A stunning indicate at the Design Museum presents the master couturiers own vision although sadly he wont see it. By Kate Finnigan
When Azzedine Alaia, the Tunisian master couturier, succumbed of a heart attack in Paris last November, aged 82, the Design Museum in London was seven months into preparing a big show dedicated to his run. It was to be the first fashion exhibition in the museum’s new building in Kensington and the choice of Alaia had been carefully built.” The museum has very special architecture ,” says Alice Black, co-director.” What Azzedine Alaia created over his career is also striking sculpture. We felt that his work against the backdrop of the museum would be amazing .”
Black had come to know the tiny and charismatic designer over the previous few months. The team had collaborated closely with Alaia himself, a human known for his perfectionism and hands-on approach.” Azzedine was the heart and soul of his label. For a while I wondered if the exhibition could still go ahead ,” says Black.” But because he had really wanted it, everyone took it on themselves to make it happen. It was his idea, his idea, so we hadn’t been left to second guess .”
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier, curated by Alaia’s long-term collaborator and friend, Mark Wilson of the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, opens this Thursday. The museum has defied the temptation to turn it into a retrospective and has stayed with the designer’s original vision for it to be a study of technique and craft, with more than 60 examples of couture pieces. It is the first-ever UK show dedicated to Alaia, who is less well known here than in his adopted France. But those who know way revere Alaia almost like no other. The industry loves a secret and there has been a cult surrounding Alaia for five decades, inspired not only by his unique- although much-imitated- style but by his desire for perfectionism( a dress could take five weeks or five years ), his refusal to be dictated to by commercialism and his personal style of business, largely conducted in his atelier-cum-apartment in the Marais around a kitchen table, where Alaia served guests with his own cuisine.
Since pitchers will never wear helmets on their own, its time to make the decision for them. Plus, Big Papi pastes the Donald, silly September call-ups are back and Seth Lugo spins his way into the Mets rotation
Its the nightmare scenario for pitchers: a blister line drive off the bat of a big leaguer, leaving no time for hurlers to move their head or swing the glove up for defense.
It doesnt happen often, but when it does, it stimulates for chilling video and it attains you wonder why, with only 60 feet and six inches of space between batter and pitcher, why only one of those players is wearing a helmet. When you consider that Statcast now informs of the triple-digit speeds a ball detonation off of a bat, it stimulates you wonder even more.
We dont have the movie of Clevelands Herb Score being battered by Yankee batter Gil McDougald in 1957, but weve ensure enough of Alex Cobb, Brandon McCarthy, and the five who were hit in the 2015 season to get the idea just how gruesome a scenario it is. Now weve witnessed the latest pitcher to be victimized by a line drive, Matt Shoemaker, who was hit on Sunday by a Kyle Seager laser beam at a staggering 105 mph, fracturing his skull and forcing emergency surgery for subdural hematoma.
Yet, when you consider the slow moving history of headgear in baseball, its not surprising that despite security threats that pitchers face daily, exactly zero pitchers are wearing the most recent offering from Boombang, a California-based company working on a joint helmet growth scheme along with MLB and the Players Association. Some 20 pitchers were offered the chance to try the carbon fiber caps in the spring , none of whom elected to wear them during the regular season. The Astros pitcher Collin McHugh wears a product that hasnt been tested or approved by MLB or the union, and it does not protect the ears.
In 1920, Indian shortstop Ray Chapman died after hard hit in the head by a ball from Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. Major League Baseball banned the spitball and ordered dirty balls to be replaced to keep them from darting unpredictably, yet the first plastic inserts didnt arrive until the 1950 s, and helmets werent even mandatory until 1971.
A single ear-covering flap wasnt standard until 12 year later, and it wasnt until 2013 that we even had a batting helmet capable of withstanding speeds of 100mph. Giancarlo Stanton was among the first to don a helmet capable of blocking pitchings bound for the face after he was hit by Mike Fiers in 2014, but the custom construct hasnt caught on.
Sixty-odd years after helmets were introduced to hitters, adding on to what already exists represents an easier change. Pitchers are basically starting from ground zero theyve rarely worn anything but soft caps on their heads.
