• Farbrace to join Warwickshire as their new sporting director • Blow for England at the start of World Cup and Ashes yearThe countdown to England’s World Cup campaign begins at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday. Paul Farbrace, England’s assistant coach, announced on Saturday that he had accepted the role of sporting director at Warwickshire and will step down at the end of the Caribbean tour. But Ashley Giles, whose move from Edgbaston to the role of director of England cricket in December created the vacancy, was happy for the 51-year-old to move on next month. I think the Test team certainly need fresh voices and personally I need to do something different. But the feeling was this is the right time.”Such certainty over the destiny of the World Cup is in keeping with Farbrace’s approach.
February 16, 2019 15:00 UTC
“They would fall from trees and rot, gathering flies,” said James Joseph, a jackfruit entrepreneur. “The vegan trend in western countries will help [jackfruit farmers] tap a booming global market,” he said. Even today, there are no jackfruit orchards in the state; trees grow wild on roadsides and in forests. Photograph: Westend61/AlamyFor lunch, Thomas served us dry jackfruit (chewy, tastes like honey), dehydrated jackfruit pieces (tasteless), fresh jackfruit (mutedly sweet) and boiled jackfruit mashed with turmeric and grated coconut (dense and savoury). Food researchers are trumpeting the potential for jackfruit to become a staple crop on a warming planet.
February 16, 2019 15:00 UTC
Donald Trump’s national emergency, over his thwarted plans to build a border wall with Mexico, is prompted by none of these horrors. Trump's emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers | Lloyd Green Read more“It’s an invasion. Or could it be the “national emergency” is not an emergency at all? Trump’s “invasion” is an invasion of kids. Trump’s emergency is historically, constitutionally and legally contentious.
February 16, 2019 14:23 UTC
Her book, White Fragility, has been a US bestseller and provoked an uncomfortable conversation on what it means to be white. So the problem isn’t a lack of conversation about racism but the different levels of understanding about what it is. “We have to stop thinking about racism simply as someone who says the N-word,” she says. “And white people avoid it.” DiAngelo says her book isn’t designed to berate white people but to propel awareness and tangible action. How does being in the majority justify inequality?”“Racism is a white problem.
February 16, 2019 14:02 UTC
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77, his agent said on Saturday. The actor said he was “fascinated” that “he was not just supported by the German people; he was loved”. At the time of his death Ganz was the holder of the Iffland-Ring – a diamond-studded ring stamped with the image of German actor August Wilhelm Iffland. It is passed from actor to actor to mark the recipient as the “most significant and worthy” German-speaking actor of their era. It is not known to whom he had chosen to pass the heirloom at the time of his death.
February 16, 2019 13:57 UTC
Calls to ban the Saudi Arabian ‘wife-tracking’ app miss the pointWant to control where and when your wife can travel? Over the past week Apple and Google have been criticized for carrying a Saudi government app called Absher that lets men restrict the movements of women under their guardianship. Apple and Google have both said they will look into whether the app violates their policies and should be pulled from their app stores. However some of the kneejerk outrage about what has been dubbed the “wife-tracking app” lacks nuance and could end up being counterproductive. “In some instances, Absher can make it easier for Saudi women to navigate male guardianship law,” she told me over Twitter direct message.
February 16, 2019 13:52 UTC
Arsenal boss Emery has grown fed up with Ozil, regularly leaving the Germany international at home in recent times. The Spaniard is keen for his side to play with pace and fluidity and Mesut Ozil, whose slow albeit stylish approach has cost him a starting berth, appears not to fit in. Reports have claimed, however, that the 2010 World Cup winner is reluctant to leave Arsenal despite his current struggles to secure game time. PSG tried to sign him on loan in January as a replacement for Neymar, who was ruled out for 10 weeks.
February 16, 2019 13:52 UTC
Philip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific. The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed. A Treasury spokeswoman stopped short of confirming that the trip, preparations for which were reportedly well advanced, had been cancelled. “I think it’s very difficult to work out what the British government’s China policy is at the moment,” he said. In 2017, the UK ran a trade deficit of around £23bn with China, making up 7% of its imports.
