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  • 2 hours New Zealand v England: first Test, day three – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Over-by-over updates from Bay Oval in Mount MaunganuiCurran felt ‘bleak’ before delivering Williamson’s wicketDrop Niall an email | Tweet @niallmcveigh 11.22pm GMT 68th over: New Zealand 186-4 (Nicholls 36, Watling 26) Watling getting some joy from Stokes, clattering a wider ball through the covers for four. England are sinking into the mire, so who else to call on but Jack Leach ... 11.17pm GMT 68th over: New Zealand 181-4 (Nicholls 36, Watling 22) Archer with a bouncer that loops roughly one mile over Watling’s head, and way beyond Buttler too. Another four byes, followed by a no ball. England ... more
  • 3 hours Frank Lampard’s season at Manchester City helped shape his coaching career TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘It opened my eyes to another club and structure’• Lampard takes Chelsea to his former club on SaturdayFrank Lampard has said his year at Manchester City introduced him to a different style of football and played a part in shaping his managerial approach.Lampard was nearing retirement when he left Chelsea in 2014 and he feels spending a season in Manchester before finishing his playing career at New York City FC gave him an idea of how he wanted to coach. He caused a stir when he joined City, who were managed by Manuel Pellegrini at the time, but he ... more
  • 3 hours Emma Hayes: ‘The WSL is the best league in the world. This is a utopia’ | Suzanne Wrack TheGuardian -Sport
    The Chelsea manager, who has pulled off the signing of Australia captain Sam Kerr, believes the English game is surging forward“I struggle with putting these limitations on things: ‘don’t play in big stadiums,’ ‘don’t pay women too much’. Why? Why do we have these conversations? We should be aiming for the fucking top of the sky because you know what? If the product grows, so will the rest of it. Don’t limit it. In fact, invest more.”Emma Hayes oozes passion for women’s football from every pore. A week after the Chelsea manager pulled off one of the biggest transfers in ... more
  • 3 hours ‘Are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ – Mourinho looks to reboot Spurs stars | David Hytner TheGuardian -Sport
    Old mischief already evident as new Tottenham manager holds court with press and playersJosé Mourinho had a question for Dele Alli, the Spurs midfielder, who has long since mislaid his best form. “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother,” Mourinho says. “He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Play like Dele.’”It was a classic piece of Mourinho kidology, the kind of move he has pulled on numerous occasions and with which he seeks to establish a connection; to motivate. It is so easy to picture the scene with Alli from Wednesday – Mourinho’s first day ... more
  • 3 hours Mike Riley admits VAR has ‘long way to go’ before it can be deemed successful TheGuardian -Sport
    • Referees’ head sure system will become quicker and better• Priority is preventing VARs imposing mistakes on refereesMike Riley has admitted there is “still a long way to go” before VAR can be considered a success in the Premier League, as the manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) sought to defuse tension over the controversial new technology.Last week, Riley received the backing of Premier League clubs over VAR, despite the near-endless furore over its use since the start of the season. Now he hopes to persuade the public – and especially match-going fans – that improvements can ... more
  • 3 hours Pep Guardiola ‘incredibly satisfied’ and pledges his future to Manchester City TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manager says he will not leave if City fail to win title• Guardiola’s current contract runs until summer 2021Pep Guardiola has said he intends to stay at Manchester City even if they do not win the title this season to claim a third consecutive Premier League crown.Guardiola, contracted at the club until summer 2021, said on Friday: “I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign for these results and being nine points behind [the ... more
  • 3 hours Moise Kean will ‘definitely not’ leave Everton in January, says Marco Silva TheGuardian -Sport
    • Italy coach and player’s father suggested Kean needs new club• Selling young forward ‘doesn’t make sense for us’, says SilvaMarco Silva has said there is no prospect of Moise Kean leaving Everton in January despite the Italy international’s difficult start to life in the Premier League.The teenager has yet to score for Everton and has started only two league games, plus two in the Carabao Cup, since his £29m transfer from Juventus in the summer. Kean’s problems mounted before the international period when he was dropped at Southampton for being late to a team meeting. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah may play through pain barrier at Crystal Palace TheGuardian -Sport
    • Jürgen Klopp waits on Egyptian forward’s ankle injury• Klopp: ‘It’s still kind of there. We have to be sensible’Jürgen Klopp has said Mohamed Salah must continue to play with pain but allayed concerns the Liverpool forward needs surgery on the ankle injury that has troubled him for seven weeks.Salah has trained during the international break although remains a doubt for the Premier League leaders’ visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 27-year-old suffered the injury when fouled by Hamza Choudhury in the win over Leicester on 5 October and missed the following league game at Manchester United as a ... more
