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After Windrush, how can black
Tories stand by their party?
The truth
about
women
and crime
drama
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2 May 2018
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PM forced to crack down on ?dirty money?
Government U-turn means
overseas territories will have
to identify company owners
Dan Sabbagh
Britain?s overseas territories will be
forced to adopt public registers of
company ownership by the end of
this decade after the government
conceded it would have to support a
backbench amendment designed to
stem the global flow of ?dirty money?.
Sir Alan Duncan, a Foreign Office
minister, told the Commons that ministers recognised ?the majority view in
this house? and would not oppose an
amendment to the sanctions and antimoney laundering bill from Labour?s
Margaret Hodge and the Conservative
MP Andrew Mitchell.
The retreat was forced on Theresa
May?s government after the Speaker
rejected a string of government
compromise amendments, which
would have watered down the
disclosure commitment, because they
were tabled so late. Afterwards, some
of the overseas territories voiced their
unhappiness at what had been agreed
at Westminster.
The Hodge/Mitchell amendment
requires the 14 overseas territories,
including the financial centres of
the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and
Cayman Islands, to introduce public
ownership registers by the end of 2020
or have them imposed by London.
Duncan told MPs that ministers
were reluctant to dictate to the overseas territories, but acknowledged:
?We have listened to the strength of
feeling in this house on this issue and
accept that it is without a doubt the
majority view of this house that the
14
Number of territories that must now
set up ownership registers by 2020
�bn
Estimate of cash that left Russia via
British Virgin Islands in 2007-2016
overseas territories should have public
registers.?
About half of the companies referred
to in the Panama Papers, offshore
ownership disclosures revealed by a
consortium of investigative journalist
organisations including the Guardian,
were set up in the BVI, according to
Transparency International.
The campaign group Global Witness estimates that �bn flowed out
of Russia via the British overseas territories between 2007 and 2016.
Hodge said the importance of the
issue justified intervention
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in the affairs of the overseas
May stalls
on customs
decision to
calm rebels
Theresa May will today attempt to
head off a rebellion of her Brexit
inner cabinet and prevent key leavesupporting ministers from resigning
by delaying a final decision on her
?customs partnership? model.
The prime minister is expected
to keep both of Downing Street?s
options for a future customs arrangement with the European Union on the
table at least for now as the 11-strong
subcommittee meets for talks.
No 10 sources said the prime minister had no plans to ?boot out? one
customs union option immediately
and that officials would continue
working on both ? but she risks a tense
showdown with key Brexiters.
No 10 has spent the past few days
intensely lobbying ministers including
the Brexit secretary David Davis, Liam
Fox and Boris Johnson on the benefits
of the so-called hybrid model, under
which Britain would collect EU import
tariffs on behalf of Brussels.
One Remain-supporting cabinet minister told the Guardian they
expected the prime minister to make
a ?big push? for her preferred hybrid
model at the meeting, but
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Whitehall officials suggested
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Inside
Wednesday 2 May 2018
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National Pages 5-19
Tory MP accuses pro-Brexit
tycoon of links to Russians
Salisbury attack O?cials have yet to ?nd
people behind nerve-agent incident | Page 6
Alcohol report Doctors and teachers among
those most likely drink regularly | Page 7
RBS swings axe Bank to close 162 branches in
England and Wales, losing 800 jobs | Page 13
Local elections Will Grenfell have an e?ect
on Kensington and Chelsea result? | Page 18
World Pages 20-28
Nuclear accord European countries push back
against US and Israel over Iran deal | Page 20
Cardinal George Pell Senior Vatican o?cial
to stand trial on sexual abuse charges | Page 22
Peppa silenced Chinese video-sharing site
removes thousands of clips of cartoon pig | Page 25
Financial Pages 29-31
Out of tune Gibson, the ?rm behind the Les Paul
guitar, ?les for bankruptcy protection | Page 29
Barclays protest Climate demonstrators disrupt
bank?s annual shareholder meeting | Page 30
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threat facing
Labour now
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Behind the mask What?s the outbreak of
celebrities in face masks all about? | Page 6
Caroline Coon The counter-culture star
who never wanted to be respectable | Page 10
Sport Back section
Semenya debate If the science is not right,
IAAF must accept its ruling is wrong | Page 41
End of an era? Is there any need for programmes
at football matches any more? | Page 47
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Luke Harding
A Conservative MP has claimed that a
billionaire who founded an influential
pro-Brexit thinktank has ?a link with
Russian intelligence?.
In a speech made in the Commons
under parliamentary privilege, Bob
Seely alleged that Christopher Chandler had been an ?object of interest?
to French intelligence. Chandler ?
who founded the Legatum thinktank
? rejected the claim as ?complete
nonsense?.
Seely said he and four other MPs had
seen documents from Monaco?s security department. These ?brief, terse,
factual files? had related to national
security and money laundering and
had included information supplied by
the DST intelligence agency, France?s
equivalent of MI5.
Senior French intelligence sources,
plus their British and American counterparts, had ?authenticated? their
content, Seely said, adding: ?The
documents indicated a link ? a noted
individual in this country ? with Russian intelligence.? The files dated from
2005 and covered a period from the
mid-1990s. They concerned ?Christopher Chandler and his brother?, the
MP said, adding that he was convinced
the files were genuine.
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May aims to calm
rebels by stalling
on燾ustoms model
she would stop just short of ditching
the alternative.
Brexiter sources claimed that the
prime minister had been told eight
times by civil servants that her preferred option, which is backed by her
top Brexit civil servant, Olly Robbins,
was unworkable but has continued to
stick with it. The option is regarded as
cumbersome and impractical by Brexiters, who describe it as the ?unicorn?
model and fear it would be ?a customs
union by the back door?.
The customs partnership has
become the most contentious issue
in the debate about what kind of Brexit
should be pursued, with many MPs
regarding it as the only way of successfully avoiding a hard border in
Northern Ireland.
Brexiters hope to persuade the
prime minister to keep the alternative,
the maximum facilitation (?max-fac?)
proposal ? which relies on technology
to minimise border checks ? on the
table for now.
Conservative sources suggested
Davis could be prepared to resign if
the subcommittee throws its weight
behind the prime minister?s option.
Insiders said he felt ?cut out of the
loop? and concerned that he had been
in effect replaced by Robbins.
The international trade secretary,
Liam Fox, said in a BBC interview
He told the Commons: ?According
to the French intelligence services, as
recorded by their colleagues in Monaco
? Chandler is described as having been
?an object of interest? to the DST since
2002 on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence services.?
Monaco?s intelligence division had
marked Chandler?s file with an S, to
indicate ?counter-espionage?.
The Legatum Institute has advocated a hard Brexit and has had
significant influence on ministerial
thinking, especially over trade policy. Chandler, and his brother Richard,
were born in New Zealand and made
their fortunes from investments in
Russia in the 1990s.
Legatum robustly denied the MP?s
allegations yesterday. It said Chandler
had ?never been associated directly or
indirectly with Russian intelligence or
the Russian state?.
? Christopher Chandler founded
the pro-Brexit thinktank Legatum
that staying in the customs union, in
all but name, would be unacceptable.
He refused to deny that he might be
prepared to resign if the government
pressed ahead. ?That?s worse than
the position in which we found ourselves today in the European Union.
I don?t think there is a customs union
that could ever be acceptable,? he said.
One cabinet minister suggested
that ultimately the government would
have to settle for a customs union in
all but name: ?My more pragmatic colleagues understand that, faced with
the need to fix this, we will have to
reach an agreement that involves significant alignment with Brussels.?
Cabinet supporters of May?s preferred approach, including Philip
Hammond and Greg Clark, believe it
has a better chance of avoiding the risk
of a hard border in Northern Ireland, by
allowing traders to move goods freely.
?The technology is challenging for
the hybrid option; but if you solve it, it
solves the Irish border question,? said a
Whitehall source. ?Max-fac is probably
more technologically straightforward
? but it requires borders.?
However, the Brexiters are expected
to push back against the idea that
maintaining the integrity of the Good
?I don?t think there
is a customs union
that could ever
be acceptable?
Liam Fox
Trade secretary
It added: ?Neither Christopher
Chandler nor anyone at Legatum is
aware of any such alleged ?investigation? by the French authorities.
It called the accusations ?complete
nonsense? and said Legatum had ?previously rebutted them?.
Speaking in the Commons, the MP
Ben Bradshaw ? who has previously
raised questions about the Kremlin?s
possible role in Brexit ? said he had
called for an investigation into Legatum last November.
Bradshaw said he was concerned
by Seely?s new ?information? and by
the ?growing corruption, money laundering and sale of passports by Malta?,
where Chandler had just acquired citizenship. The MP called on the UK
authorities to ?urgently investigate?.
The Mail on Sunday published a
detailed story last year on Chandler?s
alleged ties to Moscow. It claimed that
Legatum?s economics director, Shanker Singham, had met Boris Johnson
and Michael Gove, and had coordinated a letter written by them to
Theresa May demanding a hard Brexit.
Singham held talks with leading
c abinet Brexiters on multiple occasions and saw representatives of
David Davis?s department six times
in the year to August 2017, it has been
reported. Singham recently left to
work for another rightwing thinktank.
Legatum said at the time in a statement that Singham had been sought
out for his ?unparalleled knowledge
and expertise?.
The Legatum Institute responded
to the Mail on Sunday with a lengthy
statement. Among other things, it said
Chandler was ?a much-loved friend of
the institute? but had no role within it.
Friday agreement requires no infrastructure between Northern Ireland
and the Irish Republic. Instead, they
will argue that unobtrusive checks
set a few miles back from the border
wouldn?t breach the government?s
pledge to avoid a ?hard border?.
The departure of the former home
secretary, Amber Rudd, removes one
of the strongest supporters of the customs union from cabinet. Whitehall
sources suggested the result could
hinge on which side her replacement,
Sajid Javid, and the defence secretary,
Gavin Williamson, backed.
The subcommittee could be asked
to consider extending membership of
the customs union temporarily, while
the successor deal is implemented.
Mujtaba Rahman, the managing
director of the political consultancy
Eurasia Group, said: ?All eyes in
Europe are on the Brexit subcommittee tomorrow, and what it throws
up.? By continuing to press the hybrid
option, which she knew was unacceptable to Brussels, May was engaged
in ?stagecraft?, while awaiting contentious parliamentary votes on the
customs union, he said.
The Guardian understands that neither the customs union, nor Brexit
more generally, were brought up at
yesterday?s meeting of the full cabinet.
The prime minister?s official
spokesman said: ?We are leaving the
customs union and won?t be joining
a customs union. We have put forward two proposals as you know for
addressing the customs issue in general and they will be discussed by the
government further.?
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British stars to
fight it out for
Tony awards as
Broadway falls
under Potter?s spell
Clockwise
from top: British
stars Andrew
Garfield, Mark
Rylance, Jamie
Parker (centre),
Tom Hollander
and Glenda
Jackson are
all nominated
for best acting
honours at this
year?s Tony
awards
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MANUEL HARLAN
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Chris Wiegand
The plays in the fray
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A quartet of British actors will battle it
out at this year?s Tony awards in New
York, leading a strong charge of UK
talent that has seen the Harry Potter
and the Cursed Child and the National
Theatre?s revival of Angels in America
showered with nominations.
Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Mark
Rylance (Farinelli and the King), Tom
Hollander (Travesties) and Andrew
Garfield (Angels in America) will compete for the best actor award against
one American, Denzel Washington
(The Iceman Cometh).
British actors, playwrights, designers and directors have all been
recognised in this year?s nominations.
Glenda Jackson is up for best actress
for her acclaimed performance in
Edward Albee?s psychodrama Three
Tall Women, which marked the former
Labour MP?s return to Broadway after
an absence of three decades.
Jackson will compete against Amy
Schumer (who starred in Steve Martin?s comedy Meteor Shower), Condola
Rashad (Saint Joan) and Lauren Ridloff
(Children of a Lesser God).
The National Theatre?s muchrevered revival of Tony Kushner?s
two-part ?gay fantasia? Angels in
America, set in 1980s New York,
received 11 nominations: Marianne
Elliott is in the running for best director, Nathan Lane is nominated for
his performance as Roy Cohn, former attorney to Donald Trump, and
Susan Brown and Denise Gough are
both up for best actress in a featured
role in a play.
Gough said she was pleased that the
British import of the American play
had been so well-received on Broadway. ?We?re doing New York?s play!
That is a total privilege,? she said.
?Wouldn?t that be terrible if we came
back and you were all like, what have
you done with our play??
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce are
shortlisted for their scenic design for
Angels in America, which features
three revolving sets, and Paule Constable?s lighting design ? which includes
a number of striking fluorescent tubes
? has also been nominated.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,
which is currently running in London
with a different cast while its original
stars perform in the Broadway transfer, received 10 nominations. They
include best play, best director (John
Tiffany), best scenic design (Christine
Jones), best costume design (Katrina
Lindsay) and best choreography (Steven Hoggett). Noma Dumezweni, who
plays Hermione, is nominated for best
performance by an actress in a featured role in a play.
Set 19 years after the last Harry
Potter book, with Harry?s son Albus
struggling through a new term at Hogwarts, the two-part play is written
by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by JK Rowling, Thorne
and Tiffany. In her five-star review,
the Guardian?s New York critic Alexis
Soloski called it ?exuberantly, flabbergastingly theatrical?.
It has broken box-office records on
Broadway while the London production became the most decorated show
ever at the Olivier awards last year,
taking nine prizes. Anthony Boyle,
who won an Olivier for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Scorpius
Malfoy, son of Draco, is nominated for
a Tony this year.
The best director category includes
nominations for Joe Mantello for Three
Tall Women, Patrick Marber for his
staging of Tom Stoppard?s intricate
comedy Travesties and George C Wolfe
for a revival of The Iceman Cometh,
Eugene O?Neill?s towering drama set
in a New York saloon.
Lucy Kirkwood is nominated for
best play for her post-apocalyptic
drama The Children, starring Deborah Findlay (also nominated for her
performance), which originally ran at
the Royal Court in London.
Also in the best play category is
Claire van Kampen?s Farinelli and
the King, which opened at the Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse back in 2015
and then transferred to the West End
before heading to Broadway.
Two new American musicals share
the tally for most Tony nominations
this year: Mean Girls, based on Tina
Fey?s 2004 teen movie, and SpongeBob
SquarePants: The Broadway Musical,
based on the animated TV show set
underwater. Both have received 12
nominations.
The Band?s Visit, a new musical
about a group of Egyptian musicians
who travel to a remote Israeli town,
and a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein?s Carousel have received 11
nominations each.
As previously announced, the
2018 special Tony award for lifetime
achievement in the theatre will be presented to Andrew Lloyd Webber and
Chita Rivera.
Best play
The Children
Farinelli and the King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Junk
Latin History for Morons
Best musical
The Band?s Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best actor
Andrew Garfield Angels in America
Tom Hollander Travesties
Jamie Parker Harry Potter and the
Cursed Child
Mark Rylance Farinelli and the King
Denzel Washington Eugene O?Neill?s
The Iceman Cometh
Best actress
Glenda Jackson Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff Children of a Lesser
God
Amy Schumer Meteor Shower
Best director
Marianne Elliott Angels in America
Joe Mantello Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber Travesties
John Tiffany Harry Potter & CC
George C Wolfe The Iceman Cometh
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money? crackdown
territories, noting that the UK had
done so before in forcing the repeal of
the death penalty in 1991 and decriminalising homosexuality in 2000.
?The areas on which we have
intervened ? are moral issues. I can?t
think of another issue which is more
moral than trying to intervene to
prevent the traffic in corrupt money
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and illicit finance across the world,?
Hodge said.
Mitchell told MPs that the justification for disclosure was made
?elegantly but passively? by the leak
of the Panama and Paradise Papers,
which revealed the true owners of
thousands of offshore firms. ?It is only
by openness and scrutiny, by allowing
charities, NGOs and the media to join
up the dots, that we can expose this
dirty money and those people standing behind it. Closed registers do not
begin to allow us to do it.?
Twenty Tory rebels had been lined
up to support the amendment, including the former ministers Ken Clarke
and Nicky Morgan, which also had
the support of Labour, the Scottish
National party and Liberal Democrats.
That was enough to defeat the government had it gone to a vote.
A few MPs questioned how effective
public disclosure would be. Geoffrey
Cox, a Tory backbencher, said the
benefit from transparency would
be ?a one-hit wonder?, arguing that
?money will go to where it is darkest?
to other global territories where there
are no public disclosure requirements.
Proponents, however, said they
believed it was important the UK took
some action to reduce the number of
jurisdictions where company ownership and money could be hidden.
Representatives of the territories had argued that the disclosure
requirement would be expensive to
implement at a time when countries
in the Caribbean were recovering from
the impact of Hurricane Irma.
Some overseas territories said they
were unhappy with the outcome
and tried to question the UK?s ability to impose its will. Orlando Smith,
premier of the British Virgin Islands,
said: ?It is not only a breach of trust but
calls into question our very relationship with the UK and the constitutional
rights of the people of the BVI.?
But aid charities welcomed the
move. Jon Date, Senior Advocacy
Manager at ActionAid UK, said:
?These measures will help flush out
the corruption and tax evasion that
keeps the most vulnerable people in
the world ? including women and girls
? locked in poverty.?
Odd couple
How Tory
and Labour
duo forced
No 10 to act
forcing the overseas territories into
public disclosure was both ethical
and effective, before signing up
the frontbenches of Labour, the
Scottish National party and Liberal
Democrats.
Signing up Tories was particularly
important but not difficult, partly
because a pragmatic Hodge was
careful to emphasise that this was a
policy proposed by David Cameron
in 2013 before it was allowed to
wither away under Theresa May.
As the MP for Barking reminded
the Commons: ??If we want to break
the business mode of stealing money
and hiding it places it can?t be seen,
transparency is the answer.? Those
are not my words, those are the
words of a former prime minister,
David Cameron in 2015.?
Mitchell dealt with some
parliamentary tactics. He refused
to allow newly elected Tories to
support the amendment publicly,
because they could be vulnerable
to reprisals or persuasion from the
party whips, but the party?s ranks
include a growing number of former
ministers considered immune.
Another job for Mitchell was
dealing with ministers. Both MPs
recognised that the overseas
territories in the Caribbean would
argue they were still recovering
from the impact of Hurricane Irma,
so to ease Foreign Office concerns
it was agreed to push back the
implementation deadline to the end
of 2020. Meanwhile, the ringleaders
reckoned the chief whip, Julian
Smith, would make only a halfhearted effort to peel off rebels, as
he had once been a junior minister
in international development and
understood the issues.
Ken Clarke, Nicky Morgan, Anna
Soubry and Grant Shapps appeared on
the supporters list last week and rebel
numbers were immediately sufficient
to make it clear to No 10 that a defeat
on the issue was a realistic prospect.
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argaret Hodge and
Andrew Mitchell
were quick to
recognise they
could succeed
in forcing the
government to act on financial
secrecy in the overseas territories if
they joined forces.
The veteran backbenchers have
known each other since the 1980s
and their more recent political
interests overlap.
Mitchell is a former international
development secretary, and the
Conservative MP has frequently
worked on cross-party lines after
quitting the cabinet in 2012,
advocating with the late Jo Cox
for humanitarian intervention in
Syria. Hodge?s interest in financial
transparency stems from her fiveyear chairmanship of the public
accounts committee.
A hung parliament makes
defeating the government easier,
but it was not certain. Hodge, a
Labour MP, and Mitchell persuaded
backbenchers from both sides to
support their cause, arguing that
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Uber licence
renewal
rejected in
Brighton
Gwyn Topham
Transport correspondent
Brighton has become the second
British city to reject Uber, with the
council deciding not to renew its
licence to operate private hire cars.
A licensing panel announced
yesterday that the ride-hailing service
was not a ?fit and proper? company to
continue operating in Brighton. Uber
will appeal against the ruling.
The panel cited concerns over a
data breach that leaked Uber customers? personal data, and the number of
Uber drivers who were not licensed
in Brighton still operating in the city.
The decision, made unanimously
at a hearing on 23 April, echoes that of
Transport for London, which turned
down Uber?s application to renew its
licence in the capital last September.
Chair of the licensing panel,
councillor Jackie O?Quinn, said: ?Our
priority is the safety of residents and
visitors and, due to the data breach
and the lack of commitment to using
drivers licensed here, we were not
satisfied that Uber Britannia Ltd are
a fit and proper person to hold an
operator?s licence in the city.?
An Uber spokesperson said
of the Brighton ruling: ?This is
a disappointing decision for the
thousands of passengers and drivers
who rely on our app in Brighton and
Hove. We intend to appeal so we can
continue serving the city.?
As in London, Uber will be able to
continue to operate in Brighton until
the outcome of the appeal.
The firm says it complies with all
national private hire legislation, which
allows drivers to work across England
and Wales if they, along with the vehicle and operator, are all licensed by the
same authority. However, with most
private hire firms traditionally serving
a local area, such ?cross-border? working has become a growing issue with
app-based ride-hailing such as Uber.
Brighton said out-of-town drivers
posed a risk to public safety, with
regulations elsewhere failing to meet
its own standards, including safety
aspects such as CCTV in cabs. The
council accused Uber of ?breaching
the spirit? of its commitment to use
local drivers, as well as misleading the
authority.
Despite the latest setback, Uber is
licensed to operate in 80 areas across
the UK, with 35 positive applications
in the last year.
The firm has pledged to mend its
ways and has complied with initiatives
in London to improve safety and work
with authorities, with its appeal
against the licensing decision due to
be heard in the high court in June.
Mother told police of safety
fears before her children
died in petrol-bomb attack
Frances Perraudin
North of England correspondent
A woman had told police she feared
for her family?s safety a week before
her house was petrol-bombed in an
attack that killed four of her children,
a court heard yesterday.
A jury at Manchester crown court
was told of four times when Michelle
Pearson, 36, called the police in the
two weeks leading up to the attack, as
a feud raged between her 17-year-old
son, Kyle Pearson, and Zak Bolland,
23. The prosecution said windows had
been smashed and a bin outside her
house had been set on fire.
The court heard that, shortly
before 5am on 11 December, Bolland
and David Worrall, 25, had smashed a
kitchen window at the family?s midterrace house in Walkden, Salford, and
threw in two lit petrol bombs.
The fire had blocked the only exit
from the first floor to the ground floor
while the family had been asleep
upstairs. Demi Pearson, 15, her brother
Brandon, eight, and sister Lacie,
seven, died in the blaze. Their youngest sister, Lia, three, died in hospital
two days later. Kyle Pearson and his
friend Bobby Harris escaped the fire.
Michelle Pearson, who remains in
intensive care, has only recently recovered enough to be told of the death of
her children.
Bolland?s girlfriend, Courtney Brierley, 20, is accused of encouraging
and assisting the two men with their
crimes. All three deny four counts of
murder. They also deny three counts
of attempted murder relating to
Michelle Pearson, Kyle Pearson and
Bobby Harris. Bolland has admitted
reckless arson, a charge denied by the
other two.
Opening the case for the prosecution, Paul Reid QC said a decision had
been made by the three defendants
to go far beyond anything that had
previously taken place and to target
not only the Pearsons? house but to
petrol-bomb it at a time when they
knew that it was occupied by the family, who were asleep in their beds.
The dispute had started when Bolland accused Kyle Pearson of setting
fire to his Ford Focus on 25 November.
In a message that was sent to
Michelle Pearson?s phone, Bolland
? Forensic officers at the fire-bombed
terraced house in Walkden, Salford
? Clockwise from top left: Lia; Demi;
their mother, Michelle; and Brandon
and Lacie. The children died in a
house fire started by a petrol bomb
PHOTOGRAPH: MANCHESTER POLICE
had demanded to be paid �0 for the
destruction of his car, writing: ?Fire
letter box I want my 500.?
Reid told the jury that, after Pearson received a threat from Bolland on
26燦ovember that he was going to ?finish her house off ?, she had bolted her
letterbox shut ?for fear that her house
might be further damaged?. Two days
later, after a referral by police, the fire
service fitted a letterbox cover to prevent accelerants, such as petrol, from
being poured through the door.
Police investigated an allegation
that Bolland had smashed the windows at the Pearson house but, after
?a misunderstanding as to whether
Michelle Pearson was willing to attend
court?, no further action was taken.
In a statement to police on 1 December, which was read to the jury, Pearson
said she was scared of Bolland. She
wanted her housing association to
allow her to move, saying: ?I?ve lived
here for 14 years, but I?d rather move
than risk harm to me and my children.?
She asked for a restraining order.
Four hours before the fire, Bolland
and Worrall went to the Pearsons?
home and threatened them. Reid said:
?Bobby Harris heard Bolland shouting
something like ?Watch, all your family?s getting it, they?re all going to die?.?
The trial, which is scheduled to last
up to six weeks, continues.
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No suspects
yet in Skripal
poison case,
MPs told
Ewen MacAskill
Defence correspondent
Police and intelligence agencies have
failed to identify the individuals who
carried out the nerve agent attack in
Salisbury, the UK?s national security
adviser has disclosed.
The comments by Sir Mark Sedwill
punctured hopes that the police
and other agencies had pinpointed
suspects but were withholding the
name or names from the public.
Asked by an MP at a Commons
defence committee hearing if he knew
the individuals responsible, he replied
curtly: ?Not yet.?
One of the problems that has
hampered the agencies is a lack of
CCTV coverage in Salisbury compared
with London. Known Russian spies
based in Britain have also been
investigated and ruled out.
Sergei Skripal, the former colonel
in Russian military intelligence who
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examining the bench in Salisbury
days after the Skripals were found
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?There are areas of
vulnerability across
security that I would
want to invest in?
Sir Mark Sedwill
National security adviser
spied for MI6, is in hospital after being
exposed to a nerve agent smeared
on the door handle of his home. His
daughter, Yulia, who was also exposed
to the chemical, has been treated and
discharged from hospital.
Sedwill , who coordinates the
work of the MI6, MI5, the surveillance agency GCHQ and others,
made the rare move in April of releasing classified intelligence on the
case. It allegedly showed Russia had
tested whether nerve agents could be
delivered through door handles and
had targeted the email accounts of
both the Skripals since at least 2013.
He told the committee yesterday
that the decision to go public had
been taken to help counter Russian
disinformation.
The attack raised questions about
whether the police and MI6, which
has a duty to protect agents, should
have done more to protect the Skripals.
Sedwill said the attack had changed
the security services? appreciation of
which dissidents and defectors could
be at risk from revenge attacks.
?The police, who are responsible
for protective security, and the various
agencies alongside them are reviewing
the security of all people who might be
vulnerable in that way,? Sedwill said.
The bulk of his more than three
hours of evidence was devoted to
a defence review that is due to be
completed by early summer, in
particular threats posed by Russia
in terms of cyber and conventional
military attacks.
Sedwill, who is viewed by some
MPs as leaning too much towards the
intelligence agencies at the expense
of conventional forces, told the committee the UK faced vulnerabilities
across its national security system. He
is at the centre of a debate on whether
more money should be diverted to
cybersecurity or conventional forces.
Replying to a question about where
he would spend any extra money,
Sedwill declined to be specific, but
said: ?There are areas of vulnerability, definitely, across our national
security commitments that I would
want to invest in.?
Williamson seeks to
call up journalists
for the cyberwar
Jessica Elgot
Political correspondent
Journalists and IT specialists should
join the military reserve forces to
help counter fake news and cyberpropaganda, the defence secretary
has said.
Gavin Williamson said the armed
forces needed more specialists with
skills in ?getting messages across? and
the army, Royal Navy and Royal Air
Force had to do more to entice techliterate communications professionals
to consider careers in the forces.
In an interview with the House
magazine to be published this week,
Williamson said the armed forces
needed skills that could be used to
combat propaganda on social media.
?Sometimes people see the armed
forces as being quite traditional in
terms of its approach,? he said. ?But in
this disinformation age, this cyber-age
? people often look at cyber as something that?s separate. Actually, it?s
completely relevant.?
Williamson has previously spoken
about the threat to Britain from Russian disinformation.
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? The Cricketers Arms in Wisborough
Green, West Sussex. New figures show
price is a big factor in drinking habits
PHOTOGRAPH: NEIL MCALLISTER/ALAMY
Subterranean
train ride puts
mail museum
on track for
�0,000 prize
Mark Brown
Wealthy professionals ?most
likely to be regular drinkers?
Sarah Boseley
Health editor
High earners in professional jobs,
such as doctors, lawyers and teachers, are much more likely to be regular
alcohol drinkers than those on average
incomes, according to official figures.
The data from two reports shows
that people earning more than �,000
a year like their wine, beer or whisky
and can afford it. Four out of five (79%)
respondents in England said they had
drunk alcohol in the previous week
compared with 58% of all adults.
Drinking rises steadily with socioeconomic status: people whose work
is classified as routine and manual,
including labourers, receptionists and
care workers, were the least likely to
have had alcohol in the week before
they were asked.
The reports come from NHS Digital
(England only) and the Office for
National Statistics. The ONS Opinions
and Lifestyle Survey shows that in
Great Britain in 2017, an estimated
29.2爉illion adults drank alcohol in
the week before the survey.
England had the highest proportion
of adults who said they drank alcohol
in the previous week (57.8%), followed by Scotland (53.5%) then Wales
(50.0%); of the English regions, among
consumers of alcohol, binge drinking
was more common in the north-west
and least common in the south-east.
How much people drank varied
with age. A fifth of people said they
did not drink at all. They were most
likely to be between 25 and 64. Those
most likely to drink were over 65.
Young people were the most likely
to binge drink on Friday and Saturday
nights and then not drink alcohol for
the rest of the week.
Data from previous years in the
Health Survey for England showed
the most harmful drinking was among
middle-aged people, who were more
likely to drink every day.
?Middle-class drinkers are unlikely
to pay attention to government
Scottish price increases
? A 20-can box of Strongbow?s
original cider, � at Sainsbury?s,
must double in price in Scotland to
comply with the new rules.
? Asda?s Rich and Ripe red wine,
�19. Will have to increase to at
least �90 from now on.
? Four 440ml cans of Scrumpy
Jack, costing �75 at Tesco, must
increase in price to at least �28.
? At Iceland, a 70cl bottle of
Glen?s vodka costs �.50. It must
be priced at no less than �.15 in
future.
Nearly 80% of adults who earn
more than �,000 said they had
drunk alcohol the previous week
7 in 10 people in managerial and
professional roles said they had
drunk alcohol the previous week
Drinking by earnings band, � thousands
Drinking by occupation group
80%
80%
60
60
40
40
20
20
0
>10
10 to
15
15 to
20
20 to
30
30 to
40
Over 40
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0
Routine &
manual
Intermediate
Managerial &
professional
health warnings as they may be less
likely to get excessively drunk, and
can withstand increases in prices,?
said Steve Clarke, a therapy services
manager with the Priory Group.
?The over-45s particularly are
drinking more regularly but not
thinking they?re in danger. But they
are drinking four, five, six days a week
and it all adds up. In 2016-17 [in England] there were 337,000 estimated
hospital admissions attributable to
alcohol ? that?s a jump of 17%, nearly
a fifth, on 2006-07.?
The data was published yesterday, coinciding with Scotland?s
introduction of minimum unit pricing
after a long legal fight with the alcohol
industry.
The ONS findings support other
evidence that price is a big factor in
people?s drinking habits.
Campaigners and experts hope
minimum unit pricing will encourage
people to forgo the strongest drinks
because they will become more expensive. They are lobbying for England to
follow Scotland?s example.
Sir Ian Gilmore, the chair of the
Alcohol Health Alliance, said: ?Cheap
alcohol is wrecking lives and livelihoods in England as well as Scotland.
There are more than 23,000 deaths a
year in England linked to alcohol and
many of these come from the poorest and most vulnerable sections of
society. Minimum unit pricing will
save lives, cut crime and benefit the
public finances. At the same time, pub
prices will be left untouched.?
Minimum unit pricing sets the lowest price at which a unit of alcohol can
be sold, which in Scotland is now 50p.
A pint of beer containing two units will
now cost at least � and a nine-unit
bottle of wine will cost at least �50.
An opportunity to travel on tiny trains
under the streets of London has helped
propel a small postal heritage charity
in to contention for the world?s largest
prize for museums.
The Postal Museum, which opened
in London last summer, is one of five
museums shortlisted for the �0,000
Art Fund Museum of the year prize for
2018. It will compete against Tate St
Ives, Glasgow Women?s Library, Hull?s
Ferens Gallery and Brooklands motor
and aviation museum in Weybridge.
Simon Opie, director of the Postal
Museum, said: ?To be so new and fresh
and to be shortlisted is a very welcome
and unexpected surprise.?
Visitors are unquestionably drawn
to the museum by the opportunity to
ride on the Mail Rail, the mothballed
underground network which carried
post to sorting offices between Paddington and Liverpool Street stations.
?Opening up Mail Rail to the public
is the thing that has really captured the
imagination of our visitors,? said Opie.
?It was the opening of something most
people did not know existed.
?Fortunately the people who come
really enjoy that but they also enjoy
everything else we have to offer.?
