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  • 43 mins Australian Open day nine: Ash Barty v Petra Kvitová – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the quarter-final at Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 3.16am GMT First set tie-break: Barty 8-6 Kvitová The Czech goes long and Barty has set point on Kvitová’s serve... can she mini-break and secure the first set? Yes she can! Kvitová goes long again at the baseline and Barty has the opener in her back pocket! As expected though, this is an incredibly evenly-matched contest. 3.13am GMT First set tie-break: Barty 6-6 Kvitová Barty gets the mini-break but she can’t confirm it as Kvitová pulls level at 4-4. Barty then aces (her third of the ... more
  • 4 hours Sainsbury’s in £1bn investment to become carbon neutral by 2040 TheGuardian -Biz
    Retailer’s plans include cutting down on waste and a plastic bottle deposit schemeSainsbury’s has pledged to spend £1bn to become a carbon-neutral business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the government’s target for a net-zero economy.The supermarket chain said the 20-year programme would include cutting its carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging and water usage, while increasing recycling, promoting healthy and sustainable eating, and ensuring that its operations are net positive for biodiversity. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours UK must create 120,000 green energy jobs by 2030 to meet targets TheGuardian -Biz
    National Grid report says target needs to be met if projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions are to go aheadThe UK must recruit more than 100,000 people to fill green energy roles within a decade if the government hopes to meet its binding climate targets, National Grid has warned.A report by the company found that Britain needs to fill 120,000 roles in the green energy industry by 2030 to help develop projects that can cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero. That number is likely to reach 400,000 by 2050, when the government expects to have developed a clean energy ... more
  • 4 hours Sainsbury’s in £1bn investment to become carbon neutral by 2040 TheGuardian
    Retailer’s plans include cutting down on waste and a plastic bottle deposit schemeSainsbury’s has pledged to spend £1bn to become a carbon-neutral business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the government’s target for a net-zero economy.The supermarket chain said the 20-year programme would include cutting its carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging and water usage, while increasing recycling, promoting healthy and sustainable eating, and ensuring that its operations are net positive for biodiversity. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours One in 20 teachers have ‘mental health problem lasting more than a year’ TheGuardian
    Report finds panic attacks and anxiety issues contributing to teachers leaving the profession The government is being urged to monitor teachers’ wellbeing after research revealed that one in 20 are reporting mental health problems which last more than a year.The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is the first to examine the mental health and wellbeing of teachers in England over three decades, based on data from more than 20,000 staff. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Short-staffed NHS failing on bowel cancer detection in England TheGuardian
    Lack of specialists means patients miss out on early diagnoses, charity saysThe NHS is failing to detect about 1,100 cases of bowel cancer a year in England because diagnostic services are so short-staffed, according to analysis by Cancer Research UK.The charity has said people’s health may suffer if the disease has progressed to a later stage as a result of going undiagnosed. It said pledges to diagnose more cancers earlier might not be delivered. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Third of UK doctors report burnout and compassion fatigue TheGuardian
    BMA says medics’ wellbeing is suffering as a result of strain on NHSAlmost a third of UK doctors may be suffering from burnout, stress and “compassion fatigue”, according to a survey that has raised concern about excessive workloads in the NHS.A&E doctors and GPs are the most likely to feel burnt out. They have the highest levels of exhaustion and stress, the survey, published in the BMJ Open journal, found. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours Eddie Nketiah seals Arsenal’s FA Cup progress at expense of Bournemouth TheGuardian -Sport
    If this is what Mikel Arteta’s vision for Arsenal looks like, then the future is in very safe hands. First-half goals from the youth team products Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah secured a first away victory for their manager since he succeeded Unai Emery and set up another trip to the south coast to play Portsmouth in the fifth round. Related: FA Cup fifth-round draw: Chelsea to face either Liverpool or Shrewsbury Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida TheGuardian
    Death of man, 39, initially attributed to hangingUK Foreign Office said to be in touch with man’s wifeA British man has died while being held in US immigration detention in Florida, the Guardian has confirmed.The death was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which said the man was 39 years old and that the cause was initially attributed to asphyxiation due to hanging. The incident was reported to have occurred on Saturday last week. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours Violence at Old Bailey as killers of Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck jailed TheGuardian
    Police and prison staff attacked as five gang members sentenced for murder of 19-year-oldViolence broke out in the dock and the public gallery as five gang members were jailed for life over the murder of a 19-year-old man in north London last year.Police officers and prison staff at the Old Bailey were attacked as the five defendants were sentenced on Monday for murdering Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck in Wood Green in February 2019. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Jürgen Klopp’s approach to replays waters down delights of the FA Cup | Paul MacInnes TheGuardian -Sport
    While Premier League clubs increasingly see the Cup as an irrelevance, it can still be a season-saver for the restJürgen Klopp’s halo slipped a bit on Sunday night. Having watched a reserve Liverpool side get overrun by Shrewsbury and throw away a two-goal lead into the bargain, Klopp used his post-match remarks to threaten another scratch team as he zoned in on a recurring topic – fixture congestion. The replay with Shrewsbury, he said, ran contrary to the spirit of the Premier League’s new winter break. Related: It is time to scrap the League Cup – and give the FA ... more
  • 6 hours England preparing Six Nations baptism of fire for France, says Eddie Jones TheGuardian -Sport
    • Coach says his side will identify and ruthlessly target weak links• ‘Test matches require experience, France have gone with youth’A youthful French side have been warned to brace themselves for a crash course in Test-match reality on Sunday when England head to Paris for the opening round of the 2020 Six Nations Championship. Eddie Jones is clearly tiring of reading about the hosts’ fresh-faced potential and says England will ruthlessly target anyone who is not up to it. Related: Gregor Townsend says ‘door is open’ for Finn Russell to return to Scotland fold Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours College football coach suspended after naming Hitler as dream dinner guest TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘Bad intentions but you can’t deny he wasn’t a great leader’Grand Valley State University launches investigationGrand Valley State University has suspended one of its football coaches after he named Adolf Hitler as a dream dinner guest.Morris Berger, who is the team’s offensive coordinator, was interviewed by the Grand Valley Lanthorn newspaper earlier this month. Berger studied history at university and the paper asked him which three historical figures he would have dinner with. He named John F Kennedy and Christopher Columbus after expanding on his reasons for naming Hitler. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Highways England’s smart motorways policy killed drivers, says ex-minister TheGuardian -Biz
    Report says recordings of 999 calls by stranded drivers on live lanes were ‘harrowing’The ex-minister who signed off Britain’s smart motorways has called for the rollout of the scheme to be halted immediately, and accused Highways England of killing motorists by “casually ignoring commitments” on safety systems.Mike Penning, who was roads minister in 2010, spoke out as he and fellow MPs published a damning report on the motorways, which allow motorists to drive on the hard shoulder to increase capacity. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Highways England’s smart motorways policy killed drivers, says ex-minister TheGuardian
    Report says recordings of 999 calls by stranded drivers on live lanes were ‘harrowing’The ex-minister who signed off Britain’s smart motorways has called for the rollout of the scheme to be halted immediately, and accused Highways England of killing motorists by “casually ignoring commitments” on safety systems.Mike Penning, who was roads minister in 2010, spoke out as he and fellow MPs published a damning report on the motorways, which allow motorists to drive on the hard shoulder to increase capacity. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Aston Villa set to play £8.5m signing Mbwana Samatta against Leicester TheGuardian -Sport
    • Rodgers could risk Vardy for Carabao Cup semi-final second leg• Scores at 1-1 after first leg at King Power StadiumLeicester City’s ambition for this season is to qualify for the Champions League while Aston Villa’s main aim is to stave off relegation from the Premier League, but on Tuesday both clubs will have only one thing on their minds: reaching the Carabao Cup final.With their semi-final perfectly balanced after the 1-1 draw in the first leg, the importance of the second leg at Villa Park can be gauged by the fact Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Vardy could play despite ... more
  • 8 hours Ministers snub proposals to fund public-interest reporting TheGuardian
    Lady Morgan says government cash would damage press freedomMinisters have rejected proposals that state funding should be used to support public-interest journalism in the UK, saying that intervention by the government would damage a free press.Last year’s official review into the future of public interest journalism by Dame Frances Cairncross, which painted a dire picture of the financial state of British journalism, suggested it would be necessary for the state to support reporting considered essential to a functioning democracy. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Faf du Plessis could face ICC charge after clash with Buttler and Broad TheGuardian -Sport
    • South Africa captain made contact with England keeper• ‘There was no malicious intent. He didn’t do anything wrong’Faf du Plessis has said there was no malicious intent when he shoulder-barged England’s Jos Buttler during an incident on the fourth and final day of the fourth Test that looks likely to land the South Africa captain with an International Cricket Council disciplinary charge. Related: Mark Wood takes four as England thrash South Africa and claim 3-1 series win Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Mourn Kobe Bryant or don’t: but mourn the whole, flawed man TheGuardian -Sport
    The NBA superstar was, by all accounts, a good father and a family man. But we must not erase the allegations of sexual assault leveled against himMourn him because he was transcendent on the court. Mourn him because he was so young when he was killed on Sunday, just 41, embarking on a post-basketball career poised to be as unexpected as it was impressive. Related: Kobe Bryant obituary Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Britons in Wuhan will be offered help to leave, Hancock tells MPs TheGuardian
    Health secretary says those who return will be asked to self-isolate as a precautionUp to 200 British citizens trapped in Wuhan will be offered repatriation to the UK, Matt Hancock has said, as cases of coronavirus continued to mount in the Chinese city. The health secretary told the House of Commons that the government was “rapidly advancing” plans to help citizens leave, and he urged any Britons in Hubei province to contact the Foreign Office. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Huawei should get a limited 5G role – the US trade deal can wait | Nils Pratley TheGuardian -Biz
    A security issue should see Boris Johnson back his security advisers, even if it makes Trump furiousShould Chinese firm Huawei’s kit be banned from the UK’s 5G network? As with HS2, Boris Johnson is guaranteed to end up infuriating one side of the argument. The stakes, though, are substantially higher here, whatever the prime minister says about his hopes for compromise. One route could lead to trade conflict with the US. The other could pile costs on to the UK’s 5G network, with a knock-on impact on UK competitiveness. Related: Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of 'doing a runner' on ... more
  • 9 hours FA Cup fifth-round draw – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates and reaction as the last 16 ties are pulled outKlopp to field Liverpool youngsters in Shrewsbury replayAny thoughts? Email Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 7.22pm GMT Next up, Reading/Cardiff v Sheffield United. Not hanging around, those Sheffield sides. 7.22pm GMT The first pairing is Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City! One for the TV cameras, that one. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Gregor Townsend says ‘door is open’ for Finn Russell to return to Scotland fold TheGuardian -Sport
    • Head coach says fly-half must prove he is ‘a team player’• Racing 92 player could rejoin during Six NationsScotland’s head coach, Gregor Townsend, says the door is not closed on Finn Russell returning to the squad during the Six Nations but warned the fly-half must show he is a team player. The 27-year-old was disciplined for a breach of team protocol following an incident at the team hotel on 19 January when he was involved in a late-night drinking session. Related: Scotland seeking launchpad with landmark win against Ireland | Bryn Palmer Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Bournemouth v Arsenal: FA Cup fourth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offFA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekendAny thoughts? Email Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 7.17pm GMT The fifth-round draw is about to happen. Follow it live with me here: Related: FA Cup fifth-round draw – live! 7.17pm GMT This just in from Bournemouth’s changing room. Brooklyn Genesini is on the bench, and in line to make his first senior appearance today. He’s an 18-year-old full-back. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours ‘Never forget’: survivors of Holocaust mark 75th Auschwitz anniversary TheGuardian
    Memorial event in Westminster one of thousands held across the United KingdomSurvivors of the Holocaust in the UK and a second world war veteran have warned that the lessons of the atrocities that took place are being forgotten, as they marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp.The national commemorative event in Westminster on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) was attended by more than a dozen Holocaust and genocide survivors, as well as Boris Johnson, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and high profile political and religious figures. It was one of 10,000 events taking place ... more
  • 9 hours Prince Andrew giving ‘zero’ cooperation to Epstein inquiry, say US prosecutors TheGuardian
    US attorney for southern district of New York says so far Andrew has not responded to a request for an interviewPrince Andrew has provided “zero” cooperation with the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry, US prosecutors said on Monday, despite earlier promises to help investigations in any way possible.Speaking outside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, Geoffrey Berman, US attorney for the southern district of New York, said the agencies had contacted Andrew regarding an interview, but that he had not yet agreed to provide one. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Animal behaviour: Learn to master the subtle art of communication TheGaurdian – Edu
    Degrees in this emerging field offer fascinating research opportunities and career optionsIf your pets could speak, what would they tell you? Experts at the animal-computer interaction lab at the Open University (OU) are close to finding out. There, animal behaviour specialists work with designers to create the kind of technology that helps animals communicate and work alongside humans more naturally – to raise the alarm if an owner falls ill, put a wash on, or switch out the lights for an owner who has a disability.“If you give animals more of a voice, they can make themselves better understood. It’s ... more
