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Barcelona v Getafe: La Liga – live!

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ulliLa Liga updates from the 7pm BST kick-off at Camp Nou/lilia href="http://preview.gutools.co.uk/football/live"Live scoreboard! Follow all the day’s goals and games as they happen/a/liliEmail a href="mailto:jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com"jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com/a or tweet a href="https://twitter.com/JacobSteinberg"@JacobSteinberg/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2015/apr/28/bayern-munich-borussia-dortmund-german-cup-semi-final-live"Follow Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund here/a/li/ulp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:32:56.641+01:00"8.32pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong74 min:/strong Here’s a double one-two between Suarez and Messi. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:31:20.830+01:00"8.31pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong73 min:/strong Messi turns up on the left this time and sends a cross into the area. Suarez is lurking at the far post, but it doesn’t reach him./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:30:27.961+01:00"8.30pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong72 min: /strongSuarez clips a pass to Messi in the area. He shoots from a tight angle, but Guiata diverts it behind at his near post. “Balotelli, Borini and Lambert?” wonders Ric Arthur./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:29:17.827+01:00"8.29pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong71 min:/strong Getafe hit the post! Hinestroza got in behind Barcelona again and his scuffed shot bobbled past Bravo but trundled on to the base of the left post and to safety./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:28:35.591+01:00"8.28pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong69 min:/strong Another burst from Messi, featuring a couple of impudent nutmegs, almost ends in a goal for Suarez. Messi was fouled on the edge of the area but the referee played an advantage because the ball ran to Suarez in the area. However he fluffed his lines and the chance was gone./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:25:50.047+01:00"8.25pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong68 min: /strongBarcelona make their final change, Martin Montoya on for Dani Alves./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:24:01.128+01:00"8.24pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong66 min:/strong Meanwhile, Suarez goes close to scoring his hat-trick. Neymar shimmies and shoots. It’s blocked and flies to the right side of the area, where Suarez volleys over./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:22:55.845+01:00"8.22pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong64 min: /strongMichael Dawson has made it Hull 1-0 Liverpool. Back in this game, Getafe have made another change. Juan Felip is on for Rodriguez./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:21:09.588+01:00"8.21pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong63 min: /strongNot much has happened since Messi scored Barcelona’s sixth. “stoichkov - laudrup - romario during the dream team time was pretty good!” says Alan May./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:19:34.370+01:00"8.19pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong61 min:/strong “Every time you mention Suarez’s name, my heart breaks just a little more,” says Sally Officer. “And we have Balotelli up front tonight...could it get any worse?”/ppLiverpool are still drawing 0-0 at Hull./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:18:24.496+01:00"8.18pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong60 min: /strong“Best front three ever: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, 1980s Boston Celtics -- so great they win in other sports, too,” says David Goutor./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:17:36.608+01:00"8.17pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong59 min:/strong Pedro replaces the immaculate Xavi Hernandez./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:14:24.653+01:00"8.14pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong56 min:/strong A chance for Lopez. A cross from the left finds him and he swivels and shoots well wide./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:13:35.456+01:00"8.13pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong55 min:/strong “Zidane, Rauacute;l and Ronaldo were a hell of a front three,” says Kari Tulinius. That wasn’t a front three./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:11:18.876+01:00"8.11pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong53 min: /strongBarcelona haven’t scored for six minutes./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:09:13.809+01:00"8.09pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong51 min:/strong “iquest;Bacelona-Getafe?” says Rolf Mellander Uppsala Musikverkstad. “iquest;iquest;Where the hell is Hull-Liverpool?? iquest;iquest;iquest;Whats wrong with you???”/ppI believe it’s in Hull./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:08:35.535+01:00"8.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong49 min: /strongGetafe bring on Lopez for Diawara./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:06:30.503+01:00"8.06pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThey took their time. Barcelona scythe through the heart of Getafe and Messi opens up his body and caresses a stunning shot into the top corner with his left foot. Another exquisite goal. Has there ever been a better left foot than this guy’s?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:04:03.017+01:00"8.04pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong46 min:/strong Off we go again. Barcelona have made a change at the break, Sergi Roberto replacing Sergio Busquets./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:57:13.489+01:00"7.57pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong“They probably weren’t actually better (and I wasn’t even born when they were playing) but looking back in history I would nominate Puskas-Hidekguti-Kocsis for the mighty Hungary of the 50s and Jairzinho-Pele’-Tostao for Brazil in 1970 as possible alternatives to Suarez-Messi-Neymar as best ever front 3,” says Giovanni Pisoni. “Unless you meant club only, in which case my quick Wikipedia search to get the spelling right was a waste of time.”/strong/ppI’ll counter that with the Jarvis-Carroll-Downing axis of doom from the 2013-14 season./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:56:10.911+01:00"7.56pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong“Van Basten, Gullit, and Bergkamp played together in the Dutch side for Euro 92, but I’m not sure whether Gullit was playing as a striker,” says Joseph Streeter./strong “But even then I’m not sure it’s as good as Messi, Neymar, and Suarez.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:55:41.286+01:00"7.55pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong“Gullit, Van Basten and Rijkaard?” offers John Forrest./strong/ppWhat do we think, gang?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:55:04.054+01:00"7.55pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong“It’s a trick question, right?” says Mark Turner. “It should be ‘better front two with Messi’.”/strong/ppI’ll put Henry-Eto’o-Messi forward./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:51:08.126+01:00"7.51pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongJoey Barton on philosophy in 2013:/strong “Neymar is the Justin Bieber of football. Brilliant on the old You Tube. Cat piss in reality…,” /ppNeymar is the Justin Bieber of football. Brilliant on the old You Tube. Cat piss in reality.../pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:49:17.098+01:00"7.49pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong“Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho?” says David Ruan. “Although anything comparing to a front three that includes Messi is likely losing.”/strong/ppIndeed. Those three are up there, although Ronaldinho was a year or two away from his peak. They also didn’t play against much at that World Cup./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:47:37.557+01:00"7.47pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppIt’s all to play for./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:47:22.867+01:00"7.47pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong45 min:/strong Getafe tentatively step forward, blinking like woodland creatures emerging from hibernation, and suddenly the path towards goal is cleared for Baba Diawara. But not for long, Adriano sprinting back to rob him. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:45:06.347+01:00"7.45pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong44 min: /strong“iexcl;Queacute; barbaro!” yelps Charles Antaki. “Or perhaps: Fuacute;tbol, bloody hell!”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:43:47.093+01:00"7.43pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong43 min: /strongThe only mystery now is when Barcelona declare. Not yet. Messi skips merrily past a couple of Getafe players and sets up Adriano, whose shot zips just wide./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:43:20.135+01:00"7.43pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong42 min:/strong I asked this question on Twitter two weeks ago, but I might as well ask it again: down the years, name a better front three than Neymar-Suarez-Messi./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:42:17.664+01:00"7.42pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppBloody hell. It starts with a one-two between Messi and Neymar on the right. Messi darts inside and zaps a pass to Xavi. Xavi, who had eyes surgically inserted into the back of his head when he was a child, flicks it to Suarez on the left and he blasts a spectacular shot into the far corner with the inside of his right foot. This is joyous football. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:38:53.235+01:00"7.38pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong38 min: /strongHello to all my readers. Will Barcelona beat Bayern Munich?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:37:36.671+01:00"7.37pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong36 min: /strongBusquets clips the ball over the top, seeking Messi, but it runs through to Guiata./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:36:15.324+01:00"7.36pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong35 min:/strong I’d say Barcelona have entered showboating mode, but that’s been the case from the first minute. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:33:57.257+01:00"7.33pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong33 min:/strong Messi gives the ball away./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:32:46.053+01:00"7.32pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong31 min:/strong By the way, Messi, Suarez and Neymar have scored 100 goals in all competitions this season. One hundred!/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:32:07.762+01:00"7.32pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppAnother minute, another goal. Xavi receives the ball 20 yards from goal and Xavis a curling shot into the top-left corner with his right foot. He’s still pretty good./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:30:34.968+01:00"7.30pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppMessi has one, Suarez has one and now Neymar has one. And there I was saying he had been quiet. Rafinha wins the ball back with a snappy challenge and feeds Neymar, Getafe all over the defence. Neymar takes as much time as he likes, dancing past a defender and on to his right foot, and then rolls a shot past the helpless Guaita and into the bottom-right corner. So cool. He’s such an enjoyable footballer. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:28:52.604+01:00"7.28pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong27 min:/strong Those three, eh? Come to think of it, Neymar hasn’t done much yet. And.../pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:28:21.556+01:00"7.28pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThis is absurd. Lionel Messi finds space on the right and moves the ball on to his left foot. Uh oh. He dinks a glorious, curling ball over the head of a Getafe defender, having spotted Suarez in the area. The ball is in the air. Does Suarez bring it down? No. He waits for it to drop over his right shoulder and then, lowering himself and adjusting his body into the right position, top-spins a wondrous volley into the top-left corner with his right foot from 12 yards. Amazing skill. That’s Suarez’s 20th of the season and it’s absolutely brilliant./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:25:48.549+01:00"7.25pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong24 min: /strongHinestroza is keeping Barcelona’s defence honest, streaming down the right and seeing his cross deflected behind for a corner. Getafe had a couple of men unmarked in the middle. Baba ‘Kaba’ Diawara was screaming for it. But the danger hasn’t passed. The corner is sent to the near post and Velazquez nuts it wide./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:24:17.528+01:00"7.24pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong23 min:/strong Suarez, the ball slightly stuck under his feet on the edge of the area, tries to score with a straight-legged chip. Nope./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:23:23.818+01:00"7.23pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong22 min:/strong Another corner from Xavi, another headed chance for strike Stoke /strike Barcelona, Bartra glancing wide./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:22:34.180+01:00"7.22pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong21 min:/strong Suarez wins another corner on the right for set-piece specialists Barcelona./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:21:15.956+01:00"7.21pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong20 min: /strongMessi drills a shot a few yards wide from 20 yards./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:20:06.576+01:00"7.20pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong19 min:/strong Baba Diawara is waved back on. Welcome, welcome./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:19:48.972+01:00"7.19pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong18 min:/strong Getafe are down to 10 men momentarily, Baba Diawara limping off for some treatment on an ankle injury./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:19:18.592+01:00"7.19pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong16 min:/strong Another chance for Getafe, Fredy popping up on the left and drilling a low cross into the six-yard box. Bravo collects the ball./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:18:40.790+01:00"7.18pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong15 min:/strong Getafe almost equalise with their very first attack! A hopeful ball was lobbed over the top and it led to indecision between Bravo and Bartra. With Bravo in no-man’s land, Fredy Hinestroza cleverly decided to try the lob and sent the ball looping over the goalkeeper, who scrambled back and clawed the ball off the line just as it was about to bounce into the top corner!/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:15:41.468+01:00"7.15pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong14 min:/strong Xavi flips the ball to the far post; it’s headed behind for a Barcelona corner on the right. Again Xavi takes the set-piece, whipping the ball into the middle, Rafinha flinging a header over the bar. Have Barcelona been working on these?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:14:41.106+01:00"7.14pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong13 min:/strong Rafinha has his heels clipped by Lacen, to the right of the Getafe area. Messi and Xavi stand over the ball./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:12:17.669+01:00"7.12pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong11 min:/strong Getafe, weakened by injuries to several key players, are not going to enjoy themselves this evening./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:11:31.676+01:00"7.11pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLionel Messi has missed a few penalties recently. So he might be nervous. Then again, he might not be nervous. Not on the evidence of this, a stupendous Panenka of a penalty, poor old Guaita made to look very foolish indeed./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:10:29.087+01:00"7.10pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong8 min: /strongAre you surprised? No one is surprised. Suarez turns brilliantly on the edge of the area and is sent tumbling by a clumsy challenge from Arroyo. He argues, perhaps that the foul was outside the area, but the referee is unmoved and points to the spot./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:08:19.669+01:00"7.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong7 min:/strong Getafe haven’t been out of their half yet./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:08:02.217+01:00"7.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong6 min:/strong I already feel sorry for Getafe. Adriano swings a cross to the far post and Messi controls it beautifully, the ball dropping on to his left foot and sticking there like he’s got boots made out of fly paper. Messi touches it back to Alves, more auxiliary right forward than right-back tonight, and he slashes one wide. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:05:52.130+01:00"7.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong4 min: /strongXavi is allowed time to look up and pick out Alves on the right side of the Getafe area. Alves brings the ball down and shoots with his left foot; Guaita makes a good save down to his right. This could be a long evening for Getafe./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:04:17.769+01:00"7.04pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong3 min:/strong Barcelona mean business, it appears. They’re pressing immediately and a surge forward from Mathieu almost ends with Xavi setting up Suarez. His pass is just cut out in time./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:02:10.849+01:00"7.02pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongAnd with the minute’s silence impeccably observed, we’re off! /strongBarcelona, kicking from left to right, get the first half underway. Getafe are all in yellow. They could be mistaken for Villarreal./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:00:59.497+01:00"7.00pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongThe players are out./strong Soon there will be football, but first there will be a minute’s silence for the victims of the Nepal earthquake./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:50:33.792+01:00"6.50pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong“Are you emreally/em in Spain?” says Tony Waters. “Or be thee covering this while watching t.v. in London?”/strong/ppI’m sitting next to Luis Enrique right now./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:38:37.465+01:00"6.38pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongJordi Alba is suspended after his red card in Saturday’s tempestuous 2-0 win at Espanyol and Gerard Pique is missing/strong, while Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Javier Mascherano are on the bench. Which is understandable given that Bayern Munich visit Camp Nou next Tuesday./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:36:31.865+01:00"6.36pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongAt first glance, this looks like a foregone conclusion./strong But consider this: a 2-2 draw with Getafe at Camp Nou during the run-in last season ultimately put a huge dent in Barcelona’s chances of winning the title, Angel Lafita scoring a last-minute equaliser for the visitors. And it was 0-0 when these two sides met in Madrid in December. Could it be that Getafe are Barcelona’s bogey side?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:29:38.709+01:00"6.29pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongBarcelona:/strong Bravo; Alves, Bartra, Mathieu, Adriano; Busquets, Rafinha, Xavi; Messi, Suarez, Neymar. strongSubs: /strongTer Stegen, Montoya, Mascherano, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Pedro, Iniesta./ppstrongGetafe: /strongGuaita, Alexis, Lago, Velaacute;zquez, Lacen, Arroyo, Pedro Leoacute;n, Babaacute;, Juan Rodriacute;guez, Freddy, Emi./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:00:06.632+01:00"6.00pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongHello. /strongYou may be surprised to learn that the La Liga title race is being fought over by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Who could have predicted that, eh? Barcelona lead by two points and with Real Madrid hosting Almeria tomorrow, there is no room for any slip-ups against Getafe at Camp Nou this evening. I imagine they’ll be fine. You tend to be fine when you have Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez up front./ppstrongKick-off: /strong7pm in London, 8pm in Catalunya./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2015/apr/28/barcelona-getafe-la-liga-live"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224852035034/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d2c3df/sc/13/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Tom Daley hopes new ‘firework’ dive will light up Rio Olympics

