What do last night's local election results mean for Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson? 

Liverpool Echo
It was a mixed night for Labour - but where does it leave their leader in the city now?... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:31:26 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Teen with cerebral palsy to take part in Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run 

Manchester Evening News
Katie Holmes, 12, is determined to prove the condition will not define her... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:30:25 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Investigators reveal what smashed plane window that killed woman on jet 

Part of the left fan cowl - the casing that protects the engine blades - had fired upward following a mid-air explosion, hitting the window where Jennifer Riordan, 43, was sitting... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: Mirror

Diners horrified by 'polite' notice given to parents with kids at restaurant 

Parents have been left 'shocked' by a warning issued at a restaurant in Gloucester... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: Mirror

Five ways Democrats could fight Trump if they win the House 

The Hill
Democratic lawmakers would have a whole basket of tools at their disposal to create headaches for the White House if they were in power, from blocking the president's agenda to slapping subpoenas on Trump administration officials.... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: The Hill

No Nobel Prize in literature this year amid sex-scandal allegations 

Associated Press
The Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded this year following sex-abuse allegations and other issues that have affected the public image of the Swedish Academy that selects the winner. ... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: Associated Press

Nasa-inspired underwear you 'won't have to wash for weeks' 

The Independent
For the everyday hygiene-abiding citizen, underwear is a ubiquitous wardrobe staple, one that typically has a day-long expiration date. ... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:30:00 Categories: The Independent

Loyal dog waits outside station for 12 hours EVERY DAY for owner to come home 

Evening Standard
Social media in China has become besotted with an adorable elderly dog who sits outside a train station every day for 12 hours waiting for his owner to come home. A video of Xiongxiong - Little Bear - was shared online and showed him sat outside the subway entrance patiently waiting for his owner to get home from work. He has reportedly waited there every day for eight years and sits without being held with by a lead for around 12 hours. When his owner returns from work, Xiongxiong barks and jumps around round in circles happily'. Obediant: Locals said the dog wits without a lead or collar (Pear Video) The popular Pear Video website shared the clip and it has since racked up over 10 million views. Read more Stop everything! Dogs at polling stations are back His owner, who is not named, says that he has been looking after Xiongxiong for around eight years. "He's always been like this," he says, saying that the dog has always waited for him. "He is very good," one local adds. "He won't eat anything you give him. He appears around seven or eight o'clock every day, when his owner goes to work. and he waits, he just waits really happily."... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:28:35 Categories: Evening Standard

Opinion: Even if Kaep, Reid lose collusion cases, NFL has problem 

New York Daily News
Even if the NFL does win both cases, they still lose.... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:27:00 Categories: New York Daily News

Heart-stopping moment defendant in handcuffs nosedives over second-floor balcony after fleeing court 

Evening Standard
This is the heart-stopping moment a defendant in handcuffs nosedived over a second-floor balcony after fleeing a courtroom in the US. The defendant broke his leg, pelvis and also fractured his skull during the fall on Monday, court officials said. Christopher Clay Rudd, 35, had been arrested for drug allegations and was in court in Spanish Fork, Utah, for failing to follow through on court-ordered treatment. He attempted to run from court and hurled himself over a second-floor balcony still wearing his handcuffs. Security guards below made a desperate attempt to catch him but he was severely injured. CCTV: Dramatic footage shows the moment the defendant hurled himself over the balcony At the beginning of the video, Rudd is seen sitting on the left side of the courtroom before getting up and swiftly walking towards the door. A court officer then began to run after him. The dramatic footage shows him then running towards the second floor railing and lifting his feet to jump over it. Two court officials on the ground floor stretched out their arms to try and catch him as he tumbled to the floor. Christopher Clay Rudd, 35, broke his leg, pelvis and fractured his skull Three men attempted to hold him down before realising he had been badly injured in the fall with blood spattered across the ground and over his face. His injuries are not life-threatening. Police spokesman Matt Johnson said it was unclear whether Mr Rudd was trying to injure himself but that he may face additional charges for trying to escape.... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:25:02 Categories: Evening Standard

