Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Qualified Primary Teaching Assistant

£64 - £73 per day + Competitive rates based on experience : Randstad Education...

Primary KS2 NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Primary NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

Primary NQTs required in Lambeth

£117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

The News Matrix: Wednesday 19 March 2014

Fifa response to bribe claims ‘a disgrace’

Fifa’s response to new allegations of corruption aimed at former members of its executive committee has been described as a “disgrace”. Despite claims of payments being made to officials before Qatar was named the host country of the 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter, the president of the football world’s governing body, has maintained the tournament cannot be moved. MORE

Employees ‘ordered to shred evidence’

Two Scotland Yard employees were ordered to shred a “lorry-load” of confidential police corruption intelligence in 2003 that had been gathered during a four-year investigation, according to evidence submitted to a review of the Metropolitan Police. MORE

Murder charge after cold-case review 

A man has been charged with murdering a woman more than a decade ago. Patrick Curran, 38, has been charged with murdering Joan Roddam, 74, in Delabole, Cornwall, in 2003. She died from asphyxiation.Police said Curran was charged following a cold-case review.

Officer jailed over 37 detainee deaths

Four policemen were convicted yesterday over the killings last August of 37 detainees, many of them supporters of Mohamed Morsi, when tear gas was fired into a truck taking them to prison. One officer was jailed for 10 years and the others received suspended sentences.

Catholic priest jailed for abusing sisters

A court has convicted a former Roman Catholic priest for sexual abuse against two sisters while they were minors between 1994  and 1998, one of the first cases of its kind in years in France. Patrick Braud, 56, received a two-year suspended jail term.

Coulson ‘authorised Royal monitoring’

Andy Coulson authorised a special project involving payments to Glenn Mulcaire to “monitor” the phones of aides to the Royal family, a jury has heard. The alleged payments were made in 2005 and 2006. MORE

British woman jailed for life for smuggling

A British woman has been sentenced to life in prison by a Pakistan court for attempting to smuggle 63kg of heroin out of the country. Khadija Shah, from Birmingham, was arrested at Islamabad airport in May 2012 when the drugs were found in her luggage. The 26-year-old denies the charges against her.

Dogs killed by poison in park

Three dogs have died and three more required treatment after being poisoned at a park. Two bull lurchers and a springer spaniel died after ingesting poison in or near Fryent Country Park in Brent, north-west London. The Metropolitan Police described the incidents as “nasty”.

Law on grey squirrel has to be repealed

Ministers have admitted defeat in their battle to eliminate the North American grey squirrel. The government is scrapping laws requiring people to report any grey squirrels on their land so they can be destroyed. Oliver Heald, Solicitor General, says eradicating the grey squirrel is  “no longer considered feasible”.

New Star Wars film to make 30-year leap

The highly anticipated next instalment of the Star Wars franchise will be set 30 years after “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”, Disney revealed yesterday . Disney bought Star Wars production company LucasFilm for $4.05bn (£2.4bn ) in 2012 and announced it would release three new films in the popular sci-fi series.

Assad assents to space agency launch

President Bashar al-Assad’s government, whose nation has seen a brutal civil war virtually tear it apart over the past three years, approved a bill yesterday to create a “Syrian Space Agency”. The state news agency Sana did not specify what the agency would do, but said it was “of a  scientific-research nature”.

Why dark chocolate is good for you

The gut bacteria caused by chocolate may be one of the chief reasons why dark chocolate is good for the heart, research suggests. By breaking down indigestible chocolate compounds and fermenting cocoa fibre, they generate a potent anti-inflammatory effect, say scientists at Louisiana State University.

Titchmarsh pulls plug on chat show

TV star Alan Titchmarsh is quitting his long-running chat show after seven years. The gardener, 64, wants to pursue new projects. His final show will be broadcast at the end of this year. He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my years at the helm of The Alan Titchmarsh Show but I feel the time has come to move on.”

Career Services

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam