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  • 22 hours General election: Johnson refuses to say if he’ll resign should Tories lose – live news TheGuardian
    Follow events on the last Sunday of the campaign as interviewees including PM take to the airwaves 10.14am GMT The SNP’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has said she is not asking Labour to support the idea of another independence referendum, but to “respect the principle”. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Sturgeon said: “My message (to the Labour Party) would be, listen carefully, I’ll never do anything that puts Boris Johnson into Downing Street, but Labour, in order to get a Queen’s Speech and a budget through, if they’re in a minority position, need the support of another party. “And ... more
  • 23 hours Driven to the edge: life on the Christmas parcel delivery run TheGuardian -Biz
    The festive shopping spree is in full swing, with Britain’s 35,000 couriers and delivery drivers at the sharp end, often working long hours with no breaks, low pay and few employee rightsPatrick Wilson’s* heavy eyelids drop momentarily as he parks on a steep terraced street on the suburban edges of north Bristol. He raises a fist to cover a deep, primal yawn that makes his whole body shudder with exhaustion. He has been on the go since 7.30am, when he filled every bit of free space in his battered VW people carrier with packages and bags from the likes of ... more
  • 23 hours British Isis captives ‘could be handed over to Assad’ TheGuardian
    Human rights groups fear change of stance by Foreign Office might lead to executionsFears are growing that the Foreign Office has paved the way for British Islamic State captives held in Syria to be handed over to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which is accused of war crimes including mass torture and executions.Human rights groups argue that, as they face pressure to repatriate Britons detainedin Syria, ministers’ inaction may result in the transfer of UK nationals to Assad’s forces. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours How ‘lifestyle’ spending choices are luring a generation into debt TheGuardian -Biz
    It’s an old ploy: offer interest-free loans and cash in as people fail to pay up. But now a new twist is targeting young buyersThe prospect of buying a sofa or a new kitchen used to be an intimidating prospect for many households – a large outlay that would blow the budget. But then came “buy now, pay later” credit, which meant families could buy in store and spread payments over a few years.These loans soon gained a bad reputation and shrank away, but did not vanish. Now they have re-emerged, rebranded and aimed at a technologically aware generation of ... more
  • 23 hours Market debut for world’s biggest polluter must be a rallying cry for climate action TheGuardian -Biz
    Aramco’s flotation may have been scaled down, but it shows that capitalism and carbon still go hand in gloveIn less than a week the most valuable company in history will make its debut on a publicly traded market. Saudi Aramco is both the most profitable and the most polluting company of all time. Its looming $1.7tn (£1.3tn) market listing is also evidence of the gaping chasm between Europe’s growing climate movement and the carbon addiction the rest of the world just cannot kick.A year that has seen the most determined green investor activism, fossil fuel divestments and climbing climate targets ... more
  • 23 hours Super rich versus the rest: Champions League groups hampered by inequality | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Despite the efforts of Dinamo Zagreb, Club Brugge, Slavia Prague and Olympiakos, group stages are still all too predictableWhat have we done to deserve this? The last round of Champions League group fixtures is on us and only half the qualifiers are already known. There will actually be something to play for, intrigue on both nights, which is rare enough by this stage. Football is spoiling us.Liverpool, the holders, could conceivably go out. There’s a head-to-head showdown between Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta. There are complicated permutations to determine which two of Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia go through. It has been ... more
  • 23 hours Aleksander Ceferin’s ‘long nose’ issue highlights the VAR offside conundrum | Greg Wood TheGuardian -Sport
    Proposal to give attackers 10-20cm leeway on offsides shows the dangers of being too precise in tight situationsJordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, whose book How Not To Be Wrong – the Hidden Maths of Everyday Life makes only one, oblique reference to football anywhere in its 18 chapters. Aleksander Ceferin, a former lawyer from Slovenia, is the president of Uefa, the sport’s European governing body. They do not, on the face of it, have a great deal in common, but given Ceferin’s suggestion this past week that VAR is, by and large, “a ... more
  • 23 hours Gerwyn Price: ‘I was painted as the pantomime villain of darts’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The voluble Welshman is among the world championship favourites but divides the darts fanbaseGerwyn Price is calm now. On a grey Thursday in the Welsh valleys, he is thoughtful and reflective as he ponders his unlikely journey to the top of a sport he barely played until adulthood. Six years ago, he was a professional rugby player for Neath, throwing a few arrows in his spare evenings. This week, however, he will step out at Alexandra Palace in London as the coming force of darts: the two-time Grand Slam champion, the provisional world No 2 and one of the most ... more
  • 23 hours Rough sex and rough justice: we need a greater understanding of consent TheGuardian
