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  • 16 mins Regional policy requires rethink as myth of London’s productivity debunked | Larry Elliott TheGuardian
    Does a doctor in England’s capital really work three times harder than one in Merthyr Tydfil?Britain’s regional divide is well known and well documented. The richer bits of the country tend to be clustered below a line drawn from the Wash to the Severn estuary, while London is so different from everywhere else that it may as well be its own city-state.There is also another divide: between the big cities and the smaller towns. The north-west may be less prosperous than the south-east but on average people are better off in Manchester than they are in Blackpool. Continue reading... ... more
  • 36 mins What’s in Boris Johnson’s in-tray if he makes it to No 10? TheGuardian
    Brexit is the big one but the next PM has plenty to worry about – starting with IranIf Boris Johnson is declared the winner of the Conservative leadership contest on Tuesday and moves into Downing Street the next day, the hard work will begin immediately.Here’s a look at what will be top of the Johnson in-tray. Continue reading... ... more
  • 53 mins UK defence minister rebuffs criticism over tanker seized in Gulf TheGuardian
    Tobias Ellwood denies Britain took ‘eye off the ball’ and says priority is to reduce tensionsThe defence minister, Tobias Ellwood, has rejected the charge that a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf could have been better protected, and said the priority for the UK must be to de-escalate tensions.Ellwood also called for more spending on the Royal Navy, and said the US’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal had played a part in the increasing tensions in the region. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 hours John Cooper Clarke: ‘I didn’t want to quit heroin’ TheGuardian
    While conceding the drug was ‘fabulous the first time’, the veteran performer has one overwhelming message: don’t do itJohn Cooper Clarke, the poet and performer who became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s, has said he didn’t want to quit taking heroin and weaned himself off the drug for the sake of society rather than for his own health.Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Clarke recalled the addiction which dominated much of his life in the 1980s, when he was living in a flat in Brixton, south London, with Nico, the late singer and ... more
  • 2 hours By any standards, Theresa May was a failure TheGuardian
    The departing PM’s outstanding characteristic has been her self-delusionTheresa Mary May is the only woman in Britain to have held two great offices of state. For that she will go down in history. She will also be remembered for her stoicism, her sponge-like capacity to absorb humiliation after humiliation, and her inability to see off a pack of immature bully boys who should have been shown the exit door.What to make of her legacy as the political baton is passed back to the good old boys – overwhelmingly white, privileged, pseudo-alpha male, metaphorically dressed in the safari suits of our ... more
  • 2 hours Food banks scramble to stop a million children going hungry over holidays TheGuardian
    More families turn to food parcels to make up for loss of free school meals, extra childcare costs and benefit payment delaysChurch and community food banks are preparing for their busiest summer yet, providing meals for children during the school holidays as an increasing number of families struggle with delays in benefit payments.The Trussell Trust, which supports more than 1,200 food banks, many based in churches, said demand over the next few weeks could exceed last year’s record of 87,496 food parcels during the summer holidays. The 2018 figure was a 20% increase on the same period the previous year. ... more
  • 3 hours David Gauke to quit government if Boris Johnson becomes PM TheGuardian
    Justice secretary says he could not serve under ex-foreign secretary if he pursues no-deal BrexitThe justice secretary, David Gauke, will quit the government this week if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.Gauke, who has served in Theresa May’s cabinet since she took office in June 2016, said he would not be able to serve under the former foreign secretary if he pursues a no-deal Brexit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours The five: new uses for bacteria TheGuardian -Tech
    Eating plastic waste, cleaning up oil spills and detecting tumours… how these micro-organisms can help change the worldScientists have discovered a way of using bacteria to produce graphene – a nanomaterial composed of a single layer of carbon atoms with extraordinary properties. Graphene is strong, flexible and conductive with the potential to revolutionise electronics, but using it has remained difficult. “For real applications, you need large amounts,” says Prof Anne S Meyer, of the University of Rochester, New York. Her team have used a bacterium called Shewenella to produce large quantities of thinner, more stable graphene. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Millions face hardship as Zimbabwe comes close to ‘meltdown’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Rising inflation has hit those already struggling with food, fuel and medicine shortagesMillions of people in Zimbabwe face hardship, hunger and chaos as the economy comes close to “meltdown” and drought worsens.More than 18 months after the military coup that removed Robert Mugabe from power, the new government is struggling to overcome the legacy of the dictator’s 30 years of repressive rule and the consequences of its own failure to undertake meaningful political reform. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Emily Thornberry: ‘Being chippy is a good thing’ TheGuardian