The museum has evolved from
being a Post Office archive with 3,000
visitors to being a museum which this
year expects to have first year visitor
numbers of 185,000. ?Through postal
history you can basically tell the social
history of Britain from the 16th century
onwards,? said Opie.
Stephen Deuchar, the director of
the Art Fund, said all five shortlisted
museums were tapping in to very current concerns with the Postal Museum
addressing our ?first social network.?
He added: ?The progress of Glasgow Women?s Library exemplifies the
quickening march towards equality;
Brooklands is inspiring the next generation of engineers; and the Ferens
Art Gallery in Hull and Tate St Ives are
galvanising their communities around
visual culture. ?Each expands the very
idea of what a museum can be.?
The prize is given annually to a
museum which has shown ?exceptional imagination, innovation and
achievement in the preceding year.?
The shortlist was chosen by a panel
consisting of the BBC?s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones, the director
of the Science Museum Group, Ian
Blatchford, artist Melanie Manchot
and independent media consultant,
Monisha Shah. The four runners-up
will each receive �,000.
Former winners range from the
enormous, for example the British
Museum in 2011, to the tiny, such as the
William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, east London, in 2013. Last year?s
winner was the Hepworth Wakefield.
This year?s winner will be announced
in a ceremony on 5 July.
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Windrush scandal
Student visas
Calls to review
language test
?fraud? claims
Sally Weale
Education correspondent
The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is
being urged to review the treatment
of thousands of foreign students who
were ordered to leave the UK after
being accused of cheating in Englishlanguage tests to qualify for visas.
One immigration lawyer suggested
that as many as 4,000 students may
have been falsely accused by the Home
Office of faking their tests in what has
been described as another example
of the government?s ?hostile environment? immigration policy.
As a result, visas were cancelled,
students were kicked off courses and
ordered to return to their home countries, but doubts ? highlighted by the
Financial Times ? have now been cast
on the quality of some of the evidence
upon which accusations were made.
The students? ordeal began in 2014
when a BBC Panorama investigation
made allegations of cheating in the
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), which students
have to sit to meet visa requirements.
The then home secretary Theresa
May asked the US-based Educational
Testing Services, which ran the system, to analyse voice files to check
whether students had used a proxy
for language tests. It found that 33,725
results were ?invalid? ? that a proxy
had been used ? and 22,694 more were
?questionable?. The Home Office then
revoked nearly 40,000 visas.
Patrick Lewis, an immigration lawyer, said tribunal hearings had since
found that 5-10% of the allegations
were suspect and that innocent individuals had been caught up in what
was undoubtedly widespread fraud.
?I have clients who were in their last
term of study who were then told simply they had to leave on that very day
the accusations were made. They had
to leave and they would not be able to
complete their course,? he said.
They were told they could appeal
once they had left the UK and returned
to their home country, but according to
Lewis, in most of the countries those
affected came from including China,
Bangladesh and Indian, there was no
mechanism for any such appeal.
Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham,
has been contacted by several of those
affected who live in his constituency.
He has called on Javid to re-examine
the case. ?It is very clearly an aspect
of the ?hostile environment? [policy],?
he said. ?The whole thing strikes me
as completely scandalous.
?They say their lives have been
ruined by this. Their families invested
quite often their life savings in order to
provide a decent British education at a
good university for their child.
?They?ve paid the money, they?ve
lost their visa halfway through a
course and they?re absolutely stuck.?
The Home Office defended its
actions, saying it took a ?measured
and proportionate? response to ?largescale organised fraud?.
Minister pledges to ?get
it right? over Windrush
Peter Walker
Political correspondent
The immigration minister Caroline
Nokes has apologised in person to
a number of people affected by the
Windrush crisis, promising a meeting
in parliament devoted to the issue that
she would sort people?s plight as rapidly as possible.
Underlining the government?s
eagerness to get a grip on a situation
that has already seen Amber Rudd
resign as home secretary, Nokes
offered no new policies but said she
would pledge to put right what had
happened. The packed meeting at parliament also heard from about half a
dozen Windrush citizens wrongly
targeted for immigration enforcement, who described how shocked
and desperate they had become at the
treatment they received.
Sarah O?Connor, one of many cases
highlighted by the Guardian, who was
refused benefits despite having lived
in the UK since she was six, told the
assembled MPs and supporters that
her plight had left her close to suicide.
?I?ve lived 51 years over here, I?ve
worked 30-odd years, and got told I?m
an immigrant, I?m not entitled to anything,? she said.
?When all this happened to me
and I was told I was an immigrant, I
wouldn?t cry in front of the jobcentre.
I?d go home and I break down.?
The event, officially a gathering of
the parliamentary all-party group on
race and community, was organised
by David Lammy, the Labour MP who
chairs the group and has been a prominent voice on the Windrush issue.
Nokes was among the first speakers,
saying she did not expect the audience
?to make me welcome this afternoon?.
She gave a personal apology to
Paulette Wilson, a former cook in the
House of Commons who was almost
deported despite having lived in Britain for half a century, and was also at
the meeting.
?Particularly Mrs Wilson, I wanted
to say that I was personally sorry to
you, and I mean that most sincerely,?
Nokes said. ?I recognise that we as a
government have a huge job to do to
regain trust. I do not underestimate
that by one tiny jot.
?I just wish to put, absolutely, formally on record, how sorry I am that
this has happened on my watch, and
how determined I am on my watch to
get it right,? Nokes added.
Wilson was invited to speak later by
Lammy, and spoke only to express her
gratitude to those who assisted her.
?Thanks to everyone for being human,
and not racist,? she said, prompting
loud applause.
Another person who spoke was
Sylvester Marshall, who was wrongly
refused treatment on the NHS for cancer, a case highlighted repeatedly in
the Guardian.
Marshall ? who was referred to in
stories as Albert Thompson before his
status was settled ? said he had that
same day finally received his first dose
of the radiotherapy treatment he had
been seeking.
?I?ve been trying a long time to table
paperwork, and each time I?ve tried
they tell me I?m illegal,? he said. ?I keep
telling them that I?m not, I?m British,
and they didn?t believe me.?
Elwaldo Romeo, who moved
from Antigua to the UK 59 years ago
when he was four, and has lived and
worked here continuously ever since,
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Calls to relax
visa rules for
NHS sta?
Denis Campbell
Heather Stewart
? Members of
the Windrush
generation
and their
families packed
parliament
yesterday to be
assured that the
government was
finally listening
to their plight.
Many told of
their shock and
desperation at
being treated
as illegal
immigrants
under the ?hostile
environment?
policy
PHOTOGRAPHS: CHRIS
RATCLIFFE/GETTY
? Amelia
Gentleman from
the Guardian
recounted the shock of being told he
was not allowed to remain in the UK.
?Not a lot of people know this, but
my youngest brother has an OBE,? he
said. ?But what can I say? We, as black
people, had that life, and we always
had that life, and for that to be taken
away by anybody is outrageous.?
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
told the event that the settling of many
such cases was ?a victory for decency
around the country?, but warned that
it was the ?wholly avoidable? consequence of the government?s hostile
environment immigration policy.
The treatment of the Windrush generation showed ?a corrosion on our
lives and a corrosion on our society?,
he said.
?If one thing has come out of this
Windrush scandal, it?s been that a lot
of people have woken up and begun
to understand what kind of country
we live in, and what kind of country
we want to live in,? he said.
Diane Abbott, the shadow home
secretary, said the scandal had been
?a moment of truth? for the Windrush
generation, whom she called ?one of
the most patriotic groups of British citizen you could find?.
Abbott said: ?To be so loyal to this
country, to be so patriotic, and to have
such a work ethic, and be treated in
the way they?ve been treated in recent
years is a shame and a disgrace.
?It felt to a lot of them like the loyalty they had given this country was
not being reciprocated.?
She added: ?Let me say to you: our
commitment is to hold the government to its word. This is not just a story
for a week or two weeks.?
Abbott said that similar cases were
still taking place, as she saw from visiting the Yarl?s Wood immigration
removal centre.
?I have been to Yarl?s Wood, I have
met women from that generation
who are there, who have British children, who have lived in this country
30-odd years, and they are interned
in Yarl?s Wood as if they were criminals,? Abbott said.
The meeting also heard from Amelia
Gentleman, the Guardian journalist who first reported on many of the
cases. Lammy thanked her, saying to
loud applause that ?she has a place in
all our hearts?.
Labour have moved to exploit a
cabinet split over foreign doctors
being refused visas to work in Britain by urging ministers to remove all
health professionals from the cap on
skilled workers, in order to tackle the
NHS?s growing staffing crisis.
The move follows reports that
Theresa May had rejected calls by
senior ministers to relax migration
rules to enable more overseas doctors to move to the UK to fill the NHS?s
growing number of rota gaps.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow
health secretary, is demanding that
doctors, nurses and other healthcare
staff should start being treated separately from the other types of foreign
skilled workers covered by the cap, so
that more of them can come.
In a letter to Sajid Javid, the new
home secretary, Ashworth warns
that the ban on at least 400 doctors
since December taking up NHS posts
shows that ?the government?s ?hostile
environment? policy is now directly
damaging NHS patient care?.
The medics, including 100 from
India due to start work in hospitals
in the north-west, have been refused
entry even though NHS trusts said
they needed them to help staff wards.
They were denied visas because
there were too few places available
under the cap system, which limits
skilled migration to a monthly total
? of 1,000 to 2,200 ? which altogether
cannot exceed 20,700 people a year.
Urging Javid to overhaul the system, Ashworth said in the letter: ?The
visa rules clearly aren?t working in
the best interests of NHS patients. I
am asking that you put patient safety
first by taking NHS workers out of the
Tier 2 visa system so that hospitals can
get the right numbers of staff in place.?
Labour?s call puts fresh pressure on
May over the tough immigration policies she brought in while she was home
secretary between 2010 and 2016.
It follows a report in the London
Evening Standard that May overruled
lobbying by Jeremy Hunt, the health
secretary, and Amber Rudd, who quit
as home secretary on Sunday, for the
visa system to operate more freely, so
more foreign doctors could come over.
May?s official spokesman said: ?It
remains essential we have control of
the immigration system and it works
in the national interest.?
Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health
secretary, is asking for NHS staff to be
exempt from the skilled workers cap
Court challenge seeks to
identify James Bulger killer
Owen Bowcott
Legal affairs correspondent
The father and uncle of the murdered
toddler James Bulger have launched a
legal challenge in an attempt to lift the
cloak of anonymity protecting one of
his killers, Jon Venables.
The claim by Ralph and Jimmy
Bulger was heard for the first time at
the high court in London yesterday,
reigniting public debate over one of the
UK?s most notorious child murders.
James?s mother, Denise Fergus,
however, has distanced herself from
the application, fearing that ?it could
lead to vigilante action?.
Before their release on parole, Venables and Robert Thompson ? who
were both convicted, aged 11, of killing James in 1993 ? were given new
identities, protected by a court order.
The original injunction, made in
2001, prevents the media or anyone
anywhere from publishing photographs of them, information that could
lead to them being identified, or soliciting such information.
There have been repeated attempts
on social media to publish details that
would lead to Venables being pictured. Last year, the attorney general?s
office launched an investigation into
social media messages that may have
breached the injunction.
The case was heard in the high court
yesterday by Sir James Munby, the
most senior family judge in England
and Wales.
James?s father and uncle are represented by solicitor-advocate Robin
Makin, who told the judge he needed
material dating back 18 or 19 years to
prepare his case properly.
Munby questioned the relevance
of that material, but Makin said it was
because the injunction was granted
on the basis that Venables was rehabilitated and would not reoffend.
The situation, the court was told, had
Archbishop hits
out over Alfie
Evans campaign
Harriet Sherwood
Religion correspondent
The Catholic archbishop of Westminster has suggested that some people
who campaigned in the case of Alfie
Evans, the child who died last week
after a protracted legal battle over
his treatment, ?used the situation for
political aims?.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the most
senior Catholic cleric in England and
Wales, said it was right for a court
to ?decide what?s best, not for the
parents, but for the child?.
He was speaking amid mounting
criticism of Christian organisations
that intervened in the case. Before
Alfie?s death a few days ago, Pope Francis said he hoped the ?suffering of his
parents may be heard and that their
changed since Venables been convicted on two separate occasions,
most recently in February.
During the proceedings, Munby
pressed Makin to explain exactly what
he was seeking in the application ? a
variation of the order or a discharge.
James was murdered by Venables
and Thompson after they snatched
him from a shopping centre in Bootle,
Merseyside, in February 1993.
Since release, they have lived under
new identities, but Venables has been
sent back to jail. In February, he was
jailed for three years and four months
after admitting surfing the dark web
for extreme child abuse images and
possessing a ?sickening? paedophile
manual. He was charged after police
found more than 1,000 indecent
images on his computer.
It was the second time Venables had
been caught with such images, and
when he was arrested, he told police he
was plagued by ?stupid urges?.
Denise Fergus said: ?I understand
the motivation for the application, but
my concern is that, if Venables were
known by his own name, it could
lead to vigilante action and innocent
people being hurt. Beyond that, I have
no further comment to make.?
Munby has given lawyers for Ralph
and Jimmy Bulger until 4 June to
formulate the extent to which they are
seeking to either discharge or vary the
injunction.
? The identity that the government
gave to Jon Venables, above, when he
was released from prison is protected
desire to seek new forms of treatment
may be granted?.
The Christian Legal Centre represented the family in Alfie?s final days,
and pro-life activists demonstrated
outside Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool
where Alfie was being treated.
On a visit to Poland, Nichols said:
?Wisdom enables us to make decisions
based on full information, and many
people have taken a stand on Alfie?s
case in recent weeks who didn?t have
such information and didn?t serve the
good of this child. Unfortunately, there
were also some who used the situation
for political aims.?
Speaking to the Polish church?s
Catholic information agency, KAI,
he said: ?It?s important to remember Alder Hey hospital cared for Alfie
not for two weeks or two months, but
for 18 months, consulting with the
world?s top specialists ? so its doctors?
position, that no further medical help
could be given, was very important.
Alfie was taken off life support on
23 April and survived for a further
four days. He had a rare degenerative
condition that left him in a semivegetative state for more than a year.
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Victims of Jack the
Ripper take centre
stage in ENO opera
Mark Brown
Arts correspondent
English National Opera is to stage a
new opera based on the Jack the Ripper
murders ? but from the perspective of
the women.
There will be eyebrows raised that
the company has helped develop an
opera around some of the most gruesome crimes against women, and the
artistic director, Daniel Kramer, admitted that he was sceptical at first.
But he stressed that Jack the Ripper
never appears on stage and ?the focus
is the women, who have become simply names and victims?.
The composer, Iain Bell, said:
?These are women who are just
names, whose identity is defined by
their death. I wanted to do something
to explore their humanity.?
The opera will also crack ?open a
window into the life of the Victorian
poor ? a society with whom we share
uncomfortable parallels. Every street
corner, every pub, every alley bears
witness to its own Whitechapel.?
Jack the Ripper: The Women of
Whitechapel, with a libretto by Emma
Jenkins, will star some of the ENO?s
grandest alumni: Dame Josephine
Barstow, Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly,
Lesley Garrett and Marie McLaughlin,
or the ENO?s ?golden girls? as they are
jokingly calling themselves.
Garrett said the piece was right for
11
the times. ?Women are saying we are
powerful, we are strong, you cannot
do this to us any more and if ever there
was a subject that can make that clear
it is Jack the Ripper and the story of
the women.?
Kramer was announcing the first
season where he and the music director, Martyn Brabbins, are making all
the decisions, rather than inheriting
commissions. He said he wanted to
ensure ENO ?sang for a reason? and
there was an idea behind the choice
of repertoire.
?The theme that came up gently
was the question around the patriarchy and what a healthy masculine
looks like in today?s society. What the
balance of a healthy masculine and a
healthy feminine looks like.?
Another of the new productions
?The theme that came
up was the question
of the patriarchy?
Daniel Kramer
Artistic director
announced yesterday is the Australian director Adena Jacobs?s ?radical
feminine reading? of Strauss?s Salome.
Jacobs is known for re-imagining
ancient texts and myths and, she said,
?looking at them through the prism of
the feminine ? trying to find ways of
exploring them through a perspective
I understand.?
The company is getting back on its
feet after resignations, a strike threat
and a � cut in its funding. Some
thought the company was doomed.
On Tuesday the new chief executive, Stuart Murphy, said there were
signs that the future was looking
brighter. The average occupancy of
ENO?s enormous Coliseum home in
2017-18 had been 72%, compared with
67% the year before.
The percentage of audience members under 44 increased by 13%. The
proportion of its audience from a
black or minority ethnic background
increased from 4% to 10%.
Kramer announced a 2018 -19
season with nine productions ? five
new and four revivals ? which is fewer
than the company had wanted. But it
is going up. Three of the nine will be
conducted by women.
? Felicity Palmer and Josephine Barstow in the ENO?s 2005 production of The Carmelites. Barstow will sing in the new Jack the Ripper PHOTOGRAPH: ROBBIE JACK/CORBIS
Wimbledon works on its serve
by banning use of plastic straws
Rebecca Smithers
Consumer affairs correspondent
Wimbledon would not be the same
without a thirst-quenching Pimm?s,
but, this year, visitors to the tennis
championships will be served drinks
without the customary plastic straw.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club
announced yesterday that no plastic
straws would be used in its bars, cafes
and restaurants during this year?s
Wimbledon fortnight.
Hundreds of thousands of cups of
Pimm?s are sold at the tournament
each year ? many in plastic containers with plastic lids and plastic straws,
which can be taken to seats overlooking the courts. Last year, more than
400,000 plastic straws were used
during the tournament.
But this year, as part of a wider
sustainability plan, Wimbledon will
not use them.
It was estimated in February by
the Marine Conservation Society
that the UK uses 8.5bn straws a year,
while plastic straws are one of the top
10 items found in beach clean-ups. A
single plastic straw could take up to
500 years to decompose.
As part of the drive to reduce waste
400,000
Number of plastic straws that were
used during Wimbledon last year
from single-use plastics, chains such
as JD Wetherspoon, Wagamama, Costa
Coffee, Pizza Express, Waitrose and
All Bar One have all started phasing
out plastic straws ? in some cases
replacing them with paper substitutes
or offering them on request only.
More than 60 independent British
music festivals committed last month
to banning plastic straws and other
single-use plastics from their sites by
2021. The Drastic on Plastic initiative,
led by the Association of Independent
Festivals, will lead to the removal of
plastic drinks bottles, plastic straws,
glitter, plastic food trays, cable ties
and toiletry bottles from festival sites.
Cost of policing
badger cull in
Cheshire was
close to �
Steven Morris
The cost of policing the controversial
badger cull in just one of the 21 cull
zones last autumn approached � ?
the equivalent of more than �000 for
every animal killed there.
Objectors to the cull described the
bill for Cheshire as a horrendous waste
of public money and called for the
policy to be scrapped on economic as
well as animal cruelty grounds.
The zone in Cheshire was one of 11
new areas where the cull ? designed
to help eradicate bovine TB in cattle
? took place in the autumn of 2017.
In January, a member of the organisation Wounded Badger Patrol asked
Cheshire police under freedom of
information legislation to reveal the
cost of policing the cull ? codenamed
Operation Aviator.
At first the force said it did not hold
the information but a member of the
patrol, appealed, writing: ?Having
been out in the cull zone five nights a
week and the police liaison for one of
the groups I know how many police
officers were taken off normal duties ?
as well as seeing the number of police
in cars/riot vans out each night of the
cull period.?
Last month the force apologised
for not providing the information
and revealed it had charged the Home
Office �1,000 for the operation.
According to government figures,
736 badgers were killed in the Cheshire
zone in 2017 over 48 days. In all, there
were 21 cull zones in England in 2017
involving seven police force areas.
A spokesperson for the patrol said:
?While the figure is large, we?re not
surprised. Out on Wounded Badger
Patrol every night, we could see how
much police time and resources were
going into policing the cull, and what
a waste of taxpayers? money it was.
During a time of austerity it?s shocking
that not far short of � of taxpayers? money can be found to police the
government?s badger cull in Cheshire.?
A government spokesperson said
the cost of policing each zone had
declined significantly year on year
and it expected the same to happen
in Cheshire, adding: ?Bovine TB is the
greatest animal health threat to the UK
and costs taxpayers more than �0m
each year.?
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Thousands of brain patients
recalled for reassessment
Denis Campbell
Health policy editor
An NHS hospital trust has recalled
more than 2,500 patients with brain
disorders amid fears that they have
been misdiagnosed by a doctor who
is no longer on frontline duties.
The Belfast health and social care
trust has set up special clinics so that
the patients concerned ? some as
young as 14 ? can have their condition
assessed as soon as possible.
It has apologised for the ?significant anxiety? the affected patients will
feel at being recalled but said the move
was necessary in order to ascertain
whether they had been receiving the
right treatment.
The patients were being treated for
conditions such as epilepsy, multiple
sclerosis and motor neurone disease
by Dr Michael Watt, a consultant neurologist. But a GP and doctors at the
trust raised concerns about the accuracy of some diagnoses.
The trust?s decision to recall all of
Watt?s patients comes after separate
reviews, undertaken by the trust and
the Royal College of Physicians, into
his patient notes.
Explaining the request to patients
to come to have their health assessed,
Dr燤ark Michelson, the trust?s lead
doctor for neurology, said: ?I fully
understand this will cause significant anxiety to many patients and their
families and for that we are truly sorry.
?Other doctors raised concerns with
the trust regarding the care and treatment provided by Dr Michael Watt to
a small number of patients.?
Michelson did not reveal what the
two reviews had found. However,
patients are being invited to clinics
where nine neurology consultants will
assess their condition and treatment.
In all, the trust will hold 200 additional
clinics so that all of the 2,500 patients
can be seen within 12 weeks.
The father of a woman whom Watt
was treating for brain stem epilepsy
told BBC Radio Ulster: ?She hasn?t had
an appointment with neurology for at
least five years and now this has come
like a bombshell ? it?s frightening.?
Watt has not seen any patients,
either through the trust or privately,
since June 2017, six months after concerns were first raised. He is still an
employee of the trust, which runs
Belfast?s four main hospitals.
Women still
dying in jail 11
years after
critical report
Women account for 5% of the prison
population in England and Wales but
dominate the rates of deaths, suicides
and incidents self-harm. Last year,
2,093 women per 1,000 self-harmed
compared to 445 men per 1,000. It was
an increase of 12% on the previous year
for women, and 8% for men.
?More women died in prisons last
year than before my report,? said
Corston. ?I blame the privatisation of
the probation services, the extension
of powers that see women given short
sentences recalled to prison for even
the smallest breach of their licence
?last year more than 1,000 women
were recalled to prison for minor
infractions such as failing to turn up for
a probation appointment ?and the change in funding that has seen Women?s
Centres forced to shut.?
Some 84% of women go to jail for
non-violent offences: 47% for theft
linked to poverty and addictions;
62% of sentences are for six months
or less, enough time to lose a job, housing or children. Two-thirds of women
in prison have dependent children.
Deborah Coles, executive director of Inquest, the independent
charity investigating state-related
deaths, said: ?Eleven years after the
publication of Corston?s seminal
review in 2007 of women in the criminal justice system, the situation has
never felt so desperate.?
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The government is going backwards
in its efforts to rehabilitate and deliver
justice to women in prison, Lady
Corston, the author of a landmark 2007
report, has said.
Jean Corston was launching a new
report, Still Dying On The Inside, by
the charity Inquest, which examines
the 94 deaths in women?s prisons since
March 2007, at least 37 of which were
self-inflicted. It also highlights the 116
deaths of women while on probation
following release from prison between
2010-2011 and 2016-2017.
?I?m appalled at the rate at which
we?re going backwards,? said Corston,
whose report revealed the scandalous conditions in which women were
incarcerated in England and Wales.
Her investigation and subsequent
report led to the government adopting
40 of her 43 recommendations.
Opponents and
backers face o?
at right-to-die
appeal hearing
Owen Bowcott
Legal affairs correspondent
Supporters of the right to die and
opponents of euthanasia have staged
rival protests outside the Royal Courts
of Justice in London before a legal
challenge aimed at changing the law
on medically assisted dying.
The legal claim is being brought on
behalf of Noel Conway, a retired lecturer who has motor neurone disease
and says he feels ?entombed? by his
illness. Conway, 68, from Shrewsbury,
who is too ill to attend court, wants to
be able to choose when his life should
end, with the help of doctors.
He is arguing that when he has a
prognosis of less than six months to
live, and still has mental capacity to
make a ?voluntary, clear, settled and
informed? decision, he should be able
to receive medical help to end his life.
The campaign is being supported
by Dignity in Dying. Tom Spicer,
who accompanied his terminally ill
mother to a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland where she died two years ago,
said: ?She would have wanted to go
at home, in her own country. It cost
her �,000 to make all the arrangements to go to Dignitas ? Not changing
the law [to enable medically assisted
dying in the UK] means that it is the
poor who are going to suffer most.?
Protesters from Distant Voices
erected mock gravestones outside the
court to commemorate disabled people whose lives, they alleged, would be
at risk if the UK allowed assisted dying.
One of the issues the court of appeal
is considering is whether the safeguards proposed by Conway?s lawyers
to enable him to receive medical assistance to die would sufficiently protect
weak and vulnerable people.
The hearing continues.
Noel Conway, 68, who has motor
neurone disease, and his wife, Carol
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Trinity Mirror
faces Ofcom
over Express
and Star deal
Mark Sweney
PHOTOGRAPH:
GEOFF燫OBINSON
O? with their heads A farm worker uses machinery to guillotine tulip heads
from their stalks in a ?eld near King?s Lynn, Norfolk. The ?owers are cut down in
their prime so that each plant?s energy can go into making bulbs bigger for
next year?s crop. ?All the goodness will go back into the bulbs, rather than the
?owers,? said Mark Eves, whose in-laws, Janet and Peter Ward, own Belmont
Nurseries, which is Britain?s biggest tulip bulb producer.
Fears for rural communities
as RBS says 800 jobs will go
in summer cull of branches
Julia Kollewe
Royal Bank of Scotland is to close 162
branches in England and Wales this
summer with the loss of nearly 800
jobs, raising fresh concerns that many
rural communities will soon be left
without access to a bank branch.
RBS said the job losses were the
result of a deal with the EU last year
that meant the Edinburgh-based bank
would no longer be forced to sell off
300 branches. Instead 60% of them
will be shut. After the latest round of
cuts the bank will have 859 branches,
down from 1,849 at the end of 2014.
The EU had demanded the sale, to
increase competition, as a condition of
the RBS taxpayer bailout in 2009. RBS
resurrected the Williams & Glyn name
for the branches it put up for sale ? RBS
banks in England and Wales and NatWest branches in Scotland. However,
it was unable to find a buyer.
The closures affect branches across
England and Wales, from Truro to
Colwyn Bay and Barrow-in-Furness.
Eleven branches will close in London.
The bank said 109 branches would
close in July and August, and 53 in
November, with 792 staff to be made
redundant. Only five months ago RBS
announced it was shutting down 259
branches with the loss of 680 jobs.
Nicky Morgan, chair of the influential Treasury committee, criticised
the RBS decision and said the government might have to intervene if
closures increased financial exclusion.
RBS is still 71% owned by taxpayers.
Morgan said: ?In recent years, retail
banks have made decisions to shrink
their branch network on the grounds
that more people are banking online.
But branches remain vital for many,
particularly vulnerable people and
those in rural areas.
?As a result of RBS?s decision, there
is a risk of increased levels of financial exclusion. It?s important for the
government to monitor this trend.
If financial exclusion is increasing,
the government may be required to
intervene.?
The Unite union called on RBS to
halt its ?disastrous plans?. It claimed
that in 71 of the locations marked for
closure, customers would be forced
to make return journeys of about
25 miles. The Unite national officer,
Rob MacGregor, said: ?The TSB computer systems crash last week has
�2m
First-quarter profits reported by
RBS last week, more than treble the
figure for the same period last year
859
The number of branches RBS will
have after the latest round of cuts,
down from 1,849 at the end of 2014
demonstrated without question that
the banking system needs its branch
network more than it ever has.
?Unite is calling on the Royal Bank
of Scotland management not to
abandon their responsibilities to communities across the country.?
RBS said the majority of branches
slated for closure were within 0.6 miles
of another RBS or NatWest branch and
insisted all of them were within 2.5
miles of another branch.
The bank said the number of branch
transactions in England and Wales had
fallen 30% since 2014, while mobile
transactions had surged by 74%. The
number of customers using mobile
banking had increased by 53%.
Last week, RBS reported that firstquarter profits had more than trebled,
to �2m.
The bank pledged to increase telephone banking services and improve
online and app messaging services. It
has created a specialist taskforce to
help customers learn to use the new
banking technology.
The Federation of Small Businesses
said the closures would deal a fresh
blow to small firms and high streets. Its
national chairman, Mike Cherry, said:
?It?s thoroughly disappointing to see
RBS using the failed sale of Williams &
Glyn as an excuse to further decimate
the UK?s bank branch network.
?This fresh round of closures will
hurt high streets all over the country ?
When a bank branch goes it means less
footfall, less cash in the local economy
and less revenue for local small firms.?
Trinity Mirror?s �0m deal to buy the
Express and Star newspapers is to be
investigated by the media regulator
Ofcom over issues including plurality
and the editorial independence of
Richard Desmond?s titles.
The company?s shareholders have
voted to approve the deal to add the
Daily and Sunday Express, Daily Star
and Daily Star Sunday newspapers, as
well as magazines including the celebrity title OK!, to its national titles the
Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.
However, Matt Hancock, the culture
secretary, has called in Ofcom to investigate potential concerns the takeover
could impact freedom of expression
and editorial decision-making at the
Express and Star newspapers.
He has also ordered Ofcom to examine whether the deal, which will result
in the combined company becoming the UK?s second-largest national
newspaper group, owning nine of
20 titles, raises issues of a sufficient
plurality of views in the market.
?I have written to the parties today
confirming my decision to issue a public interest intervention notice (PIIN)
on both grounds,? Hancock said.
Hancock, who wields the power to
block the deal or force a sell-off of some
titles, has given Ofcom until 31 May
investigate. He has asked the Competition Markets Authority to report back
on any wider competition issues the
deal may raise by the end of the month.
?I will then consider whether or not
to refer the merger for a more detailed
investigation, or whether to accept
undertakings-in-lieu of such a reference,? Hancock added.
Simon Fox, Trinity Mirror chief
executive, has repeatedly said his
Labour-supporting Daily and Sunday
Mirror will keep the Brexit-supporting
titles editorially independent.
?The Mirror is not going to go rightwing and the Express is not going to
go leftwing,? he said. ?They will absolutely all have editorial independence.?
As the deal was completed, however, the editors of the Daily Express
and Daily Star resigned.
Trinity Mirror immediately
announced the appointment of two
of its executives ? Sunday Mirror and
Sunday People editor Gary Jones, and
Daily Mirror associate editor Jon Clark
? as replacements. Trinity Mirror says it
believes the deal does not raise issues
of a reduction in media plurality.
?Each newspaper brand will
continue with its current editorial
positioning, and that there will not be
any detrimental impact on competition as a result of the acquisition,? the
company said. Last month the Competition and Markets Authority said
it was also launching an inquiry into
whether the deal will result in ?lessening of competition? in the national
newspaper market.
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Pippa Crerar
Deputy political editor
The Speaker of the House of Commons,
John Bercow, faces fresh allegations of
bullying after a former private secretary claimed he was subject to angry
outbursts and obscene language when
he worked for him.
Angus Sinclair said that Bercow had
shouted at him, undermined him in
front of other parliamentary staff,
swore and attempted to physically
intimidate him, with a mobile phone
smashed on the desk in front of him
on one occasion.
The former senior official told BBC
Newsnight he was paid �,250 in
2010, after working for Bercow for one
year, as part of a deal that required him
to sign a non-disclosure agreement
about the alleged behaviour.
Sinclair, who spoke earlier this year
about a culture of covering up bullying in the House of Commons, has now
breached the terms of his agreement.
?I thought to myself: it?s in the public interest to know why I left, yes, it
breaks that non-disclosure agreement,
but it?s the truth. There was bullying,?
he said.
Bercow denies bullying. A spokesman said: ?Mr Speaker strenuously
denies that there is any substance
to any of these allegations. He has a
superb team of dedicated, effective
and long-serving staff ? five of whom
have worked for him very happily for a
combined total of over 40 years.?
However, the latest allegation could
prove damaging for Bercow as it comes
at a time when the Commons is trying to get to grips with bullying and
harassment on its estate. It follows
In brief
Weather
Frost, heavy rain and
high winds see in May
Temperatures fell below freezing
in some parts of the UK on Monday
night, although conditions are
expected to improve.
One man died after being washed
into the harbour in Ramsgate, Kent,
in what the RNLI called ?atrocious?
conditions as heavy rain and strong
winds battered many parts of
southern and eastern England.
