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  • 1 hour Flybmi collapses, blaming Brexit uncertainty TheGuardian
    East Midlands airline goes into administration, cancels all flights and tells aircrew not to come to workThe British airline Flybmi has gone bust, cancelling all flights with immediate effect and blaming Brexit as the main cause of its collapse.The company, which employs 376 staff and operates more than 600 flights a week, said it faced “several difficulties” in recent weeks including spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 hours Revealed: how Home Office hires out staff to hunt migrants TheGuardian
    Department criticised for ‘escalating hostile environment’ by selling officials’ services to firmsThe Home Office is selling the services of its immigration officials to private companies in a move attacked as an escalation of the “hostile environment” strategy.According to internal documents seen by the Observer, the department is attempting to embed immigration officers at a rate of almost £60 an hour as part of an “enhanced checking service” being offered to public services, understood to include NHS trusts and local authorities, as well as private firms. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Labour pulls level with Tories in latest opinion poll TheGuardian
    Opinium poll for the Observer suggests there is significant support for a new political party Labour has pulled level with the Conservatives, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer that suggests significant potential support for a new party.Jeremy Corbyn’s party had trailed the Tories by seven points two weeks ago. However, the result proved to be a blip and both parties are now on 37% of the national vote. It marks a return to the tight poll results that have been a feature in recent months. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Newport County v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup fifth-round updates from the tie at Rodney ParadeNewport County: inside story of a club that rose from the deadAnd feel free to email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 7.28pm GMT And that’s that. A valiant effort from the League Two side. To go in at half-time at 0-0 was a shock in itself. But the City machine clicked into gear in the second half. The home fans at Rodney Parade give their players a raucous send-off after a fantastic Cup run that will have filled up the coffers but more importantly, given the team – and town – a ... more
  • 4 hours Laura Muir smashes Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor mile record TheGuardian -Sport
    • Scot smashes standard set in 1988 by five seconds • Teenage Ethiopian Samuel Tefera sets 1500m world recordNo sooner had Laura Muir obliterated the 31-year-old British indoor mile record by an astonishing five seconds than she started wrapping herself up in cotton wool. She knows the biggest danger of retaining her European 1500m and 3,000m titles in Glasgow could be the February flu rather than anything on two legs. Instead of posing for selfies, as usual, her coach Andy Young, handed fans autographed photographs instead.A smiling Muir said: “I signed 66 cards – so I hope that’s enough for ... more
  • 4 hours Campaigners protest against BP sponsorship of British Museum TheGuardian
    Activist says sponsorship allows oil group to appear a ‘good corporate citizen’Hundreds of people have occupied the British Museum in protest against its relationship with longstanding sponsor BP and to highlight that the multinational lobbied the UK government to help it gain access to Iraq’s oil reserves prior to the war in the country.I am Ashurbanipal, the museum’s current main exhibition, features artefacts that protesters said had been removed from modern day Iraq during the Ottoman era, while BP’s impact on climate change was also a central cause for concern. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 hours Andrea Levy gave a voice to all my silenced forebears | Sharmaine Lovegrove TheGuardian
    Her novel Small Island made me understand where the Windrush generation were coming fromAndrea Levy wrote to understand where she came from; I read her to understand where we come from. I was 23 when Small Island was published in 2004 and had just started working at the London Review Bookshop. The voice of the protagonist, Hortense, a Jamaican woman who worked hard and expected more from everyone, reminded me of my maternal grandma and her nursing friends, all of whom I respectfully called “aunty”. It was the first time I had read a depiction of people like my relations ... more
  • 4 hours ‘The whole village is united’: Warnock attends Emiliano Sala’s funeral – video TheGuardian -Sport
    The Cardiff City manager, Neil Warnock, has attended the funeral of Emiliano Sala in the town of Progreso, Argentina. Sala was killed when the aircraft he was flying in crashed on 21 January, en route to Cardiff from Nantes, the player having signed with the Premier League club days earlier Continue reading... ... more
  • 5 hours How Swansea City went from model club to desperate cautionary tale | Stuart James TheGuardian -Sport
    Chaotic transfers and incompetence at the top have put the club into a downward spiral with no obvious source of salvationAs the clock ticked down on transfer deadline day last month, and chaos reigned behind the scenes at Swansea City, Connor Roberts tweeted a gif showing Milhouse, a character from The Simpsons, throwing a frisbee to himself in the park. The Wales international removed the post not long afterwards but the inference was clear: Swansea’s players were feeling every bit as disillusioned as the supporters.Swansea were doing what Swansea now have a reputation for doing on deadline day – shifting ... more