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• Admits new dive may not be ready for World Championshipsbr /• ‘On the end of the board at an Olympic final, that’s when it matters’pTom Daley admits his new “firework” dive may not be perfected in time for this summer’s World Championships but insists he will not mind as long as it lights up Rio and delivers Olympic gold next year./ppThe London 2012 bronze medallist ditched his troublesome “demon” twister dive at the end of last season and, together with new coach Jane Figueiredo, has been working on a fresh move that has never been attempted before in his 10m platform event./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/apr/28/tom-daley-firework-dive-rio-olympics"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d3020f/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Lord Janner's alleged victims seek formal review of DPP decision

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pMove follows criticism of Alison Saunders’ decision not to prosecute 86-year-old former Labour MP over historical sex abuse claims on account of his dementia/ppA group of people who say they were abused by Lord Janner are seeking a formal review of the decision not to prosecute the former Labour MP following child sex abuse claims. /ppAlison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, decided not to charge the 86-year-old peer on health grounds, despite saying there was enough evidence to prosecute for 22 sex offences against nine people./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/apr/22/critics-of-lord-janner-decision-misunderstand-justice-system"Critics of Lord Janner decision misunderstand justice system/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/apr/28/lord-janner-alleged-victims-formal-review-dpp-decision-not-to-prosecute-child-abuse-claims"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35d71/sc/6/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Same-sex marriage at supreme court: key justice proves skeptical of arguments – as it happened

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ulliJustice Roberts to plaintiffs: ‘You’re seeking to change what the institution is’/liliJustice Kennedy: marriage definition the same for ‘millenia-plus time’/liliProtester interrupts proceedings: ‘You’ll all burn in hell’/liliFollowa href="https://instagram.com/guardianus/" the Guardian US Instagram/a with Steven Thrasher at the court/li/ulp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:01:57.234+01:00"3.01pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppWe’re going to wrap our coverage of the supreme court’s arguments over same-sex marriage – which likely hinge on the swing votes of one or two justices. The hearing suggests that the justices will either legalize gay marriage throughout the United States or compel states with bans to recognize marriages licensed out-of-state./ppYou can read my colleague’s a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/28/same-sex-marriage-supreme-court-arguments"story on the hearing here/a, or check out a summary of the nine justice’s stances below./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:53:36.316+01:00"2.53pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppMy colleague Sabrina Siddiqui has filmed some video of the competing rallies outside the supreme court, almost all between religious opponents of same-sex marriage with advocates of it – it ends with a particularly heated argument between several advocates and a religious opponent./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:44:34.991+01:00"2.44pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppA word of caution from a state supreme court justice: the highest judges in the land know how to argue all sides./ppTexas supreme court justice Don Willett agrees with a Texas lawyer who’s pinged him on Twitter. “Try not to read too much into [questions] from SCOTUS justices,” she writes. “Never know what the motivation [behind] them is.”/ppCorrect—high court justices are elite devil's advocates. a href="https://t.co/fRUSSlY9YM"https://t.co/fRUSSlY9YM/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:23:02.532+01:00"2.23pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppSteven Thrasher, who was at the steps as the crowd files in and out of the supreme court after arguments, sends a note about the arguments:/ppWoman coming out is telling reporters Kagan was “grilling” anti-marriage side about if they can recognize birth certificates, why can’t they recognize marriage certificates. She also observes that all justices looked attentive, except Roberts and Thomas, who were slouched back in their seats./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:08:47.229+01:00"2.08pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustice Samuel Alito raised the question of polygamy during arguments, asking the plaintiffs why would any state not be willing to consider that a marriage./ppAlito: “Well, what if there’s no shy;shy; these are four people, two men and two women, it’s not, it’s not the sort of polygamous relationship, polygamous marriages that existed in other societies and still exist in some societies today. And let’s say they’re all consenting adults, highly educated. They’re all lawyers. … What would be the logic of denying them the same right?”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:04:59.901+01:00"2.04pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThree members of the DC order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a gender queer protest and street theater drag movement, have explained why they care about marriage equality to the Guardian’s Steven Thrasher./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:58:25.357+01:00"1.58pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppGuardian DC bureau chief Dan Roberts recounts the shrill screaming of a man who burst into protesting in the middle of arguments (a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2014/14-556-q1"about 27 minutes into the audio/a):/pp‘The Bible teaches that if you support gay marriage you will burn in hell for eternity,’ he began, leaving onlookers in little doubt where he stood on the matter./ppAfter security guards rushed to escort him, justice Scalia broke the ice by observing wryly that the incident had been “rather refreshing actually”./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:51:48.884+01:00"1.51pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe post argument scene. a href="http://t.co/4CdwE4416Q"pic.twitter.com/4CdwE4416Q/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:44:13.436+01:00"1.44pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustice Kennedy’s “relative silence in the second argument may be good evidence that he intends to rule in favor of the couples on the main question,” argues Kevin Russell of ScotusBlog/ppThat is, it suggests he will vote to require states to allow same-sex marriages in their own states, which will effectively moot the question of whether they are required to recognize the same-sex marriages performed in other states./ppMuch of the briefing and argument today was about the social meaning of excluding gays and lesbians from the institution – is it something with the purpose or effect of marking them as less, and denying their unions dignity is a way that harms them and their children. Consider: Suppose we called interracial marriage an “interracial civil union.” Would that do to avoid race discrimination? Maybe so; but it seems plausible not. br //ppHere is what Kennedy said in the Prop 8 case. Sound familiar? a href="http://t.co/RBGGT7SBMz"pic.twitter.com/RBGGT7SBMz/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:33:39.163+01:00"1.33pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg boosted the case of same-sex marriage advocates in court today with comments about how marriage itself has changed between men and woman over the centuries, much less the millennia that her peers debated./ppFrom a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/14-556q1_7l48.pdf"the transcript/a:/ppBut you wouldn’t be asking for this relief if the law of marriage was what it was a millennium ago. I mean, it wasn’t possible. Sameshy;-sex unions would not have opted into the pattern of marriage, which was a relationship, a dominant and a subordinate relationship. Yes, it was marriage between a man and a woman, but the man decided where the couple would be domiciled; it was her obligation to follow him./ppThere was a change in the institution of marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn’t egalitarian. And sameshy;-sex unions wouldn’t shy;shy;wouldn’t fit into what marriage was once./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:26:34.689+01:00"1.26pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe supreme court has now released both full audio and transcripts of the arguments this morning./ppThe first part of arguments is a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/14-556q1_7l48.pdf"available here/a, on whether the same-sex marriage should be legal everywhere in the United States/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:21:39.081+01:00"1.21pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /pp“Even arch-conservative Antonin Scalia questioned whether it made sense to allow states to overturn same-sex marriages carried out elsewhere,” my colleagues Dan Roberts and Sabrina Siddiqui report./ppQuoting article 4 of the constitution requiring states to give “full faith and credit” to acts, records and judicial proceedings of other states, Justice Scalia was joined by Roberts, who also seemed alarmed at the prospect of patchwork of differing recognition standards./ppGinsburg noted that nothing was being taken away from heterosexual couples by allowing gay couples to marry. The institution of marriage, she added, has changed in recent years to become more “egalitarian.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:16:58.635+01:00"1.16pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppMy colleagues Dan Roberts and Sabrina Siddiqui have sent their first take on the arguments over the first question – whether the courts should mandate legal gay marriage around the US:/ppThe US Supreme Court appeared heading at least toward limited national recognition of gay marriages on Tuesday as justices fretted about forcing all states to allow them but were sympathetic to the argument that weddings held elsewhere should be upheld./ppBut despite hopes among campaigners that the nine justices were on the verge of a historic civil rights decision declaring that same-sex unions were a constitutional right, a majority of the bench expressed concerns about “redefining” marriage in states that had voted to ban the practice./pp“The opposite view has been the law everywhere for thousands of years among people who were not discriminating against gay people and suddenly you want nine people who are operating outside the ballot box to decide what states can do,” Breyer said./ppWith respect to who should decide whether same-sex marriage should be lawful, Bonauto said the choice was not between the Court and the state. The real question, she argued, was whether it was the right of an individual to marry or the right of the government to decide for the individual./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:55:18.586+01:00"12.55pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe hearing is over. Attorneys and plaintiffs exit SCOTUS. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LoveMustWin?src=hash"#LoveMustWin/a a href="http://t.co/n2kefd1zVK"pic.twitter.com/n2kefd1zVK/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:50:52.821+01:00"12.50pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe junior senator from New Jersey thinks the court falls to a swing justice – the prevailing read on this morning’s arguments from those who were in the courtroom./ppSenator Booker tells me he thinks it comes down to one man/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:44:49.483+01:00"12.44pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustice Anthony Kennedy – the likely swing voter on the supreme court – appears torn between the liberal and conservative branches in deciding whether to legalize same-sex marriage across the United States./ppHe pressed the lawyer arguing for legal same-sex marriage on the “millennia-plus-time” definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, but also stressed his belief that marriage affords dignity to couples, and that a ban on same-sex marriage denies gay couples that dignity. He also expressed strong reservations about undermining states’ authority to make these decisions./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:23:54.092+01:00"12.23pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe supreme court has released the audio of oral arguments, which you can listen to in full a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2014/14-556-q1"on its site here/a. We’re listening in and will summarize key moments and provide analysis as soon as possible./ppIt begins with Mary Bonuato arguing in favor of same-sex marriage, only to be promptly interrupted by Ruth Bader-Ginsburg who asked about how Bonuato accounts for the court’s 2013 decision that “stressed the federal government’s historic deference to states.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:04:29.108+01:00"12.04pm span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppA few more snippets from the hearing of the last two hours, including what may be a sign that even the conservative justices, including Samuel Alito, might be thinking about the march of history. /ppAlmost 20 years after Congress and president Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, that law was dismantled and same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states./pp“The issue is not whether there should be same-sex marriage,” Justice Alito said. It is who should decide via a href="https://twitter.com/shearm"@shearm/a a href="https://twitter.com/tackettdc"@tackettdc/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUS?src=hash"#SCOTUS/a/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUS?src=hash"#SCOTUS/a liberals sharply questioned whether states have any good reason for banning a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SSM?src=hash"#SSM/a. Kennedy also had doubts about it./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:53:59.300+01:00"11.53am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppOutside the courthouse, my colleague Steven Thrasher has interviewed Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop (now retired)./ppRobinson linked the gay civil rights movement to the Black Lives Matter movement – “ultimately we are all after justice.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:44:18.428+01:00"11.44am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustice Kennedy stressed the “millennia” of marriage at length, according to the AP, which has more on the key judge’s skeptical approach to the case. Kennedy wrote the court’s three previous gay rights decisions./ppKennedy, whose vote is seen as pivotal, said marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for “millennia-plus time”. He said same-sex marriage has been debated in earnest for only about 10 years, and he wondered aloud whether scholars and the public need more time. /pp“It’s very difficult for the court to say ‘We know better,”’ Kennedy told Mary Bonauto, a lawyer representing same-sex couples. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:38:44.686+01:00"11.38am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppquot;God loves all.quot; a href="http://t.co/ZCzGmS4fii"pic.twitter.com/ZCzGmS4fii/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:29:00.255+01:00"11.29am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /pp“Strange dueling scene of pro-marriage equality and anti-equality rallies with dueling sound systems,” reports Steven Thrasher, who’s outside the courthouse. /ppBoth are featuring black speakers right now, using the 14th amendment to make very different arguments. Both are strangely chanting about love./ppBlack lesbians on the pro side are talking about their wedding pictures being used in Essence magazine, and how that gave other black lesbians a way to talk about “who I am and who I love.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:21:00.663+01:00"11.21am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustices Anthony Kennedy, who swung in favor of same-sex marriage in 2013 and may be a key vote in this case, repeatedly talked about marriage between a man and a woman as a “definition [that] has been with us for millennia.”/ppChief justice John Roberts also pressed the attorney for the plaintiffs hard, saying “You’re seeking to change what the institution is. If you prevail here, there will be no more debate.”/ppKennedy: quot;This definition has been with us for millenia, and I think it's very difficult for this court to say we know better.quot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUS?src=hash"#SCOTUS/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:07:42.252+01:00"11.07am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppChristians, Jews and groups of all colors are banding together outside the courthouse – sometimes in surprising combinations, my colleague Steven Thrasher tweets./ppJust had a fascinating interview with Bishop Gene Robinson, first out gay bishop. Will post vid later a href="http://t.co/RzN6CWcH9s"pic.twitter.com/RzN6CWcH9s/a/ppThe strange white supremacist and Hasidic alliance against gays a href="http://t.co/CBii4l6k7k"pic.twitter.com/CBii4l6k7k/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:01:03.835+01:00"11.01am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppMary Bonauto, arguing in support of marriage equality, ended her argument with a sharp little riposte to the court’s question of whether states or courts get to decide the legality of same-sex marriage. /ppTejinder Singh of SCOTUSblog has the ringer: “She responded that the choice is not between the court and the state, but instead whether the individual can decide who to marry, or whether the government will decide for him.”/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:55:59.257+01:00"10.55am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppBack outside with the Guardian’s Steven Thrasher, who’s met the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the ‘straight family’ of the Westlunds, who are out for equality writ large./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:51:22.470+01:00"10.51am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppJustice Antonin Scalia let fly some of his distinct humor at the protester who squirreled into the chamber, my colleague Sabrina Siddiqui tweets./ppA visitor who was in the court room said an elder man started shouting quot;You'll all burn in hell.quot; Scalia joked that it was quot;refreshing.quot;/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:47:58.051+01:00"10.47am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly caught the court’s security scurrying in as a protester started shouting in the chamber./ppSecurity scrambles in at SCOTUS a href="http://t.co/fhULfwu9lk"pic.twitter.com/fhULfwu9lk/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:43:31.338+01:00"10.43am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppA protester has been removed from the supreme court after a “big outburst”, a href="http://live.scotusblog.com/Event/Live_blog_Obergefell_v_Hodges"reports SCOTUSblog’s Eric Citron/a and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly./ppFrom Citron: “A protestor has just been removed from the Courtroom – it came immediately after the petitioner’s argument. Hard to hear what he’s saying, and he’s been removed.”/ppBig outburst inside the courtroom in SCOTUS/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:30:48.352+01:00"10.30am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppMingling with the protesters and advocates at the court house, my colleague Steven Thrasher has met families, couples, religious groups for and against full marriage equality, and Americans of all stripes./ppThe Westlund family, from White Plains, New York, came, even though they are a “straight family” and don’t have “a stake in the game.” John and Candice Westlund said they “simply believe in equality,” and told their kids (Zoe, Haley, Riley and Marley) that they would learn more about their country by skipping a day from school and showing their support at the Supreme Court. /ppCompared to past events over the years, protesters from the Westboro Baptist church are mostly considered irrelevant and people are not paying them much mind, except for LGBT affirming Christians (some identifying specifically as Baptists) who stand in front of them, trying to give a different religious spin than what Westboro is preaching./ppMarcos German Dominguez, aided by his dog Sophia George, placed himself between Westboro with a sign proclaiming God’s love. /ppAs a rally begins, the LGBT rights supporters are singing the Star Spangled Banner as Westboro tries to yell above them on their bullhorns. /ppGay Men's Chorus of DC singing quot;We Shall Overcomequot; a href="http://t.co/oxNut3ZciM"pic.twitter.com/oxNut3ZciM/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:18:35.298+01:00"10.18am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppA few hundred people are milling about in a scene that’s “chaotic but relatively relaxed and light” outside the court, reports writer-at-large Steven Thrasher (a href="https://twitter.com/thrasherxy"@thrasherxy/a)./ppThe scene is chaotic but relatively relaxed and light outside the supreme court. There are a few hundred people, noticeably fewer than in 2013 when the last two marriage cases were filed. The most common signs are for the Human Rights Campaign and Westboro Baptist Church./ppCouples, and queer people who are not couples, have come from all over the country, from members of the DC chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to Cathy and Sheila Marino-Thomas, who have been together for 23 years. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:07:29.194+01:00"10.07am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe arguments in today’s case, translated by Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog. First up, the case for same-sex marriage: “the court has long made clear that marriage is a fundamental right, and they are merely seeking equal access to that right.”/ppBut even if that’s not the case, they add, the Court’s decision in the [the 2013] case means that states can’t exclude same-sex couples from the dignity, rights, and benefits created by marriage just because they disapprove of them. Moreover, the laws that prohibit a state from recognizing same-sex marriages that were conducted legally in another state are, the plaintiffs contend, “disrespectful” of those states and their decisions to allow same-sex couples to marry./ppAnd just as the Court in [the 2013 decision] determined that the Defense of Marriage Act must fall because it stood in the way of a decision by New Yorkers that same-sex couples should be treated the same as their opposite-sex counterparts, a decision by the Supreme Court for the plaintiffs would overturn a decision by the residents of these four states that marriage should be reserved for opposite-sex couples./ppBecause each state is its own independent entity, they insist, they don’t have to allow same-sex marriages or recognize same-sex marriages that take place outside their state just because some other states have opted to do so./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:55:49.484+01:00"9.55am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe Guardian’s Steven Thrasher and Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery, on the scene and seeing the contest of amateur sign-makers. /ppA deluge of a circus out here, several hundred people but pretty lighthearted and smaller crowd than '13 marriage SCOTUS cases/ppI count 10, maybe 12 anti-gay marriage people outside the Supreme Court with signs. Compared to this. a href="http://t.co/EzebEpcq78"pic.twitter.com/EzebEpcq78/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:38:52.277+01:00"9.38am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppWhat happens if the justices rule in favor of gay marriage on one constitutional question but not another? Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has your a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/04/same-sex-marriage-the-decisive-questions/"quick take in his long gloss/a on the case’s “decisive questions”. /ppThe Court is examining two constitutional claims to a right to be treated equality: equal access to marriage in the first instance for unwed gay and lesbian couples (an issue in two of the cases before the Justices), and equal recognition of same-sex marriages already performed in another state (at issue in one of the marriage cases and in the two cases that deal only with recognition)./ppIf the couples win on the first point, then equality would be mandated nationwide, and recognition would seem to lose its separate significance. It is possible that the Court, if it were to examine the recognition issue wholly apart from its obvious link to marriage access, might find it fairly easy to assure equality in recognition. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:25:33.380+01:00"9.25am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe Harry Potter constituency has brought a sign./ppAhead of Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage, some news: Dumbledore came out! a href="http://t.co/F4ocMQtLYp"pic.twitter.com/F4ocMQtLYp/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:18:31.419+01:00"9.18am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppYour Guardian supreme court team of the day: /pp• Steven Thrasher, writer-at-large for the Guardian, working the steps of the courta href="https://twitter.com/thrasherxy" (@thrasherxy/a)br /• Reporter Sabrina Siddiqui (a href="https://twitter.com/sabrinasiddiqui"@sabrinasiddiqui/a) and bureau chief Dan Roberts (a href="https://twitter.com/robertsdan"@robertsdan/a) in Washington br /• And reporter Amanda Holpuch (a href="https://twitter.com/holpuch"@holpuch/a) with analysis and updates from New York/ppGood morning from the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States a href="http://t.co/cBNTMQnftK"pic.twitter.com/cBNTMQnftK/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:10:51.753+01:00"9.10am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppPresidential candidate Hillary Clinton has gotten into the spirit – but does it actually improve the logo?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:04:24.638+01:00"9.04am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppSupreme court artist Athur Lien with a view of the court./ppToday's a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUS?src=hash"#SCOTUS/a Sketch: Outside the Court for a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SSM?src=hash"#SSM/a arguments a href="http://t.co/rdJ2FgvNdb"pic.twitter.com/rdJ2FgvNdb/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:56:53.887+01:00"8.56am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppThe Guardian’s Dan Roberts, at the court, warns that the justices won’t fully reveal how they intend to rule during today’s arguments:/ppBig civil rights cases like this reveal just how arcane supreme court practices remain when it comes to dealing with matters of intense public interest. Though a small number of reporters are allowed into this extra-long, 2.5-hour session, many of us will have sight of only one or two justices due to a series of pillars that obstruct the view from the press seats and may have to guess the identity of the others from the timbre of their voices./ppNot even all the lawyers representing the petitioners have enough seats and some will have to leave the chamber after the first of the two questions under consideration today. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:46:39.590+01:00"8.46am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppDan Roberts (a href="https://twitter.com/robertsdan"@robertsdan/a), the Guardian’s DC bureau chief, will be in the court this morning, where activists for and against legalization have amassed outside./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:32:10.093+01:00"8.32am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppTwo of the plaintiffs in today’s case have spoken with my colleague Amanda Holpuch (a href="https://twitter.com/holpuch"@holpuch/a), telling her “we weren’t willing to negotiate our kids’ rights.” /ppIn the courtroom today will bestrong April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse/strong, a couple from Michigan whose challenge to the state’s marriage ban sits before the nation’s highest court. /pp“We’re hopeful and we’re optimistic, and I think we’re a little bit nervous and excited,” said DeBoer. “There’s a little bit of an intimidation factor of walking in to the supreme court and to see those nine justices sitting there.”/ppDeBoer said their kids are too young to fully understand what is going on but she hopes that someday they understand that she and Rowse did this for their protection. For now, the kids are anxiously waiting for their mothers to be allowed to marry. /pp“They get excited about the possibility of dressing up to go to a party where ma and mommy can get married,” said DeBoer. “And they’re hoping that we have clowns, balloons and lots of cake.” /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:19:33.778+01:00"8.19am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppBefore the supreme court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, 19 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage. The Guardian’s US interactive team gifs how legalization has spread across the US to at least 36 states today. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:06:35.062+01:00"7.06am span class="timezone"ET/span/time /ppGood morning, and welcome to our live coverage of the supreme court arguments over same-sex marriage in the United States, a hearing that could reveal whether the justices intend to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states and secure the right to marry for couples around the country./ppWith protesters and pro-gay rights activists outside the highest hall of justice, thea href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/27/same-sex-marriage-us-supreme-court-arguments-constitutional-right" case of Obergefell v Hodges/a will pose two questions to the court: whether states must allow same-sex marriages, and whether states must recognize same-sex marriage licenses from another state. /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/live/2015/apr/28/same-sex-marriage-us-supreme-court-obergefell-hodges-live"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d28015/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/224852033572/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d28015/sc/7/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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Two-way mirrors in the toilets: yet another sign that comedy has a sexist dark side

