News archive from 13 March 2016

Kumar Sangakkara: England made smart move on mentor Mahela Jayawardene

Kumar Sangakkara: England made smart move on mentor Mahela Jayawardene

Kumar Sangakkara, man of the match when Sri Lanka won the World Twenty20 final two years ago, has praised a “smart move” by England in rehiring his former international team-mate Mahela Jayawardene as a coaching consultant for this year’s tournament....

Guardian, 15:06 in Sport
 
Adam Johnson’s disgraceful behaviour draws attention to disgusting excesses of Premier League footy

Adam Johnson’s disgraceful behaviour draws attention to disgusting excesses of Premier League footy

This column is ostensibly about football, but I hope (this is an appeal to non-sports fans) it's also about something bigger. I can remember, with crystal clarity, a rainy day in May 1973, standing on the terraces at Wembley. I watched in disbelief as...

 
Libya conflict: Tunis-based unity government claims power

Libya conflict: Tunis-based unity government claims power

Libya's UN-backed Presidential Council, based in Tunis, has called on the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers within Libya. The council nominated a unity government last month, but recognition of the cabinet has been...

BBC, 00:07 in World News
 
Former Notts County footballer had drug-dealing profits stuffed down his sock

Former Notts County footballer had drug-dealing profits stuffed down his sock

Cash totalling £1,500, which was spotted by police stuffed down a Bulwell man’s left sock, included proceeds from his drug dealing, a court heard. Seymour Douglas, 26, of Bromley Close, carved out a private business in selling cannabis to friends when...

 
Terry Flanagan taken to the limit by Derry Mathews

Terry Flanagan taken to the limit by Derry Mathews

Terry Flanagan produced a performance of authority to retain his WBO lightweight title at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, tonight, although he was forced to go 12 rounds for the first time in his career by Derry Mathews, who never looked likely to fold...

The Times, 00:09 in Sport
 

Gordon Strachan: I have few illusions over quality

There was a best-of-an-average
-lot feel to the Scotland squads selected by Gordon Strachan last week. Disturbingly, the ambivalence over the quality of the personnel selected for the friendly double-header away to Czech Republic on 24 March and at...

 
The Sardinian professor fighting to save Gaelic – and all Europe’s minority tongues

The Sardinian professor fighting to save Gaelic – and all Europe’s minority tongues

It is an impending extinction that will change the world and how people communicate: within 20 years, half of all the planet’s languages will be dead. Experts agree that nothing can stop it happening but one academic is trying her hardest to slow it...

Guardian, 00:12 in Learning
 
Can’t figure out genetics? Here’s a handy guide …

Can’t figure out genetics? Here’s a handy guide …

The ability to study our genes, the basic units of heredity, is transforming medicine. However, researchers have discovered a major stumbling block: only a tiny percentage of the British public understands even the simplest of terms used in genetics....

Guardian, 00:12 in Learning
 
Decades of investment in education have not improved social mobility

Decades of investment in education have not improved social mobility

It is widely believed in political circles, and among the commentariat, that in Britain today social mobility is in decline. This is not, in fact, the case, as a new research programme led by Professor Erzsébet Bukodi of the Department of Social...

Guardian, 00:12 in Learning
 
First it was the Queen, now Mr Toad has been snared in Brexit

First it was the Queen, now Mr Toad has been snared in Brexit

A few weeks ago, in this space, we discussed Prince William’s views on the European Union. The prince had made a few bland remarks that the pro-EU lobby hailed as pro-EU, while the anti-EU lobby declared them obviously anti-EU. At the time, I was...

 
Céline: French literary genius or repellent antisemite? New film rekindles an old conflict

Céline: French literary genius or repellent antisemite? New film rekindles an old conflict

It is 55 years since Dr Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches – better known as the writer Céline – died. For more than five decades French historians, intellectuals and politicians, among others, have struggled – and failed – to agree on his legacy. To...

 
Go champion Lee Se-dol throws in towel as Google’s AlphaGo sweeps the board

Go champion Lee Se-dol throws in towel as Google’s AlphaGo sweeps the board

A computer program developed by Google took an unassailable 3-0 lead in a best-of-five match with a Go grandmaster on Saturday. The Chinese board game is considered to be much more complex than chess – there are a far greater number of outcomes – and...

 
How can you sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them

How can you sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them

Abracadabra! “Jean genie Lidl magics up £5.99 denims,” shouted the headline in a newspaper last weekend as it extolled the brilliance of the cut-price supermarket chain in once again undercutting its rivals. The German retailer, it explained, was...

 
The Observer view on Barack Obama’s world-view

The Observer view on Barack Obama’s world-view

Barack Obama’s criticism of David Cameron’s alleged neglect of Libya in the aftermath of the British-assisted 2011 revolution against Muammar Gaddafi has been blown out of all proportion. This largely manufactured furore obscures a more important...

 
Obama and Jagger fly in, but fears grow over who profits as Cuba starts to party

Obama and Jagger fly in, but fears grow over who profits as Cuba starts to party

Stockade Cuba – isolated for generations by a US embargo and fidelity to communism – finds itself suddenly at the centre of the Americas, thanks in part to circumstance but mainly to the craft, guile and luck of its president, Raúl Castro, brother of...

 


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