    A traumatic childhood, losing her long-absent father to dementia, public spats with her party… it seems nothing can keep the shadow foreign secretary downAged 17, broke and living alone, Emily Thornberry had a number of low-paid jobs. She was a barmaid at the Hammersmith Palais; there was also a stint in a factory stacking boxes and folding cards. Neither of these youthful experiences, however, has proved quite as indelible as the time she spent as a cleaner on the Townsend Thoresen ferry from Dover to Zeebrugge. The crossing was often rocky and as, a result, passengers were frequently sick. On ... more
  • 3 hours Market Harborough reveals the key to being ‘liveable’: homes we can afford TheGuardian -Biz
    East Midlands town is unexpected winner in a search for the best places for affordability and quality of life. Its proud residents explain why they like it“We’ve still got a fishmonger. How many places still have that?” asked Kate Gander, listing the merits of her home, Market Harborough. In fact, she struggled to find anything negative at all to say about the Leicestershire town. “It’s got fantastic railway connections and it’s not too overrun by big businesses,” she said.Market Harborough today comes top in a league table of the most – and least – liveable places in England. Balancing the ... more
  • 3 hours Market Harborough reveals the key to being ‘liveable’: homes we can afford TheGuardian
    East Midlands town is unexpected winner in a search for the best places for affordability and quality of life. Its proud residents explain why they like it“We’ve still got a fishmonger. How many places still have that?” asked Kate Gander, listing the merits of her home, Market Harborough. In fact, she struggled to find anything negative at all to say about the Leicestershire town. “It’s got fantastic railway connections and it’s not too overrun by big businesses,” she said.Market Harborough today comes top in a league table of the most – and least – liveable places in England. Balancing the ... more
  • 3 hours England’s pupils stuck in classroom as cuts put paid to end-of-term school trips TheGuardian
    Figures show that the traditional group summer outing, aimed at widening horizons and building character, is now in steep declineThe end of summer term is traditionally a time for children to escape the classroom on a school trip. But increasing numbers of teachers say they have had to cut back on such outings because of rising costs and falling staff levels. Some of the country’s leading cultural venues have also reported a fall in the number of educational visits.“Cutting back on school trips or abandoning them altogether is yet another example of the detrimental impact the crisis in school funding ... more
  • 3 hours England’s pupils stuck in classroom as cuts put paid to end-of-term school trips TheGaurdian – Edu
    Figures show that the traditional group summer outing, aimed at widening horizons and building character, is now in steep declineThe end of summer term is traditionally a time for children to escape the classroom on a school trip. But increasing numbers of teachers say they have had to cut back on such outings because of rising costs and falling staff levels. Some of the country’s leading cultural venues have also reported a fall in the number of educational visits.“Cutting back on school trips or abandoning them altogether is yet another example of the detrimental impact the crisis in school funding ... more
  • 4 hours Greedy parking enforcement companies are issuing hefty fines to carers and nurses TheGuardian -Biz
    Private companies are issuing hefty penalty charge notices – sometimes even in a hospital’s own car parkCommunity nurse Gemma Hayes* was on call and on a tight schedule. She left her car in the residents’ car park of a block where her last patient of the day lived and displayed her professional carer’s badge on the dashboard. When she returned she’d been charged £60.“I was allocated 30 minutes for the call but spent an extra 45 minutes unpaid overtime as the elderly, housebound patient had additional needs,” says Hayes, who earns £24,200 and regularly works an extra unpaid hour on ... more
  • 4 hours Greedy parking enforcement companies are issuing hefty fines to carers and nurses TheGuardian
    Private companies are issuing hefty penalty charge notices – sometimes even in a hospital’s own car parkCommunity nurse Gemma Hayes* was on call and on a tight schedule. She left her car in the residents’ car park of a block where her last patient of the day lived and displayed her professional carer’s badge on the dashboard. When she returned she’d been charged £60.“I was allocated 30 minutes for the call but spent an extra 45 minutes unpaid overtime as the elderly, housebound patient had additional needs,” says Hayes, who earns £24,200 and regularly works an extra unpaid hour on ... more
  • 4 hours Six of the best: wireless headphones under £100 TheGuardian -Tech
    You don’t have to spend a fortune on headphones to get noise cancellation, decent bass and fine detail at high volumeWhile you can pay hundreds of pounds for a pair of audiophile or status headphones, if you’re mainly going to be wearing them in the gym, listening to a podcast or leaving them on the bus then you’re probably wasting your money. Moreover, the price of technologies like Bluetooth and noise cancellation is falling and you can pick up a pair featuring both of these useful features for mid-range prices. Here’s our review of some popular models… Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Facebook’s plan for a cryptocurrency is right to set alarm bells ringing |John Naughton TheGuardian -Biz