36 min 50 sec ago
The owner of a Chicago bar with a creepy secret has said it was just part of his ‘fun-house’ theme. But from lazy sexist laughs to Bill Cosby’s rape jokes, comedians have often treated women as a jokepAfter her set at a Chicago bar last weekend, comedian Tamale Rocks made a sickening discovery in the women’s toilets. Directly facing the toilet was a full-length mirror (always awkward to get acquainted with your own peeface, but not intrinsically sinister), behind the full-length mirror was a door (sure, fine), and behind the door was a dingy passage filled with cleaning supplies – the perfect vantage point to (potentially) check out the urethral openings of unsuspecting, unconsenting women through what, it turned out, was a two-way mirror. Horrified, Rocks documented the apparent privacy violation in a short video, a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFS3KnwuOzc" title=""which she later uploaded to YouTube/a. “Here’s to being a lady in comedy, am I right?” she quips at the video’s close./ppRonnie Lottz, owner of the bar (which, by the way, is called Cigars and Stripes, because my nation is a cornucopia of elegance and restraint), reportedly told Rocks that the mirror was “a continuation of the creepy-fun-house theme of his establishment” and “used to feature a monster head that lit up through the two-way mirror, scaring ladies as they used the restroom”. Ha ha ha ha, delightful! Because there’s nothing women like better than being taken by surprise, in private, while their genitals are exposed – except, perhaps, having your privacy violated by club owners named Ronnie!/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/28/chicago-bar-two-way-mirror-womens-toilet"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d3b4d9/sc/14/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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The Guardian’s view on the earthquake in Nepal: it will be a long road back

45 min 30 sec ago
It was already one of the poorest countries in the world. Now the world must help it back on its feetpFour days have elapsed since the first tremors of the earthquake rocked Kathmandu and the hundreds of towns and villages that cling to the steep green hillsides of Nepal. The a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/nepal-earthquake-death-toll-climbs-past-4000-with-many-more-missing-rolling-report#block-553f414ae4b02b6ca8a637f3" title=""UN now reckons 8 million people could be affected/a, more than 1 million are hungry, and the most urgent need is for body bags. Readers of a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3055716/Search-dozens-missing-Britons-Nepal-groups-travellers-climbers-unaccounted-devastating-earthquake-Everest-avalanche.html" title=""some newspapers/a, however, could be forgiven for imagining that the real story was the fate of the hundred or so western climbers caught up in the avalanches and ice falls that the shock triggered on Everest just as the short climbing season began. Most of these have now been helicoptered out. But help of any kind has yet to reach many of the villages at the epicentre of Saturday’s earthquake./ppThis callous disproportion between Everest as a playground for a certain kind of privileged westerner and the poverty of their hosts is nothing new. It is less than a year since the climbing season was ended by a strike after the Nepali government, which charges climbers thousands of dollars, offered derisory compensation to the families of 16 sherpas who had died in an avalanche. Nepal is both the 16th poorest country in the world and a Shangri-La of the imagination for the tourists who provide its main income./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/28/guardian-view-on-earthquake-in-nepal-long-road-back"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35d66/sc/11/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Britain's strong showing at the Tony awards is about more than just talent

55 min 42 sec ago
pThe UK has become an experimental studio for risk-averse Broadway – but that shouldn’t detract from the great British talent nominated for this year’s Tonys /ppThe crowds of US tourists outside Buckingham Palace suggest that some Americans remain oddly obsessed with the monarchy their founding fathers rejected. Yesterday King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth II were honoured by the republic’s leading theatre awards as The Audience, with Helen Mirren as the current occupant of Buckingham Palace, and Wolf Hall, in which Nathaniel Parker plays her wife-killing ancestor, received multiple Tony award nominations.br tabindex="-1" //pp So is this a sort of Broadway Tea Party, a colonisation of New York theatre by invading Brits? The UK presence in this year’s nominations is far too pervasive to be dismissed as a statistical anomaly or a lucky year. In the non-musical categories, when it comes to the awards for leading and supporting actors, direction and set design, half or more of the nominees are British./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/apr/28/tony-awards-british-nominations-wolf-hall-audience-theatre"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35d62/sc/38/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Big Coal’s big scam: scar the land for proft, then let others pay to clean up

56 min 39 sec ago
Keep it in the ground: Energy giants claim they dig new opencast mines to fund the closure of old ones. Will anyone call their bluff?pWrapped up in this story is everything that’s wrong with the way our economy works. Corporations ream the land with giant holes, extract a stack of money, then clear out, leaving other people with the costs. There’s a briefer description: legalised theft./ppThis is an account, scarcely mentioned in the national media, of the massive unfunded liabilities emerging from coalfields throughout Britain that opencast mining companies have been allowed to walk away from. In terms of irresponsibility, it’s comparable to the nuclear industry’s failure to fund its decommissioning costs. And it offers a solid argument, even to those who continue to reject climate science, for keeping fossil fuels in the ground./ppFire and forget: that’s the psychopathic business model we confront/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/28/big-coal-keep-it-in-the-ground-energy-opencast-mines"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35d59/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Can Ukip wrestle Hartlepool from Labour?