  • 3 hours Unai Emery tells Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira to improve for holding role TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manager says midfielder has lacked consistency this season• Emery held talks with Uruguayan during international breakLucas Torreira faces further frustration if he wants a return to Arsenal’s holding midfield position, according to Unai Emery, who believes the player’s consistency has dropped this season and that he is not yet equipped to play in his preferred role. Talks have taken place between the pair this week following suggestions, made during the international break, that the Uruguayan is unsettled.It has been an uncertain period for Torreira, who was trumpeted as the answer to a long-standing problem in the deeper position when ... more
  • 3 hours BBC Question Time leaders special: who came out on top? TheGuardian
    A hostile Sheffield audience greeted – and grilled – the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and SNP leaders. But how did they fare under the spotlight?Follow reaction to the Question Time leaders specialBoris Johnson He’s only been in power for 120 days, so please don’t blame him for other Conservative governments, even when he served in them. Other than that – the same, well-drilled attack lines on an end to austerity, and “delivering Brexit”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Stuart Hogg: ‘I was a bit scared but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The high-profile Exeter signing will come up against his former club Glasgow this weekend in their Champions Cup matchNot long after Exeter Chiefs had completed the most satisfying away display in their European history in La Rochelle last weekend, the newly arrived Stuart Hogg felt Rob Baxter’s arm around his shoulder. “He said to me: ‘That’s why you signed here, for days like that,’” recalls Hogg, now resident in Devon having relocated south from his native Scotland. “He was right. I loved it.” Related: 'Hey horsey!': England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Corbyn ‘neutral’ on Brexit as Johnson attacked on trust TheGuardian
    Labour leader would negotiate new deal with EU, which would be put to a public vote alongside remain Reaction to coverage of the Question Time leaders specialJeremy Corbyn would take a “neutral stance” in a future Brexit referendum, he has announced, after facing mounting pressure in recent days to pick a side.Appearing in a special BBC Question Time programme, in which Boris Johnson was attacked over racism and Jo Swinson found herself on the back foot over Brexit, Corbyn confirmed for the first time he would not campaign either for leave or remain. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Davis Cup 2019: Great Britain v Germany quarter-final – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live updates from the two singles and one doubles matchCanada beat Australia after Kyrgios pulls out with injuryDrop Tumaini an email | Tweet @tumcarayol 7.23pm GMT First set: Daniel Evans 6-6 (3-4*) Jan-Lennard Struff (GBR 1-0 GER): Five points against the serve in this tiebreak so far. Struff took the first mini-break with a great foray to the net, but then he overhit a routine forehand well long.At 2-2, Evans finally found a short forehand and buried it down the line to move ahead. It didn’t last long as Struff dug out an incredible defensive forehand crosscourt, then a ... more
  • 6 hours Concern over use of ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defence in UK courts TheGuardian
    Lawyers and women’s groups demand action as researchers find tenfold increase in usageSenior lawyers and women’s organisations have condemned the increasing use of “rough sex gone wrong” as a courtroom defence to the murder of women and called for a change to the law in the UK.In the wake of the conviction of British backpacker Grace Millane’s killer in New Zealand, researchers have revealed a tenfold rise over the past two decades in the number of times similar claims have been made in UK courts. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours UK Athletics to review position of Zara Hyde Peters as new chief executive TheGuardian -Sport
    • Hyde Peters accused of failing to alert club to husband’s ban• ‘There can be no compromise on welfare and safeguarding’Zara Hyde Peters’ position as the new chief executive of UK Athletics is under review after questions were raised over whether she allowed her husband to coach at a local athletics club after he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.Hyde Peters, who is due to start her £200,000 role on 1 December, is accused of failing to alert members of Coventry Godiva Harriers about her husband Mike Peters’ teaching ban when she was coaching co-ordinator and vice-chair at ... more
  • 6 hours BA pilots’ strike: airline agrees provisional pay settlement TheGuardian
    British Airways avoids festive disruption as union backs deal worth 12% over three yearsBritish Airways has agreed to a provisional pay settlement with its pilots, heading off the threat of Christmas disruption and bringing to an end one of the most damaging disputes in its history.The pilots union, Balpa, has recommended a deal worth 12% over three years to its members, more than a year after talks started and following strikes in September that cost the airline tens of millions of pounds a day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours BA pilots’ strike: airline agrees provisional pay settlement TheGuardian -Biz
    British Airways avoids festive disruption as union backs deal worth 12% over three yearsBritish Airways has agreed to a provisional pay settlement with its pilots, heading off the threat of Christmas disruption and bringing to an end one of the most damaging disputes in its history.The pilots union, Balpa, has recommended a deal worth 12% over three years to its members, more than a year after talks started and following strikes in September that cost the airline tens of millions of pounds a day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours No more orphans expected to be returned to UK from Syria TheGuardian
