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fa cup final: mind games begin for man united and chelsea

manchester united boss jose mourinho will be up against his old club and arch managerial rival antonio conte when united take on chelsea in the 2018 fa cup final on 19 may.see related fa cup third round: a fine romance or outdated tradition?is squad rotation killing the fa cup and who is to blame?united secured their place at the wembley showpiece on saturday with a 2-1 win over spurs and 24 hours later the blues overcame a spirited southampton side 2-0.with both clubs in need of a trophy, the build-up to the match could reignite the hostility between the united manager and chelsea boss conte.in january the two men were engaged in a war of words after mourinho branded conte a clown and the italian responded by suggesting the united boss had...




israel folau homophobia row: new zealand rugby backs diversity - video

three weeks after australian rugby star israel folau caused outrage with an instagram post warning that gay people would go to hell, new zealand rugby has upped the ante with the launch of a video backing its diversity is strength campaign.the timing of the release has been hailed as "impeccable" and the perfect answer to the storm caused by the player's comments, which have gone unpunished by the sport's governing body in australia.the controversy began when folau, a devout christian, was asked on social media if god had a plan for gay people. he replied: "hell... unless they repent of their sins and turn to god." see related australia legalises same-sex marriagethe comment was later deleted but has caused a huge debate in australi...




count dankula: youtube prankster fined £800 for ‘nazi pug’ hate crime

a youtuber convicted of hate crime for uploading a video of a dog performing a nazi salute has been fined £800 over the incident.mark meechan “recorded his girlfriend's pug, buddha, responding to statements such as 'gas the jews' and 'sieg heil' by raising its paw”, the daily telegraph reports.meechan, who posts on youtube under the handle count dankula, uploaded the video to the platform in april 2016, where it was viewed three million times, sky news reports.however, the clip also attracted the attention of police, and meechan was arrested and charged with committing a hate crime.in march last year, at airdrie sheriff court in lanarkshire, meechan pleaded not guilty to breaching the communications act by sending a “grossly offens...




campaign to make john bradburne first english saint in almost 50 years

a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to make a missionary and poet who helped care for lepers in zimbabwe the first english saint in almost half a century.see related saint teresa: mother teresa canonised amid controversypope opens new path to sainthoodsupporters of john bradburne are trying to raise £20,000 to fund efforts aimed at persuading the vatican to beatify the former leper colony warden. the money is to be used to pay for an inquiry into his life and two miracles that he is said to have performed.according to reports, bradburne “miraculously cured a man of his brain tumour, and blood was also inexplicably seen dripping from his coffin”, says the daily telegraph.the son of an anglican rector, bradburne converted to roman ...




google chat: what is it and when is it out?

google has announced plans to completely overhaul the way users of its android smartphones message each other. see related google pixel 2 vs iphone 8 and iphone x: which comes out on top?samsung galaxy s9 vs iphone x: which one is king?the search giant’s latest product, google chat, is a new service aimed at allowing android users to send messages and image files over a data network. it works in a similar fashion to whatsapp and apple’s imessage. chat will be bundled into the majority of new smartphones that run the android operating system, although the messaging service isn’t expected to arrive until later this year.while we wait for a release date, here’s everything you need to know about the messaging service:what is it?google...




royal baby: twitter reacts to birth of william and kate’s third child

the duchess of cambridge has given birth to her third child with prince william, a brother for prince george and princess charlotte.see related new royal baby born: what will kate and william’s son be called?just after 1pm on monday, kensington palace announced that the duchess had been delivered of a 8lbs 7oz baby boy two hours before. he will be fifth in line to the throne.no sooner had the news been announced than the latest royal baby became twitter’s most talked-about subject, as congratulations poured in:although some were less than bowled over:many users noted that the new prince’s 23 april birthday was suitably patriotic, falling on both st. george’s day and th...




nuclear deal: iran says trump sending ‘dangerous message’

donald trump’s threats to pull out of the iran nuclear agreement send a “dangerous message” that the us cannot be trusted, iran’s foreign minister has warned.see related is president trump on a collision course with iran?iran threatens to restart nuclear programme 'within five days'trump vs. tehran: the truth about the iran nuclear dealspeaking to reporters in new york, mohammad javad zarif said iran would “pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment [programme]” if the us president reimposes economic sanctions that were lifted as part of the deal struck under barack obama in 2015.trump has repeatedly criticised the agreement, known as the joint comprehensive plan of action (jcpoa), under which iran agreed to eliminate all of it...