Warmer weather is expected by the
bank holiday weekend.
claims that House of Commons managers were informed in 2011 that Kate
Emms, Sinclair?s successor in the
role, had been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder after less
than a year of working for Bercow. He
has denied the claims.
An independent inquiry into the
alleged bullying of House of Commons staff is under way and will report
back in July. In a speech last week,
the leader of the Commons, Andrea
Leadsom, said: ?There can be no hiding places, or cover-ups, for anyone
abusing their power.?
Parts of Kent saw about a month?s
worth of rain in just 24 hours on
Monday. Lenham had 58mm of rain
in 24 hours ? the average rainfall for
April in Kent is 49.2mm.
In Hemsby, Norfolk, preparations
are being made to demolish six
more clifftop homes after strong
winds and high tides ate away at
more of the cliff face.
Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at
the Met Office, said there were signs
that things would improve in time
for the bank holiday. ?Temperatures
are starting to pick up as we start
to head towards the long weekend.
In the north-west it may still be a
little bit cloudy with rain, but for
elsewhere it will be mostly dry and
sunny.? He said temperatures could
hit about 24C and that the warmest
places were expected to be in the
south-east. PA
Royal mint
Commemorative coin
made for royal wedding
The wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle on 19 May has been
commemorated on a coin from the
Royal Mint. The couple sat for the
?relaxed and informal? portrait at
Kensington Palace, London.
The coin design was crafted by
Jody Clark, who in 2015 created the
image of the Queen that is currently
used on British coins. PA
Unions
Parliament
McDonald?s strike over
zero-hours contracts
MPs threaten Facebook
chief with summons
McDonald?s workers in Britain
took part in a strike yesterday in a
dispute over zero-hours contracts
and working conditions that is being
closely observed by the fast food
industry and trade unions.
Workers from Manchester
and Watford joined colleagues in
Cambridge and Crayford, southeast London, picketing McDonald?s
shopfronts and demanding a
minimum �-an-hour living wage.
Members of the Bakers, Food and
Allied Workers? Union also want
a choice of fixed-hour contracts,
the end of unequal pay for young
workers, and union recognition.
McDonald?s said only one person
was officially on strike, but the
union said that was nonsense and
many members working for the
chain backed the action.
The Labour shadow chancellor,
John McDonnell, has written to
McDonald?s seeking a meeting to
discuss the demands. Rajeev Syal
MPs have threatened to issue Mark
Zuckerberg with a formal summons
to appear in front of parliament
when he next sets foot on UK
soil unless he voluntarily agrees
to answer questions about the
activities of his social network and
the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Damian Collins, chair of
the parliamentary committee
investigating online disinformation,
said he was unhappy with the
information the company had
provided and wanted to hear
evidence from the Facebook boss
before 24 May.
?It is worth noting that, while Mr
Zuckerberg does not normally come
under the jurisdiction of the UK
parliament, he will do so the next
time he enters the country,? Collins
wrote in a public letter to Facebook.
The committee has repeatedly
invited Zuckerberg to testify, but
Facebook has sent junior executives
in his place. Jim Waterson
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Junk food
15
Sketch
John Crace
Jamie and Hugh bring
joy to health committee
with a sprinkling of
stardust and chia seeds
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Obesity is a ?national
security issue?, Jamie
Oliver tells MPs
Caroline Davies
Jamie Oliver has told MPs the childhood obesity crisis is a catastrophe and
called on ?every single minister? in
every government department to play
a role in tackling the problem.
The celebrity chef appeared before
the health and social care committee yesterday with fellow chef Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall.
He said: ?Now is the time to start
looking at a multi-pronged environmental approach where every single
minister in every single department
has a part to play. I think to say it?s a
catastrophe or an emergency is fair
and true. I think if you speak to anyone
in the NHS ? doctors, paediatricians,
dentists ? this is a massive problem.?
He described the obesity crisis as a
?national security issue? in terms of
mortality and death, and called for
fundamental changes in advertising
to curb the ?relentless advertising of
high-salt, fat, sugar products to kids?.
Although there is a TV junk food
advertising ban till 6pm, he emphasised that children watched family
shows far later. ?The kids, en masse
are watching the X Factor ? 1.2 million
kids last week. And, if they watch a
whole season of that, it is a junk food
movie that they are going to consume.?
He added: ?But it?s screens, it?s
phone, it?s free apps. Marketing
directly to kids is wrong to me. It?s
really important that the British government isn?t analogue in being all
over this like a rash.?
Oliver has campaigned on children?s
nutrition issues since his 2005 Channel 4 series Jamie?s School Dinners.
Asked about the soft drinks levy, Oliver
said it was a ?fantastic policy? and suggested it could be extended to sugary
milk drinks, which he said were ?jam
packed with additives and sugar?.
Asked how he would respond to
criticism of a ?nanny state? approach,
Oliver said: ?I believe in the British people that when you give them
good clear information they largely
make brilliant choices. What happens
is, we keep talking about choice when
we largely haven?t got choice.
?So if you go to a vending machine
and there ain?t choice, you ain?t got a
?If you go to a vending
machine and there
ain?t choice, you
ain?t got a choice?
Jamie Oliver
Celebrity chef
choice ? If you go to a supermarket
in a poor area and everything that?s
on bogof [buy one get one free] is
unhealthy and bad for you and there?s
no deals on the healthier things, you
haven?t got a choice.
?So even if there was legislation
that says for every deal you do on junk
food, there?s one for fresh food, that
would be fair. And we haven?t even
got that clarity yet.?
He added: ?Smoking took 40 years.
We haven?t got 40 years to do this. We
will not have an NHS in 40 years? time
if we don?t get a hand around an environmental strategy that attacks ill
health and protects child health.?
Fearnley-Whittingstall, who presents the BBC?s Britain?s Fat Fight,
described an ?avalanche of junk food
advertising?. He said it was ?an arms
race between the big food brands,
competing with each other in a game
they?re extremely good at, backed by
a huge amount of money, and they?re
racing for our appetites and we?re ultimately the losers.?
Only 1.2% of all food advertising
was focused on fruit and vegetables.
?It?s not just about curbing the negative effects of the avalanche of junk
food advertising that we?re all forced
to watch. It?s got to be about finding
ways to promote the marketing and
advertising of healthy foods, vegetables in particular,? he said.
The Commons session comes ahead
of the next part of the government?s
guidance, Childhood obesity: a plan
for action, which is expected this year.
Speaking before his Commons
appearance, Oliver said that health
food reforms had been ?blown up? by
Brexit and then pushed out by Theresa
May. He had persuaded David Cameron to introduce reforms such as the
sugar tax on soft drinks but said May
had halted progress on other reforms.
? Oliver and
FearnleyWhittingstall
spoke of a
?catastrophe?
and an
?avalanche
of junk-food
advertising?
? Their antijunk food poster
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GETTY
1.2%
Proportion of
food advertising
in Britain
given over to
vegetables and
fruit
he proceedings of the health and social
care select committee are normally rather
dour affairs but, for one afternoon only, it
was sprinkled with a little stardust as Jamie
Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
came to give evidence on Britain?s obesity
crisis. The two chefs strolled into the room, took off their
jackets and sat down. Lights, camera, action. The Jamie
and Hugh Show could now begin.
?Hello Jamie, hello Hugh,? gasped the star-struck
committee chair, Sarah Wollaston. It?s more usual
for witnesses to be called by their surnames on these
occasions, but no one was in the mood to stand on
ceremony. The two chefs put on their best professional
smiles: they?re used to the brains of ordinarily rational
people being turned to pulp by celebrity.
Jamie began with a bombshell. Words that haven?t
been heard around Westminster for some years. He
loved David Cameron and George Osborne. More than
that, he adored them. He dabbed an eye, overcome
with emotion. Several committee members shuffled
uncomfortably in their seats, but Jamie?s passions were
not to be denied. Dave and George were political colossi
for embracing his vision and implementing a sugar tax.
Jamie held up a bottle of pre-sugar tax Ribena he
had brought with him and 12 white bits of paper taped
together hung down. One for every teaspoon of sugar in
the drink. He then passed another bottle of post-sugar
tax Ribena to Hugh. This only had a trail of five pieces of
white paper. ?Change can be a beautiful thing,? he said.
The soft drinks levy was a tax for love ? a maternal kind
of tax ? not a tax on the poor.
?What do you think, Hugh?? asked Wollaston, aware
that Hugh had barely been allowed to get a word in.
?He?s absolutely right,? replied Hugh. Jamie nodded
approvingly. Echoes of ?I agree with Nick?. On this
particular show, Hugh was most definitely the sous-chef.
Jamie moved into the first ad break. Food
advertisements were the worst. Pure evil, designed to
tempt children into tipping bucketfuls of sugar, fat and
processed foods down their throats.
But it didn?t have to be this way. Take Tony the Tiger,
the Frosties icon, whom Theresa May had boasted
of saving when she had pulled the plug on Dave and
George?s obesity initiative.
Jamie had news for Theresa. Tony the Tiger was sick
to his rotten back teeth of trying to turn kiddies into
chubsters. He was deeply ashamed and desperate to
make amends. He wanted nothing more than to bound
through the jungle promoting the benefits of chia seeds
and celery.
Hugh got in on the act. Forget Tony the Tiger. What he
wanted was a real live Batman with carrots for ears who
could inspire people to go foraging for turnips. ?I?ve got
a programme on the TV about this tomorrow night,? he
added helpfully. Not all ads are bad ads.
After Jamie had followed this up with an all-out
assault on Buy One Get One Free offers, Labour?s
Diana Johnson wondered what he would have to say to
someone who was hard up and was tempted to buy four
sausage rolls for � There was a hush in the room. Then
Jamie spoke, a beatific look on his face. ?A sausage roll
is a thing of beauty,? he said. ?It should be cherished?.
There was nothing wrong with treats, but far too
many sausage rolls were imposters. Rubbish meat just
wrapped in fat. Out, out, damned Gloucester old spot.
Hugh chipped in once more. ?Perhaps,? he said,
?instead of selling four sausage rolls, the butcher could
sell two sausage rolls and a couple of carrots.? You never
know, it might catch on.
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National
Local elections
Kensington and Chelsea
Will Grenfell sway the vote?
Tories counting on votes
in wealthy south despite
failings over fire disaster
Pippa Crerar
Deputy political editor
I
n a church hall on a pretty
Chelsea side street lined
with stuccoed Victorian
houses, the local great and
good gathered for a hustings
ahead of tomorrow?s council
elections.
There were grumbles about local
planning and the proposed Crossrail
station on the nearby King?s Road
but, surprisingly for a borough so
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traumatised by the Grenfell Tower
fire disaster ? in which 71 people died
? fire barely got a mention.
?It makes me wonder whether
they?re more concerned about
hanging baskets than about what
happened there,? said one attendee.
?It felt like a different world.?
A few days later, at the other end
of the borough and just a couple of
hundred metres from the burned out
shell of the tower, Jeremy Corbyn
rallied dozens of placard-waving
activists. ?We?re going to put the
government on notice,? the Labour
leader said to cheers. ?And the
council!? remarked one supporter.
While psephologists and
political analysts have been making
predictions on results right across
the country, nobody is very keen to
call Kensington and Chelsea.
Even one of the most senior
officials at the town hall is reluctant
to be drawn. ?I wouldn?t put money
on it either way,? he said.
On paper it looks like an almost
Kensington
and Chelsea
Wembley
City of
London
Richmond
Greenwich
Croydon
insurmountable challenge for
Labour, which holds 11 seats to the
Tories? 37, all clustered in the poorer
northern wards. The wealthier
south remains true blue. Labour
would have to take 15 more seats ?
overturning huge majorities in some
? to win control.
Yet many believe the tide is
turning. Labour?s Emma Dent Coad
sent shockwaves through the local
Tory establishment when she won
the Kensington parliamentary
seat at last year?s general election,
primarily on the back of Brexit in
one of the most Remain-supporting
constituencies in the country.
Then came the horrors of Grenfell
and the woefully inadequate
response from the town hall, which
saw even national Conservative
politicians heaping on the criticism.
Jackie Michael, 57, who has
lived in the north of the borough
for more than a decade, said: ?It is
inconceivable that the Tories hang
on to the council after the disastrous
way they responded to the fire.
All爕ou need to do is look up, and
you see the tower. It?s a constant
symbol of their ineptitude.?
? Kensington
and Chelsea
Labour?s
Robert燗tkinson,
Jeremy燙orbyn
and the MP for
Kensington,
Emma Dent
Coad, with a
constituent
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leader of the council
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? Activists compare notes as they
campaign for Labour in Swindon?s
Stratton St Margaret district
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?I am more likely to
judge them on how
they look after
our public realm
and our streets?
John Miller
Retired accountant
Robert Atkinson, the council?s
Labour group leader, is cautious.
?In the last 12 months we?ve made
astonishing progress in all areas of
K&C and while we may not take the
council this time, we?re certainly
going to come close,? he said. ?But
there will be future elections and we
will then be starting from a much
stronger position?.
Party insiders believe the most
likely outcome is that the party piles
on votes in wards it already holds,
while picking up a few extra seats
in those currently split between the
two main parties, but not enough to
take control.
They also play down the relevance
of Dent Coad?s victory. ?It?s not quite
as revolutionary as people think,?
said one, suggesting the outspoken
MP fears she may not win a second
time so is keeping her options open
by standing again for the council.
Momentum has been out in
force, and although Corbyn was
campaigning in Ladbroke Grove, he
has stayed away from the wealthier
south of the borough. ?I燿on?t think
it would help if he was seen down
the King?s Road,? said a party insider.
Back in Chelsea, Labour is
knocking on doors it never has
before. Activists report that some
life-long Tory voters think the
council?s handling of Grenfell has
been a disgrace, but concede that the
most they can hope for is that those
voters stay at home tomorrow.
The local Tory party was slammed
for its insensitivity in November for
sending out a questionnaire in one
of the richest parts of the borough
asking people to rate the importance
of the Grenfell Tower fire alongside
rubbish collections and parking.
But some voters seem to want to
draw a line under the tragedy. ?The
council has spent a fortune on big
new homes for Grenfell victims.
Why are they still complaining?
Its about time the self-flagellation
stopped,? said one.
Labour is attempting to stir up
anti-Brexit sentiment among the
thousands of European citizens who
live in the borough ? many of them in
Chelsea ? and who make up almost
a fifth of the electorate. ?Don?t
overlook the fury of the Europeans,?
said one candidate. ?Usually these
people don?t think local government
matters. So we hope some can be
prodded into casting a protest vote.?
The biggest issues that come up
on the doorstep in this part of the
borough, however, are planning
and parking. John Miller, 72, a
retired accountant, said: ?While we
all recognise how terrible Grenfell
was, I think any council would have
struggled to deal with it. I am more
likely to judge them on how they
look after our public realm and our
streets.?
Whatever the result, the incoming
council is going to look very
different from the old one, with
17 Tory councillors not standing
for re-election. Some have retired,
others stepped down over Grenfell.
The Tory group leader, Elizabeth
Campbell, who took over the council
in the aftermath of the fire, has been
campaigning ?all over the borough?,
perhaps mindful of the damage done
when she admitted she had never
been inside a tower block before the
Grenfell tragedy. She is reluctant to
comment on whether the fire ? or the
fact some victims are still awaiting
permanent homes ? will harm
impact on her electoral chances. ?I
can only just work as hard as I can, so
we will see. Ask me afterwards,? she
said in one interview.
Daniel Moylan, a former deputy
leader of the council who is standing
down this time, is also hedging
his bets. ?It will be tough for the
Conservatives. We could lose
some seats but it will be difficult
for Labour to take control of the
council,? he said. ?It would be a
political tsunami if we lost. Though
of course tsunamis do happen.?
Swindon
Kitchen sink politics in a
town Labour must win
Peter Walker
Gloucester
Political correspondent
T
heir whistlestop
canvassing tour of the
neat estate of detached
1970s homes in the far
north-east of Swindon
now complete,
Labour?s dozen or so activists wait
for the local candidate, Barrie
Jennings, to finish one last doorstep
conversation with a voter.
As he finally leaves, a colleague
asks Jennings what he had been
talking about for so long. ?The
Korean war,? he replies. Jim Grant,
the leader of Swindon?s Labour
group, looks bemused. ?Well, as long
as it gets him out voting for us,? he
eventually says.
Labour is, in the words of the
Conservative leader of Swindon
council, ?throwing the kitchen
sink? at taking control of the
Wiltshire town in the local elections
tomorrow, and with good reason.
Swindon is a classic political
barometer, its parliamentary seat ?
split into two seats in 1997 ? tending
for decades to almost exactly track
the national election result. With the
council, Labour needs to gain four
seats from the 18 contested to take
control. As Grant says: ?If Labour
are ever going to form a national
government, we will need to win
places like Swindon. This is the start
of that push.?
The push has involved Jeremy
Corbyn visiting five times in the past
six months, while the Momentum
group is holding a mass event in
Oxford
M5
Swindon
M4
Bristol
Bath
Newbury
the town. Karin Smyth, the Bristol
South MP, has caught the train to
help out with the lunchtime doorknock in the Lower Stratton area,
even though so few people are in
she barely gets a chance to speak to
anyone.
With Westminster obsessions
such as antisemitism within Labour
never mentioned, according to
Grant, the fight is largely being
contested on one issue: austerity, or,
more precisely, how national cuts
are affecting local services.
Last month Corbyn visited the
site in the town where Labour
says it would reinstate a Sure Start
children?s centre ? all of these in
Swindon have now closed ? and
Grant argues that few voters are
failing to notice the cumulative
impact of eight years of cost-cutting.
?I think that message is hitting
home, particularly when you have
cuts to local government but your
council tax is going up by 15% over
two years,? he says.
?I?m starting to get our own ?pay
more for less? line quoted back to me
on the doorstep.?
This message clearly resonates
with one of the few voters to be
found in, Patricia Hackett. ?Anything
that?s for the masses, the money?s
not there,? she says. ?If you want to
bomb some other country, there?s
always enough money. But new
books for a school? No.?
However, the lifetime Labour
supporter cheerfully admits she is
an exception on her street ? she has
given up talking politics with her
neighbours ? and others tracked
down by the Labour team have other
things on their mind.
One man admits to being so busy
planning his forthcoming wedding
that he doesn?t even know if he?ll
bother to vote.
David Renard, the Conservatives?
leader in Swindon, says his doorstep
conversations focus less on cuts,
but he concedes he does spend
much of his time explaining how
the council?s statutory obligations
in adult and child social care now
use up about three-quarters of all
its budget, up from less than 50% a
few爕ears ago.
?I think people get that,? Renard
says. ?They don?t necessarily like
it but they do understand they, and
we, have a social responsibility.?
Renard is among the many council
leaders who argue the way social
care is financed is not sustainable:
?Successive governments have
ducked it,? he says. ?But I think we
are now getting to the stage where
ducking it really isn?t an option.
We do need to have a national
conversation about it.
?People accept we pay for
healthcare through general taxation,
but they don?t see the connection
with social care.?
Renard declines to predict
whether his party will hold on to
the council, but agrees with Grant
that Swindon is precisely the sort of
place where an opposition with aims
of returning to government should
take燾ontrol.
?If they don?t make any gains ?
which is a distinct possibility at the
moment ? then, after throwing the
kitchen sink at it, they?ll need to
think again.?
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?Drawing incorporating numerous
figures with sight lines and vanishing
points, by Hans Vredeman de Vries
PHOTOGRAPH: RIBA COLLECTION
Art review
Study of perspective
leaves many ideas
at vanishing point
Disappear Here
RIBA, London
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Oliver Wainwright
A
pair of trolls urinate
into a castellated
fountain in one
drawing, beneath
an image of two
momentous wedgeshaped structures, stretching
into the infinite distance on a
gridded landscape. An energetic
sketch by Edwin Lutyens hangs
nearby, depicting a monumental
war memorial from a worm?s-eye
view. In another image a group
of Renaissance gentlemen busy
themselves marking out the plan of a
temple in a picturesque landscape.
These four disparate drawings,
made at different times for different
reasons over the last five centuries,
Rise in use of
contraceptive
apps prompts
warning over
pregnancies
have one thing in common: the
powerful use of perspective. They
appear in a new exhibition at the
Royal Institute of British Architects,
conceived by the architect Sam
Jacob and the curator Marie Bak
Mortensen, which aims ?to both
reveal and undo the tyranny of
perspective? in Jacob?s words, and
show ?how the representation of
architecture shapes architecture?.
The origins of the show lie in a
high-minded plan for a series of
exhibitions based on the sevenvolume treatise of the Italian
Renaissance theorist Sebastian
Serlio, Seven Books of Architecture,
which cover everything from
housing to the five classical orders
(followed by an unmissable bonus
volume, The Extraordinary Book of
Doors). The book on perspective has
been taken as the loosest of starting
points, used as a theme to allow
the curators to rummage through
the RIBA collection and pick out 15
or so drawings that they liked the
look of, with a few more supplied by
the collector Niall Hobhouse. Their
Sarah Marsh
Growing numbers of women are
using contraceptive apps, but experts
have warned that they could lead to
unwanted pregnancies.
The Swedish app Natural Cycles, the
only certified app for contraception,
has seen a surge in members from
the UK in the past year with almost
200,000 members signed up, an
increase from 5,000 in 2016.
Sarah Hardman, director of the
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intriguing haul has been thrown on
the walls in a seemingly random
order, hung with no chronology or
overarching idea, save for trying to
connect up some vanishing points.
A 1970s collage by the radical
Italian group Superstudio thereby
hangs near a fragment of a cornice
by the student Palladio in the
1530s, scrawled naively on another
drawing. It is not very accomplished
and it?s hung too high up to see
properly, perhaps explaining why
Palladio never used perspective
drawings in his own work again.
Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists? clinical effectiveness
unit in Edinburgh, expressed concern
that while some women were pleased
with contraception apps, others had
unwanted pregnancies using them.
?We don?t have a good indication
yet of how successful the average
woman in the street in the UK is going
to be when using them,? she said.
She added: ?I would express
concern about people knowing what
they need to know before they use it
and not just thinking ?this is modern
because it?s an app and it?s something
new, so it?s better and more effective.?
It?s not ? it?s just very different.?
Hardman said she understood there
would be women who wanted to avoid
hormones. ?For them, if they say: ?I
understand that this is not as effective
as lots of contraceptives, you need to
work hard to get it right and it?s not
a disaster if I did get pregnant? ? it?s
about choice for women but it?s about
making choices in an informed way,
and knowing something?s limitations.?
In the last few years, there has been
a growth in contraceptive apps. Natural Cycles requires women to input
? The forced
perspectival
entrance,
above, leads
to an example
of perspective
delineation,
left, by James
Malton.
Above right, a
memorial design
by Sir Edwin
Lutyens, 1918
There is more charming naivety in a
1600s drawing by John Smythson of
his design for a Jacobean house with
a castellated wing, where he has
clearly been quite befuddled by his
attempt to use multiple vanishing
points, leaving wonky facades
zigzagging across the page.
Adding an extra layer of disorientation to the jumbled hang, the
walls of the small gallery have been
transformed into a trompe-l?oeil
stage set, with a skewwhiff mural
of columns and doorways. The
unstable feeling is exaggerated by a
continuous mirrored skirting around
the base of the walls and a fragment
of an octagonal pergola completed
by a mirrored corner. A forced
perspectival entrance makes for a
fun opening, and it will keep small
children entertained but it wouldn?t
have hurt to do more to bring to life
ideas that are perhaps latent in some
of the drawings ? to put the theme of
perspective more in perspective.
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their temperature every morning. It
then calculates their menstrual cycle
and informs them when they can have
sex without protection.
The app met with controversy
earlier this year when it was reported
to Swedish authorities after a hospital found 37 cases of unwanted
pregnancies among women relying
on it for contraception.
Natural Cycles said the efficacy of
the app was backed by a wealth of clinical data: a study of 22,785 women,
demonstrated an effectiveness rate
of 93%.
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Europeans cast
doubt on Israel?s
claims about Iran
nuclear breaches
EU leaders hold ?rm, but
Pompeo hails Netanyahu?s
?signi?cant? presentation
Patrick Wintour
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
European leaders have pushed back
against Israel?s claims that it has new
evidence showing Iran is breaching
the nuclear deal with the west signed
in 2015.
The US secretary of state, Mike
Pompeo, hailed the Israeli claims
as significant, as the 12 May deadline approached for the US to decide
whether to pull out of the deal.
Pompeo declined to say whether the
claims represented proof that Iran was
violating the deal but said they showed
it was ?built on Iran?s lies?.
The view in Europe was that the
documents did reveal new material
about the scale of Iran?s programme
prior to 2015 but that there was nothing
showing a subsequent breach.
The French foreign ministry said
that the details needed to be ?studied and evaluated? but that the Israeli
claims reinforced the need for continuation of the deal, which entails
Iran accepting nuclear inspections
in return for a loosening of economic
sanctions.
Boris Johnson also said the presentation of the claims, by the Israeli
prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,
showed the importance of keeping
the deal. ?The Iran nuclear deal is not
based on trust about Iran?s intentions,
rather it is based on tough verification,? he said.
The presentation may not have
been designed to change thinking in
Europe but instead to bolster Donald
Trump?s resolve to stick to his campaign pledge and pull out of the deal,
which is known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA).
? Pompeo, left, and Netanyahu
shake hands in Tel Aviv on Sunday
Netanyahu appeared yesterday on
Fox & Friends, a favourite TV show
of Trump?s, to accuse Iran of ?trying
to bamboozle the entire world? and
expressed hope that the US would pull
out of the deal.
However, the EU?s foreign affairs
chief, Federica Mogherini, said Netanyahu?s allegations had ?not put into
question? Tehran?s compliance with
the deal and that the International
Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) had
produced 10 reports saying Iran had
met its commitments.
?The IAEA is the only impartial
international organisation in charge
of monitoring Iran?s nuclear commitments,? Mogherini said. ?If any
country has information of non-compliance of any kind it should address
this information to the proper legitimate and recognised mechanism.?
The IAEA said a report by its director in 2015 ?stated that the agency had
no credible indications of activities
in Iran relevant to the development
of a nuclear explosive device after
2009?, and that its board of governors
?declared that its consideration of this
issue was closed?.
A German government spokesman said it would analyse the Israeli
documents, but that the JCPOA had
unprecedentedly strong monitoring
mechanisms.
Alistair Burt, the UK minister for
the Middle East at the Foreign Office,
speaking on BBC Radio 4, said: ?Iran
has reduced its uranium stockpile by
95%, its centrifuges by two-thirds
and, as recently as February, has been
judged by the International Atomic
Energy Authority to be in compliance
with the JCPOA.?
Emmanuel Macron, the French
president, spoke to Netanyahu by
phone, and reiterated his plan for
an additional broader deal with Iran
that would address Israel?s security
concerns.
Theresa May, Macron, and Angela
Merkel, the German chancellor, discussed the fate of the deal by phone
on Sunday, with the focus shifting to
whether it would be possible for the
EU and Tehran to continue the deal if
the US pulled out.
Iran?s deputy foreign minister,
Abbas Araqchi, said:?Netanyahu?s
childish and ridiculous presentation
was planned in the runup to Trump?s
announcement about the nuclear
deal.? He said the allegations had been
previously proven wrong by the IAEA
and added: ?Tehran is prepared for any
scenario by Trump?.
Face-o? Desert airbase
that may spark new war
Oliver Holmes
Jerusalem
I
solated in the barren sands of
central Syria and measuring
five miles across in some
areas is the country?s largest
airbase, T-4. The fortress,
surrounded by hundreds of
miles of desert, consists of dozens
of reinforced aircraft shelters hiding
Russian fighter jets and supersonic
Sukhoi bombers.
During seven years of conflict its
runway has been blackened by the
rubber tyres of jets returning from
sorties in the war between the forces
of Bashar al-Assad and the rebels
who have failed to overthrow him.
The remote location of the base
and its Soviet-era fortifications
have shielded it from much of the
violence that has laid waste to Syria,
though it bears the scars of a 2016
Islamic State artillery attack that
obliterated four combat helicopters.
Today it is the focus of an
emerging, potentially catastrophic
war, fought not between the Syrian
regime and its domestic foes but
two of the region?s most formidable
enemies: Israel and Iran.
T-4 is where Iran has established
a military foothold in the territory
of its Arab ally. Iranian drones used
over Syria take off from the base,
according to Israeli officials. Satellite
images captured this month and
acquired by the Guardian show what
is believed to be the remains of an
Israeli strike on Iranian forces at T-4
? evidence of a direct confrontation
between the two countries. The
images show what appears to be the
smashed front of an aircraft hangar.
Seven Iranian military personnel
were killed in the attack, Iran?s
Tasnim news agency reported. It
also published photographs of what
seem to be the same white hangar
doors ripped apart by shrapnel.
Israel?s military had previously
shared an aerial photo of a drone at
T-4 exiting the same eastern hangar,
indicating the structure was used for
Iran?s drone operations.
?The chances of an escalation into
a full-scale military conflict in Syria
are higher than ever before,? Israel?s
former military intelligence chief,
Amos Yadlin, told the Guardian. ?No
doubt Iran is planning about the
need to respond. We?ll have to wait.?
Since the start of the Syrian
uprising in 2011, Israel has carried
out at least 100 cross-border
strikes, though they have always
targeted Iran?s proxies, including
weapons deliveries to Hezbollah,
the Lebanese militant group.
Historically, Hezbollah has also been
the tool Iran has used to strike Israel.
But the consensus among Israel?s
intelligence community is that the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps
is now tasked with a retaliatory
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T-4, the largest
airbase in Syria,
where Iranian
forces have
reportedly been
attacked twice by
Israel?s military
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attack, and Iran and its allies have
publicly warned of an escalation.
Hezbollah?s leader, Hassan
Nasrallah, said the T-4 airstrike was
a ?historic mistake? and put Israel
in a state of ?direct confrontation?
with Iran: ?This is unprecedented
in seven years: that Israel directly
targets Iran?s Revolutionary Guard.?
Ali Shirazi, a representative for
Iran?s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, threatened retaliation.
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treacherous existence ? it should
avoid stupid measures,? he said.
?Iran can destroy Israel.?
Israel?s view is that Iran?s
military support to Syria during the
war has mushroomed to include
significant quantities of arms, at
times disguised as humanitarian
assistance, as well as combat troops.
Advanced weapons systems, were
also brought over.
?To begin with, Tehran?s goal was
limited to keep the Assad regime
in power and secure the overland
corridor from Tehran to Lebanon,?
said Ali Alfoneh, a researcher at the
Atlantic Council who tracks Iran?s
presence in Syria. ?As those goals
were achieved, the Islamic Republic
is considering a low-intensity
conflict with Israel, with the aim of
keeping Israel busy and increasing
the cost of potential Israeli raids
against Iran in the future.?
Iran?s foreign minister,
Mohammad Javad Zarif, has denied
Iran operated drones inside the
country and said T-4 was not an
Iranian base. However, an Israeli
military source said: ?We definitely
know there are Iranian UAVs at T-4.?
Last month?s strike was the
second such mission on T-4 by
Israel. And if the start of a future war
between Iran and Israel were to be
pinpointed, it would be the downing
in February of an Iranian stealth
drone, which Israel later said was
armed with explosives.
The drone, which breached Israeli
airspace, marked the first time Iran
directly attempted to move against
its long-time adversary, which
immediately retaliated, including
with the strike on T-4. In a game of
tit-for-tat, Iran is expected to make
the next move.
In what has been interpreted as an
attempt to ward off Iranian reprisals,
photographs of Syrian bases where
Iranian forces are operating were
released last month to the Israeli and
foreign press. According to Israel?s
Haaretz newspaper, the message
to Iran was clear: ?Your military is
transparent to Israeli intelligence
and is therefore very exposed to
additional attacks.?
Whether the tactic worked is
unclear. A missile attack on Sunday
night, which is believed to have
targeted a depot for surface-tosurface missiles where Iranian forces
are based, has further raised fears of
a response. Israel?s defence minister
says that having Iran?s military
operating from a country with which
his country shares a frontier would
be a ?chokehold on us?.
In the Golan Heights, the Israeli
military has started to prepare itself
for the possibility of an interstate
border war, a situation Israel has not
had to face for decades.
But even as two Israeli combat
helicopters hovered above, Asaf
Mendel, 45, who had travelled to
the Golan with his wife and two
young children, dismissed any
immediate threat of war with Iran.
?The government is frightening the
people,? he said. ?It?s not good Iran is
in Syria, but we have a strong army.?
Analysis
Julian Borger
The Netanyahu cache
proves nothing ? but
nevertheless it will
have its intended e?ect
I
f the reports are true, it was the heist of the
century. Israeli spies are said to have broken
into a secret Tehran warehouse in January,
stolen half a ton of documents and somehow
spirited them back to Israel the same night. That
version of events, recounted in the New York
Times yesterday, raises important questions about
the documents presented by Benjamin Netanyahu on
Monday as proof of Iranian dishonesty about its nuclear
weapons programme.
