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  • 29 mins UK consumer confidence tumbles but retail sales keep recovering – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news UK consumer confidence weakens Record rebound in retail sales since lockdown eased Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 8.08am BST Analysts are warning that the UK retail sector faces a tough autumn and winter, despite growing sales by a record 17.4% in the last three months. Lynda Petherick, head of retail at Accenture UKI, says some retailers will be dreading the weeks ahead: “This should be a time for excitement as the crucial “golden quarter” for retail is now underway. However, with lockdown ... more
  • 37 mins Chess: Alireza Firouzja surges to target Magnus Carlsen’s all-time records TheGuardian -Sport
    Exiled Iranian 17-year-old must wait until at least January for his next tilt at Norway’s world champion Alireza Firouzja, the 17-year-old fast rising star of international chess, is currently improving at a rate which could even surpass landmarks set by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, more than a decade ago. Firouzja’s second prize behind Carlsen at Stavanger last week was arguably already the best or second best performance in chess history by an under-18 player. The snag for the teenager, who quit Iran because of Tehran’s policy of banning games against Israeli opponents, is that while there is an ... more
  • 2 hours Testing sewage for Covid could detect outbreaks early, scientists say TheGuardian
    Scheme piloted in south-west England shows positive results while transmission via sewage system remains debatable Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists conducting tests for coronavirus in sewage to spot early warnings of where outbreaks are occurring say the approach is working and has helped reveal areas with high infection rates. The programme has been piloted in the south-west of England since June. The sewage sampling data showed a spike in coronavirus content even though a relatively low number of people in the area had taken tests. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 hours Banks transfer balances by cheque … to banks that don’t accept them TheGuardian -Biz
    As EU residents face their UK accounts being closed, they may struggle to get funds as cheques are binned Thank you for your article about UK residents in the EU facing the closure of their UK bank accounts because of Brexit. I’m one of those affected. What I think is a farce is that Lloyds is telling customers that it will send their balance by cheque. It is obviously unaware of the fact that banks in the Netherlands stopped accepting cheques in January. I believe Germany no longer accepts them, either. I phoned the Halifax where I hold an ... more
  • 2 hours Homes for sale on British islands – in pictures TheGuardian -Biz
    From a former lock-keeper’s cottage in the River Severn to a pink harbourside home on Jersey Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Modern Mary Poppins: inside the elite’s nanny college – photo essay TheGaurdian – Edu
    The Dutch photographer Guia Besana spent time with students at the world’s oldest childcare training institution, still favoured by the international elite. Her series explores the heritage of Norland College, and the individuals who aspire to work internationally as nannies and nursery nurses Norland nannies have become a global status symbol: from the British royal family to George Clooney, the wealthy elite snap up the export of a single British school in Bath, for their children’s care, development and education. The students are dressed in modestly updated uniforms from the one donned by their 1892 counterparts, but the ... more
  • 3 hours ‘I was shocked by everything’: an asylum seeker on arriving at Kent intake unit TheGuardian
    29-year-old spent two days at centre after being rescued from dinghy Abia* is a 29-year-old female asylum seeker who fled the conflict in Yemen and arrived at the Kent intake unit in the middle of July 2020. Her journey through seven countries had been difficult before she reached Calais where she paid smugglers for a place on an overcrowded dinghy with 20 others – four women, one child and 15 men. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours They built it, but people did not come: the cautionary tale of Quibi TheGuardian -Tech
    It had big backers and star names, but short-form Netflix rival failed to deliver content in the way people want to consume it When some of the biggest names in Hollywood and Wall Street linked arms with some of the best-known business executives and tech firms, it looked like their plan to become the Netflix of mobile streaming – with bite-size TV and film content designed to appeal to viewers on the move – would be a sure-fire winner Barely six months after launch, Quibi, named after the “quick bites” of content of less than 10 minutes, has become ... more
  • 3 hours They built it, but people did not come: the cautionary tale of Quibi TheGuardian -Biz
