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Priyanka Chopra Blingy Avatar Is Inspiration You Need For a Girl’s Party

Last Updated: January 31, 2023, 07:30 IST

Priyanka Chopra like always made a head-turning appearance and hogged all the limelight with her outstanding blingy sartorial pick. (Images: Instagram)

Priyanka Chopra like always made a head-turning appearance and hogged all the limelight with her outstanding blingy sartorial pick. (Images: Instagram)

What do you think of this look, goals or not?

If you ever need fashion inspiration for a girl’s night out, you can always count on our Desi Girl, aka, Priyanka Chopra. We may know her for her acting chops, but Priyanka’s fashion sense is all about keeping it trendy yet chic. If you take a look at her fashion diaries, you will be convinced that Priyanka knows how to style herself for every occasion.

Recently, the actress served some colourful, blingy and glam style statements for a girl’s party as she joined her celebrity friends Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum and Rita Wilson at Anastasia Beverly Hills’ 25th-anniversary party on Sunday. And the results are an absolute treat.

Seems like the actress had quite a blast as she posted a few sneak peeks from the party. Priyanka Chopra like always made a head-turning appearance and hogged all the limelight with her outstanding blingy sartorial pick and stunning makeup, which made us go ‘wow’!

She shared a full photo from her walk-in closet on her Instagram story and hands down the actress looks bedazzling in it. Priyanka Chopra played muse for Elie Saab as she picked a purple bling outfit from the designer’s shelves. The ankle-length tulle skirt was adorned with sequins and featured pleats, a flowy silhouette. She teamed it up with a sequin-embellished blouse featuring collar and front buttons and green and pink sequins. She styled the glitzy ensemble with a matching jacket with puffed-up sleeves and loose-fitting, purple stilettos and dazzling accessories to set herself apart from the crowd.

What made her stand out of the crowd was not only her glam and blingy take on the sequins, but also her sensuous yet captivating eye makeup that is all the rage right now, and we can’t wait to try it out.

As she decided to party with top celebrities of Hollywood like Modern Family fame- Sofia Vergara, Dark Angel lead actress Jessica Alba, model Heidi Klum, and Runaway bride actress Rita Wilson, Priyanka Chopra made sure to take the glamour quotient up by a notch. The actress sported flawless and radiant skin and opted for stunning smokey eye makeup. Priyanka applied a subtle smokey eyeshadow, winged blue liner on the eyelids and on the waterline and mascara-laden eyelashes. She opted for feathered eyebrows to draw attention to her eyes and kept her lip shade soft. To keep up with the blingy outfit, she added a highlighter as well, which defined the high points of her face and instantly elevated her look.

What do you think of Priyanka Chopra’s glitzy blingy outfit?

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Dallas: Two monkeys ‘stolen’ from zoo where leopard escaped enclosure

Two monkeys emperor tamarin missing from Dallas Zoo are believed to have been taken (Picture: Getty Images)

Two monkeys are believed to have been stolen from the same zoo where cuts were found on fencing that allowed a leopard to escape.

Dallas Zoo on Monday morning alerted the city police department that its animal care team had found two of its emperor tamarin monkeys missing.

‘It was clear the habitat had been intentionally compromised,’ tweeted Dallas Zoo that evening.

The zoo went on to explain what led officials to believe the monkeys did not disappear on their own.

Emperor tamarin monkeys ‘likely stay close to home’ but were not found on the zoo grounds (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Emperor tamarin monkeys would likely stay close to home – the Zoo searched near their habitat and across Zoo grounds, and did not locate them,’ tweeted the zoo. ‘Based on the Dallas Police Department’s initial assessment, they have reason to believe the tamarins were taken.’

The zoo did not immediately share any further information and said the matter was under investigation by the police department.

It comes just over two weeks after a clouded leopard escaped its enclosure at the zoo, causing the facility to close to the public amid the search. The 20-pound leopard, named Nova, was found safe near her enclosure later that afternoon.

However, zoo personnel found what looked like small cuts on the fence of her enclosure.

A clouded leopard escaped earlier this month and cuts were found on its enclosure (Picture: AP)

‘It is our belief that this was an intentional act,’ said Dallas Police Sergeant Warren Mitchell.

That was not all that was found at the time.

‘Zoo personnel showed investigators a similar cut found at a habitat that enclosed a breed of monkey known as Langurs,’ the police department stated.

