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  • 2 hours Stuck with teens at home? Here are a few distraction tactics… | Emma Beddington TheGaurdian – Edu
    From school to festivals, young people are missing so much – and all they get for their troubles is to spend more timewith their parentsHowever the current tussle between government, unions and teachers concludes, realistically there will be little or no “real” school before September, and none for my lads who, at 16 and 18, were supposed to be finishing exams and enjoying some kind of “legendary summer” (weeks in a dimly lit basement playing video games, sunburn at a festival and some kind of boring low-paid job, realistically).This isn’t me having a controversial opinion about schools going back: I ... more
  • 2 hours Will investing in our newfound sense of community bring returns? TheGuardian -Biz
    Local firms offering high interest rates are selling a better way to rebuild the UK after Covid. But there are risksFrom using a pub’s takeaway service to donating to an under-threat arts venue, one of the many side-effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been a renewed sense of community in supporting local businesses and projects. And, in a growing number of cases, those companies are now asking the public to buy shares in order to help them survive and grow.For a minimum investment of what can be a few pounds, there is frequently a promise of healthy returns. And at ... more
  • 2 hours Johnson-endorsed barbecues are getting a cool reception TheGuardian
    Caution and anxiety remain for many Britons, despite the easing of social gathering restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith gloriously cloudless skies over north London on the eve of the lockdown easing, the only place to head yesterday morning was to the park – Friern Barnet Retail Park, conveniently located just off the North Circular road. Here, at the centre of this glistening shrine to suburban consumerism, stands a capacious outlet of the DIY store B&Q, also home of the BBQ set.Government regulations come into force tomorrow that will allow groups of up to six people to meet ... more
  • 2 hours Boris Johnson is a picture of ignorance on immigration TheGuardian
    Prime minister’s blunder reveals a cruel fact of life for migrants in Britain Imagine a prime minister who comes to power promising to reform the nation’s immigration system, yet does not know of the existence of one of the central planks of the system, and one in particular need of reform. Imagine Boris Johnson.Last week, he appeared before the parliamentary liaison committee. Labour’s Stephen Timms asked about the predicament of a couple, with two children, in his East Ham constituency. The husband is not furloughed so has zero income. The wife is still working but her income is less than ... more
  • 3 hours Full September return unlikely, with schools warning: ‘it’s not business as usual’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    Pupils in England face patchy provision and short-notice closures as some year groups prepare to return from lockdown Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools will not be fully reopened by September and parents should prepare for sudden closures as new coronavirus outbreaks occur, headteachers are warning.Ministers have asked primary schools to reopen for reception, year 1 and year 6 children tomorrow, as part of a loosening of the coronavirus lockdown. Many schools have signalled they will only reopen to a fraction of those pupils as they struggle to adapt to smaller classes and reduced staff. Secondaries are set ... more
  • 3 hours Out on the ‘microbeats’ where police hope to reclaim London’s streets from gangs TheGuardian
    Crime has fallen in lockdown, and the Met has a new strategy to take back control. The Observer goes out with the ‘violence suppression unit’ in CroydonThey are known as MBs – microbeats – small sections of London synonymous with drugs and violence. The scruffy strip of shops that lines London Road outside West Croydon station is the most notorious MB in the south London borough, itself one of the metropolis’s most violent by far.Covid-19 brought a brief hiatus to Croydon’s cycle of violence. Now signs suggest it is slowly returning. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Cummings is now a laughing stock. Alas, so is Britain TheGuardian -Biz
    The guru of Brexit and the 2019 election has been exposed. But the economic and social damage is well and truly doneMy father, who was of Irish extraction but hailed from County Durham, used to say: never kick a man when he is down. After the shambles of Mr Dominic Cummings’s recent excursion to Durham, one might be tempted to make an exception to the rule. But there is no need. The prime minister’s once-valued adviser has been kicking himself – but not in the colloquial sense of expressing regret for his actions.Deeper and deeper he dug himself in, as ... more
  • 3 hours Bank boss Lagarde must quell Berlin’s unease if she is to boost the eurozone TheGuardian -Biz
    A clash between German and EU courts threatens to destabilise the ECB’s huge and vital bond-buying programmeThe eurozone’s 19 member countries are braced for a dramatic downturn. The head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, warned last week that the bloc’s collective GDP was likely to shrink by between 8% and 12% this year, having concluded that the ECB’s “medium” and “severe” scenarios were the only ones worth considering.The economic consequences of coronavirus are dire already, with France and Italy in recession. France’s GDP contracted by 5.8% in the first quarter of 2020, following a decline of 0.1% in ... more
  • 4 hours Covid causes child detention crisis, and a ‘timebomb’ in adult prisons TheGuardian
