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  • 1 day 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
  • 1 day Newport County: the inside story of a club that rose from the dead TheGuardian -Sport
    Before the League Two side host Manchester City in the FA Cup we hear the remarkable tale from four people who know it bestAlthough Newport County went out of business in 1989, after being relegated from the Football League the previous season, the start of that decade was a golden era, notably the European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final against Carl Zeiss Jena in 1981.David Hando (Newport County AFC honorary president and former chairman): If we had goalline technology we’d have won that and played Benfica in the semi-final. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout TheGuardian -Sport
    Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFLParties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pactThe NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. Related: Did the NFL manage to silence Colin Kaepernick's protest at the Super Bowl? Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Last member of real-life Great Escape team dies aged 99 TheGuardian
    Dick Churchill escaped from German prison camp in a feat immortalised in the film starring Steve McQueenTributes have been paid to the last surviving member of the real-life Great Escape team after his death at the age of 99. Former squadron leader Dick Churchill was one of the 76-strong group who escaped from the Stalag Luft III camp in Germany in 1944. The site is now part of Poland.Their feat of courage became one of the most famous stories from the second world war, and was immortalised in the 1963 Hollywood film starring Steve McQueen. Churchill, who lived in Crediton, ... more
  • 1 day QPR v Watford: FA Cup fifth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup fifth-round updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offLive scores: all the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeAnd you can email Paul here or tweet him @Paul_Doyle 7.21pm GMT Javi Gracia has been chatting to BT Sport about this team selection: “We’ve tried to chose the best option. With the players we have on the pitch we can get a good performance. All of the squad is ready and all deserve a chance to play. If you have good players who work hard, then you have the options to compete well in all competitions. All ... more
  • 1 day Mark Wood: ‘You almost feel like a superhero … you’re absolutely flying’ TheGuardian -Sport
    England fast bowler was thrilled to make an explosive impact in the third Test against West Indies after years of frustrationWhat is it like to bowl at 95mph? For Mark Wood, whose scorching return to England’s Test team sent everyone a bit gaga in St Lucia, the answer is wonderfully simple: “You almost feel like a superhero. I’ve been playing Mario Kart recently and yeah, it’s like when you get a magic mushroom and you’re just absolutely flying.”It will come as little surprise to learn Wood is still glowing from victory in the third Test against West Indies and his ... more
  • 1 day US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows TheGuardian -Biz
    Annapolis seeing sea rise at about twice the global rate. Flooding there foreshadows problems other coastal towns can expectWhen the parking lot in the bustling tourist zone of downtown Annapolis floods, the employees at Pip’s Dock Street Dogs restaurant take off their socks and shoes, wrap their legs in trash bags and wade out into the water.A lot of the time, it’s not even raining. High tides intensified by sea-level rise are just pushing the water inland, overwhelming the drainage system. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in ‘vaccine controversies’ TheGuardian -Tech
    Social media platforms under pressure by US congressman to crack down on anti-vaccine propaganda, citing Guardian investigationsFacebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in “vaccine controversies”, the Guardian has found.Other groups of people that advertisers can pay to reach on Facebook include those interested in “Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines”, which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and “informed consent”, which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in ‘vaccine controversies’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Social media platforms under pressure by US congressman to crack down on anti-vaccine propaganda, citing Guardian investigationsFacebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in “vaccine controversies”, the Guardian has found.Other groups of people that advertisers can pay to reach on Facebook include those interested in “Dr Tenpenny on Vaccines”, which refers to anti-vaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, and “informed consent”, which is language that anti-vaccine propagandists have adopted to fight vaccination laws. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Amazon made an $11.2bn profit in 2018 but paid no federal tax TheGuardian -Tech
    Company is not paying a single cent in taxes for the second year in a row, due to various unspecified ‘tax credits’ and executive stock optionsAmazon has had a bad week but there is some comfort for the tech titan – it will not pay a single cent in income tax on the $11.2bn of profits it made last year.The online shopping and tech giant scrapped plans to build a second headquarters in New York this week after a backlash over a proposed $3bn in taxpayer subsidies. Local politicians questioned why a company that made $1bn a month in the ... more