brenne whisky: how allison parc went from ballerina to distiller

allison parc, founder and president of brenne whisky may have started her career as a ballerina, but she is now spearheading a new category of french single malt whisky. in a heavily male-dominated industry, she recently won the world whisky ambassador award at the prestigious icons of whisky usa.parc sat down with the week portfolio to discuss how creativity and precision are essential to both dance and whisky, and what it is like to be a woman working in an industry very largely made up of men. how did you make the switch from ballet to whisky?i was a professional ballerina until the age of 23, which is when i was finally able to indulge in the wine, whisky, and cheese previously restricted by my dance diet. whisky stood out to me specifi...




brexit: pros and cons of leaving the customs union

speculation that the uk may remain in the eu customs union is growing amid reports that theresa may is preparing to back down over the key issue.see related brexit: theresa may’s irish border nightmarebrexit: divorce bill ‘set to exceed £39bn’according to the sunday times, the prime minister has privately admitted she may have to agree to permanent membership of the common tariff area following brexit. one of may’s senior aides told a meeting last month that her team would “not be crying into our beer” if parliament forces the government’s hand.ministers are now bracing themselves for a new vote on a customs union in the commons on thursday, following last week’s thumping defeat of the eu withdrawal bill in the lor...




premier league transfer news: mo salah, paul pogba, naby keita, jan oblak

premier league transfer news and rumoursmo salah: liverpool to real madrid?liverpool fans may have split loyalties if they face real madrid in the final of the champions league.according to reports in spain, boss zinedine zidane will lose his job if he fails to win the trophy and if that happens his replacement will swoop for reds star mohamed salah.see related arsene wenger: arsenal boss attacks fans as long goodbye beginsman utd transfer news: anthony martial set for summer exitpremier league transfer news: paul pogba, riyad mahrez, eden hazardaccording to the daily star, zidane wants to make chelsea’s eden hazard his main signing this summer, but real madrid president florentino perez has different ideas and wants to build a “stunnin...




vw unveils its radical all-electric i.d. r pikes peak racer

the wraps have just come off volkswagen’s first electric racing car, the i.d. r. the german carmaker hopes it will steal the electric record at the legendary pikes peak sprint event in colorado on 24 june. see related land rover to launch defender pickup to rival mercedes x-classcarrera panamericana: mike hawthorne’s ferrari 625 tf up for auctiondesigned exclusively to compete in the 12.4-mile hill climb race, the i.d. r has ultra-light carbon fibre bodywork and winglets. thanks to these it has a weight of just 1,100kg. underneath the vehicle’s aggressive bodywork sits a twin-electric motor system that delivers 671bhp and 470lb-ft of torque, autocar reports. this helps the i.d. r sprint from 0-62mph in 2.25 seconds – which is fa...




why martin lewis is suing facebook

consumer advice expert martin lewis is suing facebook over claims that more than 50 fake adverts bearing his name have been published on the social media site.see related facebook ‘hides’ 1.5 billion users from privacy protectionlewis, the founder of website moneysavingexpert, is expected to lodge court papers at the high court today for a defamation lawsuit against the web giant, which he alleges failed to prevent and remove the ads swiftly.several of the ads featured lewis’s image, and endorsements purporting to be from him, and were allegedly used to “scam thousands of pounds out of people”, says sky news.lewis said: “there are customers who have lost a lot of money. some of them won’t even talk to me because they've se...




could a mediterranean diet prevent dementia?

with dementia now the biggest single cause of death in the uk, britons are more conscious than ever of understanding how to reduce the risk of developing the disease in later life.see related alzheimer’s gene neutralised in human brain cells for first timehow old is your brain? take the dementia testalthough dementia has a genetic component, recent studies support the theory that lifestyle plays a greater role in determining risk. for instance, japan and nigeria are among the nations with a relatively low prevalence of dementia, but japanese-americans and african-americans develop dementia at a similar rate to other americans, write michael gregar and gene stone in how not to die.the so-called “mediterranean diet” is frequently touted...




