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  • 3 hours ‘I replied to a genuine bank tweet and lost £9,200 to a fraudster’ TheGuardian -Biz
    An experienced accountant fell for a scammer mirroring Metro Bank’s security and customer serviceMichael Johnson* and his business partner had struggled for a month to open a new account with Metro Bank, despite the fact that he was already a customer. So it was a relief to receive a phone call apologising for the delay and promising that the new account could be set up then and there. The caller took him through Metro’s standard security questions and Johnson received authorisation codes texted from Metro to enable the transfer of his payees from his old account to the new. That ... more
  • 3 hours Facebook ‘gives global platform to illegal dogfighting’ TheGuardian
    Social media giant breaks its own rules on violence and animal trading, say campaignersFacebook has been accused of giving a global platform to dogfighting after an investigation found the site is being used by fight organisers and unscrupulous puppy traders.Lady Freethinker (LFT), the animal rights organisation, says the social media giant is failing to obey its own policies which prohibit violent content and the sale of animals. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Cuts may leave NHS short of 70,000 nurses, leaked report warns TheGuardian
    Abolition of bursaries for nursing students led to severe fall in number training for the professionThe NHS could be short of almost 70,000 nurses within five years, according to a leaked copy of the government’s long-awaited plan to tackle the staffing crisis.Blaming the government’s decision to abolish bursaries for nursing students, a draft of the NHS people plan says: “Our analysis shows a 40,000 (11%) shortfall [in the number of nurses needed in England] in 2018-19 which widens to 68,500 (16%) by 2023-24 without intervention, as demand for nurses grows faster than supply.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Elon Musk may be a pain, but that doesn’t mean his ideas are crazy | John Naughton TheGuardian -Biz
    Could Tesla owners one day farm out their cars as self-driving taxis?You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to wonder if Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, is off his rocker. I mean to say, how many leaders of US public companies get into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for falsely claiming that they have secured funding to take their company private at $420 a share – and then get sued and fined $40m? Or can you imagine another CEO who deals with Wall Street analysts by swatting away questions about his company’s capital requirements as if ... more
  • 4 hours FirstGroup’s uncomfortable rail journey isn’t over yet TheGuardian -Biz
    As it prepares to announce annual results, the transport group is resisting pressure from its biggest investor to quit the sectorWith shareholders like these, who needs enemies? FirstGroup’s biggest investor, Coast Capital, has pulled no punches in assessing the board of the Aberdeen-based transport firm.The great five-year turnaround plan has “failed to deliver on every single metric ... They have destroyed extraordinary amounts of capital in the rail business with impunity. They have let down their customers, shareholders and staff.” Yes, they let the school down, they let themselves down, and most of all, they let the share price down. ... more
  • 4 hours FirstGroup’s uncomfortable rail journey isn’t over yet TheGuardian
    As it prepares to announce annual results, the transport group is resisting pressure from its biggest investor to quit the sectorWith shareholders like these, who needs enemies? FirstGroup’s biggest investor, Coast Capital, has pulled no punches in assessing the board of the Aberdeen-based transport firm.The great five-year turnaround plan has “failed to deliver on every single metric ... They have destroyed extraordinary amounts of capital in the rail business with impunity. They have let down their customers, shareholders and staff.” Yes, they let the school down, they let themselves down, and most of all, they let the share price down. ... more
  • 4 hours Bon vivant Philip Green can do more to plug Arcadia’s pension hole TheGuardian -Biz
    If the regulator wants to do its job properly it should start by asking the retail tycoon for at least £250m upfrontThe 222-page document in which Sir Philip Green sets out how he would like to restructure his – or, rather, his wife’s – Arcadia empire is a dense read. You will find enormous detail on which stores the group would like to close, where it would like landlords to accept cuts in rent, and how sales have declined at the Topshop-to-Miss Selfridge business.But two facts tower over everything. Neither is mentioned in the so-called company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposal ... more
  • 4 hours If we’re going to hurl food at our politicians, make sure it’s healthy | Kevin McKenna TheGuardian
    Milkshake protests are unedifying. Why not use fruit and veg that’s in season and locally sourced?Has there ever been a more condign metaphor for what Britain has become than the milkshake protest? These shallow treats often masquerade as healthy owing to a barely discernible patina of fruit in their flavouring.In truth, they are a gooey assemblage of sugar and chemicals that form the perfect accompaniment to a smoochy big beefburger when you’re still howling from last night’s debauch. That a milkshake has become the icon of political protest sends all the wrong messages about the UK’s commitment to healthy lifestyle ... more
  • 5 hours The $2m drug reveals medical research as a casino culture | Kenan Malik TheGuardian