  • 1 day Presenting Percy to miss prep race and may go straight into Gold Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    • Trainer Pat Kelly opts against running in chase at Gowran• Owner Philip Reynolds says they are ‘happy with where he is’Presenting Percy could go straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup after connections of the talented but rarely spotted animal decided against the prep run that had been planned for him on Saturday. That raises the extraordinary possibility of a horse starting favourite for the Gold Cup despite not having raced over fences for a full year.Horses have won major races after injury-plagued preparations, restricted them to rare appearances at the track but it is something new for a young, ... more
  • 1 day Donald Trump hints at extension to China trade talks TheGuardian -Biz
    President said potential delay was justified as deal ‘must be the biggest in history’President Donald Trump has conceded that he will delay planned increases in import duties on $200bn (£155bn) of Chinese goods if there is progress in trade talks in Washington next week.Appearing to soften his demand for talks to conclude before 1 March, Trump said there could be a 30- or 60-day extension, should negotiators get closer to a deal. He said a delay was justified, based on the scope and scale of the talks. Speaking on the White House lawn, he said: “Trade with China – how ... more
  • 1 day The Guardian view on family law: transparency is in the public interest | Editorial TheGuardian
    Children’s privacy must be protected, but the impact of legal aid cuts strengthens the case for openness in courtCuts to the legal aid budget since 2010, coupled with the impact of other spending cuts on low-income and vulnerable people, mean that increasing numbers of people are arriving in court in difficult personal circumstances, having received no legal advice and with no lawyer to represent them. The number of people accessing legal aid fell by 82% between 2010 and 2018. While lawyers, charities and others have repeatedly complained about the impact of legal aid cuts in both civil and criminal courts, ... more
  • 1 day ‘It is our future’: children call time on climate inaction in UK TheGuardian
    Thousands of young people take time out of school to join protests across the countrySome wore school uniform, with ties askew in St Trinian’s fashion, others donned face paint, sparkly jackets and DM boots. The youngest clutched a parent’s hand as people gathered in the sunshine in Parliament Square in London, a few metres from the politicians they say are letting down a generation.They carried homemade placards, with slogans full of humour, passion and hope that the voices of thousands of children and young people would be heard. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay patient despite lack of game-time TheGuardian -Sport
    • Gianfranco Zola says: ‘He’s always on the edge of the team’• Chelsea and Malmö charged by Uefa after fans throw objectsGianfranco Zola has defended Chelsea’s infrequent use of Callum Hudson-Odoi since the forward’s failure to push through a move to Bayern Munich last month and suggested few teenagers at Europe’s elite clubs would have enjoyed as much game-time.Bayern’s interest in Hudson-Odoi led them to submit a series of bids, the last worth £35m, which were rejected by Chelsea. The 18-year-old, who has seen Jadon Sancho’s career progress rapidly at Borussia Dortmund this season, also handed in a transfer request ... more
  • 1 day Porsche asks UK buyers to commit to 10% no-deal Brexit surcharge TheGuardian
    Company says move is a precaution in case WTO tariffs apply to EU-UK tradePorsche is asking British customers to sign a contract committing them to pay a surcharge of up to 10% of their vehicles’ purchase price if there is a no-deal Brexit.Cars made in Europe could attract tariffs of 10% if imported to the UK under the terms of the World Trade Organization, the default trading relationship if the UK and the EU are unable to agree a transition period before 29 March. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Porsche asks UK buyers to commit to 10% no-deal Brexit surcharge TheGuardian -Biz
    Company says move is a precaution in case WTO tariffs apply to EU-UK tradePorsche is asking British customers to sign a contract committing them to pay a surcharge of up to 10% of their vehicles’ purchase price if there is a no-deal Brexit.Cars made in Europe could attract tariffs of 10% if imported to the UK under the terms of the World Trade Organization, the default trading relationship if the UK and the EU are unable to agree a transition period before 29 March. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day The school climate change strikes are inspiring – but they should shame us | Jonathan Freedland TheGaurdian – Edu
    Greta Thunberg led the way. Children skipping classes to take the moral lead is an indictment of adult complacencySuch is the upside-down, topsy-turvy state of our world, that the children are now the adults and the adults are the children. In Westminster, our supposed leaders – men and women of mature vintage – keep stamping their feet and demanding what no one can give them.They insist they should be allowed to gobble up all the birthday cake and still have cake left to eat, threatening to storm out of the European Union and slam the door behind them. As Dominic ... more
