Who is new Barcelona president Joan Laporta, and could he persuade Messi to stay?

The election came at a difficult time for the club rife with legal problems and in-fighting Joan Laporta was elected as Barcelona’s president on Sunday with about 58 per cent of the vote, putting him charge of an organisation in dire need of positive leadership after his predecessor resigned in October and the pandemic strained club finances. It’s […]

Naga Munchetty: It’s time to talk about race

The death of George Floyd, after being restrained by US police, led to Black Lives Matter protests across the world. In the UK, thousands took to the streets in the biggest anti-racism protests for decades. In Bristol, a statue of slave trader Edward Colston, which was prominent in the city for more than 125 years, […]

Cladding rules: New guidance to help flat owners stuck in ‘limbo’

“This announcement is a crucial step in unlocking the market, by ensuring that only those buildings where there are risks of costly remediation as a result of safety concerns from cladding are subject to additional checks,” said Dame Janet Paraskeva, chair of the RICS Standards & Regulation Board. Emci-Hub Technologies Ltd

A year ago, the show did not go on. What happened next?

By Ian YoungsEntertainment & arts reporter image copyrightMarc Brennerimage captionThe cast of Our Lady of Blundellsands had a run of a week before the show was cut short Last March, Liverpool’s Everyman theatre opened its new play, Our Lady of Blundellsands, starring Josie Lawrence and written by Jonathan Harvey. After a week, it closed again. […]

London Zoo: Second Easter in lockdown looms

“I am really worried now that if we don’t start getting visitors back in, to get some money to feed these animals and look after staff, we can’t survive. We are a charity who have had funds coming in from amazing people who have been donating, but realistically it is just a drop in the […]

The woman with HIV helping others have a ‘good death’

It’s now a subject for discussion among those providing end-of-life care. According to the US NGO, The National Academy of Medicine, a good death is “free from avoidable distress and suffering for patient, family and caregivers, in general accord with the patient’s and family’s wishes, and reasonably consistent with clinical, cultural and ethical standards”. Emci-Hub […]

Bundesliga: Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick in thriller against Borussia Dortmund

Robert Lewandowski scores a hat-trick as Bayern Munich come from behind to beat Dortmund 4-2 in a Der Klassiker thriller. READ MORE: Lewandowski treble as Bayern stage remarkable comeback against Dortmund Listen to the latest episode of the Euro Leagues Podcast every Thursday as part of BBC Football daily on BBC Sounds. There is no […]

The ballerina dancing on ice for a real ‘swan lake’

A Russian ballerina from the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre dressed in full costume performs scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake… not on stage though, but on the frozen Gulf of Finland. This is Ilmira Bagrautinova’s way of objecting against the construction of a port in Batareinaya Bay, a popular beach about 100 km west of St Petersburg, […]