    Home Office unhappy with Foreign Office for potentially opening door to more Isis returneesNo other British children are expected to be repatriated from Syria in the foreseeable future, despite the announcement from the foreign secretary on Thursday that a small number of orphans who had been caught up in the conflict with Islamic State had been brought home.Home Office officials view the repatriation of the children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as highly exceptional – and there is unhappiness with the Foreign Office for potentially opening the door to more Islamic State returnees. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours What makes José Mourinho special? Former players give Spurs an insight | Fabrizio Romano TheGuardian -Sport
    José Mourinho had plenty of success at Porto, Internazionale and Real Madrid and players who worked for him at those clubs reveal just how demanding the Portuguese manager can beJosé Mourinho is sincere, clear and says things to your face. He always gets the most out of his players. But the most impressive thing about José is his tactical preparation – he knows every player and every opponent perfectly. He always has the solution. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Prince Andrew’s private secretary steps down after Newsnight interview TheGaurdian – Edu
    Amanda Thirsk will run mentoring initiative, as Barclays becomes latest organisation to sever ties with the princeBarclays has become the latest among a growing number of organisations to sever ties with Prince Andrew, as it emerged that the aide who orchestrated the beleaguered royal’s disastrous interview about his links to convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is no longer his private secretary.Amanda Thirsk, who was said to have played a key role in persuading him to agree to the BBC interview, has reportedly moved on to run his business mentoring initiative, Pitch@Palace. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Cyrname presents threat to Altior’s record-breaking winning run | Greg Wood TheGuardian -Sport
    The duel at Ascot in the Christy 1965 Chase is likely to provide Altior with the toughest test since his hurdling debut in 2015If the secret of winning a battle is to fight it on a field of your choosing, then Cyrname should probably be favourite for his hugely anticipated head-to-head with Altior at Ascot on Saturday afternoon. The track, the trip and the right-handed direction of travel all look ideal for Cyrname – but Harry Cobden, his jockey, knows it is not that simple. “He’s certainly been very effective around here on his last two runs,” Cobden said at ... more
  • 7 hours Sports quiz of the week: songs, animals, goals and sex tips TheGuardian -Sport
    Who has no champagne? Who loves poultry? Who is punching? Wales fans sang “Wales, golf, Madrid” to Gareth Bale during their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday night. What did they sing to Joe Allen?“Wales, Pirlo, Stoke” “Wales, chickens, Stoke”“Wales, snooker, Stoke” “Wales, Swansea, Stoke” How has Indian academic Dhruv Prajapati paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar?He wrote a thesis about Tendulkar’s batting technique and won the Nobel prize for physicsHe named a newly discovered species of spider after the cricketerHe started teaching a course in "Tendulkar studies" at his universityHe gave one of his art students a top grade for her ... more
  • 7 hours New York City may ban flavored vapes as soon as next week TheGuardian -Biz
    Ban halts sale of all flavored e-cigarettes, except tobacco flavorsJuul stopped selling flavors other than tobacco and mentholNew York City could ban flavored vaping products as soon as next week, in a move that would make the metropolis of 8.6 million people the most populous place in America to ban flavored e-cigarettes.The backlash against flavored e-cigarettes has gained momentum after a vaping-linked illness swept across the United States, killing at least 40 people and sickening 2,000 more. Vaping bans have emerged in an effort to curb e-cigarettes’ appeal to young people. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Christine Lagarde calls for more public investment in first ECB speech TheGuardian -Biz
    President of the European Central Bank says US/China tariff war should be seen as an opportunityChristine Lagarde has called for European governments to boost innovation and growth with higher rates of public investment, in her first major speech as president of the European Central Bank.Speaking to an audience of bankers in Frankfurt, Lagarde said that rising trade barriers triggered by the US/China tariff war should be grasped by European governments as an opportunity to build a stronger internal market. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Lawyer calls for GMC to push Daily Mail for Shane Sutton documents release TheGuardian -Sport
    • Richard Freeman’s QC makes plea during medical tribunal• Freeman charged with ordering performance-enhancing drugThe lawyer representing the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman in his medical tribunal has called on the General Medical Council to apply pressure on the Daily Mail to release documents relevant to the case.Mary O’Rourke QC wants the Mail to release the witness statement or affidavit signed by the former British Cycling and Team Sky head coach, Shane Sutton, which she alleges is in a safe in the managing editor’s office. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Germany’s risk-averse savers grapple with negative interest rates TheGuardian -Biz