    The tech giant now seems to imagine itself a state. Its reach must not go unchallengedNow that Wimbledon is over, if you’re looking for something interesting to watch, can I suggest heading over to the video of last week’s interrogation by the US Senate committee on banking, housing and urban affairs of Facebook’s David Marcus? Given the astonishing incompetence of the Senate’s inquisition of Marcus’s boss, Mark Zuckerberg, some time ago, my hopes for last week’s hearing were not high. How wrong can you be?But first a bit of background might be helpful. Facebook, currently the tech world’s most toxic ... more
  • 4 hours Titan of mythology movies left behind a treasure trove of ideas TheGuardian
    Lost and rare material from master animator Ray Harryhausen could now inspire a new film epic years after his deathHe was the acclaimed film-maker who pioneered animation effects for masterpieces such as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans of 1963 and 1981 respectively. Ray Harryhausen created extraordinary characters, including sword-wielding skeletons and a Medusa with writhing asps as hair, for 16 films – yet a new book about his “lost” screen projects reveals that he also worked on nearly 80 more films.Hundreds of sketches and models that reflect his visionary ideas are being published for the first ... more
  • 4 hours Iran, Heathrow, HS2 – and Brexit: the big decisions facing the new prime minister TheGuardian -Biz
    The next PM takes office on Wednesday – and already has his work cut outAfter 24 hours of formalities that will end on Wednesday afternoon with the Queen inviting the new leader of the Tory party to form a government, the transfer of power from the 76th prime minister of the United Kingdom to the 77th will be a clinical and fairly brutal business.“We have been told we will have to be out of the building – having handed in our phones – and have left through the Cabinet Office within half an hour of proceedings ending at the palace,” ... more
  • 4 hours Iran, Heathrow, HS2 – and Brexit: the big decisions facing the new prime minister TheGuardian
    The next PM takes office on Wednesday – and already has his work cut outAfter 24 hours of formalities that will end on Wednesday afternoon with the Queen inviting the new leader of the Tory party to form a government, the transfer of power from the 76th prime minister of the United Kingdom to the 77th will be a clinical and fairly brutal business.“We have been told we will have to be out of the building – having handed in our phones – and have left through the Cabinet Office within half an hour of proceedings ending at the palace,” ... more
  • 4 hours As the controversy mounts, Facebook still seems to click TheGuardian -Biz
    The social media giant is set to unveil its second-best results this week, despite a privacy ruling and fears over LibraFacebook is expected to report its second most profitable quarter ever on Wednesday, even in the wake of a $5bn (£4bn) fine and an unprecedented level of scrutiny over its plans to launch a new global currency.While regulatory struggles and digital money plans have hogged the spotlight in recent weeks, investors and analysts remain convinced that the social media juggernaut can continue to expand. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Margrethe Vestager scares the tech giants. If we leave the EU, we’ll miss her TheGuardian -Biz
    Trump says the competition commissioner hates the US, but what she really hates is tax avoidanceThe greatest economic threat facing Europe is of falling hopelessly behind the US and China in adopting the next generation of technology. That is the view of many across Europe’s industrial and financial sectors who watch with wonder the proxy battle between the US and Chinese administrations on behalf of their tech giants.Business leaders from Dublin to Warsaw are open-mouthed – not so much at the often-bizarre tug of war between the two sides as at the fact that these economic blocs can lay claim ... more
  • 4 hours Government telecoms review to soft-pedal on Huawei TheGuardian -Biz
    Omission of Chinese firm’s role in building 5G networks will reopen divisions among ministersA long-awaited government review will fudge taking a critical decision on controversial Chinese technology company Huawei being allowed to build 5G networks in the UK.Industry sources said the move means the company, which is already building networks for EE and Vodafone, can continue developing and selling 5G technology in the UK, a move that will alarm critics who claim its equipment could help the Chinese government spy on other countries. Huawei, which is subject to stringent oversight by the UK’s spy agency, GCHQ, denies the claim. Continue ... more
  • 4 hours Weeding, writing and arithmetic… why green fingers are good for our children TheGaurdian – Edu
    Schools should teach pupils gardening skills to instil a passion for the environment in future generations, says horticultural chiefFrom the water vole to the Scottish wildcat, the dwindling numbers of Britain’s most at-risk animals are well documented. But now the alarm bell is sounding over a rather more overlooked endangered species: green-fingered children.Young people are so rarely spotted in gardens across Britain nowadays that the Royal Horticultural Society is warning that the country is facing a green skills crisis unless more learn to garden. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours Manny Pacquiao rolls back years in split-decision win over Keith Thurman TheGuardian -Sport
    Eight-division champion shows vintage form in points victoryThurman suffers first career defeat in 30 professional fightsPacquiao defeats Thurman by split decision – as it happenedManny Pacquiao knocked down Keith Thurman in the first round and persevered for an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night, adding a third straight win to his career resurgence after turning 40 years old.Pacquiao (62-7-2) dropped his previously unbeaten opponent with a combination late in the first round, and the Pac-Man dominated the opening rounds with a combination of flair and power that recalled the incredible prime of the only eight-division champion in boxing history. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours The SNP’s failure to defend abused politicians belies its caring image | Kevin McKenna TheGuardian