  • 5 hours West Brom keep pace after win at Aston Villa as Blades carve up Reading TheGuardian -Sport
    Sheffield Wednesday leave it late to draw at RotherhamPortsmouth throw away 3-0 lead for point at SouthendWest Brom did the damage in the five minutes before the break to stay firmly in the promotion hunt with a 2-0 win at Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Hal Robson-Kanu headed the Baggies in front in the 41st minute before Jay Rodriguez added a second moments later to ensure Darren Moore’s side made the short trip home with all three points. Villa are now seven points off the final play-off place. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Let Shamima Begum return to UK or risk more terror recruits, says expert TheGuardian
    Counter-radicalisation expert criticises Sajid Javid’s reaction, saying it feeds Isis narrativeThe home secretary’s response to teenage Islamic State bride Shamima Begum will guarantee new recruits to the ideology that underpins the terror group, a former senior counter-radicalisation expert for the government has warned.As the debate over whether to allow Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, to return home continued on Saturday, Hanif Qadir said Sajid Javid’s reaction to the teenager’s predicament fed the narrative of Isis. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Blunt Rangers lose ground on Celtic after St Johnstone stalemate TheGuardian -Sport
    Rangers risk losing further ground in the title race after being frustrated at home by St Johnstone. The 0-0 draw with Tommy Wright’s men may mean Rangers have trimmed Celtic’s lead at the top back to five points for 24 hours but Brendan Rodgers’ reigning champions will look to punish a wasteful display from Rangers when they travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday by stretching their advantage to eight.Wright’s St Johnstone had shipped five after opting to go on the attack on their last visit to Govan. But there was little danger of them opening up as they returned to Glasgow’s ... more
  • 6 hours Newcastle remain rock bottom after directionless defeat at Bath TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bath 30-13 Newcastle• Hosts score four tries in comfortable victoryNewcastle’s hold on the bottom position in the table is becoming that bit securer by the week, but there was little suggestion in their fourth consecutive league defeat that they were preoccupied by a fear of going down. Premiership Rugby clubs wants an immediate end to relegation while allowing the Championship champions this season to be promoted, as long as they are London Irish, to make it 13 at the top. Unlucky for some. Related: David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Nan Goldin on art, opioids and the need for positive action | Rebecca Nicholson TheGuardian
    Why are so few of her peers joining the New York artist in her protest against a branch of the Sackler family?Netflix recently sent up the art world in its feature film, Velvet Buzzsaw. It’s a strange hybrid of spoof and horror, but an early section, in which ludicrous money is thrown around and gross consumption and cut-throat competition are par for the course, is the most successful. (A later gag, in which a gallerist mistakes a pile of bin bags for a new work, is surely the dad joke of satire.) It descends into a mess of blood and ... more
  • 6 hours Buhari and opposition leader blame each other for Nigerian election delay TheGuardian
    The vote was rescheduled just five hours before polls were to openNigeria’s president and his main challenger have blamed each other for the last-minute postponement of the country’s election, delayed just five hours before polls were due to open.Millions of Nigerians who had planned to vote woke up to the news on Saturday that the independent electoral commission (INEC) had deemed holding the poll “no longer feasible”. It will now be held on 23 February, INEC said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours David Strettle try helps Saracens to the top of Premiership TheGuardian -Sport
    • Saracens 33-10 Leicester• Tigers overwhelmed in second halfSaracens needed a bonus-point win to retake their position at the top of the table, so that was what they took. For the majority of the match a bonus point, at least of the attacking variety, was the farthest notion from any of the minds assembled here in Barnet. Indeed, with an hour gone, Saracens were trailing, as they had for the entirety of the third quarter. The stuff of champions it was not.This was one of those domestic matches in the shadow of the Six Nations that tend not to linger ... more
  • 6 hours Teemu Pukki scores twice for rampant Norwich in thrashing of Bolton TheGuardian -Sport
    It would be hard to imagine a more emphatic reaction to a setback. Norwich recorded their joint-biggest win of the season, reclaimed the lead in the Championship less than 72 hours after losing it and delivered the kind of elegant evisceration that serves as a statement. In leapfrogging Leeds they also surpassed their points total for last season, and made Wednesday’s defeat at Preston look an anomaly.“It was important to respond,” said the Norwich manager, Daniel Farke. “It was a top-class performance.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 6 hours Murray Wallace and Millwall put an end to AFC Wimbledon’s FA Cup fairytale TheGuardian -Sport