    Debate deepens on whether savers should be compensated or taught how to invest their moneyGerman policymakers are locked in debate over how to react to negative interest rates, with a split between those who believe savers should be compensated and others who say they should learn to invest.The Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats, has proposed either banning banks from passing on negative rates to savers, or giving savers tax concessions. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial TheGuardian -Biz
    Economics dominates public debate while being seen as an abstract authority over which people have little control. That must changeOn BBC Question Time on Thursday there was an exchange between an audience member and a Labour politician – Richard Burgon – that revealed how poor economic literacy deepens the democratic deficit. The audience member, a man who said he earned more than £80,000, rounded on Mr Burgon and called him a liar for claiming that Labour’s manifesto pledge of raising income taxes for those with salaries like his and larger would only affect the top 5% of the population.Yet Mr ... more
  • 8 hours Frozen II fever reaches UK as Disney sequel opens in cinemas TheGuardian
    Film studio will be hoping that fan reaction is warmer than than that of most criticsDust off the Elsa costume, get ready to play Into the Unknown on repeat and – most importantly – make sure the tickets are booked: Frozen II mania has come to the UK.The much-anticipated follow-up to the 2013 original finally hit the screens on Friday and, for many children, that means dragging their parents to the cinema this weekend. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours UK companies hit by sharpest activity drop since Brexit vote TheGuardian -Biz
    Economy forecast to contract as services and manufacturing firms blame fall on uncertaintyBritain’s private sector companies suffered the sharpest drop in activity this month since the EU referendum, as the prospect of a general election added to Brexit-related uncertainty.Most businesses blamed a contraction in activity in November on faltering confidence among both domestic and overseas customers, who are worn out by continuing political indecision. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours M&S hire senior Tesco executive in effort to revive clothes brand TheGuardian -Biz
    Richard Price currently heads Tesco’s F&F clothing and homewares labelMarks & Spencer has hired a senior Tesco executive to lead its latest attempt to reinvigorate its struggling clothing business.Richard Price, the head of Tesco’s F&F clothing and homewares label, has worked at M&S before. He spent seven years with the chain, rising to become menswear director, but left in 2012 after becoming disillusioned with the then M&S strategy. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours The ‘rough sex’ defence is indefensible | Joan Smith TheGuardian
    Grace Millane’s murder trial shows how it’s being used in courtrooms to justify unconscionable violence against womenWe all know that it is not unusual to hear a pack of lies told in court. Defendants will say anything to avoid a prison sentence, especially when they’re facing serious charges. But the lies told by the man convicted in Auckland of the brutal murder of a British backpacker, Grace Millane, have exposed something profoundly disturbing about the way women are treated in modern criminal justice systems.Many people in the UK and in New Zealand have followed the trial with visceral horror, disturbed ... more
  • 8 hours ‘I wouldn’t manage Tottenham’ – Lampard insists he will never follow Mourinho – video TheGuardian -Sport
    The Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised his former boss José Mourinho on Friday, after the Portuguese was appointed at Tottenham Hotspur this week.However, Lampard added he will never follow in Mourinho's footsteps as and when he moves on from Chelsea. He said: "No disrespect to Tottenham ... I can firmly say no. And you can replay that again in 10 years or whatever you want. No, it wouldn't happen." Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Tommy Fleetwood hot on heels of Mike Lorenzo-Vera in Dubai TheGuardian -Sport
    • Southport man three adrift of surprise leader with 36 holes left• Rory McIlroy slips to minus six at DP World Tour ChampionshipTwo weeks and $7.5m could completely alter perceptions of Tommy Fleetwood’s year.“Frustrating” is the term used by Fleetwood to describe what preceded last Sunday’s play-off success at the Nedbank Challenge. On face value this is slightly harsh; Fleetwood was second in the Open and returned a string of high finishes on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet the 28-year-old has long since been at a level whereby he judges himself by lofty standards. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Scale of hidden jobless now visible | Letter TheGuardian
    Anyone who has seen the workings of universal credit close at hand, along with the scant support given to jobseekers, will not be surprised by the OECD’s recent findings, says Gillian DalleyThe study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Centre for Cities on the scale of hidden unemployment in the UK raises an important issue (The ‘hidden jobless’: Liverpool’s centre may look different but the lack of work still feels like the 80s, 21 November). Anyone who has seen the workings of universal credit close at hand, along with the scant support given to jobseekers by the ... more
  • 8 hours Wormwood Scrubs blues: inside the gig mixing prisoners with the free TheGuardian
