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Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 2019 Masters. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/ReutersMichael Jordan called it the greatest comeback he has ever seen. After all of the trials and tribulations, all of the ridicule and mockery, all of the personal and professional humiliations, Tiger Woods shocked the world by fighting off a field of younger competitors to win his first major title in over a decade at Augusta National Golf Club.You may not have a pulse if you didn’t feel at least a little warm inside as Tiger passionately embraced his son behind the 18th green, a scene reminiscent of the bear hug that he shared with his late father Earl Woods after winning the Masters for the first time back in 1997. As a father, I can honestly say that it almost made my allergies start acting up.Couple that with the fact that it happened at the Masters on a course that was literally built on the grounds of a slave plantation, one that no Black golfer had ever even competed on until Lee Elder in 1975, at a club that didn’t even have a Black member until 1990.Couple that with this Tiger’s personal history with Augusta: the TV interview as a teenager when the reporter asked which tournament most captured his imagination and he answered “the Masters” and the reporter asked why and a confident, wet-behind-the-ears 14-year-old boldly answers “because of how Blacks have been treated there, like they shouldn’t be there, and if I win this tournament it would be definitely be big for us”.Couple that with the instances of publicly expressed bigotry that Tiger has been made to endure over the years, including but hardly limited to racist remarks by Fuzzy Zeoller, Kelly Tilghman and Sergio Garcia.Couple that with the way the mainstream media built Tiger up as a golf Superman only to tear him down almost gleefully as they discovered his kryptonite. The sense persisted that many in America were almost cheering when he no longer performed at a Tiger Woods level of domination, transforming him into an object of sneering and taunts. (Even this year, an Augusta patron was spotted wearing a T-shirt with his mugshot on the front.)And now, finally, Tiger Woods was able to relish the satisfaction of reprisal like Arya Stark with her needle sword as she exacted her revenge on everyone who meant her nothing but harm. This was Tiger’s moment to bask in his glory.But even with all of that, I found it extremely difficult to fully embrace the moment because there’s another other aspect to the story lurking around the corner to meet me, much to my surprise, like Jaime Lannister locking eyes with Bran Stark.The fact that Tiger Woods has stood unapologetically alongside Donald Trump is particularly troubling to me. Now let me say I have absolutely no problem with Woods voicing a political opinion that differs from mine. I’m not a person who wants to silence anyone who has an opinion or supports a position that I don’t agree with and attempt to discredit them, demean them or personally attack them in any way shape or form. Just as I applaud LeBron James and Steph Curry and the entire Golden State Warriors under head coach Steve Kerr for taking the stance that they didn’t want to attend the White House after their championship because their politics didn’t align with Trump’s, I also have to support somebody like Tom Brady’s choice to not want to attend when President Obama was in office because that’s his right, even if I don’t agree with it. If I don’t, I fall into the same category of a Laura Ingraham, who told LeBron and Kevin Durant to shut up and dribble simply because their opinion differs from hers. I am completely against that on the whole.But that said, I do believe that we should be able to “disagree without being disagreeable” as Obama always said, and I have the right to disagree with anyone as long as I remain respectful and avoid personal attacks and simply stick to the issues on which we differ.When you align yourself with someone like Trump, you’re condoning a man who is exactly what former ESPN commentator Jemele Hill called him: a white supremacist or a supporter of white supremacy and white nationalism.When you boast about being longtime friends with Trump, when you accept the Presidential Medal Of Freedom award that he is giving you at least in part because of your professed allegiance to him, you are in fact choosing a side. Trump has a well-documented history of looking to inject himself into the national discourse and praise the people, especially the Black people, who publicly praise him. So Trump will publicly support Jim Brown and Kanye West and Steve Harvey and Ray Lewis and Tiger Woods because they have publicly kissed the ring. He will use them each as his Black Friend who agrees with him and supports him and loves him (a thing I still can’t believe Jim Brown actually said).But Trump honors these athletes and showers them with awards out of self-interest: because he thinks honoring those who pledge fealty to him will entice more people to do the same. The implication being, of course, that you’ll be subject to his wrath if you choose another direction.It’s like he thinks he’s Daenerys Targaryen: like when he ordered athletes to kneel for the national anthem or he would unleash his fire-breathing dragons (Fox News) to incinerate them where they stand, calling for them to not only be fired but expelled from the country as a whole.It’s this alliance which personally makes Tiger’s win at the Masters a little bittersweet because I’ve seen this all before. I remember how OJ Simpson wanted nothing to do with the Black community to the point of rejecting Dr Harry Edwards when asked to lend his support to the Olympic Project For Human Rights before the 1968 Olympics and combine his voice with all of the other Black athletes at the time, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to name a few. Edwards’ plan was to place the collective voice of the Black athlete on an international platform to take a stand on the horrific ways in which Black people were being treated in America. Simpson’s response was: “I’m not Black, I’m OJ.”Not too far off from Tiger’s infamous