The United Nations general assembly has overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. In London, the Foreign Office stressed the importance of the partnership with the US over the Diego Garcia military base. Wikileaks revelations A Marine Protected Area is established around the Chagos Islands. Government actions ruled illegal International Court of Justice rules that the agreement to separate the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965 prior to decolonisation was unlawful. The UK government publicly acknowledged in 2008 that Diego Garcia had twice been used for US rendition flights, both in 2002.
May 22, 2019 17:56 UTC
We're going to Ibiza! How the Vengaboys became the sound of political protest in AustriaMired in a political scandal that forced the resignation of the deputy vice-chancellor and the collapse of their government, the Austrian people have found their voice through that protest song standard: We’re Going to Ibiza!. After German comedian and TV host Jan Böhmermann shared the music video with his 2.1 million Twitter followers on Friday, We’re Going to Ibiza! After takeoff, we’ll pump up the sound system, because We’re Going to Ibiza!”Vengaboys (@vengaboys) Wow, Going to Ibiza is #1 in Austria #ibizavideoHey @janboehm Did you make this happen? Evan O'Connell (@evanoconnell) I love that “We’re Going to Ibiza” by the @vengaboys has become an anti-far right protest song in Austria pic.twitter.com/uT2jGDfaCsNow Austria is bracing itself for elections in September – and it seems the Vengaboys might be the unlikely agents of Austria’s song of the summer.
May 22, 2019 17:18 UTC
• England’s No 3 intends to rein in aggressive approach • World Cup to be first 50-over tournament with away shirtsJoe Root has revisited his responsibilities as England’s one-day anchor before the World Cup after admitting he got slightly carried away during the recent ODI series victory against Pakistan. He has flourished in this position too, so much so that since the previous World Cup only Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma of India can better his 3,498 ODI runs. England Cricket World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction Read moreBut while scores of 40, 43, 36 and 84 during the 4-0 win against Pakistan appear perfectly acceptable on paper, Root was not entirely pleased with his performances in the middle. England’s Cricket World Cup squad is reassuring despite late changes | Andy Bull Read moreRoot was speaking at the launch of England’s new pastel-blue World Cup kit which, as the host side, they will wear throughout the tournament. That is not the case for all teams, however, with this the first 50-over World Cup in which away shirts will be worn where colour clashes arise.
May 22, 2019 17:00 UTC
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said he would rather be sacked immediately than have his future at Chelsea hinge upon the result of the Europa League final. The head coach, who is 10 months into a two-year contract, was asked whether his future depends on winning the final. 'You cannot ... 10 months of work, and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes? It’s not the right way. You’re either happy about my work or you’re not happy,' he said.
May 22, 2019 16:42 UTC
Ada Hegerberg has starred for Lyon again this seasonAda Hegerberg is officially the best women’s footballer in the world. The Lyon star won the first-ever women’s Ballon d’Or in December before scooping up her BBC award today (Wednesday). Who is Ada Hegerberg? After a season at fellow Norwegian club Stabaek, the sisters joined German side Turbine Potsdam, before Ada left for Lyon. Ada Hegerberg claimed the first-ever women’s Ballon d’Or last yearThe 23-year-old has also earned 66 caps for Norway, scoring 38 goals.
May 22, 2019 16:36 UTC
An undercover reporter employed as a care worker filmed colleagues taunting, provoking, intimidating and repeatedly restraining patients with learning disabilities or autism at the private Whorlton Hall hospital near Barnard Castle, County Durham. The Panorama reporter Olivia Davies worked shifts at Whorlton Hall over a two-month period at the beginning of the year. Although there is no footage of assaults on patients, staff are shown discussing unauthorised restraint techniques and ways of inflicting pain without it being detected. A female care worker tells Davies she can be confident a female patient will not act up with her because she knows “I would fucking rugby tackle the cunt down”. Danshell was in turn taken over last year by US-owned Cygnet Health Care.
May 22, 2019 16:04 UTC
We’re facing a climate emergency, and it’s never been more important to have a strong Green contingent in the European parliament. I don’t see the European elections as a referendum on Brexit: doing so is both divisive and ill-advised. It’s unlikely the elected MEPs will be in the European parliament for long, but they can attempt to make a difference in the short period they are. Some projections predict the left blocs in the European parliament will outnumber the right blocs, meaning the left will have a greater say. I would much rather see the Conservative vote collapse, and Labour’s grow as a result, so choosing who to vote for is easy.