    Does Zolgensma, a revolutionary one-off treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, really need to cost so much?How much is a life worth? $2.15m? That’s the staggering price of a drug produced by the pharmaceutical giant Novartis that has just come on the market. Zolgensma is a one-off gene therapy treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare degenerative disorder. Infants with the most severe form usually die within two years. For parents of babies born with SMA, any price is worth paying to save the child’s life. Novartis argues that spread across a lifetime, $2.15m is “cost-effective”.It points out, too, the ... more
  • 5 hours Mix private equity, Brexit mania, state incompetence and what do you get? Scunthorpe | Will Hutton TheGuardian -Biz
    British Steel’s collapse reveals the common fate of industries left to fall into the hands of private equityAcross the Midlands and north of England – and in pockets of the south – there are once proud single-industry towns laid low, with no determined effort to make good what once was. It could be Chatham and Rochester in Kent – or Birkenhead, Wigan or Mansfield further north. They survive as economies in which the main business is providing the foundational goods and services necessary to get by – supermarkets, petrol stations, hospitals, care homes. But there are few thriving private sector ... more
  • 11 hours Juventus put Sarri and Pochettino on shortlist to replace Allegri TheGuardian -Sport
    • Serie A club target Chelsea and Tottenham managers• Allegri is leaving Turin after five years in chargeMaurizio Sarri and Mauricio Pochettino are both on Juventus’s wishlist as they continue to search for a new manager to replace Massimiliano Allegri.The Turin club’s hierarchy are looking at the current Chelsea and Tottenham managers as well as Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi, but have not ruled out other candidates. Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Jordan Henderson: ‘City don’t stop at one trophy … we want more and more’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Liverpool captain is determined that a Champions League final win over Spurs would be just the beginning for his sideIt is easy to see Liverpool’s place in the Champions League final on Saturday as a shot at redemption, a chance to make up for last year’s final disappointment and to gain tangible reward after a tremendous effort this season, though Jordan Henderson happens to take a longer-term view.“No matter what the outcome of the final, we still need to push on and make progress next season,” the Liverpool captain says. “Even if we win it, it is still important ... more
  • 12 hours Spurs’ Champions League dream may hinge on Kane call, admits Pochettino TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manager says decision on striker’s role in Madrid will be critical• Sánchez, Winks and Vertonghen should also be fit to playMauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane is on course to be fit for Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool and the Tottenham manager suggested he would live or die by the decision to use him as a starter or substitute.Pochettino, who also reported that Dávinson Sánchez, Harry Winks and Jan Vertonghen ought to be available after injury, was keen to discuss how each member of his 25-man squad was equally important. But Kane’s readiness to take on Liverpool in the ... more
  • 12 hours Magic Weekend: Emphatic Warrington beat Wigan to stay in touch at top TheGuardian -Sport
    • Warrington 26-14 Wigan• Giants thrash Hull; Catalans beat WakefieldThe future of Magic Weekend has arguably never been more unclear than it has been heading into this year’s edition at Anfield but on a day that provided sizeable ramifications for the Super League table, it was clear the competition’s annual road trip still has some life in it yet.Make no mistake about it, records certainly were not set on day one in Liverpool, even if Huddersfield Giants did come close with their 55-2 demolition of Hull FC in the middle game. But given the fears of a record-low crowd for ... more
  • 12 hours Valencia shock Barcelona in Copa del Rey final despite Messi’s best efforts TheGuardian -Sport
    • Barcelona 1-2 Valencia• Messi 73; Gameiro 21, Rodrigo 33By the end here in Seville they could take it no more, but the suffering was worth it and they made it. Somewhere in the madness a whistle blew and Valencia became Copa del Rey winners. For the first time in 1,456 days, Barcelona are not the cup winners.There will be consequences at the Camp Nou, changes. Lionel Messi’s second-half goal was not enough to cancel out strikes from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno and a league title is not enough for a club like this. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Moby apologises to Natalie Portman for being ‘inconsiderate’ TheGuardian
    Musician says recent criticism of him is ‘very valid’ after actor said he had been ‘creepy’ with her when she was youngMusician Moby has publicly apologised to Natalie Portman days after she claimed he had been “creepy” with her in her younger years.In his new memoir Then It Fell Apart, Moby, 53, had alleged that that he met Portman when she was 20 and that they dated briefly. Continue reading... ... more
  • 13 hours Leinster ruin Stuart Hogg’s farewell to claim Pro14 title against Glasgow TheGuardian -Sport
    • Glasgow 15-18 Leinster• Ringrose and Healy tries plus Sexton kicks decisiveLeo Cullen knew the European Champions Cup finalists would be up against it playing Warriors in their own city, and the vast majority of the record 47,128 crowd were cheering on Dave Rennie’s team, but Leinster made a successful defence of their title at Celtic Park.Glasgow had run in seven tries against Ulster last weekend to book their place in the final and looked set to sparkle again when Matt Fagerson gave them the lead early on. But with their trademark grinding, relentless style, Leinster smothered their rivals into ... more