proclamation on Oprah that he wasn’t Black but Cablanasian.Now make no mistake, Trump isn’t the first president to use sportspeople or entertainers as props. It has been happening for decades. But it hasn’t really been seen with a sitting president whose politics are so directly against the Black community at this level since Nixon was endorsed by James Brown.The question always comes up: Why do we have to put all of this on the shoulders of Tiger Woods? Why can’t he just play a game he loves and enjoy his life? Nobody asks Phil Mickelson or other white athletes to put their necks on the line and risk it all by using their platforms by speaking out on injustice in order to make the world a better place. Is that unfair to Tiger? Should we not defend his right to not be political?This exact question came up when I spoke with Dr Edwards for my book, We Matter: Athletes And Activism. It turns out OJ was making the same case to him that people are currently making for Tiger: Why can’t he just play ball and live his life and do his commercials and enjoy his riches and rewards without doing anything that could, and most likely would, jeopardize his earning potential.Dr Reid’s answer was simple: “Nobody asks Larry Bird to stand up for all poor white people in French Lick, Indiana. So why should I be obligated to move away from everything I have worked for and be asked to make this tremendous sacrifice and stand up for all Black people in America. That’s a legitimate question. Now, what’s equally legitimate is, if you decide not to do that, there’s a price to be paid for it and Black people have every right to collect that cost.”He continued: “It goes back to an old saying, what does a man gain who wins the world but loses his soul? Black folks know that, they feel that. And even though they cheered when OJ beat the rap on those two murders, they weren’t cheering for OJ.”You can root for everything Tiger’s Masters victory meant – the silencing of the many hordes who rooted for his downfall and who reveled in his struggles and wore T-shirts with his mugshot – without rooting for Tiger himself. Because I know a Jon Snow-Arya Stark embrace between Woods and Trump is just around the corner, sending an unmistakable message on exactly what side he has chosen.
Brunei has defended the introduction of death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex on the grounds that men of “high moral standing and piety” will judge the cases. Brunei this month triggered an international outcry when it brought in new sharia laws that include stoning to death or limb amputation for adultery, same-sex relationships, robbery and rape.
He has travelled the world in the line of royal duty, taking in the planet’s most spectacular scenery in a lifetime of overseas tours, charity trips and private holidays.
‘A victory for Nigel Farage would embolden the hard right of the Conservative party.’ Farage at a Brexit party rally in Nottingham on 20 April. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesIn the European elections, in just 31 days’ time, Britain faces a stark choice. Will we back Nigel Farage or stop him? To stop Farage, Labour must come out on top. This isn’t just a mathematical and presentational reality (no other opposition party is likely to outpoll him), it is also a political imperative. For to defeat Farage, it is essential that we not only outvote him but also overwhelm his hard-right Thatcherite ideology.Only Labour, pro-European and committed to social and economic transformation, can defeat Farage and Faragism with the credibility of an alternative government. That is why I am standing to become a Labour MEP, with a mission to remain and reform, big time.In the south-west, where I am running, you can see the devastation Brexit is already causing. Airbus is one of the region’s biggest employers and the cornerstone of the Bristol hi-tech economy. It will likely disinvest after Brexit. This is layered on top of the vandalism to the NHS and public services wrought by a decade of Tory austerity.Bristol has seen a 128% rise in homelessness and rough sleeping over the last three years. Across the south-west, 121,000 families relied on a food bank emergency pack in the 2017/2018 financial year. Over the last year I have held packed-out events across the south-west – in Exeter, Bristol, Penzance, Bath, Weymouth, Salisbury, Gloucester, and Cheltenham – and I have heard many stories of people downtrodden by austerity. People rightly sense that Brexit is a recipe for austerity without end.Austerity and Brexit are two sides of the same coin, like the Brexit party and the Tories. The distinction now barely exists: a Survation poll of Tory councillors on Sunday revealed Farage to be the most popular candidate for Tory leader, second only to Boris Johnson.There seems little doubt that Brexit will lead to disaster capitalism: Nigel Lawson, the godfather of Brexit as well as climate change denial, boasted as much in an article for the Financial Times shortly after the 2016 referendum headlined: “Brexit gives us the chance to finish the Thatcher revolution”. Systematic social and environmental deregulation, and the economics of austerity while enriching the rich, will be the markers of Farage/Tory politics after Brexit. Singapore-on-Sea for the rich; degradation for the rest.‘Bristol has seen a 128% rise in homelessness and rough sleeping over the last three years.’ Photograph: Yui Mok/PAThat is why a vote for Labour is essential in these elections. It will show Farage, Theresa May and the hard Brexiters that we are not surrendering to a Thatcherism revival project.Labour is committed to a referendum in this parliament on May’s Brexit deal and any other form of Brexit, with an option to stay in the EU, so Labour is the party for remainers. But Labour stands for more than that. A Labour government would end austerity, reinvigorate our public services, and invest nationwide. We stand for bringing our railways back into public ownership – as I did in 2009 when I nationalised the east coast mainline as transport secretary – so that people, not profit, are at the heart of our public transport. We stand for ending the scourge of homelessness and giving our schools the resources to flourish.If Farage’s party wins these European elections there will be consequences far beyond Brexit. His victory will embolden the hard right of the Conservative party. They will prosecute their Thatcherite revolution with renewed zeal. They will take his success as a mandate for a hard, no-deal Brexit. And then they will set about dismantling our public services and our public realm.There is only one party that can stop Farage in these elections. The polling shows Labour and the Brexit party in a battle for first place. The Tories lag behind, and the other opposition parties further behind still. I have friends whom I respect in those parties, but none of them can or will comprehensively defeat Farage.There are a myriad of possible choices in an election, but usually a straight choice if you are serious about power. So it is on 23 May. The winner will be either Farage or Labour – opposed to austerity, committed to a referendum on any Brexit deal in this parliament.As with Donald Trump, Farage is helped by those who don’t appreciate the stakes. Hundreds of thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters chose not to vote, or to vote for third-party candidates, over Hillary Clinton. Partly as a result of those votes, Trump became president of the United States. There is a real danger of something similar happening here if we mess up. It is our duty not to fail.• Andrew Adonis is a Labour peer, and former transport minister. He is standing to become a Labour MEP at the European elections
Bright Blue says the upper chamber should be replaced by a predominantly elected new Senate representing the different parts of the UK.
Tesla has sent a team of investigators to China after a video emerged appearing to show one of its electric cars bursting into flames. Smoke billows from beneath a parked Model S in Shanghai, before flames appear and the vehicle appears to explode. CCTV footage of the incident was posted on Chinese social media.
As it was with last year’s Bodyguard and the prematurely detonated Julia Montague, so it is with Line of Duty season five and crusading undercover copper John Corbett. Corbett (Stephen Graham), by contrast, has to make do with a more low-tech knife across the throat at the conclusion of another absurdly suspenseful LoD episode. The trap is sprung as Corbett’s gangland pal Lisa McQueen (Rochenda Sandall) pretends to be sad about the emergency supply of prostitutes his crew has just shipped in.
Whether she's preaching self-worth, delivering a practical piece of career advice or a classy riposte to her critics ("when they go low, we go high" anyone?) Michelle Obama is a walking wisdom generator. On imposter syndrome: "I still have a little [bit of] impostor syndrome, it never goes away, that you're actually listening to me.
Nicky Morgan: ‘This kind of language is not helpful.’ Photograph: Richard Gardner/Rex/ShutterstockNicky Morgan has blamed the language used by some vehement Conservative Brexiters of helping to inspire threats against MPs, as Theresa May prepares for the return of parliament against a backdrop of renewed plots to depose her.Amid signs that Tory MPs will be no more united on Brexit when the Commons returns on Tuesday than before the Easter recess, Morgan, the former education secretary, criticised an article by her backbench colleague, William Cash.Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Cash, a leading member of the European Research Group of strongly pro-Brexit Conservatives, accused May of having made an “abject surrender” to the EU, talking also of “appeasement” and “capitulation”.Cash wrote: “How low can we sink with the prime minister making us crawl on our hands and knees, not only to the EU, but to Germany and France?”Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Morgan condemned the article, saying: “This kind of language is not helpful. It’s not the kind of language that our councillors, or frankly any normal people, would use.”Asked whether she saw any connection between such phrases and the threats received by some MPs, Morgan replied: “Yes, I do.” Such comments, she said, were “stoking up other people who are often sitting at home and watching this stuff, and it gets them really, really angry and fired up, and then they will say things that they would never say face to face”.Morgan urged Conservative MPs to return from Easter and swiftly agree a Brexit deal: “The focus really has to be on trying to nail down the terms of our withdrawal from the EU as soon as we possibly can.”However, there were few signs of a breakthrough, even with talks between the government and Labour scheduled to resume next week. One report said May would lead new talks, but Downing Street did not confirm this.Considerably more energy seems to be being expended on plots to remove May, especially if local elections a week on Thursday result in significant losses for the Conservatives in councils where they tend to do well.According to the Telegraph, the Tory party group representing grassroots members will be forced to call an emergency meeting to hear a no-confidence motion in May after enough local party chairs signed a petition supporting the move.Such a vote by the National Conservative Convention would be symbolic, but it would give renewed impetus to Tory MPs who hope to change the formal leadership rules to allow them an early chance to oust the PM.The current rules allow such a formal challenge only once a year, and May won a confidence vote among her MPs in December.One senior local Tory member explained on Monday that frustration over the Brexit deadlock meant she and local colleagues would not campaign for the party before the local elections.Carol Hart, a member of Derbyshire county council, told Today the mass decision had been made “with a very heavy heart”.She said: “But that fact is that people across the country, not just in Derbyshire, are all absolutely sick to death of the way this is going on, and it’s having a major impact on our reputation.“We work as a group – we don’t always agree. But usually we talk behind closed doors, we do try and reach a compromise. You do have to compromise sometimes and I think it’s just such a big mess.”
