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  • 15 hours Vital medicine supplies at risk if UK crashes out of EU, MPs warned TheGuardian
    Shortages could occur within weeks of no-deal Brexit, pharmaceutical industry saysCrashing out of the EU on 31 October would have serious implications for hospitals, patients and pharmacies, with shortages of some medicines within weeks, MPs have been told by the pharmaceutical industry.Critical medicines and short shelf-life medicines – some of which may need to be refrigerated until they are consumed – would be most vulnerable in a no-deal scenario, parliament’s Brexit select committee heard on Wednesday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours SNP’s Ian Blackford calls Boris Johnson a ‘racist’ – video TheGuardian
    Boris Johnson has been branded a 'racist' in the Commons by the Scottish National party's Westminster leader, who said the Tory leadership frontrunner was 'unfit' to be prime minister. Ian Blackford asked Theresa May if she agreed with Johnson that the Scottish people were a verminous race who should be 'exterminated', referring to a poem published in the Spectator when Johnson was the magazine’s editor Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours India suffer blow as Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of Cricket World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    • India ask ICC to allow Dhawan to be replaced by Rishabh Pant• Afghanistan coach Simmons’s rift with chief selector deepensIndia’s World Cup prospects have suffered a setback with the news that opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a thumb injury.Dhawan was injured after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia at the Oval. India had hoped that the hairline fracture would not rule out his continued participation but have now asked the ICC to allow Rishabh Pant to replace him in the squad. Continue ... more
  • 15 hours Tory leadership: Gove backers hope to bump Hunt out of second slot TheGuardian
    Supporters say environment secretary could gain more votes from Dominic RaabFollow the day’s political developments - liveHis campaign has been dogged by a drug scandal and lacklustre momentum in public debates but on Wednesday Michael Gove could potentially leapfrog Jeremy Hunt into second place.Supporters of the environment secretary are more confident of picking up votes from the eliminated Dominic Raab, while Hunt’s camp do not see him being able to make further advances until later in the voting rounds. Continue reading... ... more
  • 15 hours Lloyds staff happy with chief executive’s £6.3m pay package, MPs told TheGuardian -Biz
    Head of remuneration claims even lowest paid see António Horta-Osório as a ‘winner’Lower paid staff at Lloyds Banking Group are happy with the chief executive António Horta-Osório’s £6.3m pay package because they see him as “a winner”, the chair of the bank’s remuneration committee has told MPs.Addressing the work and pensions committee, Stuart Sinclair said there was no discernible resentment among workers about the gap between the pay and pensions of those at the top of the organisation and the rest of the workforce. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours William Hill and Paddy Power ads appeared in app aimed at children TheGuardian -Biz
    Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck ‘accidentally’ appeared in Looney Tunes World of Mayhem video gameAdverts for the bookmakers William Hill and Paddy Power Betfair appeared in a mobile phone app approved for seven-year-olds, featuring cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, in an apparent mistake that has been called “unacceptable”.The Advertising Standards Authority upheld complaints after users of a game called Looney Tunes World of Mayhem were invited to view adverts for the betting companies in exchange for “gems”, tokens used to purchase in-game items. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Westminster council boards up area ‘to keep homeless people away’ TheGuardian
    Borough accused of pushing rough sleepers ‘out of sight and out of mind’London rough sleeping hits record high in 2018-19Westminster council has boarded up an area in the London borough to keep away rough sleepers, with campaigners warning that local authorities and police are pushing homeless people “out of sight and out of mind”.Large white hoarding has appeared outside McDonald’s in Victoria Street, which homeless people and campaigners say is part of a wider effort to remove rough sleepers from the borough with the largest street population in England. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Paul Scholes apologises after being fined £8,000 for breaking betting rules TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘It was a genuine mistake,’ says former Manchester United player• Scholes’s 140 bets included eight on United and one on ValenciaPaul Scholes has been fined and warned over his future conduct by the Football Association after placing bets worth £26,159 on football matches during his time as a director of Salford City.The former Manchester United midfielder was found to have placed 140 bets over three and a half years, in contravention of the FA’s gambling rules. The FA said these included bets on the outcome of United matches – at a time when his former teammates and fellow Salford ... more
  • 16 hours Statins could cut heart risk for many more Britons, study suggests TheGuardian
