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P&G recalls 8.2 million bags of Tide, Gain and other laundry detergents over packaging defect

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble is recalling more than 8 million bags of Tide, Gain, Ace and Ariel laundry detergent packets sold in the U.S. and Canada due to a defect in the products’ child-resistant packaging. According to Friday notices from both P&G and product-safety regulators in the U.S. and Canada, the outer packaging meant to prevent easy access to the liquid laundry detergent pods can split open near the zipper track, posing serious risks to children and others who may ingest them, in addition to possible skin or eye injuries. So far, there have been no confirmed injuries directly tied to the defect. During the time period that the recalled lots were sold, there were four reports of children accessing the laundry packets in the U.S., including three ingestion cases – but whether these pods actually came from the recalled bags is still unknown, P&G and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The recall impacts select batches of Tide, Gain, Ace and Ariel laundry detergents that were manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024 and sold at major retailers including Walmart, Target, CVS and Amazon. The recalled products, which can be identified by lot code, vary in scent and size. About 8.2 million were sold in the U.S. and more than 56,700 were sold in Canada. Consumers in possession of the now-recalled bags are instructed to keep the products out of the reach and sight of children and contact Cincinnati-based P&G for a full refund and replacement child-resistant bag to store the detergent, which itself remains safe to use for laundry purposes. Health risks tied to the ingestion of liquid laundry detergent has been well-documented – notably in light of the social media-fueled “Tide Pod challenge” that skyrocketed several years ago. Eating the detergents’ chemicals can cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver and kidney damage, and even death. Beyond online trends, experts warn that children are especially vulnerable to accidentally ingesting liquid laundry packets, as they may confuse the products with candy – urging consumers to always store them safely.

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Straight, No Chaser: L’Abbatoir’s Jenna Gillespie invites everyone to the party

Straight, No Chaser looks to Vancouver’s talented mixologists for stories from behind the stick. We find out how they create, what they love, where their favourite bar is, and what they grew up watching their parents drink. Who are you I’m Jenna G, aka Jazzy Jenna. I am a loud and energetic bartender who loves her job! I have a sassy cat named Manhattan and a small addiction to sneakers. My parents mixed Both my parents didn’t drink, and were very supportive of me becoming a professional bartender. I love having non-alcoholic drinks on my menu so that everyone feels included! I love mixing in teas with my non-alcoholic drinks because my mom loved her tea. Everyone’s always invited to the party. The creative process I like to go through seasons and see which ingredients are the cleanest and freshest during this time. I also like to get into books such as Spirited and test the limits on how I can incorporate different flavours into spirits. Best drink I ever had I had an old fashioned my sister made for me on the beach while we were at my parents’ house. I taught her a lot about bartending and she got into the industry herself. It was perfect; I was so proud. World’s best bar I haven’t travelled around the world much, but my favourite spot in Toronto is Bar Raval. Cocktails were great, service, everything. Signature creation Little Red Corvette—a very easy twist on a vesper that makes you want more. I’d love a cocktail with Fraser Crawford—Kissa Tanto. I worked with him for many years at Hawksworth and we became great friends. He was a mentor to me. We have remained very close ever since. He taught me so much. Try this at home Little Red Corvette 1 1/2 ounces gin 1 ounce vodka 3/5 ounce Cocchi Rosa vermouth Orange Peychaud’s Bitters Stir and then pour into a martini glass with a grapefruit twist!

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Is BC ready for wildfire season?