  • 13 hours Labour must back second Brexit vote or lose next election, Tom Watson warns TheGuardian
    Deputy leader says far more Remain supporters than Leavers have abandoned the partyLabour’s deputy leader Tom Watson today warns that his party will lose the next general election and any chance to form a radical, reforming government unless it quickly rewrites its Brexit policy and commits wholeheartedly to a second referendum.Watson’s intervention comes after the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, appeared to suggest a shift in Labour’s position towards stronger support for a second public vote. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Stop Boris campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit TheGuardian
    Former foreign secretary attacked as dishonest by leadership candidate Rory StewartA campaign to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and taking the country into a no-deal Brexit was launched by moderate cabinet ministers on Saturday as the first shots were fired in the Tory contest to succeed Theresa May in Downing Street.After May bowed to pressure on Friday and announced she would resign as Tory leader within two weeks, justice secretary David Gauke and international development secretary Rory Stewart condemned Johnson’s readiness to embrace a no-deal, saying it would be hugely damaging to the national interest. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Steve Smith’s century gives Australia World Cup warm-up win over England TheGuardian -Sport
    • Australia 297-9; England 285 all out• Smith responds to boos with an impressive 116Whatever the intention, phoney wars don’t end up much sillier than this World Cup warm-up. Jos Buttler offered a spectacle with a whirlwind half-century, after Steve Smith had done the same with a hundred, while a close finish provided some fun as England were bowled out 12 runs short of Australia’s 297.Admittedly England playing Australia in any cricket match has cachet. The prospect of this dominant England side getting one over its biggest rival drew 10,000 people on the pilgrimage to the Hampshire Bowl outside Southampton. ... more
  • 15 hours LGBT lessons row teacher leads Birmingham Pride TheGaurdian – Edu
    Andrew Moffat at head of parade, as protests spread to other Birmingham schoolsA teacher whose lesson programme covering LGBT relationships has been at the centre of recent protests is leading the Birmingham Pride parade.Andrew Moffat, assistant headteacher at Parkfield Community school, has been teaching No Outsiders classes at the school since 2014. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours LGBT lessons row teacher leads Birmingham Pride TheGuardian
    Andrew Moffat at head of parade, as protests spread to other Birmingham schoolsA teacher whose lesson programme covering LGBT relationships has been at the centre of recent protests is leading the Birmingham Pride parade.Andrew Moffat, assistant headteacher at Parkfield Community school, has been teaching No Outsiders classes at the school since 2014. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours James Hildreth guides Somerset to Royal London Cup final win over Hampshire TheGuardian -Sport
    • Hampshire 244-8, Somerset 245-4• Somerset win by six wicketsPerhaps they turned the television off in the Somerset dressing room. Upon the screen at various intervals was a graphic which demonstrated that over the last 10 years Somerset had been runners-up 10 times in the various competitions that have adorned the domestic season – not a particularly helpful reminder.Yet the burden of all those near-misses did not seem to haunt Tom Abell’s team. It all looked so straightforward for them to win a trophy for Somerset for the first time since 2005 when they won the T20, with a young ... more
  • 16 hours Katarina Johnson-Thompson storms past heptathlon field on Götzis day one TheGuardian -Sport
    • Johnson-Thompson 4,034pts, Williams 3,857, Bougard 3,809• Brilliant 1.95m high jump establishes thumping leadAfter the confession, the procession. On the eve of the prestigious Hypo-Meeting here, Katarina Johnson-Thompson revealed that she suffered from impostor syndrome and hated being the centre of attention.So what did she do? Only produce a series of hypnotic displays to blast 177 points clear of a world-class field after the first day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours USA sevens sparkle at Twickenham to secure Olympic spot TheGuardian -Sport
    Eagles and Fiji ensure qualification for Tokyo Games next yearCoach Mike Friday: ‘I’m so proud and pleased for all the boys’ USA have become the first men’s rugby sevens team to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, after winning their three games on day one of the London Sevens at Twickenham. Related: If you build it, will they succumb? Houston opens rugby field of dreams Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Exeter into final after Tom O’Flaherty’s solo try lights up win over Northampton TheGuardian -Sport
    • Exeter 42-12 Northampton• Clinical Chiefs set up Twickenham date with SaracensNorthampton saw so little of the ball in the opening 20 minutes that their 14-point deficit seemed a minor triumph, yet they would have gone into the break ahead had Cobus Reinach, the scrum-half who played a central role in the club’s revival in the second half of the season, not dropped a try-scoring pass in the last act of the first half. Moments, like passes, have to be seized on the big occasion and the Saints, like Gloucester a few hours before them, made an appropriate exit.Northampton had ... more