    Millwall reached their fourth FA Cup quarter-final in 15 years because they approached this game with the correct attitude. A tough physical examination held no fears for Neil Harris’s hardened players, who were never going to be fazed by the sight of the ball repeatedly sailing out of this tiny ground after a heavy touch or an agricultural hoof. There is nothing pretentious about Millwall and they found it easy to roll up their sleeves against AFC Wimbledon, who lacked the wit to inconvenience their wily Championship opponents.One goal was enough for the visitors to handle a limited challenge from ... more
  • 6 hours Britain is discovering the difficult truth about trade deals | Phillip Inman TheGuardian -Biz
    Wanting to forge new trading relationships after Brexit and securing them are two very different thingsA trade deal, any trade deal: that is all Liam Fox wants from his civil servants. It is not much for an international trade secretary to ask. Especially when the prospect of all-encompassing agreements on imports and exports was held up in the referendum and its aftermath as one of the chief benefits of quitting the European Union. Not least by Fox himself.Wanting a trade deal and securing one are not the same thing, as Fox has found out in the last two years of ... more
  • 6 hours Grayling attacked over ‘disastrous’ part-privatisation of probation service TheGuardian
    Private provider Working Links went bust just as it was found playing down offender riskUnion bosses have condemned former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s “disastrous privatisation programme” after a probation services provider went into administration.It was announced on Friday that Working Links, owned by the German-based asset management group, Aurelius, had collapsed. The same day, HM inspectorate of probation published a report saying that Working Links staff wrongly classified offenders as low-risk in order to meet government targets. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Florists: Fresh blooms could become preserve of the rich in no-deal Brexit TheGuardian
    Independent florists in Cambridge tell how high-cost imports and long border delays would hit their tradeIt is Valentine’s Day in Cambridge and, at a market stall near King’s College, Nicki Lark is cheerfully selling bouquets of roses, daffodils and tulips to young lovers in the sunshine. But, behind her smiles, she is worried.She fears that, like many other UK businesses that rely heavily on imports from Europe, this family-run florist, which has operated in the city’s market square for the past 60 years, will have to increase its prices in the event of a no-deal Brexit – and might struggle ... more
  • 7 hours UK fracking industry pushes for review of earthquake limits TheGuardian
    Firms say regulations forcing operations to stop if they trigger tremors greater than 0.5 magnitude threaten viabilityThe UK’s nascent fracking firms are headed for a crunch moment that will determine whether the industry has a future, according to observers and insiders.The past fortnight has seen a concerted lobbying drive by two of the leading shale companies calling for the government to review rules on earthquakes caused by their operations. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours The Direct approach: why ailing UK retailers are turning to Mike Ashley TheGuardian -Biz
    The clothing tycoon is one of the few players still willing to invest in the high street as Britain’s shoppers desert itMike Ashley, the high street’s most voracious corporate shopper, underlined his power over British retail last week when he was allowed to peruse the books of a long-coveted target: Debenhams.As the 54-year-old entrepreneur scrutinised the struggling chain’s finances, he also managed a tilt at two failed retailers over the past fortnight. HMV was ultimately sold to a Canadian entrepreneur and Patisserie Valerie went to a management buyout, despite a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it proposal from Ashley. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours UK fracking industry pushes for review of earthquake limits TheGuardian -Biz
    Firms say regulations forcing operations to stop if they trigger tremors greater than 0.5 magnitude threaten viabilityThe UK’s nascent fracking firms are headed for a crunch moment that will determine whether the industry has a future, according to observers and insiders.The past fortnight has seen a concerted lobbying drive by two of the leading shale companies calling for the government to review rules on earthquakes caused by their operations. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Russian minister calls Gavin Williamson ‘minister for war’ TheGuardian
    Sergei Lavrov criticises UK defence secretary after he says Russia has ‘blood on its hands’Russia’s foreign minister has described Gavin Williamson as “minister for war” after the UK defence secretary said Russia had blood on its hands for its actions in Ukraine and Syria in a speech on Friday.Comments by Williamson on the possibility of sending a naval frigate to patrol the South China Seas has already led China to cancel a trade trip by Philip Hammond – a move that has infuriated the Treasury. Continue reading... ... more
