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  • 34 mins Sri Lanka v England: first Test, day three – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Over-by-over updates from the third day in Galle England all out for 421 (Root 228) Get in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 7.18am GMT 4th over: Sri Lanka 5-0 (K Perera 3, Thirimanne 2) The early signs are that Sri Lanka intend to block their way out of trouble. Thirimanne takes a single and is hit on the arm by a loose throw from Bess. That’s about it for Curran’s second over; he’s finding a little bit of swing but nothing particuarly troublesome for the batsmen. 7.13am GMT 3rd over: Sri Lanka ... more
  • 52 mins Brexit delays Mojo magazine as cover CDs remain stranded in EU TheGuardian
    Mojo tells subscribers that, while the magazine is ready, ‘the CDs which are produced in the EU are not yet in the UK’ The venerable cover CD, beloved of music magazine buyers for a generation, has been challenged by Brexit after Mojo was forced to postpone distribution of its next issue because of a delay in delivery. In an email to subscribers on Friday, Mojo said that while the magazine itself was printed, “the CDs which are produced in the EU, are not yet in the UK”. It is understood that the issue was caused by hold-ups in the ... more
  • 52 mins How UK taxpayers can avoid falling into the child benefit trap TheGuardian
    Every year high-income charges catch out thousands of families. Here’s how to not fall foul of HMRC Workers with children who earn close to £50,000 a year may unwittingly owe HM Revenue & Customs hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of pounds because of the high-income child benefit charge. Every year HMRC sends out thousands of letters to parents asking them whether they are liable to pay the charge – in 2019-20 it sent 73,000 and a similar number are expected in the current tax year. Continue reading... ... more
  • 52 mins How UK taxpayers can avoid falling into the child benefit trap TheGuardian -Biz
    Every year high-income charges catch out thousands of families. Here’s how to not fall foul of HMRC Workers with children who earn close to £50,000 a year may unwittingly owe HM Revenue & Customs hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of pounds because of the high-income child benefit charge. Every year HMRC sends out thousands of letters to parents asking them whether they are liable to pay the charge – in 2019-20 it sent 73,000 and a similar number are expected in the current tax year. Continue reading... ... more
  • 52 mins Legal action launched against plan to house asylum seekers at Yarl’s Wood TheGuardian
    Home Office criticised for plans to accommodate 200 people seeking asylum at ‘prison-style’ camp Pressure is mounting on the Home Office over its plans to house nearly 200 asylum seekers in what campaigners have described as a “prison-style” camp on the site of an immigration jail. The construction of prefab-style accommodation at the privately run Yarl’s Wood centre in Bedfordshire follow a series of damning reports on conditions at two former army barracks sites in Kent and Pembrokeshire being used to hold up to 600 asylum-seeking men. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 hours Jack Monroe on food poverty and fury: ‘I just wake up, look at the news, and get angry’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    The cook and campaigner barely slept last week as the row raged over inadequate food parcels for kids. She discusses austerity, cronyism and why she’ll never stop fighting I speak to Jack Monroe, cook, author and campaigner, towards the end of a tumultuous week in food poverty. On Monday, a Twitter user, @roadsidemum, posted a photo of a “hamper” she said was intended to replace her child’s free school lunches for two weeks. The provider, Chartwells, claimed it covered one week and was funded at £10.50. The contents wouldn’t have cost you £6 in any supermarket. Parents all over ... more
  • 4 hours Australia v India: fourth Test, day two – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live over-by-over coverage of the final Test of the series Have your say via email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport Australia score 369 in their first innings 3.27am GMT 9th over: India 21-1 (Rohit 13, Pujara 0) This is the benefit of Rohit Sharma: he has the quality to combat good bowling, but he keeps scoring at the same time. Subtle touch against Cummins, just opens the face and steers a decent ball fine of gully along the ground for four. 3.24am GMT 8th over: India 17-1 (Rohit 9, Pujara 0) Hazlewood ... more
  • 9 hours ‘Internexit’ for Leave.EU as domain name temporarily suspended TheGuardian
    Error message greets visitors to site registered in name of Irish businessman who claims he does not know campaign group Leave.EU has been forced to “Internexit” after the group’s EU domain name was temporarily suspended. It comes after the Irish businessman in whose name the pro-Brexit campaign group’s domain name is registered denied having any involvement with the organisation. Now visitors to the site are greeted with an error message, and the EU’s online registry marks the domain as under a server hold, meaning it is “temporarily inactive and under investigation”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours UK to face delay in delivery of Pfizer vaccine TheGuardian
    In a letter to the EU commission health and social affairs ministers of six states called the situation ‘unacceptable’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK is among several countries facing delays in delivery of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine due to upgrades in its production capacity, the company has said. The US pharmaceutical firm is increasing production at its plant in Puurs, Belgium, in an effort to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021, temporarily reducing deliveries to all European countries. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Liverpool team meeting clears air before Manchester United showdown TheGuardian -Sport
    Klopp says team have renewed focus for Anfield clash ‘We know what went wrong. We know what to change’ Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s players have shown renewed focus for Sunday’s top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester United after a team meeting in the wake of last week’s defeat at Southampton. The champions have picked up only 13 points from eight league matches starting with the draw at Brighton in November – a run that has allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side to seize the initiative in the title race. As Klopp prepared for his 200th Premier League game, he revealed ... more
  • 9 hours José Mourinho suggests Dele Alli is not happy and not fighting for Tottenham TheGuardian -Sport
    Midfielder has played only 74 minutes in league this season Alli has been linked with loan move to PSG José Mourinho has suggested he has an unhappy player on his hands in Dele Alli. The Tottenham attacking midfielder, who is the subject of January transfer discussions, posted a photograph of himself looking fed up on Instagram after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham – when he was an unused substitute for the third Premier League game in a row. Alli has made only four league appearances this season – totalling 74 minutes – although he has played more ... more
  • 9 hours ‘Our player’: Frank Lampard believes Loftus-Cheek still has future at Chelsea TheGuardian -Sport
    Midfielder is on season-long loan at Fulham Loftus-Cheek cannot face parent club on Saturday Frank Lampard has said Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be part of Chelsea’s plans when the midfielder returns from his loan at Fulham at the end of the season. Loftus-Cheek has endured a difficult time since a serious achilles injury in May 2019 and he is yet to produce his best form at Fulham, who host Chelsea on Saturday. The 24-year-old has started eight league games, with his only goal coming in the 3-2 defeat to Everton in November. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Bruno Fernandes hits back at Jürgen Klopp over Manchester United penalties TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘People can say what they want. I don’t hear, I don’t care’ United have won 42 spot-kicks to Liverpool’s 19 in last two years Bruno Fernandes has told Jürgen Klopp to continue to complain if he wishes about the number of penalties Manchester United win because the midfielder could not care less about the Liverpool manager’s view. United travel to Anfield on Sunday as Premier League leaders and hope to hand the champions a first home defeat in the competition since April 2017. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjær became manager two years ago United have been awarded 42 ... more
  • 9 hours Lazio dominate Roma in derby, PSG’s Pochettino tests positive for Covid-19 TheGuardian -Sport
    Luis Alberto double seals comfortable Rome derby win PSG manager to miss two Ligue 1 games after positive test Lazio boosted their hopes of another top-four finish and dented Roma’s title ambitions as Luis Alberto’s double sealed a dominant 3-0 victory in the Rome derby. The nominal hosts took the lead after 14 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to Manuel Lazzari, who pressured Roger Ibañez into a defensive error and cut the ball back for Ciro Immobile to sweep into the top corner. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours New York prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances TheGuardian -Biz
    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr is seeking tax records Former Trump lawyer serving out sentence at home US politics – live coverage New York prosecutors conducted an hours-long interview on Thursday with Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former attorney, asking a range of questions about the president’s business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting. Related: Nancy Pelosi says lawmakers who aided in Capitol attack may be prosecuted Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Ealing hope to blaze trail way beyond long-awaited Saracens clash TheGuardian -Sport
    Without a league game in 11 months, Trailfinders play Sarries on Saturday unsure of what the next rung up will soon look like The waiting is the hardest part. By now the players of Ealing Trailfinders and Saracens must feel more like dust-covered museum exhibits than professional athletes, a throwback to a distant era. Ealing have not had a competitive league game since last February, Saracens’ last fixture before their Premiership relegation was on 4 October. The forgotten warriors of the Championship have had their mental strength sorely tested. It is the next phase, though, that really counts. Beyond ... more
  • 10 hours GPS art: the hybrid activity mixing creativity and fitness – video TheGuardian -Tech
    GPS art or GPX is a combination of both fitness and artistic activity. Your movements, traced by GPS signals, become the paint on a city-sized canvas. You can run, ride or walk your artwork through popular fitness tracking apps such as Strava and the path of your choosing. Tackling the streets and cycleways of Sydney, Guardian Australia find out first hand the physical challenges and creative triumphs of the activity. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Lockdown gives England Euro 2020 planning headache, says Southgate TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘We are all disconnected. We’re not interacting in the same way’ England unable to operate in a bubble like club squads Gareth Southgate says all England’s preparations for Euro 2020 are currently having to be made on Zoom as he revealed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the national team. The head coach says that working under coronavirus restrictions – with England unable to operate in a bubble like club sides – leaves his staff facing an “incredible challenge” to get ready for a tournament in which they are expected to compete strongly this summer. Continue ... more
  • 11 hours All UK travel corridors to be closed, says Boris Johnson – video TheGuardian
    The prime minister announced a dramatic tightening of the UK’s borders, with all international arrivals to be forced to quarantine as well as demonstrate they have had a negative Covid test. The new restrictions will come into force at 4am on 18 January. The closure of travel corridors was to protect the UK from the risk of 'vaccine-busting' Covid variants coming into the country, Johnson added. 65% of English NHS trusts exceeded first wave peak for Covid patients last week UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours How good can Bruno Fernandes make Manchester United? Anfield may tell | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    Midfield risk-taker has been a transformative signing but needs to nail it in the big games – starting at Liverpool on Sunday This is not the beginning of the title run-in. This is not the start of the middle, or the beginning of the end. Let’s face it, nobody really knows what’s going on up there in this jetlagged oddity of a Premier League season, when points have been scattered with luxurious abandon, and none of these teams seem ready to find a sustained higher gear. Not that it makes much difference. There will, as ever, be an urge ... more
  • 12 hours Questions will be asked over timing of closing UK travel corridors TheGuardian -Biz
    Analysis: poor implementation ends another week of shifting Covid policy by the government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The announced closure of all international travel corridors to the UK marks the end of another week of changing policy, with the timing and implementation dismaying many. Travel corridors will be axed in effect from Monday morning. The corridors, which exempted inbound travellers from the requirement to quarantine for 10 days, may make little practical difference to the airline and travel industry in the current context. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Questions will be asked over timing of closing UK travel corridors TheGuardian
    Analysis: poor implementation ends another week of shifting Covid policy by the government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The announced closure of all international travel corridors to the UK marks the end of another week of changing policy, with the timing and implementation dismaying many. Travel corridors will be axed in effect from Monday morning. The corridors, which exempted inbound travellers from the requirement to quarantine for 10 days, may make little practical difference to the airline and travel industry in the current context. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Rooney-mania had many ages but his defining moment remains the first | Jonathan Liew TheGuardian -Sport
    It is the basic paradox of Rooney that a player of such emotional heft will ultimately be judged largely on numbers and records In a way, it was the perfect understated ending: with a short, sober statement on the Derby County website. New manager appointed at struggling Championship club. Signs a two-and-a-half-year deal after a cautiously successful stint in caretaker charge. Liam Rosenior to be his assistant. Meanwhile – buried in the seventh paragraph, as if an entirely incidental detail – England and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer has decided to retire as a footballer. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Coventry v the wrecking ball: ‘We need gentle repair – not wholesale demolition’ TheGuardian
    From the rubble of war, Coventry rebuilt a town centre hailed as a radical urban vision. Yet, even as it celebrates this heritage as UK city of culture, planners are plotting its destruction ‘The town of the future” is how Coventry was described in Our Land in the Making, a popular Ladybird book from 1966, heralding the Midlands city as a model of the brave new postwar world. It depicted a radical vision where shoppers roamed in novel “pedestrian precincts”, beautifully landscaped with gushing fountains and blossoming cherry trees, while cars were banished to ring roads and futuristic rooftop ... more
  • 13 hours Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving loses nearly $1m for Covid protocol violations TheGuardian -Sport
    Irving’s forfeits salary for games missed during quarantine Nets star was fined $50,000 for violating health protocols Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1m. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Should you keep using WhatsApp? Plus five tips to start the year with your digital privacy intact TheGuardian -Tech
    We spoke to convicted hacker turned security consultant Kevin Mitnick to find out how to maintain your security online If you use the popular messaging service WhatsApp you may have noticed a pop-up message in recent days asking you to accept the service’s new terms and conditions by 8 February in order to continue using it. The update has prompted calls for users to leave the popular messaging service in favour of alternatives such as Signal and Telegram. And on Friday a legal challenge on privacy grounds was filed against WhatsApp in India, the service’s biggest market. Telegram CEO ... more
  • 13 hours ‘Human etch-a sketch’: GPS art, burbing and my attempt to recreate the Guardian masthead TheGuardian -Tech
    GPS art, or GPX, is a fitness and artistic activity where your movements, traced by GPS signals, become the paint on a city-sized canvas Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” More than 150 years later, a new generation of artists tracing their movements via GPS to create sketches are proving Thoreau’s words remarkably prescient. That’s what Strava art is at its core. Named after the fitness tracking app that has previously helped reveal secret US military bases – and also referred to as GPS art or GPX – your movements are ... more
  • 13 hours UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter TheGuardian
    All foreign arrivals will also have to quarantine in toughening of measures in response to new strains Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has announced a dramatic tightening of the UK’s borders, with all international arrivals to be forced to quarantine as well as demonstrate they have had a negative Covid test. After months of criticism of the government’s lax border policies, which Labour claimed were “costing lives”, the prime minister said he was tightening the rules to prevent new variants of the virus reaching the UK and safeguard the vaccination programme. ... more
  • 13 hours UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter TheGuardian -Biz
    All foreign arrivals will also have to quarantine in toughening of measures in response to new strains Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has announced a dramatic tightening of the UK’s borders, with all international arrivals to be forced to quarantine as well as demonstrate they have had a negative Covid test. After months of criticism of the government’s lax border policies, which Labour claimed were “costing lives”, the prime minister said he was tightening the rules to prevent new variants of the virus reaching the UK and safeguard the vaccination programme. ... more
  • 13 hours US fast-food workers plan strike to demand $15-an-hour minimum wage TheGuardian -Biz
    Walkouts planned at restaurants owned by mega-corporations in more than a dozen cities ‘for racial and economic justice’ Fast-food workers from more than a dozen US cities are striking on Friday to demand the federal minimum be increased to $15 an hour. Ahead of Monday’s holiday honoring American civil rights leader the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the group known as Fight for 15 said workers from mega-corporations including McDonald’s and Starbucks had been encouraged to walk off their jobs on what would have been King’s 92nd birthday on 15 January. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Willie Mullins expresses ‘huge relief’ as VAT fears ease over Cheltenham trips TheGuardian -Sport
    Mullins’s mare Grangee is able to enter UK without charge ‘It’s probably going to cost a little more but that’s bearable’ Fears that horses travelling to Britain from Ireland and France to compete at major racing festivals would be subject to refundable VAT charged at 19% of their value have receded after Willie Mullins’s mare Grangee, the likely favourite for a valuable bumper at Market Rasen on Saturday, entered the UK on Friday without any charge being levied. A report on Friday morning suggested that significant tax charges, which could have taken several months to reclaim, would ... more
  • 14 hours Eddie Jones’s England squad limited to 28 players for Six Nations due to Covid TheGuardian -Sport
    Smaller number agreed in attempt to reduce transmission risk New limit puts Kyle Sinckler’s Six Nations role in question England’s Six Nations plans have suffered a setback after it emerged Eddie Jones will be limited to picking a smaller 28-man squad for the entire championship as part of a new agreement between the Rugby Football Union and the Premiership clubs, designed to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Related: Is it morally right for rugby to host the Six Nations in a pandemic? | Robert Kitson Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours 65% of English NHS trusts exceeded first wave peak for Covid patients last week TheGuardian
    Exclusive: number of Covid patients could be twice that of April 2020 peak within weeks NHS crisis in charts: how Covid has increased strain on health service See all our coronavirus coverage Two-thirds of all NHS trusts across England were treating more coronavirus patients last week than they did at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, a Guardian analysis reveals. Figures show that in 17 trusts the number of people suffering from coronavirus outnumbered all other patients. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours UK ‘nowhere near’ looking at lifting Covid lockdown restrictions TheGuardian
    Ministers waiting for results of vaccine research before laying out timetable, sources say Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers are awaiting evidence on whether the Covid-19 vaccines prevent transmission of the virus before they can even consider laying out a timetable for lifting lockdown restrictions, government sources say. With early data suggesting the tide may be beginning to turn in some parts of the country, Boris Johnson has come under pressure from lockdown sceptics on his own backbenches to say how and when the “stay at home” order can be loosened. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours ‘Not that good’: Montreal restaurant’s brutally honest menu pulls in the customers TheGuardian -Biz
    Feigang Fei, who runs the Aunt Dai Chinese restaurant, says patrons appreciate his bracingly frank descriptions of the food In the cut-throat restaurant industry, most business owners boast that their dishes are the best in town. Feigang Fei, who runs Aunt Dai Chinese restaurant in Montreal, has taken a different approach, with a menu offering bracingly honest descriptions of the dishes on offer. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Schools demand No 10 explain unauthorised use of rapid Covid tests TheGaurdian – Edu
    MPs and scientists also push for answers after it emerged MHRA has not approved use of rapid tests Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage School leaders have demanded urgent clarity about the government’s flagship mass-testing strategy for schools after the UK’s medicines regulator said daily coronavirus testing should not be used as an alternative to self-isolation. Headteachers said they were alarmed after the Guardian revealed that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had not authorised the use of 30-minute lateral flow tests to allow students to remain in classrooms instead of ... more
  • 14 hours Bouncers, sledging and mischief: why Australia v India is series for these times | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    The best sporting contest of the lockdown era has been full of qualities we’ve all needed: endurance, patience, transcendence Every man has his breaking point. You and I have one. Navdeep Saini, India’s seventh-choice seam bowler, reached his at The Gabba on Friday morning. Let’s take a walk, for a moment, down that quarantined hotel corridor. It is now five months since India’s cricketers began their bubble-bound odyssey across the continents, from Dubai to Sharjah to Sydney and Melbourne, ferried in sealed isolation from airport to hotel to empty concrete bowl. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours FTSE 100 drops to October levels as fears rise over Covid fallout TheGuardian -Biz
    Increased lockdown measures in Germany, France and China dent prospects for rapid recovery in 2021 The FTSE 100 has recorded its worst week since late October as concerns increased about the economic fallout from tougher lockdown measures around the world. The index of leading UK company shares ended the week down by 138 points compared with the previous week, a fall of about 2%, at 6,735, after official figures showed the British economy edged closer to a double-dip recession in November. After a strong start to the year, gaining by about 6% since the start of January, the performance ... more
  • 15 hours Sports quiz of the week: Liverpool v Man Utd, Lucas Piazon and Andy Murray TheGuardian -Sport
    Who scored? Who misbehaved? Who is lending a hand? Ole Gunnar Solskjær takes his Manchester United team to Anfield on Sunday. Who has scored a hat-trick for Liverpool while playing against a team managed by Solskjær? Mo Salah Dirk Kuyt Luis Suárez Fernando Torres Jürgen Klopp has been making noises about the number of penalties Manchester United are awarded. Which club has scored the most penalties in the history of the Premier League? Liverpool Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester United are top of the Premier League for the first time in a long time. They ... more
  • 15 hours Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy? TheGuardian -Tech