1 hour 40 sec ago
pThe north-east England seaside town has been solidly Labour since 1964, but a former professional wrestler standing for Ukip hopes to buck the trend. Nigel Farage came to support him on Tuesday, insisting Ukip will be the area’s dominant party by 2020/ppThe last parliament will be remembered fondly by Nigel Farage as the one when Ukip broke into the political mainstream to challenge both major parties, taking its first two seats at Westminster from the Conservatives and coming just a few hundred votes short of giving Labour a black eye in a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/10/heywood-and-how-labour-nearly-lost-it"Heywood and Middleton/a last year./ppBut following solid second places in byelections in Middlesbrough and a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/may/03/south-shields-byelection-ukip-labour"South Shields/a in 2013, it made sense Farage chose the north-east seaside town of Hartlepool to declare that Ukip was on a mission to “smash apart Labour’s one party state in the north”./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/the-northerner/2015/apr/28/can-ukip-wrestle-hartlepool-from-labour"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35ba0/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Apple Watch: the fashion verdict

1 hour 2 min ago
You can choose the size (small), strap (stainless steel) and the clock face (phases of the moon), but what I really liked about the Apple Watch is not having my iPhone in front of my facep spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/28/apple-watch-review-smartwatch-iphone-taptic-siri"Apple Watch review: beautiful hardware spoiled by complicated software/a /ppI have been wearing the Apple Watch for two hours now, and I’m profoundly disappointed. Because despite chuckling with exaggerated laughter as I read an email on my wrist in Topshop, and ostentatiously finger-sketching smiley-faces in full view of the queue in Wasabi, not one single person has noticed it. Even when I used it as a phone, answering a call from my husband walking through St Pancras station with the watch in front of my mouth in full Knight Rider fashion, nobody is impressed. (Least of all my husband. “Wait, do you mean my voice is coming on speaker out of your watch?” he asks, and then pretty much hangs up on me.)/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/apr/28/apple-watch-jess-cartner-morley-phone"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35d4e/sc/23/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Bali Nine: Indonesia executes eight prisoners but reprieves Mary Jane Veloso – latest updates

