Unesco has removed an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list over persistent charges of antisemitism. In an unprecedented move, Unesco’s intergovernmental committee for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage said it was withdrawing the carnival “over recurring repetition of racist and antisemitic representations” at the event. The carnival of Aalst, in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, was initially added to Unesco’s list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010. But the presence of a parade float caricaturing Orthodox Jews with hooked noses and sitting on gold bags outraged Belgium’s 40,000-strong Jewish community. Anticipating Unesco’s decision at its meeting in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, Aalst’s mayor, Christoph D’Haese, on Sunday renounced the city’s place on the list before it could be stripped of the designation. “The citizens of Aalst have suffered … [Read more...] about Unesco removes ‘racist’ Belgian carnival from heritage list
Phil Neville said he wanted to be “judged like any other manager” after England’s winless streak extended past the 100-day mark, their worst run since former manager Hope Powell was sacked after the 2013 Euros. It has not yet reached that stage for Neville, but England’s propensity to cause their own problems needs to be eradicated quickly if his reign is to be put back on track. Weak against crosses The most pressing problem is their inability to defend balls into their own box. Since their last win England have conceded 11 goals, with nine directly from or the result of poorly defended crosses. It began with the USA’s two headers from Alex Morgan and Christen Press which drove the final nail into their World Cup hopes, and continued in the bronze medal play-off against Sweden. All three goals Belgium scored against England in August came from crosses, while Frida Manuum’s header for Norway last month came from a corner. So it was no surprise … [Read more...] about After England’s winless run continues against Brazil, exactly where are the Lionesses going wrong?
Get unlimited access to all Telegraph Sport for a year for just £20 Phil Neville says England will use the forthcoming internationals against Belgium and Norway to heal from the pain of their World Cup semi-final exit. In lieu of a summer holiday the England manager re-watched his side’s 2-1 defeat to the US “fifteen times”, accepting that the US “were the better team” but admitting: “I don’t think any of us have fully got over the emotions we have all been through.” “We sent a form out to the players, a debrief we wanted them to fill in, and not one of them could look at it - they didn’t want to revisit it,” Neville said. “There were times we were so close - we had them - but times where their game management, their know-how, was better than ours. “This camp will be about resetting our mindset for what will be an unbelievable two years. It’s great we have the … [Read more...] about Phil Neville: ‘My players and I have still not fully got over the emotions of the World Cup’
Get unlimited access to all Telegraph Sport for a year for just £20 Phil Neville, the England head coach, has not ruled out the country’s record cap holder Fara Williams from making his Olympics and Euro 2021 squads after recalling the 35-year-old Reading midfielder. Williams did not make Neville’s World Cup squad this summer, but has replaced the injured Fran Kirby, who withdrew on Monday, in the squad to face Belgium and Norway in friendlies on Thursday night and Tuesday. Williams, who will earn her 171st England cap should she feature against Belgium, lost her international place to Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway, the Professional Footballers’ Association reigning young player of the year. Her last appearance for England was in a friendly against Australia in October last year. “Fara didn’t play [for England in] the last six months because of the form of Fran and Georgia,” Neville said. “Georgia will be a top player, and … [Read more...] about England manager Phil Neville ready to hand record-holder Fara Williams international recall for friendlies
David Cameron narrowly avoided the parliamentary defeat of his Queen’s speech this week – an event that, theoretically, triggers the fall of a government and hasn’t happened since 1924. That was only achieved through an embarrassing U-turn on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which he ardently supports. One of the primary concerns about TTIP is that it could pave the way to further privatisation of the NHS. Yesterday, a group of MPs gave notice that they would table an amendment to the Queen’s speech, lamenting the fact that the government had not included a bill to protect the NHS from TTIP in its programme. The cross-party group was led by Peter Lilley, a long-time supporter of free trade and a former minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was supported by at least 25 Tory MPs – easily enough to overturn the government’s majority. Though many were Brexiters, by no means all were, and some, such as Sarah … [Read more...] about TTIP symbolises the worst of global capitalism. Cameron pushes it at his peril