  • 17 hours Giro d’Italia: Richard Carapaz holds off Simon Yates to take overall lead TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ecuadorian leads by seven seconds after winning stage 14• British rider finishes second and now lies ninth overallEcuador’s Richard Carapaz won stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia to grab the overall race lead. Movistar’s Carapaz raced clear on the penultimate climb of the day before holding off Britain’s Simon Yates to lead by seven seconds from Primoz Roglic.The overnight leader Jan Polanc finished the 131km stage from Saint-Vincent to Courmayeur more than seven minutes down to concede the pink jersey. The lead looked set to move from one Slovenian to another until Carapaz attacked the leading group with around ... more
  • 17 hours The power switch: tracking Britain’s record coal-free run TheGuardian -Biz
    Britain has set a new record for going without coal-powered energy, but how long will it last and when will we ditch the dirty fuel entirely?Britain is setting new records for going without coal-powered energy. In the latest milestone, it has gone for more than eight days without using coal to generate electricity – the longest such period since 1882. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Chelsea’s waltzing wizard Eden Hazard hopes for one last dance TheGuardian -Sport
    Europa League final against Arsenal will likely be the brilliant No 10’s farewell but he has always aimed to leave on a highEden Hazard’s plan was always to go out on a high. That was clear even when times were toughest, a little over three years ago, as the incoming Chelsea head coach paid a visit to Cobham. Antonio Conte, still Italy’s national team manager, was not due to take up the reins at Stamford Bridge until after the summer’s European Championship, but planning for the role he would assume required reassurances from an ailing stellar player.Hazard was entrenched in ... more
  • 17 hours Connor Jennings heads Tranmere into League One with extra-time winner TheGuardian -Sport
    While Newport County seethed at the injustice of it all, Tranmere cherished returning to League One after a dramatic winner from Connor Jennings sealed successive promotions for Micky Mellon’s side.Four years after the nadir of dropping out of the Football League Tranmere were entitled not to apologise about benefiting from some generous refereeing. They rode their luck at times, especially when Emmanuel Monthe risked giving away a penalty with a clumsy trip on Jamille Matt shortly before the end of normal time, but the narrative belonged to Mellon and his revival of a club that was in the doldrums not ... more
  • 17 hours Outrages author Naomi Wolf stands by view of Victorian poet TheGuardian
    At Hay festival, Wolf restated belief that John Addington Symonds was deeply affected by laws against homosexualityNaomi Wolf has said she “stands by” her latest book and denied that the presence of errors had undermined her wider argument, after historians called into question her claim that dozens of Victorian men were executed for sodomy.The errors in Outrages were first identified this week on BBC Radio 3, when the historian Dr Matthew Sweet challenged Wolf on air when she said she had found “several dozen executions” of men accused of having sex with other men. In the book, Wolf argues that ... more
  • 17 hours Sheffield incident: four rescued children released from hospital TheGuardian
    Two teenage boys died in hospital after being found at address in Shiregreen area on FridayFour children rescued from a house in Sheffield where two boys died on Friday have been released from hospital, South Yorkshire police have said.Two teenage boys, aged 13 and 14, were taken to hospital but could not be saved after an incident at an address in the Shiregreen area. A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident, police said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours England 2-0 Denmark: five talking points from the World Cup warm-up TheGuardian -Sport
    Questions over formation and freshness to the fore after the Lionesses’ somewhat lucky win over DenmarkIt is testament to the growing strength of the women’s game that a side as decent as Denmark have failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament. The beaten finalists at Euro 2017 lost again here, but were frequently the better team and succeeded in highlighting England’s new-found defensive disorganisation. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Celtic win the treble treble as Édouard’s double beats Hearts TheGuardian -Sport
    If their play was largely under whelming, especially in a first half when they could make little impression on a well-organised Hearts side, the prizes for Celtic and Neil Lennon were immense. The interim manager took his side over the line to an unprecedented treble treble, and within an hour of Scott Brown lifting the Scottish Cup, the club’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell, announced that Lennon had earned his second full-time spell.“I’m delighted to announce that after today’s event we’ve offered Neil Lennon the job of being the permanent Celtic manager,” Lawwell said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Shami Chakrabarti warns police over Extinction Rebellion prosecutions TheGuardian
    Shadow attorney general condemns Met’s plans to to charge 1,100 protestersShami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general, has accused police of stepping out of line by announcing plans to push for the prosecution of more than 1,100 Extinction Rebellion protesters.Deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said on Friday that the Metropolitan police had a team of 30 officers preparing cases against those arrested during the protests over Easter, and that he anticipated putting “all of those [cases] to the Crown Prosecution Service for decisions”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours The true deep-state conspiracy just benefits the old TheGuardian -Biz
    The ‘alt-right’ would have us believe that the EU is a leftist cabal. It’s actually working for a much more sinister groupWhatever the outcome of the European Union elections, it is only a matter of months before Theresa May’s successor is handed the task of scuttling over to Brussels in a desperate attempt to secure a fresh Brexit deal.When they return empty-handed – which is certain when the project aims to secure access to the customs union, minus any treaty obligations or the Irish backstop – failure will be blamed on forces inside Europe’s “deep state”. A no-deal Brexit can ... more
  • 18 hours In the safest Tory seat in the country, who do angry, alarmed voters want to be PM? TheGuardian
    The Dorset town of Christchurch had a Tory majority of 25,000 in 2017. Now, party loyalists are despairing for the futureAt the 2017 general election, voters in the Dorset coastal town of Christchurch delivered the largest Conservative majority in the country. Last Friday, with its ranks of moored leisure boats and mobility scooters sparkling in the midday sun, it looked like just the kind of somnolent retirement town you might expect from that result.But there was nothing sleepy about the mood there following Theresa May’s resignation announcement. Beneath the deceptively calm surface of the bank-filled high street, tempers were boiling. ... more
  • 18 hours Hearts v Celtic: Scottish Cup final – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Scottish Cup final updates from Hampden, 3pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Saturday’s other gamesAnd you can email Scott here with your thoughts 4.18pm BST 57 min: Celtic have a job on their hands now. Hearts have won their last three Scottish Cup finals. And only one team since 2004 has lost a Scottish Cup final after scoring first. On the plus side for Celtic, that was Aberdeen two years ago, and the Hoops were the beneficiaries. Brown dribbles into the Hearts box from the right and pulls back for Edouard, who can’t connect. The ball deflects off Rogic ... more
  • 18 hours Newport County v Tranmere Rovers: League Two play-off final – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    League Two play-off final updates from the 3pm BST kick-offThe Merseyside spotlight is on Tranmere, says MellonAnd you can email Ben here or tweet him here 4.17pm BST 58 min: Tranmere play a quick free-kick, Newport go to sleep but Micky Demetriou is alert to it, getting down low to block Morris’s shot. In the end it trickles towards Day in the Newport goal and that’s that. Up the other end, Joss Labadie, once of Tranmere, scuffs painfully wide. Another half chance. 4.16pm BST 56 min: Ben Pringle loops a high cross into the box but it almost ends up ... more
  • 19 hours Fly me to the moon: the best ways to mark the Apollo 11 anniversary TheGaurdian – Edu
    From great exhibitions and books to lunar festivals, our guide to the best celebrations of 50 years since the moon landingThe Day We Walked on the Moon ITV, Thursday 11 July, 9pmTo commemorate Nasa’s achievement, this July, ITV will premiere the documentary The Day We Walked on the Moon. Narrated by Mark Strong and directed by John Moulson, it tells the story of the Apollo 11 mission and includes interviews with key figures such as astronaut Michael Collins. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Catastrophes and crowded skies set Iata’s airlines thinking TheGuardian -Biz
    Executives gathering for the international aviation body’s annual summit have much to discuss this yearEven without missiles being test-fired into the sky by a hostile regime 35 miles to the north, airline executives might be a little tense next weekend. More than 1,000 of them will gather in the South Korean capital, Seoul, for the big event in the industry’s calendar, the International Air Transport Association’s general meeting. Many Iata members have a degree of protection from turbulence thanks to deep pockets, airline alliances, sheer size, or national loyalty. But the big issues to be discussed in Seoul may still ... more
  • 19 hours Could the government step in to save stricken British Steel? TheGuardian -Biz
    The loss of strategic industrial capacity – and well-paid jobs – suggests every avenue ought to be exploredTo see the Scunthorpe steelworks in action is to witness British manufacturing prowess at its most visually stunning.Huge slabs of steel, glowing orange with heat, flow seamlessly through the plant, destined to become anything from paperclips to the steel ropes that support the Humber Bridge. Even from a safe distance, the searing 1,000-degree temperature created by this round-the-clock process is uncomfortable to bear. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Identity politics is dividing Britons, warns equality commission chief TheGaurdian – Edu
    David Isaac says people’s growing tendency to define themselves by faith, gender or race is diminishing empathyThe increasing tendency for people to define themselves by their faith, gender, sexuality or race is undermining empathy among Britons, says the chair of the country’s equality watchdog.David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Observer that identity politics had been hugely important in advancing the civil rights of many groups. But he warned of a danger that “individual interests” were narrowing people’s views and diminishing their connection to wider society. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Back to life, back to virtual reality as music stars return to stage as holograms TheGuardian