  • 7 hours Karl Marx’s London memorial vandalised for second time TheGuardian
    The words ‘doctrine of hate’ and ‘architect of genocide’ were painted on Highgate cemetery memorialThe tomb of Karl Marx in London’s Highgate cemetery has been vandalised for the second time in the space of a month.The words “doctrine of hate” and “architect of genocide” were found daubed in red paint across the Grade I-listed monument in the north London graveyard on Saturday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours AFC Wimbledon v Millwall, Football League and more – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    All the latest updates from the 3pm GMT kick-offsDyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at WimbledonAny thoughts? Email John or tweet @johnbrewin_ 3.17pm GMT Sheffield United have scored again. It’s 2-0 against Reading, with Gary Madine getting that. Billy Sharp has been left on the bench and it looks like he will not be required. That was Madine’s first ever goal for Blades; he used to be an Owl, of course. 3.13pm GMT David Beckham has just seen his first Salford goal, scored by Dennis Politic, whose nickname is probably not “The Governor”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 8 hours Clan Des Obeaux shines as Paul Nicholls lands 45,863-1 eight-timer TheGuardian -Sport
    • Nicholls’ Ascot famous five includes awesome Clan Des Obeaux• Haydock racing marred when fight breaks out at the trackIn the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, Clan Des Obeaux was the young upstart with everything still to prove against big-name rivals. Less than three months later, he will go into the Gold Cup at Cheltenham on 15 March with a fair claim to be the best staying chaser in training after a flawless trial in the Denman Chase here on Saturday, the highlight of an exceptional afternoon for his trainer, Paul Nicholls.In all, Nicholls took five of the ... more
  • 8 hours Paul Farbrace to step down as England assistant coach after Caribbean tour TheGuardian -Sport
    • Farbrace to join Warwickshire as their new sporting director• Blow for England at the start of World Cup and Ashes yearPaul Farbrace will stand down as England’s assistant coach at the end of their Caribbean tour. The 51-year-old announced on Saturday that he will be joining Warwickshire as their new sporting director, a position made vacant when Ashley Giles became England’s director of cricket last December.It appears a significant blow for England at the start of a year in which they are trying to win a World Cup and Ashes on home soil, not least as regards the first ... more
  • 8 hours Hammond’s trip to China scuppered by Williamson’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’ TheGuardian
    Beijing reportedly scrapped plans for chancellor’s visit after defence secretary’s remarksPhilip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed. It is believed that there is an internal row brewing between the Treasury and the defence department over Williamson’s remarks, which the former chancellor George Osborne described as a throwback to an era ... more
  • 9 hours Wigan’s Tom Davies: ‘I came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to make it’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The winger talks about his arduous road from working in the pavilion at Leigh to lining up in the World Club ChallengeWhen the superstars of Sydney Roosters take to the field at the DW Stadium on Sunday evening in the 2019 World Club Challenge, the Wigan winger Tom Davies may be forgiven if he takes a moment to look around and pinch himself. He is already a Super League winner at the age of 22 but not so long ago Davies would have been thought more likely to be watching his hometown club from the stands as the Warriors aim ... more
  • 9 hours Knockaert and Locadia put Brighton into last eight despite late Cole scare TheGuardian -Sport
    Another admirable FA Cup exploit by Ashley Cole, a seven-times winner of the competition, was not enough to prevent Brighton from advancing to the quarter-finals. The 38-year-old full-back came off the bench to score but Frank Lampard’s Derby could not cancel out the lead that Brighton had established in the first half through goals by Anthony Knockaert and Jürgen Locadia.Brighton had been comfortably superior to the disappointing visitors for most of the match but found themselves clinging on in the dying minutes as Derby belatedly resembled the side who produced cup upsets against Manchester United and Southampton this season. Continue ... more
  • 9 hours Lib Dem peer and ex-MI6 chief used former spies to aid Romanian tycoon TheGuardian
    Businessman used ‘intricate knowledge’ gathered by British intelligence firm to fight extradition over corruption chargesA former MI6 boss and a Liberal Democrat peer used retired intelligence officers to gather “sensitive” information from secret sources in the Romanian government to help a wealthy businessman facing corruption allegations, according to documents seen by the Observer.Sir John Scarlett’s private intelligence firm, SC Strategy (SCS), which he co-owns with Lord Carlile, disclosed in a report produced for the businessman’s lawyers that it had obtained information from a range of well-placed “confidential sources” in Romania on sensitive issues including diplomatic negotiations and the activities of ... more
  • 9 hours Kusal Perera heroics lead Sri Lanka to remarkable Test win in South Africa TheGuardian -Sport
