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  • 4 weeks Baby on board? Here’s how new parents can cut their costs TheGuardian -Biz
    Ten ways to save: from free first-class train upgrades and reusable nappies to parenting classesThere’s no escaping it: having a child is an expensive business, with surveys suggesting it costs the average couple £75,000 to raise someone to the age of 18. But there is a world of freebies and discounts available to help parents cut the costs and here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘I quit high pay in London, but I’m much happier in Newcastle’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Lewis Roberts, 34, on switching career and city to work as a social worker in the north-east Name: Lewis RobertsAge: 34Income: £34,000Occupation: Social workerFive years ago I decided to change careers and become a social worker. I’d been working in healthcare regulation and I felt quite disconnected from the job. Something about social work appealed to me. I’d always been politically active and I wanted to tackle social justice issues. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘I quit high pay in London, but I’m much happier in Newcastle’ TheGuardian
    Lewis Roberts, 34, on switching career and city to work as a social worker in the north-east Name: Lewis RobertsAge: 34Income: £34,000Occupation: Social workerFive years ago I decided to change careers and become a social worker. I’d been working in healthcare regulation and I felt quite disconnected from the job. Something about social work appealed to me. I’d always been politically active and I wanted to tackle social justice issues. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks The UK needs a year-long extension on Brexit – to really take back control | Gordon Brown TheGuardian
    We could gain an opt-out from the European elections and take the time to debate our futureAfter a week that ended in an atmosphere of chaos, confusion, acrimony, hostility and mistrust, MPs are once again trying to construct a Brexit majority for something – or anything. Having lived for years now away from the Westminster bubble, I am clear that even if parliament struggles to an 11th-hour compromise on Monday, there will be little buy-in from the public. And even if for a moment there are sighs of relief, the country will still be as divided as ever.Opinion poll after ... more
  • 4 weeks Amid the overalls and the flat caps, I found my voice in Cambuslang | Ian Jack TheGuardian
    In a local Glaswegian paper in the 1960s I had my first chance to write a column. In those days no one would think of it as a careerAt a certain point in the last few miles of the train journey from London to Glasgow, I sometimes catch a glimpse of the building that was my workplace for most of 1966. The sight of it comes and goes in a moment: single-storey and backing on to the railway cutting, no building could be plainer or less conspicuous. The touching thing is that it survives when far grander sights in the ... more
  • 4 weeks Bookmakers prepare for store closures as FOBT stake is cut TheGuardian -Biz
    Industry hopes to push customers towards online gambling to offset lossesBookmakers are preparing to shut shops and push customers towards online gambling, as they brace for curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that take effect on Monday.The industry has repeatedly warned that reducing FOBT stakes from £100 to £2 – a move hailed by the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, on Friday as a “significant step forward in protecting vulnerable people” – would trigger store closures and job losses. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Bookmakers prepare for store closures as FOBT stake is cut TheGuardian
    Industry hopes to push customers towards online gambling to offset lossesBookmakers are preparing to shut shops and push customers towards online gambling, as they brace for curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that take effect on Monday.The industry has repeatedly warned that reducing FOBT stakes from £100 to £2 – a move hailed by the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, on Friday as a “significant step forward in protecting vulnerable people” – would trigger store closures and job losses. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Stampede of the unicorns: will a new breed of tech giants burst the bubble? TheGuardian -Tech
    Lyft, which went public on Friday, will soon be joined by Uber, Airbnb and other companies valued over $1bn – and they may be just the animal to burst a bubbleFive years ago Aileen Lee, founder of Silicon Valley investor Cowboy Ventures, coined the term “unicorn” for a private company valued at more than $1bn. Back then unicorns were almost as rare as their mythical namesakes – just 39 existed, according to Lee. Now there are 334 around the world, worth more than $1tn. And this week some of the very biggest beasts started stampeding towards the public markets. ... more
  • 4 weeks Stampede of the unicorns: will a new breed of tech giants burst the bubble? TheGuardian -Biz
    Lyft, which went public on Friday, will soon be joined by Uber, Airbnb and other companies valued over $1bn – and they may be just the animal to burst a bubbleFive years ago Aileen Lee, founder of Silicon Valley investor Cowboy Ventures, coined the term “unicorn” for a private company valued at more than $1bn. Back then unicorns were almost as rare as their mythical namesakes – just 39 existed, according to Lee. Now there are 334 around the world, worth more than $1tn. And this week some of the very biggest beasts started stampeding towards the public markets. ... more
