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  • 3 weeks Kash Ali disqualified for biting David Price in bizarre heavyweight bout TheGuardian -Sport
    • Birmingham fighter leaves arena under barrage from fans• Price says former sparring partner ‘lost his head completely’Kash Ali faces a lengthy ban from boxing after being disqualified for biting David Price during their all-British heavyweight contest in Liverpool.The incident happened in round five when Price, 35, landed a fierce blow on the 27-year-old previously undefeated Birmingham fighter. Ali reacted by forcing his former sparring partner to the canvas where he was seen to bite the Liverpudlian, leaving a clearly visible mark on his torso. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Son Heung-min: ‘I miss White Hart Lane but the new stadium is amazing’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Spurs forward believes the move to a shiny new ground can provide fresh impetus for their stuttering Premier League formSon Heung-min has never known anything like it. Not since his arrival at Tottenham in August 2015 have the team endured a worse run of Premier League form during a single season. And, by the forward’s reckoning, he has never gone three weeks without a match inside a domestic campaign.Seismic change is also afoot. After all the delays, Spurs are primed to enter their 62,062-capacity new stadium on Wednesday for the Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace. Son and his ... more
  • 3 weeks Jürgen Klopp piles praise on Spurs and Pochettino before Anfield clash TheGuardian -Sport
    The Liverpool manager makes no secret of his admiration for his counterpart and the way he has built his ‘world-class’ teamThis is supposed to be the business end of the season, squeaky-bum time in terms of the title race, yet Tottenham’s visit to Anfield on Sunday afternoon may turn out to be more of a love-in than a leadership contest. For one thing, games between the two clubs in recent seasons have featured exquisite goals, open football and marvellous entertainment. For another, Jürgen Klopp makes no secret of his admiration for Spurs, their manager and their leading scorer, even if ... more
  • 3 weeks Careful Huddersfield pay inevitable price but are set up to return | Paul Doyle TheGuardian -Sport
    With the Premier League’s lowest wage bill and ineffective strikers, relegation is no surprise but Jan Siewert’s men are equipped to come backAnd so Huddersfield’s Premier League journey nears the end that has long been signposted, via a sequence of results that reads like a faux-Welsh train station: LLDDLLLDLLWDWLLLLLLLLDLLLLLWLLLL. The No Limits hashtag and flags can be retired, as the two words that became the club’s de facto motto during their sensational rise from the depths of the Championship no longer apply. Huddersfield have hit the buffers. They have been on a hell of a ride. Related: ‘We weren’t good ... more
  • 3 weeks Football’s double jeopardy will take Forestieri racism case into extra time | Daniel Taylor TheGuardian -Sport
    As John Terry knows, acquittal in a court of law on the basis of ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ does not mean the FA will not take action on the balance of probabilitiesIt is coming up for seven years now since John Terry found himself in the dock of Westminster magistrates court on charges of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and, though I could never say sitting through that week-long trial was a particularly fulfilling experience, there is one memory that offers some light relief amid all the other numbing details.It goes back to the penultimate day, when Terry was being taken ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘We weren’t good enough to stay up’: Huddersfield deflated as they go down TheGuardian -Sport
    • Town relegated from Premier League after Palace defeat• Jan Siewert: ‘I’m willing to work as hard as we can to get back’Jan Siewert insisted he was proud of his players despite Huddersfield becoming the second team in Premier League history to be relegated before the end of March after their 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.Victories for Burnley over Wolves and Southampton over Brighton ensured that Huddersfield will return to the Championship after two seasons in the top flight, also equalling Derby’s record for the earliest relegation with six fixtures to play. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Action, suspense, drama … how Brexit became the latest reality TV hit TheGuardian
    Record figures for news programmes proves the political saga is addictive viewingViewing and listener figures for Brexit news programmes and Westminster debates have set new records in the past few months.BBC Parliament, the niche television channel that relays proceedings from the House of Commons, has been watched by more than 3.5 million people every month since January, and it is now clear that key votes on the “no confidence” motion, meaningful votes one and two, and lobby divisions on the backstop and no deal have given the channel its top five biggest days of the past decade. Channel 4 News ... more
  • 3 weeks Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title TheGuardian -Sport
    22-year-old is first Australian woman in top 10 since 2013Victory in Florida brings $1.3m prize moneyAshleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in as many ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday in the final of the Miami Open. The 22-year-old Australian, seeded 12th, won her fourth title and the biggest of her career. She improved to 18-3 this year and will rise next week to career-high ranking of No9, the first Australian woman since 2013 to reach the top 10 in the world. ... more