In the crypt of Notre Dame cathedral, there is a commemorative plaque honouring an archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger. This diaspora teenager, who would come to preside over mass at Notre Dame Cathedral for almost a decade, saw himself as a bridge between Judaism and Christianity. When the head of the European Council and former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk described the cathedral as very much a European monument, I was reminded of that single Ashkenazi convert remembered in its crypt.
The 13th video in our ‘Royal Baby Countdown’ shows Prince Harry in Victorian page boy attire as he attends the wedding of his Uncle Charles Spencer.
Get your telescopes and cameras ready as space fans are in for a celestial treat this month. The Lyrids, one of the oldest known meteor showers, is set to grace skies in the Northern Hemisphere, with the chance to spot stars as bright as those in the Big Dipper.
Three men have been held in connection with a large fire started on Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire. The blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon on the hottest day of the year in England, spreading rapidly across the dry terrain. Around 70 firefighters were still working to bring the fire under control on Sunday morning, with authorities confirming a helicopter had also been deployed to assist with an "overhead water attack".
New charges have been filed by Japanese prosecutors against the former boss of Renault and Nissan. The fresh "breach of trust" indictment against Carlos Ghosn comes as prosecutors expand on their allegations of financial misconduct outside Japan. The new charges accuse him of trying to enrich himself, as Nissan's chairman, to the tune of $5m (£3.8m) at the company's expense.
The number of pupils needing support for communication has risen 293% in six years, while those given help for mental health problems is up 254%.
Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics and have a limited chance of becoming pregnant after treatment, the industry's watchdog has warned. Sally Cheshire, chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), told The Daily Telegraph some private clinics were guilty of building up patients' hopes by using "very selective success rates in their sales tactics". HFEA figures show the number of women in their forties trying IVF doubled to 10,835 between 2004 and 2017 and Mrs Cheshire urged clinics to be "honest and transparent" about their chances of success.
Easter Monday is "likely to be the best day so far", said Sky News weather presenter Jo Wheeler, adding that temperatures could reach up to 27C (81F). It was the hottest day of the year so far on Saturday with temperatures reaching 25.5C (78F) in England, while Easter Sunday was the warmest on record for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Foreign students that come to study in France will now have to pay higher fees.The much-disputed decree was published in the Official Gazette on Sunday, April 21st.Fees for non-European university students will be, at least, ten times higher than for their European counterparts.The two texts published in the Official Gazette on Sunday April 21 indicate that the rise in tuition fees will be applied as of the academic year 2019/2020.From September 2019, international students will have to fork out €2,770 for a bachelor's degree course and €3,770 for master programmes.The tution payments for students enrolled in a public institution in 2018/2019 will, however, not change.Non-EU doctoral students will not be subjected to the new differentiated tuition rates. Their tuition fees for 2019/2020 will be €380. If they enroll in a degree at doctorate level, the French government will continue to bear most of the education costs until they have completed their degree.Recruiting international studentsThe new policy is part of the French government’s new strategy for recruiting international students. It was first announced by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on 19 November 2018.The published decree lists a series of cases where non-EU students may be granted full or partial exemptions from higher tuition fees.They vary from "personal situations" to the "strategic orientation" of the universities.A number of French universities have already announced that they will boycott the new fee structure. Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, Toulouse, Guyanna, Poitiers are among the various universities which harshly condemn this decree.These universities will continue to apply the former rates: €170 euros for a bachelor degree and €243 for masters.A parliamentary report, published in March, pointed out how the new policy could be counter-productive in the short term and make it less attractive for non-EU students to come to France.
An ongoing fire which is ripping through a National Trust site is likely to have been started by a barbecue, the Trust said. Firefighters are trying to control a huge blaze, which is covering 300 hectares of moorland, on Marsden Moor, near Huddersfield. The Trust is paying £2,000 per hour for a helicopter to help more than 50 firefighters at the scene, as emergency services try desperately to control it.
Police said the man's corpse was found at around midday on Easter Monday near the Media City Metrolink tram stop in Salford Quays. "There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement. After a 2014 Freedom of Information request revealed the region had seen dozens of deaths in canals in six years, police launched a review.