News archive from 16 March 2011

Eric Abidal to undergo surgery after Barcelona full-back diagnosed with a liver tumour

Eric Abidal to undergo surgery after Barcelona full-back diagnosed with a liver tumour

Barcelona announced: 'A liver tumour has been detected in the player Eric Abidal and he will be treated surgically next Friday. 'Abidal will be operated on by Dr Josep Fuster Obregon. Per the express wish of the player, we call for the utmost respect...

Daily Mail, 22:06 in Sport
 

Michael Mayer: 'Work in Cologne. Party in Berlin'

How did you get started in your job? I started DJing at parties, aged 14. From then on it was my passion. When I was 18, I got my first job DJing in a small-town disco. I was fired after six months. Is there such a thing as German music? Schubert,...

 
Richard Dunne and James Collins await their Aston Villa fate

Richard Dunne and James Collins await their Aston Villa fate

Richard Dunne and James Collins are waiting to hear the severity of their punishment after Aston Villa officials questioned both players as part of their internal investigation into the trouble that broke out during a team-building exercise in...

Guardian, 22:16 in Sport
 
New Europe: why baby-making is at the heart of Germany's gender war

New Europe: why baby-making is at the heart of Germany's gender war

In 2002, Renate Schmidt, then German minister for families, came out and said it: they needed to get the birth rate up. "Without children we look old," was the slightly puzzling title of her proposition but, according to an academic, Sandra...

 
AV: Ed Miliband tells Labour rally 'electoral reform is good for voters'

AV: Ed Miliband tells Labour rally 'electoral reform is good for voters'

Ed Miliband will make his strongest intervention yet in the referendum on the alternative vote (AV) when he addresses a Labour Yes rally on Wednesday, urging voters not to reduce the referendum to a verdict on Nick Clegg's broken promises. The Labour...

Guardian, 22:24 in Politics
 
Germany's middle class happy with rampant inequality in schools

Germany's middle class happy with rampant inequality in schools

Ulrich Becker, the headteacher, has no doubt about what Germany must do to tackle inequalities in education. "We need schools that are not separated by social class – it is a huge social and political problem," he says, sitting in his office...

 
Smiley Culture obituary

Smiley Culture obituary

The reggae star and rapper Smiley Culture – real name David Emmanuel – who has died aged 48 during a Metropolitan police raid on his home in Warlingham, Surrey, was one of the pioneers of British rap. Although he had only two hits, Police Offer and...

 

This week's arts diary

A novel approach to opera There's a school of thought that says Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole (which premiered at the Royal Opera House last month) and David Sawer's Skin Deep (for Opera North a few years back) were somewhat let down by...

 
Privacy pays for Sepp Blatter and Fifa's executive committee members

Privacy pays for Sepp Blatter and Fifa's executive committee members

Fifa's highest executives are rather well paid. Of course, in line with the organisation's loose-at-best commitment to transparency, we cannot tell exactly how much the president, Sepp Blatter, receives from his work. We also cannot tell this about...

Guardian, 22:47 in Sport
 
Chelsea strike deal to sign Brazilian teenager Lucas Piazon

Chelsea strike deal to sign Brazilian teenager Lucas Piazon

Chelsea have reached a pre-contract agreement to sign the highly rated attacking midfielder Lucas Piazon from São Paulo when he turns 18 for a fee that could reportedly amount to some £10m. The teenager, who is currently playing for Brazil in the...

Guardian, 22:55 in Sport
 

Mystery bird: Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus

Ethiopian boubou, Laniarius (aethiopicus) aethiopicus, also known as the boubou shrike, tropical boubou or the bell shrike, photographed at the Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa. Image: Dan Logen, 10 February 2011 [velociraptorize]. Nikon...

 
Banned Sam and Joel Tomkins will miss Wigan against Huddersfield

Banned Sam and Joel Tomkins will miss Wigan against Huddersfield

Wigan's defence of the Super League title continues to be undermined by disciplinary problems. Sam and Joel Tomkins will both miss Friday's trip to the league leaders, Huddersfield, after being suspended for foul play in last weekend's 14-12 win...

Guardian, 23:01 in Sport
 
Nani 'to quit Manchester United for Serie A as Ashley Young set to arrive'

Nani 'to quit Manchester United for Serie A as Ashley Young set to arrive'

The 24-year-old only signed a new four-year contract last March but has reportedly told his friends and family he’s looking for a new challenge outside the Premier League. Nani has enjoyed his best season at Old Trafford to date and is expected to...

Metro, 23:03 in Sport
 
Bradley Manning's father speaks out over Pentagon's treatment of his son

Bradley Manning's father speaks out over Pentagon's treatment of his son

Bradley Manning's father has broken his silence to denounce the way the Pentagon is treating the US soldier suspected of being the source of the WikiLeaks embassy cables. Brian Manning said he had decided to speak out for the first time since his son...

 
INTER PROGRESS AFTER DRAMATIC WIN

INTER PROGRESS AFTER DRAMATIC WIN

Holders Inter Milan staged a remarkable second-half fightback to claim a 3-2 win on the night and knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League on away goals at the Allianz Arena. Trailing 1-0 from the first-leg, the Italians, who beat the...

Daily Star, 23:17 in Sport
 


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