    DNA tests might identify ‘invisible population’ who are not currently seen as in dangerHundreds of thousands more adults in the UK could benefit from taking statins because their genes put them at high risk of heart disease, research suggests.Speaking on Wednesday at the UK Biobank conference in London, Prof Sir Peter Donnelly, the founder of the company Genomics Plc, warned of an “invisible population” who are not identified as at risk by current screening programmes because their blood pressure and cholesterol do not raise red flags. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Monsoon Accessorize seeks landlords’ support for rescue plan TheGuardian -Biz
    Owner offers share of profits in exchange for rent cuts in effort to keep fashion retailer afloatMonsoon Accessorize is to launch plans for a rescue package after its owner, Peter Simon, agreed to offer landlords a share of future profits worth up to £10m in return for rent cuts.Simon, who founded Monsoon as a London market stall in the 1970s, is also thought to have offered to invest £34m in the 270-shop fashion retail chain to keep it afloat. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours Housebuilder Berkeley signals end to bumper earnings as profits fall TheGuardian -Biz
    Group will target growth outside its traditional territory of London Profits at Berkeley Group fell by a fifth last year as the housebuilder signalled the end of a period of bumper earnings and said it would look outside its traditional territory in London.Growth in the housing market has weakened in the past three years as extended political uncertainty has weighed on prices, particularly in London and south-east England, where Berkeley specialises. Continue reading... ... more
  • 16 hours County cricket: Kent v Notts, Yorkshire v Warwickshire and more – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    County Championship updates from around the groundsNew Zealand v South Africa: Cricket World Cup – live!And feel free to post BTL or tweet @tykestravels 12.01pm BST My feeling is that it could be a bowler’s day here at York. Muggy, overcast conditions. We’re set to get underway. It’s certainly not a day for the photographers, who will have to use their imagination. The 2,000 seater temporary stand is nowhere near full. If there are 200 sat on there I’d be surprised. 11.44am BST We will be starting at 12pm at York with 88 overs to be bowled in the ... more
  • 16 hours New Zealand v South Africa: Cricket World Cup 2019 – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Cricket World Cup: talking points at the halfway stageCounty cricket – live! Latest news from around the groundsAnd you can email Daniel here or tweet @DanielHarris 12.15pm BST 3rd over: South Africa 12-1 (Amla 5, Du Plessis 2) One off the over, a single to Amla driven into the covers. I wonder If Amal Clooney types Amla as often as I’m typing Amal. Look at Abhijato Sensarma, effortlessly blending two riffs. “Many cricketers from the subcontinent,” he says, “(where English isn’t a native language), especially in the good old days, have one common reserve phrase which they use as ... more
  • 16 hours London rough sleeping hits record high with 18% rise in 2018-19 TheGuardian
    Sadiq Khan blames crisis on welfare reforms and lack of investment in social housingWestminster council boards up area to ‘keep out homeless people’Rough-sleeping figures in London have hit a record high, with 8,855 people recorded as bedding down on the capital’s street last year, according to annual Chain figures published by by the Greater London Authority.The 18% year-on-year rise in 2018-19 was called a “national disgrace” by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who blamed the crisis on welfare reforms and a lack of investment in social housing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Hamza Choudhury says he ‘let England down’ with red and has never felt worse TheGuardian -Sport
    • England Under-21 midfielder sent off in Euros defeat by France• Choudhury apologises for tackle that put opponent in hospitalHamza Choudhury has apologised for his awful challenge on France’s Jonathan Bamba and described the dismissal that cost England in their European Under-21 Championship opener on Tuesday as the worst moment of his career.The England midfielder admitted he let down his team with the foul that led to Bamba going to hospital and prompted a VAR review to upgrade his yellow card to a red. Aidy Boothroyd’s side were leading 1-0 at the time but the 10 men succumbed to two ... more
  • 17 hours Royal Ascot 2019: day two – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Follow all the action from the second day of the Royal meetingTalking Horses: rain-soaked Ascot perfect for Crystal OceanAnd feel free to post BTL, email Tony or tweet @tonypaley 11.38am BST For those of you who take a niche interest in these things (and very important matters with regard to form study) ...Timeform description of the going on day one of Royal Ascot 2019 was "Good to Firm" for the first two, "Good" for the middle two and "Good to Soft" for the last two. I'm not far from that myself. 11.35am BST More than 30 years after Gay Kelleway ... more
  • 17 hours ‘I’m hurt’: Platini says questioning over Qatar World Cup was painful – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Former Uefa president Michel Platini said he was hurt by questioning from French authorities after he was detained over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, who has never denied voting for the Gulf state in December 2010, was questioned by anti-corruption officers in a Paris suburb on Tuesday. He has always rejected claims of wrong doing and was released in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The executive committee of Fifa awarded Qatar the hosting rights over bids from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States, but more than half of that 22-person panel have now ... more
  • 17 hours Football quiz: the many managers of Chelsea Football Club TheGuardian -Sport
