Barcelona want to get him off their books but a string of underwhelming displays means the clubs are hardly queuing up to sign him. Liverpool and Chelsea have both been linked and reports in Spain have now revealed the stance of each club. Marca say Liverpool have now ruled out a reunion with their former star as manager Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on other targets. Meanwhile, Chelsea are said to be interested but any move depends on whether they can get their two-window transfer ban delayed or overturned. "I don't have much to say to Barcelona fans,” he said after Brazil’s win.
June 15, 2019 11:48 UTC
Franco Zeffirelli, one of Italy’s most revered artistic figures, has died at the age of 96. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Zeffirelli was staggeringly prolific and equally celebrated as a director of films, theatre and opera. In the mid-1950s, Zeffirelli directed Callas for the first time, at her request, in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia. These led to the Old Vic asking him to stage Romeo and Juliet with a similarly realistic Italian setting. Zeffirelli grew accustomed to stepping from one grandly ambitious project to the next, juggling theatre, TV and opera productions.
June 15, 2019 11:37 UTC
Thelma Cabrera Pérez, 49, has unexpectedly risen in presidential polls after a frenetic campaign across Guatemala’s rural heartlands where organised crime and agriculture magnates have controlled land and politics since the 36-year civil war ended in 1996. About 60% of the Guatemalan population is indigenous, but Cabrera is only the second indigenous person to run for president after the Nobel Peace prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. Cabrera pledges to tackle the inequalities of Guatemalan society with a sweeping constitutional reform to ensure fair representation for the country’s indigenous, Afro-Guatemalan and mestizo peoples. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Supporters of Thelma Cabrera, presidential candidate for the Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos party, attend her rally in Guatemala City earlier this month. “This candidacy is historic.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Thelma Cabrera campaigns in Palín, Guatemala.
June 15, 2019 10:52 UTC
The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has begun a hunger strike outside the Iranian embassy in London in solidarity with his wife. The British-Iranian woman started her third hunger strike against her continued imprisonment in Iran on Saturday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who denies charges of espionage in Iran, told her husband in a phone call on Saturday morning that she was beginning a hunger strike to demand her unconditional release. My job is to serve as an amplifier and not let her strike pass unnoticed.”Zaghari-Ratcliffe went on hunger strike for six days in 2016 when she was put in solitary confinement for eight months without access to a lawyer, and did so again in January this year. “I will stay outside this embassy so that Nazanin’s hunger strike will be unignorable,” he said.
June 15, 2019 10:15 UTC
That shove from Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens on Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry. From the battlers of 2007, a team that everyone loved, the Warriors have become a franchise that neutrals love to hate. Play Video 3:20 'It means the world': Toronto Raptors win first NBA title after beating Warriors – videoAnd yet, something has shifted. We just got to continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto, win Game 5, come back to Oracle, win Game 6 and then celebrate. And as a franchise filled with likable players that somehow became the team that no one likes.
June 15, 2019 10:00 UTC
Now that Grand Designs is basically a show where you watch a marriage disintegrate as a posh shed goes over budget, and Location, Location, Location is just worried-looking couples telling Kirstie and Phil that, yeah, if a two-bed flat is all they could afford in 2019’s housing market they suppose they could give a child away, how do we get our fix of property porn on telly? Anne makes Lisa a deal: she will fund her medical research, but in return Anne gets to spend one night with Sean. Renée Zellweger, however, is incredible. She shags the handyman in the sex steam room, sobs into her cuddly toy tiger and commits arson, all while her blowdry stays perfect. Also: Renée Zellweger, and the sex steam room.