    Some children are allowed out of cells for just 40 minutes a day, with visits and education drastically curtailedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSerious concerns are emerging over the treatment of children in custody during the coronavirus pandemic, after evidence that some have been spending as little as 40 minutes a day out of their cell.A series of “serious consequences for children’s rights, wellbeing and long-term outcomes” has been identified in an investigation by the office of the children’s commissioner for England. This comes with ministers warning that there is now an increased risk of self-harm and violence ... more
  • 4 hours The five: robots helping to tackle coronavirus TheGuardian -Tech
    Automatons have been chipping in with the effort to beat Covid, from disinfecting hospitals to delivering groceriesSingapore park-goers have been reminded of their social distancing obligations by Boston Dynamics’ yellow “dog”. The robot hound is equipped with numerous cameras and sensors, which it can use to detect transgressors and broadcast pre-recorded warnings. The authorities have reassured locals it is not a quadruped data-collection device. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Cybersecurity, DIY and gaming to come up trumps in FTSE reshuffle TheGuardian -Biz
    Predictably, travel and aviation stocks are set to drop out of the top 100 firms in this week’s stock market reviewIn the words of 1978 song The Gambler, recorded so memorably by country crooner Kenny Rogers, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” There has of late been more folding than holding from FTSE 100 investors, leading to one of the biggest reshuffles of the index in recent memory.The term “blue chip” has its origins on the poker table, where blue was the colour of the highest-value tokens. Rarely have the gambling idioms so ... more
  • 12 hours From rose garden to ridicule: how a week of disaster for Tories and Dominic Cummings unfolded TheGuardian
    Boris Johnson said it was time to move on – but the public, the press and scores of his own MPs didn’t agreeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs she looked out of her kitchen window towards a farm in the distance owned by Dominic Cummings’ parents, an elderly woman described her reaction on Friday to the story that had caused shock not just in rural County Durham, but across the whole country.“I have isolated for 10 weeks. I have not seen my children since before Christmas,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. She lives in ... more
  • 13 hours SpaceX successfully launches Nasa astronauts into orbit TheGuardian -Biz
    Donald Trump and Mike Pence witness launch in FloridaFirst attempt was cancelled minutes from blast-offA rocketship named Dragon breathed new fire into America’s human spaceflight programme on Saturday, carrying two astronauts on a much-anticipated adventure. Related: Trump wants America looking at the stars as he drags it through the gutter Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Tory poll lead collapses as voters say Cummings should go TheGuardian
    More than two-thirds of voters want Dominic Cummings sacked and Tory lead over Labour plummetsBoris Johnson is under fresh pressure to sack Dominic Cummings as a new poll shows that more than two-thirds of voters – including more than half of Tories – want him thrown out of Downing Street for breaching lockdown rules.The survey by Opinium for the Observer shows a massive 81% think Cummings broke the rules. It also finds that support for the Conservatives is collapsing, with the party now just four points ahead of Labour, having had a commanding lead of 26 points just two months ... more
  • 13 hours Dominic Cummings has broken Covid-19 policy trust, say top scientists TheGuardian
    Health experts warn lives ‘put at risk’, as Opinium/Observer poll shows slump in Tory supportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s top public health leaders and scientists have warned Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair and now poses real danger to life when lockdown measures are lifted this week.In a letter sent to No 10 on Friday, 26 senior UK academics and health administrators warn that public faith in the government is essential if the Covid-19 crisis is to be tackled effectively. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Bundesliga may have pressing problems but it’s at the tactical forefront | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    The rustiness on display in Germany since play restarted shows how valuable regular drilling is but Dortmund v Bayern was an overtly modern game of exceptional qualityAll sporting events have their myths, the useful narratives hung on them as the flags are lowered on the final day and we have to work out what the past month, all that effort, all that emotion, all that money, was for. Remember how the 2012 Olympics in London brought us together as an open, multicultural nation inspired to a more active future? The 2006 World Cup, we were told, was about the patriotic ... more
  • 14 hours Schalke’s Weston McKennie wears ‘Justice for George Floyd’ armband TheGuardian -Sport
    Midfielder tweets: ‘We have to stand up for what we believe in’Floyd’s death at hands of Minneapolis police prompts protestsThe Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie took to the pitch for Saturday’s Bundesliga game with Werder Bremen wearing an armband reading “Justice for George”, the African-American whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police has led to protests across the United States.After the match McKennie tweeted: “To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!! We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that ... more
  • 15 hours Dominic Cummings row: senior health official says lockdown rules ‘apply to all’ TheGuardian