    Who won the World Cup? Who played a final? Who liked eggs?How many Italians have managed Chelsea since they last had a (permanent) English manager?TwoFourSixEightChelsea have played in the top flight since 1989. Which manager earned them promotion that year, winning the Division Two title with a huge total of 99 points?Glenn HoddleBobby CampbellPat NevinJohn Neal What does Chelsea's first manager, John Tait Robertson, have in common with Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli?All four won the FA Cup in their first season in chargeAll four captained their national teams in a World Cup finalAll four won the European ... more
  • 17 hours Australia should cut loose and make Steve Smith captain again | Russell Cunningham TheGuardian -Sport
    Smith is a cricketer, not a criminal; he broke the Laws, not the law. So now the man who has been described as the new Don Bradman is back, he should be leading the sideWhen, or perhaps if, summer returns to England, I fancy wearing one particular cap. Of deep green with a gold Southern Cross on the bill, the cap would also sport four gold letters. MSCA: Make Smith Captain Again.Bad idea, you say? No, Brexit is a bad idea. This government is a bad idea. A particularly bad idea is the Hundred, harrumph. But reinstating Steve Smith as ... more
  • 17 hours Cricket World Cup 2019: talking points at the halfway stage TheGuardian -Sport
    From fair-play king Kohli to bail fails and rain delays, a look back at the first half of a tournament that is still waiting for a thrillerIndia’s game against Pakistan was the most anticipated of the group stage, the infrequency of their meetings – Pakistan have played as many ODIs against England in 2019 as they have against India in the past five years – giving them added piquancy. If the match turned out to be a bit one-sided it did throw up one memorable moment as Virat Kohli walked rather than waiting for the umpire’s decision after failing to ... more
  • 17 hours Rory Stewart in talks with Gove over uniting to fight Boris Johnson TheGuardian
    Tory leadership rivals discuss combining forces to get one of them through to final roundRory Stewart has said he is in discussions with Michael Gove’s camp over potentially combining forces as a way to make sure one of them reaches the final stage of the Conservative leadership contest, in advance of the third round of voting by Tory MPs.Stewart, who came fourth in Tuesday afternoon’s second round of voting, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show his team had held discussions with Gove’s aides, despite their differences over Brexit tactics. Continue reading... ... more
  • 17 hours Car price war and falling air fares cool UK inflation TheGuardian -Biz
    Rise in interest rates unlikely, with CPI down to 2% in May from 2.1% in AprilA fall in transport costs and cheaper clothing brought to an end the recent rise in inflation that threatened to push the Bank of England to increase interest rates.Energy costs, which spiked in April, and a price war in the car industry following a slump in sales over the past year also helped to bring down the consumer prices index (CPI) from 2.1% in April to 2% in May. Transport costs fell by 3.8% overall between April and May this year, led by falling air ... more
  • 17 hours Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba even if they make a loss | Paul Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Talk of increasing the French midfielder’s wages to ensure he stays at Old Trafford is silly and misses the pointManchester United should not bother waiting for an astronomical offer for Paul Pogba, whatever Ed Woodward seems to be saying. If any reasonable bid comes in they should accept it, because the time has come to sell if a long-running story is not to end up running into next season.We have all heard far too much already about the French player’s hopes and desires, and his club’s determination to keep hold of him rather than lose face by admitting they cannot ... more
  • 18 hours Nikita Parris: ‘Lyon are irresistible because they’re the best’ TheGuardian -Sport
    In an exclusive interview the England forward talks about her recent decision to swap Manchester City for Lyon and David Beckham’s part in her current World Cup dream“The Champions League is one trophy that I need to win,” says Nikita Parris on her move from Manchester City to the six-times champions Lyon, which was confirmed by the French club’s new coach, Jean-Luc Vasseur, on Tuesday.It is the club prize the England forward wants above all others for one simple reason: “Just because I’m a Liverpool supporter. That 2005 final was very motivational for me,” says Parris of Liverpool men’s dramatic ... more
  • 18 hours Boris Johnson mistakes hurt Zaghari-Ratcliffe case, says husband TheGuardian
    Richard Ratcliffe says Iran using Tory leadership hopeful’s errors to justify extra charges Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of the jailed Iranian-British woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has gone further than before in accusing the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson of making mistakes and false promises that have enabled her Iranian jailers to discredit the case for his wife’s release.For the first time, Ratcliffe said a story in the Sun newspaper, written on the day he met Johnson as foreign secretary, both gave him personally false hope and antagonised the Iranians. Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Which footballers have had unlikely guests at their weddings? | The Knowledge TheGuardian -Sport