  • 4 weeks Under-18s with mental health issues to be asked about their social media use TheGuardian
    Under new guidelines, questions on screen use will be core part of NHS psychiatric assessments for young peopleChildren and young people with mental health problems will be routinely asked about their use of social media under new guidance being issued to NHS psychiatrists.Under-18s seeking help with conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders will be questioned to see whether using Facebook, Instagram or other platforms is causing or exacerbating their illness. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Talking Horses: tips for everything from the Lincoln to Dubai World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    Safe Voyage appeals at Doncaster, bearing in mind the way in which he finished to land the Ahonoora last summerAs the stalls clang open at Doncaster for another season of Flat racing on turf, punters have to ask themselves once more how they feel about taking odds such as 7-2 in a hot 22-runner handicap. Three of the past 10 winners of the Lincoln have been short-priced runners from Newmarket, so it would be foolhardy to strike a line through the name of Auxerre just because the value has gone.Still, he will need to take a big step forward on ... more
  • 4 weeks DUP deputy leader: I’d rather stay in EU than back Theresa May deal TheGuardian
    Brexiter Nigel Dodds cannot accept withdrawal agreement bringing internal barriers to UK The deputy leader of the DUP said on Friday he would rather see the UK stay in the European Union than back the withdrawal agreement.Nigel Dodds, a Brexiter, urged the government to return to Brussels to demand changes that would make the border backstop acceptable to parliament. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Facebook finally responds to New Zealand on Christchurch attack TheGuardian -Tech
    After two weeks of criticism, Sheryl Sandberg published a letter saying the company is exploring live stream video restrictionsTwo weeks after a terrorist used Facebook to broadcast live video while he massacred 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, the company has broken its silence in the country by publishing a letter from Sheryl Sandberg in the New Zealand Herald.Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company is “exploring” placing restrictions on who can live stream video on Facebook, but did not announce any actual policy changes. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘Dig in and stay in’: resilience key as epic season enters final lap | Andy Hunter TheGuardian -Sport
    Jürgen Klopp believes rewards will be earned by clubs that can hang on while Pep Guardiola says team must be ready to sufferJürgen Klopp paused for a moment as he trawled his extensive English vocabulary for the appropriate word. He eventually settled for “resilience”. This, the Liverpool manager explained, is the quality that will define the fortunes of those Premier League clubs fighting for the title, Champions League qualification and survival over the coming six weeks. There can be no wavering now.The time for worrying about injuries on international duty is over for another season. We can agonise over every ... more
  • 4 weeks Mauricio Pochettino would withdraw team if players were racially abused TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘Football is strong weapon to defend principles of humanity’• Tottenham manager backed by Liverpool’s Jürgen KloppMauricio Pochettino has said he would not hesitate to call his Tottenham players off the field if any of them were subjected to racist abuse – a stance echoed by Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool. Pochettino was appalled when one of his players – Danny Rose – had monkey chants directed at him during England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win in Montenegro on Monday night. Related: European football bosses should take Raheem Sterling’s lead on fighting racism | Dario Brentin ... more
  • 4 weeks New Lennon plays it cool before his first Old Firm renewal | Ewan Murray TheGuardian -Sport
    Celtic manager insists his future will not be defined by Sunday’s Rangers game as he prepares to face ‘modern great’ GerrardIf Neil Lennon’s pre-match demeanour is anything to go by, his return to the Old Firm fixture will not further intensify an already manic scene. A relaxed, composed Lennon on Friday expressed hope that his prospects will not be intrinsically linked to success or otherwise against Rangers. Related: Flexible Brendan Rodgers could be natural fit at evolving Leicester City | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Livermore’s late stunner seals dramatic West Brom win over Birmingham City TheGuardian -Sport
    West Brom kept alive their slim hopes of an automatic promotion spot with Jake Livermore’s crashing half-volley sealing a dramatic comeback win against Birmingham at the Hawthorns, their third victory in succession under the caretaker manager, James Shan. Related: Norwich’s Onel Hernández: ‘It’s sad. Cuban players want to play for free’ Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Tiger Woods fights back to set up Austin showdown with Rory McIlroy TheGuardian -Sport
