Gunmen also kill Nigerian man and abduct three others near northern city of KadunaThe family of Faye Mooney, a 29-year-old British aid worker killed in Nigeria by kidnappers, have paid tribute to her bravery and belief in societal change that “took her to places others feared”. Kidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where both locals and foreigners are targeted, mainly for ransoms. Mooney’s family told the Guardian that she was a bright and intelligent woman with a “deep love for life and people” who had never been happier. Mooney had “worked with Mercy Corps for almost two years, devoting her time to making a difference in Nigeria,” Keny-Guyer added. Kaduna state police said the kidnappers attacked the resort with guns.
April 21, 2019 18:47 UTC
Stephen Smith’s case sparked outrage after his benefits were cut and he was told to find a jobA man with multiple debilitating illnesses who was denied benefits and deemed fit to work, sparking a national outcry over the government’s welfare system, has died. Shocking pictures showed him emaciated in hospital with pneumonia as his weight dropped to six stone, leaving him barely able to walk. He failed a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) work capability assessment in 2017, which meant that his employment support allowance (ESA) payments were stopped. The man’s plight, first reported by the Liverpool Echo, prompted widespread outrage and an apology from the DWP. A DWP spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Stephen Smith.
April 21, 2019 17:39 UTC
Ole Gunnar Solskjær questioned the desire of Manchester United’s players and admitted some will not feature in his plans for a successful reign at Old Trafford after suffering a 4-0 humbling at Everton. Manchester United thrashed by Everton after Richarlison kickstarts rout Read more“We have got to apologise to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic,” said Solskjær. “That performance is not good enough for a Manchester United team, from me to the players. Players will know it has to mean everything to play for this club, like it does to the fans. The feeling of our fans and players enjoying what we are doing is everything I want as a manager.”
April 21, 2019 17:26 UTC
When Dean Saunders was 25, he was suddenly gripped by a mental health crisis. In January 2016, 18 days after he was sent to Chelmsford prison, Saunders killed himself. A report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman notes: “We are concerned that healthcare staff at Chelmsford did not fully understand the correct process for transferring prisoners under the Mental Health Act. This led to a delay in Mr Saunders’ transfer to hospital.”An inquest into Saunders’ death found neglect contributed to his death. Marilyn had called for more secure hospitals to support people undergoing a mental health crisis.
April 21, 2019 16:51 UTC
In a statement to the Guardian, a Facebook spokesperson said they were “aware of the government’s statement regarding the temporary blocking of social media platforms”. Fernando said the spread of unverified information had already begun before the government brought in the social media block. Another Colombo resident, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of discussing religion in Sri Lanka, said: “It is absolutely a good idea to shut down social media. The social media blackout is becoming a common occurrence in the region in the aftermath of violence. Sanjana Hattotuwa, a senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, who is researching social media in Sri Lanka, confirmed he had already witnessed a mass spreading of misinformation on social media about the perpetrators of the Easter attacks.
April 21, 2019 15:57 UTC
This meant that, around the same time as bombs were going off in churches in Sri Lanka, I was reading a passage to my congregation taken from the book of Ezekiel. Over in Sri Lanka, bones were being blown apart, and flesh stripped from skin. I was talking the other day to the classicist Mary Beard about Christian persecution in Roman times – all that stuff about lions and the Coliseum. We are living though one of the most serious phases of Christian persecution in history, and most people refuse to acknowledge it. That is why people were going to church in Sri Lanka in the first place, to listen again to this message: Christ is risen.
April 21, 2019 15:35 UTC
Giuliani told CNN: “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. McGahn’s recollections were “wrong”, Giuliani said on CNN, claiming the experienced lawyer was “confused [and] cannot be relied upon”. Mueller depicts McGahn taking notes of meetings with Trump, a practice Trump is said to have questioned. “Stop the bull, stop this pious act,” Giuliani said, adding: “Who says [taking information from Russians is] even illegal? Asked if he would have accepted such information, Giuliani said: “I probably wouldn’t.
