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  • 2 hours Joe Bryan seizes the moment to grab glory and crush Brentford spirit | Jonathan Liew TheGuardian -Sport
    The pragmatism of Scott Parker’s Fulham triumphed over the doomed idealism of Thomas Frank’s Brentford in a game that failed to live up to the billingAnd so, ultimately, it all came down to this. A full year of toil; 120 minutes of grim application, in many cases a lifetime of longing. A free-kick in a seemingly innocuous position on the left wing. A defence maintaining an audaciously high line, a goalkeeper anxiously patrolling the space behind it and a left-back who spied an irresistible opportunity to write himself into folklore.That, ultimately, was all it took to send Fulham back to ... more
  • 2 hours Talking Horses: 40% drop in Levy reserves as racing counts Covid cost TheGuardian -Sport
    Prize money levels have been shored up for 2020 but racing urgently needs the return of crowds, says Levy Board officialThe reserve fund available to tide horse racing through difficult times will be 40% lower at the end of the year than at the outset of the Covid-19 crisis, underlining the sport’s pressing need for the return of crowds. Reserves held at the Levy Board are expected to be around £30m by the end of December, having been around £50m back in March, according to the Board’s chief executive, Alan Delmonte. Related: Talking Horses: ITV's new three-year deal plus tips ... more
  • 2 hours Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy crash out of world championship on day of shocks TheGuardian -Sport
    No4 seed Allen beaten by world No89 Jamie ClarkeMurphy loses 10-4 to Thailand’s Noppon SaengkhamMark Allen, the No4 seed, joined Shaun Murphy in crashing out of the World Snooker Championship on a day of major shocks at the Crucible.Allen, widely regarded as one of the best players never to have won the world title, was beaten 10-8 by Llanelli’s world No89 Jamie Clarke despite amassing five centuries, equalling Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record for a first-round match. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 hours Fulham in Premier League after Joe Bryan sinks Brentford in extra time TheGuardian -Sport
    Scott Parker hared down the touchline, his tie flinging every which way, as Fulham’s substitutes conga-ed down the stands to join the celebrations after Joe Bryan’s second goal sealed an immediate return to the Premier League. But in truth Bryan’s exquisitely taken first strike, approaching half-time in extra time, was the match-winner. In some ways it was audacious, in others incredible, but whatever it was, it was the goal that set them on their way.It came towards the end of a marathon, and sometimes excruciating, contest but after almost 105 minutes of action, Bryan’s invention pulled apart west-London neighbours separated ... more
  • 4 hours Ireland’s glorious centuries power them past England in third ODI TheGuardian -Sport
    England 328; Ireland 329-3Stirling and Balbirnie lead Ireland to victory with ball to spareThis was a game to savour – unlike its predecessors. A brilliant run chase, masterminded by Ireland’s captain and vice-captain, Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling, centurions both, produced a stunning victory by seven wickets with one ball to spare. The target of 329 was one more than was required in the epic Ireland win in Bangalore in the World Cup in 2011. But in some ways this victory was more unlikely given the frailty of the Irish batting in the first two games.Here the senior men, Middlesex ... more
  • 4 hours Former gymnastics coach jailed for lying to police in Larry Nassar abuse case TheGuardian -Sport
    Kathie Klages denied she knew of sexual abuse by doctorFormer MSU coach sentenced to 90 days in jailHow was Larry Nassar able to abuse gymnasts for so long?A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into former Olympic and university doctor Larry Nassar.Kathie Klages, 65, was found guilty in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She also was sentenced to 18 months of probation. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours Online gamblers should prove they can afford losses, report finds TheGuardian
    Social Market Foundation will call for a £100-per-month ‘soft cap’ on online lossesOnline gamblers should not be able to lose more than £100 a month without proving they can afford it, according to a report that will also call for betting websites that base themselves offshore to face stiffer taxes.Proposals from the Social Market Foundation (SMF) thinktank build on growing clamour for the government to make sweeping changes to how the industry is regulated, following a string of high-profile stories about problem gambling. Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours Cardiff sergeant facing tribunal for sex at police station while on duty TheGuardian
    Adam Reed also facing disciplinary charges for allegedly secretly taking photos of a colleague’s feetA police disciplinary tribunal is to hear claims a sergeant had sex with junior colleagues in police stations while on duty.Adam Reed, a former police sergeant with South Wales police, is also facing disciplinary charges over allegedly secretly taking photos of a female colleague’s feet. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Tottenham agree £15m fee for Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg TheGuardian -Sport