    Troubling issues of consent and pleasure – and the role of pornography – need to be approached more critically and more explicitlyI’m wary of writing about sex and porn for many reasons, the first being it’s rude. And as an upright suburban mother with two pairs of Uggs and a self-imposed curfew of 10pm, it is surely more appropriate for me to be exploring such topics as ideas for leftover porridge and the best heated clothes airers than, for eg, the ethics of violent porn.The second reason is that writing about sex and porn is a delicate journey that often ... more
  • 24 hours Experimental real-time play The Vote returns for election night TheGuardian
    Updated version of James Graham and Josie Rourke’s play to begin in last hours of pollingThe play The Vote, a 2015 theatrical experiment that also went out live on television on election night in 2015, is to be revived in updated form this week, the playwright James Graham and his co-creator and producer, Josie Rourke, have told the Observer.Stars Catherine Tate and Mark Gatiss will be back together on the evening of the general election this Thursday to perform Graham’s 2019 version, along with a full cast including Bill Paterson and Nina Sosanya, for one night only in central London. ... more
  • 24 hours Girl sexually exploited ‘by over 40 adults’ while in care TheGuardian
    Abuse was so severe that ‘Laura’ has been placed in a psychiatric unit on suicide watchThe children’s commissioner has been called on to intervene in the case of a vulnerable teenager alleged to have been the victim of a catalogue of failures at the hands of social workers, medical authorities and police.Laura*, 16, who nearly four years ago is thought to have been the youngest child ever to be placed in a secure hospital in England, has allegedly been sexually abused since she was 12 – always while supposedly under the protection of children’s social care in Sheffield. She is ... more
  • 1 day The 20 best gadgets of 2019 TheGuardian -Tech
    From a brilliant e-bike to a robot unicorn and a table lamp that doubles as a wireless speaker… the year’s top devicesThere’s more than meets the eye to these generic-seeming glasses. The Bose Frames contain a small pair of hidden speakers and sensors on their arms. In addition to music listening, you can use them to receive calls and interact with Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Older voters are richer than ever, yet still their needs rule TheGuardian -Biz
    A majority of pensioner households will be open to Tory tax-break promises. Why did Labour not counter this with a reliable social care plan?Patterns make for ugly pictures in modern British elections. Chief among them is the dominance of older voters. Ever since the loud and justified yell of anguish over Gordon Brown’s infamous 75p rise in the state pension, older voters have harried successive governments to improve their incomes and protect their wealth.Brown’s mistake was made in his budget of April 2000 and from that date onwards, prime ministers have tampered with pensioners’ livings standards at their peril. Continue ... more
  • 1 day Call for tougher controls as ‘buy now, pay later’ deals spiral TheGuardian -Biz
    Campaigner Ros Altmann claims recent boom in style of financing threatens another credit crisisCampaigners have called for new controls on “buy now, pay later” finance deals, which have spread online and in high-street stores and are being blamed for growing UK household debt.Such deals have been in existence for years but have ballooned in number recently, with consumers being offered initial interest-free periods before typically being charged high interest rates. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day We young voters grew up with austerity. Now we want change | Tobi Thomas TheGuardian
    Where else is there to go if you, like me, want a tolerant and inclusive society?My generation’s coming of age has coincided with coalition and Conservative governments. Austerity, which has shaped our formative years (I’m now 22), was framed as a fiscal necessity. But the severe cuts to government spending made an impact on healthcare, youth services, education and many other public services. These aren’t just abstract spending cuts – they are viscerally felt on the ground. In Camden, the London borough where I attended school, the council’s budget has been reduced by £169m since 2010. It was highly noticeable ... more
  • 1 day We young voters grew up with austerity. Now we want change | Tobi Thomas TheGuardian -Biz
    Where else is there to go if you, like me, want a tolerant and inclusive society?My generation’s coming of age has coincided with coalition and Conservative governments. Austerity, which has shaped our formative years (I’m now 22), was framed as a fiscal necessity. But the severe cuts to government spending made an impact on healthcare, youth services, education and many other public services. These aren’t just abstract spending cuts – they are viscerally felt on the ground. In Camden, the London borough where I attended school, the council’s budget has been reduced by £169m since 2010. It was highly noticeable ... more
  • 1 day Tactical voting guide 2019: the 50 seats where it is vital to keep the Tories out TheGuardian
    One of Britain’s leading pollsters identifies the best choices for Remain voters at key general election battlegroundsOn current trends, voters will deliver a contradictory verdict on Thursday night. The Conservatives are on course for an overall majority in parliament – but most voters will back parties that want to block an early Brexit. If turnout is similar to last time, the 14 to 15 million who will support the Conservatives or Brexit party will be outnumbered by the 16 to 17 million who will vote Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, SNP or Plaid Cymru.Tactical voting is not new, but it has ... more
  • 1 day The election could go one of three ways. What would each result mean? TheGuardian