None of the four langur monkeys escaped their enclosure.

Dallas Zoo earlier on Monday informed patrons that it would be closed due to inclement weather. Shortly before announcing the missing emperor tamarin monkeys, the zoo said it would be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday as well due to icy conditions.

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Three or more concussions linked with worse brain function in later life

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Experiencing three or more concussions is linked with worsened brain function in later life, according to major new research.

The study—the largest of its kind—has also found having just one moderate-to-severe concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a long-term impact on brain function, including memory.

Led by teams at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter, the research included data from more than 15,000 participants of the online PROTECT study, who were aged between 50 and 90 and based in the UK. They reported the severity and frequency of concussions they had experienced throughout their lives, and completed annual computerized tests for brain function.

Published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, the paper found that people who reported three or more concussions had significantly worse cognitive function, which became successively worse with each subsequent concussion after that. Attention and completion of complex tasks were particularly affected.

Researchers say people who have had concussions should be warned of the dangers of continuing high-risk sports or work.

Lead investigator Dr. Vanessa Raymont from the University of Oxford said, “We know that head injuries are a major risk factor for dementia, and this large-scale study gives the greatest detail to date on a stark finding—the more times you injure your brain in life, the worse your brain function could be as you age.

“Our research indicates that people who have experienced three or more even mild episodes of concussion should be counseled on whether to continue high-risk activities. We should also encourage organizations operating in areas where head impact is more likely to consider how they can protect their athletes or employees.”

The team found that participants who reported three episodes of even mild concussion throughout their lives had significantly worse attention and ability to complete complex tasks. Those who had four or more mild concussion episodes also showed worsened processing speed and working memory. Each additional reported concussion was linked to progressively worse cognitive function.

Furthermore, the researchers found that reporting even one moderate-to-severe concussion was associated with worsened attention, completion of complex tasks and processing speed capacity.

In the online PROTECT study, participants share detailed lifestyle information, and complete a suite of cognitive tests every year, for up to 25 years. This rich mine of data helps researchers understand how the brain ages, and the factors involved in maintaining a healthier brain in later life.

Dr. Helen Brooker, a study co-author from the University of Exeter, said, “As our population ages, we urgently need new ways to empower people to live healthier lives in later life. This paper highlights the importance of detailed long-term studies like PROTECT in better understating head injuries and the impact to long term cognitive function, particularly as concussion has also been linked to dementia. We’re learning that life events that might seem insignificant, life experiencing a mild concussion, can have an impact on the brain. Our findings indicate that cognitive rehabilitation should focus on key functions such as attention and completion of complex tasks, which we found to be susceptible to long-term damage.”

Dr. Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said, “Studies like this are so important in unraveling the long-term risks of traumatic brain injury, including their effect on dementia risk. These findings should send a clear message to policy makers and sporting bodies, who need to put robust guidelines in place that reduce risk of head injury as much as possible.”

The PROTECT study is conducted entirely online, and is open to new participants aged 40 and over.

The research included collaboration with University of New South Wales, Australia; Kings College London and University College London, UK; Stavanger University Hospital in Norway; and Harvard Medical School in the U.S.

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Vanessa Raymont et al, Lifetime TBI and cognitive domain deficits in late life: The PROTECT-TBI cohort study, Journal of Neurotrauma (2023). DOI: 10.1089/neu.2022.0360

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AIG fires interim chief financial officer

AIG has fired its interim chief financial officer less than a month after giving him the position, saying he breached the insurance group’s confidentiality rules.

Mark Lyons, who stepped into the CFO role when Shane Fitzsimons went on medical leave in early January, is leaving the company with a negotiated pay-off of $7.5mn, AIG said on Monday.

According to a regulatory filing, Lyons, 66, was fired last Tuesday “after the company became aware that he violated his confidentiality/non-disclosure obligations”.

It provided no specific details of the violations but said they were “unrelated to the company’s financial statements, financial reporting generally and related disclosure controls and procedures, or reserves”.

A legal settlement between AIG and Lyons said that he had not used or disclosed confidential information, “other than with respect to the sharing of access to company-issued communication devices”.

Under the terms of the settlement, Lyons agreed not to sue AIG over his termination. He will lose unvested bonuses, but be paid two lump sums of $3.75mn over the next year. The company said the payment was “in recognition of [his] contributions to AIG since he joined the company in 2018”.

