What books are currently on your bedside table?The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; Just Like Mother Used to Make by Tom Norrington-Davis; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; A People’s History of Britain by Rebecca Fraser. What one invention would make life easier for you?An instant decision-maker. What gets you up in the morning?My children. What is your greatest indulgence in life?Taxis. What ingredients do you think every student should have in their kitchen cupboard?Teabags, lemons, pasta, bread (butter, eggs and bacon in fridge) and HP sauce. Who or what inspires you?Fear. Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Charles Saatchi – we’re still in “that” stage of marriage. What are the three requirements for achieving “Domestic Goddess” status?I wouldn’t know: if I were actually a domestic goddess I’d never have written the book. If you weren’t a journalist and cookery writer, what would you have liked to have been?A sniper. And finally, Nigella Lawson never leaves the house without…?My mobile phone!
James L. Jordan, who is suspected of killing 43-year-old Ronald Sanchez and attacking and wounding a female hiker on the Appalachian Trail in May, has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial. According to the Boston Globe, a federal judge has ruled that Jordan be taken to a federal facility “to be restored to competency.” After the horrifying attack in May, Jordan was detained for evaluation to determine if he suffered from “mental disease or defect.” It is unclear how long it will take for Jordan to be restored to competency or if he will appear in court again.
Black Stars striker, Abdul Majeed Waris, has taken to social media to express his disappointment at not making the coach Kwasi Appiah’s final 23-man squad for AFCON 2019.Waris, 27, says the decision was not the “outcome I was hoping for”.Waris was named as part of Kwasi Appiah’s provisional 29-man squad for the team’s pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But after 10 days of camping, Appiah dropped the Nantes’ striker along with four others.Waris, who scored 5 league goals for the French Ligue 1 side in the 2018/2019 season, took to twitter to express his disappointment at not making the team and also wish the team well.“Always proud to represent my country so not the outcome I was hoping for. I wish Ghana well in the AFCON.Time to get a well deserved holidays, refresh and go again for the preseason,” Waris wrote on twitter. Ghana have another friendly against South Africa on Saturday June 16, after which they will leave for Egypt on June 21. The 4-time African Champions have already lost one international friendly against Namibia, played behind closed doors in Dubai.Ghana are in Group F along with defending Champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau.They open their AFCON campaign against the Squirrels of Benin on June 25.
– Olympic doping cases – Two Russians, curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeyeva, were kicked out of the Olympics after their doping tests were revealed to be positive, with Krushelnitsky being stripped of his bronze medal.The scandal meant that the Olympic team from Russia could not use national colours or flag for the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang as originally hoped.Moscow blamed the two cases on “negligence rather than malicious intent,” while Krushelnitsky denied knowingly doping and some Russian media said his food was spiked by an ex-girlfriend.Russia’s Olympic ban followed the uncovering of a doping conspiracy where tainted urine samples were switched with clean ones.The government has denied any state involvement in the plot but a top sports official Vitaly Mutko, currently a deputy prime minister, was suspended by the IOC for life.Russia’s reinstatement in the IOC does not affect the suspended status of its RUSADA national anti-doping agency with the World Anti-Doping Agency, which on Monday said the country remains non-compliant, citing “proven systemic manipulation of the doping control process.”Putin said Wednesday that “the fight against the evil of doping should be without compromise.”WADA previously criticised the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which overturned Olympic life bans on 28 Russians accused of doping, though they still did not compete in Pyeongchang.“Unfortunately so far our relationship with WADA, the reinstatement of status of RUSADA, is not complete,” Zhukov said.“There is still a lot of work to be done which is likely to be as difficult as the work to reinstate the Russian Olympic Committee,” he said.“But we must do this as quickly as possible to create a comprehensive system to fight doping in Russia.”Share on: WhatsApp Moscow, Russia | AFP | The International Olympic Committee has lifted a ban against Russia, Moscow officials said on Wednesday, after the country had been barred from the Pyeongchang games over state-sponsored doping.The news, confirmed later by the IOC, was announced as Olympic athletes were feted in the Kremlin, thanking President Vladimir Putin for letting them compete under a neutral status.“The rights of the Russian Olympic Committee have been fully restored,” said the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov.Zhukov said Russia received a letter from the IOC Wednesday which confirms that no other Olympic athletes from Russia had tested positive for doping, following two positive Russian drug tests at this month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang.“All of the doping tests that were conducted on our athletes in the last days of the Olympics were negative,” Zhukov said. The IOC said in a statement that Russia’s suspension has been “automatically lifted with immediate effect.”Russia was banned in December from taking part in the 2018 Olympics following revelations of widespread doping, though 168 athletes were deemed “clean” and were cleared to go to Pyeongchang to compete under the Olympic flag.The time since the ban on December 5 was “probably some of the most difficult months in the history of Russian sports and the Olympic movement in Russia,” Zhukov said, praising athletes in particular for competing in “difficult conditions.”Putin praised Russian athletes as they were honoured in a Kremlin ceremony, saying the Olympic suspension was “a page we must turn.”“You showed your best athletic and human qualities. You showed your fighting character,” Putin told the athletes. The ceremony followed Russia’s Pyeongchang medalists receiving keys to white Mercedes SUVs the day earlier.“Despite all the difficulties, the Games had pleasant surprises and gave us new heroes,” Putin said. “The entire team deserves our thanks.”Silver medalist figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva said in a short speech: “We put all our soul into our performance. We fought for medals for our Motherland.”