Last year was the most destructive wildfire season in BC’s recorded history. According to provincial data, a total of 2,245 wildfires burned more than 2.84 million hectares of forest and land—a number that doubles the last record of 1.35 million hectares burned in 2018. “The area of forests burned both in BC and across Canada in 2023 was horrific,” says Jens Wieting, senior policy and science advisor at the Sierra Club of BC. “It’s a really emotional topic because the trends are very concerning.” It begs an important question: is the Province properly ready for this year? The 2024 wildfire outlook seems grim, and not just in BC. Alberta already announced an early start to wildfire season in February, when it typically starts March 1. “We have definitely seen in the last 20 years a major change in the way that fire is spreading and heating in our forests,” says Lori Daniels, the Koerner Chair of the Centre for Wildfire Coexistence at UBC. This intensification can be dually attributed to climate change and over 100 years of land-use change, Daniels says. Since the early 2000s, larger areas are burning, fires are becoming more intense, and wildfire seasons are getting longer. “Drought continues to affect many parts of the province, and wildfire risk is higher than usual for this time of year,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests, during the Province’s seasonal update in March. Without heavy spring rains, we could also be in for a difficult summer. That’s why the Province is being proactive and taking action “earlier than ever,” added Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness. In the update, officials warned of an early start to the season given widespread drought conditions in many parts of the province, with the average snowpack being 66 per cent lower than usual, and El Niño causing warmer temperatures. “That’s very foreboding for the 2024 fire season,” Daniels admits. The Province is making some big investments in order to prepare. BC Wildfire Service received $38 million to boost hiring, and applicants for wildland firefighters doubled from 2023 after an extended hiring window. There are nearly three times the number of prescribed and cultural fires for 2024 than occurred in 2023. The Province is spending at least $77 million on securing more aircraft and other firefighting equipment. The government has also put up millions to strengthen drought preparedness, including $83 million for agricultural producers. Even with these commitments, Daniels says we’re still not ready yet. “We have been chipping away at the problem for the last 20 years,” she says. “We’re working at a snail’s pace.” She argues that we haven’t done anything to “revitalize or revolutionize” the forestry industry: “We continue to harvest 150,000 hectares per year, with many other forest management practices contributing fuels to the problem.” Current forestry practices are outdated and unsustainable, Daniels explains, because they focus on cutting the biggest trees that can produce two-by-fours, then pulp and paper. “The rest of it we pile on the side of the road and burn into the atmosphere,” she says. “Not really acceptable.” She also notes that historically, less than 10,000 hectares per year are proactively treated for wildfires across the entire province. “So,” she says, “we need to rebalance those numbers.” Wieting agrees that forestry practices must be reformed, especially when it comes to protecting old growth and primary forests, which have been proven to reduce climate change impacts. “We really have to move away from clear-cutting to selective logging,” he says. “And protect more forests.” Ultimately, Wieting says that BC needs to do a better job of addressing the source of the problem. “Unless we take stronger climate action to reduce emissions faster and protect old growth forests as part of climate action, this will be a drop in the bucket,” he says, referring to the province’s drought investments. “There is simply not enough funding available to address all these climate impacts without addressing the root cause.” In the meantime, Lower Mainland residents without industry-altering power can still do their part. It’s important to be careful not to start fires when bans are in place; to report illegal fires that you come across; and to implement Fire Smart suggestions (such as having an evacuation plan in place, and, if you’re a homeowner, keeping gutters and roofs clear of debris). “The onus is on all of us to be part of the solution,” Daniels says. “Not part of the problem.”

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US, China to Launch New Talks on ‘Balanced’ Economic Growth Amid Overcapacity Concerns

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Saturday that the United States will launch two new initiatives with China and hold more economic dialogues aimed at addressing the increasing overcapacity in the world’s second-largest economy. “These exchanges will facilitate a discussion around macroeconomic imbalances, including their connection to overcapacity,” Ms. Yellen said in a statement on Saturday. “I intend to use this opportunity to advocate for a level playing field for American workers and firms.” “I think the Chinese realize how concerned we are about the implications of their industrial strategy for the United States, for the potential to flood our markets with exports that make it difficult for American firms to compete, and that other countries have the same concern,” Ms. Yellen told reporters after announcing the new scheme in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese export hub. China’s overcapacity involves its “entire macroeconomic and industrial strategy,” she said. “It’s not going to be solved in an afternoon or a month.” “But I think they have heard that this is an important issue to us.” Treasury Department and China’s Ministry of Finance will assume the leadership role of the new group, Exchange on Balanced Growth in the Domestic and Global Economies, according to a statement issued by the Treasury. Another scheme set up by the Treasury and the People’s Bank of China is dedicated to combating “illicit finance and financial crime.” U.S. and Chinese officials will have their first exchange on the issue in the “coming weeks.” “This new effort will enable the U.S. and China to share best practices and provide updates on the actions we are each taking to close loopholes in our respective financial systems,” Ms. Yellen said in the statement. China characterized the two-day talk between Ms. Yellen and Mr. He as “candid, pragmatic, and constructive.” According to a summary of the meetings published by state media Xinhua, the two sides agreed to discuss a series of issues under the economic and financial working groups, such as “sustainable finance” and “balanced growth” in the two countries and other economies. Ms. Yellen said she warned the regime of “significant consequences” if their companies provided material aid to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We’ve been clear with China that we see Russia as gaining support from goods that China, Chinese firms are supplying to Russia,” Ms. Yellen told reporters. Steven Hayes, president of the Florida-based advocacy group Americans for Fair Taxation, urged the Treasury secretary to “retaliate” against Beijing’s dumping by restricting Chinese imports and relocating the supply chain. The Chinese regime is trying to use state subsidies to “destroy” U.S. business, Mr. Hayes said in an interview with NTD on Thursday. Beijing knows “if they bring products over at a low enough price, that U.S. businesses will not be able to stay in business long enough to compete, because they’re not getting the same subsidies,” he said. Their purposes were to drive American firms out of business, “and then they can raise the prices from China and have free reign.” Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and author of a new book, “The Devil and Communist China,” suggested that Washington should respond to communist China’s industrial overcapacity with heavy tariffs. “I think the tariffs should actually be increased to match the level of the subsidies that the Chinese Communist Party is providing industry,” Mr. Mosher told NTD. “They are very dependent on their export base now, because the domestic sector of the economy is quite blank, [and] frankly, floundering,” he said. “Now, it’s the time to put pressure on them.”

