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Nepal earthquake: what the thousands of victims share is that they are poor
‘If we had money we would have built a strong house,’ says one woman who, like hundreds of thousands of others across Nepal, has been left homelessAfter more than 36 hours of darkness, Garima Saha, 12, woke up on Monday morning in a makeshift orthopaedic surgery ward in the reception hall of a hospital in central Kathmandu.When she opened her eyes, finally regaining consciousness having been buried for nine hours in rubble after Saturday’s earthquake, she found she was safe, but in great pain with multiple fractures to her shoulder. She also learned that her mother and elder brother were dead. Related: Nepal earthquake: fears grow for remote villages as nearly 3,800 confirmed dead Related: Nepal earthquake: '90% of his village was destroyed before his eyes' Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:11:35 GMT)

'Bizarre' Jurassic dinosaur discovered in remarkable new find
Chilesaurus diegosuarezi was related to Tyrannosaurus rex, but was vegetarian and has other curious featuresFossil hunters in Chile have unearthed the remains of a bizarre Jurassic dinosaur that combined a curious mixture of features from different prehistoric animals.The evolutionary muddle of a beast grew to the size of a small horse and was the most abundant animal to be found 145 million years ago, in what is now the Aysén region of Patagonia. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:25:14 GMT)

Conservatives take three-point lead over Labour in Guardian/ICM poll
Tory support edges up to 35% with Labour standing still on 32%, in survey that also finds NHS still top priority for votersConservative support has edged up in the latest Guardian/ICM campaign poll, with David Cameron’s party registering a three-point lead over Labour.The Tories have advanced by one percentage point on the previous ICM survey a week ago, to 35%. Labour stands still on 32%. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:00:19 GMT)

Bali Nine: Indonesia vows to press ahead with executions
Attorney general says it will announce the date for executions on Tuesday despite last-minute legal challengeIndonesia says it is to press ahead with the execution of nine drug smugglers this week in the face of frantic diplomatic and legal representations.The Indonesian attorney general’s office said it would announce on Tuesday the date of the executions. Related: Death penalty in Indonesia: an executioner's story Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:54:49 GMT)

High court ruling paves way for courts to decide whether bridge is a sport
English Bridge Union seeks to overturn Sport England’s refusal to recognise the card game as a legitimate sport Bridge, the genteel and physically unchallenging card game played by millions, may exercise the brain muscle, but is it a sport? Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:56:40 GMT)

Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds
Researchers say heatwaves that previously occurred once every three years are now happening every 200 days thanks to global warmingExtreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to new research.Global warming over the last century means heat extremes that previously only occurred once every 1,000 days are happening four to five times more often, the study published in Nature Climate Change said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:03:32 GMT)

Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky to be charged over child abuse images
CPS draws up charges against Bukovsky, 72, who moved to Britain in 1976 after exposing Soviet misuse of psychiatry against political prisonersThe veteran Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky is to be prosecuted for making and possessing indecent images of children.The Crown Prosecution Service has drawn up charges against Bukovsky, 72, involving five counts of making indecent images of children, five of possessing of indecent images of children and one of possession of a prohibited image. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:57:35 GMT)

UK's big four banks face extra £19bn in fines, analysts predict
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s estimates total costs for Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Lloyds on top of £42bn already paid in the five years to 2014The UK’s big four high-street banks face another £19bn of conduct and litigation charges by the end of 2016 as they continue to pay the price for past mistakes, according to analysts. The estimates, from ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, are for Barclays, HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. They come on top of £42bn of charges in the five years to 2014. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:01:40 GMT)

Boston Marathon bomber unlikely to be executed – even if jury votes for death
Nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs has only made it less probable that the federal government – which has only executed three people since the late 60s – will put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to deathBill Richard has been watching the government seek death for his son’s killer for months.Since the beginning of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Richard, whose eight-year-old son Martin was one of three people killed at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon and whose six-year-old daughter Jane lost a leg, has sat in the courtroom almost every day. Often, his wife Denise, who was blinded in one eye by the bomb that killed her son, sat by his side. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:30:31 GMT)

Salman Rushdie slams critics of PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute
The author called writers who had objected to the award, including Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje and Francine Prose, ‘Six Authors in Search of a bit of Character’Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him, has spoken out strongly against the decision by six of his fellow authors to withdraw from the PEN annual gala in New York over the organisation’s decision to honour Charlie Hebdo with its freedom of expression courage award. Related: Peter Carey among writers to protest PEN honour for Charlie Hebdo .@JohnTheLeftist @NickCohen4 The award will be given. PEN is holding firm. Just 6 pussies. Six Authors in Search of a bit of Character. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:07:28 GMT)

Mass demonstration planned over 'beach body ready' tube advert
Thousands of people angered by the advert for Protein World weight-loss products will protest in Hyde Park on SaturdayPeople angered by a controversial advert featuring a bikini-wearing model and asking “Are you beach body ready?” are planning a demonstration, complaining that the campaign promotes negative body issues. Related: Am I beach body ready? Advertisers, that’s none of your business | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett Loved seeing this earlier. I love london! #everybodysready pic.twitter.com/EUknYR55lWBeen waiting for this ad to cause a stir #eachbodysready #everybodysready pic.twitter.com/WTMLLzCujC@lawrencedarcy This is not feminism, it is extremism. #getagrip #BeachBodyReady #Winning Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:54:10 GMT)

Former general sued over death of Catholic minibus driver during Troubles
Legal papers served on Sir Frank Kitson and the MoD accusing them of complicity in 1973 attack by loyalist paramilitaries in BelfastA retired army general is being sued over the death of a Catholic minibus driver at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.Legal papers have been served on Sir Frank Kitson and the Ministry of Defence accusing them of complicity in the February 1973 attack by loyalist paramilitaries. The MoD said there was no evidence to support the allegations. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42:11 GMT)

Stephen Hawking tells fans Zayn Malik could still be in a parallel One Direction
Holographic Hawking suggests theoretical physics might come to the aid of the band’s fans who long to have the singer still in its lineupStephen Hawking has told One Direction fans to pay close attention to theoretical physics because it might come up with proof of an alternative universe in which Zayn Malik is still in the band. The physicist and cosmologist appeared in holographic form at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, streamed in from Cambridge University in the UK. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:56:33 GMT)

Mourners pay respects to Freddie Gray after night of violence in Baltimore
People queue to file past the 25-year-old’s coffin on SundayFollows arrest of 34 people in protests on Saturday night Mourners filed for hours past the coffin of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Sunday as they paid respects following a night of violent protests.All afternoon, a steady stream of people entered the funeral home for a wake for the 25-year-old black man who died a week after an encounter with police left him with grave spinal injuries. Related: 'Freddie Gray was me': frustration with police simmers after death in Baltimore Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:02:50 GMT)

Trial of radioactive implants offers improved prostate cancer survival
Treatment using permanently implanted radioactive ‘seeds’ doubles rates of five-year tumour-free survival compared with conventional high-dose radiotherapyA prostate cancer treatment using permanently implanted radioactive “seeds” doubles rates of five-year tumour-free survival compared with conventional high-dose radiotherapy, a study has found.Low-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy (LDR-PB) involves the insertion of tiny radioactive implants into the prostate gland. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:02:10 GMT)

'Who will protect, provide, shelter, build?' Why privatisation is the key to the election
For a century, left and right in Britain believed in universal access to education, health and housing. The Thatcher era changed everything. As the political parties battle it out, is there any alternative to the privatisation, breakup and foreign takeover of vital services?With a few days to go to one of the tightest elections Britain has known, I found myself doing something I, like most people, hardly ever do: reading a political speech. The Conservative MP who made it is seen as an amiable, able plodder wary of offending anyone, even his political enemies. The Spectator calls him “blankly unimaginative”. So why do parts of what he had to say that day in February make him sound as if he is standing in the pews of the Commons waving a bottle of petrol with a burning rag stuffed in it?Parliament, he said, could do much for the working classes, “to take them out of that miserable condition in which they now find themselves – namely that, even if they want to have decent homes, they cannot get them”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:04:14 GMT)

The worst election campaign leaflets – including 'Vote Name Surname'
By now, you should have had dozens of leaflets through the letterbox from politicians vying for your vote – with help from our readers, here are some pointers for the people creating campaign materialsThis 4 page newspaper-style leaflet was distributed in Kingston and Surbiton constituency by Ed Davey's team. The only way you would know it was from the Liberal Democrats was by the tiny imprint at the bottom of the back page.Sent via GuardianWitness By ID651971 30 March 2015, 11:37 so much faith in a man that can spell my constituency right on his promo leaflet #Labour pic.twitter.com/cULmqzP98J@ScotTories Why not learn to spell the constituency name if you want to represent us (FYI it's Loudoun). #GE15 pic.twitter.com/if8Q9mvbpuUKIP never fail to impress... (a leaflet marked by an English teacher in Frome) pic.twitter.com/k5KE9wItRtGood to see that Labour ran their leaflet through a spellchecker before sending it out... pic.twitter.com/EEQce2eoOfMy local Tory candidate's leaflet came today. I certainly will vote for a candidate with a name AND a surname. pic.twitter.com/5yDm9rYi0cUnfortunate fold in Tory Matthew Hancock's election leaflet for West Suffolk pic.twitter.com/KGSmwq2yQLI'm not a huge fan of them either, Simon, but isn't that a bit extreme? pic.twitter.com/6qbtMyf6IzAs you may be able to see. Andrew George represents West Cornwall and the Scilly Isles. One of his on-going promises has been to support local business. However, whilst his election leaflet has at least been designed in his constituency, it has been printed in SOMERSET.Sent via GuardianWitness By Richard Hoare 30 March 2015, 15:19 'Only the Conservatives can stop Labour', screams the leaflet received from the Tory candidate for Hall Green, citing a national YouGov poll and imploring constituents to vote Conservative.'Only the Lib Dems can beat Labour in the Hall Green constituency', cries the leaflet received on the same day from the Liberal Democrat candidate, citing the result of the constituency's vote in the 2010 election.Sent via GuardianWitness By Petelemania 7 April 2015, 22:34 Expecting Labour's next leaflet to be written in comic sans. pic.twitter.com/VILzOSZfTF Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:01:18 GMT)

Since when were music festivals al fresco fashion shows?
At a music festival, self-consciousness should be left behind – along with personal hygiene. And you can’t really do that if you’re fretting about whether your Native American headdress really works with your Isabel Marant boho topI’ve been seeing a lot in magazines of late about “festival fashion”. But what exactly is “festival fashion”?Understandably confused readers, Everywhere Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:13:58 GMT)

How we made the Brompton folding bike
Andrew Ritchie, inventor: ‘I set out to make a magic carpet you can keep in your pocket. It’s been a perilous journey’It’s the same old thing lots of people have dreamed of having – a magic carpet you can keep in your pocket. Of course, what I achieved was rather chunkier, but it was still pretty manageable compared with other fold-up bikes out there. Before the Brompton, most portable bikes were fold-in-half things, not something you’d want to carry around. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:52:17 GMT)

The 40 best restaurants in Britain
Forty chefs open up their address books for Observer Food Monthly and reveal their favourite places to eat, from Inverness to Paignton and from Michelin-starred restaurants to a pie and mash shop1 Wright Brothers, SpitalfieldsChosen by Angela Hartnett, Murano, Cafe MuranoWhat with Hawksmoor, Tramshed and the rest, east London’s dead meaty these days, so Wright Brothers made a very welcome change when it opened a year or so back. It’s a brilliant fish joint that just happens to be five minutes’ walk from my house. I often pop in for a quick bite and a drink, and I love sitting at the long, marble-topped bar. In fact, I’ll sit there even when I’m having a full-blown meal – it’s just so classy and conducive to eating great fish. The starters have a slight Italian slant, which is right up my street, but it’s the fresh-as-can-be shellfish you really come for. It always takes me ages to choose what to have, which I’ve always thought is a sign of a good restaurant. I start off wanting everything on the menu, then whittle it down to something more manageable.Must-have The oysters – they have such a wide selection. And the deep-fried olives, to keep you going while you make up your mind what else to have.Wright Brothers, 8a Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EA, 020 7377 8706, thewrightbrothers.co.uk Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:04 GMT)