For example, why were the presumed crown jewels of
Iranian national security not better guarded? Was there a
struggle to get into the warehouse, an ?inside man? ? or
just a padlock? And why ? among all those documents
? were the Israelis not able to find substantive new
information that had not been presented by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2011?
?There was nothing there. There was nothing the
IAEA did not know, and all the theatrics and circa-2004
PowerPoint were a bit silly,? said Alexandra Bell, former
state department expert, now senior policy director at
the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
At least some of the questions may yet be resolved
when Israel shares the trove with other governments
and the IAEA, but by then, Netanyahu?s multimedia
show-and-tell is likely to have had its intended
effect: to provide political cover for Donald Trump?s
withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Trump
is threatening to stop issuing presidential waivers on
nuclear-related sanctions when the next tranche is due
on 12 May. This would mark an abrogation of the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), even if Trump
does not formally announce a withdrawal.
That would open a rift with
Washington?s European allies,
?There was nothing
France, Britain and Germany, which
are party to the JCPOA and remain
there ? nothing the
its strong supporters. London and
IAEA did not know.
Paris issued statements yesterday
stressing that they had been aware
All the theatrics and
of Iranians? past weapons design
circa-2004 PowerPoint
work for many years, and that it
was precisely that awareness that
were a bit silly?
drove their negotiating positions
in the two years of talks leading
up to the deal. ?The relevance of
this agreement is heightened by the information Israel
has presented,? the French foreign ministry said. ?All
activities linked to the development of a nuclear weapon
are permanently banned by the agreement; as for the
IAEA inspection regime established by virtue of the
agreement, it is one of the most exhaustive and robust
regimes in the history of nuclear non-proliferation.?
Despite such an adamant position from US allies, the
White House seized on Netanyahu?s documents. Keen
to embrace the message, the press secretary, Sarah
Huckabee Sanders, put out a statement claiming: ?Iran
has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons programme.?
A few hours later, the claim was quietly put in the past
tense, stating instead that Iran had such a programme.
That assumption underpinned the JCPOA. So far,
nothing from the Israeli cache of documents represents
a direct violation of the deal or contradicts the IAEA?s
judgment in 2015 that there was no evidence of Iranian
work on nuclear weapons design after 2009.
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? Cardinal George Pell walks into the
magistrates court yesterday. He faces
multiple sexual assault charges
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revealed in leak
David Smith
Washington
?Turning point? as Australian
cardinal faces sex abuse trial
Stephanie Kirchgaessner Rome
Melissa Davey Melbourne
A survivors? rights group has hailed as
a ?turning point? an Australian magistrate?s ruling that Cardinal George Pell,
one of the most senior officials in the
Vatican, will stand trial on historical
sexual offence charges.
The decision comes as the church in
Rome continues to be dogged by accusations that it has failed to do enough
to tackle a sexual abuse crisis.
For some advocates of sexual abuse
victims, the ruling in Melbourne was
a rare victory for secular law after
decades in which priests and senior
clergy accused of sexual abuse have
been dealt with by the Vatican?s judicial system.
?[The] decision today ? marks a
turning point in the global abuse crisis
in the Catholic church,? said a statement by BishopAccountability.org,
which tracks cases of alleged abuse.
?The Australian government has
put the Catholic church on equal footing with other institutions, and treated
its leaders as fellow citizens.?
Pell pleaded not guilty in the Melbourne magistrates court yesterday
after he was ordered to stand trial. The
cardinal has always denied the allegations but it was the first time he had
been required to enter a formal plea.
Many of the most serious allegations were dismissed in court
yesterday, with witnesses described as
unreliable and lacking credibility. But
a number of charges were ordered to
go to trial. Further details of the nature
of the charges cannot be reported for
legal reasons.
In Rome, the question now is
whether Pope Francis is prepared to
take tougher action against accused
priests, as well as the bishops who
have been accused of protecting them.
One abuse survivor, Marie Collins,
said recently that a Vatican commission that was created in 2013 to tackle
clerical abuse had achieved ?little
practical change?.
Two major proposals ? one for an
accountability tribunal for bishops
and another for new guidelines for
the handling of abuse claims ? have
been rejected by the church hierarchy.
Collins had been selected to join
the commission but resigned last year,
saying the church still put ?other concerns? before the safety of children
and vulnerable adults.
Some Vatican observers say the
church?s abuse scandal has been a
blind spot for Francis, because of an
attitude that has at times been seen
as dismissive and insensitive towards
victims and complainants.
The pope has steadfastly said he
supports actions against accused
priests and their protectors, but has
emphasised the need for proof, which
some say puts an impossible standard
of evidence on sometimes decadesold claims.
On a trip to Chile in January, Pope
Francis criticised abuse survivors
who had accused a local bishop, Juan
Barros, of ignoring abuse by the country?s most notorious predator, the Rev
Fernando Karadima. In a press conference that caused an outcry, Francis
said victims were guilty of ?slander?
and he was ?convinced? that Barros
was innocent.
In April, Francis admitted ? in a rare
acknowledgment of wrongdoing ? that
he had made ?grave errors? by criticising the victims and called all of Chile?s
bishops to an emergency summit in
Rome this month to discuss the issue.
Karadima was found guilty of
Abuse survivor
Marie Collins says
too little was done
sexually abusing minors by a church
body in 2011, and was ordered to retire
to a life of prayer and penitence. But
Barros has remained in place. He has
denied wrongdoing but has been
accused by some victims of allowing
Karadima to abuse them.
Last weekend, Francis met some
of the survivors of Karadima?s abuse.
One man, Juan Carlos Cruz, said he
had spoken for more than two and a
half hours to Francis. ?He talked to
me with great respect, affection and
closeness, like a father. We talked
about many subjects. Today I have
more hope in the future of our church
? Even though the task is enormous,?
Cruz tweeted.
But the bigger test for Francis and
the church, especially in the wake of
the Pell development, is whether the
words will be met with action. Yesterday, a Vatican spokesman released a
short statement on the Pell case, saying the cardinal was still on leave from
his duties. He did not comment on the
judge?s decision.
Pell has denied wrongdoing, and
has pleaded not guilty to all of the allegations, which have not been made
public by the court.
Christopher Lamb, the Tablet?s
Vatican correspondent, said the Pell
case had proved to be a ?painful humbling? for the Catholic leadership on
b
the abuse scandal, and a sign that no
one was immune, no matter what the
outcome of the case.
Pell, he said, was the most powerful official that the church in Australia
had ever produced, ?a titanic figure?
who had ?now hit an iceberg?.
Francis, he said, was showing ?a
new way forward? in his apology to
the Chilean victims and his decision
to meet at length with them and seek
their forgiveness was a papal first.
?That is a model of humility that is
needed,? Lamb said.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel
investigating Russian interference in
the last US presidential election, wants
to ask Donald Trump about contact
between his former election campaign
manager Paul Manafort and Russia,
according to US media reports.
The New York Times said it had
obtained a list of nearly 50 questions
that Mueller wants to put to the president. More than half relate to potential
obstruction of justice.
?What knowledge did you have
of any outreach by your campaign,
including by Paul Manafort, to Russia
about potential assistance to the campaign?? is one of the more dramatic
questions published by the NYT.
The reference to Manafort breaks
tantalising new ground, since there
was no previous evidence linking him
to Moscow. Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
thinktank in Washington, tweeted:
?This is very interesting ? strong
evidence that there are still collusion
threads that are not yet public.?
Manafort and his deputy, Rick
Gates, pleaded not guilty last October to a 12-count indictment accusing
them of conspiring to defraud the US
by laundering $30m (�m) from their
work for a Russia-friendly political
party in Ukraine.
Mueller recently supplied Trump?s
lawyers with 10 pages of questions.
They offer an insight into the special
counsel?s mind and make clear that
Trump is a subject, not just a witness,
in the investigation. It is not yet known
whether the president will agree to be
interviewed.
Trump responded on Twitter yesterday, complaining about the leaking
of the questions and claiming, falsely,
that there were ?no questions on collusion?. He added: ?Oh, I see ? you have
a made up, phony crime, Collusion,
that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked
classified information. Nice!?
He tweeted later: ?It would seem
very hard to obstruct justice for a crime
that never happened! Witch Hunt!?
One batch of questions relates
to alleged coordination between
the Trump election campaign and
Moscow. A meeting at Trump Tower
in Manhattan on 16燡une between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer
who promised damaging information
about Trump?s Democratic opponent,
Hillary Clinton, is under scrutiny.
Mueller wants to ask when Trump
became aware of the meeting;
Trump燡r claimed his father did not
know about it in advance.
A central question, especially after
revelations about the use of data harvested from Facebook by Cambridge
Analytica, a political consultancy with
Trump links, is: ?During the campaign,
what did you know about Russian
hacking, use of social media or other
acts aimed at the campaign?
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Weinstein cost Judd
role in Lord of the
Rings, lawsuit says
Gwilym Mumford and agencies
The Hollywood actor Ashley Judd has
filed a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against the film producer
Harvey Weinstein, alleging that he
damaged her career after she refused
his sexual advances.
The civil lawsuit, filed in Los
Angeles superior court in Santa Monica
on Monday, accuses Weinstein of
causing Judd to lose a part in The Lord
of the Rings in 1998 by making ?baseless smears? against her.
The lawsuit alleges Weinstein ?was
retaliating against Ms Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately
one year earlier, when he cornered
her in a hotel room under the guise
of discussing business?. It added:
?Weinstein used his power in the
entertainment industry to damage Ms
Judd?s reputation and limit her ability
to find work.?
In a statement Judd said: ?Mr Weinstein?s abusive conduct toward others
has caused no end of damage to aspiring actors and others in the film and
entertainment industry. As my experience and the experience of others
shows, even a few false statements
from Mr Weinstein could destroy
25
potentially career-changing professional opportunities. It?s time that Mr
Weinstein be held accountable for that
conduct and for the ways in which he?s
damaged careers.?
A representative for Weinstein
issued a statement hours later saying
the former studio boss had ?neither
defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered
with Ms Judd?s career?.
Instead, the statement said, Weinstein championed Judd?s work and
repeatedly approved her casting for
two of his movies ? Frida in 2002,
starring Salma Hayek, and Crossing
Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. It
also said he had fought for Ms Judd as
his first choice for a lead role in Good
Will Hunting. The statement did not
address Judd?s allegations that she was
sexually harassed by Weinstein.
Judd was one of the first women,
in October 2017, to make an on-therecord allegation of sexual misconduct
against Weinstein, which soon afterwards evolved into the #MeToo social
media movement against sexual
harassment and assault. Weinstein
has since been accused of sexual
? Ashley Judd has filed a civil suit in
Los Angeles for sexual harassment
impropriety by more than 70 women
and is the subject of investigations by
police in New York, Los Angeles and
London. He denies all allegations of
non-consensual sex made against him.
Judd, a leading member of the
Time?s Up movement against sexual
harassment in the workplace, is
First female wolf
in Denmark for
200 years is shot
Louder than
words
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soldiers
take down
propaganda
loudspeakers
on the
border with
North Korea
yesterday ?
the�rst step
to implement
the summit
agreement
reached
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Chinese video-sharing site bans
?subversive? swine, Peppa Pig
Benjamin Haas
Seoul
The latest subversive symbol in China
is a small pink cartoon pig: Peppa燩ig
to be precise.
The wildly popular children?s character was recently scrubbed from
Douyin, a video-sharing platform
in China, which deleted more than
30,000 clips. The hashtag #PeppaPig
seeking unspecified damages and a
jury trial. She confirmed to the New
York Times and on Twitter that any
financial compensation from the lawsuit would be donated to Time?s Up
?so that women and men in all professions may have legal redress for sexual
harassment, economic retaliation and
damage to their careers?.
The lawsuit comes as a number of
other Hollywood figures, including
Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lawrence and Brad Pitt, filed court papers
objecting to a sale of Weinstein Company assets. The company is taking
bids for its assets, including its film
library, and completed upcoming projects, ahead of a possible sale, but the
stars claim that they are owed royalties from past productions, and that
they should be honoured before any
sale is made.
Meanwhile, footage from a
documentary about Weinstein, Citizen
Harvey, is to be screened to potentially interested buyers at the Cannes
film festival. A feature film about
the reporting that brought about the
mogul?s downfall is also in production.
? Peppa Pig, beloved in China by
?unruly slackers roaming around?
was also banned, according to the
Global Times, a state-run paper.
The cartoon?s downfall appears to
be no fault of its creators. Instead the
problem is Peppa?s association with
counterculture memes and ?society
people? ? a slang term for lowlifes
and爂angsters.
People who upload videos of Peppa
Pig tattoos and merchandise and make
Peppa-related jokes ?run counter to
the mainstream values and are usually poorly educated with no stable
job?, the Global Times said. ?They
are unruly slackers roaming around
and the antithesis of the young generation the [Communist] party tries
to cultivate.?
Peppa?s popularity among adults
has manifested itself in a number of
ways. Footage of tattoos, both real and
temporary, have become viral hits, as
have fan videos of the pig speaking in
various regional dialects.
Some memes have taken on dark
undertones, occasionally veering
into violent or pornographic territory.
Pornography is illegal in China and
laws banning it are strictly enforced.
Peppa Pig was introduced to the
Chinese audience in 2015, when the
cartoons were aired on state broadcaster CCTV, and has since become
immensely popular. Two Peppa Pig
theme parks, in Beijing and Shanghai,
are due to open next year.
A hunter has shot and killed one of
the first wild wolves to roam free in
Denmark for more than 200 years,
endangering the species? future there.
The wolf was shot in a field in West
Jutland last week as she played with
other members of the pack.
Denmark had not had a wild wolf
pack since about 1800 ? though individual males had been spotted in the
countryside since 2012. However, last
year a young female journeyed 500km
from Germany to join male wolves,
creating Denmark?s first functioning
pack in 200 years.
Her death ? captured on video ? has
infuriated conservationists who say it
puts the future of Denmark?s fragile
wolf population at risk.
Guillaume Chapron, associate professor at the Swedish University of
Agricultural Sciences said the killing
was ?completely unacceptable? with
the wolf showing no sign of aggressive behaviour before it was shot but
?rather a mix of caution and curiosity?.
He said it was difficult to find a
reason for it ?except simple wolf
hatred and a belief that humans do not
tolerate predators in the landscape?.
Police have charged a 66-year-old
local man for ?violation of the hunting legislation?.
A spokesman for the Danish police
added: ?He denies having killed the
wolf, but does not wish to give the
police any further information.?
In recent decades wolf packs have
re-established themselves across
Europe. The animal returned this year
to Belgium, the last mainland European country to be without wolves.
There are more than 12,000 wolves
in continental Europe (excluding Russia, Ukraine and Belarus) and the wolf
is a protected species under the EU?s
habitats directive.
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May Day revellers jump over a fire
in the Chalice Well Trust Gardens
below Glastonbury Tor as part of a
sunrise Beltane ceremony to mark
the beginning of summer. According
to ancient lore, jumping a Beltane
bonfire is a way of blessing a couple?s
union and爀ncouraging fertility
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World
? Rohingya refugees walk towards
the Balukhali camp after crossing
from Myanmar into Bangladesh
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Rohingya Camps preparing for
births from rapes in Myanmar
Michael Safi Cox?s Bazar
Shaikh Azizur Rahman
W
hen hundreds
of thousands
of Rohingya
flooded into
south-east
Bangladesh last
year they told of systematic rape and
other sexual violence by Myanmar?s
soldiers and militiamen.
May will mark nine months since
that exodus started. Aid agencies,
especially those that work with
women and children, have been
bracing for the date. Over the next
weeks, babies conceived as a result
of sexual assaults committed
during the pogrom will be born.
Burmese
civilians are
being killed
by military?s
bombs ? UN
Save爐he Children says it is expecting
the number of babies who are
abandoned by their mothers to
increase next month.
M閐ecins Sans Fronti鑢es (MSF),
which runs hospitals in the Cox?s
Bazar camps, is preparing to counsel
affected mothers. ?They may feel
they cannot care or are not equipped
to care for their new baby,? says
Melissa How, a medical coordinator
with the doctors? group. ?Many are
under the age of 18. Additionally,
how they will be perceived socially
due to stigma is an added stress.?
Yet they will not be the first
children conceived in this way to
be born in the camps. About one
year ago, Ayesha Akhtar* missed
her period. A few weeks earlier,
the Rohingya woman says, three
Peter Beaumont
The UN?s human rights expert for
Myanmar has raised alarm over a
lethal escalation in hostilities in the
country?s Kachin state, warning that
civilians have been killed and displaced in recent government bombing.
Amid reports that the military in
Myanmar had blocked relief supplies
to people displaced by the fighting,
Yanghee Lee, the UN?s special rapporteur on human rights in the country,
Ayesha Akhtar
Refugee
keeping it from her neighbours, but
they guessed. ?Everyone knew the
soldiers commit rape when they
raid villages,? she told the Guardian
inside her tarpaulin shelter in
Balukhali, one of the camps.
In Myanmar, most Rohingya had
little or no access to healthcare, let
alone abortion services. Ayesha, 34,
says she bought ?medicine? from a
village doctor that failed to halt the
pregnancy. As a widow, she says,
she felt a particular stigma against
asking villagers for help. ?Seeking
help to abort pregnancy is very
difficult for a widow in our society.?
In August 2017, when she was five
months pregnant, a new round of
military raids began in her area. Like
nearly 700,000 other Rohingya, she
fled across the border to Bangladesh.
Inside the heaving refugee camps,
she again sought help to terminate
the pregnancy. But it was too late.
Bangladeshi law prohibits abortion
after the first trimester, and doctors
warned her that an illegal procedure
could endanger her life. ?I had other
little children at home,? she says. ?I
chose not to take the risk.?
cited accounts of the army using aerial
bombings, heavy weapons and artillery fire in civilian areas near the
border with China. ?Innocent civilians are being killed and injured, and
hundreds of families are now fleeing
for their lives,? said Lee, commenting
on the displacement of about 5,000
people in recent weeks of conflict.
According to the UN, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people
with disabilities are among those
displaced. ?What we are seeing in
Kachin state over the past few weeks
is wholly unacceptable, and must stop
immediately,? Lee said. ?Civilians
must never be subjected to violence
during the course of conflict. All parties must take all necessary measures
to ensure their safety and security.?
Lee said she had received reports
that a food convoy organised by the
Myanmar Red Cross had been prevented from entering the village of
Man Wai late last month.
More than 100 civilians have been
trapped in the village for three weeks
with limited access to food, medicine
and other items needed for survival.
?Any wilful impediment of relief
Burmese soldiers had burst into
her home in a village south of
Maungdaw town, threatened to
shoot her children, then raped her.
Similar raids had been occurring
for months across Rakhine state as
part of the Myanmar army?s assault
on the minority group, which began
in November 2016.
Ayesha, a mother of five whose
husband died in 2012, says the
?dirty act? left her reeling. She tried
?Everyone knew they
commit rape when
they raid villages?
MSF says it treated 224 victims of
sexual violence up to 25燜ebruary,
but acknowledges there are many
more who did not seek help. So
many women were arriving at its
hospitals bleeding for unknown
reasons in January that midwives
assumed many were trying to abort
their pregnancies themselves.
The UN?s special envoy on sexual
violence, Pramila Patten, concluded
that Myanmar?s army was using rape
as a weapon of genocide. ?[It is] a
calculated tool of terror aimed at
the extermination and removal of
the Rohingya as a group,? she says.
In April, the UN added Myanmar?s
military, the Tatmadaw, to a list of
armies known to commit sexual
violence in armed conflict.
On 26 January Ayesha gave birth
to a healthy boy named Fayaz*. ?He
is very playful and jolly,? she says.
But his arrival divided the family
and the community. Two of Ayesha?s
daughters told her the infant was
not really their brother. ?They said I
should give him to an orphanage.?
Zafar Alam, another refugee in
the same part of the camp, admits
some looked down on the child. ?But
many more have stood in support of
Ayesha and her son,? he says. ?We
told them she was a victim.?
Her new neighbours have been
comforting her. ?They tell me
there are hundreds or thousands
of Rohingya women who have
been attacked in the same way,?
Ayesha says. She has been telling
her daughters: ?This pregnancy was
forced on me, and the whole world
knows that. You have no reason to be
embarrassed or ashamed.? The girls
are changing their minds and play
with Fayaz more often, she says.
?Perhaps they also love him.?
Ayesha has never doubted that
she does too. ?He is innocent, just
a baby. I love him like my other
children. It doesn?t feel different.?
Ko Ko Linn, a Rohingya political
activist based in Bangladesh,
says he knows of 15 women who
were pregnant after being raped
by Burmese soldiers but that he is
certain there are many more who
are undocumented. Surveys by
Human Rights Watch in November
estimated that two-thirds of the
women who had experienced
sexual violence in Myanmar had not
reported it to the authorities or aid
groups in Bangladesh.
Linn says children born in these
circumstances should face no
stigma: ?They will be given birth by
a Rohingya mother who held them
for up to 10 months, bearing all sorts
of pain and hurt. Therefore, they are
sons and daughters of Rohingya.?
* Some names have been changed.
supplies may amount to war crimes
under international law,? Lee said.
The regional director of the International Rescue Committee, Sanna
Johnson, said: ?We are increasingly
concerned for civilians trapped by the
fighting in Kachin state ? Our teams
are hearing reports that some have
been sheltering in forests since being
forced to flee.?
According to the UN children?s
agency, Unicef, logistical and security
concerns mean only a third of the target population in Kachin have access
to basic healthcare.
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Sainsbury?s
growth lags
behind main
rivals ahead of
Asda merger
Sarah Butler
Sainsbury?s planned �3bn takeover
of Asda comes as the London-based
supermarket continues to be outgunned by its three main rivals,
according to the latest sales figures.
Sainsbury?s sales rose by 0.2% in the
12 weeks to 22 April, its slowest pace of
growth for more than a year.
Asda?s sales rose by 1.4% in the
period, but the Leeds-based chain and
Sainsbury?s both lost market share,
according to the latest data from
Kantar Worldpanel, while Tesco and
Morrisons held steady thanks to their
turnaround plans.
?It is very competitive out there for
Sainsbury?s,? said Fraser McKevitt, the
head of retail and consumer insight
at Kantar Worldpanel. ?Having had a
difficult couple of years, Morrisons is
now doing the basics of retail very well
and Tesco is not seeing hugely rapid
growth but it is consistent. In the light
of a zero-sum game for food retail that
has put pressure on everybody else.?
Sales at Tesco rose by more than 2%
for the first time since 2011, helping
Britain?s biggest supermarket chain
retain a 27.6% share of the market
compared with 15.9% at Sainsbury?s
and 15.5% at Asda.
Morrisons also achieved sales
growth in excess of 2% in line with the
overall market. Discounters Aldi and
Lidl continued to take market share as
they increased sales by 7.7% and 9.1%
respectively, helped by new stores
opening. But analysts at Bernstein
noted that the discounters? growth
had slowed to the weakest pace since
2010, excluding a brief period in late
2016. Bruno Monteyne, senior analyst,
suggested the chains were finding it
harder to secure new property.
McKevitt said sales growth would
be harder to find for all supermarkets
as grocery inflation is slowing. Prices
rose 2.1% in the 12-week period, the
slowest pace since March last year,
driven by rises in the cost of butter,
bottled colas and bread, while the price
of poultry and laundry detergent fell.
Sainsbury?s confirmed on Monday
that it will pay Walmart, the US owner
of Leeds-based Asda, �n in cash and
give it a 42% stake in the combined
business to complete the merger deal.
The companies said both brand
names would be retained and there
were no plans for store closures. The
combined group will comprise 2,800
stores with sales of �bn, overtaking
Tesco to become Britain?s largest
retailer, with a workforce of 330,000.
Sainsbury?s promised a 10% cut in the
price of popular foods.
Pound dives as slowdown dims
prospect of rise in interest rates
Larry Elliott
Economics editor
Heavy selling pressure sent the pound
tumbling to its lowest level against the
US dollar in more than three months
after a double dose of economic bad
news convinced currency dealers that
the Bank of England would ditch plans
for an interest-rate rise next week.
A sharper-than-expected slowdown in manufacturing, and signs
that hard-pressed consumers have
lost their appetite for borrowing, have
added to growing evidence that the UK
economy has lost momentum since
the turn of the year.
Until recently, sterling has been
rising against the dollar in the financial
markets on speculation that the Bank?s
monetary policy committee (MPC)
would tighten policy in response to
above-target inflation and higher
earnings growth.
But City analysts said an array of
recent poor economic data meant the
MPC was now unlikely to risk raising
official interest rates from their current level of 0.5%.
The latest Cips/Markit snapshot of
manufacturing from the Chartered
Institute of Procurement & Supply
and the information company Markit,
together with the Bank?s own survey
of money and credit conditions, sent
the pound tumbling in the foreign
exchange markets.
With dealers also growing increasingly confident that the US central
bank, the Federal Reserve, will raise
interest rates again in June, the
pound was trading at just over $1.36
against the dollar as business closed
in the City. In the middle of April, it
had risen to just over $1.43, close to
its level before the EU referendum in
June 2016.
The closely watched Cips/Markit
purchasing managers? index (PMI)
fell from 54.9 in March to 53.9 in
April, suggesting that the deceleration of the economy seen in the first
quarter of 2018 continued into the second quarter. While any reading above
50 indicates growing manufacturing
output, the rate of expansion was the
weakest in 17 months.
The MPC will now be waiting for the
Cips/Markit survey of services to see
whether other parts of the economy
are also seeing a slowdown.
Lee Hopley, chief economist at
the EEF manufacturers? organisation, said: ?The further slowdown in
the rate of expansion in manufacturing activity suggests that the weaker
official data seen last week wasn?t a
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The pound?s value against the dollar
at the close yesterday, down from
$1.43 before the EU referendum
temporary aberration. A weaker start
to the second quarter with a more subdued pace of growth in new overseas
business perhaps reflects concerns
about the erection of new barriers to
trade, the recent pick-up in sterling
and a softer growth patch at the start
of the year in European markets.?
Rob Dobson, a director at IHS
Markit, which compiled the manufacturing survey, said: ?The start of the
second quarter saw the UK manufacturing sector lose further steam. The
headline PMI dipped to a 17-month low
as growth of production, new business
and employment all slowed.
?While adverse weather was partly
to blame in February and March, there
are no excuses for April?s disappointing performance, making the chances
of a near-term hike in interest rates
by the Bank of England look increasingly remote.?
Meanwhile, the Bank?s monthly
money and credit statistics showed
that unsecured lending to consumers stood at just �0m in March, well
down on the monthly average for the
latest six months of �5bn.
The dramatic decline in consumer
borrowing follows a clampdown by the
chief financial regulator, the Financial
Conduct Authority, on banks? lending
to consumers.
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Climate change protesters disrupted
Barclays? annual shareholder meeting
yesterday and were forcibly removed
during an often fractious event, where
Jes Staley, the bank?s chief executive,
was accused of being ?irrevocably
tarnished? over his attempt to unmask
a whistleblower.
The student group People & Planet
said it was behind the protest, which
lasted several minutes and brought the
meeting to a temporary halt.
The protesters ? who called for an
end to financing of fossil fuel projects
? tried to rush the stage where Staley
and the rest of the Barclays board爓ere
seated, before being tackled to the
floor and carried out by security.
?We know that fossil fuels need to
stay in the ground to avoid climate
chaos and that means no new fossil
fuel infrastructure in the UK or anywhere,? said Sam Leech, a student
at the University of East Anglia and
The Guardian Wednesday 2 May 2018
Financial
Climate protesters disrupt
Barclays? annual meeting
Angela Monaghan
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member of P&P. ?We?re here calling
on Barclays to ditch fossil fuels in
solidarity with communities resisting
extraction globally.?
Ocean Hyland, a 22-year-old activist, asked the board to reconsider
financing a pipeline in Canada carrying
oil from the Alberta tar sands through
British Columbia to the coast.
She said that her nation, the TsleilWaututh, believed the Kinder Morgan
pipeline would cause environmental
damage, threatening land, water and
food sources with oil spills.
Barclays said it was working on a
review of its approach to investments
in oil and pipelines, with the aim of
coming up with a new set of rules.
The annual meeting proved a
bruising encounter for Staley who
was facing shareholders for the first
time since UK regulators last month
announced their intention to fine him
an unspecified sum for a ?breach of
individual conduct?.
The scandal centred on Staley?s
attempts to identify the author of
letters in 2016 that raised concerns
about the recruitment of Tim Main
as head of the bank?s financial
institutions group in New York.
One investor told John McFarlane,
the chairman: ?The chief executive is
irrevocably tarnished. I suggest you
consider his continuation.?
McFarlane repeatedly defended
Staley and said any speculation about
his own future was ?premature?. He
said he intended to remain chairman
for at least another year, adding: ?You
are not getting rid of me yet.?
Both Staley and McFarlane insisted
the bank had reached a turning point,
having dealt with most of its ?legacy
issues?, putting scandals such as
Libor-rigging and PPI mis-selling
behind them.
McFarlane said the bank must
avoid making any more major ?mistakes or missteps?. ?We?re doing
everything necessary to get the growth
and returns to get the higher share
price you?re looking for. I genuinely
believe the best is yet to come,? he told
shareholders.
Staley said shareholders would be
rewarded for the bank?s progress with
plans for the first programme of share
buybacks in 20 years. He would not be
drawn on timing. Staley also repeated
a pledge to pay a dividend of 6.5p a
share for 2018, after the dividend was
left unchanged at 3p in 2017.
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Profits soar
71% at BP to
highest level
since 2014
Adam Vaughan
BP?s profits jumped 71% during the
first three months of the year, in the
latest sign that the British oil company
is back on the path to growth.
The increase in crude and gas prices
combined with a 6% rise in production
to push profit up to $2.6bn (�9bn), the
firm?s highest since 2014.
Bob Dudley, BP?s chief executive,
said it had delivered a strong set of
results. The share price rose to its
highest level since the aftermath of the
Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.
While the growth in earnings was
greater than at BP?s European peers, its
profit was still lower than the AngloDutch company Shell?s $5.32bn and the
French group Total?s $2.9bn. Cash flow
was nearly $1bn below what analysts
had expected, at $5.4bn.
BP also had a $1.6bn compensation
bill for the Deepwater disaster, on top
of the $65bn it has already paid out.
Brian Gilvary, the chief financial
officer, said BP had a ?pretty strong
handle? on what future payments
looked like, as it begins to move on
from the 2010 spill?s financial burden.
BP expects to pay out just over
$3bn this year, including the $1.6bn,
followed by about $2bn in 2019 and
then $1bn a year until 2032.
?I think we?re getting more confidence around ... [future payments].
The only uncertainty left now is 300
claims left to resolve,? said Gilvary.
While oil and gas production will dip in
the second quarter because of maintenance and BP missing out on renewing
its Abu Dhabi operations, production
in 2018 is forecast to be up on last year.
Gilvary said this would be driven
by momentum from 2017 projects
ramping up, as well as six new projects starting this year.
He also hinted that investors could
be rewarded by an increase in dividends in the second half of the year.
Nicholas Hyett, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said that if the
company?s net debt went down in the
next quarter from its current level of
$40bn, ?BP will be well and truly on
the road to recovery?.
The company is the latest oil major
to benefit from a bullish oil price,
which has climbed from about $67 a
barrel at the start of the year to nearly
$75. The price has been pushed up by
Saudi and Russian-led production
curbs, which have brought global supply and demand more into balance.
Geopolitical instability, including
the prospect of Donald Trump not
renewing the Iran nuclear deal later
this month, has also been a driver.
If the US president fails to renew the
accord, experts said Iranian oil exports
could fall by about 1m barrels a day,
pushing up crude prices significantly.
?If that happened, Brent prices
could jump to near $90,? said
Tomomichi Akuta, a senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and
Consulting in Tokyo.
Gilvary said the oil price was a ?bit
frothy? and would be influenced this
year by Opec, US shale growth and
global demand.
�9bn
BP?s profit for the first quarter, on
the back of a 6% rise in production
and rising crude and gas prices
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Financial
Business view
Nils Pratley
Shareholders can cheer
two-headed supermarket
beast ? but not shoppers
H
ow are the share
prices of Tesco
and little ol?
Morrisons doing
as the two-headed
Sainsbury?s/Asda
beast comes into view? Are they
collapsing as investors prepare
for keener price competition? Are
executives trembling in fear of
their bonuses as Sainsbury?s boss,
Mike Coupe, vows to unleash 10%
price cuts?
Hardly. While Sainsbury?s
market value has improved by 16%
since Monday morning, investors
in Tesco and Morrisons have not
recoiled in horror. Share prices in
both have barely budged.
Let?s hope the Competition and
Markets Authority is watching.
Its job is to protect the interest of
consumers and, to judge by the
stock market?s reaction, it?s hard to
spot any clear gain for shoppers via
this proposed �bn mega-merger.
Almost no one in the City is talking
about supermarkets having to
compete harder for custom, thereby
putting their profit margins under
renewed pressure.