    It had big backers and star names, but short-form Netflix rival failed to deliver content in the way people want to consume it When some of the biggest names in Hollywood and Wall Street linked arms with some of the best-known business executives and tech firms, it looked like their plan to become the Netflix of mobile streaming – with bite-size TV and film content designed to appeal to viewers on the move – would be a sure-fire winner Barely six months after launch, Quibi, named after the “quick bites” of content of less than 10 minutes, has become ... more
  • 3 hours Carson Wentz rallies first-place Eagles to 22-21 win over woebegone Giants TheGuardian -Sport
    Philadelphia win 22-21 after trailing 21-10 with 6:17 remaining Eagles have won 21 of last 25 meetings with NFC East rivals Giants QB Jones makes record 80-yard run in losing effort Hurried, harassed and hit repeatedly, Carson Wentz completed the comeback this time. Wentz threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Boston Scott with 40 seconds remaining and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame an 11-point deficit in the final seven minutes to beat the New York Giants 22-21 on Thursday night. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours David Pocock retires: Australian great quits rugby to focus on conservation efforts TheGuardian -Sport
    Former Wallabies star will not return to Panasonic Wild Knights ‘Time was right’ to call time on 15-year career David Pocock, one of the finest rugby union players to represent Australia, has announced his retirement from the sport, saying “the time was right” to hang up his playing boots. The Zimbabwe-born flanker, who was capped 83 times over an 11-year Wallabies career, opted against returning to his Japanese Top League club, the Panasonic Wild Knights, for another season. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Wallabies vote not to take a knee in support of BLM movement before All Blacks clash TheGuardian -Sport
    Focus will be on First Nations people and Indigenous shirt Team ‘not looking to make a political statement’ The Wallabies have ruled out taking a knee during the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in next Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney after a unanimous vote by the players. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said the idea was discussed in their team camp in the NSW Hunter Valley and the team voted against becoming the first Australian team to do so. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours Uber and Lyft ‘likely broke law’ by classifying drivers as contractors, court rules TheGuardian -Biz
    Ruling deals blow to firms’ battle against AB5, which requires companies give California drivers minimum wage and benefits A California appeals court has ruled there is “overwhelming likelihood” Uber and Lyft violated labor law by misclassifying drivers as contractors rather than employees, aligning with a lower court decision in a huge blow to the ride-hailing firms as they battle to protect their business model. Uber and Lyft had previously threatened to shut down their services pending the decision, which would enforce a new labor law known as AB5. The law, which went into effect in January, requires companies to ... more
  • 8 hours Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend TheGuardian -Sport
    Axel Tuanzebe should start, Everton’s and Aston Villa’s credentials will be tested and Rhian Brewster returns to Anfield Following their last-ditch heroics against Tottenham, West Ham host Manchester City and in this white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of a season not even the combined forces of Mystic Meg, Nostradamus and Sally Morgan could boldly predict what might happen. City came from behind to beat Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday but their win was far from convincing. The Portuguese side carved open the City defence on several occasions, while Ederson was lucky to survive an uncharacteristic howler. Already without Kevin ... more
  • 9 hours Covid slump in medical charity donations ‘puts research at risk’ TheGuardian
    Report calls for government to set up partnership to support sector facing up to £4bn loss Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A slump in donations to medical charities will result in potentially life-saving research being shelved unless the government steps in to support the organisations, a leading thinktank has said. The closure of charity shops, suspension of fundraising events, such as the London to Brighton cycle ride, and wider economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic meant medical charities stood to lose more than £4bn between now and 2027, according to a report ... more
  • 9 hours UK insurers warn against go-ahead for self-driving cars on motorways TheGuardian -Biz
    Government plans set to start in 2021 risk lives and are ‘hugely wrong’, experts say Plans for cars to drive themselves on UK motorways as soon as 2021 are unlikely to go ahead after insurers warned government proposals were risking lives and “hugely wrong”. Cars with the technology to keep in lane, accelerate and brake automatically will be on the road next year, and ministers had proposed that drivers could relinquish control to their vehicles at speeds of up to 70mph on motorways. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours UK insurers warn against go-ahead for self-driving cars on motorways TheGuardian