June 15, 2019 09:56 UTC
The Dutch sensation is a target for Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris-Saint Germain. However, the long-running battle to get him has taken another twist as PSG are said to be holding the trump card. It would mark a big win for PSG who lost out to Barcelona in the race for De Ligt’s fellow Dutchman Frenkie de Jong. Asked whether Ronaldo had spoken to him after they lost the final to Portugal, he said: "That could well be true. De Ligt has also been linked with Manchester United and BarcelonaCristiano Ronaldo has tried to convince the Dutchman to join Juventus
June 15, 2019 09:22 UTC
Manchester United are holding further talks with Crystal Palace this weekend aimed at agreeing a fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka after the player indicated his preference would be a summer move to Old Trafford. That would effectively serve to bolster the potential fee further towards £60m. Wan-Bissaka, originally a winger, enjoyed an eye-catching first full season in senior football last term after graduating through the south London club’s academy, excelling at right-back and making 39 appearances in all competitions. They have already secured the young Wales winger, Daniel James, from Swansea City. Palace are already exploring their options over a replacement for Wan-Bissaka, and contact has been made with the Belgian international Timothy Castagne.
June 15, 2019 09:11 UTC
Phil Neville hailed Jodie Taylor's impact during the Women's World CupTaylor scored her first England goal in 14 months to earn the Lionesses a 1-0 win over Argentina and send them into the knockout stages with a game to spare. England can now play their remaining game against Japan with relative comfort knowing their passage is safe. And Neville admitted he was looking at ways to improve the supply line to Taylor after she scored the only goal just after the hour mark. “I told Jodie I knew she would score, the way she's been focused on this. Phil Neville wants Jodie Taylor to keep scoring for EnglandNeville said: “We were expecting that approach from them.
June 15, 2019 09:08 UTC
Atkinson began writing Big Sky the day after she finished Transcription, her second world war espionage novel. But “if you put a detective in a novel it becomes a detective novel, there’s no way round it”. In Big Sky “everyone is breaking the law”, or taking it into their own hands in one way or another. “I live to entertain, I don’t live to teach or to preach or to be political. If I have a job to do it is to entertain myself first and then everyone else afterwards.”• Big Sky by Kate Atkinson is published by Doubleday (£20).
June 15, 2019 09:00 UTC
But Jeremy Corbyn called for the UK to not escalate tensions with Iran without “credible evidence” that Tehran was responsible. He tweeted: “From Salisbury to the Middle East, why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?”The FCO had said: “No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible,” and pointed to a “recent precedent for attacks by Iran against oil tankers”. “I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” the US president said. The suspected attacks came after four commercial ships were “subjected to sabotage operations” in the Gulf in May. “We are confident that Iran bears responsibility for that attack,” the FCO said.
June 15, 2019 08:06 UTC
Mum didn’t notice, or didn’t care, so I grabbed a dustpan and brush. Nowadays, I share a flat with my wife Lucy, and I’m tidy – perhaps obsessively so. I’m nervous of broaching this subject with Mum, as I don’t want her to think I have complaints about my upbringing (I don’t). They said, ‘Thank goodness you’re alive.’ They thought the house had been ransacked and some terrible In Cold Blood-type scenario had happened. Another mate came for tea, refused to eat anything and the next day at school said our house was “scruffy”.
June 15, 2019 08:02 UTC
That doesn’t worry USWNT players, though. “The No 1 team in the world, we won the last World Cup and we’re trying win this World Cup again. During events like the World Cup, the players live inside what they refer to as their “bubble”. I don’t really care what people think,” Lloyd said. Whether it’s the USWNT, the Patriots or the others, some fans will be irked by whatever the Americans do.
June 15, 2019 08:00 UTC
In April, the British YA author Zoe Marriott was widely accused of cultural appropriation for writing a Chinese-inspired fantasy novel called The Hand, the Eye and the Heart. In autumn 2015, Kirkus began a policy of noting the skin colour of major characters in children’s and YA books, and assigning own-voices reviewers to them. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The GuardianMany of the battles around YA books display the worst features of what is sometimes called “cancel culture”. Some messages came through Goodreads, although Chris does not know if they were linked to the main YA community. “The YA community used to be a safe place where bloggers and writers could communicate and share book news.
June 15, 2019 07:52 UTC
“JK business scouts tend to be men in their 20s and 30s,” says Yumeno Nito of Colabo. Crucially, in the case of JK businesses, Japan has no specific anti-trafficking laws in place. A new ordinance requires JK businesses to be registered with the police, and prohibits the employment of girls under the age of 18. “JK business owners are cunning and systematic. This practice then became diversified and commodified into what is now know as JK business.
June 15, 2019 06:56 UTC