Barca must continue making history, says record man Messi

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A product of Barca’s academy and still only 26, Messi netted a hat-trick in their 7-0 drubbing of Osasuna at the Nou Camp, taking the Argentina forward’s tally to 371 goals and surpassing Paulino Alcantara’s mark of 369 set between 1912 and 1927.

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Messi’s latest treble means he is only one goal short of equalling Hugo Sanchez’s La Liga goals total of 234 to join the former Mexico striker in second on the all-time list and is closing in on record marksman Telmo Zarra, who scored 251.

The four-times World Player of the Year’s next chance to add to his haul is in Sunday’s La Liga “Clasico” at leaders Real Madrid, when a win would put Barca within a point of their arch rivals and defeat would deal a severe blow to their chances of a fifth domestic league title in six years.

“The important thing is that the team continues to make history,” Messi said in an interview on Barca’s TV channel on Monday.

“This group of players has won everything and deserves to continue achieving important things,” he added.

“It’s an honour to be able to be part of the history of such a great club.”

Messi appears to be hitting top form at just the right time with Barca through to the last eight of the Champions League and next month’s King’s Cup final, when they will play Real in a repeat of the 2011 showpiece.

Coach Gerardo Martino needs his Argentina compatriot to be on song to help revitalise their La Liga campaign and put recent poor performances, including defeats at Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad, behind them.

“After Valladolid we were on the receiving end of some tough criticism,” Messi said.

“We were the first to know that we hadn’t done things well and that we have to win everything if we want the league and everything else we are playing for.

“We hope to see a good version (of Barca at the Bernabeu) and to get a good result to maintain our title challenge.

“It’s a unique chance to close the gap to Madrid. It’s very difficult because we are the away team and playing a great side but we will try.”

(Writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, editing by Justin Palmer)

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Oldest known bilby wasn’t long in tooth

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A 15 million-year-old bilby fossil is very old but it certainly isn’t long in the tooth.

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The discovery of Australia’s oldest known bilby fossil shows the shy, nocturnal marsupial originally lived in rainforest before becoming a desert dweller.

Unlike their present-day descendants, the bilby from 15 million years ago also had short teeth for eating soft fruits.

Bilbies have since developed long teeth to dig holes for insects and worms, and chew through desert sand.

University of Queensland lead researcher Dr Kenny Travouillon says the discovery of the oldest known bilby fossil has taught scientists about how they have evolved to cope with Australia becoming a more arid environment.

“The animal had a long period of time to evolve through the changes,” he told AAP.

“The teeth of the fossil bilby are not very tall … because they only ate really soft fruits.

“If you compare it to the bilby today, the crown of their teeth are really, really tall and it’s basically evolved that feature so that as it wears down, it still has teeth available for the whole time that it lives.”

The 15 million-year-old fossil was unearthed from northwest Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Riversleigh region about five years ago by palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and the University of NSW.

The area near the Queensland-Northern Territory border is a well-known fossil site and has pockets of rainforest.

Dr Travouillon said the rock containing the fossil was dissolved about two years ago, leading to the bilby fossil’s discovery.

During the 1950s, a five million-year-old desert fossil was discovered by American palaeontologists at Lake Palankarinna in South Australia.

That bilby fossil also had short teeth.

Bilbies have been on earth for about 25 million years and are closely related to the bandicoot.

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The key women in Mick Jagger’s life

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Since becoming famous 50 years ago, Mick Jagger has had a series of high-profile relationships, most tragically with designer L’Wren Scott, who was found dead in New York on Monday in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

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Here are some of his former wives and girlfriends:

– Chrissie Shrimpton: A leading British model he dated in the mid-1960s, just as the Rolling Stones were becoming superstars. The relationship ended bitterly, with Shrimpton later saying she attempted suicide over his alleged affairs with other women.

– Marianne Faithfull: She was a teenager when she met Jagger and had a hit single in 1964 with a cover of the Rolling Stones ballad As Tears Go By. They were one of rock’s most glamorous couples in the late ’60s, but the relationship came apart after she had a miscarriage. In 1969, she nearly overdosed on Tuinals, which are sedatives, and she struggled with drug addiction for years after.

– Bianca Jagger: Mick Jagger met Bianca Perez-Mora Macias in 1970 and they were married a year later in France, a jet set occasion with guests including Paul McCartney and fellow Rolling Stone Keith Richards. They had a daughter, Jade, but the relationship soon soured and they divorced in 1978. A native of Nicaragua, Bianca Jagger is now a prominent human rights activist.