    Race to build app for people to demonstrate Covid jab or a negative test, but rights groups worry about ‘identity checks’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensitive medical records in the hands of authorities and employers. Despite the name, a vaccine ... more
  • 15 hours ‘Gloves are off’: Steve Bruce lets rip at Newcastle players amid tactics rift TheGuardian -Sport
    Manager wants to impose back-four system on resistant squad ‘I’ve got enough on my CV to take the club forward’ Steve Bruce has effectively declared war on his Newcastle United players after revealing he is no longer prepared to accommodate their tactical demands. “The gloves are off now and we will do it my way,” said Bruce as he continued to face a barrage of criticism on Tyneside following Tuesday’s immensely disappointing 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Children’s social care: ‘wide-ranging’ review launched in England TheGuardian
    Government calls review ‘once in generation opportunity’ to change system failing young people The government has launched a review of children’s social care in England, calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to overhaul a system it says is failing vulnerable young people and creaking under the strain of rising numbers of children entering care. The review, promised in the Conservative party’s 2019 general election manifesto, will examine early years help, child protection, fostering and kinship care, and care homes, as well as the family support measures needed to prevent children having to enter care. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours ‘I did a lot of talking’: Joe Root puts words into deeds with Galle century TheGuardian -Sport
    England captain says ton a case of turning words into deeds ‘It was really important to go out there and do it myself’ Joe Root described his first Test century in 13 months as a case of turning words into deeds and revealed that self-defeating thoughts about his conversion rate were partly to blame for the three-figures drought. Root had been stressing the need for his players to be ruthless with the bat at the start of a defining 12-month period but also knew the orders would struggle to cut through unless he himself could break ... more
  • 15 hours UK plans early G7 virtual meeting and presses ahead with switch to D10 TheGuardian
    South Korea, India and Australia to be invited to join face-to-face summit in June Boris Johnson is planning to host a virtual G7 summit of world leaders within weeks of Joe Biden becoming US president in an attempt to set an ambitious agenda covering climate change, a worldwide vaccination programme, future pandemic preparedness and relations with China. He is also pressing ahead with plans to convert the face-to-face annual summit of the G7 in June into a D10 of leading democracies. It is due to be the first in-person meeting of world leaders for nearly two years, after the ... more
  • 16 hours NHS crisis in charts: how Covid has increased strain on health service TheGuardian
    There has been high demand for healthcare in England this winter. These charts show where the pressure points are The NHS is in the grips of a winter crisis like no other. Friday was the ninth day in a row in which the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid hit a new high, with 32,975 patients now on wards across England. Seventeen NHS trusts are treating more coronavirus patients than non-Covid patients and six have more than 50% of beds taken up by Covid patients. One in five English trusts treated at least twice as many ... more
  • 16 hours Spanish snow storm leads to UK salad shortage TheGuardian -Biz
    Lettuce and tomato supplies hit by Storm Filomena, piling extra pressure on retailers and suppliers January is a month when Britons turn to salads after the Christmas blowout. But now, on top of the disruption caused by Brexit and Covid, even the weather is conspiring against dieters by causing shortages in UK supermarkets. The supply of salad staples such as lettuce and tomatoes has been hit by Storm Filomena, the worst snowstorm to hit Spain in 50 years. It blanketed Madrid and the surrounding area and sent temperatures plummeting to record lows in Almería and Granada, two important ... more
  • 16 hours British QC prosecuting activists in Hong Kong fought to be allowed to take case TheGuardian
    David Perry faces accusations of ‘making the wrong choice’ after applying despite local objections David Perry, the British QC under fire for agreeing to prosecute pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, had to go to court himself to win permission to take the controversial case. The nine activists facing a potential seven-year jail sentence for alleged unlawful assembly in 2019 include Jimmy Lai, the independently minded newspaper proprietor, and Martin Lee, the so-called father of Hong Kong democracy. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Wikipedia at 20: last gasp of an internet vision, or a beacon to a better future? TheGuardian -Tech