  • 3 weeks Jamie George leads from the front for Saracens in Owen Farrell’s absence | Gerard Meagher TheGuardian -Sport
    The hooker chose a good time to impress the watching England coach, Eddie Jones, at Allianz ParkOn afternoons like this it is easy to forget just how long Jamie George had to wait for his first England start – that he was named as a replacement 19 times before getting hold of the England No 2 jersey, more than two years after his debut, and that he made three starts for the Lions before he did so once for his country. For here was further evidence that, if Dylan Hartley ends up being part of Eddie Jones’s World Cup squad, ... more
  • 3 weeks Onel Hernández sinks Boro to put promised land in Norwich sights TheGuardian -Sport
    An evening billed as a celebration of Middlesbrough’s once powerful international influence was hijacked by a Cuban winger and a Finnish forward who have made Norwich their home.Reminders of Teesside’s history as a breeding ground of globetrotting explorers and industrialists were everywhere but, with the stuttering home side failing to rise to the challenge, two visiting imports assumed centre stage. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Kurt Zouma and Bernard punish sloppy West Ham as Everton ease to victory TheGuardian -Sport
    By the end well over three-quarters of West Ham’s supporters, unwilling to cut their team slack after an abrupt halt to an improved run of home form, had long since drifted into the night. Everton’s travelling contingent were far more visible and vocal but the two fanbases might have had one question in common: where, exactly, did that come from?Everton had not put in a 90-minute performance of this accomplishment since Marco Silva’s arrival last summer but such a slick, dominant display bodes positively for the task ahead. That is to finish seventh, earn the lukewarm best-of-the-rest chalice and see ... more
  • 3 weeks Solskjær: ‘Everyone knows that we can perform better’ – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær's first game as the permanent Manchester United manager got off to a less than convincing start as they secured a 2-1 victory over Watford. 'The first 20 minutes we started so slow and sloppy,' said Solskjær, adding that Javi Gracia's side 'deserved to take the lead'. United opened the scoring after a speedy counter attack lead by Luke Shaw before Marcus Rashford netted, then Anthony Martial poked home a second from close range Anthony Martial goal proves key as Manchester United hold off Watford Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks West Ham United v Everton: Premier League – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-offYou can email Scott here with your viewsLive scoreboard: Saturday’s latest scores and resultsThe latest Premier League table 7.19pm GMT 90 min +2: On the touchline, Manuel Pellegrini wears a look that redefines pensive. And well he might, because his team have been awful this evening. A defensive dog’s dinner, and not a whole lot tastier in attack. 7.17pm GMT 90 min +1: Zabaleta crosses from the right. Keane flicks clear. Cresswell crosses from the left. Keane flicks clear. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Will Grigg fired by Wembley ambition before Sunderland face Portsmouth TheGuardian -Sport
    The striker wants to make memories for the club’s fans at the Checkatrade Trophy final, even if the Black Cats have bigger aimsWill Grigg appreciates the potential conflict of interests. He fully understands the tension between short- and longer-term ambitions. Yet there is nothing remotely bittersweet about his anticipation of a first Wembley appearance. “It’s no secret that promotion’s our aim, but football’s about giving fans great days and memories of being at big games,” says Sunderland’s Northern Ireland striker as he prepares for Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth.“I understand there are circumstances where people have to sacrifice cups ... more
  • 3 weeks Anthony Martial goal proves key as Manchester United hold off Watford TheGuardian -Sport
    The sun shone, a gigantic banner sporting Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s face swirled in the Stretford End, and Manchester United claimed victory.This was the perfect way to herald the Norwegian’s full-time appointment as manager and to respond to the last two defeats. It was hardly pretty: United were stuck in second gear, the goals coming some time apart, but as winning while underperforming is a yardstick of performance it was a satisfactory afternoon, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial the home scorers, with Abdoulaye Doucouré producing Watford’s late response. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Dwight McNeil strikes to seal crucial Burnley victory over Wolves TheGuardian -Sport
    Sean Dyche’s 300th game as Burnley manager ended with a 2-0 home victory against Wolverhampton, just as his first one had in 2012. As Wolves are no longer the mid-table Championship opponents who turned up seven years ago this victory gave Dyche even more satisfaction, especially as it ended a run of four straight defeats and should go a long way to easing any relegation fears.“Obviously, my first win was important but I wasn’t flavour of the month back then,” said the manager who now has a pub named after him outside the ground. “We didn’t see a lot of ... more
  • 3 weeks Tiger Woods beats Rory McIlroy to reach WGC-Dell Match Play quarters TheGuardian -Sport