    A Tory majority, Labour win or hung parliament would all have implications beyond BrexitAfter five weeks of campaigning, the Tories are ahead of Labour in the polls – but few experts dare predict the result. The surprise outcomes of the 2016 Brexit referendum and 2017 general election stung pollsters and pundits alike.Last week, the polling expert Sir John Curtice said Boris Johnson was by no means home and dry, pointing out that if Labour could increase its share of Remain voters by polling day it could yet spring a surprise. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Deep and crisp and vegan: now meat-free festive fare goes exotic TheGuardian -Biz
    For years, a plant-based diet was seen as dull. But as more and more people embrace it, food stores are upping their gameWhen Tony Bishop-Weston turned vegan 25 years ago, Christmas dinner was a challenge. “I thought I’d do a moussaka, as there were 14 of us,” he said. “I got the last aubergine in the village – there was only one. And that was a bit wrinkly.”Everything has changed since then, especially this year, thanks to the flexitarian boom. Vegans who once relied on ingenuity and Linda McCartney’s sausages can now pick from a cornucopia of Christmas treats, because ... more
  • 1 day Letting workers into the boardroom? Capitalists have nothing to fear | Torsten Bell TheGuardian -Biz
    It might sound like a recipe for disaster, but research reveals it leads to better decisions all roundWe should put workers on company boards. We should. We need to get the detail right, but having workers’ representatives present when big decisions are taken is not only a good thing in its own right but would lead to better decisions. It would be a big change in the UK, but it’s not outlandish on continental Europe.If that doesn’t persuade you, let’s turn to what this column is all about – evidence. Do we know the impact of requiring that, for example, ... more
  • 1 day US business leaders in Hong Kong detained and denied entry to Macau TheGuardian -Biz
    President and chairman of American Chamber of Commerce told to sign statement saying decision not to enter Macau was voluntaryThe chairman and president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong were separately denied entry to the neighbouring Chinese-ruled city of Macau after being detained by immigration officials.Chairman Robert Grieves and president Tara Joseph were travelling to the former Portuguese colony for the chamber’s annual Macau ball on Saturday. They said authorities did not provide a reason for refusing them entry. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Gary Neville criticises PM after fan accused of racism at Manchester derby TheGuardian -Sport
    Commentator said Boris Johnson’s language around immigration fuels racism in society and footballFootball commentator and pundit Gary Neville blamed Boris Johnson’s election rhetoric on immigrants and immigration for fuelling the number of racist incidents in British society and sport.Neville was speaking after the Manchester derby, which saw United defeat City 2-1. The result, however, was overshadowed by an incident during the second half of the game that appeared to show a City fan making a monkey gesture towards a United player. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Gary Neville criticises PM after fan accused of racism at Manchester derby TheGuardian
    Commentator said Boris Johnson’s language around immigration fuels racism in society and footballFootball commentator and pundit Gary Neville blamed Boris Johnson’s election rhetoric on immigrants and immigration for fuelling the number of racist incidents in British society and sport.Neville was speaking after the Manchester derby, which saw United defeat City 2-1. The result, however, was overshadowed by an incident during the second half of the game that appeared to show a City fan making a monkey gesture towards a United player. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Sheffield Shield match abandoned after MCG pitch deemed still too dangerous TheGuardian -Sport
    Ground staff unable to make pitch playable for Sunday after game halted previous day following player injuriesThe Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria and Western Australia has been abandoned after attempts by ground staff to make the pitch playable for day two on Sunday failed.A day of drama unfolded on Saturday when play was called off midway through the second session because of fears for the players’ safety. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Ted Baker needs a saviour. Could that be its founder? TheGuardian -Biz
    Ray Kelvin left his company after a year of controversy, but he still owns 35% of it. Might he mount a rescue?Ted Baker investors are hoping for a change in trends at the fashion brand this week as the company marks the end of a year of bad news.Since the company’s founder, Ray Kelvin, was forced out at the end of last year after being accused of a regime of “forced hugs” and harassment – allegations he has denied – the company’s share price has dived nearly 80%. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Job done and better days to come for Anthony Joshua on odd Arabian night TheGuardian -Sport
    The Englishman executed his gameplan perfectly in Diriyah to get his career and the heavyweight division back on trackThe rains came early on Saturday night in Diriyah, lashing down on the 15,000‑seat purpose-built arena on the north‑west outskirts of the Saudi capital. They forced the early arrivers to take cover in the tight concourses, reducing the crowd to pockets of spectators hiding under bin bags scattered across the empty stands.There was a humour, or some might say a hint of cosmic justice, in the skies opening up above a city with one of the world’s lowest annual rainfalls and threatening ... more
  • 1 day Beth England leading Chelsea’s title charge after coming in from the cold TheGuardian -Sport