The problem with keeping your phone in your bra
Erna Solberg, the Norwegian PM, slipped her mobile into a bra while watching a football match. Has she considered the consequences?“It is neither a common nor long-lasting place for me to keep my phone,” the Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg told reporters, after the video footage emerged. There she is, watching a game of football. “Tsk. Annoying mobile phones. Where is a lady supposed to keep it?” says her face, whereupon she slips it into her bra.The eight immediate problems with the tactic are as follows: Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:19:12 GMT)

Don’t rush to Nepal to help. Read this first
You may want to help victims of the earthquake, but they don’t need unskilled volunteers or aid they can’t use. Here’s what you can do that won’t get in the wayAs someone who has considered Nepal home for many years, the shock on hearing the news of the earthquake that has devastated the country was extreme. I felt pained at being away from home – cut off in rural Cambodia – at a time like this, impotent and powerless.The quake has left thousands dead, many more injured and even more without shelter. What we also know from tracking events in natural disasters all over the world is that the situation only gets worse in the weeks following the event, as hospitals become overwhelmed, basic supplies become scarce and those living in temporary shelters succumb to exposure and disease. The example fresh in everyone’s minds is the 2010 earthquake in Haiti – a country in a similar economic condition to Nepal and which, despite an enormous influx of international aid, is still recovering from the disaster five years later. Related: Nepal earthquake: how to donate Related: Nepal earthquake: fears grow for remote villages as nearly 3,800 confirmed dead More than your plane ticket or your collection of old T-shirts, what is most needed in Nepal right now is money Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:04:19 GMT)

Join the Guardian's climate change campaign
200 energy companies hold humanity’s future in their pockets. But where we put our money makes us all complicit. It’s time to invest in a better future. Join us Continue reading...
(Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:30:46 GMT)

Same-sex marriage: US supreme court has few choices but to 'end the debate'
Historic arguments will force justices to signal support for nationwide constitutional right, legal experts say, as continuing support of marriage bans would be ‘reckless and irresponsible’The highest court in the United States on Tuesday will hear arguments in one of the last major undecided civil rights struggles in American history – whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right – but this particular landmark case for equality may already be open and shut.The US supreme court has a reputation for being contrarian and unpredictable. Its key swing votes are often shrouded in mystery until decisions arrive at the end of each term. Related: Top lawyers say supreme court will back gay marriage despite GOP opposition Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:52:27 GMT)

What we learned from the weekend’s TV: no-one wants Poldark's putrid throat
There was a bad case of plotline overload during the last episode of Poldark, some sous-vide action on the MasterChef final, and some hair issues on both The Big Bang Theory and Three in a BedAnd so he rides for the last time. Until series two (already commissioned). The last episode of Poldark (Sunday, BBC1) and the last opportunity to understand the subplot involving angry pseudo-aristo types, copper and smelting works. But what’s this? The Putrid Throat. “I would not wish the Putrid Throat on my last enemy,” said the Captain. At least aunt Agatha (Poldark’s answer to Downton’s Cousin Violet) is not at risk. “Ninety-three and the appetite of a girl of 20,” she announced, whilst snaffling her nephew’s supper. This was not a cheery episode. Please not Demelza! The Twin Peaks hallucinogenic bit was a bit weird. And then the worst: a dead baby. “Everything I touch is cursed,” said Poldark, overwhelmed by the attendance at his daughter’s funeral. But what’s this? A shipwreck. Bringing pilchards for all. Or not quite all. “T’ain’t right. T’ain’t fair. T’ain’t proper. T’is our beach.” But what’s this? Off to jail! Huge emotions, lots of excellent acting, probably a bit too much flashing between different plotlines. True of this episode. And true of the whole series. Adieu, Captain. See some glimpses of your chest again soon. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:01:44 GMT)

The 100 best novels: No 84 – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1966)
Truman Capote’s non-fiction novel, a true story of bloody murder in rural Kansas, opens a window on the dark underbelly of postwar AmericaSome of the greatest books on this list are built on narratives that could have been torn from the pages of a newspaper (The Great Gatsby is a good example). In Cold Blood, subtitled “A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences”, grandly described by Capote as “a non-fiction novel”, actually began as a New York Times murder story that became transformed into a tale of spine-tingling suspense and extraordinary intuition. It was Capote’s genius to understand that this midwest killing had a mythic quality, and that the sinister murderers opened up the dark underbelly of postwar America.During the early hours of 15 November 1959, in the small prairie community of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of a prosperous farming family, the Clutters, were savagely murdered by shotgun blasts discharged at close quarters into their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and hardly any clues. The local FBI investigator, Alvin Dewey, had never seen a crime so meaningless or “so vicious”, and vowed to hunt down and convict the killers, whatever the cost. More darkly, the backstory to Capote’s book became a private tragedy, etched between the lines of a brilliant quasi-journalistic investigation, that would haunt Capote throughout his writing life. Related: Observer review: Summer Crossing by Truman Capote Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:45:02 GMT)

The game that takes on the Nazis: 'I wanted to show Poland's heroism'
Seven Days of Westerplatte is a passion project highlighting Polish resistance in the second world war – despite its creator being born 44 years after it finishedOn 1 September, 1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on the Polish military depot at Westerplatte. The attack marked the beginning of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, and with it the second world war.For the small Polish garrison, the odds seemed overwhelming. Just 209 men found themselves besieged by over 3,000 German troops. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:04 GMT)

Get It Together by Zoe Williams review – a compelling call to political arms
The Guardian writer’s bid to combat voter apathy and mobilise the left is laced with humour and insightApathy is now the big winner at general elections: in 2010, more than 16 million people who were eligible to vote chose not to, with turnout lowest among the young and the poor. Fewer and fewer of us see the mainstream political parties as our salvation, with less than 1% of the British electorate counting themselves as a member of the Conservative, Lib Dem or Labour parties.So what new forces should fill this vacuum? Zoe Williams’s Get It Together, a whistlestop tour of today’s great leftwing causes, offers a clue. The usual criticism of books like this is that they revel in gawking at our problems, but make their excuses and leave when it comes to finding solutions. But Williams doesn’t wimp out, even when the answers are partial and imperfect: “Waiting for a saint appeals to a kind of leftwing purism, which has a lot in common with eco-purism (do nothing, unless you can do everything), but it’s suffocating, and defeatist, and a waste of democracy.” There are any number of campaigns and collectives worth your time. You just have to be willing to muck in with other people and to expend a little more effort than signing an online petition. Related: Is the left in Britain still alive and well? She has the knack of rendering complicated arguments engaging and accessible Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:06 GMT)

The banks want your current accounts, but who offers the best deals?
As the competition grows fiercer by the day more than a million customers have now taken the plunge and switchedYou might still feel that you are more likely to divorce your spouse than change your current account (according to the oft –quoted adage) but a significant 1.1 million people have taken the plunge and switched to another bank in the past year. And the majority of these – more than 300,000 – moved to just two banks – Santander and Halifax.According to industry figures released last week, in the year to September 2014, the first full year of speeded-up current account switching, the Spanish-owned banking giant made a net gain of 170,551 customers. This put it slightly ahead of Halifax, which offers cash to switch and which made a net gain of 156,639. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:05 GMT)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 introduces co-op campaign and cyber-soldiers
Developer Treyarch promises to modernise the Call of Duty experience with open environments and a ‘specialist’ soldier system for multiplayerCall of Duty is not going “open world” – not yet. But with Black Ops 3, the third title in the covert war spin-off series, it is taking a small step in that direction. As leaked by Call of Duty (CoD) news site CharlieIntel on Friday, this year’s CoD instalment will feature a four-player co-operative campaign mode, allowing friends to take on the story together. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:24:25 GMT)

Ameneh Bahrami: was I right to pardon the man who blinded me with acid?
Interview: The Iranian woman who decided at the last moment not to take the sight of the man who disfigured her, explains why her quest for justice is not overOne autumn afternoon 10 years ago, Ameneh Bahrami was leaving work in Tehran when she was confronted by a young man she had repeatedly refused to marry. The stubborn suitor, unable to cope with rejection, had pestered and threatened her many times before that day, but she had no idea what he was about to do. “He had a red container in his hands,” she recalled. “He looked into my eyes and threw acid in my face.” Those few seconds left Bahrami, 26, blind and disfigured. He kept swearing at me as they prepared him on the bed. There was nothing to indicate he was sorry Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:19:12 GMT)

Goodfellas: Robert De Niro and film's other stars celebrate an American classic
The 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s mafia film was marked with an all-star screening at Tribeca to a rambunctious audience response and Jon Stewart“You’re over there in Row X. I mean no disrespect.”Even the ushers were getting in on the act at the Tribeca Film Festival’s rowdy closing night film and party. It was an opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary (and new 4K remaster) of what may not be co-founder Robert De Niro’s best movie, but certainly his most entertaining. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:43:32 GMT)

Why my part as the coward father was so hated, by Force Majeure star
Johannes Bah Kuhnke explains how the film approaches masculinityHe has played literature’s most famous predatory paedophile in Lolita; a transsexual glam rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and a gay man living a double life in The Pride. But according to Johannes Bah Kuhnke, none of these roles has challenged his masculinity, or indeed drawn as much disdain from the audience as Tomas, the attractive, well-to-do family man whose sense of self is so mercilessly torn apart in Force Majeure, the celebrated new film by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, which has received rave reviews since its release in the UK.Tomas is on a skiing holiday in the Alps with his Norwegian wife and two children when an avalanche roars towards the mountaintop cafe where they are having lunch, for one horrifying instant appearing as if it is going to wipe them all out. Instead of rushing to save his family, Tomas panics and runs, and the emotional fallout from this momentary failure becomes more and more excruciating to observe throughout the film. Related: Force Majeure review – a disaster movie without a disaster | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:00:10 GMT)

How the Conservatives orchestrated the letter from business leaders - and got it wrong
Rather than pretending they had little or no involvement in the latest letter to the Telegraph, the Tories left whopping great paw marks all over itRead the full Telegraph list in PDF form and see who authored itPolitical parties used to make strenuous efforts to pretend that they had little or no involvement when business leaders or any other group capable of reaching out to swing voters endorsed a party.The Tories followed that rule book when the Daily Telegraph published a letter at the beginning of the “short” election campaign earlier this month signed by 103 business executives endorsing the party. Needless to say, the prime minister’s tennis partner and Tory co-chair, Lord Feldman, played a key role in organising the letter, whose signatories included 32 business leaders who have donated more than £9m to the Conservatives.TELEGRAPH EXCLUSIVE LETTER: 'A change now would be far too risky' #tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers pic.twitter.com/VxIOT0uZt2Find Tory fingerprints on "bosses" letter to @Telegraph. First, see fabricated story here: http://t.co/9e1MRl1Qd1 pic.twitter.com/OhdhQMTO0A.@Telegraph My Sales Director did not sign "the letter" (at position 413). Please remove his name and our company details immediately.The @Telegraph have confirmed that they will remove our name from this morning's letter. Company policy is to remain politically unaligned. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:11:02 GMT)

I fear this election is turning me into an English nationalist
We were told that devolution would strengthen the union. It’s now clear it achieved the oppositeIn 1951, the general election was held on St Crispin’s Day, with echoes of Agincourt – “Cry God for Harry, England and St George” – though that probably didn’t account for the rather flukey Tory victory. Last Thursday’s St George’s Day passed almost unnoticed; his red and white cross only appears in profusion during the World Cup (and much good did he do us last summer).And yet the great unspoken theme of this election is “the English question”. Related: In Scotland, an epic political journey is under way, its destination as yet unknown | Neal Ascherson From when devolution first appeared as a serious prospect I was instinctively opposed to it, and couldn’t understand why Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:23:42 GMT)

Tories have yet to reap reward of putting economy at heart of election strategy
Experts say that while inflation and unemployment matter, what’s happening to pay packets makes more difference to pollsThe Conservatives have put the economy at the heart of their election strategy in the belief that it would give them a decisive lead over Labour.This approach will still be justified if there is a swing to the Tories in the last 10 days of the campaign. But so far, despite zero inflation, falling unemployment and rising consumer confidence, David Cameron has yet to reap a significant “growth dividend”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:16:38 GMT)