– Jerry Hall: Jagger began seeing the Texas-born model while still married to Bianca. Hall reportedly inspired the Stones’ classic Miss You. They had four children, but allegations of numerous Jagger infidelities helped drive them apart and they split up in 1999. A 1990 wedding ceremony in Bali was annulled.

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Copper futures closed up slightly

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Copper futures have closed slightly higher on the London Metal Exchange (LME) as investors remain largely unfazed by Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine.

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At the PM kerb close on Monday, LME three-month copper was up 0.1 per cent at $US6,479 a metric ton.

Crimea’s parliament said the region would formally seek Russia’s permission to rejoin the country as a republic, after more than 95 per cent of Crimeans on Sunday voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

The outcome of the vote had been widely anticipated by markets and investors and, as such, growth-related assets such as equities and base metals gained ground, unrattled.

The White House announced sanctions against seven Russian officials, two Crimea-based separatist leaders and former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and his presidential chief of staff in response to the referendum.

The European Union earlier adopted sanctions against 13 Russian officials and eight Crimean officials, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

“It seems that the markets have taken the Crimean referendum in their stride, as the outcome was pretty much as expected. Moreover, the fact that there has been no violence has helped various markets stabilise as well,” said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.

Some stronger-than-expected US economic data also lent some support to copper prices on Monday.

An index of manufacturing conditions in the New York region showed modest improvement in March, industrial production climbed in February at the fastest monthly growth rate since August, and a gauge of confidence among home builders ticked up in March.

Base metals are used widely in construction and manufacturing, making their prices sensitive to signs of economic growth.

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Polluted Paris forces half cars off road

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Paris has resorted to drastic measures to curb sky-high pollution by banning all cars with even number plates for the first time in nearly two decades.

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In a move that infuriated motorist organisations, around 700 police officers were deployed to 60 checkpoints around the French capital to ensure only cars with plates where numbers end with an odd digit were out on the streets.

Public transport has been free since Friday to persuade Parisians to leave their cars at home, and at rush hour on Monday morning, authorities noted there were half the usual number of traffic jams as drivers grudgingly conformed to the ruling.

Some, though, appeared unaware of the restrictions that came into force across Paris and 22 surrounding areas from 5:30am – or chose to ignore them.

“You don’t have the right to drive with your number plate,” a man on a scooter remarked to another while stopped at a red light.

“Oh really? I didn’t know,” the second driver replied before speeding off.

The restrictions will be reviewed on a daily basis, with odd numbers potentially banned on Tuesday if deemed necessary – a decision due to be made later in the day.

The government decided to implement the ban on Saturday after pollution particulates in the air exceeded safe levels for the fifth straight day in Paris and neighbouring areas, enveloping the Eiffel Tower in a murky haze.

On Monday, Airparif, an official monitor for air quality in Paris and neighbouring areas, said pollution levels had since fallen.

“There are encouraging signs that it is decreasing,” said Anne Kauffman, Airparif’s number two.

Those who chose to defy the ban risked a fine of 22 euros ($A34.26) if paid immediately, or 35 euros if paid within three days.

By midday Monday, Paris police said they had doled out nearly 4,000 fines to drivers not respecting the restriction.

Electric and hybrid cars, as well as any vehicle carrying three people or more, are exempted from the ban – the first since 1997.

France’s Automobile Club Association (ACA), which counts some 760,000 members, denounced the move as “hasty, ineffective”.

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S.Africa union plans mass protest

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South Africa’s largest union is calling a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest at the government’s failure to stem rampant youth unemployment.

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The 340,000-member National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), which has emerged as the government’s biggest critic, has called for marches in major cities across the country, including the economic hub of Johannesburg.

“We are tired of political parties and business organisations that often refer to youth unemployment as a ticking time-bomb but do little to address the problem,” Irvin Jim, NUMSA general secretary, said on Monday.

“The majority of the people who are out of jobs are the children of our members. Some have never worked in their entire lives.”

NUMSA, which largely represents workers in the automotive and metal sector, is at odds with the African National Congress (ANC) government over how to tackle youth joblessness.

It opposes the government’s youth wage subsidy legislation, which will incentivise companies that employ young people, preferring a job-seekers grant or basic income grant.

Last year the union, which forms the biggest part of the labour federation COSATU, the government alliance partner, broke ties with the ANC, saying the former liberation movement’s policies had become too capitalist.