Lyons was AIG’s global chief actuary and head of portfolio management before being made interim CFO this month. He had done one stint in the CFO role, from 2018 to 2021, having joined AIG from Arch Capital.

According to AIG’s most recent annual report, Lyons was paid $8.8mn in 2021, $10.3mn in 2020 and $7.8mn in 2019.

AIG, under chief executive Peter Zaffino, has been continuing with an on-off restructuring that recently included putting its financial products group into bankruptcy and conducting an initial public offering of its life insurance and asset management business, which has been rebranded as Corebridge Financial.

Lyons has also resigned as a director of Corebridge, the company said on Monday.

AIG has appointed Sabra Purtill, Corebridge’s chief investment officer, as its new interim CFO. Turab Hussain, currently chief risk officer of general insurance, will be interim global chief actuary.

Apple Sells 2 Million iPhones In India In Holiday Quarter, Logs 18% growth


Last Updated: January 30, 2023, 15:14 IST

Every fourth iPhone will be made in India by 2025.

Every fourth iPhone will be made in India by 2025.

According to the latest CMR data, iPhone 14 series logged 59 per cent market share in Q4 2022, followed by iPhone 13 series at 32 per cent growth.

Apple sold 2 million iPhones in India in the holiday quarter (Q4) of 2022, registering 18 per cent growth (quarter-on-quarter) for its flagship device, new data showed on Monday.

The India market share of iPhones reached 5.5 per cent for 2022, an 11 per cent growth (year-on-year).

For 2021, Apple iPhones had logged 48 per cent YoY growth with 4.4 per cent market share in the country.

According to the latest CMR data, iPhone 14 series logged 59 per cent market share in Q4 2022, followed by iPhone 13 series at 32 per cent growth.

Apple also sold 0.2 million iPads in India in Q4, and iPad Pro 2022 Series registered 30 per cent growth.

Currently, Apple accounts for around 5 per cent of the overall smartphone market in the country.

The iPhone manufacturer is now looking seriously at India and Vietnam to bolster its supply chain in the next 2-3 years.

Apple aims to ship 40-45 per cent of iPhones from India compared to a single-digit percentage currently, according to Kuo.

Every fourth iPhone will be made in India by 2025, according to JP Morgan.

India accounted for 10-15 per cent of iPhones’ overall production capacity at the end of 2022.

Apple became the first smartphone player in India to have exported $1 billion worth iPhones in the month of December. It currently manufactures iPhones 12, 13, 14 and 14 Plus in the country.

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Why up and comer Crawley’s popular with families and first-time buyers

Crawley is cheaper than other similar towns close to London (Picture: Getty)

With a fast commute into London, friendly faces, sensibly-priced houses, and proximity to Gatwick Airport, the West Sussex town of Crawley is flying high.

Crawley’s unofficial ambassador is Romesh Ranganathan who has decided to keep it real and stay in Crawley, the town where he grew up, went to school and taught maths before finding fame. He often talks about it, throwing the spotlight on a place that’s sometimes derided but has much to recommend it.

Transport links are fantastic – it’s close to Gatwick airport and the M23, just over half an hour from the coast at Brighton, and has fast trains into London.

It also has good schools, a welcoming, multi-cultural community and reasonably priced properties. As a designated post-war New Town, Crawley’s population grew rapidly during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The majority of housing was built during this period and the typical home has three bedrooms and is on a cul-de-sac.

‘This is a well-serviced town and much more affordable than Tunbridge Wells or Sevenoaks,’ says Victoria Cook of local estate agency King & Chasemore. ‘One-bedroom flats in the town start from £225,000 and three-bed terraces from £330,000.

‘We get a lot of young families as it’s child-friendly, with Gatwick being a big pull.’

What’s new

Bellway has recently launched Riverbrook Place, a mix of 111 one and two-bedroom flats, and two, three and four-bedroom houses in Forge Wood, Crawley’s newest neighbourhood north-east of the town centre.

Prices at Riverbrook Place start at £239,500 for a flat (Picture: Supplied)

A couple of show homes will open their doors this Saturday, and the first homes are expected to be ready this spring. Flats are from £239,500 and houses from £375,000 from Bellway.

Those who’d prefer to live more centrally should try Zurich House, where a couple of two-bed flats remain. From £260,000, via Connells.