    As part of London jazz festival, Rhiannon Giddens performed in the chapel at Wormwood Scrubs prison – supported by a choir of inmatesFifty years after Johnny Cash gave the most famous prison concerts of all time at Folsom and San Quentin, the British penal system finally has an equivalent.On Thursday night, the Grammy-winning African American folk singer Rhiannon Giddens delivered an intense and emotionally charged concert at HMP Wormwood Scrubs before an audience of both inmates and members of the general public who had bought tickets as part of the London jazz festival. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours ‘Love Grace’: handbags collected in memory of Grace Millane TheGuardian
    Project set up in memory of woman murdered in New Zealand gives support to victims of domestic abuseGrace Millane loved handbags. She had a large collection, her family said, “each one to compliment another outfit she’d be able to just throw on”.And so earlier this year, while her devastated parents, two older brothers and wider family struggled to come to terms with the appalling tragedy that had befallen her, they decided to channel their grief into a project of which she would certainly have approved: filling handbags with essential toiletries and little luxuries and donating them to their local domestic ... more
  • 8 hours Miracle man Cazorla dances on as last of Spain’s pioneer generation | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    Watching Santi Cazorla against Romania it was hard to shake this sense of a player with an unusual grasp of timeA few years ago the American novelist Nicholson Baker wrote a book about a man with the power to stop the world around him. In this state, called “the fermata”, his hero is able to peer into people’s pockets, examine their sock drawers, set in order, solve and – this being Baker – indulge in a series of energetically detailed 12-hour onanism marathons, while the physical world waits for permission to pick up where it left off.Watching sport at all ... more
  • 8 hours Slaven Bilic: ‘West Ham is a very difficult club to manage’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Croat on how he is enjoying life at West Brom and why his wife thinks he is ‘a pain in the arse’ when he doesn’t have a jobSlaven Bilic is rowing back to the early days of his West Ham United reign and the time he felt compelled to alter the pre-match playlist in his fourth league game in charge, a fruitful trip to Liverpool – their first win at Anfield for 52 years – following successive defeats. “Roy Keane said it can’t be Abba [playing] before a game and I agree with that. Before the game, we are ... more
  • 9 hours NHS England pledges pensions top-up in bid to tackle staffing crisis TheGuardian
    Senior doctors and nurses are refusing to work extra hours because of financial penaltiesNHS England has promised to top up the pensions of senior doctors and nurses in an effort to end the alarming staffing crisis caused by their refusal to work extra hours because of the financial penalties they would incur as a result.Accident and emergency, intensive care and surgery are among the departments that have been struggling to maintain enough staff to keep patients safe and give them the treatment they need. A letter from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges earlier this month spelled out to the ... more
  • 9 hours Court fines Weetabix £140,000 for polluting river near factory TheGuardian
    Cereal maker prosecuted after diesel escaped from tanks into River Ise and put wildlife at riskWeetabix has been fined £140,000 for polluting a river with thousands of litres of diesel fuel and putting at risk fish and plant life.The Environment Agency brought a prosecution against the cereal maker for polluting the River Ise, which is close to the company’s plant in the town of Burton Latimer, near Kettering, Northamptonshire. The clean-up operation cost Weetabix £500,000. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Scottish Labour is free to campaign against Brexit, says Corbyn TheGuardian
    Richard Leonard says his party is now committed to backing remain in its manifestoLatest election news – live updatesJeremy Corbyn has agreed Scottish Labour can campaign against Brexit even if a future Labour government brokers a fresh deal with the EU, Labour’s Scottish leader has said.Richard Leonard said the Scottish party was now committed in its general election manifesto to campaigning for remain even if Corbyn won a better Brexit deal next year and put it to a referendum. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours UK knew in 2016 of Trump’s ‘suspicious links’ to Russia, book claims TheGuardian
    No 10 did not ‘push matter’ to avoid offending US president, say commissioners of Steele dossierThe UK’s intelligence agencies were aware that Donald Trump may have been compromised by the Kremlin but Theresa May’s government – including then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson – chose not to pursue the matter for fear of offending the US president, a new book claims.According to Crime in Progress, to be published next week in the US and UK, MI6 was “already aware” in 2016 of “suspicious links” between Russia and the Trump campaign. The book is written by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, who co-founded ... more
  • 9 hours George Eliot translation of Spinoza sheds new light on her fiction TheGuardian
    Novelist’s work on the philosopher’s landmark Ethics helped develop her astute grasp of human emotionHaving languished in obscurity for more than a century, a new edition of George Eliot’s translation of Spinoza’s Ethics will be published next year, shedding new light on the creator of Middlemarch.The author, born Mary Ann Evans, completed her translation of this central text of western philosophy in 1856, before she had taken on her pen name and while she was living in Berlin with George Lewes. If a publisher had taken it up, it would have been the first translation of the Ethics into English. ... more