    The forward is flourishing at Chelsea after her two-year loan at Liverpool – and still finds time to work on her law degreeBeth England does not seem like a player who would suffer a crisis of confidence. With nine goals this season and a flurry of senior England caps following her first call‑up, the Chelsea striker is continuing the fine form that led her to finish joint-third top scorer in the WSL last season with 12 league goals, 19 in all competitions.Except suffer she did. Inked on her left thigh, one of two tattoos that are visible below the edge ... more
  • 1 day Anthony Joshua goes the distance to win world titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr TheGuardian -Sport
    • British boxer wins on points after much-improved performance• Two judges scored fight 118-110 for Joshua, third called it 119-109On the night when rain and wind spat and scudded across Saudi Arabian desert, Anthony Joshua whipped up a minor storm of his own to win back his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr.In their first encounter in June, the Mexican-American had been able to disrupt the validity of boxing’s oldest and most indomitable laws – that a good big fighter usually beats a good smaller one – by stopping Joshua in seven. This time the tables ... more
  • 2 days Brendan Rodgers’ reborn Leicester should not be overlooked in title race | Paul Doyle TheGuardian -Sport
    Foxes have the ability, squad depth and league-winning experience to snatch the crown if Liverpool wobbleIf Leicester beat Aston Villa on Sunday, it will be the first time they have won eight consecutive matches in the top flight. Winning at Villa Park will not be easy because Dean Smith’s team are better than their position in the Premier League table suggests. But then, so are Brendan Rodgers’s team. Leicester started the weekend as Liverpool’s closest pursuers but still not widely considered to be genuine challengers. Ridiculous.Granted, if the title race remains a sprint, not a marathon, then no one will ... more
  • 2 days Irresistible Rashford delivers on the biggest of stages for United | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    Is there a better attacking player in England at present than Marcus Rashford, key to Manchester United’s derby win at City?Is there a better attacking player in the country right now than Marcus Rashford? There’s a sentence you wouldn’t have expected to read eight weeks ago.The answer, to be fair, is probably maybe; or may I introduce you to Sadio Mané, Son Heung-min and Jamie Vardy; or better still – never mind that, just enjoy the show. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days The gloves are off in Uxbridge, but Johnson is nowhere to be found TheGuardian
    While the PM tours the nation his Labour constituency challenger has been working tirelessly to pull off a 5% swingWoody Allen observed that 80% of success is just showing up. Boris Johnson does not subscribe to that particular wisdom. If there is a strategy to his election campaign, it would seem to be that the prime minister does his best work in absentia.Our fearless would-be leader has cancelled bakery visits in Glastonbury and pub meet-and-greets in Rochester (citing security concerns about the five protesters outside). He sent his old man along in his place to the Channel 4 leaders’ climate ... more
  • 2 days Munster pile more agony on Saracens thanks to Peter O’Mahony’s try TheGuardian -Sport
    • Munster 10-3 Saracens• Saracens earn a vital bonus pointThe champions are not quite out, but that age-old chestnut about attentions turning to domestic matters might long ago have been applied to Saracens this season. They take a bonus point in defeat from a rain-lashed Thomond Park, where far more experienced outfits than this have suffered many a rude humiliation. A resounding win next week at home to this same Munster outfit would keep them in touch at the top of Pool 4. What manner of line-up will welcome the Irishmen to that?Conditions deteriorated so much that the faithful here ... more
  • 2 days Rashford and Martial give Manchester United derby honours against City TheGuardian -Sport
    Manchester City’s hopes of winning the Premier League title for a record-equalling third time in succession had felt slim at kick-off but does anybody truly think they can overhaul Liverpool after this?It was hard enough for the City support to see their team dismantled by their crosstown rivals, Manchester United, during what amounted to a first-half counter-attacking masterclass – led by Marcus Rashford, who was close to unplayable. But a glance at the table at the end of it all shows that City now lag 14 points behind Liverpool. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Patient data from GP surgeries sold to US companies TheGuardian -Biz
    Dealings with international pharma raise new fears about American ambitions to access NHSData about millions of NHS patients has been sold to US and other international pharmaceutical companies for research, the Observer has learned, raising new fears about America’s growing ambitions to access lucrative parts of the health service after Brexit.US drugs giants, including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, have paid the Department of Health and Social Care, which holds data derived from GPs’ surgeries, for licences costing up to £330,000 each in return for anonymised data to be used for research. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Patient data from GP surgeries sold to US companies TheGuardian
    Dealings with international pharma raise new fears about American ambitions to access NHSData about millions of NHS patients has been sold to US and other international pharmaceutical companies for research, the Observer has learned, raising new fears about America’s growing ambitions to access lucrative parts of the health service after Brexit.US drugs giants, including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, have paid the Department of Health and Social Care, which holds data derived from GPs’ surgeries, for licences costing up to £330,000 each in return for anonymised data to be used for research. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days ‘This is our last chance to keep the NHS as it was entrusted to us’ | Jeremy Corbyn TheGuardian
