The committee heard that 250 counter-terrorism police have identified more than 240 witness and are looking at more than 200 pieces of evidence.
Earlier in the day, in a typically sarcastic observation, the Russian embassy tweeted:” What a coincidence! Both Litvinenko and Skripal worked for MI6. Berezovsky and Perepilichny were linked to UK special services. Investigation details categorized on grounds of national security .”
Alexander Litvinenko was a former officer with Russia’s FSB security service who was poisoned with polonium in 2006. An official report suggested the assassination had been carried out by two Russian agents with a “strong possibility” that they were acting on behalf of the FSB.
Boris Berezovsky was the exiled Russian oligarch and chief critic of Putin who was saw hanged in 2013. A coroner recorded an open verdict.
” All those who knew him believe it is difficult to think he would have committed suicide ,” said Yuri Felshtinsky, who co-wrote a volume with Litvinenko, Blowing Up Russia.
Alexander Perepilichny collapsed after jogging near his home in Surrey in 2012. He had been helping a Swiss investigated by a Russian money-laundering scheme linked to the Kremlin, and there is speculation that he might have been murdered.
Berezovsky and Litvinenko are alleged to have introduced scores of Russian agents to the former MI6 agent who turned Skripal and is understood to still gratify him regularly.
The explicit connect of the Salisbury attack to three critics of the Kremlin, all of whom are dead, represents a further low point in relations between London and Moscow.
It came after Moscow officials described the relevant recommendations that the Skripals could have been targeted by Kremlin hitmen as part of an attempt to demonise Russia.” This is pure propaganda, and the pure whipping-up of hysterical outbursts and hysteria ,” said Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister.
However, Sir Andrew Wood, the British diplomat to Russia from 1995 to 2000, said that he had no doubt that the two attacks, employing a nerve agent available only to a few countries, had been sanctioned from within Russia, although likely not immediately by Putin.
” It’s a terrible thing to have done ,” Wood said.” It’s typical of the state that Russia is in and it’s very hard to see what earning they can get from this. It advertises the fact that they are vindictive and dedicated to seeking retaliation .”
He called for the British government to seek a coordinated response.” We should look at how we do or don’t implement the Magnitsky Act, talk to our transatlantic friends and those in Europe – it’s just as much an attack on them as us .”
The Magnitsky Act- named after a lawyer turned whistleblower who died in prison after helping expose the same money-laundering scheme identified by Perepilichnyy- would give the UK government the right to freeze assets and prevent the entry of people links with human rights abuses and corruption.
Westminster is understood to think that the UK gains few benefits from good relations with Putin, and Boris Johnson’s visit to Moscow was not deemed a success.
In Salisbury, police and military personnel continued to gather forensic evidence at several sites visited by the Skripals and removed a couple of ambulances and a police car. Forensic squads also continued to examine the tombs of Skripal’s son and wife. It is understood that there has been no application to the Ministry of Justice to have the tombs exhumed, indicating that either police do not have anything to substantiate suggestions that either succumbed by contaminate entails or they believe such a move would not currently help their investigation.
Late on Saturday, the BBC reported that it understood traces of the nerve agent use against the Skripals had been discovered at the Zizzi restaurant where they ate just hours before collapsing on a park bench in Salisbury. The report also said nobody else in the restaurant at the time would have been in any danger.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police, which is leading the investigation, refused to comment on the report.
DS Nick Bailey, the policeman taken ill after attending the scene and who is now recover, released a statement earlier in the day saying ” he does not consider himself a hero” and was ” merely doing his job “.
Bailey visited the Salisbury home of Skripal after he and Yulia were found slumped on a bench in the city centre. Investigators want to know if he was contaminated during that visit, or whether he visited the scene where they were found and was poisoned there or by items there. Sources say that it is believed to be more likely that Bailey became polluted at the home.
