‘I want to play from the start and hit my peak at World Cup’

George hopes to make the hooker spot his own by the 2019 World Cup JAVIER GARCIA/REX FEATURESDespite defeat in the Dublin drizzle, one Englishman did manage to extend a world record last weekend. Coming off the bench for a 17th cap, Jamie George moved two ahead of Toulon’s Australia flanker Liam Gill on the list of most international appearances without a start. Although the bittersweet feat must induce pangs of frustration, even for a figure as genial as George, the Saracens player insists that this Six Nations has left him a more accomplished player, and better equipped to make England’s hooker spot his own by the 2019 World Cup. “My old man actually told me about the record,” he says. “My mum said, ‘Well at least you’ll be remembered for something’.

March 24, 2017 00:05 UTC

Supporting cast can take centre stage for Irish

The reject has a glittering CV. There were the 15 major medals won at Old Trafford, the 116 caps collected with Ireland, not to mention the 16 successive seasons he has spent as a Premier League regular. So, as understudies go, John O’Shea’s qualifications are rather impressive. And while we’re at it, the difference between Richard Keogh and Ciaran Clark, Harry Arter and James McCarthy, is negligible. Those theorists feel that if Shane Duffy and Clark had been available, O’Neill would probably have selected them, even though Duffy was at…

March 24, 2017 00:05 UTC

Exiled Putin critic shot dead in busy Kiev street

Denis Voronenkov and his wife, Maria Maksakova, had fled Russia in OctoberAn outspoken former Russian MP was shot in central Kiev yesterday in a brazen daytime assassination that Ukraine’s president called “an act of state terrorism” by Russia. Denis Voronenkov, 45, a former Communist Party MP in Russia’s State Duma, was shot three times by an unidentified gunman outside the Premier Palace, a luxury hotel. The attacker and Mr Voronenkov’s bodyguard were both injured in an exchange of fire and taken to hospital. Forensic officers at the scene of Denis Voronenkov’s assassination yesterday Sergei Chuzavkov/APPresident Poroshenko accused Russia of carrying out the murder, the latest in a string of assassinations of critics of President Putin, in order to silence a man who was “forced to leave [Moscow] for political reasons”. He said: “Once again we have witnessed a textbook method of…

March 24, 2017 00:05 UTC

Tottenham allowed full Wembley for 27 matches

Tottenham Hotspur will be able to play 27 matches at a full-capacity Wembley next season after Brent council approved last night an increase in the number of big events that can be held at the national stadium by a majority of five to one. The club have an agreement to use the stadium as a temporary home while White Hart Lane is redeveloped and have until March 31 to activate their option. Tottenham would be able to stage most of their games in front of nearly 90,000 spectators, although they could also host matches at a reduced capacity of 50,835 and close the top tier of the stadium. A Brent council spokesperson said: “Wembley Stadium is a highly valued part of our borough bringing visitors…

March 24, 2017 00:05 UTC

Killer was Muslim convert

The moment on Wednesday when both Khalid Masood and PC Keith Palmer, the officer he had stabbed, collapsed with fatal injuries at parliament. The terrorist had just mown down dozens of people in a 40mph car rampage on Westminster Bridge SAM COATES FOR THE TIMESThe terrorist who brought carnage to Westminster was a Muslim convert and violent criminal known to the security services, it emerged last night, as the death toll rose to five. Khalid Masood, 52, who stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death outside the Palace of Westminster after mowing down pedestrians on the nearby bridge, had been in prison twice, raising concerns that he may have been radicalised behind bars. Masood was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent, and went onto take the name Ajao. He was brought up by a single mother in the seaside town of Rye, East Sussex, before a religious conversion, sources confirmed.

March 24, 2017 00:05 UTC



May will block fishing waters if talks on Brexit break down

Non-British vessels land an average of 58 per cent of the fish caught in UK waters each year STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERSTheresa May is prepared to block access for European vessels to British fishing waters if talks with the EU over Brexit break down. The prime minister is due to announce that Britain will pull out of the 1964 London convention, the agreement that gives EU nations access to fishing waters between six and twelve nautical miles from British shores. Mrs May will say that she is serving a notice period of two years to exit the agreement, which would have allowed some European nations to fish in British waters even after Britain was no longer party to the EU common fisheries policy. The goverment hopes that successful Brexit talks would include the right of some European countries to have access to British waters.