    The Labour leader argues that the health service will be sold off piecemeal if the Conservatives are not stopped on ThursdayThis election is a fight for the survival of our NHS as a free public service that puts patients before profits. Next Thursday, the NHS is on the ballot paper. Millions of people will have a choice about whether to see off the threat posed by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives to their local hospital and GP surgery, already stretched to breaking point by a decade of Tory austerity and privatisation.All of us have the chance to end the intolerable situation where ... more
  • 2 days Calls grow to stop Boris Johnson with tactical voting as race tightens TheGuardian
    Eleventh-hour appeal to anti-Tory voters as poll shows Conservative majority halvedA cross-party alliance of opposition politicians has launched an 11th-hour appeal to anti-Tory voters to consider switching allegiance in Thursday’s general election, amid signs that a late surge of tactical voting in a few swing seats could deprive Boris Johnson of a majority in parliament.The calls from senior Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP figures come as a major poll suggests Johnson’s likely majority has been cut in half in the last two weeks – from 82 a fortnight ago to just 40 with four days to polling day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Champions Cup: John Cooney secures late win for Ulster over Harlequins TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ulster 25-24 Harlequins• Glasgow victorious over La Rochelle and Lyon register first winJohn Cooney’s long-range penalty two minutes from time secured a 25-24 Champions Cup comeback win for Ulster over Harlequins .Ulster trailed 24-22 in the closing stages after two second-half tries from the Quins hooker Elia Elia had edged the visitors in front. But an Adam McBurney try and Cooney’s conversion left Ulster within range and Cooney’s penalty made it three wins from three and left them on top of Pool 3. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Ron Saunders, title-winning Aston Villa manager, dies aged 87 TheGuardian -Sport
    • Saunders led Villa to First Division title and two League Cups• Black armbands to be worn for Sunday’s game against LeicesterThe former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders, who led the club to the First Division title in 1980-81, has died at the age of 87.Saunders, born in Birkenhead in 1932, also enjoyed a prolific career as a centre-forward, scoring 200 goals combined for Everton, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Watford and Charlton from 1951 to 1967. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Manchester City v Manchester United: Premier League – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live updates from the 5.30pm GMT game at the EtihadLive scoreboard | Bournemouth 0-3 LiverpoolGet in touch! Email Scott with your thoughts 7.17pm GMT 89 min: Ashley Young comes on for Luke Shaw, who is completely spent. And then another change in short order, as Axel Tuanzebe replaces Jesse Lingard. 7.16pm GMT 87 min: It was a strong hand by De Gea, as Mahrez curled towards the bottom left. Additionally, Silva was an inch away from diverting the ball past the keeper with his toenail. United’s lead is suddenly hanging by a thread! Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Forest Green launch investigation after racial abuse delays Scunthorpe game TheGuardian -Sport
    • Club have identified supporter involved in reported incident• Fan will be handed lifetime ban if found guilty of racist abuseForest Green Rovers have launched an investigation and promised to take stringent action following a reported incident of racial abuse during Saturday’s home game with Scunthorpe.The referee, John Busby, was forced to halt the League Two match midway through the second half after reports of a racist comment directed towards Scunthorpe defender Jordan Clarke. Busby spoke to both managers before an announcement was relayed to the crowd at the New Lawn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz: world heavyweight boxing rematch – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    World title rematch in Saudi Arabia, due 9pm GMTToo many heads remain in the sand with hosting of sportAnd you can email Tom or tweet him @tom_lutz 7.00pm GMT Ruiz or Joshua? Joshua or Ruiz? Here’s a look at how 14 fighters see tonight’s main event. Send along your predictions to our Tom Lutz, who will be taking over from here, via email or Twitter at @tom_lutz. Deontay Wilder (WBC heavyweight champion): Ruiz 6.34pm GMT The big news of the last 24 hours, no pun intended, centers on Andy Ruiz’s weight. The champion tipped the scales at 283lbs at yesterday’s ... more
  • 2 days Redemption defines a civilised society. We must not forsake the idea | Kenan Malik TheGuardian
    A blame game followed the London Bridge killings. Now it’s time to examine whether ‘deradicalisation’ worksCan terrorists be deradicalised? Do all offenders, even those who commit the most abhorrent of crimes, deserve a second chance? Those two key questions remain at the heart of the case of Usman Khan, the London Bridge killer.In the immediate aftermath of the recent terror attack, and against the background of the election campaign, the debate centred largely on operational issues. Boris Johnson made much of the early release of Khan, which he blamed on the last Labour government. Labour highlighted cuts in the prison ... more