In Coupe?s view, the reward for
consumers will be 10% lower prices
of ?many of the products customers
buy most regularly?, but since he
hasn?t bothered to stated what
these are his promise is too vague
to be trusted. He has confidently
predicted the annual boost to profits
for shareholders will be �0m but
has offered no equivalent roundnumber saving for shoppers.
Bruno Monteyne from Bernstein,
viewing affairs through the lens of a
stock analyst, calls it ?a great deal,
at a great time, at a great price?.
It probably is ? for Sainsbury?s.
But shoppers and the CMA should
TSB?s IT crisis
Key questions for MPs
to put to bank bosses
Patrick Collinson
Samuel Gibbs
TSB bosses will today face intense
questioning from MPs on the bank?s
catastrophic IT failure, as it emerged
that on the crucial first day of the
month standing orders from some
customers went awry.
As the bank entered its 10th day
of service failures, TSB admitted
some customers were now having
problems with their standing orders.
The bank told customers: ?Direct
debits are working normally. We
know there are some issues with a
small number of standing orders
today, we are working hard to
resolve these. Payments through
our mobile app and internet
banking are available, but we know
some customers are experiencing
difficulties at the moment and
seeing an error message.?
Some customers who have set up
rent payments for the first day of the
month reported that payments had
bounced back with no explanation.
Today TSB?s chief executive,
Paul Pester, its chairman, Richard
Meddings, and Miquel Montes,
the group chief operating officer at
parent group Sabadell, will have to
explain the situation to MPs on the
? TSB?s chief executive, Paul Pester,
is likely to be asked about his bonus
Treasury committee, led by Nicky
Morgan. Here are the key questions
they can expect to face:
Why didn?t the new computer
system work? TSB spent, by its own
admission, 2,500-man years on the
IT transfer from Lloyds, with 1,000
people involved. Why did it fail? Did
TSB perform thorough testing? Why
did it not uncover the issues? How
thorough can the testing have been
given that issues became apparent
almost immediately?
Was there no backup? Sabadell?s
takeover of TSB was predicated
almost entirely on the �0m
savings to be made from cutting TSB
free from the �4m-a-year bill it had
to pay Lloyds for continuing to run
the bank?s accounts. Was it rushed
through, without sufficient backup?
Why was the old system not still in
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note two of his observations. First,
Walmart, Asda?s owner, which
will end up with a 42% stake in
Sainsbury?s, is ?not in the UK
to invest material amounts of
capital? and is instead in the game
of ?harvesting cash?. Second, the
merger partners have signalled they
want to be ?rational?, which means
the deal ?is not a new phase in a
price war cycle?.
Sainsbury?s has been convinced
by its lawyers that the CMA
will approve the deal with few
restrictions. That may prove
correct, but the CMA, if it?s doing
its job properly, should look beyond
standard spreadsheets detailing
local catchment areas.
This merger would radically
alter the structure of a supermarket
industry where competition is
demonstrably working well. Two
companies would have a combined
share of about 60%, a concentration
that is surely only tolerable if there
are easy-to-identify and permanent
benefits for the customers. On the
evidence so far, shareholders have
reasons to cheer but shoppers don?t.
Barclays? tunnel vision
Edward Bramson, the activist
investor on Barclays? tail, didn?t
copy the climate change protestors
by storming the stage at Barclays?
annual meeting. As far as we know,
he didn?t even attend. Had he done
so, he could have made a reasonable
request to the chairman, John
McFarlane: please find a new cliche.
place to mitigate customer issues
when it was clear that Proteo4UK
(the name of the new platform) was
not up to the task?
Why were customers misinformed?
The transition was scheduled from
Friday evening to Sunday evening.
When failures began appearing
almost immediately, TSB initially
said the problems were only
?intermittent?. Early on Wednesday,
Pester claimed the system was ?up
and running? again.
Who was in control? Much is being
made of a rift between TSB in the
UK and Sabadell in Spain. Pictures
on LinkedIn showed IT workers in
Madrid toasting the ?success? of the
transfer. Pester is now paying for
IBM specialists to fix the problems.
Will Pester pin the blame on head
office or other external contractors?
Will Pester still receive a �6m
bonus? He may try to dodge this by
saying bonuses are at the discretion
of the remuneration committee.
But MPs are likely to press Pester on
whether he think he still deserves a
bonus after this fiasco.
How will TSB compensate
customers? The bank has promised
that no one will be left out of pocket.
But will they receive compensation
only if they complain? Will the bank
contact customers? And what does it
expect the bill to be?
Did regulation work? MPs will want
to know the extent to which the
giant transfer of 1.3bn records was
supervised by regulators like the
Financial Conduct Authority, and
what it says about the robustness
of Britain?s banking infrastructure.
TSB will have to tell MPs how far
the debacle has exposed customers?
data, and if any accounts have been
compromised.
? Sainsbury?s market value went up
by 16% on news of the merger ? but
Tesco and Morrison?s barely budged
?This merger would
radically alter
the structure of a
supermarket industry
where competition is
demonstrably working?
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At his first annual meeting as
chairman, in April 2016, McFarlane
declared there was ?light at the end
of the tunnel?. In May last year,
there was an upgrade: ?Despite a
few remaining dark patches, the
light at the end of the tunnel gets
brighter with each step.? Yesterday,
he removed the reference to dark
spots and said the light is still
improving.
Up to a point, this talk of Barclays
moving into a ?new phase? is
legitimate. The chief executive, Jes
Staley, has stuck to the intended
script. Barclays Africa was sold, a
reasonable deal has been done with
the US Department of Justice on
mortgage-backed securities, and it
is more possible to believe that the
investment bank isn?t a money pit.
Yet the self-congratulatory tone
from the boardroom jars. Shouldn?t
Barclays have exited the tunnel
by now? Remember McFarlane?s
ambition in July 2015, as told to
top managers, to double the bank?s
share price in three years. With two
months left, it?s not happening. The
shares were 260p; now they?re 206p.
Bramson?s improvement plan
for Barclays, whatever it is, may
be wrong-headed and risk a return
to a murkier part of the tunnel.
But, if one complaint is that
McFarlane promised faster returns
for shareholders than Barclays has
delivered, his point would be fair.
One assumes the chairman knows as
much, which would explain why he
plans to stay for another year.
Prices through the roof Cheltenham in
Gloucestershire saw the largest rise in sales
of homes valued at � or more last year,
according to analysis of Land Registry data.
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Society
? A woman on the streets in London.
Homelessness charities reported a
mixed picture in terms of pay gaps
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS
5.4%
The overall
pay gap in the
charity sector,
compared to
9.3% in private
companies and
14% in the
public sector
Gender pay gap
Charities are failing women
despite largely female sta?
Nearly three-quarters
of the largest voluntary
organisations pay
men more per hour
Anna Bawden
Connor Ibbetson
A
wen Cultural Trust
runs community
centres, projects
for adults with
disabilities, as well
as theatres, libraries,
and a park, in and around Bridgend,
Wales. It employs 130 people, making
it exempt from having to publish
its gender pay gap figures. But it
has done so voluntarily. ?We have
chosen to be open and transparent
about the issue of gender pay equality
within Awen, and will strive to work
towards making any improvements
to redress the balance where we
can,? says Richard Hughes, chief
executive of Awen Cultural Trust. Its
figures show that women?s median
hourly rate is 4.8% higher than men?s.
Awen is爋ne of only 286
organisations with fewer than
250 employees that has chosen to
report its gender pay gap figures.
Greenpeace UK also voluntarily
disclosed to the government
last month, revealing a� pay
gap in favour of men. Some
small charities published their
figures independently, not to the
government. They include the
National Council for Voluntary
Organisations, which has a 12.4%
gap爄n favour of men.
An analysis by the Guardian of
the largest charities in the UK ?
by爄ncome, fundraising or employees
? shows that female employees
typically earn only 95p for every �a man does. However, the figures,
which exclude organisations such
as religious ones, private schools,
museums and leisure centres
with charitable status, compare
favourably with companies and the
public sector. While the median
hourly gender pay gap in charities
is 5.4% in favour of men, it is 14%
in the public sector and 9.3% for all
the companies who have reported.
Although 92 of the largest charities
had a gap favouring men, 20 had
a爂ap favouring women. In addition,
14燾harities declared a zero pay gap.
Yet 15 organisations had pay
gaps above the national average.
And three were in excess of 30%.
The biggest was at the animal
charity, PDSA, where its 44.3%
median gap means that women
only earn 56p for every �that men
do, even though its workforce is
85% female. Among health and
social care charities the average
median pay gap was 5.1%. However,
sexual health charity Marie Stopes
International declared a gap of
36.8% in favour of men, despite
women comprising two-thirds of
the senior leadership. Caroline
James Nock, vice-president and HR
director at Marie Stopes, attributes
the large gap to the fact that most
surgeons and anaesthetists working
in its clinics are men, while nearly all
0%
The pay gap at
Scope. Almost
half of disability
organisations
had a pay gap of
less than 1% in
either direction
6.7%
The British
Heart
Foundation
has one of the
biggest pay
gaps in favour
of women
44%
The pay gap
favouring men
at animal
charity PDSA,
despite 85%
of staff being
female
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Almost three out of four charities pay their female employees less than men
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Industries Ltd.
Women make up 63% of its
highest paid employees
36.8%
Marie Stopes International
71% of women received
bonus pay, but this was on
average 75% lower than the
bonuses paid to men
Crisis
12.5%
Oxfam
6.7%
British Heart
Foundation
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its nurses and healthcare assistants
are women. ?The gender pay gap
within UK clinical roles will require
coordinated and longer-term
thinking across the sector,? she says.
Other health and social care
charities with significant pay gaps
are Cancer Research UK (19.2%),
the Alzheimer?s Society (17.2%)
and the Stroke Association (13.2%).
At the other end of the spectrum,
the British Heart Foundation has
a爉edian gender pay gap of 6.7% in
favour of爓omen.
The best-performing charitable
sector overall was disability. Here,
almost half of charities declared a gap
of less than 1% in either direction.
In contrast, housing charities were a
mixed bag, with Crisis and St Mungo?s
reporting a zero and 0.1% pay gap,
respectively, while Shelter declared
7.4% and Centrepoint, 4.5%. And,
among older people?s charities,
Age UK (17.3%) and the ExtraCare
Charitable Trust (18%) have the
worst figures. Most children?s and
family charities reported gaps of
less than 10%, but爐he Children?s
Society declared a 20.8% gap in
favour of men. For international
aid charities, the highest pay gaps
were reported by World Vision
UK (19.6%), Tearfund (14.8%) and
Oxfam (12.5%).
While the data provides useful
insights, it is a blunt tool. The median
pay gap was used in this analysis,
rather than the average pay gap, as爄t
is a more representative figure and
less influenced by a small number
of爀xtremely high earners. Although
?Organisations with
a gender pay gap
should see this as
an opportunity to
look at their culture
and practice?
Vicky Browning
Acevo
charities have a predominantly
female workforce, less than a third
(28%) of the biggest charity chief
executives are women, according
to recent research by the Fawcett
Society.
?A lot of charities have men at
the top of the organisation, with a
large majority female workforce on
the lowest salaries,? says Andrew
Bazeley, policy and insight manager
at the Fawcett Society.
Vicky Browning, chief executive of
the Association of Chief Executives
of Voluntary Organisations, says:
?Charities with a gender pay gap
should see this moment as an
opportunity to look at the culture
and practice in their organisation.?
John Low, chief executive of the
Charities Aid Foundation, insists
that CAF?s gender pay gap ? 34.2%,
the third highest of all the charities
analysed ? is not an accurate
Clare in the community Harry Venning
reflection of its culture. ?It really
upsets me. I feel deflated,? he says.
?I have worked really hard to be
a爁lexible employer?, but this skews
the figures as ?25% of all women
but less than 5% of men work
part-time?.
Large numbers of highly paid
technical roles in finance and IT
in CAF are dominated by men,
whereas lower-paid customer
services staff and administrators are
mostly women, adds Low. Although
outsourcing IT or offering less
flexible working would make a huge
difference to the pay gap, he says:
?I爋bviously don?t want to do that.
We want to employ loyal, committed
people who know our business.?
Bazeley believes ?you have to
ask why part-time staff are being
paid less per hour than their
full-time colleagues.? A key part
of the solution, he argues, is to
ensure that�senior jobs are always
advertised as flexible roles?.
The NCVO, which has about 100
staff, wants all charities to declare
their gender pay gap figures, even if
they are too small to be affected by
the regulations. Susan Cordingley,
NCVO?s resources director, says:
?Not only is assessing the gap
an important reality check for
senior managers and trustees, but
publishing the data shows you?re
serious about transparency and
accountability. And at a time when
we?re doing all we can to maintain
trust in the sector, we all have an
interest in demonstrating that all
charities are accountable.?
Social care should
sway the local elections
? not Windrush
or antisemitism
W
hen voters go to the polls in the
English local elections tomorrow,
many will be swayed by national
issues such as the Windrush
scandal and Labour?s problems
with antisemitism. Even when local
concerns are a factor, they tend to be the usual hobby
horses of bin collections, potholes or street sweeping.
The biggest issue facing local government, now
accounting for 53% of all spending by爐he 152 councils
responsible for providing it, rarely gets a爉ention.
This week?s elections should really be爏een as爐he
social燾are爀lections.
It is now six years since Barnet council?s ?graph
of燿oom? projected a future in which the north
London燽orough, and authorities like it, would have
no爉oney for anything except statutory adult social
care and children?s services. Without radical change,
the爌incer effect of austerity and increasing demand
under those two budgets would bring about doomsday
by the early 2020s.
While the graph was never intended to be taken too
literally, it is proving alarmingly prescient. Between
2010-11 and 2016-17, the National Audit Office says,
repeated cuts in government grant
slashed councils? spending power
?It now accounts for
by more than 28% in real terms.
Adult and children?s social care have
53% of all spending
been protected absorbing a爎ising
by the 152 councils
share of a shrinking pot, but have
been increasingly funded through
responsible for
council tax while grant has been
providing care, but it
halved. English local authorities
now depend on council tax for 60%
rarely gets a mention?
of their income ? in 2012, that figure
was 41%. Since 2015, all councils
responsible for providing social care
have been allowed to levy an extra
tax precept to pay for it. This year, almost all have done
so,爉aking the average total council tax rise just over 5%
? almost twice both the rate of inflation and growth in
earnings.
The wonder is there hasn?t been more protest.
Perhaps people haven?t understood or perhaps there
is more public support for paying an earmarked tax for
social care than is commonly supposed. But it can?t go
on: half of all councils will be unable to levy the social
care precept next year because they are already at the
6% cumulative limit imposed by ministers for the three
years from 2017 to 2020.
So concrete proposals in this summer?s green paper
on funding older people?s care are vital. Long-term
reform will take years to agree and implement. We need
an interim solution that turns the Whitehall cash tap
on燼gain ? preferably as part of the 10-year settlement
for爐he NHS that Theresa May has promised.
As viewers of the superb BBC documentary series
Hospital saw last week, when a beds gridlock in
Nottingham in January was broken only by爐he燦HS
buying 120 places in local care homes, the system gets
by on short-term fixes. This has to stop.
Helen Jones, Nottingham council?s director of adult
social services, told the cameras it was the toughest
she had ever known it: for the first time in her career
it was hard to see the future; and her fear was that
in 12爉onths? time things could be even worse. ?The
danger is, this is just being accepted as the norm ? and
that frightens me,? she said. It should frighten us all.
David Brindle is the Guardian?s public services editor
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Director of Fundraising, Retail and Communications
Want to make a real di?erence locally? St Luke?s Hospice is looking for a new Director of
Fundraising, Retail & Communications.
We are looking for an individual with proven ability at a senior level across a range of
fundraising and income generation activities in the Voluntary and/or Healthcare sectors,
who in conjunction with the Chief Executive O?cer and Senior Executive Team, will
contribute to the development of an e?ective strategy for St Luke?s Hospice.
Ideal candidate will take a strategic role in the leadership and management of fundraising,
retail and communications activities achieving income targets to ensure the delivery of
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You will aim to inspire, develop and implement an ambitious, innovative and
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Director of Finance and Facilities
UK-Med is a charity that provides emergency health support in times of crisis and
humanitarian emergencies and a partner in the delivery of the DFID UK Emergency Medical
Team (EMT) programme. We also provide training and capacity building for health professionals
in developing countries with a particular focus on countries vulnerable to humanitarian disaster.
Based in Manchester, UK we are expanding our team and recruiting for the following position:
Human Resources & Membership Manager
We are seeking to appoint an ambitious Human Resources (HR) and Membership Manager
to develop the HR function of the organisation and enable continued strategic growth of
our membership. The post holder will provide advice and support to sta?, consultants and
Community of Practice (CoP) members working across our programmes. This is an excellent
opportunity for a solution orientated HR Manager, able to work autonomously, who wants
to know that the work they do makes a di?erence.
The post is o?ered on a ?xed term basis to 31st December 2020.
Salary: �,000 - �,000 per annum.
Closing date: Thursday 17th May at 5pm
For a full Job Description and details on how to apply please visit www.uk-med.org
or contact recruitment@uk-med.org
No recruitment agencies please.
Want to make a real di?erence locally? St Luke?s Hospice is looking for a new Director of
Finance and Facilities.
We are looking for an experienced senior professional with a ?nancial, background and
quali?cations, ideally from charity or healthcare sector, who, in conjunction with the Chief
Executive O?cer and Senior Executive Team, you will participate in the development and
implementation of the Hospice?s Strategic Plan, annual Business Plans and service agreements
with the NHS.
Ideal candidate will be con?dent in taking responsibility for the ?nancial direction of the Hospice
and ensuring that all ?nancial goals are achieved.
Your focus will be on monitoring ?nancial performance through high quality ?nancial
and reporting system and ensuring compliance with the law, regulatory and contractual
requirements and best practice in all areas of responsibility.
Do you have the knowledge and experience of developing long term organisational strategy
and business and ?nancial planning, ideally including not-for-pro?t funding streams and
partnership arrangements? Excellent understanding of sustainable ?nancing within the not for
pro?t sector? We need you!
If you share our passion to support people at this key time then we want to hear from you.
For details of how to apply visit https://www.stlukes-hospice.org/
Outcomes Star
Implementation Lead
(Account Manager)
Triangle is an innovative, friendly and values-based
Social Enterprise, which works to enable people to
achieve their highest potential through developing and
supporting a suite of tools for promoting and measuring
personal change called the Outcomes Star. The Star is
widely used in the 3rd sector, housing, local and health
authorities in mental health, homelessness, vulnerable
families etc.
We are looking for an experienced worker in the
south west of England to join our team of
Implementation Leads.
The post-holder will support around 60 organisations
at a time, o?ering support to Star users. They will
liaise with other Triangle sta?, carry out training in the
Outcomes Stars, create and manage implementation
packages with organisations. Provide ongoing support
to organisations with quality assurance, data etc.
Part-time post (21 hours per week), initially for 12
months, based at home. Regular travel across south
west of England and south Wales.
Salary �,000 to �,000.
Download job description & application form at
www.outcomesstar.org.uk/job-vacancies
(no CVs accepted).
Closing date 21/5/18
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produce 10-30 times more testosterone than women?.
Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development, like
Semenya, have significantly higher testosterone levels
than the women they?re competing against. According
to the IAAF, the typical female range of circulating
testosterone in serum is 0.12 to 1.79 nmol/L, while the
typical male range is 7.7 to 29.4nmol/L. Females with
DSD often have testosterone levels in the male range.
And since the IAAF?s position is that testosterone is
the key distinguishing factor between male and female
performance, they believe athletes with DSD have an
unfair advantage.
?Unfair? is the key word. Because on the one side,
there?s an argument that high testosterone is just
another natural advantage, like a basketballer?s reach or
a swimmer?s large feet. And on the other, that basketball
doesn?t divide players by height, and swimming
doesn?t seek to protect swimmers with smaller feet.
But because it has male and female categories, athletics
does split competition between those with high and low
testosterone, to protect the female athletes.
H
Semenya debate
If the science is not
right then the IAAF
must accept that
its ruling is wrong
Andy Bull
T
hey say there are six tics that tell you
when someone?s bluffing. When it
comes to Caster Semenya and the IAAF,
here?s a seventh. Be wary of anyone
who says it?s all straightforward. The
Semenya case isn?t just about sport,
or sex, or gender, but ethics, politics,
culture, race, and science. Expert
opinion is split. Which is why the arguments have been
going back and forth for the best part of a decade, and
the case now seems bound to return to the court of
arbitration for sport, where they will try to find the black
and the white in all the shades of grey.
Semenya keeps her counsel, her only public
comments her pointed tweets. There?s a wildfire
burning around her. The IAAF has been accused
of discrimination, of racism, of propagating
heteronormative standards of femininity, of trying to
dictate what is and isn?t normal. Their policy has been
compared to those used in apartheid South Africa,
and said, by a member of the IAAF?s own disciplinary
tribunal, to be ?based on the same kind of ideology that
has led to some of the worst injustices and atrocities in
the history of our planet?.
The language is fierce. There are athletes and coaches
who disagree, but few will speak publicly.
At the heart of the IAAF?s argument is the idea that
women?s athletics is a ?protected? category. Men and
women don?t compete together because, if they did,
there would be little point in women competing at
all. As they say, ?the IAAF divides competition into
male and female classifications because male athletes
have clear performance advantages in terms of size,
strength and power? and these advantages ?are due
mainly to the fact that, starting from puberty, [men]
ere, then, testosterone has been
conflated with sex, as if it were the
only measure of difference between
men and women. It?s not, of course,
it?s just the one the IAAF has settled
on, because other methods it could
use, such as chromosome testing,
are flawed. But so is this. Because
while it might seem intuitively true that testosterone
provides a performance advantage, the IAAF needs to
prove it, too. And it has to show that the advantage is so
great that it can justify a set of regulations many think
are discriminatory. Which is where its case failed the last
time it came before Cas in 2015, and, it seems, where it
will likely fail again if it comes back there now.
In 2015, Cas suspended the old set of regulations while
the IAAF went away to gather new evidence. Instead the
IAAF produced new regulations. The new set only apply
to distances between 400m and one mile, where, the
IAAF says, testosterone advantage is most pronounced.
This is the very same range of events Semenya runs.
Which means that, even though none of the IAAF
literature mentions Semenya, the rules seem, in the
words of the South African minister
of sport, Tokozile Xasa, like ?Caster
The
Semenya Regulations?.
language
Before we begin to address the
critiques of their motives, to wrangle
is fierce.
with the complicated questions about
There are
the ethics of fairness, the IAAF has
athletes and to prove the science supports its case
this time. And, judging by what is
coaches
publicly available, it can?t.
who
Last year the IAAF released a
key study, which found that female
disagree,
athletes with higher levels of
but few
testosterone had an advantage in five
events, the 400m, 400m hurdles,
will speak
800m, hammer throw, and pole vault.
publicly
And that study, which underpins
these new regulations, now looks
deeply flawed. Andrew Gelman, Higgins professor of
statistics at Columbia University, described the analysis
as ?such a mess that I can?t really figure out what data
they are working with, what exactly they are doing, or
the connection between some of their analyses and their
scientific goals?.
Gelman is a rare voice in all this, one without any
emotional investment, or even an interest in the sport.
His only concern is the work. And he found it lacking.
The IAAF says that this was only one paper, and that its
case is bolstered by a body of confidential data. But still,
after 15 years of study, its very best public evidence was
debunked within weeks of its release. If after a decade
of trying the IAAF still can?t prove it is right that DSD
athletes shouldn?t be allowed to compete unless they
lower their testosterone, then all these hard questions
fade in to one easy, unavoidable, answer. The IAAF has
got it wrong.
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Athletics
UKA chairman Bowker raises
doubts over testosterone rule
Sean Ingle
The chairman of UK Athletics has
warned that there are ?a lot of questions and challenges? with the IAAF?s
controversial new testosterone rules ?
and says he feels enormous sympathy
for the South African 800m world and
Olympic champion Caster Semenya,
who will bear the brunt of them.
Richard Bowker also questioned
whether the advantage that Semenya
receives from high testosterone was
really that different from the benefit
a sprinter such as Usain Bolt derives
from having a long stride length.
tion, talent and a physical prowess that
sets them apart,? he said. ?They are not
like you and me. And the difficulty for
me is where to you take the debate?
?If you are a high jumper and you are
6ft 8in and you are competing against
someone who is 6ft 2in is that not an
advantage? Or if you are sprinter and
you have a much longer stride length,
is that a physical advantage? I suspect
that the decision that has been taken is
not the end of the discussion.?
The UKA chairman also expressed
his strong support for Semenya, who
he said he fervently hoped would compete in the inaugural athletics World
Cup in London in July.
?There is absolutely no doubt that
Caster is a phenomenal athlete who is
a wonderful ambassador for the sport
both in her home country and around
the world,? he added. ?And if she comes
to London for the World Cup she will
be assured of a fabulous reception by
a very informed and loving crowd.?
?I can understand why the IAAF
wanted to look into the issue,? Bowker
told the Guardian. ?I get that. But
where we currently have got to has
raised a lot of questions ? and there
are a lot of challenges with it as well.?
Under the new rules, women athletes with high testosterone will have
to take medication from November
onwards to compete internationally
in events from 400m to a mile.
The International Association of
Athletics Federations has said this
will ?preserve fair and meaningful
competition in the female classification? because women athletes with
high testosterone have an advantage
of up to 9% over women with normal
levels. However, Bowker appeared to
question whether the ruling was necessary or fair.
?When you look at what it takes for
an athlete to be a global champion it
clearly takes a lot of guts, determina-
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UK Athletics chairman
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said athletics
can bounce
back from the
departures of
stars such as
Usain Bolt and
Mo Farah
US and Jamaica ? will compete for a
$2m (�47m) prize fund under floodlights at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium
in London.
Some think the event is a gamble,
given it takes place on the same weekend as the World Cup final and the
Wimbledon singles finals ? and half
the adult tickets will cost �0 or more
(although the cheapest tickets are �
and children?s tickets are �).
Richard Bowker, the new chair of
UK Athletics, views it as an exciting
opportunity. ?Other sports have got
World Cups that have been incredibly
successful and this will be the same,?
he said.
?The format is a bit different,
straight finals, one competitor from
each country in each race, and with
each point counting to a final tally.?
Bowker is also confident the biggest names, including the world 60m
champion Christian Coleman, will
turn up and insists the World Cup will
be the third pillar in a brilliant weekend
of sport.
?I rather like to think the guys at
Fifa are sat there thinking: ?Oh my
goodness, we are the same day as the
Athletics World Cup,?? he said, jok-
ingly. ?I think we will get World Cup
fever, actually. I really do. The Fifa
final and Wimbledon finals are in the
afternoon, while we?re on at 7pm. They
segue into each other.?
Not everyone is as optimistic
about the state of British athletics,
given the lack of big sponsorship
deals and the disappointing performance of some athletes at last month?s
Commonwealth Games.
Bowker accepts the next generation
have to step up but is confident they
can do so. ?I spoke to Neil Black, our
performance director, and he actually came back very positive from the
Commonwealth Games,? he said.
?There were some really good
performances. Callum Hawkins is
an absolutely phenomenal talent.
Kyle Langford is great. Our sprinters
are looking fantastic. And JohnsonThompson got another gold medal.?
He is just as optimistic about the
sport?s future, despite Bolt?s retirement. ?Athletics is cyclical. It moves
on, it changes, it grows,? he said.
?Usain was a one in a lifetime athlete
and he did a huge amount for the sport.
But this is a new era and there will be
new stars.?
?A sprinter with a
longer stride ? is
that not a physical
advantage??
World Cup
fever the aim
in search for
new wave of
track heroes
Sean Ingle
For the past decade Usain Bolt has
almost single-handedly carried casual
fans? interest in athletics on his 6ft�n
frame, with Mo Farah providing much
of the auxiliary work in Britain. But
when the track and field season kicks
off in Doha on Friday two of its most
bankable names will no longer be
doing the heavy lifting.
Bolt has retired. Farah has quit the
track and many in the sport are unsure
what the future holds. The lack of a
world championships or Olympics this
year only makes them more fearful
that the sport may drift further from
the mainstream.
As Adam Gemili, a member of
Britain?s gold-medal winning 4x100m
relay team at the 2017 world championships, conceded: ?We need new
heroes and new people to get behind,
especially in Britain. Bolt is Bolt and
will we ever see another athlete like
him? Probably not. And Mo has left a
massive gap too.?
Yet Gemili, one of the more eloquent
athletes, is optimistic. ?There?s a lot of
talented athletes in Britain,? he said.
?Katarina Johnson-Thompson can
smash it when in form. Andrew Pozzi
has been under the radar because of
injuries but now people are seeing
his worth. And Holly Bradshaw and
Laura Muir are hugely talented too.
One of the problems is the sport is not
on TV regularly enough to be in the
public eye. But when it is on, people
get behind it.?
This year UK Athletics is pinning its
hopes on a new two-day competition,
the Athletics World Cup, in which eight
leading nations ? including Britain, the
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? Katarina Johnson-Thompson won
gold at the Commonwealth Games
Formula One
Car revamps
planned in bid
to encourage
overtaking
Giles Richards
Formula One is to adopt new aerodynamic regulations for 2019 in an
attempt to increase overtaking. The
FIA yesterday confirmed the rule
changes would be implemented next
season, subject to approval by the
World Motor Sport council, although
it is understood there was opposition
from a majority of teams.
The FIA had begun investigating the
difficulties in passing after this season?s opener in Australia, where there
were only five overtaking manoeuvres.
The key changes are: a simplified front
wing intended to direct air inward
rather than outside the front wheels,
reducing the turbulent air for following cars; a wider and deeper rear wing,
to allow a larger wing flap and increase
the effect of the DRS; simplified front
brake ducts with no winglets.
?The studies indicated a likelihood of a positive impact on racing,?
the FIA said. The proposals had been
discussed at the Bahrain Grand Prix
but no agreement was reached, with
Albert Park being notoriously difficult
to pass on being cited. But research
continued, with the teams taking part.
A vote was held on Monday, the
final day that regulation changes
can be enforced without unanimous
approval. Williams are the only team to
have publicly supported the changes
but it is understood Mercedes, Force
India and Sauber were also in favour.
The proposals are based around the
research the F1 sporting director, Ross
Brawn, has conducted while planning
for the regulation change in 2021.
Given the sport adopted new rules last
year and is to do so again in two years,
there was opposition based on maintaining the status quo for stability.
The proposals have been pushed
by the FIA and F1?s owners, Liberty
Media, in an effort to improve the
show. The last major regulation change
in 2017 made for faster cars with higher
downforce but created considerable turbulent air in their wake. This
reduces downforce for pursuing cars
and prevents them from closing.
Lewis Hamilton is among many
drivers who have been critical of the
situation. After pursuing Sebastian
Vettel in Australia, he said: ?I just
couldn?t get close enough to be in
fighting range.?
Brawn described it as ?an important
step?, and one taken after considerable analysis.
? Lewis Hamilton was unable to get
past Sebastian Vettel in Australia
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Williams in line for Wimbledon
elite seeding despite absence
Kevin Mitchell
Serena Williams, who is rebuilding
her career the hard way at 36 after
the difficult birth of her first child last
September, will almost certainly be
seeded at Wimbledon, despite extraordinary confusion at the All England
Club yesterday.
The American is guaranteed a place
in the main draw of a grand slam
through her protected ranking but,
according to the ambiguous rules of
the Women?s Tennis Association, it
was not clear if she could be seeded
among the top 32, which affords the
best players protection in the early
rounds of a tournament.
Misunderstanding was rife when,
answering awkward questions at the
club?s spring press conference, the
Wimbledon chairman, Philip Brook,
and the chief executive officer, Richard
Lewis, gave mixed signals about
Williams?s eligibility for a seeding.
When it was pointed out the club?s
rule book for the championships
stated: ?The seeding order follows the
WTA ranking list, except where, in the
opinion of the committee, a change
is necessary to produce a balanced
?You shouldn?t
have to wait
to have a baby
until you retire?
Serena Williams
draw,? they were reluctant to offer a
definitive opinion.
Brook acknowledged Williams?s
pregnancy was, ?totally different from
an injury? ? over which there would
have been no dispute ? and added: ?We
have empathy and sympathy with the
point being made.?
However, Lewis later told the BBC:
?There have been examples where
[female] players have been moved up
the seedings if they are in the top 32,?
but he thought it ?unlikely? the committee would bump another player out
of that group for Williams.
Then, after a hurried transatlantic
phone call to the WTA?s chief executive, Steve Simon, Wimbledon issued
a quick reappraisal that strongly suggested there would be no problem giving Williams a seeding.
A spokesperson said: ?It is reasonable to state that the committee would
have the discretion to seed a player for
the championships, regardless of [her]
WTA ranking. This discussion [will]
take place at the seedings meeting on
26 June.? The championships begin
on 2 July.
Having thus conceded Williams
has a strong case ? and one that may
set a precedent in the women?s game
? it would be difficult for the seedings
committee to exclude her from a place
in the top 32.
That would also save the club the
inconvenience of a row with a champion widely acknowledged as one of
the greatest in the history of the game.