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Taliban capture town that cost 100 British lives

British troops in the Upper Sangin Valley in 2009. The town was known as “Sangingrad” such was the ferocity of the fighting PAThe town of Sangin in Helmand province, where more than 100 British troops died in the bloodiest fighting of the Afghan campaign, has fallen to the Taliban after a year-long siege. The garrison of Afghan troops that had held out, fighting for their lives in a cluster of government buildings, was evacuated on Wednesday night after a renewed Taliban onslaught. The insurgents declared victory in Sangin yesterday and posted photographs of their fighters inside the town. It was dubbed “Sangingrad” by troops because of the ferocity of…

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Enthusiasts with their heads in the clouds make waves

Asperitas is a distinctive, but relatively rare cloud formation that takes the appearance of rippling waves. This image was taken in Tasmania MET OFFICESilvagenitus, homomutatus and cataractagenitus sound more like pompous Roman villains from Asterix comics than terms one would expect to see in a geography textbook. They are, however, among 12 kinds of cloud that were officially recognised yesterday by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) after a vigorous campaign from amateur nephologists. In its first update since 1987, the International Cloud Atlas has made space for a new species, the volutus or roll cloud, a long tubular mass that seems to turn slowly on its side. Of the supplementary categories, the most…

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Clashes ‘put UK at risk from money launderers’

A report criticises the Serious Fraud Office and the financial intelligence unit at the National Crime Agency for failing to co-operate and share information SFOBritain is dangerously exposed to money launderers as investigators are failing to work with other agencies to gather evidence against foreign criminals, a think tank has claimed. A report by the Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development, published today, criticises the Serious Fraud Office and the financial intelligence unit at the National Crime Agency for failing to co-operate and share information that could bring foreign money launderers to trial. The report notes that fraud investigators are allowed in principle to have access to suspicious activity reports, alerts from professionals such as lawyers, accountants and financial advisers, that are submitted to the crime agency. However, it claims “there is no record of any SFO foreign bribery investigation” being generated by information provided by the agency’s unit.

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

It’s vain men who are still stuck on sunbeds

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March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Coleman warns Wales players to keep their heads

Chris Coleman will urge his Wales players not to be sucked into the frenzy of a domestic derby against Ireland tonight and make the mistake that drove him to drink after his side lost to England in France last summer. The Wales manager admitted that he got carried away before the Euro 2016 encounter when he said that he would be relishing a typically British “dust-up” only for Wales to lose 2-1 after conceding an injury-time goal. Coleman returned to the Wales base camp in northwest France that night, questioning his message and, in dejection, breaking his own alcohol ban for the squad and staff in the group stage of the tournament. “I had a double whiskey by myself, a sneaky Irish one,” Coleman said.…

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Hard left suffers setback as Labour selects a moderate

The selection of Afzal Khan, a former lord mayor of Manchester, marks another setback at local level for Jeremy Corbyn supporters STEELORCHIDLabour has selected a member of the European parliament backed by moderates to contest the Manchester Gorton by-election as the party prepares to fight off challenges from the Liberal Democrats and George Galloway. Afzal Khan, 58, was chosen by local members on Wednesday night. The by-election was triggered by the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman, the longest-serving MP, last month. The selection of Mr Khan, a solicitor, former lord mayor of Manchester and self-professed “lifelong socialist” who has been an MEP since 2014, marked another setback at local level for supporters of Jeremy Corbyn after a week of bitter party infighting. Momentum, the pro-Corbyn activist group, and the trade union Unite had backed the candidacy of Sam Wheeler, a young left-wing activist, but he failed…

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Investors lured into Tesco by prospect of big profits

Investors put Tesco into their shopping basket after analysts forecast higher profits. The supermarket chain was upgraded by Deutsche Bank from “hold” to “buy” hours before shares received an extra boost from unexpectedly strong retail sales data. While analysts conceded the shares were “obviously not cheap,” predictions that next month’s full-year earnings would beat expectations sent the group up 3¾p to 189½p. Its British operation “can improve profitability from its current levels, even on stable volumes,” they told clients. As fears linger over the impact on retail profits of Britain’s departure from the European Union, Deutsche was less keen on J Sainsbury and downgraded the chain from “buy” to “hold”.

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

The women who give feminism a bad name

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March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC

Sports Direct scandal agency to face MPs

Transline, the employment agency at the heart of Sports Direct’s working practices scandal, is to be questioned by a parliamentary committee for a second time. Jennifer Hardy, the financial director, has been asked to appear before the business, energy and industrial strategy committee to discuss the use of agency workers by British companies. Transline was accused by a select committee inquiry of failing to have a “basic understanding of employment and practices” and giving “woefully poor and, in some cases, incorrect evidence” to MPs. The company receives about £20 million a year from Sports Direct to supply workers who pack items that the retailer sells online. When giving evidence at an inquiry into working practices at Sports Direct last year Ms Hardy refused to comment…

March 24, 2017 00:04 UTC




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