The Aston Villa whizz kids who could save Tony Xia millions in transfer fees 

Birmingham Mail
Villa have an extremely talented crop of youngsters bubbling beneath the first team surface... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:24:56 Categories: Birmingham Mail

What Naby Keita's final season at RB Leipzig means for his future Liverpool career 

Liverpool Echo
Naby Keita has enjoyed a rollercoaster campaign at Leizpig, with plenty of goals, assists and red cards - here's the inside track on the Guinea international's season... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:24:48 Categories: Liverpool Echo

Trump attacks NBC after Cohen wiretap story correction 

Associated Press
President Donald Trump is attacking NBC News after it corrected a story saying federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. ... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:21:17 Categories: Associated Press

Two women rescued from Lichfield house fire - both in hospital 

Birmingham Mail
Both women taken to hospital after late-night blaze... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:18:56 Categories: Birmingham Mail

Manchester United need to make Paul Pogba angry 

Manchester Evening News
MEN Sport caught up with Paul Ince who knows what Paul Pogba is going through when it comes to the difference between the Premier League and Serie A.... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:18:25 Categories: Manchester Evening News

Mum who lost baby son rallies 85 children to take part in Chelmsley Wood charity walk-a-thon 

Birmingham Mail
Shelley Lees, from Chelmsley Wood, organised the event in memory of her son Kayden... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:17:55 Categories: Birmingham Mail