Even while first and third base coach-and-fours stand on the sidelines wearing head protection, even when dugouts have been reinforced with mesh fencing protecting children from line drives, even as teams begin to install more comprehensive netting to protect the fans from at-bats and balls flying into the stands, there is the pitcher standing solo on the mound, a sitting duck, unleashing a force that can come back at him even quicker than he can deliver it.
Pitchers will not construct the change on their own because pitchers have a one-track mind its not about their head, its not their face, its all about their limb. Tom Seaver constructed his wife sleep on the left side of the bed so if she rolled over shed hit the left arm , not the right one which won three Cy Young Awards. Theyre worried about Tommy John surgery and shoulder issues. A line drive to the face? By their decisive inaction theyve shown that theyre willing to take their chances rather than add on equipment that changes routine and forces any adjustment.
Reliever Mark Melancon, then with the Pittsburgh Pirates and now with the Washington Nationals, experimented with the caps back at spring training.
It appears funny, Melancon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in February. Just because of the appears, it might not be something that I wear during the season. As shallow as that seems, and Im definitely not that guy I dont know. Im only not there yet. Devote me a little time, and maybe Ill get there.
Melancon never got there, and either did any other pitcher besides McHugh in 2016.
In the NFL there is no concussion-proof helmet. In cricket there is no 100% effective form of protection, as we sadly considered when Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was tragically killed after being struck by a ball merely below the ear. Athletics will never be 100% safe and all risk will never be eliminated.
However, when youre playing blackjack, if the merchant has a face card and you have 16, the book says to make, and thats because even though the odds are well against you, you must give yourself the best chance to win. A pitcher wearing a helmet dedicates them the best chance to save them from a fluke tragedy, one that could happen at any moment. And since it seems that pitchers will never voluntarily wear them en masse, Major League Baseball and the Players Union must now make the decision to save them from themselves.
Video of the week
Knocking the cover-up off the ball is both a baseball expression and something we watched in The Natural. This week, it really did happen, thanks to the Mets Jose Reyes, albeit in less dramatic style 😛 TAGEND
Quote of the week
The fourth inning, I was still pitching good in the fourth inning…
Thats Arizona ace Zack Greinke, who told the truth on Monday after facing his old team, in his old stomping grounds for the first time since leaving LA.
Then Adrian Gonzalez went deep, and then Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal went yard in the fifth inning. Greinke, suffering through the worst season of his big-league life, depicted he maintains warm feelings for his old ballclub, permitting a career worst five home run while the Dodgers compete for a playoff spot.
Whos closer to victory: Donald Trump or the Cubs?
By now we all know that the Cubs are who we thought they were, which is a dominant baseball franchise on their way to over 100 victories for the first time since they lost the World Series in 1935. Theoretically, Chicago could have the NL Central wrapped up early next week, leaving us a good chunk of September to come up with multiple hypothetical scenarios of how their title hopes will blow out of the Windy City for a 108 th consecutive season.
Theres no key September stretch run for the Cubbies, but Labor Day does mark the start of the sprint to the White House. Trump, busy touring while tweaking a lineup of offensive gestures and controversial statements ahead of debate season, has been relatively quiet this week. However, David Ortiz did take time out of his retirement tour to address Trumps dealings with the Latino Community.
Latin people here in the United States are the sparking plug of the countrys economy, told Ortiz. Whoever resists that is going to lose. And not just Latin people, but immigrants. Im talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realise the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.
Getting smoked by Big Papi wont help you win anything, so the Cubbies get the edge this week.
How did the children piss off Goose Gossage this week?
Goose Gossage get more than an earful this week from the Canadian agricultural community: the Hunter Brothers Farm in New Brunswick unveiled a corn labyrinth immortalizing the very same Jose Bautista ALDS bat flip that at least partially inspired Gooses spring time rant. The next Hunter Brother creation? A corn labyrinth depicting geeky pencil necked baseball executives evaluating data.
Nine thoughts in order
1) Baseballs ridiculously bizarre system of 1 September roster expansion is back, once again allowing teams to test drive prospects and brought on by reinforcements during the most important day of the season. Why baseball teams are abruptly playing by a different situated of personnel rules – the roster can swell from anywhere between 26 and 40 players – than those which governed the first 5 months remains a mystery, one that ranks up there with the NBA rule that allows a team to advance the ball to half tribunal after a timeout with two minutes or reductions in video games.