David Cameron: I feel bloody lively about election
PM tries to display passion in response to critics who have described Tory campaign as managerial and dull David Cameron says he feels “bloody lively” about the general election as he embarked on a second day of campaigning from the heart in which he is attempting to win over wavering voters by showing some passion.In response to Conservative critics who have described the party’s campaign as managerial and dull, the prime minister said there were only 10 days left to protect hardworking families, who were the “magic ingredient” powering the economic recovery. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:28:18 GMT)

The wooing of the DUP: how Paisley’s party may hold the keys to No 10
Founded by Ian Paisley, who once campaigned to ‘save Ulster from sodomy’, the Northern Irish party hails from a tradition alien to many outside the provinceThe Democratic Unionist party appears, at first glance, to be an unlikely partner for any party seeking to govern the United Kingdom as a whole. Related: Conservative party is losing our support over Scotland, warns DUP Related: Conservative party is losing our support over Scotland, warns DUP Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:55:12 GMT)

I’m sick of this estate agent election
Home ownership is being touted as an election bribe, when what Britain really needs is a housing policy that stitches people into the social fabricIn the blur of last-minute election promises, party leaders have come to resemble glorified estate agents, each selling dream houses at knock-down prices. They are bidding against each other to make home-owning more affordable. Cameron’s utterly bizarre policy, to make the most secure of the rental sector’s tenants – those of Housing Associations – able to buy their own properties, has been met with Miliband’s promise to cut stamp duty on properties worth less than £300,000 and to bring in rent controls.All this tinkering at the edge of the housing market is pitiful and shows how small our politics has become. Housing is an absolutely central issue for everyone and one that cannot be simply reduced to thwarted dreams: the “dream of home ownership”. Housing, how we live together, how communities are created in the places we make home, matters. This is society made material. Related: Labour pledges to abolish stamp duty on house purchases for first-time buyers Whatever happened to the idea of shelter as a basic right? Have we given that up? Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:07:24 GMT)

Jim Wells resigns as Northern Ireland health minister over 'anti-gay' remarks
Democratic Unionist election candidate faces police investigation after allegedly making homophobic comments to lesbian couple at the weekendThe Democratic Unionists’ bid to become kingmakers in a post-election hung parliament has been sidetracked by the resignation of the party’s health minister in Northern Ireland over alleged homophobic remarks. Jim Wells stepped down on Monday from his post after the police received a complaint about comments he is said to have made to a gay couple while out canvassing in the general election at the weekend. Related: Iris Robinson's homophobia 'inspires' play Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:26:50 GMT)

All quiet on the election front: silent campaign passes most voters by
Inside the campaigns: Low-key election is characterised by risk-averse campaigns and ‘micro-targeting’ of voters who can be won over in key seatsWith less than two weeks to go, the election campaign feels strangely flat and low-key, playing out in fits and starts, in the background, passing most people by.The election remains in deadlock, with Labour and the Conservatives within a fraction of a percentage point of each other, but neither with any momentum at all. Their vote has solidified, but it hasn’t grown. The polls now find very little switching between Labour and Conservative, each with the backing of around a third of voters. The other third don’t like either main party, but the working assumption remains that many of them will – grudgingly, unwillingly and probably resentfully – end up voting for whichever of the two parties they dislike, or fear, the least. Related: British general election: what's happening where you are? Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:42:46 GMT)

Will scrapping stamp duty for first-time buyers push up house prices?
Labour is planning to exempt first-time buyers from paying stamp duty, but critics of the proposal say it could lead to an increase in house prices. What will the effect really be?Labour has promised to cut stamp duty for first-time buyers on homes costing up to £300,000. The pledge is one of a number concerning access to the housing market, with the party also promising to give new buyers first call on half of the homes being built in their area, and to make it harder for foreign investors to snap up properties. Related: Labour pledges to abolish stamp duty on house purchases for first-time buyers Related: Stamp duty reform brings spike in UK home buyer interest Related: Stamp duty reform: more fiddle than fix Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:16:39 GMT)

Has the anti-Miliband rhetoric peaked too soon?
The rightwing press may have trouble sustaining its lunatic pitch of deranged – yet fully justified – hysteria about the threat posed by the Labour leaderRemember Ed Miliband when he was useless? It seems like such a long time ago, doesn’t it? All he ever did back then was blink and stutter and furtively unwrap mints that had long since gone warm in his pocket. He was charming back then. He was a danger to nobody. With the benefit of hindsight, maybe that’s when we should have killed him.Because now Ed Miliband has turned into a supervillain. He’s bulletproof, he’s fiery-eyed, and he’s hellbent on destruction. All those “hell yesses” and hen parties and hormonally addled young fans have warped his brain against humanity, and the threat he now poses to us all is real and urgent. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:43:38 GMT)

Conservative party is losing our support over Scotland, warns DUP
Exclusive: Nigel Dodds says English votes for English laws would abuse Commons, and warns against fuelling ‘nationalist paranoia’David Cameron risks forfeiting the support of the Democratic Unionists in the next parliament after the party warned the Tories are in danger of “abusing” the House of Commons in their handling of Scotland.In a blow to the prime minister, who is hoping to rely on the DUP in a hung parliament to keep him in Downing Street, the party’s leader at Westminster, Nigel Dodds, warned of the dangers of fuelling “nationalist paranoia” in Scotland. Related: No one who backs the UK can deny the legitimacy of the SNP | Nigel Dodds Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:30:04 GMT)

General election 2015: why is Labour dominating polls in London?
Changing demographics of UK capital mean the city is on course to be as dominated by Ed Miliband’s party as Scotland is by the SNPIf Ed Miliband wins the election in two weeks’ time, a big part of Labour’s victory will be explained by its strength in London.According to recent polling by ICM and YouGov, Miliband’s party enjoys a double-digit lead over the Tories in the capital. Labour is on 42% and 45% with the two pollsters, while the Tories are on 32% and 34%.To me this is CENTRAL to stalemate Tory brand remains toxic - despite lead on economy #GE2015 pic.twitter.com/GijgoxvvHdIn polls, in focus groups, on doorsteps, the Tory party encounters people who are quietly admiring of its work in government and still cannot bring themselves to mark a ballot in its favour. As long as there are conservatives who are not Conservative, the party will fall short of its electoral potential. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:05 GMT)

Bradford fire: Sir Oliver Popplewell defends 1985 inquiry – full interview
Sir Oliver Popplewell, who presided over the Bradford fire inquiry, speaks at length to the Guardian’s chief football correspondent about revelations in survivor Martin Fletcher’s book and why he sees no need for a fresh investigation• Sir Oliver Popplewell says new inquiry would find nothing sinister• Suggestion that Bradford fire was arson is nonsense – Popplewell’s letterMartin Fletcher’s book about the Bradford City fire has created worldwide headlines because of its revelation that there had been at least eight previous fires at business premises either owned or connected to the then chairman, Stafford Heginbotham. Fletcher, who was 12 at the time, escaped from the fire but his 11-year-old brother was the youngest victim and his father, his uncle and his grandfather were among the 56 to die at Valley Parade on 11 May 1985. The author has spent 15 years researching the fire and is critical of the inquiry led by the then high court judge, Sir Oliver Popplewell, which featured only five days of testimony. Popplewell describes Heginbotham’s fire history as highly suspicious but believes another investigation will show nothing sinister. He invited Daniel Taylor to his London chambers.Daniel Taylor The book shows this is the chairman’s ninth or 10th fire, and I saw you quoted saying that merited an investigation. Related: Bradford fire: Sir Oliver Popplewell says new inquiry would find nothing sinister We had all the evidence that was available. Except these previous fires Related: Bradford fire: Labour’s Andy Burnham calls for fresh investigation Why do these politicians climb on a bandwagon? He wasn't there, he didn't listen to the evidence Related: The Story of the Bradford Fire: ‘could any man really be as unlucky as Stafford Heginbotham?’ I don’t remember any suggestion of there being any smell. My recollection may be quite wrong because it is 30 years agoAll praise to him for doing a lot of very good investigation. I just think the conclusion is wrong Related: Suggestion that Bradford City fire was arson is nonsense | Letter from Sir Oliver Popplewell Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:11:52 GMT)

Players’ body Fica sounded out over creation of rebel cricket project
• Umbrella group for player unions walked away from talks• Essel Group sets up website domains that appear to be cricket boards• IPL architect Lalit Modi says he decided against any involvement• Fears of split in cricket after ‘rival’ boards are registered The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, the umbrella group for player unions around the world, has been sounded out over the creation of a rebel cricket organisation by intermediaries working for Subhash Chandra, the Indian billionaire and owner of the Essel Group.The Guardian reported on Friday that the International Cricket Council has launched an urgent investigation after Essel, the conglomerate behind the defunct Indian Cricket League, began setting up companies and website domains that give the appearance of being cricket boards, raising fears over a split in the game. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:32:45 GMT)

How Eden Hazard rolled with the punches to become Chelsea’s big hitter
Criticised a year ago by José Mourinho for ‘not sacrificing himself for the team’ the Belgian has done that and more to be voted the PFA player of the year• Eden Hazard delighted to win PFA award• Six Chelsea players in PFA team of the yearAs Mike Tyson once suggested, with his usual delicacy, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. On the face of it this is probably not an obvious contender for any list of inspirational sporting quotes pinned to the fridge of Eden Hazard, the most decorative influence in Chelsea’s team of champions-elect. Hazard is a deserving choice as the PFA’s player of the year, with 13 goals and plenty of eye-catching attacking intent. And yet perhaps the most intriguing part of his progress this season has been an ability to adapt, to roll with the punches, to soak up a little pain.Hazard’s more delicate skills have been obvious ever since he first emerged at Lille. Four years ago Joe Cole was already comparing his new team-mate to Lionel Messi, and it isn’t hard to see why. Chelsea’s No10 can dribble, finish and pass. He has a thrillingly explosive lateral spring with the ball at his feet. To watch him for a moment is to recognise here is a player with that rare, indefinably A-list combination of craft and physique. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:02:38 GMT)

Football Weekly: Leicester's late leap to safety continues
The podders react to Leicester's win at Burnley and the rest of the results at the top and bottom of the Premier League. Plus, Watford promoted, Tranmere relegated, and the latest from the Women's Super League Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:06:57 GMT)

Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad: IPL 2015 – live!
Read our over-by-over report from PunjabEmail daniel.harris@theguardian.com with any thoughtsOr you can tweet him @DanielHarrisRoyal Challengers Bangalore hand Delhi Daredevils a thrashingGet all the latest on our dedicated IPL page 6.09pm BST 11th over: Punjab 65-4 (Miller 13, Saha 6) Sharma shuffles in, and Saha shovels a way a googly for one. The batting is a little more aggressive this over, Miller hitting over the infield, but finding the man at long-off and Saha sweeping hard but finding the man at square-leg. Each yields one. Punjab require 86 runs from 54 balls. 6.06pm BST 10th over: Punjab 61-4 (Miller 11, Saha 4) Hyderabad are right into this, on their toes in the field and in tight on potential singles; wonder if Warner will bring back a quick and stick in a slip. Might give that lyric to Nas; Nas, if you’re reading, it’s yours. Meantimes, Henriques bustles in, ceding singles from two of his first three balls, then a leg-bye, then two more singles. Punjab could sure use a boundary; the rate is now 9.00 6.03pm BST 9th over: Punjab 56-4 (Miller 9, Saha 2) Wright then, Wriddiman! Saha gets underway with a pair of singles, split by one to Miller. The required run-rate is 8.63. 5.58pm BST What the blither is going on? Miller calls Vijay through for a second to midwicket, he blithely obliges though it’s never on, and a sensible throw packs him off to the hutch. Let’s increase the excitement with an ad break! 5.57pm BST 9th over: Punjab 53-3 (Vijay 12, Miller 7) On comes Sharma, and ah, that’s a lovely sweep from Miller to the fence at square-leg - he got so low, and rolled his hands over the shot too. 5.56pm BST 8th over: Punjab 48-3 (Vijay 12, Miller 3) The cat has been pigeoned; one more wicket, and Hyderabad will seriously fancy themselves. Miller gets off the mark with an inside edge - there’s an appeal for lb - and they run two in the meantime. 5.54pm BST I say! Bailey, who looked in consummate control, went after a full one, trying to hump over cover, and instead mishit to mid-off, who easily snaffled on the jog. 5.53pm BST 8th over: Punjab 45-2 (Vijay 12, Bailey 22) Henriques is next for a go, and the batsmen continue with the composure. 5.51pm BST 7th over: Punjab 42-2 (Vijay 11, Bailey 20) Time for some spin, Karn Sharma into the attack. I’d expect Vijay and Bailey to milk him to begin with, and they do, a-nurdlin’ an’ a turnin’ singles from four of the first five balls, then a two from the six thanks to some leisurely fielding. 5.48pm BST 6th over: Punjab 36-2 (Vijay 9, Bailey 16) On comes Praveen Kumar, and Hyderabad will mind this, his first ball snapped for four to square-leg by Bailey. And he follows up with a leg-side wide, then a dot, then another wide; bad behaviours, really, especially when next comes one that sits up outside Bailey’s off-peg. He watches, rises, swings, and strokes four through cover, lovely shot. Oh, and here comes four more; the ball’s outside off, and Bailey rocks back and pulls over midwicket. Key over in the match, I’d reckon. 5.43pm BST 5th over: Punjab 21-2 (Vijay 9, Bailey 3) Boult allowed to continue by Warner, and well he might - Hyderabad need wickets, not death bowlers. Vijay pushes into the covers for a single, Bopara hits direct, they run a second, the umpires go upstairs, and it’s in by plenty. This is good from Punjab - they add two more singles, running hard and ro-tating the strike - but they’re not putting a dent in the score, meaning Hyderabad are still well in this. 5.39pm BST 4th over: Punjab 17-2 (Vijay 6, Bailey 2) Bailey sends himself in early to settle things down and gets off the mark with one to midwicket. They manage a futher two singles off the over, and the run rate is already up to 8.37. 5.34pm BST Hello! Hello! This is a lovely ball from Bhuvi, full of length and quick off the pitch, taking Marsh’s inside-edge, obviously, and sending off-stump off on a frolic of its own. 5.33pm BST 3rd over: Punjab 13-1 (Vijay 4, Marsh 1) Boult, preferred to Steyn partly because of his ability to swing the ball away from left-handers, greets Marsh with an off-side wide. Two dots follow, so Marsh pushes forwards into the off-side, instead imparting (yet another) inside-edge into the pad - they run one. 5.29pm BST Boult really is a bowler of reliable excellence now, and he diddles Vohra, on one knee making room to drive, with an inswinger that induces an inside-edge. 5.28pm BST 2nd over: Punjab 9-0 (Vijay 3, Vohra 5) Bhuvi comes in and Vohra reads his outswing, using it to hasten the ball’s progress over cover for four - that’s a lovely shot. And next a wide - Punjab managed an entire innings without offering one, nor no-ball neither - but then a jaffa beats the bat on the outside. Sunrisers need more of that, much more. 5.24pm BST 1st over: Punjab 4-0 (Vijay 3, Vohra 1) Vijay gets off the mark turning to square-leg for a rare three, before Boult finds tasty swing and movement off the pitch, contacting Vohra’s pad first ball. That looked close - the appeal wasn’t frantic, but there was no edge or owt; perhaps it was passing just over. Vohra then opens his account via inside-edge, and Punjab will be happy with that. 5.20pm BST And here we go - Boult is ready to go, and he’ll need some wickets first up, early doors and all that. Turns out Marsh isn’t opening - I guess there’s not as much point, given a cruisable-to total. 5.12pm BST I have absolutely no idea how Punjab can contrive not to win this. 5.02pm BST That was fairly odd - Hyderabad batted with so little urgency once Warner departed. It’s almost as if their clear dissatisfaction with the middle-order has transmitted to the middle-order. 5.01pm BST 20th over: Hyderabad 151-6 (Reddy 22, Sharma 0) This has been very excellent a death bowling from Sandeep and Anureet - what excitig talents they are. But then Anureet overpitches, allowing Reddy to fling the bat and hump the ball into the stands at cow corner - and then a slower one has him down on one leg, slamming six more. It’s gone miles, that, to the same fence but further. Well bowled, Punjab. Well dithered, Hyderabad. 4.57pm BST Henriques finally tries something, sidestepping room, but the ball’s right in the block-hole, he topples, and the stumps rattle. 4.56pm BST 20th over: Hyderabad 136-5 (Henriques 30, Reddy 9) Sandeep is given the responsibility of finishing, and he opens with a great delivery, reverse-swinging and zoning in on Henriques’ laces; dot. 4.54pm BST 19th over: Hyderabad 136-5 (Henriques 30, Reddy 9) There has been no charge; how peculiar. Quite simply, as Anureet returns to deliver his customary yorkers from around the wicket, it’s impossible to see that Hyderabad have any chance at defending whatever they end up with. They rustle up just five singles from the over, and even a 36er to finish would leave them significant underdogs. 4.50pm BST 18th over: Hyderabad 131-5 (Henriques 27, Reddy 7) Reddy sends Johnson back when in the middle of his delivery stride - bet he liked that - and then paddles two away over the off-side. Next, more consternation as he lifts over cover’s head for four, then more still via pair of singles, but in the scheme of things, it’s like, whatever. 4.45pm BST Johnson bangs one in and Bopara generously offers it the pleasure of his bat, guiding a catch behind. Lucky he was preferred to the world’s premier strike bowler. 4.44pm BST 18th over: Hyderabad 123-4 (Henriques 26, Bopara 0) Here’s Mitch to bowl his last over. 4.43pm BST 17th over: Hyderabad 123-4 (Henriques 26, Bopara 0) They scamper two more to midwicket, and that’s that. 4.42pm BST Trying to force the issue, Ojha swipes, but can only find Miller at long-on. Here’s Ravi! 4.41pm BST 17th over: Hyderabad 121-3 (Henriques 24, Ojha 28) Axar comes in, and Henriques makes room to slap four over mid-off. 4.39pm BST 16th over: Hyderabad 114-3 (Henriques 17, Ojha 28) Ojha spanks Anureet’s first ball back at him, navel height, and hands are thrown at it, mid-follow-through, gaining only pain. They run one, and another next ball, before Ojha carves behind square on the off-side for four, then clumps over to leg for the same again. It’s a start, I guess. 4.35pm BST 15th over: Hyderabad 104-3 (Henriques 16, Ojha 19) Finally, some aggression, Ojha down the pitch to hammer Patel to the fielder at long-off. They achieve one, and a total of six from the over; dearie them. 4.33pm BST 14th over: Hyderabad 98-3 (Henriques 14, Ojha 15) Hyderabad need “a good death overs”, says nounification’s Owais Shah, and Johnson returns to ruin the prospect. They take singles from his first four balls, then a dot, then one off the hip to Ojha when he strays down leg. The run rate is 7.00 overall and 5.60 for the last five overs. 4.25pm BST 13th over: Hyderabad 92-3 (Henriques 12, Ojha 11) On comes Dhawan, and Ojha places his first ball between various off-side fielders, gaining four past mid-off. Then, he clips hard to leg, and contrives, with Henriques, to spurn an easy single, setting off and turning back. Seven from the over; Hyderabad need to do something. As such, let’s fling ourselves into a tactical time-out. 4.22pm BST 12th over: Hyderabad 85-3 (Henriques 11, Ojha 5) Anureet returns, and Ohja is finding this hard. After two dots, he waves a flat bat at one on a fourth stump line, misses, and looks relieved not to have edged. It’s quite some time since Hyderabad mustered a boundary, and they’re not exactly hot between the wickets either, spurning an easy second run from the final ball of an over that yields just three. 4.17pm BST 11th over: Hyderabad 82-3 (Henriques 10, Ojha 3) Vijay is hustling hard, fairly racing through his overs before the batters have time to impart and boundaries. 4.15pm BST 10th over: Hyderabad 76-3 (Henriques 7, Ojha 0) Punjab are cock-a-hoop, as it were. 4.12pm BST World of trouble for Punjab now. Warner dances down, looking to flip over midwicket from middle stump, but it’s a long boundary, so that when he doesn’t get hold of it, an easy catch is delivered to long on. That looked a bit silly. 4.11pm BST 9th over: Hyderabad 70-2 (Warner 53, Henriques 6) Vijay continues, his off-spin counteracting Warner’s left-handedness so far. But he raises his fifty with a bump into the off-side - they run two - and then a single gives Henriques a go to get one. Sunrisers are creating a slow middle over concept in T20, got to admire that. 4.05pm BST 8th over: Hyderabad 65-2 (Warner 49, Henriques 5) Patel’s left-arm spin is introduced, and the batsmen are becalmed - perhaps Warner has decided to bat time, given the ropey nature of his middle-order. Just four singles fro the over, so, as you’d expect, it’s essential that adverts be disguised as tactical discussion. 4.01pm BST 7th over: Hyderabad 61-2 (Warner 47, Henriques 3) The spin of Murali Vijay comes into the attack - brave boy. But Warner treads softly on his dreams, responding to Henriques’ single with one of his own, and they alternate for five from the over. 3.58pm BST Vihari, now full of confidence, tries a pull from outside off, misjudging the pace of a slower one and spooning a catch to square-leg. 3.57pm BST 6th over: Hyderabad 56-1 (Warner 45, Vihari 9) And now Vihari fancies some, standing tall and easing Anureet’s first ball through extra cover for four. Then, after a a single and a leg-bye, he’s back at the business end to time a lift through the line, back over the bowler’s head for another boundary. 3.54pm BST 5th over: Hyderabad 46-1 (Warner 45, Vihari 0) Again, Warner managed to finagle strike for the start of this over, and he presses back to stroke the first ball to the cover fence with minimum effort. And oh look! There’s another! Chipped over the bowler’s heed for four more! And oh look! There’s another! Eased through an off-side now housing five fieldsmen, around the cover region. And oh look! There’s another! Flicked through midwicket! David Warner is not of this world - he has 45 of Hyderabad’s first 46 runs. 3.49pm BST 4th over: Hyderabad 30-1 (Warner 29, Vihari 0) Johnson hurls one right into Warner’s slot - well, right into Warner’s slow once he’s jumped back and come forward, to hammer through cover for four. Then, he makes room again, top-edging a bouncer that flies away over third man for six, persuading Johnson to go over the wicket - so this time, Warner advances to flow him down to long-on without moving his feet. What a ridiculous player! 15 from the over - Hyderabad needed that. 3.44pm BST 3rd over: Hyderabad 15-1 (Warner 15, Vihari 0) After three dots, Warner loses patience and pushes on the up and past mid-off - the pitch must be true. The ball races to the fence, and a single from the final delivery completes the over and means Wanrer will face the next. 3.41pm BST 2nd over: Hyderabad 10-1 (Warner 9, Vihari 0) Interesting move from Hyderabad to throw Vihari in so early.. An anoynmous emailer writes: “Girl I work with ran the marathon yesterday. Her boyfriend was situated at mile 23 with a sign saying ‘marry me?’. She finishes the race quite emotional and all. Turns out he was joking. She’s apparently a bit peeved to say the least. Any OBOers have similar stories of jokes gone wrong?” 3.39pm BST Dhawan goes to pull from well outside off, misses with the face but doesn’t with the top edge, directing it off the helmet to slip, where it’s easily taken. Huge breakthrough. 3.38pm BST 2nd over: Hyderabad 10-0 (Warner 9, Dhawan 1) Dhawan takes a single, and Warner goes for Johnson. First, a clumping edge flies over the slips for four, and then four more go spinning over cover. 3.34pm BST 1st over: Hyderabad 0-0 (Warner 0, Dhawan 0) In comes the gloriously promising Sandeep - how will the lefties handle his both-ways swing? With circumspection, he replies to himself, talking of himself in the third person, as Sandeep seams one into Warner - he tries to deflect into the leg-side, misses, and takes it on the pads. There’s an appeal, but the ball pitched outside the line, and the next one leaves the full face of the presented bat, moving off the pitch. Superb start for Punjab. 3.29pm BST But, in the meantime, here come Warner and Dhawan... 3.29pm BST So, Shaun Marsh, who was so brilliant last week, after being so curiously omitted hitherto, will open with Murali Vijay. If those two don’t fire, Punjab might have a problem, because theirs is not a fearsome batting order. 3.11pm BST Teams, then, and it’s two changes apiece. For Punjab, Manan Vohra and Rishi Dhawan come in, while Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell drop out.Hyderabad bring in Manan Vohra and Rishi Dhawan, leaving out Dale Steyn - as you do, hoping to bowl first on a green top - and KL Rahul. 3.06pm BST Bailey tosses, Warner calls heads, it’s tails. On account of a greenish wicket, Punjab bowl - Hyderabad would’ve done too. 2.48pm BST Please consider: I just can’t help thinking what you’ve done to me. You built a wall of love and tore it right down in front of me. This one beats that one, that one beats the other one, and round and round we go; thus proceeds the IPL. Last week, Punjab produced the finest performance of the competition so far to defeat Rajasthan; then, a few days later, were thoroughly coated by Chennai. Last week, Hyderabad sorted Kolkata, the defending champions; then, a few days later were comprehensively handled by Mumbai. They sit bottom and third bottom respectively, and yet, it hardly matters; a couple of consecutive victories, and they won’t anymore. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:09:52 GMT)