    • South Africa 235 & 259; Sri Lanka 191 & 304-9• Tourists put on 78 for final wicket in dramatic finaleSri Lanka pulled off a stunning against-the-odds run chase to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first Test on Saturday as Kusal Perera almost single-handedly won the game with his unbeaten 153.Chasing an unlikely 304, Sri Lanka were 226 for nine and seemingly out of it. But a last-wicket partnership of 78 between Perera and Vishwa Fernando took the tourists to a thrilling victory on the fourth day. Perera scored 68 of those runs, but Fernando hung in ... more
  • 10 hours I’m 37 – is it worth keeping private medical insurance? TheGuardian -Biz
    I’ve only ever used it once, and I’m thinking of ditching it until I’m in my 50sEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.I′m 37 and have been in my company private medical insurance scheme for five years. I didn′t realise just how much it was costing me (in benefit in kind deductions, plus the extra I pay for my wife to be a member) considering I have only ever used it once, for some ... more
  • 10 hours NHS England losing staff in record numbers over long hours – study TheGuardian
    Research finds number of people leaving over work-life balance has almost trebledRecord numbers of burned-out NHS staff in England are quitting because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough at home with their family, new research reveals.The number of personnel leaving the NHS because of a poor work-life balance has almost trebled in the last seven years, an analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank shows. Continue reading... ... more
  • 11 hours David Gauke expresses ‘grave concerns’ about no-deal Brexit TheGuardian
    Justice secretary says leaving EU without deal would have ‘very adverse effect’The justice secretary has said he has grave concerns about the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal, saying it would have a “very adverse effect” on the UK’s economy, security and union with Northern Ireland.David Gauke said the government was planning for the contingency of no deal, but suggested he would support extending article 50 if a deal between the UK and EU was not reached, since a no-deal Brexit was not in the national interest. He added that he expected the government to act responsibly ... more
  • 11 hours Time to stand tall for Ashes: Root, Stokes, Burns and Wood can be key TheGuardian -Sport
    Joe Root and Ben Stokes are more important than ever for England this summer while Rory Burns and Mark Wood may also step up“Cut off the head and the rest will follow” was a phrase often used in the dressing room of the great West Indies sides of the 80s. Their fast bowlers would make a point of targeting the opposition captain in the (usually justified) expectation that this would cause maximum distress. On this tour they managed this most successfully. After two Tests Joe Root had scored 55 runs. In Antigua the England captain received two brutish deliveries, which ... more
  • 11 hours Lady Falkender, Harold Wilson’s righthand woman, dies, aged 86 TheGuardian
    Falkender – Marcia Williams before her ennoblement – was personal and political secretary to WilsonHarold Wilson’s former righthand woman, Lady Falkender, has died. Related: Lady Falkender obituary Continue reading... ... more
  • 12 hours Golden Goal: Steve McManaman for Liverpool v Celtic (1997) TheGuardian -Sport
    The midfielder was the Merseyside club’s most consistent attacking threat for a decade and dazzled in GlasgowIf there is a phrase that sums up Steve McManaman’s time at Real Madrid, a four-year spell in which the Spanish club won La Liga and the Champions League twice apiece, it was perhaps the one delivered by an unlikely source. “El socio del todos” – “a partner to everyone on the pitch”– is how Johan Cruyff described the Merseyside-born Madridista, and he meant it neither sarcastically nor begrudgingly.Cruyff’s assessment was instead genuine and warm-hearted, underlining the understated yet important role the midfielder played ... more
  • 12 hours Marquis of Doncaster struts into Palace on mission to cause Cup upset TheGuardian -Sport
    Rovers’ mischievous striker John Marquis is ready to ruffle feathers against Crystal Palace in the League One club’s first FA Cup fifth-round tie for 63 yearsAt first, John Marquis did not really warm to the idea of moving to Doncaster. “I was umming and ahhing, I wasn’t sure,” he says. “But my agent kept saying: ‘Just go up and have a chat, see what they’ve got to say’.”That was nearly three years ago and it is no exaggeration to say he is now fully immersed in a club which has transformed his life and career. “I love it here. It ... more
  • 12 hours ‘Killer’ children’s car seats available for purchase in UK TheGuardian
    Products withdrawn from Amazon and eBay after Which? finds unsafe seats for saleChildren’s car seats that are made from flimsy material that breach EU safety rules, and have been shown to offer no protection at all for child passengers, can still be bought from some major online retailers, Which? has revealed.The consumer watchdog said the “killer” seats gave children almost no protection from the force of crashes but were described as suitable for newborns and children up to five years of age in the online listings of some popular sites. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours Why the Jones and Gatland rivalry will fuel passion for Cardiff showdown | Ugo Monye TheGuardian -Sport