    Denmark midfielder set to to join SpursWalker-Peters heading to SouthamptonTottenham have moved closer to completing the signing of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from Southampton after agreeing to pay £15m for the Denmark international.Højbjerg, who has one year to run on his Southampton contract, was also the subject of a bid from Everton but it is understood that the former Bayern Munich midfielder has chosen to move to north London to play under José Mourinho. Højbjerg is now expected to agree personal terms and sign a contract with Spurs in the coming days. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Travel bans could force clubs to drop out of European competition, says Uefa TheGuardian -Sport
    New rule applies to qualifying rounds next seasonHome team must inform Uefa of travel restrictionsCoronavirus travel bans could force clubs to drop out of European competition, according to Uefa.With the final stages of the 2019-20 Europa League and Champions League set to be played out over the coming weeks, largely at neutral venues, the European governing body has been setting out protocols for what would happen in the event of a resurgence of Covid-19. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Brentford v Fulham: Championship play-off final – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    All the latest from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Wembley StadiumParker believes promotion would heal Fulham woundsEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenning 8.20pm BST 35 min: Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak leaps to catch a high dropping ball and a second later, Ollie Watkins leaps and clatters into him. Foul. 8.19pm BST 34 min: Mathias Jensen gets a cross into the Fulham penalty area from the right, but it’s cleared. Thomas Franks drinks break tactics talk seems to have had an effect – his side have been much improved since his address 10 minutes ago. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Ferran Torres completes move to Manchester City from Valencia TheGuardian -Sport
    Exciting forward signs five-year deal at EtihadBournemouth’s Nathan Aké also close to securing City transfer Ferran Torres has completed his €27m (£24.5m) move to Manchester City from Valencia after the forward met Txiki Begiristain, the Premier League club’s sporting director, in Barcelona on Tuesday. Related: Leicester offer deal worth £45m to take Francisco Trincão from Barcelona Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Tiger Woods in confident mood for first major of year at US PGA TheGuardian -Sport
    Woods shrugs off lack of spectators as he chases a 16th majorAmerican plays with McIlroy and Thomas in first two roundsIncongruous though it may seem for a sportsman whose most famous successes have been against the backdrop of euphoria among galleries, Tiger Woods has shrugged off any sense the lack of spectators at the first major of 2020 might affect his game mode. No fans, no problem as far as Woods is concerned before the US PGA Championship starts on Thursday at Harding Park in San Francisco.Woods has made only one competitive appearance on the PGA Tour since it resumed ... more
  • 6 hours Charities and unions call on parliament to suspend Tory MP accused of rape TheGuardian
    Joint statement says ex-minister should not be allowed on to the Commons estate A coalition of charities and trade unions has called on parliament to suspend the Conservative MP accused of rape while he faces investigation, warning that failing to do so is “yet another example of minimising violence against women”.The unnamed ex-minister was arrested at the weekend after a former parliamentary aide accused him of assaulting her, forcing her to have sex and leaving her so traumatised she had to go to hospital. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Liam Fox faces growing scrutiny over Russian hack of personal email TheGuardian
    Opposition MPs and former civilian servants demand to know exactly how UK-US trade dossier appeared onlineLiam Fox is facing questions from opposition politicians, former civil servants and campaigners about how Russian hackers were apparently able to obtain government documents marked “official sensitive [UK eyes only]” from his personal email last year.The former minister’s account is believed to have been accessed repeatedly between July and October, and 451 pages of emails and policy documents were subsequently posted on Reddit, prompting questions as to whether the dossier had come directly from Fox’s personal email. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours BP’s dividend cut puts firm on road to deliver green energy pledge TheGuardian -Biz
    Lockdown has hammered oil prices but it also offers a chance to refocus on clean energyBP has set itself the target of shrinking its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050. To do that will require big investment in a whole range of green energy alternatives. It will be happening at a time when the economic disruption caused by Covid-19 has sent the oil price tumbling and threatens to leave the company with more stranded assets on its hands.Something has to give in those circumstances, and that something is BP’s dividend, which was cut for the first time since the ... more
  • 7 hours English councils with highest Covid rates launch own test-and-trace systems TheGuardian