    Plus: captains born close to the scene of trophy-lifting success, more Davids v Goliaths and the lowest-ranked international Premier League players. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“After Mesut Özil’s government-endorsed nuptials, have any other players had an equally unlikely or high-level wedding guest?” asks Tony Crawford.We should point out that Turkey’s president clearly loves a footballer’s wedding. Perhaps it’s the tasty canapés on offer or, more likely, the effect such appearances can have on his popularity. Just over a year before he was best man for Mesut Özil, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan played the same role on Arda Turan’s big day. Erdoğan ... more
  • 18 hours The 16 best games of E3 2019 TheGuardian -Tech
    After a full week of glitzy announcements and hundreds of game teasers, the Guardian’s E3 correspondents pick their best of the show Continue reading... ... more
  • 18 hours Home Office apologises for accusing man of being ‘foreign criminal’ TheGuardian
    Antonio Neville Heslop lost job and home after being falsely accused of being drug dealerThe Home Office has apologised to an innocent man after falsely accusing him of being a convicted drug dealer and threatening him with detention and deportation.The apology was issued after the Guardian began to investigate the case of Antonio Neville Heslop, 56, from Jamaica, who lost everything including his home, job and relationship while trying to apply for a biometric residence permit last year. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Nice guys don’t riot: The struggle of the ‘good’ Canadian sports fan TheGuardian -Sport
    We Canadians are often branded as the world’s nicest people. The thing about stereotypes is that, like sports fandom, the performance can become self-targetedThe morning after the Raptors won the NBA championship, bringing home Toronto’s first major league title – ones in soccer, rugby and CFL attracted less of a splash – to the city since the Blue Jays managed back-to-back World Series wins in the early 90s, countless videos of the street celebrations flooded social media. Mostly, the clips were uploaded with a sense of awe: at the huge number of people in the streets; at how the city’s ... more
  • 19 hours Teachers in England have ‘unmanageable’ job – global survey TheGaurdian – Edu
    OECD study of 48 countries reveals secondary schoolteachers have one of highest workloads in worldMore than half of all secondary schoolteachers in England say their job is “unmanageable”, according to an international survey revealing that teachers in England have one of the highest workloads in the world.The survey of teachers and school leaders in 48 countries conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) makes depressing reading for those in the profession in England, who had longer working days than anywhere else other than Japan. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Teachers in England have ‘unmanageable’ job – global survey TheGuardian
    OECD study of 48 countries reveals secondary schoolteachers have one of highest workloads in worldMore than half of all secondary schoolteachers in England say their job is “unmanageable”, according to an international survey revealing that teachers in England have one of the highest workloads in the world.The survey of teachers and school leaders in 48 countries conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) makes depressing reading for those in the profession in England, who spend longer hours working outside the classroom than anywhere else other than Japan and Kazakhstan. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours UK accused of profiteering on Syrians’ child citizenship fees TheGuardian
    Research shows government could make more than £5m by charging vulnerable childrenThe UK government could profit by more than £5m by charging children who have fled war-torn Syria to apply for British citizenship, according to research.The revelation, based on the Home Office’s own data, has sparked accusations that the government is profiteering from vulnerable children and making a windfall profit by driving vulnerable families into debt. Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Michel Platini was ‘hurt’ by detention and Qatar World Cup questioning TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘It hurts for everything I can think of, everything I’ve done’Platini released and lawyer says his client is innocent The former Uefa president, Michel Platini, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini‘s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent and that he had been questioned on “technical grounds.” Related: A Sarkozy lunch, PSG and beIN sports: questions for Platini over Qatar 2022 Continue reading... ... more
  • 19 hours Consumers being badly advised on pensions, says regulator TheGuardian -Biz
    FCA warns some transfer decisions mean greater risk of financial insecurity in old ageThe City watchdog has raised fresh concerns that thousands of consumers are being wrongly advised to cash in their defined benefit pension, putting them at greater risk of financial insecurity in old age.The Financial Conduct Authority said the advice was handed out despite being unsuitable for most people who opt to take a lump sum by transferring to poorer-value stock market-linked schemes at the expense of a guaranteed income for life. Continue reading... ... more
  • 20 hours Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid to bid for Christian Eriksen? TheGuardian -Sport
    Today’s fluff better take my directionIf Real Madrid really wanted to buy Paul Pogba, they would be selling a few players and saving up a bit of cash so they could perhaps meet Manchester United’s £150m asking price, or get near enough to it. Instead they have been putting together a package for Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, with the Sun reporting that they are prepared to hand over £45m in cold, hard cash plus the 22-year-old Spanish Under-21 midfielder Dani Ceballos. Spurs apparently want £100m, but with the player entering the final year of his contract and not minded to renew ... more