If such a system is a must have, why not let expanded rosters in April while squads continue to evaluate their rosters, as former administrator Bobby Valentine has suggested in the past. In an age of pitching limits, that would also allow a chance to go with six-man rotations for a month. Yes, wins in April count the same as they do in September, but its farcical to change the style of doing business during pennant races.
2) Baseball fans outside of Los Angeles and throughout the world have been feasting on Dodgers coverage, if merely to enjoy the iconic voice of Vin Scully during his final season of broadcasting. Some fans inside LA have been iced out of Scullys last season thanks to a long running struggle between SportsNet LA, the Dodger television network and Time Warner Cable, which has not carried the channel since 2014 due to contractual issues. Now, there is peace in our time, kind of: Charter Communications, the group operating Time Warner Cable after a consolidation, announced on Friday that it will broadcast the final six games of the season on KTLA, a free to air terrestrial channel, in order to make sure all in the area can hear Scully before he calls it quits.
3) Meanwhile, those regular season games may not be Vins final bellows, if LA stimulates the playoffs and Scully elects to do radio during the post-season. The Dodgers, already in a strong position in the NL West, will get a boost after learning that Clayton Kershaw will return to the hill on Friday against the Marlins following a rehab stint. LAs ace posted a 1.79 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 121 innings in the first half of the 2016 season, and somewhat amazingly, the injury battered Dodgers survived well without him. Kershaw, who has been among the most durable limbs in baseball, comes back with a guarantee:
Ill never get hurt again, said the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner on Sunday. Its awful.
4) The Pittsburgh Pirates are rapidly spiraling out of the playoff hunting. Their defeat on Tuesday after St Louis overcame a one-run ninth inning deficit courtesy of three rapid fire home runs. Despite such a frustrating stretching, the Buccos were find dancing in the dugout this week.
Clint Hurdle either needs to dump the post-game spread or get Goose Gossage in to let the Buccos in on another unwritten rule: dancing in the dugout is dandy, as long as youre winning.
5) The Miami Marlins are another squad sliding out of the wild card race. Giancarlo Stanton, lost to injury since the beginning of August, returned ahead of schedule on Tuesday, but its likely too late. Thats because August pain also came in the form of a staggering 11 one-run losses. So far in September theyve lost just two, one-run games. Some of those losses came to the Padres, White Sox, Reds and Phillies, the kind of teams contenders feast on during the dog days of summertime. With the Gathers struggling, Miami couldve divided themselves from their NL East competitors and focused on the Cardinal. Instead, these fish are fried and their fans are reflecting on injuries and deadline bargains for players such as Fernando Rodney and Andrew Cashner that went wrong rather than a chance at the playoffs.
6) Its a different story in Detroit where the Tigers are in the thick of a tough AL playoff race. Theyve won 11 of their previous 16 games as Justin Upton sizzles: the outfielder who has posted an OPS of over 1.110 over the past 2 week is stimulating up for a lackluster start to the season while becoming a key piece to a deep lineup featuring Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, JD and Victor Martinez. Detroit rent up the Royals, White Sox and Twins in fighting the Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees in a crowded playoff race. Meanwhile, the pitching staff has jumped from 13 th to second in AL team ERA since the All-Star break as Detroit head into the stretching running knowing they still have seven games remaining with the AL Central leading Indian, whom they trail by 5.5 games.
7) The Mets may not have pitchers Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and, for the time being, Jacob deGrom but they do have Seth Lugo. Mets fans who wondered who the pitcher wearing a springtime train number was just a few months back now count the hurler as one of the reasons for their sudden reversal of fortune. More specifically, its Lugos curveball that has Meets fans oggling, but theyre not alone: his hooking is the darling of those curious enough to wonder what spin rate is, and Lugo has the highest rpm all of baseball since MLB.com introduced statcast.
Lugo was a 34 th round pick in 2011, but despite being rocked at Triple-A Las Vegas for over 70 innings this season, hes excelled on a big league level, posting a sub 1.00 WHIP and a 2.38 Epoch in over 40 innings in Queens.