    Female MPs and MSPs with unpopular views on abortion and gender have been the target of vile attacksDo Tory prime ministers, on taking office, begin immediately to brace themselves for the moment when they are finally undone by the blows of their friends? There was Theresa May last week reflecting on her own wretched tenure and admitting that she hadn’t reckoned with the hatred that had engulfed her party over Brexit. “You know what some people call us: the nasty party,” she told the Tory conference in 2002 when she was its chairwoman. Like several of her predecessors, she eventually ... more
  • 5 hours Do you dream of a shorter working week? Reality might soon catch up… | Sonia Sodha TheGuardian -Biz
    More leisure time will remain out of reach for many until their conditions improveSummer holiday season is upon us, and one of the little sun-lounger fantasies I like to indulge, undoubtedly along with millions of others, is the idea of jacking it all in and buying a one-way ticket to somewhere drenched in sunshine all year round but so cheap you can make your savings stretch. Then I get back to the 9-5, and the September drizzle, and file it away until next summer.But what if there’s a bit more substance to this daydream – at least to the notion ... more
  • 7 hours Manny Pacquiao v Keith Thurman: WBA welterweight championship – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Pacquiao and Thurman face off at MGM Grand Garden ArenaTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 4.13am BST What a difference two years makes. Back in 2017, Thurman was on the fringe of the pound-for-pound conversation after unifying welterweight titles against Danny Garcia, while Pacquiao appeared on his way out of the sport after a shock defeat to the unheralded Jeff Horn. Since then Thurman was sidelined 22 months, first by right elbow surgery and then an injured left hand, and was hurt badly by a B-level opponent in a January comeback fight, while Pacquiao has rolled back the years ... more
  • 11 hours Australia’s strength in depth shines in Women’s Ashes while England stagnate | Geoff Lemon TheGuardian -Sport
    Day three performances from Beth Mooney and debutant Sophie Molineux helped highlight Australian cricket’s rude healthFor a while on the third morning of the Women’s Ashes Test, you could forget about everything but watching Beth Mooney bat. This is one of the Queenslander’s persistent traits. As an opener in T20 cricket, the feature of her game is her clean strokeplay: driving smartly through cover and midwicket, flicking or cutting square, finding the rope through gaps along the ground before starting to go aerial as field placings demand.In the longer formats for Australia, Mooney is still finding her way and finding ... more
  • 11 hours Arsenal v Fiorentina: International Champions Cup – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Arsenal continue pre-season tour of US with friendly in CharlotteTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 12.20am BST 49 min: Vlahovic has a crack on goal after catching Chambers out of postion but Leno is there to make the save. 12.17am BST 47 mins: A couple of changes for Arsenal with Leno coming on for Martinez and Lacazette for Kolasinac and the Gunners moving to a back four. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Dillian Whyte claims interim WBC heavyweight title with win over Óscar Rivas TheGuardian -Sport
    • Whyte wins unanimous decision after ninth-round knock down• Dave Allen taken to hospital following defeat to David PriceDillian Whyte got off the floor to beat Oscar Rivas to claim the interim WBC heavyweight and finally emerge from the shadow of Anthony Joshua. However he may still face a lengthy wait to get the world title fight he has long craved.Whyte never tends to make things easy. Rivas looked to have Whyte down and out in the ninth round, when a huge right uppercut, followed by a left hook, dropped him heavily early in the round. But Whyte is nothing ... more
  • 13 hours New Zealand hold firm to narrowly beat Argentina and avoid upset TheGuardian -Sport
    • Argentina 16-20 New Zealand• Pumas took early lead but could not overpower All BlacksNew Zealand held on by the skin of their teeth for a 20-16 victory over Argentina in a tense clash at Vélez Sarsfield on Saturday in the Rugby Championship.An All Blacks side lacking several top players led 20-9 at half-time but failed to score in the second half and were indebted to their defence for denying the Pumas a first victory over New Zealand in 29 tests. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose lurk with Open leaders in their sights | Any Bull TheGuardian -Sport
    Shane Lowry has a big lead but, should he falter, Rose and Koepka will be right there behind, waiting for their opportunityWhen dusk closed in over Royal Portrush, Brooks Koepka was busy on the putting green, working to fix the stroke that has broken down on him this week. Koepka is convinced that, if he can just get it running again, he can still win this Open Championship. He is seven shots back from Shane Lowry but Koepka is not the kind who quits, especially given the heavy weather, and the heavy pressure, that Lowry is going to have to ... more
  • 13 hours Keir Starmer seeks alliance against no-deal Brexit with Tory ex-ministers TheGuardian