The Londoner: Jeremy Heywood shows his wizard skills 

Evening Standard
How does Jeremy Heywood, head of the UK Civil Service, grapple not just with the biggest government project since the Second World War but also with harsh criticism about alleged Brexit blindness? Here's one way: he posted a tweet, asking "Doesn't government itself suffer from cognitive biases?" with a link to a test. Heywood - and the civil service he leads - has been under attack from Brexiteers who say his mind is closed to the wonderful possibilities of leaving the EU. The test asks questions such as: is heart disease the biggest cause of death worldwide? Is the American teenage pregnancy rate higher than three per cent? Are the number of nuclear warheads in the world currently at an all-time high? And also: is a Muggle someone who is born into a non-magical family and who lacks magical powers? Muggles, as every Harry Potter-reading civil servant knows, is the term for non-wizarding folk. Users are asked whether these statements are true or false and how confident they are, on a scale of 100 per cent (total confidence) to 50 per cent (no confidence) that their answer is correct. The cognitive bias test was thought up by the Behavioural Insights Teams (also known as the Nudge Unit), set up in 2010 by the Government. Heywood is a big fan, praising the unit in the past for having "applied findings from behavioural science to a wide range of policy areas, often without the need for legislation or expensive incentives". Heywood also tweeted a deliberately confusing infographic that had no discernible starting point and a clutch of boxes with titles like "inter-group opposition", "optimism bias" and most reassuringly "illusion of control". Is this test a riposte to critics who say the civil service is short-sighted? We suspect Heywood thinks they are Muggles. Jude Kelly is such a hard act to follow Jude Kelly: (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) Jude Kelly, artistic director at the South Bank since 2006, steps down this month but who replaces her? No one, we hear. Kelly's role oversaw the Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth concert hall and the Hayward Gallery. New CEO Elaine Bedell, a former TV executive, is understood to be "doubling up" her job, backed by department heads, saving Kelly's six-figure salary. The Southbank Centre tells us it is appointing a "creative director" too. Kelly says: "I've had a wonderful time there and what happens next is for others to conjure." --- Boris Johnson's department has denied a 186-year-old tortoise a cataract operation. Jonathan was hatched 44 years before the invention of the telephone. But when asked in the Lords if Jonathan might have his cataracts removed, Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad replied that a vet had decided it was "too high risk". --- Anya Angert, daughter of the reputed "Don of Odessa" Alexander Angert, featured in a BBC documentary about money laundering on Knightsbridge flats. Anya spent her teens at Wycombe Abbey under Lady Hall, wife of BBC director-general Tony. Contemporaries recall Anya's drawer being "stuffed with wads of cash". Ellen von Unwerth Ladyland exhibition zooms in on shots of women Paul Simonon, Claudia Schiffer, Ellen von Unwerth, Rhys Ifans and Serena Rees: (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) Photographer Ellen von Unwerth welcomed her dearest to the Opera Gallery last night for a preview of her new exhibition, Ladyland. Her collection celebrates her "devotion" to women and some of her most "iconic photographs" from the past 30 years, including snaps of the supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, plus the late musician David Bowie. In this age of #MeToo, Unwerth thought "the time felt right to focus on women". Model Claudia Schiffer came along to the occasion, posing in front of Unwerth's black-and-white portrait of her. Actors Rhys Ifans and Meredith Ostrom were also there, as was Clash bassist, Paul Simonon and business guru, Serena Rees. They spent the evening chatting to Scottish fashion designer Pam Hogg. Musician Tino Kamal also made an appearance; his shirt, however, did not. SW1A THERESA May appointed 12 party vice-chairs in her January reshuffle. Paul Scully posted a photo of "Team VC", including himself, Chris Skidmore and James Cleverly. But where were Kemi Badenoch, Ben Bradley and Rehman Chishti? Badenoch and Bradley may still be atoning: Badenoch for hacking Harriet Harman's website; Bradley for calling Jeremy Corbyn a Communist spy. --- Labour comms chief Seumas Milne was "a Pret man" when he was at The Guardian - he bought the same salad every day. A colleague reveals another habit: "He orders two double espressos, downs one at the counter and takes the other away." How macho. --- Caroline Slocock, Mrs Thatcher's private secretary, is often asked to compare the Iron Lady and Theresa May. "They're very different," she says at the launch of her memoir People Like Us. Except in one regard: "To Ken Clarke they are both 'that bloody difficult woman'." Quote of the day 'It's a complicated election, it's as simple as that' John McDonnell gives some instant insight on the BBC's local elections show Fashion is the future for ballet soloist? Eric Underwood: (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Warner Music) Eric Underwood, the former soloist of the Royal National Ballet, says he's quit ballet entirely and embraced fashion. "I needed a change," he told us at the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. "Ballet has a tendency to seek tradition, and fashion is always a search for the future." He went on: "I needed that search for something interesting rather than trying to replicate something that's happened before. I often feel like I'm creating my own path." Underwood is a former New Yorker who has adopted London: "It's my city". Will he miss ballet? "No."... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:13:00 Categories: Evening Standard

Lonzo brushes off LeBron to Lakers: 'I like our team' 

Dunk Wire
The Los Angeles Lakers have a bright future as is, what with Lonzo Ball dishing to the likes of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and (perhaps) Julius Randle.... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:10:09 Categories: Dunk Wire

As he begins new term, Putin pushes lofty goals for Russia 

Associated Press
If Putin fulfills the goals he's set for his new six-year term as president, Russia in 2024 will be far advanced in new technologies, many of its notoriously poor roads will be improved, and its people will be living significantly longer.  ... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:10:00 Categories: Associated Press

