Maxime Biamou was the hero as Coventry booked their place in the League Two play-off final after a 4-1 win at Notts County that left the home side’s manager, Kevin Nolan, raging over key decisions. Biamou’s second, after County’s Jonathan Forte had a goal controversially disallowed for offside, and a late Tom Bayliss goal extended their advantage. It was McNulty’s controversial late penalty in the first leg that meant the match at the Ricoh Arena ended 1-1 and Coventry brought that momentum straight into Friday’s game. It’s upsetting and they’ve cost us a chance to get to Wembley. We had them on the ropes in the second half and if the goal stands then we are in.
May 18, 2018 21:12 UTC
Mo Farah has insisted he had frequent blood and urine tests during high‑altitude camps in Kenya and Ethiopia – and has never seen any of the shady practices exposed by Asbel Kiprop after his positive EPO test. However Farah, who trained in Kenya up to 2014 and has subsequently done much of his winter preparations in Ethiopia, said he has been rigorously tested in both countries. “When I was in Ethiopia training for the London marathon I was pretty much tested on average every two weeks, and maybe even more than that,” he said. “It is a fact that other African countries are not doing what we do,” he said. And he insisted that his recent third place in the London marathon had encouraged him to think he could win a medal at next year’s world championships in Doha.
May 18, 2018 21:00 UTC
Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, called on his Twitter follows to “please pray for all those at Santa Fe high school”. Students at Santa Fe High were among them. “The ground is shifting,” said Ed Scruggs, vice-chair of the pro-gun control group Texas Gun Sense. Tom Mauser has been an advocate of tighter gun laws since his son Daniel was shot dead at Columbine high school in Colorado in 1999. “In terms of the general public,” he said, “this was another school shooting.
May 18, 2018 20:37 UTC
Argentina is a major exporter of foodstuffs, especially to China and the US, and relies on its sales to generate foreign currency. But now he has been forced to follow through on his statement on national television on 8 May saying he would seek IMF help. An exceptional access programme is an IMF financing programme worth anything above 145% of a country’s IMF quota per year or 435% over the life of the programme. An IMF quota is the value of a country’s share in the IMF financing system, tied to its impact in the world economy. Argentina’s government requested IMF financing earlier this month after a run on the peso currency.
May 18, 2018 19:52 UTC
“My heart breaks for you,” said Fred Guttenberg, just hours after the news of a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, that claimed the lives of 10 people. Santa Fe shooting: at least eight killed at high school in Texas Read moreGuttengerg went on: “Your world changes. Offering her advice to survivors of the Sante Fe shooting, she continued: “But you made it. In March, over 2 million people in the US took to the streets following the Parkland massacre. In April, a nationwide walkout saw pupils in thousands of locations – including Santa Fe High – walk out of their classrooms in another moment of impassioned national resistance.
May 18, 2018 19:28 UTC
Festivities are taking place outside the Manhattan apartment of Aaron Schlossberg, the lawyer who was filmed being irate and abusive towards Hispanic restaurant workers this week. Schlossberg threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) on the workers, saying he believed they were illegal immigrants because they were speaking Spanish to some customers. The party was originally going to be outside Schlossberg’s place of work but since he’s been kicked out of his office building, it will take place outside his apartment, and extra funds have been allocated to food, free drinks and props. “Your employees are speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” he told the store’s manager. The New York Observer reports that Carlos Jesus, president of the Young Progressives of America, spoke to the crowd, chanting: “Racists are not welcome here ... if you wanna speak Spanish, speak Spanish!” Songs including Luis Fonsi’s Despacito and Selena’s Bidi Bidi Bom Bom were blasted over the PA.
May 18, 2018 18:44 UTC
The bill, which could immediately release 4,000 federal prisoners, is likely to be brought up for a vote early next weekDonald Trump on Friday promised to sign bipartisan prison reform legislation currently working its way through Congress that could free thousands of prisoners. I will sign it,” Trump said at an event the White House described as a prison reform summit. It is progress and it is the first step.”Kushner, who was tasked with criminal justice reform early on in the administration, also championed the appeal of incremental reform. He noted that for years the two reform issues – sentencing and prison – have been bound together and nothing has been passed. “The reason why this thing was stuck is because of sentencing reform, so we as an administration said let’s focus on prison reform,” Kushner said.