    • American beats Northern Irishman 2&1 in Austin• Woods faces Lucas Bjerregaard nextTiger Woods endured a titanic battle with Rory McIlroy but edged his way into the quarter-finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play following an intriguing 2&1 victory.McIlroy headed into the last-16 match after losing three holes during the group stage but found himself three down after 10. Successive birdies at the 12th and 13th helped McIlroy cut the gap to one before a messy 16th hole from the Northern Irishman ended his chances of progressing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Almond Eye’s silky Dubai Turf win throws down Arc challenge to Enable TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘It was beautiful,’ says Christophe Lemaire after filly’s victory • Thunder Snow becomes first to win Dubai World Cup twiceAlmond Eye took the first step here on Saturday on a path towards Longchamp and a possible meeting with Enable in the Arc and she did so with a flourish. She is the most exciting horse to emerge from Japan since Deep Impact in 2006 and, though she finished only a length and a quarter in front of Vivlos in the $6m Dubai Turf, her class was obvious as she seized control a furlong out before idling just a little ... more
  • 3 weeks Football League: Weimann stuns Sheffield United as Derby romp to win TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bristol City forward hits hat-trick to blunt Blades• Derby breeze to 6-1 win over lowly Rotherham• Sheffield United slipped to third after Bristol City came from behind to take victory at Bramall Lane, with Andreas Weimann scoring his first career hat-trick. Chris Wilder’s side twice took the lead through Billy Sharp and Scott Hogan before Weimann completed a fine comeback to dent the hosts’ automatic promotion hopes. Leeds United returned second with their own heroic fightback at Elland Road on what proved a good day for the pack of teams chasing a play-off berth. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks The Observer view: malign ideas driving child poverty haunt Brexit debate | Observer editorial TheGuardian
    Theresa May says parliament is preventing her from fixing the country’s social ills, but the mess was caused by Tory austerityBritain is the fifth richest country in the world. Yet figures out last week show that more than 4 million children – almost one in three – are living below the relative poverty line. That’s one in three children growing up in families that face a daily struggle to make ends meet, where parents sometimes have to go without to ensure their children can eat and where the cost of school uniforms can push parents into debt.It’s nothing short of ... more
  • 3 weeks Teachers volunteer for £7,000 pay cut to save colleagues’ jobs TheGaurdian – Edu
    Five members of staff at Furzedown primary in London take reductions of up to 20%Teachers at a cash-strapped primary school have volunteered to take a £7,000-a-year pay cut to save the jobs of colleagues.Schools across the country are so short of funds that headteachers are being forced to make drastic cutbacks. In a stark example of the funding squeeze, Furzedown primary school, in the south London borough of Wandsworth, had instigated a series of measures to balance its books and was facing the possibility of making redundancies. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Man murdered near London Central mosque named by police TheGuardian
    Zahir Visiter was found on an estate in nearby St John’s Wood after being stabbedPolice have identified the 25-year-old victim of a fatal stabbing in central London, after armed police sealed off a mosque as they hunted for suspects.Zahir Visiter, of Westminster, was stabbed beside the canal in Regent’s Park on Thursday night but was found on an estate in nearby St John’s Wood. Visiter, who was originally from Chechnya, was treated at the scene but later died in hospital. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Pablo Hernández double downs Millwall to send Leeds into automatic places TheGuardian -Sport
    Leeds moved back into the automatic promotion places in dramatic fashion with a thrilling 3-2 win over relegation-threatened Millwall.For a long time it looked as if Leeds would back up their crushing defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United with another damaging result. But Pablo Hernández - overlooked for the Sky Bet Championship team of the season - hauled Leeds from the brink with a double in an inspirational performance. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Liam Williams bags two tries as Saracens storm to semi-final TheGuardian -Sport
    • Saracens 56-27 Glasgow• Owen Farrell misses game as wife goes into labourGlasgow hoped for a repeat of the Calcutta Cup and so it turned out, just not the one they had yearned for. Rather than the Scottish revival at Twickenham earlier this month when the visitors recovered from 31-0 down to lead before being held to a draw, their second defeat here in three months resembled 2017, when England cut loose at HQ.Scotland’s wait for a European Cup semi-finalist goes on. Glasgow were ahead after 70 seconds with a well crafted try from a lineout but after that were ... more
  • 3 weeks Jamie Vardy sees off Bournemouth to extend the Rodgers revival at Leicester TheGuardian -Sport
    Wes Morgan marked his return to the team with another goal as Leicester continued their solid start under Brendan Rodgers.Morgan proved an able deputy against Burnley two weeks ago following Harry Maguire’s fourth-minute red card, the veteran defender scoring a late winner. Here, with Maguire suspended, the 35-year-old started and he picked up where he left off, getting on the scoresheet again after 11 minutes. Jamie Vardy added a second late on to give Rodgers a third win in his four matches as manager, it also and ensuring Leicester a third successive Premier League win for the first time since ... more