    England’s deputy chief medical officer says country is at ‘very dangerous moment’ as restrictions easeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s deputy chief medical officer has said that the lockdown rules “are clear and they have always been clear”, in the strongest condemnation yet by a senior health official of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown breach.It comes as the government’s own science advisers broke cover over its decision to ease lockdown measures, with a growing number expressing concerns about plans for England from Monday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours ‘Football is coming back’: competitive sport to return next week, says UK culture secretary – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Competitive sport behind closed doors will restart in the UK from Monday at the earliest, Oliver Dowden, the secretary for digital, culture, media and sport, has announced, with horse racing set to return in the north-east of England next week.The government has left it to each sport to decide when they will return, and has published guidance on how to get athletes back into physically distanced training before returning to close-contact trainingFollow the latest global newsSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours ‘Football is coming back’: competitive sport to return next week, says UK culture secretary – video TheGuardian
    Competitive sport behind closed doors will restart in the UK from Monday at the earliest, Oliver Dowden, the secretary for digital, culture, media and sport, has announced, with horse racing set to return in the north-east of England next week.The government has left it to each sport to decide when they will return, and has published guidance on how to get athletes back into physically distanced training before returning to close-contact trainingFollow the latest global newsSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Robert Lewandowski hits double as Bayern go 10 points clear in Bundesliga TheGuardian -Sport
    Werder Bremen beat Schalke to raise hopes of survivalHoffenheim eye European place after victory over MainzBayern Munich moved closer to a record-extending 30th league title after Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 5-0 drubbing of struggling Fortuna Düsseldorf. The result left the Bundesliga leaders, who are chasing an eighth successive league title, top on 67 points from 29 games, 10 ahead of their closest rivals, Borussia Dortmund, who visit the bottom team Paderborn on Sunday. Related: Schalke's Weston McKennie wears 'Justice for George Floyd' armband Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Rules ‘apply to all’ says deputy medical officer for England in answer to Cummings question – video TheGuardian
    Asked whether people in authority should obey the rules imposed in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said: ‘In my opinion the rules are clear and they have always been clear. In my opinion they are for the benefit of all. And in my opinion they apply to all.’Van-Tam emphasised the government would have to make changes slowly and people would have to stick to physical distancing rules to contain the spread of the virus UK coronavirus live: more scientists speak out against England lockdown easingEngland ‘risks Covid-19 surge’Follow the ... more
  • 16 hours London doesn’t always know best: how the north is choosing its own pace out of lockdown TheGuardian
    Angered by Dominic Cummings, and exasperated by diktats on school openings, councils are asserting themselves after being bypassed and ignoredCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn exhausting and anxious times, a text message last week brought Emma Parker a welcome moment of light relief. “A colleague sent me an ad for the Barnard Castle Eye Test beer, the one that BrewDog has brought out,” says the Durham-based teacher. “I had a bit of a giggle at that, I have to admit. I tried to buy some, but the demand was so great the website kept crashing.”The now infamous 60-mile ... more
  • 17 hours Claire Williams confident F1 team will continue despite financial trouble TheGuardian -Sport
    Deputy team principal hopeful of seeing out season‘We will find the investment we need’The Williams team and their name will continue in Formula One, the deputy team principal, Claire Williams, has said. She has expressed optimism for the future despite the team announcing on Friday they were considering putting the operation up for sale and seeking investment because of financial pressure.The team suffered a £13m loss last year and are facing a further shortfall because of the coronavirus crisis and Williams are now appraising potential offers to buy the team or of investment, and have already entered discussions with some ... more
  • 17 hours Vincent Kompany turns down assistant coach job at Manchester City TheGuardian -Sport
    Anderlecht player-coach will see out contract in BelgiumDoor likely to remain open for him at the EtihadVincent Kompany has turned down an opportunity to become Pep Guardiola’s coaching assistant at Manchester City in favour of continuing in his player-coaching role at Anderlecht.The vacancy at City arose when Mikel Arteta left to join Arsenal, who are due to play at the Etihad when the Premier League is planned to return on 17 June. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Calls to lift lockdown in UK care homes over fears for residents’ mental health TheGuardian
    Relatives and social care chiefs warn that Covid-19 social isolation is contributing to deaths of residentsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSenior social care leaders are calling on ministers to prioritise unlocking care homes amid growing concerns that mental health problems are contributing to the deaths of residents.Most care homes have been closed to visitors since the lockdown began, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but many fear the lack of contact with loved ones has had serious consequences on residents’ mental and physical wellbeing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Twitter taking on Trump’s lies? About time too | John Naughton TheGuardian -Tech
