News archive from 23 March 2011

Nicolas Sarkozy makes populist play for welfare in country that still cares | Polly Toynbee

Nicolas Sarkozy makes populist play for welfare in country that still cares | Polly Toynbee

The future of social care, President Nicolas Sarkozy declared, "is a matter of such importance and gravity that ideology has no place". His opponents scoff, among them Martine Aubry, one of the frontrunners to be the Socialist party's...

Guardian, 22:08 in Politics
 

Today's mystery bird for you to identify

Mystery Bird photographed at Port Aransas, Texas, USA. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 2 March 2011 [velociraptorize]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400...

 
Bruno Gaudichon: 'Hockney never answers my letters'

Bruno Gaudichon: 'Hockney never answers my letters'

How did you get started? When I was a boy, I wanted to be an archaeologist – digging up all those hoards of hidden treasure. Then later, a wonderful modern-art professor in Poitiers, where I was a student, introduced me to les beaux-arts [fine arts]...

 
Government should step in and reform FA, says former chief executive

Government should step in and reform FA, says former chief executive

Ian Watmore, the Football Association chief executive who quit in frustration after 12 months in the job, has appealed for government intervention to overhaul the FA's structure for the game's wider good. Watmore, who left claiming there "was...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
We'll listen to case for terraces, says sports minister Hugh Robertson

We'll listen to case for terraces, says sports minister Hugh Robertson

The sports minister, Hugh Robertson, has said the government will consider the possibility of reintroducing standing areas at top-level football matches, 21 years after Lord Justice Taylor recommended terracing be outlawed. At the first ever meeting...

Guardian, 22:11 in Sport
 
Jade Dernbach shrugs off South African heritage and pledges himself to England

Jade Dernbach shrugs off South African heritage and pledges himself to England

Jade Dernbach is a right-arm bowler, for those who have never heard of England's shock World Cup call up, but it was the tattoo on his left arm that carried an appropriate message ahead of Saturday's quarter-final against Sri Lanka. "What counts...

Guardian, 22:12 in Sport
 
Jenson Button warns Lewis Hamilton against moving from McLaren

Jenson Button warns Lewis Hamilton against moving from McLaren

Lewis Hamilton has been warned by his McLaren team-mate that he is in for a shock if he quits the team in pursuit of another world championship. With the new Formula One season just four days away Hamilton, who has been frustrated by McLaren's failure...

Guardian, 22:12 in Sport
 
Michel Platini keeps his cards concealed in Fifa's presidential race

Michel Platini keeps his cards concealed in Fifa's presidential race

Michel Platini has welcomed Mohamed bin Hammam's challenge to Sepp Blatter as "good for democracy", as the Uefa president emerged as a potential kingmaker in the battle to lead Fifa. After Uefa's 53 member associations re-elected Platini for...

Guardian, 22:12 in Sport
 
Van der Vaart expects Spurs substitution storm to blow over during international break

Van der Vaart expects Spurs substitution storm to blow over during international break

The Holland midfielder has completed just eight of his 26 starts for Spurs since joining from Real Madrid in the summer. Last Saturday he was replaced 72 minutes into the goalless draw at home to West Ham. And instead of returning to the dug-out to...

Daily Mail, 22:22 in Sport
 
Rob Andrew lands new role as the RFU's director of rugby operations

Rob Andrew lands new role as the RFU's director of rugby operations

Rob Andrew will be confirmed on Wednesday as the Rugby Football Union's new director of rugby operations but there will be no firm decision before May on whether or not Sir Clive Woodward will be returning to Twickenham as performance director. The...

Guardian, 22:24 in Sport
 

This week's arts diary

All change in theatrelandThey're playing musical chairs at some of Britain's most creative playhouses – and at quite an interesting time for all our subsidised theatres, as the funding landscape changes. Josie Rourke's departure for the Donmar...

 

What next for the Anglo-French forces in Libya?| Simon Tisdall

British and French forces will have their work cut out protecting the rebel enclave of eastern Libya now that Nato has refused to take the operational lead and the Americans have backed off. But another problematic question is what sort of political...

 
Budget 2011: Osborne to raise income tax threshold

Budget 2011: Osborne to raise income tax threshold

Chancellor George Osborne is to increase the personal income tax allowance to give 25 million people a cut of around £45 a year in Wednesday's Budget, the BBC has learned. The amount people can earn before paying tax will be increased by around £600...

BBC, 22:38 in Business
 
Google books agreement torpedoed by US court

Google books agreement torpedoed by US court

An agreement between Google and publishers over the web firm's publication of books online has been blocked by a US court. The web giant has scanned millions of books and made them available online via its eBooks platform. Google had negotiated the...

BBC, 22:38 in Business
 
James Collins: England should be worried by Wales' attacking prowess

James Collins: England should be worried by Wales' attacking prowess

James Collins has issued a bullish message ahead of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier, claiming that Fabio Capello and his England players should be "worried" about the prospect of facing a Wales side that includes Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy...

Guardian, 22:40 in Sport
 


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