1 hour 15 min ago
pAustralians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and six other men are executed by firing squad, as Indonesian media reports a last-minute reprieve for Filipina Mary Jane Velosa/pullia href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/bali-nine-who-are-the-nine-people-being-executed-by-indonesia"strongWho are the people being executed by Indonesia?/strong/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553f95dae4b04b265de53259"Read the latest summary/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/indonesia-set-to-execute-eight-foreigners-as-families-make-last-visit-to-prison"Distraught families make last visit to prison/a/li/ulp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:21:05.443+01:00"4.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongMichael Chan/strong, brother of Andrew, one of the Australian men executed tonight, has posted this tribute on Twitter:/ppI have just lost a Courageous brother to a flawed Indonesian legal system. I miss you already RIP my Little Brother/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:14:12.090+01:00"4.14am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMy colleague strongMichael Safi /stronghas filed a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-pair-executed-indonesia"this latest report/a on the news that eight men have been executed tonight:/pp The Indonesian government has executed eight people for drug offences, including two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumuran, who were the subject of a years-long campaign for clemency.br //ppThe development – reported widely by Indonesian media but not officially confirmed – marks a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/27/bali-nine-decade-of-turmoil-for-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran-reaches-a-gruesome-end"the end of years of campaigning to spare the men/a, who were sentenced to death in 2006 for their part in the “Bali Nine” heroin-smuggling ring./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:11:16.819+01:00"4.11am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAmelia Freelander/strong of Amnesty International has this confirmation:/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash"#Indonesia/a confirms executions of 8: including Myu and Andrew. The darkest of days. The fight to end death penalty must continue./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:07:50.774+01:00"4.07am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA lawyer who acted for the two Australian men has just tweeted:/ppI failed. I lost. br //ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a duo lawyer mourns the loss of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran a href="https://t.co/9ofXUsncL2"https://t.co/9ofXUsncL2/a/ppI failed. I lost./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:58:59.857+01:00"3.58am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe family of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong has been told of her reported reprieve:/ppThe family is ecstatic, dumbfounded, in tears. quot;Thank you, thank you, thank youquot; a href="http://t.co/x34lBzkN4w"pic.twitter.com/x34lBzkN4w/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:57:56.631+01:00"3.57am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/29/ri-executes-8-drug-convicts.html"The Jakarta Post/a quotes a few sources – some anonymous – confirming the deaths of the eight men./pp“We’ve carried out the executions,” said an attorney general’s office official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity./pp“The executions were carried out at 12:30am,” Suhendro Putro, funeral director with the Javanese Christian Church in Cilacap, said in a short message service./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:55:09.446+01:00"3.55am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA lawyer for strongMary Jane Veloso/strong has told reporters in Cilacap that he is still seeking confirmation of her reprieve, but that he thought it likely that her life had been spared./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:52:54.687+01:00"3.52am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppWe are working hard to secure confirmation of the executions and Veloso’s reported reprieve./ppOfficial confirmation could take some time. But two Indonesian TV stations, as well as the Jakarta Post, are reporting that eight executions have taken place, with Veloso spared./ppWe are unlikely to get official confirmation of the executions from Australian officials at least for a couple of hours. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a/ppAmnesty still working to verify reports of 8 executions in a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash"#Indonesia/a. Media reports are coming through but no official announcement/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:42:53.709+01:00"3.42am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian television is also reporting that the executions of eight prisoners – all men – have taken place, but that the Filipina woman, strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, was spared at the last minute, after a woman accused of tricking her into carrying drugs turned herself into police in the Philippines on Tuesday./ppThere are reports that the executions took place at around 00.25 local time./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:36:20.373+01:00"3.36am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/29/ri-executes-8-drug-convicts.html"The Jakarta Post is reporting /athat eight prisoners were executed tonight, but that Mary Jane Veloso won a last-minute reprieve./ppThe Guardian cannot confirm this report at the moment. We will bring you more information as we have it./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:31:27.149+01:00"3.31am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.rappler.com/nation/91450-live-updates-mary-jane-veloso"Rappler Indonesia has published what it says is the order of executions./a/ppThe Guardian has not been able to verify this./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:10:10.689+01:00"3.10am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt is past midnight in Indonesia. For now we all wait./ppFamilies of Chan and Sukumaran are together in a Cilacap hotel waiting for word on the executions. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:07:29.577+01:00"3.07am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAAP has these comments from Indonesian attorney-general strongHM Prasetyo/strong, from earlier tonight:/ppNine death row convicts will be executed tonight, later after midnight./ppThat’s what our laws decided. We say, our courts are open, fair and nothing is closed./ppWe have explained that we’re not against them [personally]. What we fight is the serious crime of drugs./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:05:04.142+01:00"3.05am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongIndonesian television says all nine prisoners have been moved from their cells to the execution site./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:01:02.894+01:00"3.01am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppOur reporter in Cilacap, strongDina Indrasafitri/strong, sends this dispatch as midnight strikes in Indonesia:/ppFour people, including two from Mothers for Mercy, are standing in a circle putting their arms around each other, praying in the Christian manner./ppOne is weeping as he prays. Religious songs are being played through a speaker./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:54:51.815+01:00"2.54am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppReporters at Cilacap port, from where ferries cross to the island prison of Nusa Kambangan, say the mood is becoming increasingly sombre as midnight approaches there./ppWe are also hearing that strongIndonesian television is reporting that the prisoners are currently being moved from their cells to the execution site/strong, though this hasn’t been confirmed./ppCrowds swelling at Cilacap port as time ticks closer to midnight amp; impending executions. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a a href="http://t.co/7dAKyxSRus"pic.twitter.com/7dAKyxSRus/a/ppHallelujah has started playing on a loud speaker as a prayer corcle begins a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust"@SkyNewsAust/a a href="http://t.co/Qp89pm7tDD"pic.twitter.com/Qp89pm7tDD/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:46:14.269+01:00"2.46am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongRichard Branson/strong has tweeted his support for the condemned prisoners and called on President Widodo to offer a last-minute reprieve:/ppThose set to be executed are living proof of capacity to reform amp; rehabilitate offenders into productive members of society a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a – all decent human beings stand for mercy. a href="https://twitter.com/AndiWidjajanto"@AndiWidjajanto/a a href="https://twitter.com/jokowi_do2"@jokowi_do2/a a href="https://twitter.com/Pak_JK"@Pak_JK/a, Indonesia – will you stand for mercy?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:38:25.242+01:00"2.38am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppSky News Australia reports that the Australian consul general, strongMajell Hind/strong, is on Nusa Kambangan./ppFollowing the executions, she will take custody of the bodies of strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, and bring them back from the island, after which they will be moved to West Jakarta./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:27:50.592+01:00"2.27am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAmnesty International/strong a href="http://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/end-death-penalty/indonesia-bali-nine-myuran-sukumaran-andrew-chan-execution-firing-squad"posts these details/a of how the executions will take place:/ppThey are due to be shot by human beings. A group of special police officers will tie each prisoner to a post in dark nightfall, just before midnight. A colleague will shine a torch onto the prisoner’s heart./ppAnother group of police officers will line up and fire at the target. Only some of the officers will have live ammunition, others will fire blanks so that they don’t have to face the moral consequence of guilt and blame, of knowing who fired the fatal shots. br //pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:18:07.600+01:00"2.18am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian president strongJoko Widodo/strong has been the focus of appeals for clemency for supporters of those facing death tonight./ppImagine, every day we have 50 people die because of narcotics …/ppWe are not going to compromise for drug dealers. No compromise./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:05:38.015+01:00"2.05am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe executions are due to begin in one hour from now, at midnight Jakarta time./ppHere are some of the images from vigils for the nine prisoners taking place tonight./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:49:19.429+01:00"1.49am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe fate of a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/bali-nine-who-are-the-nine-people-being-executed-by-indonesia"the four Nigerian men who will face execution/a tonight has not seen such high-profile media coverage or political reaction in their home country./ppstrongAbike Dabiri-Erewa/strong, a member of Nigeria’s house of representatives, has been involved on the men’s behalf and yesterday tweeted that “we keep pleading and hoping”:/ppa href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeUwaifo"@GeorgeUwaifo/a we visited them in Prison 21 Nigs Met all relevant officials But they remain adamant We keep pleading and hoping/ppa href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeUwaifo"@GeorgeUwaifo/a Indonesia made that law clear And as you land the airport messages of death for drugs all over/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:27:08.408+01:00"1.27am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMy colleague strongJonathan Watts/strong sends this dispatch from Brazil, where there is great anger at the imminent execution in Indonesia of strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, a Brazilian man diagnosed with schizophrenia:/ppIndonesia’s decision to execute a Brazilian drug smugger has prompted an angry response in his home country, where the case has made front-page news./ppRodrigo Gularte, who has twice been diagnosed with schizophrenia, is set to be the second Brazilian to be shot by firing squad in Indonesia this year./ppHoras antes da execuccedil;atilde;o, prima diz que Rodrigo Gularte estaacute; quot;calmoquot; a href="http://t.co/hCFK5Z3PEA"http://t.co/hCFK5Z3PEA/a a href="http://t.co/X3QOCjL2cF"pic.twitter.com/X3QOCjL2cF/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:21:50.163+01:00"1.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Indonesian attorney general has reportedly now backtracked on an earlier decision that strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong would not be allowed to have with them in their final moments the Christian ministers of their choice./ppa href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553ef94fe4b00d721cc4fcbc"Chan and Sukumaran had been told/a they would not be permitted to have strongChristie Buckingham/strong and strongDavid Soper/strong to comfort them, with the attorney-general’s office saying it would appoint its own religious counsellors to attend the execution./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:15:08.729+01:00"1.15am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe nine prisoners will be executed separately, in turn, after midnight Jakarta time./ppEach will have a separate firing squad of 12 officers. Three of the 12 guns will contain live rounds./ppThe mental burden is heavier for the officers that are responsible for handling the prisoners rather than shooting them./ppBecause those officers are involved in picking them up, and tying their hands together, until they are gone. br //ppI don’t make conversation with the prisoners. I treat them like they are a member of my own family./ppI say only: ‘I’m sorry, I am just doing the job.’ br //ppWe just come in, grab the weapon, shoot, and wait for the dying to finish. Once the ‘bam’ of the gun we wait 10 minutes, if the doctor pronounces him dead then we return, that’s about it./ppIt doesn’t take more than five minutes to be over./ppI am bound by my oath as a soldier. The prisoner violated the law and we are carrying out a command. We are just the executors. The question of whether it is sin or not is up to God./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:09:02.485+01:00"1.09am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/english/news/91457-mary-jane-veloso-indonesia-execution-alert"Rappler reports/a that strongMary Jane Veloso has been told she will be the third of the nine prisoners to face the firing squad tonight/strong./ppIndonesian prisoner strongZainal Abidin will reportedly be the last./strong/ppMary Jane’s mother Celia said she had a message for her sons:/pp“Love each other, don’t fight. Your father has another wife and I will be gone. If you are rowdy, I will pinch you. If you feel anything cold, that’s me.”/ppRest of a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a Veloso's family now getting ready to head back to Jakarta to meet her body when it gets there a href="http://t.co/XO2Mga8ngJ"pic.twitter.com/XO2Mga8ngJ/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:54:12.713+01:00"12.54am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesia’s attorney-general says the executions of the nine prisoners will take place tonight after midnight, Jakarta time (3am AEST, 6pm BST)./ppThis is Claire Phipps, taking over from Calla Wahlquist on the live blog now./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:36:48.874+01:00"12.36am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt now looks almost certain that death row prisoners imprisoned on Indonesia’s Nusa Kambangan Island will face the firing squad tonight. /ppThey are strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, from Brazil; strongMary Jane Fiesta Veloso/strong, from the Philippines; strongMartin Anderson/strong (aka Belo), strongRaheem Agbaje Salami/strong, strongSylvester Obiekwe Nwolise/strong and strongOkwudili Oyatanze/strong, from Nigeria; strongZainal Abidin bin Mgs Mahmud Badarudin/strong, from Indonesia; and strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, from Australia./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:14:44.066+01:00"12.14am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppFairfax Media’s Indonesian correspondent, strongJewel Topsfield,/strong has filed a report saying there’s no indication Indonesian President strongJoko Widodo/strong will make a last minute show of mercy./ppShe writes: /ppThe men will be tied to wooden planks in a field and shot about midnight./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:52:23.833+01:00"11.52pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Indonesian press has picked up Australian foreign minister strongJulie Bishop’/strongs comments about the pending executions. Earlier tonight she told ABC’s 7.30 program that Indonesia handling of the prisoners had been “chaotic” and said there would be “consequences” if the executions went ahead./ppRead the full report from The Jakarta Post a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/28/australias-fm-slams-chaos-ahead-indonesia-executions.html"here./a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:38:37.465+01:00"11.38pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppOur reporter in Cilacap, strongDina Indrasafitri/strong, says cars have begun arriving at the gate to the crossing to Nusa Kambangan Island. /ppThe past 10 to 15 minutes saw a number of cars entering the gate leading to the crossing, carrying a number of figures with close relationships with those facing the death penalty. Among them were representatives from Australia, relatives and significant others, including close friend of Raheem Agbaje, priest Romo Carolus, legal activists defending Rodrigo Gularte. The cars dropped them off and turned back./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:19:56.167+01:00"11.19pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore on the role ministers Buckingham and Soper will be allowed to play:/ppJust had word from Tom Allard: Indonesia has relented to allow preferred religious counsel to be with Bali9 pair in final hours. BUT (1/2)/ppNot to actually witness their executions as requested. Post up on our live updates page shortly. (2/2)/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:15:38.916+01:00"11.15pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere are reports coming through that strongChristine Buckingham/strong and strongDavid Soper/strong, the Christian ministers chosen by Australians strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong to comfort them in their last moments before the faced the firing squad, have arrived at Cilacap port./ppThe pair were originally told that they would not be able to see the ministers of their choice, but Channel 7’s strongRob Scott /strongsays the Indonesian government has relented on that score./ppChristie Buckingham has just arrived at Chilacap port - looks destined to be with Sukumaran during his final hours. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a/ppIndonesia has relented amp; allowed the spiritual advisors nominated by Chan amp; Sukumaran to be with them in their final hours. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:55:03.627+01:00"10.55pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Australian and French governments have issued a joint statement with the European Union appealing for President Widodo to halt the planned execution./ppThe statement, a href="http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-9-latest-reports-on-executions-of-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran-20150428-1mv6d8.html"reported in Fairfax Media/a via its Indonesian correspondent a href="https://twitter.com/JewelTopsfield"Jewel Topsfield/a, says:/ppThe government of Australia, France and the European Union appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to halt the planned execution. It is not too late to change your mind./ppIt is our hope that Indonesia can show forgiveness to 10 detainees. Forgiveness and rehabilitation are fundamental to the Indonesian judicial system as well as in our system./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:42:24.143+01:00"10.42pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA law professor from the University of Indonesia, strongArie Afriansya/strong, has told ABC’s Lateline that there was “much debate” within the Indonesian government about its death penalty policy./ppThe message that the government wished to send ... is please don’t bring the drugs to Indonesia. That’s the message ... you can argue about the effectiveness of the death penalty. However, what the government wish to send a message, like I have stated before, is that we are in a very serious situation in dealing with the drug abuse. And one thing that the government need to do in a firm way is to execute those who are found guilty in drug dealings./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:14:48.157+01:00"10.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongMyuran Sukumaran/strong’s prison paintings have been one of the most poignant images of his and fellow Australian strongAndrew Chan/strong’s long-running plea for mercy. In Comment is Free, The Guardian’s art critic, strongJonathan Jones,/strong argues that the paintings show the moral evil of the death penalty. /ppThese works of art, just by existing, condemn the death penalty and all nations that uphold it, from a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/indonesia"Indonesia/a to the United States. In his self-portraits, Sukumaran shows the world he is an individual, a complex human being. If he is capable of crime – not that I am saying he is – he is also capable of creating sensitive artworks. That does not make him more deserving of pity than his fellow prisoners – it is right they all signed his final works – but simply illustrates the moral evil of the death penalty./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:01:06.034+01:00"10.01pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAngela Muxfeldt/strong, a cousin of Brazilian man strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, says Gularte is “calm” ahead of his expected execution. strongDina Indrasafi /strongwas there as she spoke to reporters in Cilacap and filed this update:/pp“Since I am here, three months, today is the day when Rodrigo is more calm,” Muxfeldt said./pp“He is calm. He doesn’t want I cry and doesn’t believe execution will happen,” she said, visibly emotional./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:47:17.149+01:00"9.47pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore from strongDina Indrasafi /strongin Cilicap:/ppCome sundown, military personnels and police officers ordered people who are not journalists or vendors to evacuate the area near the crossing to Nusa Kambangan. Previously, hundreds of locals were gathering in the area, some coming from further parts of Cilacap./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:40:27.816+01:00"9.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAttorney-General Prasetyo has told reporters in Indonesia that he had set the time for the execution, but will not release that time in order to prevent interference. According to The Jakarta Post, Prasetyo said he had “already set the date and even the hour”. /ppThe a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/28/execution-time-set-9-death-row-inmates.html"report continues/a:/ppPrasetyo, however, declined to mention the execution time in detail for security and technical reasons and to ensure that the executions would occur smoothly./ppRumors were spreading in Cilacap and surrounding areas that the execution of the nine inmates would be conducted late on Tuesday night since the inmates’ relatives were already at the location, while coffins and crosses complete with a date of death had been prepared./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:30:25.738+01:00"9.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Indonesian Attorney-General has reportedly confirmed that the execution of nine death row prisoners will go ahead./ppThis report from a href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/91444-migrante-jokowi-emergency-meeting-mary-jane-veloso?utm_source=twitteramp;utm_medium=referralamp;utm_medium=share_bar"The Rappler/a:/ppIndonesian Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo has confirmed the execution of 9 drug convicts, including one from the Philippines, will proceed./ppPresident Joko Widodo said “proceed according to the rules,” the attorney general told reporters, when asked about the results of a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 28./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:20:46.648+01:00"9.20pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppLawyers for another for Brazillian man strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, one of the 10 facing execution tonight, have filed a last-minute legal challenge claiming procedural unfairness. /ppPutri Karnesia, from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence, says that Rodrigo’s lawyers have received a summons for a court hearing on May 6 and are meeting with a representative from the Attorney General’s office to argue that the execution should not be carried out while a legal challenge is pending./ppAngelita Muxfeldt, cousin of Rodrigo Gularte, the Brazilian facing death penalty in Indonesia, is filing a lawsuit against Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, a legal worker aid said. “It is because the president issued a presidential degree (Keppres) about clemency that contradicts the clemency law,” Ricky Gunawan from the People’s Legal Aid Body (LBH Masyarakat) said. “According to the clemency law, the sending of documents asking for clemency from the district court to the Supreme Court must be done within a certain time frame. And the sending was 24 days late. Furthermore, the convict should be notified of the supreme court sending documents about the president’s decision to refuse clemency within a certain time frame. That sending process was also 49 days late. Therefore, since there is a violation on the notification and sending of the documents, we are suing the state administration, the presidential decision refusing the request for clemency for Rodrigo Gularte.”/ppRicky said that they are also requesting provincial demand to delay the implementation of the presidential decree (Keppres)./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T11:40:21.407+01:00"8.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere are reports that President Widodo has called an emergency meeting about Filipina woman strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, who was convicted of heroin smuggling in 2010 and had been sentenced to face the firing squad tonight alongside Chan and Sukumaran. It comes after strongMaria Kristina Sergio, /strongthe woman who allegedly recruited Veloso, apparently handed herself into police in the Philippines. /ppa href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/91444-migrante-jokowi-emergency-meeting-mary-jane-veloso"According to the Rappler/a, the Philippine Department of Justice has also sent an “extremely urgent” letter to the Indonesian Attorney-General asking for a “suspension of execution of the death sentence”./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T11:16:46.597+01:00"8.16pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore from that 7.30 interview with strongJulie Bishop/strong, courtesy of my colleaguestrong Lenore Taylor/strong. Bishop saidstrong /strongshe believed the Australian government had done everything it could to appeal to the Indonesian government and only President Widodo could change the outcome. /ppI fear that the families and friend and lawyers of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran have made their last visit to them. Short of a last-minute intervention by President Widodo I fear the very worst for our citizens. We have not yet been officially informed by the Indonesian government as to the timing of the proposed executions but given all we’ve seen today via the Indonesian media, I have to assume that the Indonesian government is determined to proceed with executing these two Australian citizens notwithstanding the fact that there is still a legal proceeding under way in the constitutional court and there are still judicial commissioned hearings into bribery allegations relating to the original trial. So short of an intervention from the president, I fear that this execution will proceed.”