8) Are the Giants trying to lull us all into a false sense of security? San Francisco, who have won three titles in six seasons, all even years, are in danger of falling out of the playoff race despite the fact that 16 is divisible by two. The Giants looked like they were going to run away and conceal before the All-Star break, enjoying a 6.5 game result over the Dodgers on 10 July. Since then theyve gone 17 -3 1 during a season where their bullpen has blown some 23 games. Can they turn it around? Well, consider this: the 2014 Giant that beat Kansas City in seven games also backed into the playoffs, using a few hot months to reach the playoffs. That team went just 45 -5 1 from 8 June on, built the wild card with 88 wins, handed the ball to Madison Baumgarner and, well, the rest is history. So yes, wed all be crazy to count out the Giant now, but they do need to start turning it around now, with the Dodger, Mets and Cardinals winning nearly every day.
9) And ultimately, Minnesotas Brian Dozier is on a career roll, making three home run on Monday against the Royals:
Then on Tuesday he made another against KC – his seventh in five games – which, well, is a lot. Dozier is up to 39 now, trailing Baltimores Mark Trumbo by two during a season in which hes eclipsed his career high by 11 blasts. From an organizational point of view, its astounding is of the view that, if and when Dozier reaches his 40 th home run, he will be the only player in the 116 year history of the franchise not named Harmon Killebrew to reaching that total.
Cannabis cuisine had been gaining popularity among casual consumers and connoisseurs alike, but now it’s being welcomed into the mainstream as never before.
When Martha Stewart gets in on the action, you know it’s run mainstream.
Media and amusement have been pushing the narrative of marijuana normalcy into the homes of more conventional audiences with demonstrates like Vice’s “Bong Appetit” and VH1’s “Snoop and Martha’s Potluck Dinner Party.” Chefs around the country are espousing cannabis and elevating the lowly edible to the same sensory realm as high-end cuisine by curating pop-up dinners, supper club and private events where cannabis can shine.
Cat Cora, the first female “Iron Chef” and an advocate for cannabis who lately graced the cover-up of Cannabis Now Magazine, is speaking out about infusing foods with marijuana.
“I’m learning a lot about utilization, dosage, things like that, ” she told the magazine in April. “I’m a big proponent for olive oil. I’m Greek, plainly, but the Mediterranean diet as we know it is the healthiest diet on the planet. So[ I’m adding cannabis olive oil to] anything that I can infuse.”
For example, she said she’s set cannabis olive oil in vinaigrette for salads. “I have so many amazing ideas and a lot of things that I actually want to apply it to, ” she added. “I want to create products around cannabis with the right partner and the right situation.”
It’s gaining respect at the top culinary levels.
This shift from stoner snacks to foodies and fine dining sets the focus not only on the buzz the plant generates when devoured but on its flavor profile and pairing abilities, just like any other herb or even wine.
Andrea Drummer is the co-owner of a Los Angeles culinary cannabis events company, Elevation VIP Cooperative. As a classically trained chef, the Cordon Bleu graduate devotes cannabis the gourmet treatment in dishes that disclose her ingenuity and ingenuity. Take, for example, her cannabis-infused bread pudding souffle, which she brulees, or her Southern take on stuffed grape foliages attained instead with collard greens filled with cannabis-infused spicy dirty rice, which she served at a private Spotify dinner event.
Drummer’s skills have earned her a place on “Cooking on High, ” the first cannabis cooking competitor show that features chefs from around the country. The show debuted on Netflix this month.
While that’s exciting, Drummer said she sees even bigger things on the horizon.
“Bringing cannabis into the culinary dialogue is important because it allows people to open their intellects to something they may have been against because they haven’t understood its potential, ” she told. “With more people becoming trained about it, I believe cannabis cooking will evolve to the place where we will see things like restaurants and cafes at some point.”
But the law is maintaining cannabis out of restaurants.
For now, you won’t find restaurants that offer full-service cannabis dining even in nations like California or Colorado.
The reason is legality.
Because cannabis is still a Schedule I substance under federal statute, states that have legalized recreational marijuana are merely offering licenses and permits that allow chefs to serve cannabis-infused food in private defines.( Simply a reminder to know your local statutes .)
To allow people who don’t live in states where private events are hosted to get a savour of what’s going on, some cooks are passing on their kitchen secrets to home cooks.