“The present neo-liberal policies have failed to reverse the injustices caused by the previous apartheid government, the working class continue to suffer,” Jim charged Monday.

South Africa, which is the continent’s wealthiest country but dogged by stubborn levels of inequality, is rocked every year by hundreds of violent protests over substandard delivery of housing, electricity and water.

Unemployment officially stands at 24 per cent, but the true figure is believed to be higher and the bulk of the jobless are young people.

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Kidman heartbroken by L’Wren Scott’s death

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Nicole Kidman is shocked and heartbroken by the death of her close friend and favourite fashion designer, L’Wren Scott.

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Scott, 49, the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was found in her Manhattan apartment on Monday by an assistant.

New York police don’t suspect foul play.

“Nicole and L’Wren were close friends for 25 years,” a representative for Kidman told Rumorfix广西桑拿,.

“Nicole is heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything.”

Scott texted her assistant at 8.30am and asked that she come over to her apartment, police sources told the New York Daily News.

When she arrived, she let herself in with a key, found Scott and called 911.

Jagger is in Australia with The Rolling Stones On Fire national tour, which was due to begin in Perth on Wednesday.

Jagger’s spokesman says the singer is “completely shocked and devastated” by the news.

The US media are reporting the fashion designer took her own life, but say no note was found at the scene.

The Utah-born Scott was a red carpet favourite of Hollywood’s A-List, with Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Penelope Cruz wearing her creations.

But, her most loyal customer was Kidman, who called on Scott to dress her for the Academy Awards and other red carpet events.

Kidman wore a sequined Scott gown to the 2013 Oscars.

The New York Medical Examiner’s Office will determine a cause of death.

“A 49-year-old female was found this morning at 10.05am at 200 11th Avenue. She was unconscious,” an NYPD spokesperson said.

“She was pronounced dead on arrival by the emergency medical services.

“The investigation is ongoing.

“We are awaiting medical examiners to determine the cause of death.”

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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Netherlands easily beat UAE in T20

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The Netherlands eased to a six-wicket win against first-timers United Arab Emirates in the opening round of the World Twenty20 at Sylhet Stadium on Monday.

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Opener Stephan Myburgh hit a punishing 36-ball 55 with two sixes and seven boundaries to help the Netherlands overhaul a modest 152-run target with seven balls to spare.

It was a clinical finish by the Netherlands who are vying to progress from Group B for a place in the main rounds.

“We slowed down a bit towards the end and but I am happy to get over the line,” Netherlands skipper Peter Borren said.

“Myburgh set things up brilliantly and (Tom) Cooper was superb.”

Michael Swart (26) partnered Myburgh in a quickfire 69-run opening stand as the two put their team on the right track within the first seven overs.

Swart hit three boundaries and a six off just 16 balls while Wesley Barresi (24) and Cooper, who was 34 not out with four boundaries and a six, completed the task.

UAE, who won the toss and batted, lost their openers for 12 runs after just ten deliveries before Swapnil Patil (23) and skipper Khurram Khan (31) put on 67 for the third wicket to steady the innings.

Shaiman Anwar, who hit a solid 19-ball 32 with the help of four boundaries and a six, lifted the UAE past the 150-run mark.

Rohan Mustafa made 20 before medium pacer Ahsan Malik stopped the final over slog with a career best 3-16.

Cooper took 2-18 to complete an all-round performance for the Netherlands.

Khan admitted his team was short on runs and sloppy in the field.

“The way we started and the way we were playing, I thought 175 was on. But three wickets in the 15th-16th over changed the game and they bowled and fielded well,” said Khan.

“We dropped so many catches and that probably made the difference in the end.”

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The politics of the Malaysian Airlines pilot

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Najib Razak went before the cameras to declare that officials believe the plane was deliberately diverted and flown in an unknown direction somewhere along a wide arc from Kazakhstan to deep into the Indian Ocean.

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Now that the search for the Boeing 777 has turned into a criminal investigation, the authorities are taking a close look at the flight’s chief pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, and its first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid.

They quickly learned — as no doubt all of Shah’s friends knew — that the pilot was a strong supporter of Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Party. Indeed, Shah is believed to have attended Anwar’s court hearing on March 7 that overturned his 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges, a politically motivated case that the Malaysian government typically dusts off around election time. On Sunday, the British and Malaysian press treated the revelation with the shock you might reserve for damning evidence. Shah was described — by an unnamed source — as a “fanatical supporter of the country’s opposition leader.” Elsewhere, he is described (apparently by unnamed police sources) as “fervent” and “strident” in his political convictions. More than a week after the Boeing 777 disappeared, we lack a motive, a clear suspect, or even a crime scene, but we have our “Anwar Ibrahim connection.” That is Malaysian politics.