/ppThey have not responded to any of our requests and there are a number of outstanding requests to which we have still not received a response. I’m obviously very dismayed by what has gone on in recent weeks. I’m obviously deeply disturbed at some of the aspects of how this has been handled. And I think the ghastly process the family has been put through today just underscores how chaotic this has been. I’m very concerned for the family. They do deserve respect and they do deserve to have dignity shown to them at this time of unspeakable grief. But that doesn’t seem to have been extended to them at this time./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:49:46.301+01:00"7.49pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppForeign minister strongJulie Bishop/strong has told ABC 7.30 that she has to assume the Indonesian government intends to go ahead with the planned executions, despite outstanding legal challenges./ppBishop: quot;They have not responded to any of our requests..I'm obviously very dismayed at what has gone on in recent weeksquot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/ppThe families have been subjected to quot;ghastlyquot; and chaotic ordeal today, says Bishop a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/ppBishop: quot;Should these executions proceed.. of course there will have to be consequencesquot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/ppBishop: quot;We will continue to advocate for the death penalty not to be part of the laws in our regionquot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:43:37.063+01:00"7.43pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThorbjoslash;rn Jagland, secretary general of human rights body the Council of Europe, has issued a statement condemning the pending executions. /ppJagland said: /ppThe death penalty is a terrible injustice which can never be put right. I urge the Indonesian authorities to refrain from carrying out these executions, as a first step, and then to consider introducing a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to working towards abolition./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:40:24.395+01:00"7.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppCalla Wahlquist here, taking over from Michael Safi. We’ll keep you updated throughout the night. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:13:28.563+01:00"7.13pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppWe’ve just heard from Chinthu Sukumaran, brother of Myuran, who spoke of behalf of his family after returning from Nusa Kambanang for what is expected to be the final time. He said:/ppWe spent the last few hours with my brother. We didn’t have time. There was so many things to talk about. We did talk about the death penalty and he knows this is just a waste. He knows this is not going to solve anything with drugs. Drug trafficking will still be there. If these nine people die today, tomorrow, next week, next month, it is still not going to stop anything. I ask the president to please show mercy. Please don’t let my mum and my sister have to bury my brother. Please, I ask the Indonesian people to show mercy./ppPlease don’t do this to my brother. Please, please Mr President, Joko Widodo, I beg you please. Please don’t take my brother from me./ppMyu has told us that he is going to be strong and him and Andrew will take care of the other seven people and he is worried for Mary Jane and her family as well. He just knows this is a waste. We still have hope right up until the last second that the president will see each of these people as individuals, as people with families that love them and show mercy./ppI won’t see my son again and they are going to take him tonight and shoot him and he is healthy and he is beautiful and he has a lot of compassion for other people. I am asking the government not to kill him, please president, please don’t kill him today. Please don’t. Call off the execution. Please don’t kill my son. Please don’t./ppI saw today something that no other family should ever have to go to. Nine families inside a prison saying goodbye to their loved ones. Kids, mothers, cousins, brothers, sisters, you name it, it was all there. And to walk out of there and say goodbye for the last time - it’s torture. No family should go through that. /ppThere has to be a moratorium on the death penalty, no family should endure it. Because now the family is going to have a grieving process for the rest of their life ... I just hope the president, somewhere in his heart, he can find the courage to show some mercy to these nine individuals and call this off, because it’s not too late. It’s up to him./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:36:57.442+01:00"6.36pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMy colleague Monica Tan is still listening to Geoffrey Robertson in Martin Place in Sydney./ppGeoffrey Robertson: Let's show a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a men deaths are not in vain amp; their country is at least taking action that none will come after them./ppSmall vigil in King George Square for Chan and Sukumaran. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="http://t.co/vAEbZs3S9k"pic.twitter.com/vAEbZs3S9k/a/ppCanberra vigil outside Indonesian embassy a href="http://t.co/bYvDd8Qijr"pic.twitter.com/bYvDd8Qijr/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:35:06.598+01:00"6.35pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppLate developments in the case of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, the Philippines woman who was found with more than 2kg of heroin in her suitcase in Yogjakarta in 2010. /ppFirst, a little backstory: strongVeloso/strong claims in 2010 she was recruited to work as a maid in Malaysia, but upon arriving there, was re-directed to Yogjakarta instead. Upon arriving she was stopped and the drugs were found in her suitcase. She claims she was unknowingly used as a drug courier./ppIndonesian Cabinet Secretary strongAndi /strongstrongWidjajanto /strongtold reporters that the Indonesian government has been notified that strongVeloso’s/strong alleged recruiter has surrendered./pp“We were informed by Migrant Care about the news that there may be new evidence as the recruiter has surrendered. But of course, we have to confirm it first,” he said./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:22:22.631+01:00"6.22pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere’s human rights lawyer strongGeoffrey Robertson/strong, QC, speaking at a vigil in Martin Place in Sydney for strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, strongAndrew Chan/strong, and the seven others facing imminent execution./ppRenowned human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson speaking at a vigil for the a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a pair a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mercycampaign?src=hash"#mercycampaign/a a href="https://twitter.com/safimichael"@safimichael/a a href="http://t.co/IMGp5eJolU"pic.twitter.com/IMGp5eJolU/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:17:27.301+01:00"6.17pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppArtist strongBen Quilty/strong is a close friend of both strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong and strongAndrew Chan/strong, and has strongly influenced the former’s artistic style. a href="https://www.facebook.com/290611141314/photos/a.381900586314.165141.290611141314/10152695456346315/?type=1amp;permPage=1"He posted this message on Facebook a little earlier/a:/ppstrongJoko Widodo/strong tonight you will kill two good men, my friends. I want you to know that you may take their freedom and their lives, you may rob their fellow inmates of the support and love that both men have offered for so long, you can turn off strongMyu’s/strong imagination but you will never kill the memory of them. I have promised strongMyu/strong and strongAndrew/strong, their parents and their siblings, that I will fight against the death penalty for the rest of my life./ppI can also assure you that strongMyu/strong and strongAndrew/strong will care for the other inmates you will execute tonight. The six men and one young woman from the Philippines, Ghana, Brazil and Nigeria will have two constant, calming and compassionate voices beside them right until the last second. strongMyuran/strong will continue to translate your executioner’s words into English for strongMary Jane Veloso/strong and strongAndrew/strong will calm and console. I know that before the sound of your guns the island will hear the comforting whisper of strongMyuran/strong strongSukumaran/strong and strongAndrew/strong strongChan/strong./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:05:18.447+01:00"6.05pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppRappler a href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/91359-family-prepares-mary-jane-veloso-final-day?utm_source=twitteramp;utm_medium=referralamp;utm_medium=share_bar"spent the day with the family/a of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, a Philippines citizen who is among the prisoners expected to be executed within hours./ppHer last requests were reportedly the lyrics to the Jubilee song, a durian, and to see her whole family one final time./ppIt’s early Tuesday morning, April 28, and strongMaritess Veloso-Laurente/strong is doing things she hoped she never would./ppShe’s making preparations for the wake of her sister, strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, who is due to be executed anytime after 5pm./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T08:50:50.068+01:00"5.50pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere’s the Myuran Sukumaran painting that was brought over from Nusa Kambangan today, signed by all nine prisoners facing execution. It’s titled “Satu hati satu rasa didalam cinta” - One heart, one feeling in love./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T08:18:23.592+01:00"5.18pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppContrary to that previous post, Tony Spontana, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney-general, says the prisoners have been given extra time, until 8pm local time, to spend with their families on Nusa Kambanang./ppReports in Cilacap also say the attorney-general, Muhammad Prasetyo, will hold a press conference after the killings are finished./ppAttorney general spokesman says AG will hold press conference after executions a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a/ppFor security reasons, Attorney General's spokesperson says they would not confirm time for execution. More on Seven News at 6pm. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T08:07:38.403+01:00"5.07pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt’s just hit 2pm in Cilacap, and the families of strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong and strongAndrew Chan/strong will be saying what they expect to be their final goodbyes to the men – though the execution time has yet to be officially announced./ppThey’ve said they will make a statement to media upon their return from Nusa Kambangan. Though, a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/indonesia-set-to-execute-eight-foreigners-as-families-make-last-visit-to-prison"given the unedifying scenes this morning/a, we’ll have to see whether or not that happens./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T07:35:09.785+01:00"4.35pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe ABC is a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/bali-nine-chan-and-sukumaran-denied-spiritual-support/6428222"now reporting that/a, as well as being denied their choice of spiritual counsellor, strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong have been denied any spiritual support whatsoever in the final three minutes before they face the firing squad./ppIt is customary, according to the macabre regulations surrounding executions in Indonesia, for condemned prisoners to be accompanied by a spiritual adviser of their chosen faith in those last minutes. The adviser also has the option of actually witnessing the shooting./ppBREAKING: Chan and Sukumaran have been denied the right to spiritual support in the final moments before execution./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T07:24:13.817+01:00"4.24pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAccording to the Rappler, Philippines president Benigno Aquino is still trying to find a way to spare strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, the 30-year-old mother of two who could face firing squad in as little as eight hours./ppPresident Aquino calls Indonesian Foreign minster, proposes to keep a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a alive and make her a witness vs drug syndicate via a href="https://twitter.com/jetdsantos"@jetdsantos/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T07:12:17.430+01:00"4.12pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppEven as the hours in the official notice period whittle down, appeals on behalf of the nine condemned prisoners continue to be lodged. /ppLawyers for strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, a Brazilian man arrested in 2004 for importing cocaine, have filed a last-minute appeal in the administrative court to save his life, a href="http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-nine-executions-lawyers-file-last-ditch-appeal-for-brazilian-man-on-death-row-20150428-1mv4pr.html"the Sydney Morning Herald reports/a./ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash"#Indonesia/a set to execute a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brazil?src=hash"#Brazil/a citizen a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RodrigoGularte?src=hash"#RodrigoGularte/a despite a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bipolardisorder?src=hash"#bipolardisorder/a diagnosis a href="http://t.co/AbRtHZMX5e"http://t.co/AbRtHZMX5e/a a href="http://t.co/G7tDiMdWCn"pic.twitter.com/G7tDiMdWCn/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T06:54:19.844+01:00"3.54pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThis is strongMichael Safi/strong taking over from strongClaire Phipps/strong./ppThe former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has just lent his voice to the many calling for Joko Widodo to show clemency to the two Australians facing imminent executions./ppAs a long-standing friend of Indonesia with a deep affection for its people, I add my voice respectfully requesting this act of clemency./ppAs a life-long opponent of capital punishment, the truth is it achieves nothing but the further destruction of life./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:56:23.530+01:00"2.56pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian officials have brought out from Nusa Kambangan prison the final painting by strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong signed by a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553d9484e4b006cad0a26a12"all nine of the prisoners/a who have been condemned to die./ppMyuran Sukumaran's final paintings - blood and a heart - signed by all 9 who will dir tonight a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/newscomauHQ"@newscomauHQ/a a href="http://t.co/QdN8ghDJru"pic.twitter.com/QdN8ghDJru/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:53:21.923+01:00"2.53pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongGeorge Brandis/strong, Australia’s attorney-general, has called on his Indonesian counterpart to delay the executions until at least after a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553edc38e4b06e5ff72d1c78"the hearing before the constitutional court on 12 May/a:/ppOn 25 April 2015, I wrote again to Indonesian attorney general strongPrasetyo/strong regarding the cases of the two Australian men facing the death penalty, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. This was the third occasion on which I have appealed to the Indonesian attorney general./ppI drew to his attention that proceedings are still underway in both the Indonesian constitutional court and the Indonesian judicial commission that are relevant to Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:43:54.624+01:00"2.43pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongJulie Bishop/strong, the Australian foreign affairs minister, says the government is continuing to press the Indonesian authorities to halt the executions:/ppWhile they are still alive, there is still hope and I will continue to advocate all throughout today.br //ppWe will continue because both men have been rehabilitated./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:38:13.994+01:00"2.38pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Philippines department of foreign affairs (DFA) has been briefing reporters about what it says is the imminent execution of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong:/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Philippines?src=hash"#Philippines/a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose to hold media briefing about a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a Veloso's case a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a/ppDFA: The family was once again able to visit a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a today, and yesterday they were able to visit Mary Jane on the island a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a/ppDFA: The family was once again able to visit a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a today, and yesterday they were able to visit Mary Jane on the island a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a/ppDFA: Today we will be monitoring the situation, e.g. on the specific time... Hopefully it's not too late a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a/ppDFA when asked if diplomatic approach will still work: quot;Mukhang hindi naquot; (Perhaps no) a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:30:55.838+01:00"2.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIn March, the Guardian spoken to a police officer who has been part of the firing squad on Nusa Kambangan. He told my colleague strongKate Lamb/strong about his role:/ppThe mental burden is heavier for the officers that are responsible for handling the prisoners rather than shooting them./ppBecause those officers are involved in picking them up, and tying their hands together, until they are gone. br //ppI don’t make conversation with the prisoners. I treat them like they are a member of my own family./ppI say only: ‘I’m sorry, I am just doing the job.’ br //ppWe just come in, grab the weapon, shoot, and wait for the dying to finish. Once the ‘bam’ of the gun we wait 10 minutes, if the doctor pronounces him dead then we return, that’s about it./ppIt doesn’t take more than five minutes to be over./ppI am bound by my oath as a soldier. The prisoner violated the law and we are carrying out a command. We are just the executors. The question of whether it is sin or not is up to God./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:14:27.111+01:00"2.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAs well as vigils in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines – a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553ee6f5e4b02b6ca8a637c7"see here for more on those/a – there is a demonstration today in Hong Kong in support of strongMary Jane Veloso:/strong/ppRally in front of Consulate General of Indonesia in Hong Kong to appeal to Pres. Jokowi to a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaveMaryJaneVeloso?src=hash"#SaveMaryJaneVeloso/a a href="http://t.co/4HjA4hCSqG"pic.twitter.com/4HjA4hCSqG/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T04:49:01.451+01:00"1.49pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian authorities have not yet confirmed the timing of the executions./ppBut the 72 hours’ notice given at the weekend to the nine prisoners suggest they could take place as soon as midnight tonight, Jakarta time (3am AEST, 6pm BST)./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T04:14:29.114+01:00"1.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Chan and Sukumaran families have arrived in Cilacap port and had to be pushed through a heavy media pack by Indonesian police./ppMyuran Sukumaran’s sister, Brintha, was carried by her father Sam through the throng of waiting media./ppChan and Sukumaran are facing their final hours with their families ahead of their expected executions./ppIf the plan goes ahead, the families will have to say their final goodbyes and leave the island at 2pm (5pm AEST)./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T04:08:41.635+01:00"1.08pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553eeea4e4b06e5ff72d1c7c"Confirmation that Indonesian authorities will not allow/a the Australian men to have their chosen pastors with them at the point of execution. Chan and Sukumaran had been told they could have the two Christian ministers, strongChristie Buckingham/strong and strongDavid Soper/strong, to comfort them./ppNow the Indonesian attorney-general’s office says it will appoint its own religious counsellors to attend the execution./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:38:59.289+01:00"12.38pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe girlfriend of strongRaheem Agbaje Salami /strong(also known asstrong /strongstrongJamiu Owolabi Abashin/strong), one of the Nigerian prisoners facing execution and a cellmate of the Bali Nine pair on Nusa Kambangan, has shared this letter to President Widodo with reporters at the ferry port in Cilicap./ppThe letter was a href="https://twitter.com/Dan_Bourchier/status/592870658830381057"reportedly/a confiscated by military officials shortly afterwards./ppLetter from Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami's girlfriend begging president for mercy a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a a href="http://t.co/LMrVaKPf7Z"pic.twitter.com/LMrVaKPf7Z/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:30:00.298+01:00"12.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="https://twitter.com/George_Roberts/status/592877897985224704"Reporters at the scene/a in Cilicap say ambulances carrying a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553d9484e4b006cad0a26a12"the coffins that have been prepared/a for the prisoners have now arrived at the ferry terminal to be transported across to Nusa Kambangan./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:25:37.325+01:00"12.25pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-9-executions-final-insult-as-condemned-pair-denied-pastor-outraging-families-20150428-1muvxv.html?stb=twt"The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting/a that Indonesian authorities have refused a request by Chan and Sukumaran to have their pastor with them at their execution./ppIt says strongMichael Chan/strong, Andrew’s brother, told them via text message:/ppTheir last bit of dignity has been denied. br //pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:18:33.760+01:00"12.18pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore vigils are due to be held this evening ahead of the executions that could take place as early as tonight./ppHere are some of the events I am aware of; please do share details of more below the line or tweet me with information a href="https://twitter.com/Claire_Phipps"@Claire_Phipps/a. All times are local./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:59:11.649+01:00"11.59am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppNews of the vigils held in Australia on Monday have reached Indonesia – this is the front of today’s Jakarta Post:/ppTo everyone who purchased a Flower of Hope, you did this: a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KeepHopeAlive?src=hash"#KeepHopeAlive/a on front page of a href="https://twitter.com/jakpost"@JakPost/a. a href="http://t.co/Pq6lFMu2TC"pic.twitter.com/Pq6lFMu2TC/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:41:03.415+01:00"11.41am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAwful reports are coming in from Indonesia, where the families of the Bali Nine pair have had to fight their way through a scrum of media and onlookers:/ppCrazy scenes at port. Sukumaran's sister collapses as family trapped in hideous media scrum. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a/ppOne of male Sukumaran family members wide eyed screaming in fear as they arrive at port a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a/ppIncredibly distressing watching Sukumaran's mother crying as she walks to port to visit for last time. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="http://t.co/nFF60FKuzY"pic.twitter.com/nFF60FKuzY/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:30:47.162+01:00"11.30am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe families of Chan and Sukumaran have been in Indonesia, to push for a last-minute act of clemency and to spend what they hope will not be their final time with the two men./ppThe families have just arrived at the ferry port now to travel to see their loved ones. They have been told that they must say goodbye at 2pm Jakarta time (5pm AEST)./ppChan and Sukumaran families arrive at port for last visit with men before executions. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a a href="http://t.co/GTIbtQVBVZ"pic.twitter.com/GTIbtQVBVZ/a/ppWe’ve had a special day today. We’ve celebrated with some family and close friends./ppHopefully the president will show some compassion, some mercy, so these two young people can carry on with their lives. It’s in the president’s hands./ppShe tried to explain again: ‘If Mumma does not go home, just think Mumma is in heaven.’/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:21:31.197+01:00"11.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA friend of Sukumaran has told Sydney’s 2GB Radio that he will refuse to wear a blindfold when he goes before the firing squad, and will choose to look his executioners in the eye./ppstrongBen Quilty/strong, an Australian artist who has helped Sukumaran learn to paint while in prison, said:/ppMyuran always said to me that he would never take this lying down; that he would stare them down, that no one would cover his eyes, that he would face it with dignity./ppHe will face it with strength and dignity, I know that, I know that about him, because he won’t want his mother to think he’s a weeping mess at the end. He’ll want his mum to think that he’s brave and strong and dignified and she should be proud of the man that he’s become./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:07:22.157+01:00"11.07am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere was confusion in Australia on Monday night, after ABC’s QandA broke off mid-programme to say that Chan and Sukumaran had been given a date for a hearing in front of Indonesia’s constitutional court on 12 May./ppHopes were raised that this could mean a delay to this week’s planned executions./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:53:43.800+01:00"10.53am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppReporters in Indonesia say that the entrance to the ferry dock to Nusa Kambangan, where the executions will take place, are being heavily guarded./ppJournalists moved away from fence and dogs brought out a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust"@SkyNewsAust/a a href="http://t.co/q6jHwfYyPv"pic.twitter.com/q6jHwfYyPv/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:51:18.390+01:00"10.51am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA short film put together by high-profile Australians calling on prime minister strongTony Abbott/strong to do more to “save our boys” has been taken down from the video-hosting site Vimeo after complaints that it was politicising the clemency campaign./ppIn the video, actor strongBrendan Cowell /strongsays:/ppTony, if you had any courage and compassion, you’d get over to Indonesia and bring these two boys home./ppShow some balls./ppIf there was any indication being in Indonesia would help, of course we would be there./ppIt’s inconsistent with our message – our message that we’ve always had – which is that the only person who has the power to grant clemency for Myuran and Andrew is the Indonesian president./ppWe’re supportive of the efforts of the Australian government in advocating on the boys’ behalf./ppThe a href="https://twitter.com/MercyCampaign"@MercyCampaign/a had nothing to do w the quot;Save Our Boysquot; video amp; doesn't endorse it. Widodo is the only one who can save the guys a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:31:38.864+01:00"10.31am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppBoxer strongManny Pacquiao/strong, who is also a Philippines congressman, has issued a plea for clemency on behalf of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553d9484e4b006cad0a26a12"who faces execution within hours/a./ppI am begging and knocking at your kind heart that your excellency grant executive clemency to her by sparing her life and saving her from execution./ppOn May 2, I will be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Floyd Mayweather, which is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster if, in my own little way, I can save a life./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:10:47.432+01:00"10.10am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian authorities have signalled their intention to execute several prisoners on death row for drugs offences this week. On Sunday, nine coffins were prepared in Central Java and sent to Nusa Kambangan, the island where prisoners are put to death. a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/bali-nine-duo-transferred-for-execution-amid-australian-pleas-for-mercy"Chan and Sukumaran were transferred to the island in March./a/ppNine prisoners, including the Australian men, were given 72 hours’ notice of their imminent execution at the weekend./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T00:48:55.369+01:00"9.48am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, the two Australian men convicted in 2006 of running a drug smuggling operation from Bali, are expected to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia within hours./ppThe two were a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/26/australian-drug-smugglers-face-firing-squad"given 72 hours’ notice/a of their impending death sentence on Saturday, after a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/26/bali-nine-timeline-of-the-convicted-australian-drug-smugglers-story"all avenues of appeal were exhausted/a. 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Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL 2015 – as it happened