Marc Márquez: Valentino Rossi was my hero, now it’s a pleasure to fight with him
MotoGP world champion has not started the season well but his duel with the Italian veteran has the ingredients to become one of motorcycling’s great battles• British trio aim to close gap on MotoGP maestro MárquezEven on a sleepy morning in Cardedeu, a village near Barcelona, Marc Márquez is on a roll. The MotoGP world champion and Valentino Rossi, his former idol turned rival, are set for one of the sporting stories of the year. A battle between Márquez, who has won the title in both his two completed MotoGP seasons, and the rejuvenated Rossi, a six-times championship winner, is fuelled by brilliance, charisma, controversy and drama.Márquez finished 35 points clear of Rossi last year, having begun with 10 straight wins, but this season is different. The 22-year-old Spanish sensation trails The Doctor, the 36-year-old Rossi, by 30 points. In three GPs so far, Rossi has won two and Márquez one, with the last race marked by their collision as the young champion crashed on the penultimate lap in Argentina. This Sunday, at the Spanish GP, Márquez and Rossi, who regard each other as kindred spirits, are expected to ramp up the intensity of a simmering duel.One of the most beautiful things on the bike is the overtaking and we both like that – and winning Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:28:54 GMT)

John Terry: ‘tippy-tappy football is great but you’re not going to win the league’
• Terry hits back at boring jibes aimed at Chelsea• Captain points to club’s early-season goalscoring form• Match report: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea• Mourinho rejects criticism after Chelsea hold off ArsenalJohn Terry has pointed to Chelsea’s resilience and ability to dig deeper than those among the chasing pack as key to the team’s imminent title success this season, arguing neat and tidy possession football is meaningless if it does not yield victories.The former England captain was outstanding in his side’s goalless draw at Arsenal on Sunday, a result which means Chelsea can claim the title this week if they defeat Leicester on Wednesday and Crystal Palace at the weekend. The leaders have still only lost twice in the league all season, and not at all since New Year’s Day, and boast a 10-point advantage at the top which they have maintained despite suspensions and injuries disrupting their approach over recent months. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:08 GMT)

Eibar press conference hits buffers as language barrier comes again to the fore
Eibar’s Gaizka Garitano answered Basque questions with Basque answers after defeat to Almería but encountered antiquated reactions from parts of the pressGaizka Garitano is Basque. He is a fan of Bruce Springsteen, Liverpool and Jamie Carragher, who spent Boxing Day morning at Chelsea v West Ham and Boxing Day afternoon at Arsenal v QPR as a supporter, not a scout. He is a man who doesn’t just have one Basque surname but eight of them, going back through the generations. Gaizka Garitano Aguirre Urkizu Asla Zubikarai Madariaga Garraminia Arteche was born in Euskadi, raised in Euskadi and played in Euskadi, for pretty much the whole of his career and for pretty much the whole of Euskadi: first Athletic Bilbao then Real Sociedad, Deportivo Alavés and SD Eibar. A member at Athletic, shareholder at Real, he’s manager at Eibar. Their most successful manager ever, in fact.Garitano is 39 and has only been head coach for two and a half years, but he has taken his team to successive promotions and into the top division for the first time. Now he’s fighting to stay there, attempting to stretch the miracle over another season. Before that, he was a footballer for 16 seasons, 14 of them in Euskadi. Had he not been, he would have been a bertsolari, a Basque street poet. Football got in the way and anyway, he says, he may not have been good enough: those guys are geniuses, “the Messi and Ronaldo” of improvised verse. “Their use of language is incredible,” Garitano told World Soccer. As for his use of language, that became news this weekend. And the reaction to it was incredible too. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:45:39 GMT)

Why Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao should be boxing’s saviour
The pair who are the sport’s biggest draw since Mike Tyson are preparing to collide in Las Vegas, and the feeling is growing that it will not disappoint• Mayweather v Pacquiao sells out in under a minute• Storm grows over Mayweather’s violent pastThere is more at stake here on Saturday night than the unification of three versions of the welterweight title. The immediate future of boxing is in the experienced hands of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, as it pretty much has been since their parallel careers have threatened to cross, stretching back to 2009.Other fine practitioners have flitted in and out of the universal consciousness since Mike Tyson generated heart-attack excitement over two decades, but these two champions, with 74 years on the planet and 20 world titles between them, stand apart – literally, from each other, until now. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:44:37 GMT)

What John Carver must do for Newcastle to avoid relegation from Premier League
From enlisting the help of a psychologist to a change in formation, here are five things the Newcastle manager could do to try to avoid the drop• Carver vows to fight on but pressure mounts on Newcastle caretakerIt is almost certainly too late to bring in a new coach, moreover at this stage such a move could end up merely confusing the players and undermining Carver but he is clearly struggling to get his message through. So why not introduce a sports psychologist? After all, relegation battles are won in the head as much as with the feet. Should, as expected, Steve McClaren arrive at St James’ Park from Derby next month it will be no surprise if he employs Bill Beswick as Newcastle’s mind doctor. Maybe Carver should pre-empt him? It would surely be worth seeing what a figure admired by characters as diverse as Roy Keane and David Beckham might do for motivation and morale. There are alternatives – the Yorkshire-based sports psychologist John Muranka, currently working with Bradford, is highly regarded. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:41:56 GMT)

José Mourinho says PFA team should have been all Chelsea players
• ‘For Cesc Fàbregas not to be there is a bit strange,’ says Mourinho• Oscar out of hospital and could be fit to play at Leicester• Eden Hazard ‘happy’ to be named PFA Player of the Year • John Terry: ‘tippy-tappy football will not win league’ • José Mourinho on Arsenal: ‘10 years without a title is boring’ José Mourinho has suggested the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the season should have been comprised entirely of Chelsea players and claimed the lineup selected would “not win the Premier League”.There were six of his players included in the side selected by PFA members, including the union’s player of the season, Eden Hazard. Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and the three defenders, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were also voted in. The select XI was completed with David de Gea, Ryan Bertrand, Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sánchez and Harry Kane. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:41:22 GMT)

Franz Beckenbauer: Jürgen Klopp could succeed Bayern’s Pep Guardiola one day
• ‘Klopp is definitely an option at Bayern,’ says Beckenbauer• ‘We often talked about him and believe he would fit very well’• Bayern want to extend Guardiola’s contract • Klopp to leave Dortmund at end of season• Bayern win Bundesliga as Wolfsburg lose Franz Beckenbauer has said Jürgen Klopp could succeed Pep Guardiola as the coach of Bayern Munich.The club’s former defender and honorary president told Sky Germany: “Of course I could imagine Klopp as Guardiola’s successor. When I was president, we often talked about Klopp and believe he would fit very well at Bayern. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:45:58 GMT)

Daniel Sturridge may not play again this season, says Brendan Rodgers
• Liverpool manager has suggested he may sign new striker• Liverpool and England striker forward out with hip injury• Rodgers casts doubt on Sturridge’s future Brendan Rodgers has said Daniel Sturridge may not play again this season. The Liverpool striker has suffered an injury-plagued season and has appeared in only 18 of Liverpool’s 53 matches.He missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion with a hip problem that forced him out of the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Aston Villa. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:22:13 GMT)

José Mourinho rejects ‘boring’ criticism after Chelsea hold off Arsenal
• ‘The “boring” team are the second highest scorers in the Premier League’• ‘Chelsea will be champions,’ admits Arsène Wenger• Daniel Taylor’s match report: Arsenal 0-0 ChelseaJosé Mourinho has shrugged off chants of “boring, boring Chelsea” from Arsenal’s support by suggesting a decade without a league title represents proper tedium as this goalless draw edged his team inexorably towards the Premier League trophy.The home fans bellowed their frustration as Chelsea, led superbly by John Terry whose performance was ranked as “his best” by the manager, curtailed the hosts’ eight-match winning streak to leave them two wins from the championship. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:21:23 GMT)

St Mirren’s Steven Thompson mortified after throwing ‘spear’ at team-mate
• Thompson threw spiked pole at John McGinn, causing severe bleeding• ‘It wasn’t like I threw the pole out of anger or anything,’ says ThompsonSt Mirren’s captain Steven Thompson admits he was mortified after a foolish prank during a training session left a team-mate with a gaping wound.Thompson threw a spiked pole at the 20-year-old John McGinn after he robbed him of the ball and it struck him on the thigh, causing severe bleeding. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:49:40 GMT)

London Marathon 2015: Eliud Kipchoge takes men’s race by surprise
• Favourites Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto finish second and third• Kenyans all hope to race at world championships in BeijingThe men’s marathon race was billed as an athletics prizefight between the two greatest marathon runners in history. In one corner stood Dennis Kimetto, the world record holder. In the other was Wilson Kipsang, the reigning London marathon champion. But a third Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, provided a thrilling upset by proving stronger than both of his highly touted rivals, racing prominently throughout before motoring away from Kipsang in an exciting finale to win by five seconds in 2hr 4min 42sec.The 30-year-old Kipchoge was talented enough to win world championship 5,000m gold as an 18-year-old and also took Olympic bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. He has also run a razor-sharp 3min 33sec over 1500m. So when the race entered the last four miles with four Kenyans – Kipsang, Kimetto, Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott – duking it out, he looked like the man to be on. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:48:07 GMT)

Lazio’s eagle mascot attacked by a crow before kick-off
• Omens prove mixed as Rome side draw with Chievo• ‘Only a madman would take kids to stadiums in Italy’ The Romans were notorious for searching for omens before battle so followers of Lazio may have been dismayed by the events that unfolded before their match against Chievo at the weekend.Lazio’s mascot, an eagle named Olimpia, was attacked by a crow as it few over the Olympic stadium before the kick-off. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:58:42 GMT)

Ladies, you might want to swap the bourbon for a bong
Binge drinking among women is sky-rocketing. That’s why using cannabis as an alternative to alcohol deserves serious considerationIt felt serendipitous that I was in Denver when I read that there’s been a steep rise in women’s binge drinking across the United States. Because it struck me that if women smoked pot – now legal in Colorado – with the same gusto with which they seem to imbibe alcohol, perhaps we’d be in better shape. A new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health this month, shows that while men’s binge drinking increased just 4.9% between 2005 and 2012, women’s rates rose by a whopping 17.5%. That’s a lot of bourbon. (Sorry, I don’t drink Cosmos.) Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:15:06 GMT)