    • Woods two down to Patrick Cantlay before winning 4&2• McIlroy beats Matt Fitzpatrick to clinch his place in last 16A brilliant eagle helped Tiger Woods roar back from an early deficit to set up an eagerly anticipated showdown with Rory McIlroy in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.Woods found himself two down after eight holes of his must-win contest with his fellow American Patrick Cantlay but won five of the next six on his way to a 4&2 victory at Austin Country Club. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Vote Leave drops appeal against fine for electoral offences TheGuardian
    Group was fined £61,000 after Electoral Commission ruled it overspent on 2016 Brexit pushVote Leave has dropped its appeal against a £61,000 fine for electoral offences committed during the Brexit referendum.The fine was imposed on the group, which was the lead campaigner for a leave vote, last year after the Electoral Commission concluded that it broke legal spending limits by donating hundreds of thousands of pounds to another leave campaigner, the then 22-year-old fashion student Darren Grimes, founder of BeLeave. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Australia beat Pakistan in fourth ODI despite Abid Ali’s century on debut TheGuardian -Sport
    Australia 277-7; Pakistan 271-8Australia win by six runs to go 4-0 up in five-match seriesAustralia have defeated Pakistan by six runs to take a 4-0 lead in the ODI series, winning in Dubai despite a record-breaking century from the new opener Abid Ali – the highest score by any Pakistan batsman on ODI debut. Related: Shane Warne in the running for Hundred coaching role at Southampton Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘Bye-bye EU’: pro-Brexit marchers descend on Westminster – video report TheGuardian
    Thousands of pro-Brexit protesters rallied outside parliament on Friday, on the date that the UK was originally scheduled to leave the EU. Earlier in the day, MPs inside voted against Theresa May's withdrawal agreement. Nigel Farage's March to Leave procession met with Leave Means Leave supporters outside Westminster. Farage and the founder of the far-right EDL, Tommy Robinson, were among those who gave speeches. Pro-Brexiters block roads in Westminster chanting 'Bye bye EU' Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Brexit backers block Westminster roads chanting: ‘Bye-bye EU’ TheGuardian
    March to Leave demonstrators arrive at parliament alongside anti-racist counterprotestThousands of protesters calling for Brexit rallied outside parliament on Friday after MPs inside voted down Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was originally scheduled to leave the EU. Leave Means Leave supporters walked past parliament as Nigel Farage’s March to Leave procession, which started in Sunderland two weeks ago, arrived in Westminster.By early evening most protesters had left but some remaining demonstrators – supporters of the English Defence League founder turned Ukip adviser Tommy Robinson – clashed with police. Fans of the controversial figure, some wearing yellow ... more
  • 4 weeks Denis Suárez is ready to make an impact for Arsenal, says Unai Emery TheGuardian -Sport
    • Midfielder impressed during warm-weather break in Dubai• ‘He is OK for starting in the first XI, to give us this impact’Unai Emery believes Denis Suárez’s form over the international break has demonstrated he is ready to excel for Arsenal. The 25-year-old has been largely peripheral since his arrival in January on loan from Barcelona and he is yet to make a competitive start for the Gunners.But an impressive outing at the club’s recent warm-weather training camp in Dubai could lead to him finally featuring in their starting XI. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Ole Gunnar Solskjær was always ambitious – he is an inspiration to us in Norway | Dan Eggen TheGuardian -Sport
    My former teammate getting the Manchester United job was brilliant for him and don’t be surprised if he is a successI was a Norway teammate of Ole Gunnar Solskjær but now I am head of coaching education for the Norwegian football federation and it was absolutely marvellous and brilliant – as well as really surprising – that he got the offer to be Manchester United temporary manager last December. Related: Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs to be more than high priest of Fergianity | Jonathan Wilson Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks University student died after hospital ‘assumed he was drunk’ TheGuardian
    Coroner says death of Bath University student Alex Green was ‘contributed to by neglect’ by hospital staffA university student died after doctors failed to spot a head injury he sustained during a night out to celebrate his birthday because they assumed his condition was due to excessive drink, a coroner has found.Maria Voisin, the senior coroner for Avon, said the death of 22-year-old Alex Green was “contributed to by neglect” by hospital staff. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Brexit app for EU citizens to work on iPhones by end 2019 – Javid TheGuardian
    App, designed to help EU nationals to apply for settled status, until now worked only on AndroidSajid Javid has announced that the controversial Brexit app for EU citizens’ residency rights will finally work on iPhones.The home secretary has struck a deal with Apple a year after the Home Office was ridiculed for developing an app that only fully worked on Android phones, even though iPhones account for 48% of the market. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Google revealed as unlikely go-between to help Trump-Cuba relations TheGuardian -Tech