The newly-built Zurich House (Picture: Supplied)

Kilnwood Vale, in Faygate on the western edge of Crawley, will be a neighbourhood of around 2,500 homes, plus shops, a school, improved access to main roads and 140 acres of green space. The current phase, Harpers View at Kilnwood Vale, consists of two, three and four-bedroom houses, all traditionally designed to reflect the local architecture. They start from £374,950 via Crest Nicholson.

Traditionally-designed houses in Harpers View (Picture: Supplied)

Woodgate, a joint venture between Thakeham and Abri, is a new village community of one to five-bedroom homes in Pease Pottage, just south of Crawley. The latest phases are Waterside Edge, comprising flats and houses with waterside views, and The Villas on the Green, a collection of light-filled, Nordic-style four-bedder. From £295,000 for a one-bedroom flat and from £435,000 for a two-bedroom house via Woodgate.

Crawley’s vital statistics

Average house price: £365,709

Average rent: £1,451 pcm

Council tax (Band D): £1,999.44

Commuting time to Zone 1: From 34 mins from Three Bridges to London Bridge; 38 mins to Victoria (rush hour only)

Annual season ticket: From £3,900

Amenities: Asda Superstore, Tesco Extra, Sainsbury’s, Lidl; County Mall, a shopping centre; County Oak retail park just north of the town; Crawley Leisure Park; The Hawth for theatre, music, comedy and dance; K2 leisure centre; Crawley Museum

Open space: Goff’s Park; Tilgate Park and nature reserve; Worth Park; Bewbush Water Gardens; Buchan Country Park

Schools: Bulk of local schools rated good by Ofsted.

Crime: About average

Who lives there? First-time buyers and young families

Schools, crime and house data supplied by zoopla.co.uk

Property ladder


First rung – a generously-sized two-bed flat (Picture: Supplied)

A second-floor flat in a purpose-built block on Crawley High Street. Comprises a generously sized living room/kitchen, a double bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and a bathroom, via Fox & Sons.


A step up – potential for growth (Picture: Supplied)

This three-bedroom house has a lovely open plan kitchen/living/dining room, a flexible room ideal for use as a study, playroom or fourth bedroom, and a south-facing garden, via King & Chasemore.

£1.25 million

Top rung – a grade II-listed abode (Picture: Supplied)

Located on the town’s semi-rural outskirts, this substantial Grade II listed house includes six bedrooms, three bathrooms, an inglenook fireplace and exposed beams throughout, via Connells.

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Season: A Letter To The Future review – the waking simulator on a bike

Season: A Letter To The Future – not a fast-paced game (pic: Scavengers Studio)

A thoughtful new indie game explores issues of memory and growth in a captivating game world on the verge of catastrophic change.

As the heydays of fighting games, racers, and first person shooters recede in life’s rear view mirror, video games are starting to embrace subject matter that would traditionally have been viewed either as too complex or insufficiently action-packed. Titles like Journey and What Remains Of Edith Finch? were early indicators of a medium growing past its adolescence, opening the door that allows games like Season: A Letter To The Future to prosper.

There’s still interaction and a degree of player agency to these games, but instead of pumped up heroics and gunplay you get mysteries that aren’t immediately (or in some cases, ever) explained, and an examination of the human condition that wouldn’t be possible sitting behind a steering wheel or belt-feed machine gun. These sort of games have a more meditative pacing, which can feel like a welcome respite from the interesting times in which we live.

In Season: A Letter To The Future you play as a woman about to embark on a new chapter of her life, leaving the happy but insular mountain village where she grew up to go and explore the wider world. However, it’s quickly apparent that this isn’t the world we know, even if it shares many of the same props.

Your first job is to find objects in your house that inspire strong memories associated with each of the five senses. You need them to power-up a magical charm that acts as protection from the mysterious ‘dream sickness’ that afflicts everyone outside the village. The twist is that every item you add causes your mother to lose the related memory forever. It’s a poignant beginning that foreshadows its themes of memory and irrevocable change.

In a nod to good old adventure game tradition, you’re also given the equipment you’ll need on your quest: a polaroid camera, a tape recorder, and a journal to log your discoveries. As you leave your house and explore the village, you’re encouraged to photograph anything that catches your eye and record interesting sounds you stumble across.

Once you’ve collected five or more sights and sounds in a particular area, you’re prompted to add them to your notes, scrapbook style, positioning pictures, captions and recordings across its pages. It’s a process that brings a number of surprises; firstly that there’s no reward for doing it beyond the intrinsic satisfaction of seeing your observations laid out in front of you, and secondly that despite not being gamified in any way you find yourself diligently repeating the exercise for every area you chance across.