  • 1 day The school climate change strikes are inspiring – but they should shame us | Jonathan Freedland TheGuardian
    Greta Thunberg led the way. Children skipping classes to take the moral lead is an indictment of adult complacencySuch is the upside-down, topsy-turvy state of our world, that the children are now the adults and the adults are the children. In Westminster, our supposed leaders – men and women of mature vintage – keep stamping their feet and demanding what no one can give them.They insist they should be allowed to gobble up all the birthday cake and still have cake left to eat, threatening to storm out of the European Union and slam the door behind them. As Dominic ... more
  • 1 day Chris Smalling says Manchester United are once again a team to be feared TheGuardian -Sport
    • Defender says team playing their best since Alex Ferguson era• United away to Chelsea in FA Cup on MondayChris Smalling can draw on his own challenging childhood when talking to the pupils of Salford City Academy. He is there as the new patron of Football Beyond Borders, a charity that hopes to provide stability and hope for disadvantaged youngsters. Smalling’s glittering career shows how difficult beginnings can be overcome. The 29-year-old lost his father as a child and was raised on a council estate, the family requiring social security.“I grew up with my mother and brother and was in ... more
  • 1 day Labour and Tory MPs in talks over setting up new centrist party TheGuardian
    Discussions could lead to new party consisting of six or more Labour MPs plus some ToriesIntense discussions are taking place at Westminster that could lead to the emergence of a new centrist party consisting of six or more disaffected anti-Brexit Labour MPs along with the involvement of some Conservatives and the backing of the Liberal Democrats.Labour MPs reported that some of those involved had lobbied backbench colleagues they thought were sympathetic as to how they could “make the shift” away from a tribal loyalty to the party. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day School pupils call for radical climate action in UK-wide strike TheGaurdian – Edu
    Former UN climate chief says it is time to ‘heed voice of youth’ as thousands join protestAre you taking part? Share your storiesThousands of schoolchildren and young people have walked out of classes to join a UK-wide climate strike amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle the escalating ecological crisis.Organisers said more than 10,000 young people in at least 60 towns and cities from the Scottish Highlands to Cornwall joined the strike, defying threats of detention to voice their frustration at the older generation’s inaction on the environmental impact of climate change. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Llanelli hit by wave of ‘county lines’ drug gangs TheGuardian
    Seaside town an unlikely new market for gangs using teenagers to sell class A drugsA Welsh town has become a “thriving market for class A drugs” due to a surge in “county lines” gangs, a court has heard.The coastal town of Llanelli near Swansea is being targeted by gangs from Birmingham and Liverpool selling drugs like crack and heroin. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Andy Farrell says succeeding Joe Schmidt will be his greatest challenge TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ireland assistant ‘proud and privileged’ to take reins• Farrell confirms Johnny Sexton will be fit for Italy gameAndy Farrell has rated succeeding Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach the biggest challenge of his career. The former dual-code England international will step up from assistant coach when Schmidt steps down after the autumn’s World Cup in Japan.The 43-year-old has worked under Schmidt since 2016 amid Ireland’s rise to second in the world, after four years as England defence coach. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know TheGuardian -Sport
    Steven Soderbergh’s basketball drama probes the fraying covenant between white power brokers and their mostly black labor forceSteven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, written by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and available for streaming on Netflix, is the finest movie ever made about the business of professional sports, not for the answers it purports to give about a billion-dollar industry charged by undercurrents of race and politics but the questions it asks. Related: High Flying Bird review – Soderbergh scales new heights on Netflix Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess’s parents tell of their anger and hurt TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Family break silence to express concerns that UK settled former spy in SalisburyThe parents of the woman who died in the Wiltshire novichok poisonings have broken their silence to express their anger and hurt at losing their daughter in an extraordinary international incident and say they believe there could be more of the nerve agent yet to be found.Speaking as the first anniversary of the poisonings nears, Stan and Caroline Sturgess also revealed their concerns that the UK authorities chose to settle the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, exposing residents to risk. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Cousin marriages cited as significant factor in Bradford child deaths TheGuardian