    The platform’s moves to counter the president’s disinformation may be too little, too late, but it’s somethingIn addition to washing your hands while singing the first two verses of The Internationale, it might be a good time also to clean out your Twitter feed. According to a recent report of a research study by Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, about 45% of the false narratives about Covid-19 on Twitter are sent by bots.The study examined more than 100 false Covid narratives (including the 5G conspiracy theories) pushed in over 200m tweets since January. ... more
  • 18 hours Venues in crisis: ‘We couldn’t survive if we opened 10 nights a week’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Even as other sectors reopen, the hospitality industry is facing crippling restrictions for months. What will its leaders do?Pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants are facing an uncertain future. Social distancing requirements mean there is little chance of returning to anything like normal trade and profits. They now face having to pay towards the government’s furlough scheme when some will not even be able to open their doors. We spoke to enterprises ranging from a Glasgow nightclub to an upmarket London restaurant chain to ask how – or if – they can get back to work. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours English sport returns behind closed doors after government go-ahead TheGuardian
    Horse racing will be first sport to resume on MondayPremier League season set to restart on 17 June“The British sporting recovery has begun,” declared the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, as he announced that professional sport in England can resume from Monday, paving the way for the first domestic live action in almost three months.Speaking at the daily Downing Street press briefing, Dowden said the government had settled on a set of strict conditions that must be followed for sports to be allowed to return behind closed doors. The rules form stage three of the process of bringing sport back from ... more
  • 18 hours English sport returns behind closed doors after government green light TheGuardian -Sport
    Horse racing will be first sport to resume on MondayPremier League season set to restart on 17 JuneThe culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, has outlined the strict conditions for competitive sport to resume safely behind closed doors in England from Monday 1 June, paving the way for the first domestic live action in almost three months. The news allows the Premier League to go ahead with its plans to restart playing on Wednesday 17 June, while horse racing will resume on Monday at Newcastle with a 10-race card. The first major event will be Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, while snooker will ... more
  • 18 hours Premier League clubs told depleted squads will not delay restart TheGuardian -Sport
    More strains and short-term muscle injuries expected Clubs raised issue after spike in Bundesliga lay-offsPremier League clubs have been told games will still go ahead once the season restarts even if they are down to just 15 fit players, it has emerged.West Ham vice-chair Karen Brady has revealed the subject of depleted squads was discussed in Thursday’s conference call between clubs after Bundesliga teams reported a spike in strains and short-term muscle injuries following the resumption of football in Germany. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Premiership final could clash with Six Nations as restart faces further delay TheGuardian -Sport
    Date for resumption set to be pushed back to AugustPlay-off final in October clashes with Six Nations planThe restart date for the Premiership looks set to be pushed back from late July until August after Gloucester said they did not expect clubs to return to training for another month. That would mean staging the play-off final in October and a clash with plans to play out the postponed Six Nations.The Premiership had been aiming to resume on 27 June and play the season to its conclusion before, after a short break, starting the 2020-21 campaign on time. That will not ... more
  • 19 hours Harry Kane says Tottenham have to be near-perfect to finish in top four TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘We have to win seven or eight to get into Champions League’Spurs’ hopes boosted by key players returning from injuryHarry Kane thinks Tottenham will have to win “seven or eight” of their remaining nine Premier League games if they are to get in the Champions League next season. Spurs’ hopes were in tatters before the season shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic but the three-month hiatus has given them a chance to resurrect their push to finish inside the top four.Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn – who were all due to miss most of the rest of the season ... more
  • 19 hours Shortage of PPE may force reopened dentists to limit treatments TheGuardian
    Despite relaxing of lockdown rules, patients in pain could still have to resort to DIY fillingsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople suffering from toothache may continue to struggle to get appointments with their dentist and more could be forced to resort to extreme DIY measures, despite the government announcement that dental practices can open from next week.The chief dental officer for England, Sara Hurley, last week asked the country’s 10,000 practices to start offering routine appointments from 8 June but the British Dental Association has warned that many surgeries will be unable to carry out a full range ... more
  • 20 hours Kylie Jenner in row with Forbes over billionaire status TheGuardian -Biz
    Kardashian family member reacts angrily to magazine’s claim she spun ‘a web of lies’A row has broken out between one of the world’s leading business magazines and the youngest member of reality TV’s most famous family over the value of her cosmetics company.Forbes magazine has accused Kylie Jenner, the youngest half-sister of Kim Kardashian West, of spinning a “web of lies” to inflate the size and success of her business. It claimed her family went to unusual lengths to present its youngest adult member as being richer than she was. Continue reading... ... more
