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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
Sky turns
against
Murdoch by
welcoming
rival bid
P10
THURSDAY
26 APRIL 2018
Number 2,315
Advantage
Madrid
Real join Liverpool
as favourites to
meet in the final
EU’s revenge!
€7 charge for
British tourists
to visit Europe
after Brexit
Rudd:
I’m deeply
sorry for my
mistakes on
Windrush
P6
P8
Trump to
visit UK
in July
Deborah Orr
Poor Alfie Evans
has been hijacked
by propagandists
P15
How to
unleash your
child’s potential
» Major protests expected when US President
comes to London for Brexit talks with PM
» Trump won’t receive ceremony of a state visit
– but still hopes to meet members of Royal Family
P30
P54
Is this the end
for Apu?
Simpsons row
P13
Matron!
What our
healthcare
looked like
before the NHS
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper theipaper
P26
PLUS HAMISH McRAE ON THE END OF PLASTIC
P22
I SCIENCE
P33
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
CRIME
What cunning
plan is evolving
from a YouGov
survey?
See p.10
The day at
a glance
THURSDAY
26
APRIL
Quote of the day
We judge ourselves
by what we feel capable
of doing, while others
judge us by what we
have already done
HENRY WADSWORTH
LONGFELLOW
Birthdays
Duane Eddy, guitarist, 80;
Channing Tatum, actor, 38;
Melania Trump, US First
Lady, 48; Susannah Harker
(below), actress, 53
Anniversaries
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index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................36
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Burglars have broken into the
London home of banking heiress
Kate Rothschild and escaped with
jewellery and valuables worth
an estimated £500,000 as her
children slept upstairs. Friends said
Ms Rothschild, a music producer,
was “distraught”.
LEGAL
BREXIT
ENVIRONMENT
Justice chief fear
over CPS staffing
Civil servant warns
about Irish border
Knotweed can be
Crickets ‘tickled’
controlled, not killed with blades of grass
Police and CPS staffing levels may
have been a factor in failures to
disclose evidence, the Lord Chief
Justice said. Confidence in the
criminal justice system suffered last
year after several cases collapsed
after serious disclosure failings.
Lord Burnett of Maldon said the
issue was of “great concern”.
The head of Northern Ireland’s Civil
Service has warned that the UK’s
plan for the Irish border fails to solve
major problems caused by Brexit.
In a leaked private letter to Theresa
May’s Brexit, David Sterling said
the plans in the UK’s position paper
suffer from practical problems and
did not address certain “issues”.
The world’s largest field trial to
control the invasive Japanese
knotweed, conducted in Wales, has
found that eradicating the plant is
not possible. Swansea University
researchers tested 19 of the main
control methods. Study leader Dr
Dan Jones said it was a question of
sustained control and management.
NATURE
Cricket “ticklers” are helping
to bring a species back from the
brink of extinction. The RSPB and
Natural England are encouraging
young field crickets or nymphs
by “tickling” them with a blade
of grass to emerge from their
burrows so they can be caught and
moved to new areas.
BUSINESS
DIPLOMACY
UNITED STATES
MIDDLE EAST
Persimmon boss
sorry for £75m pay
Kuwait and Manila
in housemaids row
The last ‘cocaine
cowboy’ is jailed
Journalist shot by
Israeli troops dies
The chairman of housebuilding
firm Persimmon apologised
“unreservedly” to shareholders over
its handling of executive pay. Nigel
Mill’s apology followed outrage that
its chief executive Jeff Fairburn
is set to receive a payout of nearly
£75m. Mr Mill said the debacle was a
matter of “profound regret”. PAGE 41
Kuwait has expelled the Philippines
ambassador and recalled its own
from Manila over a dispute about the
abuse of Filipina housemaids and
workers in the country. The nations
had been negotiating an end to the
Philippines’ ban on workers going
there following the discovery of a
Filipina in a freezer in Kuwait City.
A year after his arrest, Gustavo
Falcon, 56, the last of Miami’s
“cocaine cowboys” has been
sentenced to 11 years in prison for
drug trafficking. He disappeared
in 1991 when he was indicted with
his older brother for their $2bn
smuggling operation during
Florida’s violent “Miami Vice” era.
A Palestinian journalist shot by
Israeli troops while covering a
protest on the Gaza-Israel border
has died. Ahmed Abu Hussein was
wounded in the abdomen on 13 April.
Video footage showed he was in a
group far from the border, wearing
a blue jacket and a helmet marked
“TV” when he was shot.
A study of 1,330 people by University College London and the University
of Leeds for Cancer Research UK, found a quarter of people (26.1 per cent)
incorrectly believed their mobile phone could cause cancer and 41 per
cent felt stress was a factor.
HEALTH
The List
UK’s biggest
lottery winners
A UK Euromillions ticket-holder
has become the country’s third
biggest lottery winner, after
scooping a jackpot of more than
£121m. The top lottery jackpot
wins in the UK are:
Monday 26 April 1937
During the Spanish Civil
War, the German military
tests its powerful new air
force – the Luftwaffe –
with a bombing raid on the
Basque town of Guernica.
One-third of its 5,000
inhabitants were killed
or wounded.
Heiress’ jewels
stolen in burglary
1. Colin and Chris Weir from Largs,
Scotland, became Europe’s biggest
lottery winners with more than
£161m in June 2011.
2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from
Suffolk, took home more than
£148m in August 2012.
3. In April 2018 a UK ticket-holder
staked a claim for a £121.3m
EuroMillions jackpot.
4. In October 2010 an anonymous
winner scoops just over £113m.
5. Neil Trotter, from south London,
a car mechanic, won nearly £108m
in March 2014.
6. Dave and Angela Dawes, from
Cambridgeshire, won more than
£101m in a Euromillions draw in
October 2011.
7. An anonymous winner scooped
more than £93m in June 2015.
8. An £87.5m win is paid out in
June 2017 to another
publicity-shy winner.
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled paper content of UK
newspapers in 2017 was 64.6%
Cancer risks
and myths
26%
Obesity is the second
biggest preventable
cause of cancer
of people incorrectly think that
mobile phone use was a risk factor
#2
2 in 5
of people failed to
realise obesity was
a cancer risk factor
41%
of people wrongly
believe food additives
are a cancer risk factor
30%
40%
of cases could
be prevented
through lifestyle
changes
The proportion of participants who said they
“agreed” or “strongly agreed” that so-called
“mythical cancer causes” are risk factors for
developing cancer were:
41.7%
Stress
34.1%
31.3%
GM food
Artificial sweeteners
25.6%
Physical trauma
25.3%
Aerosols
24.3%
Cleaning products
19.6
Microwave ovens
14.6%
Plastic bottles
falsely believe that living
near power lines could
be a risk
SOURCE: University College London and the University of Leeds for Cancer Research UK
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NEWS
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i THURSDAY
26 APRIL 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
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TELEVISION
CLARE SMYTH,
CHEF
Boyfriend’s bum note
for ‘Countdown’ host
Countdown viewers have often
smiled when Rachel Riley spells out
naughty words. But the Channel 4
programme’s co-presenter was left
red-faced when her boyfriend, the
dancer Pasha Kovalev, spelled out
“bumhole” from a selection of
letters during his guest slot with
Susie Dent on Dictionary Corner.
CULTURE
19th-century book
on birds ‘worth $12m’
A first edition of John James
Audubon’s The Birds of America
could fetch up to $12m (£8.5m) at
auction in New York, Christie’s
predicts. The richly illustrated
19th-century book, featuring more
than 400 hand-coloured illustrations
of 1,037 life-size birds, is one of just
13 remaining in private hands.
PEOPLE
Idle’s hands make
light work of memoir
Cooking up a storm...
Clare Smyth has just been served
with a top culinary award – she is the
World’s Best Female Chef. She was
selected by a poll of more than 1,000
of her peers. She is the first woman
from the UK to win the award in its
eight-year history.
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What’s the recipe for such success?
Born in Co Antrim, Clare grew up
on a farm and left home at 16 to go
to catering college in Portsmouth.
After college, she worked at highprofile restaurants including Terence
Conran’s restaurant at Michelin
House, the Roux Family’s The
Waterside Inn in Bray, and then the
restaurant of the St Enodoc Hotel in
Rock, Cornwall, where she won Young
Cornish Fish Chef of the year.
The year 2002 was to be a
turning point in her career when she
began working for her mentor
Gordon Ramsay. In 2007, she was
appointed head chef at Restaurant
Gordon Ramsay, becoming the
first female chef in the UK to run a
restaurant with three Michelin stars.
And in 2016, she left to open her
first solo venture, Core, in Notting
Hill, west London.
The core ingredients of her successful
restaurant are...
British produce – the emphasis is
on a “Made in Britain” ethos which
covers everything from the food to
the tableware. She told the Evening
Standard: “British produce is better
than it has ever been, with chefs
working closely with producers,
which is driving the quality higher
and higher.”
Taking inspiration from her Irish
roots, diners can expect to dip into a
“Potato and roe” and “Lamb carrot” if
they visit her restaurant.
And a little food for thought...
Smyth said she has discussed with
the team behind the award the lack of
women leading professional kitchens.
Speaking after being named World’s
Best Female Chef, she said: “This
accolade is not for me but for all the
women working in the hospitality
industry around the world.
“I hope to use this platform to
encourage and mentor more women
to achieve success.”
Sally Guyoncourt
Eric Idle is writing a memoir, Always
Look on the Bright Side of Life. “We
used to be babe magnets. Now we’re
fridge magnets,” the Monty Python
star said. “I thought it was time
to tell my tale before I suffer from
Hamnesia, which is what happens
to elderly actors.” Crown Archetype
will publish the book in October.
TRAVEL
£400 fine for touts
who pester tourists
Cairo’s parliament has passed a law
to fine “aggressive touts” as part of
efforts to revive tourism. Anyone
found pestering tourists “with the
intention of begging or promoting,
offering or selling a good or service”
will be fined £400. Visitors to the
Pyramids are often harassed in this
way and scams are common.
3
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Welcoming committee
Without reprising the entire text
of an earlier column on the
subject, I welcome Donald Trump’s
visit to the UK in July (cover story)
– and none of the pomp that the
US President had longed for.
It is important that he has the
chance to see what people in other
friendly nations really think of
him, and I am sure that the British
public will be happy to oblige in
their tens of thousands.
****
i readers, much like the rest of the
nation, do not share a united view
on the monarchy. Some of you
object if we publish an unflattering
picture of the Queen. Others among
you think that Cromwell had the
right idea and – if not execution –
that mass exile to one of the Atlantic’s colder outcrops might be a
suitable future for Britain’s royals.
As on other matters, we try to
represent a broad church (small c).
Our policy is to report concisely on
bigger news, including scrutiny of
their expenses and role in public
life, while not troubling too much
with the daily ephemera.
Valerie Lewis writes in reply to
fellow reader Fred Kent, who is
fleeing to France to escape May’s
royal wedding. “Fred may find he
has miscalculated,”she says, adding
that the French are “glued to the
television” for these things. Mary
Evans, of Heathfield, East Sussex,
suggests India, while John Duffield
has a different take (Your View, p16).
****
In this country, those of us who
love the outdoors contend with
blisters, chilly beaches and the
occasional blizzard. Spare a
thought then for Dylan McWilliams
of Hawaii, and formerly of Colorado, who in three years has been
bitten by a tiger shark, a bear and
a rattlesnake. (Separate incidents.)
National Geographic calculates the
odds at 893.35 quadrillion to one.
Back in Blighty, my garden has
been invaded by blue tits.
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NEWS
CONSUMER
TSB accounts still locked by IT ‘meltdown’
By Ella Wills
TSB’s computer “meltdown”
continued yesterday, with thousands
of customers still locked out of
their bank accounts five days after
services went down.
Despite assurances by the
bank that its mobile banking app
and online services were “up and
running”, frustrated customers were
still reporting that they received an
error message when trying to log
on. The number of customers able
to log in at once was limited because
TSB expected a surge in customers
attempting to get online following
four days of disruption.
The chief executive, Paul Pester,
said on Tuesday that he was “deeply
sorry” for the problems, which left
some customers able to see other
people’s accounts, as data and
banking watchdogs confirmed they
were looking into the situation. It
followed a shift to a new IT system
after TSB’s split from Lloyds
Banking Group. The bank told
account holders that some services,
including online banking, payments
and transfers, would not be possible
over the weekend.
The upgrade was scheduled for
between Friday at 4pm and Sunday
at 6pm. But thousands of people
complained of problems with mobile
and online accounts for the next
three days. One customer said they
had “access” to other customers’
accounts totalling more than
£20,000, and another reportedly
discovered they had been credited
with £13,000 after logging back in.
Mr Pester wrote on social media
yesterday morning that services
had been restored and thanked
customers for “patience and
bearing with us”. TSB said
that a “tiny fraction” of
customers saw accounts
belonging to other
users and the issue was
resolved in 20 minutes.
But a number of
frustrated users were
still unable to access their
money. Amy Wood said: “Well,
TSB online bank worked briefly.
Long enough for me to write down all
my account numbers so that I can go
into a branch later today and empty
my savings.”
The Information Commissioner’s
Office, which monitors data and
privacy, said: “We are aware of a
potential data breach in relation to
TSB and are making inquiries.”
Nicky Morgan, the MP who
chairs the Treasury Select
Committee, has written to TSB
asking for details of the problems
and the bank’s response.
‘I’m going to another bank’
Tess Williams, a nanny from Surbiton,
said: “I’m exasperated. I’m trying to
get evidence of income, so I can rent
a home for my daughter and I. At this
rate I’ll lose the flat.”
Maggie Tate, from east London, said:
“If it’s not fixed by Friday, I’m going to
another bank. It has caused so much
inconvenience we should all be
compensated.”
Gavin Codd, from Ipswich,
said: “Just been trying
to help my pensioner
mother over the
phone who is trying
to make payments for
accounts due to be paid.
No idea whether they’ve
gone through as site crashed
halfway through.”
Suzanne Hodgson, an NHS worker
from Blackpool, said: “It sounds
melodramatic but I feel like crying. It’s
payday and I can’t do any transfers.
I’ve been on hold for 58 minutes.”
Heather Livingstone, a receptionist
from Falkirk, said: “This is ridiculous,
day six and still can’t log on to
internet banking.”
Althea Rossiter, from Aberdeen, said:
“How long is the debacle going to go
on for, TSB? It’s not like I have much
money, but it’s so annoying not being
able to access my online banking.”
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Meghan commemorates fallen
Meghan Markle joined Prince
Harry at a thanksgiving ceremony
to commemorate Anzac Day
yesterday. The service at
Westminster Abbey marked the
anniversary of the start of Gallipoli
landings during the First World
War. It was the culmination of a day
of events honouring Australia and
New Zealand’s fallen, which began
with a wreath-laying at dawn.
JONATHAN BRADY/PA
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
26 APRIL 2018
5
Bathed
in floral
beauty
Dancers Alison
Parsons (left) and
Georgia PatonDurrant pose in a
floral display named
‘Greenhouse’ ahead of
the Harrogate Spring
Flower Show in North
Yorkshire yesterday.
The show, organised
by the North of
England Horticultural
Society, opens today
and is one of two
annual events held at
the Great Yorkshire
Showground.
It attracts more
than 50,000 visitors
and 1,000 exhibitors
each year and includes
gardens created by
professionals and
community groups.
IAN FORSYTH/GETTY
COVER STORY
Trump will pay ‘low-key, working
visit’ to Britain in middle of July
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Donald Trump’s much-delayed
visit to Britain has been
scheduled for mid-July.
The President will
hold talks with Theresa
May and could meet
members of the Royal
Family, but his visit will
be shorn of pomp and
ceremony. Details of his
arrival are expected to be
confirmed within days.
Mrs May faced a backlash and
the threat of mass protests last year
when she invited the new President
to pay a state visit. More than 1.8
million people signed a petition
opposing the invitation.
Mr Trump – who
is said to have been
stung by the scale of
opposition – will now
pay a more low-key
and shorter “working
visit”. It is still certain
to provoke major
demonstrations and a large
police operation. He had been
due to open the new US Embassy
Air miles Trump’s trips
Donald Trump’s maiden voyage
overseas as US President was to
Saudi Arabia last May. The trip also
took in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the
Vatican, Rome and Brussels.
Last July, he visited Warsaw,
Hamburg (for the G20 summit) and
Paris, where he met Emmanuel
Macron. His final tour of 2017 was to
Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam
and the Philippines. And he went
to Switzerland in January for the
World Economic Forum at Davos.
Analysis
May will be eager to roll out the red carpet
Nigel Morris
T
heresa May’s desperation
to establish a rapport with
Donald Trump has been
obvious from the moment
she invited him to pay a state visit
to Britain – even though he had
been in the White House barely
a week. The President may be
quixotic and unpredictable, but he
presides over the biggest economy
on the planet, accounting for a
quarter of the world’s output.
If her post-Brexit free-trade
agreements are to become a
reality, it is essential she strikes
a deal with the United States as
soon as possible.
The recent mood music has not
been good, with fears of a trade
war over Mr Trump’s threat to
impose tariffs on European steel
and aluminium and the row over
American tariffs on aerospace
in February, but cancelled his trip,
explaining that the building was too
expensive and that he was not a “big
fan” of its new location at Nine Elms,
south London.
Relations between Downing
Street and the White House
suffered when Mr Trump retweeted
inflammatory videos by the far-right
Britain First party and criticised UK
police after last year’s bomb blast
at Parsons Green Tube station in
West London. But their relationship
appears to have recovered as they
co-operated closely over the recent
air strikes in Syria.
Britain and the US confirmed that
the visit was back on after the two
leaders met at the World Economic
Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos
in January, where Mr Trump
dismissed claims of a rift between
them as a “false rumour” and told
Mrs May: “We love your country.”
The President is expected to
attend a Nato summit in Brussels on
11 and 12 July and to join Bastille Day
celebrations in Paris on 14 July.
Mrs May’s spokesman refused to
confirm the visit. “When the Prime
Minister and the President met at
Davos, they said their officials were
putting together a working visit,
and we will announce details of that
in due course,” he said, insisting that
the state visit invitation still stood.
firm Bombardier. However, her
recent chilly relations with the
President have improved after he
backed her over the nerve agent
attack in Salisbury, while the two
worked closely together on this
month’s air strikes in Syria.
Mrs May will hope to build on
that when he visits Britain in July.
And even if he is paying a
working – and not a state – visit,
Mr Trump can expect the British
Prime Minister to roll out a
metaphorical red carpet.
Macron in US, page 21
TRANSPORT
New rail strikes
called in train
guards dispute
By Alan Jones
Rail passengers face fresh disruption
after more strikes were called in the
long-running dispute over the role of
train guards.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and
Transport (RMT) union on Arriva
Rail North, Greater Anglia and South
Western Railway (SWR) will strike
for 24 hours on 9 May and, just on
SWR, on 11, 14, 16 and 18 May.
The announcement was made at a
protest in Westminster to mark the
second anniversary of the dispute,
which started on Southern Railway.
Hundreds of RMT members,
disability campaigners and
passengers joined the Westminster
demonstration, which was followed
by a lobby of MPs. The RMT’s
general secretary, Mick Cash, said:
“Yet again, the intransigence of
private rail companies operating
in England over the key issue of the
guard guarantee means that we have
no option but to announce further
strike action in the separate disputes
on Arriva Rail North, Greater Anglia
and South Western Railway.
“We are drawing attention to the
ludicrous situation that means we are
able to reach agreements in Wales
and Scotland on the guard guarantee
but not on a raft of key franchises in
England. If it’s good enough for Wales
and Scotland to put rail safety first,
then it should be good enough for the
rest of Britain.”
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NEWS
DIPLOMACY
SOCIETY
HMRC ‘error’ revealed Tory connection
By David Hughes
It was a “huge error of judgement”
for an HM Revenue and Customs
official to mention that Lycamobile
was a major Tory party donor
when turning down a French
request for help with a inquiry
into the telecoms company, Philip
Hammond said yesterday.
The Chancellor said the decision
to decline the French request was
properly made by HMRC lawyers,
but it was inappropriate to
mention “completely extraneous”
and “irrelevant” Tory donations
and the “Prince Charles Trust” in
the response.
Controversy erupted when
HMRC’s refusal to help the
French tax and money laundering
investigation into the telecoms
firm was reported.
Mr Hammond told MPs that the
decision not to provide support
was made by HMRC lawyers
because the French “failed”
to provide sufficiently precise
information to satisfy a UK judge
that the criteria for issuing a
search warrant had been met.
He said the decision was correct
and had nothing to do with any
wider issues. “The error was made
by the official in communicating
that extraneous information.”
Rudd admits:
I should have
seen Windrush
scandal coming
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Amber Rudd told MPs yesterday that
she “bitterly” regretted not grasping
the scale of the Windrush scandal
sooner, and for not viewing it as a
“systemic issue” until recently.
The Home Secretary’s frank
remarks came as she faced mounting
calls to resign over her department’s
handling of the problems faced
by members of the “Windrush
generation” of immigrants from
Britain’s former colonies.
Appearing in front of the Home
Affairs Committee in the Commons
yesterday, Ms Rudd said she had
only become aware in the “past few
months” that there was a “potential
issue”. But she confessed: “I bitterly,
deeply regret I didn’t see it as more
than individual cases that had gone
wrong that needed addressing. I
didn’t see it as a systemic issue until
very recently.”
Ms Rudd said the Government
also needed to introduce legislation
so that the Home Office can waive
citizenship fees for the entire
new
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Asked whether anyone had
been deported as a result
of the scandal, Ms Rudd said:
“Not as far as we can see at the
moment.” She said that 7,000 out
of 8,000 records dating back to
2002 had been checked so far.
Windrush generation. As it stands,
the department is waiving fees on a
“discretionary basis”, she explained.
Glyn Williams, a senior civil
servant in the department, who is in
charge of immigration, told MPs that
since a hotline was set up last week,
3,800 calls have been made and 1,364
have been identified as potential
Windrush individuals.
He said 91 appointments had been
made so far and 23 cases resolved
with documentation issued.
M s Ru d d d e n i e d t h at t h e
Conservative Party’s contentious
target to bring net migration down
to the tens of thousands had fuelled
the problem. “I don’t think that’s got
anything to do with it,” she said. “It’s
wrong to think the net migration
target is the problem here. The
problem here is that people were not
properly documented.”
Asked whether she had asked
Theresa May to remove the target,
Ms Rudd said: “I have not discussed
that with the Prime Minister.”
Pressed again, she said: “I have
private conversations with the Prime
Minister which will stay private.”
Her appearance followed a week of
stories about Windrush-era people
being threatened with deportation,
having their benefits suspended,
denied access to the NHS and losing
their jobs because of a lack of official
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Johnson knocked back by PM
on illegal immigrant amnesty
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Downing Street has rejected a
call from Boris Johnson to give an
amnesty to illegal immigrants who
have lived in Britain for 10 years.
It argued that the initiative would
be counterproductive by becoming
an “incentive” for economic migrants
to try to reach the UK. Mr Johnson
has been a long-standing supporter
of an amnesty and reportedly revived
the idea during Cabinet clashes this
week with Theresa May.
It was the latest in a series of
confrontations between the Foreign
Secretary and the Prime Minister in
recent weeks amid speculation that
he is deeply unhappy over claims that
she is steering the country towards a
“soft Brexit”. Mr Johnson protested
that plans to offer quick-track
citizenship to Windrush generation
migrants hit by Home Office mistakes
were insufficient.
But Mrs May said he had
previously called for an amnesty for
all migrants and said it was “not what
the public would want to see”. The
Prime Minister’s spokesman added:
“There’s a long-standing government
position on this, that there are no
plans to have an amnesty.”
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LABOUR
McCluskey blasts
‘Corbyn-hating’
MPs in party
By Andrew Woodcock
Yvonne Williams has been
detained at Yarl’s Wood
Immigration Removal
Centre since August
PEOPLE
Immigration debacle is still leaving
young families unable to cope
By Sally Guyoncourt
Yvonne Williams is living in
fear that she will be deported to
Jamaica, separating her from her
entire family in Britain.
The daughter of a Windrush
immigrant, Ms Williams was
living in Oxford near her
daughter and grandchildren.
But since August last year she
has been detained at Yarl’s Wood
Immigration Removal Centre in
Bedfordshire, facing the prospect
of deportation to Jamaica.
“I’m very stressed. I can’t cope
any more,” she said. “It’s very
depressing and stressful being
locked up every day. I have no
one in Jamaica. I would be on the
streets. The judge said I can go to
Jamaica and have my family here
support me, but they don’t have
enough money to do that.”
The 59-year-old Jamaican
national arrived in the UK
with her children 16 years
ago on a six-month visa
to join her mother.
Since then, she
has made at least
eight unsuccessful
applications for the
right to remain,. She
had been the carer
for her British-born
grandchildren, aged
seven and 14. Speaking to
The Independent, her daughter
Kareca Jones said: “I don’t know
what would happen if she were
sent back. I can’t afford to pay rent
for her. We’re really struggling
without her. It’s very stressful.”
Leeds electrician Joseph
Bravo, 62, missed his daughter’s
wedding in Cyprus because
he was refused a passport
to travel. He arrived in
England from Jamaica
in 1963 aged seven to
join his parents, who
had travelled on the
Windrush in 1956.
The Passport Office
said it had no record
of his residence and he
would need to apply for
British citizenship first at a
cost of £3,000, which he could not
afford. He was forced to watch
his daughter Charmaine (inset)
marry via FaceTime.
TECHNOLOGY
MEDIA
£1bn deal aims to put UK
at forefront of global AI
BBC gives hard-up
presenters loans
to cover tax bills
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Britain’s ambitions to become a
global hub for artificial intelligence
have been boosted by a government
deal with the private sector that sets
aside close to £1bn to help develop the
groundbreaking industry.
The deal, which includes more
than £300m of newly allocated government funding, is intended to help
cement the country’s reputation as a
centre for AI innovation.
AI is projected to add £232bn to
the UK economy by 2030, some 10
per cent of GDP, despite fears its ap-
plication to jobs traditionally completed by humans will lead to initial
job losses.
The money will be used to fund
training for 8,000 computer science
teachers, with a goal of providing
every secondary school with a fully
qualified GCSE teacher, a total of
1,000 AI PhDs by 2025 and a Turing
Fellowship programme in the future.
“The UK must be at the forefront
of emerging technologies, pushing
boundaries and harnessing innovation to change people’s lives for the
better,” said Secretary of State for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Matt Hancock.
By Gavin Cordon
The BBC has been making hardship
payments to presenters facing large
tax bills after they said they were
forced by the corporation to form
companies so they could be treated
as freelancers, MPs have been told.
Deputy director-general Anne
Bulford told the Commons Public
Accounts Committee they had given
unspecified amounts in loans and advances to 15 individuals, mainly radio
and news presenters, with temporary financial difficulties.
The Unite union leader Len
McCluskey has voiced “disgust” at
backbench Labour critics of Jeremy
Corbyn, raising the prospect that
those who have attacked the party
leader on issues like anti-Semitism
could face mandatory reselection.
Mr McCluskey was in turn
accused of undermining Mr
Corbyn’s efforts to tackle antiSemitism, which led to him meeting
with leaders of the British Jewish
community on Tuesday night.
The attempt to smooth relations
backfired as leaders of the Board
of Deputies of British Jews and
Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)
accused him of failing to back his
words with action.
Meanwhile, dozens of Labour
MPs marched in support of their
Jewish colleague Ruth Smeeth as
she gave evidence at the disciplinary
hearing of a suspended party
member accused of anti-Semitism.
Writing in the New Statesman,
Mr McCluskey accused MPs on
Labour’s centrist wing of “working
overtime trying to present the
Labour Party as a morass of
misogyny, anti-Semitism and
bullying”. While stressing his own
opposition to anti-Semitism, he
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of
failing to tackle anti-Semitism
accused “promiscuous critics” such
as MPs Chris Leslie, Neil Coyle,
John Woodcock, Wes Streeting and
Ian Austin of “polluting” the leader’s
efforts to tackle the problem.
“I look with disgust at the
behaviour of the Corbyn-hater
MPs who join forces with the most
reactionary elements of the media
establishment and I understand
why there is a growing demand for
mandatory reselection,” he wrote.
“To watch as these so-called
social democrats tried to demean a
decent man who has fought racism
and anti-Semitism all his life… made
my stomach churn.”
SOCIETY
Rival Labour protesters clash
outside disciplinary hearing
By Sally Guyoncourt
A Labour activist accused of
publicly abusing a Jewish MP is
facing expulsion from the party.
In an early test of Labour’s
commitment to root out
anti-Semitism, an internal
party disciplinary hearing
began an inquiry into
allegations that activist
Marc Wadsworth made
anti-Semitic comments to
the Labour MP Ruth Smeeth.
Mr Wadsworth (inset) was
suspended after haranguing Ms
Smeeth at the launch of Labour’s
anti-Semitism report in 2016.
Outside yesterday’s hearing,
Mo m e n t u m act i v i s t s a n d a
group called Labour Against
The Witchhunt shouted “free
Marc Wadsworth” and “free
Palestine”. One protester,
Tony Greenstein, who was
expelled from Labour
for anti-Semitism in
February, said the claims
were “manufactured”
by Israel and the CIA
because they were
opposed to Mr Corbyn’s
leadership of the party.
Mr Wadsworth said he was
confident that he would be
exonerated. “I’m not guilty,” he said.
POLITICS
Labour rejects bomb tweets candidate
By Padraic Flanagan
Labour has declined to endorse a
controversial candidate who suggested that the Manchester arena
bombing may not have taken place.
Mandy Richards was selected as
the party’s prospective MP for the
winnable seat of Worcester despite
messages on her Twitter feed rais-
ing questions over why there were
“no images... of physical damage”
from the bombing and saying there
was a “convenient shortage of evidence” in the murder of Jo Cox.
A spokesman for Labour’s NEC
said on Tuesday night that it would
not be endorsing Ms Richards,
which is a necessary step to become
a Labour candidate.
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BREXIT
€7 fee to visit Europe after Brexit –
the EU’s penalty on British tourists
By Jon Stone
The EU is moving forward with plans
to charge travellers coming from
countries outside the single market
a €7 (£6) “travel authorisation fee” to
cross into its territory, under a new
system of checks designed to improve security on the bloc’s borders.
UK travellers are likely to be hit
by the charge after Brexit, which is
set to apply to all visa-exempt countries outside the EU, except those in
the European Economic Area (EEA)
and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) area, which maintain
free movement with the union.
Under the European Travel Information and Authorisation System
(ETIAS), people coming into the
Schengen Area – the 26 European
states that have abolished passport
Catherine Bearder, a
Liberal Democrat MEP,
argued: “The fact that Britons will
now have to pay to visit the EU
was never on the ballot paper in
the referendum.”
and all other types of border control
at their mutual borders – would need
to apply for travel authorisation and
pay the fee.
Theresa May has ruled out membership of the single market and said
that freedom of movement will end
when the UK leaves the bloc – meaning that negotiating an exemption
for Britain is likely to prove difficult.
A spokesman for the European
Commission’s Brexit negotiators
said the scheme’s application to the
UK would be part of discussions
on the future relationship, where
the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel
Barnier, has so far been unwilling to
cut special deals for Britain.
“Today’s agreement is another important step in protecting the EU’s
external borders,” said Valentin
Radev, the interior minister of Bulgaria, which is currently chairing
the European Council. “By knowing
who is coming to the EU before they
even arrive at the border, we will be
better able to stop those who may
pose a threat to our citizens.”
Yesterday, EU ambassadors confirmed that a deal had been reached
on the ETIAS scheme between the
POLITICS
Lords inflict
heavy defeat on
May’s Brexit Bill
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
The scheme would affect the Schengen Area of passportless travel AFP/GETTY
presidency of the European Council
and representatives of the European
Parliament, who must agree any new
EU laws. The European Parliament
will now have to vote on the plan,
which must also be signed off by the
European Council.