  • 2 days Football League: Bristol City hold off late Fulham rally, Boro scrape win TheGuardian -Sport
    Bristol City level with Fulham after win at Craven CottageIpswich held by Coventry, Southend lose againAfter Leeds went top with a win over Huddersfield in the day’s early game, Bristol City took themselves level on points with third-placed Fulham in a dramatic 2-1 win at Craven Cottage. The visitors took the lead with a bullet header from Josh Brownhill before shutting up shop, Famara Diédhiou doubling their advantage with a rare second-half attack. But Aboubakar Kamara’s 86th-minute goal set up a heated finale in which Fulham were denied a strong penalty claim and hit the crossbar in stoppage time. Continue ... more
  • 2 days Nigel Pearson watches on as Watford struggle to draw with Crystal Palace TheGuardian -Sport
    The Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has backed Nigel Pearson to lead Watford up the Premier League table.Pearson was appointed Watford manager on a deal until the end of the season on Friday and watched from the stands as his new side played out a goalless draw at Vicarage Road. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days European roundup: Drama as Gladbach beat Bayern; Dortmund rout Düsseldorf TheGuardian -Sport
    • Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich• Atlanta beat Verona 3-2 in see-saw Serie A encounterBorussia Mönchengladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini scored twice, including a stoppage-time penalty, for a 2-1 comeback home win over the champions, Bayern Munich, on Saturday which kept his team top of the Bundesliga.The Algeria international converted from the spot after Javi Martínez had been sent off for bringing down Marcus Thuram in the box. Bensebaini had levelled on the hour with a header to cancel out Ivan Perisic’s 49th-minute opener for Bayern. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Son Heung-min’s wonder-goal steals show in Spurs’ 5-0 thrashing of Burnley TheGuardian -Sport
    He was the last player to leave the pitch, and rightly so. Because if ever somebody deserved to milk the applause of an appreciative crowd it was Son Heung-min. The South Korean was magnificent here, delivering a display full of skill, craft and intent. On 32 minutes he combined those traits to score a goal they will be talking about on the Seven Sisters Road, in Seoul and elsewhere for some time to come.It came from nowhere. Well, to be specific, from a Burnley free-kick that Jan Vertonghen managed to hook clear while under pressure from James Tarkowski and which ... more
  • 2 days Ferguson jokes he ‘can’t go through this again’ after debut Everton win – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Duncan Ferguson was in jovial mood after he led Everton to victory over Chelsea – but said he is taking one game at a time. The caretaker manager inspired Everton to move out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 win.'I don't know if I can go through this again to be honest with you,' Ferguson joked. 'I need my fitness level up that's for sure, the way I ran up and down the touchline.'• Everton 3-1 Chelsea: match report Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days The dazzling ceilings of Mumbai’s taxis – in pictures TheGuardian -Biz
    On her morning commute one day, Mumbai-based journalist Rachel Lopez noticed the ceiling of her taxi was covered in multi-coloured strawberries. “It was ghastly,” she says. “I loved it immediately and wanted to take a shot for fun.” Since then, Lopez has taken more than 500 half-face selfies with the ceiling patterns of Mumbai’s taxis as a backdrop. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Millennials’ manners are a defence mechanism against a hostile world | Barbara Ellen TheGuardian
    Young people care more about etiquette online than in real life, research revealsAre millennials selfish and rude or do they just define etiquette differently to older people? And if the latter is true, is that just to stop themselves going mad?A survey, published last week, found that 42% of millennials – people reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century – wouldn’t give up their seat for somebody elderly or pregnant on public transport, while almost one in three would ignore a queuing system. However, more than a third of those surveyed thought it impolite to ignore people on social ... more
  • 2 days Real-time polling station play The Vote returns for election night TheGuardian
    Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss and Nina Sosanya star in James Graham and Josie Rourke’s theatrical experimentThe play The Vote, a theatrical experiment broadcast live on television on election night in 2015, is to be revived in updated form this week, playwright James Graham and his co-creator and producer, Josie Rourke, have told the Observer.Stars Catherine Tate and Mark Gatiss will be back together on the evening of Thursday’s election to perform Graham’s new version along with a full cast, including Bill Paterson and Nina Sosanya, for one night only at Bush House in central London. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Liverpool go 11 points clear as Mohamed Salah seals win over Bournemouth TheGuardian -Sport
    This devastating Liverpool machine will take some stopping. For the second successive year Jürgen Klopp’s side will sit top of the tree at Christmas after chewing up and spitting out another innocent opponent to move 11 points clear at the Premier League summit. After being overthrown by Manchester City last season the challenge for a Liverpool team juggling five competitions and a marathon festive period is simply to stay put. In eight of the past 11 seasons the leaders on Christmas Day have gone on to clinch the title but Liverpool, eerily, have been the exception on each of those ... more
  • 2 days Rebellious streak: stars embrace two-tone hair in nostalgic throwback TheGuardian