    Tech firm has acted as US-Havana intermediary as memo says Cubans trust Google more than Trump administration Google has worked as an intermediary between the Trump administration and the Cuban government as it has sought a deal to improve internet access on the island, according to private remarks by Google’s manager in Havana. Related: Apple Arcade v Google Stadia: which is the future for video games? Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Google revealed as unlikely go-between to help Trump-Cuba relations TheGuardian -Biz
    Tech firm has acted as US-Havana intermediary as memo says Cubans trust Google more than Trump administration Google has worked as an intermediary between the Trump administration and the Cuban government as it has sought a deal to improve internet access on the island, according to private remarks by Google’s manager in Havana. Related: Apple Arcade v Google Stadia: which is the future for video games? Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Why black America is finally getting behind Duke basketball TheGuardian -Sport
    The Blue Devils embodied everything black America hated during my playing career, but I came to learn that perception isn’t always reality. It feels like the culture is catching upGrowing up I loved the Fab Five. The freshman class of Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson became crossover sensations practically overnight when they landed at the University of Michigan in 1991. It wasn’t just what these five African-American teenagers did on the court in becoming the first team to reach the NCAA tournament championship game with a starting lineup of all first-year players, something that ... more
  • 4 weeks Ferrari’s fightback begins in first practice for Bahrain Grand Prix TheGuardian -Sport
    • Vettel and Leclerc leave Mercedes drivers in their early wake• Williams bring back Sir Patrick Head as engineering consultantIf there is to be a real fight at the front in Formula One this season Ferrari must square up at the Sakhir circuit and find the form that made them look so gloriously threatening in pre-season but which deserted them at the first round in Australia. Related: Mercedes are the team to catch again as Ferrari continue to struggle | Giles Richards Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks The Guardian view on killing speed: a sensible restriction | Editorial TheGuardian
    Speeding, one of the pleasures of modern life, will soon become technologically impossible. We will be well rid of itDriving fast on a clear road is for many people one of the pleasures of modern life. It seems to express all the feelings of power and autonomy that the daily grind so cruelly denies us. Speed limits then become just another petty restriction to be shoved aside by people glorying in their proper freedom. But now, it seems, all this is to come to an end. A directive approved by the European commission, which will apply in the UK whether ... more
  • 4 weeks Her’s: Liverpool’s indie scene reels at death of ‘the loveliest lads’ TheGuardian
    They were outsiders, but Liverpudlians say the duo – tragically killed in a car accident in the US – were embraced for their warm humour and lust for lifeNews: Members and tour manager of Liverpool band Her’s killed in US car crashThere’s a sense of shock within the Liverpool music community today, as people come to terms with the tragic death of two of its rising stars. Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick, who made up the band Her’s, were travelling to a gig in California with their tour manager Trevor Engelbrektson on Wednesday night when all three were killed in ... more
  • 4 weeks Chess: Fabiano Caruana ends winless run after Magnus Carlsen’s taunt TheGuardian -Sport
    World title challenger in three-way battle with former Cuban champion and a speed specialist for the US crown this weekendFabiano Caruana is fighting back in the final rounds of the $194,000 US title contest this weekend after the world No 2 and defeated title challenger endured a record run of 27 classical games stretching back five months without a victory, plus a taunt from Magnus Carlsen, who tweeted, “When your winless streak matches your age,” after the 26th in the series.The world champion’s jibe was arithmetically precise. Caruana, 26, had not won a classical game since October, drawing his last ... more
  • 4 weeks Mo Salah remains remarkable but Liverpool’s strength is in the collective | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    Salah could not have a better moment to rediscover his best form but the title will be decided by togetherness not star powerThere was an interesting story last year on the Al-Monitor website about Mo Salah’s home town of Nagrig. An Al-Monitor journalist had travelled the dust roads from Cairo to discover exactly how Salah’s rise had inspired hope, laughter and joy. And found … no joy, very little laughter and only a grudging amount of hope.Instead the people of Nagrig wanted to talk about how nothing works, how they have no jobs and how all the people suddenly turning ... more
  • 4 weeks Let people have right to die when they choose | Letters TheGuardian