The EU says the new scheme will
“improve internal security, prevent
illegal immigration, protect public health and reduce delays at the
borders by identifying persons who
may pose a risk in one of these areas
before they arrive at the external
borders”. Because it applies to the
whole Schengen passportless area,
travellers to countries outside the
EU such as Norway, Iceland, and
Switzerland would also be hit.
Application data would be processed against police and Interpol databases, with further checks made
against anyone who raises flags.
Countries that already need visas to
travel to Europe will not be covered
by the scheme. THE INDEPENDENT
Theresa May’s flagship Brexit Bill
suffered its heaviest defeat in the
House of Lords as peers rejected
a crucial proposal by a majority of
more than 120.
In Mrs May’s sixth defeat,
peers threw out plans to allow
the Government to amend some
Brussels regulations without
parliamentary scrutiny when they
are translated into UK law.
Thirteen Tories defied their
whip as the Lords rejected the plan
for ministers to acquire so-called
Henry VIII powers by 349 to 221, a
majority of 128.
Mrs May argues that the powers
in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill are
essential because of the quantity
of European regulations being
transferred on to the statute book.
But the crossbencher Lord
Lisvane said: “Whichever side of
the Brexit argument they stand,
people might reasonably believe
that ‘taking back control’ would be
under the sovereignty of Parliament
rather than ceding swathes of power
to the Executive.”
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Plan to take Alfie
Evans to Italy
ruled out by
Appeal Court
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The parents of Alfie Evans last night
lost their latest legal battle to have
their son removed from Alder Hey
Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for
treatment abroad.
Tom Evans and Kate James, who
are both in their early twenties and
from Liverpool, were appealing
against a High Court ruling on
Tuesday which barred them from
taking their son to Italy.
At the Court of Appeal
yesterday, Mr Justice
McFarlane supported
that ruling. “This is
awful for everyone
concerned. We are
in the middle of a
palliative care plan at
Alder Hey Hospital,” he
said. “I can see no basis
[that] the judge was wrong.”
The couple were not at the appeal
hearing in London, where three
judges analysed the latest stage of
the dispute, although arrangements
were made to allow Mr Evans to
listen via a phone link. The judges
were told Alfie is “struggling”
following the decision by his doctors
to remove his life support. Mr
Evans said his son had confounded
specialists’ expectations by
continuing to breathe.
Paul Diamond, for Mr Evans,
argued there had been a “significant
change of circumstances” as a
result and the family should “not be
bound by a decision which is now
three months old”.
The High Court ruled in February
that Alder Hey could stop providing
life support for Alfie, who has a
rare undiagnosed degenerative
neurological condition. His parents
have subsequently lost several
challenges to this decision.
Medics at Alder Hey turned off
life support for the terminally ill
23-month-old child on Monday
but Mr Evans said his son was still
“fighting” and able to breathe. On
Tuesday, Mr Justice Hayden ruled
out plans to take Alfie to Rome, but
urged British doctors to consider
letting him go home.
Mr Diamond said
an “alternative” was
available and told the
court that a military
air ambulance was on
standby at the request
of the Pope, who has
met Alfie’s father and
has supported the family.
Two people, believed to be
German air ambulance crew,
were escorted from the hospital
yesterday by police and security
staff after being seen speaking to
members of the Evans family.
Michael Mylonas QC, for Alder
Hey, said: “It was never suggested
that death would be instantaneous.
No doctor could have said that.”
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Winter death
toll ‘highest
for six years’
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
This year’s ‘winter
playground’ led to
a surge in deaths
in the Scottish
mountains GETTY
HEALTH
NHS ‘needs £50bn more a year by 2030’
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Barrister Paul Diamond
told the High Court last
night that Alfie’s father had
instructed him to “save my boy”,
adding: “He would leave no
stone unturned... He is clutching
at straws.”
Ten people died on Scotland’s hills
and mountains during the first
three months of this year after
picturesque snowy conditions
led to a surge in interest in winter
adventure activities, official
figures have revealed.
The winter death toll for 2018,
defined as fatalities occurring
between 1 January and 31 March,
is the highest recorded by
Scottish Mountain Rescue for at
least six years.
Last year there was only a single
death on Scotland’s hills and
mountains, while there were six
in 2016, five in 2015, seven in 2014
and eight in 2013. Among those
who lost their lives on Scotland’s
mountains this winter were Alan
Gibson, 56, and his brother Neil,
63, who went missing with their
dog while walking in Wester Ross.
Heather Morning, a mountain
safety adviser, said that while the
snow had created an “exceptional
winter playground”, it also
carried dangers.
She added: “An increase in the
number of people enjoying the
hills often reflects in the number
of people getting into difficulties.”
Returning the NHS to its long-term
funding growth will require a £50bn
year-on-year increase in annual
expenditure, according to a report
by the former health minister Lord
Darzi for the IPPR think-tank.
Adult social care will also require
an extra £10bn minimum per annum
by 2030 just to maintain the existing system as pressures on social
care continue to accelerate. Funding
would need to rise from £123bn last
year to £173bn by 2030, according to
the analysis.
Even if both of these funding requirements are met, the report
shows that the NHS will have to de-
liver productivity growth of one-anda-half times its long run trend.
Theresa May has promised a new
model of funding for the NHS but is
yet to set out the detail.
Lord Darzi said: “While the prospect of a long-term funding settlement is welcome, it is vital that it
delivers enough money to meet the
demands of the decade ahead.”
SCIENCE
SOCIETY
HEALTH
Health hipsters were right
– kefir is good for the gut
Low-alcohol labels
‘could encourage
heavier drinking’
Keep on running to stay
happy and contented
By Josie Clarke
By Paul Ward
Labelling alcohol as lower
strength could encourage people
to drink more, a study suggests.
A survey of 264 wine and
beer drinkers found the total
amount they consumed increased
as the label on the bottle
indicated successively lower
alcohol strength.
The study, published in the
journal, Health Psychology, was
carried out by the Behaviour
and Health Research Unit at
the University of Cambridge
and the Centre for Addictive
Behaviours Research at London
South Bank University.
Regular running makes people
happier and more confident in
everyday life, according to research.
Academics said a survey of 8,000
runners found they enjoyed a sense
of satisfaction and achievement,
with social networks such as
parkrun and Strava adding a sense
of community. The vast majority
of those surveyed – 89 per cent –
said running regularly made them
happier and has had a positive
impact on their mental health and
body image.
The runners surveyed scored
4.4 on the Oxford Happiness Scale,
above the average score of 4 on
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Kefir, the ancient fermented milk
beverage that has become the latest
food trend, does indeed have health
benefits, according to a study.
Advocates have long claimed that
the 30 strains of “good” bacteria
and yeast found in kefir grains help
with everything from irritable bowel
syndrome to weight loss, bones,
teeth and skin despite little research
backing the claims.
But a study has found that kefir
– pronounced ke-fear and made by
adding water or milk to grains or
powder – can help to lower high blood
pressure, or hypertension.
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“Our data suggest that drinking
kefir may have a positive effect
on blood pressure by promoting
communication between the gut
and brain,” said Mirian Silva-Cutini,
of Auburn University in Alabama.
It is unclear, however, how this
communication works.
Kefir grains are not really grains
but cultures of yeast and lactic acid
bacteria that resemble miniature
cauliflowers the size of wheat kernels.
They originated in the Caucasus
Mountains region.
Researchers presented the results
of their nine-week at the American
Physiological Society annual
meeting at Experimental Biology
2018 in San Diego.
the method used by scientists to
measure wellbeing. Researchers
at Glasgow Caledonian University
carried out the study by
interviewing 8,157 runners across
the UK who were registered with
Parkrun, the weekly five-kilometre
run, and the fitness app Strava.
Dr Emmanuelle Tulle, a reader
in sociology at the university, said:
“Running gives you a feeling you
have achieved something and a
sense of tremendous satisfaction.
“It adds to a general sense of wellbeing... There is a combination of
competitiveness and togetherness,
which is extremely beneficial.”
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MEDIA
Sky turns against Murdoch
by welcoming rival bid
By Adam Sherwin
MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Sky has broken ranks with Rupert
Murdoch’s Fox for the first time after
recommending that shareholders
accept a rival bid to buy the satellite
broadcaster from the US cable TV
company Comcast.
Comcast, which owns the broadcast TV network NBC and Universal Pictures, has made a formal bid
of £22bn for Sky, which values the
broadcaster at £12.50 a share. Fox
had agreed a £19bn deal to buy the
61 per cent of Sky it does not already
own but the transaction has been
held up by media regulators.
Comcast said its bid would give
Sky shareholders a premium of 16 per
cent to the 21st Century Fox (21CF)
offer of £10.75 for each Sky share. As
a consequence, Sky withdrew its preIn a bid to head off
competition concerns,
Comcast vowed it would not
acquire any majority stake in any
UK newspapers for five years.
vious support for the Fox bid. It told
shareholders: “As a result of the announcement of this higher cash offer,
the Independent Committee is withdrawing its recommendation of the
offer announced by 21CF on 15 December 2016 and is now terminating
the Co-operation Agreement entered
into with 21CF on the same date.”
The situation is also complicated
by Fox’s £37.5bn agreement for Disney to buy most of its film and television assets, including its stake in Sky.
Fox would give full control of Sky to
Disney if its takeover is successful.
Comcast, Disney and Fox have all
stated they will guarantee funding
for a decade and preserve the editorial independence of the loss-making
Sky News if their bid is successful.
Fox is now expected to up its
offer to Sky. A spokesman said:
“21CF remains committed to its
recommended cash offer for Sky
announced on 15 December 2016 and
is currently considering its options.”
Jewels in the crown From Universal to Downton
Comcast Corporation is the largest
cable television company and
the largest home internet service
provider in America.
It owns the network channels
NBC and Telemundo and cableonly channels CNBC and MSNBC. It
also owns and operates Xfinity, the
television, internet, telephone and
wireless service. Universal Pictures,
the studio behind movie series such
as the Fast and Furious and Bourne
films, belongs to Comcast.
Along with the studios, it also owns
the Universal theme parks and resorts
in Los Angeles, Orlando and Osaka,
Japan. It also owns Dreamworks
Animation and the production
company behind Downton Abbey.
Comcast said it would commit to
keeping Sky’s headquarters in west
London for at least five years. The
firm, headquartered in Philadelphia,
was founded by Ralph Roberts, Daniel
Aaron and Julian Brodsky in 1963. Its
current chairman is Brian L Roberts,
son of Ralph Roberts. It employs more
than 153,000 people.
‘Blackadder
Goes Forth’, the
final series, was
first broadcast
in 1989
TELEVISION
A cunning plan to revive Blackadder
By Tom Belger
Blackadder is the show TV
viewers most want back on their
screens, a poll suggests.
A YouGov Omnibus survey
asked Britons which off-air
programmes should be revived,
after ITV announced the
return of Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire? next month.
The classic comedy, starring
Rowan Atkinson and Tony
Robinson, took 27 per cent of
the vote, closely followed by
Tomorrow’s World on 26 per
cent. Only Fools and Horses was
in third, on 23 per cent, while
Fawlty Towers got 22 per cent.
Some dramas also ranked
highly, with 19 per cent backing
Downton Abbey and Spooks and
The Bill and Heartbeat appealed
to at least one in 10 viewers.
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DENMARK
COURTS
By Jan Olsen
‘Nazi pug’ and
his owner
raise £100,000
for appeal
Inventor jailed for life for murdering
reporter who visited his submarine
IN COPENHAGEN
Following a murder case more
ghoulish or bizarre than any Scandi
noir drama, the Danish inventor
Peter Madsen has been convicted of
torturing and murdering a Swedish
reporter, Kim Wall, during a private
submarine trip before dismembering
her body. He was jailed for life.
Judge Anette Burkoe, presiding
at Copenhagen City Court, said
yesterday that she and two jurors
unanimously decided Ms Wall’s
death was a murder, finding Madsen
also guilty of sexual assault and the
defilement of a corpse.
“It is the court’s assessment that
the defendant killed Kim Wall,” Ms
Burkoe told the packed courtroom.
During a 12-day trial, the court
heard testimony that Madsen, 47,
lured 30-year-old Ms Wall on to his
home-made submarine with the
promise of an interview, which she
had been trying to get for months.
Ms Wall, a freelance journalist
who wrote for leading magazines
and newspapers, was last seen on
10 August, waving to her boyfriend
and other friends ashore as the
submarine sailed off into the Baltic.
Her dismembered torso was
found days later at sea off
Copenhagen, and other
body parts were found in
plastic bags in October.
“We are talking about
a cynical and planned
sexual assault and brutal
murder of a random
woman, who in connection
with her journalistic work
had accepted an offer to go
sailing in the defendant’s submarine,”
Ms Burkoe told the court.
Life sentences in Denmark usually
equate to 16 years in prison, but
prisoners are reassessed during their
incarceration to determine whether
they constitute a danger to society
and should be kept longer.
Immediately after the verdict,
Madsen’s lawyer, Betina Hald
Engmark, told the court that she
would appeal against the decision.
By Conor Riordan
Peter Madsen’s
home-made
submarine, on
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Madsen will be kept behind bars
during the appeal process.
Ms Wall’s parents were
not present for the verdict
but the prosecutor, Jakob
Buch-Jepsen, said that
he spoke to other family
members who were
present after the ruling.
“We are, of course,
very satisfied that the
court has accepted the
arguments of the prosecution
and handed the heaviest sentence in
Danish law,” he added. AP
Madsen’s defence
lawyer had argued for
his acquittal on the charge of
murder, saying he should be
sentenced only for cutting up
Ms Wall’s body. The cause of
death has never been established.
CRIME
Killer showed interest in
‘maiming and impaling’
By Jan Olsen
Peter Madsen initially told
authorities that he dropped off Ms
Wall on shore. He then claimed
she died accidentally when
she was hit on the head by
the submarine’s hatch.
Finally, after her
decapitated head was
found by police divers in
a weighted bag along with
her appendages, he said
she had suffocated when the
sub malfunctioned.
He also initially denied
dismembering her, then confessed
that he had done so and that had
thrown her body parts into the
Baltic Sea. Judge Anette Burkoe
noted the discrepancies, saying
that Madsen (inset) “failed to give
trustworthy explanations”.
She added that evidence
suggested that he had
“shown interest in killing
and maiming of people
and has shown interest in
impaling”. Jakob BuchJepsen, prosecuting,
claimed the murder was
sexually motivated and
premeditated because Madsen
had tools he normally did not
take sailing, including a saw and
sharpened screwdrivers.
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A man fined £800 for filming a
pet dog giving Nazi salutes and
posting the footage online has
raised more than £100,000 to fund
an appeal against his conviction.
Mark Meechan (inset) recorded
his partner’s pug responding to
statements such as “gas the Jews”
and “Sieg Heil” by raising its paw
and then put the clip on YouTube
in April 2016.
He was found guilty of
breaching the Communications
Act by posting material that was
“grossly offensive” and “antiSemitic and racist in nature”,
following a trial at Airdrie
Sheriff Court.
Meechan, 30, said he made
the video as a joke to
annoy his partner
and that it had
raised issues
about freedom
of speech.
Following
his sentencing
on Monday,
an appeal was
launched online to
help pay the costs of an
appeal, estimated to be £100,000,
and passed the target in 24 hours.
On his GoFundMe page,
featuring an image of him and a
pug, he states: “This conviction
will be used as an example to
convict other people over the
things they say and the jokes they
make, it sets a standard where
courts will be able to willfully [sic]
ignore the context and intent of a
persons [sic] words and actions in
order to punish them and brand
them as criminals.
“This is the amount that has
been quoted by my lawyer, the
reason it has been quoted so high
is my lawyer wishes to bring in top
legal representatives to ensure
that we have the highest chance
of reversing the standard that
this case sets.”
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Hank Azaria, who voices Apu in The
Simpsons, has said he is willing to step
aside from the role after racist controversy surrounding the character.
Azaria – who joined The Simpsons
in 1989 – said he had given a lot of
thought to the criticism of the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, an
Indian immigrant who runs a convenience store.
The character has been criticised
Hank Azaria provides the voice for the
Indian shop owner on ‘The Simpsons’
for being based on racial stereotypes
and for having an offensive accent.
It was the subject of a documentary,
The Problem With Apu, which discussed the stereotypical portrayal of
the character.
“My eyes have been opened. I think
the most important thing is to listen
to Indian people and their experience
with it,” Azaria told The Late Show
with Stephen Colbert. “I really want to
see Indian, South Asian writers in the
writers’ room… including how [Apu]
is voiced or not voiced. I’m perfectly
willing to step aside. It just feels like
the right thing to do to me.”
Azaria, who voices a number of
characters on The Simpsons, expressed concern that people might
have been bullied as a result of the
character. Hari Kondabolu, who made
the documentary, said he was mocked
when younger because of Apu.
“The idea that anyone young
or old, past or present, being bullied
based on Apu really makes me sad,”
said Azaria.
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Voice of Apu
considers quitting
after racism row
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John Thomson brushes
up the only Red Arrows
jet on display in a UK
museum. The Scottish
National Museum of
Flight at East Fortune,
East Lothian, acquired
the British Aerospace
Hawk T1A from the
Ministry of Defence.
Constructed in 1980,
the aircraft was used
by the Red Arrows
from 1985 until 2012.
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Scientists link major earthquake to fracking site
By Michael Day
Fracking may have triggered a
major earthquake in South Korea,
according to evidence published in
a science journal.
An international research team
says the 5.5 magnitude quake, which
occurred near the city of Pohang in
November 2017, was suspiciously
close to a fracking site.
Dr Rob Westaway, of Glasgow
University’s School of Engineering,
and one of the authors of the paper
in Science, said: “What we found was
that the fault was no more than a few
hundred metres from the injection
points for the hydraulic fracturing.”
The quake injured 100 people and
caused damage equivalent to tens of
millions of pounds. The report said:
“A connection between the magnitude 5.5 earthquake and the nearby
geothermal project is plausible.”
France, Germany and the
Republic of Ireland have imposed
moratoriums on fracking.
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ATTACK
Labour leader
has failed to
convince Jews
Suffragist gets
the honour
she deserves
First Lady has
a moment in
the spotlight
UK is ranked
40th for press
freedom
France and
America
hold hands
Time for the
city to come
together
Daily Mirror
The Sun
CNN
The Times
The Guardian
Mr Corbyn must
deliver on his pledge
to improve the party’s
procedures so that
the poison of antiSemitism is eradicated
from every section of
the movement. Only
then can this stain
be removed from a
party with a proud
reputation for fighting
discrimination.
(Editorial)
Sky
Labour MPs and the
Jewish community say
they want more than
warm words. As the
Jewish leaders said,
strong words must be
turned into equally
strong actions. Mr
Corbyn’s critics doubt
whether he is willing to
go that far.
(Jon Craig)
We congratulate those
behind the statue of
Millicent Fawcett [in
Parliament Square].
Will they back a
matcher for Lady
Thatcher? She was the
first of only two female
PMs. Maggie is a giant
figure every bit as
significant as Millicent.
(Editorial)
Daily Telegraph
Fawcett dedicated her
life to suffrage. Who
better to represent
the struggle? At the
foundry where the
statue was put together
was her banner:
“Courage calls to
courage everywhere.”
That message rang
out when the statue
was unveiled by the
Prime Minister.
(Claire Cohen)
Joanna Lumley
The actress stands up
for gender equality
on both sides
Peers are seeking
to amend the Data
Protection Bill to limit
the scope of the publicinterest defence
for investigative
journalism and
strengthen a statebacked press regulator
to which no national
titles have signed up
because of its disdain
for what they do. They
should be voted down.
(Editorial)
Los Angeles Times
It might not be quite
so bad to be ranked
mid-table in a world
where real press
freedom was the norm.
But the truth is that
nowhere in the world
is the press “too free”.
In Britain, it is nowhere
near free enough.
(Mick Hume)
The role of First Lady
is often defined by
staged events, like the
annual Easter egg roll,
which Melania Trump
has embraced. What
she has done far
less is serve as a
political buttress.
(Cathleen Decker)
Spiked
Emmanuel Macron
believes he is playing
a weak European
hand shrewdly, and
he is confident that
he has only just
started. It is perhaps
a historical paradox
for a Frenchman, but
Macron’s road
to Europe goes
through Washington.
(Natalie Nougayrède)
The Spectator
People are expressing
bemusement that
Trump and Macron
should get on. Both
seem to be egomaniacs
who believe in and
embody Führerprinzip
(though neither leads a
country which gives it
anything like full rein).
They recognise it in
one another.
(Charles Moore)
NewYorkTimes
Once the responses to
the attacks subside, it
will be harder to live
out Toronto’s civic
convictions about
the baseline pluralist
harmony and secure,
free movement that
make this city what it
is. Like so much else
from around the world
that comes to Toronto,
in time wariness will
become part of this
city’s identity.
(Randy Boyagoda)
CBC
Toronto is learning a
lesson that New York,
London and Paris – and
even tiny Humboldt,
Saskatchewan – already
know: a community
is not defined by its
tragedies, but rather by
how it reacts to them.
(Jonathon Gatehouse)
LifeInBrief
Quote of
the day
We mustn’t
deride all men,
as only the few
are bad – and
we need to
remember that
Melania Trump
is turning heads
with her cool
comportment, and
has been overseeing
preparations with
a menu that uses
ingredients from
Michelle Obama’s
garden and table
settings that use pieces
from George W Bush’s
China service. This
may be the First Lady
finding her footing.
(Kate Andersen Brower)
VERNE TROYER ACTOR
Verne Troyer, who has died at the
age of 49, was an American actor
best known for playing the character
Mini-Me in two films in the Austin
Powers franchise. Taking on the role of
a diminutive sidekick to Dr Evil, played
by Mike Myers, Troyer appeared first
in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who
Shagged Me. He was so popular that
he returned for the third of the trilogy,
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan,
to Susan, a factory worker, and Reuben
Troyer, a repair technician. Soon after
his birth, his parents discovered that he
had cartilage-hair hypoplasia, a genetic
condition which restricts growth.
He later recalled: “Growing up, my
dad didn’t treat me any differently than
my brother and sister, who are average
size. So I had to do everything that they
did, which physically made me strong,
made me confident.”
As an adult, Troyer stood just 2ft
8in (81cm) tall, making him one of the
shortest men in the world. His first film
role was as a double for the baby Bink
in the comedy adventure Baby’s Day
Out (1994). Although the movie did not
go down well with critics, the exposure
gained him a number of other parts in
films including Dunston Checks In (1996),
Men in Black (1997) and My Giant (1998).
When asked how he landed his
role in the Austin Powers films, and
whether it was their producer, writer
and star Mike Myers who discovered
him, Troyer replied: “Actually, I met
[director] Jay Roach first. I got to meet
Mike later and I guess… I was just the
perfect cast – well, the perfect person
to play the Mini-Me character.”
Troyer enjoyed working with Myers.
“Those movies are just fun,” he said.
“Mike improvises all the time, so you
never know what he’s going to do. You
have to be on your toes and try to react
off of him. It’s a challenge because I
don’t speak [in the film]. I’ve got to try
to get my point across by just facial
expressions and things like that.”
In 2012, the charity Compass
Advocacy Network in Ballymoney,
Northern Ireland, was robbed of
£1,000 that had been raised during
the Children In Need campaign. When
Troyer heard of the theft, he donated
a substantial sum to help it continue
its work for children with learning
difficulties. In a letter to the charity,
he wrote: “I heard what happened and
I just wanted to help you and the kids.
Please tell them hello from me. Also,
remember you can do anything you set
your mind to, always be optimistic.”
Last year, he was admitted to hospital
to be treated for alcoholism. He said
at the time: “While it’s not always been
an easy fight, I’m willing to continue
my fight day by day... I want to thank
everyone [who has] reached out with
their messages of support. It truly
means the world to me.”
Warwick Davis, the British actor
paid tribute to his friend: “We shared a
mutual respect for each other’s work,
and I admired his good humour and
lovely nature in the face of adversity.
Now, for the first time, he’ll be looking
down on us all, and laughing!”
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Died 21 April 2018
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These right-to-life extremists are pitiless
Propagandists are using Alfie Evans case to further their toxic aims
F
or a while, I was in the
habit of walking down
Whitfield Street in
central London, on a
Wednesday morning.
I would pass a Marie
Stopes abortion clinic, outside
which there were always a few
protesters clutching rosary beads
– pious, praying and thrusting
leaflets at women who were trying
to enter the building. The idea was
that these women should eschew
the simple medical procedure that
offered them control over their
reproductive choices.
Increasingly, however, the
activities of the right-to-life
extremists are becoming yet more
intrusive and pitiless than this. Last
year, a very sick toddler, Charlie
Gard, was placed at the centre of
a campaign that demanded very
complex medical procedures in
order to continue his existence, no
matter how poor its quality.
Ranged against distinguished
experts in medicine and the law
were concerned amateurs who
included a man of no lesser stature
than the Pope himself. Rather than
being helped to come to terms
with their child’s inevitable death,
Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and
Connie Yates, were offered the
false hope of legal battles, media
attention and empty promises from
global medical Pollyannas.
In recent weeks, a similarly
grotesque scenario has been
staggering to its conclusion. The
parents of Alfie Evans have been
persuaded that if only they fight
hard enough, hope hard enough and
pray hard enough, their son will not
die. They believe that if they can
get their 23-month-old son to Italy,
the degenerative condition that has
resulted in his brain cavity being
almost completely filled with mere
fluid can be eased.
Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and
Kate James, have been funded in
their many legal challenges by the
Christian Legal Centre. Their case
has also attracted the involvement
of the Pope, who recently met
the boy’s father. Outside Alder
Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where
Alfie’s life has been artificially
sustained for almost 18 months,
protesters harry the hospital’s staff,
no doubt enjoying the euphoria
of “doing something” with their
imagined righteousness.
The whole thing is manipulative,
ugly and appalling. It is a
21st-century freak show, created
from a child’s fatal suffering and
the terrible anguish of his mother
Supporters of Alfie Evans and his parents have gathered outside Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool throughout the family’s legal campaign GETTY
and father. The huge power of such
spectacles is that any criticism of
all these folk behaving badly is seen
as heartless and callous, lacking in
human sympathy or decent pity.
Enough, I say.
These are exploitative protests,
which take up lost causes and whip
them into international festivals
of gawping emotion. They use
vulnerable families as their ace in
the hole. They are cynical insomuch
as they exist to promote a religious
philosophy that predates medical
science, seeks to devalue it and yet
has nothing to offer in its place.
And these campaigns are
dangerous. They generate bad
publicity for the institutions we
must rely on – the judiciary and the
health service – for no good reason.
Alfie’s father has suggested that
his son is being murdered by the
decisions of the experts who will
not intervene to save his child. In
his grief, he is unable to see that
he is being used by propagandists
who can no more save his son than
the medics who have been trying
to save him, and failing, for so long.
We all know that the NHS is short
of cash. We all wonder if our own
child would be denied life-saving
treatment because of money. Cases
like that of Jay Crouch, who was
kept alive for years with a dead
small intestine until eventually
his life was saved by a five-organ
transplant, receive so much less
publicity than these ones, not least
because they are more common.
No one wants a parent to suffer
These are
exploitative
protests, which
take up lost causes
and whip them
into international
festivals of
gawping emotion
what Alfie Evans’s parents are
suffering, or what Charlie Gard’s
parents suffered. It is hard to accept
that medical science cannot save
your child. And it is easy to get
these cases mixed up with others,
in which parents battled and were
proved right.
In 2014, Ashya King’s parents,
Brett and Naghemeh King, were
arrested in Spain after removing
their son from a Southampton
hospital that was offering
radiotherapy but not thenunproven proton beam treatment
for his brain tumour. The child was
eventually treated with the new
therapy in Prague, and is now fully
recovered. It is now established
wisdom that proton beam therapy
is a better treatment because the
risk of causing long-term damage
to the brain is much less.
The Kings were not treated
with enough respect, were not
listened to, and were hounded by
the police across Europe for doing
the right thing by their child. That
is now clear. But one example
is not necessarily transferable.
The illness that Charlie suffered
from, and which Alfie is suspected
to have, is quite different.
Mitochondrial depletion syndrome
is a degenerative neurological
condition, which nucleoside bypass
therapy can sometimes manage,
but never cure. In both of these
recent cases, this second one more
certain than the first, the damage is
too advanced for the treatment to
be appropriate. Alfie is all but gone.
Nothing can help this boy, in Italy or
anywhere else.
The big guns of the British
establishment are offering Alfie’s
parents the best thing that can be
offered to them: engagement with
medical staff who can support them
in the awful process of allowing
their child to die with dignity, love
and compassion. It’s astounding
that “Christian values” reject such
an ending to a life.
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Drowning out
female pioneers
Cambridge University
need look no further
than its own doors for
female scientists being
unfairly “drowned out”
by male colleagues
(i, 25 April). While doing
her PhD at Cambridge,
the alertness of Jocelyn
Bell Burnell led to the
discovery of pulsars, but
her male boss took the
credit and shared a Nobel
Prize for it. It’s only my
interpretation, but I
believe I still hear the
bitterness in her voice
as she tells interviewers
she’s now over it.
DAVID SOYE
Tackling
anti-Semitism
I was very pleased to
read Yasmin AlibhaiBrown’s column (My
View, 25 April). Ever since
I was a child, I have never
been able to understand
anti-Semitism. People
are people are people,
whoever they are.
At the same time,
I reserve the right to
criticise the way the
Israeli government is
behaving, just as I reserve
the right to criticise any
other government with
which I disagree. That
does not make me antiSemitic – just anti any
behaviour I feel is wrong.
JANICE HOOPER
LITTLE CLACTON,
ESSEX
All of us should be held
to account for racism
towards any group at any
time. Why does Yasmin
imply that criticism of
Israel is held to be antiSemitic? The majority
of Jews do not believe
that at all. Indeed, Jews in
the diaspora are vocal in
their frequent criticism
of Israeli policies. Nor
is there a view that it is
the Labour Party per se
which houses the antiSemites. It is the Corbyn
arm of the party which
has taken it over and
which encourages and/
or takes no action against
anti-Semitic statements
that keep emerging.
Anti-Israel has a
tendency to mutate into
anti-Semitism – that is
the issue that needs to
be confronted. Sadly,
Corbyn has moved
a large stone and
unpleasant things have
crawled out.
DAVID LEWIS
Even with Big Ben’s
hands restored, will
anyone be able to tell
the time? REUTERS
Will he need
another one?
I was rather taken
aback to read that
“Men could get new
penises in just two
years” (i, 25 April).
Isn’t one enough?
J BERRY
HULL
The kingdom
of Cornwall
In response to Stuart
Halliday (Your View,
25 April), Cornwall was
indeed a kingdom for
about 500 years from the
collapse of Roman rule
in the early fifth century
until its absorption by
Wessex in or after 927.
There is little surviving
documentary evidence,
but the names of some
of its kings are known
from inscriptions.
TED BRUNING
ST NEOTS,
CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Dispel myths on
millennials
According to Simon
Kelner (i, 24 April),
“it is thought that, by
the end of this year,
millennials will become
the generation with the
highest spending power”.
By any chance, would
these include the same
snowflakes who sponge
off mum and dad, will
never be able to afford a
house and are constantly
bleating about how we
“baby boomers” had it
easy and have ruined
things for them?