    Local authorities plug holes in government’s system, with some reaching 98-100% of peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCouncils with the highest Covid infection rates in England have launched their own contact-tracing operations to plug holes in the “world-beating” £10bn government system, with some reaching 98-100% of people who fell through the gaps.Blackburn with Darwen council in Lancashire established its own model on Tuesday when its public health chief said national test and trace was “simply not tracing enough cases and contacts fast enough”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours The Guardian view on empty offices: goodbye to all that? | Editorial TheGuardian -Tech
    The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a digitally driven trend that was already in train. We need to plan for the downsidesIn The Good Life, a much-loved 1970s sitcom, one of the main characters would regularly arrive home from work cursing the trials and tribulations of the daily commute. Jerry Leadbetter was an affluent senior manager in a design firm based in central London. By contrast, his stress-free next-door neighbours in Surbiton, Tom and Barbara Good, had opted for a green, self-sufficient lifestyle. They would have been at home all day, working to their own timetable.Along with The Fall and Rise ... more
  • 7 hours The Guardian view on empty offices: goodbye to all that? | Editorial TheGuardian -Biz
    The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a digitally driven trend that was already in train. We need to plan for the downsidesIn The Good Life, a much-loved 1970s sitcom, one of the main characters would regularly arrive home from work cursing the trials and tribulations of the daily commute. Jerry Leadbetter was an affluent senior manager in a design firm based in central London. By contrast, his stress-free next-door neighbours in Surbiton, Tom and Barbara Good, had opted for a green, self-sufficient lifestyle. They would have been at home all day, working to their own timetable.Along with The Fall and Rise ... more
  • 7 hours Manchester to build first city-centre park in 100 years TheGuardian
    Mayfield park is part of government investment in outdoor spaces in response to coronavirusThe government is to contribute millions to fund Manchester’s first city-centre park in 100 years, as part of a series of investments in outdoor spaces in response to the coronavirus crisis.The new 6.5-acre Mayfield park, touted as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity”, is part of a £1.4bn development to transform the under-loved urban area between Piccadilly station and Mancunian Way, running along the River Medlock. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Real Madrid president pays tribute to Iker Casillas following retirement from football – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has paid tribute to the club’s former goalkeeper Iker Casillas, after the 39-year-old confirmed his retirement from football.Casillas, who finished his playing days at Porto, after suffering a heart attack in May 2019, won the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain during an illustrious international career. He also lifted five La Liga titles and the Champions League three times with Real, making 725 appearances for the club over 16 seasons between 1999 and 2015.Pérez thanks Casillas for ‘contributing even more to the myth and the legend that is Real Madrid’, adding that he ... more
  • 8 hours Alyssa Healy uses Covid downtime to break down barriers for women’s cricket | Megan Maurice TheGuardian -Sport
    The Australia batter has kept busy by addressing the growth in demand for women-specific cricket equipment When Alyssa Healy last played a game of cricket it was in front of 86,174 people, with millions more tuning in around the world. As she smashed 75 from 39 balls to the roar of the crowd and the team danced the night away with Katy Perry, it felt like a turning point.And then, of course, everything changed. Cricket in Australia was one of the less affected sports, but the national women’s team had a tour of South Africa postponed and players who were ... more
  • 8 hours Profits plunge for Guinness owner Diageo after Covid lockdown TheGuardian -Biz
    Company forced to write down value of brands by £1.3bn after closure of pubs and barsLocked down drinkers in the UK started buying booze online and baking with Baileys but that wasn’t enough to stop profits tumbling at the Guinness and Smirnoff owner Diageo, as Covid-19 forced the closure of pubs and bars.Operating profit at the global drinks firm fell by 47% to £2.1bn in the year to the end of June, with most of the damage done in the final three months as countries across the world imposed strict lockdown rules. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Wigan lose appeal against 12-point deduction and drop into League One TheGuardian -Sport
    Penalty imposed after club went into administrationBarnsley stay up despite winning third-fewest pointsWigan Athletic will start next season in League One after an appeal against a points deduction that resulted in their relegation was dismissed.The EFL imposed a 12-point penalty after the club were placed into administration by their owner, Au Yeung, four weeks after he took control. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Major impressionist show to open in London after four-month lockdown delay TheGuardian