  • 9 hours Climate emergency: why education and activism go hand in hand TheGaurdian – Edu
    For students and universities, tackling the climate crisis is a shared responsibility“I turned down a six-figure training contract to focus on climate issues,” says law graduate Harry Holmes, 21, a King’s College London master’s student in environment, politics and globalisation. Worried that many years of studying environmental law or a PhD would take him well into what he calls “the climate decade”, he opted for a one-year course that allows him to continue his environmental activism while broadening his understanding of climate breakdown. He volunteers for UK Youth Climate Coalition, engaging 18-29 year olds in national and community campaigns and ... more
  • 9 hours ‘Volunteering is one of the most important things you can do’: how one student is tackling the environmental crisis TheGaurdian – Edu
    Emily Stevenson, an MSc student at Exeter, co-founded Beach Guardian CIC in 2017 I’ve been incredibly lucky to grow up in Cornwall so I feel a strong duty of care towards the ocean. As a child, I started making art out of the plastic I found on beaches and set up my first website when I was 11 to raise awareness and funds for the Marine Conservation Society. While studying marine biology at Plymouth University as an undergraduate, I realised how dire the situation really was and how much needs to be done.In 2017, during my third year, I co-founded ... more
  • 9 hours Can universities decolonise the curriculum? TheGaurdian – Edu
    Cultural bias and a lack of plurality of voices may account for low numbers of BAME postgraduates in subjects such as history and philosophyCan you name a philosopher? If Plato or Aristotle come to mind, but Franz Fanon or Gayatri Spivak do not, you may have a case of Eurocentrism – an understanding of the world that centres the west, at the expense of other cultures. But it’s not a value judgement on those non-European minds, say those who are increasingly alarmed at a lack of diversity among humanities postgraduates.“It’s a blind spot,” says Shyane Siriwardena, who lectures in philosophy ... more
  • 9 hours ‘The sky’s the limit for this team,’ says Joe Root after series victory TheGuardian -Sport
    • Root looking forward to Ashes in Australia next year• Ben Stokes excited about Wood and Archer bowling togetherJoe Root believes England now have a template of how to win the Ashes in Australia next year following their comprehensive 3-1 series victory in South Africa.England sealed only their second away series success in four years with a 191-run win in the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg. Mark Wood, a fast bowler whose career-best match haul of nine for 100 suggests he is entering a new phase of a career that has previously been ravaged by injuries, was the man ... more
  • 9 hours Grenfell Tower inquiry: what we learned as second phase begins TheGuardian
    Key revelations from the public hearing as the focus moves on to the combustible claddingGrenfell cladding maker ‘knew it fell below safety standard’Almost none of the corporate entities involved as client, consultant or contractor in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment are accepting much blame for the disaster and have ignored pleas from the inquiry not to engage in “a merry-go-round of buck-passing”, said the lead counsel to the inquiry, Richard Millett QC. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Barnier refutes Johnson’s claims over Irish Sea trade checks TheGuardian -Biz
    EU’s chief negotiator says UK agreed to checks as part of withdrawal agreementThe EU has rejected Boris Johnson’s claims that there will be no checks on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after Brexit, with Michel Barnier warning such checks are not dispensable.Days after the prime minister said there would “emphatically” be no checks on trade across the Irish Sea, the EU’s chief negotiator told an audience in Belfast that the UK had agreed to them as part of a “creative and flexible” solution to the Irish border question. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Barnier refutes Johnson’s claims over Irish Sea trade checks TheGuardian
    EU’s chief negotiator says UK agreed to checks as part of withdrawal agreementThe EU has rejected Boris Johnson’s claims that there will be no checks on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland after Brexit, with Michel Barnier warning such checks are not dispensable.Days after the prime minister said there would “emphatically” be no checks on trade across the Irish Sea, the EU’s chief negotiator told an audience in Belfast that the UK had agreed to them as part of a “creative and flexible” solution to the Irish border question. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Boarding schools with Chinese pupils urged to be alert for xenophobia TheGaurdian – Edu
    Association calls on members to support pupils amid fears of coronavirus outbreakBoarding schools in the UK which educate thousands of children from China have been urged to be alert to “signs of xenophobia” as global concerns about the coronavirus grow.The Boarding Schools’ Association, which represents 550 independent and state boarding schools, urged its members to support pupils from affected areas who may be worried about friends and families. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours Food bank essentials, esoteric donations and cash advantages | Letters TheGuardian