GEOFF FRY
Patron saints
from elsewhere
Patron saints in the
home countries are an
odd lot. Only one of them
was born in the country
he represents (St David
of Wales). The others
were all from foreign
countries: Andrew from
Galilee, George from the
Middle East, Patrick from
Wales. Even the more
local ones mentioned
recently in Your View
were foreign: St Petroc
of Cornwall came from
Wales and St Cuthbert of
Northumbria came
from Scotland.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS
LEVINGTON, SUFFOLK
No shame in
liking royals
I imagine that the reason
you decided to put the
“Royal arrival” on your
front page is that you
know that the majority
of your readers are
monarchists, and would
have regarded that as the
most important news
of the day. We all see
headlines which we think
are not that important,
but most of us, unlike
Steve Wells (Your View,
25 April), are tolerant and
do not complain.
JOHN DUFFIELD
LOUGHTON, ESSEX
Time running
out for clocks?
Why spend millions
on the Big Ben clock
if future generations
will be unable to read
analogue time?
C KING
SWANSEA
Voters need say
on Brexit deal
Alan Harding (Your View,
25 April) – who claims
that the vote to leave
the EU was taken without
proper information
– has obviously forgotten
the booklet that was
sent by the Government
to all households prior to
the vote.
The booklet’s economy
with the truth was one
factor that persuaded me
to vote Leave.
“Take back control”
is an emotive rallying
cry, one which Mark
Wallace (i, 24 April) is
readily prepared to
issue without explaining
how it would work in
practical terms.
Surely it is meant to
signify more electoral
involvement than voting
once every five years
for one of either A or B.
Perhaps it may mean a
vote for the electorate on
the terms of the final deal
with the EU?
At present, it appears
that the Government
have interpreted it as
meaning something
quite different.
ROBERT ELLIOTT
DEVON
Revision is
needed, surely?
Reading your survey
regarding top
universities (25 April),
I cannot believe that
not one university is
in Wales. Wales has
prestigious seats of
learning – Aberystwyth,
Cardiff and the huge
extension being built to
Swansea University and
its science faculty.
IAN FAIRBURN
PEMBROKESHIRE
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when Dad died
It has been a tumultuous few years
for Sheridan Smith. After cancelling
several appearances in the West End
musical Funny Girl in 2016 because of
ill health, the actress and singer was
devastated by the loss of her father,
Colin, a few months later. She pulled
out of the Royal Variety Performance
shortly afterwards.
Smith (left) has admitted she
almost gave up performing because
she was so heartbroken.
Happily, recording her
latest album, Sheridan,
gave her new hope. “I did
the album for my dad,”
the 36-year-old said at
her Royal Albert Hall
concert on Tuesday.
“There was a time, as
everyone goes through, I
kind of just lost it and I was totally
going to give it all up. The reason I
didn’t is you guys… you’re the reason I
get up. You’re so supportive.
“If my dad was here, he would be
saying shake every single one of your
hands. He was so proud.”
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Wisdom (and
wealth) beyond
her years
Aged 14, Millie Bobby Brown is the
youngest person ever to be included
in Time magazine’s list of the 100
supposed most influential people.
On Tuesday night, the British star
of Netflix science-fiction series
Stranger Things attended the Time
gala (left) to celebrate the publication
of this year’s list, which also included
Prince Harry and Rihanna.
Brown has 16 million Instagram
followers, which means she isn’t
just influential but will also be
financially secure for life. The
teenager, who was born in Spain and
raised in Bournemouth and Orlando,
earns a reported $5m a year from
partnerships with fashion and beauty
brands – $3m more than her male
co-stars in Stranger Things.
The Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul,
38, has said of meeting Brown: “It was
like speaking to a future mentor with
a perspective and groundedness that
I could only have dreamed of at that
age. Or at any age, if I’m honest.”
Stones’ treat for
vinyl junkies
The Rolling Stones are releasing a
limited-edition, 15-album vinyl box
set on 15 June. The Studio Albums
Vinyl Collection 1971-2016, containing
remastered versions of every studio
album by the band since 1971, will
cost the princely sum of £400.
But it doesn’t mean the veteran
rockers are retiring any time soon.
Sir Mick Jagger (above) revealed this
week that he is writing new material,
and does not consider the Stones’
current tour to be their swansong.
The 74-year-old said: “There is
going to come a point when we don’t
want to do it any more, for whatever
reason – but I’m not thinking about
that this summer.”
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
F
or those of us worried about
the regulation and freedom
of the press – which should
be all of us – there were two
interesting developments yesterday.
First, The Times published a ruling
by the Independent Press Standards
Organisation (IPSO), criticising the
newspaper’s “distorted” report over
fostering arrangements in the east
London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Second, came the publication
of a report which put the UK in
40th place in the world for press
freedoms, slightly above Burkina
Faso but below Estonia.
There may appear no direct
relation between these two pieces
of news, but they are, in my view,
connected. Six years ago, just before
Lord Leveson’s inquiry into the
“culture and practices and ethics”
of the British press, the UK was 12
places higher in the World Press
Freedom Index. The Leveson
Inquiry was commissioned as a
reaction to public outrage over the
excesses of British newspapers, with
particular reference to the phonehacking scandal. As a result, the
newspapers set up a self-regulatory
body, the IPSO. It was its
ruling that The Times felt
obliged to put on its own
front page, and page
two. In this narrow
case, at least, you
could argue that
self-regulation of the
press works.
But in the wake of
Leveson, other forces
were at work, which
would also explain why the UK
has fallen so dramatically in the
Press Freedom Index. There is
little doubt that the lives of some
rich, famous and powerful people
would be made a good deal easier
if the freedoms of journalists to
investigate their affairs were
curtailed. The Leveson Inquiry, and
some of the heinous activities of
British newspapers that it exposed,
offered them the legitimacy to
support authoritarian legislation
which is an impediment to
investigative journalism.
This is what is reflected in the
World Press Freedom Index. I am
not saying that those who oppose
the current arrangements are
merely self-interested, but I think
that, on a finely balanced issue, they
fall in the wrong side. The ability of
newspapers to hold the mighty to
account is one of the fundamentals
of a mature democracy such as ours,
and should be protected at the risk
of isolated episodes of bad behaviour
by newspapers.
The World Press Freedom
Index is instructive in
that it points out where
the pendulum in the
UK has swung in a
way that is counter
to the interests of
the wider public. The
Data Protection Bill,
reforms to the Official
Secrets Act, and the
introduction of Section 40
of the Crime and Courts Act,
will all have a chilling effect on
investigative journalism.
This is not just a case of special
pleading: these are very real threats
to the willingness of whistle-blowers
to come forward, to the ability of
journalists to access hidden data,
and the inclination of newspapers,
already under huge financial
pressures, to print the information.
This, I accept, is not a top priority
for average citizens. We can only
hope that the publication of an index
which shows Britain to be the worst
country in western Europe for press
freedom will get their attention.
SOCIETY
people are quick to spring up if
they know people need a seat. But
sometimes it’s impossible to tell,
especially if a person’s illness or
disability is not visible.
That’s why Transport for London’s
Priority Seating Week is such a
great initiative. After a trial run with
badges saying “Please Offer Me a
Seat” proved a success last year, the
transport operator is now rolling out
a series of adverts showcasing the
different types of people who might
need a seat. It includes someone who
is blind, someone with epilepsy, and
someone with anxiety.
It may not be obvious why, for
example, someone with anxiety might
need a seat, but someone having an
anxiety attack might be dizzy. From
my experience of MS, I know that
while some weeks you might merrily
march up the escalators with plenty
of energy, in other weeks the fatigue
could be overwhelming, even though
you look the same.
TfL’s campaign should inspire us
all to be more aware of those around
us on public transport right across
the UK. Some conditions might be
tricky to recognise, but it often takes
only a second glance to see that
someone is looking distressed.
And don’t be afraid of causing
offence. People have an irrational
fear of offering a seat to someone
they mistakenly think is pregnant,
or being castigated for implying
that someone is “old”. Trust me, if
someone wishes they could plonk
themselves down for 10 minutes,
they won’t berate you for offering. In
fact, you’ll probably make their day.
Siobhán
Norton
Getting to
the seat of
the problem
I
was halfway home from work
this time last week when I
started to feel unwell. The Tube
was fairly busy, with no spare
seats, so I clung on to a pole as if
it was a long-lost love, gritted my
teeth, and counted the seconds until
my stop. I made it home unscathed,
and crawled into bed to see out
the ensuing bout of flu from a less
precarious vantage point.
Diddums, you might think. But
I have form – I’m a bit of a fainter
when I’m under the weather, and
I have been known to hit the deck
in a crowded pub or on the street. I
also have multiple sclerosis, so my
balance is bad at the best of times.
But did I ask anyone for a seat?
Did I heck. I was too embarrassed
that someone might think I was
chancing my arm.
How silly of me. London is a far
kinder environment than people
would have you believe, and most
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Drawing inspiration from the sea:
artist in the frame for autism prize
WhatsApp to
raise age limit
to 16 in EU
By Adam Sherwin
WhatsApp is raising the minimum
age requirement to use the service to
16 in the European Union.
The messaging service currently
requires users to be at least 13 but,
with the introduction of the new
General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR), from 25 May it will increase
for those inside the EU.
The Facebook-owned service will
ask users to confirm their age when
prompting them to agree to new
terms of service on the platform in
the coming weeks.
WhatsApp said it was not asking
for any new rights to collect personal
information. “Our goal is simply to
explain how we use and protect the
limited information we have about
you,” the company said.
Internet giants such as Facebook
and Twitter have also been rolling
out new terms of service ahead of the
GDPR launch, in order to bring their
businesses in line with the new regulations, which require clear consent
from users to access their data.
The regulations give users greater
powers to control how their data
is used and the right to have data
erased. WhatsApp said the update
ensured it could “meet the new high
standards of transparency for how
we protect the privacy of our users”.
It plans to keep the over-13 age restriction in the rest of the world.
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
An artist who draws while submerged in the ocean has been nominated for the £10,000 Spectrum Art
Prize, a new award created to celebrate the excellence of artists on the
autistic spectrum.
A judging panel, including the
Turner Prize-winner Mark Wallinger, has selected seven finalists,
whose works range from large-scale
installations to paintings, film and
sculpture. Their work will be showcased at a Saatchi Gallery exhibition
in London next month.
The organisers said the prize provided an opportunity to “articulate
some of the primary conditions associated with the condition. While
autism may impart a unique and individual way of seeing the world, it
can also lead to multiple challenges,
from social isolation to a literal ‘loss
of voice’.”
Peter Matthews created his drawings while immersed in the Atlantic
Spectrum provides autism
services in the South-west.
The £10,000 prize, including a
mentoring programme, will be
revealed on 1 May.
Peter Matthews
can spend up to
12 hours in the
ocean creating
his drawings
Ocean off Cornwall, sometimes for
up to 12 hours. The sea creates a
feeling of being “suspended in time”.
The artist, originally from Derbyshire, believes that “the ocean is
writing itself, a lot of the words drift
off the edge”.
Charlotte Amelia Poe, from Suffolk, is shortlisted for her film, How
To Be Autistic, which articulates
the “rarely seen point of view of
someone with autism”. Ms Poe said:
“Neurotypical people are writing
about us, with an idea of how to fix
us. I want to make people who care
for autistic people understand. I
want to be a resource for people to
say ‘you are not on your own’.”
YAP, a musician diagnosed with
autism eight years ago, depicts fig-
ures using fluid lines, geometric
forms and intertwined shapes. YAP
said: “I don’t think when I paint; I
simply paint. I mainly close my eyes
and draw the shapes I feel within.”
Emma Selwyn, from Croydon,
south London, submitted a video
recording of her performance in My
Hands and Feet are Wiggling, incorporating song and physical theatre.
By Martyn Landi
ENTERTAINMENT
It’s a Marvel... ‘Avengers’ sequel seduces critics
By Sherna Noah
Reviews for the Avengers: Infinity
War are in – and the signs are that
Marvel is set for a hit with its latest
superhero film.
Directed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, and starring
Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and
others, the film has received mostly
positive reviews from critics.
Vulture’s David Edelstein wrote
that “Marvel has done it again –
only bigger”.
He added: “Avengers: Infinity War
is going to dazzle, stagger, and rile
people up... Flagrantly, bombasti-
cally extravagant, it plays its audience like a hundred million
fiddles.”
The Guardian’s Peter
Bradshaw wrote that
“the film delivers the
sugar-rush of spectacle and some very
amusing one-liners”.
He added: “It’s just
a supremely watchable
film, utterly confident in
its self-created malleable mythology. And confident also in the
note of apocalyptic darkness.”
But The Telegraph’s Tim Robey
said: “Organisationally, the movie
has a struggle on its hands not to
seem like the contents of a toy
chest simply chucked down
the stairs, with all the
chaos of limbs and accessories that implies.”
Metro’s Sarah Deen
was more forgiving.
“There was the usual
Marvel bombast –
sweeping fight scenes,
stuff getting blown to
kingdom come, and balls-out
one-liners – but Infinity War was so
much more than a popcorn movie,”
she wrote. “This is a film about sacrifice, grief and genocide.”
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Toronto attack
suspect ‘hated
women and the
sexually active’
By Charmaine Noronha
IN TORONTO
A Facebook message posted before
the Toronto van attack suggests that
the suspect hated women and people
with active sex lives.
Suspicions of a misogynistic motive
for the attack have been prompted by
what police called a “cryptic” Facebook message posted by Toronto
suspect Alek Minassian just
before the incident.
Mr Minassian, 25, has
been charged with first
degree murder in the
deaths of 10 pedestrians
mowed down by a rented
van on Monday. Fourteen
others were injured.
It has been suggested that he
is part of an online community, called
Incel (below), who are angry over
their inability to form relationships
with women.
The now-deleted post saluted El-
Incel ‘Romantic failings’
Incel stands for “involuntary celibate”
and has come to be used by men who,
believe they will never have sex and
blame society for their own romantic
failings. Alek Minassian, 25, referred
to “incel rebellion” on Facebook
before he carried out the Toronto
attack in a rental van, sparking huge
interest in the normally underground
subculture. Incel people are not
celibate out of choice, unlike volcel,
who deliberately eschew sex.
The incel community has
developed into a misogynist
subculture which dehumanises
women or sees them as enemies who
withhold sex and have sex with less
deserving people. On incel forums,
political views associated with the
far right are commonly expressed.
liot Rodger, a community college
student who killed six people and
wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing
attacks near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014.
Calling Rodger “the Supreme Gentleman”, the Facebook post declared:
“The Incel Rebellion has already
begun! We will overthrow all the
Chads and Stacys!” Chads and Stacys are names used in internet
forums to denote people with
more active sexual lives.
A crowd gathered in
Toronto’s North York
community to pay their
respects to the victims
at a makeshift memorial
of roses, candles and messages of condolence.
“I needed to come here to
show I’m not afraid of this city,” said
Meena Chowdry, wiping away tears.
Toronto Police Services Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson said
that those killed and injured were
“predominantly” women, though he
declined to discuss a possible motive.
Authorities had yet to release a list
of victims.
Those known to have been killed
include a 30-year-old woman from
Toronto, Anne Marie D’Amico, who
was active in volunteer work and a
student at Seneca College, which Mr
Minassian attended.
A Jordanian citizen and two
South Koreans were also among
those killed.
The anti-women sentiment also
recalled Canada’s 1989 massacre
at the Ecole Polytechnique, an engineering college in Montreal, when
25-year-old Marc Lepine entered a
classroom. He then separated the
men from the women, before telling
the men to leave and opening fire. He
killed 14 women before killing himself.
In a suicide note, he blamed feminists for ruining his life. AP
Emmanuel
Macron addresses
the US Congress
yesterday REUTERS
DIPLOMACY
Reject nationalism and engage
with world, Macron urges US
By Patricia Zengerle
IN WASHINGTON
French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to dismiss nationalism and isolationism,
telling the US Congress yesterday
that economic and security challenges were a shared responsibility.
Concluding his three-day visit to
the US, Mr Macron told a joint meeting of Congress that international
engagement was the only solution.
“This requires – more than ever
– the United States’ involvement,
as your role was decisive for creating and guarding today’s free world.
You are the one now who has to help
TOURISM
UNITED STATES
Fewer Americans
Another judge attacks Trump
plan to end immigrant protection visiting Cuba ‘due
to restrictions’
By Luke Rix-Standing
A third federal judge has ruled against
the Trump administration’s decision
to end a programme protecting some
young immigrants from deportation,
calling the Department of Homeland
Security’s (DHS) rationale against it
“arbitrary and capricious”.
US District Judge John Bates in
Washington DC said the decision
to rescind the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals programme
(Daca), “was unlawful”. He gave the
administration 90 days to “better
explain its view”. If the DHS cannot
come up with a better explanation,
it “must accept and process new as
well as renewal Daca applications”.
Daca allowed immigrants brought
to the US illegally as children, known
as Dreamers, to stay and work legally
under renewable permits. Donald
Trump announced last year that he
would end the programme, started
by President Barack Obama.
It was officially rescinded in
March, but the DHS is continuing to
issue renewals because of previous
court orders.
By Nelson Acosta
IN HAVANA
New travel restrictions by
the Trump administration
have led to a 7 per cent slide
in foreign visitors to Cuba in
the first three months of 2018.
The Cuban tourism ministry’s commercial director, Michel
Bernal, told a news conference in
Havana that the US restrictions and
warning on travel to the Communist
island were to blame for the lower
preserve and reinvent multilateralism,” he said.
Mr Macron had earlier pushed
President Donald Trump to salvage
the Iran nuclear deal, which Mr
Trump has criticised harshly.
On Tuesday, the two leaders
pledged to seek stronger measures
to contain Iran, but Mr Trump made
no commitments to stay in the 2015
nuclear deal, although Mr Macron
suggested that additional measures
to curb Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its expanding influence
in the Middle East could bring the
US onboard again.
Yesterday Western envoys said
that Britain, Germany and France
number of American arrivals than in
the same period a year ago.
There are also unjustified worries
about the devastation wrought by
Hurricane Irma last September, he
said, given that the country had long
since fixed its tourist installations.
The number of Americans travelling to Cuba had surged after
former US president
Barack Obama reached
a landmark detente
with then-Cuban president Raúl Castro in
2014 and eased travel
restrictions while maintaining a ban on tourism.
But last year President
Trump again made it harder
for individual Americans to travel to
Cuba, as part of his tougher stance on
the country. REUTERS
were nearing a package to put to
Mr Trump to try to persuade him
to save the Iran nuclear agreement,
even as Tehran scorned the US leader as a “tradesman”.
Mr Trump has described the 2015
pact, under which Iran agreed to
curb its nuclear activities in return
for the lifting of sanctions, as the
worst deal ever negotiated and has
threatened to wreck it by reimposing US sanctions next month.
Brian Hook, the chief US negotiator with the three European
nations who are seeking a way
to keep the United States in the
deal, told National Public Radio in
Washington that “we have made
some progress”.
Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France, who all struck the
accord with Iran and the United
States, see the deal as the best
way to stop Iran from developing a
nuclear bomb. REUTERS
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A recycled
cup? We’ll all
drink to that
R
ecent campaigns to cut
the use of disposable
cups have caught the
mood of the hour, and
there have been a few
clear wins, such as the café chain
Boston Tea Party banning these
cups from June.
Good luck to them. But what
may turn out to be the more
significant advance has come
from Costa, the largest coffee chain
in the UK, and after Starbucks
the second-largest in the world.
It has just committed the UK end
of the business to recycling 500
million cups a year by 2020 – the
same amount it distributes. It is
doing so by subsidising the waste
collection companies, which in turn
is leading the recyclers to invest
in the kit to recycle the plastic
and paper bonded cups – a more
complicated business than it would
be were they just made of paper.
Meanwhile a Finnish company
called Kotkamills has developed a
new form of paper-board cup that
will hold hot drinks without needing
the plastic lining. These can then
be recycled in the same way as
regular paper, an established and
cheap technology.
From an economist’s perspective
this is fascinating. Here there is a
clear social and economic problem
that needs to be solved. When,
more than a century ago, they were
brought in as a hygienic substitute
for people having to share the same
mug, and it perhaps not being
properly cleaned, they seemed
a boon. Now, as their use has
proliferated over the past 40 years,
they have become a bit of a menace.
Costa has pledged to recycle as many
disposable cups as it sells by 2020 PA
And here are three different ways of
tackling the problem.
First, you can change habits – the
Boston Tea Party solution. You
make people bring their own cups
with them. You can stop people
buying bottled water – there is a
shocking video of the piles of empty
bottles in the streets after the
London marathon. You could even
ban people from carrying drinks
around with them in the street.
The second approach is to
accept habits as they are, but use
a combination of tax and subsidy
to cope with them. In the case of
Costa’s recycling scheme, there
is no tax as such as the company
is carrying the cost, but there is a
subsidy. A more explicit example of
the tax version is the 5p payment
for plastic bags in supermarkets,
which has led to a change in habits.
The third way forward is
technology. You develop plastics
that bio-degrade, or in this instance
paper cups that don’t need a lining.
So which is best?
Well, they all are. There is no
magic one-size-fits-all solution to
most environmental issues. Those
of us who were the last generation
to use cloth nappies for our babies
used to be sanctimonious at the
waste involved with disposable
ones. But the environmental
cost of soaking the dirty ones in
disinfectant and then washing them
at 90 degrees was probably as bad
Packaging has
a purpose: to
protect goods
in transit
as using disposables. (I gather
old-style nappies are coming back –
but that is another story.)
In the case of coffee cups, though,
it does not really matter which of
the solutions comes to the rescue.
It is a huge problem and needs to
be tackled in whatever way is going
to be most effective. Try ’em all and
see what works best.
That leads to a wider message.
Environmental problems can
be solved by a combination of
conservation and technical
advance. But there is a further
element in the mix: common sense.
Sometimes a disposable object
is preferable for health or safety
reasons but sometimes it is pure
waste. Packaging has a purpose: to
protect goods in transit and hence
to save breakages. We just need to
be more sensible, don’t we?
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IN DELHI
A self-styled preacher has been jailed
for life for raping a teenage girl in
India, the latest sexual abuse case
against a so-called “godman”.
The case highlights the Indian
heartland’s fascination with spiritual
gurus, who wield immense influence
for their ability to mobilise millions of
adherents, amass untaxed funds and
find favour with politicians.
Asumal Harpalani, commonly
known as Asaram Bapu, was convicted yesterday by a judge sitting
at a prison in Jodhpur, in the western state of Rajasthan, where he has
Outrage over a series of
child rapes in the past two
weeks has led Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s cabinet to
approve the death penalty for the
rape of girls younger than 12.
been held since September 2013. The
77-year-old, who has more than 400
ashrams around the world, according to his website, had been denied
bail a dozen times.
His defence lawyer, Sushma Dhara,
said she would challenge the verdict.
“The sentencing has come as a big
relief,” said Kiran Jha Thakur, the
founder of Kalpana, a non-government body that helped the victim’s
family pursue the case. “It goes on to
show that even if you are a ‘godman’,
if you commit a crime, our judiciary
will get you.”
India’s Protection of Children
from Sexual Offences Act permits
lifetime jail terms for sexual assault
of children. Two of the preacher’s
aides were also convicted and jailed
for 20 years each, while two others
were acquitted.
The case dates from August 2013,
when the 16-year-old girl accused the
preacher of sexually assaulting her at
his ashram in Jodhpur. The girl, who
reportedly sought to be rid of evil
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ISRAEL
Security forces
on high alert after
‘godman’ is jailed
By Malini Menon
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Soldier laughed
after shooting
protester
By Harry Cockburn
Asumal
Harpalani was
jailed for life for
raping a teenge
girl AFP/GETTY
spirits, said in her complaint that she
was asked to perform oral sex and
was touched inappropriately.
Security forces in four states – Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat, as
well as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in
the north – were put on high alert, for
fear of a backlash from supporters.
In August 2017, followers of another
guru, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh,
rioted in Rohtak, Haryana, after he
was jailed for 10 years for raping two
women, unleashing violence that
killed more than 30. REUTERS
An Israeli soldier has been filmed
apparently celebrating after shooting a Palestinian protester with rubber bullets.
The video, released by the Jerusalem-based Israeli human rights
group B’Tselem, shows three soldiers
discussing the best way to shoot at the
protesters. The soldiers appear to say
the protesters are throwing rocks. A
soldier then fires, before laughing and
saying “the son of a bitch”.
It is the second video released this
month appearing to show Israeli
soldiers cheering after shooting at
Palestinian protesters. The latest
incident was allegedly filmed at an
Israeli roadblock in Madama, south
of Nablus, on 13 April.
According to the rights group,
about 30 residents of the village tried
to remove the roadblock, which was
at the eastern entrance to the village.
Around 11 soldiers then arrived
and the Palestinian residents threw
stones at the soldiers from a distance
of 50-80 metres, prompting the soldiers to fire stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets.
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AFGHANISTAN
SOUTH AFRICA
Protests may
delay start of new
minimum wage
By Alexander Winning
IN JOHANNESBURG
South African unions marched
in protest yesterday against a
proposed national minimum
wage of 20 rand (£1.10) an hour.
The minimum wage, which
new President Cyril Ramaphosa
Postcard
From...
Socopo
It is mid-morning on a weekday
yet all that can be heard in the
once-bustling corridors of the
Orlando Garcia state primary
school is the swish of palm
trees outside in the wind.
The white, tin-roof building
in the town of Socopo once held
nearly 400 children, yet closed
two months ago in a protest
by teachers and parents
at low salaries and lack of
school lunches.
Nearly three million
children are missing some or
all classes, according to a study
by universities, in a depressing
knock-on from a deepening
economic crisis that could
President rejects calls to
quit in bid to end civil war
By Denis Dumo
IN JUBA
UNITED STATES
Taliban warns of Extinct bird’s
spring offensive egg is not a fake
The Taliban is threatening
to launch its annual spring
offensive in Afghanistan.
The insurgents said that
the “Al-Khandaq” offensive
is focused on capturing and
killing Americans and their
supporters.
Spring has traditionally
brought an increase in
violence, as fighters find
it easier to cross the
mountainous terrain.
The Taliban has already
seized control of districts
across the country and
regularly targets Kabul. AP
SOUTH SUDAN
A US museum has made a rare
discovery within its own collection:
a fully intact egg from the extinct
elephant bird.
Curators at the Buffalo Museum
of Science were cataloguing pieces
in the collection when they realised
the foot-tall egg had been mislabelled
as a model. Measuring 71cm (28in)
around, it weighs more than 1.4kg.
Experts say there are fewer than
40 intact elephant bird eggs held in
public institutions.
The flightless elephant bird was
native to Madagascar. It grew to be
3 metres tall, and weighed between
350kg and 500kg. AP
sees as an important step to
tackle labour instability and
wage inequality, was approved
by the cabinet in November and
is due to be introduced on 1 May.
But dissatisfaction over the pay
rate could delay implementation.
Mr Ramaphosa, who replaced
Jacob Zuma as president
in February, has staked his
reputation on revising a
stuttering economy and rooting
out corruption associated with
Mr Zuma’s nine years in power.
The protests are the second
major show of discontent in
South Africa in a week. REUTERS
cause long-lasting damage to
the South American country.
Venezuela has about eight
million school children in
total, and free education was
a cornerstone of ex-president
Hugo Chavez’s 1999-2013
socialist rule.
Now, along with hospitals
and other flagship welfare
projects, the education
sector is in crisis, heaping
pain on Venezuelans and
eroding Chavez’s legacy as his
successor Nicolas Maduro
seeks re-election on 20 May.
In Socopo, in the agricultural
savannah state of Barinas that
was once home to Chavez, half
of the 20 public schools closed
completely in February, in the
middle of the term.
They have since reopened,
but are operating just three
days a week. REUTERS
Vivian Sequera
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir
has rejected calls for him to resign as
part of efforts to end a civil war.
Despite several agreements and
ceasefires, fighting has rumbled on in
South Sudan with barely any break
since it first erupted in 2013, just two
years after independence, killing tens
of thousands of people.
At talks in the Ethiopian capital
Addis Ababa, led by East African
bloc IGAD, 10 opposition groups
last month demanded Mr Kiir step
aside. They also want a transitional
parliament dissolved and replaced
Salva Kiir said the opposition groups’
conditions were ‘unreasonable’
by a new one formed with less than
200 members.
“The people who are fighting with
us have unreasonable conditions to
make peace,” Mr Kiir said, during
a ceremony for his deceased army
chief, General James Ajongo Mawut.
The government and rebel
groups signed the latest ceasefire in
December in Addis Ababa, aiming to
revive a pact reached in 2015. But the
truce was violated within hours.
Civil war first erupted when troops
loyal to Mr Kiir clashed with forces
loyal to the then vice-president Riek
Machar. Tens of thousands of people
have been killed and much of the
nation has faced dire food shortages
The fighting has slashed oil
production and driven about a third
of the population of 12 million from
their homes. REUTERS
Emperor
has spring
in his step
Japan’s Emperor
Akihito and Empress
Michiko hosted
2,000 guests at their
annual spring garden
party at the Akasaka
Imperial Gardens in
Tokyo yesterday. The
emperor and empress
spoke with guests,
including Japanese
medallists from the
South Korean Winter
Olympic Games.
EUGENE HOSHIKO/AP
INDIA
Return our land or kill us, farmers demand
More than 5,000 farmers in the western Indian state of Gujarat have told
authorities that they would rather die
than live without their land, as part
of the country’s latest major longrunning territorial dispute.
Farmers in Bhavnagar district said
they have written to state officials
and the Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, demanding the return of more
than 2,000 hectares of land they say
was acquired by a power utility more
than 20 years ago, but has lain idle.
Most farmers had gone back to cultivating the land, but they were forcibly removed some months ago, said
Narendrasinh Gohil of the Gujarat
Khedut Samaj campaign group.
“Either they must reacquire the
land under the new law, or return it
to us, so we can cultivate it and earn a
living,” said Mr Gohil.
“Without our land, we are dead.
So they may as well kill us,” he said.
ARMENIA
UNITED STATES
UGANDA
President to
hold crisis talks
Sailor held over Mountain gorilla
stolen grenades numbers ‘rising’
The Armenian President, Armen
Sarkissian, has said he will start
talks with political parties to try
to resolve the crisis in the country.
“I am starting consultations...
to discuss the situation that has
been come about in the country
and a way out of it,” he said.
Meanwhile, police yesterday
moved into the centre of the
capital Yerevan as protesters
gathered to demonstrate against
the country’s ruling elite. REUTERS
A sailor has been arrested in Illinois
on charges that he stole 20 hand grenades from a navy destroyer.
Aaron Booker, 31, was taken into
custody in Great Lakes by US Navy
criminal investigators. Prosecutors
claim Mr Booker stole the concussion
grenades while he was assigned to
the weapons department aboard
the USS Pinckney in San Diego.
Mr Booker’s job was to check the
temperature of the secured locker
where the grenades were kept.
By Rina Chandran
REUTERS
Ugandan officials say the number
of critically endangered mountain
gorillas is steadily rising, boosting
prospects for its tourism industry
that relies on the primates.
The last census in 2011 showed
the East African country had
480 mountain gorillas in two
protected areas, or about half of
the world’s surviving population.
The others are in neighbouring
Rwanda and the Democratic
Republic of Congo. AP
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Disillusioned Shia
voters fragment
ahead of election
Cristina
Cifuentes had
advocated zero
tolerance of
corruption GETTY
‘Vote for new blood’ ordered by
fatwa. By Ahmed Aboulenein
A
fter decades united
in their fight against
Saddam Hussein’s
oppression, Iraq’s
Shias have become
fragmented and disillusioned
with their leaders after 15 years
in power.
In Iraq’s Shia heartlands, many
who once voted blindly along
sectarian lines are now turning
their ire against the Shia-led
governments they say have failed
to repair crumbling infrastructure,
provide jobs or end the violence.
The divisions now risk splitting
the Shia vote in the election
on 12 May, which could
complicate and delay
the formation of a
government, threaten
gains against Isis and
allow Iran to meddle
in Iraq’s politics.