  • 20 hours Lockdown lifts on car boot sales – but many feel safer trading online TheGuardian -Biz
    Some organisers question how social distancing, and limitations on touching goods, will work in practiceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“People are desperate to shop again and we’re going to be busy,” says Chris, who runs the Thatcham car boot sale and is preparing to reopen next Sunday. “Everyone has had time on their hands to clear things out and there are always people looking for secondhand bargains. We’re going to increase the width of the aisles, operate a one-way system and advise people to wear gloves and a mask.”Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen in England from Monday ... more
  • 20 hours ‘No faith in our leaders’: lockdown diaries reveal anger over Cummings TheGuardian
    A weekly study of 50 Britons exposes the fury over the chief adviser’s trip to Durham and its implications for Boris Johnson Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Westminster village often gets over-excited about news that, frankly, passes the ordinary voter by. What happens there can seem to have little relevance to people’s lives. But, according to BritainThinks’ coronavirus diaries, the Dominic Cummings story unearthed by the Guardian/Mirror investigation is different.Our diarists, 50 people from all walks of life, are keeping weekly accounts of their lives in lockdown. They were clear that this news from Westminster matters. Entries ... more
  • 21 hours Glad you’re not here: stag party capitals vow to ‘do tourism differently’ TheGuardian -Biz
    From Prague to Kraków, locals take advantage of travel restrictions to reclaim tourist hotspots Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor the first time in years, the few remaining local residents of Budapest’s party district can fall asleep without a nocturnal chorus of drunken stag groups outside their windows. The sweeping expanse of Kraków’s central square is no longer teeming with tour groups, and it is possible to traverse Prague’s Charles Bridge without elbowing through hordes of selfie-takers.Coronavirus travel restrictions are proving tough to bear for the hundreds of thousands who work in the region’s hospitality industry, but are ... more
  • 22 hours Emile Heskey: extra caution needed for BAME footballers when play resumes TheGuardian
    Ex-England star says players from minority backgrounds will feel especially nervousCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe former England footballer Emile Heskey has called for extra precautions to be taken for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) footballers when the Premier League returns to screens in June, three months after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to a halt.With a provisional restart date for the of 17 June with all games behind closed doors, the former England, Liverpool and Leicester striker said all footballers, but especially those from minority backgrounds, would feel nervous about returning to play. Continue reading... ... more
  • 22 hours Emile Heskey: extra caution needed for BAME footballers when play resumes TheGuardian -Sport
    Ex-England star says players from minority backgrounds will feel especially nervousCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe former England footballer Emile Heskey has called for extra precautions to be taken for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) footballers when the Premier League returns to screens in June, three months after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to a halt.With a provisional restart date for the of 17 June with all games behind closed doors, the former England, Liverpool and Leicester striker said all footballers, but especially those from minority backgrounds, would feel nervous about returning to play. Continue reading... ... more
  • 22 hours Karolina Pliskova calls men ‘super weak’ for worrying about equal pay in tennis TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘I don’t like the men complaining we would get the same money’World No 3 does not want equal pay but supports tours mergingThe world No 3, Karolina Pliskova, has called male tennis players who complain about women claiming equal prize money “super weak”. The Czech player, who returns to action in the newly-created LiveScore Cup in Prague next week, insists she does not crave equal pay but is not happy about men who speak out against it.It is an issue that is sure to raise its head over the coming months following recent calls for a merge between the men’s ... more
  • 22 hours Nick Pope: ‘England is so far away but being the No 1 is something I want’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Burnley’s goalkeeper on his lower-league journey, learning not to fear mistakes and his desire to dislodge Jordan PickfordThe goalkeeper’s lot is the peculiarity that hides in plain sight. They train alone most of the time, their technical and fitness work being entirely bespoke, and, come match day, it is preferable that they see as little of the ball as possible. Their view of the pitch is different, fixed and detached – everything feels different – and, for them, the game is as much psychological as physical, the ultimate test of focus.Nick Pope uses words such as “singular” and “individual”. The ... more
  • 22 hours My favourite game: Charlton beat Sunderland in classic play-off final | Nick Allbury TheGuardian -Sport
    Clive Mendonca’s hat-trick and Michael Gray’s ashen face are among the memories from an incredible encounterFootball stirs the same emotions in all of us. Joy and despair, fragile optimism and resigned acceptance. Yet it’s how we manage these feelings that shapes our relationship with the game.As a youngster, football was my master. All I wanted in the world was to see my team, Charlton Athletic, walk out at Wembley Stadium, and also, if it wasn’t too much trouble, to see us play in the Premier League. Both always seemed improbable, and yet, remarkably, on one heady late-spring day in 1998, ... more
