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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…

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Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine lifeThe Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doub…

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Forest Green Rovers named world’s first UN certified carbon neutral football club

Gloucestershire-based League Two club powered by renewable energy and endorsed by Vegan SocietyA British professional football club that is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans has received a prestigious United N…

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Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts th…

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Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts th…

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Highland fury as Trump rival drives golf course plan forward

Environmentalists fear loss of dunes wildlife and warn of ‘flimsy promises’ about jobsOn a stretch of Scotland’s north-east coast, two historic acts of Highland pillage, separated by ages, are linked across golden sands. The village of Embo in Sutherla…

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Wimbledon serves up ban on plastic straws

All England Lawn Tennis Club ditches plastic straws for this year’s championshipsWimbledon would not be the same without a thirst-quenching Pimm’s, but this year visitors to the annual tennis championships will be served the beverage without the custom…

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Ray Wilkins had clever feet and a clever mind | Brief letters

London’s gang violence | Mo Mowlam | Ray Wilkins | Spring lambs | Easter bunnies | KakuroWhen is someone going to notice that gang violence only occurs where there is acute poverty (Police ‘have lost control of the streets’, 6 April)? Or is that too bi…

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When did football become a spitfest? | Brief letters

Footballers | Italian taxes | Extrajudicial killings | Mnemonics | Pie | Frozen pipesOn football past and present (Letters, 7 March), one particularly unpleasant feature of today’s game is the compulsive spitting. Watching Match of the Day now is to ob…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics set to be the coldest for 20 years

Fears for both spectators and competitors as temperatures forecast to plummet to -15CFor years, the Winter Olympics were simply not that wintery and temperatures rarely dipped below freezing.But this year’s Games, which open on Friday in Pyeongchang, i…

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Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as heavily polluted air continued to plague an internationa…

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Pro-Brexit British billionaire buys Swiss football club Lausanne

Jim Ratcliffe, founder of chemicals giant Ineos, recently tried to get government subsidies to build successor to Land Rover DefenderIneos, the petrochemicals company founded by billionaire Brexit backer Jim Ratcliffe, has announced plans to buy a Swis…

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When Old Etonians won the FA Cup | Brief letters

Football in private schools | Welsh history | Police as protectors | Plastic bag recycling

On Cup final day, I enjoyed reading DJ Taylor’s article on the football novel (Review, 27 May). However, in discussing the first wave of football fiction, largely describing boys’ school stories, he noted that their “real-life, public-school attending equivalents would, of course, have played rugby”. This perpetuates the error, which I thought had been laid to rest, that independent schools shunned football. As an example, before professionalism took hold, Old Etonians contested no fewer than six FA Cup finals, winning two of them. One of their losses was against Old Carthusians.
Ed Lilley
Bristol

• Comforting though it is to see that Oxford students will have to study for exams on “non-British, non-European” topics (Report, 29 May), I wonder whether they might consider studying non-English “British” topics? What does the average student know, for instance, about the Rebecca Riots, the Treason of the Blue Books, Tryweryn, Senghennydd, Pont Trefechan? But then it’s only Wales, so it doesn’t matter, does it?
Dr Meg Elis
Caernarfon, Gwynedd

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Minnesota Vikings’ new glass-plated stadium becomes ‘death trap’ for birds

  • US Bank Stadium study shows birds are flying into its clear glass
  • Conservation groups want authorities to make stadium bird-safe

The US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which opened last June and cost more than $1bn of mostly taxpayer money, is beautiful, large, glassy – and deadly to birds.

A new report from a trio of conservation groups reveals that – for wildlife, at least – vast swathes of the new home of the Minnesota Vikings are indistinguishable from the sky and birds are being killed by flying straight into the stadium’s 200,000 sq ft of gleaming, clear glass.

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Claudio Ranieri brought colour to a now grey old game | Letters

The mixture of despondency and surprise that greeted the sacking of Claudio Ranieri as manager of Leicester City (Ranieri reign ends in brutal fashion, 24 February) found a natural echo elsewhere in your pages that day. From Leicestershire’s Welland Valley, your country diarist notes the appearance of the yellowhammer, “his head and breast bright against the muted landscape”. Raineri too brought grace, colour and sparkle to what has become a grey old game.
Mike Harle
Claygate, Surrey

• Last season we neutrals wanted the Foxes to win the Premier League. Now we want them to get relegated. Sic transit gloria Monday night football.
Rob Symonds
Birmingham

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Claudio Ranieri brought colour to a now grey old game | Letters

The mixture of despondency and surprise that greeted the sacking of Claudio Ranieri as manager of Leicester City (Ranieri reign ends in brutal fashion, 24 February) found a natural echo elsewhere in your pages that day. From Leicestershire’s Welland Valley, your country diarist notes the appearance of the yellowhammer, “his head and breast bright against the muted landscape”. Raineri too brought grace, colour and sparkle to what has become a grey old game.
Mike Harle
Claygate, Surrey

• Last season we neutrals wanted the Foxes to win the Premier League. Now we want them to get relegated. Sic transit gloria Monday night football.
Rob Symonds
Birmingham

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Kitesurfer has close encounter with great white shark – video

This video taken from a drone shows travel blogger Isabelle Fabre’s close encounter with a great white shark while kitesurfing off the West Australian coast. Fabre explains that she initially thought the shadow under her board was from her kite, and then that it was a dolphin. ‘I heard Cyril shouting “Shark! Isabelle, get out!” He saw everything through the drone and he thought I was done’

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Dancing for a cause: Kiribati’s climate activist Olympic weightlifter

David Katoatau generated headlines in 2016 for his joyous performances in Rio – and for his deadly serious message

Few casual observers would recall the winner of the men’s 105kg weightlifting category at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Many, though, will remember the athlete with the broad smile who danced his way into a 14th-placed finish.

David Katoatau is an unlikely climate change activist. An affable weightlifter from Kiribati, a collection of atolls spread across an area of the Pacific Ocean the size of India, Katoatau never intended to become a global ambassador for his small country. Yet with rising sea levels posing an existential threat to the i-Kiribati (as inhabitants of Kiribati are known), the Olympian felt compelled to raise awareness.

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Rio 2016: Kiribati weightlifter dances to highlight climate change

David Katoatau, who lost his home in Pacific nation to extreme weather, draws cheers as he uses trademark moves ‘to tell people about Kiribati before it sinks’

A weightlifter who lost his family’s house in a cyclone danced off stage at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday to raise awareness of the threat climate change poses to his remote Pacific nation.

David Katoatau got more cheers than any other lifter, including a Brazilian, throughout the men’s 105kg B Group.

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