She has won seven of her 23 majors at
Wimbledon.
In an interview with the New York
Times this week, Williams made it
clear ?pregnancy is not an injury?
and should not debar a ranked player
from resuming the game at or near her
previous level ? a sentiment acknowledged by Brook yesterday afternoon.
?I think it?s more of a protection for
women to have a life,? Williams told
the newspaper, before a documentary
Racing 2,000 Guineas
Dettori talks up James Gar?eld
after Without Parole injury blow
Chris Cook
Frankie Dettori is optimistic that
James Garfield can outrun odds of 25-1
in Saturday?s 2,000 Guineas after his
other potential ride was ruled out of
the Classic.
The Italian would have been aboard
Without Parole if that one had lined up
in the Newmarket race but the colt was
found to have a bruised foot. Dettori
presumably feels a bit deflated about
that bad news, as Without Parole is
an exciting, unbeaten son of Frankel
and impressed clock-watchers with
the speed of his success at Yarmouth
last week. While he has been running
in a lower grade than James Garfield,
the betting market thought he had a
better chance and he was no bigger
than 14-1 yesterday morning.
But the jockey expressed no feeling of disappointment, noting instead
that in James Garfield he has a horse
of proven quality to ride in the year?s
first Classic.
?He was a nice two-year-old, he
wears his heart on his sleeve and he?s
a real fighter. He?s fit and well, he?s won
the Greenham. He?ll run his James Garfield race, you know what he?s like, he?s
always competitive and if he?s got a
fight on his hands, he?ll thrive on that.?
Asked if he could see the horse as
a Guineas winner, Dettori added: ?I
don?t know what Aidan O?Brien is
bringing to the table. No one really
knows. Listen, he can only beat what?s
? Philip Brook (left) and Richard
Lewis gave mixed messages
HBO will screen in the United States
tonight. ?You shouldn?t have to wait to
have a baby until you retire. If you want
to have a baby and take a few months
off or a year off and then come back,
you shouldn?t have to be penalised for
that. Pregnancy is not an injury.?
Williams won her last major at the
2017 Australian Open ? when she was
seven weeks pregnant, it later emerged
? and signed off from the Tour that
April, to give birth to Alexis Olympia. In an article for CNN in February,
she revealed she almost died after
the pregnancy because of a pulmonary embolism, a condition that has
haunted her for years.
Her comeback, which began in an
exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on 30
December after being confined to bed
for six weeks to recover from her neardeath experience, has been stuttering
and uncertain as she strives to regain
full fitness.
She decided at the last minute not to
defend her Australian title in January
and next played in doubles for the US
with her sister, Venus, in a Federation Cup tie against the Netherlands
in February, but still was not anywhere
near her intimidating best.
Since then, she lost to Venus in the
third round at Indian Wells and in
the first round of Miami to the Indian
Wells champion, Naomi Osaka. It was
there, close to her home in Palm Beach
Gardens, that the row over being denied
a seeding because of her absence
through pregnancy was ignited. Yesterday, it flickered into life again.
One player who will back Williams
strongly in her bid for a seeding is Andy
Murray, who last year at Wimbledon
corrected a journalist who called his
quarter-final conqueror, Sam Querrey,
the first American to reach a slam
semi-final since 2009. ?Male player,?
Murray reminded him.
Serena Williams
argues ?pregnancy
is not an injury? and
it is unfair to penalise
players in the same way
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SW19 chiefs avoid dispute
with former champion after
mixed signals about claim for
top-32 place post pregnancy
put in front of him and he did that in
the Greenham. The horse is fit and
well, we go in there with an outsider?s
chance but we hope for a little bit better than that.?
James Garfield is trained in Newmarket by the 29-year-old George
Scott, who has already earned Dettori?s
faith. ?It?s his third year training and
he?s got a horse running in the Guineas
with a chance, so ? He?s a friend, I?m a
friend of Tim and Bill [Gredley, owners
of the horse]. They?ve been friends for
a long time, I feel for them and that?s
why I want to do well.?
Scott spoke of the thrill of having
his first runner in a Classic, moments
after watching James Garfield do his
final bit of fast work, which proved
happily uneventful. ?I?m nervous,
apprehensive but seeing him in such
great form this morning definitely
calmed my nerves,? Scott said.
?I?m more excited than anything.
It?s a dream come true, to be able to
line up in the 2,000 Guineas. I?m trying
to enjoy the build-up.
?I honestly couldn?t be happier
with the condition that he?s in at the
moment. Providing we can maintain
that over the next few days, I?ve been
delighted with his preparation.
?I think there?s some lovely
horses in the race, many of which are
unexposed. There?s plenty of horses
that fall into the ?could be anything?
bracket. I don?t think anyone could say
Chris Cook?s tips
Wolverhampton 1.50 Malaysian Boleh
2.25 Sea Youmzain 3.00 Costa Percy
3.35 Geetanjali 4.10 Valcartier 4.45 Desert
Diamond 5.20 Homeopathic 5.55 Shamonix
Ascot 2.00 The Irish Rover 2.35 Dathanna
3.10 Desert Skyline 3.45 Eirene 4.20 Century
Dream 4.55 Love And Be Loved (nb)
Pontefract 2.10 Celebrity Dancer 2.45 Allieyf
3.20 Vigee Le Brun 3.55 Music Seeker
4.30 Short Work (nap) 5.05 The Right Choice
5.40 Mr Strutter
Brighton 4.25 Princess Keira 5.00 Tin Hat
5.35 Shrewd Approach 6.10 Ettie Hart
6.40 All AboutThe Pace 7.10 Fayrouz Rose
7.40 Kafeel 8.10 Krazy Paving
Bath 5.45 Raskolnikov 6.20 La Fortuna
6.50 Give Em A Clump 7.20 Bonjour Steve
7.50 The Daley Express 8.20 Dilinger
conclusively that this or that horse is
going to win.
?James has obviously got a very
high cruising speed and he?s arguably one of the fastest horses in the
race. He?s shown stakes form at five,
six and now seven furlongs. So a cruising speed and a nice turn of foot. He?s
the most tenacious and toughest of
horses. His will to win is a big asset.?
Under plans announced last summer, Bill Gredley, who is Scott?s fatherin-law, will build him a 130-box yard
at Fitzroy House in the centre of Newmarket but the grateful trainer says
he is keeping well out of that process
and maintaining his focus on the 60
horses at his current base. ?I?ve taken
a step back from it and I?ll wait until
I?m given any information on that. It
appears everything is moving in the
right direction but it?s not something
I?ve been concentrating on.?
Scott?s career is being followed
with interest by his last employer,
Lady Cecil, to whom he was assistant
when Noble Mission won the Champion Stakes in 2014.
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Cricket
Boxing
2019 Ashes
to kick o?
new ICC
Test league
Fury plans three ?ghts before
end of year in bid to keep busy
Declan Warrington
Ali Martin
England and Australia have agreed to
make next year?s Ashes the first series
that will count towards the new nineteam World Test Championship.
A league structure for Test cricket
from 2019 was signed off by the International Cricket Council board at a
meeting in Kolkata last week and it has
now been confirmed that the format?s
longest standing rivalry will see in the
new era.
It means both the Ashes and points
will be at stake when England and
holders Australia meet at Edgbaston,
Headingley, Lord?s, Old Trafford and
the Oval in what is already a bumper
summer given the World Cup that
comes before.
Under the new Test championship
rules, each of the nine teams must
play three series at home and three
away over a two-year period ? it will
not, therefore, be all plays all ? with
points allocated to a league table and
the top two then playing a final.
The first of these showpiece finals
is scheduled to be played in June 2021
and Lord?s is currently the favourite
to host, given its prestige in the eyes
of all touring nations and London?s
diverse爌opulation.
The ICC is yet to announce the full
details as the points system is still
being devised. The governing body?s
general manager, Geoff Allardice, and
his department are working through
various mathematical models.
One idea being explored is the allocation of 100 points to each series ?
which must be between two and five
Tests ? with the winners taking 60 and
the remaining 40 allocated based on
the results of each match; so-called
dead-rubbers will therefore have a
fresh incentive.
Another consideration is the final.
The ICC must decide how best to create a marquee finish and what occurs
in the event of a draw, with a concern
being that the top-ranked side may not
play to win if a stalemate is enough for
glory. A six-day Test match was used
to ensure a result in the Super Test
between Australia and an ICC World
XI in Sydney in 2005 and could be one
possibility.
Zimbabwe and the two sides most
recently granted Test status ? Ireland
and Afghanistan ? will not be included
in the competition at this stage.
Tyson Fury wants to remain ?busy?
from the point of his comeback next
month until the end of his career.
After approaching three years?
inactivity his opponent for a fight
at the Manchester Arena on 9 June
will be confirmed next week and is
expected to be the first of a minimum
of three in 2018. Fury last fought when
defeating Wladimir Klitschko in
November 2015 and is also recovering
his fighting weight after depression,
taking cocaine and gaining several
stones.
Elite level fighters rarely fight more
than two or three times a year but, having struggled without the structure
?I feel emptiness
when boxing
is not there?
Tyson Fury
and discipline boxing demands and
unusually in the modern era, Fury
said: ?I want to keep busy. I?ve always
wanted to be busy.
?Before I was a world champion
I said: ?I want to be a busy world
champion.? [Then] they never got me
another fight until nearly a year later
and I don?t call that busy.
?I?ve had four fights in five years ?
that?s terrible. I?ve never been active
apart from my first year when I had
nine fights.
?So at the tail end of my career
rather than the beginning, I want to
be very busy and active. A match-fit
fighter is a dangerous fighter no matter
who you are in with. It?s all experience
and getting used to everything and
putting on a show and display.
?I believe I can carry on as long as
I want. I hope I carry on until I can?t
box anymore. I feel emptiness when
boxing is not there. Nothing that you
can buy can fill that void for me.
?I?ve got a very long boxing career
ahead. Look at Bernard Hopkins,
James Toney, Roy Jones Jr [who all
fought into their 40s]. Boxing is my
medicine.? PA
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Rugby league
Hodgson backs rookie coach
Woolford to revive Huddersfield
Ian Laybourn
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End of an era Danielle Waterman, the England full-back, has retired from
international rugby after scoring 47 tries in 82 caps, a tally that puts her sixth on the
country?s appearance list. The World Cup winner said: ?It has been an incredible
journey and a true honour to be a Red Rose for the past 15 years. I have made
lifelong friends through playing for my country, and the time spent with my teammates through the highs and the lows are the moments I will miss the most.? PA
Cole looks to Europe
after telling Leicester
a few home truths
Paul Rees
Dan Cole is not one to waste words.
As the Leicester and England prop
reflects on his first season with the
club he joined 12 years ago that has not
ended with a place in the play-offs, he
offers a succinct summation: not good
enough.
Successive home defeats by
Northampton, who had previously
only won one match on the road
this season, and Newcastle, who on
Saturday entertain Wasps in a thirdplace tussle, have left the Tigers outside the top four and needing to secure
two points at Sale on Saturday to be
certain of maintaining their record of
being the only English club to qualify
for every European Cup.
?It is a tough pill to swallow but
the table does not lie and the top four
deserve to be there,? said Cole, who has
been on the past two Lions tours. ?It is
the first time we have missed out on
the play-offs for 14 years. We have to
reflect on this and come back stronger
next season.
?We have not been good enough.
We have lost five league matches at
home and we have not scored enough
points. The league is competitive with
everyone capable of beating everyone
else. You have to be at your best every
week and we have not been. We have
scraped into the play-offs in the past
when we did not really deserve to and
the only positive from this is that we
will have a longer off-season to put
right what went wrong.?
The defeat by Newcastle at Welford
Road on Friday reflected Leicester?s
season. They blew a 10-point lead in
the final 11 minutes and had Gloucester
beaten Bath at home the following day,
the Tigers? hold on a place in the top
six and Champions Cup qualification
would be more precarious.
Gloucester will be in the Champions
Cup next season after reaching the
?It is a tough pill
to swallow but the
table does not lie.
We have not been
good enough?
Dan Cole
Leicester prop
Challenge Cup final and go into their
final match at Saracens not having to
worry about where they finish in the
Premiership. Leicester will start the
weekend in fifth, two points ahead of
Gloucester and four ahead of Sale who
are chasing a place in the top six.
?You want to be in Europe?s top
competition and we have to defeat
Sale to confirm that,? Cole said. ?They
score a lot of tries, have a dangerous
back three and Faf de Klerk runs the
show behind a strong pack. We know
we are going to have to play.
?We reviewed the Newcastle game
this week but the inquest on the season will wait until next week. What I
would say is we have made progress as
a squad and as a club off the field and
we are a lot better than we were this
time a year ago. Mark Bakewell came
in as forwards coach halfway through
the season and he has been brilliant:
he will have a whole pre-season to bed
things in and we will regroup.?
Cole also endured a difficult season with England, who finished fifth
in the Six Nations, their lowest in the
championship, after losing their three
matches.
?The Six Nations is as competitive as it has been for a while and that
makes it the best international tournament going,?Cole said. ?We had a
difficult tournament but we have not
become a bad side. We lost in Scotland
and France but there were periods in
both when the game was there for us.?
England have a three-Test tour to
South Africa, who are expected to
include at least five overseas-based
players in their squad, next month.
Eddie Jones has talked about resting
some of his Lions but Cole does not
know the coach?s thinking.
?I do not expect anything,? he said.
?Nothing has been said about resting
and I will not know until the squad is
announced [on 10 May].?
Simon Woolford is the man to turn
around the fortunes of Huddersfield,
according to the England hooker Josh
Hodgson.
The 43-year-old has been appointed
as the successor to fellow Australian
Rick Stone, who was sacked by
Huddersfield six weeks ago, and is
expected to arrive in time for their
Challenge Cup tie against Wakefield
on Friday week.
Woolford, who has been given a
two-and-a-half-year contract, takes
over a side bottom of the Super League
with two wins from 13 games. He has
no senior coaching experience but
has spent the past two years working
under the former Huddersfield coach
Nathan Brown at Newcastle. He cut his
coaching teeth at his old club Canberra,
where he helped Hodgson settle into
his NRL career.
Hodgson was so impressed with the
former Raiders captain he wrote to
Huddersfield urging them to give him
the job. ?I really like his style and how
he works,? said Hodgson, who joined
Canberra from Hull KR in 2015. ?He?s
a no-nonsense type of bloke, straight
down the line and he?s got a real smart
footy brain on him. He was at Canberra
in my first two years there and he did
a lot of stuff with me individually. He
really helped me ? 2016 was arguably
the best year of my career ? and he got
us playing some good footy.
?I think he will suit the club.
Huddersfield have got a fantastic team
on paper and sometimes it takes a new
face to freshen things up. It?s still going
to be down to the players but I think
Simon will be a good fit.
?He?s had a couple of years at
Newcastle now, learning under someone as experienced as Nathan Brown
as well, so I think he?s ready for the
next step.
?And I?m sure Simon is the type of
bloke who wouldn?t jump at the chance
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if he didn?t think he was ready because,
if you jump too early and it all fails, it?s
tough to get another gig after that. I
spoke to him the other day when he
was waiting for the visa to come though
and he?s really excited to get over. He?s
looking forward to getting into it and
getting the players? point of view on
what needs to change.?
Hodgson is edging closer to making
his comeback from a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament sustained
playing for England in the World Cup
semi-final against Samoa in Auckland
in November.
The mid-season Test against New
Zealand in Denver on 23 June will come
too soon but the former Robins captain has his sights set on reclaiming
his England spot for the home series
against the Kiwis.
?I?ve started full training with the
boys and that went really well,? he
said. ?They say it?s a six-to-nine month
injury and I was probably ahead of that
a while ago but I don?t want to risk
coming back too early for the sake of
a couple of weeks. The end-of-season
Test series is something I?ve thought
about. Hopefully I?ll get eight to 10
games in before then and I do enough
to get picked.? PA
? Simon Woolford during his playing
days at St George Illawarra Dragons
good showing on clay in the Davis
Cup in February, when he beat
Spain?s Roberto Bautista Agut. PA
Rugby union
Tennis
Norrie stuns Haase
on燭our clay debut
Britain?s Cameron Norrie reached
the second round of the Estoril
Open in Portugal with a remarkable
victory over the sixth seed, Robin
Haase. Norrie, the world No�3,
won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in his first ATP Tour
win on clay. The 22-year-old started
brilliantly, leading 4-0 and 5-1 on
his way to winning the opening set
before the world No� fought back
to take the match to a deciding set.
The Dutchman could not maintain
the momentum and Norrie claimed a
crucial break to take a 3-1 lead in the
third set before closing out victory.
Norrie?s performance follows up a
Phipps admits urinating
on bar in cow costume
Nick Phipps has been fined after
admitting to urinating on a bar
while wearing a cow costume
during his stag night at a Sydney
venue. The Australia scrum-half
was asked to leave the Woollahra
hotel a day after he played in the
NSW Waratahs? 29-0 defeat to the
Lions in their Super Rugby match
on 20 April. The Waratahs said they
had completed an investigation
into the incident and fined the
29-year-old A$4,000 (�200).
His role as captain has also been
suspended. ?It?s always been in my
character to stand up and accept the
responsibility. I was a bloody idiot,?
Phipps said. Reuters
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Would other countries do that?
asks Kane over ?silly? FA tweet
Jacob Steinberg
Harry Kane has said the Football
Association was silly to poke fun at
his performance in Tottenham?s FA
Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester
United and questioned why people
feel the need to mock England players before the World Cup.
The striker was kept quiet by
United?s Chris Smalling at Wembley
and after the game, which United
won 2-1, the official FA Cup account
tweeted: ?What?s that in your pocket,
Chris?? and linked to an unrelated
video of the defender saying: ?Harry
Kane.?
The tweet was deleted and the FA
apologised to Tottenham and United
?for any offence caused?. Mauricio
Pochettino, Tottenham?s manager,
branded the game?s governing body
an embarrassment last week. Kane is
relaxed about the issue but he pointed
out it was an odd way for the FA to treat
one of its own.
Harry Kane scored his
38th goal of the season
against Watford
Chelsea join
chase to end
Martial?s
frustrating
United stint
?The FA tweet was a silly tweet,?
Kane said. ?We all know that. I talked
to the gaffer about it and all we said
was: ?Would other countries do that
to their players?? Probably not.
?It is something that has gone. Two
weeks ago now or whatever ? I am over
it. The gaffer may have said I am sad
but I am focused. I am a guy that gets
over things. If it happened, it happened. I move on and look forward to
the next game and that is all I worry
about.?
Kane, who scored his 38th goal of
the season in Tottenham?s 2-0 win
over Watford on Monday, added that
England players receive too much flak
at times.
?It?s strange,? he said. ?Maybe it?s a
mentality thing. It is easier nowadays
maybe to banter England players or
take the mickey out of the England
players. So if we don?t do well in the
World Cup, then they can write and
say: ?We told you so.? But that is maybe
a weaker mentality.
?It is what it is. We are focusing on
what we have got to do. We have got
to go with the mindset and belief we
can do it. We try to win everything we
go into. The World Cup is no different.?
Kane has been the butt of a few jokes
since fighting to be credited with a goal
that brushed off him against Stoke on 7
April. However he has no plans to step
away from social media.
?On social media you get a few people who don?t see eye to eye and it is
being a fan and having an opinion,?
he said. ?I will always engage with my
fans. It is just a small number of fans
who maybe go over the mark but that
is just life. You cannot get too down
about that.?
FA plan for Wembley sale set
for government approval
David Conn
Dominic Fifield
Chelsea have joined the list of clubs
monitoring Anthony Martial?s situation at Manchester United and would
move for the France striker if he
agitates for a transfer this summer.
Martial has had a frustrating third
season in English football, flitting
from team to bench and limited to
17 Premier League starts. Suitors,
who already included Juventus and
Tottenham, have been given encouragement to think the 22-year-old could
seek a fresh start. He is contracted to
2019 with an option for a further year,
and would command a considerable
fee. Juve are understood to have indicated they would be prepared to pay
�m.
Chelsea, prepared for Real Madrid
to firm up their interest in Eden
Hazard, would consider Martial a
player of considerable potential but
also one with the quality to play anywhere across their frontline. United?s
instinct will be to retain him. They
paid Monaco an initial �m in 2015
but if Martial pushes for a move, they
may not be averse to selling. The clubs
negotiated Nemanja Matic?s move to
Old Trafford last summer and Jos�
Mourinho retains an interest in the
Chelsea forward, Willian.
Roman Abramovich is still hopeful
Hazard will sign a new contract but
is eager to instigate other changes to
the playing staff at Stamford Bridge
this summer, when Antonio Conte
is expected to depart. Despite the
uncertainty over the identity of his
successor, the club have already begun
exploring the market for additions,
though Chelsea would have to generate funds through sales.
A failure to qualify for the
Champions League ? they are fifth, five
points behind Tottenham with three
games to play ? would result in a short-
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fall of up to �m in revenues and, in
order to satisfy financial fair play rules,
fringe players may be moved on.
Borussia Dortmund may seek to
make Michy Batshuayi?s loan move
a permanent deal after the Belgian
impressed in the Bundesliga with
seven goals in nine starts before an
ankle injury.
Kurt Zouma and Kenedy, on loan
at Stoke and Newcastle respectively,
could also move on, while Tomas Kalas
and Lucas Piazon could join Fulham
permanently if they are promoted to
the top flight.
The England internationals Ruben
Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham
will not be sold but Marco van Ginkel
and even Danny Drinkwater could
depart. David Luiz may consider the
changes in the dugout before confronting his future.
Abramovich is to be honoured by
the Federation of Jewish communities
of Russia, whose board of trustees he
chairs, for investing �0m into Jewish
communities in Russia, Israel and other
countries around the world. ?Much of
the work we do has been made possible
thanks to Mr Abramovich, and we are
deeply thankful for his continued support,? said the FJCR president, Rabbi
Alexander Boroda.
?We have more than 160 communities in all of Russia and Roman supports them all. He never talks about
it but I want to because people don?t
understand who is the source of it
is ? and it is him.? Chelsea have run a
prominent ?Say No to Antisemitism?
campaign, personally initiated by the
owner, since February.
The government and Sport England
have supported in principle the Football Association?s proposal to sell
Wembley Stadium if it releases �0m
for grassroots facilities, according to
sources close to the discussions.
Matthew Hancock, the minister
for digital, culture, media and sport,
echoed prime minister Theresa May?s
reaction that the FA should take supporters? views into account, but has
not rejected the idea of Wembley being
sold to the Fulham and NFL team
owner, Shahid Khan. While emphasising that reassurances must be given
to secure English football at Wembley,
Hancock supported the idea that a sale
could benefit the grassroots game.
?I look forward to hearing more
details about how any deal would help
the development of the game in this
country, and how it could help England
succeed on the pitch at the highest
level,? Hancock said in a statement.
Sport England, which awarded a
�0m lottery grant to fund the FA?s
purchase of the old Wembley in 1999
from its previous corporate owners
has not yet stated a position, but a
source said the agency also supports
the prospect of a sale in principle.
Sport England could waive repayment
of its grant if the FA guarantees that
the money will be invested in public
facilities and increasing participation.
If Khan, who will secure the option
of basing his NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, at Wembley, does
?I am not against
what the FA is
trying to do but you
don?t need to sell
y silver?
the family
Richard Caborn
ster
Former sport minister
�0m
Lottery grant from Sport England
towards building of new Wembley
3.6%
Share of �8bn TV deal the Premier
League contributes to grassroots
proceed with the mooted �0m purchase, suggestions are that the money
would be invested and the proceeds
used to build a new generation of artificial grass pitches. The FA chairman,
Greg Clarke, wrote in his letter to the
FA council explaining the discussions
that only one in three grass pitches
nationally are adequate.
Several people originally involved
in the project to construct the new
Wembley oppose the sale in principle. Richard Caborn, the Labour sports
minister at the time, told the Guardian
that the grant from Sport England
and �m from the government were
advanced on the assurance that Wembley would be ?a national stadium for
the national sport?. He argues that is
not compatible with selling Wembley,
and that football has enough money
already to fund grassroots facilities.
?I am not against what the FA is
trying to do but you don?t need to sell
the family silver,? Caborn said. ?With
the money in the Premier League they
should be giving a lot more to the
grassroots, and the FA should as well,
with the money from selling TV rights
to the England team?s matches. They
could also be more imaginative about
releasing more funds from Wembley.?
The Premier League contributes
�m annually to the Football Foundation for grassroots, which is matched
by the FA and government. Overall the
Premier League contributes �0m
to facilities and school and social
inclusion projects, 3.6% of its �8bn
annual TV deal. There is no prospect
of its clubs offering to pay more, while
the government has cut billions from
the funding to local authorities which
manage most public sports facilities.
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Namibia midfielder Oliver Risser
about the nation?s chances of
qualifying for the 2014 World Cup
as an important first step in my
reporting career.
Following Monday?s news,
I decided to flick through the
programmes from that season,
2011-12. Doing so proved to be a
heartwarming trip down memory
lane. I was reminded of the free
trading cards of Swindon legends,
as well as those dedicated to the
then-current crop, which somewhat
embarrassingly, I stuck on my
bedroom wall.
? A programme from the 1966 World
Cup final at Wembley Stadium
STEVE BROWN/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Why apps will
never beat paper
for old-school fans
Printed programmes are
under threat but for many
they are an essential part
of being a supporter,
writes爈ifelong Swindon
Town fan燘enjamin Wills
T
he revelation that
producing a match-day
programme may no
longer be an absolute
requirement for clubs in
the Football League from
next season was, for some, another
nail in the coffin for the traditional
ways of the sport in this country.
Football
In brief
Rangers
Murty exit opens door
further for Gerrard
Steven Gerrard has confirmed he
is in talks to take over at Rangers
after the departure of Graeme
Murty yesterday. Murty, who was
due to be in position only until the
end of the season as the club seeks
a permanent successor to Pedro
The matter will be discussed at
the league?s annual general meeting
next month, when a vote could see
a move to a more modern approach,
with the ?proliferation of digital and
social media? being one of the main
factors the EFL outlined as to why
this point has been reached.
As a lifelong Swindon supporter, I
sincerely hope programmes survive
the vote. For me, they are as much
part of the match-day routine as
purchasing an overpriced pie before
kick-off. For fans they are also a
collectible source of club history,
which is especially important for
teams who ply their trade below
the Premier League as, by and
Caixinha, departed Ibrox following
talks with Stewart Robertson,
the managing director. Rangers
remain in discussions with Gerrard
as they look to hire the Liverpool
youth coach as manager. ?There?s
truth in the rumours,? said Gerrard
yesterday. ?I?ve held initial talks
with the club and the plan is to pick
them up in a couple of days? time,
on Thursday, and we?ll see if we
can progress it.? It is understood
the 37-year-old continues to seek
assurances regarding what resources
he will be handed to revive the
fortunes of a club battling to finish
second in this season?s Scottish top
flight. Ewan Murray
large, their collective history takes
more digging into than a quick
Google search, as is the case for
Manchester City, Manchester United
and燙helsea.
I became a Swindon seasonticket holder during the summer
of 2011, when I turned 16, and
instantly went from someone who
went to the odd game at the County
Ground to a regular attendee. Being
a matchgoer爓as now a ritual and
that meant taking part in rituals,
like buying a programme from
the programme seller who always
stood ? and still does ? by the Magic
Roundabout.
The programme became the
mental distraction I needed at
half-time during freezing Tuesday
night games against Gillingham,
Burton Albion, and from there a
source of fascination, particularly
for someone keen on becoming a
sports爅ournalist.
The ?Face 2 Face? feature that
allowed supporters to ask players
questions, serious or otherwise,
became a route into the industry
and I look back on asking the
Being a matchgoer
meant taking
part in match-day
rituals, like buying
a programme
to the King Power Stadium at the
weekend. Jacob Steinberg
West Ham United
Moyes poised to drop
Carroll following row
Andy Carroll could be dropped
for West Ham?s match at Leicester
City on Saturday after a row with
David Moyes. Moyes was unhappy
with Carroll?s reaction to not
being involved in the 4-1 defeat to
Manchester City and the player was
unrepentant during talks with the
Scot on Monday, leading to him
being sent home from training.
It is now understood Moyes is
considering leaving the 29-year-old
out entirely when West Ham travel
T
hese days I cover
Swindon in a
professional capacity,
meaning I get given
a programme for
free on entering the
ground. This has changed my
relationship with them but never
have I forgotten the key part they
play in how fans engage with, and
consume, the club they support.
Whether that be as a memento from
their first game, an outlet to find out
more about the players and staff, or
simply something to pass the time,
before kick-off and at half-time.
Whether or not the 72 Football
League clubs vote in favour of
scrapping programmes next month,
there is little doubt their future
is under threat in this age of free
online content and the subsequent,
slow death of print. One solution
could be a digital, downloadable
programme ? something free to
obtain and easy to access via a
laptop, tablet or smart phone.
For many fans, though, there
is, and never will be, anything
quite like a programme in its most
traditional form ? on paper and on
sale outside of the ground. Part of a
lifelong ritual.
Leicester City
Albrighton charged
with misconduct by FA
? David Moyes may drop striker
Andy Carroll for the trip to Leicester
Marc Albrighton has been charged
with misconduct by the Football
Association following his red card
in the 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace
on Saturday. The Leicester winger
reacted angrily towards referee Mike
Dean following the dismissal. In a
statement the FA said Albrighton has
until 6pm tomorrow to respond to
the charge.? PA
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Football Champions League semi-?nal second leg
48
Ulreich?s blunder enables Real to
resist fierce Bayern onslaught
Real Madrid
2
Benzema 11 46
Bayern Munich
2
Kimmich 3, Rodr韌uez 63
Real Madrid win 4-3 on agg.
Possession
Real Madrid
44%
Bayern Munich
56%
Shots on target
4
12
Corners
6
11
Total attempts
9
15
Offsides
2
0
Fouls
10
Sid Lowe
Bernab閡
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Real Madrid always find a way, they
say, and somehow they did ? all the
way to a third consecutive European
Cup final. For so long, they had the
Bavarians at the gates, the Santiago
Bernab閡 gripped by fear, but when
a wild, tense night was finally over,
there they were, still standing. A goal
down after three minutes, they were
not safe until the very, very end, but
it is they who made it to Kiev.
?The European Cup releases special
powers in Real Madrid,? Toni Kroos
had said; it does something to their
opponents too. For Bayern, 40 shots
over two legs ultimately proved less
decisive than three gifts, each greater
than the last.
This time it was Corentin Tolisso?s
blind back pass and Sven Ulreich?s slip
that ultimately cost them. For a long
time it appeared that they might overcome even that but standing before
them, diving before them too, were
Real Madrid, the team that knows
better than anyone else that to resist
is to win ? however you do it. And
late, very late, one last ball was sent
into Madrid?s area, desperate whis-
tles bursting ear drums. As it escaped
Thomas M黮ler, the referee blew at
last. ?That is how Madrid win!? they
chanted.
While Sergio Ramos had talked
about the importance of defensive
solidity and his hope that Madrid could
make the most of the counterattack,
but Zinedine Zidane?s diagnosis was
different, at least publicly. He warned
that Bayern would play ?without fear?.
The solution, Zidane said, was ?not
to take a step back?. Yet it was Bayern who began on the front foot and
swiftly levelled the aggregate score.
Just three minutes had gone when
the ball dropped to Joshua Kimmich
to score from close range.
Zidane had left out Casemiro,
instead playing Mateo Kovacic in
the middle of midfield. Luka Modric
played further to the right than normal, where part of his role appeared
to be support Lucas V醶quez, the
midfielder playing at full-back in the
absence of the injured Dani Carvajal.
V醶quez had faced Franck Rib閞y in
the final minutes of the first leg. He
had resisted but it had not been easy:
?Ribery is 35, but it is like he was 25,? he
commented afterwards. Now, he had
to do so again and, despite the support,
the task was made more difficult by
David Alaba overlapping.
With Modric drawn across, meanwhile, Bayern found space inside,
where James Rodr韌uez, playing deep,
found holes and Madrid were often
outnumbered. Marcelo?s superb cross
was headed in by Karim Benzema to
make it 1-1 after just 10 minutes, but
Bayern had always needed two anyway and continued to combine, even
if the final pass was often found wanting. Thomas M黮ler?s pull back was
poor, Alba forced a corner, and Robert
Lewandowski was unable to connect
with clarity.
When Madrid did break, overcoming the first obstacle, space opened
for them. Marcelo made his way to
the byline, close to the six-yard box
but, unsure whether to pull the ball
back or shoot, could not find the finish and from the corner, taken short,
Kroos was crowded out. Again, Madrid
had reached deep into the Bayern area.
They had not scored but they had suc-
ceeded, if momentarily, in concerning
Bayern. They soon stepped up once
more, though. M黮ler?s shot on the
turn was under-hit after Rib閞y had
gone beyond V醶quez and then, on the
half-hour, came an astonishing miss.
Mats Hummels had carried from
the back, going past three players
and slipping the ball into the area for
Lewandowski, alone. His shot looped
up off the body of Keylor Navas and
M黮ler leapt to head goalwards, the
ball hitting Marcelo?s back. It dropped
to Rodr韌uez but he volleyed over
from three yards. Soon after Cristiano
Ronaldo forced a save from Ulreich,
a reminder that the risk was always
there and Bayern must have felt that
they needed another goal before halftime. Tolisso curled wide and then
Marcelo appeared to handle before
Lewandowksi forced a corner. Amid
the whistles, Hummels headed wide.
The chance, it seemed was gone.
Barely 30 seconds into the second
half, it really had ? and in the most
absurd manner, Ulreich slipping and
Benzema, barely able to believe it, running the ball in. Tolisso had played the
pass blind and Ulreich froze, before
going to ground and watching in horror as Benzema strolled beyond him,
another ?gift? to add to the two Jupp
Heynckes had bemoaned in the first
leg. The game felt broken now, but it
wasn?t yet. Alaba?s shot was pushed
away by Navas and then Lewandowski
tumbled, challenged by Sergio Ramos.
Bayern were occasionally exposed, the
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Benzema
rises to
the top
for Real
Karim
Benzema
heads the
first of his two
goals to help
Real squeak
home on a
tense night at
the Bernab閡
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Study o?ers
England hope
for World Cup
Spain can be considered favourites
for the World Cup, while England are
the fifth most likely to win the tournament, according to research group
CIES Football Observatory.
Their study looked at the number
of matches players were involved in at
domestic league level since July 2017
and the profile of clubs that they featured for, with 2010 winners Spain topping the list ahead of Brazil and France.
The 23 players Spain used most
often in the qualification stage played
on average 81.1% of domestic league
games, the highest figure of all 32
nations who will compete at Russia
2018.
Furthermore, their ?average sporting level of the clubs? is the greatest
given their squad comprises players
from teams like the consecutive Champions League winners Real Madrid,
the La Liga champions Barcelona and
the Premier League title winners,
Manchester City.
The reigning champions Germany
were fourth in the table while CIES
found England were more likely to
lift the trophy than their Group G
rivals Belgium, the 2014 runners-up
Argentina or the Euro 2016 champions
Portugal.
The England players used most frequently during qualifying appeared in
74% of domestic league matches ? a
figure bettered only by Spain, Brazil,
Denmark and Japan. PA
SCOTTISH PYRAMID PLAY-OFF
Second leg Spartans 2 Cove Rangers 1 (agg 2-5)
Results
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Play-offs: Semi-finals Ashton Utd 2 Farsley Celtic 1;
Warrington Town 0 Grantham Town 3
Cricket
KENT V PAKISTAN
Canterbury Pakistan 168 (Imam-ul-Haq 61;
WRS Gidman 5-47). Kent 209-4 (J Denly 113no,
SR Dickson 74). Match drawn.
Football
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Semi-final: Second leg
Real Madrid
Benzema 11 46
(1) 2
(agg 4-3)
game open, Ronaldo almost adding a
third, but they had to keep coming.
White bodies were on the line, ever
deeper, defending a 2-1 lead, just like in
the first leg, roars accompanying every
block, save and header clear.
Soon, it was a 2-2 they had to
defend. Tolisso couldn?t force home
and, on the hour, first Thiago Alc鈔tara and then Lewandowski fired
goalwards. Navas saved, the rebound
was blocked, the pressure grew, and
Bayern got the equaliser. Rodr韌uez
volleyed Niklas S黮e?s cross, reacted
swiftly to the rebound and guided the
ball under Navas from a tight angle. A
former Madrid player, he didn?t celebrate but the German fans did.
This was on a knife edge now,
nerves gripping this stadium, but if
there is a team that lives on the edge,
it is Madrid. Casemiro came on to contain, Gareth Bale to escape, but the pattern persisted. Chances came and went
before in the fourth minute of added
time Navas dived to punch once more,
M黮ler slid for it, but the ball evaded
him, taking the final with it.
Real Madrid
4-3-3
Navas; V醶quez?,
V鋜ane?, Ramos,
Marcelo; Modric?,
Kovacic (Casemiro?
73), Kroos; Ronaldo,
Benzema (Bale 72),
Asensio (Nacho 88)
Subs not used
Fern醤dez, Casilla,
Mayoral, Ceballos
Bayern Munich
4-5-1
Ulreich; Kimmich, S黮e,
Hummels, Alaba; Tolisso
(Wagner 75), Alc鈔tara,
M黮ler, Rodr韌uez
(Mart韓ez 84), Rib閞y;
Lewandowski
Subs not used
Rafinha, Mai, Rudy, Starke,
Dorsch
Referee Cuneyt 莂kir (Tur) Attendance 81,000
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SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P
Wigan P
45
Blackburn P
45
Shrewsbury
45
Rotherham
45
Scunthorpe
45
Charlton
45
Plymouth
45
Peterborough
45
Portsmouth
45
Southend
45
Bradford
45
Blackpool
45
Bristol Rovers
45
Doncaster
45
Oxford Utd
45
Fleetwood
45
Gillingham
45
Walsall
45
AFC Wimbledon
45
Oldham
45
Rochdale
45
Northampton
45
MK Dons R
45
Bury R
45
Bayern Munich
Kimmich 3
Rodr韌uez 63
81,000
(1) 2
Tennis
W
28
27
25
23
19
20
19
17
19
17
18
15
16
13
15
15
12
13
13
11
10
12
10
8
D
11
12
12
7
16
11
11
13
6
11
8
15
10
17
11
9
17
13
13
16
18
10
12
11
L
6
6
8
15
10
14
15
15
20
17
19
15
19
15
19
21
16
19
19
18
17
23
23
26
F
88
80
60
72
64
58
56
68
55
58
56
60
60
52
60
57
45
53
45
56
48
41
42
39
A
29
39
38
53
49
50
54
58
56
62
66
54
66
51
64
68
53
64
56
73
57
75
69
69
GD
+59
+41
+22
+19
+15
+8
+2
+10
-1
-4
-10
+6
-6
+1
-4
-11
-8
-11
-11
-17
-9
-34
-27
-30
Pts
95
93
87
76
73
71
68
64
63
62
62
60
58
56
56
54
53
52
52
49
48
46
42
35
Bradford City
Lund 45
(1) 1
Walsall
Oztumer 22
(1) 1
Doncaster
7,094
(0) 0
AFC Wimbledon
(0) 0
Scunthorpe
Adelakun 32
Toney 60
(1) 2
Plymouth
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Totti pleads for calm ? ?We want
to dress Rome in its best suit?
Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Rome
Francesco Totti, the revered former
captain and symbol of Roma, warned
fans to behave and urged calm
before tonight?s Champions League
semi-final with Liverpool, as the city
braced itself for possible outbreaks of
violence.
From a ban on alcohol around
Stadio Olimpico that took effect last
night to plans to open the stadium
early for Liverpool fans, Roman officials have sought to put measures in
place to prevent the kind of violence
that erupted in Liverpool last week.
Sean Cox, a Liverpool fan from
Ireland, remains in critical condition
with serious head injuries after allegedly being attacked last Tuesday night
by two Italians outside Anfield.
The attack put the spotlight on
Roma?s violent ultras, who were seen
attacking Liverpool fans while wearing balaclavas and face scarves, swinging ropes and bats as they sang songs
insulting their opponents. The ultra
fans have been called ?fucking idiots
and assholes? by James Pallotta, the
Roma president, but the violence has
highlighted they are not just troublemakers. They pose a serious risk.
About 5,000 British fans were
expected to arrive in the Eternal City
from yesterday, and Italian police have
been holding meetings with Uefa, their
British counterparts, and officials
from both teams to discuss security
measures.
While most Liverpool fans will be
arriving at Rome?s Fiumicino and
Liverpool
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a lot wrong in that game but Roma
was more ready than Barcelona.
Barcelona probably thought it was
decided. Everyone is telling us it is
quite difficult and possible but no one
told Barcelona it is possible to beat you
3-0 because no one could imagine it
could happen. But it happened. I didn?t
need a warning but, if a warning was
needed, there it is.?
Klopp refused to elaborate on why
his assistant of 17 years, Zeljko Buvac,
left his position just days before the
club?s biggest Champions League
game in a decade. ?We gave a club
statement on that and that is all we
are saying at the moment.
That is it,? said Klopp, whose righthand man has been linked to Arsenal.
Buvac is unlikely to replace Ars鑞e
Wenger as Arsenal manager but could
be offered a coaching role. He is highly
rated by Arsenal?s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, who worked
with the Bosnian Serb at Borussia
Dortmund.
Klopp renewed his appeal for
supporters to savour a momentous
football occasion in Rome and not
Ciampino airports, authorities across
Italy have been told to be on alert for
possible skirmishes with fans coming
in from other airports.
Liverpool fans have been instructed
to meet at Piazza delle Canestre today,
inside the Villa Borghese park, from
where they will be bussed to the stadium. Liverpool fans travelling on
their own have been urged to use
the stadium?s Ponte Milvio entrance,
while Roma fans will be ushered into
the southern entrance.
Uefa?s Kenny Scott, the director of
safety, has urged authorities to ensure
that British fans are not left too long in
either the stadium or the Piazza delle
Canestre meeting point, according to
Corriere dello Sport.
Liverpool fans will also be urged to
confine their tourism to two spots in
the city where there will be a heightened police presence: Campo di Fiori,
and Largo Corrado Ricci, near the
Roman forum.
About 2,000 police officers will be
on patrol. The Italian authorities have
also been warned about 30-40 ?risky?
Liverpool fans who were considered
to pose a security threat but had not
been barred from attending the match,
according to La Repubblica.
Totti said all eyes were now on
Rome. ?The world looks at us and we
want to dress Rome with its best suit:
we are its ambassadors, we have a great
responsibility, inside and outside the
Olimpico Stadium,? he said.
The Rome police chief, Giampietro
Lionetti, said this week: ?There is a
lot of history between the two sets of
fans and it will be our job to keep them
all safe.?
sour the semi-final with a repeat of
the violence that left the Liverpool
fan Sean Cox in an induced coma
after being attacked by Roma fans
outside Anfield last week. Roma players trained yesterday in tops inscribed
with ?Forza燬ean?.
Klopp, who welcomed the ?great,
great gesture? from Roma, said: ?We
all have the same opinion and it is a
football game. The fight around a
football game is only on the pitch and
the rules are the football rules. And
everybody who doesn?t accept these
rules will be sent off. That is clear. It
was always like that.
?I really hope after one week of
speaking about it ? and it was good
to speak about it ? Sean and his family
should hear and feel our support. I
really hope everyone understood that
tomorrow around the game in this
wonderful city in good weather all the
people can walk to the stadium and
look forward to a fantastic, intense,
very important football game. I really
hope that will be possible.?
? Zeljko Buvac has been linked with
a possible coaching role at Arsenal
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Football Champions League semi-?nal second leg
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Roma (2)
Liverpool (5)
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Ciavattini, Ciofi, Kastrati,
Cargnelutti, Gonalons,
Gerson, Marcucci,
Perotti, Antonucci,
Cappa, El Shaarawy
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Karsdorp, Defrel
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Moreno,燬olanke,
Ings,燙lyne, Ward,
Masterson, Jones,
Woodburn
Injured
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can,
Matip, Lallana, Gomez
(probable teams)
Venue Stadio Olimpico
Referee Damir Skomina (Svn)
Last two meetings
Liverpool 5 Roma 2 April 2018
Mohamed Salah dazzles in
a stunning semi-final first leg
display by J黵gen Klopp?s men
Liverpool 2 Roma 0 March 2002
G閞ard Houllier returns after heart
surgery and Jari Litmanen and
Emile Heskey score in group win
Key clash
Edin Dzeko v Virgil van Dijk
Roma have to score to progress and
so the display delivered by Dzeko
could prove critical. Van Dijk will
have to remain alert to the threat
posed by the imposing Bosnian
Managers
Eusebio Di
Francesco
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won?t be easy,
but we have to
believe in one
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Klopp sets aside history
and plans a new fairytale
Andy Hunter
Rome
J黵gen Klopp turned to a higher power
during a fraught finale to his previous
appearance in a Champions League
semi-final second leg. It was not
Zeljko Buvac. ?I thought if God wills
it, we?ll go to the final; if he doesn?t,
we won?t,? said an emotionally drained
Klopp following Borussia Dortmund?s
4-3 aggregate win over Real Madrid
in 2013, when Sergio Ramos was a
stoppage-time miss from sealing a
three-goal comeback at the Bernab閡.
The Liverpool manager would live the
ordeal again at Stadio Olimpico for
another shot at the final. Far better,
however, to let Roma suffer once more.
?Yes, I would take the result again
but I don?t think anyone wants that,?
said the Liverpool manager, whose
Dortmund team took a 4-1 lead into
the second leg against Real and whose
current charges hold a 5-2 advantage
over the Italians . ?I would take
that game again, we played a really
good game, but we are not Borussia
Dortmund, they are not Real Madrid,
Goals galore for Reds
An early goal would settle Liverpool nerves
and inch the Reds closer to the record goals
tally in a Champions League season
Real Madrid 2013-14
Liverpool 2017-18
Real Madrid 2016-17
Barcelona 2011-12
Real Madrid 2011-12
Bayern Munich 2014-15
Barcelona 2008-09
* In the current Champions League format,
which began in 2003-04
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we are another team and it?s in another
stadium. We are here to try and win,
not to only lose 2-0.
?In the first moments after the game
at Anfield it was like Roma felt better
than we did. That?s crazy. It was 5-2 but
everyone was like: ?Oh, now we have to
work again? but that was clear before.
I?m still really happy with the result.
I never thought we?d have to play one
game at the highest level before we
got to the Champions League final.?
Klopp has refused to explain why
Buvac, ?the brain? of his managerial
operation for 17 years, left his role
as Liverpool assistant manager days
before the club?s biggest Champions
League date in a decade or confirm
a reported approach from Arsenal.
Similarly, he will not dwell on the past
when preparing Liverpool for tonight?s
examination in Rome. A campaign in
which Liverpool have scored in every
away game en route to the semi-finals
offers enough encouragement.
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?I cannot tell the boys old fairytales
about their manager who came
through at Madrid,? said Klopp. ?That
doesn?t help. We have made our own
experiences in the competition and the
boys did brilliantly, especially away.
Everybody talks about the Anfield
? Roma?s Kostas
Manolas wears a
shirt supporting
injured Liverpool
fan Sean Cox
RICCARDO ANTIMIANI/
EPA
Ushering
in the last
days of
Roma?
Mohamed
Salah
destroyed
Roma last
week and
is eyeing
a repeat
performance
this evening
ETTORE FERRARI/
EPA
nights: outstanding. But the away
performances? Moscow, Hoffenheim
? we have been spot on all of the time.
We did it our way. We came here with
really good, exciting football and I?m
really happy about that. And now we
want to continue that journey.
?I don?t think people are that
interested in semi-final losers, or final
losers. I could write a book about that
? we all know that. But the only way to
win something is to go the whole way.
Football is as in life; if you are not ready
to lose you cannot win.?
The Liverpool manager believes
no other semi-finalist has suffered as
much as his team en route to the last
four, although Roma?s players may beg
to differ having been dismantled for an
hour at Anfield last week. Alex OxladeChamberlain?s season-ending injury in
the first leg is a case in point, draining
the joy from the home dressing room
as well as the manager?s midfield
options. Klopp said: ?I liked the way
we struggled a bit after Ox came off,
and not because of Gini [Wijnaldum].
It was because it was a shock for the
boys. It was because they care.?
Another gruelling episode was the
first half of the quarter-final second leg
at Manchester City, when Liverpool?s
last three-goal lead in Europe came
under serious threat. Wijnaldum,
who excelled in place of OxladeChamberlain against Roma, insists
the Etihad Stadium experience could
prove invaluable at Stadio Olimpico.
The Liverpool midfielder said: ?I
think we were too impressed by the
way City were playing and maybe a
little bit scared. We knew it would be
difficult but we were surprised by their
unbelievable attacking speed. In that
case you are lucky the game has two
halves so we could recover and play
a good second half. At half-time the
manager showed us the chance that
Ox had. He said we didn?t need to be
scared, we just have to play our own
game and if we played football we
would create chances as there was so
much space in behind because they
were playing with five or six attackers.
Every game is not the same but you
always learn from games. We know
what we can expect.?
Given their first-leg lead, sheer
dominance of Roma for the majority
of the tie at Anfield, Mohamed Salah?s
hold over his former club and the
hosts? duty to attack this evening, it
would take something extraordinary
to deny Liverpool a trip to Kiev on 26
May. Whatever transpires in the Italian
capital, Klopp is adamant this is just
the start for Anfield?s latest generation
of European specialists.
Klopp explained: ?If this team goes
to the final it would be an outstanding,
outstanding, achievement already. It
is not the prize we want then because
if you go to a final then of course you
have to think a little bit bigger, but it
would be something we could not have
expected at the start of the season.
?The boys really stepped up. Losing
a player like Phil [Coutinho] in the
winter is big on the outside and I can
say what I think and we tried to do
something to sort it, but the decisive
thing is what the boys think in that
moment. They obviously missed him
and they miss him still because he is a
fantastic boy but they stepped up and
played football. They are at the best
football age ? too young to say they
are really experienced but already that
good that you think: ?OK, we could do
something special?.?
View from Rome
Vincent Candela
The Stadio Olimpico will be like
an inferno tonight ? everyone
here believes Roma can do it
I
n the last few days the city
has been trembling with
excitement. No one speaks
about anything else: there is
only Roma v Liverpool, in the
bars and in the restaurants,
among friends or on the metro. It
will be a great celebration of sport
with an extraordinary atmosphere:
trust me, the Olimpico will be an
inferno.
For Roma it is only their second
time in a European Cup semi-final,
and therefore something historic:
the climate inside the stadium will
be even hotter and even more fiery
than what we saw against Barcelona.
Roma are famous around the
world for their fans: they have
passion, love and heart. I witnessed
it and it was something wonderful.
Against Liverpool you will see the
same total support for the team: the
stadium will be completely clad in
red and yellow, the fans will sing for
90 minutes and then it is up to the
team to do the business.
The Roma fans are amazing. Even
today, 15 years later, they stop when
they see me and start to sing the
song they sang about me when I was
playing: it is incredible. They stop
me everywhere, even at restaurants
when I am out eating.
They still salute me every day.
They were the first fans to make a
banner saying ?I love you? to a team
in the 80s and there is an incredible
passion for the players who play for
the team.
The players are also fans of the
team so there is total love between
Daniele De Rossi is
the beating heart
of Roma and can
animate their fans
the supporters and the players
and you will see the result of that
against Liverpool tonight.
Everyone here believes that
Roma can get through. The two
late goals at Anfield have given
everyone hope and I believe too.
They have to play the perfect
game, just like they did against
Barcelona because Liverpool are
better than Bar鏰 in my opinion.
If everything goes our way then
Roma can do it. In the capital
everyone is hoping and believing.
L
iverpool, of course,
have a former Roma
player in their team,
Mohamed Salah, and
he will get a great
reception. He did so
well in the Roma shirt and got
close to the fans. He had to leave
because of finances and he will
be greeted like a champion on his
return to the club. In the Premier
League, with Liverpool, he has
taken another step forward: here in
Italy he played a bit deeper and did
not score as many goals.
As far as I am concerned he
can win the Ballon d?Or: he is a
fantastic player and it will all come
down to who wins the Champions
League. If he does that, then the
Ballon d?Or could well go to Momo.
As far as the home team is
concerned I think Daniele De Rossi
could be decisive. He is the heart
of this Roma side and a romanista,
the fans? hero. Against Barcelona
he had an amazing assist and also
scored from the penalty spot to
make people believe the amazing
comeback was on. One additional
thing with him is that he can
animate the fans at the Olimpico.
Then we shouldn?t forget about
Edin Dzeko, of course.
I have played at Anfield against
Liverpool and that is an experience
that is impossible to forget. The
fans sing for 90 minutes and they
are extraordinary. I brought my
kids because you have to live that
experience.
At the Olimpico the fans are
further away but the Roma
supporters are just as good as the
Liverpool ones. You will see the
colours, how much heart they put
into it and the choreography of the
tifo to help the team. The Olimpico
will be an extraordinary sight for
this incredible night of Champions
League football.
Vincent Candela played for Roma
between 1997 and 2005 and won the
club?s third Scudetto in their history
in 2001. He was voted into the
Roma Hall of Fame in 2014. He was
speaking to Fabrizio Romano
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Date with destiny
Liverpool will ?fight for our
dreams?, says wary Klopp
Andy Hunter
Rome
J黵gen Klopp has said Liverpool will
?fight for our dreams? of an eighth
European Cup final appearance and
Roma?s recovery against Barcelona
provides the perfect warning against
complacency at Stadio Olimpico.
Liverpool take a 5-2 lead into
tonight?s Champions League semifinal second leg in Rome and have
J黵gen Klopp is
wary of Roma?s
attacking threat
never been eliminated from Europe
when holding a first-leg advantage of
at least three goals, a record covering
21 ties. Klopp?s team are unbeaten
in 13 Champions League games this
season and the highest scoring side in
the competition with 38 goals. Roberto
Firmino, Sadio Man� and the former
Roma favourite Mohamed Salah are
responsible for 28.
Having seen Roma recover from 4-1
down to overcome Barcelona 3-0 in the
quarter-final second leg, the Liverpool
manager insists a final place in Kiev
on 26 May is not a forgone conclusion
but believes Liverpool are equipped
to handle the intensity of Stadio
Olimpico after thwarting Manchester
City?s attempted comeback in the previous round.
Klopp said: ?It?s great that the boys
gave us the opportunity to be here with
their performances, the attitude they
showed and all the things they did in
this campaign. We deserve to be here
and if we get the result we need we will
really deserve to be in the final.
?We are here to fight for our dreams,
that?s how it is, and we want to go to the
final. After the game at Anfield a few
people had a feeling we lost. We didn?t.
?Meanwhile after a week a few people think Roma only have to win 3-0
but that is quite a result and we will be
there as well tomorrow, we will not be
waiting in the dressing room.?
He added: ?Barcelona did not do
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put in front of him and he did that in
the Greenham. The horse is fit and
well, we go in there with an outsider?s
chance but we hope for a little bit better than that.?
James Garfield is trained in Newmarket by the 29-year-old George
Scott, who has already earned Dettori?s
faith. ?It?s his third year training and
he?s got a horse running in the Guineas
with a chance, so ? He?s a friend, I?m a
friend of Tim and Bill [Gredley, owners
of the horse]. They?ve been friends for
a long time, I feel for them and that?s
why I want to do well.?
Scott spoke of the thrill of having
his first runner in a Classic, moments
after watching James Garfield do his
final bit of fast work, which proved
happily uneventful. ?I?m nervous,
apprehensive but seeing him in such
great form this morning definitely
calmed my nerves,? Scott said.
?I?m more excited than anything.
It?s a dream come true, to be able to
line up in the 2,000 Guineas. I?m trying
to enjoy the build-up.
?I honestly couldn?t be happier
with the condition that he?s in at the
moment. Providing we can maintain
that over the next few days, I?ve been
delighted with his preparation.
?I think there?s some lovely
horses in the race, many of which are
unexposed. There?s plenty of horses
that fall into the ?could be anything?
bracket. I don?t think anyone could say
Chris Cook?s tips
Wolverhampton 1.50 Malaysian Boleh
2.25 Sea Youmzain 3.00 Costa Percy
3.35 Geetanjali 4.10 Valcartier 4.45 Desert
Diamond 5.20 Homeopathic 5.55 Shamonix
Ascot 2.00 The Irish Rover 2.35 Dathanna
3.10 Desert Skyline 3.45 Eirene 4.20 Century
Dream 4.55 Love And Be Loved (nb)
Pontefract 2.10 Celebrity Dancer 2.45 Allieyf
3.20 Vigee Le Brun 3.55 Music Seeker
4.30 Short Work (nap) 5.05 The Right Choice
5.40 Mr Strutter
Brighton 4.25 Princess Keira 5.00 Tin Hat
5.35 Shrewd Approach 6.10 Ettie Hart
6.40 All AboutThe Pace 7.10 Fayrouz Rose
7.40 Kafeel 8.10 Krazy Paving
Bath 5.45 Raskolnikov 6.20 La Fortuna
6.50 Give Em A Clump 7.20 Bonjour Steve
7.50 The Daley Express 8.20 Dilinger
conclusively that this or that horse is
going to win.
?James has obviously got a very
high cruising speed and he?s arguably one of the fastest horses in the
race. He?s shown stakes form at five,
six and now seven furlongs. So a cruising speed and a nice turn of foot. He?s
the most tenacious and toughest of
horses. His will to win is a big asset.?
Under plans announced last summer, Bill Gredley, who is Scott?s fatherin-law, will build him a 130-box yard
at Fitzroy House in the centre of Newmarket but the grateful trainer says
he is keeping well out of that process
and maintaining his focus on the 60
horses at his current base. ?I?ve taken
a step back from it and I?ll wait until
I?m given any information on that. It
appears everything is moving in the
right direction but it?s not something
I?ve been concentrating on.?
Scott?s career is being followed
with interest by his last employer,
Lady Cecil, to whom he was assistant
when Noble Mission won the Champion Stakes in 2014.
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Cricket
Boxing
2019 Ashes
to kick o?
new ICC
Test league
Fury plans three ?ghts before
end of year in bid to keep busy
Declan Warrington
Ali Martin
England and Australia have agreed to
make next year?s Ashes the first series
that will count towards the new nineteam World Test Championship.
A league structure for Test cricket
from 2019 was signed off by the International Cricket Council board at a
meeting in Kolkata last week and it has
now been confirmed that the format?s
longest standing rivalry will see in the
new era.
It means both the Ashes and points
will be at stake when England and
holders Australia meet at Edgbaston,
Headingley, Lord?s, Old Trafford and
the Oval in what is already a bumper
summer given the World Cup that
comes before.
Under the new Test championship
rules, each of the nine teams must
play three series at home and three
away over a two-year period ? it will
not, therefore, be all plays all ? with
points allocated to a league table and
the top two then playing a final.
The first of these showpiece finals
is scheduled to be played in June 2021
and Lord?s is currently the favourite
to host, given its prestige in the eyes
of all touring nations and London?s
diverse爌opulation.
The ICC is yet to announce the full
details as the points system is still
being devised. The governing body?s
general manager, Geoff Allardice, and
his department are working through
various mathematical models.
One idea being explored is the allocation of 100 points to each series ?
which must be between two and five
Tests ? with the winners taking 60 and
the remaining 40 allocated based on
the results of each match; so-called
dead-rubbers will therefore have a
fresh incentive.
Another consideration is the final.
The ICC must decide how best to create a marquee finish and what occurs
in the event of a draw, with a concern
being that the top-ranked side may not
play to win if a stalemate is enough for
glory. A six-day Test match was used
to ensure a result in the Super Test
between Australia and an ICC World
XI in Sydney in 2005 and could be one
possibility.
Zimbabwe and the two sides most
recently granted Test status ? Ireland
and Afghanistan ? will not be included
in the competition at this stage.
Tyson Fury wants to remain ?busy?
from the point of his comeback next
month until the end of his career.
After approaching three years?
inactivity his opponent for a fight
at the Manchester Arena on 9 June
will be confirmed next week and is
expected to be the first of a minimum
of three in 2018. Fury last fought when
defeating Wladimir Klitschko in
November 2015 and is also recovering
his fighting weight after depression,
taking cocaine and gaining several
stones.
Elite level fighters rarely fight more
than two or three times a year but, having struggled without the structure
?I feel emptiness
when boxing
is not there?
Tyson Fury
and discipline boxing demands and
unusually in the modern era, Fury
said: ?I want to keep busy. I?ve always
wanted to be busy.
?Before I was a world champion
I said: ?I want to be a busy world
champion.? [Then] they never got me
another fight until nearly a year later
and I don?t call that busy.
?I?ve had four fights in five years ?
that?s terrible. I?ve never been active
apart from my first year when I had
nine fights.
?So at the tail end of my career
rather than the beginning, I want to
be very busy and active. A match-fit
fighter is a dangerous fighter no matter
who you are in with. It?s all experience
and getting used to everything and
putting on a show and display.
?I believe I can carry on as long as
I want. I hope I carry on until I can?t
box anymore. I feel emptiness when
boxing is not there. Nothing that you
can buy can fill that void for me.
?I?ve got a very long boxing career
ahead. Look at Bernard Hopkins,
James Toney, Roy Jones Jr [who all
fought into their 40s]. Boxing is my
medicine.? PA
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Hodgson backs rookie coach
Woolford to revive Huddersfield
Ian Laybourn
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End of an era Danielle Waterman, the England full-back, has retired from
international rugby after scoring 47 tries in 82 caps, a tally that puts her sixth on the
country?s appearance list. The World Cup winner said: ?It has been an incredible
journey and a true honour to be a Red Rose for the past 15 years. I have made
lifelong friends through playing for my country, and the time spent with my teammates through the highs and the lows are the moments I will miss the most.? PA
Cole looks to Europe
after telling Leicester
a few home truths
Paul Rees
Dan Cole is not one to waste words.
As the Leicester and England prop
reflects on his first season with the
club he joined 12 years ago that has not
ended with a place in the play-offs, he
offers a succinct summation: not good
enough.
Successive home defeats by
Northampton, who had previously
only won one match on the road
this season, and Newcastle, who on
Saturday entertain Wasps in a thirdplace tussle, have left the Tigers outside the top four and needing to secure
two points at Sale on Saturday to be
certain of maintaining their record of
being the only English club to qualify
for every European Cup.
?It is a tough pill to swallow but
the table does not lie and the top four
deserve to be there,? said Cole, who has
been on the past two Lions tours. ?It is
the first time we have missed out on
the play-offs for 14 years. We have to
reflect on this and come back stronger
next season.
?We have not been good enough.
We have lost five league matches at
home and we have not scored enough
points. The league is competitive with
everyone capable of beating everyone
else. You have to be at your best every
week and we have not been. We have
scraped into the play-offs in the past
when we did not really deserve to and
the only positive from this is that we
will have a longer off-season to put
right what went wrong.?
The defeat by Newcastle at Welford
Road on Friday reflected Leicester?s
season. They blew a 10-point lead in
the final 11 minutes and had Gloucester
beaten Bath at home the following day,
the Tigers? hold on a place in the top
six and Champions Cup qualification
would be more precarious.
Gloucester will be in the Champions
Cup next season after reaching the
?It is a tough pill
to swallow but the
table does not lie.
We have not been
good enough?
Dan Cole
Leicester prop
Challenge Cup final and go into their
final match at Saracens not having to
worry about where they finish in the
Premiership. Leicester will start the
weekend in fifth, two points ahead of
Gloucester and four ahead of Sale who
are chasing a place in the top six.
?You want to be in Europe?s top
competition and we have to defeat
Sale to confirm that,? Cole said. ?They
score a lot of tries, have a dangerous
back three and Faf de Klerk runs the
show behind a strong pack. We know
we are going to have to play.
?We reviewed the Newcastle game
this week but the inquest on the season will wait until next week. What I
would say is we have made progress as
a squad and as a club off the field and
we are a lot better than we were this
time a year ago. Mark Bakewell came
in as forwards coach halfway through
the season and he has been brilliant:
he will have a whole pre-season to bed
things in and we will regroup.?
Cole also endured a difficult season with England, who finished fifth
in the Six Nations, their lowest in the
championship, after losing their three
matches.
?The Six Nations is as competitive as it has been for a while and that
makes it the best international tournament going,?Cole said. ?We had a
difficult tournament but we have not
become a bad side. We lost in Scotland
and France but there were periods in
both when the game was there for us.?
England have a three-Test tour to
South Africa, who are expected to
include at least five overseas-based
players in their squad, next month.
Eddie Jones has talked about resting
some of his Lions but Cole does not
know the coach?s thinking.
?I do not expect anything,? he said.
?Nothing has been said about resting
and I will not know until the squad is
announced [on 10 May].?
Simon Woolford is the man to turn
around the fortunes of Huddersfield,
according to the England hooker Josh
Hodgson.
The 43-year-old has been appointed
as the successor to fellow Australian
Rick Stone, who was sacked by
Huddersfield six weeks ago, and is
expected to arrive in time for their
Challenge Cup tie against Wakefield
on Friday week.
Woolford, who has been given a
two-and-a-half-year contract, takes
over a side bottom of the Super League
with two wins from 13 games. He has
no senior coaching experience but
has spent the past two years working
under the former Huddersfield coach
Nathan Brown at Newcastle. He cut his
coaching teeth at his old club Canberra,
where he helped Hodgson settle into
his NRL career.
Hodgson was so impressed with the
former Raiders captain he wrote to
Huddersfield urging them to give him
the job. ?I really like his style and how
he works,? said Hodgson, who joined
Canberra from Hull KR in 2015. ?He?s
a no-nonsense type of bloke, straight
down the line and he?s got a real smart
footy brain on him. He was at Canberra
in my first two years there and he did
a lot of stuff with me individually. He
really helped me ? 2016 was arguably
the best year of my career ? and he got
us playing some good footy.