    Government plans set to start in 2021 risk lives and are ‘hugely wrong’, experts say Plans for cars to drive themselves on UK motorways as soon as 2021 are unlikely to go ahead after insurers warned government proposals were risking lives and “hugely wrong”. Cars with the technology to keep in lane, accelerate and brake automatically will be on the road next year, and ministers had proposed that drivers could relinquish control to their vehicles at speeds of up to 70mph on motorways. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Cricket Australia locks in NSW as India’s quarantine hub TheGuardian -Sport
    Limited overs series set for Sydney and Canberra Full schedule for cricket expected to be released The NSW government has signed off on Cricket Australia’s quarantine proposal, with an updated schedule for India’s tour expected to be finalised soon. CA had planned on Brisbane being the quarantine base for Virat Kohli’s side and Australia’s Indian Premier League stars, who will travel from the UAE to Australia next month on a charter flight. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Tom Hawkins revels in low-key preparations for AFL grand final TheGuardian -Sport
    Geelong star fit again after sore throat earlier in week Just 150 fans at Cats’ training session in Queensland Despite a minor health scare, it has been a low-key AFL grand final build-up for Geelong star Tom Hawkins. The Coleman medallist laughed off the focus on his self-isolation early in the week, forced by a sore throat and precautionary Covid-19 test, which came back negative, and has enjoyed the quiet preparation ahead of the historic Gabba season decider. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Hakim Ziyech: ‘I’m not afraid to have my opinion, I speak from the heart’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Chelsea playmaker on dealing with that Ajax semi-final defeat, his tough upbringing in the Netherlands and clashing with Van Basten One moment, Hakim Ziyech had scored the goal that put a brilliant Ajax side 3-0 up against Tottenham on aggregate and seemingly guaranteed their place in the 2019 Champions League final. Just over an hour later he was left beating the ground in angst at the manner in which they had thrown it all away and, 18 months later, the pain needs little coaxing to the surface. “For a child’s dream you just stole it down to the ... more
  • 10 hours Gareth Bale helps Tottenham ease to Europa League win against Lask TheGuardian -Sport
    José Mourinho had framed the beginning of Tottenham’s Europa League group stage adventure with trademark swagger. Holding three footballs in a photograph for Instagram, he posted that they signified the two Europa Leagues he already had in his pocket and the one he intends to go for this season. The shrinking violet’s record in the competition reads two entries and two trophies – with Porto and Manchester United. The manager is determined to lead from the front in his mission to harden the squad’s mentality, to browbeat his charges into becoming winners and, after the shocking late implosion against ... more
  • 10 hours Neil Lennon says Celtic ‘deserved better’ after Europa League defeat to Milan TheGuardian -Sport
    Europe continues to punish Neil Lennon and Celtic. The Scottish champions threatened a comeback from 2-0 down against Milan but it is deflation, not rousing rescue acts, that characterises their season in the Europa League and Champions League so far. When the Milan substitute Jens Petter Hauge broke through in the 92nd minute all hope of a Celtic recovery went with him. The young Norwegian, who scored against the Rossoneri in the qualifying rounds for Bodø/Glimt, beat Vasilis Barkas with a convincing finish that added a touch of flattery to the final scoreline. But there was no disputing that ... more
  • 11 hours Leicester and James Maddison enjoy happy returns against Zorya Luhansk TheGuardian -Sport
    Leicester 3-0 Zorya (Maddison 29, Barnes 45, Iheanacho 67) Maddison returns in Leicester’s first European game since 2017 Leicester took a while to get going but they eventually made a commanding start to their first European expedition since 2016-17, dispatching their Ukrainian visitors thanks to goals from James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho. Although they could have scored plenty more, this was a positive beginning to a Europa League group phase during which they will also face AEK Athens and Braga. Several of the home players stood out, especially Barnes and Wesley Fofana, but it was ... more
  • 11 hours It is still a golden age to play cricket despite England stars’ financial hit | Vic Marks TheGuardian -Sport
    The best male players’ earning power has exploded in recent years; it’s those on fringes that must worry most about Covid-19 The gravy train has slipped into reverse for the first time in 20 years. Old cricketers are often asked when has been the best time to play the game. The stock answer is: “I’m glad I played in my era,” and the explanation generally includes: “More characters, more camaraderie, more beer, more fun … no bleep tests, no all-seeing mobile phones, no social media … and admittedly not much money.” My response, however, has generally been that this ... more
  • 12 hours Rishi Sunak forced to offer multibillion-pound job package as Covid fears mount TheGuardian
    Chancellor announces new support deal amid concerns over mass unemployment Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rishi Sunak was forced into unveiling a last-minute multibillion-pound package for business and workers amid fears of mass unemployment and anger over lack of government support. Moving to appease worried hospitality sector leaders and northern Tory MPs as more parts of the country are put under stringent coronavirus measures, the chancellor said he would expand the new furlough scheme to protect jobs through a difficult winter. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours England cricketers’ win bonuses set to be slashed by half in ECB cuts TheGuardian -Sport
    Men’s team face sharp pay cuts in latest cost-cutting measures First reduction since central contracts came in 20 years ago England men’s cricketers face the prospect of their win bonuses being slashed in half and their pay reduced by around 15% under the latest round of cost-cutting measures in the sport. After losses of £100m this year and more pain expected in 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board is in talks over the first reduction in money paid to England’s men since central contracts were introduced 20 years ago, with win bonuses expected to take the ... more
  • 12 hours AOC played Among Us and achieved what most politicians fail at: acting normal TheGuardian -Tech
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar livestreamed the video game on Twitch – and by every metric their unusual voter outreach event was a success On Tuesday night, US members of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar held what is perhaps the most unusual voter outreach event in recent memory. They signed on to play a livestreamed video game on Twitch, and joined a crew of online strangers to build a spaceship and try to get away with murder – literally. Related: Why are 400,000 people watching AOC play the game Among Us on Twitch? Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Ross Barkley: ‘I knew I was ready to show how good I am’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Aston Villa’s midfielder on anger in this week’s training, how he satisfies his obsession to improve and his England hopes A masterplan. That is how Ross Barkley describes the approach that helped Aston Villa to thrash Liverpool 7-2 on his debut for the club three weeks ago. Judging by how things have gone for him and Villa so far, the same word could apply to his decision this month to join Dean Smith’s side on loan from Chelsea for the rest of this season. His two appearances have yielded two wins for Villa and two goals for Barkley. They ... more
  • 12 hours UK government seeks test and trace executive for up to £2,000 a day TheGuardian
    Health department has since taken advertisement down, saying it needs to be redrafted Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is seeking a director of operations for its beleaguered test-and-trace system who can turn around “failing call centres” for a rate of up to £2,000 a day. A job advert posted on recruitment sites stated that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) was looking for a temporary “VP of operations” with experience “in running call centres of 18,000”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Europa League: Celtic v Milan, Tottenham and Leicester in action – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Rapid Vienna 0-2 Arsenal, Standard Liège 1-2 Rangers Live scoreboard! Follow all of the goals as they go in And feel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 8.23pm BST I was extremely sceptical when he got the Spurs job, but now I’m wondering whether it’s good for him and he’s good for it. First of all, Harry Kane can cover a multitude of sins, but more than that, most of his success has come with teams not used to winning. Maybe he needs that inferiority complex, and if he does, he couldn’t ... more
  • 12 hours Furlough replacement scheme: the winners and losers TheGuardian -Biz
    Hospitality sector and eligible self-employed may benefit, but many will miss out Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rishi Sunak has responded to growing pressure over the level of government support for parts of the country facing tough new coronavirus restrictions with a last-minute expansion of the new furlough scheme. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Furlough replacement scheme: the winners and losers TheGuardian
    Hospitality sector and eligible self-employed may benefit, but many will miss out Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rishi Sunak has responded to growing pressure over the level of government support for parts of the country facing tough new coronavirus restrictions with a last-minute expansion of the new furlough scheme. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Aubameyang completes turnaround to give Arsenal victory at Rapid Vienna TheGuardian -Sport
    In the spirit of togetherness, Arsenal might agree Mesut Özil was half right. The exiled playmaker had warmed to his armchair status, and offered an open show of the loyalty he feels has not been afforded him, in predicting his teammates would win 4-1. They never looked like running up a comparable score but did, eventually, have too much for a competent Rapid Vienna side. When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Héctor Béllerin were hauled from the bench just after the hour, Arsenal were deservedly behind to a Taxiarchis Fountas goal that Bernd Leno will not want to see again. ... more