    Readers discuss the rights and wrongs of making assisted dying legal in BritainHats off to the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) decision to go neutral on the issue of assisted dying (Report, 22 March). I have accompanied two very dear friends to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. They were both in the final stages of terminal illness, beyond the reach of palliative care, and were forced to go abroad like fugitives. Our society is exporting death and turning a political and ethical blind eye to it.Assisted dying is supported by over 80% of people, and a change in the law ... more
  • 4 weeks Callum Hudson-Odoi set to remain on Chelsea bench at Cardiff TheGuardian -Sport
    • Maurizio Sarri did not see all of winger’s England displays• Hudson-Odoi, 18, still waiting for first Premier League startCallum Hudson-Odoi’s wait for a first Premier League start is set to continue with Maurizio Sarri having opted against watching the youngster’s full England debut in its entirety and set to lean on more experienced campaigners for Chelsea’s trip to Cardiff City on Sunday.The winger had been a surprise call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad from the under-21s and became his country’s youngest debutant in a competitive match, against the Czech Republic, before starting in Montenegro. After a slow start, Hudson-Odoi ... more
  • 4 weeks Edinburgh aim to ‘out-Munster Munster’ for place in Champions Cup semi-finals TheGuardian -Sport
    • Richard Cockerill’s team includes seven Scotland forwards• More than 35,000 expected at Murrayfield on SaturdayRichard Cockerill seemed as surprised as anyone to be namechecked by the Rugby Football Union this year as a possible candidate to succeed Eddie Jones as England’s head coach. He does not quite fit into the “super coach” category along with Warren Gatland or Steve Hansen and it is hard to imagine everyone at the RFU welcoming him with open arms but his is still a CV that warrants consideration.All the more so if he guides Edinburgh past Munster on Saturday and into the Champions ... more
  • 4 weeks Shane Warne in the running for Hundred coaching role at Southampton TheGuardian -Sport
    • Warne has coached Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League• Gillespie, Kirsten and Lehmann linked with jobs in new tournamentShane Warne has emerged as a leading candidate to coach the Southampton-based team in The Hundred.The new 100-ball tournament is starting to take on an international flavour as regards its expected head coaches, with the county boards in charge of running the eight sides keen on high-profile names. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Universities must do more for black students, warns watchdog TheGaurdian – Edu
    Data shows wide variations in attainment levels in England while students with mental health issues are more likely to drop outUniversities in England have been warned they need to improve their treatment of students, after new data revealed stark gaps in achievement for black students and higher drop-out rates for students with mental health difficulties or from disadvantaged backgrounds.The figures released by the Office for Students, the higher education regulator for England, marks a shift towards a new focus on how students from different backgrounds cope with university life, what class of degree they emerge with and what they go ... more
  • 4 weeks Universities must do more for black students, warns watchdog TheGuardian
    Data shows wide variations in attainment levels in England while students with mental health issues are more likely to drop outUniversities in England have been warned they need to improve their treatment of students, after new data revealed stark gaps in achievement for black students and higher drop-out rates for students with mental health difficulties or from disadvantaged backgrounds.The figures released by the Office for Students, the higher education regulator for England, marks a shift towards a new focus on how students from different backgrounds cope with university life, what class of degree they emerge with and what they go ... more
  • 4 weeks Leading Brexiters: what they said … and how they voted TheGuardian
    MPs who previously described Theresa May’s deal as ‘the final deceit’, ‘lamentable’ and ‘vassalage’ have voted for itToday’s latest political developments - live updatesA procession of leading Conservative Brexit supporters changing their minds and backing Theresa May’s deal at the last minute was not enough for it to pass. Here are what members of the ERG have said in the past about the deal they just voted for. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Now’s the right time to signal distress | Brief letters TheGuardian
    Alzheimer’s disease | Wine warning | Union jacks | No-deal recipes | April Fools’ storiesAnne Penketh, who writes movingly about her mother’s mental deterioration and need for specialist care (Opinion, 28 March), should ask for an assessment for NHS Continuing Care immediately. Most people with severe Alzheimer’s disease who are displaying aggressive behaviour will qualify to have all their care costs met, as their needs are health needs, not just social care. This does not deal with the emotional pain of watching a loved relative deteriorate, but it does deal with the issue of justice.Hilary CaldicottFreeland, Oxfordshire• I see (Report, ... more
  • 4 weeks Business leaders say they are fed up paying price of uncertainty TheGuardian -Biz