    Cross-party move to foil ‘disastrous exit’ comes as economic forecasts pile pressure on next PMLabour will seek immediate talks with Tory ministers who resign from the government on Wednesday – including the chancellor, Philip Hammond – in the hope of building a cross-party alliance to prevent Boris Johnson from embracing a no-deal Brexit.The plans, revealed to the Observer by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, underline the extent of opposition the probable next prime minister will face from across the House of Commons if he fails to negotiate a new Brexit deal that can pass through parliament by late autumn. Continue ... more
  • 13 hours Xander Schauffele lets rip at R&A for declaring his driver illegal TheGuardian -Sport
    • American’s Callaway club ruled to have contravened legal limits • Schauffele ‘pissed off’ that failed test results were made publicThe American Xander Schauffele has accused the R&A of trying to “ruin his image” and being unprofessional after his Callaway driver was ruled illegal after a random test in Portrush this week. Related: Shane Lowry storms to four-shot Open lead after emerging from almighty scrap Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Shane Lowry storms to four-shot Open lead after emerging from almighty scrap TheGuardian -Sport
    • Irishman’s third-round 63 is lowest score so far by two• Tommy Fleetwood four shots back in second after 66Sometimes sporting outcomes give the impression of being written in the stars. Shane Lowry has enough to occupy his thoughts, without contemplation of becoming the latest symbol for a collective will in Ireland but, should he lift the Claret Jug at a venue deemed unsuitable for the Open Championship amid decades of civil unrest, golf will have delivered a last laugh towards bitterness. Sport’s unifying qualities are such a great strength; how they were endorsed as Lowry pulled Royal Portrush to ... more
  • 14 hours Labour MPs are furious as local party votes to expel former chief whip TheGuardian
    Hilary Armstrong had criticised Corbyn over Labour’s antisemitism crisisLabour MPs expressed outrage last night after a local constituency party voted to expel former chief whip Hilary Armstrong from the party for accusing Jeremy Corbyn of a lack of leadership over antisemitism.The move by the North West Durham party promoted angry responses from Armstrong’s colleagues in both houses of parliament. She served as an MP from 1987-2010 before being elevated to the House of Lords. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Tommy Fleetwood prepares to battle Shane Lowry in shootout in the storm TheGuardian -Sport
    The Irishman holds a four-shot lead going into the final round but, with howling wind and rain forecast, anything can happenTommy Fleetwood, one of golf’s happiest souls, was walking on sunshine on the third day of the 148th Open when he fashioned a round only marginally less brilliant than that conjured by the tournament leader, Shane Lowry.The Southport man struck five birdies in a flawless 66 to trail the Irishman by four strokes on the eve of what threatens to be a howling final day of wind and rain as they go shot for shot for the title. It will ... more
  • 14 hours Boris Johnson warned: focus on Iran crisis or risk war TheGuardian
    Tory leadership rivals kept informed about spiralling crisis in the Gulf as ex-naval chief blasts governmentAdmiral Lord West: ‘Our political establishment have been focused on the election of a new prime minister’Boris Johnson will be tested by a major international crisis in his first days as prime minister, senior military figures and politicians have warned, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in a move that raised tensions in the Gulf to new heights.Johnson, who is expected to win the race to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and be installed as the new prime minister on Wednesday, was being kept ... more
  • 15 hours Jewish group urges Labour party to end ‘institutional racism’ TheGuardian
    The Jewish Labour Movement asks for ‘real leadership’ on antisemitism in letter sent to shadow cabinet members The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) has written to every member of the shadow cabinet urging them to show leadership and end what it says is “institutional racism” in the party.The move by the JLM, which is affiliated to Labour, comes ahead of crucial meetings this week of the national executive committee (NEC) and shadow cabinet at which the crisis over antisemitism is due to be discussed. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Danny Willett glad to be back in the Open frame after long slump TheGuardian -Sport
    The 2016 Masters champion shot a 65 to propel himself up the leaderboard after enduring tough times since Augusta triumphUnless the forecast wind and rain spits and lashes around Portrush on Sunday, scattering the leaders like buckshot, Danny Willett will not win the Open. But after what he has gone through since winning the Masters three years ago he won’t mind. Because after tumbling to 462 in the world, the 31-year-old from Sheffield is confident that the best days are around the corner again.On moving day, no one got their skates on more than Willett. He started the day seven ... more
  • 16 hours Frankie Dettori and Star Catcher shine brightest to win Irish Oaks TheGuardian -Sport
    • Italian wins race at the Curragh for fifth time• ‘We put our necks on the blocks,’ says DettoriFrankie Dettori outrode his fellow jockeys once again and stole a Classic from the front aboard Star Catcher in the Irish Oaks. The Italian, winning this race for the fifth time, was allowed an uncontested lead from an early stage, despite the presence in the field of a presumed pacemaker from the Ballydoyle stable.Three weeks ago a 33-1 shot made all the running to win the Irish Derby and, with the Curragh again riding fast, there was an obvious potential advantage for ... more
  • 16 hours Women’s Ashes: Australia and Sophie Molineux turn the screw on England TheGuardian -Sport