  • 9 hours Prince Andrew’s fall from grace brings uncertain times for the monarchy TheGuardian
    After a difficult year, the last thing Britain’s royal family needed was the Duke of York’s self-inflicted crisis The unprecedented banishment of Prince Andrew to the outer reaches of the royal firm, without a useful future role or official engagements, free – presumably – to spend more time with his golf clubs, comes at a critical time for the family.After the calamities of the 1990s and the patient rebuilding of reputation that followed, all seemed set fair only 18 months ago. The Queen was still soldiering stoically on into her 90s, working on her red boxes of official papers every ... more
  • 9 hours Will corporation tax increases always lower wages and raise prices? TheGuardian
    John McDonnell argues it is wrong to say taxing companies inevitably costs workers Latest election news - live updatesThe shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, says it is not inevitable that when you increase corporation tax it lowers wages and increases prices. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Will corporation tax increases always lower wages and raise prices? TheGuardian -Biz
    John McDonnell argues it is wrong to say taxing companies inevitably costs workers Latest election news – live updatesThe shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, says it is not inevitable that when you increase corporation tax it lowers wages and increases prices. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours University decries professor’s ‘vile’ racism and sexism – but says it can’t fire him TheGaurdian – Edu
    IU Bloomington says its hand are tied: ‘We cannot fire Professor Rasmusen – the first amendment of the constitution forbids us’An economics professor at Indiana University Bloomington has published a number of extremely racist, homophobic and sexist tweets – and yet the university has put out a statement saying it cannot penalize or fire him for doing so.“Professor Eric Rasmusen has, for many years, used his private social media accounts to disseminate his racist, sexist, and homophobic views,” read the statement from the university’s provost, Lauren Robel. “We cannot, nor would we, fire Professor Rasmusen for his posts as a ... more
  • 9 hours Revealed: concerns over string of incidents at UK prison where baby died TheGuardian
    At least four prisoners at HMP Bronzefield have given birth in potentially unsafe circumstances since 2017Pregnant in prison: ‘I could feel the blood but didn’t put the light on to see’The death of a newborn baby girl in a cell at HMP Bronzefield in September came after a string of concerning incidents involving pregnant women at the prison in the past two years, the Guardian has learned.On at least four occasions in this period, women held at the privately run Surrey prison have given birth in distressing and potentially unsafe circumstances, including one woman who gave birth in her cell ... more
  • 10 hours Pregnant in prison: ‘I could feel the blood but didn’t put the light on to see’ TheGuardian
    Polly cried for help when she began bleeding heavily in her cell, but no one answeredHMP Bronzefield: baby death casts light on string of incidentsPolly was alone in her cell at night when she started bleeding heavily. Doubled over in pain, she rang her bell over and over again, but nobody answered her cries for help. She was four months’ pregnant and terrified she would lose her baby while locked in a cell.“I tried to sit it out in my cell, all night nearly,” she says. “I got no sleep at all, the pain was awful and I knew without ... more
  • 10 hours Legal & General defends holding Shell stock in climate fund TheGuardian -Biz
    Investor says it is seeing ‘positive signs’ from oil firm after PensionBee clients question inclusionLegal & General has defended its decision to retain Shell as one of the top stocks in its climate-conscious fund despite a pension client raising concerns about the oil corporation’s inclusion.PensionBee, an online pension provider that handles £650m worth of client assets, said it was being inundated with questions from its customers about the composition of one of Legal & General Investment Management’s Future World Funds, which counts Shell among its top 10 holdings. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Eni Aluko will leave Juventus early and return to Britain at end of month TheGuardian -Sport
    • Former England striker won three trophies with club• ‘My time in Juventus is complete and fulfilled’The former England striker Eni Aluko is to leave Juventus at the end of this month, six months earlier than planned. She will return to Britain to consider the next step in her career, having won Serie A, the Copa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana in her year and a half there, as well as finishing last season as the club’s top scorer.“It’s just a matter of feeling like my time in Juventus is complete and fulfilled,” said the 32-year-old. “On the pitch it’s ... more
  • 10 hours Nationwide profits hit by mortgage war and PPI mis-selling TheGuardian -Biz
    Building society prioritising IT investment over ‘short-term profits’, says chief executiveThe mortgage price war and a new charge for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) have helped wipe 40% off first-half profits at Britain’s biggest building society.Nationwide, which has almost 16 million members, said its statutory profits fell to £309m during the six months to 30 September – down from £516m last time. The society said it had decided to prioritise investment in technology and other areas over “short-term profit”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours ‘The attention economy is in hyperdrive’: how tech shaped the 2010s TheGuardian -Tech
