Friday, 1 September 2017

Dianne collects the newsquiz Champagne

The trainees this afternoon with newsquiz winner Dianne holding the champagne

I said goodbye to the MailOnline trainees today who are heading off on their placements at regional newspapers and agencies. They had a lively final week with Adam Tinworth, Sue Ryan, social media editor Chris Lawrence, executives Deborah Arthurs and Richard Hartley-Parkinson, assistant news editor Amanda Williams and Natalie Glanvill from the managing editor's office. They also met the visiting Australian trainees who were passing through London on their way back to Sydney. Last night we had a few drinks with their newsroom colleagues, including some former  trainees, at the Greyhound.
Today there were course awards to Kate McGreavy for most stories published, Tim Stickings and Abigail Gillibrand for best picture headlines, Danny Hussain for best intro, Phoebe Southworth for best headline writing and Bridie Pearson-Jones for best showbiz headline.   
We finished, as always, with the newsquiz. The top solo score online last week was 15 by Liz Gerard, not quite enough to beat an impressive 18 scored by trainee Danny Hussain. The top team score online was 19 by Lydia Willgress and James Dunn. This week's highest scorer on the course was Tim Stickings with 18 out of 25. But despite a strong score, Tim was unable to catch Dianne Apen-Sadler whose 15 made her the overall winner over the four weeks with an average score of just over 16. She won a bottle of Champagne for consistent good news knowledge. Well done to Dianne and to all of the trainees for some good work over the four weeks. They are bright and likeable and I wish them well in the next stage.
Here's this week's newsquiz ... 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.  

Elderly people waiting to be rescued in Houston, Texas (Questions  5 and 6)

1. British Prime Minister Theresa May said in Japan this week: 'I said I wasn't a _____, and there's a long-term job to do, there's an important job to be done in the United Kingdom.’ What is the missing word?
2. Theresa May gave her Japanese counterpart something framed and signed by the Choshu Five - noblemen who went on to shape modern-day Japan. What was it?
3. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said Britain’s approach to Brexit was nostalgic, unrealistic and undermined by a lack of trust. What is his name?
4. Who quit as party leader this week saying it was time 'to pass that baton on’ to someone who had 'fresh energy, drive and a new mandate’?
5. Hot on the heels of hurricane Harvey, which caused devastation in Texas, came another Category 3 hurricane in the eastern Atlantic. What was it called?
6. Which magazine controversially ran a front cover showing people carrying flags with swastikas drowning in Texas?
7. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry paid tribute to their mother on the 20th anniversary of her death at a memorial at Kensington Palace which was made especially for the occasion. What is the memorial called?
8. Why were Ryszard Masierak and David Wagstaff in the headlines?
9. Police will evacuate about 70,000 people from their homes on Sunday after an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in which city?
10. More than 230 people needed medical help for breathing difficulties, vomiting and stinging eyes after a toxic cloud hovered over which landmark?
11. Four public schools, including Eton college and Charterhouse, were caught up in allegations of exam cheating. Name the other two (half a point for each).
12. Play was suspended after a crossbow bolt was fired on to the field at which cricket ground?
13. Why did 21-year-old Shane Ridge receive an apology?
14. Which online betting company has been fined £7.8million for failing to safeguard their customers
15. Two fooballers switched Premier League sides for fees of £35m on transfer deadline day, Name them. Half a point for each
16. People at the Notting Hill carnival were asked to wear which colour for Grenfell, to remember the fire victims?
17. He wrote a column for the FT, founded a fashion chain, operated private clubs and restaurants and was knighted in 2008. Who is he?
18. What was the job of Mohiussunnath Chowdhury who appeared at Westminster mag­­istrates charged with preparing an act of terrorism after being arrested outside Buckingham Palace?
19. In which round did boxer Floyd Mayweather stop Connor McGregor to win his 50th professional fight?
20. A Tennessee theatre cancelled a long-running screening of which famous film over complaints that it is racially insensitive?
21. Who was arrested after a night out at The Bubble Room?
22. The deportation of Afghan asylum seeker Samim Bigzad failed after the pilot from which airline refused to take off at Heathrow with Bigzad on board?
23. Luton was named as the worst UK Airport in a Which survey based on passenger satisfaction. Which airport was the best?
24. What did Lord Jericho destroy?
25. France has a new 'first dog' - a two-year old black labrador-griffon cross adopted by Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron from an animal rescue centre. What is it called?

Answers here

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