May 18, 2018 18:42 UTC
Willis a bristling physical presenceEddie Jones likes a bolter, as we know. Barely a squad announcement goes by without the England head coach pulling a previously unconsidered rabbit from a hat, be it Marcus Smith or Cameron Redpath, both called up to squads at the age of 18, or Tom Curry, who won his first cap last year at the same age (John Westerby writes). Jack Willis is one of eight uncapped players in the squad to tour South Africa next month, having made only eight starts in the Aviva Premiership. That is limited evidence on which to pass a solid judgment on a player’s readiness for international rugby. Yet there was little surprise that the rugged 21-year-old flanker was chosen by Jones, such has…
May 18, 2018 18:33 UTC
More than 37% of shareholders vote against or abstain on vote including £9.4m pay package for pharmaceutical firm’s bossAstraZeneca has been rocked by one of the biggest shareholder revolts over executive pay this year, after more than a third of investors failed to back the pharmaceutical company’s remuneration report. More than 37% of shareholders voted against or abstained at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in London on Friday in the second rebuke by investors for the company in as many years. The rebellion opposed a £9.4m pay package for chief executive Pascal Soriot, even though this was a drop from £14.3m a year earlier, when the company suffered votes against its pay policy and warnings from shareholder advisory groups over its bonus plans. More than a third of Unilever investors registered opposition to its pay plans earlier this month, while Persimmon experienced a revolt against the “grossly excessive” £75m bonus handed to its chief executive, Jeff Fairburn. The payout was ultimately approved because nearly a third of shareholders abstained and of those who voted, 51.5% cast in favour and 48.5% against.
May 18, 2018 17:51 UTC
Labour MP David Lammy has accused the government of “outrageous” insensitivity after a vulnerable Windrush citizen was arrested for an alleged criminal offence 20 years ago after a Home Office meeting. The 62-year-old man, who has asked to remain anonymous, came to the UK from Jamaica in 1976. The Tottenham MP criticised the government for arresting the man after telling Windrush citizens to come forward. The head of the Commonwealth taskforce asked me for advice on their ‘outreach strategy’, fully recognising the fact that people are too afraid to contact the Home Office,” Lammy said. The MP first raised the topic of enforcement with the prime minister in parliament on 25 April.
May 18, 2018 17:50 UTC
Pellegrini is close to an agreement on a contract with the east London club ADAM DAVY/PAManuel Pellegrini, the former Manchester City manager, is confident that he will be named as David Moyes’s successor at West Ham United. The Chilean is close to agreeing a three-year contract with the east London club. He will hold talks with David Sullivan, the West Ham joint chairman, on Sunday to finalise the deal. He earns about £10 million a year, and his contract, which includes a £5.1 million exit clause, expires at the end of the season. It is unclear whether West Ham will pay compensation — or how much.
May 18, 2018 16:52 UTC
Ideas that end up with everyone catching salmonella, the house on fire and England 86 for eight on a nibbly green seamer. There is a degree of natural resistance to this, a sense that to pick Buttler is to devalue decisively the proving grounds of county cricket. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rajasthan Royals cricketer Jos Buttler plays an outrageous ramp shot to clear for six. Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFPThe real issue around Buttler’s career isn’t his ability to defend against the swinging ball. For an industry that spends a lot of time quivering and whining about what it doesn’t have, Buttler is the asset, the talent.
May 18, 2018 16:52 UTC
The full list of Tories includes Sir Edward Garnier, Sir John Randall, Sir Alan Haselhurst and Andrew Tyrie, all former MPs. The nominations will tilt the balance of the chamber slightly in favour of May, taking her party’s total of peers from 244 to 253. Names are suggested informally and canvassed before the House of Lords appointments commission to see if they meet the appropriate financial and legal standards before finally being formally submitted. The Liberal Democrats did not make any nominations, although it is well represented in the chamber with 98 peers. Lilley, a Thatcherite who has long been a Eurosceptic, was Margaret Thatcher’s trade secretary and then social security secretary in John Major’s government.
May 18, 2018 16:43 UTC
The authorities in Belgium have admitted that a two-year-old girl who died after police opened fire on a van carrying migrants near Mons on Thursday was shot in the face. A source told the Guardian that police opened fire in an effort to stop the vehicle, which was being driven by alleged people smugglers to a lorry park on the coast. However, a source had told the Guardian that police opened fire on the van in an effort to force it to stop. Photograph: HandoutIn a statement released on Thursday, Bariseau had denied reports that the girl had been shot. Two-year-old girl dies after incident involving armed police in Belgium Read moreZakia Khattabi, co-leader of the Belgian Green party, Mawda’s death was the result of an “increasingly repressive” migration policy.
May 18, 2018 16:41 UTC