    Fatal genetic conditions more common in children of south Asian heritage, study saysMarriage between cousins leading to fatal genetic conditions remain a factor in a significant proportion of child deaths in Bradford, according to a safeguarding report.The report by the West Yorkshire city’s child death overview panel found that consanguineous relationships led to deaths from genetic and congenital abnormalities. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Caster Semenya gets government backing in IAAF testosterone row TheGuardian -Sport
    • Minister calls proposed limits a ‘violation of human rights’• Double Olympic champion takes her fight to Cas on MondayThe South African government has thrown its weight behind Caster Semenya in her legal battle with world athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, declaring its proposed testosterone limit for women “a gross violation of human rights”.The double Olympic and three-times world 800m champion takes her fight against the IAAF to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) in Lausanne on Monday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day John Stalker, who investigated Moors murders, dies aged 79 TheGuardian
    Ex-Greater Manchester police deputy chief constable led inquiry into shooting of suspected IRA membersJohn Stalker, who was known for his work on the Moors murders and the Troubles in Northern Ireland, has died aged 79, his family has announced.Stalker, the former deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester police (GMP), led an inquiry into the shooting of suspected members of the Provisional IRA in 1982. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Bedford: nicer than you might think – and with hidden depths TheGaurdian – Edu
    So perfect that the ‘daughter of God’ bought a home in one of the redbrick terracesWhat’s going for it? You might have thought of Bedford, if you’d thought of Bedford at all, as a perfectly respectable place. Good schools. Lovely parks. Smashing Victorian redbrick houses. Great train links. Surprisingly cosmopolitan (one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the country). Ooh, the Cecil Higgins Gallery, with its Edward Bawdens. That lovely waterfront. Great place to bring up kids. But Mabel Barltrop had other ideas. In 1919 she declared herself “daughter of God”, as you do, and with her pals in ... more
  • 1 day Hospital admissions for eating disorders surge to highest in eight years TheGuardian
    Campaigners raise alarm about growing crisis of young people with anorexia and bulimiaThere has been a dramatic rise in hospital admissions for potentially life-threatening eating disorders in the last year, prompting concern from experts about a growing crisis of young people experiencing anorexia and bulimia.Figures seen by the Guardian show year-on-year rises in hospital visits, with admission numbers more than doubling from 7,260 in 2010-11 to 16,023 in the year to April 2018. The latest figure is up from 13,885 the year before – the highest spike in eight years. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Bedford: nicer than you might think – and with hidden depths TheGuardian -Biz
    So perfect that the ‘daughter of God’ bought a home in one of the redbrick terracesWhat’s going for it? You might have thought of Bedford, if you’d thought of Bedford at all, as a perfectly respectable place. Good schools. Lovely parks. Smashing Victorian redbrick houses. Great train links. Surprisingly cosmopolitan (one of the most ethnically diverse towns in the country). Ooh, the Cecil Higgins Gallery, with its Edward Bawdens. That lovely waterfront. Great place to bring up kids. But Mabel Barltrop had other ideas. In 1919 she declared herself “daughter of God”, as you do, and with her pals in ... more
  • 1 day MI6 chief: Britons who joined Isis cannot be stopped from returning TheGuardian
    Comments come as Shamima Begum, who fled to Syria, appeals to be allowed homeBritons who went to join Islamic State are “potentially very dangerous” but cannot be stopped if they want to return to the UK, the head of MI6 has said.Speaking after pregnant London teenager Shamima Begum, who fled to Syria in 2015, appealed to be allowed to come home to have her baby, Alex Younger said the issue of returnees was an “extremely complex and dangerous problem”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Climate strike: thousands of students take to UK streets in call to stop global warming – as it happened TheGaurdian – Edu
    Walkouts held in towns and cities across Britain in protest at environmental crisisAre you taking part? Share your experiences 3.47pm GMT We’re going to wind up the blog now. Thanks for reading and for getting in touch to share your stories. Here’s our most recent news story. Related: Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action 3.30pm GMT The climate change strikers have found an unusual source of support: Conservative MPs who have issued comments applauding those who took time off school or college to join the protests.They include Claire Perry, the energy minister, who ... more
  • 1 day Pret a Manger to add full ingredients list to product labels TheGuardian
    Firm fulfils pledge to improve labelling following death of girl who suffered allergic reaction Pret a Manger plans to introduce full lists of ingredients on its products by the end of the summer as it fulfils a promise to improve labelling after the death of a customer who suffered an allergic reaction to one of its baguettes.The company is investing millions of pounds on label printers for every outlet and training thousands of workers as it revamps its systems amid a government consultation on tougher allergen labelling. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Pret a Manger to add full ingredients list to product labels TheGuardian -Biz