February 16, 2019 13:45 UTC
A man opened fire on Friday in a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, an hour’s drive west of Chicago. The shooter, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was an employee at the industrial complex in Aurora. He also wounded five police officers before he was shot dead• Aurora shooting: sacked employee kills five in Illinois warehouse
February 16, 2019 13:18 UTC
The justice secretary has said he has grave concerns about the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal, saying it would have a “very adverse effect” on the UK’s economy, security and union with Northern Ireland. David Gauke said the government was planning for the contingency of no deal, but suggested he would support extending article 50 if a deal between the UK and EU was not reached, since a no-deal Brexit was not in the national interest. He added that he expected the government to act responsibly if the current deadlock prevailed. “There are a significant number of us who feel the same and I think the chief whip and the prime minister should know that. We don’t make the noise of the ERG but that doesn’t mean … we’re not there.”Meanwhile, the former chancellor George Osborne urged May to take the “threat” of a no-deal Brexit off the table.
February 16, 2019 12:06 UTC
Manchester United star Lukaku has fallen down the Old Trafford pecking order ever since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager back in December. However, the Manchester United star is now below Marcus Rashford in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order and, as a result, talk of a move away to Italy has arisen. Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been giving Romelu Lukaku adviceMan Utd news: Romelu Lukaku was previously a Jose Mourinho untouchableTrendingConsequently, the Belgian powerhouse was deployed out wide for United’s FA Cup win over Arsenal at end of January. “One player that perhaps hasn’t had that little bit of luck is Romelu Lukaku,” Redknapp said. Man Utd news: Romelu Lukaku has tumbled down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pecking order
February 16, 2019 11:48 UTC
Another knighthood was awarded to Eric Miller, a wealthy Labour party financier, who bought the second mews house for Williams. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Lady Falkender in 1981: ‘imperious, impulsive and unpredictable’ Photograph: ITN/REX/ShutterstockShe was particularly feared in the Treasury. She remained Wilson’s political secretary after his retirement in 1976 (she unsuccessfully attempted to postpone this) and continued in the role until 1983. Charles Moore wrote: “ The purpose of the meetings was for Lady Falkender to convey to the Tory campaigners her assessment of what the Labour party was thinking.”She took up a number of business appointments thereafter, including serving on several film industry committees. • Marcia Matilda Falkender, Lady Falkender, political adviser, born 10 March 1932; died 6 February 2019
February 16, 2019 11:36 UTC
Cristiano Ronaldo quit Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer, with the Old Lady convinced the veteran can help them land the Champions League crown this season. Not since 1996 have the Turin outfit managed to land Europe’s top club competition, with the club going close in finals in 2017, 2015, 2003, 1998 and 1997. Ronaldo has been scoring goals galore for Juventus in Serie A but, so far, has managed to find the net just once in the Champions League - against former club Manchester United. The Portugal international is key to their chances of glory this season.
February 16, 2019 11:15 UTC
This week Democrats plunged into two controversies that portend danger for the party as the 2020 election season begins. “It’s time to build bridges in America,” Burns wrote, “and not tear people down.”If Democratic leaders were incredulous at Omar’s statements, rank-and-file Democrats were just as incredulous at their party leaders. Personalities aside, however, the episode is charged with significance for the Democratic party as a whole. Yet Democratic leaders leapt to denounce Omar, giving her no benefit of the doubt for a poorly worded tweet. Why are some in the party prioritizing bridge-building to washed-up neocons (in the Trump administration, no less) and not to new, mobilized voters?
February 16, 2019 11:00 UTC
This walk explores the valley carved out by the River Teifi and uncovers some strange reminders of the area’s past. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Cuckmere valley near Alfriston. Glen Cornaa, Isle of ManFacebook Twitter Pinterest Cashtal yn Ard stones. Cardross, Argyll & ButeFacebook Twitter Pinterest St Peter’s Seminary. DartmoorFacebook Twitter Pinterest The clapper bridge on the way to Grimspound.
February 16, 2019 10:52 UTC