    Works by Paul Gauguin feature in exhibition, which forms part of Royal Academy’s reopening Sixty works from one of the finest collections of impressionist paintings in northern Europe are finally going on display more than four months after lockdown prevented the exhibition featuring them from opening.Nearly half of the paintings are being seen in the UK for the first time and include knockout works by superstar artists including Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet and a man who today is one of the most problematic artists, Paul Gauguin. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Witness claims to have seen Prince Andrew at club with Virginia Giuffre TheGuardian
    Woman has come forward claiming she recalls seeing duke at Mayfair nightclub with GiuffreThe FBI has been passed information from a witness claiming to have seen the Duke of York at a nightclub with a woman who alleges the pair had sex when she was a teenager.The US lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing the victims of the royal’s former friend and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, said Shukri Walker recalled seeing Prince Andrew at Tramp nightclub in Mayfair and had come forward to support Virginia Giuffre’s version of events. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours The government must up its game to prepare for a second wave of Covid-19 | Keir Starmer TheGuardian
    Labour has been a constructive opposition in this crisis. But we fear No 10 is not acting fast enough to save lives and jobsStarmer says PM has one month to fix coronavirus test-and-trace systemCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe are at a crucial point in the battle against coronavirus. This summer, there are three key questions the government should be reflecting on. First, are we now doing everything we can to suppress the virus? Second, how can we protect lives and livelihoods? Third, how is it that frontline workers have been left feeling, to quote the National Care ... more
  • 8 hours Solskjær needs more than Jadon Sancho to challenge for the big prizes | Jamie Jackson TheGuardian -Sport
    The Manchester United manager needs funds to buy defenders for his team to compete domestically and in EuropeJadon Sancho has 11 England caps. He was in the Bundesliga team of the season at 19. He makes in-game decisions as prescient as a teenage Wayne Rooney. He is a two-footed, goalscoring assist maker with a Harry Houdini array of tricks.Yet if Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund forward is not backed by further transfers then Manchester United have only a distant hope of being contenders next season. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Ben Stokes’ fitness uncertainty forces Joe Root into late selection dilemma TheGuardian -Sport
    Root ‘needs to know more’ before first Test against PakistanAll-rounder played batsman-only role against West IndiesJoe Root will wait on a late fitness test for Ben Stokes before deciding on the make-up of his England XI for the series opener against Pakistan on Wednesday. If the all-rounder is fit to bowl, a headache resurfaces over which seamer to leave out.England have grappled with their bulging bowling stocks all summer but were able to accommodate an extra quick during the series-sealing third Test victory against West Indies last week when a thigh injury forced Stokes to play as a batsman. Continue ... more
  • 8 hours Rafael Nadal withdraws from US Open citing Covid concerns as Madrid Open cancelled TheGuardian -Sport
    Reigning champion pulls out of tournament due to pandemicMadrid Open had already been moved from May Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open citing concerns over coronavirus. The four-time winner at Flushing Meadows does not want to travel to the United States while Covid-19 cases are on the rise. He joins women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty in pulling out of the tournament due to the treat of coronavirus. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Counting the cost of the UK’s Covid failures | Letters TheGuardian
    Jeremy Cushing on the tragic consequences of the pandemic response, Prof W Richard Bowen on the need for more scientifically educated politicians, Joseph Palley on England’s excess deaths, and Betty Cairns on how the dead are being remembered in ItalyI was left confused by Devi Sridhar’s article (The northern lockdown represents government failure. There is a better way, 31 July). She urged the adoption of “an objective with a timeline, forming a gameplan, appointing a high-level official to oversee things”, but none of these have any specific content. The content, far from reflecting the title, actually suggests a localised approach. ... more
  • 8 hours BP enjoys share bounce after unveiling plans to shift away from fossil fuels TheGuardian -Biz
    Despite reporting one of its worst quarterly results on record BP shares closed up 6.5%Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBP has won guarded praise from climate emergency campaigners and a hefty share price bounce by unveiling new plans to shift away from fossil fuels and towards low carbon energy within the next decade.BP revealed the energy transition strategy alongside its first dividend cut since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, after plummeting to a record multibillion-dollar loss and slashing the value of its oil and gas assets due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours TCU coach Patterson sorry for using racial slur during meeting with black player TheGuardian -Sport