    Firm fulfils pledge to improve labelling following death of girl who suffered allergic reaction Pret a Manger plans to introduce full lists of ingredients on its products by the end of the summer as it fulfils a promise to improve labelling after the death of a customer who suffered an allergic reaction to one of its baguettes.The company is investing millions of pounds on label printers for every outlet and training thousands of workers as it revamps its systems amid a government consultation on tougher allergen labelling. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day High street discounts boost struggling retailers as Brexit nears TheGuardian -Biz
    Clothes shops in particular had rise in sales after launching price reductionsHigh street discounts in the January sales helped drive a strong recovery in UK consumer spending last month in a sign that British consumers shrugged off mounting fears over Brexit.Sales volumes jumped by 1% in January compared with the previous month, providing support to struggling retailers after a slump in the amount of goods sold during the Christmas shopping period. City economists had forecast a more modest recovery of 0.2%. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back | George Monbiot TheGuardian
    Across the country today, children left their classes to protest against climate change. This is my message to themThe Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, I believed it was all over. I thought, given the indifference and hostility of those who govern us, and the passivity of most of my generation, that climate breakdown and ecological collapse were inevitable. Now, for the first time in years, I think we can turn them around. Related: Schoolchildren take to streets in UK-wide climate strike - live Continue ... more
  • 1 day My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back | George Monbiot TheGaurdian – Edu
    Across the country today, children left their classes to protest against climate change. This is my message to themThe Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, I believed it was all over. I thought, given the indifference and hostility of those who govern us, and the passivity of most of my generation, that climate breakdown and ecological collapse were inevitable. Now, for the first time in years, I think we can turn them around. Related: Schoolchildren take to streets in UK-wide climate strike - live Continue ... more
  • 1 day Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ruled out for three weeks TheGuardian -Sport
    • United pair suffer groin and hamstring problems respectively• Gomes, Chong, Sánchez and Lukaku in line to deputiseAnthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are out for up to three weeks because of injury, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær saying that means a chance for Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku to step up for Manchester United.Martial and Lingard were forced off during Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford because of groin and hamstring problems respectively. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Chess: Guildford’s six-year 4NCL unbeaten run threatened by Manx TheGuardian -Sport
    Surrey club’s multi-year record unbeaten run is threatened by the newcomers who have climbed rapidly from the third tierThe all-conquering Guildford team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) are winning match after match but their manager is already planning well ahead to the showdown with a fresh and dangerous challenger at the final league weekend in early May.Guildford’s record unbeaten run, which stands at 70 wins and two draws stretching over more than six years, is threatened by promoted chesscom.Manx Liberty, whose squad are packed with seasoned grandmasters and bankrolled by a leading global chess website. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Alesha MacPhail accused’s friend reveals Snapchat messages TheGuardian
    Girl says boy, 16, sent video of himself saying he ‘found the guy’ who killed six-year-oldThe teenager accused of murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail sent a video of himself to friends with the message “found the guy who’s done it” the afternoon after her body was found.The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies abducting, raping and murdering the child on the Isle of Bute last July. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Lenny Henry on his Windrush series: ‘We felt the sting of injustice sharply’ TheGuardian
    A new BBC drama follows generation Windrush, from first arrival to the scandal of deportation. Executive producer and star Sir Lenny Henry explains why their story needed to be toldLast year the nation set out to celebrate a bold, brave and pioneering generation; those who, in 1948, made the transatlantic journey aboard the Empire Windrush in search of a ‘better’ life.The Windrush generation, and the deportation scandal they were the victims of last year, is something that both myself and Angela Ferreira, the managing director of my production company Douglas Road Productions, feel strongly about. We are both of Caribbean ... more
  • 1 day Sebastian Vettel backs Ferrari’s ‘extreme’ design in bid for F1 title TheGuardian -Sport