    Gale Carruthers says you have to think about the most likely recipients when packing a box, Jeff Skinner adds that although people may enjoy a jar of olives, a bag of pasta is more useful, and Molly Lee on why cash donations are beneficialBack from packing parcels at my local Trussell Trust warehouse, I saw Zoe Williams’ piece (The poor deserve more than rations, G2, 23 January).Here in Norwich we pack boxes with three-day “rations” for a single person, a couple or a family, and volunteer drivers take them to distribution centres around the city, where our clientele collect them. ... more
  • 10 hours Jettisoning Jos Buttler from England’s Test side would be hasty and foolish | Jonathan Liew TheGuardian -Sport
    England’s golden sapling has been underperforming in South Africa but it would be silly to apply normal rules to one of the sport’s most thrilling talentsSpoiler alert: it’s Joe Denly next. And then Zak Crawley. Then, it’ll be time for Ben Stokes to be taken down a peg. Then probably Dom Sibley. Then, sometime next summer, Rory Burns or Jofra Archer. Then Denly again. Welcome to the England Test team in 2020, a toxic chalice of confected jeopardy in which somebody must always be in crisis. Somebody – anybody – must always be hovering just above the trapdoor.Right now, it’s ... more
  • 10 hours The harsh reality of nursing in the NHS | Letter TheGuardian
    A student nurse currently on a placement says she loves the NHS, but experiencing how strained it really is before she starts practising as a qualified nurse is dishearteningAnd another patient through the doors; they’ve had a fall and can’t stand up. Then, a patient with a head injury who’s on blood thinners. Abdominal pain, raised temperature and confusion. The paramedic crew thinks sepsis, straight through to resus. Another fall. Loss of consciousness. Chest pain. They keep coming, an endless trail of trollies into the cliche of the overcrowded winter A&E department where I am on a student placement. Patients ... more
  • 10 hours The World Bank Group is committed to climate action and reducing poverty | Letter TheGuardian
    Jeremy Hillman responds to a report which said that David Malpass’s Davos snub has dashed hopes of a climate consensusIs the Guardian really arguing that leaders who don’t jet into Davos aren’t committed to poverty reduction and climate action (World Bank chief’s Davos snub dashes hopes of climate consensus, 23 January)?The World Bank Group (WBG) is taking concerted action to tackle global poverty and boost shared prosperity by delivering concrete results for the world’s poorest and most marginalised people, including broad-based and sustainable growth, jobs, debt transparency, rule of law, good governance, human capital and green financing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours ‘A sad day’: Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao marred by alleged racist chants TheGuardian -Sport
    After Saturday’s incident involving Iñaki Williams, there is still a lingering sense that racism is not being taken seriously enoughIñaki Williams had just begun the long walk to the bench when he heard something. There were 20 minutes left and Athletic Bilbao were drawing 1-1 at Espanyol, but that didn’t matter much any more. He was heading towards where Iker Muniain was about to take corner, yet his mind was elsewhere now. Barely a metre from Muniain as he ran up and bent the ball into the box, the pair crossing paths, his attention was drawn to the stands instead. ... more
  • 10 hours ‘Shell-shocked’ bookmakers face big fines for underage betting at Royal Ascot TheGuardian -Sport
    • Seven on-course bookies allowed 16-year-old to place £5 bet • ‘It’s scary. You’d think there’d be a procedure in place’Racecourse bookmakers say they are “shell-shocked” at a decision by the Gambling Commission to ramp up punishments meted out for failing to prevent underage betting. Seven bookmakers have been told they must pay what amounts to 2.5% of their gross profit for an entire year after being caught by enforcement action at Royal Ascot last summer, when each of them allowed a 16-year-old – the permitted age is 18 – to place a £5 bet.The bookmakers affected have until the ... more
  • 10 hours Sexism and gender divide ingrained in UK theatre, study claims TheGuardian
    Researchers say gender gap has grown in some areas and accuse Arts Council of ignoring itBritish theatre has an institutional problem with sexism and gender inequality, according to the authors of a study who say Arts Council England (ACE) is ignoring the issue and failing to help redress the balance.The research – conducted by the playwright Jennifer Tuckett and the Sphinx Theatre Company – paints a bleak picture of British theatre, with a bigger gender gap in certain areas compared with eight years ago, when the Guardian conducted an in-depth study of the issue. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours ‘Devastating’: America mourns Kobe Bryant after death in helicopter crash TheGuardian -Sport
    Trump and Obama send condolences to Bryant familyDaughter Gianna, 13, among nine people killed in CaliforniaAmerica remains in shock over the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on Sunday.It emerged on Monday that the helicopter received special clearance to fly in foggy conditions that had grounded police air operations. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Did you solve it? Toot toot for world palindrome day! TheGaurdian – Edu
    The answer to today’s puzzleEarlier today I set you the following puzzle:What is the highest value of UK coins you can have in your pocket without being able to exchange them exactly for a £10 note? Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Philip Hammond joins British bank OakNorth as adviser TheGuardian -Biz