One of them is Coreen Carroll, cook and co-founder of a cannabis-infused pop-up event in San Francisco called the Cannaisseur Series. Her upcoming cookbook, Edibles, is designed to accompany both newbies and virtuosos in what she calls the modern cannabis kitchen.
Others like Drummer, Laurie Wolf, Jessica Catalano and even Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella Marley are helping people at home learn to incorporate cannabis into their cook. Their instructional guides not only share recipes but explain the basics of cannabis strains and dosing to help cooks control the type of experience they create with their food.
Gadgets can make it easier to cook with cannabis at home.
Home cooks are also being brought into the fold with herbal infusion gadgets that take the disarray, legwork and need for constant supervising out of stimulating the perfectly infused product.
Companies have been introducing countertop devices that make the infusion process as easy as brewing coffee or tea and allow home cooks to flavor a dish with cannabis the same as oregano, rosemary or thyme. With appliances like the LEVOand the MagicalButter, cooks can infuse butter or oil with cannabis by just adding their ingredients and pressing a button.
Shanel Lindsay, the founder and chairperson of Ardent, has created a smart device that helps activate the THC in cannabis. The process — called decarboxylation — involves heating cannabis up to a certain temperature to release the THC and make it more available for the body to assimilate upon consumption.
A stove or toaster oven will also do this, but Lindsay argues her device provides greater precision and temperature control in order to preserve the flavor profile and effectivenes of the cannabis. With the device, cooks can decarboxylate their choice of flower, concentrate or kief in just a little over an hour.
“It’s genuinely a one-button solution to being able to stimulate just about any cannabis-infused product you want, ” Lindsay told. “The sky is the limit.”
What’s next for cannabis cuisine in the U.S.
So what can we look forward to? Amsterdam-style coffee shops with infused goodies on the menu? Cannabis restaurants open to the public? An instructional cooking prove on a major network? A culinary cannabis school on par with Le Cordon Bleu? Perhaps.
Until then, the future of cannabis cuisine rests on the shoulders of the chefs and home cooks whose ability and dedication is expected to continue to strip away the stigma that masks the herb’s versatility.
“I think it’s really important to offer people a new way of thinking about and approaching cannabis, ” Lindsay told. “The industry is very fast-moving and it’s important that mainstream culture reflects this shift in how people are viewing cannabis and all of its possibilities.”
Cannabis cuisine awaits the final cutting of the regulatory red tape before it can move into full bloom. But the seeds have definitely been planted.
Imagine that pesky tabby cat has been pooing in your backyard again. Unbeknown to you, it has transferred some of the parasite spores it was carrying onto your herb garden. Unintentionally, while preparing a tasty salad, you forget to rinse your hands and infect yourself with the Toxoplasma gondii spores. For months you display no symptoms, then after six months you are driving your auto more aggressively, taking opportunities in road junctions and generally filled with more road rage as you angrily gesticulate with fellow drivers. Could all this be linked to that tasty salad?
T. gondii is a fascinating protozoan parasite which, like many similar organisms, needs to move between several different host species in order to fully develop and reproduction. As such, it appears to have evolved clever methods to stimulate transmission between hosts more likely. For instance, analyses have found that once rats intermediate hosts are infected they display less caution towards cats the final stage hosts and so the parasite is more likely to be passed on.
Not so cute when you know what theyre carrying. Shutterstock
Chicken or egg ?
Very often criticisms of these studies come down to a chicken and egg topic. Correlation doesnt necessary mean causality. Are those aggressive, fast-driving people or those with behavioural conditions more likely to catch the parasites, or does the parasite cause these behavioural traits? Many of the studies were done retrospectively rather than looking at people behaviour before and after they became infected with the parasites. So for now, we cant was sure whether your road rage truly was linked to your salad.
What we do know is that there are plenty of examples in wildlife where parasites can manipulate the sex, growth, maturation, habitat and behaviour of their hosts. Hair worms, for instance, complete their lifecycle in a river or stream and appear to making such a hosts crickets attracted to water.
The effects of the parasite dont be brought to an end, either. The hapless crickets can provide fish with alternative solutions food source to their usual diet of aquatic invertebrates and, for parts of the year, can form a substantial part of their diet. So manipulating parasites can be important to preserving healthy ecosystems.
