Family of Oscar-nominated film-maker, 51, thanked his fans and colleagues for good wishesBoyz N the Hood director John Singleton in hospital after strokeOscar-nominated director John Singleton is in intensive care after suffering a stroke. The film-maker, known for movies including Boyz N the Hood, the 2000 remake of Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious, fell ill on Wednesday, his family said in a statement to the Press Association. Boyz N the Hood review – a blistering humanitarian classic that has not dated Read moreThe statement said: “On Wednesday, 17 April our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. Nia Long (@NiaLong) Praying hard this morning for my friend @johnsingleton PULL THROUGH BABY ❤️ pic.twitter.com/neYNnRFmX4Chicago Fire co-creator Derek Haas said: “John Singleton is a wonderful human. John Singleton reflects on Boyz N the Hood: 'I didn't know anything' Read moreHis 1991 film Boyz N the Hood – his directorial debut, at the age of just 23 – earned him an Academy Award nomination for best director, making him the first African-American nominee and the youngest ever.
April 20, 2019 22:55 UTC
Q We have some sort of creature living in our attic. Pest controllers came, scrambled about, checked the droppings on their iPad and identified them as those of a stoat. The builder checked and blocked several possible entrances, but to no effect. Ian Wallace, SuffolkA It is unusual for the stoat, Mustela erminea, to climb into lofts, but not unprecedented. In Europe the closely related and much larger beech marten, Martes foina, is a common house invader and sometimes called the house marten — not to be confused with the house martin bird.
I’m not surprised to learn that Britain is the largest export market for wines from the Rhône Valley. According to Inter Rhône, we drink more than any other country outside France, closely followed by Belgium, the US and Germany. In viticultural terms the Rhône is vast, stretching from Vienne in the north to Avignon, and including the Ardèche and the Vaucluse, in an enormous patchwork of vineyards. I like to think of it in terms of north and south. In the north, the wines…
Never underestimate the cost of cleaning, laundry and management of holiday letting (“Buy-to-let crackdown fuels boom in holiday rentals”, last week). Wild Dog, via thesundaytimes.co.ukIt is not only the tax situation that is encouraging landlords to quit. Wales has just announced that it is to follow Scotland in removing the section 21 eviction procedure. England will surely do the same and then there will be many more buy-to-let landlords following the same route and changing to holiday lets. John McKay, via thesundaytimes.co.ukThere are those of us who actually like long-term tenants and enjoy the interaction with…
Bygone LebanonLetter of the week You rightly mention Lebanon’s turbulent past (“Peace ... in the Middle East”, last week). I remember once having to remain in Byblos as it was unsafe to return to Beirut: a Hezbollah member had been shot there during a demonstration. At the same time, there was a TV crew from Damascus in town, shooting an advert for property developers. EB, LondonI lived in Beirut for more than three years during its heyday and cannot wait to return. Lovely people, lovely place.
Scott Morrison is going to win the 2019 federal election. “Scott Morrison is one of the few people who could follow you into a revolving door and come out first,” one senior NSW Liberal moderate says. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Scott Morrison with Malcolm Turnbull, whom he embraced as “my leader” amid the leadership crisis. So what is Scott Morrison prepared to compromise for? Facebook Twitter Pinterest Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, at Good Friday services at St Charbel’s Catholic Maronite Church at Punchbowl in Sydney.
April 20, 2019 22:07 UTC
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United signing half a dozen new players in the summer, despite acknowledging the club needs to be rebuilt in order to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool. “There will be new players coming in over summer but I don’t think you can expect six. We want to rebuild but it is going to have to be gradual, over a few windows.”Manchester United squad verdict: who should stay and who should go? Read moreWhile few would disagree with the logic of that policy, the problem for United is time. And, if Solskjær has set his sights on Champions League football, he has now arrived at the week of truth.
April 20, 2019 21:22 UTC
Long-term unemployment in Australia is becoming entrenched with roughly two-thirds of Newstart recipients considered long termNijole Naujokas has been on and off Centrelink for the better part of the past decade. “Long-term unemployment has become more entrenched since the 90s when less than 50% of Newstart recipient were long-term. Among young unemployed people, for instance, 18.4% of those who didn’t have a job during 2017 were long-term unemployed. “[In that case] there just aren’t opportunities without experience, and employers are asking for loads and loads of experience,” she says. Read more“They’re people who’ve held long-term jobs, people who have been employed and then something happens,” Bowman says.