The modern cook: Wake up sleepy palates with this fresh herb soup or a crisp salad fortified with sorrel, roasted radish and lentil
The daffodils have been( and are almost run) and the branches are heavy with bud: springtime is here. In the kitchen, signs of wintertime are fading, although the greener things that spring will bring are still some way away. For create, its a no humen land the hungry gap, as its often called.
Right now, soft herbs, wispy and green, fill my kitchen. From savoury flat-leaf parsley to the green tartness of the first sorrel, these first-of-the-year soft herbs, Im sure, are here to wake up our palates, lifting us out of the rhythm of wintertime cooking and readying us for the fresh flavours and simple dishes that lie ahead.
I buy herbs once a week or so when they look good at the shops, and keep them alongside the milk bottles in the door of my fridge, standing in glasses with some cold water at the bottom like cut flowers. This doubles their lifespan( theyll keep for about a week ), and their grassy fragrance is wafted all over the room each time I open the fridge a casual reminder of their presence, which means they make their style into more of my cooking than they might otherwise …
Herbs have been peppering everything I cook over the past few weeks: topping bright spring stew, taking centre stage in soft herb omelettes, crowning gently spiced pilafs, and in pestos that sit under a golden slick of oil in the fridge.
Ive been buying bunches of sorrel an underused herb, probably because it can be hard to get hold of. If you are able to search it out, its lemony liveliness builds your mouth water like no other food I know: if there was ever a herb to get us prepared for spring, this is it. I love it in salads, cooked under eggs and wilted on toast. This week, I use it with lentils and radishes to make a fairly salad with some crispy-edged lentils.
Four soft, green herbs make an appearance in todays herb soup dill, tarragon, coriander and parsley but really any combining of your favourites would work. This soup bridges the gap so perfectly: sunlight and optimistic in flavor with lemon and herbs, but backed up with butterbeans and yoghurt.
All herbs get their flavours from the essential oils within them, but basically differ from each other in strength and structure. Softer herbs like coriander or basil often add more flavour when added at the end of a dish, whereas more traditional British herbs rosemary, sage, thyme, bay add more when theyre used during the cooking. Whether or not you follow one of todays recipes, maintain this in intellect if and when you choose to infuse a meal with herbal notes. Springtimes soft herbs need little( or nothing) by way of cooking to do their very best in a meal.
Spring herb and yoghurt soup( main painting)
Just about the perfect bowlful for this space between winter and spring. You can use any soft herbs here simply make sure you balance a more neutral herb, such as parsley, with a stronger one such as tarragon( the most powerful the flavour the less of that herb you will need ). You need quite a gentle stock for this: “if youre using” cubes or powder then a cube or 1 tsp of powder will be plenty in 1 litre of water.
Serves 4 Olive petroleum, for frying 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 sticks celery, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds small bunch of dill, fronds and stubbles separated small bunch of tarragon, leaves and stubbles divided 1 bunch coriander, leaves and stubbles divided 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves and stalks separated 400g tin butter beans, drained 1 litre vegetable stock( see note above) 4 tbsp plain yoghurt Juice of 1 lemon Salt and black pepper Sumac, to serve
1 Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over a medium hot. Add the onion and celery and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic and spices, then cook for a further 2-3 minutes, or until the pan smells aromatic.
2 Roughly chop the herb stalks, then add them to the pan along with the butterbeans and the stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes, or until the husks have softened.
3 Allow to cool a little, then whizz with a stick blender in the pan until you have a smooth soup. Add the yoghurt, most of the herb leaves( reserving a few for the top of the soup) and whizz again, until smooth.
4 Add the lemon juice and savour, adjusting the seasoning with more salt or pepper. Ladle the soup into bowl and top with a sprinkling of sumac and a few herb leaves.
Sorrel, roasted radish and crispy lentil salad
If you cant get hold of sorrel, scrunch a couple of handful of spinach along with the juice of a lemon, then approximately shred it and scatter over the top in place of the sorrel. It wont be quite as fairly, but it will still savour great.