  • 20 hours Police launch inquiry after woman, 83, hit by Prince William convoy TheGuardian
    Collision took place when Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were heading from London to WindsorA police investigation has been launched after a woman was hit by Prince William’s convoy. The collision is believed to have involved a police motorcycle and happened as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their way from London to Windsor.William and Kate were “deeply concerned and saddened” by the event and had been in touch with the elderly woman’s family and sent flowers, a spokesperson told the Daily Mail. Continue reading... ... more
  • 20 hours Hopes of rate cuts keep markets buoyant ahead of UK inflation report – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the latest UK cost of living report Introduction: UK inflation report for MayMarkets jump on rate cut hopes 8.08am BST Stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region have jumped sharply today, following last night’s gains in Europe and the US.Big moves in global equities y'day as Draghi admitted defeat in rekindling Eurozone inflation and Trump plans meeting with Xi. DJI closed 1.4% higher and UK shares should maintain momentum at the off.German 10 yr bund yield -0.32% , US T 10yr +2.06%“Investors are taking heart from the new development.The two countries ... more
  • 20 hours Man dies after stabbing in north London, bringing toll to five in six days TheGuardian
    Two others were injured after a fight in Barnet on Tuesday night, police saidThe fifth murder investigation in London in six days is beginning after a victim in a triple stabbing died in hospital.Police and paramedics were called to reports of a fight in Wellbeck Road, Barnet, at about 11.50pm on Tuesday found three men with stab wounds. A man in his 30s who was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital died shortly after midnight. Continue reading... ... more
  • 21 hours MPs seek judicial review into police delays investigating leave campaign TheGuardian
    Legal bid driven by concerns that process had been halted by ‘political sensitivities’ A group including three MPs has begun a legal bid to challenge police over delays to the investigation into alleged offences by leave campaigners in the Brexit referendum.The application for judicial review says that it is nearly a year since the Metropolitan police were given evidence connected to the Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns and the delays were “exceptional, unjustified and in breach of the proposed defendants’ respective duties”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 21 hours Bullied bisexual prison officer unlikely to work again, tribunal finds TheGuardian
    MoJ also criticised over forging of documents submitted to Ben Plaistow employment tribunalA bisexual prison officer is unlikely to ever work again because the harassment and discrimination he suffered at work has permanently damaged his health, an employment tribunal has found.In two judgments, it was revealed that Ben Plaistow, 41, is likely to receive an exceptionally high compensation payout when his case is finally settled later this year, not only because of the campaign of bullying and harassment his colleagues at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes conducted against him during his two years of employment there, but also because of ... more
  • 21 hours Britain hit by torrential rain, flooding and thunderstorms TheGuardian
    Homes left without power and roads flooded in south-east after overnight delugeTorrential rain and thunderstorms have hit parts of the UK overnight as unsettled weather continued to cause disruption across the country.Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in parts of the south-east, while Lenham in Kent had 42mm of rain in one hour. Continue reading... ... more
  • 22 hours Harveys left us sitting on the floor waiting for a sofa delivery TheGuardian -Biz
    They were ordered five months ago and the firm kept promising a date but they never cameWe ordered two sofas from Harveys nearly five months ago and were told delivery would be in eight weeks. In due course, I got a message asking me to call to arrange for our delivery. Straight afterwards, I received two more messages saying the original notification was sent in error and to ignore it. A week later, we received another request to call to arrange delivery. I was given a date and asked not to dispose of our existing sofas until the day before, ... more
  • 22 hours Female drivers feel abandoned by Uber and Lyft after reporting a sexual assault TheGuardian -Tech
    Guardian investigation finds drivers who have experienced range of safety issues say companies offer little to no supportOne month into driving for Lyft around Atlanta, Alicia Dukes was sexually assaulted by a passenger on 21 April after she drove him to a gas station and back to his apartment.“He first asked me if I had any change because he wanted to leave a tip. He ended up finding a $5 bill in his pocket and gave it to me. He then proceeded to ask me if I wanted to come into his house and drink with him. I said no, ... more