    The England and Wales head coaches, who share a huge amount of success and respect for each other, are likely to provide much entertainmentEddie Jones and Warren Gatland are going to have some fun next week. So far we’ve heard them both desperately vying to be the underdog – it’s the only time coaches ever compliment each other – but when we get into Test week we’ll see a few grenades launched from each side of the border.Personally, I love it. It’s two coaches who have huge respect for each other casually flirting in public. It’s hollow – because what ... more
  • 14 hours PSG and Dortmund sing it with pride as home crowds wallow in age of rage | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    Noisy away ends at Old Trafford and Wembley offered something of a throwback to several decades ago when fans revelled in their own identity rather than disdain for others’There was an exciting announcement this week about a new style of shoe “inspired by 1980s terrace culture”. The idea behind the new shoe, an Adidas press release explained, is to capture the sights and sounds of English football 30 years ago. And who knows, it could work out well. Perhaps the new Adidas Widespread Racism will go on to become a huge hit.This is of course a joke. The new shoe ... more
  • 14 hours ‘It should be the last option, not the first’: what’s behind the rise in Tasering? TheGuardian
    Why are so many people like Max – 25, but with the comprehension of a seven-year-old – being shot with stun guns by UK police? at around 2pm, Margaret, a manager for a marketing company, received a phone call about her son. She was travelling for work in Wiltshire. Max, then 25, had assaulted a police officer, she was told. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what has happened now?’” she says.Margaret drove to the flat near Bristol where Max had been living for four months. It’s a self-contained part of The Maples, a residential building for adults with moderate to ... more
  • 14 hours ‘We proved Amazon wrong’: activists celebrate Bezos’ retreat from Queens TheGuardian -Biz
    Abrupt collapse of company’s plans seen as a milestone victory for leftwing insurgents over Democrats who backed the dealAmazon picked a tough moment to come to New York.Progressive groups were in the ascendant and they turned their fire on an obvious target: a plan to lure a company run by the world’s richest man with $3bn in subsidies and tax breaks. Continue reading... ... more
  • 14 hours ‘We proved Amazon wrong’: activists celebrate Bezos retreat from Queens TheGuardian -Tech
    Abrupt collapse of company’s plans seen as a milestone victory for leftwing insurgents over Democrats who backed the dealAmazon picked a tough moment to come to New York.Progressive groups were in the ascendant and they turned their fire on an obvious target: a plan to lure a company run by the world’s richest man with $3bn in subsidies and tax breaks. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Is private health insurance worth it for those in their 30s? TheGuardian
    I’ve only ever used it once, and I’m thinking of ditching it until I’m in my 50sEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.I′m 37 and have been in my company private medical insurance scheme for five years. I didn′t realise just how much it was costing me (in benefit in kind deductions, plus the extra I pay for my wife to be a member) considering I have only ever used it once, for some ... more
  • 15 hours Thousands of workers hit with massive tax avoidance bills TheGuardian -Biz
    The 2019 loan charge means ill-advised IT and NHS contractors face staggering bills from HMRCIt is turning into one of the ugliest, most emotional and turbulent battles ever fought between the tax authorities and alleged tax avoiders. The Money pages of the Guardian have rarely seen such a huge volume of angry, heartfelt letters from people who describe themselves as normal families whose lives are being destroyed, they say, by huge and unfair demands from HM Revenue & Customs.The battle is over the innocuously named 2019 Loan Charge. This measure is designed to claw back unpaid taxes by people who, ... more
  • 16 hours Ryanair passengers get double the time to alter bookings for free TheGuardian -Biz
    Airline extends limit for free changes to 48 hours, with hefty fees for last-minute switchesRyanair passengers will now have 48 hours to make changes to bookings for free after the airline announced a series of “customer care improvements”.Customers currently have a 24-hour grace period to correct any minor errors – for example, a misspelled name – free of charge, but this is being doubled. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Ryanair passengers get double the time to alter bookings for free TheGuardian
    Airline extends limit for free changes to 48 hours, with hefty fees for last-minute switchesRyanair passengers will now have 48 hours to make changes to bookings for free after the airline announced a series of “customer care improvements”.Customers currently have a 24-hour grace period to correct any minor errors – for example, a misspelled name – free of charge, but this is being doubled. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Are banks guilty of faking signatures on British court papers? TheGuardian -Biz
