Insider’s best-fed city break: Rome

More should — here, in the city’s east, Rome’s classic cuisine is going through an innovative makeover. Primo al Pigneto (; mains about £18) is a champion of the capital’s booming slow-food movement, serving dishes with substance as well as style — try the pappardelle with lamb bacon. Or for cocktails as sharp as the food, head for Necci Dal 1924 (; mains about £12). A post shared by Alessia 🌷 (@alessiapan_) on Jun 21, 2016 at 4:31pm PDTThe secretEvery Roman family has a local trattoria they’ve been visiting since nonna was a bambina. A post shared by Gianmarco (@disarmonico) on Mar 22, 2017 at 12:06pm PDTThe experienceOutside seating in central Rome often screams ‘overpriced tourist trap’.

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Brexit negotiators ‘risk rushing into harmful deals’

Protesters took to the streets in London on Saturday in a march against Brexit, with Theresa May set to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday. There are fears that ministers have failed to recognise the complexity of the task before them Guy Bell/REX/ShutterstockBritain risks signing worthless politically motivated trade deals because ministers are failing to recognise the complexity of Brexit, the expert training Whitehall officials on negotiations has warned. Steve Woolcock, of the London School of Economics, who is preparing civil servants from Liam Fox’s international trade department, told The Times that a political wish to strike an EU deal within two years, followed by swift deals with other countries, is in danger of hurting British industry. “The greatest danger in trade policy at the moment is that there’s a political imperative to conclude agreements with other countries to show that Brexit works,” he said. “These are unlikely to have many economic benefits or enable the UK to keep up with other preferential trade agreements.”Professor Woolcock…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Worcester pay price for Heem’s red

Le Roux, Wasps’ South African wing, falls to the ground after a collision with Worcester’s Heem early in the second half. Heem was dismissed Mike Egerton/PAThe message from Dai Young to his players after this game could not have been clearer — and how the Wasps players respond to his challenge over the next few weeks will shape the decisive final few weeks of the club season. What was sufficient for Wasps to claim five points at the Ricoh Arena yesterday, against a spirited Worcester Warriors side, forced to play most of the second half with 14 men, will almost certainly not be sufficient for a European Champions Cup quarter-final away to Leinster on Saturday. By scoring six tries to five, two of them typically eye-catching efforts from Christian Wade, the wing, Wasps stretched their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership and secured their qualification for the play-offs.…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Train builders set for joint HS2 bid

Bombardier and Hitachi seem increasingly likely to pitch together for the contract to make 60 225mph trains HitachiBritain’s two train manufacturers could team up to build £2.75 billion of superfast rolling stock for the High Speed Two rail project. With HS2 due to start canvassing soon for bids to deliver 60 225mph trains, each able to carry 1,000 passengers by 2026, Bombardier and Hitachi seem increasingly likely to pitch together for the contract. That would replicate the joint venture they formed to bid for the London Underground contract to build Tube trains in Derby and Durham for the Piccadilly, Central and Bakerloo lines. Hitachi and Bombardier already work together on a high speed project — the Italian state railway’s 220mph Frecciarossa, or red arrow, trains. If they get together over HS2 it would be seen as an attempt to wrap their bid…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Want to extend your life by ten years? The Swedes know how

Bertil Marklund is slowly growing accustomed to his escalating fame. For four decades his work as a professor of general medicine and specialist in public health at the University of Gothenburg went unnoticed outside the scientific community. Yet in his home country of Sweden the greying professor now fields requests for newspaper and television interviews on a daily basis, and international interest is growing. His celebrity status rests on a slim guide to healthy living that he self-published two years ago and which made it to the top of Sweden’s bestseller list. The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer has been published in 26 countries — 27 when it comes out in the UK next month — and is being translated into 20 languages.

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

JustGiving profits from killed PC’s fund

JustGiving has been criticised because it charges 5p for every £1 donated. By last night the page set up by Stephen Redgewell on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Federation for PC Palmer’s family had raised £723,148. The organisation’s donation of £10,000 will be £9,500 after its fee has been deducted. Last night it was urged to waive the charges “to show support for this guy”. Michael Ellis wrote: “Disgraceful that this site won’t forgo the fees on this particular fund.” Lord Paddick, a former deputy…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Southgate has to find an aerial threat

Gareth Southgate’s England possess no aerial threat and that could be a big problem against better opposition. I’m not simply talking about sticking Andy Carroll up front and trying to score goals from crosses, rather it is a lack of players around the park who can compete and win headers that is a concern. Lithuania almost scored before half-time when Adam Lallana lost a header from Joe Hart’s poor clearance and Nerijus Valskis was denied a goal only by John Stones on the line. Gareth has a style that he wants to play, which is fine, but the aerial battle is not something you can ignore. If you cannot compete in the air then it can be difficult to prevent a team moving the ball…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