    Veteran college football coach says word is ‘unacceptable’Coach repeated word while telling player not to use slurTCU football coach Gary Patterson apologized on Tuesday for repeating a racial slur when telling a player to stop using the word in team meetings.Patterson’s tweet came a day after the school’s chancellor, Victor Boschini, said the coach, who is white, had apologized for using the slur during a confrontation with linebacker Dylan Jordan, who is black, at practice. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours The Fiver | Separated by four-and-a-half miles or a three-day car journey TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Bearing in mind all the excitement that West Ham and Crystal Palace have served up over the years, the Fiver was surprised to learn today that the Premier League is still accepting admissions from London. Thanks Nottingham Forest! Thanks Wales! Owing to victories over Cardiff and Swansea, and Forest’s devotion to the sitcom format, Fulham and Brentford will contest the Championship playoff final at Wembley. It’s in the calendar, there’s no avoiding it. Related: ‘It’s been a rocky road’: Parker believes promotion would heal Fulham wounds Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Four key failings of England’s Covid-19 test-and-trace system TheGuardian
    Researchers have warned the scheme must improve before English schools reopenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s contact-tracing system needs to improve within weeks to avoid a second wave when schools reopen in September, a study found, while councils are launching their own systems to plug holes in the £10bn central government effort. Here are the key areas in which the system is failing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Lindsay Hoyle spends £7,500 on bedding and mattresses for Speaker’s residence TheGuardian
    More than £12,000 of public money spent on refurbishing grace-and-favour home after Bercow’s departureHe might have been more frugal in the refurbishment of his grace-and-favour home than his predecessor, but new speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has still managed to rack up a considerable bill – including spending in excess of £7,500 on mattresses and bedding.The sum accounts for more than half of the £12,636 of public money that went on works to get the Speaker’s residence in Palace of Westminster ready for his occupancy at the end of last year, according to details obtained by the Guardian using Freedom of ... more
  • 9 hours Pakistan’s captain backs Babar Azam to show his credentials against England TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘He is up there with Steve Smith and Virat Kohli,’ says Azhar AliNaseem Shah, aged 17, confirmed to play first Test at Old TraffordAzhar Ali believes his Pakistan batsmen are ready to take on Test cricket’s toughest away conditions and has tipped Babar Azam to show why he now belongs in the same bracket as Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.Until late last year such an endorsement of Babar’s credentials against the red ball would have been slightly fanciful with the right-hander, so formidable in the white-ball formats, having taken 17 Tests to register his maiden century. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours SQA under fire after downgrading 124,000 predicted exam results TheGaurdian – Edu
    Scottish Qualifications Authority warned it will be deluged with appealsScotland’s exams authority has been warned it will be deluged with appeals after it rejected nearly 124,000 recommendations from teachers for this year’s exam results.The Scottish Qualifications Authority said it had downgraded nearly a quarter of all the recommended results for school pupils this year, after school exams were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading... ... more
  • 9 hours Cat that went missing on Scottish holiday found 12 years later TheGuardian
    Rochdale-based Davies family lost Georgie on trip to Loch Lomond, but recent microchip scan revealed cat’s identityA cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond has been found 12 years later.Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours England v Ireland, third one-day international – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Over-by-over updates from the 2pm BST matchCounty cricket: Bob Willis Trophy, day four – live!Join the conversation: email Adam or tweet @collinsadam 4.24pm BST 32nd over: England 214-6 (Billings 18, Willey 1) Billings has played so well this week. Here he is, breaking up that bit of pressure England are under, with two fours in three balls. The second is a lovely cover drive, perfect to go to drinks on.We have some TV recommendations. Andew Robinson pointing Richard O’Hagan in the direction of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Detectorists and Dix Pour Cent, which has “lots of famous French actors ... more
  • 10 hours Boris Johnson’s rise to power taught him all the wrong skills for a Covid crisis | Rafael Behr TheGuardian
    The prime minister doesn’t seem capable of making difficult choices. Instead he is masking his ineptitude with blusterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShutting pubs as the price of opening schools is a decision no prime minister wants to make, and Boris Johnson is a prime minister uniquely ill-equipped to make those kinds of choices. In the next phase of the pandemic he will find them hard to avoid.The proven method for containing the coronavirus so far has been repressing citizens’ freedom to go about their business. But the government is afraid to do that for long because lockdowns ... more