  • 3 weeks Huddersfield relegated after Milivojevic puts Crystal Palace on way to win TheGuardian -Sport
    In the end there was a strange sense of symmetry about it all. A penalty from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt’s late goal sealed Huddersfield’s relegation at the ground where their adventure at this level began a little more than 18 months ago with a brilliant 3-0 victory under David Wagner.Yet the end of a story that has already seen the departure of the man who achieved the impossible last season by surviving the club’s first top-flight campaign in more than 40 years was a harsh lesson in the realities of the modern game as Jan Siewert’s side were ... more
  • 3 weeks Pierre-Emile Højbjerg fires Southampton to vital win over Brighton TheGuardian -Sport
    This match went almost exactly to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s plan, which means the season has a strong chance of going to the plan that Southampton put in place when they appointed the Austrian in December.They were a rabble back then, with nine points from their first 14 matches of the season. This win took them closer to safety with a tally of 33 points, the same as Brighton, who, in addition to figuring out a way to get past Manchester City in next Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, must be wary of slipping into the bottom three. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Alcácer late show takes Dortmund top as Bayern held at Freiburg TheGuardian -Sport
    • Paco Alcácer scores twice in injury time against Wolfsburg• Lionel Messi scores both goals in Barcelona’s derby winBorussia Dortmund climbed back to the top of the Bundesliga after late drama in their match with Wolfsburg as Freiburg held Bayern Munich to a surprise draw.Paco Alcácer’s two goals in Dortmund’s 2-0 win, the first a fiercely struck free-kick, the second scored on the counter, did not arrive until the 91st and 94th minutes, just when it appeared Lucien Favre’s team would not be able to capitalise on Bayern’s slip-up. Bayern began poorly at Freiburg, and conceded a goal from striker ... more
  • 3 weeks Swindon Honda workers march against factory closure TheGuardian -Biz
    Carmaker urged to reverse decision that will cost thousands of jobsHundreds of workers have marched through Swindon in an attempt to save their jobs by convincing Honda to reverse its decision to close a car manufacturing plant in the town.The protesters, many of whom were joined by their families, were demonstrating against Honda’s plan to close the car plant in 2021, which will cost 3,500 workers their jobs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Brexit: how do voters feel about the EU now? TheGuardian
    The polls show a shift in favour of Remain, but this advantage is narrow and fragileThe wind seems to be in the sails of campaigners looking to keep Britain in the EU as, for the first time in the Brexit crisis, they see signs of the public mood shifting in their favour.Hundreds of thousands marched in support of EU membership last weekend, and a petition calling for article 50 to be revoked, reversing Brexit, secured 6m signatures in 10 days in 10 days. Meanwhile, Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement was voted down for a third time in the House of Commons ... more
  • 3 weeks Channel 4 apologises for Jon Snow’s ‘white people’ remark TheGuardian
    Presenter made comments about pro-Brexit marchers on flagship news showChannel 4 News has apologised after its presenter Jon Snow said he had “never seen so many white people in one place”, referring to the pro-Brexit protesters who flooded the centre of London on Friday.The 71-year-old frontman was broadcasting live from outside the Houses of Parliament when he made the unscripted remarks while wrapping up the programme. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Charles Leclerc pips Sebastian Vettel to Bahrain F1 pole on Ferrari’s day TheGuardian -Sport
    • Monegasque second youngest to take F1 pole at 21y 165d• Lewis Hamilton third fastest, Valtteri Bottas fourthThat Ferrari are absolutely in this season’s title fight was confirmed with glorious, youthful aplomb when Charles Leclerc stormed to a dominant pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The 21-year-old’s first ever pole delivered notice that he too resolutely intends to be a player in the championship battle. He drove magnificently, entirely undaunted by his four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, who was in second.The Scuderia were off the pace and off-colour in Australia but it was Ferrari’s young gun who made ... more
  • 3 weeks Pension payouts for top bosses tumble in face of investor ire TheGuardian -Biz
    Companies scale back contributions as threat of shareholder revolt forces rethinkStephen Hester, the chief executive of RSA, the London-based insurance group behind the More Than brand, was last year handed a total pay and benefits package of more than £4m. The 58-year-old received a basic salary of more than £1m, a bonus of £800,000 and a longer-term incentive payout of nearly £2.2m. He was given a car and driver, worth £64,000. And an extra £302,000 to help him “save for retirement”.That level of pension contribution – 30% of basic salary, usually paid in cash – is far from unusual in ... more
  • 3 weeks The west is exporting austerity to Africa. It’s a disaster TheGuardian -Biz