How Dublin traded Guinness for cocktails 

Evening Standard
There's a bottle of whiskey sitting on a shelf in 9 Below. Backlit with an amber-tinged glow, it hasn't yet been pulled down for a dram. But when it does, it will be a special occasion - a glass of this stuff costs a knee-trembling ?1,200. The bar 9 Below (9below.ie) opened just before Christmas in a beautifully restored basement on smart Stephen's Green. Possibly Dublin's most luxurious bar, its menu is filled with rare and swish wines, champagnes and spirits. But while a four-figure price tag might seem a touch gimmicky, the overriding concept of opulence without pretension is pulled off with aplomb. You'll feel the quality throughout, whether it's the hand-carved ice in your whiskey or the delicate stem of your Waterford crystal wine glass. This is where you go if you want a fancy pre-dinner drink, a celebratory cocktail or a luxurious nightcap. Where you'll be all but guaranteed a seat, and when you do plonk yourself down it'll be on a plush, dusky-pink art deco banquette, or tucked into the corner of a moodily lit alcove. A new kind of drinking The place 9 Below is emblematic of the changing drinking scene in the city. Dublin is, for better or worse, a town that's synonymous with drinking. But there's been a shift in recent times with an increasing sense of variety emerging in the places where you can enjoy a tipple or two. Nowadays, drinking in Dublin is more than just a great pint of Guinness. But the change that's afoot doesn't just mean luxury watering holes. Drop Dead Twice (dropdeadtwice.com) is a BYO cocktail bar and taproom in the heart of The Liberties - where Guinness is made. It's difficult to miss. The exterior is painted in vibrant jagged spikes of black and yellow, like a funky bumblebee. Inside, it strikes the perfect balance between neighbourhood pub and jazzy cocktail joint. When I popped in, there was a table at the tail end of a 71st birthday party, and a pug shih tzu running around with a champagne cork in his chops (Sunday evening is also "Yappy Hour"). Read more Dublin's one of the best places to go in 2018 says National Geographic It feels strange to walk up to a bar and hand over your own bottle of gin. But here, that's exactly what you do (upstairs, anyway - it's a regular bar downstairs). You book a slot for either two or three hours (?25/?30pp), tell the bartender about the flavours you can't stand (the most common, apparently, are cinnamon, coriander and aniseed) and then sit back and wait for the different cocktails to emerge (you get up to four per person in a two-hour sitting). My first cocktail was a zingy, citrusy affair packed with fresh ginger, basil and cucumber. Either I have basic tastes, or the head bartender Mick Jennings is a mind-reader, because it was bang-on. Enough of the posturing But just as refreshing as my drink was his attitude. "I don't need to wear a waistcoat and a dickie bow to make you a nice drink. I hate that 'Ooh, I'm a mixologist' attitude. I can't stand it! When people ask if I'm a mixologist, I say no - I'm a bartender. I make drinks." And with that, I was on to my second, a rosemary-smoked blackberry gin sour, presented with a smoking sprig of rosemary. It tasted of bonfires and blackberry-picking, of conker battles and chilly mornings. Read more 7 reasons you need to visit the west coast of Ireland So with a well-stocked bar of everything but the booze, what's the strangest ingredient they have upstairs? With a sly chuckle, Mick heaved a bag of turf up over his shoulder. The Home Sweet Home (their twist on an Old Fashioned) involves lighting a few scrapings of turf with a blowtorch and infusing its smoke with Irish whiskey, a Guinness reduction and bitters. With turf smoke billowing, it's enough to bring a tear to any Irish eye. Community of strong spirits Behind the bar, the names of Dublin's best bartenders are graffiti-ed into the wood. As with most industries in Ireland, the scene is small but tightly knit, and when the conversation moved to The Lucky Duck (theluckyduck.ie) and my visit two previous nights, Mick knew the guy who had mixed my perfect Bloody Mary. Occupying a Victorian redbrick building that lay vacant for 20 years, the venue has the feel of an old-school pub downstairs and three upper floors of cosy cocktail bars. A Bloody Mary wouldn't be my usual choice for 6pm on a Friday but bartender Ross Logan talked me into it. This isn't your standard blend - the juices are a combination of tomato, beetroot, carrot and celery, and the homemade spice blend has 40 ingredients. The result? An unbelievable concoction with enough heat to warm the cockles. As one cocktail turned into two, the evening sun poured into the bar and flooded the room in a warm glow. Maybe a Bloody Mary is the perfect sundowner after all. Details Aer Lingus flies from Heathrow from £65. The Dean has doubles from £97, room only.... read more
4. toukokuuta 2018 17:09:36 Categories: Evening Standard
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