  • 23 hours UK’s problem debtors to get 60-day ‘breathing space’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Treasury unveils two months free of hassle from creditors with interest and fees frozen to help control financesPeople struggling with serious debt are to benefit from a new two-month “breathing space” during which they cannot be hassled by debt collectors and bailiffs, the government has said.During the 60-day period, those eligible will be protected from enforcement action from creditors, and will also see their interest, fees and charges frozen. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours UK firms will face ‘deliberate disruption’ to hit zero carbon goal TheGuardian -Biz
    State ready to disrupt or phase out the most polluting business activities to meet 2050 targetUK companies must brace for the government to deliberately disrupt or phase out business areas that are unfit for a net zero-carbon economy, according to a report.The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has said many companies will face fundamental change, including the phasing out of the UK’s most polluting business activities. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours UK firms will face ‘deliberate disruption’ to hit zero carbon goal TheGuardian
    State ready to disrupt or phase out the most polluting business activities to meet 2050 targetUK companies must brace for the government to deliberately disrupt or phase out business areas that are unfit for a net zero-carbon economy, according to a report.The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has said many companies will face fundamental change, including the phasing out of the UK’s most polluting business activities. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours UK’s problem debtors to get 60-day ‘breathing space’ TheGuardian
    Treasury unveils two months free of hassle from creditors with interest and fees frozen to help control financesPeople struggling with serious debt are to benefit from a new two-month “breathing space” during which they cannot be hassled by debt collectors and bailiffs, the government has said.During the 60-day period, those eligible will be protected from enforcement action from creditors, and will also see their interest, fees and charges frozen. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours Two-thirds of Britons want faster action on climate, poll finds TheGuardian
    Research suggests support for urgent measures to tackle crisis is becoming mainstreamNearly 70% of British people want urgent political action to tackle climate change and protect the natural environment, according to research by a coalition of green charities.Theresa May, in one of her last acts as prime minister, has enshrined in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first large economy to do so. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours March of the under 10s – generation growing up as protesters TheGuardian
    Research says those born since 2010 are expert at spotting fake news and handling technology Political protest, spotting fake news and taking control of new technology comes naturally to the UK’s under 10s, the so-called Alpha generation and the first cohort born into the fully-fledged social media age, new research reveals.One in five children aged between five and nine have already attended their first march or protest about something they care about, and half of their parents are encouraging them to speak out as activists, according to a survey carried out for Beano Studios, which owns the comic brand. Continue ... more
  • 23 hours Cambridge slips to lowest-ever place in world university table TheGaurdian – Edu
    UK’s downward trend continues as two-thirds of its ranked universities tumbleBrexit and the financial squeeze affecting universities appear to be taking a toll on Britain’s universities, with many seeing their rankings in international league tables tumbling for the third year in a row.The latest international university league table compiled by data and research group QS downgrades two-thirds of the 84 UK universities ranked in the top 1,000, following similar declines in 2016 and 2017. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours Cambridge slips to lowest-ever place in world university table TheGuardian
    UK’s downward trend continues as two-thirds of its ranked universities tumbleBrexit and the financial squeeze affecting universities appear to be taking a toll on Britain’s universities, with many seeing their rankings in international league tables tumbling for the third year in a row.The latest international university league table compiled by data and research group QS downgrades two-thirds of the 84 UK universities ranked in the top 1,000, following similar declines in 2016 and 2017. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours NHS forced to prioritise staff wellbeing to tackle escalating crisis TheGuardian
    With 10,000 vacancies across trusts in England, trusts hope new initiatives will help them retain employeesWhat do ice lollies, Zumba classes, improvised comedy and tea trolleys have to do with saving the NHS? They are all being used to improve the workforce’s wellbeing, stress levels and work-life balance – and so, their employers hope, mitigate the health service’s escalating staffing crisis.Across the NHS, employers are finally doing more to help staff deal with the stresses and strains of their jobs, such as long hours and shift patterns that disrupt family life and sleeping routines, and the increasingly intense demands of ... more
  • 23 hours How to make salad dressing in prison: the hit survival guide written by an inmate TheGuardian
    Is tinned fish currency? How do you make ‘jail velcro’? And will bedwetting get you a single cell? Meet Carl Cattermole, whose banged-up bible is making him a hero to prisoners When Carl Cattermole was released from prison, after serving a year of a two-and-a-half-year sentence for criminal damage, he was “confused and angry, but ready to turn everything I’d seen into a positive”. What he’d seen, inside London’s HMP Wormwood Scrubs and HMP Pentonville, was eye-opening. Prison was not the bloodbath that Hollywood had promised, nor the “Butlins for murderers and paedophiles” that the tabloid press had raged about. ... more