Some ant species infected by trematode flukes are manipulated in a way that builds them cling to the tops of blades of grass, which means theyre more likely to be feed by sheep. This enables the fluke to complete its life cycle in the sheep.
A type of barnacle parasite known as a rhizocephalan, which fees its crab host from the inside out, is known to feminise its male hosts by castrating them. Scientists have suggested they are then more likely to look after the parasite sac that explodes through their abdomens, much like a female would tend to her eggs.
Switching on genes
Through advances in molecular biology, we are increasingly working out how these parasites can change behaviour by altering gene expres the route genes can be turned on or off. For example, work in our laboratory at the University of Portsmouth is trying to uncover the mechanism that enables a newly discovered species of trematode parasite making such a shrimp-like( amphipods) hosts more attracted to the light.
These amphipods would prefer to be hiding under seaweed on our shores, escaping their bird predators as the tide recedes. By chemically mapping the brains of infected shrimp, scientists have discovered that parasites somehow altered the shrimps’ serotonin, a mood neurotransmitter discovered throughout the animal kingdom. Our recent analyses have indicated that infected shrimps have subtle modifications to their serotonin receptors and the enzymes that render serotonin.
Other surveys have shown amphipods hosting similar parasites are over 20 times more likely to be eaten compared to non-infected specimens. Again, this highlights the often-overlooked importance of brain-bending parasites in the natural order of food webs.
We often think we must have discovered all the species possible in well-studied locations such as the UK, but many fascinating new manipulating parasites are yet to be discovered on our doorsteps. Our knowledge of how these brain-bending parasites interact with human species will no doubt develop more strongly over the next decade.
A misogynist insult in Washington and Westminster, a force for good in Hollywood for centuries, witches have represented dread of assertive girls. But why does the stereotype persist?
During the 2016 US presidential election, American social media was inundated with images of Hillary Clinton wearing a black hat and riding a broom, or else cackling with green scalp. Her opponents named her The Wicked Witch of the Left, claimed they had sources witnessing that she reeked of sulphur, and took particular delight in depictions of her being melted. Given that the last witch trial in the US was more than 100 hundred years ago, what are we to construct of this?
In the late 19 th century, the suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage asserted something revolutionary. The persecution of witches, she told, had nothing to do with opposing evil or resisting the demon. It was simply entrenched social misogyny, the goal of which was to repress the intellect of women. A witch, she said, wasn’t wicked. She didn’t fly on a broomstick naked in the dark, or consort with demons. She was, instead, likely to be a woman” of superior knowledge “. As a thought experimentation, she suggested that for “witches” we should read instead “women”. Their histories, she intimated, operate hand in hand.
Obviously, she was on to something. When we say witch, we almost exclusively entail woman. Sure, men have also been accused of sorcery, but the objective is by far the minority. Further, the words used to describe men with magical powers- warlock, magus, sorcerer, wizard- don’t carry the same stigma.
A better parallel to “witch” is the word “whore”. Both are time-honoured tools for policing females, meant to dishonor them into socially prescribed behaviour. A harlot transgresses norms of female sexuality; a witch transgresses norms of female power. Witches are often called unnatural because of their ability to threaten men. With her spells, a witch can transform you into a swine, or defeat you in combat. She can curse you, blight your crops, dismis you, refuse you, correct you. Penalise witches achieves two things: it ends the threat and stimulates others afraid to follow in the unruly woman’s footsteps.
Yet, despite all the attempts to stamp out witches, they are as strongly with us as ever, from Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch in the Avengers movies, to the recent film The Love Witch , to the television series American Horror Story, to non-fiction books such as Stacy Schiff’s The Witches: Salem, 1692 . The stereotypical image of the witch- green skin, pointed hat, warts, black cat- has become entrenched, but beneath that surface lies a dazzling variety; a rich diversity of women who have frightened, possessed and inspired us over the centuries.
Foreign secretarys remarks precede Trump sacking of Tillerson, who had criticised Moscow
The UK has been encouraged by the “strength of support” from allies to take action against Russia after the nerve agent attack on a former snoop and his daughter, Boris Johnson said just hours before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was sacked by Donald Trump.
Tillerson, who spoke to the foreign secretary on Monday afternoon, had told reporters the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal” clearly came from Russia” and would have consequences.