    All steps need to be taken to prevent no-deal Brexit, which they view as hugely damagingBusiness leaders have reacted with frustration and warned that Britain is increasingly succumbing to Brexit fatigue, severely damaging the economy, after parliament again failed to break the deadlock over leaving the EU.After Theresa May’s Brexit plan was defeated for a third time on Friday, throwing the country into yet more turmoil while paving the way for a potential no-deal departure as early as 12 April, business groups said they were running out of patience with MPs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Champions Cup quarter-finals: team news for the weekend’s quarter-finals TheGuardian -Sport
    • Maro Itoje and Stuart Hogg both back for Saracens v Glasgow• Johnny Sexton misses out for Leinster against Ulster12.45pm, BT Sport 3 Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks EU gives Britain 11 days to come up with new Brexit plan TheGuardian
    Brussels calls emergency summit for 10 April after MPs reject Theresa May’s deal for third timeFollow the latest political developments - liveThe EU has given the British government 11 days to come up with a fresh Brexit plan to avoid crashing out of the bloc at 11pm on 12 April.In the immediate aftermath of the crushing rejection of the prime minister’s deal, the European council president, Donald Tusk, called an emergency leaders’ summit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Dunkerton says he has backing to return to Superdry board TheGuardian -Biz
    Former chief says support of Investec and Schroders means 40% of shareholders back himOne of the Superdry founders believes he has won the support of two key shareholders in his bid to get back into the boardroom at the ailing fashion retailer next week.Investec and Schroders, which together control just under 9% of Superdry, are understood to be ready to back the reappointment of Julian Dunkerton as a director. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Man in his 40s stabbed to death in south London TheGuardian
    Knife attack took place near Clapham Common station, where the man died at the sceneA man has been stabbed to death in south London, police have said.Paramedics tried to save the man in his 40s, who was found with stab wounds, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Foreign Office admits it doesn’t know fate of DRC returnees TheGuardian
    Internal emails show Home Office asking colleagues to confirm they are not aware of persecutionsHome Office officials have been trying to persuade their Foreign Office colleagues to say publicly that it is safe to return people to the Democratic Republic of Congo despite the country having one of the worst human rights records in the world. Internal emails obtained by the human rights organisation Justice First, and seen by the Guardian, show Home Office officials requesting that their British embassy colleagues in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, issue a statement saying they have no information that people are being persecuted after ... more
  • 4 weeks Let’s move to Brecon, Powys: ‘Bright streets and brooding Beacons’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Whether you want to hike up them or admire them from a cafe, there’s no escaping the hills in this Welsh market townWhat’s going for it? I used to climb up the Malvern Hills as a kid and gaze at the rest of the universe from the top. I could always spot the Brecon Beacons: their chiselled, flat‑topped peaks gave them away, against the soft curves of the Herefordshire hills. Up close they’re just as recognisable, only now with added high-res moorland broodiness, glowering over the town of Brecon like something menacing that you sense from the corner of your ... more
  • 4 weeks Lyft share price soars 20% in minutes on taxi app’s stock market debut TheGuardian -Biz
    Ride-hailing company beats rival Uber in race to go public More than 30m shares to go on sale for estimated $72 eachThe ride-hailing company Lyft made its stock market debut on Friday and soared over 20% in the first few minutes of trading as investors snapped up the first in a series of hotly anticipated tech sales.Lyft is the first of a raft of tech “unicorns” – private companies valued at over $1bn – set to make their initial public offerings this year, the share sale valued Lyft at $30bn, close to 10 times the value of rental giant Avis ... more
  • 4 weeks Lyft share price soars 20% in minutes on taxi app’s stock market debut TheGuardian -Tech
    Ride-hailing company beats rival Uber in race to go public More than 30m shares to go on sale for estimated $72 eachThe ride-hailing company Lyft made its stock market debut on Friday and soared over 20% in the first few minutes of trading as investors snapped up the first in a series of hotly anticipated tech sales.Lyft is the first of a raft of tech “unicorns” – private companies valued at over $1bn – set to make their initial public offerings this year, the share sale valued Lyft at $30bn, close to 10 times the value of rental giant Avis ... more
  • 4 weeks The Fiver | Hooray! Hooray for us! What a glorious nation! Huzzah! TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!$exually Repressed Morris Dancing Fiver, our stereotypical English cousin, skipped merrily out of the house earlier today, a Union Jack draped around its waist and a tattoo of Mark Francois on its chest. The Fiver didn’t check where its cousin was heading, but assumed it was off somewhere nice. The sun’s out, so it’s a good time to have a pleasant stroll around central London. Soak up the atmosphere, that sort of thing. After all, everybody must be very full of patriotic pride given that the best and most ... more