    Fans and celebrity stylists join a growing craze for contrasting 1990s-style strandsForget sun-kissed highlights, the natural look and paying a lot of money to look as though you haven’t been to the hairdresser. The new look, say trendsetters, is dyeing your hair two different colours and wearing the so-called rebellious streak with pride.Think Geri Halliwell in the 1990s, Christina Aguilera in the early 2000s and now, with rather more fashion cred, pop stars Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish. “This trend is totally coming back,” says the celebrity hairdresser Charlie Le Mindu. “I’m seeing it a lot. I do Alice (Glass, ... more
  • 2 days General election: Russia link to NHS documents ‘nonsense’, says Corbyn – live news TheGuardian
    Politicians make their final pitches as the election campaign enters its final week.BBC debate: Corbyn hits out at Johnson’s ‘racist remarks’Johnson v Corbyn: who won the day?How credible are Corbyn and Johnson’s BBC debate claims? 3.47pm GMT Here’s a quick afternoon summary of today’s events so far.We obtained those documents. We believed those documents to be correct and nobody until yesterday denied the correctness of those documents. The issue is there should be no interference in British politics by anybody else. 3.06pm GMT Boris Johnson was asked about the case of serial rapist Joseph McCann, after the probation service apologised ... more
  • 2 days Retail landlords fall into a new crisis at Christmas TheGuardian
    The suspension of a major M&G retail property fund has raised new questions about the future of shopping centresA smattering of festive lights, a giant gingerbread house and big-name brands offering deep pre-Christmas discounts: the Gracechurch Centre in Sutton Coldfield is ready for retail’s most important time of year. All it needs now is more shoppers – and, ideally, more shops.The 1970s-built scheme in the affluent town north-east of Birmingham has suffered an exodus of big names this year, with Marks & Spencer, Paperchase and Patisserie Valerie closing in the past few months and Argos set to shut for good ... more
  • 2 days Retail landlords fall into a new crisis at Christmas TheGuardian -Biz
    The suspension of a major M&G retail property fund has raised new questions about the future of shopping centresA smattering of festive lights, a giant gingerbread house and big-name brands offering deep pre-Christmas discounts: the Gracechurch Centre in Sutton Coldfield is ready for retail’s most important time of year. All it needs now is more shoppers – and, ideally, more shops.The 1970s-built scheme in the affluent town north-east of Birmingham has suffered an exodus of big names this year, with Marks & Spencer, Paperchase and Patisserie Valerie closing in the past few months and Argos set to shut for good ... more
  • 2 days Jeremy Corbyn: Russia link to NHS documents ‘nonsense’ – video TheGuardian
    Jeremy Corbyn has branded the suggestion that Labour had either directly or indirectly benefited from a Russian trolling operation as ‘nonsense’. The Labour leader was asked about Reddit’s announcement that documents used by Labour as evidence that the NHS would be on the table in a post-Brexit US trade deal were posted by an account linked to a disinformation campaign directed by Moscow. Corbyn refused to say from where the party had obtained the documentsGeneral election: Russia link to NHS documents ‘nonsense’, says Corbyn – live news Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Wozniacki wants last hurrah after bravery loses out to brittleness TheGuardian -Sport
    After years of burnouts and comebacks, the former world No 1 has seized the chance to leave joyfully on her own termsUntil as recently as two years ago, one of the defining moments of Caroline Wozniacki’s career was the one she spent years trying to forget. Wozniacki was ranked No 1 when she stared down Li Na in the semi-final of the Australian Open in 2011 and it had all the makings of a typical Wozniacki win: she chased down every last ball and gave nothing away, flitting to within a point of her second grand slam final at 20 ... more
  • 2 days Woman’s vital cancer treatment delayed over £150k NHS charge TheGuardian
    Elderly patient from Azerbaijan told to pay upfront despite official guidance on urgent care An elderly woman suffering from two forms of cancer had vital NHS treatment delayed for months because she couldn’t afford a £150,000 upfront charge, the Observer can reveal.The case highlights not just the impact of the government’s upfront charging regime – introduced in 2017 as part of its “hostile environment” towards immigrants – but also the failure of changes to the guidance given to hospitals that were announced in response to previous controversies. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Defi Du Seuil raises roof before last race fiasco results in multiple bans TheGuardian -Sport
    • Seven jockeys given 10-day bans after final race is declared void• Philip Hobbs’s star beats Un De Sceaux by diminishing neckAn enthralling Tingle Creek, in which Defi Du Seuil held off the heroic late rally of Un De Sceaux, was immediately undermined by prolonged confusion over the outcome of the very next race, the London National, as horse racing indulged once again its regrettable habit of tripping itself up. The acrimonious upshot was that seven jockeys, including Daryl Jacob and Harry Skelton, have been banned for 10 days and will miss all the valuable, high-profile action over the festive ... more
  • 2 days Bournemouth v Liverpool, Tottenham v Burnley and more: clockwatch – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Follow the 3pm GMT games in Premier League and beyondLive scores from around Europe | Everton 3-1 ChelseaGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 3.17pm GMT Tottenham 2-0 Burnley Now Dele Alli has missed a great chance for Spurs, who are thoroughly rampant. 3.17pm GMT Tottenham 2-0 Burnley Moussa Sissoko has hit the post for Spurs, who are all over Burnley like a cheap cliché. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Seven-try Leinster tear Premiership leaders Northampton apart TheGuardian -Sport
