European Tour status in 1972,
finishing two shots clear of Ireland’s
Paul Dunne. It was the 23-year-old’s
first appearance at the Open de
Espana and his third victory on the
European Tour. Dunne led by one
shot overnight and a final-round 71
and outright second place.
1
Edmund given beating in final
Kyle Edmund’s attempt to win a first
ATP Tour title ended in defeat
in the Grand Prix Hassan II
final as he was thrashed
by Pablo Andujar.
The British No 1,
who reached the semifinal of the Australian
Open in January, was
playing against a man
ranked 355th in the
world but failed to turn up
and lost 6-2, 6-2 in Marrakech.
Edmund (above) had won twice
on Saturday – beating Tunisia’s
Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-1 followed by
a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of French
player Richard Gasquet –
after weather had forced
Friday’s entire schedule
to be abandoned, to reach
his first final at this level
but won just four games
against the Spaniard.
He does, however, move
up to a career-high 23 in the
rankings while Andujar claimed a
first ATP title since 2014.
FOOTBALL
Zlatan’s World Cup
hopes are ‘sky high’
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested
that he is about to end his
international retirement and play
for Sweden at the World Cup. The
36-year-old, who marked his first
start for MLS side LA Galaxy with
the winning goal against Chicago
Fire on Saturday, retired from
international football after Euro
2016. He said on Twitter yesterday
that his chances of playing in Russia
are “skyhoga”, which translated into
English means “sky high”.
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Five matches
that defined the
Citizens’ season
By Will Magee
City 1-1 Everton
21 August 2017
The closest City came to a setback in the first half of the season,
their 1-1 draw with Everton saw
them dip to fifth in the table after
two games and had many questioning whether they had shaken
off their shortcomings from
Guardiola’s debut campaign. City
harnessed any frustrations they
may have harboured and went on
an 18-game winning run which
defined the title race, or lack of
one.
City 5-0 Liverpool
9 September 2017
Given that Liverpool had themselves demolished Arsenal in
their previous match – thumping the north London side 4-0 at
Anfield – to then be annihilated
in turn at the Etihad was an early
indicator of City’s superiority to
their supposed title rivals.
Chelsea 0-1 City
30 September 2017
Though it required a spectacular
effort from Kevin De Bruyne to
seal all three points, City were
enterprising, imaginative and
ambitious in contrast to a hesitant and sometimes overcautious
Chelsea side.
Liverpool 4-3 City
14 January 2018
The one negative in an otherwise
perfect season up until that point,
Manchester City’s unblemished
record was finally tarnished at
Anfield. Liverpool will be remembered as a thorn in City’s side
over the course of an otherwise
glorious campaign.
City 2-3 Manchester United
7 April 2018
Manchester United staged a
remarkable second-half comeback to delay their neighbours’
Premier League title celebrations. City’s failure to provide
their supporters with the dream
ending to a memorable campaign
brought about an emphatic
reaction against Tottenham on
Saturday.
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