April 21, 2019 15:11 UTC
Public figures use Easter Rising commemorations to criticise New IRA after journalist’s deathIrish politicians and clerics have turned Easter Rising commemorations into a platform to condemn dissident republicans for the killing of Lyra McKee. Josepha Madigan, the culture minister, told a crowd gathered at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin to honour those who died during the Easter Rising and reject the journalist’s killers, saying they represented nobody. It has been linked with four murders, including the shooting of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry on Thursday night. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and President Michael D Higgins after the commemoration to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. The Guardian view on Lyra McKee’s murder: she should have been the future | Editorial Read moreThe group’s supporters cancelled their own parade, which had been planned for Monday, amid disgust over McKee’s death.
April 21, 2019 14:42 UTC
ARSENAL 2-3 CRYSTAL PALACE | BENTEKE (17), OZIL (47), ZAHA (61), MCARTHUR (69), AUBAMEYANG (76)Arsenal XI: Leno, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Guendouzi, Elneny, Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette. Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Wan-Bissaka, Kouyate, McArthur, Milivojevic, Meyer, Zaha, Benteke. The German playmaker combined with Iwobi and striker Alexandre Lacazette before scooping the ball past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for the hosts to set up a pulsating final 10 minutes but Palace held on to end Arsenal's 16-match unbeaten run at home in the league. Arsenal remain fourth in the league standings but fail to take advantage of defeats for Tottenham and Manchester United earlier this weekend.
April 21, 2019 13:51 UTC
Heartache, my darlings, is the only thing that ever got me “svelte” (to use the Fleet Street vernacular). However, that recalibration of the object of my expectations, from thigh firmness to overall strength of being, was a deeply important lesson. Of course, Beyoncé’s thighs would be nice, but I have different goals now. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but being strong is more important than looking sexy. Honestly, I’ve got the best routine I’ve ever had.
April 21, 2019 13:00 UTC
Keates said schools needed to recognise the seriousness of the issue, and reiterated calls for pupils’ use of mobile phones to be banned in classrooms to curb the problems they cause. Teaching is the leading profession for graduate women in the UK, with many in the sector having to deal with the issue of online sexual harassment. “Their experience shows the continuing difficulty of victims of sexual harassment to have the issue taken seriously and the impact of such actions on health, wellbeing, work and family life understood,” she said. “Their experiences underlined the misconceptions that unless you are physically touched then you cannot deem to be assaulted. Upskirting is a serious sexual assault.”
April 21, 2019 12:35 UTC
Greece is poised to send Germany a formal diplomatic note detailing its demand for billions of euros in wartime reparations after MPs voted overwhelmingly for the emotive issue to be raised officially. The prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has raised the issue more persistently than any other to date. The findings have been described as the first complete reading of Nazi atrocities in Greece. A further €288bn, it said, remained outstanding for the destruction Greece sustained during the war. Poland, which also faces parliamentary elections this year, has since demanded €800bn in war debts it insists it is still owned by Germany.
April 21, 2019 12:00 UTC
Manchester United have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, which have seen them exit the Champions League and dent their top four pursuit. The Red Devils travelled to Everton on Sunday to kickstart a vital week in which they also face Manchester City and Chelsea at home, after which their fate should be clear. Solskjaer's players have come under fire recently for their disappointing form but Solskjaer sent a reminder to critics before the side's big week. Before the Sunday lunchtime kick-off, Solskjaer said to Sky Sports: "Since Christmas we’ve been the best team, bar City. City have just got more points than us.
April 21, 2019 11:57 UTC
Sri Lanka, which is mainly Buddhist, does not have a recent history of persecution of its Christian minority, which comprises about 6% of the population. According to the Open Doors charity, a global Christian support network, Sri Lanka ranks 46th among 50 countries where Christians face “the most extreme persecution”. The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has close ethnic and religious links to northern Sri Lanka. Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.
April 21, 2019 11:53 UTC