In the oil-rich
southern province
of Basra, 81-year-old
retired teacher Mowafaq Abdul
Ghani is disappointed with the
performance of the Shia leaders.
“I’d been waiting for Saddam to
fall since the 1970s,” he said. “But
look around. The streets are filthy,
there are flies everywhere, pot
holes at every step. Twenty years
ago Basra was terrible but it was
better than this.”
In the holy city of Najaf, home
to the shrine of Imam Ali (whom
Shias believe was a rightful heir
to Mohamed), and Iraq’s most
revered Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali
al-Sistani, there was a similar
feeling of disillusionment.
At midnight on 13 April, when
official campaigning began, hordes
of activists plastered campaign
posters on every surface, in some
cases covering pictures honouring
those who died fighting Isis.
“They took down the martyrs
and replaced them with thieves,”
said Abbas Saad, an unemployed
29-year-old.
Even Mr Sistani seems unhappy
with the performance of the
politicians, issuing a fatwa recently
implicitly calling on Shias to vote
for new blood. “The tried should
not be tried,” it said. Mr Sistani’s
decrees are sacrosanct to millions.
Under the informal powersharing arrangement in place
since Saddam’s fall, the prime
minister has always come
from the Shia majority, with a
Kurdish president and a Sunni
parliamentary speaker.
In the past, while no party has
won enough seats to govern
alone, there has typically
been one Shia leader with
enough support to shape
a ruling coalition.
This time there are
three Shia front-runners:
the incumbent, Haider
al-Abadi, who has promoted
a more inclusive government;
his overtly sectarian predecessor
Nouri al-Maliki, who failed to
inspire unity; and Hadi al-Amiri, a
military commander close to Iran’s
powerful Revolutionary Guards
and regarded as a war hero by
many Iraqis.
If no clear winner emerges,
Iran could have more of a chance
to act as a broker between the
Shia parties and influence who
becomes prime minister, while
Isis could capitalise on any power
vacuum and exploit Sunni feelings
of marginalisation.
Ali Reda, a student in a cafe
where young men were playing
pool, said: “The youth care about
unemployment, education and
freedoms. The Shia majority
has a responsibility to calm the
fears of other communities.
We are proposing an inclusive
government in which everyone
is represented.” REUTERS
SPAIN
Politician tipped
for top quits after
shoplifting claim
By Aritz Parra
IN MADRID
The President of Spain’s Madrid
region, Cristina Cifuentes, has
quit, following claims that she
faked her master’s degree and was
caught shoplifting anti-ageing
cream in 2011.
A close-circuit TV video
published by newspaper OK
Diario showed Ms Cifuentes
emptying her handbag for a
security guard in a supermarket.
The 53-year-old politician had
been a rising star in Mariano
Rajoy’s People’s Party, carving
out a name for herself as an
advocate for zero tolerance of
corruption both within and
outside the ruling party.
But she has failed to produce
the final paper for her 2012
degree at the King Juan Carlos
University. The university has
acknowledged that signatures
were faked, and prosecutors have
opened an investigation.
The emergence yesterday of the
shoplifting video appears to have
been the final nail in her coffin. AP
GERMANY
Music awards axed in anti-Semitism row
By Madeline Chambers
Germany’s music industry has
scrapped its Echo awards after a furious row over anti-Semitism, even as
nationwide rallies were due to take
place in support of the country’s beleaguered Jewish community.
This year’s Echo music prize was
awarded to a rapper duo whose lyrics
about Auschwitz and the Holocaust
were attacked as anti-Semitic. Several previous winners have returned
their awards in protest.
In a show of solidarity with the
Jewish community, the BVMI music
association said the Echo prize had
been so damaged by the row that
a new start was required. “On no
account do we want this music
prize to be a platform for anti-Semitism, contempt for
women, homophobia or for
belittling violence,” it said.
The lyrics in the song by
Kollegah and Farid Bang
(both inset) include the lines
“I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov”
and that their bodies were “more
defined than Auschwitz prisoners”.
Across Germany, thousands of
people are expected to don Jewish
caps, or kippahs, in evening marches
in Berlin, Cologne and other cities, as
Jewish groups try to harness anger
over an attack last week on an
Israeli Arab who wore a kippah as an experiment. He
was subjected to verbal
abuse by three people on
a Berlin street and was
lashed with a belt by a
Syrian Palestinian.
That attack followed reports of bullying of Jewish
children in schools and prompted the head of the Central Council of
Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, to
advise Jews not to wear kippahs in
big cities. REUTERS
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in your
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and how to plant dahlias and canna
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Healthy dose of
nostalgia marks
70 years of NHS
A newly unearthed photographic
archive shows how health care
was delivered in the 1930s and
1940s, writes Cahal Milmo
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F
rom victims of the
Blitz taking salt baths
along with a cigarette
and a glass of milk, to
technicians in filthy
overalls processing blood, they
are extraordinary evidence of
healthcare in Britain on the eve of
the arrival of the NHS.
A remarkable photographic
archive chronicling the delivery
of health services during the
late 1930s and early 1940s has
been uncovered by the heritage
body Historic England and
published online ahead of the 70th
anniversary of the National Health
Service this summer.
The 4,000 images capture
some of the more extraordinary
procedures, far-sighted schemes
and alarming practices in place
before Labour health secretary
Nye Bevan’s epochal National
Health Service Act came into force
in July 1948.
Prior to the NHS, healthcare
in England and Wales had been
delivered by a patchwork of
2,700 voluntary and municipal
hospitals, provided in return for
a fee or as an act of charity. Born
out of the aftermath of the Second
World War, the NHS approached
healthcare for the first time
as a right.
The archive chronicles the
day-to-day reality of the pre-NHS
system, showing off cutting-edge
equipment such as one of Britain’s
first X-ray machines, weighing
nearly as much as a London
bus, through to the unhygienic
conditions in which blood to
be used for wartime plasma
transfusions was processed. It
also includes images of nurses
and doctors off-duty, enjoying ice
skating and fairground rides.
Abigail Coates, an archives
specialist at Historic England,
said: “The photographs reveal
health and welfare provision at
a time of social upheaval and
change. But they also show
staff having fun and unwinding
after a long working day. You
can see just how far some
medical developments have
come, but also what has stayed
largely unchanged.”
The photographs were taken
by the now-defunct Topical News
Agency, which specialised in
collecting “stock shots” to be used
by publications. Each included
a lengthy description of the
techniques or processes captured.
Among the most intriguing
images is one showing the then
pioneering technique of using salt-
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Cycle of care: A group of district nurses leave the Willesden District Nursing
Association in north London to begin their daily round of visits in 1939 PA
A patient enjoys a smoke and a saline bath
in 1940, left; a nurse with the equipment
used for the transfusion of dried plasma,
above; exercise at work in 1939, below;
blood is transferred to bottles, below left
HISTORIC ENGLAND ARCHIVE /PA
water baths to treat burns victims,
including RAF pilots and civilians
injured in the Blitz. The picture,
taken in 1940, shows a man sitting
in the warm saline at a hospital
in West Sussex where a burns
specialist, Archibald McIndoe,
perfected techniques that went
on to be used worldwide after
realising that airmen shot down
in the sea survived burns better
than others.
A caption on the picture read:
“He [the patient] is allowed to
smoke (through a holder to keep
the smoke away from his eyes);
can read the paper; and is given
warm milk.”
Another picture, taken in 1938,
shows working-class women from
Peckham, south-east London,
attending an exercise class in one
of Britain’s first purpose-built
community health and sports
centres. In language resolutely
of its era, the caption read: “The
cares of house-keeping and
raising a family can play havoc
with a mother’s looks and bodily
shapeliness… However, Peckham
mothers are fortunate inasmuch
The photographs
reveal health and welfare
provision at a time of social
upheaval and change
as The Centre provides them with
the opportunity of leaving their
children in capable hands at the
nursery, while they can indulge in
‘keep fit’ exercises.”
The archive will be accessible to
secondary school teachers as well
as historians and members of the
public interested in the evolution
of health provision.
One picture shows technicians
dressed in grubby coats mixing
300 pints of donated blood into
large bottles at a blood supply
unit in Bristol for conversion into
plasma to help treat wounded
British soldiers.
Another shows a phalanx of
district nurses in west London,
identifiable by their white sashes,
leaving for their daily round of
visits on bicycles.
Around half of the 4,050
pictures have been digitised as
part of a year-long project funded
by medical research charity the
Wellcome Trust.
Television Thursday 26 April
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
9pm, BBC1
“My first baby,” murmurs graduate
switchboard operator Shanie, an
upbeat return for the deservedly
award-winning docu-series about
the West Midlands Ambulance
Service. Things take a turn for the
decidedly more dramatic and
personal however, as Nat Greaves,
who decided to become a paramedic
because she wanted to help others as
she had been helped as the mother of
16-year-old Jessica, who has cerebral
palsy, takes a call from her carer.
Jessica isn’t responding and requires
an ambulance. It’s a tense, moving
situation made doubly so because
Nat is such a gutsy person. Luckily
her colleague, the other Nat (both
left), is on hand for support.
8pm, BBC1
In a sort of companion piece to
yesterday’s Britain’s Fat Fight, Chris
Bavin looks into the latest research
on obesity. He shows how, armed
with just a piece of string, you can
test to see if you have the most
damaging type of fat, and reveals
that when we eat could be just as
important as what we eat.
Ambulance
The Truth About Obesity
===
Super Fast Falcon
8pm, BBC2
Yes, that will be erstwhile Doctor
Who Peter Capaldi whose voice you
know but can’t quite pinpoint,
narrating this Natural World film
about peregrine falcons, the fastest
of all on the planet. Swooping at
speeds of more than 200mph and
picking off other birds in the process,
the falcons are so successful that
they are found all over the world,
including among the skyscrapers of
Chicago (which have the bonus of
street lighting for 24-hour hunting).
This urban habitat also provides a
rare opportunity to observe
peregrine falcons in the wild.
===
Harold Shipman: Doctor Death
9pm, ITV
ITV has been going big with its
real-life crime documentaries in
recent months, from which it can be
deduced that they attract viewers.
This one hears from the detectives
who caught Hyde GP Harold
Shipman, and from relatives of a few
of his more than 250 victims.
6.00 Flog It! Trade
Secrets (R) (S). 6.30 Heir
Hunters (R) (S). 7.15 Rip
Off Britain: Food (R) (S).
8.00 Sign Zone: David
Attenborough’s Natural
Curiosities (R) (S). 8.30
Sign Zone: Kate Humble:
Off The Beaten Track
(R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 12.00
Daily Politics (S). 1.00
Live Snooker: The World
Championship The sixth
day’s play gets under way
at the Crucible Theatre in
Sheffield (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Tenable (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.00 Countdown (R)
(S). 6.45 3rd Rock From
The Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd
Rock From The Sun
(R) (S). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.00 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.30
Frasier (R) (S). 9.00
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Hotel Hell (R) (S). 11.00
Undercover Boss USA (R)
(S). 12.00 Channel 4 News
Summary (S). 12.05 Coast
Vs Country (R) (S). 1.05
Posh Pawnbrokers (R) (S).
2.10 Countdown (S). 3.00 A
Place In The Sun: Home Or
Away (R) (S). 4.00 Escape
To The Chateau: DIY (S).
5.00 Four In A Bed (R) (S).
5.30 Buy It Now (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.15 The
Yorkshire Vet: A Five
Legged Lamb & Other
Curious Creatures
(R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.15 NCIS
(R) (S). 3.15 FILM: Patricia
Cornwell’s The Front
(Tom McLoughlin 2010)
Mystery drama, starring
Andie MacDowell (S).
5.00 5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (R) (S).
6.30 Britain In
Bloom
A neglected
stretch of river
running through
Grimsby (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Lisa befriends
Sideshow Bob
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Ryder finally
asks Coco out
on a date (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Antiques Road
Trip James
Braxton and
Christina
Trevanion head
to Ayr, Scotland
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Moira is
stunned by a
revelation (S).
7.30 Secrets Of Your
Online Shop –
Tonight (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
Topical chat (S).
7.30 EastEnders
Arshad is
frantic after
Harley’s
kidnapping (S).
8pm
8.00 The Truth
About Obesity
Chris Bavin
seeks out the
latest scientific
research into
the problem (S).
8.00 Super Fast
Falcon The
secrets of
the peregrine
falcon – the
world’s fastest
animal (S).
8.00 Emmerdale (S).
8.30 Paul O’Grady:
For The Love
Of Dogs – India
New series (S).
9.00 Ambulance
New series
revealing the
work of the
West Midlands
Ambulance
Service (S).
9.00 Civilisations
Simon Schama
considers the
fate of art in the
modern world.
Last in the
series (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Question Time
(S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Rip Off Britain: Food (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 Heir
Hunters (S). 11.45 The
Housing Enforcers (S).
12.15 Bargain Hunt (R) (S).
1.00 BBC News At One;
Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
800 Words (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (R) (S).
3.45 Flipping Profit (S).
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
===
True Horror
10pm, Channel 4
The horror genre has a limited box of
tricks at its disposal, but Rob
Savage’s “drama-documentary”
deploys them efficiently within a
naturalistic setting of a family home
where the spirit of the dead father
– a mean git given to smoking cigars
as he glowers at the television –
starts appearing after his infant
grandchild suffers a life-threatening
illness. As with last week’s story,
Savage uses a mix of documentarystyle talking heads (the cast is led by
Kate Jarvis and Joss Porter) and
Paranormal Activity-style homevideo footage, and anyone enjoying
their sensation of jumping out their
skin should look no further. Eloise
Webb also appears.
Henry Winkler and Bill
Hader star in ‘Barry’
10.45pm, Sky Atlantic
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (S). 6.20 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (S). 6.45 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (S). 7.10 Who’s
Doing The Dishes? (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (S). 8.20
Coronation Street (S). 8.55
Coronation Street (S). 9.25
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(S). 10.20 The Bachelorette
(S). 12.15 Emmerdale (S).
12.45 Coronation Street
(S). 1.15 Coronation
Street (S). 1.45 The Ellen
DeGeneres Show (S). 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show (S).
3.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(S). 4.55 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S).
6.00 Take Me Out
This week’s
contestants
include Mr
Wales 2013
and a semi-pro
wrestler (S).
Michael Portillo poses
the question: ‘Our
Housing Crisis –
Who’s to Blame?’
10pm, Channel 5
The peregrine really is
a ‘Super Fast Falcon’
8pm, BBC2
7.00 The Nightmare
Neighbour Next
Door A dispute
leads to a man
being attacked
with a hammer
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 Top Of The Pops:
1985 Music by
Dan Hartman
and D Train (S).
6.55 FILM: Never
Been Kissed
(Raja Gosnell
1999) Romantic
comedy,
with Drew
Barrymore (S).
8.00 Location,
Location,
Location
Catching up
with two firsttime buyers (S).
8.00 Bad Tenants,
Rogue
Landlords
Officers find 30
mattresses in a
flat designed for
four people (S).
8.00 Dive WWII: Our
Secret History
Part two of two.
Submarines
sunk as part
of the German
surrender (S).
9.00 Harold
Shipman:
Doctor Death
Detectives
reveal how the
serial killer hid
his crimes (S).
9.00 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
Crimes
involving
mother-son
relationships (S).
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll
Take It Away!
Stewart and Vic
try to evict a
volatile tenant
in Nottingham
(S).
9.00 Putin, Russia
& The West
Dmitry
Medvedev’s
political
influence. Last
in the series (S).
10.00MOTD: The
Premier League
Show Magazine
featuring news
and highlights
(S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Europa
League
Highlights (S).
10.00True Horror
Docudrama
based on real
horror stories
(S).
10.00Michael Portillo:
Our Housing
Crisis – Who’s
To Blame?
The story of the
social housing
revolution (S).
10.00Horizon:
Swallowed By
A Sink Hole The
story of the sink
hole that killed
a Florida man
in 2013 (S).
10.00Celebrity Juice
With John
Newman, Maya
Jama, Stacey
Solomon and
Joe Swash (S).
10.50 Family Guy (S).
11.45 This Week The
past seven days
in politics (S).
11.15 Snooker:
The World
Championship
Highlights of
the sixth day
from Sheffield
(S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
guests Anthony
Joshua, Kevin
Bridges and Jon
Richardson (R)
(S).
11.05 Gogglebox
Britain’s Got
Talent and The
Queen’s Green
Planet are
appraised (R) (S).
11.30 Where There’s
Blame, There’s
A Claim Two
women who
had botched
procedures
(R) (S).
11.00 Law And Order
Part three of
four. The focus
of the drama
switches to the
solicitor (S).
11.20 Family Guy
Peter is
inspired by
Stephen King
(S).
11.45 American Dad!
(S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.05 Snooker: World
Championship Extra
(S). 2.05 Sign Zone:
MasterChef (R) (S). 2.35
The Secret Helpers (R) (S).
3.35 Murder, Mystery And
My Family (R) (S). 4.20
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.20 Lethal Weapon (R)
(S). 1.05 Give It A Year (R)
(S). 1.30 Jackpot247 3.00
Secrets Of Your Online
Shop – Tonight (R). 3.25
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.00 The Real Football
Fan Show 12.35 The Island
With Bear Grylls 1.30 The
Secret Life Of The Zoo 2.25
Class Of Mum And Dad
3.20 Come Dine Champion
Of Champions 4.15
Building The Dream
12.00 SuperCasino 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (R) (S). 4.00 Tattoo
Disasters UK (R) (S). 4.25
Tattoo Disasters UK (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
5.35 House Doctor (R) (S).
12.20 Top Of The Pops:
1985 (S). 12.50 Danny
Baker’s Great Album
Showdown (S). 1.50 Putin,
Russia & The West (S). 2.50
Dive WWII: Our Secret
History (S). 3.50 Close
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Humorous
footage,
including an
out-of-control
rally car (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Herb goes
on a binge (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Jake cheats
on his girlfriend
(S).
9.00 FILM: Prisoners
(Denis
Villeneuve 2013)
Thriller, starring
Hugh Jackman
(S).
12.00 FILM: Everly (Joe
Lynch 2014) Action thriller,
starring Salma Hayek (S).
1.50 FILM: Cheap Thrills
(EL Katz 2013) Comedy
thriller, starring Pat Healy
(S). 3.40 Close
9.00 Family
Guy Stewie
discovers a pop
star’s surprising
secret (S).
9.30 Family Guy (S).
12.10 American Dad! (S).
12.40 Plebs (S). 1.10 Two
And A Half Men (S). 1.35
Two And A Half Men (S).
2.05 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(S). 2.30 Teleshopping
NEWS
2-27
===
Michael Portillo: Our Housing
Crisis – Who’s To Blame?
10pm, Channel 5
Margaret Thatcher, some might say,
since the crisis in Portillo’s film is in
social housing. There are others, no
doubt, who may blame immigration.
“You can’t blame Maggie for
everything,” says her former
Secretary of State for Defence.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Barry
10.45pm Sky Atlantic
Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader is
terrific in this bone-dry comedy, or
tragicomedy. He plays the titular
ex-Marine, a jaded hitman-for-hire
whose latest job takes him to an
acting class in LA, where he picks up
the acting bug. With Henry Winkler.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
9pm, Film4
(Denis Villeneuve, 2013)
Jake Gyllenhaal is brilliant as an
intense young detective investigating
the abduction of two young girls
from a quiet suburban street in
Pennsylvania. Hugh Jackman
(left) plays the father of one of the
girls: a Christian survivalist who
grows impatient with the official
investigation and kidnaps and
tortures his own prime suspect (Paul
Dano). Somewhat self-conscious
and simplistic in its moral enquiry,
and with one or two plot holes, this is
nevertheless a serious-minded and
utterly gripping race-against-time
thriller, directed with a steady hand
and uncompromising severity by the
director of Blade Runner 2049.
6.55pm, Film4
(Raja Gosnell, 1999)
Drew Barrymore’s goofy charms
make this cartoonish, retro romcom
appealing and fun. She plays an
undercover reporter posing as a high
school student, regressing to her
former nerd status, and falling for a
sensitive English teacher.
Prisoners
Never Been Kissed
===
Moonraker
9pm, ITV4
(Lewis Gilbert, 1979)
The 11th Bond film was going to be
For Your Eyes Only, until Star Wars
persuaded Cubby Broccoli to respond
by sending 007 into space – with laser
guns. Extravagant, ludicrous and the
acme of the Roger Moore era.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (S). 7.55
The Royal (S). 9.00 Judge
Judy (S). 9.25 Judge Judy
(S). 9.55 Judge Judy (S).
10.20 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (S). 12.30 The Royal
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (S). 3.45
On The Buses (S). 4.20 On
The Buses (S). 4.50 You’re
Only Young Twice (S). 5.25
George And Mildred (S).
5.55 Heartbeat (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (S). 7.00
Rules Of Engagement
(S). 8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (S). 8.30 How I
Met Your Mother (S). 9.00
New Girl (S). 9.30 New Girl
(S). 10.00 2 Broke Girls
(S). 10.30 2 Broke Girls
(S). 11.00 Brooklyn NineNine (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (S). 12.00 The
Goldbergs (S). 12.30 The
Goldbergs (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (S). 1.30 The
Big Bang Theory (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (S). 3.00 New Girl
(S). 3.30 New Girl (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S).
4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(S). 5.00 The Goldbergs (S).
5.30 The Goldbergs (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (S).
9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 10.30 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 11.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.05 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 1.05 Four In A Bed
(S). 1.40 Four In A Bed (S).
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(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (S). 3.50 Come
Dine With Me (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.50 Ugly
House To Lovely House
With George Clarke (S).
6.00 Animal 999 (R). 6.30
Animal 999 (R). 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) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Urban Secrets (R)
(S). 7.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
Fish Town (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory The
friends try to
solve a mystery
(S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
Cameras follow
giraffe Orla
who is about to
give birth to her
second calf (S).
6.00 Futurama Zapp
Brannigan joins
the team (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Romance
blossoms for
Krusty (R) (S).
6.00 House A former
drug addict is
found to have
an impaired
sense of smell
(R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A British
MP is murdered
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Alfie
gets more
frustrated by
the voices he is
hearing (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Update on an
experimental
house in
Scotland (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Homer wins
$1million on
the lottery (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A film star is
accused of
murder (R) (S).
8.00 Vera The
detective
investigates
the ugly truth
about a murder
victim’s past (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
8.30 Young Sheldon
The young
genius moves to
Dallas to attend
a new school (S).
8.00 Arrow In his
darkest place
yet, Oliver
wonders if he
has failed at
everything.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank enlists
the help of a
notorious mob
lawyer (R) (S).
10.00Housewife, 49
Bafta-winning
drama, starring
Victoria Wood
(S).
12.05 A Touch Of Frost (S).
2.15 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
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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
Radio 1’s Residency: James
Blake 12mdn’t BBC Radio 1’s
Residency – Mura Masa 1.00
Toddla T 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy
– Birthday Girls House Party
4.00 Radio 1’s Early Breakfast
Show With Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 Sian Anderson 5.45
Newsbeat 6.00 Sian Anderson
7.00 DJ Target 9.02 The 8th
With Charlie Sloth 11.00 Seani
B 1am Toddla T 3.00 1Xtra
Playlists 4.00 Seani B
9.00 Brooklyn NineNine Jake helps
Rosa break big
news to her
parents (S).
9.30 Derry Girls Last
in the series (S).
9.00 The Good Fight
The lawyers
develop an
impeachment
strategy against
the president
(S).
9.00 SEAL Team
Jason comes
to blows with
long-term rival
and Charlie
Team boss Beau
Fuller.
9.00 Billions Taylor
travels to
Silicon Valley
to explore
new business
opportunities.
10.00The
Inbetweeners
Will is given a
work experience
placement (S).
10.35 The Windsors
(S).
10.05 Emergency
Helicopter
Medics A
farmer is
pierced through
the chest with a
metal spike (S).
10.00In The Long
Run Last in the
series (S).
10.30 Football’s
Funniest
Moments (R) (S).
10.10 Silicon Valley
10.45 Barry New
series. Dark
comedy,
starring Bill
Hader.
11.10 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
11.40 The Big
Bang Theory
Leonard seeks
relationship
advice (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A mother
and daughter
involved in
a serious car
crash (S).
11.00 The Force:
North East
Police are on
high alert as
rival fans gather
at the Stadium
of Light (R) (S).
11.20 Last Week
Tonight With
John Oliver (R).
11.55 Mike Judge
Presents: Tales
From The Tour
Bus (S).
12.10 First Dates (S). 1.15
Tattoo Fixers (S). 2.15
Gogglebox (S). 3.10 The
Inbetweeners (S). 3.40
The Windsors (S). 4.05
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S).
4.30 Rules Of Engagement
(S).
12.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (S). 1.05
The Good Fight (S). 2.15 24
Hours In A&E (S). 3.15 8
Out Of 10 Cats Uncut (S).
4.00 Close
12.00 Brit Cops: Frontline
Crime UK (R) (S). 1.00 Ross
Kemp: Extreme World (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 Duck Quacks Don’t
Echo (R) (S). 4.00 The Real
A&E (R) (S). 5.00 It’s Me Or
The Dog (R).
12.30 Tin Star (R) (S).
1.30 Blue Bloods (R).
2.30 House Of Lies (R) (S).
3.05 Animals (R) (S). 3.35
Animals (R) (S). 4.05 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.05 The
West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Amol Rajan
7.00 Bob Harris Country 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 The Radio 2
Arts Show With Anneka Rice
12mdn’t The Craig Charles
House Party 2.00 Radio 2’s
Tracks Of My Years Playlist
3.00 Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Feelgood Friday 5.00
Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast 7.00 News
9.00 Essential Classics 12noon
Composer Of The Week:
Strozzi 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00
Afternoon Concert 4.30 BBC
Young Musician 2018. Georgia
Mann presents highlights from
this year’s Young Musician
brass finalists. 5.00 In Tune.
Guests include Danielle de
Niese, Menahem Pressler and
Mark Simpson. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. Featuring Daniel
Barenboim. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. The BBC SSO perform
music by Smetana and Dvorák,
live from City Halls, Glasgow.
10.00 Free Thinking. Tomoyuki
Hoshino, Suzanne Mooney,
Mariko Nagai and Kyoko
Miyake on representing city
life. 10.45 The Essay: Dark
Blossoms. How a famous
crime is also a metaphor for
1960s Japan. 11.00 Exposure.
A Japanese-themed edition.
12mdn’t Late Junction. A
mixtape from Japanese
composer Otomo Yoshihide.
12.30 Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 In Our Time
9.45 Book Of The Week: Sharp:
The Women Who Made An Art
Of Having An Opinion 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 Crossing
Continents 11.30 Guilty
Architecture 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: Mythos 3.00 Open
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Expect the unexpected as a cop
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of her imaginary friend.
Fergie vs Wenger:
The Feud
My5
The former Man U and Arsenal
managers’ feuding is recalled.
The Real Camilla: HRH
The Duchess Of Cornwall
ITV Hub
A year in the life of the future
Queen Consort.
Country 3.27 Radio 4 Appeal
3.30 Open Book 4.00 The Film
Programme 4.30 BBC Inside
Science 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30
Alone. By Moray Hunter. Mitch
tries to avoid his sister-in-law.
7.00 The Archers. Shula makes
a fresh start. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts programme. 7.45 Curious
Under The Stars. By Annamaria
Murphy. 8.00 The Briefing
Room. David Aaronovitch
discusses big issues in the
news. 8.30 In Business. How
businesses can stop workplace
harassment. 9.00 BBC Inside
Science. The latest scientific
research. 9.30 In Our Time.
The proton, found in the nuclei
of all elements. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With James
Coomarasamy. 10.45 Book At
Bedtime: Nikesh Shukla – The
One Who Wrote Destiny. By
Nikesh Shukla. 11.00 Beef And
Dairy Network. An interview
with US fast food boss Roy
Gluck Jr. 11.30 Today In
Parliament. Political round-up.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: Sharp:
The Women Who Made An Art
Of Having An Opinion 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
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Rogue Justice 6.30 SudU-Like 7.00 Hopes And Desires
7.30 Alone 8.00 J Kingston
Platt’s Showbiz Handbook
8.30 The Goon Show 9.00
Listomania 9.30 HR 10.00
The Idiot 11.00 Grounded
11.15 Forest Tales 12noon
J Kingston Platt’s Showbiz
Handbook 12.30 The Goon
Show 1.00 Rogue Justice 1.30
Sud-U-Like 2.00 Expo 58
2.15 Shakespeare’s Restless
World 2.30 Good News 2.45
Catch Me If You Can 3.00 The
Pick
ofthe
day
Idiot 4.00 Listomania 4.30 HR
5.00 Hopes And Desires 5.30
Alone 6.00 The Man Who Was
Thursday 6.30 Great Lives
7.00 J Kingston Platt’s Showbiz
Handbook 7.30 The Goon Show
8.00 Rogue Justice 8.30 SudU-Like 9.00 Grounded 9.15
Forest Tales 10.00 Comedy
Club: Alone 10.30 Comedy
Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide
To The Galaxy: The Secondary
Phase 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club:
Wondermentalist Cabaret
11.30 Comedy Club: Bleak
Expectations 12mdn’t The
Man Who Was Thursday 12.30
Great Lives 1.00 Rogue Justice
1.30 Sud-U-Like 2.00 Expo 58
2.15 Shakespeare’s Restless
World 2.30 Good News 2.45
Catch Me If You Can 3.00 The
Idiot 4.00 Listomania 4.30 HR
5.00 Hopes And Desires 5.30
Alone
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 8.05 5 Live Sport:
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Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
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Lauren Laverne 1pm
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Page 36
hen Sir Ken Robinson delivered
his first TED
talk, entitled “Do
schools kill creativity?”, to a small audience in
California in 2006, he had no intention of recording it or even of it
being posted online.
Once it was shared, however, his
rallying cry for a system that cultivates more than just academic intelligence went on to become the
most-viewed TED video in history.
It has now been watched well
over 50 million times – more than
double the hits garnered by the
presentations of Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
put together.
There is some irony in this. In
the late 1990s, Sir Ken spent more
than a year writing a 243-page
report as chair of a government
commission on how to improve
the promotion of children’s “creative and cultural development”.
But almost 20 years on, the educationalist from Liverpool has no
choice but to admit he achieved
far more with that single, jokefilled, 19-minute speech – delivered off the cuff – than he did with
that weighty Whitehall document.
The report, All Our Futures, was
quietly shelved, abandoned by
a New Labour government that
Robinson says was too “in thrall
to the popular press”.
The 68-year-old, who has spent
the bulk of his career advocating
for a framework that has creativity baked in, recalls one minister
at the time explaining that they
had to fix numeracy and literacy
first. His incredulous response:
“That’s like saying, ‘let’s make the
cake and, if it’s all right, we’ll put
the eggs in’.”
He believes too many schools
are modelled on Victorian factories; children are put on a production line and churned out at the
other end “in batches”.
Some of his conclusions make
traditionalists baulk. He thinks
all subjects deserve equal prestige and classes should not always
be grouped by age. He condemns
schools that “educate people from
the neck up” and insists it is just
as important to teach youngsters
dance as maths.
“Children dance all the time
if they’re allowed to, we all do,”
he said in that seminal TED talk.
“We all have bodies, don’t we? Did
I miss a meeting?”
If anything, his manifesto for
change has become more, not
less, pertinent in the intervening
years. Children face an increasing
onslaught of standardised testing
and the introduction of the English
Baccalaureate in 2010 (which only
covers “core” subjects) has seen
uptake of music and art plummet.
But he has not met a British
minister in several years and laments: “Certainly this administration is never going to ask
my advice.”
“We’re still discussing grammar
schools,” he adds despairingly. “I
mean, really? Can we grow up
about that?”