The DEAs reversal on kratom is a major victory. But the final judgment on its legal status is still to come, and your views could make all the difference
As director of the American Kratom Association, I know that huge numbers of people in this country have legally use kratom as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs in order to relieve ache, ease symptoms of opiate withdrawal and treat PTSD. Kratom is a natural botanical substance, removed from a tree which belongs to the coffee family and working is native to south-east Asia. The herb merely attained headlines, however, on 30 August, when the Drug Enforcement Agency( DEA) announced its intention to schedule kratom as an illegal substance.
In response to the DEAs move, an impressive alliance of veterans, congresspeople, senators, consumers and human rights activists raised their voices. It is a relief the DEA has now decided to listen to public commentaries. It will review those comments and continue to consult until 1 December, before making a final scheduling decision.
This DEA action is a major victory. Reversing the intended outlaw on kratom can be viewed as the first step towards undoing the harm caused by four decades of the area of combating medications. Since 1961, the official solution to narcotic usage problems has been to criminalize personal medication possession rather than investing resources in programs to decrease the risk associated with drug use and provide voluntary therapy options for people struggling with dependency. This must stop.
The government is now severely reviewing scientific research which I believe demonstrates that kratom is a safe medical alternative to opioid use. Further study will probably prove our position, confirming that kratom has medical benefits. As a outcome, Americans will have at their disposal a tea-like beverage, rather than powerful prescription drugs, that could help reduce pain, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
I have expended day with US army veteran David Dasilma, who explained how his own life dramatically improved when he switched to kratom from exorbitantly overpriced prescription drugs. He “re not alone”. Veterans who have been pumped full of opioids and built up tolerance to traditional methods of pain management have found kratom to be a great solution.
The DEA reversal on kratom are in accordance with statements constructed recently by President obama. For too long we viewed drug addiction through the lenses of criminal justice, he said. The most important thing is preventive therapy for our veterans, inducing it as public health concern and not a criminal problem.
The government has shown signs of changing towards a new practice of cautiously governing and aggressively researching other herbs in order to understand the benefits and hazards before making any determinations. One instance is that the Veteran Administration is now considering marijuana as an alternative technique of easing pain. Many believe, as I do, that kratom is also a potential solution for many veterans.
I urge you to make an official comment via government channels before 1 December, here. It is time to support veterans and others right to choose their own pain relief, anxiety and dependency supporting protocol.
Atlantas Lakeith Stanfield plays a conflicted call-centre droning in Boots Rileys freewheeling comedy, a patchy but impressively punk-rock affair
Rapper Boots Riley’s first feature film proves a great deal of spirit and promise, and farther secures Lakeith Stanfield as the one of the key performers of the moment. That’s my very polite way of saying I respect this movie, but wanted to like it more than I actually did. Despite being about serious matters( labor relations, systematic persecution, racial microaggressions ), Sorry to Bother You is slight and raggedy, but when it leans into its surreal, midnight movie instincts it proves engaging and amusing.
Cassius Green( Stanfield, once again immediately sympathetic with just a glance) lands a crappy job at a scummy bellow centre. His male directors look like they haven’t bathed in months; the female one( a very funny Kate Berlant) has one of those stapled-on smiles that stimulates you want to leap from a building. The movie get into gear when Cassius builds his first sales calls: his desk “drops” into the home of whomever he’s dialled-up , no matter what they are doing. He gets a tip from an older cubicle-mate played by Danny Glover:” Use your white voice .”
Cassius doesn’t just do that( and these lines are dubbed in by David Cross) but he has a knack for getting inside the heads of those he’s pitching to. Meanwhile, his co-workers, led by Steven Yeun, are preparing to unionize. Merely as they lead a stoppage, Cassius get called upstairs to become a” power caller “. Will his allegiance stay with his people, or will he go after the money? The fact that his Uncle( Terry Crews) is about to lose his home( the garage of which Cassius lives in) adds a little extra herb to the soup.