  • 10 hours BAME workers disproportionately hit by UK Covid-19 downturn, data shows TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Guardian analysis finds BAME people overrepresented in sectors hit worst by coronavirus crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBlack and ethnic minority workers are overrepresented in the sectors hit worst by the economic crisis, an analysis by the Guardian has found.As the UK plunges into what is forecast to be the deepest recession for 300 years, the sectors with the highest rates of furloughed jobs and redundancies have disproportionate numbers of BAME workers. Continue reading... ... more
  • 10 hours PC Andrew Harper killing: sentences referred to attorney general TheGuardian
    Attorney general’s office to consider whether the sentences given to three teenagers who killed a police officer were too lenientThe jail terms handed to three teenagers who killed a police officer as they tried to escape the scene of a crime have been referred to the attorney general, who will consider claims they are unduly lenient.The ringleader, 19-year-old Henry Long, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper in August 2019, while his accomplices 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, were each jailed for 13 years at a hearing the Old Bailey last week. ... more
  • 11 hours UK office demand is ‘shifting to the suburbs’ amid Covid-19 crisis TheGuardian -Biz
    Workspace provider IWG says fear of commuting has turbo-charged move towards more local office facilitiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a shift from big city centre offices to smaller suburban work hubs, according to IWG, the world’s biggest flexible workspace provider.Over the past month, the company, formerly known as Regus, has experienced a surge in interest in flexible office space outside the big cities, as well as its homeworking packages, which include furniture rental, insurance, telecoms lines, video conferencing, stationery and repairs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours UK office demand is ‘shifting to the suburbs’ amid Covid-19 crisis TheGuardian
    Workspace provider IWG says fear of commuting has turbo-charged move towards more local office facilitiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a shift from big city centre offices to smaller suburban work hubs, according to IWG, the world’s biggest flexible workspace provider.Over the past month, the company, formerly known as Regus, has experienced a surge in interest in flexible office space outside the big cities, as well as its homeworking packages, which include furniture rental, insurance, telecoms lines, video conferencing, stationery and repairs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Real Madrid and Spain legend Iker Casillas announces his retirement TheGuardian -Sport
    Player won two Euro titles and 2010 World Cup as Spain captainThe 39-year-old won Champions League three times with RealThe former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.Casillas, who finished his playing days at Porto, won the World Cup and two European Championships during an illustrious international career. He lifted five La Liga titles and the Champions League three times with Real, making 725 appearances for the Spanish giants over 16 seasons between 1999 and 2015. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Tate removes reference to ‘amusing’ restaurant after racist images in mural draw anger TheGuardian
    Exclusive: gallery removes reference to venue as ‘most amusing room in Europe’ as call grow for artwork’s removalTate Britain has removed a reference to its restaurant as “the most amusing room in Europe” after complaints about racist depictions in a 1920s mural.The Rex Whistler restaurant is covered floor to ceiling in a specially commissioned mural by the eponymous British artist titled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats, which depicts the enslavement of a black child and the distress of his mother. It also shows the boy running behind a horse and cart which he is attached to by a ... more
  • 11 hours WhatsApp launches factcheck feature aimed at viral messages TheGuardian -Tech
    Users will be able to check truthfulness of messages that have come via five or more peopleWhatsApp has introduced a feature allowing users to check the contents of viral messages in the latest move to root out disinformation and fake news being spread on the Facebook-owned service.The feature, which is being piloted in six countries including the UK from Tuesday, allows users to perform a Google search on content they have been forwarded to factcheck claims and information. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours Boris Johnson cries ‘nimbyism’, but his planning changes will be disastrous | Simon Jenkins TheGuardian -Biz
    Scrapping regulations in England will unleash a wave of urban sprawl, worsen inequality – and leave locals powerless to stop itThe most extraordinary upheaval in modern British government is to be introduced this week by Boris Johnson. He is, in effect, to end planning permission. Local councils and those they represent are to be stripped of control over new buildings, to be replaced by central government “zoning” commissions. At the weekend, the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, promised a “change in a generation”. It is more than that. It ends half a century of regulation of England’s landscape and urban development.The ... more