  • 22 hours England’s long list leaves those who failed to make cut beyond consolation | Vic Marks TheGuardian -Sport
    Any player not included in the 55-man group named by selectors has little hope of an international futureThere must be some grumpy English professional cricketers out there this weekend. Let me try to bowdlerise their thoughts: “Our wise selectors have plucked out 55 players for training ahead of the proposed international matches this summer and I do not appear to be among them. Fifty-five represents no fewer than five cricket teams so this is a source of some disappointment since I thought that I might still have the chance of the ultimate honour, playing for my country, in the foreseeable ... more
  • 22 hours SpaceX to reattempt manned rocket launch in Florida TheGuardian -Biz
    Elon Musk’s firm plans flight with Nasa astronauts, following Wednesday’s cancellationElon Musk’sSpaceX is due to undertake a repeat attempt at launching two Americans into orbit from Florida, in a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of Nasa astronauts from US soil in nine years.The mission’s first launch attempt on Wednesday was called off with fewer than 17 minutes remaining on the countdown clock, due to stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours Thirteen people charged in France over Essex lorry deaths TheGuardian
    Group of mainly French and Vietnamese nationals accused of organising migrants’ journey from AsiaThirteen suspects arrested by French police over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a refrigerated lorry in Essex have been charged with people trafficking and manslaughter, a judicial source has said.Six of the group – mainly Vietnamese and French nationals – were taken into custody on Tuesday in the Paris region, while the alleged key figure in the ring of smugglers was caught in Germany. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours UK coronavirus live: England lockdown easing is premature, says Burnham TheGuardian
    Greater Manchester mayor joins scientists in saying R rate and infection numbers are still too highCovid-19 ‘spreading too fast to lift England lockdown’Follow the latest global newsSee all coronavirus coverage 11.02am BST The Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Munira Wilson, has said the decision by key members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) to go public with their concerns about easing lockdown measures shows “ministers are no longer following the science”.Echoing the words of the mayor for Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, (see 9.44am), the Twickenham MP said lifting lockdown seemed “premature”.The test, trace, isolate system that we need to ... more
  • 23 hours Cash in the time of coronavirus: how to get in financial shape for the new normal TheGuardian
    Guardian Money helps you put your finances in order while adapting to a new way of livingThe coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on all of us. About 8.4 million workers have been furloughed, tens of thousands have lost their jobs and many self-employed workers’ incomes have taken a hit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours NRL roundup: Wests Tigers compound Sharks woes with second-half comeback TheGuardian -Sport
    Sharks 16-28 Tigers Warriors 18-0 DragonsStorm v Raiders still to playCronulla’s nightmare week has continued after bombing a second-half lead to fall 28-16 to Wests Tigers at Bankwest stadium.The league was rocked this week when the Sharks youngster Bronson Xerri was provisionally stood down for testing positive to performance-enhancing drugs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours Riyad Mahrez sets Manchester City’s sights on Champions League glory TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘We have the team, the manager … everything’City lead Real Madrid 2-1 going into home legRiyad Mahrez is confident Manchester City can win the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.Uefa is intent on the competition returning in August when domestic leagues have been completed following football’s suspension. Should that prove to be the case, City will resume a last-16 tie against Real Madrid leading 2-1 from the first leg at the Bernabéu. Continue reading... ... more
  • 24 hours Viral marketing: the very worst lockdown-themed adverts TheGuardian -Biz
    The pandemic has unleashed a series of earnest, grating TV ads, from grandiose tinfoil-hattery to a chilling Maltesers mysteryModern Toss on cheesy lockdown advertsYou have to pity British Airways. The airline has always sold itself to us with a simple deal: we give it money, and it flies us somewhere nice. But now that Covid-19 has robbed us of the latter, BA has been forced to come up with a brand new USP. And what it has landed on is this: British Airways loves you more than the other boys do. No, really. Its Covid ad is formed of an ... more
  • 1 day Call for inquiry into why senior Tory helped donor avoid £40m tax TheGuardian
    Cabinet Office asked to look into Robert Jenrick’s unlawful approval of property projectLabour has urged the Cabinet Office to investigate why the housing secretary intervened in a controversial London planning decision that could have saved a Conservative party donor tens of millions of pounds. Robert Jenrick, the housing, communities and local government secretary, knew that the former media tycoon Richard Desmond had only 24 hours to have an East End property development approved before hefty community charges were imposed on the billionaire’s project. The imposition of Tower Hamlets council’s community infrastructure levy (CIL) would have cost Desmond at least £40m. Continue ... more
  • 1 day ‘Dominic Raab must resign or be sacked’: Harry Dunn’s parents on their long fight for justice TheGuardian