    Job with fintech startup is former chancellor’s second since stepping down as MPThe former chancellor Philip Hammond has taken his second job since quitting frontline politics last year, joining the British business bank OakNorth as an adviser.OakNorth lends to small businesses and operates a technology platform that helps lenders make decisions, which it has licensed to banks worldwide. It is backed by investors including the Japanese SoftBank Vision Fund, which in turn is backed by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund. At the time of its last fundraising, London-based Oaknorth was valued at $2.8bn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Philip Hammond joins British bank OakNorth as adviser TheGuardian
    Job with fintech startup is former chancellor’s second since stepping down as MPThe former chancellor Philip Hammond has taken his second job since quitting frontline politics last year, joining the British business bank OakNorth as an adviser.OakNorth lends to small businesses and operates a technology platform that helps lenders make decisions, which it has licensed to banks worldwide. It is backed by investors including the Japanese SoftBank Vision Fund, which in turn is backed by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund. At the time of its last fundraising, London-based Oaknorth was valued at $2.8bn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours How to make multinationals pay their share, and cut tax havens out of the picture | Nicholas Shaxson TheGuardian -Biz
    The OECD’s latest proposals would change little in a rigged system. Britain should back a new global schemeThe international tax system was recently shaken by two new tremors. Ángel Gurría, the secretary-general of the OECD, the club of rich nations that oversees these global rules, told Britain to “hold fire” on its plan to tax big tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple at 2% of UK revenues. The US responded by threatening to hike tariffs on UK car exports, but Britain’s chancellor, Sajid Javid, insists the tax will still go ahead from April. France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, also ... more
  • 11 hours Boris Johnson hints at compromise over Huawei and 5G TheGuardian -Biz
    PM says solution will allow technological progress but not jeopardise US relationshipBoris Johnson has suggested he will arrive at a compromise solution over the decision on whether to let the Chinese company Huawei build parts of the UK’s 5G network in the face of US warnings that it would compromise intelligence-sharing.During a university visit, the prime minister hinted that he would give Huawei some role in building the high-speed networks, but he faces considerable scepticism from Conservative backbenchers who used a parliamentary debate to raise concerns. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Johnson: Huawei compromise would be ‘strategic win for the UK’ – video TheGuardian -Tech
    Boris Johnson has hinted he will arrive at a solution over whether to let the Chinese company build parts of the UK’s 5G network. The US has warned that it will compromise intelligence-sharing. The prime minister is expected to come down in favour of allowing Huawei to build 'non-core' parts of the network, which is the advice of Britain’s security advisersBoris Johnson hints at compromise over Huawei and 5G Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Johnson: Huawei compromise would be ‘strategic win for the UK’ – video TheGuardian
    Boris Johnson has hinted he will arrive at a solution over whether to let the Chinese company build parts of the UK’s 5G network. The US has warned that it will compromise intelligence-sharing. The prime minister is expected to come down in favour of allowing Huawei to build 'non-core' parts of the network, which is the advice of Britain’s security advisersBoris Johnson hints at compromise over Huawei and 5G Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Labour defeat due to gimmicks and division, say members TheGuardian
    Review led by Ed Miliband tasked with suggesting ways the party might find a path to powerGimmicky policies, horrible inefficiency and factional promotions are among the catalogue of errors behind Labour’s dismal performance at the general election, according to party members.The damning comments on Labour’s campaign forms part of an early release of views gathered by a team headed by the former party leader Ed Miliband consisting of MPs, union leaders and party members. They have tasked themselves with analysing Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign and suggest ways the party might find a future path back to power. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Stan Wawrinka battles past Medvedev to set up quarter-final with Zverev TheGuardian -Sport
    • Wawrinka ousts No 4 in five sets to reach last eight• Zverev beats Andrey Rublev in three setsFormer champion Stan Wawrinka emerged from a mid-match loss of confidence to battle past the Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory yesterday.Medvedev, 23, arrived in Melbourne after a 2019 season featuring four titles and a Tour-leading 59 match wins and came into Monday’s contest against Wawrinka having won both career meetings at grand slams in four sets, including at last year’s US Open. But the Russian failed to ... more
  • 11 hours Gary Lineker says BBC should make licence fee voluntary TheGuardian
    Highest-paid BBC presenter would raise cost for those who payLineker upset by Brexit but will not ‘keep going on about it’Read Donald McRae’s full interview with Gary LinekerThe BBC licence fee should become a voluntary charge, the Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker says, in comments that are likely to cause dismay at the national broadcaster as it faces a battle with the government over its future.Lineker, the highest-paid BBC star with earnings from the corporation of £1.75m in 2018-19, told the Guardian the licence fee was the broadcaster’s “fundamental problem” and in need of reform. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Gary Lineker: ‘Put my 1990 team against a modern team and we’d get murdered’ TheGuardian -Sport