    A new campaign group claims the practice is taking place on an ‘industrial scale’Have some banks, or their legal representatives, been faking signatures on UK court documents used to repossess people’s homes and to recover other debts?It’s a serious charge, but a new campaign group claims there has been “alleged industrial-scale forgery” of signatures. And the Bank Signature Forgery Campaign has some powerful supporters in high places. The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on fair business banking – a cross-party group of MPs and peers – publicly voiced its support this month, as did the high-profile police and crime commissioner for ... more
  • 16 hours Buy your own Guardian classic photograph: Buachaille Etive Mor, 2018 TheGuardian
    This week in our series of classic Guardian photographs, Murdo Macleod captures a raven at the top of Stob Dearg on Buachaille Etive Mor, the autumn chill starting to set in and Glencoe in the distance A raven at the top of Stob Dearg on Buachaille Etive Mor looks out to Glencoe and beyond in September last year, as temperatures start to dip below freezing and the first flurries of snow appear. Buachaille Etive Mor is one of the best loved of all Scottish peaks. The epic view of the mountain from the A82 makes it appear quite unassailable, and ... more
  • 16 hours Male lawyers must confront others who sexually harass – QC TheGuardian
    Helena Kennedy calls for tougher action on sexism in legal professionMen in the legal profession need to “call out” other men if they witness sexual harassment, according to the barrister Helena Kennedy QC, who has urged such behaviour to be made the subject of disciplinary action.In the wake of a fresh outcry over sexism among barristers and patronising remarks by judges, there have been calls for tougher action to prevent female barristers being forced out of the profession. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Five of the best top-end smartphones TheGuardian -Biz
    There’s never been a better time to buy a top-of-the-line mobile – here are our top picksThere’s never been a better time to buy a top-of-the-line smartphone, with a large range of truly excellent phones available from a variety of different manufacturers starting at £500 and stretching to a wallet-busting £1,000-plus.But with all that top-quality choice, it’s difficult to know which one to buy. Here’s a quick guide to get the best flagship phone for you right now. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Parents unite to fight the ‘farming out’ of children to distant care homes TheGuardian
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  • 17 hours UK’s Saudi weapons sales unlawful, Lords committee finds TheGuardian
    Report finds UK arms ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’The UK is on “the wrong side of the law” by sanctioning arms exports to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and should suspend some of the export licences, an all-party Lords committee has said.The report by the international relations select committee says ministers are not making independent checks to see if arms supplied by the UK are being used in breach of the law, but is instead relying on inadequate investigations by the Saudis, its allies in the war. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Labour would end free market in higher education, says Rayner TheGuardian
    Shadow education secretary to outline measures including crackdown on top-tier payA Labour government would end the “failed free-market experiment in higher education”, taking a tougher line on vice-chancellors’ pay and improving academic diversity, the shadow education secretary is set to announce.Angela Rayner will outline a series of major policy steps that would allow regulators to intervene in how universities in England are run, including how they recruit and reward staff. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Labour would end free market in higher education, says Rayner TheGaurdian – Edu
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  • 18 hours Mighty mare Winx canters to 30th straight victory in Apollo Stakes TheGuardian -Sport
    Chris Waller-trained Winx grabs race record at RandwickMighty mare marks 30th consecutive win Mighty mare Winx has won her 30th consecutive race, blasting past a field of eight in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday. Related: Winx world’s best at last but has to share top billing with Cracksman Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours Talking Horses: rhythm for Al Dancer at Ascot plus Saturday’s best bets TheGuardian -Sport
    The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained unbeaten hurdler looked to have plenty more to offer when he won at CheltenhamA slightly reduced version of the Betfair Handicap Hurdle will be the main betting race on Ascot’s excellent card and it is hard to escape the claims of Al Dancer (3.20). From the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard that had a winner with its first runner back after racing restarted this week, he is unbeaten over hurdles and looked highly progressive when scoring at Cheltenham in December.That was his handicap debut and even a 12lb hike in the ratings may not stop him. Getaway Trump ... more
  • 24 hours Matt Kuchar apologises to temporary caddie and agrees to pay $50,000 TheGuardian -Sport
    • David Ortiz helped Kuchar win £1.3m at Mayakoba Golf Classic• World No 22 previously defended decision to pay Ortiz $5,000Matt Kuchar has issued an apology and said he will pay a temporary caddie in full following his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic last November.Kuchar, 40, this week defended his decision to pay $5,000 (£3,900) to a local caddie, David Ortiz, who had stepped in for his regular one, John Wood. Continue reading... ... more