    We thought tech would bring us closer together. Instead it has scrambled our minds, our politics and our relationships. Can we burst our filter bubbles?In 2010, I joined Twitter. This momentous development went unnoticed by the world’s press – but to be fair, it went almost unnoticed by me, too. Certainly, I had no particular trepidation about getting involved in social media. The internet still embodied more promise than threat: the iPad was just arriving; Uber and Airbnb were finding their feet; “gamification” was going to solve everything from obesity to voter apathy, by turning tedious chores into fun digital ... more
  • 10 hours Festival of fibs: Workington Man is crowned world’s biggest liar TheGuardian
    Phillip Gate, a data engineer (or so he says), takes trophy in contest from which politicians are barredIn a week when Conservatives set up a Labour manifesto website and the US president was alleged to have pushed a false theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, there has been strong competition for the most shameless porkie told in public life. But it was in Santon Bridge, western Cumbria, where the officially designated world’s biggest liar was crowned this week.Each November the best dissemblers on the planet gather in the isolated hamlet to tell the most elaborate fibs. The contest ... more
  • 10 hours Diego Maradona stays as Gimnasia manager following outcry by fans TheGuardian -Sport
    • Supporters protested after Maradona quit on Wednesday• Took job on condition Gabriel Pellegrino stayed as presidentJust two days after announcing his departure as manager of struggling Argentinian first division side Gimnasia y Esgrima, Diego Maradona has now decided to stay in the role.Maradona said in an Instagram post on Friday: “I am very happy to say that I am still the technical director of Gimnasia y Esgrima. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Farage dodges question about staying on as Brexit party leader – video TheGuardian
    Nigel Farage has asked voters to elect at least some Brexit party candidates to 'hold Boris Johnson to his word'. During the launch of a slimline election policy platform based on political changes, lower immigration levels and spending financed by a 'Brexit dividend', Farage said: 'Brexit, for us, is just the beginning, not the end, of a much-needed political revolution'Top target seats in the 2019 general election – interactive Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Rugby league has become competitive – but only in the southern hemisphere TheGuardian -Sport
    While the rise of Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea is brilliant, the wealthiest investors are in Europe and North AmericaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required“You all need to have a good look at what’s happened with the international game over the last five or six years,” said Wayne Bennett after the Lions lost to Papua New Guinea. “You’ve seen the emergence of Tonga. You’ve seen how much Papua New Guinea and Samoa have improved. So, while we’ve got to swallow a bitter pill as Great Britain, on the other side of the ledger I see the game getting ... more
  • 10 hours School uniform firm to sell only gender-neutral uniforms TheGaurdian – Edu
    Stevensons ‘responding to concerns’ and will remove all references to boys and girlsOne of the oldest and largest independent providers of school uniforms in the UK will no longer market them for boys or girls. Instead, its uniforms will be promoted as gender neutral, even removing packaging if the colour signifies a gender divide.Stevensons has been selling uniforms since 1925 and serves more than 500 independent and state schools nationwide, including Eton college, St Paul’s girls school, Westminster Cathedral choir school, the Duke of York’s royal military school and the Royal Ballet school. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Former Met police chief calls for focus on ‘very tattered’ justice system TheGuardian
    Decline of police, courts and prisons a matter of ‘serious national concern’, says Ian BlairA strategic review of the entire, underfunded and “very tattered” criminal justice system in England and Wales is needed, a former Metropolitan police commissioner has urged.In a strongly worded attack on almost a decade of uncoordinated, Conservative-led cuts, Lord Blair of Boughton warned there had been a “substantial degrading” of the system since his retirement in 2008. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Saracens turn to England World Cup stars to ignite Champions Cup defence TheGuardian -Sport
    • Elliot Daly will make his Saracens debut against Ospreys• Mako Vunipola, George Kruis and Jamie George also in the 23Saracens wiill parade three of England’s World Cup finalists, including debutant Elliot Daly, as they attempt to lift the gloom generated by the salary cap scandal by igniting their Champions Cup defence. Related: The Breakdown | France are getting serious again – but will they end a decade of decline? Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Plaid Cymru says Wales can be cradle of a global green revolution TheGuardian
    At manifesto launch, leader Adam Price compares vision to that of John F Kennedy during space raceThe Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price, struck a defiant note at the launch of his party’s manifesto, claiming that an independent Wales could become the cradle of a global green revolution.Price announced a range of ambitious policies including three power-generating tidal lagoons, a barrage and an offshore wind farm as well as new rail lines and metro networks. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Euro 2020 play-offs: Scotland draw Israel and Belfast could host all-Irish final TheGuardian -Sport