A fanatical supporter of Anwar Ibrahim does sound scary — as long as you know nothing about him.

Anwar is the 66-year old opposition leader who is the principal thorn in the side of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) that has ruled Malaysia for 56 years. Anwar heads a coalition of parties, which includes his own multiethnic party, that has made the greatest inroads against the country’s corrupt masters. In 2008, the opposition won more than a third of the seats in parliament — the first time that UMNO lost its supermajority that allowed it to change the constitution at the prime minister’s whim. Anwar, who had been a political prisoner for six years, most of it in solitary confinement, won his seat in a landslide, and the opposition won five of the country’s 13 state governments. Last year, his opposition party claimed to have won the election against the ruling party, a contest that many say was marred by widespread fraud. Anwar supported the massive protests that followed the ruling party’s supposed victory, but he never called for a toppling of the government.

Anwar is trying to defeat Malaysia’s authoritarian regime through elections — not terrorism, let alone revolution. So, to be clear, what we know is that the pilot of MH370 is a fanatical supporter of a nonviolent man who supports a pluralistic and democratic Malaysia.

Of course, we don’t know Shah’s precise state of mind, and it is true that hours before the flight, his political hero had just been dealt bad news with the court’s decision to overturn his previous acquittal. But this is not news that Anwar or his close supporters would have found shocking. On several occasions I have interviewed Anwar, most recently at his home in 2011, he was always forced to operate under the threat of these politically trumped-up charges that he viewed as nothing more than a weak effort to discredit him. Indeed, few Malaysians view the government’s accusations as anything other than evidence of crooked politics, and Anwar has only become more popular and UMNO’s rule more brittle.

But, if we are engaging in wild theories — and why not, this is Malaysian politics — then why would unnamed police sources be playing up the pilot’s political beliefs a week after we are no closer to knowing the truth about MH370? Because the Malaysian authorities’ performance during this investigation is a pretty reasonable approximation of what passes for governance in a corrupt, nepotistic regime that long ago lost any purpose besides accumulating wealth and extending its own power. Malaysia has fallen behind its Southeast Asian competitors economically in large part because of its stunted political culture. Acting transportation minister Hishammuddin Hussein’s defensive press conferences and updates, which range from opaque to contradictory, are what you’d expect from government ministers who are seldom expected to answer questions.

So, is it possible that Shah hijacked the Malaysia Airlines flight in some twisted form of protest against the government? Of course — even if it seems a less likely explanation than the half dozen other theories that are being floated. Because, whatever happened on board Flight 370, Shah’s support of Anwar Ibrahim is the one piece of evidence that suggests he had a firm grip on reality, not that he was trying to escape it.

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Last words from missing Malaysian jet

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The last words from a Malaysian passenger jet missing for 10 days were apparently spoken by the co-pilot, the airline says, providing a glimpse into the crucial period when the plane was deliberately diverted.

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Clarification that the voice was most likely that of First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid came during a press conference at which Malaysian officials hit back at “irresponsible” suggestions that they had misled the public – and passenger’s relatives – over what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid have become a primary focus of the investigation, with one of the key questions being who was in control of the aircraft when it veered off course about an hour into its flight to Beijing.

The nonchalant-sounding last message from the cockpit – “All right, good night” – came around the time that two of the plane’s crucial signalling systems were manually disabled.

“Initial investigations indicate it was the co-pilot who basically spoke,” said Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

The last signal from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) was received 12 minutes before the co-pilot’s final words.

The plane’s transponder – which relays the plane’s location – was switched off just two minutes after he spoke, and a few minutes later the aircraft turned back on its flight path.

Yahya said it was not clear precisely when the ACARS system, which sends a signal every 30 minutes, was disabled. Officials had previously maintained it was manually turned off before the final cockpit message.

The Malaysian authorities have stressed that the backgrounds of all the passengers and crew were being checked, as well as engineers who may have worked on the plane before take-off.

But Michael McCaul, chair of the US House Homeland Security Committee, said US intelligence briefings had seemed to lead “towards the cockpit, with the pilot himself, and co-pilot”.

The plane went missing early on March 8 with 239 passengers and crew aboard, spawning a massive international search across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean that has turned up no trace of wreckage.

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