    BBC presenter and former striker on how VAR must change, his views on Klopp and Guardiola, Brexit ‘lies’ and why the licence fee should be voluntaryGary Lineker is surprisingly cheerful in his kitchen. He has even made us chicken soup for lunch which, on a midwinter afternoon, is as tasty as it is comforting. The world outside might be reeling but here, in the affluent enclave of Barnes, it is easier to feel sanguine. As the BBC’s highest-paid presenter, Lineker is seemingly insulated from the world’s miseries and woes. Yet he is also one of the most politically outspoken and ... more
  • 11 hours ‘Systemic failure’ led to misdiagnosis of woman with cervical cancer TheGuardian
    Kevin O’Connor raises concern about NHS trust’s ability to learn from wife’s deathThe husband of a nurse who died from cervical cancer after she was wrongly told that a smear test and biopsy were normal has expressed concern at her inquest that there could be many other “victims”.Julie O’Connor, 49, from Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, repeatedly went to see her GP over a 14-month period, complaining of gynaecological problems, and was referred three times to Southmead hospital in Bristol for further tests. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Kobe Bryant obituary TheGuardian -Sport
    Basketball superstar who achieved global fame with two Olympic gold medals and five NBA titles during 20 years at the LA LakersKobe Bryant, who has died aged 41 in a helicopter crash, was a basketball phenomenon – a transcendent, if enigmatic, superstar whose rare talent bridged the gap between Michael Jordan and LeBron James in America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) and in the global sport basketball has become. Bryant had retired only three years before his death, after a 20-year career in the NBA, all of it with the league’s most glamorous team, the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he ... more
  • 12 hours What has the EU been up to in the run-up to Brexit? | Q&A TheGuardian
    Brussels firms up position and bloc’s unity before tough talks on future relationship with UK While the UK parliament has passed the EU withdrawal agreement and argued over whether Big Ben bongs at the moment of Brexit, the European Union has been sharpening its position for the next phase of talks.Over this month, more than 200 EU diplomats have taken part in 11 seminars totalling more than 35 hours. Led by the team of the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, the seminars, which conclude on Wednesday with a meeting of EU ambassadors, are intended to keep the bloc together, before difficult ... more
  • 12 hours FA Cup review, the Moyes Effect and a big result in Scotland – Football Weekly TheGuardian -Sport
    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Faye Carruthers and Philippe Auclair look at the fourth round, Jürgen Klopp wanting a holiday, Newcastle’s proposed takeover, the Women’s FA Cup and Barcelona losing at ValenciaJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We start with the biggest surprise of the FA Cup fourth round, as League One Shrewsbury Town come back from two goals down to secure a replay against Liverpool. We discuss whether Jürgen Klopp is right to state that he and the rest of the first team will not be present for the replay, as the match falls within the Premier League’s newly-introduced ... more
  • 12 hours Boris Johnson hints at compromise over Huawei and 5G TheGuardian
    PM says solution will allow technological progress but not jeopardise US relationshipBoris Johnson has hinted he will arrive at a compromise solution over the decision on whether to let the Chinese company Huawei build parts of the UK’s 5G network in the face of US warnings that it will compromise intelligence-sharing.The prime minister insisted he would do nothing to jeopardise the relationship between the US and UK when it came to cooperation on security. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Huawei decision weighs technological benefits against political risks TheGuardian -Biz
    US has been lobbying hard against Chinese firm but has yet to give UK a good enough reason to change stanceBoris Johnson is expected to meet members of the national security council on Tuesday to decide whether the Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei should be allowed to supply equipment for the UK’s 5G mobile phone networks. Intelligence services and armed forces chiefs will be on hand to give advice, but the final decision will be taken by a core group of politicians including Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, Priti Patel, the home secretary, and the defence secretary, Ben Wallace. Continue ... more
  • 12 hours Huawei decision weighs technological benefits against political risks TheGuardian
    US has been lobbying hard against Chinese firm but has yet to give UK a good enough reason to change stanceBoris Johnson is expected to meet members of the national security council on Tuesday to decide whether the Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei should be allowed to supply equipment for the UK’s 5G mobile phone networks. Intelligence services and armed forces chiefs will be on hand to give advice, but the final decision will be taken by a core group of politicians including Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, Priti Patel, the home secretary, and the defence secretary, Ben Wallace. Continue ... more