  • 24 hours Bayern recover from 13-second own goal to beat Augsburg and close gap at top TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bayern win 3-2 and are two points behind Borussia Dortmund• Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Juventus’s 3-0 defeat of FrosinoneBayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman is a doubt for his side’s Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday after limping out of their 3-2 win at Augsburg.Coman scored twice to bring his side back from behind before David Alaba scored a second-half winner which helped Bayern reduce the gap to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to two points. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Ben Morgan’s late try gives Gloucester space to see off Exeter Chiefs TheGuardian -Sport
    • Gloucester 24-17 Exeter• Bristol 22-29 WaspsGloucester beat the league leaders, Exeter, at Kingsholm thanks to a Ben Morgan try three minutes from time on Friday night.Jason Woodward and Willi Heinz scored Gloucester’s other tries while Billy Twelvetrees converted all three and kicked a penalty. Exeter’s tries came from Nic White and Tom O’Flaherty. Joe Simmonds kicked a penalty and conversion with Gareth Steenson also adding a conversion. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Dyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at AFC Wimbledon | Barry Glendenning TheGuardian -Sport
    The successors to the 1988 FA Cup-winning side have revealed the unusual practices they hope will help them beat MillwallWhile his teammate Scott Wagstaff sits in the home dressing room at Kingsmeadow getting his bushy ginger beard dyed bright blue and yellow, the AFC Wimbledon midfielder Anthony Wordsworth is in the President’s Lounge telling reporters about his lucky stones. The original FA Cup-winning Crazy Gang may have been uprooted and moved to Milton Keynes many moons ago, but at the fan-owned phoenix club which replaced it there is still an apparent undercurrent of madness.Quiet and unassuming, Wordsworth is anything but ... more
  • 1 day Man charged with murder of three Exeter men in their 80s TheGuardian
    Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 27, to appear at Exeter magistrates court on SaturdayA 27-year-old man has been charged with murdering three men in their 80s in Exeter, police have said.Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, from Croyde, north Devon, will appear at Exeter magistrates court on Saturday, accused of murdering Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, who all lived in Exeter. He has also been charged with two offences of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, Devon and Cornwall police said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Reece Prescod tones down social life in quest for world championship gold TheGuardian -Sport
    Sprinter has stopped going out at nights and replaced house music with reading to prepare for the worlds in SeptemberReece Prescod is as disarmingly honest as he is dizzingly fast. So when the 22-year-old is asked whether he ever feels a devil on his shoulder trying to distract him from becoming the world’s best sprinter, he smiles, says “Yeah, yeah, 100%” and then adds bluntly: “To me there is no point in going on a night out if you are going to be half-hearted. If I am going out, I go full sesh.”Full sesh, it turns out, is a few ... more
  • 1 day Laura Muir has her sights on 1988 indoor mile record in Birmingham TheGuardian -Sport
    • Kirsty Wade’s indoor mile Birtish record has stood for 31 years• Muir to defend her 1500m and 3,000m indoor titles next monthShortly after Laura Muir first broke into the British team in 2014 she received an unexpected request from the Scottish middle distance legend Kirsty Wade. “We think Laura has something special,” she wrote in a long email via her husband. “And we would love to see her name in front of mine in the rankings over the next few years.”Five years on, Muir, who still has the email, intends to oblige by beating Wade’s British indoor mile record ... more
  • 1 day Étienne Capoue’s strike for Watford leaves QPR to rue missed chances TheGuardian -Sport
    Queens Park Rangers had to wait for this moment. Their previous appearance in the FA Cup fifth round had come at Wimbledon in 1997 and it is doubtful whether any club has since endured a more dismal record in the competition. The London club had won only four ties – each of them in the third round – before this season.Rangers promised to fight and they made light of a run of five consecutive Championship defeats that has sucked them down to 18th in the table to give their Premier League opponents a scare. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Dan Christian heroics send Renegades into Big Bash League final TheGuardian -Sport
    Renegades beat Sydney Sixers by three wicketsStars await in all-Melbourne final on SundayMelbourne Renegades will host cross-city rivals the Stars in Sunday’s BBL decider after claiming a thrilling three-wicket semi-final victory over Sydney Sixers.Set 181 to win on Friday night at Marvel Stadium, the Renegades required 46 off the final four overs but held their nerve to book a first BBL final appearance. Continue reading... ... more
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