I’m victim of Kremlin fake news, says Tory

Azi Ahmed says her links to the defence secretary have made her a target CHRIS MCANDREW FOR THE TIMESA former Conservative parliamentary candidate who trained with the SAS says that she is pursuing legal action amid claims that she was the target of a Kremlin-backed campaign of “fake news”. Azi Ahmed, 42, who contested Rochdale in the 2015 election, was brought up in a devout Muslim family in Oldham, Greater Manchester. At the age of 26 she turned her back on an arranged marriage and signed up to join 21 SAS, the reserve regiment of the special forces unit, recording her experience in the 2015 book Worlds Apart: A Muslim Girl with the SAS. Last month Russia Today, a television network bankrolled by President Putin’s government, published an online article questioning Ms Ahmed’s version of events, triggering a wave of trolling from social…

March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

God save the Queen — and youthful rebellion

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March 26, 2017 23:03 UTC

Parts of UK that voted for Brexit may be hardest hit, study finds

Researchers at the thinktank Demos studied regional differences in the reliance on exports to the EU, use of European workers and receipt of support grants. It found that Wales, the north-east and east Midlands all showed relatively heavy dependence despite being home to a preponderance of leave voters. The exercise also assumed that regional support funds from Brussels and easy access to European labour would disappear after Brexit, both factors with a disproportionate impact on certain regions. “Despite overwhelmingly voting in favour of leaving the European Union, Wales stands to be the region worst hit by the UK’s departure from the EU,” concluded the Demos report. Nonetheless, the regional analysis was supported by a separate exercise that looked at the impact on particular industrial sectors.

March 26, 2017 23:02 UTC

Supermarkets must stop discounting unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, say MPs

Tough new measures to tackle childhood obesity – including a restriction on supermarkets offering “deep discounts” on unhealthy foods – must be introduced, according to a committee of MPs. In a report published on Monday, there was specific criticism of there being “no mention of price promotions” despite experts recommending there should be controls on supermarkets discounting unhealthy food and drinks aimed at children. “These omissions mean that the current plan misses important opportunities to tackle childhood obesity. “We’ve said time and again that it was an error for government to exclude TV junk food advertising restrictions in their obesity plan,” said Viner. The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 health charities, campaign groups and royal medical colleges, said: “It’s reassuring to see the committee reiterate the importance of tackling childhood obesity, which has reached a devastating high.

March 26, 2017 23:01 UTC

'Bank of mum and dad' making housing market more unfair, study finds

More first-time buyers than ever are using family money, exacerbating inequality, says Social Mobility CommissionThe number of first-time buyers relying on family loans from the “bank of mum and dad” to fund their deposits is exacerbating inequality and impeding social mobility, a government-backed study has warned. It found one in 10 first-time buyers used inherited wealth and that 12%, whether it was a first property or not, were using a “gift or loan”. “It is further embedding social immobility into the housing market,” said the Anglia Ruskin senior lecturer and University of Cambridge fellow. “The government has got to do more to help young first-time buyers who don’t have the bank of mum and dad behind them. It’s indefensible that help to buy is helping almost 25,000 people who are not first-time buyers.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

Half of £2bn boost for NHS 'spent outside health service'

The Health Foundation research for the Financial Times showed £901m was spent on buying services from outside the health service in 2015/16 for care provided free at the point of use for NHS patients. It compared with £800m spent on purchasing the same kind of care from NHS trusts. The report also found that £1 in every £8 of local commissioners’ budgets in England is now spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. The Health Foundation said the figures showed NHS providers have not had the capacity to deal with rising demand. “The NHS urgently needs to look at how to ensure additional funds reach NHS providers.

March 26, 2017 22:52 UTC

Child who died was let down by NHS and government, Hunt tells memorial

Health secretary apologises to family of one-year-old William Mead and says he, the government and the NHS failed the boyJeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has told the private memorial service for a one-year-old boy who died from blood poisoning that the child was let down by the NHS and the government. Speaking at the service in Cornwall, Hunt said he had “come here to say sorry” to the family of William Mead, who died after the emergency services failed to diagnose a fatal case of septicaemia. Hunt told those gathered at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall: “I as health secretary, the government, and the NHS, let down William. Facebook Twitter Pinterest An NHS England report revealed there were 16 mistakes associated with William Mead’s death. Photograph: PAThe health secretary became aware of the case last year and has taken a personal interest in Mead’s campaign, a Department of Health spokesman said.

March 26, 2017 20:03 UTC

Westminster attack: Khalid Masood identified as potential extremist in 2010

Theresa May confirmed that Masood had previously been investigated by the intelligence services but merely as a “peripheral” figure. The Met refused to confirm whether the 30-year-old was arrested at the property in Bredon Croft where friends of Masood were thought to live. A girl living next door to the house said she had met Masood, who had “seemed kind, normal”. I saw the man [Masood] from London visiting here. His children used to visit next door and he [Masood] used to pick them up sometimes.”The neighbours said they had not seen Masood or his children since his family had moved to a bedsit in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham before Christmas.

March 26, 2017 19:59 UTC

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