    As a Whitney Houston 3D tour is announced, the race is on to make hi-tech concerts just like the real thingThe Beatles live in the Cavern, Ziggy Stardust’s last outing at the Hammersmith Apollo, or Jimi Hendrix on the Isle of Wight: all these landmark gigs may soon await even fans who were not born when they took place. As the estate of the late Whitney Houston announced last week that the singer will be going on tour, in holographic form, the technological race to bring the most realistic live experiences to concert crowds has stepped up a gear.Accusations of ... more
  • 19 hours Identity politics is dividing Britons, warns equality commission chief TheGuardian
    David Isaac says people’s growing tendency to define themselves by faith, gender or race is diminishing empathyThe increasing tendency for people to define themselves by their faith, gender, sexuality or race is undermining empathy among Britons, says the chair of the country’s equality watchdog.David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Observer that identity politics had been hugely important in advancing the civil rights of many groups. But he warned of a danger that “individual interests” were narrowing people’s views and diminishing their connection to wider society. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Nick Tompkins’ hat-trick leads Saracens past Gloucester and into final TheGuardian -Sport
    • Saracens 44-19 Gloucester• Replacement caps six-try display from championsThey are the best team in Europe, which means we knew already they are the best team in England. Whether Saracens go on to clinch the relevant gong at Twickenham next Saturday remains to be seen – sport is a funny old thing – but if we wanted evidence of how much farther ahead they are of the congested mid-table sprawl of the Premiership, of which Gloucester are the current leaders, we had it here.However unpopular they may remain in so many quarters – and a failure to sell out a ... more
  • 19 hours French Open: Johanna Konta puts faith in good feeling to banish past failings TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘I’m trusting myself right now because of good wins’• Konta faces Antonia Lottner in fifth bid to make second roundThe facts are incontrovertible: Johanna Konta goes into the first round of the French Open tomorrow on Monday against the world No 149 Antonia Lottner aware that she has failed to reach the second round here four times in a row. But, as Britain’s sole representative in the women’s draw pointed out, the game is about more than just facts. It is about feelings.“You guys will always have an opinion, or ask questions to get an opinion,” the world No ... more
  • 19 hours Lewis Hamilton pips Valtteri Bottas to Monaco GP pole as Leclerc slumps TheGuardian -Sport
    • Hamilton beats Mercedes teammate into second on final Q3 lap• Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc knocked out in Q1 in 16th placeLewis Hamilton took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix with a fine lap around the streets of Monte Carlo, leaving his best to last to secure the place with his final lap of the day. He beat his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in third.Sebastian Vettel, having crashed in final practice, recovered to take fourth place but his teammate Charles Leclerc endured a shocker at his home race. He went out in Q1 ... more
  • 19 hours The art deco pub, the library and Poldark manor: Britain’s architectural gems at risk TheGuardian
    As Save Britain’s Heritage campaign highlights historic buildings that could be lost to the nation, Cornish estate owners vow to take actionFor viewers of a certain age it is instantly recognisable. Botallack Manor, on the Penwith peninsula in western Cornwall, doubled as Nampara, the home of Ross Poldark and his family, in the original 1970s Poldark television series.Today, the Grade II-listed house, built in the 17th century and boasting spectacular views of the Tin Coast, remains a magnet for Poldark fans, many drawn to this wild and remote location by the latest BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Nikita Parris and Jill Scott give England timely boost against Denmark TheGuardian -Sport
    • England 2-0 Denmark• Lionesses win penultimate match before World CupAn experimental England starting XI saw off a spirited challenge from Denmark in their penultimate friendly before they fly to France for the World Cup.Nikita Parris, the former Manchester City forward who is expected to be announced as joining European champions Lyon, swept in from the edge of the box to close a frustrating first half and swing the game in the Lionesses’ favour before a Beth Mead cross was cleanly headed home by Jill Scott after the break to secure the win. Continue reading... ... more
  • 20 hours EU citizens denied vote in European elections to sue UK government TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Campaign groups prepare legal challenge following ‘systemic denial’ of suffrageThe government is facing the prospect of being sued by campaigners for EU citizens in the UK and British nationals abroad who were denied a vote in the European parliament elections.John Halford, a public law specialist at Bindmans, said this week’s electoral fiasco was something a democracy should not tolerate. Continue reading... ... more
  • 21 hours Jo Brand says #MeToo is ‘something we need to keep pushing at’ TheGuardian