    • Scotland to play Israel at Hampden Park, but drawn away in final• Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland | Slovakia v RepublicScotland will host Israel in the Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs next March while Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill could enjoy a Windsor Park farewell in a winner-takes-all clash against the Republic.Those were the results of a draw conducted in Nyon on Friday morning as Uefa determined the pairings of the 16 teams in the hunt for the four remaining places at next summer’s finals. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours ‘There is a lot of noise over Gareth’: Zidane happy Bale’s back at Real Madrid TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manager backs Wales forward after criticism over flag• ‘There are a lot of comments outside but I’m not interested’Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale remains part of his plans, despite the fallout that followed him celebrating qualification for Euro 2020 behind a Wales flag that bore the slogan: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”The flag was inspired by remarks made by the former Madrid player and sporting director Pedja Mijatovic who said his impression is that Madrid lie at the bottom of Bale’s priorities. It was also designed as a pointed joke aimed a perceived ... more
  • 12 hours Eastbourne fire: aerial footage shows Claremont hotel engulfed in flames – video TheGuardian
    Firefighters have been battling a massive blaze that all but destroyed a beachfront hotel in Eastbourne. Officials said no one had been injured at the Claremont hotel and all guests and employees had been accounted for• Eastbourne hotel fire: serious blaze breaks out on seafront Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Detectorists jailed for stealing £12m Viking hoard of gold and silver TheGuardian
    Judge tells Layton Davies and George Powell they cheated UK public of seeing rare treasureTwo metal detectorists who unearthed an astonishing hoard of gold jewellery, silver ingots and coins buried more than 1,000 years ago by a Viking warrior in Herefordshire have received lengthy jail sentences for theft.George Powell, 38, of Newport, and Layton Davies, 51, of Pontypridd, should legally have declared the find, estimated to be worth as much as £12m, but instead they began showing it to dealers to try to sell some of it off. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote – business live TheGuardian
    Rolling news coverage of markets, economics and business as purchasing managers indices show economy in declineBritish economy: Services and composite PMIs lowest since Brexit vote Tesla unveils futuristic pickup truck – but windows smash European Central Bank head calls for ‘new European policy mix’ 1.15pm GMT It looks like the warmish words of Xi Jinping will give some trade cheer to Wall Street.Futures indicate that US stock markets are likely to rise gently at the opening bell. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average will rise by 0.15% each if it matches sales of the derivatives, while Nasdaq ... more
  • 12 hours UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    Rolling news coverage of markets, economics and business as purchasing managers indices show economy in declineBritish economy: Services and composite PMIs lowest since Brexit vote Tesla unveils futuristic pickup truck – but windows smash European Central Bank head calls for ‘new European policy mix’ 1.15pm GMT It looks like the warmish words of Xi Jinping will give some trade cheer to Wall Street.Futures indicate that US stock markets are likely to rise gently at the opening bell. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average will rise by 0.15% each if it matches sales of the derivatives, while Nasdaq ... more
  • 12 hours Eastbourne hotel fire: serious blaze breaks out on seafront TheGuardian
    Firefighters praise Claremont hotel staff and warn those nearby to keep windows shutA seafront hotel in Eastbourne has been evacuated after a serious fire broke out.The fire service was called at 8.52am on Friday morning to deal with the blaze at the Claremont hotel in the East Sussex town. Twelve fire engines arrived at the scene at 11.30am, along with officers and specialist appliances. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Petr Cech: ‘Frank Lampard sets the tone – he has done a remarkable job’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Petr Cech says that while nothing beats playing after ending his glittering career he is enjoying his new role at Stamford Bridge“That was part of the education,” Petr Cech says when asked about visiting Theresienstadt during his youth in the Czech Republic. “They try to use it every single day to educate the young generation. Last year I was doing this for Czech television and the guest who was with me was a lady who was a Holocaust survivor thanks to the Nicholas Winton trains. There were six trains coming from Czechoslovakia going to London. She was the last child ... more
  • 12 hours Luxury hoodies and unmissable bottoms: 10 looks that defined the decade TheGuardian
    From feminist Ts to Love Island bodies, this is how fashion looked in the 2010sWith Michelle Obama’s signature look – a sleeveless dress that made a feature of her worked-out arms – she reset the dial for alpha females. For a speech to launch her Let’s Move campaign, encouraging young people to be fit and healthy, she wore a chic sheath dress and a string of pearls (so far, so Camelot) but her bare arms grabbed the fashion headlines. Beneath the sniffy controversy over whether the look lacked gravitas was an establishment unease with this new kind of first lady, ... more
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