    The naysayers said the user-written encyclopedia would never work. Now it boasts 55m articles and 1.7bn visitors a month Twenty years ago today, a tech startup called Nupedia launched a side project. The company had been hard at work producing a free online encyclopaedia, but it was slow going: its strict editing process, comprehensive peer review and focus on expert authors meant it finished only 21 articles in its first year. The side project would do away with all of that. Instead, anyone would be able to write and edit articles. Nupedia’s founders were split over whether the trade-off ... more
  • 16 hours Grime artist who raped four women has jail sentence increased TheGuardian
    Appeal court adds six years to prison term of Andy Anokye, 33, who performed under the name Solo 45 A man who held four women against their will and repeatedly raped them has had his sentence increased by the court of appeal. Victims of Andy Anokye, 33, who performed as a grime artist under the stage name Solo 45, told how he beat and threatened them with weapons, held a cloth with bleach over their faces and waterboarded them, recording much of the abuse on his mobile phone. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours UK weather: snow and ice warnings issued for Scotland and parts of England TheGuardian
    Vaccine distribution efforts affected by bad weather with appointment delays and cancellations Snow and ice warnings have been issued for much of Scotland and parts of England for the weekend. The Met Office expects a band of heavy snow to bring disruption to road and rail networks as it sweeps eastwards in the early morning. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Dan Lawrence settles into Test cricket with formidable familiarity | Andy Bull TheGuardian -Sport
    England’s latest batting debutant looked instantly at home during an impressive maiden innings at Galle The first ball Dan Lawrence faced in Test cricket was from Sri Lanka’s slow left-armer Lasith Embuldeniya. It was outside off stump, flatter and faster than the one before it, which had done for Jonny Bairstow. Lawrence sized it up, stepped back, and smacked it out to cover for an easy single. And that was the introductions done with, a brisk handshake before he settled down to the serious business of Test match cricket. Lawrence spanked his next ball, a full toss from Dilruwan ... more
  • 17 hours It’s now clear this government wants UK workers to have as little power as possible | Ed Miliband TheGuardian -Biz
    The Conservatives’ vision for the future of Britain involves ripping up hard-won rights. It doesn’t have to be this way As workers, families and businesses negotiate the hardest of hard times in this pandemic – trying to stay safe, care for their kids, fulfil their working responsibilities and keep their firms afloat – we now discover that some ministers’ thoughts are elsewhere. Now, in this post-Brexit Britain, they are planning their vision of the future.Unfortunately, it’s one that threatens to make our profound injustices far worse. That future involves ministers contemplating ripping up hard-won workers’ rights: from the safety ... more
  • 17 hours Race to sign Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun intensifies with three-way battle TheGuardian -Sport
    Fifteen clubs have expressed interest in 19-year-old striker Winger Kido Taylor-Hart has also not signed a new deal The race to sign Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun has narrowed down to three serious contenders, all of whom hope to secure the 19-year-old on a pre-contract agreement this month. Balogun has so far turned down offers to stay at Arsenal, although the Premier League club retain hope that the situation will change. He is not the only promising academy product Arsenal risk losing in the near future, with the winger Kido Taylor-Hart yet to sign a professional deal ... more
  • 17 hours Covid insurance ruling: the business owners who will now get paid TheGuardian -Biz
    The supreme court has ruled insurers must pay out on business interruption policies for the pandemic Small businesses win Covid insurance payout ruling Gary Lovatt, who runs the five-bedroom Laurel Bank guesthouse in Keswick in the Lake District, said he was “very happy” with the supreme court verdict, and “reasonably confident” he would now get a payout from his insurer. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours New Covid outbreak at third UK immigration removal centre TheGuardian
    Confirmed cases at Harmondsworth, near Heathrow, prompt call to release all detained asylum seekers Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A number of Covid-19 outbreaks have been confirmed across the immigration detention estate and asylum seeker accommodation, prompting warnings of a major public health risk and calls to release individuals into the community. Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC), near Heathrow, the largest of its kind in Europe, is the third such centre to experience an outbreak. It is understood that there are at least two detainees who have tested positive for Covid along with ... more
  • 18 hours Trump saw the economy was his ticket to a second term – then Covid struck TheGuardian -Biz
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  • 18 hours Graphic Goya, perverse Lucas and the man who christened pop art – the week in art TheGuardian
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