  • 13 hours Goldman Sachs reaches $2.9bn deal to settle US-led 1MDB inquiry TheGuardian -Biz
    Bank’s Malaysia division agrees to plead guilty to violating foreign bribery laws Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $2.9bn (£2.2bn) to settle a US-led investigation into its role in the 1MDB corruption scandal. The settlement is expected to draw a line under a years-long saga that has cast a shadow over one of the most recognisable names on Wall Street. Goldman Sachs’ Malaysia division also agreed to plead guilty to violating foreign bribery laws linked to the alleged looting of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours After the latest Covid job support U-turn, Sunak’s halo has gone | Nils Pratley TheGuardian -Biz
    Chancellor’s winter economic plan didn’t make it through autumn and his second try may require tweaks Rishi Sunak’s original winter economic plan didn’t even make it beyond the middle of autumn. The chancellor’s new jobs support package is not so much a tweak of the original as a complete rewrite. A good thing too, of course, because the first version was full of holes, as outsiders spotted on day one. Employers were being invited to pay 55% of the wages of someone working 33% of normal hours, an offer that was never likely to save many reduced-hours jobs – ... more
  • 13 hours Ofqual board minutes reveal tensions with DfE ahead of exam results fiasco TheGuardian
    Regulator aware A-level and GCSE grade assessment unreliable before results day Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage England’s exam regulator Ofqual was riven by uncertainty and in-fighting with the Department for Education before this year’s A-level and GCSE results, with the government publishing new policies in the middle of an Ofqual board meeting that had been called to discuss them. Minutes of Ofqual’s board meetings reveal the regulator was aware that its process for assessing A-level and GCSE grades was unreliable before results were published, even as Ofqual was publicly portraying its methods as ... more
  • 13 hours Ofqual board minutes reveal tensions with DfE ahead of exam results fiasco TheGaurdian – Edu
    Regulator aware A-level and GCSE grade assessment unreliable before results day Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage England’s exam regulator Ofqual was riven by uncertainty and in-fighting with the Department for Education before this year’s A-level and GCSE results, with the government publishing new policies in the middle of an Ofqual board meeting that had been called to discuss them. Minutes of Ofqual’s board meetings reveal the regulator was aware that its process for assessing A-level and GCSE grades was unreliable before results were published, even as Ofqual was publicly portraying its methods as ... more
  • 14 hours Doctors catch Covid after distancing rules ‘ignored’ at Surrey function TheGuardian
    Royal Surrey foundation trust investigates 22 junior doctors, two of whom tested positive Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An NHS trust is investigating after two junior doctors contracted coronavirus following a function with 20 other colleagues where social distancing rules were allegedly ignored. The cases, involving junior doctors from Royal Surrey NHS foundation trust who congregated at a social gathering unconnected to the trust, were declared an outbreak by Public Health England. However, contact tracing concluded there was no risk to patients because personal protective equipment was used at work and the staff ... more
  • 14 hours Hamilton unhappy at Black Lives Matter critic Petrov’s Portuguese F1 GP role TheGuardian -Sport
    Vitaly Petrov criticised Hamilton over Breonna Taylor T-shirt ‘We should be including people who are with the times’ Lewis Hamilton has questioned the FIA’s appointment of Vitaly Petrov as a race steward for this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix. Petrov, who was the first Russian driver to compete in Formula One, has been critical of Hamilton’s strident anti-racism stance and his commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement. Petrov raced in F1 between 2010 and 2012 for Renault, Lotus and Caterham. After Hamilton wore a T-shirt bearing the words “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” at ... more
  • 14 hours The Guardian view on Rishi Sunak: part of the problem, not the solution | Editorial TheGuardian -Biz
    Many Conservatives think the chancellor is the answer to their party’s difficulties. His latest announcement should make them think again Rishi Sunak has steered a charmed course through much of the coronavirus pandemic. While other ministers have struggled, the chancellor has appeared cool, clear and decisive. As a result, while faith in Boris Johnson has declined within the Conservative party, confidence in Mr Sunak has risen. If there were to be a leadership contest any time soon, it would be Mr Sunak’s to lose. The chancellor’s latest so-called “economy update” on Thursday should make those who have put their ... more
  • 14 hours The Guardian view on race and the Met: making matters worse TheGuardian