    • Day three of four: Australia 420-8d, England 199-6• Australia spinner Molineux takes three key wicketsThree days in, the one-off Ashes Test at Taunton looks likely to end in the same way that 60% of women’s Tests have since they moved to being four-day affairs back in the 70s: as a draw. After two entire sessions were washed out on the second day due to rain, any other result relied on a show of aggression from either Australia or England. Instead Australia delayed their declaration for another 23 overs; while England, forced on to the back foot after being left ... more
  • 16 hours British Airways suspends Cairo flights as security precaution TheGuardian
    Services to Egyptian capital halted for seven days to allow for security review, says airline British Airways has suspended all flights to Cairo for seven days as a security precaution.The airline made the surprise announcement last night that all flights into the Egyptian capital were halted. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours British Airways suspends Cairo flights as security precaution TheGuardian -Biz
    Services to Egyptian capital halted for seven days to allow for security review, says airline British Airways has suspended all flights to Cairo for seven days as a security precaution.The airline made the surprise announcement last night that all flights into the Egyptian capital were halted. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Laura Muir cruises to 1500m victory at Anniversary Games TheGuardian -Sport
    • Scot wins easily with 57-second last lap• Zharnel Hughes and Beth Dobbin also shineLaura Muir, Zharnel Hughes and Beth Dobbin seized the occasion of competing in London’s former Olympic stadium to delight the crowds and deliver impressive personal performances on the opening day of the Anniversary Games.An unusual event, in that it both looks backwards and throws forward in time, the Muller Anniversary Games is part of the legacy of London 2012 and also an important staging post on the way to the World Championships in Doha in September. The risk is that the event itself lacks consequence but, ... more
  • 17 hours Brexit funder Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary TheGuardian -Biz
    Legal threat comes as campaigners warn UK government that courts are being used to intimidate journalistsLetter: press freedom campaigners call for action on ‘vexatious lawsuits’ Related: The Great Hack: the film that goes behind the scenes of the Facebook data scandal The businessman Arron Banks and the unofficial Brexit campaign Leave.EU have issued a legal threat against streaming giant Netflix in relation to The Great Hack, a new documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the abuse of personal data. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Brexit funder Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary TheGuardian
    Legal threat comes as campaigners warn UK government that courts are being used to intimidate journalistsLetter: press freedom campaigners call for action on ‘vexatious lawsuits’ Related: The Great Hack: the film that goes behind the scenes of the Facebook data scandal The businessman Arron Banks and the unofficial Brexit campaign Leave.EU have issued a legal threat against streaming giant Netflix in relation to The Great Hack, a new documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the abuse of personal data. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Herschel Jantjies leads South Africa past Australia with debut double TheGuardian -Sport
    • South Africa 35-17 Australia• Debutant scores twice, while Tupou error costs dearHerschel Jantjies scored two tries on debut as South Africa claimed a 35-17 bonus-point victory over sloppy Australia in their Rugby Championship opener at Ellis Park on Saturday.Jantjies has been the find of the season in South African rugby, having risen from obscurity in recent months at the Stormers, and he looks to have booked a Rugby World Cup ticket as the Springboks scored further tries through lock Lood De Jager, wing Sbu Nkosi and replacement scrumhalf Cobus Reinach. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Long delays to NHS cataract operations leave elderly at risk TheGuardian
    New data reveals badly missed targets despite increased use of private sector providersPeople with poor eyesight are being forced to wait almost six months for operations on the NHS to remove cataracts, official figures reveal.Patients in Herefordshire are facing average delays of 168 days – five months and 17 days – for cataract surgery, according to data collected by NHS Digital, the health service’s statistical arm. Waiting times in Great Yarmouth and Waveney in Norfolk are the second worst in England at 163 days, while they now average 154 days in North Lincolnshire. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Manchester United reject Internazionale’s £54m bid for Romelu Lukaku TheGuardian -Sport
    • Antonio Conte confirms club’s ongoing interest after friendly• United beat Inter 1-0 thanks to Mason Greenwood’s goalManchester United have rejected a £54m bid from Internazionale for Romelu Lukaku and informed the Italian club it will need a significantly higher offer to succeed in luring the player away from Old Trafford.Lukaku missed the pre-season friendly between the two clubs in Singapore on Saturday, after complaining of an ankle injury and was seen talking to Inter officials on the pitch after a 1-0 victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team, courtesy of a second-half winner from Mason Greenwood. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours How melting plastic waste could heat homes TheGuardian -Biz