  • 12 hours GB sevens captain sounds warning for entire game over RFU’s swingeing cuts TheGuardian -Sport
    Tom Mitchell and his squad will be cut loose at end of AugustTeam GB’s Olympic silver medallists seek UK Sport funding The country’s leading sevens players have warned that a failure to support their sport properly will have serious consequences for the growth of the entire game following the Rugby Football Union’s decision to cut its men’s and women’s squads for financial reasons.Formal notification has now been received by the players informing them their contracts will cease at the end of this month as the RFU faces up to potential losses of £107m in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic ... more
  • 12 hours Azhar Ali’s Pakistan may pose sterner Test for England than West Indies | Vic Marks TheGuardian -Sport
    The first Test starting on Wednesday will likely showcase a side with a stronger batting lineup and more bowling varietyEngland’s condensed summer of Test cricket resumes on Wednesday and it could get better. The West Indies series was a minor triumph; the bizarre process of Test cricket behind closed doors, though inferior to the real thing, worked (rather better than the one-day internationals against Ireland). After 15 daily episodes the viewer enjoyed getting to know the main characters in the drama; on the West Indies side Jason Holder won hearts and minds, Shannon Gabriel could only be admired for pounding ... more
  • 12 hours UK theatre boss fears backward step for diversity in Covid-19 arts rescue fund TheGuardian
    New leader of British Asian company Tara Arts says focus on cultural ‘crown jewels’ could mean missed opportunityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe new leader of one of the UK’s leading British Asian arts organisations has expressed fears that the language of the government’s rescue package for the sector will be a backward step for diversity.Abdul Shayek was announced on Tuesday as the new artistic director and joint CEO of Tara Arts, a company which was created in 1977 in response to the racist murder of a teenage Sikh boy, Gurdip Singh Chaggar, in Southall, west London. Continue ... more
  • 12 hours Manchester United close to deal with Dortmund after Sancho agrees terms TheGuardian -Sport
    England forward set to move for initial £90mSancho to earn about £250,000 a week on five-year dealManchester United and Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a fee for Jadon Sancho, with the England forward having agreed personal terms on a five-year contract at Old Trafford.Both clubs are understood to be confident a deal to make Sancho the most expensive English player in history is nearing completion, with United expected to pay an initial €100m fee (£90m) over three annual instalments and a further €20m in performance-related add-ons. Dortmund would prefer to have the transfer completed by next week to help ... more
  • 13 hours SQA under fire after rejecting 124,000 exam recommendations TheGuardian
    Scottish Qualifications Authority warned it will be deluged with appealsScotland’s exams authority has been warned it will be deluged with appeals after it rejected nearly 124,000 recommendations from teachers for this year’s exam results.The Scottish Qualifications Authority said it had downgraded nearly a quarter of all the recommended results for school pupils this year, after school exams were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours What a 200-year-old experiment can teach anxious parents about home schooling | Sarah Stein Lubrano TheGuardian
    Learning isn’t only about textbooks, it’s about awakening in the pupil the desire to grapple with interesting challengesFor perhaps the first time in the history of modern education, millions of primary and secondary students may begin the school year from home. While pupils in England are due to return to in-person learning this September, uncertainty remains as cases rise, local lockdowns are implemented, and the scientific community warns that the government’s test and trace system is not up to the job of containing potential spikes caused by the return of schools. Some parents may choose not to send their children ... more
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  • 14 hours Fifty-seven years later, is the answer still blowin’ in the wind? TheGuardian
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  • 14 hours County cricket: Notts v Derbyshire and more, Bob Willis Trophy, day four – live! TheGuardian -Sport
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  • 14 hours Leicester offer deal worth £45m to take Francisco Trincão from Barcelona TheGuardian -Sport
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  • 14 hours Up to 2,000 UK jobs to go at Pizza Express and Dixons Carphone TheGuardian
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  • 14 hours Fleabag producer unveils Shedinburgh fringe festival streamed from sheds TheGuardian
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  • 14 hours Disabled people can’t be cannon fodder for Boris Johnson’s economic recovery plan | Frances Ryan TheGuardian
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  • 15 hours Will ‘clearing plus’ really make it easier to apply to university? TheGaurdian – Edu
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