    Black and minority ethnic Londoners are losing confidence, and Cressida Dick’s denials are no help Last year the Metropolitan police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said that the confidence of black and minority ethnic Londoners in the force was improving, two decades after the Macpherson report described it as “institutionally racist”. Plenty of people disagreed at the time. But with one recent poll showing that 77% of black people believe the police to be racist, and a growing list of incidents in which they stand accused of bias that goes beyond the disproportionate use of stop and search, the claim ... more
  • 14 hours Lee Blackett urges Wasps players to make most of Premiership final reprieve TheGuardian -Sport
    Only four recent regulars unavailable for Saturday’s game ‘We’ll be in a good position,’ says coach after Covid outbreak The Wasps head coach, Lee Blackett, has urged his side to make the most of their Premiership final reprieve against Exeter on Saturday after lifting the lid on the emotional strain of the Covid-19 outbreak that threatened their place at Twickenham. Blackett revealed that while he is without 11 players for the final because of either positive tests or close contacts having to isolate, only four of those have been involved in the past four matches. It is ... more
  • 14 hours Canary Islands added to UK travel corridor list TheGuardian -Biz
    Holidays to the Spanish islands will be on sale in time for half-term. The Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark also added to list Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last-minute holidays to the Canaries will be back on sale in time for a half-term getaway after the islands were added to the UK travel corridor list. Holidaymakers will be able to visit any of the eight main islands in the archipelago without the need to quarantine for 14 days on their return. The move comes into effect from 4am on Sunday (25 October), the transport ... more
  • 14 hours Room for improvement with test and trace, says Patrick Vallance – video TheGuardian
    Sir Patrick Vallance said there was ‘room for improvement’ with test and trace in the UK as only about two-thirds of the close contacts reached are done so within 48 hours of the case entering the system, according to performance figures released on Thursday. Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak presented a new package of government support grants during a televised briefing and also discussed vaccines and local restrictions UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson gives briefing after chancellor unveils new business support measures Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Rugby League World Cup chief admits tournament could be delayed to 2022 TheGuardian -Sport
    Chief executive hopeful for 2021 and move would be ‘last resort’ Jon Dutton ‘cannot envisage’ tournament behind closed doors The chief executive of next year’s Rugby League World Cup has conceded the event could be pushed back 12 months to 2022 as a “last resort”, but insists the current plan is for the event to still go ahead as planned in England next autumn. With the sporting world still in limbo because of the effects of Covid-19, Jon Dutton has admitted the tournament organisers have had to implement a number of contingency plans. The proposals includes postponing ... more
  • 15 hours Bishop could lose office for ‘failure to act on sexual abuse disclosure’ TheGuardian
    Report reveals Glyn Webster, bishop of Beverley, told victim ‘in effect, to move on’ A Church of England bishop faces the possibility of being removed from office after an independent report concluded that he failed to act on a disclosure of sexual abuse by another bishop. Glyn Webster, the bishop of Beverley, told an abuse victim “in effect, to move on”, the report said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy almost quit football when on benefits without a club TheGuardian -Sport
    Chelsea goalkeeper recalls tough time in 2014-15 ‘I genuinely had doubts about whether I would carry on’ Édouard Mendy believes saving his football career after a year on the dole has set him up to succeed at Chelsea. The Senegal goalkeeper joined Chelsea in a £22m deal from Rennes last month, but back in 2014 he was without a club and fearing for his future in the sport. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Nottingham braced to head into tier 3 coronavirus measures TheGuardian
    Talks begin with local leaders about move to top level amid anger at exclusion of local MPs Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nottingham is braced to head into England’s strictest coronavirus measures as talks begin with local government leaders amid anger over an “insulting” decision to exclude local MPs from discussions. A meeting to talk about the conditions of the city’s move to tier 3 was due to take place with the government and Nottingham’s city and county council leaders on Thursday afternoon, almost a week after a previously planned discussion was scrapped. ... more
  • 15 hours Alcohol-free Guinness set to hit shelves in Britain and Ireland TheGuardian -Biz