His remarks ran further than those of Theresa May, who told the House of Commons on Monday it was ” highly likely” Russia was behind the attack. The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, had stopped short of pointing the finger at Russia.
Just hours after Johnson had welcomed US support, Trump tweeted that he had replaced Tillerson with the CIA director, Mike Pompeo. The sacking may not be linked to Tillerson’s comments on Russia; closer relations between the pair are believed to have been deteriorating for some time, especially over the Iran nuclear deal and Trump’s announcement that he would meet the Northern korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
It is unclear when Tillerson learned that his dismissal was imminent. It was first reported he had known since Friday, which was denied by sources, and a state department spokesman afterward said Tillerson” did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason” and later indicated he had read the news on Twitter.
The US president said he would speak to the British “ministers ” about the Salisbury poisoning on Tuesday.
Trump said:” It voices to me like they believe it was Russia … I would certainly take that finding as fact .” But he added:” If we get the facts straight we will condemn Russia, or whoever it might be .”
Downing Street is hoping for a strong statement of support from Trump when he speaks with May on Tuesday, having previously been encouraged by such direct censure from Tillerson.
Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital in a critical condition while the Wiltshire police detective sergeant Nick Bailey is in a serious but stable condition.
Bailey is making good progress, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism police officer told. Delivering an update on the police investigation outside New Scotland Yard on Tuesday, the Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, told 38 people were ensure by medical staff in the aftermath of the” reckless, despicable and targeted” attack.
Of those, 34 have been assessed and discharged and one more person is still being monitored as an outpatient but is not showing signs of illness. Previously, police had said 21 people had been affected.
In an interview earlier on Tuesday, Johnson recurred May’s ultimatum to the Kremlin that it must explain by midnight on Tuesday if it was behind the attack, or if it had allowed the deadly nerve agent novichok to get into the incorrect hands.
” If they can come up with a convincing rationale, then plainly we will want to see full disclosure of that to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague ,” Johnson said.
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Russia had requested access to the substance to perform its own checks but any such requests had been refused. May’s spokesman hit back at Lavrov’s suggestion that Britain could be contravening the chemical weapons convention.
” The UK fully complies with all of its obligations for the purposes of the chemical weapons convention ,” the spokesman told.” Under the chemical weapons convention, countries have the mechanism to consult but there is no requirement to do so .”
May updated her cabinet on the unfolding investigation into the Salisbury attack, telling pastors there was ” without doubt of the severity” of what had taken place.
Should Russia dedicate no credible explain, the UK is likely to expel a number of envoys, more than the four who were told to leave the UK after the death of the former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko. The UK may also mount a covert cyber-offensive against the Kremlin.
Any direct action may be covered under article 51 of the UN charter, which allows legitimate self-defence, but Downing Street denied May was trying to win support to invoke article 5 of the Nato treaty on common defence.
The measures, which the Foreign Office have already been defied, saying it already has the full confiscatory powers it needs, are highly symbolic, having been already adopted by the US, but pastors are likely to support a specific” Magnitsky clause” in the bill at report stage.
Ministers may also consider whether to direct the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, to investigate whether Russian media outlets, such as RT, are fit to hold broadcasting licences and whether senior officials could be told to boycott the football World Cup in Russia this summer.
Russia has denied being behind the attack on Skripal, a former double agent who came to the UK in a spy swap in 2010, and his daughter.
During an election campaign trip, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, dismissed questions about the Skripals when confronted by the BBC, saying:” Get to the bottom of things there, then we’ll discuss this .”
The UK’s national security council was expected to meet on Wednesday to discuss the Russian reply before the prime minister updates MPs. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, chaired a session of the government’s Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall on Tuesday morning to discuss the latest developments.
US president concurs Moscow must provide answers over poisoning as May prepares reprisals
Donald Trump has given Theresa May his full support for her strategy of tackling Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying he is” with the UK all the way “.
The US president’s backing came in a phone call on Tuesday after he had said earlier that it was conditional on the facts supporting the British prime minister’s occurrence. Downing Street told Trump had agreed that” the Russian government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used “.
May has already received strong subsistence from key European leaders and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons( OPCW ), the body responsible for the control of chemical weapons.