    • Northampton 16-43 Leinster• Johnny Sexton’s injury mars winThe clash of the two unbeaten teams in the group who were also leading their leagues was not as one-sided as the scoreboard suggested but it showed leading the Premiership is not a sign of arrival. Northampton had as many chances as Leinster but made mistakes under pressure, unlike last season’s beaten finalists who were at their most focused close to the opposition line.Leinster scored seven tries in taking control of the pool before Saturdday’s return at the Aviva Stadium, four of them from close range as they balanced prolonged periods in ... more
  • 2 days Hernández seals West Yorkshire derby win as Leeds go top at Huddersfield TheGuardian -Sport
    Leeds climbed to the top of the Championship with a battling 2-0 West Yorkshire derby victory over Huddersfield.Second-half goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernández did the damage as the visitors stretched their unbeaten run to nine games – including six straight wins – to leapfrog West Brom at the summit. The Baggies can go top again with victory at home to Swansea on Sunday Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Tiger Woods relishes new leading role as Presidents Cup playing captain TheGuardian -Sport
    Woods is not known for being a team player. But all that changes in Melbourne where he will lead the USA against an international teamIt is testament to the resurgence of Tiger Woods’s career that its next phase will play out as he still has club in hand. When considering a Woods captaincy for the Presidents Cup, which begins on Thursday at Royal Melbourne, the subliminal message was obvious: by late 2019, he would be looking at a life beyond individual competition.If that assumption was once wholly logical, Woods has defied even his own pessimistic outlook and not only on ... more
  • 2 days Father of London Bridge attack victim calls Johnson a fraud TheGuardian
    David Merritt says prime minister made political capital out of his son Jack’s deathGeneral election: Russia link to NHS documents ‘nonsense’, says Corbyn – live newsThe father of a man killed in the London Bridge attack has accused Boris Johnson of lying and making “political capital” from his son’s death during the BBC leaders’ debate.David Merritt – whose son Jack was stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan – called the prime minister a fraud following his appearance on Friday night’s TV debate, six days before polling day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Calvert-Lewin’s double gives Ferguson dream start at Everton against Chelsea TheGuardian -Sport
    Duncan Ferguson took a bath at 2.30am on Friday to compose himself for his first game as Everton temporary manager. If he dared to dream of the perfect day as he lay there it would have been like this. A thumping header to start with, two more goals from an Everton No 9 and standing in front of a delirious Gwladys Street after the final whistle punching the air in celebration. He has some script writer.Chelsea were defeated by emotion, fight and character on Ferguson’s big day. Frank Lampard’s side played well and will struggle to comprehend the margin of ... more
  • 2 days Karim Benzema ensures Real Madrid sink Espanyol despite Mendy red card TheGuardian -Sport
    Real Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol at the Bernabéu. Goals from Raphaël Varane and Karim Benzema secured Zinedine Zidane’s side a fourth straight league win, despite Ferland Mendy’s late dismissal.Real’s victory moved them temporarily three points ahead of Barca, who host Mallorca in the late game, with the first clásico of the campaign taking place on 18 December. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days The remote Northumberland village that asked the world to help save its beloved pub TheGuardian
    Ridsdale locals need £200,000 to rescue the one community hub that remains – and they’re getting help from as far away as KansasHaving lost its post office, shop, petrol station and garage, the beautifully remote Northumberland village of Ridsdale has a paid a price for the isolation that comes with such sweeping views. But now the community is following a national trend and banding together to save the one thing it has left: the pub.Determined to prevent the Gun Inn from closing after its owners decided to sell up, Ridsdale locals have formed a group with the goal of achieving ... more
  • 2 days Two killed and three seriously injured in West Midlands car crash TheGuardian
    Accident happened on Black Country New Road in Wednesbury on Friday nightTwo men were killed and three people seriously injured when two cars crashed in the West Midlands.Police have launched an investigation into the collision, which took place on the A41 Black Country New Road in Wednesbury at about 10.30pm on Friday. The crash, which involved a black Jeep Cherokee and a black VW Golf, happened near the Patent Shaft roundabout. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Bairstow and Anderson recalled for England Test series in South Africa TheGuardian -Sport
    • Mark Wood also included in 17-man England squad• Moeen Ali remains unavailable for selectionJimmy Anderson and Jonny Bairstow have been recalled for England’s tour of South Africa, after missing the recent Test series defeat to New Zealand.The pair are joined in the 17-man Test squad by Mark Wood, who last played Test cricket in February. The Durham paceman has recovered from injuries sustained during the World Cup final, but Moeen Ali remains unavailable. Continue reading... ... more
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