    Diageo’s Guinness 0.0 comes amid burgeoning interest in low- and no- alcohol drinks The global drinks company Diageo is to further raise the stakes in the burgeoning low- and no-alcohol drinks sector next week by launching a booze-free version of Guinness in Britain and Ireland. Guinness 0.0 goes on sale in 4-440ml can packs in off-licences, and Waitrose and Morrisons supermarkets from Monday, before being rolled out to other retailers. But pubgoers will have to wait until next spring to enjoy the new version of the popular Irish stout on draft, while it will be launched in other ... more
  • 15 hours Grenfell lessons and the need to talk to tenants | Letters TheGuardian
    Paul Francis on the story emerging from the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, and Suzanne Muna on safety concerns in other housing blocks Thank you for your continuing coverage of the Grenfell inquiry, and your vital underlining of its significance in your editorial (The Guardian view on Grenfell secrets: regeneration shame, 18 October). There have been three Grenfell stories. Number one was the immediate response that residents had been betrayed by an insensitive council. Then came Andrew O’Hagan’s massive, influential article for the London Review of Books, which argued that residents were passionate but wrong, and that members of the ... more
  • 15 hours ‘Completely unfair’: parents on the school holiday meal vouchers refusal TheGuardian
    Readers’ response to MPs’ rejection of a plan to offer £15-a-week food vouchers to families in need Despite a public campaign by the footballer Marcus Rashford, the government has said it will not offer free school meal vouchers for children over the Christmas holidays. The Guardian spoke to four parents who receive the vouchers about what this means for them. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours England v Barbarians under threat after visiting players breach Covid protocols TheGuardian -Sport
    A ‘number of Barbarians’ left team hotel without permission ‘We’re back on’ jokes tweet from Premiership standbys Bristol The Rugby Football Union has announced it is reviewing whether or not the England v Barbarians fixture, scheduled to take place at Twickenham on Sunday, can still go ahead after “a number of Barbarians players breached the agreed Covid code of conduct protocol”. The RFU claims an unknown number of players left the team hotel without permission or informing organisers of their whereabouts on Wednesday evening. After their return, they were separated from the rest of the group in ... more
  • 15 hours Scottish energy company investigates blackout caused by subsea cable failure TheGuardian
    18,000 homes were affected by underwater cable fault between Skye and Harris An energy company is investigating how an underwater cable connecting the Western Isles with mainland Scotland was cut suddenly, causing a blackout that affected roughly 18,000 homes. The 20-mile (32km) cable, which runs on the sea bed from Skye to Harris, failed without warning six days ago. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Changes to the coronavirus job support scheme in England explained TheGuardian -Biz
    The chancellor has updated his post-furlough package, so who gets what and when? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The British chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an expansion of the government’s new furlough scheme. Announced alongside a package of business grants for companies in areas facing higher levels of coronavirus restrictions, the expansion comes less than a month after Sunak first announced the job support scheme (JSS) to replace furlough. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Changes to the coronavirus job support scheme in England explained TheGuardian
    The chancellor has updated his post-furlough package, so who gets what and when? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The British chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an expansion of the government’s new furlough scheme. Announced alongside a package of business grants for companies in areas facing higher levels of coronavirus restrictions, the expansion comes less than a month after Sunak first announced the job support scheme (JSS) to replace furlough. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Wales nationalises train operations after Covid passenger slump TheGuardian
    Unions welcome move to bring day-to-day running of services under direct public control Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Wales has nationalised its train operations after a large drop in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The day-to-day running of rail services will be brought under direct public control, ending the franchise run by Keolis and Amey since 2018. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Wales nationalises train operations after Covid passenger slump TheGuardian -Biz
    Unions welcome move to bring day-to-day running of services under direct public control Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Wales has nationalised its train operations after a large drop in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The day-to-day running of rail services will be brought under direct public control, ending the franchise run by Keolis and Amey since 2018. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Tiger Roll runs flat on return to level with Grand National hat-trick the target TheGuardian -Sport
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