    • Four-times F1 champion ‘really excited’ by Ferrari’s new car• Mattia Binotto says team ‘tried to be as extreme as we could’Sebastian Vettel is confident Ferrari have the car to mount a strong fight for the Formula One title . The team unveiled the SF90 at Marenello on Friday as they attempt to end more than a decade without winning F1, with the team principal, Mattia Binotto, describing the design as an “evolution” pushed to be “extreme”.The car is named to recognise the 90 years since Enzo Ferrari established the Scuderia at Modena in 1929. Since then they have competed ... more
  • 1 day CBBC sitcom about British Chinese family accused of racism TheGuardian
    Critics say scripts for Living With the Lams contain a ‘litany of orientalist cliches’An upcoming BBC children’s sitcom that focuses on a British Chinese family has been marred by accusations of racism.A group representing British East Asians in the film and TV industry said it was indefensible that the show should have been developed and written with little input from writers and creatives from the community. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Brexit deal can still be voted through, Theresa May will tell EU leaders TheGuardian
    PM likely to head to Brussels next week after defeat at hands of Eurosceptic Tories Politics live – follow all the latest developmentsTheresa May will insist to EU leaders that her defeat in parliament on Thursday does not change her belief that her Brexit deal can still achieve a majority – as long as there are changes to the backstop.May is likely to head to Brussels next week after another crushing defeat in parliament inflicted by Eurosceptic backbenchers, as well as speaking to more EU leaders over the weekend. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Gazprom v Abu Dhabi: an alternative guide to the Champions League ties TheGuardian -Sport
    Other states, hedge funds and a tax haven also feature in our look at how club owners and partners stack up in the last 16Schalke 04 Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubs TheGuardian -Sport
    Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are strikingThe game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blanchflower’s famous quote would point out something else: that the game is also about politics and placement, about soft power, about presenting a face to the world.As the Champions League knockout stage kicks in, this element of Big Football is primed once again to take the main stage, the executive arm of a sport that has ... more
  • 1 day Measles is on the rise. But telling anti-vaxxers they’re stupid won’t fix it | Ellie Mae O’Hagan TheGuardian
    Simply telling people they are ignorant has failed. We need to find a better way to communicateAfter reading the news that cases of measles have soared by 50% in the last year, I recalled the first time I heard an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory. It wasn’t from a member of Donald Trump’s administration, or part of a frenetic, grammatically challenged Facebook post – it was from a classmate when I was at school. Her family wasn’t waging a crusade against medical science: they simply gave credence to disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield’s study that wrongly asserted a link between the MMR ... more
  • 1 day Man admits killing nurse who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent TheGuardian
    Desmond Sylva is accused of stabbing Simmone Kerr from London, who sang in NHS choirA former soldier has admitted killing a nurse who performed on Britain’s Got Talent in an NHS choir.Desmond Sylva, 40, was accused of stabbing his partner, 31-year-old Simonne Kerr, at her home in Battersea, south-west London. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Thousands of UK students strike over climate change – video TheGuardian
    School pupils and university students across Britain have walked out of lessons as part of a global movement calling for action on climate changeClimate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Thousands of UK students strike over climate change – video TheGaurdian – Edu
    School pupils and university students across Britain have walked out of lessons as part of a global movement calling for action on climate changeClimate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action'The beginning of great change': Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Schoolchildren take to streets in UK-wide climate strike – live TheGuardian
    Thousands of children walk out of class in protest at environmental crisis. Follow the latest updatesAre you taking part? Share your experiences 1.18pm GMT Unlike the political support we heard about from Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas and others earlier, Downing street has issued a rather disapproving statement. A Number 10 spokesman said that while it was important for young people to engage with issues like climate change, the disruption to planned lesson time was damaging for pupils. Everybody wants young people to be engaged in the issues that affect them most so that we can build a brighter future for ... more
  • 1 day Leigh Halfpenny’s chances of facing England in Six Nations suffer setback TheGuardian -Sport
    • Full-back Halfpenny ruled out of Scarlets action• Wales still hoping 30-year-old will be available against EnglandThe Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny’s chances of facing England in the Six Nations remain slim after he was ruled out for Scarlets this weekend.The 30-year-old was released back to his club this week but has not been considered for Saturday’s Pro14 trip to Benetton. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day In defence of Ashley Cole TheGuardian -Sport