April 20, 2019 21:00 UTC
A member of an armed rightwing militia group accused of illegally detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border has been arrested, officials said on Saturday. Benvie narrated: “There’s no border patrol here. This is us.”The men appeared to call border patrol agents, who later were seen. There have also been concerns that the men, who wear military-style clothes, could be misrepresenting themselves as border patrol agents. In an apparent call to border patrol, one man said: “Hello, I’ve got seven over here.”The UCP has previously presented itself as a group of “volunteers” aiding border patrol and supporting Trump.
April 20, 2019 20:48 UTC
Labour won’t defeat Farage by being mealy-mouthed and sounding as if we half agree with him. This is not, of course, just about what’s best for the Labour party, it’s about having better values and doing what’s best for the country. So it is significant that more and more people are now telling me they feel let down by the way Brexit is turning out. My message, in particular to young people, is that Nigel Farage is registered to vote – are you? • Tom Watson is deputy leader of the Labour party
April 20, 2019 19:30 UTC
Labour will never defeat Nigel Farage if it continues to “sit on the fence” over Brexit and offers only “mealy-mouthed” support for a second referendum, the party’s deputy leader says today. The Electoral Commission says a third of the 9 million people in the UK in this age group are not currently registered to vote. Callum Warriner, a young Brexit supporter and Dover councillor involved with the campaign, said: “It’s a national scandal that one in three young people aren’t registered to vote. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Farage’s new Brexit party has swept into the lead in polling for the European elections. However, we suspect the biggest factor is the European parliamentary elections that are due to take place.”
April 20, 2019 19:30 UTC
No sooner had Billy Vunipola scored the try that secured Saracens’ latest semi-final victory, that secured him the man-of-the-match award, than a Munster fan confronted him after the match, gesticulating aggressively. Billy Vunipola helps Saracens power past Munster into Champions Cup final Read moreSaracens are in another major final. If Saracens are the team everyone loves to hate – and relatively few feel inclined to travel to support – Munster are the opposite. He responded with the try in the final 10 minutes that put an end to any thoughts of a Saracens wobble. Saracens have struck upon a rare alchemy in that little lab of theirs among the giants of north London.
April 20, 2019 18:56 UTC
Labour could become the second party to be investigated by Britain’s equality watchdog. The party has been accused of failing to tackle antisemitism Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesBritain’s equalities watchdog is expected to launch a full investigation into Labour after its failure to stamp out antisemitism in the party. Until now, the only party to have been investigated in the EHRC’s 12-year history was the British National Party. The watchdog’s board is expected to meet next month to discuss the evidence. When the EHRC began pre-enforcement proceedings against Labour last month, the party submitted a written response that is understood to ascribe the problem of antisemitism to a “small number of individuals”.
April 20, 2019 17:15 UTC
A giant Russian super-submarine is due to be moved out of its secret construction shed on Tuesday as fears rise that the Kremlin is stealing a lead in a new underwater arms race. The 14,700-ton Belgorod — twice the size of the Royal Navy’s Astute-class attack submarines — is designed to operate nuclear-tipped underwater drones guided by artificial intelligence. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has boasted that these Poseidon drones can hit coastal targets 6,000 miles away and demanded that they must be in service with the country’s navy next year. The drone is designed to dodge Nato underwater defences to hit cities, naval bases or aircraft carriers in Europe or on America’s eastern coast. The Belgorod has been built at Severodvinsk, Russia’s nuclear-submarine construction yard…
April 20, 2019 17:15 UTC
Without leaders, Labour voters are meant to solve Labour politicians’ problems for them. Photograph: Mark Thomas/Rex/ShutterstockInstead of asking for a clear and simple message – “Vote Labour and stop Brexit”, for instance, or even “Vote Labour for a people’s vote” – Labour insiders tell Remainers to forget about Corbyn and his clique. They would switch to the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, Change UK or, in Wales, Plaid Cymru. In 2014, the Greens and the Lib Dems won 15% of the vote but only 6% of the seats. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Chuka Umunna, left, and Anna Soubry, two of the MPs behind Change UK.
April 20, 2019 16:52 UTC