    Breakthrough means less pollution and lower greenhouse gas emissionsIt is a problem bedevilling households across the UK: what can we do with the mountains of food-spattered plastic waste left in our bins?Now a group of scientists say they have the answer – by using the detritus of domestic life to heat homes. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Fore fail: Stanley strikes back after stray ball hits mother of partner’s caddie TheGuardian -Sport
    • Stanley insists he did not know anyone had been hurt by shot• Bob MacIntyre complained he did not shout fore quick enoughAn unrepentant Kyle Stanley has fired back at Bob MacIntyre after being castigated by his playing partner following the second round at the Open. MacIntyre was furious after a stray tee shot from Stanley at the 17th hit and bruised a hand of his caddie’s mother. MacIntyre’s ire stemmed from his American partner not shouting fore. The Scot said there were “harsh words” at the end of the round, adding: “He’s the only one I’ve seen do that. ... more
  • 18 hours Hilary Armstrong ‘very sad’ over vote to expel her from Labour party TheGuardian
    Ex-chief whip had signed an ad criticising Corbyn over handling of antisemitism complaintsA former chief whip under Tony Blair has said she was “very sad” after her local constituency party voted to expel her from the Labour party.Hilary Armstrong issued a statement after a meeting of the North West Durham constituency party, where she was MP until 2010, after the decision, which came days after she added her name to an advertisement accusing Jeremy Corbyn of having “failed the test of leadership” over his handling of antisemitism complaints within Labour. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Summer holiday rush as deals spark last-minute travel boom TheGuardian
    Busiest weekend on record expected as Britons grab cut-price breaks after Brexit uncertaintyThe great British holiday getaway is usually the most anticipated weekend of the year, a culmination of months of fretting and planning. But this is the year of the last-minute summer.Huge numbers of people have delayed making bookings thanks to a messy cocktail of weather, politics and a plunging pound. Travel agents, tour operators, hotels and B&Bs all say they have been battling Brexit uncertainty to get people to make bookings for months. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Man dies after tumbling into wall at Camber Sands TheGuardian
    Police called to Sussex beach where man thought to be kitesurfer pronounced deadA man died after tumbling on to a wall at Camber Sands beach in what police are calling a tragic accident.The victim is believed to have been a kitesurfer or paraglider at the beach near Rye in East Sussex. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Tour de France diary: Geraint Thomas struggles and seduction in Brioude TheGuardian -Sport
    Our correspondent witnesses Rohan Dennis’s shambolic exit and watches in horror as his own dirty laundry is aired in publicWe wake early on the banks of the Rhone watching huge barges slide south, before driving on wild roads across the plateau of the Haute-Loire, past the distant volcanoes of the Puy de Dôme, to Brioude, Romain Bardet’s home town. The press room goodie bag includes a perfume titled Operation Seduction in the Land of Romain Bardet, but even that can’t conceal the whiff of disappointment now enveloping the local hero. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Home hero Rory McIlroy shows his class even as Open dream slips away TheGuardian -Sport
    The Irishman could not make amends for his nightmare start but his magic and mistakes gripped Portrush until his final shotIt might have been the best losing 65 in Open history, a piece of Rory McIlroy theatre in front of his own people that nobody will forget. He will not be allowed to forget it either, whatever the heroism he showed in stretching improbability to the outer limits.The yawning gap between elite athletes and those who stand in awe is built on two priceless gifts: vision and precision. When McIlroy stepped up to hit his final shot to the 18th ... more
  • 19 hours England 45-47 New Zealand: Netball World Cup semi-final – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Follow the latest from the M&S Bank Arena, 3pm BST startAustralia 55-53 South Africa: Diamonds squeak into finalEmail Ben or tweet him with your thoughts 4.31pm BST Tracey Neville talks. “New Zealand came out really strong in that first quarter, we didn’t learn our lessons quick enough and we always seemed to be chasing the game,” she says. “We gave it our all but we just didn’t have the legs that we needed. Fair dos, it was a class performance from New Zealand and that is probably the only game this tournament where we have made basic errors. They did ... more
  • 19 hours Tour de France 2019: Pinot wins stage 14 as Alaphilippe extends lead – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Protests near start of stage force slightly shortened stagePinot takes stage and Alaphilippe extends lead over ThomasAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 4.30pm BST Here’s a report on today’s stage, which ended with France celebrating both a stage winner and a yellow jersey wearer. Related: Pinot wins Tour de France stage 14 and Alaphilippe extends lead over Thomas 4.28pm BST Thibaut Pinot is on the podium, collecting a bouquet, waving it abo and looking a bit chuffed. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Condemning poor children to a life without culture is a form of cruelty | Barbara Ellen TheGaurdian – Edu
    From music to sport, too many kids are losing out on vital life-enhancing activitiesDisadvantaged children in England are being priced out of a cultural hinterland. A Social Mobility Commission study, from the University of Bath, reports that children aged 10-15 from low-income families are three times less likely than wealthier peers to engage in out-of-school musical activities, such as learning an instrument or joining a choir or orchestra.There were also differences according to race – 4% of British Pakistani children took part in music classes, compared with 28% of Indian children and 20% of white children – and regional divides: ... more