    Now that the whole world feels poor and debt relief is out of fashion, some countries are left with big debts at high ratesAusterity is more than just a European response to the 2008 financial crash. It is the common response of indebted countries wherever they may be. And no more so than in Africa.Trapped in binding agreements for loans they can ill afford with international investors, most African countries have kept their heads down and trimmed their spending. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Manchester United v Watford, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield and more – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from Saturday afternoon’s games across the leaguesLive scores: the goals as they go in around he UK and EuropeEmail Ben here. Tweet @benfisherj 3.28pm GMT Javi Gracia’s side have bossed the opening half-hour, but Rashford shows great poise to finish off a weighted Luke Shaw pass, dinking home his 13th goal of the season. Elsewhere, Leicester pass up a chance to double their lead. Ricardo Pereira raids down the right, but Vardy scuffs his effort. On the south coast, Danny Ings glares at referee Michael Oliver after falling in the box under a challenge from Montoya while ... more
  • 3 weeks Keith Earls sinks Edinburgh to put Munster in Champions Cup semi-finals TheGuardian -Sport
    • Edinburgh 13-17 Munster• Winger scores twice to cap comeback win for visitorsTwo tries from Keith Earls secured Munster a 17-13 victory at Edinburgh and a 14th Champions Cup semi-final appearance.The winger scored a brilliantly executed second try with nine minutes left to turn the game on its head, after Edinburgh had fought back from 7-0 down to lead for much of the game thanks to Chris Dean’s try and Jaco van der Walt’s kicking. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Steven Gerrard hopes to avoid another Old Firm ‘slap in the face’ at Celtic TheGuardian -Sport
    • Rangers buoyed by December’s Ibrox victory• Neil Lennon resumes Old Firm rivalry on SundaySteven Gerrard expects his Rangers players to have more self-belief at Celtic Park on Sunday than when they lost there in September. Related: New Lennon plays it cool before his first Old Firm renewal | Ewan Murray Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale: ‘Duanne Olivier is a wicket taker at 90mph’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The coach has not always been a fan of Kolpak players but believes the South African pace man can make a differenceAndrew Gale, Yorkshire’s first-team coach, has described the signing of Duanne Olivier on a Kolpak deal as a one-off that will give the county all the benefits of an international-class fast bowler without the drawbacks of an overseas player.Olivier is set to make his first-class debut for the White Rose against the students of Leeds/Bradford MCCU on Sunday, having called time on an emerging Test career with South Africa at 26 for the financial security of a three-year county ... more
  • 3 weeks Sergio Agüero ensures Manchester City return to top with win at Fulham TheGuardian -Sport
    This felt like little more than a box-ticking exercise for a team with Manchester City’s ambitions. There was never any jeopardy, no sense that they were ever in any danger against opponents with all the nous and snarl of a sleeping kitten, and City did not have to do much more than tickle Fulham’s tummy to return to the Premier League’s summit.It was over as a contest long before the end, goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Agüero enough for Pep Guardiola’s side, who will be hoping for a slip-up when Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Hard-hitting film on Islamophobic attacks ‘promotes fear’ TheGuardian
    Tell Mama and Muslim groups says scenes of hate crimes in short film The Martyrs are ‘sensationalist’Muslim groups have demanded the withdrawal of a hard-hitting short film made to help tackle Islamophobic hate crimes, protesting that it promotes violence and fear.The Martyrs, a four-minute film shot on location in west London in the wake of the Christchurch shootings, graphically dramatises three real-life Islamophobic crimes: a stabbing, an acid attack and the kicking in the stomach of a pregnant woman, leading to the death of her unborn twins. It was made by Rizwan Wadan, a camera technician who has worked on ... more
  • 4 weeks Grieve accuses ex-Ukip opponent of insurgency after confidence vote loss TheGuardian
    MP says Jon Conway only joined Beaconsfield Tories to defeat confidence motionDominic Grieve has blamed a former Ukip opponent for orchestrating an insurgency of his local association which has plunged his future into doubt after he lost a confidence vote.The remain-supporting Tory MP is facing deselection from his party after the Conservative association in his Beaconsfield constituency said it no longer had confidence in him at a “rowdy” meeting on Friday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks The Rolling Stones postpone tour due to Mick Jagger’s health TheGuardian
    Singer ‘devastated’ but expects to make full recovery and tells fans to keep ticketsSir Mick Jagger has said he is “devastated” to let down fans after the Rolling Stones announced they were postponing a tour of the US and Canada while the frontman seeks medical treatment. The singer, 75, has been told by doctors that he cannot go on tour at the moment but has been advised that he is expected to make a full recovery. No further details of his condition were given. A statement from the group said: “Unfortunately today the Rolling Stones have had to announce the ... more
  • 4 weeks Spurs’ new stadium: let’s call it a home win TheGuardian -Sport