    The teenager died last August after being hit by a car whose driver has yet to face charges. His parents won’t stop asking why It is November 2019, 10 weeks since 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed, and his four parents are distraught. Charlotte, Tim, Bruce and Tracey say that some mornings they can barely get out of bed, never mind begin to mourn. “You wake up and you’re just a complete wreck, and nothing you can do is processed without thinking of Harry,” says his mother, Charlotte Charles.She and Harry’s father, Tim, split up when he was 10 months old; ... more
  • 1 day I’m a great teacher, honest. But schools beat me hands down on everything else | Miranda Sawyer TheGaurdian – Edu
    Hundreds of schools may be reopening, but have the big guys of government really grasped the scale of what they’re asking them to do?Uniform washed, book bag filled, mask on? Then you’re all set for Back To School! Actually, could you put that book bag in this bin for disinfection?Some – but not all – children in England will be trotting back to familiar playgrounds on Monday. Though several schools aren’t opening and many parents don’t want to send their children in, hundreds of primary schools will be welcoming reception, year 1 and year 6 students, plus the children of ... more
  • 1 day ‘This man knows he’s dying as surely as I do’: a doctor’s dispatches from the NHS frontline TheGuardian
    As lockdown is relaxed, many in the NHS are left reeling. Palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke shares her experience working with coronavirus patients, and her fears of a second wave It is mid-April. Death has been headline news for so long now, I am beginning to feel like a plague doctor. My next patient, an 89-year-old from a care home, is perilously ill. Despite the highest flow of oxygen we can deliver through his face mask, he is gasping for air at a rate of 40 breaths per minute, two or three times the norm. Swiftly, I search his hospital ... more
  • 1 day The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask at 20 – still eerie and profound TheGuardian -Tech
    The strangest, saddest Zelda stands out in the memories of those of us who played it as children – but it is just as remarkable todayIt’s Termina’s terrifying moon that everyone remembers. Its grimacing, red-eyed stare looms large in the memory, summoning anxious recollections of hours spent watching its terrifying visage inch ever closer to the earth, of time slipping away.Majora’s Mask recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Sequel to the groundbreaking The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, it was released in April 2000, only 16 months after Ocarina’s initial release. Much has been written about the motivations behind the ... more
  • 1 day The vision for a national Open School is a good one. The BBC is ready to make it happen | Tony Hall TheGaurdian – Edu
    A Guardian article set out a plan to revitalise schooling after the pandemic. The BBC wants to take a lead, writes its director generalThe Covid-19 crisis has transformed all our lives in ways we could barely have imagined just a few weeks ago. In so many areas, we will be desperate to go back to “normal life” as soon as safely possible. But in others, however, what we have learned in this crisis will – and should – reshape our thinking for ever.Educating the nation’s children is one of those areas. All of us have had to adapt to play ... more
  • 1 day England to limit students going to Wales, Scotland and N Ireland TheGaurdian – Edu
    Devolved regions angry at policy to introduce cap on undergraduate numbersThe government in Westminster will limit the number of students from England who can go to university in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland next year, leading to accusations that it is “trampling on devolution”.As part of its plans to cap the number of undergraduates that universities in England can teach in 2020-21, the Department for Education (DfE) is also to announce on Monday that it will extend the cap to include English students applying to higher education outside England. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Fuenlabrada’s José Ramón Sandoval: ‘My first task was to win the players over from home’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Spanish second-tier side appointed Sandoval on the eve of lockdown. He got to know his players via Zoom but is finally on the training pitchJosé Ramón Sandoval has been Fuenlabrada’s manager for 11 weeks but hasn’t taken charge of a single game. He has led only two full training sessions at the Segunda División club, has barely met his players and never even got presented to the media, let alone the fans. He has suffered coronavirus and his timing could hardly have been worse, but he’s wearing a huge grin. Not that you can see it under the Fuenlabrada ... more
  • 1 day England to limit students going to Wales, Scotland and N Ireland TheGuardian
    Devolved regions angry at policy to introduce cap on undergraduate numbersThe government in Westminster will limit the number of students from England who can go to university in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland next year, leading to accusations that it is “trampling on devolution”.As part of its plans to cap the number of undergraduates that universities in England can teach in 2020-21, the Department for Education (DfE) is also to announce on Monday that it will extend the cap to include English students applying to higher education outside England. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Lost Stock: ‘It’s like buying your future self a present’ TheGuardian -Biz
    A scheme to help Bangladeshi garment workers through the lockdown adds spice to fashionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s not fashion shopping as we know it: shoppers provide details of their age, gender, size and colour preferences, and hand over £39. A few weeks later a box arrives on your doorstep containing at least three items, with full ticket prices adding up to at least £70, that were once destined for stores like Topshop.This is coronavirus crisis fashion shopping. The fashions come direct from the Bangladesh factory where the items were made and the mystery boxes are designed ... more