  • 19 hours New Zealand hold off England to reach Netball World Cup final TheGuardian -Sport
    • England 45-47 New Zealand• England slip to defeat after leading 24-21 at half-timeThe giant ferris wheel that overlooks M&S Bank Arena had been at a halt for two weeks. Workmen had occasionally been seen perched atop its mechanisms, hitting them with a sledgehammer. On England’s big day – their best hope of making a final in eight attempts – the wheel was finally turning. Was it a sign?For several periods of their nerve shredding semi-final against New Zealand, it seemed it might be. England led for several periods, and Helen Housby netted a sequence of courageous shots from the ... more
  • 19 hours Pinot wins Tour de France stage 14 and Alaphilippe extends lead over Thomas TheGuardian -Sport
    • Geraint Thomas suffers on final climb and loses time to leader• Julian Alaphilippe second on Tourmalet stage finishGeraint Thomas’s Tour de France title defence was hanging by a thread after the toughest mountain stage yet of the 2019 race saw him lose more time to the overall race leader Julian Alaphilippe.Thomas was unable to follow the decisive accelerations in the final moments of a breathless stage that included well over 3,000 metres of climbing, as the peloton raced to the summit of the Col du Tourmalet. The 117.5km stage was abridged by several kilometres to allow police to clear ... more
  • 19 hours Weary firms gear up to hit the Brexit pause button – for a second time TheGuardian -Biz
    Manufacturers face a repeat of March’s deadline tensions and worst-case planningBritish manufacturers are preparing for a re-run of the tense build-up to a Brexit deadline as the country awaits a new prime minister who threatens to leave the EU without a deal.The UK is currently scheduled to leave on 31 October, forcing manufacturers to restart preparations for their worst-case scenario six months after the last scheduled exit date. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Prices rise for British tourists as Brexit puts the pound in the shade TheGuardian -Biz
    Fighting talk on Brexit from Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson has inevitably hit the value of sterlingSun, sea and sinking sterling. News of a fresh decline in the value of the pound was greeted with forbearance by travellers at Luton airport last week. The currency has been under pressure at various times since the referendum, having fallen by 14% against the euro since the vote, and it hit a six-month low of €1.105 last Wednesday in the wake of renewed pledges by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt over pursuing a no-deal Brexit.Against the US dollar, sterling took even more of ... more
  • 19 hours Prices rise for British tourists as Brexit puts the pound in the shade TheGuardian
    Fighting talk on Brexit from Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson has inevitably hit the value of sterlingSun, sea and sinking sterling. News of a fresh decline in the value of the pound was greeted with forbearance by travellers at Luton airport last week. The currency has been under pressure at various times since the referendum, having fallen by 14% against the euro since the vote, and it hit a six-month low of €1.105 last Wednesday in the wake of renewed pledges by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt over pursuing a no-deal Brexit.Against the US dollar, sterling took even more of ... more
  • 19 hours Labour and Tories both plan to borrow and spend. Is that wise? TheGuardian -Biz
    The Conservatives would use cash for tax cuts, while Labour plans investment. But the economic climate is chillyAs the next Tory leader, and possibly a general election, loom, the UK electorate must consider one fundamental economic question: does it want a huge increase in government borrowing?Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are ready to break out of the austerity straitjacket and spend huge sums. Not just to blast their way through the chaos that will follow leaving the European Union on 31 October, but also to inflate spending on a long shopping list of items, from social care to defence. ... more
  • 20 hours Wolves edge Manchester City in Premier League Asia Trophy shootout TheGuardian -Sport
    Wolves 0-0 Manchester City (3-2 on penalties)Rui Patrício saves three penalties in Shanghai friendlyRui Patrício saved three penalties as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated English champions Manchester City to claim the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Shanghai on Saturday.The Portuguese goalkeeper kept out spot-kicks from Ilkay Gündogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha as Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves side won the four-team pre-season tournament, which also featured Newcastle United and West Ham United, after the game ended goalless after 90 minutes. Continue reading... ... more
  • 20 hours Iran’s top diplomat in UK summoned over seizure of Stena Impero tanker TheGuardian -Biz
    UK foreign secretary expresses ‘extreme disappointment’ over action to Iranian counterpart The British government has summoned Tehran’s top diplomat in London and warned UK ships to temporarily avoid the strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker off its coast, deepening the crisis in the Gulf.The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said on Saturday that he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to express “extreme disappointment” over Iran’s actions, and vowed to protect UK ships during the crisis. Continue reading... ... more
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