As you leave the village, you’re presented with your final inventory essential: a bike. Pedalling away from the gates, the PlayStation 5’s adaptive triggers offering just the right level of resistance to convey the sense of effort, you’re soon freewheeling downhill into a valley that is itself in a moment of radical change.

Riding past the destroyed hulks of vast industrial cranes, you soon find out that the entire area is about to be submerged in water thanks to a decaying dam. Rather than leave it to fate, authorities have decided to demolish it, flooding the valley at a nominated date and time, giving residents time to evacuate. You’ll be one of the last to see it before the deluge washes everything away.

You’ll also record it for posterity, creating your personal letter to the future, as you tease out abstruse details of the dream sickness and its potential causes and cure. Despite the looming flood, it’s an unhurried process that gives you plenty of time to wander, look and listen, before committing your findings to your journal.

Season: A Letter To The Future – on your bike (pic: Scavengers Studio)

Dialogue is sparse, with relatively few people remaining in the valley, and along with fragments of text from posters, letters, and scrawls on the backs of photographs, often has a sort of inscrutable mock-profundity. Elliptical statements and half-drawn characters never really give you enough information to make sense of what the developers are trying to convey. It adds to the air of mystery, but also feels a bit cheap.

This is also true of the lack of real exploration. While there are occasional forks in the road, and places that feel as though you could easily have cycled right past them, it’s far from an open world. Stray from the paved road or trail and you’ll soon bump up against immoveable obstacles, some of which snag you or your bike, trapping you temporarily and occasionally forcing you to close and reopen the game.

You do have freedom – namely the content and layout of your journal, and the ability to include anything you see fit – but as with most games in the pejoratively named walking simulator genre, the experience is at least partly on rails. That’s also because its main focus isn’t actually exploration, so much as the emotions and histories you uncover and document as you photograph the scenery, or simply cycle through it.

It’s just a shame it doesn’t have more to say. Like Firewatch, another game whose story failed to live up to its atmosphere and setting, it manages to create a wonderful sense of place, but then doesn’t do anything with it. Mysteries are all very well, but you can’t shake the sense that all you get here is a jumble of clues that don’t actually lead anywhere.

Season: A Letter To The Future’s languid pacing and lack of danger make it relaxing to play, and creating your scrapbook is a novel and pleasing process. The problem is you’re unlikely to be able to make much sense of its contents, the game’s plot remaining resolutely opaque despite your best efforts to record and decode it.

Season: A Letter To The Future review

In Short: A poignant, slow-paced but ultimately shallow exploration of memory and legacy in a changing world, that also manages to be the world’s first cycle-based walking simulator.

Pros: Evocative art style, elegantly drawn scenery, and pared-back text all create an impressive and consistent mood. Strangely compelling gameplay, despite the lack of immediate reward.

Cons: The experience is fundamentally on rails and there’s no skill involved. You occasionally get stuck on pieces of scenery and the story’s way too ambiguous for its own good.

Score: 6/10

Formats: PlayStation 5 (reviewed), PlayStation 4, and PC
Price: £24.99
Publisher: Scavengers Studio
Developer: Scavengers Studio
Release Date: 31st January 2023
Age Rating: 3

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World Athletics: Eilish McColgan says more work needed on possible transgender women athlete advantages

Eilish McColgan
Eilish McColgan won 10,000m gold for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 2022

Eilish McColgan, one of Britain’s leading long-distance runners, says “a lot more work needs to be done” around the possible advantages of transgender women competing in elite female athletics.

World Athletics has proposed continuing to allow transgender women to compete in female international track and field events.

The governing body has said its “preferred option” was to tighten the sport’s eligibility rules, but still use testosterone limits as the basis for inclusion.

McColgan said she “trusts” World Athletics are “doing their due diligence and looking into this properly” after the governing body revealed plans to allow transgender women to continue to compete in track and field under stricter regulations.

“Even if there’s a one per cent advantage then it’s too much of an advantage,” McColgan, the Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres champion, said.

“Rules are in place for other advantageous gains, so this should be one of them.

“[There is a] lot more work to be done to finding out if there is an advantage.”

A policy document suggesting the amendments to its transgender inclusion policy has been sent to World Athletics’ member federations as part of a consultation process before a vote in March.