  • 1 day Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots TheGuardian -Biz
    Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AIDozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software.Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and its Edge browser – used by millions of Britons every day – have been told that they will be no longer be required because robots can now do their jobs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots TheGuardian -Tech
    Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AIDozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software.Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and its Edge browser – used by millions of Britons every day – have been told that they will be no longer be required because robots can now do their jobs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Football is back and all it took was the spectre of financial catastrophe | Jonathan Liew TheGuardian -Sport
    Project Restart has shrunk the sport to an elite pursuit within a sterile bubble, throwing up questions no one can answerWell done, everyone: we did it. They said it wasn’t possible. They said it wasn’t safe. They said it would be tactless to start up one of the world’s most lucrative sports leagues while thousands are dying. They said it wouldn’t be a fair competition. They may still be right about all of this, of course. More on that in a moment.But for now, football is back. Watch it. Drink it in. Lose yourself in a pure six-week football bender: ... more
  • 1 day Home schooling boosts parents’ interest in teaching as a career TheGuardian
    Survey of 2,000 people in lockdown across the UK also finds a growing respect for teachers among parents of school-age childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchool closures have turned the UK into a nation of temporary teachers since the coronavirus lockdown – and that may have inspired some people to seek new careers in the classroom, according to a new survey.Now Teach, the charity co-founded by the former journalist Lucy Kellaway, encourages older workers to change careers, and has found that the lockdown has increased the status of school teachers among the population at large, as parents have ... more
  • 1 day Home schooling boosts parents’ interest in teaching as a career TheGaurdian – Edu
    Survey of 2,000 people in lockdown across the UK also finds a growing respect for teachers among parents of school-age childrenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchool closures have turned the UK into a nation of temporary teachers since the coronavirus lockdown – and that may have inspired some people to seek new careers in the classroom, according to a new survey.Now Teach, the charity co-founded by the former journalist Lucy Kellaway, encourages older workers to change careers, and has found that the lockdown has increased the status of school teachers among the population at large, as parents have ... more
  • 1 day Football is back and all it took was the spectre of financial catastrophe | Jonathan Liew TheGuardian -Biz
    Project Restart has shrunk the sport to an elite pursuit within a sterile bubble, throwing up questions no one can answerWell done, everyone: we did it. They said it wasn’t possible. They said it wasn’t safe. They said it would be tactless to start up one of the world’s most lucrative sports leagues while thousands are dying. They said it wouldn’t be a fair competition. They may still be right about all of this, of course. More on that in a moment.But for now, football is back. Watch it. Drink it in. Lose yourself in a pure six-week football bender: ... more
  • 1 day PSG reach £45m agreement with Internazionale to sign Mauro Icardi TheGuardian -Sport
    Argentinian forward to join permanently after loanClubs agree €50m initial fee with €7m in add-onsParis Saint-Germain are set to land their first major signing of the summer after reaching an agreement with Internazionale for Mauro Icardi.The Argentinian striker has spent the season on loan at PSG and the clubs have struck a deal worth €50m (£45m), plus €7m in add-ons, to make the transfer permanent. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day ‘Am I next?’: Coco Gauff, Stephen Jackson join outcry over George Floyd killing TheGuardian -Sport
    Former NBA player Jackson speaks at rally for fallen ‘friend’Teenage star Gauff issues call to action with powerful videoBengals’ Joe Burrow, Dolphins’ Brian Flores also speak outFormer NBA player Stephen Jackson has said he will not allow the police to “demean the character” of his childhood friend, George Floyd. Jackson’s words come amid growing outcry from athletes over Floyd’s death in police custody, including teenage tennis star Coco Gauff.Jackson was speaking at a rally in Minneapolis in remembrance of Floyd, who died in handcuffs on Monday after being pinned to the ground and pleading that he could not breathe. Jackson ... more
  • 2 days Wolfsburg thrash Cologne as Frauen Bundesliga bucks trend with restart TheGuardian -Sport
    Wolfsburg 4-0 Cologne (Harder 33pen 78, Huth 45, Popp 66)German top flight is first major women’s league to resumeThe Frauen Bundesliga, the top tier of women’s football in Germany, resumed on Friday after a two-month shutdown. League leaders Wolfsburg picked up where they left off, routing Cologne 4-0 to maintain their unbeaten season.Pernille Harder opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before forward Svenja Huth doubled the lead just before half-time. The visitors kept the three-time defending league champions in reach, but Alexandra Popp made sure of victory with 66 minutes played. Continue reading... ... more
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