One gets the impression that
Robinson, who has lived in Los
Angeles since 2001, has given
up on trying to convert governments anyway. He sounds sick
of civil servants determined “to
The man
who put
creativity
first
Parents can improve
the way their children
learn, even if our
education system
does little to boost
their free thinking,
schools expert
Sir Ken Robinson
tells Etan Smallman
keep a clean desk” and the shorttermism of MPs “seduced by
international league tables” and
who “simply tend to run on railway lines”.“It’s not my role to go
round and make life comfortable
for politicians who are trying to
balance their polling numbers,” he
says. “If I can encourage parents
and teachers to feel more confident about doing things which are
manifestly in the better interests
of their kids, then I shall do that.”
It is in this spirit that he has
written his latest book, You, Your
Child and School – his first addressed directly to parents.
“Real social change tends to
come from the ground up anyhow,
because there’s a shift in the culture,” he insists.
Robinson, who grew up as one
of seven in a working-class family yards from Everton’s football
ground, recognises the manifold
concerns of modern parents
Sir Ken Robinson (main) isn’t a fan of league tables and tests DARIO AYALA
and his book covers everything
from home-schooling, homework
and play to cyber-bullying, sleep
and self-esteem.
He warns that parents “become
part of the problem” if they subscribe to the outdated notion that
university is a guarantee of a good
job for life, and sign up to non-stop
homework and testing “as some
sort of relentless preparation for
a false goal”.
Robinson has united an unlikely
coalition of figures to his cause.
Everyone from singer Charlotte
Church to footballer Scott Chaplain and Twitter’s boss in Europe,
Bruce Daisley, have cited him as
an inspiration. Hypnotist Paul
McKenna has called him “the
most fantastic mind on education
of our time”. And Robinson not
only shared his Desert Island Discs
with Kirsty Young in 2013; she revealed four years later that he had
“made me think completely differently about what I wanted for the
education of my children. I think
I’ve taken my foot off the gas a lot”.
The father-of-two met schools
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JeffRobson
Prehistoric reptiles are
not always dinosaurs
We’re still discussing
grammar schools. I
mean, really? Can we
grow up about that?
minister Nick Gibb when he was
serving in the same post under
David Cameron.
“He was very receptive and welcoming,” says Robinson, but adds:
“I can’t think it had any effect on
him whatever. And, to judge by
things he went on to say subsequently, I think he finds what I talk
about inimical.”
How, I wonder, does he believe
his critics caricature him – do the
purists think he is some kind of
airy-fairy hippy who wants kids to
spend all day dancing in forests?
Robinson chuckles before responding, tongue only slightly in
cheek: “It’s not a bad thing to do,
by the way.
“I think they think I’m anti-academic, which I’m not – that I’m
some kind of old hippie who’s offering a rose-tinted view of how
the world works.” In fact, he has
a PhD and was a professor of arts
education at the University of
Warwick.
But Robinson, who after 17
years of sunshine is looking at
moving back home, is sanguine
about the criticism. “It would be
very odd for anybody to be in any
kind of public position and not
attract fire from somewhere; it
would suggest it’s all a bit too benign. If I didn’t piss somebody off,
I’d probably be doing something
wrong. But I don’t set out to do it.”
And if another British government tried to commission Robinson to investigate creativity
in schools, how enthusiastically
would he respond?
“That is part of the problem,
truthfully. There’s a kind of cultural amnesia,” he says. “I’d ask them
to read the one I did 20 years ago.”
‘You, Your Child and School:
Navigate your way to the best
education’ by Ken Robinson and
Lou Aronica (£18.99, Allen Lane)
is out now
How parents can help
Asked to distil his advice
down to three points, Sir
Ken Robinson says parents
should first remember that
every child has got their
own personality, disposition
and interests.
“Pay attention to your
children, and don’t judge
them all by the same criteria.
What’s good for one may not
be good for another,” he says.
“Second: be prepared to
engage constructively with
the school. In my experience,
good schools want that.
“Third: if circumstances
allow and you really feel
that this isn’t the right
school, be prepared to look
for alternatives.”
Homogeneous – but different
There have been a few instances
in recent weeks of a spelling error
which may take some of our readers
by surprise - “homogenous”.
Although the OED allows this as
a variant, the preferred spelling
is “homogeneous” when used to
mean “being of the same kind; alike”.
“Homogenous” is a specialised
biological term meaning “having a
common descent”.
Scratching an ichthyosaur
The story on page 19 of the 5 April
issue which carried the headline
“Older mother: Whitby dinosaur
was pregnant” prompted several
responses from readers, pointing
out that the term “dinosaur” applies
only to the land-based prehistoric
reptiles. The Whitby mother, an
ichthyosaur should have been
described in the headline (as it was
in the copy) as a “marine reptile”.
‘Manga’ is the term for comic books
The news item on the death of the
Japanese film-maker Isao Takahata
on page 35 of the 7 April issue
referred to him in the headline as
a “giant of manga film-making”.
The copy also referred to Studio
Ghibli as being famous for its “handdrawn manga look”. As Jon Dracup
pointed out, “manga” is the term for
Japanese comic books. Although
these influenced the work of Studio
Ghibli, their films should be more
properly be described as “anime”.
A precise approximation
The page 40 Business section lead
in the 3 April issue about job losses
in the first quarter of 2018 stated
that “approximately 21,413 staff
have been made redundant”. As John
Hing put it: “I think that is not an
approximation, but an exactitude.”
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Can marathons weaken
your immune system?
Contrary to earlier
studies, experts
now think that
endurance events
boost immunity. By
James Turner and
John P Campbell
What
makes us
who we
are?
By
Leanne
Rowlands
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t is commonly believed that
some forms of exercise, such
as endurance events, suppress
your immune system and
leave you at risk of infections.
However, our latest review of the
evidence suggests that this is
probably not true. In fact, runners in
events such as last weekend’s London
Marathon and forthcoming ones in
Edinburgh and Liverpool, may be
boosting their immune systems.
In studies in the 1980s and 1990s,
competitors in endurance running events were asked if they had
symptoms of infections in the days
and weeks after the race. Many did,
What makes us “us”
has been the topic
of much debate
throughout history. At
the individual level,
the ingredients for
the unique essence
of a person consist
mostly of personality
concepts. Things
such as kindness,
warmth, hostility and
selfishness. Deeper
than this, however,
is how we respond
socially, our moral
reasoning, and ability
to manage emotions
and behaviours.
Philosophers,
including Plato and
Descartes, attributed
these experiences to
non-physical entities,
quite separate from
the brain. According to
this belief, “souls” house
our personalities, and
enable moral reasoning
to occur. If who we
are is attributed
to a non-physical
substance independent
of the brain, then
physical damage to
this organ should not
change a person. But
the evidence suggests
otherwise.
In 1860, the
English photographer
Eadweard Muybridge
(below) was involved in
a stagecoach accident
and sustained a
brain injury to the
orbitofrontal cortex
(part of the prefrontal
cortex). He developed
traits that were unlike
his former self. He
became aggressive,
emotionally unstable,
impulsive and
possessive. In 1874,
upon discovering his
wife’s infidelity, he
shot and killed the man
involved. His attorney
pleaded insanity, due
to the extent of the
personality changes
following the accident.
Sworn testimonies
emphasised that
“he seemed like a
different man” and he
was acquitted.
Perhaps an even
more controversial
example is that of a
40-year-old school
teacher who, in the
year 2000, developed
a strong interest
in pornography,
particularly child
pornography. The
man acknowledged
his interest was
leading to the idea that endurance
exercise increases infection risk. A
problem with many of these studies was that symptoms of “infections” were not confirmed in a lab.
More recent studies have shown
that most symptoms reported after
marathons are caused by other factors, such as allergy.
These earlier studies put the
cause of the increased risk of “infection” down to a suppressed immune
system. Indeed, exercise does have
a profound effect on immunity, but
we now know that these changes
have been misinterpreted.
Initially, during exercise, the
unacceptable, but
continued to act on his
sexual impulses. When
he began making sexual
advances towards his
young stepdaughter,
he was legally removed
from the home and
diagnosed with
paedophilia. Later, it
was discovered that
he had a brain tumour
displacing part of his
orbitofrontal cortex,
disrupting its function.
The symptoms
resolved with the
removal of the tumour.
These cases have
one thing in common:
damage to areas
Immune
cells are
not lost or
destroyed.
They move to
different sites
in the body
of the prefrontal
cortex, in particular
the orbitofrontal
cortex. The prefrontal
cortex has a role in
managing behaviours,
regulating emotions
and responding
appropriately.
The idea that damage
to these parts of the
brain can result in
severe personality
changes is now well
established.
Sometimes, changes
are more subtle.
Consider the case of
Mr L, who suffered a
severe traumatic brain
injury after falling
number of immune cells in the
bloodstream increases dramatically. Then, when exercise finishes,
some immune cells decrease in
number, sometimes falling to lower
levels than before exercise started
for some hours.
Many scientists interpreted this
fall to be immune suppression. But
we now know that it does not mean
that these cells have been lost or
destroyed. Instead, they move to
sites in the body that are likely to
become infected, such as the lungs,
because faster and deeper breathing increases the chance of inhaling
something infectious.
Some studies also reported lower
levels of antibacterial and antiviral
proteins in saliva after marathons.
These proteins, such as immunoglobulin-A (IgA), are the first line
of defence against bacteria and viruses entering the body through the
mouth and nose.
However, many studies at the
time did not consider problems
with the measurement of IgA. For
example, IgA levels change in saliva
whether you have exercised or not,
due to psychological stress, diet,
oral health and even a “dry mouth”.
Nowadays, most scientists investigate the benefits of exercise
on immunity. Studies with humans
have shown that exercise can boost
responses to vaccination, and studies with animals have shown that exercise can help the immune system
detect and kill cancer cells. And, as
recent research shows, regular exercise can even slow ageing.
James Turner is a lecturer in the
department for health, and John P
Campbell is a 50th Anniversary Prize
Fellow at the University of Bath
off a roof. His later
aggressive behaviour
and delusional
jealousy about his
wife’s infidelity caused
a breakdown in their
relationship. To her,
he was not the same
man anymore.
Difficulties with
emotion management
like this are not only
distressing, but
are predictive of
lower psychological
adjustment, negative
social changes and
greater caregiver
distress. Many brain
injury survivors
also suffer with
depression, anxiety
and social isolation.
But with a growing
appreciation of
the relevance of
emotional adjustment
in rehabilitation,
treatments have been
developed to help
manage these changes.
In our lab, we have
developed the BISEP
(Brain Injury Solutions
and Emotions
Programme), which
is a cost-effective,
education-based,
group therapy. This
addresses several
common complaints
of brain injury
survivors and has a
strong emphasis on
emotion regulation.
It teaches attendees
strategies that can be
used adaptively and
independently, to help
manage their emotions
and associated
behaviours. Although it
is early days, we have
obtained some positive
preliminary results.
It may be too late for
Muybridge and others,
but new strategies will
make a big difference
to brain injury
survivors of the future.
Leanne Rowlands is
a PhD researcher in
neuropsychology at
Bangor University
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potential to grow quite tall.
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Only The Dead
Can Tell
BY ALEX GRAY
The 15th novel
in the Detective
Superintendent
Lorimer series
begins with
the death of
a middleaged woman,
Dorothy, in her own home.
The evidence points firmly
towards her husband,
Peter, being the person
responsible for the knife
embedded in her chest.
Pathologist Dr Rosie
Fergusson isn’t convinced,
however, and she clashes
with the detective in charge
of the case.
DVD/BLU-RAY
Pyewacket
CERTIFICATE 15, 84 MINS
A Canadian
horror in which
a teenage girl,
frustrated by
her difficult
relationship
with her
mother, summons
forth an evil spirit.
People who
write for kids
are the happiest
people I know
Dave Eggers, author, editor and social activist, tells
Sarah Bradbury about his new book for young
readers, which is definitely not about Trump
av e E g ge r s ’s n e w
book, The Lifters, is
“about a kid with an
embarrassing name”:
Granite Flowerpetal.
“He was stuck with
a last name that didn’t sound very
intimidating. So his father gave him
a counterbalancing first name,” says
the best-selling author.
Twelve-year-old Granite moves
from a life of relative affluence with his
family near the coast to the fictional
town of Carousel so his father can find
work. On the one hand, the boy is able
to start over and shorten his name
to Gran (though later realises Grant
would have made much more sense).
On the other, he has to create a new
identity in a new place.
He tries to insinuate himself into
the life of a hard-to-impress girl with
an unusual name of her own – Catalina
Catalan – and the pair discover an
underground warren of child-size
tunnels after opening a doorway in
a hillside. The only ones who know
of the wonders and terrors below,
they slowly become responsible for
keeping everyone above ground safe.
With a background in journalism,
Massachusetts-born Eggers first
broke on to the literary scene with
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering
Genius (2000). This partly fictionalised memoir, chronicling the loss
of both parents to cancer when
Eggers was 21, and the subsequent
responsibility he faced of raising his
younger brother, took the world by
storm. Praised for its originality and
experimental style, it struck a chord,
reached the top of The New York Times
best-seller list and was a finalist for
the Pulitzer Prize.
Since then, he’s proved prolific,
writing fiction (What Is the What,
Heroes of the Frontier), non-fiction
(Surviving Justice: America’s Wrong­
fully Convicted and Exonerated),
screenplays and film adaptations
(Where the Wild Things Are, and The
Circle, adapted from his own novel), as
well as running his own independent
publishing house, McSweeney’s.
So what led him to write for
children? “I actually first started
outlining the idea for the book about
10 years ago,” Eggers explains. “We
have a writing and tutoring centre
for young people in San Francisco,
called 826 Valencia, and through that I
started getting back into books which
I hadn’t read since I was a kid. And I
was reminded of how much I loved so
many of them.”
Through this philanthropic literacy
project, which he co-founded in 2002,
he rediscovered the joy of writing for
young readers: “Writing novels is not
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ELISA BRAY
Clockwise from
main image:
Dave Eggers;
two films for
which he wrote
the screenplay,
Tom Hanks and
Emma Watson
in ‘The Circle’;
and ‘Where the
Wild Things Are’
EM-J STAPLES;
FRANÇOIS
DUHAMEL
always fun – it can be a real slog. But
there’s something crisp, streamlined,
delightful, to use a corny term, about
so many of these books. Things move
at a steady pace, they are relatively
unselfconscious in their storytelling.
I started taking notes, and it was just
about three years ago that I finally got
down to writing The Lifters. And I just
had so much fun.”
He was also inspired by what he
sees as a “golden age” for children’s
fiction, and “as Harry Potter and
Lemony Snicket demonstrate – these
books are secretly read by almost
as many adults as they are kids”.
His latest book equally achieves this
balance of clean storytelling in short,
sharp chapters with enough edge, wit
and mystery to hold universal appeal.
Throughout Eggers’s career,
he has to an extent has become a
representative of liberal America,
giving voice to the dispossessed and
tackling thorny social issues. 2012’s A
Hologram for the King dealt with the
financial crisis; The Circle tapped into
the societal anxieties at play in the
digital era (it was adapted into a 2017
film starring Emma Watson, Tom
Hanks and John Boyega).
This latest fiction takes the reader
into a forgotten America through the
eyes of a young boy.
“Originally the setting was based
on the hills outside San Francisco,”
Eggers says. “Then I visited rural
Pennsylvania, which is also hilly, and
some other industrial rust belt towns
that had been thriving before the
collapse of manufacturing and I was
really intrigued – what would it be like
to be in a town collapsing in on itself?”
Fascinated by what he found,
conditions in these economicallycarved out regions – which later
proved fertile breeding ground
for Trump supporters – beecame a
metaphorical point of inspiraation for
the world in his book.
“This part of the US is soo
pretty, indescribably prettyy.
But we think about it as thiss
lost area that has all of its besst
days behind it. In lots of wayys
these towns are frozen in tim
me.
The grocery store that waa s
built in the 1940s hasn’t beeen
touched or updated since theen.
[But] there’s a lot of pawn shop
ps,
a lot of personal injury lawyeers.
So that’s where the politii cal
element came in.
“I definitely don’t wantt to
overstate the political aspeccts,”
Eggers quickly adds. “Tru
u mp
won’t be around for long, so I
don’t want anyone to think
k it’s
about him. It was conceived before
Trump was this glimmer in th
he eye of
I was
intrigued –
what would
it be like to
be in a town
collapsing in
on itself?
part of our electorate and hopefully will
outlast him.”
Rather, his time spent with young
people and reflecting on his own chaotic
youth has driven him to find new ways
to reach such readers.
“Year after year we continue to strip
kids of any responsibility. I think to
protect them we infantilise them, but
we forget that kids desperately want to
be given responsibility. So I’m exploring
a real-world scenario which then moves
into a more magical-realism realm
where the kids have to take charge
because no one else can be trusted.”
Having already produced a number
of works for young people, including
2015’s This Bridge Will Not Be Gray,
Eggers now sees children’s fiction as
central to his creative output. “I have a
lot of friends who write books for kids,
and they were always the happiest
people I knew. I took note of that. I
think it’s because young readers are
the purest readers. They’re so honest,
so ready to believe.”
Writing for a varied audience also
helps the writer stay fresh: “Now I’m
working on a very grim adult novel. I’ve
always had to pivot between something
very dark and lighter, fiction and nonfiction.” And with The Monk of Mokha,
the true story of a young Yemeni
American who had a dream of starting
his own coffee company, and Her Right
Foot, a non-fiction children’s picturebook examining the Statue of Liberty,
both published within the last year, that
eclecticism seems here to stay.
The main thing about literature,
whether for young or old, is that it has
a unique power to allow readers to get
under the skin of contemporary issues,
he suggests. “Novels can illustrate
something that you otherwise wouldn’t
see clearly,” Eggers says, using The
Circle as an example. “You can read
a lot of doomsday essays about the
perils off the internet, but we always
learn best through stories. We
retain information through walking
in som
meone else’s shoes or seeing
sometthing through someone else’s
eyes – it’s just the way we’re built.”
Thaat’s why, for Eggers, fiction
will n ever die. “Storytelling is
in our bones. Fiction has a very
uniqu
u e place: it most mirrors
our in
nner psyche, the way we tell
ourseelves stories. We don’t dream
in noon-fiction, we actually dream
in ficction every night. We’re wired
to bee moved, outraged and edified
throu
ugh fiction. So no matter how
man
ny times people want to call it
dead
d, it never seems to die.”
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‘The Lifters’ is published by
Scholastic (£12.99)
No sugar-coating of
obesity crisis in Hugh’s
assault on cereals
» Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall BBC1, 9pm
» The Secret Life of the Zoo Channel 4, 8pm
M
ost people have eaten
their dinner by 9pm.
Which is just as well,
because you didn’t want
to be hungry when watching Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Britain’s
Fat Fight. That was my mistake.
I’m ashamed to say that seeing
the juicy cheeseburgers, and
Belgian waffles and vanilla ice
cream smothered with syrup made
me want to dash out to my local fast
food chain. Which sort of defeated
the goal of the first episode of the
celebrity chef-turned-campaigner’s
new series: to fight the obesity
crisis. It also highlighted the point
so clearly made here, that delicious,
unhealthy food is everywhere. And
it’s very hard to avoid.
Apparently, we spend more
every year on the treatment of
obesity and related conditions such
as type 2 diabetes than we do on
the police, fire service and judicial
system combined. Telling us that
two-thirds of us are overweight
and, with the prediction that 50
per cent of us will be obese by
2050, we’re on the way to being the
fattest country in Europe, FearnleyWhittingstall starts with our
future: children. Nearly one third of
two-15-year-olds are overweight –
and it’s getting worse.
The observations here that
children have a sweet tooth and
that breakfast cereals are laden
with sugar were not revelatory,
but it’s how Fearnley-Whittingstall
brought it to life that made for fun,
If bags of carrots
were stamped with
Peppa Pig or Frozen’s
Elsa, they’d be a hit
engaging TV. Taking a group of five
children to Tesco, he unleashed
them on the aisles to shop for their
families. Where did they head?
Why, straight for the cereals,
confectionery and fizzy drinks,
of course. Not a single vegetable
ended up in the trolley.
The marketing of sweet products
for children is a factor. Given that
one child chose a box of cereal
simply because of the Minion
cartoons adorning the packaging,
perhaps if bags of carrots were
stamped with Peppa Pig or Frozen’s
Elsa, they’d become a hit.
Fearnley-Whittingstall examined
the cereal boxes selected and
pointed out to the parents that
the 9g of sugar per 30g serving is
just under half an under-sevenyear-old’s daily recommended
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has
declared war on sugar BBC
intake. What’s more, the traffic
light labels that flag up the sugar/
salt/fat content on supermarkets’
own-brand cereals were curiously
transparently monochrome on
Kellogg’s and Nestlé’s, who instead
promoted the “high fibre”. Hugh
waged war.
Interview requests turned down,
he showed up at their headquarters
with placards and a traffic light.
WHSmith was another target; go
in for a roll of Sellotape and you
emerge with a bar of chocolate from
the wall of sweets on the way to
the checkout. Wearing a top with
the slogan “WHSugar”, he set up
camp outside with an impressive
installation of 900 bars (which the
chain sells every 45 seconds).
And there were positive results.
Nestlé pledged to reduce the sugar
content of its cereals by 10 per cent,
and introduce coloured traffic light
labels in its packaging.
He headed to Newcastle with
the plan to sign up 10,000 people
to take on the collective challenge
of losing of 100,000lb. It’s unlikely
to change the course of our
future health as a nation, but if it
galvanizes even a few individuals
– including driver Jonny, whose
fridge veg drawer was stuffed with
chocolates, and who wanted to
lose five of his 20 stone so he can
watch his children grow up – that’s
a wonderful thing.
Back to Chester for The Secret
Life of The Zoo to check in on
pregnant orangutan Emma, as
promised. But there’s no baby
announcement. If she’s still
waiting for her baby, she has my
sympathies… those last weeks of a
pregnancy are no fun.
Twitter: @ElisaBray
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Arts
Arts
reviews
Lara Rossi and Romola
Garai star in
Ella Hickson’s
provocative new play
MANUEL HARLAN
THEATRE
The Writer
ALMEIDA THEATRE
HHHHH
To say that Ella Hickson’s new
play goes for broke would be
something of an understatement.
It’s unflaggingly provocative
and sometimes irritating; metatheatrical to a fault and never for a
moment mealy-mouthed.
POP
Gary Barlow
PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH
HHHHH
Gary Barlow’s sporadic solo
recording career has taken a
backseat in favour of keeping the
Take That juggernaut rolling as
long as possible. From stints as a
judge on X Factor and Let it Shine
to – as he noted here – playing
“Rule the World” at Buckingham
Palace, he’s been making a
concerted play in recent years for
national treasure status.
What’s most interesting to
note is how little showmanship
Barlow employed. Of course, he
turned out dance moves here and
there – how could he not during
“Relight My Fire”? – but he seemed
happiest behind his piano, playing
up the image of the singersongwriter over the pop star,
whether he was playing “Shine” or
a lounge version of “Could It Be
Magic?”, or adapting others to his
style with Stormzy’s “Blinded By
Your Grace Part 2” and a snippet of
Robbie Williams’ “Angels”.
It was a safe setlist, thin on his
solo songs (“Open Road”, “Forever
Love” and “Love Won’t Wait” all
appeared), but it managed to give
the audience what they wanted
and offer something different.
DAVID POLLOCK
The subjects are gender and
power, and the dangers of treating
art as product. It kicks off with
a fierce encounter between a
director (Sam West) and a young
woman (Lara Rossi) who erupts
with anger about the play she has
just seen. “I can’t remember the
last time I watched a thing that
looked even half alive,” she declares,
decrying the director as a “good
night out kinda guy” and the show a
tired orgy of sexist imbalance.
He’s aroused by the commercial
potential of her rage and suggests
a writing commission. But it turns
out that they have met before in
her student days when he made
a pass at her, just after he had
praised her first play, at which
point, members of the audience
may feel they have their bearings:
this is going to be a play about the
politics of the #MeToo era.
The piece has a tricksy, selfdeconstructing format that jerks
us into rethinking each of the
previous scenes. This enables
Hickson to explore the question
of whether improving the status
of female writers in the theatre
will require a more fluid approach
to form than “the intellectual
back-and-forth” of patriarchy, as
she sees it.
There’s an amusingly awkward
Q and A in which Romola Garai
plays the nervous author of the
first scene – a work in progress,
it emerges, that is critiqued
by her not exactly supportive
director (Michael Gould). He feels
that it is too much of a rant and
desperately needs rigour and
logic. On then to a half-finished
scene in which Garai and West
are a couple who, pausing only to
have a noisy shag, wrangle over
whether she should accept a £40k
film offer for her play.
It says a lot for the sense of
idealistic integrity that shines
from Garai’s performance that
respect for the Writer and her
mission to change the world
survive the boyfriend’s abrasive
counter-arguments.
You’re impressed by Hickson’s
commitment, even as you wonder
about the detail. Are logic and
intuition as gendered as she makes
out? Surely, it’s the work that’s
important, not how happy you feel
creating it? It’s to the credit of the
piece that it will divide audiences.
To 26 May (020 7359 4404)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
DANCE
Cecilia
Bengolea &
François
Chaignaud
TATE, ST IVES
This exhibition takes the writings
of Virginia Woolf, in particular
the pioneering feminist text A
Room of One’s Own, as a prism
through which to explore feminist
perspectives on landscape,
domesticity and identity in
modern and contemporary art,
with works from 1850 to the
present by more than 80 artists,
including Laura Knight, Gwen
John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred
Nicholson, Sandra Blow,
Barbara Hepworth, Claude
Cahun and Dora Carrington.
(01736 796 226) to Sun
FILM
Funny Cow
15, ADRIAN SHERGOLD, 103 MINS
Set in northern England in the
70s and 80s, Adrian Shergold’s
abrasive, tender and continually
surprising film tells the story of
“Funny Cow” (Maxine Peake),
now a successful comedian but
who started in the working men’s
clubs. In a bravura performance,
Peake plays her character as if
she is a cross between Marlene
Dietrich and Bernard Manning,
with a bit of Lenny Bruce thrown
in. 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
DANCE
Matthew Bourne’s
Highland Fling
PICKAQUOY CENTRE, KIRKWALL
Scottish Ballet dance Matthew
Bourne’s “Romantic wee ballet”,
which updates the sprites and
Highlanders of La Sylphide to
the Scotland of Trainspotting,
with feral sylphs and sharp
designs. This tour brings the
full-scale production to the
Scottish islands for the first time.
(01856 879 900) tonight
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
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Blending ballet, Jamaican
dancehall and medieval
polyphony, DFS is the kind of
show where dancers sing complex
harmonies while they change
from pointe shoes into sneakers.
Though both work as independent artists, Bengolea and
Chaignaud are regular collaborators. DFS was developed with
dancehall specialists, including
Damion BG Dancerz, who has a
starring role here.
The show starts in darkness,
with layered voices. The singing
is performed live by the dancers.
It sets intricate sound and
movement rhythms against each
other, while underlining the
physical quality of singing. The
vocals get less polished during
high-speed moves, when breath is
under pressure.
The three ballet dancers add
their own percussive note,
their shoes clopping as they
move through dancehall steps.
Bengolea and Chaignaud’s ballet
VISUAL ARTS
Virginia Woolf
Windrush: Movement
of the People
PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
Dancers blend ballet and dancehall as well as singing HERVÉ VÉRONÈSE
choreography is much more
limited; dancers teeter on pointe
as if stiltwalking.
The strongest dancing comes
from the dancehall specialists.
Craig Black Eagle is taut and sharp,
with a livewire energy. Damion
moves with fluid looseness, the
big steps bold and juicy. In an
unexpected scene, he beckons the
audience up on stage to learn a
routine. He’s a marvellous teacher,
getting a big cast moving with
confidence and speed. Bengolea
and Chaignaud themselves
increase the random qualities of
the show, wandering into dances
performed by others.
At just 50 minutes, DFS still
straggles, with film clips and shifts
of tone. The appeal is in the sense
of experiment, of different kinds
of physical expression, and in
some big, expansive dancing.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
Phoenix Dance Theatre’s new
work looks at the experience of
Caribbean immigrants coming
to the UK 70 years ago. Plus
Christopher Bruce’s Shadows
and Sandrine Monin’s Calyx.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
POP
Rejjie Snow
VARIOUS VENUES
After time spent mingling with
Loyle Carner and Kendrick
Lamar, this Dublin-to-Brooklyn
transplant commands centrestage on a strikingly distinct debut
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Hexham Book Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
On the bill are David Starkey,
Elizabeth Day, Mick Herron,
Jenni Murray, Rachel Joyce,
Simon Mayo, Angus Roxburgh,
Patrick Bade and June Sarpong.
(01434 652477) to 6 May
Chip Lit Fest
album. Executively produced
by Lamar associate Rahki, Dear
Annie is a wry, jazzy showcase
for Rejjie Snow’s charmingly
laid-back flow and keen hooks.
Leeds University Union (seetickets.
com) tonight; Academy, Manchester
(seetickets.com) Fri
Mercury Rev
VARIOUS VENUES
Or, how US art-rock’s foremost
symphonic romantics found
redemption. Recalling how
they took a flagging career and
gave it wings, the Rev celebrate
the 20th anniversary of 1998’s
wistful, wondrous Deserter’s Songs
with a string of “intimate and
acoustic” shows. Tunnels, Aberdeen
(seetickets.com) tonight; CCA,
Glasgow (seetickets.com) Fri
COMEDY
Comedy in Progress
BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE,
LONDON SW11
With the Edinburgh Fringe on
the horizon, a cracking bunch of
comics – including Adam Riches,
Mae Martin, Jordan Brookes, Ed
Gamble, Elf Lyons and Adam Hess
– descend on Battersea to try out
some new stuff over three days.
(020 7223 2223) to Sat
Dara O Briain
VARIOUS VENUES
The Mock the Week host gets
stuck into a huge UK tour. Smart
routines on fake news, virtual
reality and terror are on the cards
in Voice of Reason – but look out,
too, for some inspired
to-and-fro with the audience.
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (01702
351135) tonight; Watford Colosseum
(01923 571102) Fri
My Dad Wrote a Porno
VARIOUS VENUES
A few years ago, Jamie Morton
discovered that his father – under
the delicious pen name of Rocky
Flintstone – had written a series
of erotic novels. With the help of
James Cooper and Alice Levine
he delves into them here, in a live
version of the smash-hit podcast.
York Barbican (0844 854 2757)
tonight; Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
(01702 351135) Fri
Ed Byrne
VARIOUS VENUES
In Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne finds
fertile observational ground in
the cosseted lives of his two young
sons. Playhouse, Whitley Bay
(0844 248 1588) tonight; Bridlington
Spa (01262 678258) Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
Vasen
VARIOUS VENUES
The Swedish instrumental
trio’s latest album, Brewed, is a
heady collection of trad tunes
and originals, on five-string
viola, 12-string guitar and the
nyckelharpa. Queen’s Hall,
Edinburgh (0131 668 2019)
tonight; Ropetackle Arts Centre,
Shoreham-by-Sea (01273 464440)
Fri; Green Note, London NW1
(wegottickets.com) Sat
VARIOUS VENUES, CHIPPING NORTON
This year’s festival includes
Lionel Shriver, Richard Osman,
Rachel Joyce, Lucy Mangan,
Liza Tarbuck, Jeremy Vine, AJ
Pearce, Kit De Waal, Reggie Yates,
Mary-Ann Ochota and Robert
Peston. (01608 642350) to Sun
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novel about a young Devon farm
boy who, despite being too young
to enlist, heads for the killing fields
of the Western Front after his
feckless father sells his beloved
horse to a cavalry officer. The
puppetry is breathtaking.