  • 23 hours Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man to set up public registers of firms’ owners TheGuardian
    Campaigners welcome plan as victory for transparency but call for shorter timetableJersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have announced they will voluntarily adopt public registers of the true owners of offshore companies incorporated in their jurisdictions.In a joint statement, the three islands said they would introduce fully public registers by 2023. Campaigners welcomed the announcement as a victory for transparency and an “important first step” in the fight against tax evasion and money laundering, though they said key details needed clarifying. Continue reading... ... more
  • 23 hours ‘I feel like a target’: US trade war worries tech workers of Chinese descent TheGuardian -Biz
    According to a Guardian survey through Blind, employees are already facing negative consequences or predict problemsTechnology workers of Chinese descent say that they are experiencing backlash due to the US-China trade war and fears over Huawei, according to a survey commissioned by the Guardian through Blind, an app allowing anonymous workplace communication. “With the trade war against China and especially the Huawei case I feel like a target more and more every day,” an anonymous Amazon employee wrote in a comment on the app, which is popular among technology employees and verifies employment through work emails. “I can’t even feel ... more
  • 24 hours A private school gets a castle-library, while we fundraise for public school music lessons | Celina Ribeiro TheGaurdian – Edu
    The choice between sending children to a public or private school should be about the bells and whistles, not the basicsOn the first Tuesday of the month, after the kids are asleep, my partner starts baking. This month it was chocolate zucchini cupcakes. He hates cake. He’s up at 10pm slathering cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and hundreds and thousands (so no one will notice the zucchini) so there may be music lessons at our daughter’s public school.At afternoon recess the next day, parent volunteers at our suburban Sydney school lay out the cakes baked by parents the night before and ... more
  • 1 day Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson handed 22-game ban for betting on Pies games TheGuardian -Sport
    AFL delivers toughest possible penalty Player also fined but 12 games of ban suspended Collingwood star Jaidyn Stephenson has been banned from playing in the Magpies’ next 10 matches and handed a $20,000 fine for betting on three AFL games involving his club.The 2018 Rising Star Award winner was banned for 22 matches but 12 of those games were suspended. It is the heaviest sanction for a player in relation to a breach of AFL rules relating to wagering. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Lebanon rugby league players threatened with jail over planned protest TheGuardian -Sport
    Robbie Farah and teammates plan to cover up LRLF logoDispute over governing body’s board electionsThe Lebanon Rugby League Federation has threatened Cedars players with jail, fines and suspension if they follow through with a protest during Saturday’s Test with Fiji.The LRLF on Wednesday issued a statement hitting back at Cedars skipper Robbie Farah and fellow players who are planning to cover up the governing body’s logo when they run onto Leichhardt Oval. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day A century of sixes and Eoin Morgan for prime minister – The Spin podcast TheGuardian -Sport
    Adam Collins, Andy Parsons and Tez Ilyas join Emma John to discuss Eoin Morgan’s record-breaking innings against Afghanistan. Plus: which supposedly star-players are underperforming in the first half of this World Cup? And which member of the England team would make the best PM? Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up – podcast TheGuardian -Biz
    Oil firms are said to have known for decades of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate breakdown. Author Bill McKibben describes how industry lobbying created a 30-year barrier to tackling the crisis. Plus: John Stewart on his campaign to stop the third runway at HeathrowBefore 1988, climate change was a subject confined to the realm of academic journals. That all changed when the scientist James Hansen told Congress that global heating was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of the burning of fossil fuels. That moment caught the imagination of the ... more
  • 1 day Sam Kerr goal-fest draws plaudits as other qualities shine through | Ella Reilly TheGuardian -Sport
    The Matildas captain became the first Australian to score a World Cup hat-trick but her leadership is just as important as the goalsWhen Sam Kerr scored her and the Matildas’ fourth in Grenoble to ultimately guarantee the progression from Group C, she didn’t immediately run to her teammates, as she had done for her previous goals. Nor did she perform a trademark backflip. This time, she stood staunch. Fists clenched, she roared. And as she jogged back to towards halfway, her fist pounded the Australian crest on her shirt.Kerr leads the Matildas in many ways. Her own meteoric rise within ... more
  • 1 day ‘It’s weird, very strange’: Eoin Morgan on hitting record 17 sixes for England – video TheGuardian -Sport