  • 12 hours The Fiver | A philosophical question we’re clearly not clever enough to answer TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Jürgen Klopp’s decision to play a team of Liverpool whelps in the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury has gone down entirely as you’d expect, reader. Angry folk on various social media disgraces have had a pretty unified message for the German, telling him that if he won’t respect football’s oldest cup competition, he should just “[eff] off”. And Klopp intends to do just that on 4 February, joining his Liverpool players in catching up on the important things in life, such as doing a big shop, walking the dog ... more
  • 12 hours ‘Laughing stock’: letter from clergy attacks C of E’s guidance on sex TheGuardian
    Almost 3,000 signatories criticise decree that sex is only for married heterosexualsAlmost 3,000 people, including nearly 800 members of the clergy, have signed an open letter to the archbishops of Canterbury and York, saying guidance issued by bishops last week saying sex is only for married heterosexuals has made the Church of England a “laughing stock”.The signatories express “anger and disappointment” at the bishops’ “pastoral statement”, which says a same sex or opposite sex civil partnership should be celibate. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and their shared love of basketball – video report TheGuardian -Sport
    Gianna Bryant had dreamed of playing basketball professionally like her father, Kobe Bryant, but on 26 January, both she and her father were killed, along with seven others, when the helicopter they were travelling on crashed in California.Over the past few months the father and daughter were often spotted courtside watching NBA games and Bryant often talked about Gianna’s passion for the sportLA Lakers fans gather to pay tribute Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours West Ham close on Slavia Prague’s €20m-rated midfielder Tomas Soucek TheGuardian -Sport
    Club inquire about taking Spurs’ Kyle Walker-Peters on loanCzech international Soucek has scored 10 goals this seasonWest Ham are closing in on the signing of Tomas Soucek after having a bid accepted for the Slavia Prague midfielder and they also hope to land the Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker-Peters on loan.David Moyes knows West Ham’s Premier League status could depend on how many players arrive before the transfer window shuts on Friday and the Scot wants to sign a right-back, a central midfielder and a forward. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Mark Wood takes four as England thrash South Africa and claim 3-1 series win TheGuardian -Sport
    • Fourth Test day four: England 400 & 248; South Africa 183 & 274• England win by 191 runs as hosts collapse at the WanderersEngland ended their triumphant Test tour of South Africa on a rousing high, wrapping up a 191-run win at the Wanderers to clinch the series 3-1.Joe Root’s team backed the hosts into a corner over the first three days – 465 runs behind and with six entire sessions in front of them – then finished the job by dismissing them for 274. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Newcastle takeover ‘sportswashing, plain and simple’, says Amnesty TheGuardian -Sport
    Saudi consortium has bid £340m for Premier League clubCountry’s human rights record ‘abysmal’ says Felix Jakens A Saudi takeover of Newcastle United would be “sportswashing, plain and simple”, according to human rights body Amnesty International.The Premier League club are in talks with a consortium which features the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund, controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Calls for full access to EU markets without alignment ‘absurd’, says MEP TheGuardian
    Pascal Canfin says UK’s zero tariff demands will be rejected, amid conflicting messagesLatest politics news – live updatesAny attempt by the British government to seek full access to European markets without alignment was “absurd” and would be voted down, one of Emmanuel Macron’s top allies in the European parliament has said.Pascal Canfin, a French MEP who chairs the European parliament’s environment committee, said it would be economically and politically absurd to allow the UK tariff and quota-free access to markets without ensuring it signed up to core EU standards on nature protection, the climate emergency, workers’ rights and state aid. ... more
  • 13 hours Nick Kyrgios goes for broke in tennis punch-up but ends on the floor | Kevin Mitchell TheGuardian -Sport
    Recent meetings with Nadal have been laced with acrimony but here the Australian was on his best behaviour in defeatNick Kyrgios invariably plays his best tennis when he generates his own drama rather than when someone else writes the script – like an army of moralists poring over his every twitch. He is dangerous when his muscles are warm and loose, and his head clear. He feeds off good vibes and suffers when railing against demons, real and perceived.What mixed baggage, then, he took on to Rod Laver Arena on Monday night against Rafael Nadal, whom he respects but does ... more
  • 13 hours Bystanders and glass case foiled plot to steal Magna Carta, court told TheGuardian
    Jury hears Mark Royden, 47, set off fire alarm to cause confusion at Salisbury CathedralA 47-year-old man carefully plotted to steal Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral but was foiled by a combination of tight security measures and the brave actions of staff and visitors, a court was told.Mark Royden allegedly scouted out the position of CCTV cameras and the layout of the cathedral in Wiltshire before trying to smash through reinforced glass with a hammer to get to the historic document. Continue reading... ... more
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