    Ashley Cole has won more FA Cups than any player in history. Isn’t it time we appreciated his achievements?By Sean Cole for WSC, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAshley Cole played for Derby County in the Championship last weekend, his first appearance in English football for almost five years. The 38-year-old, who has felt curiously rootless and unloved throughout his career, says this will be his final stop before retirement. Of the much-vaunted, and subsequently derided, golden generation, Cole was arguably the only one to live up to his billing. For several years at Arsenal and Chelsea he made a compelling ... more
  • 1 day UK retail sales rebound as shoppers flock to January sales – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    Retail sales in the UK rose 1% in January as price discounts convinced shoppers to splash out on clothing. Pound boosted by stronger than expected retail salesEuropean shares rise on US China trade hopesFTSE hits four-month highTrade talks ‘to continue next week in Washington’ 12.41pm GMT Time for a quick summary of the corporate news doing the rounds today: 12.01pm GMT The FTSE 100 is currently at a four-month high, up 0.4% or 26 points at 7,223.Conor Campbell, analyst at spread-betting firm Spreadex, reflects on the latest developments in the US/China trade talks:A significant shift in sentiment occurred on Friday ... more
  • 1 day ‘Ross from Friends lookalike’ denies fraud charges TheGuardian
    Abdulah Husseini pleads not guilty to theft of wallet and trying to use stolen bank cardA man who was likened to the Friends actor David Schwimmer has denied a string of fraud and theft offences.Abdulah Husseini, 36, made a brief appearance via video link from HMP Wormwood Scrubs to deny the charges. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Sports quiz of the week: managers, money, metal medals and monikers TheGuardian -Sport
    Who defied his age? Who scored quickly? Who made a packet? Matt Kuchar earned $1.3m in prize money for his victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. How much did the golfer pay his caddie?$5,000$130,000 $300,000 $1.3m Why does Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Jarrell Miller, go by the nickname “Big Baby”? He takes a cuddly toy with him wherever he goesHe weighed 10 pounds at birthHis first opponent called him that before the opening bell – and was quickly knocked outHe lost a betJoshua is fighting Miller on 1 June. Which other sporting event is taking place that night?The last game ... more
  • 1 day Alone together, or how to find strength in numbers TheGaurdian – Edu
    This week in the Upside, students helping each other, and trying to change the worldIt’s a very singular irony that in a world populated like never before, loneliness has become the disease du jour.But you are not alone, if you don’t want to be. No matter who you are and where you are, there is a like-minded soul out there, a sympathetic voice, a support group, a project, a fellowship. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Alone together, or how to find strength in numbers TheGuardian
    This week in the Upside, students helping each other, and trying to change the worldIt’s a very singular irony that in a world populated like never before, loneliness has become the disease du jour.But you are not alone, if you don’t want to be. No matter who you are and where you are, there is a like-minded soul out there, a sympathetic voice, a support group, a project, a fellowship. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day The Breadmaker: on the frontline of Venezuela’s bakery wars – video TheGuardian -Biz
    In the midst of Venezuela’s spiralling economic crisis, Natalia and fellow members of a Chavista collective have stepped in to take over production at a local bakery, La Minka. Authorities had suspended operations when the owners were accused of overpricing their loaves and hoarding flour. In March 2017, with the tacit support of the government, the collective began selling affordable bread. This is the story of their fight to safeguard the bakery’s future and keep the Chavista dream alive Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days I swallowed the Brexit lies. Now I regret telling curry house workers to vote leave | Oli Khan TheGuardian -Biz
    With Indian restaurants in crisis, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel said we would be able to employ more chefs from south Asia• Oli Khan is the secretary general of the Bangladesh Caterers AssociationOne of the many myths and mysteries of the 2016 referendum campaign is that people from the south-east Asian community backed a leave campaign that was so often linked to bigotry. Related: Who killed the curry house? | Bee Wilson Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Super League v NRL: is the northern hemisphere bridging the gap? | Aaron Bower TheGuardian -Sport
    As Wigan prepare to face Roosters in a World Club Challenge tournament set for a further revamp, Super League needs to demonstrate the English game’s healthIt is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and never has that mantra been more applicable to a sporting event than rugby league’s World Club Challenge. Of the 26 previous versions of the event to determine the best club side in the sport – dating back to the inaugural unofficial clash between Sydney and St Helens in 1976 – there have been more tweaks and changes than most league ... more
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