(0131 529 6000) to 12 May
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VARIOUS VENUES
Martin Speake’s new album,
Intention (Ubuntu), brings him
together with the Bad Plus’s Ethan
Iverson as well as bassist Fred
Thomas and James Maddren on
drums. St George’s Bristol (0117 929
4929) tonight; Progress Theatre,
Reading (0845 867 9845) Fri
WORLD MUSIC
Baaba Maal
Opening
this week
GARRICK THEATRE, LONDON WC2
This boisterous musical comedy
is Mel Brooks’ adaptation of his
own cult film. It’s an old-fashioned
and unsubtle entertainment,
often puerile and sometimes
hell-bent on causing offence, but
packed with moments of zany
silliness. Hadley Fraser is wildeyed and tirelessly exuberant.
(0330 333 4811) to 29 Sept
VISUAL ARTS
Gilbert & George
BRIGHTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Work by the duo from the Artist
Rooms touring collection.
(brightonmuseums.org.uk) opens Sat
TALKS & POETRY
MFest
BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON NW1
The UK’s first dedicated festival of
Muslim culture, literature and ideas.
(mfest.org) opens Fri
CLASSICAL
Martin Speake
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London Symphony
Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s
last completed symphony, the
valedictory Ninth, prefaced by
Helen Grime’s new Fanfares for
Orchestra. (020 7638 8891)
tonight 7.30pm
COMEDY
Balham Comedy Festival
THE BEDFORD, LONDON SW12
Among the highlights are Al Murray
as the Pub Landlord, Angela Barnes,
Carl Donnelly and Rich Hall.
(balhamcomedyfestival.com) opens Fri
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By Air
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON N1
A rare solo appearance by the
legendary Senegalese singer,
travelling light with just his voice,
guitar, songs and social and
environmental messages, with
music from his back catalogue,
including his most recent
album, 2016’s The Traveller.
(020 7226 1686) tonight and Fri
£
only
699pp
THEATRE
War Horse
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
The National Theatre touring
production of an elegant
adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s
Lake Garda
If you only see
one thing today
Autumn Wine Festival
VISUAL ARTS
Cedric Morris:
Beyond the
Garden Wall
PHILIP MOULD & COMPANY
PHILIP MOULD &
COMPANY, LONDON
SW1
This exhibition,
part of the first
reassessment of
Cedric Morris’s
work in 30 years,
showcases more
than 20 of the
artist’s landscape
paintings from 1908
to 1971, including
scenes in France,
Tunisia, Italy and
Ireland (including
Connemara
Landscape from
1936, left). (020 7499
6818) to 15 Jul
Departing Friday 5 Oct
From Gatwick (LGW)
Price Includes...
Return flights to Verona incl. transfers
1 piece of hold luggage per person
7 nights DBB at a selected hotel in Riva del Garda
Welcome drink
Excursion to the Bardolino Wine Festival
Services of an English-speaking representative
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
RETAIL
Creditors face big financial
hit after Maplin collapse
By Helen Cahill
Maplin, the electronic retail chain,
owes creditors close to £150m,
with the lion’s share due to the
retailer’s private equity owner
Rutland Partners.
Maplin fell into administration in
February, putting around 2,500 jobs
at risk, with the business falling into
the care of PwC.
It is understood that Rutland,
which is one of Maplin’s secured
creditors, is owed just over £100m
from the business.
However, sources said it was
unlikely all of Maplin’s creditors
would see a substantial return from
the realisation of its assets.
PwC is selling off Maplin’s stock
and other assets in a bid to return
money to creditors.
According to a report sent to
creditors the US bank Wells Fargo,
as the principal secured creditor, is
owed around £10m.
Trade creditors, including the likes
of Google, are owed around £30m.
Maplin’s administrators have made
141 head office employees redundant
through the process so far.
PwC has been seeking buyers
for parts of the Maplin business,
and there have been around 60
expressions of interest, with the
most advanced discussions focusing
on the retail chain’s brand. However,
Nearly 650 shops and
restaurants have closed
since the start of the year,
according to analysis by the BBC.
Maplin and Toys R Us outlets
account for half that total.
The 30
Second
Briefing
Boohoo’s financial results may have
prompted tears from its traditional high
street rivals.
The online fast-fashion retailer yesterday
said sales had almost doubled. The
company, which owns PrettyLittleThing
and Nasty Gal, said pre-tax profits grew by
40 per cent to £43.3m and sales jumped
by 97 per cent to £579.8m for the year
to February.
It comes amid difficult times for the
retail industry.
The results contrasted starkly with the
travails suffered by many bricks-andmortar rivals as they grapple with changing
consumer habits and higher business costs.
Finance chief Neil Catto stated: “People
enjoy shopping online.”
What’s performing well?
Boohoo added that it has had a strong start
to the year and it now expects a rise of
up to 40 per cent in sales thanks, in part,
to PrettyLittleThing. Set up by Boohoo’s
co-founder Mahmud Kamani’s son in
2012, the fledgling brand had revenues of
£181.3m, up 228 per cent.
There has been
a lot of chaos in
the messaging
around diesel.
The poor motorist
just doesn’t know
what to do
Andy Barratt
The Ford boss says clarity
is needed on where diesel
works and where it doesn’t
The retailer is thought to owe nearly
£150m to its creditors REUTERS
will vote on a proposal to cut rents
and close stores. The so-called
Company Voluntary Agreement
(CVA) is an insolvency procedure
d e s i g n e d t o h e l p s t r u ggl i n g
businesses cut costs.
Other household names which
have pursued CVAs so far this year
include New Look and Byron.
Toys R Us collapsed in February,
resulting in the loss of 3,000 jobs.
BANKING
BOOHOO
Quote of
the day
no sale has been secured yet. Joint
administrator Toby Underwood
said PwC might have to start closing
stores due to a lack of viable interest
in the business.
When Maplin went bust, it became
the second retailer to collapse into
administration in one day following
the failure of Toys R Us, which has
now shut all of its UK stores.
Maplin chief executive Graham
Harris said at the time that the
retailer had been struggling to
mitigate the impact of the pound’s
devaluation since the Brexit vote,
along with a weak consumer
environment and the withdrawal of
credit insurance.
Several retailers are now putting
together restructuring plans to
survive following a tough Christmas
for the sector.
Today, Carpetright’s landlords
Shareholders reacted with relief yesterday.
Although Boohoo’s shares have been down
40 per cent since June, they rose 25p, or
16.5 per cent, to 179.8p yesterday. The
City was reassured that investment in
marketing, technology and warehouses
will not hurt its bottom line. “Boohoo sits at
the sweet spot of the market. Its flexible
business model is not burdened with
the significant costs associated
with running a large store
estate,” said Richard Lim,
chief executive at research
firm Retail Economics.
Lloyds’
profits up
23% as jobs
are lost
By Caitlin Morrison
Lloyds Bank has reported a 23 per
cent increase in profits to £1.6bn in
the first quarter of the year, weeks
after announcing another round of
branch closures and job cuts.
The lender yesterday posted a
4 per cent increase in net income
for the three months to 31 March,
up from £4.18bn this time last year
to £4.33bn. Meanwhile the bank’s
provision for payment protection
insurance (PPI) payouts was reduced
to £90m over the three months from
£350m a year ago.
Chief executive António Horta
Osório said he was feeling confident
about the year ahead. “The UK
economy continues to be resilient,
benefiting from low unemployment
and continued GDP growth. Asset
quality remains strong with no
deterioration seen across the
portfolio. We expect the economy to
continue to perform along these lines
during 2018,” he said.
Lloyds has announced a series of
branch closures and role reductions
in recent months as part of its
attempt to improve profitability.
Mr Horta Osório outlined his
commitment to continue focusing
on growing the digital side of the
business. Richard Hunter, head of
markets at Interactive Investor,
said the numbers “provide much
of what any bank should aspire to,
with strong growth underpinned
by a disciplined and organised
balance sheet”.
Shares in Lloyds were down 1.7 per
cent yesterday to 65p.
THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
CONSUMER
Whitbread to spin off Costa
Coffee as a separate firm
By Ravender Sembhy
Whitbread has bowed to pressure
from an activist investor and announced it will spin off Costa Coffee
into a separately listed business.
The group, which also owns
Premier Inn, said the demerger
would be completed within the next
two years. Earlier this month, it
emerged that activist investor Elliott
Advisors had built up a stake of
more than 6 per cent in Whitbread,
applying more pressure on the group
to split the two businesses. Hedge
fund and shareholder Sachem Head
had also been pushing for a break-up
of the group.
In a statement to the London
Stock Exchange, Whitbread said
it was “confident” that Costa and
Premier Inn “will soon be businesses
of sufficient strength, scale and
capability to enable them to thrive as
independent companies”.
Whitbread’s chairman Adam
Crozier said: “For some time, the
board has been of the view that, at
the right time, Premier Inn and Costa
should be independent companies. A
separation will provide enhanced
focus for each business and give
shareholders an investment in two
high-quality businesses.”
Shares in Whitbread were flat
yesterday at 4,177p.
Elliott Advisors said it was
Investors have
been pressuring
Whitbread to
make Premier
Inn and Costa
independent
REUTERS
pleased to hear that Whitbread had
committed to splitting the business
“as fast as practical”, and believed it
could be achieved within six months.
Alongside the announcement,
Whitbread reported annual sales
growth of 6.1 per cent to £3.3bn while
pre-tax profits rose 6.4 per cent to
£548m. Annual figures also showed
Costa booked a 1.2 per cent rise in
like for like sales over the year, ahead
of expectations.
Whitbread has a history dating
back to 1742 and has, over the years,
owned an array of well-known brands
including TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut and
Marriott Hotels.
Costa is thought to be
worth between £2bn
and £3bn on a standalone basis
while Premier Inn is valued at
up to £8bn. Whitbread acquired
Costa in 1995.
Countrywide ‘encouraged’ by sales progress
Ailing estate agent Countrywide
stemmed the bleeding yesterday
amid signs of recovery following
the ousting of chief executive Alison
Platt in January.
Ex-Tui boss Peter Long is leading
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Whitbread has
woken up and
smelt the coffee
D
o you believe Whitbread’s
decision to do the splits
was one entirely of its
own making, years in
the planning?
Nothing to do with the activist
investors demanding it do just this
a few months back. Nothing to do
with the way the share price shot
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i THURSDAY
26 APRIL 2018
HOUSING
Persimmon
investors vent
anger over
payouts
By Russell Lynch
PROPERTY
By Russell Lynch
IQ
30-39
a turnaround of the company as
executive chairman after Ms Platt’s
attempted overhaul flopped, hitting
morale and prompting senior
departures against the backdrop of a
difficult market.
The firm said it was “encouraged
by the early progress” being made
in sales and lettings, with industry
veterans in all major regional roles.
But the Bairstow Eves and
Hamptons owner still saw sales
down 10 per cent to £145m in the
first quarter due to the previous
problems. Shares fell 3.8 per cent to
98.1p yesterday.
up when the agitators stated their
views. Nothing to do with the arrival
of Adam Crozier, a new chairman, to
cast fresh eyes on the business.
Pull the other one. Whitbread
may have considered the idea, but it
was the activists who got them over
the line. Anyway, now the board has
bowed to the inevitable, the question
remains: is this the right solution?
To which the response has to be
“yes”. Both sides of Whitbread have
been dragged below their potential
value by being shackled to each
other. Before the activists arrived,
Whitbread was valued at a lowly 9.5
times its forecast underlying profit
(known as Ebitda).
By some measures, that made
Premier Inns the second-cheapest
hotelier in the world, despite its
resilience to economic downturns,
great quality hotels and new growth
prospects in Germany.
It made Costa – a slick, global
concern – as cheaply valued by the
stock market as Greggs the bakers.
That’s an absurdity in anyone’s book.
As separate entities, once new
investors wanting to invest solely
in hotels or coffee bars arrive, you
can see the valuations settling up at
around 11 times earnings for Costa
and 13 for Premier Inn. That’s a
serious value increase with little risk.
Will Costa suffer from having
to set up its own head office
infrastructures? Not really; the
Beefore the activists
arrived, Whitbread was
valued at a lowly 9.5 times its
forecast underlying profit
two sides of the business operate
independently already. Shared back
office costs are minimal.
Rather, it will be easier for the
two management teams to be more
directly incentivised. Some suggest
Costa may fall prey to a takeover
when it becomes a free agent.
Pe r s i m m o n’s c h a i r m a n h a s
apologised “unreservedly” over its
handling of the furious pay row which
engulfed the housebuilder this year
as the firm took a bloody nose from
investors at its annual meeting.
The company faced a storm over a
long-term share scheme that landed
chief executive Jeff Fairburn a £100m
windfall as well as huge payouts for
other directors, who have since given
up part of their bonanza. Previous
chairman Nicholas Wrigley quit in
December over the failure to impose
a cap on the scheme.
Investors who backed the payouts
in 2012 before the Government’s
Help to Buy scheme sent the
housing market, and
housebuilders’
shares, soaring
have been
f u r i o u s ove r
the awards.
T h ey s t age d
a significant
revolt
at
y e s t e r d a y ’s
m e e t i n g, w i t h
more than 40 per
cent of shares going against t h e
company in an advisory vote on pay.
Acting chairman Nigel Mills
said: “I recognise that there has
been significant strength of feeling
from some shareholders over
this issue. And so please let me
take this opportunity to apologise
unreservedly to our shareholders.
This could have all have been handled
better. Indeed it should have been.”
He said the company was focused
on “putting the issue behind us”.
Shares rose 4p to 2,694p as the
firm reported “encouraging” trading
and forward sales of £2.8bn since the
beginning of the year, up 8 per cent
on the same period in 2017. Enquiry
levels are 13 per cent ahead of last
year, it added. EVENING STANDARD
41
From the
business
pages
New Zealand
immigration drops
The Dominion Post
The number of people being
added to New Zealand’s
population from migration may
have peaked, as figures show net
migration has dropped to the
lowest level in two years. The
net gain from migration in the 12
months to 31 March was 67,984.
This was down by 1,000 from
the year to the end of February.
But annual visitor numbers hit
a fresh record of 3.82 million in
the year to 31 March.
China seeks to
abolish the nerd
New York Times
China’s vibrant technology scene
is searching for people who are
attractive, know how to charm
socially awkward programmers
and give relaxing massages.
“Programmer motivator”
positions are proliferating in a
society that largely adheres to
gender stereotypes and believes
that male programmers are
“zhai”, or nerds who have no
social lives.
Amazon workers
in wages protest
Deutsche Welle
Hundreds of Amazon
workers protested about their
employer’s labour practices
in Berlin, as publisher Axel
Springer awarded Amazon
founder Jeff Bezos a prize for
business innovation and social
responsibility. Workers in the
firm’s German logistic centres
want their pay to correspond
to salaries paid in the retail and
shipping industry.
I’m not so sure: though it’s possible
yesterday’s market excitement could
alert private equity firms who have
been dozing, it seems to me bidders
would have been more likely to swoop
last year, when the share price was on
the floor.
All in all, this is the right move,
whoever’s idea it was.
Denmark signs up
for industrial future
FRASER’S BAILOUT A SICK JOKE
The Copenhagen Post
EVENING STANDARD
Denmark has become the first
country in Europe to sign a
partnership with the World
Economic Forum to meet
the challenges of the “Fourth
Industrial Revolution”. The
partnership will help to forge
co-operation between private
and public actors and focus on
four specific arenas: internet
of things; life science and
precision medicine; ecosystems
for digital innovation; and new
approaches to regulation.
Callous though it sounds, the rescue
of House of Fraser by new Chinese
backers on Tuesday night is not
necessarily a Good Thing. House of
Fraser is the weakest department
store chain in the UK, yet it limps on
thanks to its mysterious financiers.
This piles unnecessary competitive
pressure on struggling rivals M&S
and Debenhams, which have a far
better hope of being turned around,
albeit with fewer stores.
Survival of the sickest upsets the
natural order of things.
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BUSINESS
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Matrix
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Argos hires 150
tech specialists
Revolut clinches
$250m in funding
Argos is hiring 150 tech
specialists as it plans to go
“head to head” with Amazon.
The move will take the
company’s total tech team
to 800 workers. Among the
roles up for grabs are software
development engineers and
machine learning engineers.
They will be based between
London and Milton Keynes.
Digital bank Revolut has
clinched $250m (£179m) in a
fresh funding round that values
the London-based firm at $1.7bn.
The Series C round was led by
Hong Kong’s DST Global and
supported by investors including
Ribbit Capital and Index
Ventures. It brings the total
amount raised by Revolut since
its launch in 2015 to $340m.
PROPERTY
PHARMA
Hammerson and
Intu deal halted
Strong pound hits
GlaxoSmithKline
Hammerson and Intu have
officially called off a £3.4bn
deal that would have created
Britain’s biggest property
company. Hammerson last week
withdrew a recommendation
for shareholders to vote through
the acquisition, prompting
Intu’s own board to announce
yesterday it would not proceed
with the arrangement.
Drug firm GlaxoSmithKline’s
came under pressure after
the firm’s sales were hit by the
strength of the pound. Sales fell
by 2 per cent in the first quarter
to £7.2bn. Operating profit fell
15 per cent to £1.24bn. Glaxo
warned investors that sales of
a key respiratory drug in its
portfolio would fall. The shares
fell 3.4 per cent to 1,412p.
ENERGY
EMPLOYMENT
User numbers fall
at ScottishPower
Housing shortage
hits recruitment
ScottishPower said UK
customer numbers have fallen
by 100,000 since the end of last
year to five million. The figures
come less than a week after it
announced plans to increase its
gas and electricity prices by 5.5
per cent from 1 June. But the
firm said revenues were boosted
by the recent snowy weather.
The shortage of affordable
houses in London is a “ticking
time bomb” for companies
struggling to recruit workers.
A survey found that two-thirds
believed housing costs were
having a negative impact on
hiring new staff. Around 200
firms were questioned by
business lobby group the CBI.
M&A
LENDING
Shire backs fifth
offer by Takeda
Crackdown on
loan sharks
Drugs group Shire said it is
prepared to back Takeda’s fifth
offer for the business and has
agreed more time to thrash out
the details of the £46bn deal.
However, Japanese investors
are not yet won over and sent
shares in Takeda 9 per cent
lower in Asia trading.
Loan sharks face a fresh
government crackdown as
efforts to tackle illegal money
lenders are stepped up. The
Treasury said more than £5.5m
will be spent to fund the fight
against loan sharks, helping to
investigate and prosecute illegal
lenders, and support victims.
the
markets
Sky shares topped the FTSE 100
on the back of a bidding war for
the company – but that was not
enough to prop up the wider
market, which ended the day down
46.08 points at 7,379.32 points.
Similar losses were felt across
Europe, where the French Cac 40
fell nearly 0.6 per cent and the
German Dax dropped 1 per cent.
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Sky shares ended the day up 51p at
1,359p, with Imperial Brands the
second-highest riser on the FTSE
100, up 83.5p at 2,472p, and British
American Tobacco up 106p at
3,850p. Biggest faller was Ashtead
Group, down 105p to 2,010p.
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BANKING
Shares in Metro Bank fell yesterday,
despite it reporting a 456 per cent
surge in profits in the first quarter.
The lender said it booked statutory profits of £8.6m in three months
to 31 March, up from £1.6m in the
same period last year.
It came as Metro clinched 88,000
new customer accounts in the first
quarter, bringing its total to more
than 1.3 million, while its loans book
grew by 69 per cent to £10.97m. Deposits rose by 41 per cent to £12.7m.
But the shares fell 7.3 per cent to
3,260p, as investors turned attention to the bank’s capital targets and
The results came a day
after the bank fended off
a supposed shareholder revolt
about payments to a company
owned by the wife of Metro
Bank’s chairman, Vernon Hill.
higher costs. Analysts at Jefferies,
led by Joseph Dickerson, said that
there was “disappointment” over
a “laundry list” of significant nearterm investments which stand to increase cost expectations over 2018
and 2019.
It also said Metro may need to
raise fresh capital of £250-£300m
through the sale of new shares to
maintain its CET1 levels –referring
to the capital cushion that underpins
a bank’s loans. “In the release, management go to lengths to discuss ‘significant’ investments this year in the
digital offering, stores, the bid for
RBS alternative resolutions package and regulatory projects over the
year,” Jefferies said.
Metro said its bid for a share of
RBS’s £835m remedies package was
progressing. The funds, set aside as
a condition of RBS’s state aid, will
be divided up among smaller lenders to help them compete more effectively with the taxpayer-backed
bank. Metro said it spent £590,000
Despite growing profits, customer accounts and its loans book, Metro Bank –
led by chairman Vernon Hill – may still need to raise fresh capital PA
last year putting its application together. It is hoping to clinch £120m
in funding to take a larger slice of the
business banking market.
The lender said it would also invest in its digital offering, while it is
set to open 12 new stores this year.
“While all of these items help position the bank for the near term and
get it to scale so as to achieve 2020
targets and beyond, they come at
a near-term cost to earnings estimates,” added Mr Jefferies.
Chief executive Craig Donaldson
said he expects continued growth
“across every metric” going forward. “We’ve now delivered seven
quarters of increasing profits and
over the last seven-and-a-half years
our deposits and lending and customer numbers have grown every
quarter,” he added.
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Spiced lamb pittas with wild garlic,
yoghurt and pickled cucumber
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 49
RHYME LETTERS
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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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Minesweeper
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SPAT
Futoshiki
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BOLT
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
Killer Sudoku No 1272
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GROUPIE
RHYME
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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CAULDRON
3
JILT
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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HOVEL
QUACK
Split the cucumber lengthways and
remove the soft seedy core with the tip of a
teaspoon. Cut into thin slices.
Mix the vinegar with the sugar and a
generous pinch of salt. Mix until the sugar
and salt dissolve. In a shallow tray or bowl
mix the cucumber with the vinegar. Leave
to marinate, turning occasionally. Heat one
tablespoon of oil in the frying pan until
nearly smoking hot. Season the lamb with
salt and pepper and add it to the pan. Fry
for five minutes until it is nicely coloured
and browned. Add the spice pot to the lamb
and fry for a further two minutes. Tip in the
chopped tomatoes and harissa, bring to a
simmer and cook gently for 20 minutes. Add
a dash of water if it looks as if it may dry out
too much and start to catch and burn.
While the lamb cooks, wash and drain the
wild garlic. Peel and very finely slice the red
onion, using half if large or all if small. Wash
the mint and shake dry. Pick away the leaves
and finely shred them.
Dress the onion with a little bit of salt and
pepper, and the chopped mint. Preheat your
oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas 6.
When the lamb is ready, check the
seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper
if needed. Drain the vinegar away from the
cucumber slices and mix them with the
poppy seeds.
Pop four pittas in the oven to warm for
two to three minutes. Put the saucepan on
the heat and add the wild garlic. Season with
a pinch of salt and let it wilt and collapse.
This should take no more than one minute.
Split the pittas open to create a pocket.
Divide the lamb between the pittas and
stuff in the red onion, wild garlic, pickled
cucumbers and a dollop of yoghurt.
PLAY
5
5
27
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½ cucumber
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
300g minced lamb
Sunflower or light olive oil for frying
and roasting
For the lamb spice pot
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon harissa
100g wild garlic
1 red onion, use half if large, all if small
15g mint
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
4 pitta breads
125ml yoghurt
5
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SERVES 2
Tomorrow
Baked aubergine with spiced lamb,
mint and pomegranate
SINK
SORCERESS
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TV
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IQ
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1993
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
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2 Agency of
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4 Toss (5)
5 Clothing (7)
6 Floor covering (6)
12 Item of
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14 Coarse jute
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16 Corpulent (5)
17 Sailing boat (5)
19 Liquid measure (5)
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ACROSS 1 Mane, 4 Claws (Main clause), 9 En route, 10 Toast, 11 Heavenly being,
12 Laptop, 14 Bodkin, 17 Seville orange, 19 Groat, 20 Appease, 21 Alert, 22 Year.
DOWN 2 Aorta, 3 Eau de toilette, 4 Creole, 5 Autobiography, 6 Seasick, 7 Lethal, 8 Stag,
13 Pavlova, 15 Needed, 16 Depart, 17 Sage, 18 Nyala.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
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Maths Puzzle,
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ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
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blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
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Sudoku Harder
Concise Crossword No 2315
ACROSS
1 Style (6)
4 Beverage (3)
7 Seafood (6)
8 Curt (6)
9 Raised platform (4)
10 Authorise (7)
11 Soon (2,1,5,5)
15 Exalt (7)
18 Condiment (4)
20 Thoroughfare (6)
21 Printed fabric (6)
22 Organ of sight (3)
23 Posture (6)
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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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
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one-letter change.
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SPORT
Townend saddles
up to put Mullins
in the driving seat
Bacardys looks
a Stayer but can
Faugheen relive
his glory days?
By Jon Freeman
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
The morning after the nightmare
before, Paul Townend decided that
the only way to get the whole, crazy
last-fence mess at Punchestown
out of his head was to apologise
for his gaffe and concentrate on
his important Wednesday rides.
Figuratively and literally, he had to
get back on the horse.
Or horses. Pravalaguna, his first
ride back, was a straightforward
winner and that will have settled
nerves a little.
But it was his next ride, Next
Destination, also for his boss Willie
Mullins in the Grade One Novice
Hurdle, that meant so much.
Mullins, meanwhile, had his
own way of dealing with Tuesday’s
disappointment, little knowing that
he was later to celebrate the first sixtimer of his glittering career.
Looking back on the extraordinary
incident at the end of the Champion
Novice Chase, when Townend manoeuvred leader Al Boum Photo
around the last fence, taking Finian’s
Oscar with him, Mullins said: “We
insisted Paul came in good and early
this morning so we could get in plenty
of slagging. And he had to stand there
and take it.”
After Next Destination had gamely
repelled the challenges of Delta Work
and Kilbricken Storm, he added:
“That was a great performance by
horse and rider. Paul was cool under
pressure and I’m delighted for him.
top
tips
BEST BET
Sunsetstorise
(4.15pm, Punchestown)
In fine form for Gordon Elliott
and this two miles is probably his
best trip.
NEXT BEST
Josies Orders
(4.50pm, Punchestown)
Yet to find his best form this
season, but weighted to win this.
EACH-WAY
La Bague Au Roi
(5.30pm, Punchestown)
Ran well at Cheltenham and step
back up to three miles will suit
her better.
So are the crowd, which shows how
well he is thought of over here. Look,
nobody died, nobody was injured. It
was just one of those things.”
Townend, too upset to talk about
it when he left the track on Tuesday, explained yesterday morning:
“I thought I heard a shout and that
the last fence was being bypassed. It
was a split-second reaction.”
PUNCHESTOWN
GOING:YIELDING-YIELDING TO SOFT IN PLACES
4.15
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3
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5
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7
PIGSBACK.COM HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE B) (CLASS )
€57,522 added 2m
-1212P
214-PP
8-1382
F-3236
145U7P
-21FP9
355025
SPEREDEK (D) N Hawke (UK) 7 11 10....................... T Cannon C
HURRICANE BEN J G Sheehan 9 11 4 ..........................N Fehily T
BON PAPA (CD) W P Mullins 7 11 3....................B J Geraghty T
AMERICAN TOM (CD) W P Mullins 7 11 2.......P Townend T
TOWNSHEND (CD) W P Mullins 7 11 2...............D J Mullins T
TYCOON PRINCE (CD) G Elliott 8 11 2 ................D N Russell T
THREE STARS (C)(D) H de Bromhead 8 11 1.....................................
.......................................................................................................................S W Flanagan C
8
6-3380 MR FIFTYONE (CD) Mrs J Harrington 9 10 11.......R M Power C
9
8-250U SHADOW CATCHER (CD) G Elliott 10 10 11.....B Hayes B,T
10 1F245- POWERSBOMB (D) Brian M McMahon 8 10 8...............................
.............................................................................................................................. R C Colgan H
11
/1-314 CADMIUM W P Mullins 6 10 7 .........................................D E Mullins
12 5122PP ROBIN DES MANA (CD) G Elliott 7 10 5...............M P Walsh T
13 -12321 BALBIR DU MATHAN (D) S J Mahon 9 10 1......D O’Regan T
14 F31768 OUR DOUGAL (D) H de Bromhead 8 10 1 ..............................................
............................................................................................................Dylan Robinson (5)
15 2163P0 COEUR JOYEUX (C) J P Dempsey 7 9 13 .......L P Dempsey T
16 8-9P4P LAKE TAKAPUNA (D) J H Culloty 7 9 13.....................A E Lynch
17 181552 DE BENNO (D)(BF) J Grace 13 9 12................ C A Landers (7) T
18 4P1-12 SUNSETSTORISE (BF) G Elliott 10 9 12.Jack Kennedy C,T
19 133230 EIGHT TILL LATE (D) Francis Casey 10 9 11 .......... A Ring (3)
20 -F337U LEAN AND KEEN (D) S Byrne 8 9 11.................................. K Sexton
21 40P556 TIMIYAN (D) G Elliott 7 9 10...............................................M Enright T
22 U97131 TISAMYSTERY (D) H de Bromhead 10 9 10 .......................................
...............................................................................................................Mr L Quinlan (7) C
23 103261 JUST GET CRACKING (D) James Dullea 8 9 10................................
..............................................................................................................................P T Enright T
24 3UF214 TONGIE (D)(BF) P A Fahy 8 9 10...............Rachael Blackmore
- 24 declared BETTING: 5-1 Bon Papa, 13-2 Sunsetstorise, 8-1 Three Stars, 10-1
Cadmium, 12-1 Tisamystery, Just Get Cracking, American Tom, 14-1
Tongie, Balbir Du Mathan, De Benno, 16-1 others.
4.50
1
2
3
4
2B3F14
-U15PP
PP1FP3
PP4441
FRIENDS FIRST CROSS COUNTRY CHASE FOR THE LA
TOUCHE CUP (CLASS ) €26,549 added 4m 1f 100yds
AUVERGNAT (C) E Bolger 8 12 7....................D J McInerney (5)
WHITE ARM (C) A J Martin 9 12 3............................. D Meyler C,T
BLESS THE WINGS G Elliott 13 11 12 .........K M Donoghue C
JUST WAIT AND SEE (C) J F Gleeson 9 11 12....................................
..............................................................................................................Mr W J Gleeson (7)
5 236U-U BALLYBOKER BRIDGE (C) Peter Maher 11 11 7
...............................................................................................................................R C Colgan C
6
2-042P CANTLOW (C) E Bolger 13 11 7...................................... M P Walsh B
7
23026P JOSIES ORDERS (C) E Bolger 10 11 7 ..........Ms N Carberry C
8
P57468 MY HOMETOWN E Bolger 8 11 7 ............... Mr R W Barron (7)
9 13332P MY MURPHY W J Burke 12 11 7...........................Jonathan Burke
10 -0P9P4 TOM HORN Peter Maher 12 11 7 ..........................................A E Lynch
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 Bless The Wings, 3-1 Josies Orders, 4-1 Auvergnat, 7-1
Cantlow, 10-1 My Murphy, 12-1 White Arm, 16-1 Just Wait And See,
Ballyboker Bridge, 25-1 others.
Paul Townend salutes his victory on Next Destination , which earned him a
Punchestown double yesterday after winning on Pravalaguna PA
He added later: “I have a job to do 10 lengths going to the last, but he’s
and that’s the mentality I came here just so idle when he hits the front,”
with today. And I have a lot of good said rider David Mullins, the trainpeople behind me.”
er’s nephew. “The Irish National was
A dream third win on
a sickener but it’s great to win this
Killultagh Vic in the
in a week that’s so important to
main event, the
Willie.