Other sports have banned transgender women from participating in elite female competition if they have gone through any part of the process of male puberty amid concerns they have an unfair advantage.

Last week British shot putter Amelia Strickler claimed the revised rules “would leave women at a serious disadvantage” – and said many other athletes felt the same.

McColgan said: “I’ve had constant abuse online and I already get trolled a huge amount.

“They are my reasons for not being so openly public and coming out on big topics that are discussed all the time.”

In June 2022, World Athletics president Lord Coe welcomed the move by Fina – swimming’s world governing body – to stop trans athletes from competing in women’s elite races if they had gone through any part of the process of male puberty, insisting “fairness is non-negotiable”.

Fina’s decision followed a report by a taskforce of leading figures from the world of medicine, law and sport which said that going through male puberty meant trans women retained a “relative performance advantage over biological females”, even after medication to reduce testosterone.

Fina also aimed to establish an ‘open’ category at competitions for swimmers whose gender identity is different than their sex recorded at birth.

While such moves have been praised for protecting female sport, some critics have said these rules are discriminatory.

Olympic diving champion Tom Daley said he was “furious” at Fina’s approach, saying: “Anyone that’s told that they can’t compete or can’t do something they love just because of who they are, it’s not on.”

US winger and two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe also criticisedexternal-link the exclusion of trans women in some sports.

At the time, Coe hinted his sport could follow suit as he added: “We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this.”

McColgan, speaking on Monday, also suggested an “open category” for athletics.

“I’m more than happy for transgender athletes to be included,” McColgan added.

“They need to be included in some way, but the fairest way with regards to women being a protected category of born women.

“I have no lived experience of this or the changes you go through. I can’t relate to that and never will.

“It’s important we listen to people who understand it because it’s definitely a very difficult topic to broach and I don’t have the answers.

“Hopefully the people who do make these decisions are doing their job and following the right science.”

Last year, British Triathlon became the first British sporting body to establish a new ‘open’ category in which transgender athletes can compete.

The Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union also banned transgender women from competing in female-only forms of their games.

It followed World Rugby becoming the first international sports federation to say transgender women cannot compete at the elite and international level of the women’s game in 2020.

London Marathon 2023: Mo Farah prepares for ’emotional goodbye’ at home race

Mo Farah at the 2018 London Marathon
Mo Farah has run the London Marathon three times – finishing fifth in 2019, third in 2018 and eighth on his debut in 2014

Mo Farah is preparing to say an “emotional” London Marathon “goodbye” to his home support after confirming his participation in April’s race.

The four-time Olympic champion, 39, expects 2023 to be his final year of racing before retirement.

But he is unsure if the marathon will be his last competitive event, saying he will take it “one race at a time”.

Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan will make her marathon debut in the event on 23 April.

“Without the fans I don’t think I would have ever achieved what I have,” said Farah.

“It is just nice to say goodbye and I think it will be quite emotional.”

Both Farah and McColgan were due to run in 2022 but had to pull out because of fitness problems.

The London Marathon returns to its pre-pandemic spring slot for the first time in three years and will be broadcast live on BBC TV, iPlayer and online.

‘I just want to give myself one more shot’ – Farah

Mohamed Farah
Mo Farah called time on his track career in 2017 but returned in 2021 in a bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics

A hip injury prevented Farah, who turns 40 in March, from taking part in last year’s event and this will be his first full marathon since 2019, where he came fifth.

The British marathon record holder is set to contest his fourth London Marathon and has a best finish of third in 2018 – the year he would also go on to claim his only major marathon win in Chicago.

“It has been an amazing career and, for me, to take part in London Marathon is a big deal,” said Farah.

“I have always said it would be nice to win it one day, but it takes a lot.”

The six-time world track champion, winner of the Big Half in London in September, has raced just seven times since October 2019.

Although he failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics – and surprisingly lost out to club runner Ellis Cross at the London 10,000 last May – he admits competing for his country still motivates him.

“I am very proud of what I have achieved and I just want to give myself one more shot and see what I can do. But I have nothing to prove,” Farah added.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics and I think 2023 will probably be my last year.

“At the same time, if it came down to it towards the end of the year and I was picked for the country then I would never turn that down.”

Destiny calls for McColgan in ‘bucket-list’ race

Eilish McColgan
McColgan won 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

For McColgan, her debut London Marathon appearance feels like destiny.