    Around the pitch and in the stands, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium is both magnificent and intimate, but the jarring exterior is mid-table fodderIt was, for a while, all about the cheese room. The new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, it was reported, was to offer its premium customers a selection of specially sourced cheeses, a concept which encapsulated how far the football fan has come from those black-and-white, crackly-voiced days when a gristly pie was all you got, an edible version of the brown balls that were hacked around the Flanders-like mud of those bygone fields – a distillation (conceptually speaking) of ... more
  • 4 weeks Equine fitness trackers could save lives of racehorses TheGuardian -Sport
    Pre-race examinations ordered at Grand National as new monitoring device promises to enhance horses’ wellbeingRacehorses are to be fitted with high-tech devices, similar to the fitness and activity trackers sported by humans, as part of a groundbreaking attempt by scientists to improve horse welfare.The issue has become urgent following the deaths of seven horses at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Ahead of the Grand National meeting at Aintree this week, with the big race on Saturday, the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has announced that all runners will undergo pre-race examinations. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Mick Schumacher’s F1 progress brings to mind tales of sporting daughters | Emma John TheGuardian -Sport
    The young driver is of noble lineage but the likes of Laila Ali, Kim Clijsters and Elena Baltacha should also be celebratedPoor Mick Schumacher – even his Wikipedia page can’t help itself. The first entry under his name reads: Not to be confused with Michael Schumacher. Which is a big ask when he’s your dad, and you’re about to have your maiden test drive for Ferrari. Mick was born 20 years ago this month, when his dad was still in the process of turning the Prancing Horse back into a title-winning prospect. In fact, only two weeks before the birth ... more
  • 4 weeks Toulouse’s youngsters bring swagger back to Champions Cup hopefuls TheGuardian -Sport
    The aristocrats of French rugby endured a spell in the wilderness but face Racing 92 feeling full of confidenceNo team have appeared in more European Cup finals than Toulouse but after winning the last of the six, in 2010, the aristocrats of French rugby went into decline. It was slow at first, then steady, before gathering enough momentum to see them wallow in the Challenge Cup for the first time last season.They were one place above the Top 14’s relegation zone in 2017 with only the bottom club, Bayonne, having a worse attacking record. Toulouse’s fall has been mirrored this ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘The Leggings problem’: can we just never hear about them again? TheGuardian -Tech
    The spandex-based controversy has been broiling in the west for years; and it’s not just men policing women’s bodies, women are doing it to themselvesSign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Earth Hour: landmarks to switch off lights to help save planet TheGuardian
    UK sites including London Eye and Eden Project take part in WWF event highlighting climate changeMore than 100 landmarks across the UK, from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle, are switching off their lights to mark this year’s Earth Hour.The lights will go off at famous buildings and structures across the country between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday as part of the international event organised by conservation charity WWF to urge action to save the planet. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks John McDonnell backs Momentum on Barclays protest TheGuardian -Biz
    Campaign group to take direct action outside bank’s branches in protest at fossil fuel fundingJohn McDonnell has called on Labour members to join Momentum on its first direct action campaign, as a senior organiser for the group called it a move from party politics to movement politics.Forty local Momentum groups across England and Wales, from Exeter to Redcar, will take action outside branches of Barclays on Saturday to raise awareness of the bank’s financing of fossil fuel companies. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks John McDonnell backs Momentum on Barclays protest TheGuardian
    Campaign group to take direct action outside bank’s branches in protest at fossil fuel fundingJohn McDonnell has called on Labour members to join Momentum on its first direct action campaign, as a senior organiser for the group called it a move from party politics to movement politics.Forty local Momentum groups across England and Wales, from Exeter to Redcar, will take action outside branches of Barclays on Saturday to raise awareness of the bank’s financing of fossil fuel companies. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Man arrested after fatal stabbing in Liverpool TheGuardian
    Victim of Toxteth attack named as Hassan Ahmed Mohamoud, 29A man who was fatally stabbed in the neck in a Liverpool street has been named by police. Hassan Ahmed Mohamoud, 29, was stabbed in a residential area on Thursday afternoon and died in hospital a short time later. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Barclays funds climate breakdown. We are determined to make it stop | Seema Syeda TheGuardian -Biz
    The bank is a huge backer of the fossil fuel industry and attendant climate catastrophe. Direct action is vitalFrom Cyclone Idai, which has killed hundreds in south-east Africa, to flooding in Bangladesh – where my family is from – for decades climate change has been devastating communities in the global south. More recently these effects have begun to be felt by people in the UK too: just last month, wildfires raged on Saddleworth Moor, while where I live in Brixton, the air is so polluted I suffer from breathing problems.We all know that the impact of climate change is felt ... more