Punchestown Gold
He means the title race
C u p, fa i l e d t o
of course, and Uncle Wilmaterialise, but
lie then turned the screw
Willie Mullins’ lead
the race still went
on Gordon Elliott tighter
over
Gordon
Elliott
to Mullins via
and tighter when Torin the race to be
Bellshill, who held
nado
Flyer (leading home
champion trainer is
on by a diminishing
a
1-2-3 in the Grade One
48,000 euros
margin from his
Bumper), Patricks Park (a
rallying stablemate
third win for Townend) and
Djakadam, runner-up for
Colreevy completed Mullins’
the fourth year in succession.
fantastic six-timer.
Bellshill is only eight but he’s as
What a difference a day makes.
tough as old boots, winning his fourth Incredibly, given Tuesday’s setback,
career Grade One just three weeks Mullins is now ahead and he’s the one
after going so close in the Irish Grand with the momentum and the greater
National under top weight.
ammo. The bookies already think it’s
“I thought he was going to win by all over.
LADBROKES CHAMPION STAYERS HURDLE (GRADE 1)
(CLASS 1) €243,363 added 3m
BACARDYS (C)(D) W P Mullins 7 11 10 ......Mr P W Mullins
BLEU ET ROUGE (BF) W P Mullins 7 11 10......M P Walsh T
DIAMOND CAUCHOIS (BF) G Elliott 7 11 10 .......D N Russell T
FAUGHEEN (C)(D) W P Mullins 10 11 10...............D J Mullins
IDENTITY THIEF (C) H de Bromhead 8 11 10........S W Flanagan
JEZKI (CD) Mrs J Harrington 10 11 10............. B J Geraghty B
LIEUTENANT COLONEL (C)(D) G Elliott 9 11 10....Jack Kennedy B,T
PENHILL (D) W P Mullins 7 11 10 ..................................P Townend
SHANESHILL (C)(D) W P Mullins 9 11 10 ............D E Mullins
YORKHILL (C)(D) W P Mullins 8 11 10.......................R M Power
BAPAUME (C) W P Mullins 5 11 9......................................... N Fehily
LA BAGUE AU ROI (D) W Greatrex (UK) 7 11 3.......H Bannister
- 12 declared BETTING: 7-4 Penhill, 4-1 Bacardys, 9-2 Identity Thief, 8-1 Faugheen,
10-1 Diamond Cauchois, 16-1 La Bague Au Roi, Yorkhill, Jezki, 20-1
others.
5.30
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P1-3FF
-04204
-31312
1/1P26
0-6241
12541P
P221P4
4112-1
13224P
12-86P
-2383P
1-1117
FORM VERDICT
Willie Mullins performed a remarkable training feat to get PENHILL to
win the Stayers’ Hurdle on his first appearance in the best part of
a year, and he can only be expected to improve now he has the run
under his belt. Bacardys was in the process of running a cracker in the
Cheltenham championship event when coming down at the last and
adds further strength to a Mullins team that also includes fallen stars
Faugheen and Yorkhill. Identity Thief reinvented himself as a threemiler with a clear-cut Aintree triumph and is a big danger, even though
this comes soon enough.
RYANAIR NOVICE CHASE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1)
€101,770 added 2m
CALINO D’AIRY (D) H de Bromhead 6 11 10......S W Flanagan
CASTLEGRACE PADDY (D) P A Fahy 7 11 10.........A E Lynch
FOOTPAD (D) W P Mullins 6 11 10..........................................D Jacob
OPTIMUS PRIME (D) D Skelton (UK) 6 11 10.......N Fehily T
PETIT MOUCHOIR (CD)(BF) H de Bromhead 7 11 10...............
..................................................................................................................................D N Russell
6
10-218 SATURNAS (D) W P Mullins 7 11 10 ......................P Townend T
7
-12122 ASTHURIA (CD)(BF) W P Mullins 7 11 3 ..........D J Mullins H
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-5 Footpad, 6-1 Petit Mouchoir, 8-1 Castlegrace Paddy, 16-1
Asthuria, 20-1 Optimus Prime, Saturnas, 33-1 Calino D’Airy.
6.40
1
2
3
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5
-11303
415-11
3-1111
-24111
3-1232
PERTH
3.30
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8
-3P231
1900F6
F42152
-28P13
-13F29
272536
3-2364
1/P9P7
GOING:SOFT-HEAVY IN PLACES
MKM BUILDING SUPPLIES BALNAKEILLY CHASE (NOVICES’
LIMITED HANDICAP) (CLASS 3) £17,000 added 2m 4f
BALLYARTHUR (D) N Twiston-Davies 8 11 8 ..J Bargary T
HIGHLAND FLING (D) G Cromwell (IRE) 6 11 7.......J B Kane (5) T
BOLLIN ACE (D) T Easterby 7 11 6.................................H Brooke C
SOME ARE LUCKY (D)(BF) T R George 7 11 3P Brennan C
FLY RORY FLY N Alexander 6 10 12..........Lucy Alexander T
CALIVIGNY (D) N Alexander 9 10 3 ..............................B Hughes V
ALIZEE DE JANEIRO Miss L Russell 8 10 3...........Derek Fox
IMPERIAL PRINCE I Duncan 9 10 3..............................C O’Farrell
- 8 declared -
48
BETTING: 2-1 Ballyarthur, 4-1 Bollin Ace, 9-2 Some Are Lucky, 11-2 10
Highland Fling, 7-1 Fly Rory Fly, 12-1 Alizee De Janeiro, 14-1 Calivigny, 11
33-1 Imperial Prince.
12
13
ALL NEW DISCOVERY RIVER TAY HANDICAP CHASE
4.05
(CLASS 2) £30,000 added 2m 4f
PAIN AU CHOCOLAT (C)(D) Rebecca Menzies 7 11 12......C O’Farrell
MORNING ROYALTY J Moffatt 11 11 7...........................B Hughes
WADSWICK COURT (D) P Bowen 10 11 6 . J Bowen (3) B,T
TIQUER (D) A Jones 10 11 3..................................................... P Brennan
CHIDSWELL (D)(BF) N Richards 9 11 1.................Craig Nichol
- 5 declared BETTING: 2-1 Tiquer, 9-4 Pain Au Chocolat, 3-1 Chidswell, 13-2 Wadswick
Court, 10-1 Morning Royalty.
GS GROUP SCOONIEBURN CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £13,000 added 3m 3f
1
-4116P SUN CLOUD (CD) Ruth Jefferson 11 11 12.........J Hamilton B
2
783603 AENGUS Jennie Candlish 8 11 6..........................................J Bowen C
3
2-2532 TOTAL ASSETS S Waugh 10 11 4......................................... C Bewley
4
72615P LANDECKER N Alexander 10 11 2........................G Cockburn (3)
5
1-3221 MY OLD GOLD N Richards 8 11 0 ...........................................R Day (3)
6
143141 SKIPTHESCALES P Kirby 6 10 13 .........................T Dowson (3) C
7
111UP3 LETEMGO A B Hamilton 10 10 13........................Ross Chapman
8
312421 RIVABODIVA Miss L Russell 8 10 8 ...............T Willmott (8) T
9
21727P NATIVE OPTIMIST (C) Mrs S Walton 11 10 8...................................
............................................................................................................................Sam Coltherd
10 526254 ALLTHEGEAR NO IDEA (CD) N Twiston-Davies 11 10 5......
..........................................................................................................................J Bargary (3) C
- 10 declared BETTING: 3-1 My Old Gold, 4-1 Rivabodiva, 11-2 Skipthescales, 13-2
Total Assets, 7-1 Letemgo, 10-1 Allthegear No Idea, 12-1 Sun Cloud, 14-1
Aengus, Landecker, 20-1 Native Optimist.
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-12344
222165
131-71
-22333
Faugheen, once an outstanding
champion and the star turn
on all the big stages, is now,
sadly, just part of a County
Carlow chorus line, one of
seven trained by Willie Mullins
in his determined bid to crack
this afternoon’s Punchestown
highlight, the Ladbroke
Champion Stayers Hurdle.
The old speed and sparkle
just aren’t there anymore and
hopes of Faugheen adding to
his eight career Grade One
victories now surely rest on
whether he can adapt to this big
step up from two miles to three.
The bookies are sceptical,
some going as big as 10-1.
According to them, Mullins
has a much better chance of
success with Cheltenham
Festival winner Penhill, or
Bacardys (who wouldn’t have
been far behind him had he not
fallen at the last) and it’s hard
to argue with that view.
Identity Thief has been
reinvented as a three-miler by
Henry de Bromhead and is in
with a shout if his recent Aintree
victory wasn’t a flash in the pan.
Bacardys may be the answer
this time, but outsider La
Bague Au Roi should not be
dismissed lightly. Trainer
Warren Greatrex won this
with One Track Mind in 2016
and this gutsy mare ran a lot
better at Cheltenham than her
final position suggests over a
distance short of her best.
P2/742
/120-0
1/4-2P
/58342
SALMANAZAR A King 10 11 1....................................W Hutchinson
MORNING HERALD M Keighley 7 10 13................... H Stock (5)
SERGEANT BRODY S Drinkwater 7 10 5.............R T Dunne T
FRANKLY SPEAKING T Symonds 8 10 0 ...........M Hamill (5)
- 13 declared BETTING: 4-1 Cresswell Legend, 6-1 Salmanazar, 7-1 Forthefunofit,
8-1 Perfect Pirate, Beneagles, Kaki De La Pree, 10-1 Bobo Mac, Frankly
Speaking, 12-1 others.
CHELMSFORD CITY
GOING:STANDARD
SANTANDER CONSUMER HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
£15,000 added 6f
1
1890-6 VISIONARY (D) R Cowell 4 9 7............................. James Doyle C 7
2
0000-5 RAUCOUS (CD) R Cowell 5 9 4............................... J Crowley C,T 5
3
125715 DYNAMO WALT (C) D Shaw 7 8 13.........................P Mathers V 9
4
96131- MAAKAASIB (CD) S Crisford 4 8 12..................O Murphy E 10
5
-77427 ZAC BROWN (C)(D) C Wallis 7 8 11 ........... David Egan (3) T 6
6
1-3118 EXCELLENT GEORGE (CD) S C Williams 6 8 11............................
...............................................................................................................Milly Naseb (5) T 3
7 00009- WOLOWITZ Ed Walker 5 8 11................................................L Keniry 1
8
451-38 RELATED (D)(BF) P Midgley 8 8 11............................L Morris B 8
9
761517 TAVENER (C)(D) D C Griffiths 6 8 9 .........................A Atzeni C 4
10 15-225 DARK SIDE DREAM (C)(D)(BF) C Dwyer 6 8 9 ..............N i c o l a
Currie (5) C 2
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Maakaasib, 9-2 Tavener, 13-2 Raucous, 8-1 Dark Side
Dream, Excellent George, Dynamo Walt, Visionary, 10-1 Zac Brown,
Related, 14-1 Wolowitz.
BETSI CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2)
£30,000 added 6f
1
3-0507 DANZENO (D) M Appleby 7 9 6 .......................................O Murphy 6
2
14-782 DOUBLE UP (D)(BF) R Varian 7 9 6.......................A Atzeni T,V 5
GOING:GD TO SFT-GD IN PLACES
3
113-03 ICE AGE (D) Eve J-Houghton 5 9 6..................................C Bishop 4
4
50-614 LANCELOT DU LAC (C)(D) D Ivory 8 9 6.........R Winston H 1
UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT NOVICES’ HANDICAP
5
3206-4 MAZZINI (CD)(BF) J Fanshawe 5 9 2...................D Muscutt C 3
CHASE (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 2m
6
33370- MUBTASIM (D) W Haggas 4 9 2................................James Doyle 2
- 6 declared 1
P-1212 TREE OF LIBERTY (D)(BF) Kerry Lee 6 11 12...... Jamie Moore
2
0-5132 OZZIE THE OSCAR (CD)(BF) P Hobbs 7 11 9........ R Johnson BETTING: 2-1 Mubtasim, 11-4 Lancelot Du Lac, 3-1 Ice Age, 8-1 Double Up,
3
21232P TOMMY SILVER (D) P Nicholls 6 11 9.......S Twiston-Davies T 10-1 Danzeno, 12-1 Mazzini.
4
4272U5 SPACE ODDITY (D)(BF) H Fry 7 11 3 ......................K Edgar (3) H
NOTLEYS GOLF CLUB, GOLFWISE & G B FINCH
5
-34F21 SISTER SIBYL (D) H Morrison 7 10 2(7ex) ..............T J O’Brien
HANDICAP (CLASS 3) £25,000 added 7f
- 5 declared BETTING: 9-4 Tree Of Liberty, 3-1 Ozzie The Oscar, 4-1 Tommy Silver, 9-2 1
-22117 ELJADDAAF (C)(D) D Ivory 7 9 8.............................R Winston H 2
Sister Sibyl, 5-1 Space Oddity.
2
306-62 LOVE DREAMS (D) M Johnston 4 9 7........P J McDonald B 8
3
-11535 LUCYMAI (CD) D Ivory 5 9 6..............................................J Duern (3) 6
ROBERT WALTERS HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3)
4
3-5038 SUZI’S CONNOISSEUR (D) S C Williams 7 9 5................................
£11,400 added 3m 1f
......................................................................................................................O Murphy H,T 9
210-42 OWER FLY (D) Mrs R Carr 5 9 2...............................Hollie Doyle 5
1
12F4-P KAKI DE LA PREE (D) T Symonds 11 11 12......Jamie Moore 5
06351- VIA SERENDIPITY (D) S C Williams 4 9 1......H Bentley T 7
2
0P115- FORTHEFUNOFIT Jonjo O’Neill 9 11 10...................A Coleman 6
3
-71112 CRESSWELL LEGEND (BF) K Bailey 7 11 10 .............. D Bass T 7 180550 LONDON (CD) P McEntee 5 9 0 ....................Nicola Currie (5) 4
96-032 WELLIESINTHEWATER (CD) D Shaw 8 8 8.......P Mathers V 1
4 014620 OH LAND ABLOOM (D) N King 8 11 9...............................H Teal (7) 8
4715-4 ATLAS Denis Hogan (IRE) 5 8 8........................................S Foley B 3
5
P-P769 OUR KAEMPFER C Longsdon 9 11 7............................. R Johnson 9
- 9 declared 6
P1147P WESTERN CLIMATE T H Weston 9 11 3...............H Skelton C
7 84F5F4 BOBO MAC T Symonds 7 11 3..........................................J M Davies C BETTING: 7-2 Love Dreams, 4-1 Ower Fly, 11-2 Via Serendipity, 6-1
8
15-354 BENEAGLES (D) A King 6 11 2............................................ T Cannon C Lucymai, 13-2 Welliesinthewater, 8-1 Eljaddaaf, 10-1 Atlas, 12-1 Suzi’s
9
24-184 PERFECT PIRATE (BF) B Pauling 6 11 1...N De Boinville C Connoisseur, 16-1 London.
7.05
4.35
7.35
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3.20
8.05
3.55
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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL
FIRST LEG
Bayern Munich (1).1 Real Madrid (1).................. 2
Kimmich 28
Marcelo 44
Asensio 57
CYCLING
TOUR DE ROMANDIE, SWITZERLAND,
FRIBOURG - DELEMONT 166.6 KM, Stage
1: 1 O Fraile (Sp) Astana Pro Team at 4hrs
3mins 42secs, 15 G Thomas (GB) Team Sky
at same time. Overall: 1 P Roglic (Sloven)
LottoNL-Jumbo at 4hrs 9mins 16secs, 3 G
Thomas (GB) Team Sky at 4secs.
HORSE RACING
PUNCHESTOWN Going: Yielding-yielding
to soft in places
4.55 (3m nov hdle): NEXT DESTINATION
(P Townend 5-4F) 1; Delta Work (7-1) 2;
Kilbricken Storm (5-1) 3. 11 ran. nk, nk. (W
P Mullins). 5.30 (3m120yds ch): BELLSHILL
(D J Mullins 4-1) 1; Djakadam (5-1) 2; Road
To Respect (7-2F) 3. 12 ran. 3/4l, 8l. (W P
Mullins). NR: Alpha Des Obeaux.
EPSOM DOWNS Going: Good-good to soft
in places on derby course
2.10 (5f h’cap): BAHAMIAN SUNRISE (S
De Sousa 7-1) 1; Shamshon (8-1) 2; Just
That Lord (7-1) 3. Justanotherbottle 6-1F. 13
ran. hd, shd. (J Gallagher). 2.45 (1m2f17yds):
CROSSED BATON (L Dettori 11-4) 1; My
Lord And Master (5-1) 2; Dee Ex Bee (15-8F)
3. 8 ran. hd, 11/4l. (J Gosden). 3.20 (1m4f6yds
h’cap): ROYAL LINE (James Doyle 5-1)
1; Golden Wolf (8-1) 2; Fire Fighting (121) 3. Shabeeb 9-2F. 13 ran. 23/4l, 31/4l. (J
Gosden). 3.55 (1m2f17yds h’cap): AJMAN
KING (A Atzeni 9-4F) 1; Dash Of Spice (6-1)
2; Another Touch (20-1) 3. 10 ran. 1l, nk. (R
Varian). 4.25 (1m113yds nov): MASTER OF
WINE (O Murphy 15-8) 1; Simoon (10-1) 2;
King Of The Sand (11-8F) 3. 8 ran. 21/4l, 5l. (A
Balding). 5.00 (1m113yds h’cap): CORAZON
ESPINADO (S De Sousa 14-1) 1; Cuban
Heel (8-1) 2; Warburton (8-1) 3. Christopher
Wood 3-1F. 11 ran. nk, 1/2l. (S Dow). Jackpot:
Not won, pool of £10,000.00 carried over.
Placepot: £67.90. Quadpot: £27.60.
PERTH Going: Soft-heavy in places
1.30 (2m4f35yds mdn hdle): BLUE FLIGHT
(J Bargary 6-4F) 1; Skye Chief (28-1) 2; Lovely
Schtuff (3-1) 3. 6 ran. 9l, 8l. (N Twiston-
Players seek
assurances over
county game
The Professional Cricketers’
Association is concerned over “the
domestic playing structure and
future of the game” in the wake of the
proposed 100-ball competition.
The ECB came in for criticism
after announcing a planned eightteam franchise tournament, to
launch in 2020. A new broadcasting
deal will also come in, with domestic
cricket back on free-to-air television.
The players’ union said there was
“major concern” around the “lack of
information and clarity regarding the
new tournament” and “apprehension
on how the County Championship
will fit into the structure”.
The PCA added that players had
expressed “uncertainty on signing
county contracts beyond 2019”
and wanted assurances that a fair
proportion of the money would be
spent on players’ salaries. PA
By Hugo Lowell
Puzzle solutions
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CRICKET
New IAAF rule on
testosterone will
‘level the playing
field’ for Semenya
ples from 2011 and 2013, the IAAF
Caster Semenya, the world and and the World Anti-Doping Agency
Olympic women’s 800m champion, found that such athletes had a 1.8
will be unable to defend her titles un- percent benefit over 800m and 2.7
less she takes testosterone-lowering percent over 400m.
drugs under rules being introduced
But the matter is anything but
by the IAAF.
simple and the IAAF’s latest attempt
Athletics’ world governing body to grapple with the issue is likely to
is expected to announce today the reopen the emotionally charged decreation of a female clasbate over how to verify
sification called Athletes
athletes’ sex based on their
with Differences of Sexual
testosterone levels.
DSD
Development (DSDs) that athletes who
The last time the IAAF
would affect runners with
tried to restrict testohyperandrogenism, such as wish to
sterone levels, in 2011,
compete
Semenya.
the Court of Arbitration
Athletes in that category from 400m
for Sport (CAS) said the
who wish to compete from to the mile
policy must be halted until
400m to the mile at inter- will have
evidence of the impact of
national level after 1 No- to undergo
testosterone on performvember will have to undergo
ance could be produced.
treatment
treatment.
That prompted the
It will not, however, preIAAF research but the
vent DSD athletes from competing in federation could find itself back at
events outside that range, including CAS should anyone challenge it.
the 10,000m, which Semenya has ex- A spokesperson told i yesterday it
pressed an interest in running, or at would respect athletes’ decisions to
national championships.
appeal.
The introduction of the DSD catSpeaking at the IAAF congress
egory is thought to be based on the in March, its president Sebastian
conclusions of IAAF-commissioned Coe defended the measures. “This is
research that found that female ath- about our responsibility to ensure in
letes with elevated testosterone have simple terms a level playing field,” he
a major advantage over their rivals. said. It is our sport and it is up to us to
In one report, which examined sam- decide the rules.”
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Davies). NRs: Eagle Ridge, Le Frank.
2.00 (2m4f35yds h’cap hdle): PRINCESS
MONONOKE (Miss A McCain 3-1) 1;
Catchthemoonlight (7-1) 2; Lady London (101) 3. Longhousesignora 6-4F. 8 ran. 2l, 13/4l.
(D McCain). NR: Moscanisi. 2.35 (2m7f207yds
nov hdle): CALETT MAD (D Jacob 8-11F) 1;
Scorpion Sid (15-8) 2; 3 ran. 31l. (N TwistonDavies). NR: Bialco. 3.10 (2m7f180yds h’cap
ch): ALLYSSON MONTERG (J Bowen 3-1F)
1; As De Pique (14-1) 2; Seldom Inn (11-1)
3. 11 ran. 41/2l, 5l. (Richard Hobson). 3.45
(2m7f207yds h’cap hdle): LE BRAYE (Mr
Anthony Fox 9-1) 1; Maraweh (15-2) 2; The
Jam Man (2-1F) 3. 11 ran. nk, nk. (G Cromwell
(IRE) ). NR: Dotties Dilema. 4.15 (2m7f180yds
h’cap nov ch): RAINY CITY (Ross Chapman
3-1) 1; Some Are Lucky (11-4F) 2; Teddy
Tee (11-2) 3. 6 ran. 11l, 8l. (I Jardine). 4.45
(2m47yds h’cap hdle): MORNING WITH
IVAN (T Dowson 2-1F) 1; Monfass (5-1) 2;
Elmono (16-1) 3. 6 ran. 21/4l, 5l. (S Corbett).
Placepot: £170.40. Quadpot: £16.40.
SNOOKER
BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, CRUCIBLE THEATRE, SHEFFIELD, First Round:
M Williams (Wal) bt J Robertson (Eng) 10-5;
R Milkins (Eng) bt N Robertson (Aus) 10-5; J
Higgins (Sco) bt T Un-Nooh (Thai) 10-7.
TENNIS
ATP BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL,
SPAIN: Selected Second round: (1) R NADAL
(Sp) bt R Carballes Baena (Sp) 6-4 6-4; M
Klizan (Slovak) bt (6) N DJOKOVIC (Serb)
6-2 1-6 6-3; (3) D THIEM (Aut) bt J Munar
(Sp) 7-6 (10-8) 6-1; (2) G DIMITROV (Bul) bt
G Simon (Fr) 6-2 6-1.
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
UEFA EUROPA LGE SEMI-FINALS, FIRST-LEG
Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (8.05) ................................
Marseille v Red Bull Salzburg (8.05)......................
DARTS
UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE (Manchester).
GOLF
VOLVO CHINA OPEN (Beijing, China).
RUGBY LEAGUE
BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE (7.45): Salford
v St Helens.
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TENNIS
75% of suspicious betting comes from tennis
sation comprised of betting operators,
told the panel that over 75 per cent of
being played fairly, with the numbers suspicious betting patterns come
reducing as you move upwards
from tennis, even though the
through the ranks of the prosport is only the fourth
fessional game.”
largest for gambling.
The panel conducted
ESSA receives
a survey among 3,200
three times as many
professional players and
suspicious betting
Percentage of 3,200
14.5 per cent revealed
alerts for tennis as
players questioned
that they had first-hand
it does for all other
who said they had
knowledge of matchsports combined and
experienced matchfixing – and a third had
described it as “anothfixing first-hand
seen it more than once.
er stark indicator that
And the European Sport
the scale of the problem
Security Association, an organiin tennis is significant”.
A 2008 match involving Nikolay
Davydenko attracted suspicion
The investigation began after a
BBC and Buzzfeed report revealed
in 2016 that match-fixing was widespread and that governing bodies
had covered up evidence. Yesterday’s
report backed up the first allegation –
that “tennis faces a serious integrity
problem” – but did not find any evidence to suggest a cover-up.
However, the ATP, the body in
charge of the elite men’s tour, was
found to have failed to “exhaust all
potential leads before ending investigations” into alleged incidents of corruption. It is not the first time that
the integrity of tennis has been called
2008 review have been put in place.
But the environment conducive
to corruption remains. Tens of
thousands of nominal professionals
compete for a pittance on the
lower-level circuits, where it costs
upwards of $40,000 (£35,000) to
break even over a season, yet the
prizes for winning tournaments are
only $4,000.
At these tournaments, data and
scoring is streamed live online,
after the International Tennis
Federation (ITF) sold the rights
for millions, with minimal security
or accreditation criteria, enabling
gamblers from all over the world to
know exactly what is going on – and
therefore leaving the matches wide
open to spot-fixing, or corruption on
specific events in the match, rather
than the overall outcome.
The report released yesterday
said there is a strong causal
relationship between the ITF’s sale
of official live scoring data for lowerlevel matches and the explosion of
betting on matches at those levels.
The fact that only one person
needs to be tainted, not to mention
that it is hard to make a living out of
it unless you are in the top 150 in the
world – makes tennis an ideal sport
to fix.
As Ings observed in 2005, “if a
sport could have been invented with
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14.5
Novak Djokovic was beaten in
three sets by Martin Klizan
Djokovic
endures yet
another
early exit
Former world No 1 Novak
Djokovic suffered another early
defeat as Slovakia’s Martin Klizan
won their second round match at
the Barcelona Open.
Djokovic has now won just
two of his five matches since the
Australian Open – where he was
beaten by Chung Hyeon – after a
6-2, 1-6, 6-3 loss at Sabadell. Klizan
converted all three of his break
points to prevail.
After losing to Dominic Thiem
of Austria at the Monte Carlo
Masters last week, the 30-year-old
Serb suffered another defeat, not
ideal preparation for the French
Open at Roland Garros, which
begins on 22 May.
Djokovic suffered early exits at
the Miami Open, losing
to Frenchman
B e n o i t Pa i re
earlier this
month, and
Rafael Nadal
last month at
has won
Indian Wells,
15 matches
where Japan’s
in a row
Daniel Taro beat
on clay
him. He has not
reached the last
eight of a tournament
since Wimbledon last year
and has struggled with a longterm elbow injury.
Klizan, a qualifier and
world number 140, will meet
Feliciano Lopez, conqueror of
Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, in the
quarter-finals.
Top seed Rafael Nadal and
second seed Grigor Dimitrov,
of Bulgaria, experienced no
such problems but Japan’s Kei
Nishikori retired after losing
the first set to Guillermo GarciaLopez. Nishikori had a problem
with his right wrist.
Nadal beat fellow Spaniard
Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-4,
to take his tally of consecutive
sets won on clay to 38, breaking
a record he had held jointly with
Ilie Nastase of Romania. He plays
Garcia-Lopez next.
Dimitrov defeated France’s
Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1, while Thiem,
the third seed, beat Jaume Munar
of Spain 7-6, 6-1. PA
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It is 13 years since
Ings warned of
match-fixing, so
will they act now?
Matt
Butler
P
erhaps this time
something will be done.
Because tennis authorities
have long known
that the sport is ripe
for corruption.
Richard Ings, the former ATP
executive vice-president for rules
and competition, warned in 2005
that the sport faced a clear threat
of match-fixing and that it was at a
“crossroads of credibility”.
In his report, which had been
confidential until yesterday, he
pointed to a “climate of silence…
and apathy” towards corruption
that made it difficult to address
an increasing problem of players
“tanking” or underperforming as
sowing the seeds of corruption.
He made 20 recommendations to
tennis’s governing bodies, including
education of players, increasing
security at tournaments and
introducing a rankings system that
made every match count, rather
than the top 14 or 18 as is the case
today, depending on the level.
Three years after Ings’ report,
the international governing bodies
commissioned another review,
following a low-profile but highly
suspicious match between Nikolay
Davydenko and Martin Vassallo
Arguello in Sopot, Poland, in August
2007. Davydenko was then the world
No 4 and was the overwhelming
favourite to win. But his Argentinian
opponent was heavily backed on
online betting exchanges, even after
losing the first set 6-2. Davydenko
lost the second set before retiring
hurt in the third. Over £3million was
staked on the match.
The fallout from the match – in
which both players denied any
Six key findings
l The lack of money outside
the top of the sport has created
a “fertile breeding ground for
breaches of integrity”.
l A 2014 review determined that
only 336 men and 253 women
on the tour broke even on prize
money, before accounting for
coaching costs. The situation
remains similar in 2018.
l There is no suggestion any toplevel players are implicated, with
no “widespread problem” in elite
professional tennis.
l Of the 3,200 players surveyed,
14.5 per cent indicated they had
first-hand knowledge of matchfixing and another 16.4 per cent
had first-hand knowledge of a
player betting on tennis.
l The ITF’s £50m deal with data
company Sportradar to distribute live scores from tournaments
has heightened the problem.
l The sale of official live scoring
data from lower-level tournaments is recommended to be
stopped, and sponsorship from
betting firms be scrapped.
wrongdoing – led to the formation
of the tennis integrity unit and the
report, completed in 2008, revealed
that while corruption was not rife,
“young players in the lower levels
of the sport, were vulnerable to
corrupt approaches”.
The governing bodies
maintain that many of Ing’s 20
recommendations in 2005 and the
subsequent 11 put forward by the
Tens of thousands of
nominal professionals
compete for a pittance
on the lower-level circuits
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into question. In 2005 the then ATP
head of anti-doping, Richard Ings,
wrote a report in which he said tennis faced a clear threat of corruption.
And in 2008, following a suspicious
match between the Russian Nikolay
Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello, the governing bodies of professional tennis – the ATP, WTA, ITF and
Grand Slam Board, which includes
Wimbledon – commissioned a panel
to investigate threats to the integrity
of the sport. The governing bodies
said they had an agreement in principle to implement all the recommendations in yesterday’s report.
In a joint statement, they said they
are “committed to seizing the opportunity to address these concerns
through firm and decisive action”.
Top players at
tournaments such as
Wimbledon are not a
problem GETTY
the possibility of corruption in mind,
that sport would be tennis”.
This latest report has made 12
recommendations. Some, such as
banning betting sponsorship, are
unlikely to change anything. Others,
such as giving the tennis integrity
unit more clout and cash, making
lower-level tournaments financially
viable and having fewer events may
reduce corruption.
But these recommendations are
merely that: there is no obligation
to enact them. So will anything
change? Ings said: “The multitude
of tennis governing bodies have said
publicly that they will embrace the
recommendations. Let’s see.”
Myanmar
tour will do
good, says
Leeds owner
By Mark Walker
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has
defended the club’s decision to tour
Myanmar at the end of the season
after his plans were met by a storm
of protest.
Myanmar’s government has been
accused of ethnic cleansing, rape and
slaughter of Rohingya Muslims but
Radrizzani, who has businessinterests
in south-east Asia, insists the tour will
have a positive impact.
Amnesty International and Leeds
supporters groups have urged the
club to cancel the trip, while Shadow
Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan
reacted with “anger and dismay” and
also urged Radrizzani to cancel the
tour in a letter she posted on Twitter.
She wrote: “It is morally corrupt for a football team to partake
in a post-season tour to promote
a country which carries out statesponsored mass murder.”
But Radrizzani defended the tour,
with Leeds playing an All-Star XI
in Yangon on 9 May and Myanmar’s
national team in Mandalay on 11 May.
In an open letter, he insisted: “If because of the tour we further highlight
the on-going serious issues in certain
areas of the country, then maybe that
is positive thing.