May 22, 2019 15:58 UTC
And when Leonard Cohen met Marianne Ihlen it led to the flowering of the talent of one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Cohen was a struggling poet when they first came together on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. The beach is too crowded, and you’re too much in my heart to put anything down.” The letter is expected to fetch up to $9,000. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Marianne Ihlen leading Leonard Cohen and friends on donkeys along a stone path in Hydra, in 1950. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Marianne Ihlen, left, holds her son, Axel Jensen Jr, and Leonard Cohen, second left, with friends in Hydra, Greece, in October 1960.
May 22, 2019 15:45 UTC
ESPN claim Manchester United officials have discussed bringing Sancho back to his homeland but negotiations have since been put on hold. The two clubs have been unable to engage in constructive talks as Borussia Dortmund slapped an £80million price tag on the 19-year-old. The Bundesliga outfit are not keen on letting any more of their key assets leave this summer following the departure of Christian Pulisic to Chelsea. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to get his business done early this transfer window and he will not be waiting around for Dortmund to change their stance.
May 22, 2019 15:15 UTC
It might not be your body in peril, but as a player, you feel it no less keenly. But you also have a computer’s limitations: when your OS is offline, or your power is failing, your station map fuzzed and glitching, you must rely on human help. This power dynamic between SAM and Emma makes for an intelligent and compelling game; I played it in one day-long sitting. Only when you are freed from the constraints of the station’s mainframe and transferred into a floating mechanical sphere (think Portal’s Wheatley) does Observation stumble. You can set a waypoint in your system OS to help, but that only works when you have access to the map – and if you can see the map, you’re rather less likely to get lost anyway.
May 22, 2019 14:21 UTC
Am I having a funny turn or are people saying a fashion statement was made at a minor royal’s wedding? Now, fashion, by its very nature, is all about changing with the times and reflecting the zeitgeist and being modern. But then this weekend someone called Gabriella Windsor got married and the fashion magazines got very excited. Call it Laura Ashley chic, prairie dress style or the return of the tent dress, but what we are really talking about is women wearing a load of old curtains. Because if 19th-century dresses are held up as a modern fashion statement then why not the Amish?
May 22, 2019 14:20 UTC
A guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show was found dead in his rented room in a suspected suicide after growing concerned about the repercussions of his appearance on the programme, an inquest has heard. Steve Dymond, 63, died about a week after apparently failing a lie detector test on the daytime show, which has since been axed. DS Marcus Mills of Hampshire police told the inquest, which opened on Wednesday, that Dymond had moved into his new accommodation on 10 February. He said Dymond told the owners of the flat, Michelle and Sam, that he had been in a relationship with a woman named Jane. “Steven had also mentioned they were going to go on The Jeremy Kyle Show for a lie detector test to get everything sorted.
May 22, 2019 13:32 UTC
Top six areas for disposable income all in capital, while Wales has least spending powerLondoners have £8,000 more to spend or save than UK averageBig regional inequalities in disposable household income still exist, with Londoners more than £8,000 a year better off than the UK average, according to government data. The UK average was £19,514. Between 2016 and 2017, disposable household incomes grew in all regions except Yorkshire and the Humber, where it fell by 0.2%. The capital’s share of all UK gross disposable household income was 19%, significantly higher than its 13% share of the population. England’s disposable income per head was slightly above the UK average at £19,988.
May 22, 2019 12:22 UTC
That finding, shared by all the polling organisations, is the imminent victory of Nigel Farage and his Brexit party. Pollsters have a margin of error, but even if you tripled it, Farage is still the likely winner of this contest. Two years later, leave won 52% in a referendum and Farage has, rather brilliantly, made his Brexit party the unambiguous vehicle of leave. And yet there he was on Tuesday night, on stage in London for a Brexit party rally, railing against the establishment, offering himself as the champion of the little guy. And yet that’s an accurate description of Claire Fox, number one on the Brexit party list for northwest England.
May 22, 2019 12:10 UTC
The chief executive of the Qatari media group beIN is under investigation for corruption by the French authorities, who suspect he paid bribes in a bid to help Doha host the World Athletics Championships. The newspaper also says that Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of the IAAF, athletics’ governing body, is also facing “passive corruption” charges by the National Financial Office. New evidence of corruption over Qatar’s bid for 2017 world championships Read moreThe case centres around two payments totalling $3.5m which were sent in October and November 2011 at a time when Qatar was bidding to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships and 2020 Olympics. While those bids failed, Qatar later won the right to host this year’s World Athletics Championships. The contract stated that a first “non-refundable” payment of $3.5m is expected as soon as the contract is signed, a sum collected by Massata Diack’s company four days before voting for the 2017 world championships.
May 22, 2019 12:07 UTC