  • 4 weeks Corporations are endangering Americans. Trump doesn’t care | Robert Reich TheGuardian -Biz
    From Boeing to Monsanto and beyond: this week has revealed the tip of the iceberg of regulatory neglectWhy didn’t Boeing do it right? Why isn’t Facebook protecting user passwords? Why is Phillip Morris allowed to promote vaping? Why hasn’t Wells Fargo reformed itself? Why hasn’t Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) recalled its Roundup weed-killer?Answer: corporate greed coupled with inept and corrupt regulators. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Who is paying for Monsanto’s crimes? We are | Carey Gillam TheGuardian -Biz
    A US court ordered Monsanto to pay $80m in damages because it hid cancer risks. That’s a small consolation for victimsThe chickens are coming home to roost, as they say in farm country.For the second time in less than eight months a US jury has found that decades of scientific evidence demonstrates a clear cancer connection to Monsanto’s line of top-selling Roundup herbicides, which are used widely by consumers and farmers. Twice now jurors have additionally determined that the company’s own internal records show Monsanto has intentionally manipulated the public record to hide the cancer risks. Both juries found punitive ... more
  • 4 weeks College bribery scandal: professors respond to our anonymous column TheGaurdian – Edu
    We published one professor’s account of student entitlement, and the response from readers was enormous. Here, we share replies from other educatorsWhat happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them“If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse,” wrote an anonymous professor in the Guardian this week. Related: What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them | Anonymous Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘We just play in the carpark’: more segregated playgrounds revealed TheGuardian
    A Guardian Cities investigation into a development that barred poorer children from a communal play area has found similar examples around the UK capital Have you experienced segregation in housing developments outside London? Let us knowSeveral other housing developments in London feature separate playgrounds for richer and poorer children, Guardian Cities can reveal.Politicians from across the political spectrum this week joined in denouncing developer Henley Homes after an investigation showed that it was blocking social housing residents from shared play spaces at its Baylis Old School complex in south London. The furore led Henley to back down in a public ... more
  • 4 weeks More segregated playgrounds revealed: ‘We just play in the carpark’ TheGuardian -Biz
    A Guardian Cities investigation into a development that barred poorer children from a communal play area has found similar examples around the UK capital Have you experienced segregation in housing developments outside London? Let us knowSeveral other housing developments in London feature separate playgrounds for richer and poorer children, Guardian Cities can reveal.Politicians from across the political spectrum this week joined in denouncing developer Henley Homes after an investigation showed that it was blocking social housing residents from shared play spaces at its Baylis Old School complex in south London. The furore led Henley to back down in a public ... more
  • 4 weeks Eurostar trains cancelled as man with St George’s flag spends night on station roof TheGuardian
    Eurostar services to and from St Pancras were cancelled and Southeastern high-speed services disruptedThousands of passengers have had their travel plans thrown into chaos after Eurostar cancelled all services to and from St Pancras when a man brandishing a St George’s flag was caught trespassing on the station’s roof.The 44-year-old spent the night on the roof of the central London station, bringing Eurostar services to a halt before he was arrested by police on Saturday morning. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘I do not deserve this’: the Egyptian asylum seeker in limbo in UK TheGuardian
    Journalist Osama Gaweesh, who took part in Arab spring, still waiting for Home Office decisionSitting in a cafe in Ipswich, Osama Gaweesh recalls how he took part in the Arab spring that saw Hosni Mubarak deposed as president of Egypt.“The revolution’s demands were for human dignity, social justice and a democratic state. We achieved that,” he says. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Football’s final furlong: our writers predict how the season will finish TheGuardian -Sport
    Who will win the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League? And who is going up and down?Dominic Fifield: Manchester City. The race with Liverpool should go to the wire but greater squad depth and experience may just tilt it towards the reigning champions. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Podcasting’s Netflix moment: the global battle for domination TheGuardian -Biz
    With huge audience growth forecast, the race is on to lead podcast distribution Podcasting is experiencing a Netflix moment. Global hits – from the ground-breaking Serial to Up and Vanished, and TV crossovers such as Dirty John – and Spotify’s plan to spend up to $500m on leading producers have made podcasts a hot media property.Global monthly podcast listener figures are forecast to grow more than six-fold, from 287 million in 2016 to 1.85 billion in 2023, according to the Ovum research company Ovum. In the UK, Ofcom says that nearly 6 million people tune into a podcast each week, ... more