    England captain Eoin Morgan said he never thought he could shatter a six-hitting record or blast a century with a strike rate of over 200 after pulling off both feats in as his side beat Afghanistan by 150 runs at the Cricket World Cup.Morgan clobbered 17 sixes, one more than the previous record shared by India's Rohit Sharma, West Indies' Chris Gayle and South African AB de Villiers - and his career-best 148 runs in the group stage match also earned him the man-of-the-match award.Eoin Morgan’s brutal 148 shows he practises what he preaches Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Scottish alcohol sales at lowest level in 25 years after price controls TheGuardian
    Figures also show 3% fall in consumption of alcohol in Scotland last yearAlcohol sales in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in 25 years after the introduction of price controls, figures show.Scotland’s health secretary, Jeane Freeman, welcomed the figures, which also reveal a 3% fall in the consumption of alcohol last year, and said they showed the introduction of a 50p a unit minimum price in May 2018 was having an effect. It was a promising start in tackling Scotland’s difficult relationship with alcohol, she said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Scottish alcohol sales at lowest level in 25 years after price controls TheGuardian -Biz
    Figures also show 3% fall in consumption of alcohol in Scotland last yearAlcohol sales in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in 25 years after the introduction of price controls, figures show.Scotland’s health secretary, Jeane Freeman, welcomed the figures, which also reveal a 3% fall in the consumption of alcohol last year, and said they showed the introduction of a 50p a unit minimum price in May 2018 was having an effect. It was a promising start in tackling Scotland’s difficult relationship with alcohol, she said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor, says IFS TheGuardian -Biz
    Number in poverty rises to 8m, with 60% living in households where someone works Britain has seen a big jump in the working poor since the 1990s, with almost three out of five people below the official poverty line living in a household where at least one person is working.The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that a drop in the number of workless households, better-off pensioners and higher rents had resulted in 8 million in poverty from working households. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor, says IFS TheGuardian
    Number in poverty rises to 8m, with 60% living in households where someone works Britain has seen a big jump in the working poor since the 1990s, with almost three out of five people below the official poverty line living in a household where at least one person is working.The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that a drop in the number of workless households, better-off pensioners and higher rents had resulted in 8 million in poverty from working households. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Talking Horses: Rain-soaked Royal Ascot is perfect for Crystal Ocean TheGuardian -Sport
    The selection has plenty of form at 10 furlongs and the rain has come in time to help him win the Prince of Wales’s StakesThere is nothing remotely flashy about the Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Ocean (4.20), who wins by grinding or not at all, but he might be the right ally for a race like this Prince of Wales’s Stakes. He is better known for his exploits over further but has plenty of form at 10 furlongs and the rain has come in time to help him.There is little between him and the Aidan O’Brien runner Magical but the Irish ... more
  • 1 day Just one day of work a week improves mental health, study suggests TheGuardian
    Researchers say working eight hours has same positive impact as full-time employmentThe benefits of employment on mental health might be gained from just one day’s work a week, research suggests.Unemployment has previously been linked to poorer mental health, with experts suggesting part of the reason could be that work offers benefits including time structure, social contacts and a sense of identity. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Oxford to receive biggest single donation ‘since the Renaissance’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman is donating £150m to fund humanities researchThe University of Oxford has said it is to receive its biggest single direct donation “since the Renaissance”, after it unveiled a £150m gift from the US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman to fund humanities research and tackle looming social issues linked to artificial intelligence.The money will be used to create the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, bringing together disciplines including English, philosophy, music and history in a single hub with performing spaces and a library, alongside a new Institute for Ethics in AI to collaborate. Continue reading... ... more
  • 1 day Oxford to receive biggest single donation ‘since the Renaissance’ TheGuardian
    US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman is donating £150m to fund humanities researchThe University of Oxford has said it is to receive its biggest single direct donation “since the Renaissance”, after it unveiled a £150m gift from the US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman to fund humanities research and tackle looming social issues linked to artificial intelligence.The money will be used to create the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, bringing together disciplines including English, philosophy, music and history in a single hub with performing spaces and a library, alongside a new Institute for Ethics in AI to collaborate. Continue reading... ... more
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