    Speaking at Hay festival, comedian recalls a charity event where a man forced his tongue into her mouthJo Brand has spoken of the need to maintain the momentum of the #MeToo movement despite the fact that some people are “fed up with it already”, recalling a charity event where a man forced his tongue into her mouth.The comedian told an audience at the Hay festival she was at a corporate charity day at Canary Wharf where “they were all pissed, it was about nine o’clock in the morning”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 21 hours Reports of university funding crisis are ‘scaremongering’, says Hinds TheGaurdian – Edu
    Education secretary criticises ‘hyperbole’ after speculation over possible tuition fee cutThe education secretary has said reports of a financial crisis among universities are “scaremongering”, as speculation mounted of a cut in tuition fees.Damian Hinds said “hyperbolic warnings” were misrepresenting the situation facing institutions, most of which have healthy balance sheets. Continue reading... ... more
  • 21 hours Reports of university funding crisis are ‘scaremongering’, says Hinds TheGuardian
    Education secretary criticises ‘hyperbole’ after speculation over possible tuition fee cutThe education secretary has said reports of a financial crisis among universities are “scaremongering”, as speculation mounted of a cut in tuition fees.Damian Hinds said “hyperbolic warnings” were misrepresenting the situation facing institutions, most of which have healthy balance sheets. Continue reading... ... more
  • 21 hours PSG extend Thomas Tuchel’s contract as coach for another year TheGuardian -Sport
    German now set to stay with club until June 2021Tuchel: ‘I’m sure that the best is yet to come’Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has extended his contract at the French champions for another year until June 2021, despite a disappointing second half of the season.The German coach replaced Unai Emery on a two-year deal last summer and helped PSG successfully defend their league title this season. Continue reading... ... more
  • 22 hours Rise in special needs pupils forced to attend out-of-area schools TheGaurdian – Edu
    Some have to travel hundreds of miles as funding cuts stretch education authoritiesAlmost 20,000 children with special educational needs such as autism are attending school outside their council area because of shortfalls in local provision – with the number rising by nearly a fifth in two years, the Observer can reveal.Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that some children are studying hundreds of miles from home as the special education needs and disability (Send) system struggles to cope with a funding crisis. Continue reading... ... more
  • 22 hours Rise in special needs pupils forced to attend out-of-area schools TheGuardian
    Some have to travel hundreds of miles as funding cuts stretch education authoritiesAlmost 20,000 children with special educational needs such as autism are attending school outside their council area because of shortfalls in local provision – with the number rising by nearly a fifth in two years, the Observer can reveal.Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that some children are studying hundreds of miles from home as the special education needs and disability (Send) system struggles to cope with a funding crisis. Continue reading... ... more
  • 22 hours Hedonism, sex and fear – why the Weimar republic is in vogue TheGuardian
    From Fritz Lang to Brecht, 1920s German culture is being celebrated in print and on stage – perhaps because it has clear echoes todayIt was one of the most febrile and fascinating periods in the 20th century. A time when cultural creativity and technical innovation walked hand in hand with political uncertainty, growing inequality and storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Small wonder, then, that 100 years later, the Weimar republic is being celebrated in film and literature, music and art.Next month sees the conclusion of the BFI’s well-received Weimar programme, Beyond Your Wildest Dreams: Weimar Cinema 1919-1933, a series ... more
  • 22 hours England v Denmark: women’s international friendly – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    International football updates from the 1pm BST kick-offFran Kirby: ‘Two semis we lost still hurt – we’ll use it as motivation’And you can email Alex here or tweet him here 12.22pm BST A big chance then for Ellen White up front, who scored what proved to be the winner in the Lionesses’s last game, against Spain. She’s just joined City – ostensibly to replace Nikita Parris, who plays alongside her today – but has endured an injury-hit season after being named WSL player of the year and topping the scoring charts two years ago. 12.12pm BST England: Bardsley (GK), Daly, ... more
  • 22 hours England v Australia: Cricket World Cup warmup – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Listen to the new episode of our podcast, The SpinCricket’s coming home: Vic Marks on the World CupFear and loathing in English cricket’s fraying heartlandAnd you can email Rob here with your thoughts 12.21pm BST 25th over: Australia 128-3 (Smith 31, Khawaja 3) A short ball from Plunkett is hustled through midwicket for four by Smith, who looks in slightly ominous touch. As if to prove the point, he cracks an empathic straight drive for four two balls later. Eleven from the over. 12.17pm BST 24th over: Australia 117-3 (Smith 20, Khawaja 3) Another quiet over from Moeen, who will ... more
  • 23 hours Why there is no accounting for a large slice of luck in the Premier League | Greg Wood TheGuardian -Sport
    Football data shows that chance plays a significant, possibly decisive, role in one match in sixBack in the late 1990s a bookmaking firm came up with an interesting new game to keep the customers in its betting shops amused while they were waiting for the racing to start. It ran computer simulations of entire seasons in football’s top flight, several times each morning and squeezed into just a few minutes, complete with “pre‑season odds” to attract fivers and tenners from fans of the big-name teams. It was a little like Wembley, the 1970s board game which did something similar for ... more