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pInspired by Dwayne Bravo Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by just two runs to win a thrilling, low-scoring game and move above Rajasthan Royals at the top of the table/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:14:25.541+01:00"7.14pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongWhat a ridiculous, peculiar, brilliant game that was. /strongKolkata will regret Uthappa and Pandey’s behaviour, and, perhaps that Ten Doeschate didn’t go earlier. But what an effort from Chennai - their spinners bowled very well, very well managed by Dhoni, and Dwayne Bravo produced the kind of exceptional performance that is within the ambit only of certain types of player and person. He finished with 3-22 off his three overs, and also took two catches, one of them an absolute jazzer. Phew. Chennai go top, and the two teams will reconvene on Thursday! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:10:36.050+01:00"7.10pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp20th over: Kolkata 132-9 (Ten Doeschate 38, Hogg 2)/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:10:19.824+01:00"7.10pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp19.6 Full again, slammed to cover this time. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:08:58.923+01:00"7.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp19.5 Full, Tendo comes down, lashes four to point. Seven needed, so six for a super-over. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:08:04.299+01:00"7.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp19.4 Finally! Slower but shorter, Tendo finds it, mashes six over midwicket. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:07:18.762+01:00"7.07pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp19.3 Slower again, straighter this time, Tendo makes room, misses. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:06:38.864+01:00"7.06pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp19.2 Another slower one, outside off, and Tendo doesn’t pick it - another dot. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:05:49.890+01:00"7.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp19.1 Here comes Bravo, slower ball, and Tendo slaps to point - but there’s a man there, so they don’t run. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:04:52.680+01:00"7.04pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp18.6 Hogg cover drives, the fielder can’t quite dive into, rather than over it, and that’s it: they run two, so 17 needed from the final over. Whatever happens, this is incredible! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:02:34.594+01:00"7.02pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppNehra’s around the wicket, full and straight, Yadav waves the bat, misses, and it’s middle-stump. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:01:51.625+01:00"7.01pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp18.4 Nehra goes around the wicket, it’s smeared down to long-off, they run one, try another, stop, try on the overthrow, go back. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:01:03.608+01:00"7.01pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp18.3 He’s onto this one, it’s length, in the slot, and zetzed over the fence for six at midwicket. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:00:19.596+01:00"7.00pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp18.2 Full toss, Tendo humps to square-leg, Bravo chses, it drops at his toes at goes for four. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:59:35.977+01:00"6.59pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /pp18.1 Nehra spears into Tendo’s body, no run. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:58:55.646+01:00"6.58pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong18th over: Kolkata 105-8 (Ten Doeschate 13, Yadav 0) /strongFour from the over, and two wickets; what a game this is, again. strongKolkata need 30 runs from 12 balls./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:57:17.083+01:00"6.57pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThis is some high-level dunderheidery, is this. Chawla sprints down the track, slams the ball directly above him, Dohni holds, and what a spell this is from the dancing Bravo! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:56:51.114+01:00"6.56pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong17th over: Kolkata 104-7 (Ten Doeschate 12, Chawla 0)/strong Two and a leg-bye bring Chawla onto strike - he can hold a bat, so tries a big shot and misses. That’ll learn him. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:53:05.592+01:00"6.53pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppCummins goes back in the crease, goes to cream his second ball over midwicket despite the batter at the other end. He gets naewhere near enough of it, and Jadeja has time to settle before taking the catch well in off the fence. Why?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:52:37.950+01:00"6.52pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong17th over: Kolkata 101-6 (Ten Doeschate 10, Cummins 0) /strongstrongKolkata need 34 runs from 18 balls./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:49:43.239+01:00"6.49pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppUnder pressure! Ne-ne-ne-ne-ne-ne-ne. Tendo pulls, they run, Russell insists on another after jogging through, Tendo says er later, he turns, Jadeja’s throw is good, Dhoni sweeps it in. What a game this now is!/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:49:21.512+01:00"6.49pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong16th over: Kolkata 100-5 (Ten Doeschate 9, Russell 4) /strongNehra back and a single to begin, Tendo turning to midwicket. Russell earns one to long-on, and then another each, and then and then and then and then./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:45:26.383+01:00"6.45pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong15th over: Kolkata 95-5 (Ten Doeschate 7, Russell 2) /strongSo, what does Andre Russell have? He takes a single first ball and Tendo does likewise, then both do the same. As with the Chennai innings, you wonder if there’s going to be any acceleration - I suppose if they continue with the current plan, they’ll be in it with two to go. strongKolkata need 40 runs from 24 balls./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:39:18.311+01:00"6.39pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThey’re actually going to ruin this! Bravo’s short with a slower one, Pathan goes to pull, misses, drags onto the stumps with an inside-edge. With Ashwin about to come back, Kolkata are struggling./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:38:52.525+01:00"6.38pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong15th over: Kolkata 91-4 (Pathan 13, Ten Doeschate 5) /strongIt’s Bravo into the attack, Dhoni’s new specialist death bowler, replacing Raina before the batsmen decide he needs getting got. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:36:45.649+01:00"6.36pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong14th over: Kolkata 90-4 (Pathan 13, Ten Doeschate 4) /strongSharma continues, and Pathan takes a single to third man. Then then try taking another to McCullum at point - he shies, hits the one stump he can see, but Tendo, diving, was back. Kolkata are just keeping the scoreboard moving for now, which is going to leave them needing multiple boundaries later on, when they already need at least one now. Gosh, this is tense all of a sudden. strongKolkata need 45 runs from 30 balls./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:31:04.188+01:00"6.31pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong14th over: Kolkata 84-4 (Pathan 9, Ten Doeschate 2) /strongKolkata are struggling to get the ball off the square here, so Ten Doeschate whips one to short midwicket - McCullum is on the scene, but somehow dives past it and takes a rap in the torso. That might be a big drop. Next ball yields a single, then a wide, and then a single - nicely pushed to long-on by Pathan. strongKolkata need 51 runs from 36 balls. /strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:27:55.044+01:00"6.27pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong13th over: Kolkata 80-4 (Pathan 7, Ten Doeschate 1)/strong Kolkata need to have a look at the board - this should still be a comfortable win, despite the shouting in the ground and buzz in the field. Talking of which, there’s McCullum, flying to his left at point, to save more runs - this is an electric performance from him. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:23:19.207+01:00"6.23pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppAnd Yadav tries, hooking at a quick, bouncy one and top-edging. It goes high, but even so, Bravo’s catch, running in from long-on to insert one hand underneath it just above the ground and on the dive, is amazing - especially given the danger of a collision with Faf, also in the hunt. Bravo is excited. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:22:53.166+01:00"6.22pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong13th over: Kolkata 76-3 (Yadav 16, Pathan 5)/strong Mohit returns - this could be the game here, if the batsmen get after him. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:20:18.746+01:00"6.20pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong12th over: Kolkata 76-3 (Yadav 16, Pathan 5) /strongRaina continues, and Yadav slams into the covers - where Ashwin dives and takes a crack on the spinning finger as they run two. He departs the field, but doesn’t look too concerned. Five from the over, and it’s that time again: Chennai need another wicket. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:16:09.910+01:00"6.16pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong11th over: Kolkata 71-3 (Yadav 12, Pathan 4)/strong It’s times like this where experience is handy - how to manipulate the ball around the field, the ability to compose and spot the bad ones amidst the general slowness that’s hard to get away. One from the over, and the rate is now above seven. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:13:17.890+01:00"6.13pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong10th over: Kolkata 70-3 (Yadav 11, Pathan 4)/strong Raina into the attack, bowling slowly and tossing them up - Yadav misses out on a full-toss, which indicates pressure now being felt. Gosh, and he foxes Pathan following a single, wandering across to the off-side and belatedly attempting a run into Dhoni’s gloves. Good over; few more of these, and Kolkata will start to wonder. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:08:54.097+01:00"6.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong9th over: Kolkata 67-3 (Yadav 9, Pathan 3) /strongJadeja races through this over, just three singles from it, which is just as well, as I’ve got my mind on my tyres and my tyres on my mind. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:05:22.710+01:00"6.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong8th over: Kolkata 64-3 (Yadav 7, Pathan 2)/strong Both these batters have talent and power, but do they have the composure and nous to sort this? Yadav lifts one over point for one, and Pathan sweeps two to square-leg. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:02:02.152+01:00"6.02pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppOh this is silly behaviours! A run-rate below six, and an out-of-nick batsman tries to get all of them in one hit. He doesn’t, presenting the ball to deep midwicket. Silly boy. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:01:03.114+01:00"6.01pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong7th over: Kolkata 61-2 (Pandey 15, Yadav 6)/strong Spin from both ends now, Jadeja beginning, and the pitch doesn’t look as belting as ten minutes ago. It’s pretty dry, apparently, so important to get runs against the new ball - and there’re four of them, Yadav edging, Raina slow to get down, and off it scurries to third man. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:57:59.236+01:00"5.57pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong6th over: Kolkata 54-2 (Pandey 13, Yadav 1)/strong Suddenly, the atmosphere has changed, and the ground is alive. Yadav takes a single, and there follow three dots and a further single. Can Chennai find another wicket?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:53:57.075+01:00"5.53pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppAs I said. Ashwin’s first ball, so Uthappa climbs in to a short one, spanking to midwicket, where McCullum braces to hold onto a stormer. He is a badass; there’s not other word for it. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:52:46.953+01:00"5.52pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong5th over: Kolkata 52-1 (Uthappa 39, Pandey 12)/strong Uthappa is just ridiculously slick at the moment, ruining a decent start to Nehra’s over by whipping his bat through a gentle lift over mid-off - it’s a one-bounce four. And to rub it all in, following a single, Pandey decides he’d better participate, edging between stationary keeper and slip for fo mo. I humbly supplicate that this be over. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:47:43.475+01:00"5.47pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong4th over: Kolkata 42-1 (Uthappa 34, Pandey 7) /strongOn comes Mohit Sharma - I wonder, might Dhoni have gambled on spin even at this early stage, given the need for wickets. And his first ball is short and slow, accordingly paggad to the fence at midwicket. And his second is short and slow, accordingly, paggad to the fence at deep-backward-square. Chennai are in a situation. And his third ball is short and slow, accordingly flip-scooped (upside down) to the fence at long leg. My days, McCullum is a bad man - after a single to Uthappa, Pandey punishes a wide one that smokes off the square, only for a flying stop to prevent the boundary. The required run-rate is 5.81. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:42:05.446+01:00"5.42pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong3rd over: Kolkata 28-1 (Uthappa 21, Pandey 6) /strongOooh hoo hoo, it’s Pandey to Pandey! Pandey takes a single from Pandey, which allows Uthappa to hoist six over midwicket - he was onto that so quickly and gracefully. And there’s four more, a floaty seam-upper clipped over the infield in the same region. Pandey, under pressure, responds with a wide, then pulls away in the delivery stride and returns to find the block-hole; better. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:36:59.147+01:00"5.36pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong2nd over: Kolkata 15-1 (Uthappa 10, Pandey 5) /strongIt’s to be Ashish Nehra from the other end, and his left-arm attack might be tricky for Kolkata to score from. But as long as they don’t get out, they’ll not mind that too much - any kind of sensible batting, and they win, given a run-rate of below seven. And it looks like Uthappa has sorted four of them playing down through point, but McCullum - who, in the first over, hit the stumps attempting a run out with a tennis shot - catches up with it to save one on the fence. Uthappa, though, isn’t to be denied - with the ball coming onto the bat, he’s not for hanging about, clubbing four high to square-leg after Pandey nabs a single. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:31:44.283+01:00"5.31pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong1st over: Kolkata 5-1 (Uthappa 1, Pandey 4)/strong Pandey is right on top of another wide one, meeting it at the top of the bounce and playing it down superbly through the covers and away to the fence. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:28:38.039+01:00"5.28pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppI say! Pandey, surprisingly given the new ball, gives Gambhir width first up. He reaches without moving his feet to run down to third man, and like Raina, feathers behind instead. We’ve got ourselves a ball-game! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:26:52.468+01:00"5.26pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongRight, back we are, as Yoda might say - /strongand Chennai need early wickets desperately. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:13:27.637+01:00"5.13pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppWhat an excellent performance by their bowlers, fielders and captain; Chennai were curiously supine once things started to go wrong. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:12:22.920+01:00"5.12pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong20th over: Chennai 134-6 (Du Plessis 29, Ashwin 9)/strong In comes Yadav, and Du Plessis has a fat swing at a shorter one, taking it in the sternum. It hurts, so he admires his abs - his emabz/em - to feel better. Dot. Then another, Faf trying to lift over his head, but missing, then a wide yorker from which they muster one. And oh! What’s this? A boundary? No! Yes! Ashwin turns to square-leg, a misfield forces Russell to charge after it, he catches up, flicks away from the fence, but his studs were in contact with a different part of it. And then four more, Ashwin flicking to fine-leg, before hammering the last ball to the man at cover - that’s one. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:07:37.837+01:00"5.07pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong19th over: Chennai 124-6 (Du Plessis 28, Ashwin 0) /strongSo, what can Chennai manage from the final over? They’ll want 15, the way things are going, they’ll do well to get more than six. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:05:19.926+01:00"5.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppWhat a clever, ballsy spell this has been! Hogg flights one a bit quicker as Jadeja advances, Jadeja looks at it like it’s a cryptic crossword clue disguised as a furry lawnmower, misses, and gone. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:04:58.039+01:00"5.04pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong19th over: Chennai 124-5 (Du Plessis 28, Jadeja 15)/strong Hogg to bowl out, and he’s forcing the batsmen to generate all the pace themselves. After two singles, Du Plessis makes room for a huge hoik, misses, and is nearly stumped. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:02:03.515+01:00"5.02pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong18th over: Chennai 121-5 (Du Plessis 26, Jadeja 14) /strongChennai have yet to manage an enormover, and barely look like they’re trying. But they should be, because if Gambhir and Uthappa get going, they’ll have a problem, however much they back their spinners. Cummins is back for his last over, four singles and two wides from it; Chennai have five wickets in hand, why have they not thrown the bat? /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:56:50.717+01:00"4.56pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong17th over: Chennai 115-5 (Du Plessis 24, Jadeja 12) /strongHogg is back, as yet, still unreferred to as the Hogster. His first ball is loose, and Jadeja bangs to midwicket, but finds the man - they run one. Then, Du Plessis flicks to the same area, bisecting two converging fieldsmen - that was perfection. Jadeja is looking to hit Hogg with the turn, over the leg-side, but isn’t looking to get underneath him yet. Nine off the over - barring amazing exploits, Kolkata are big favourites to win from here. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:51:54.834+01:00"4.51pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong16th over: Chennai 106-5 (Du Plessis 18, Jadeja 9) /strongDu Plessis brings up Chennai’s hundred with two turned away to square-leg, and Russell, who’s bowled very well, then chucks in another wide. He then ups his pace, though, 142 first - Du Plessis tries a pull, edges, and they run one - then knucks Jadeja in the coupon at 145. /ppNo ground is complete without one apparently.. a href="http://t.co/xVpIQJQZur"pic.twitter.com/xVpIQJQZur/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:46:52.596+01:00"4.46pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong15th over: Chennai 99-5 (Du Plessis 15, Jadeja 6) /strongChawla has bowled really well today, and keeps it tight as the batsmen look to get things moving. But, after two singles, Du Plessis has two chances to find the fence, first when given width and then with a short one, but both times, he picks out a fielder. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:40:58.188+01:00"4.40pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong14th over: Chennai 92-5 (Du Plessis 11, Jadeja 3) /strongCummins returns to attack Jadeja, who’s not into his kind of pace - there’s a slip in, too. Chennai need another 70 to consider themselves competitive, and for the now, don’t look like achieving it. Four from the over, and it’s time to talk tyres! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:35:57.441+01:00"4.35pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppTrouble for Chennai now. Bravo comes down the track to heave over the bowler’s head, but the bat turns in his hands through the shot, restricting the power and picking out long-off. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:35:09.410+01:00"4.35pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong13th over: Chennai 88-4 (Du Plessis 10, Bravo 5) /strongWhatever happens from here, Gambhir’s decision to bowl looks fine - Kolkata won’t be chasing a monster./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:32:18.285+01:00"4.32pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong12th over: Chennai 85-4 (Du Plessis 8, Bravo 4)/strong Chennai are in a situation here: do they take what they can, then go for it in the last five, or do they keep at it and risk losing further wickets? Bravo gives his opinion, off the mark with a welt over cover. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:28:54.203+01:00"4.28pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppHuge moment in the game. Russell tempts Dhoni with a bouncer, who tries to flick it away - but it’s cramped him and bounced properly, so that he gloves to the keeper. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:26:54.364+01:00"4.26pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 11th over: Chennai 79-3/strongstrong (Du Plessis 7, Dhoni 2)/strong Chawla returns and a Ten Doeschate misfield allows two from his first ball. In commentary, they’re nauseated on Hogg’s behalf, saying he should still be on, but perhaps they’re keeping him for the “death”. Six from the over, and suddenly, bit of pressure on Chennai. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:23:19.067+01:00"4.23pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 10th over: Chennai 73-3 (Du Plessis 3, Dhoni 0) /strongOut comes the dhiviniti, to a-whoopin’ an’ a-hollerin’. First ball, he takes a leg-bye, then arrives a wide, then a single to Faf, then a so very wide that allows them to run two too. Somehow, that’s eight off the over - only one off the bat. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:18:51.262+01:00"4.18pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppNot great from Raina, this. Aware that scoring has been restricted of late, he wafts away from his body looking to play a run down. But he doesn’t get enough of it, and guides the ball into the keeper’s gloves. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:16:52.288+01:00"4.16pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 9th over: Chennai 65-2 (Raina 17, Du Plessis 1)/strong There’s some nice turn and bounce for the spinners here, and as such, it’s looking much better for Kolkata. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:13:48.238+01:00"4.13pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppSmith is nowhere near making his ground - Pathan at 45, snatches on the run, and throws down the stumps. No idea why Raina wasn’t sent back, but. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:13:24.755+01:00"4.13pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 9th over: Chennai 64-1 (Smith 25, Raina 17) /strongLovely bowling from Hogg again, three singles, and then one that really turned, gripped and bounced that Raina edged behind.../pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:08:13.999+01:00"4.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 8th over: Chennai 61-1 (Smith 23, Raina 16) /strongAndre Russell replaces Yadav, slamting his first ball across Raina. He plays it down into the off-side, and they run - Gambhir is onto it, but fumbles, and the chance dissipates. Then, another single to the becalmed Smith, three dots, and a gorgeous cover-drive from Raina to end trhe over with a four. It’s time for a time-out tactical. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:04:26.459+01:00"4.04pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 7th over: Chennai 55-1 (Smith 22, Raina 11)/strong It’s time for the oldest player in IPL history, Brad Hogg, he of the 44 years. And he starts well, after Smith takes a single from his first ball, flighting them into Raina dead slow, who snap-nurdles one from the final delivery, but can muster nowt else. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:00:22.676+01:00"4.00pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong 6th over: Chennai 53-1 (Smith 21, Raina 10) /strongYadav continues, and Smith mistimes a single to square-leg. Then, he permits Raina some width, and a shoulder-high square cut for four reminds him of the effrontery of this strategy. If Chennai maintain this scoring rate for another five overs, Kolkata will be chasing a monster. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:55:47.378+01:00"3.55pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong5th over: Chennai 48-1 (Smith 20, Raina 6)/strong Raina will appreciate the spin - I wonder if Gambhir will chance some pace next over - and eases off the mark with a second-ball six, spanked over deep-backward-square. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:52:38.890+01:00"3.52pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThis is very well bowled - Chawla maintains equilibrium and gives a wrongun some air. McCullum doens’t pick it, plays around the pad, and that looks plumb. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:52:15.146+01:00"3.52pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong5th over: Chennai 42-0 (Smith 20, McCullum 19) /strongGambhir tries taking pace off the ball, introducing Chawla. McCullum permits himself a sighter, then takes a double-skip, stretches, and panels a wide one over the bowler’s heid for a two-bounce four. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:50:36.215+01:00"3.50pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong4th over: Chennai 38-0 (Smith 20, McCullum 15) /strongJust read something about “Ed Miliband’s spinners” - next, “Nigel Farage’s dibbly-dobblers”. Yadav, though, is anything but, mixing it up at terrific pace. He opens this over with a wide, though, before three dots - and then Smith top-edges six to that same bit of fence by Pathan, though he had no chance of getting that. Then, the pace is used to send a straight one hurtling to long-leg, and then another edge - it doesn’t carry, but speeds on by. Kolkata badly need a wicket, to, er, get Raina in. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:45:32.384+01:00"3.45pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong3rd over: Chennai 23-0 (Smith 6, McCullum 15)/strong Cummins is building pressure, bowling a tight line, close to McCullum’s body, very fast indeed. So McCullum dances to leg, jockeys down the track, and clubs six into the sightscreen. I bet he’s amazing at extracting the last dregs from the toothpaste. Anyway, he’s busy with batting for the now - a leg-bye and a single get him the strike, and then he clips a sharp yorker to the square-leg fence with amazing ease. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:40:26.599+01:00"3.40pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong2nd over: Chennai 11-0 (Smith 5, McCullum 5)/strong McCullum don’t waste no time, flashing at Yadav’s loosener to send it flying over the slips - on the third man boundary, Yusuf is slow to attempt a catch, and is close by when it drops at his feet. Then, after a leg-bye and a single, McCullum advances and swings, edging into the dust and behind, then rams one to mid-on. Both teams will consider this a satisfactory start - Kolkata’s men are charging in, and Chennai are repelling them. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:34:49.904+01:00"3.34pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrong1st over: Chennai 4-0 (Smith 4, McCullum 0) /strongSmith starts with a leave; I told you this league is impossible to predict. Then, after a forward-defensive, he waves the bat hard at an outswinger - looks like it might go to wide slip, but the chunky outside-edge sends it flying over the top for four. Cummins, though responds with a jaffa, just back of a length, seaming away, and almost past Smith before he decides to play. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:31:28.274+01:00"3.31pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongCummins to open.../strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:30:41.642+01:00"3.30pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongWarne is even more disbelieving/strong of Gambhir’s decision to bowl on seeing the pitch - “looks like a road”, he says. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:30:09.100+01:00"3.30pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongThere’s a fair old pitch in the ground, /strongas McCullum and Smith come out. Not sure I dig the primrose yellow garms, but. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:29:11.148+01:00"3.29pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongChennai’s huddle is more of a group hug./strong Either is silly. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:20:16.031+01:00"3.20pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongGreat news! /strongMark Butcher is still on holiday! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:19:59.836+01:00"3.19pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongDearie me, /strongthe state of Chennai’s batting line-up: Smith, McCullum, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Du Plessis, Bravo. Bravo! /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:11:39.076+01:00"3.11pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongWhile we wait:/strong on this day, 1996, popular culture - in the UK - looked exactly, and only, like this./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:09:02.242+01:00"3.09pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongWarne is surprised that Kolkata didn’t bat,/strong citing the heat./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:07:53.156+01:00"3.07pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongGautam Gambhir calls correctly, and Kolkata will bowl -/strong of course, MS Dhoni, of course, would’ve batted, of course. /ppChennai are unchanged, again; Kolkata leave out Narine, Morkel and Botha, bringing in Cummins, Hogg and Ten Doeschate.Presumably Narine is considered too much of a risk, and Morkel is injured. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:05:05.309+01:00"3.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongAnyway, it’s over to Ravi Shastri, the illest hypeman/strong in the Tamil Nadu area, for the toss. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:05:03.130+01:00"3.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongBut let’s have a go. /strongIt’s not especially hard to see either of these teams qualifying for the play-off - both, most importantly of all, clearly know what they’re doing, and it’s for that reason, more than any particular players, that have them second and third in the table. If we’re going to distinguish between them, I guess we could posit that Chennai as explosive and Kolkata as measured, but really, both are everything. I’d lean towards Chennai for that reason. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:05:03.130+01:00"3.05pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongSome incredible cricketers are going to perform some incredible cricket for our pleasure. /strongBeyond that, it’s impossible to know, or even to pretend to know. /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2015/apr/28/chennai-super-kings-v-kolkata-knight-riders-ipl-2015-live"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/ach.htm"img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/ach.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/225507362590/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/45d0fd7e/sc/15/a2t2.img" border="0"/
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House close to introducing NSA reform bill that will compete with Senate effort