I was saved by Ikea therapy
Being able to assemble flatpack furniture makes me feel qualified for modern lifeI have experienced an unexpected revelation: Ikea is good for my mental health. An American psychologist recently described its stores as a “map of relationship nightmares”. The ultimate test is when purchases are put together at home, says Dr Ramani Durvasula, who asks couples in counselling to assemble Ikea furniture and report back to her. There is Liatorp, a particularly labyrinthine wall unit. It’s “the divorcemaker”.So it wasn’t looking good that a week’s holiday at home featured an epic to-do list of objects requiring self-assembly. A child’s swing and Ikea garden chairs and table came together nicely, but then a bookcase from an online retailer proved tricky, and I missed my deadline bolting together a Homebase barbecue, which meant the children had to be fed from the oven. Meltdown, complete with an Allen key hurled into oblivion, came on Friday, when a box from John Lewis containing a seesaw claiming to be “easy to assemble” actually consisted of a brain-exploding puzzle of 80 bars, bolts, screws and washers of infinitesimally different sizes. My therapeutic solution, like Durvasula’s, was an innovative one. No communing with nature or renouncing hollow consumerism: no, I calmed down by assembling an Ikea chest of drawers. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:03:37 GMT)

Our party political newspapers need to grow up
Britain has some of the best political journalists in the world. The papers should be using their talents to drive a real election debate, not drum up party supportIs anyone really still surprised how far our newspapers will go to back their chosen political party? What was shocking about today’s Daily Telegraph Tory election leaflet of a front page was not that it had been organised by Conservative central office. It’s that they think it might work.The full-page splash “exclusive” revealed how 5,000 small business owners backed Conservative economic policy. “Wow,” you think, “fancy that! In that case I’m voting Conservative!” Related: Telegraph follows Tories to the letter as rivals turn away from election Undecided voters are deeply mistrustful of the big parties, so it seems silly to treat them like sheep to be rounded up Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:39:49 GMT)

For us 40- and 50-somethings, Taylor Swift isn’t just mid-life crisis music
It’s no surprise that middle-aged music lovers are listening to the same songs as our kids – we invented the idea of pop culture as an all-you-can-eat buffetI broke popular culture. Not on my own. I had help. An entire generation of us, born in the 60s and early 70s, saw popular culture as a thing we owned. Earlier teenagers just drank the Beatles’ magic potion. We swam in it. While our forebears might have seen themselves as the Elvis generation, or the Rolling Stones people, we assimilated everything that came along with a voracious quest for new content.So when I read research coming out of Spotify that midlifers are listening to Taylor Swift and One Direction I don’t see it as a symptom of any kind of crisis. I just think “yeah, typical us.” We co-opted the Beatles, we embraced prog, we more-or-less invented punk, then new wave, new romantic, and myriad other micro-scenes that followed afterwards. (Remember new mod? Romo? No, I don’t want to either.) A lot of the prime movers in acid house were a good deal older than anyone in a youth cult should have been, too.Popular culture has become a buffet at which midlifers are browsing as happily as their children are Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:35:28 GMT)

The Proms' problem isn't the programming, it's the lack of imagination
Critics of this year’s lineup bemoaning events such as the club music prom are missing the point. The BBC Proms is no longer about music; it’s about the PromsI can reveal exclusively the real reason why Roger Wright, the former controller of the Proms, resigned his post last year. Wright’s producer had wanted to programme the original 1873 version of Bruckner’s Third Symphony, but Wright, and I’m quoting him verbatim here, considered this notion to be “political correctness gone mad”, and over a steak dinner in a country hotel in Northumberland, the two men came to blows.“We must play the 1889 version, you tin-eared tosser!” Wright bawled as unavoidably, and regrettably, his fist collided with his producer’s teeth. A clear line, at last, had been crossed, and Wright was banished to a faraway place by the sea.The suspicion is that the spectacle of the Proms as “event” is feeding the music Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:07:51 GMT)

I lost my sense of smell – it was hard not to panic
The scent of perfume, flowers and smoke: all that was lost on me. What a relief to finally wake up and smell the coffeeIt was a Monday evening, six weeks ago, when it first hit me that I had completely lost my sense of smell. A friend had bought me some new perfume, and I sprayed a liberal amount on my wrist to check it out. Nothing. I pinched the bridge of my nose, then blew it, hard, then took a deep breath through my nostrils, but still there was nothing. “I haven’t smelt anything for a couple of weeks,” I told my friend, only realising that was the case in that moment.Had I lost my sight or my hearing, I would have been aware immediately, so how was it that I was not even properly conscious of my lack of smell until the moment with the perfume?Food became boring fuel, and wine lost its appeal (I still persevered, however – just bought the cheaper plonk) Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:52:16 GMT)

Three-minute election: Is this the end of David Cameron? – video
Guardian columnists Hugh Muir and Simon Jenkins discuss David Cameron's chances of staying in Number 10. The prime minister now has critics to the left and to the right, but will he bow out with dignity? And who are the sharks circling to replace him? Although Boris Johnson may be electable and is firm favourite, would he make a good prime minister? Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:45:33 GMT)

I’ve completed one marathon effort – now for the electoral race
By taking part in the London Marathon I was able to raise precious money for Cancer Research UK. By campaigning for a Labour government I hope to safeguard our NHS“How can you run the London Marathon while also running for re-election?” That’s the question people have put to me over recent weeks. “How on earth have you managed to fit in all the training with campaigning?” The short answer is I haven’t. People often talk about the loneliness of the long distance runner. But I wouldn’t know. My marathon preparation – pounding pavements with Labour activists on the general election campaign trail – has been anything but lonely.I managed to carve out time for three decent training runs around Barnsley, but otherwise I had to make do with some gentle jogging in between doorsteps. It left me just hoping I’d make it round the course OK rather getting anywhere near my personal best. “Oh you’ll be fine,” people said. “You used to be in the army.” All I could do is smile, knowing that my military training would only get me so far.I finished in 3 hours and 44 minutes – behind my Dad, who is turning 71 this year and skipped round two minutes quicker Related: The London Marathon: so much more than a race Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:59:29 GMT)

UK attitudes towards poverty are as bad as the 1940s
Our study shows the poor are being demonised and welfare support dismantled. We need politicians to be brave and shape policies to create a kinder, more equal societyHave attitudes to people in poverty changed over a lifetime? Bob Holman put this to Guardian readers a year ago. He referred to a report on urban poverty written in 1943 by eight members of the hygiene committee of the Women’s Group on Public Welfare. Our Towns: A Close-Up was commissioned to investigate complaints from people in rural England about families evacuated from inner cities. Children were reported as dirty, inadequately clothed and badly behaved, and their parents were blamed as lazy and incompetent. Politicians and media reports supported this analysis. Related: Social deprivation? It's not parents, it's poverty | Bob Holman Negative attitudes are reinforced by sensationalist media and opportunistic politicians Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:00:06 GMT)

The average supermarket is a chilly, fluorescent-lit hell. Here’s how to fix it
My radical plan to reinvent Tesco: a supermarket that promotes sociability, shares its data and looks after your health‘There are some stores,” Tesco’s beleaguered boss Dave Lewis suggested last week, “where we might want to put a giraffe in there.” The thought was only marginally less surreal than the loss he had just announced: at £6.4bn it was the largest writedown in British retail history. It was only after a moment’s puzzlement that the non-specialist journos in the room realised he was talking about a restaurant, not a quaduped.Tesco, it turns out, not only owns the Giraffe restaurant chain; it has a stake in the coffee shop Harris & Hoole and the Euphorium bakery, all of which run concessions in or near Tesco stores. Lewis inherited the acquisition of these family-focused cafe brands from the same management team whose stewardship led to Tesco having to restate its finances, submit to a serious fraud inquiry and report a giant loss. And though he’s ditched much of the old strategy, Lewis is sticking with the idea of making Tesco stores the single “destination” where people go to do all or most of their shopping. This, I think, is going to be quite tough, because to modern consumers the average supermarket – not just Tesco – can feel like a chilly, toothpaste-coloured, fluorescent-lit hell. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:00:00 GMT)

Cameron isn’t wobbling. He knows victory is within reach
The prime minister is well aware that many voters, once in the polling booth, will decide to stick with him. He is right to hold his nerveEvery election campaign has its stations of the cross – very cross, sometimes – which an incumbent party must pass through. One such ritual ordeal is the “wobbly weekend”, which, according to reports yesterday, David Cameron has just experienced.In the screenplay of electoral contests, these alleged wobbles can be a minor setback to make the final triumph all the more dramatically exciting; or they can be a prelude to disaster. Two significant donors to the Conservative party – Peter Hall, an investment manager, and Hugh Osmond, the founder of Punch Taverns – broke cover to maul Cameron for his alleged lack of vision and inspiration, and to call upon London mayor Boris Johnson to fulfil his supposed destiny. And this much is true: a rebellion of party benefactors can indeed bring down a Tory leader. Just ask Iain Duncan Smith. Related: Election morning briefing: are the Conservatives starting to panic? Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:02 GMT)

Why Europe needs a digital regulator
Citizens, governments and technology startups deserve a regulator to keep the monopolistic instincts of the Googles, Facebooks, Amazons and Apples at bayDigital monopolies are growing fast. Investors demand nothing less. But shouldn’t we, as citizens, demand something, too? Shouldn’t we have some recourse if Facebook decides to manipulate an election, or Google disappears a favourite firm from its all-important rankings? Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:55:46 GMT)

Think your world view is fixed? Learn another language and you’ll think differently
New research says that a German speaker and an English speaker perceive the world in different ways – thanks to the grammatical toolkit they’re usingBilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost, and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the language they are operating in.In the past 15 years there has been an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language. Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible.When judging risk, bilinguals also tend to make more rational, economic decisions in a second language Related: 12 untranslatable words (and their translations) | David Shariatmadari Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:30:00 GMT)

Bigots beware – you have fewer places to hide in mixed-heritage Britain
The makeup of Britain is changing. Anyone who thinks they can get away with casual racism is making a big mistake The Runnymede Trust’s report on Race and Elections tells us that one of the groups least likely to register to vote is those of mixed heritage. They are relatively young; they move around – not least to study; and of all the things they have to do, registering to vote isn’t a massive priority. Undoubtedly, that will change.Still, the growing number of mixed-heritage Brits – 1.2 million now, the biggest single increase of any group in the 2011 census – will give rise to all sorts of recalculations. Nigel Farage might reconsider his terminology. Last week, he boasted of a member who was “half-black”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:30:00 GMT)

How the Tories dehumanise low-paid families – or should I say ‘benefit units’
Forcing parents on the minimum wage to work more hours is removing their dignityDo you ever miss the era when you didn’t know what a benefit sanction was? That innocent time, before the Department for Work and Pensions renamed a family a “benefit unit”? One of the great luxuries of no longer having a Conservative-led government would be not having to learn any more about their intricately boring, functionally brutal social security innovations.Look, I’m no Pollyanna. There are clearly question marks over a possible Labour/SNP coalition: how is it going to work, for a start, now that Labour has explicitly promised not to talk to the SNP? Prime minister’s questions would look like a cocktail party with two exes blanking each other. We’ll know they’re in love, but they’ll be too angry to see it.To be on the minimum wage is, by steady increments, becoming incompatible with 'respectable' parenting Related: Cameron’s workers v shirkers scam has at last exposed the Tory law of benefit cuts | Aditya Chakrabortty Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:34:55 GMT)

Mediterranean migrants: No one makes this journey just to pick up benefits
Those who insist the west can’t take in the world’s misery must acknowledge how much of that misery we’re responsible forWhile travelling up the US-Mexican border several years ago, I met an anti-immigration campaigner in Columbus, New Mexico who went by the name of Quasimodo and who had carried a .38 pistol around with him ever since he went into an abandoned house and found some Latinos there.“I looked around and there were 12 guys just 10ft away looking at me,” he explained.It would be comforting to blame [the anti-immigration culture] solely on Tory policy. It would also be dishonest Related: Immigrants in their own words: 100 stories Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:30:24 GMT)

Britain should be wary of borrowing education ideas from abroad
Policymakers need to be careful of myths about foreign education systems, such as Finland’s, and what has made them successfulParliamentary elections in Finland this month passed without parties making any references to education. In the UK general election, education is at least on the agenda for the two main parties. One of them, Labour, has recently been courting the idea of adopting educational practices like those in Finland to spread new thinking to low-performing schools and poorer communities in England.British politicians and policymakers should be careful when borrowing education ideas from other countries, be they Singapore, Canada or Finland. What has made an education system work well in one country won’t necessarily work in another. Policymakers should also beware of the myths about these systems and what has made them successful. Related: Labour calls time on 'exam factory' approach to schooling Market-based policies are not the best way to improve a country’s educational performance Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:04 GMT)

