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20 марта, 23:09

Harriet Tucker: ‘Cheltenham Festival winner was a childhood dream’

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After almost leaving Paul Nicholls’s yard last summer victory aboard Pacha Du Polder is a dream come true – despite a dislocated shoulderThe least likely triumph of last week’s Cheltenham Festival belonged to Harriet Tucker, an unknown with one previous ride as a licensed jockey, whose shoulder popped out of its socket when she was trying to ride a finish. She won the Foxhunter Chase on Pacha Du Polder, a 25-1 shot despite having won the same race last year, a horse supposedly in decline who would not like the soft ground.“It was a childhood dream,” says the 22-year-old, grinning broadly as she waits for lunch in her local with other staff from Paul Nicholls’s stable up the road. “I was watching the racing on TV with my nan when I was a kid and I was like: ‘I’m gonna do that one day.’ She said: ‘Don’t be stupid.’” Continue reading...

20 марта, 23:05

Rory McIlroy says Bay Hill victory has filled him with Masters optimism

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• Masters is the one major still to elude the Northern Irishman• ‘I feel like I’ve crossed that line that I needed to’Rory McIlroy has admitted Sunday’s long-awaited victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational supplied the “validation” he can draw upon ahead of another Masters tilt. McIlroy, who returns to action at the WGC Match Play on Wednesday, closed with a stunning 64 to prevail at Bay Hill. The success was timely; the Northern Irishman’s next start after this comes in the one major still to elude his grasp.“I have even more optimism now,” McIlroy said. “It was just more validation that what I’ve been doing has been correct. It all sort of just came together. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:55

Andrea Leadsom criticises handling of Westminster bullying claims

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‘A woman in politics should not have to pay this price,’ leader of the Commons tells conferenceAndrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, has strongly criticised the way allegations of bullying and harassment at Westminster have been handled. Speaking the day after an independent inquiry was announced into bullying by MPs of some staff in the Commons, she condemned the way victims rather than the bullies had ended up suffering the consequences. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:51

Injured Jack Nowell and Billy Vunipola to spend longer on the sidelines

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• Exeter’s Nowell and Williams set to miss several more games• Saracens No 8 in ‘race against time’ for Champions Cup tieThe physical strain on England’s leading players shows little sign of easing with the Premiership champions Exeter resigned to losing Jack Nowell and Harry Williams for several more weeks and the Champions’ Cup holders Saracens unsure if Billy Vunipola will be fit to feature in next month’s European quarter-final against Leinster in Dublin. Related: England full-back Anthony Watson ruled out for six months Continue reading...

20 марта, 22:48

Alfie Evans parents refused permission for supreme court appeal

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Couple hoped to overturn decision to switch off seriously ill toddler’s life supportThe parents of a 22-month-old boy who has been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have failed to persuade supreme court justices to consider the case.A high court judge had ruled that doctors can stop treating Alfie Evans, against the wishes of his parents, Kate James and Tom Evans. Three court of appeal judges upheld that decision. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:43

Trump faces double lawsuit threat from ex-Playboy model and Apprentice star

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Judge rules Summer Zervos’ defamation lawsuit can go ahead, while Karen McDougal sues to be released from silence agreementDonald Trump was hit by a fresh wave of legal troubles on Tuesday involving women who either allege they had an affair with him or that he sexually harassed them – while the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the woman previously at the center of the storm, said there is “a lot of information” yet to come in her court battle against the president. Related: Stormy Daniels threatened with $20m in damages by Trump attorney Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:21

Sure Start funding halved in eight years, figures show

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Local authority cuts have meant a £763m funding slump for early childhood serviceConservative cuts to councils have resulted in the funding for Sure Start – once a flagship scheme to support children in the early years – being halved over eight years, it has been revealed. Figures in a National Audit Office report show a £763m slump since the coalition government was first elected in 2010, while funding for services for young people has fallen by £855m. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:15

Black Panther becomes most tweeted-about movie ever

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The hit Marvel adventure has been mentioned more than 35m times, knocking off Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spotBlack Panther has become the most tweeted about movie ever.Twitter revealed news that the Marvel hit has been mentioned more than 35m times, pushing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens to second place, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in third. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:10

Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO Alexander Nix

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Man at centre of allegations about Facebook data breach is suspended pending full independent investigationAlexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the heart of the data-mining scandal, has been suspended.Name Continue reading...

20 марта, 22:01

Spy poisoning: police say investigation could last until summer

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief confident culprits behind nerve agent attack will be foundPolice have moved steel barriers into place at one of the crime scenes in Salisbury as they said the investigation into the nerve agent attack could last until the summer.Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief, Neil Basu, said he was confident that the culprits who left the Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, critically ill would be found but that the inquiry would be prolonged. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 22:00

Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Trump elected

Execs from firm at heart of Facebook data breach say they used ‘unattributable and untrackable’ ads, according to undercover exposeSenior executives from the firm at the heart of Facebook’s data breach boasted of playing a key role in bringing Donald Trump to power and said they used “unattributable and untrackable” advertising to support their clients in elections, according to an undercover expose. Related: Cambridge University asks Facebook for evidence about role of academic Continue reading...

20 марта, 21:56

Macron launches drive to boost French language around world

French president wants his native tongue to overtake English in Africa, increase its use online and loosen grip of English on BrusselsThe French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to spend hundreds of millions of euros boosting the French language worldwide, in a push to overtake English in Africa, increase the use of French online and teach French to more European officials to loosen the grip of the English language on Brussels.Macron hailed French as a “language of freedom” as he set out plans to pour funds into increasing French teaching and doubling the number of students in French schools abroad. Continue reading...