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September 25th, 2017 by admin

Women gathered to discuss the law on gender identity should not come under physical attack, say Linda Bellos, Lucy Masoud and others

Speakers’ Corner in London was where suffragettes met to debate the laws and rights of the day. This was the intention for women who congregated there on 13 September to be directed to a meeting to discuss the impact of proposed legislation on gender identity.

The venue could not be advertised because the original one, a community meeting space, had been intimidated into cancelling the booking. Transgender activists who opposed the debate taking place instigated a campaign to shut it down, which led to the attack on 60-year-old Maria MacLachlan by multiple assailants. Her camera was smashed, her hand cut, and her face and neck bruised.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

This low-interest, no-risk reboot of Radio 4’s long-running culture strand is yet another reminder of how terminally timid BBC TV always is with the arts

Front Row, on Radio 4, is reliable, it is competent, it is always there, just after the news and the Archers. Its presenters are interested in their subjects, and good journalists. It knows what it is; it feels comfortable in its skin. I would care if it got taken off air. One can see, then, after the demise of BBC television’s The Culture Show and Newsnight Review (each shunted around the schedules until they died of confusion) why it was chosen to form the template of a new BBC2 arts show.

But would Front Row work on TV? There was trouble before the first programme even aired on Saturday evening. Instead of giving the regular radio presenters – Kirsty Lang, Samira Ahmed and John Wilson – jobs on the telly, new anchors for the small-screen version were announced. They were to be BBC media editor Amol Rajan, radio presenter and former actor Nikki Bedi, and, weirdly, Giles Coren, not everyone’s cup of tea, a journalist noted for his newspaper restaurant reviews and for having presented The Supersizers, but having no apparent qualifications for fronting an arts show aside from once having won the bad sex award for his debut novel, Winkler. Then came an interview in the Radio Times in which Coren declared he had not been to the theatre much for the past seven years (owing to paternal bathtime duties) and found the medium “stressful”; Rajan confessed to the sin of enjoying Andrew Lloyd Webber; and Bedi said she disliked sitting through very long plays without intervals.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

An astonishing burst of hitting from Moeen Ali, who hit 61 from 14 balls at one stage, and Liam Plunkett’s first ODI five-for helped England go 2-0 up in the series

6.06pm BST

WICKET! West Indies 245 all out (Holder c Moeen b Plunkett 34) The superb Plunkett does get his first ODI five-for, with Holder driving straight to Moeen at long-off. It completes a fine win for England, one that will stay in the memory because of an astonishing burst of hitting from Moeen Ali. England lead 2-0 with two to play, and will expect to wrap up the series at the Oval on Wednesday. Thanks for your company, goodnight!

6.03pm BST

39th over: West Indies 245-9 (Holder 34, Cummins 4) The No11 batsman Miguel Cummins survives the remainder of Rashid’s over, dragging the last ball round the corner for four.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

Southampton victory shows Jose Mourinho’s men have rediscovered their ruthless streak at just the right time as testing month of fixtures looms

For more than half an hour, José Mourinho sat waiting on the Manchester United team coach outside St Mary’s doubtless basking in the comfort of a job well done after extending his side’s unbeaten run to eight matches. They displayed a callous efficiency and a charming stubbornness in an unforgiving – and occasionally ugly – performance that earned United victory and a fifth Premier League clean sheet in six matches. Romelu Lukaku, though, was still stationed inside in doping control, and, such is the ruthlessness of this United team at present, they left for Southampton airport without him.

Lukaku was ultimately the match‑winner but this was a result built upon steely foundations. Chris Smalling and Daley Blind offered late reinforcements and by the end United had six defenders on the pitch and sometimes eight, nine or even 10 men behind the ball. Lukaku was left estranged for large parts of the second half as a rejuvenated Southampton penned in the visitors.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

If Brighton and Hove Albion get relegated this season it won’t be for a lack of valour, focus or determination. This narrowest of home wins against a team who were technically their better will be celebrated on the south coast, though probably only briefly. The next test, away at Arsenal next Sunday, is only around the corner.

Rafael Benítez’s visitors played their part in this match and could well have had a goal as reward for the way they controlled the first half. But there’s a difference between deserving a result and earning it and Albion certainly did the latter here.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

Chancellor returns but with diminished authority as first openly nationalist party in decades enters Bundestag

Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term as German chancellor but with her authority diminished, after her conservative bloc secured the lead position in parliamentary elections but failed to halt the march of rightwing populists.

The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was celebrating its historic third place success on Sunday night, having secured 13% of the vote, according to exit polls, marking the first time in almost six decades that an openly nationalist party will enter the Bundestag.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

Rolling coverage of the first day of the Labour conference in Brighton

6.37pm BST

Labour MPs from both sides of the Labour Party last night expressed their dismay at the decision not to debate Brexit.

John Mann, the Bassetlaw MP who wants to end the free movement ofnLabour, said:

This decision is wrong. We must have a debate in this party and the leadership must listen to the views of those ordinary union members who voted to leave.

I am gutted that our debate didn’t get through. I worry this it’s going to mean that our party isn’t going to be able to consider the biggest issue facing us for a generation.

6.31pm BST

Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, has floated the idea of people being enrolled into trade unions when they get a job (unless they opt out, presumably), the Telegraph’s Kate McCann reports.

Ed Miliband suggests auto-enrolment in trade unions for workers. Says it would boost rights #lab17

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

• New Zealand champion takes split decision, 118-110, 118-110, 114-114
• Tyson Fury remonstrates with officials over margin against his cousin

Hughie Fury had a chance to bring the WBO version of the world heavyweight title back into the family fold here on Saturday night but the young Mancunian let the champion, Joseph Parker, rumble to a victory that owed more to persistence than the dominance reflected in two of the scores.

The 114-114 returned by one judge was way closer to reality than the two scores of 118-110 that ensured the title would return to New Zealand – even though the unbeaten champion will remain in the UK to campaign for a shot at Anthony Joshua’s titles. From this vantage point, Parker won the first round and the last six, sharing one, and just giving up the other four.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

• Casey goes into final round with two-shot lead over Kisner and Schauffele
• ‘I just have to keep up what I have been doing all week’

Paul Casey did not have to wait until Sunday to be served a lesson in how quickly the fortunes of a frontrunner can change. It should, in fact, be a source of added inspiration to the revitalised Englishman that he survived a Saturday jolt at East Lake to retain his lead with 18 holes to play. Casey is one round from Tour Championship and FedEx Cup glory, which would bring with it the largest ever payday for an English golfer – more than $11m.

Casey tore through the his first seven third-round holes to the point where he was five under par. His lead at that juncture was four. The stumble duly arrived, Casey making bogeys at the 8th and 9th as his advantage was cut to one.

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September 24th, 2017 by admin

Ri Yong Ho tells the UN general assembly that Donald Trump was on a ‘suicide mission’ as tensions between the nations escalate further

North Korea has said that firing its rockets at the US mainland was “inevitable” after Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two leaders.

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks before the United Nations general assembly came hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, in a show of force the Pentagon said demonstrated the range of military options available to the US president.

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