Martin Rowson on the government and the Sunday Times rich list – cartoon
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(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:31:08 GMT)

Arctic weather chills Britain's glimpse of summer
Despite a warmer than average start to April, weather fronts are bringing ice and snow in the north and rain elsewhereBritain’s hopes for an early start to summer are being dashed with the arrival of arctic weather fronts bringing ice and snow in the north and rain elsewhere. Less than a fortnight after the highest April temperatures in four years, the seasons will feel like they have moved into reverse as May begins with the arrival of cold maritime air sweeping down the country from the north. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:04:55 GMT)

Cremated human bones in pot found in Crossrail dig suggest gruesome ritual
Discovery deepens mystery of scores of Roman skulls found near site close to Liverpool St station and may confirm theory they are from Boudicca’s rebellionAlmost 2,000 years ago somebody neatly packed cremated human bones into an old cooking pot, put the lid on, and set it by the banks of a smelly little urban river, the Walbrook in London. The discovery has deepened the mystery of scores of Roman skulls found nearby, polished till they gleam by tumbling among the pebbles of the riverbed.It had been suggested that the skulls ended up in the river – which vanished into culverts centuries ago – by accident, eroded out of a Roman cemetery and washed downstream until they came to rest at bends in the bank. The new finds suggest a grimmer explanation. Related: Crossrail digging unearths diverse and ancient London burial ground Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:55:17 GMT)

MPs call for inquiry into sheep dip poisoning scandal
Cross-party support for inquiry and parliamentary debate after newly-published documents reveal government knew of health risk of mandatory chemical dipA former environment minister and more than a dozen MPs from across the political spectrum have backed calls for an inquiry and parliamentary debate into whether farmers were misled over the use of a dangerous chemical.At least 500 farmers across the UK were left with debilitating health problems after using organophosphate-based (OP) chemicals to protect their sheep against parasites, under the government’s compulsory dipping programme which ran up until 1992. Related: Revealed: government knew of farm poisoning risk but failed to act Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:03 GMT)

Charities say letting people die at home could save millions for NHS
Marie Curie says many people with a terminal illness are in hospital unnecessarily, and not by choice, at the end of their lives The NHS could save millions of pounds if the majority of people who died of a terminal illness in hospital did so at home as most wished to do, charities have said.Figures from the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey of bereaved people found that 85% of those who died in hospital in 2013 had expressed a desire to die at home. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:01:05 GMT)

Two men jailed for life for murder of east London partygoer
Ashley Latty, who was attacked by a group of men after birthday celebrations in Dagenham last May, never stood a chance, says judgeTwo men have been jailed for life for a group attack on a young father after a party in east London.Ashley Latty, 25, died after he was kicked, punched and stabbed five times outside the Beaver Centre in Dagenham at 5.30am on 18 May last year. The incident was caught on CCTV.He didn’t stand a chance. The attack was sudden, sustained, utterly brutal and without mercy Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:46:53 GMT)

'It doesn't even smell': a ride on the Bristol bus powered by human poo
Is Bristol’s biomethane-powered city bus a bold new move towards sustainable transport, or just hot air? Ajit Niranjan catches the No 2 (really) to find out“It’s a fantastic idea, I say – powering a bus with poo, who’d have thought?” The soft West Country burr belongs to Maisie, a 30-year-old nurse travelling with her toddler, Josh, and three bags of shopping. Squirming out of his mother’s grasp, Josh presses his face to the window as we pass rows of Georgian terraces and graffiti-speckled tower blocks. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:04 GMT)

BBC2's viewers have 'punk' mindset despite their age, says its controller
Kim Shillinglaw says she wants documentaries with moments that ‘grab you by the balls’ such as Meet the Ukippers The average age of BBC2’s audience may have topped 60 for the first time, but channel controller Kim Shillinglaw described her heartland viewers as the “punk rock” generation not ready to settle for staid and predictable programmes. Shillinglaw said she wanted documentaries with moments that “grab you by the balls” such as Channel 4’s hugely controversial Benefits Street, about to return for a second series, and her own channel’s Meet the Ukippers, which she described as “flawed but very interesting”. Shillinglaw praised BBC2 comedies such as James Corden’s The Wrong Mans and Inside No. 9 but admitted in recent years “there hasn’t been something quite as close to capturing the moment if you like as The Office or Absolutely Fabulous”. The average age of BBC2’s audience topped 60 last year – a year older than BBC1 – up from 58 three years earlier.Shillinglaw, the BBC’s former science and natural history chief, said there was a “maturity of world view” among its viewers but said the channel was “young at heart”. “I don’t think in terms of actual age, I think in terms of a mindset,” she told a Bafta event in London on Monday. “If you are in your 50s or 60s you grew up with punk. You don’t have an automatically staid view of the world.” In other words, never mind the demographics, here’s BBC2. Shillinglaw added: “We are a nation that is getting older. Do we need to think about people in their 30s or 40s, the next generation of BBC2 viewers? Of course.” Shillinglaw said BBC2 was a “mainstream channel at the edge of the mainstream” and required “fresh ideas and renewal right across the landscape” of its schedule. Related: Kim Shillinglaw: the straight-talking new controller of BBC2 Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:56:48 GMT)

Sun launches 'whistleblowers' charter' for secure leaks
Paper says SecureDrop system ‘protects sources against police snoopers and bullying officials’The Sun has launched a secure drop system for people to provide the tabloid with information anonymously as part of a “whistleblowers’ charter”. An article in Monday’s Sun says the system is a response to the police’s use of Ripa powers to access call records of three Sun journalists to identify the source of leaks about the Andrew Mitchell “Plebgate” scandal. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:31:58 GMT)

UK university class sizes falling, study finds
Money committed to areas such as sport, careers services and counselling has increased under coalition government since legislation to increase tuition feesUniversities are spending more on facilities and class sizes are falling, a study has found.The amount of money committed to areas such as sport, careers services, health and counselling has steadily increased over the five years of the coalition government, researchers said. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:01:05 GMT)

Recession rich: Britain's wealthiest double net worth since crisis
Richest 1,000 families control total of £547bn, rising by more than 112% since 2009, and own more than poorest 40% of British householdsBritain’s billionaires have seen their net worth more than double since the recession, with the richest 1,000 families now controlling a total of £547bn.While average UK incomes have yet to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with thousands still flocking to food banks, the financial elite have emerged not only with their fortunes intact, but holding a larger than ever slice of the cake. Related: Sunday Times Rich List: Britain's richest double their wealth in 10 years Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:55:12 GMT)

Birmingham capitalises on running to tackle obesity problem
England’s second city steals a march on rival cities to declare itself ‘European capital of running’ in bid to inspire 100,000 people to take up activityAthletics powerhouses in northern England such as Newcastle upon Tyne and Sheffield might have something to say about it. London, which on Sunday hosted one of the world’s most celebrated marathons , and capitals across the continent could also make a case for the title. But Birmingham has stolen a march on them all by declaring itself “European capital of running”, promising to get tens of thousands of its citizens off the sofa and into trainers, and challenging its elite runners to pit themselves against their counterparts from Italy, Germany and Spain. Over the next three years, Birmingham city council and Sport England are planning to plough almost £3m into running, partly as a way of tackling an acute obesity problem. The aim is to inspire 5,000 people who are currently inactive, especially those from deprived communities, to start running, and to get another 15,000 people who do sporadic activity to participate regularly. The ultimate aim is to inspire 100,000 new people to begin – and keep on – running. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:46:45 GMT)

Man charged in connection with murder of Tracey Woodford
Christopher May to appear at Pontypridd magistrates court on Monday, as family pay tribute to ‘selfless’ victimA man has been charged in connection with the murder of a woman who was found dismembered at a flat in south Wales. Christopher May, 50, will appear at Pontypridd magistrates court on Monday in connection with the murder of Tracey Woodford, 47. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:20:49 GMT)

The biggest story in the world podcast
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(Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:37:56 GMT)

Russian stores pull Holocaust graphic novel Maus over swastika on cover
Pulitzer Prize-winning book published in Russian in 2013 Law, passed in December, forbids ‘Nazi propaganda’Russian bookstores were hastily removing an award-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust from their shelves on Monday, reportedly because its cover shows a Nazi swastika. Related: Philip Pullman on Art Spiegelman's Complete Maus Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:59:48 GMT)

Even hackers are concerned Obama's and Clinton's emails remain vulnerable
Russian hackers infiltrating White House email system last year raises ‘red flag’ that Obama’s BlackBerry and Clinton’s ‘home brew’ system are also susceptible Related: Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report Cybersecurity experts are increasingly concerned that both President Barack Obama’s government emails and Hillary Clinton’s private, encrypted email system are too vulnerable to attack by sophisticated hackers who may be working for foreign powers. Related: Clinton email domain shows effort for security and obscurity, say experts Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:59:46 GMT)

Russian biker gang Night Wolves refused entry into Poland
Pro-Putin group vow to still make it to German capital to celebrate Russia’s second world war victory after being turned away at Belarusian-Polish borderPoland have refused entry to members of a controversial Russian biker gang, putting a premature end to a planned “victory ride” across Europe that was meant to end on 9 May in Berlin 70 years since the end of the Great Patriotic War, as the second world war is known in Russia.A group of 10 bikers from the Night Wolves group tried to cross the Belarus-Poland border on Monday but were turned back by Polish border guards after a long session of questioning. The group said it still planned to ride to Berlin, but would find alternative ways to do so. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:25:27 GMT)