  • 23 hours Cricket World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide TheGuardian -Sport
    The complete rundown of the contenders, pretenders and outsiders as the tournament approachesProspects Their success remains one of the feelgood stories in international cricket but they’re now established regulars in the top international tournaments. That said, they nearly missed out on this World Cup, scraping through in qualifying after defeats to Scotland, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong. The bowling attack is strong but where will the runs come from? Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours Spice Girls fans complain of ‘awful’ sound at Dublin gig TheGuardian
    Mel B acknowledges complaints about Croke Park comeback performanceThe Spice Girl Mel B has said she hopes the sound “will be much, much better” at the reformed band’s next show, following complaints about the first gig of their stadium reunion tour.More than 70,000 fans attended the concert at Croke Park in Dublin on Friday night, many of whom paid more than £100 to see the pop group take the stage for the first time in seven years. However, footage posted on social media showed that many could barely hear the hit songs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 24 hours Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’ TheGuardian -Sport
    After playing for years with a torn hip, the Sunderland midfielder is back to full fitness and ready for a League One play-off final date with CharltonIt is a cool March night at the Stadio Olimpico in 2006, Middlesbrough have just eliminated Roma from Europe and Italian reporters ask their English counterparts a single question. “Lee Cattermole,” they inquire. “The new Steven Gerrard, yes?”Fast-forward 13 years to a sunny May lunchtime in Sunderland and Cattermole smiles at the memory. “We ended up in the Uefa Cup final, losing to Sevilla, and then Steve McClaren got the England job,” he says. ... more
  • 1 day UK’s first black police chief asks why he remains the only one TheGuardian
    Michael Fuller, who led Kent force, says many women have broken into top ranks but not black officersBritain’s first black chief constable has questioned why no one has been given the opportunity to follow his path, despite the talent available.Michael Fuller was expressing his concerns to an audience at Hay festival, where he also asked why the Football Association had not done more to combat racism against players, and revealed he was approached to join the Masons. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Refugee jailed for smuggling injured niece into UK reunited with family TheGuardian
    Home Office releases Najat Ibrahim Ismail, an Iraqi Kurd who faced deportation three timesA man who brought his baby niece to the UK from a French refugee camp after she sustained serious burns has been released from detention and reunited with his family.Najat Ibrahim Ismail, 32, an Iraqi Kurd, faced three attempts by the Home Office to put him on a plane to Iraq in recent weeks. He is married to a British woman, Emma Ismail, and has three young British children, including a 10-year-old son who has autism. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day For the unsinkable Serena Williams, the last step is proving the hardest TheGuardian -Sport
    Coming back from childbirth was always going to be her biggest challenge, but the baggage of trying to become the all-time great is proving a formidable haul even for Serena Eight years ago, the documentary Venus and Serena followed the Williams sisters as they tried to survive the nadir of their careers. Venus prepared to do battle with Sjogren’s syndrome, while Serena plotted her way back from the first pulmonary embolism that had nearly killed her. During a quiet moment of the documentary, a quick break in the middle of practice, Serena noted to no one in particular that she ... more
  • 1 day Cricket’s coming home: World Cup offers England golden shot at rejuvenation | Vic Marks TheGuardian -Sport
    Expect runs galore, twists and turns aplenty and maybe – just maybe – a tournament victory for EnglandHere comes the golden chance to rejuvenate the game in England, which now only comes around every two decades. All the best cricketers in the world have arrived and they are about to compete for the biggest prize in the international game. A festival of cricket awaits.Even the odd English cricketer has whispered that it would be preferable to win the World Cup rather than the Ashes, a view that was once considered a heresy. This makes sense. England may have won the ... more
  • 1 day ‘A bitter and divided nation?’: Owen Jones goes to a Brexit party rally – video TheGuardian
    Owen Jones asks people attending a Brexit party rally in London’s Olympia why they are turning up, what they think of Nigel Farage and what their rise tells us about modern politics Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation TheGuardian
    Olaf agency is carrying out an assessment of payments made by Arron BanksThe European Union’s anti-fraud watchdog is considering whether Nigel Farage should be investigated for any illegal activity over lavish payment from Arron Banks, the Guardian has learned.The agency, which goes by its French acronym, Olaf, revealed it was carrying out an assessment, which could lead to a formal investigation. This “initial assessment … does not mean that the individuals in question are guilty of any wrongdoing”, it said. Continue reading... ... more
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