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Prince Andrew vs Emily Maitlis: Prepare to cringe as Rufus Sewell and Gillian Anderson re-create the car-crash interview

On Saturday, November 16th, 2019, almost two million people tuned in to a special edition of Newsnight, on BBC television, to see an interview with Prince Andrew. Sam McAlister, Newsnight’s interviews producer, sat metres from the journalist Emily Maitlis as she quizzed the duke of York about his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. “I was about 15ft behind Prince Andrew’s head, in the south drawing room of Buckingham Palace, listening to all of his answers,” says McAlister. “It was just an incredible moment, because I have the two parts of myself competing for space. I have the ex-lawyer thinking, Oh my God, lawyers have won the lottery with his interview. And then I’ve got the journalist who’s thinking, oh my God, we have won the lottery with these answers. The answers were, in my entire career, the most exceptional in terms of impact. And the most inappropriate. I was just trying to keep a poker face and not show any emotion or do any eye-rolling. It was the most sensational moment of my journalistic career but also quite bizarre.” The encounter did not go well for the prince, the middle son of the late Queen Elizabeth. Several unexpected remarks, including about a visit to Pizza Express, “a straightforward shooting weekend” and his inability to “sweat at the time”, were widely scorned. Four days after the broadcast Andrew stepped down from royal duties. Maitlis subsequently won the Royal Television Society Award for interview of the year; McAlister, who secured the interview, was profiled in numerous newspapers. “Even when it’s a big story, it’s unusual for us to get that level of exposure,” she says. “I think what specifically happened was my editor, Esmé Wren, sent a tweet: “Full credit to our indefatigable interview producer @SamMcAlister1 for securing this world exclusive.” In the industry it’s quite rare for producers to be credited. But I was lucky enough to have, you know, 15 seconds where people understood the work that goes into bringing these kinds of moments of television to life. Not just my work but a whole team.” McAlister’s book, Scoops: The BBC’s Most Shocking Interviews from Prince Andrew to Steven Seagal, was published in 2022. Her account of Newnight’s efforts to secure and record the interview with Prince Andrew is the basis for Scoop, an enjoyable drama starring Billie Piper as McAlister, Gillian Anderson as Maitlis, Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew and Romola Garai as Wren. “It’s about who those women are,” says Piper. “How the interview made its way to screen, how it was signed off, all the process of getting it up and running and this idea of bouncing between two huge British institutions, the BBC and the palace. But mostly it’s about the women behind the scoop itself.” For the film’s director, Philip Martin, the familiarity of the people and places involved made dramatising the events simultaneously exciting and terrifying. “It’s very interesting territory for a drama, but it’s also challenging,” he says. “People know the interview. People are familiar with how the characters look and sound. The other technical and creative task was figuring out how to reconstruct the world. Buckingham Palace is obviously big. It’s hard to do it justice. And the BBC is enormous. It’s the world’s biggest news organisation. Our characters shuffle between those two epic worlds, and they are contemporary spaces that the audience is familiar with. They know what the palace looks like, and they can see the BBC news centre in the background of every news broadcast.” Anderson says she found playing Maitlis more daunting than portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Crown. Sewell was equally intimidated by the prospect of playing Andrew. “I didn’t watch it when it was live, but I heard the rumbles,” says the actor. “When I finally did see it, like everyone else I was fascinated. And when I was sent the script it wasn’t an easy yes. But the script was so extraordinary. I found that I needed to do it. After I said yes there was a long process of: ‘Jesus Christ, what did I just say yes to?’ But it’s a very important story. The script itself didn’t claim any more knowledge than we actually have. It was the story of the women who brought it about. I loved it. It was such a good read. I just wanted to be part of it.” Scoop details McAlister’s negotiations with Andrew and his representatives, headed by Amanda Thirsk (played by Keeley Hawes). As McAlister notes, Peter Moffat’s script necessarily omits 13 months of WhatsApp messages and emails. Conversely, many of the spicier scenes are drawn from life. Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice, as the film depicts, was in the room when he first met the Newsnight team. And McAlister did tell him that the public views him as “Air Miles Andy: all sex and girls and planes and private islands”. “There was that particular moment when we managed to get in front of Prince Andrew and his team after all those months and months of negotiation,” says McAlister. “And in that final negotiation, as you’ll see from Billie’s interpretation, I did call him Randy Andy to his face. That created a significant rapport, and that’s what negotiation is about. It’s about making the impossible possible. My entire career was about trying to convince people to do something that is theoretically a bad idea or not a great idea. This was the most extreme example of someone who should have said no. But who said yes.” Cinematic representations of investigative journalism typically involve the shadowy or reluctant informants of All the President’s Men or the relentless poring over documents of Spotlight or Dark Waters. Scoop is jollied along by office politics, extensive BBC rehearsals and a brief survey of the after-effects of the broadcast. The most compelling chapter of the drama, however, is a thrilling re-creation of the car-crash interview. “We went to great lengths to sort of restage it,” says Martin. “We built an exact facsimile of the room and we worked hard for Rufus and Gillian to resemble Emily and Andrew. And then this amazing thing happened. In the script the interview was broken down into maybe 20 smaller scenes. But halfway through the shoot Rufus and Gillian sat down together and ran through it in real time. It was completely breathtaking and brilliant. We had multiple cameras filming. Two extraordinary performers were turning the script into a piece of live theatre.” [ Prince Andrew key quotes – from Pizza Express to why he didn’t sweat ] Martin sensibly suggests that Andrew was keen for the Epstein questions to go away and that an hour-long interview with Newsnight would give him a platform to explain his position. This still doesn’t explain why Prince Andrew thought the interview had gone swimmingly. He even invited the Newsnight team on a post-interview tour of Buckingham Palace, promising that, “Next time you come, we’ll talk about Prince Albert. He was the entrepreneur of the family.” “Reading the script, I felt the same as I did when I watched the interview,” says Piper. “Like, how did this happen? How did anyone sign off on this? Just all of that. There were a few things that I didn’t know about the story, which I think you’ll see when you watch it. But the more I know about it, the more amazing and alarming it is that it all ended up as it did.” “I’m still scratching my head,” adds McAlister. “And I was the person involved in the process. The truth is, this was just a very unusual set of circumstances. He was in some sense the forgotten prince. I was out there, trying my best, as a single parent working part-time in a news organisation that I loved. It was a combination of luck, hard work and that particular moment when eyes were off him and we managed to get him in front of a camera.” [ From the Irish Times archive: How can Prince Andrew judge the Epstein interview a success? ] Remarkably, although we know the outcome, Scoop is a white-knuckle watch. There’s a genuine sense of breath-holding in the drawing room as the cameras roll. Piper’s McAlister remains a nervous wreck until the interview airs. “There was real anxiety and stress,” says McAlister. “I don’t want to be dramatic, but, you know, factually, there was a lot on the line for myself, for Emily, for everyone on the Newsnight team, because if we got this wrong, this was going to be a big problem, with consequences for the BBC. Negotiating with a member of the royal family in Buckingham Palace has profound significance for a journalist. But we also have accountability to the alleged victims.” Time has not softened the impact of Prince Andrew’s infamous account of a trip to “Pizza Express in Woking”, a tale that continues to inspire pilgrimages to the Surrey restaurant and satirical TripAdvisor reviews. Millions of memes and replays later, the re-created interview will make your toes curl. “What is fascinating, having watched it in the flesh and then over and over, is that I never don’t wince,” says McAlister. “After this long, extraordinary collaboration with Netflix and Gillian and Rufus to make the film, I’ve watched the clips so many times. And each time it’s a fresh experience of awkwardness and wincing. I still keep expecting Prince Andrew to not say those answers, and I’m surprised when he does.” Scoop is streaming on Netflix