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pUSA Freedom Act receives final push in the House but expected allies of the bill have raised new criticisms that could imperil the legislation/ppAs a crucial House committee makes its final push to pass a bill aimed at restricting the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of US phone records, new criticisms of the legislation from its expected allies are raising questions about its viability./ppThe 2015 version of the USA Freedom Act was expected to be released on Tuesday, following nearly 10 weeks of closed-door negotiations in Congress. Advocates of the bill, which passed the House in May before narrowly failing in the Senate in November, are leveraging the imminent expiration of a surveillance authority in the 2001 Patriot Act to push the USA Freedom Act to passage. /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/28/house-nsa-reform-bill-senate-usa-freedom-act"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d2e8da/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Troops roll in to Baltimore as Obama urges US to start 'soul-searching'

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ulliCity poised for military-enforced lockdown to prevent further rioting/liliObama admits: ‘There are some police who aren’t doing the right thing’/li/ulpThe city of Baltimore was poised for military-enforced lockdown on Tuesday in an effort to prevent another night of rioting over the death of a young black man, as President Obama urged the US to begin “soul-searching” over its growing crisis in race and policing./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2015/apr/28/baltimore-freddie-gray-riots-live-updates"Obama calls for 'soul-searching' over police violence after riots in Baltimore - live updates/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/28/baltimore-aint-it-hard-just-to-live"Oh Baltimore, ain’t it hard just to live | Letter from Alex Csicsek/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/28/baltimore-mayor-under-pressure-thugs"Baltimore mayor under pressure after 'space to destroy' remark/a /pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/28/baltimore-riots-fires-reaction-looting-protesters-hurt-community-unrest-just-beginning"'This is not the justice we seek': sorrow in Baltimore as grief turns into riots/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/28/baltimore-obama-troops-riots-police-protesters"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d2e8d6/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Aid flights to Yemen blocked after Saudi Arabian jets bomb airport runway

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pBombing by aircraft that had ignored warning to turn back intended to prevent Iranian plane landing in Sana’a airport/ppPlanned aid flights to Yemen have been blocked after Saudi Arabian jets bombed the runway at Sana’a airport on Tuesday./ppAircraft belonging to the Saudi Arabian-led coalition carried out the bombings on Tuesday afternoon to prevent an Iranian plane from landing in the Yemeni capital, a spokesman for the coalition said./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/aid-flights-to-yemen-blocked-after-saudi-arabia-bombs-airport-runway"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d342e0/sc/11/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Greek finance minister denies being sidelined from debt talks

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pYanis Varoufakis renews outspoken attack on eurozone partners despite being replaced as leader of bailout negotiating team/ppThe Greek finance minister has denied that he has been a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/27/greece-reshuffles-negotiating-team-creditors-yanis-varoufakis"sidelined from talks/a with Greece’s creditors on Tuesday as he resumed outspoken attacks on the country’s eurozone partners./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/27/greece-reshuffles-negotiating-team-creditors-yanis-varoufakis"Greece tries to ease tensions with lenders by reshuffling negotiating team/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/apr/28/greek-finance-minister-denies-being-sidelined-at-debt-talks"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d35b8d/sc/24/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Going Clear: the film Scientologists don’t want you to see

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pThe HBO film has been called ‘a powder-keg documentary’ about the controversial church. So why can’t it be screened in the UK?/ppThe most mesmerising moment in Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s wrecking-ball job on Scientology, watched so far by 5.5 million Americans, is a clip of leading church executives singing along to a clunking 1980s rock anthem, We Stand Tall. Disciples wave candles and sway in bad knitwear but, by this point in the HBO documentary, we know that the church allegedly blackmails adherents over their sex lives; that it is thuggish to those who question its conduct; that founder L Ron Hubbard was a conman who switched from writing bad science fiction to bad space religion; that his successor a href="http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3323979.htm"“Pope” David Miscavige is portrayed as a psychopath/a who has repeatedly hit and tortured his staff./ppSo, the clip of Scientologists singing along with Miscavige is sinister, an eerie negative of thousands of North Koreans weeping at the a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/dec/28/kim-jong-il-state-funeral-in-pictures"death of mass murderer Kim Jong Il/a. It feels like brainwashing in action. The North Koreans have an excuse for going along with thought control lest they end up in the gulag; Scientology’s extraordinary achievement, perhaps, is to pull off brainwashing in Florida, in California. But the church’s aggressive lawyers deny all that, and are working hard to prevent the film ever being broadcast in the UK./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/28/going-clear-the-film-scientologists-dont-want-you-to-see"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d334ee/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Tories accused of playing politics with Trident after defence debate

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pDefence secretary Michael Fallon refuses six times to confirm whether his party would vote to renew Britain’s nuclear deterrent under a Labour government/ppThe Conservatives have been accused of playing politics with Britain’s nuclear deterrent after the defence secretary refused six times to confirm whether the Tories would vote to renew Trident under a Labour government./ppMichael Fallon ran into trouble during a BBC2 debate when his Labour shadow, Vernon Coaker, challenged him about his claim that Ed Miliband would “barter away” Trident as part of a deal with the SNP to get into No 10./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/28/tories-playing-politics-trident-defence-secretary-michael-fallon-nuclear-deterrent"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d2f50a/sc/6/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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How Iran's supreme leader became Instagram video supremo

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pMany Iranian users were puzzled as to how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was able to post videos exceeding the maximum 15-second time limit. Here’s why/ppMany Iranian users are puzzled – how does Iran’s supreme leader manage to post videos exceeding the maximum 15 seconds on Instagram?/ppHis videos – often longer than a minute – are not the usual Instagram fare of artfully shot scenes of the 21st century, but excerpts from the 75-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speeches on topics such as deteriorating relations with Saudi Arabia and the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.br //ppHow does a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Khamenei?src=hash"#Khamenei/a post long videos to a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Instagram?src=hash"#Instagram/a ? a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ManotoNews?src=hash"#ManotoNews/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Manoto?src=hash"#Manoto/a/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/iran-blog/2015/apr/28/how-irans-supreme-leader-became-instagram-video-supremo"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d333f2/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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Air pollution causes low birth weight, Beijing study shows

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pThe reduction in air pollution achieved during the 2008 Beijing Olympics resulted in an increase in birth weight, new research has shown/ppAir pollution causes babies to be born smaller, according to a study of babies born just after the Beijing Olympics./ppThe research surveyed the birth weights of 83,672 babies born in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics, when the government closed down industry, raised vehicle emissions standards, stopped construction and introduced a license plate rotation to slash the number of vehicles on the road./pp spanRelated: /spana href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/feb/06/sooty-particles-air-pollution-baby-health"Air pollution increases chances of low birth-weight babies/a /p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/28/air-pollution-causes-low-birth-weight-beijing-study-shows"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/45d333ee/sc/14/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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