The prime minister is preparing to set out a range of reprisals against the Russian state, including calls for fresh sanctions, visa forbids and crackdowns on Russian fund in the UK. She is expected to set out plans to build a coalition of international supporting- from the European Union, Nato and even the United Nations- to rein in Russia over time.
May will put her proposals to the national security committee on Wednesday before briefing MPs in a statement that could defined the course for UK foreign policy for years to come.
The package of measures comes in the face of a warning by Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign affairs ministry spokesperson, that Britain must not try to scare Moscow, pointing to Vladimir Putin’s recent speech in which he presented a range of new nuclear weapons
Russia’s ambassador to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, accused the UK of making unfounded accusations and pumping out hysteria.
” We call upon them to abandon the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal field of the chemical convention, which allows us to resolve this kind of situation ,” he said.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in the UK, responding to supposition Britain may mount a cyber-strike as part of its response, said:” Statements by a number of MPs,’ Whitehall sources’ and’ experts’ regarding a possible’ deployment’ of’ offensive cyber-capabilities’ cause serious concern.
” Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently schemes are being developed in the UK to strike Russia with cyber-weapons .”
In Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry summoned the British diplomat, Laurie Bristow, and warned that” actions by the British authorities are openly provocative “.
” Any menaces of sanction measures against Russia will not be left without a reply ,” the ministry said.
Sharp and sweet gooseberries are great in savoury dishes, too
Sadly, the two gooseberry bushes we planted in the smaller flowerbed at the front of our house havent liked their position: one has given up the ghost totally, while the other is sickly and barely hanging on. My parents goosegogs, meanwhile, which were inherited from my grandparents, have survived rubble, two lots of builders and many more indignities, yet they still bear fruit year after year after year. Lifes simply not fair sometimes.
I adore gooseberries in a creamy fool who doesnt? but they do a good savoury turn, too. Not simply with fish, either: their sharp flavour melds beautifully with herby pork chops, too.
For pudding, more fruit in the shape of an old-fashioned cobbler stimulated with khorasan flour, an ancient and wonderfully nutty variety of wheat thats gentler on the digestive system than modern cultivated ones. Ive utilized fresh peaches, though I dare say my grandmother would have been able to attained it with tinned in her day, and baked them until just soft and bubbling hot. Theyre just made to be eaten with mass of vanilla ice-cream or double cream.
Herby pork chops with warm gooseberry sauce
Use a good free-range or organic chop, if you can it makes a huge change to the savor and texture, and will, hopefully, be antibiotic-free. Serves four.
1 cleave garlic, peeled 1 small bunch fresh sage, leaves picked A few sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves picked 2 bay foliages Zest of 1 lemon 1 tbsp fennel seeds, roughly crushed 2 tbsp olive oil 2-4 pork bone-in chops, depending on their size 50 g butter 250 g gooseberries, topped and tailed 3 tbsp sugar
Heat the oven to 200 C/ 390 F/ gas mark 6. Roughly chop the garlic and the herbs together, then transfer to a bowl and stir in the lemon zest and crushed fennel seeds.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high flame and lightly season the chops. Once the oil is hot, fry the chops for two to three minutes on both sides, until golden( if you cant fit all four chops into the pan at the same period, cook them in two batches ).
Take the pan off the heat and transfer the chops to an oven tray. Add the butter to the still-hot frying pan and, as it meltings, scrape up the golden, tasty bits stuck to the base of the pan. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped herb mix to the pan, so it sizzles briefly in the hot butter, then tip-off this over the chops, building sure each one gets an equal encompas. Roast the chops for eight to 10 minutes( depending on the thickness of your chops ), until the pork is merely cooked through.
While the chops are in the oven, put the gooseberries, sugar and a splash of water in a saucepan and put one across a high hot. Cook briskly for four to five minutes, until the gooseberries have just deflated but still keep their shape. Savour, add more sugar if the gooseberries are still sour you dont want a sweet sauce, but you dont want it too unpleasantly sharp, either.
Once the chops are cooked through, take them out of the oven and leave to rest for five minutes, then serve with a good dollop of gooseberries and the herby, buttery cook juices spooned over the top. Delicious with mashed or simmered, buttery potatoes and a sharp rocket salad.
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