?I think he will suit the club.
Huddersfield have got a fantastic team
on paper and sometimes it takes a new
face to freshen things up. It?s still going
to be down to the players but I think
Simon will be a good fit.
?He?s had a couple of years at
Newcastle now, learning under someone as experienced as Nathan Brown
as well, so I think he?s ready for the
next step.
?And I?m sure Simon is the type of
bloke who wouldn?t jump at the chance
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if he didn?t think he was ready because,
if you jump too early and it all fails, it?s
tough to get another gig after that. I
spoke to him the other day when he
was waiting for the visa to come though
and he?s really excited to get over. He?s
looking forward to getting into it and
getting the players? point of view on
what needs to change.?
Hodgson is edging closer to making
his comeback from a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament sustained
playing for England in the World Cup
semi-final against Samoa in Auckland
in November.
The mid-season Test against New
Zealand in Denver on 23 June will come
too soon but the former Robins captain has his sights set on reclaiming
his England spot for the home series
against the Kiwis.
?I?ve started full training with the
boys and that went really well,? he
said. ?They say it?s a six-to-nine month
injury and I was probably ahead of that
a while ago but I don?t want to risk
coming back too early for the sake of
a couple of weeks. The end-of-season
Test series is something I?ve thought
about. Hopefully I?ll get eight to 10
games in before then and I do enough
to get picked.? PA
? Simon Woolford during his playing
days at St George Illawarra Dragons
good showing on clay in the Davis
Cup in February, when he beat
Spain?s Roberto Bautista Agut. PA
Rugby union
Tennis
Norrie stuns Haase
on燭our clay debut
Britain?s Cameron Norrie reached
the second round of the Estoril
Open in Portugal with a remarkable
victory over the sixth seed, Robin
Haase. Norrie, the world No�3,
won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in his first ATP Tour
win on clay. The 22-year-old started
brilliantly, leading 4-0 and 5-1 on
his way to winning the opening set
before the world No� fought back
to take the match to a deciding set.
The Dutchman could not maintain
the momentum and Norrie claimed a
crucial break to take a 3-1 lead in the
third set before closing out victory.
Norrie?s performance follows up a
Phipps admits urinating
on bar in cow costume
Nick Phipps has been fined after
admitting to urinating on a bar
while wearing a cow costume
during his stag night at a Sydney
venue. The Australia scrum-half
was asked to leave the Woollahra
hotel a day after he played in the
NSW Waratahs? 29-0 defeat to the
Lions in their Super Rugby match
on 20 April. The Waratahs said they
had completed an investigation
into the incident and fined the
29-year-old A$4,000 (�200).
His role as captain has also been
suspended. ?It?s always been in my
character to stand up and accept the
responsibility. I was a bloody idiot,?
Phipps said. Reuters
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Would other countries do that?
asks Kane over ?silly? FA tweet
Jacob Steinberg
Harry Kane has said the Football
Association was silly to poke fun at
his performance in Tottenham?s FA
Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester
United and questioned why people
feel the need to mock England players before the World Cup.
The striker was kept quiet by
United?s Chris Smalling at Wembley
and after the game, which United
won 2-1, the official FA Cup account
tweeted: ?What?s that in your pocket,
Chris?? and linked to an unrelated
video of the defender saying: ?Harry
Kane.?
The tweet was deleted and the FA
apologised to Tottenham and United
?for any offence caused?. Mauricio
Pochettino, Tottenham?s manager,
branded the game?s governing body
an embarrassment last week. Kane is
relaxed about the issue but he pointed
out it was an odd way for the FA to treat
one of its own.
Harry Kane scored his
38th goal of the season
against Watford
Chelsea join
chase to end
Martial?s
frustrating
United stint
?The FA tweet was a silly tweet,?
Kane said. ?We all know that. I talked
to the gaffer about it and all we said
was: ?Would other countries do that
to their players?? Probably not.
?It is something that has gone. Two
weeks ago now or whatever ? I am over
it. The gaffer may have said I am sad
but I am focused. I am a guy that gets
over things. If it happened, it happened. I move on and look forward to
the next game and that is all I worry
about.?
Kane, who scored his 38th goal of
the season in Tottenham?s 2-0 win
over Watford on Monday, added that
England players receive too much flak
at times.
?It?s strange,? he said. ?Maybe it?s a
mentality thing. It is easier nowadays
maybe to banter England players or
take the mickey out of the England
players. So if we don?t do well in the
World Cup, then they can write and
say: ?We told you so.? But that is maybe
a weaker mentality.
?It is what it is. We are focusing on
what we have got to do. We have got
to go with the mindset and belief we
can do it. We try to win everything we
go into. The World Cup is no different.?
Kane has been the butt of a few jokes
since fighting to be credited with a goal
that brushed off him against Stoke on 7
April. However he has no plans to step
away from social media.
?On social media you get a few people who don?t see eye to eye and it is
being a fan and having an opinion,?
he said. ?I will always engage with my
fans. It is just a small number of fans
who maybe go over the mark but that
is just life. You cannot get too down
about that.?
FA plan for Wembley sale set
for government approval
David Conn
Dominic Fifield
Chelsea have joined the list of clubs
monitoring Anthony Martial?s situation at Manchester United and would
move for the France striker if he
agitates for a transfer this summer.
Martial has had a frustrating third
season in English football, flitting
from team to bench and limited to
17 Premier League starts. Suitors,
who already included Juventus and
Tottenham, have been given encouragement to think the 22-year-old could
seek a fresh start. He is contracted to
2019 with an option for a further year,
and would command a considerable
fee. Juve are understood to have indicated they would be prepared to pay
�m.
Chelsea, prepared for Real Madrid
to firm up their interest in Eden
Hazard, would consider Martial a
player of considerable potential but
also one with the quality to play anywhere across their frontline. United?s
instinct will be to retain him. They
paid Monaco an initial �m in 2015
but if Martial pushes for a move, they
may not be averse to selling. The clubs
negotiated Nemanja Matic?s move to
Old Trafford last summer and Jos�
Mourinho retains an interest in the
Chelsea forward, Willian.
Roman Abramovich is still hopeful
Hazard will sign a new contract but
is eager to instigate other changes to
the playing staff at Stamford Bridge
this summer, when Antonio Conte
is expected to depart. Despite the
uncertainty over the identity of his
successor, the club have already begun
exploring the market for additions,
though Chelsea would have to generate funds through sales.
A failure to qualify for the
Champions League ? they are fifth, five
points behind Tottenham with three
games to play ? would result in a short-
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fall of up to �m in revenues and, in
order to satisfy financial fair play rules,
fringe players may be moved on.
Borussia Dortmund may seek to
make Michy Batshuayi?s loan move
a permanent deal after the Belgian
impressed in the Bundesliga with
seven goals in nine starts before an
ankle injury.
Kurt Zouma and Kenedy, on loan
at Stoke and Newcastle respectively,
could also move on, while Tomas Kalas
and Lucas Piazon could join Fulham
permanently if they are promoted to
the top flight.
The England internationals Ruben
Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham
will not be sold but Marco van Ginkel
and even Danny Drinkwater could
depart. David Luiz may consider the
changes in the dugout before confronting his future.
Abramovich is to be honoured by
the Federation of Jewish communities
of Russia, whose board of trustees he
chairs, for investing �0m into Jewish
communities in Russia, Israel and other
countries around the world. ?Much of
the work we do has been made possible
thanks to Mr Abramovich, and we are
deeply thankful for his continued support,? said the FJCR president, Rabbi
Alexander Boroda.
?We have more than 160 communities in all of Russia and Roman supports them all. He never talks about
it but I want to because people don?t
understand who is the source of it
is ? and it is him.? Chelsea have run a
prominent ?Say No to Antisemitism?
campaign, personally initiated by the
owner, since February.
The government and Sport England
have supported in principle the Football Association?s proposal to sell
Wembley Stadium if it releases �0m
for grassroots facilities, according to
sources close to the discussions.
Matthew Hancock, the minister
for digital, culture, media and sport,
echoed prime minister Theresa May?s
reaction that the FA should take supporters? views into account, but has
not rejected the idea of Wembley being
sold to the Fulham and NFL team
owner, Shahid Khan. While emphasising that reassurances must be given
to secure English football at Wembley,
Hancock supported the idea that a sale
could benefit the grassroots game.
?I look forward to hearing more
details about how any deal would help
the development of the game in this
country, and how it could help England
succeed on the pitch at the highest
level,? Hancock said in a statement.
Sport England, which awarded a
�0m lottery grant to fund the FA?s
purchase of the old Wembley in 1999
from its previous corporate owners
has not yet stated a position, but a
source said the agency also supports
the prospect of a sale in principle.
Sport England could waive repayment
of its grant if the FA guarantees that
the money will be invested in public
facilities and increasing participation.
If Khan, who will secure the option
of basing his NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, at Wembley, does
?I am not against
what the FA is
trying to do but you
don?t need to sell
y silver?
the family
Richard Caborn
ster
Former sport minister
�0m
Lottery grant from Sport England
towards building of new Wembley
3.6%
Share of �8bn TV deal the Premier
League contributes to grassroots
proceed with the mooted �0m purchase, suggestions are that the money
would be invested and the proceeds
used to build a new generation of artificial grass pitches. The FA chairman,
Greg Clarke, wrote in his letter to the
FA council explaining the discussions
that only one in three grass pitches
nationally are adequate.
Several people originally involved
in the project to construct the new
Wembley oppose the sale in principle. Richard Caborn, the Labour sports
minister at the time, told the Guardian
that the grant from Sport England
and �m from the government were
advanced on the assurance that Wembley would be ?a national stadium for
the national sport?. He argues that is
not compatible with selling Wembley,
and that football has enough money
already to fund grassroots facilities.
?I am not against what the FA is
trying to do but you don?t need to sell
the family silver,? Caborn said. ?With
the money in the Premier League they
should be giving a lot more to the
grassroots, and the FA should as well,
with the money from selling TV rights
to the England team?s matches. They
could also be more imaginative about
releasing more funds from Wembley.?
The Premier League contributes
�m annually to the Football Foundation for grassroots, which is matched
by the FA and government. Overall the
Premier League contributes �0m
to facilities and school and social
inclusion projects, 3.6% of its �8bn
annual TV deal. There is no prospect
of its clubs offering to pay more, while
the government has cut billions from
the funding to local authorities which
manage most public sports facilities.
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Namibia midfielder Oliver Risser
about the nation?s chances of
qualifying for the 2014 World Cup
as an important first step in my
reporting career.
Following Monday?s news,
I decided to flick through the
programmes from that season,
2011-12. Doing so proved to be a
heartwarming trip down memory
lane. I was reminded of the free
trading cards of Swindon legends,
as well as those dedicated to the
then-current crop, which somewhat
embarrassingly, I stuck on my
bedroom wall.
? A programme from the 1966 World
Cup final at Wembley Stadium
STEVE BROWN/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Why apps will
never beat paper
for old-school fans
Printed programmes are
under threat but for many
they are an essential part
of being a supporter,
writes爈ifelong Swindon
Town fan燘enjamin Wills
T
he revelation that
producing a match-day
programme may no
longer be an absolute
requirement for clubs in
the Football League from
next season was, for some, another
nail in the coffin for the traditional
ways of the sport in this country.
Football
In brief
Rangers
Murty exit opens door
further for Gerrard
Steven Gerrard has confirmed he
is in talks to take over at Rangers
after the departure of Graeme
Murty yesterday. Murty, who was
due to be in position only until the
end of the season as the club seeks
a permanent successor to Pedro
The matter will be discussed at
the league?s annual general meeting
next month, when a vote could see
a move to a more modern approach,
with the ?proliferation of digital and
social media? being one of the main
factors the EFL outlined as to why
this point has been reached.
As a lifelong Swindon supporter, I
sincerely hope programmes survive
the vote. For me, they are as much
part of the match-day routine as
purchasing an overpriced pie before
kick-off. For fans they are also a
collectible source of club history,
which is especially important for
teams who ply their trade below
the Premier League as, by and
Caixinha, departed Ibrox following
talks with Stewart Robertson,
the managing director. Rangers
remain in discussions with Gerrard
as they look to hire the Liverpool
youth coach as manager. ?There?s
truth in the rumours,? said Gerrard
yesterday. ?I?ve held initial talks
with the club and the plan is to pick
them up in a couple of days? time,
on Thursday, and we?ll see if we
can progress it.? It is understood
the 37-year-old continues to seek
assurances regarding what resources
he will be handed to revive the
fortunes of a club battling to finish
second in this season?s Scottish top
flight. Ewan Murray
large, their collective history takes
more digging into than a quick
Google search, as is the case for
Manchester City, Manchester United
and燙helsea.
I became a Swindon seasonticket holder during the summer
of 2011, when I turned 16, and
instantly went from someone who
went to the odd game at the County
Ground to a regular attendee. Being
a matchgoer爓as now a ritual and
that meant taking part in rituals,
like buying a programme from
the programme seller who always
stood ? and still does ? by the Magic
Roundabout.
The programme became the
mental distraction I needed at
half-time during freezing Tuesday
night games against Gillingham,
Burton Albion, and from there a
source of fascination, particularly
for someone keen on becoming a
sports爅ournalist.
The ?Face 2 Face? feature that
allowed supporters to ask players
questions, serious or otherwise,
became a route into the industry
and I look back on asking the
Being a matchgoer
meant taking
part in match-day
rituals, like buying
a programme
to the King Power Stadium at the
weekend. Jacob Steinberg
West Ham United
Moyes poised to drop
Carroll following row
Andy Carroll could be dropped
for West Ham?s match at Leicester
City on Saturday after a row with
David Moyes. Moyes was unhappy
with Carroll?s reaction to not
being involved in the 4-1 defeat to
Manchester City and the player was
unrepentant during talks with the
Scot on Monday, leading to him
being sent home from training.
It is now understood Moyes is
considering leaving the 29-year-old
out entirely when West Ham travel
T
hese days I cover
Swindon in a
professional capacity,
meaning I get given
a programme for
free on entering the
ground. This has changed my
relationship with them but never
have I forgotten the key part they
play in how fans engage with, and
consume, the club they support.
Whether that be as a memento from
their first game, an outlet to find out
more about the players and staff, or
simply something to pass the time,
before kick-off and at half-time.
Whether or not the 72 Football
League clubs vote in favour of
scrapping programmes next month,
there is little doubt their future
is under threat in this age of free
online content and the subsequent,
slow death of print. One solution
could be a digital, downloadable
programme ? something free to
obtain and easy to access via a
laptop, tablet or smart phone.
For many fans, though, there
is, and never will be, anything
quite like a programme in its most
traditional form ? on paper and on
sale outside of the ground. Part of a
lifelong ritual.
Leicester City
Albrighton charged
with misconduct by FA
? David Moyes may drop striker
Andy Carroll for the trip to Leicester
Marc Albrighton has been charged
with misconduct by the Football
Association following his red card
in the 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace
on Saturday. The Leicester winger
reacted angrily towards referee Mike
Dean following the dismissal. In a
statement the FA said Albrighton has
until 6pm tomorrow to respond to
the charge.? PA
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Sport
Football Champions League semi-?nal second leg
48
Ulreich?s blunder enables Real to
resist fierce Bayern onslaught
Real Madrid
2
Benzema 11 46
Bayern Munich
2
Kimmich 3, Rodr韌uez 63
Real Madrid win 4-3 on agg.
Possession
Real Madrid
44%
Bayern Munich
56%
Shots on target
4
12
Corners
6
11
Total attempts
9
15
Offsides
2
0
Fouls
10
Sid Lowe
Bernab閡
cYanmaGentaYellowbl
10
Real Madrid always find a way, they
say, and somehow they did ? all the
way to a third consecutive European
Cup final. For so long, they had the
Bavarians at the gates, the Santiago
Bernab閡 gripped by fear, but when
a wild, tense night was finally over,
there they were, still standing. A goal
down after three minutes, they were
not safe until the very, very end, but
it is they who made it to Kiev.
?The European Cup releases special
powers in Real Madrid,? Toni Kroos
had said; it does something to their
opponents too. For Bayern, 40 shots
over two legs ultimately proved less
decisive than three gifts, each greater
than the last.
This time it was Corentin Tolisso?s
blind back pass and Sven Ulreich?s slip
that ultimately cost them. For a long
time it appeared that they might overcome even that but standing before
them, diving before them too, were
Real Madrid, the team that knows
better than anyone else that to resist
is to win ? however you do it. And
late, very late, one last ball was sent
into Madrid?s area, desperate whis-
tles bursting ear drums. As it escaped
Thomas M黮ler, the referee blew at
last. ?That is how Madrid win!? they
chanted.
While Sergio Ramos had talked
about the importance of defensive
solidity and his hope that Madrid could
make the most of the counterattack,
but Zinedine Zidane?s diagnosis was
different, at least publicly. He warned
that Bayern would play ?without fear?.
The solution, Zidane said, was ?not
to take a step back?. Yet it was Bayern who began on the front foot and
swiftly levelled the aggregate score.
Just three minutes had gone when
the ball dropped to Joshua Kimmich
to score from close range.
Zidane had left out Casemiro,
instead playing Mateo Kovacic in
the middle of midfield. Luka Modric
played further to the right than normal, where part of his role appeared
to be support Lucas V醶quez, the
midfielder playing at full-back in the
absence of the injured Dani Carvajal.
V醶quez had faced Franck Rib閞y in
the final minutes of the first leg. He
had resisted but it had not been easy:
?Ribery is 35, but it is like he was 25,? he
commented afterwards. Now, he had
to do so again and, despite the support,
the task was made more difficult by
David Alaba overlapping.
With Modric drawn across, meanwhile, Bayern found space inside,
where James Rodr韌uez, playing deep,
found holes and Madrid were often
outnumbered. Marcelo?s superb cross
was headed in by Karim Benzema to
make it 1-1 after just 10 minutes, but
Bayern had always needed two anyway and continued to combine, even
if the final pass was often found wanting. Thomas M黮ler?s pull back was
poor, Alba forced a corner, and Robert
Lewandowski was unable to connect
with clarity.
When Madrid did break, overcoming the first obstacle, space opened
for them. Marcelo made his way to
the byline, close to the six-yard box
but, unsure whether to pull the ball
back or shoot, could not find the finish and from the corner, taken short,
Kroos was crowded out. Again, Madrid
had reached deep into the Bayern area.
They had not scored but they had suc-
ceeded, if momentarily, in concerning
Bayern. They soon stepped up once
more, though. M黮ler?s shot on the
turn was under-hit after Rib閞y had
gone beyond V醶quez and then, on the
half-hour, came an astonishing miss.
Mats Hummels had carried from
the back, going past three players
and slipping the ball into the area for
Lewandowski, alone. His shot looped
up off the body of Keylor Navas and
M黮ler leapt to head goalwards, the
ball hitting Marcelo?s back. It dropped
to Rodr韌uez but he volleyed over
from three yards. Soon after Cristiano
Ronaldo forced a save from Ulreich,
a reminder that the risk was always
there and Bayern must have felt that
they needed another goal before halftime. Tolisso curled wide and then
Marcelo appeared to handle before
Lewandowksi forced a corner. Amid
the whistles, Hummels headed wide.
The chance, it seemed was gone.
Barely 30 seconds into the second
half, it really had ? and in the most
absurd manner, Ulreich slipping and
Benzema, barely able to believe it, running the ball in. Tolisso had played the
pass blind and Ulreich froze, before
going to ground and watching in horror as Benzema strolled beyond him,
another ?gift? to add to the two Jupp
Heynckes had bemoaned in the first
leg. The game felt broken now, but it
wasn?t yet. Alaba?s shot was pushed
away by Navas and then Lewandowski
tumbled, challenged by Sergio Ramos.
Bayern were occasionally exposed, the
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Benzema
rises to
the top
for Real
Karim
Benzema
heads the
first of his two
goals to help
Real squeak
home on a
tense night at
the Bernab閡
PAUL HANNA/
REUTERS
49
Study o?ers
England hope
for World Cup
Spain can be considered favourites
for the World Cup, while England are
the fifth most likely to win the tournament, according to research group
CIES Football Observatory.
Their study looked at the number
of matches players were involved in at
domestic league level since July 2017
and the profile of clubs that they featured for, with 2010 winners Spain topping the list ahead of Brazil and France.
The 23 players Spain used most
often in the qualification stage played
on average 81.1% of domestic league
games, the highest figure of all 32
nations who will compete at Russia
2018.
Furthermore, their ?average sporting level of the clubs? is the greatest
given their squad comprises players
from teams like the consecutive Champions League winners Real Madrid,
the La Liga champions Barcelona and
the Premier League title winners,
Manchester City.
The reigning champions Germany
were fourth in the table while CIES
found England were more likely to
lift the trophy than their Group G
rivals Belgium, the 2014 runners-up
Argentina or the Euro 2016 champions
Portugal.
The England players used most frequently during qualifying appeared in
74% of domestic league matches ? a
figure bettered only by Spain, Brazil,
Denmark and Japan. PA
SCOTTISH PYRAMID PLAY-OFF
Second leg Spartans 2 Cove Rangers 1 (agg 2-5)
Results
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Play-offs: Semi-finals Ashton Utd 2 Farsley Celtic 1;
Warrington Town 0 Grantham Town 3
Cricket
KENT V PAKISTAN
Canterbury Pakistan 168 (Imam-ul-Haq 61;
WRS Gidman 5-47). Kent 209-4 (J Denly 113no,
SR Dickson 74). Match drawn.
Football
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Semi-final: Second leg
Real Madrid
Benzema 11 46
(1) 2
(agg 4-3)
game open, Ronaldo almost adding a
third, but they had to keep coming.
White bodies were on the line, ever
deeper, defending a 2-1 lead, just like in
the first leg, roars accompanying every
block, save and header clear.
Soon, it was a 2-2 they had to
defend. Tolisso couldn?t force home
and, on the hour, first Thiago Alc鈔tara and then Lewandowski fired
goalwards. Navas saved, the rebound
was blocked, the pressure grew, and
Bayern got the equaliser. Rodr韌uez
volleyed Niklas S黮e?s cross, reacted
swiftly to the rebound and guided the
ball under Navas from a tight angle. A
former Madrid player, he didn?t celebrate but the German fans did.
This was on a knife edge now,
nerves gripping this stadium, but if
there is a team that lives on the edge,
it is Madrid. Casemiro came on to contain, Gareth Bale to escape, but the pattern persisted. Chances came and went
before in the fourth minute of added
time Navas dived to punch once more,
M黮ler slid for it, but the ball evaded
him, taking the final with it.
Real Madrid
4-3-3
Navas; V醶quez?,
V鋜ane?, Ramos,
Marcelo; Modric?,
Kovacic (Casemiro?
73), Kroos; Ronaldo,
Benzema (Bale 72),
Asensio (Nacho 88)
Subs not used
Fern醤dez, Casilla,
Mayoral, Ceballos
Bayern Munich
4-5-1
Ulreich; Kimmich, S黮e,
Hummels, Alaba; Tolisso
(Wagner 75), Alc鈔tara,
M黮ler, Rodr韌uez
(Mart韓ez 84), Rib閞y;
Lewandowski
Subs not used
Rafinha, Mai, Rudy, Starke,
Dorsch
Referee Cuneyt 莂kir (Tur) Attendance 81,000
cYanmaGentaYellowbl
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P
Wigan P
45
Blackburn P
45
Shrewsbury
45
Rotherham
45
Scunthorpe
45
Charlton
45
Plymouth
45
Peterborough
45
Portsmouth
45
Southend
45
Bradford
45
Blackpool
45
Bristol Rovers
45
Doncaster
45
Oxford Utd
45
Fleetwood
45
Gillingham
45
Walsall
45
AFC Wimbledon
45
Oldham
45
Rochdale
45
Northampton
45
MK Dons R
45
Bury R
45
Bayern Munich
Kimmich 3
Rodr韌uez 63
81,000
(1) 2
Tennis
W
28
27
25
23
19
20
19
17
19
17
18
15
16
13
15
15
12
13
13
11
10
12
10
8
D
11
12
12
7
16
11
11
13
6
11
8
15
10
17
11
9
17
13
13
16
18
10
12
11
L
6
6
8
15
10
14
15
15
20
17
19
15
19
15
19
21
16
19
19
18
17
23
23
26
F
88
80
60
72
64
58
56
68
55
58
56
60
60
52
60
57
45
53
45
56
48
41
42
39
A
29
39
38
53
49
50
54
58
56
62
66
54
66
51
64
68
53
64
56
73
57
75
69
69
GD
+59
+41
+22
+19
+15
+8
+2
+10
-1
-4
-10
+6
-6
+1
-4
-11
-8
-11
-11
-17
-9
-34
-27
-30
Pts
95
93
87
76
73
71
68
64
63
62
62
60
58
56
56
54
53
52
52
49
48
46
42
35
Bradford City
Lund 45
(1) 1
Walsall
Oztumer 22
(1) 1
Doncaster
7,094
(0) 0
AFC Wimbledon
(0) 0
Scunthorpe
Adelakun 32
Toney 60
(1) 2
Plymouth
(0) 0
4,712
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
P
Accrington C
45
Luton P
45
Wycombe P
45
45
Exeter
Notts County
45
Coventry
45
Lincoln City
45
Mansfield
45
Carlisle
45
Swindon
45
Newport County
45
Colchester
45
Cambridge Utd
45
Crawley
45
Stevenage
45
Crewe
45
Cheltenham
45
Grimsby
45
Port Vale
45
Yeovil
45
Forest Green
45
Morecambe
45
Barnet
45
Chesterfield R
45
Chesterfield
Dennis 71
4,608
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Bengaluru Royal Challengers Bangalore 167-7 (M Vohra 45,
BB McCullum 37; HH Pandya 3-28). Mumbai Indians 153-7
(HH Pandya 50). Bangalore Royal Challengers won by 14 runs.
W
29
25
23
23
21
22
20
18
17
19
16
16
16
16
14
16
13
12
11
12
13
9
11
10
(0) 1
D
6
12
12
8
13
8
14
17
15
8
15
14
13
10
13
5
12
12
14
11
8
18
10
8
L
10
8
10
14
11
15
11
10
13
18
14
15
16
19
18
24
20
21
20
22
24
18
24
27
F
76
94
78
63
71
64
63
66
61
64
55
53
51
57
60
60
66
39
49
58
54
41
43
47
A
43
46
60
54
48
47
47
51
53
65
57
51
60
65
64
74
71
66
62
74
74
56
65
80
Newport County
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Play-off quarter-final: First leg
Dunfermline 0 Dundee Utd 0
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Play-off quarter-final: First leg
Stenhousemuir 1 Queen?s Park 1
GD
+33
+48
+18
+9
+23
+17
+16
+15
+8
-1
-2
+2
-9
-8
-4
-14
-5
-27
-13
-16
-20
-15
-22
-33
Pts
93
87
81
77
76
74
74
71
66
65
63
62
61
58
55
53
51
48
47
47
47
45
43
38
(0) 0
ATP BMW OPEN (Munich)
First round: J-L Struff (Ger) bt D Masur (Ger) 7-6 (7-1)
6-4; Y Maden (Ger) bt Y Sugita (Jpn) 4-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-2;
P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt I Karlovic (Cro) 7-5 6-2;M Zverev
(Ger) bt A Haider-Maurer (Aut) 6-4 6-3; M Fucsovics (Hun)
bt G Pella (Arg) 6-4 7-5; M Marterer (Ger) bt D Brown (Ger)
6-5 ret; C Ruud (Nor) bt M Copil (Rom) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3;
M Basic (Bos) bt G Monfils (Fr) 6-2 3-6 6-3; M Cecchinato
(It) bt F Fognini (It) 5-7 6-3 6-2
ATP MILLENNIUM ESTORIL OPEN (Portugal)
First round: R Carball閟 Baena (Sp) bt B Fratangelo (US)
7-6 (7-1) 6-3; S Bolelli (It) bt J Domingues (Por) 6-3 6-2;
R Ojeda Lara (Sp) bt F Ferreira Silva (Por) 6-4 7-5; N Kicker
(Arg) bt T Smyczek (US) 6-2 6-2; J Sousa (Por) bt
D Medvedev (Rus) 7-6 (7-1) 7-5; F Delbonis (Arg) bt
A Ramos Vi駉las (Sp) 6-2 6-4; C Norrie (GB) bt R Haase
(Neth) 6-4 3-6 6-3; S Tsitsipas (Gr) bt P And鷍ar (Sp) 7-6
(7-2) 6-3; N Jarry (Chl) bt L Mayer (Arg) 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4
ATP TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL OPEN (Turkey)
First round: J Chardy (Fr) bt N Basilashvili (Geo) 7-5 6-3;
R Dutra da Silva (Br) bt R Albot (Mol) 6-4 6-4; T Monteiro
(Br) bt G Melzer (Aut) 6-2 3-6 6-1; J Vesely (Cze) bt
D Gimeno Traver (Sp) 6-3 6-1; T Fabbiano (It) bt M Youzhny
(Rus) 6-1 6-1; D Lajovic (Ser) bt J Millman (Aus) 6-4 6-0;
M Jaziri (Tun) bt M Ilhan (Tur) 6-1 6-2
WTA GRAND PRIX DE SAR (Rabat, Morocco)
First round: E Mertens (Bel) bt K Kucova (Svk) 6-0 6-0;
A Tomljanovic (Aus) bt S Soler Espinosa (Sp) 6-2 3-6 6-1;
A Krunic (Ser) bt L Arruabarrena (Sp) 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-2;
M Frech (Pol) bt C McHale (US) 7-5 7-5; L Siegemund
(Ger) bt A Bogdan (Rom) 6-4 6-1; K Zavatska (Ukr) bt
D El Jardi (Mor) 6-2 6-3; A Dulgheru (Rom) bt T Babos
(Hun) 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-5; P Badosa Gibert (Sp) bt F Ferro
(Fr) 5-7 6-4 6-0
WTA J&T BANKA PRAGUE OPEN (Czech Republic)
First round: P Kvitova (Cz) bt T Smitkova (Cz) 6-1 6-3;
A Lottner (Ger) bt M Barthel (Ger) 6-0 7-5; Zhang S (Chn)
bt S V鰃ele (Sui) 6-4 7-5; M Buzarnescu (Rom) bt
B Haddad Maia (Br) 6-1 7-5; C Giorgi (It) bt B Strycova (Cz)
6-0 2-6 6-2; E G Ruse (Rom) bt B Pera (US) 2-6 6-1 7-5;
D Allertova (Cz) bt P Schnyder (Sui) 6-4 6-4; K Pliskova
(Cz) bt A Sasnovich (Blr) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3; J Paolini (It) bt
D Kasatkina (Rus) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.
Cycling
ESCHBORN-FRANKFURT CLASSIC (Germany)
Race result: 1 A Kristoff (Nor) UAE-Emirates 5hr 13min
24sec; 2 M Matthews (Aus) Sunweb; 3 O Naesen (Bel) AG2R
La Mondiale; 4 A Pasqualon (It) Wanty all at same time.
Fixtures
Football (7.45pm unless stated)
Uefa Champions League
Semi-final: Second leg Roma v Liverpool
Vanarama National League
Play-offs: First round Aldershot v Ebbsfleet Utd (7pm)
Vanarama National League North
Play-offs: First round Kidderminster v Bradford PA;
Stockport County v Chorley
Vanarama National League South
Play-offs: First round Hampton & Richmond v Truro City;
Hemel Hempstead v Braintree
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Play-offs: Semi-finals King?s Lynn v Weymouth;
Slough Town v Kettering
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
Semi-finals: First leg Alloa v Raith; Arbroath v Dumbarton
Ladbrokes Scottish League One
Semi-finals: First leg Stirling Albion v Peterhead
Press & Journal Highland League
Fort William v Keith
Ferrari Packaging Lowland League
Selkirk v Civil Service Strollers (7.15pm); Whitehill Welfare
v BSC Glasgow (7.15pm);Vale of Leithen v Cumbernauld
Colts (7.15pm)
FA Women?s Super League Two
Tottenham v Millwall
Totti pleads for calm ? ?We want
to dress Rome in its best suit?
Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Rome
Francesco Totti, the revered former
captain and symbol of Roma, warned
fans to behave and urged calm
before tonight?s Champions League
semi-final with Liverpool, as the city
braced itself for possible outbreaks of
violence.
From a ban on alcohol around
Stadio Olimpico that took effect last
night to plans to open the stadium
early for Liverpool fans, Roman officials have sought to put measures in
place to prevent the kind of violence
that erupted in Liverpool last week.
Sean Cox, a Liverpool fan from
Ireland, remains in critical condition
with serious head injuries after allegedly being attacked last Tuesday night
by two Italians outside Anfield.
The attack put the spotlight on
Roma?s violent ultras, who were seen
attacking Liverpool fans while wearing balaclavas and face scarves, swinging ropes and bats as they sang songs
insulting their opponents. The ultra
fans hav
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