why jack johnson’s story is still important

donald trump says he is “considering a full pardon” for jack johnson more than 100 years after the black boxer’s career as the world heavyweight champion was destroyed by a racially motivated criminal conviction.see related chelsea manning to be released early by barack obamathe us president said in a tweet on saturday that rocky actor sylvester stallone had spoken to him on the phone about pardoning johnson, a move that former presidents george w. bush and barack obama both resisted.the late boxing legend’s story is one of triumph and tragedy. the son of former slaves, johnson was born in texas in 1878 and made his professional boxing debut at the age of 20, after taking part in amateur and illegal boxing bouts while working in sta...




fa cup final: mind games begin for man united and chelsea

manchester united boss jose mourinho will be up against his old club and arch managerial rival antonio conte when united take on chelsea in the 2018 fa cup final on 19 may.united secured their place at the wembley showpiece on saturday with a 2-1 win over spurs and 24 hours later the blues overcame a spirited southampton side 2-0.see related fa cup third round: a fine romance or outdated tradition?is squad rotation killing the fa cup and who is to blame?with both clubs in need of a trophy, the build-up to the match could reignite the hostility between the united manager and chelsea boss conte.in january the two men were engaged in a war of words after mourinho branded conte a clown and the italian responded by suggesting the united boss had...




israel folau homophobia row: new zealand rugby backs diversity - video

three weeks after australian rugby star israel folau caused outrage with an instagram post warning that gay people would go to hell, new zealand rugby has released a video backing its diversity is strength campaign.the timing of the release has been hailed as "impeccable" and the perfect answer to the storm caused by the player's comments, which have gone unpunished by the sport's governing body in australia.the controversy began when folau, a devout christian, was asked on social media if god had a plan for gay people. he replied: "hell... unless they repent of their sins and turn to god." see related australia legalises same-sex marriagethe comment was later deleted but has caused a huge debate in australia. many have defended the...




ten things you need to know today: monday 23 apr 2018

investors in the world’s biggest advertising firm, wpp, said yesterday that they were “furious” former boss sir martin sorrell is to receive a £20m shares windfall following his resignation amid allegations...




premier league: child trafficking reports ‘very concerning’

the premier league is to question football clubs about “very concerning” reports of bogus scouts luring children into slavery in the uk with false promises of trials for top teams.the times reported on saturday that budding footballers duped into believing they have been “discovered” are among thousands of young people being trafficked to britain. “the child may then be sold on or forced into sexual exploitation,” according to the newspaper.fraudsters posing as football agents have been approaching families, many in africa, asking for payments of up to £10,000 to take their child for trials at top clubs such as arsenal or manchester united.responding to the reports, the premier league said that its clubs would never ask fami...




arsene wenger: arsenal boss attacks fans as long goodbye begins

arsenal hammered west ham 4-1 in a sun-drenched emirates on sunday, but it was never an occasion that was going to be dominated by on-field events. rather the focus was all on arsene wenger, and how he and his supporters would react to friday’s announcement of his departure. the numerous empty seats told their own story, one written by arsenal fans who have grown so apathetic towards their under-achieving club that they couldn’t be bothered to come and applaud the manager who has led them for 22 years.see related arsene wenger out! arsenal boss to leave at end of the seasonarsene wenger to leave arsenal: reactions, tweets and quotesarsenal’s next manager: patrick vieira tipped to replace arsene wengerthose fans that did turn up hardl...




waffle house shooting: ‘hero’ james shaw jr tackled gunman

a young man who ended a deadly rampage in a tennessee diner by wrestling away the gunman’s assault rifle has been hailed as a hero whose bravery prevented further deaths.see related naked gunman kills four in nashvillejames shaw jr, 29, was eating with a friend at the waffle house in antioch, near nashville, after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of sunday morning when he heard gunshots in the car park outside.moments later, the gunman - naked except for a jacket and carrying an assault rifle - burst into the restaurant.the shooter, later identified as 29-year-old travis reinking, opened fire on terrified diners, killing four. after the initial burst of fire, there was a pause.shaw noticed the gunman looking at his weapon and guesse...