  • 4 weeks Picture of health: ‘Our medical reporting is about suffering, money and power’ TheGuardian
    The Guardian’s health editor on covering stories ranging from the anti-vaccination movement to big pharmaI must admit I took the sleep-inducing drinks home. I thought maybe one of these nights, lying awake worrying whether I might incur a libel writ over the latest salvo against a drug company, they might come in useful. But the other things – the herbal pills, the sugar-free (artificial-sweetener-loaded) cordials and the zillion books on diet fads and novelty exercise regimes – are piled on top of the filing cupboard beside my desk, for anyone who fancies them.I do wonder why PR agencies don’t save ... more
  • 4 weeks Ex-HSBC staff voice anger over bank’s pension clawback TheGuardian -Biz
    Groups says bank’s ‘grossly unfair’ policy is costing pensioners up to £2,500 a yearCampaigners battling one of the world’s biggest banks over the “grossly unfair” way it treats the pensions paid to some former workers are getting ready for a David and Goliath showdown next month.The practice is called “clawback” and it involves cutting an employee’s company pension on the grounds that they also receive the state pension. It allows employers to deduct from company pension payments some or all of the basic state pension amount. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Ex-HSBC staff voice anger over bank’s pension clawback TheGuardian
    Groups says bank’s ‘grossly unfair’ policy is costing pensioners up to £2,500 a yearCampaigners battling one of the world’s biggest banks over the “grossly unfair” way it treats the pensions paid to some former workers are getting ready for a David and Goliath showdown next month.The practice is called “clawback” and it involves cutting an employee’s company pension on the grounds that they also receive the state pension. It allows employers to deduct from company pension payments some or all of the basic state pension amount. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks After two years off-grid, I’m embracing daily letters, good sleep and my DIY hot tub | Mark Boyle TheGuardian -Tech
    This is what I’ve learned from living without email, electricity, or a phone…It was almost midnight when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be for ever. I had spent the summer of 2016 hand-building a straw bale home on a half-wild smallholding in County Galway, Ireland, and the following morning I intended to begin a new life without modern technology. There would be no running water, no clock, no fossil fuels, no electricity or any of the things it powers; no internet, phone, washing machine, lightbulbs or radio. ... more
  • 4 weeks Is it worth installing an electric shower? TheGuardian -Biz
    Our showers are expensive and often run out of hot water, so we’re thinking of replacing themEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.We have two showers running off a hot water tank. We’re spending a fortune, and often run out of hot water. Would installing the latest electric showers be better? I’m told they no longer look ugly, or just dribble out tepid water. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Beware caller ID: it may not be your bank, it could be a fraudster TheGuardian -Biz
    £90,000 was stolen from a businesswoman when the real Metro Bank number flashed up on her phoneThe number ID flashes up on your phone identifying the call as coming from your bank. But beware – caller ID can be easily spoofed by fraudsters, as one Cambridge businesswoman found to her cost after crooks convinced her she was talking to her legitimate bank, and then emptied her account of £90,000.The businesswoman also accuses her bank, Metro, of lax security procedures that enabled the crooks to set up payments to accounts at Barclays, through which the money was siphoned from her account. ... more
  • 4 weeks The pay of average workers is to be cut by nearly £400. Good TheGuardian -Biz
    Auto-enrolment into the government’s private pension scheme could cost lower earners 8% of their disposable incomeTake a close look at your pay packet next month. If you are on average pay for the UK (£29,000 a year) there’s a good chance it’ll be £30 less that you were expecting. You won’t be alone; about 10million workers in the UK will see these sorts of cuts in their pay. One estimate suggests that it will be equal to an 8% cut in the disposable income that most people have after paying for their basic bills.So what’s going on? Lots of higher ... more
  • 4 weeks Vice UK journalists in bid to unionise amid industry-wide job cuts TheGuardian
    Staff at digital media company seek collective bargaining after rounds of redundanciesJournalists and production staff at Vice UK have announced their intention to unionise, as staff at digital media companies increasingly seek collective bargaining rights in the face of redundancies across the industry.An earlier attempt by Vice UK staff to unionise in 2016 was headed off by management, who agreed instead to set up an employee forum at a time when the company was still receiving investment, hiring staff, and growing fast. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Baby on board? Here’s how new parents can cut their costs TheGuardian
    Ten ways to save: from free first-class train upgrades and reusable nappies to parenting classesThere’s no escaping it: having a child is an expensive business, with surveys suggesting it costs the average couple £75,000 to raise someone to the age of 18. But there is a world of freebies and discounts available to help parents cut the costs and here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best. Continue reading... ... more
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