Markets rally after Greek government reshuffles negotiating team
Alexis Tsipras has attempted to kick-start talks with creditors, in a move that may sideline finance minister VaroufakisSummary: Greece shakes up negotiating teamGreek opposition call for Yanis Varoufakis to quit......but insiders say he still has Tsipras’s supportIntroduction: Another week of Greek drama aheadFT: Varoufakis being sidelined 5.46pm BST Hopes of a breakthrough in Greece’s drawn-out talks with its creditors followed news of a restructuring of its negotiating team and sent European shares higher, writes Nick Fletcher.With finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supposedly sidelined, and reports in Germany’s Bild that a new set of - more conciliatory - reforms will be presented this week, investors were prepared to look on the positive side. It was not only shares that benefited; Greek bonds were also on the rise. 4.42pm BST Now for some slightly negative news from Greece, with the government’s call for money from regional institutions not being universally agreed:Greece's municipalities union says will not transfer money 4.12pm BST Felix Herrmann, a market strategist at DZ Bank, agrees that the Greek reshuffle has calmed nerves in the markets:“The Eurogroup meeting in Riga showed Varoufakis was more or less isolated and it seems that Tsipras has understood that. “The market is a bit relieved...(that) his influence has decreased.”Greece reshuffles negotiating team after Riga debacle http://t.co/tiCnNxKoNr @Reuters ...sidelines Varoufakis by promoting him to supervisor 3.53pm BST The rally in Greek bonds is picking up pace too, clawing back losses after Friday’s Eurogroup debacle.Greek 2-year yield down nearly 300 bps to 23%. 3.50pm BST News that Greece is rebooting its negotiating team sparked a new wave optimism across stock markets this afternoon.Jasper Lawler of CMC Markets explains:European markets appear to be dusting themselves off from the sharp declines seen in the middle of the month with large gains to start the week. Stalled Greek bailout negotiations have left stocks below record highs but there was a bit more optimism on Monday with Athens seemingly having sidelined its trouble-making finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis.If the Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras want to progress in negotiations and avoid default, it’s probably the right move to put its finance minister on the proverbial chopping block. After three months of attempting to reach a better deal for Greece and roll back austerity, Mr Varoufakis has only succeeded in frustrating creditors. 3.49pm BST More expressions of surprise that the Greek move to reshape its negotiating team has had such a strong reaction in the markets:Surprised #Greece reshuffle prompted large mrkt shift. Varoufakis already side-lined in Feb, e.g when Tsipras dealt directly w/ DijsselbloemIndeed: Varoufakis first sidelined at 2nd Eurogroup meeting in Feb. He's been more figurehead than negotiator since https://t.co/VQysF11SGp 3.34pm BST Greece's short-term borrowing rates drop after bailout team reshuffle #Greece pic.twitter.com/axKVE6N3YS 2.40pm BST Eurozone crisis experts are surprised to see the rally in Greek bonds, and European shares generally:Odd that markets are rallying now that Varoufakis has had his wings clipped. Tsipras was always calling the shots in negotiations.If you really think that in matters of substance it was down to one person you have barely scratched the surface #Greece 2.25pm BST Greece has attempted to breath new life into its stalling talks with its creditors, by shaking up its negotiating team.Alexis Tsipras’s government is creating a new “political negotiation team”, under junior foreign minister Euclid Tsakalotos, a 55-year-old economics professor.Today's reshuffling of the #Greece negotiating team further sidelines Varoufakis. New coordinator Tsakalotos is the one to watch now.Greece’s alternate foreign minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, will head a new policy negotiating team, a senior government official said, while the finance ministry’s chief economist will lead talks in Brussels with the heads of the country’s international creditors — a formation known as the Brussels Group.Both people are seen as close allies of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Massive drops in Greek sovereign debt yields as Varoufakis gets wings clipped http://t.co/32E21Xtvtr pic.twitter.com/5Z6yZhaCqmMarkets like the news that Varoufakis is getting reined in. http://t.co/3UDQxSPqzj Bond yields diving pic.twitter.com/MRedzkRcBB“FDR, 1936: ‘they are unanimous in their hate for me; and I welcome their hatred’. A quotation close to my heart (& reality) these days,”....And 18 other eurozone finance ministers just breathed a big sigh of relief. https://t.co/L61Op7mIieHe has to resign today to make things easier for Mr Tsipras and to liberate him so that it doesn’t seem that he is being sacked on the orders of people abroad.”Tonite at 23:30 #Athens time, live @atsipras intvw w/@Star_gr. @enikos_en to provide simultaneous Enlgish translation http://t.co/ryVXqAT6gA 1.28pm BST Analysts at UBS have outlined two methods by which Greece could leave the eurozone:(1) The fast route: A rapid deposit withdrawal from the banking system, if the Eurosystem refused to finance it through expansion of the ELA facility. The government would then need to refinance (and probably recapitalise) the banking system by creating a new currency to do so. However, this could probably be slowed with the imposition of capital controls limiting deposit withdrawal.The government, running out of funds, could substitute IOUs for euros in some of its payments. Starting with payments to suppliers (including for pharmaceuticals, as in 2011), and then - in theory - progressing on to public sector salaries and pensions over time. As current Greek debt obligations are not valued at their face value by the bond market, nor would these notes be, meaning that their purchasing power would likely be lower than that of the euro. In this way, the parallel currency would already be devalued. The more of these notes that were issued, the greater the need would be for the banking system to clear payments in them. The need would also increase for businesses and citizens to use them to pay taxes. As this continued, it would be likely that more euros would leak out of the Greek banking system and the economy would rely on the new currency to a greater extent. 1.22pm BST The word in Athens is that the reshuffled Greek negotiating team will meet tonight, at 6.30pm local time or 4.30pm BST. The new #Greece negotiating team is convening at 6.30 pm, according to local media #politics #economy 1.12pm BST Life has been continuing as normal in Athens today, despite growing public concerns over the negotiations with creditors. 12.11pm BST Over in Berlin, the German government gave Greece the hurry-up this morning.Finance ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger told reporters that the lack of a credible reform plan is Athens’ fault:“Our goal is to keep Greece in the euro. That’s what we are working for intensively. But we have to make it clear once more that the ball is in Greece’s court.” “We’re waiting for proposals and have been waiting for weeks. It’s frustrating but we are patient.” (quotes via Reuters) 12.04pm BST With or without Yanis at the wheel, it will be hard for Greece’s government to agree a reform programme that is acceptable to both its lenders and its own left-wing MPs.#Greece Τsakalotos taking the lead & #Varoufakis getting sidelined might soothe creditors, but doesn't necessarily soothe #Syriza's stance. 11.57am BST Germany’s Bild tabloid is reporting that Greece is planning to present a new list of reforms to creditors on Wednesday.It includes abandoning plans to raise the minimum wage.Bild kicking off the rumor mill. Says Greece has revised reform list, ready to suspend minimum-wage plans.Getting there, slowly but surely: - reschuffling of Greek negotiation team - revised reform list, including minimum wage (Bild) 11.45am BST Italy’s economy minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, has denied that the eurozone is now secretly planning for life without Greece.Padoan told reporters in Rome:“As far as I’m aware, there is no Plan B on Greece...The aim is to get a rapid accord with Athens.” 11.22am BST Reuters has also been told that Yanis Varoufakis still enjoys the support of PM Tsipras (as flagged earlier)But despite these signals, Greek negotiating team is being shaken up - giving more responsibility to Euclid Tsakalotos, the government’s chief economics spokesman.Tsipras, in a meeting on Sunday with senior aides and ministers including the deputy prime minister and economy minister, expressed support for Varoufakis and agreed the finance minister will supervise a new group to lead “political talks” with lenders.However, deputy Foreign Minister Euclid Tsakalotos will be tasked with coordinating the group, the official said, suggesting the Oxford-educated economist and professor would have a more active role in talks with the EU and IMF. 11.01am BST #Greece | Varoufakis confidant Nikos Theocarakis replaced in Brussels Group with Nikos Houliarakis. A sign of Varoufakis retreat. 11.00am BST Reports are coming in that Greece’s negotiating team is being shaken up:New political negotiation group for #Greece under the supervision of the greek finmin @yanisvaroufakisGreek gov't says FinMin Varoufakis to form "political negotiation team" that will be led by Alt Foreign Minister Euclid Tsakalotos #GreeceDespite govt officials backing @yanisvaroufakis, others are being introduced/upgraded in talks process #Greece 10.59am BST #Greek govt officials spreading the message that @yanisvaroufakis has the full backing of govt<football manager analogy here> https://t.co/XgR4nr75Dd 10.44am BST Over in Athens calls are growing for the Greek finance minister’s head, after he came away from last Friday’s eurogroup with criticism ringing in his ears, and no signs of progress with creditors.“He has to resign today to make things easier for Mr Tsipras and to liberate him so that it doesn’t seem that he is being sacked on the orders of people abroad.” “I am not at all sure that Mr Varoufakis has not adopted the logic of the drachma....Mr Varoufakis is an impediment for Greece.”“Mr Varoufakis will be alright, he will be able to go on and lecture in universities but does he think of ordinary Greeks who do not have such possibilities?”. 10.29am BST 10.26am BST Breaking away from Greece for a moment; Japan has just been hit with a credit rating downgrade.Fitch cut Japan’s rating by one notch, from A+ to A; the sixth-highest credit rating available. It blamed the cut on Tokyo’s failure to agree “sufficient structural fiscal measures” in its most recent budget, to make up for delaying a sales tax rise.Japan’s main sovereign credit and rating weakness is the high and rising level of government debt. Fitch projects the gross general government (GG) debt to GDP ratio to rise to 244% of GDP by end-2015, by far the highest ratio of any rated sovereign. 10.11am BST Jeroen Dijsselbloem has also confirmed that he spoke with Greek PM Tsipras after Friday’s Eurogroup dramas in Riga. Asked by De Volkskrant whether Yanis Varoufakis was the right man to handle the negotiations, Dijsselbloem replied that the issues go beyond Varoufakis’s remit: Yes, it is about the budget and the financial sector but also on privatization, labor market and pensions. So much more than the portfolio of the Minister of Finance.....In @marcpeeperkorn intvw, @J_Dijsselbloem confirms he called @atsipras after Friday's #eurogroup bust-up in #Riga: http://t.co/fRbmSd9gBR 10.00am BST Is Yanis Varougakis being painted as the fall guy by eurozone members who have lost patience with Greece?Alastair Winter, chief economist at investment bank Daniel Stewart’s, suspects so. He writes: It appears that Mr Varoufakis, a renowned exponent of game theory, may have mistaken the game that the Northerners are playing. Encouraged by Messrs Juncker, Draghi, Moscovici and Ms Lagarde, he is playing the game to avoid Grexit. In his post-meeting interviews he said “Any mention of a plan B is profoundly anti-European, My immediate response was to say there is no such plan B, there cannot be such a plan B.” However, the Northerners’ game seems more like avoiding getting the blame for Grexit even if they cannot yet agree a Plan B (because of opposition from those encouraging Mr Varoufakis). The Greeks are still holding out for the last €7.2bn tranche from the second bail-out, no more supervision by the lenders and release from most if not all current budgetary and structural reform targets. Once that is out the way, they then will want to talk about a third bail-out.Wonder if circumventing Varoufakis just another instalment in Northerners trying to escape blame for Grexit while Greece trying to avoid it? 9.49am BST Good news for readers whose grasp of Greek is as poor as mine; Enikos will translating Alexis Tsipras’s interview tonight into English (from 9.30pm UK time, I think)@graemewearden Simultaneous translation into English for Alexis #Tsipras first live interview -http://t.co/0PrAT10q83 9.42am BST Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem has told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that Greece will not require a “great” new bailout when its existing programme expires.I’m not going to speculate on the extent, but the amounts are of an entirely different order than the current help.Dijsselbloem statement is interesting. No 3rd major program for #Greece could mean two things: i) Greece gets dumped ii) debt rescheduling 9.28am BST I forgot to mention this earlier, but Alexis Tsipras is giving a live TV interview late tonight, to discuss the debt crisis.Mr. Tsipras will answer questions from leading journalist Nikos Chatzinikolaou and an invited audience on all the critical issues facing Greece and the negotiations with its lenders. 9.22am BST Greek bonds are weakening this morning, pushing up yields further into the danger zone.The yields on Greece’s two-year bond has jumped to 26.8%, up from 26% on Friday night, showing a higher risk of default.Peripheral spreads widen as markets prepare for Greek endgame. #Grexit pic.twitter.com/bnCq2fzmWa 9.10am BST Yanis Varoufakis is making headlines today, but not in the way he’d like:Everything going well then pic.twitter.com/qA5uzhI7Wc 8.46am BST Greek worries are pushing Europe’s stock markets down in early trading, with France’s CAC index losing 1%:Proposals from Greece do not include important issues such as pension cuts and labour market reforms and are not something the creditors will be able to stomach.” 8.36am BST Lots of chatter about Greece this morning:#EU hopes to sideline #Greece finance minister and deal directly with PM. Little progress made on bailout, some big repayments due in weeksGreece to find ways to assemble enough cash to pay pensioners and employees, after euro ministers say no more aid until bailout terms met#Greece | Brussels Group to hold conference call later today in a revived effort to bridge gap in Greek bailout talks. 8.33am BST A German government spokesman has confirmed reports that chancellor Merkel spoke with the Greek prime minister by phone yesterday.“expressed their common will for a steady communication throughout the course of negotiations in order to have a mutually beneficial solution soon” 8.21am BST The Financial Times is also reporting that Yanis Varoufakis is being sidelined, after last Friday’s “highly critical” eurogroup meeting: Greece’s dire financial position is forcing eurozone authorities to look beyond Mr Varoufakis to Alexis Tsipras, prime minister, much like in February when Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the eurogroup, brokered an extension of the current bailout programme.According to two eurozone officials, Mr Dijsselbloem phoned Mr Tsipras from Riga in an effort to mend fences after Friday’s feisty eurogroup meeting, where Mr Varoufakis was rounded on by his eurozone colleagues. 8.18am BST Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of events around the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.It looks like another week dominated by Greece’s debt crisis.“He is completely isolated,” a senior euro zone official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.“He didn’t even come to the dinner to represent his country,” the official said of the event where ministers, serenaded by a Latvian choir, ate salmon and sea bass.FDR, 1936: "They are unanimous in their hate for me; and I welcome their hatred." 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