“We simply want to use sport to do
some good. I am proud to be active
in another region in south-east Asia
where I support via Play For Change,
a local NGO [non-governmental organisation] in Nepal, in providing
sports and educational activities to
over 4,000 underprivileged children.
We can’t spread our values by turning our backs, we can only do this by
engaging. We will go to Myanmar to
share the famous values and ethos of
Leeds United Football Club.”
Radrizzani, whose companies Aser
and Eleven Sports have business
partnerships in the region, added
that Leeds will not receive any payment to play in Myanmar but will
run football clinics in Yangon and
Mandalay.
“I see this both as a personal initiative to support local football and a
way to introduce the name of Leeds
United in the fastest growing country
in south-east Asia,” he said.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani
says Myanmar ‘is close to my heart’
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The Upshot
Tim Wigmore
Revealed: Stats that prove referees
are biased towards home teams
A
s Roma found out
on Tuesday night,
a European match
at Anfield is not just
another elite-level
football game; it is an event whose
drama leans upon the mystique
and history of its predecessors. The
effect can seem to engulf some of
the most elevated footballers on
earth. Just ask Manchester City.
Yet sports people who play
away from home have never had
it so good. Home advantage once
implicitly conferred the right to
inflict cold showers and minute
dressing rooms on opponents –
handicaps exacerbated by the
shoddy accommodation that away
sides would stay in.
Today, away players stay in fivestar hotels – often bringing their
own pillows to get the best possible
night’s sleep – and are afforded plush
training facilities and luxurious
dressing rooms. Improvements in
travel have made away trips shorter
and far more amenable.
Still, home advantage – in football
and throughout all team sports –
remains durable. It endures when
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teams travel distances so small that
they have no need to stay overnight, support nudges the referee into
penalty in stoppage time at the
and can enjoy all their home
making decisions advantageous to
Bernabeu – was a snapshot of what
comforts. It even affects teams who
the home side.
academics have identified as the
play at their home stadium, but act
This is the real 12th man effect.
main driver of home advantage:
as the designated away team; when
The book Scorecasting even suggests
home teams getting more
one Milan team hosts the other at
that home advantage is almost
favourable refereeing decisions.
San Siro, their shared stadium,
entirely driven by biased referees.
There have been 2,009 penalties
the “home” team gets a significant
Officials do not deliberately err
awarded in Premier League
statistical boon.
– indeed, as they are graded by
football; 1,260 – that’s 63 per cent
As anyone who saw Liverpool’s
authorities, their careers hinge upon – have been awarded to the home
home legs against Manchester
getting decisions right. Instead, their side. Scorecasting finds that football
City and Roma will attest, home
mistakes are driven by unconscious
has the biggest home advantage of
advantage is intertwined with
bias caused by braying fans.
any team sport.
the power of the crowd. Consider
The closer home fans are to the
However, in both England and
how teams perform in the Uefa
action, the more their team benefits.
the Champions League, home
Youth League and the Champions
A remarkable study in Spain found
advantage is in long-term decline.
League itself. Away players in the
that referees awarded fewer yellow
This shift has been driven by a
Youth League are far less
cards to home teams, and
myriad reasons – including the
accustomed to playing
more
to
away
sides,
when
increased professionalism of away
O
f
ficials
abroad, and may be
the crowd was close to the
sides and the greater ease of travel –
do
not
err
playing in a country for
pitch than when there were but the improvements in refereeing
deliberately...
the very first time.
running tracks in between.
standards, leading to fewer
Instead, their The same is true in the
As teams spend
mistakes, has benefited away teams.
much less on their
Champions League. In
Technology will be crucial if
mistakes are
youth than senior
Germany, referees award
home advantage is to be eroded
driven by
teams, youth players
unconscious more penalties to the home further. In American football, home
travel in less comfort,
side when the crowd is
advantage reduced after the right
bias caused by closer
stay in less salubrious
and there are fewer
to challenge officials’ decisions was
braying
fans
accommodation and may
away fans.
introduced, the book This Is Your
simply find the whole
Stoppage time follows a
Brain on Sports notes. So if video
experience more unsettling. Yet, as
similar pattern. In Spain, officials
assistant referees are eventually
Omar Chaudhuri from the football
add 2.93 minutes of stoppage
introduced in the Premier League,
consultancy 21st Club noted
time on average. When the home
it should reduce the gap in how
recently, youth teams perform
side need a goal, officials add 3.95
commonly home and away teams
significantly better away than
minutes; yet when the home side is
are awarded penalty kicks.
Champions League sides, who have leading by a goal, and the fans are
Perhaps there is a little extra
to contend with far larger and more willing the game to finish, officials
magic at Anfield on big European
boisterous home crowds.
add only 2.08 minutes.
nights. Yet if partisan home
It illustrates the importance
Which brings us back to this
supporters sense that they can
of the “12th man” – and how the
season’s Champions League.
have an impact on the game
notion is more than just marketing
For all the sense of Liverpool’s
in front of them, it is seldom
spiel. Yet the crowd’s impact is
victories being driven by something
because of how they inspire their
much less to do with how they
greater than those on the field,
own players or emasculate their
embolden the home team or make
Real Madrid’s second leg against
opponents. Instead, it is because
the visitors wilt than in something
Juventus – when they sealed
of how their cheers and boos
very different: how partisan home
qualification through a controversial subliminally influence the referee.
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EUROPA LEAGUE
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Trent AlexanderArnold (left,
celebrating Mo
Salah’s opener
against Roma), says
the Egyptian has
improved him as a
defender AFP/GETTY
Wenger has unfinished
business on Europe’s stage
Arsenal play their biggest match
of the decade tonight, their first
European semi-final since 2009, but
it is impossible not to look far beyond
it and into the uncertain future.
Whether he wins the Europa
League or not, this time next month
Arsène Wenger will no longer be
Arsenal manager. What happens
next? Will he take time off, or jump
back into a job? What sort of job?
And who will be sitting in his chair
in the first week of August?
At only Wenger’s second press
conference since the news of his
departure broke on Friday morning,
he was markedly more relaxed and
open in talking about it.
There is a chance for something
approaching closure for Wenger
if Arsenal win the Europa League.
He has never won a European
trophy with the club and is
clearly still pained by his two final
defeats: losing the 2000 Uefa
Cup final to Galatasaray, and the
2006 Champions League final to
Barcelona.
“We have to say they were under
very special circumstances – one on
penalties and one with 10 men,” he
said. “When you look across Europe,
Arsenal
Cech
Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Xhaka
Wilshere
Özil
Welbeck
Ramsey
Lacazette
Griezmann
Vitolo Correa
Hernandez Savic
Saul
Gabi
Godin
Koke
Vrsaljko
Oblak
Atletico Madrid
Possible teams for tonight’s first leg at the Emirates
Kick-off 8.05pm
Television BT Sport 2
Referee C Turpin (Fr)
Arsène Wenger leaves training
yesterday with his assistant, Steve
Bould (left) GETTY
with the financial power everybody
has, it is not easy now to get in there.”
Twelve years on from that defeat
in Paris, they could be back in
another final in France on 16 May.
It would be the perfect goodbye for
Wenger – doing something for the
first time as well as for the last time
– and in his home country. But then
he will be out of work. And when he
discussed whether these might be
his final European games, he gave a
huge clue about his future.
“I hope this is not my last
European cup game,” Wenger said.
“My target is to play in Europe
again.” It was the clearest indication
yet that Wenger wants to return to
management – not as a director, or
in a political role, or as a national
team coach, but back here, at the
top end of the European club game,
where he has been for so long.
Asked whether he would take a
sabbatical or jump straight back in,
Wenger said he would need some
time just to measure any withdrawal
symptoms. He knows he is addicted,
but has no idea how badly. “I had no
break for 35 years,” he said. “I don’t
know now how addicted I am. I am
a bit like a guy who plays Russian r
oulette every week and suddenly has
no gun any more. So, I will see how
much I miss that gun.”
His replacement will be working
in an environment entirely shaped
by Wenger. Managing a squad of
players Wenger signed, at a training
ground Wenger built, sitting in a
chair that Wenger not only occupied
but even specifically chose. He
knows what an attractive job it is.
But while Wenger tried to stay
wholly neutral about who replaces
him, he did let slip that he would like
it to be a former player of his, with
Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta both
in the frame. “They need to make the
right decision, even if you have to be
bold,” he said. “That is what I wish,
personally. Is it former people that
worked here? That is even better.
But there are many players who had
qualities. Some of them are in the
job. I don’t influence that choice but
I will stand behind the decision.”
ATLETICO MADRID
Simeone: Fit Costa ready to resume rivalry
By Mark Mann-Bryans
Atletico Madrid coach Diego
Simeone insists Diego Costa is
fit and ready to “intimidate”
Arsenal in tonight’s Europa
League semi-final.
Costa (right) scored three times
in six games against the Gunners
during his time at Chelsea,
including the equaliser in last
season’s FA Cup final which
Arsenal went on to win.
The Spain international was
also involved in red cards issued
to Gabriel and Per Mertesacker
during separate clashes between
the teams. The 29-year-old
striker has scored six goals
– and been sent off once – for
Atletico since leaving London
in January but has sat out
the last three matches
with a hamstring
problem, with
Simeone claiming
at the weekend the
forward had “no
chance” of playing at
the Emirates Stadium
tonight.
However, Costa took a
full part in training last night.
Asked if Costa was included to
intimidate Arsenal or give teammates a boost, Simeone replied:
“Knowing Diego, all of those
apply to him. Both in England
and in Spain, many teams have
suffered at the hands of
Diego. Not just Arsenal.
He has improved.
“He trained hard
and based on what we
see fit, he will either
play from the start or
from the bench.
“We’ll weight up all
the various factors. We’ll
speak with the footballer, the
medical team. I’ll look to help the
team in the best way possible and
that’s what I’ll do. I won’t try to
make Diego happy.”
‘Unbelievable’
Salah can take
Reds all way
He’s a nightmare in training so I’m glad
he’s on my side, says Alexander-Arnold
Sam
Cunningham
FOOTBALL
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You have to feel for Liverpool’s defenders, with Mohamed Salah a
team-mate. Never mind opposition
players who have to face the unstoppable Egyptian a couple of times a
season, maybe three or four maximum. Liverpool’s defenders have
to try to impress manager Jürgen
Klopp, prove their worth of a place
in the starting line-up, facing Salah
every day in training.
Even greater sympathies are due
to Trent Alexander-Arnold, only 19
and in his first full season as a regular,
yet finding the best player is one he
has to face on the Melwood training
pitches most days, with that disarmingly calm grin and impossible-to-
predict talent. “During the week
there are some times I don’t really
like him because he does that stuff to
me,” Alexander-Arnold said. “During
the week it’s a nightmare because
you’re up against him.
“That’s what he does day-in dayout. It’s just become second nature
and it’s a credit to him. We’re really
happy to be playing with him rather
than against him.”
On the flip side it also means that
when Saturday comes around, or
Tuesday or Wednesday nights in
the Champions League, it is unlikely
that Alexander-Arnold will come
up against a more challenging forward. The matches are the easy part
– training less so. “That’s the good
thing,” he added. “You know during
the week you’re preparing well for
the opposition and you know this is
the level you’re going to be up against,
if not higher. It’s good preparation.”
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read: “Liverpool FC can confirm
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s
2017-18 season is over for both
club and country due to a knee
ligament injury sustained against
AS Roma on Tuesday evening.
“The 24-year-old was assessed
by the club’s medical team at
Melwood on Wednesday morning
and no specific timescale is being
placed upon his return to action at
this stage.
“However, Oxlade-Chamberlain
will now begin a rehabilitation
programme to enable him to
reach full fitness again as soon as
possible, returning to action next
season.”
Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool
manager, described the player’s
problem as a “really bad injury”
after the match on Tuesday and
preferred to concentrate on the
consequences of losing an in-form
player, rather than reflect on
Roma’s two late away goals.
“The biggest blow for the mood
is the injury of Chamberlain
because we lost a fantastic
player,” the German said at the
time. “I am a very positive person
and hope it only feels bad but all
the medical department are quite
concerned without a scan.”
THE INDEPENDENT
The astonishing goals – two more man Ballon d’Or shortlist is revealed,
against Roma on Tuesday night in then another two until the announcethe Champions League semi-final ment in December. “There’s still a
first leg – at increasingly important long way to go until the ceremony,
moments have transformed the view so he’s another six months to carry
of Salah’s exceptionally high level it on,” Alexander-Arnold added. “I
from the welcome-but-unexpected think the team back him.”
earlier in the season to commonplace
Pep Guardiola, the Manchester
now.
City manager, believes that players
When he started knocking goals have to win major trophies to stand
in regularly at the start of the cam- a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or
paign, even Liverpool supporters and that the Champions League cardid not believe he could sustain it. ries particular weight. Two more
Now spectators expect that
performances of the kind
something out of the ordihe has produced in almost
S
a
lah
has
nary will happen when he is
every match recently in
another six
anywhere near the ball.
Rome in next Wednesday’s
months
to
Liverpool’s players have
second leg and against Real
started knocking balls long carry it on un- Madrid or Bayern Munich
down the right because til the Ballon
in the final would surely
they know, more often than d’Or shortlist
earn Liverpool another
not, that Salah will beat his
unlikely Champions League
marker to it. Two of the five is revealed. I
triumph.
goals against Roma – the think the team
Alexander-Arnold, the
two he set up rather than back him
youngest regular starter
the two he scored – came
for Klopp this season, was
via that route.
only eight when Liverpool
“He’s a credit to himself and he last reached the Champions League
works hard in training. We see it on final, in 2007 and lost to AC Milan.
a daily basis in training so we’re get- “I remember watching, I was at my
ting used to it,” Alexander-Arnold mate’s and he had a big projector,”
said. “It is world-class stuff from him Alexander-Arnold said. He was at
and the whole team to be honest. home with his family two years beThat last finish [when he dinked over fore that, as speechless as the rest
Roma goalkeeper Alisson] he’s done of them at half-time with Liverpool
three times in the last few weeks now trailing 3-0, before that famous comeso maybe keepers may be getting back. “Miracles happen, don’t they?”
onto it. To have that composure in
The kid is spoilt: he has grown up
front of goal – he was outside the box with miracles as a young Liverpool
when he hit it and running at speed – supporter, now he sees them everyit was an unbelievable finish.”
day in training – and plays alongside
There are six months until the 30- one on matchdays.
Supporters’ safety
is paramount,
insist Liverpool
By Matt Slater
Liverpool insist the safety of fans
remains their priority following
the serious assault on a man
before their Champions League
semi-final first leg win over Roma.
Two men from Rome, aged 25
and 26, have been arrested on
suspicion of attempted
murder after
53-year-old
Sean Cox, from
Ireland, was
attacked
Number of
outside Anfield.
arrests made
Mr Cox, who
at Anfield after
is believed to
outbreaks of
have been hit
violence
with a belt, is
being treated at
Walton Neurological
Centre where his condition is
described as critical.
“The club’s first priority is
the safety of all fans attending
matches,” Liverpool said in a
statement.“Supporters attending
a game should never be subjected
to an environment of violence
or attack.
Police made nine arrests, five
men from Italy and four from
the UK. Uefa is awaiting reports
before deciding on disciplinary
charges but said it was “deeply
shocked by the vile attack”.
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CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Anfield violence was
a grim reminder of
game’s troubled past
T
houghts and prayers
will not heal Sean Cox,
the random victim of
recidivist violence at a
football match, who lies
fighting for his life in a hospital bed
in Liverpool. His wife has flown
from Ireland to be by his side while
his children wait anxiously at home
for news of their father. What a
grim price to pay for indulging your
attachment to your favourite team.
The scenes before kick-off at
Anfield – a group of Roma fans
charging at Liverpool supporters
– were the more shocking for their
relative rarity around British
grounds. Two Italian men were
subsequently arrested on suspicion
of attempted murder.
Is it beyond the wit of the
football authorities, clubs, police to
extinguish this sickening sideshow
once and for all? We are, after all,
There was a raucous atmosphere
in 2018, the epoch of Cambridge
outside Anfield on Tuesday night
Analytica and Fancy Bears, the
era of cyber manipulation, of data
garden, however. Should you want
acquisition unseen and undetected. to dig out your Doc Martens and
If a small cabal of web wizards
have a rumble, you will find pockets
can tap into our hearts and
of nostalgic hosts prepared to
minds via our computer screens,
trade knuckle dusters. At West
flood our passive brains with
Ham earlier this season, Hammers
pinpoint messaging, take Britain
fans fought among themselves.
out of Europe and America into
Liverpool fans saw fit to douse the
Trumpland, then surely they can
Manchester City team bus in fire
flush out morons in the Eternal
and brimstone as it approached
City and beyond.
Anfield for the first leg of the
If they cannot, then, rightly or
Champions League quarter-final,
wrongly, the clubs should bear
but this was a first at the club
the weight of the sanctions. And
since supporters began formally
if that means expulsions,
gathering in a flagplaying matches behind
waving welcome four
Clubs
closed doors, then so be it.
years ago.
should bear
We cannot return to the
However, the big
the weight of stuff, horror stories
bleak landscape of late
20th century hooliganism. the sanctions. like Tuesday night,
Happily, the millennials
are largely gone. This
And if that
out there are not scarred means playing is not the case in Italy,
by the experience. They
where Roma’s ultras
behind closed are market leaders in
think it entirely normal
doors, then
to mix with fans of other
matchday violence. Uefa
so be it
teams wearing their
is awaiting the various
respective colours.
reports before deciding
The concourses around
on the appropriate
Wembley at Saturday’s FA Cup
action. The bottom line is that
semi-final were a million miles
public spaces should be safe places
from yesteryear, when Manchester for all, not battlegrounds for
United and Tottenham fans would
morons to indulge primal urges.
have been going at each other in
If football clubs are to invite
running battles beneath the Twin
tens of thousands into their
Towers, pursued by mounted
neighbourhood then it is
police. Now, rival supporters
incumbent upon them to ensure
mingled peacefully around the bars the security of all.
and restaurants.
If the entertainment they
The infrastructure around the
provide results in serious injury
modern game is largely intolerant
or loss of life then they must be
of boorish behaviour. Though
held responsible and, if necessary,
pricing at matches is beyond the
forfeit their right to host the party.
common man, one consequence of
Thoughts and prayers are not the
rampant costs has been to drive
answer. Bans, imposed on clubs as
undesirables out of the picture. The well as fans, are.
fan experience has improved as
That might get the attention
a result.
of even the dumbest hammerClearly not all is rosy in the
carrying dork.
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Bayern gift
moves Real
a step closer
to hat-trick
BAYERN MUNICH
Kimmich 28
1
REAL MADRID
Marcelo 44, Asensio 57
2
By Jonathan Liew
Bayern Munich
Ulreich
Kimmich Boateng Hummels Rafinha
AT THE ALLIANZ ARENA
Real Madrid are a team with terrible
manners. If they were a house guest,
they would loudly slurp your whisky,
spend the whole evening whining
intolerably about their privileged
lives, and then casually slip your best
cutlery into their pockets as they left.
For all the regal trappings of the
Bernabeu, somehow it is away from
home, and on nights such as this,
that Real really come into their own.
Here, they gleefully trampled on the
dreams of Bayern Munich and put
one boot in the Champions League
final, delighting in the fact that once
again they had triumphed without
really getting out of third gear.
Marcelo and Marco Asensio got
their goals either side of half-time,
and superbly taken they were,
too. Still, playing Real Madrid is
hard enough without giving them
presents. Ultimately, the turning
point of this game – if not the tie – was
the suicidal sideways pass by Rafinha just before the hour that handed
Real a two-on-one breakaway, seconds after defending a corner.
In what is European football’s
most frequent fixture, Bayern have
now failed to win any of their last six
against Real, unless you count the
Audi Cup final, which nobody does.
There was always the potential
for this to happen, given the sparklingly attacking line-up named by
Jupp Heynckes, with Javi Martinez
as the single pivot in midfield behind
an expansive front five. Pressed ferociously by Toni Kroos and Luka
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Martinez
Müller Rodriguez Ribéry
Robben
Lewandowski
Isco
Ronaldo
Vazquez
Kroos
Casemiro
Modric
Marcelo
Varane
Ramos
Carvajal
Navas
Real Madrid
Substitutions: Bayern Munich Thiago (Robben, 8),
Süle (Boateng, 34), Tolisso (Martinez, 75); Real Madrid
Asensio (Isco, h-t), Benzema (Carvajal, 67), Kovacic
(Casemiro, 83).
Booked: Bayern Munich Ribéry, Thiago; Real Madrid
Casemiro.
Man of the match Marcelo.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Bayern Munich 58% Real Madrid 42%.
Attempts on target: Bayern Munich 5 Real Madrid 4.
Referee B Kuipers (Neth). Attendance 70,000.
Modric in the first hour, Martinez
failed to have the desired influence
on the game, even after Arjen Robben’s early injury allowed Thiago to
slot in alongside him. Jerome Boateng also limped off before the first
half was out, leaving Heynckes with
just one change remaining, and as
Bayern wearily groped at the door,
it was certainly a factor. Franck Ribery, who missed at least three good
chances, was one who looked like he
could do with a rest by the end.
Still, a team of Bayern’s experi-
CRICKET
Banned trio ‘should
play for a county’
Former Australia coach Mickey
Arthur believes “it would be good”
for banned trio Steven Smith, David
Warner and Cameron Bancroft to
be given the chance to play county
cricket this summer. Arthur, coach
between 2010 and 2013, said: “I can
understand they were really stupid,
they have paid a massive price.
Missing the amount of cricket they
are missing will be tough on them.
So if the ECB allowed it, it would be
good for them to carry on playing.”
ence would have backed themselves
to control the game after the early
lead given to them by Joshua Kimmich. It was an uncharacteristic
sequence errors by Real that led to
the goal: Casemiro and Kroos both
drifting towards the ball at exactly
the wrong moment, Marcelo enjoying a gourmet picnic about 40 yards
further up the pitch, Keylor Navas
lurching off his six-yard line anticipating the cross but instead finding
himself totally flummoxed as Kimmich fired straight at goal from a
tight angle.
Bayern had the chances to win
the game there and then. Ribery
took a leaden touch when put clean
through by Thiago; Thomas Müller
– poor all night – miscued from six
yards. At which point, Real did what
they usually do at moments like this:
Marcelo fires in Real’s equaliser; Marco Asensio (below, No 20) is
congratulated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos for his winner AFP/GETTY
RUGBY UNION
North goes west to join Ospreys
Wales and Northampton wing
George North says he is
relishing “starting a new
chapter” in his career
after the Welsh Rugby
Union revealed that he
is joining Ospreys on a
national dual contract.
“I believe the
Ospreys have an
exciting future with
the structure and the
recruitment they have put in
place and I’m really looking forward
to linking up with Allen [Clarke] and
the squad in the summer,” said
26-year-old North (left).
Ospreys general manager,
Dan Griffiths, said:
“He is someone that
everybody at the region
is excited about seeing
in an Ospreys jersey –
supporters, players and
coaches alike; a truly worldclass player. It is fantastic news
that he sees our environment as the
best place to be going forward.”
CYCLING
Fraile sprints to
Romandie victory
Spanish rider Omar Fraile sprinted
to his second victory of the year,
winning the opening stage of
the Tour of Romandie. Italian
Sonny Colbrelli and Rui Costa of
Portugal finished second and third,
respectively, while Team Sky’s
Geraint Thomas finished 15th to
move up to third place overall.
Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic claimed
the yellow jersey, having finished
third in the prologue. The six-day
race finishes in Geneva on Sunday.
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Full-backs light up semi-final
in which stars fail to sparkle
Will
Magee
B
they scored. As Dani Carvajal headed before the hour, though, Zidane’s
the ball across the 18-yard line, you switch paid off handsomely. Rafinha
could see Bayern backing off as gave the ball away, and from there
Ronaldo sized up another immense it was a Real training exercise:
overhead kick. Instead he
Lucas Vazquez and Asensio
pulled away, and in the
swapping passes before the
momentary confusion
buried finish.
the ball sat up for
At which point, Real
Marcelo to smash an
massed behind the
unstoppable shot into
ball, cleared to touch
Cristiano Ronaldo
the bottom corner.
as often as possible,
failed to score for
B a y e r n l o o ke d
and when nothing else
the first time in 12
like they had been
worked, simply sat on
Champions League
snapped in half. And
the floor and decided
matches
yet they still should have
they were injured. Rogone into the break ahead,
naldo was denied his cusas Robert Lewandowski put
tomary Champions League
a header straight at Navas from six
goal for handball, which he took with
yards. They began the second half his usual grace and good temper.
better too, even as Zinedine Zidane
And the dispiriting fact for Bayreplaced Isco with Asensio to give ern is that their agony is not halfway
them more legs on the break. Just complete yet. THE INDEPENDENT
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SNOOKER
Robertson makes
early Sheffield exit
Australia’s Neil Robertson became
the fifth former champion to lose
in the opening round of the World
Championship, going down 10-5
to Robert Milkins in Sheffield.
Robertson joins Mark Selby, Stuart
Bingham, Graeme Dott and Shaun
Murphy in making an early exit.
Milkins will now face Mark Williams
after the two-time champion
beat Jimmy Robertson, also 10-5.
Williams’ clearance of 140 was the
highest break of the tournament.
illed as the height of
Champions League
grandeur, it was more
non-league on triple
speed at the outset.
On a surrealist canvas of clumsy
challenges and anxious halfclearances slashed through with
chaotic counter-attacks, both
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid
seemed to feel the nerves in the
opening minutes.
One man didn’t stay nervous
for long, not that he was meant to
be the centre of attention. There
were so many others clamouring
to be in the foreground – Robert
Lewandowski with his rumoured
summer move to the Bernabeu,
James Rodriguez with his revenge
narrative against Real, Gareth Bale
with his comment to Bild before the
match that it was “an honour” to be
linked to Bayern – yet it was Joshua
Kimmich who ghosted in from the
periphery to open the scoring.
It was a goal which jolted the
match out of its early stupor,
Right-back Joshua Kimmich shoots to give Bayern the lead REUTERS
orchestrated by Rodriguez in a
moment which seemed to vindicate the middle of the pitch. Few would
allowing Marco Asensio to glide
those who said he might come
have bet on Marcelo being the man
forward and give Real Madrid a 2-1
back to bite his parent club in the
to redeem his own mistake just
advantage going into the second leg
semi-finals.
over 10 minutes later – at least not
on their own ground .
The lashed finish was all down to
in a team spearheaded by Cristiano
Bayern’s left-back held his head
Kimmich, though, much
Ronaldo – but it was a
in his hands as the ball hit the
as the space in which
second full-back on
back of the net, with the wry,
the goal was created
the scoresheet
frustrated smile on Jupp
Kimmich
was down to Marcelo
before
the
halfHeynckes’ face saying
showed that
meandering forward and it’s possible
time whistle.
everything.
out of position.
Marcelo
All those stars
to
change
the
While Real Madrid’s
capitalised
who were expected
game
from
the
Marcelo
scored
left-back was nowhere
on a
to shine before the
for the third
to be seen for the opener, flank as much scramble in
match were left in
consecutive
Kimmich proved that
the Bayern
the shadow of the
as it is from
Champions
League
full-backs need not let
full-backs at the
the middle of Munich
first-leg tie
diligence be an obstacle
box with
Allianz Arena, who
the pitch
to glory.
a thumping
changed the game for
Often compared to
strike against
better and for worse.
former Bayern captain Philipp
the run of play, saving himself
On balance, when the two
Lahm for his versatility and ability
from defensive ignominy with an
teams reconvene at the Bernabeu
to play both as a right-back and a
attacking flourish.
next Tuesday, fans of both these
midfielder, Kimmich showed that
Rafinha then capped a strange
teams may hope that the defenders
it’s possible to change the game
and inconsistent night for the fullout on the flanks have a less
from the flank as much as it is from
backs, his disastrous square pass
eventful evening.
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RUGBY LEAGUE
Ward appeals for return of the ring
Leeds forward Stevie Ward has
appealed for the return of his 2017
Super League Grand Final ring
(below) which was stolen from his
home on Tuesday night.
Ward, 24, who helped the Rhinos
beat Castleford at Old Trafford in
October eight days
after suffering a
dislocated shoulder,
said: “I am devastated
to have lost my ring.
It is so distinctive
you would think it
is worthless to most people but is
priceless to me. That week was
one of the most significant of my
life. At the start of the week I was
questioning whether I would play
the game I love ever again and then
to play 80 minutes at Old Trafford
to win the trophy was
incredible.
“That ring
encapsulates all
that for me. I hope
someone can help
return it to me.”
FOOTBALL
Wolves in clear
over link with agent
The Football League is satisfied
that Wolves’ relationship with
Jorge Mendes has not breached
its regulations regarding
intermediaries. The Portuguese
agent has a several clients at Wolves,
including head coach Nuno Espirito
Santo, Ruben Neves, on-loan
attacker Diogo Jota, and winger
Ivan Cavaleiro. The investigation
has concluded that the club, who
have been promoted to the Premier
League, has no case to answer.
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‘Unbelievable’
Salah good
enough to win it
all for Liverpool
Marcelo
celebrates his
equaliser for
Real Madrid
at Bayern
last night AP
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Wenger keen to
settle unfinished
business on
European stage
By Matt Butler
The integrity of tennis has been
called into question after a
report revealed a “tsunami” of
corruption at professional level.
The report, issued as part
of the Independent Review
into Integrity in Tennis,
revealed that almost one in
six professional players have
first-hand knowledge of matchfixing – and less than five per
cent report it.
Grand Slam and Tour-level
tournaments have largely
escaped the problem of matchfixing and illegal betting, but at
lower level events, where it is
next to impossible to break even
financially, the situation was
described by a betting operator
as “grimmer than grim”.
The lack of viable prize
money, the limited number
of ranking tournaments and
obstacles to progression – as
well as the explosion in online
betting companies and readily
available point-by-point data –
were described by the former
president of Tennis Australia
as ingredients which lead to
a scenario where “players
at this lower level are more
susceptible to corruption”.
The report proposed 12
recommendations to tackle
the problem of corruption,
including barring betting
companies from sponsoring
tournaments, making every
match in the season count
towards rankings and making
the Tennis Integrity Unit a
separate and independent
entity from the game’s
worldwide governing body.
An investigator from the
Tennis Integrity Unit, the
sport’s anti-corruption body
set up in 2009, told the threeperson panel: “Hundreds of
matches at Futures level [both
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out of the World Cup
Liverpool midfielder ‘gutted’ as he faces long road back after knee injury
By Mark Critchley
P49
ATHLETICS
New rule will
force Semenya
to take
testosterone drug
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss
the rest of Liverpool’s season and
will play no part with England at this
summer’s World Cup after having a
knee ligament injury confirmed.
The 24-year-old midfielder (right)
was carried off in the 18th minute
of Liverpool’s Champions League
semi-final first-leg victory against
Roma on Tuesday evening after
making a strong challenge on
Aleksandar Kolarov.
He had a scan at Melwood yesterday and no
date has yet been set for
his return.
“Absolutely devastated to have picked up
this injury at such a crucial time in the season,”
the player wrote on social
media. “Gutted I won’t be able
to play any further part now in
our Champions League run
for Liverpool, and also the
World Cup with England.
But now it’s all about
supporting the boys and
getting behind them. I
know we have what it
takes to do something
special in this tournament.
I’m going to give everything I have to make sure I’m
back as quickly as possible.
“However, this all pales in comparison to how the family of the
Liverpool fan badly hurt before last
nights game must be feeling. My
thoughts are with him and his loved
ones. Thank you for all your kind
words, messages and support. I’ll
see you soon. #YNWA”
A statement on Liverpool’s website
» Continued on p53
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