The 32-year-old, whose mother Liz won the London Marathon in 1996, claimed a total of four Commonwealth and European medals in a stellar 2022, in which she also broke Paula Radcliffe’s 21-year-old British half marathon record.

Although too young to recall her mother’s victory 27 years ago, pictures and videos of that day – in addition to a long-held awareness of her own strengths – means her first run on the famous course is an occasion long in the making.

“For me the iconic London Marathon is my mum coming down that last stretch,” McColgan said.

“The race is something I remember my mum and dad speaking about from a young age so it feels surreal to be taking part myself. I always thought one day I would do it.

“It’s such an iconic race, even people who haven’t got an interest in running know about the London Marathon. It’s definitely a bucket-list race for me.

“My mum always told me ‘one day you’ll be a marathoner’. To be honest that petrified me as a kid but I think deep down I knew that was where my career was going.”

The Scot was forced to postpone her debut because of a medical issue called rebound hypoglycemia, which leads to reduced blood sugar levels, and McColgan is hopeful she has found a solution in the form of a carbohydrate drink following tests.

“It’s a case of trialling the drink in a few more long runs. If that doesn’t work, they have another idea,” McColgan added. “It’s up to me to be honest and say whether I feel better or worse. Last year, there wasn’t the time to trial things.”

McColgan will be joined in the women’s race by Jess Piasecki and Charlotte Purdue – the second and fourth-fastest British females of all time.

Also in the men’s event for the first time is European cross-country silver medallist Emile Cairess, while last year’s first British finisher Weynay Ghebresilasie returns.

Tribunal finds ‘serious failings’ by UK security agency over privacy safeguards


An independent tribunal has criticised “serious failings” by MI5, the UK’s domestic security agency, to comply with privacy safeguards in relation to the possession and handling of vast amounts of individuals’ personal data.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which probes complaints against the UK’s security services, on Monday ruled in favour of the charity Privacy International and Liberty, the human rights group, in the latest of a series of lawsuits brought by the two against MI5 over alleged mass surveillance.

The case centred on MI5’s compliance with critical legal safeguards for personal data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

Thanks to warrants granted by ministers and judicial commissioners, the UK’s main intelligence agencies — MI5, MI6 and GCHQ — have wide-ranging powers to intercept phone and online communications and carry out surveillance in the interests of national security.

But the law also sets out strict rules on how such data should be handled and stored.

The IPT ruled on Monday that, from late 2014 until 2019, MI5 held large amounts of data unlawfully because, contrary to law, at least one of the agency’s technology systems lacked proper retention, review and deletion safeguards.

“The holding and handling of data in those circumstances was unlawful on the basis that under the relevant provisions of RIPA and IPA satisfactory safeguards relating to RRD were not in place,” the tribunal said.

In its ruling, the three-judge body also found “serious failings in compliance with the statutory obligations of MI5 from late 2014 onwards”, adding that “those failings ought to have been addressed urgently by the management board [of MI5]”. 

The IPT also concluded that the Home Office had overlooked the agency’s failings, neglecting to make “adequate enquiries” or investigate longstanding compliance risks, despite red flags being reported several times since December 2016.

The judges said the Whitehall department “did not have grounds to be satisfied that effective safeguards applied to warrants where there had been no assessment or effective investigation into compliance with RRD”.

“We have made findings of serious failures by MI5 and the secretary of state,” the IPT said, adding that there had been a “widespread corporate failure”.

The tribunal said that although its findings would be sent in a report to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, it did not think it appropriate to single out any individuals at MI5 or the Home Office for blame.

Megan Goulding, lawyer at Liberty, said: “This judgment confirms what we at Liberty and others have been saying for years — surveillance safeguards are not fit for purpose and fail to protect our fundamental privacy rights.”

Caroline Wilson Palow, legal director at Privacy International, said: “We’ve been here many times before. UK intelligence agencies seriously intrude on thousands or even millions of people’s privacy, we call them out, then the government promises better safeguards. Today’s ruling is especially troubling because it confirms that those safeguards can be illusory.”

The Home Office said: “MI5 consistently work to a high standard in challenging circumstances and treat the protection of personal information with the utmost seriousness. Substantial action has been taken over a number of years to address the concerns raised in this case.

“We accept the judgment delivered and will continue to drive forward work to ensure we and our partners remain fully compliant with the law.”