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Conor Murray: ‘No hiding from the abuse’ after Six Nations defeat to England

He’s been one of Ireland’s greatest players, no doubt. He’s the most capped Irish player of all time in his position. He’s been a three-time Lions Test player in a position where Ireland hadn’t produced a Lion since 1980. This season he became a five-time Six Nations champion, including two Grand Slams. In those 25 games from title-winning campaigns in 2014, ‘15, ‘18, ‘23 and ‘24, he’s played in all bar one of them, this season’s home win over Italy. Now in his 13th season, he’s parked his ego and adapted to becoming an invaluable, experienced back-up whereas before he was first choice for a decade. With less than three minutes remaining in Ireland’s penultimate game against England at Twickenham there was a break in play as Jack Conan received treatment before an Irish lineout inside their 22. The agreed call from both the coaches’ box and on the pitch was for Conor Murray to find touch, which he did, outside the Irish 10 metre line. Following another break in play, England attacked wide off the ensuing lineout, making swift inroads. There was an inevitability about Marcus Smith kicking the winning drop goal. Whether it’s the morons rising anonymously to the surface of social media, a sense of entitlement or maybe even a bet that the historic back-to-back didn’t seem come to pass, we seem to increasingly love a scapegoat. And so Murray, who’s had more than his unfair share of abuse, fitted the bill. Cue the avalanche of abusive messages. “That was a weird one, yeah,” he recalled this week of the fallout to that Twickenham defeat, Ireland’s second in 22 matches. “There’s no hiding from the abuse you get. You can’t get away from it, but that clip didn’t even come up in the review, that’s how irrelevant it was. “Genuinely, we’ve been around long enough to know how long you can hold on to the ball in your own 22. That was the right call. We’d do it again. It was what happened after,” said Murray, in reference to the far more flawed defensive set which followed. One can argue about the call to kick to touch rather than into the England half, but Nika Amashukeli was playing the second of two penalty advantages when Smith kicked his drop goal. So, if Ireland had attempted to run down the clock with pick-and-jams, and the Georgian referee had penalised an Irish player for going off his feet, a different set of morons, or perhaps even some of the same ones, would have lambasted Murray for not kicking the ball. “Chatting to Andy, we had a giggle about it. It was wild. Unfortunately, that’s just the way the world is. But I was taken aback by it, the level of messages coming into my phone.” Such as? “Just abuse, really. Just: ‘What the f**k are you doing kicking the ball away’. People who, in fairness, support Ireland and are frustrated that we lost and they’re just looking for some way to vent and they see they can message you on Instagram. “It was mad. If I’d made a mistake or missed a tackle you’d think, not fair enough, but you could see the reason for it. But, genuinely, that [kick to touch] didn’t come up in the review.” Given the game’s relatively small pool of players, and those who can be described as genuinely world-class, one of the underlying factors in this unprecedented era of success for Irish rugby is the careful management which allows frontline internationals to have long careers. So it was that Murray spoke with some of the media during the week on foot of signing a new one-year deal with Munster and the IRFU. It had, he said, been an easy decision. “Like the years before, just a great place to be, a great place to play. I suppose in the latter half of your career you appreciate where you are and what you have. “Before I would have been like, I’ll play ‘til 30-odd or whatever but I think you sell yourself short. There’s no point putting a cap on it, I think, if you feel good and you’re fit and you’re producing, and you feel you can contribute to the team. And you’re not a passenger, and I don’t feel anywhere near that.” Murray did admit: “It gets tougher the older you get. You have to look after yourself and box a bit smarter, how you look after your body and the level of training you get through. But especially in Munster with so many young lads there, [who are] really gung-ho, you have to be able to train to that intensity too.” To that end, he talked about how athletes have learned to look after themselves, citing “sleep and recovery, ice baths, compression, massage,” and planning his week more assiduously. With age comes wisdom too, of course, and Murray said he plays with greater calmness now, although that was always a strength anyway, and physically he feels good. “In general, it might be fair to say ‘a yard of pace’ or whatever but I feel great. GPS data is there to back up that you’re not losing any pace. That’s when it becomes a serious decision – are you getting slower or weaker? Until the scores start going down, you keep the pedal down.” Increasingly, and tiresomely, rugby is being judged in the prism of World Cup cycles but, refreshingly, Murray doesn’t see it that way. “The outside is very different from the inside in terms of how coaches see you or value you. That’s an easy narrative on the outside: ‘It’s a World Cup cycle and that age profile player is gone now.’ If you’re producing and are still an asset to the team or squad, then you keep going. “I want to play rugby for as long as I can. It’s an unbelievable job and I’ve been really lucky to get to this age and still be feeling good and still be contributing to two squads. “You just ignore it. The longer you’re around the more shit you hear from the outside, excuse my language. You really learn what’s important and what opinions matter. The longer you’re around, the more stuff you hear that’s complete nonsense and an easy narrative to go by. “What matters is the conversations you have with your coaches, your fellow players and your family – they were a big part of it as well. Loads of things. Outside noise is very irrelevant. Especially the last few years, you realise what’s true really.” Families have became much more part of the Irish squad’s fabric under Andy Farrell’s influence, and so this story continues for his parents, Gerry and Barbara. “I wasn’t telling her much and she was worried that we might go elsewhere so she’s delighted, she can go to Thomond. But she loves going and if your son is involved, and it’s part of the decision as well, do you know what I mean? They’ve been there the whole way through, ups and downs and the whole lot. So, she’s delighted she has another year at least in Thomond.” Murray’s new deal was announced ahead of Munster’s crunch Champions Cup round of 16 game in Northampton. He was among the crowd in Cardiff when Munster beat Biarritz in 2006 and would love to emulate his boyhood heroes. But if they are to do it, they’ll have to do it the hard way, after backing themselves into a corner again. “We have indeed. Classic. Leams [defence coach Denis Leamy] was talking this week, someone who’s been there and done it with Munster over the years, and he painted a picture of how big this game is for us. We’re aware of it, but it’s nice to have someone who’s been through the mill and done it a couple of times for Munster and come out the other side of it. “Yeah, huge game, huge game. We’re frustrated with the game at home obviously [Northampton beat Munster in the pool stages]. We felt we didn’t play to our potential, or near it really. We slogged our through that game at home in Thomond. So, going over there now it’s a huge challenge but I think we can take confidence from what we’ve done in the last year, and in glimpses of what we’ve done this year. “I think if we manage to put it all together, or close to it, we’ll have a good shot.” As for the abuse, it’s gone away now, and for better or for worse, no-one criticised him in person. “Yeah, zero. It’s funny how that works.” Maybe him being 6′2″ is a factor. “Yeah, and I was ready for them after the England game if anyone came up to me,” he quipped. “No, they don’t, and that’s unfortunately the world we live in, and a lot of those messages were probably from profiles with fake pictures. “It’s a tough part of being a professional athlete in this day and age,” he admitted, prompting him to briefly think of Owen Farrell stepping away from the England team before dispelling such notions. “I just let lads know. I was like: ‘Jesus, I’m getting serious heat here.’ And genuinely the lads in the dressing room were saying: ‘About what?’. I told them and I knew but it was just nice to share that with your teammates and your coaches, who said ‘It’s irrelevant’. “But it’s not right at some point. Some of the messages aren’t just aimed at you, they’re aimed at your family and stuff and you’re like, ‘who’s writing these’. He’s never reported them. “I genuinely just looked at a couple. I looked at my phone and it just flooded up with messages. I looked at a few and it was just ‘f**king hell’ and then just deleted all at the bottom. There was no point. If you read it all, some of it’s going to seep into you. Whether I made a mistake or not, I wouldn’t read it. But there can be no escaping it entirely either. “You’re aware of it. You can’t not be aware of it, that’s the thing in this day and age, you can’t not see it. Whether you read it all is up to the player themselves but I just saw enough to go, ‘No, I’m gone’. The joys of it!” His composed, calm nature serves him well. He deserves better, but not for the first time in his career, Murray has the temperament to cope. Join us for The Irish Times Inside Politics podcast live in Belfast on April 10thSign up for push alerts and have the best news, analysis and comment delivered directly to your phoneFind The Irish Times on WhatsApp and stay up to date

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