Friday, 30 March 2018

Bhvishya wins the newsquiz champagne

Trainees Charlie Coe, Sophie Law, Claire Anderson, Bhvishya Patel (with the champagne), Leigh McManus, Bryony Jewell and Faith Ridler
I said goodbye to the MailOnline trainees in Kensington yesterday. They had another good week with sessions by deputy managing editor Natalie Glanvill, ex-global editor Amy Marley and head of social media Chris Lawrence. One of last year’s trainees, Dianne Apen-Sadler, also talked through what the next 12 months are likely to bring. Well done to Leigh McManus and Claire Anderson who both wrote banners on the travel page. Leigh’s was an account of his visit to China’s deserted replica of Paris. You can read it here.

Claire wrote about a 20-year-old woman who snuck on to Concorde disguised as an engineer after its maiden voyage in 1976.  You can read it here

The trainees also pitched stories to Femail so there should be more bylines soon. We had drinks with former trainees and senior staff in the Greyhound last night. They finished the week - and the course - with the newsquiz. This week’s winners was Charlie Coe and with 17 points, narrowly ahead of Bhvishya Patel and Bryony Jewell who scored 16.5. Congratulations to Bhvishya who won the champagne for the best quiz score over the four weeks. Bryony, only two points behind, was a commendable runner-up. The trainees are now off to their placements at regional newspapers and agencies. They are a bright, likeable, talented bunch and I enjoyed their company. I wish them well. Here’s this week’s newsquiz. Give it a go and see if you can beat Charlie’s 17. 

1. Theresa May said after Brexit the UK will no longer send vast sums to Europe 'so there will be money available here in the UK to spend on our priorities’. Which two things did she identify as priorities? Half a point for each
2. Boris Johnson apologised in the Commons after referring to the shadow foreign secretary as Baroness Nugee? What is her real name?
3. Owen Smith was sacked from the shadow cabinet. What position did he hold?
4. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said this week: 'I want to be clear that I will not tolerate any form of ___-___ that exists in and around our movement’. What is the missing hyphenated word? 
5. The Government announced that more than 3,500 places on training courses are to be created over the next four years in England? What will the courses be in?
6. Whose decision not to appear before a parliamentary inquiry into fake news, was described as astonishing by its chairman Damian Collins?
7. President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of how many Russian diplomats which he said the US identified as intelligence agents?
8. The niece of poisoned Russian Sergei Skripal said this week that her uncle and his daughter had what per cent chance of survival?
9. Magician Dynamo released a video to explain that his recent change of appearance is due to medication he is taking for which disease? 
10. Two women, known only as DSD and NBV, achieved a landmark legal victory when three High Court judges made a ruling on Wednesday. What was the judges’ ruling?
11. Why was Arnaud Beltrame in the headlines? 
12. Who said: 'I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I'm absolutely gutted. I hope in time I can earn back that respect and forgiveness’?
13. Thousands of people, including Paul McCartney and George Clooney, joined a mass protest against guns across America. What was the name of the protest?
14. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was detained after crossing the border between which two countries? 
15. To the nearest hour how long did Qantas QF9 take when it became the first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to the UK?
16. Playboy, Mozilla and Sonos were among several brands that withdrew their advertising from where?
17. Who said in an interview that she was approached in a car park by a man who told her: 'That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom’?
18. A report into the Manchester Arena bomb attack criticised fire chiefs, Vodafone and the media. Who wrote it?  
19. A fire at a shopping centre in which Siberian city left at least 64 people dead?
20. Jamie Vardy scored for England against Italy but an equaliser was down to VAR. What does VAR stand for?
21. England is considering introducing what scheme which already exists in 40 countries - including Germany, Sweden and Israel - and 21 US states?
22. Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology researchers found that what household item is often teeming with bacteria, including Legionella?
23. The owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack has announced plans to file for administration within two weeks. What is the company called?
24. TV presenter Richard Madeley was criticised for suggesting weather girl Lucy Verasamy should 'pop outside and test' what?
25. What appeared on the balcony of Liverpool Town Hall and also decorated statues of The Beatles, Billy Fury, the Moores’ brothers, John Lennon and Cilla Black?

Answers here

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