Beside him through all this is his girlfriend Detroit( Tessa Thompson ), a performance artist and roadside sign holder/ dancer whose actually part of a band of underground culture jammers against “Worry Free”, which just so happens to be Cassius’s next client. Worry Free is an even worse deal that the one in Downsizing. With a life-long contract you get free housing and snacks and a manufacturing task. The factories/ dormitories are blinged-up prisons. These people are essentially slaves.
We learn about Worry Free through one of the film’s many television inserts, which is not exactly Riley’s strongest directorial play. Cassius’s world is modern-day Oakland one minute, Idiocracy the next. Instead of feeling like an exaggerated version of our world, it comes off like half-baked science fiction. This lack of cohesion is a bit disappointing, as is a very unadventurous visual style on Riley’s part.
But then there’s the comedy. Armie Hammer is marvellous as the sarong-wearing CEO of Worry Free, precisely because he doesn’t chew up the scenery. He lets the ridiculousness of his extravagant, cocaine-fuelled house party do a lot of the work for him. Tessa Thompson is also delightful in a role that could have just been the preachy, moral girlfriend.( Extra points for her recurring gag of enormous earrings that tote radical action phrases in a font you’d find on the old Electric Company television prove .)
Then there’s Stanfield, slapped around by indignity at every turn and always taking it on the chin. I was similarly mixed on Come Sunday, which also debuted this Sundance, but Stanfield’s performance in that as a church organist struggling with his sexuality was a stunner.
Sorry to Bother You is miles away from the gloss of that film’s” prestige painting” vibe. This is low-budget, weird and substantially punk rock in its defiance to genre. This will definitely resonate with young people busting their hump at a miserable undertaking, but, weirdly enough considers that it is pro-labor stance, it’s best served as Boots Riley’s calling card for bigger films.
At the Ganja Goddess Getaway, yes, there are yoga class and spiritual talks but the mother lode comes from the spliffs, edibles and pot-infused mocktails that aid the healing
Wearing a T-shirt with the slogan” Mary Jane Smokewear”, a woman with long, grey pigtails crawled towards me, offering a reach off a balloon suitcase inflated with marijuana vapours. I was sitting cross-legged under a Ganja Goddess Getaway-branded gazebo on a perfect California afternoon and it was the umpteenth period that day that a stranger had come over, unprompted, to share their weed.
The bag was just one route my fellow ganja goddesses were get high. Plates piled with spliffs, giant blunts, laced caramel-pecan candies and fruity mocktails enhanced with pot-infused tinctures also made the rounds. At one point, I was handed a wizard pipe packed with a “tiramisu”. Where a domestic goddess might use cream and ladyfingers, a ganja goddess get “baking” with alternating layers of green and hash.
This is a canna-holiday, California-style. After new laws permitting recreational marijuana use came into effect in the nation on 1 January, canna-visionaries wasted little time integrating their product into the region’s aspirational aesthetic. You can tour the “sun-grown”, ” craft” cannabis fields of the north’s Humboldt County while in Los Angeles marijuana chef Chris Sayegh plans to open the city’s first” high cuisine” cannabis restaurant( running name: Herb ).
Italys food festivals are not just a chance to savor fantastic regional specialities, but also to delve into local culture and autumn is the time to go
Italys best-kept food secret is the sagra . A festival organised to show off a local food or beverage( or both ), a sagra is a place where youll eat well and learn. Most sagre have local producers selling the goods, but there are also tastings, competitors, demonstrations and special menu. And theyre not just about the food: many sagre have their roots in old country fairs or pagan festivals celebrating the harvest and have been running for decades, even centuries. And while some have risen beyond local status to that of crowded international celebrations, hundreds remain events where youll dine and drink elbow-to-elbow with locals. Here are seven autumn sagre that are both bustling but still true to their roots.