  • 4 weeks Ant and Dec: we considered splitting up over ‘indefensible’ drink-driving TheGuardian
    Exclusive: TV duo discuss hurt and anger of their troubled 2018Ant and Dec considered splitting up after Ant McPartlin’s conviction for drink-driving last year, the pair have told the Guardian in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview.McPartlin was more than twice over the legal limit when he smashed into two other cars in south-west London last March. He was driving his mother, and both cars he hit contained children. McPartlin was fined £86,000, believed to be a British record for drink-driving, and banned from driving for 20 months. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Prodigy fans from around world gather for Keith Flint’s funeral TheGuardian
    Music star’s memorial takes place in Bocking, Essex, with fans lining procession routeMusic fans from around the world have lined the streets of Essex for the funeral of Prodigy star Keith Flint, with festival flags flying and music playing over loudspeakers outside the church.The much-loved vocalist was found dead at his home in Essex on 4 March at the age of 49. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Scandal-hit Yorkshire tourism group was paid £14.9m in public funds TheGuardian
    Welcome to Yorkshire has called in investigators over its boss Gary Verity’s expensesThe Yorkshire tourism body that has appointed independent investigators to examine its chief executive’s lavish expenses accepted £14.89m in public money over the last five years, the Guardian has learned.More than half of Welcome to Yorkshire’s (WTY) income derived from the taxpayer between 2013 and 2018 but the organisation will not answer detailed questions about how that money was spent by its charismatic boss, Sir Gary Verity, who resigned last Friday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Dubai World Cup: Almond Eye on a mission to make history TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘Start before her,’ said William Buick this week, when asked if he had a plan to beat the new beast from the east at MeydanThere has been a buzz around Meydan racecourse in Dubai this week, an unmistakeable fanfare for a horse that could be a freak of nature. It is the sound of a hundred cameras firing at 12 frames per second every time she steps onto the track, and the hubbub of reporters descending on her trainer and rider whenever they break cover. International racing, meet Almond Eye: the new beast from the east and a horse on ... more
  • 4 weeks How a gender war sent the morris dancing world hopping mad TheGuardian
    Facing extinction, the world’s oldest morris dancing group voted to admit women to their ranks. A welcome step forward – or a slight to a harmless expression of masculinity? My mouth was dry, my heart pounded furiously. I had two silk sashes crossed over my chest and was being led towards my first public morris dance by a bunch of elderly men who jangled like a herd of exotic cows.On a drizzle-soaked pavement outside the Church Inn in Mossley, Greater Manchester, we took our places like Lancastrian matadors, brandishing wooden sticks instead of swords. I had been building up to ... more
  • 4 weeks Fashion retailer Select lines up administrators, with 2,000 jobs at risk TheGuardian -Biz
    Clothing chain’s troubles come as millennials shun shops and buy online The fashion retailer Select is preparing to call in administrators, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.The cut-price clothing chain, whose target market is 18-45 year-old women, last year resorted to a company voluntary arrangement, a form of insolvency, to cut its rent bill and stay in business. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Woman who gambled away donations for dying son given suspended sentence TheGuardian
    Stacey Worsley, a nurse from Leeds, lost £100,000 raised to help son with cancerA woman who gambled away £100,000 of public donations raised to help her terminally ill son has not been jailed after a judge accepted she had been under “enormous pressure”.Nurse Stacey Worsley, of Osmondthorpe, Leeds, was given a suspended sentence on Friday after convincing the judge, Guy Kearl QC, that she started gambling online with the money to raise funds to help her son, Toby Nye, who had a rare cancer, neuroblastoma. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks MPs vote against Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement for third time – video TheGuardian
    MPs have rejected the prime minister's Brexit withdrawal agreement for the third time, by 344 votes to 286. May responded by saying the implications of the decision were 'grave'. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said May should call a general election if she was not willing to change the deal. MPs will consider further options on MondayBrexit: MPs defeat May's withdrawal agreement for third time by 344 to 286 votes - live news Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 58 votes TheGuardian
    PM says implications of third Commons defeat for her agreement with EU are ‘grave’ Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogHow did each MP vote on the withdrawal agreement?MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time, by 344 votes to 286, despite the prime minister’s offer to her Tory colleagues that she would resign if it passed.A string of Brexit-backing Conservative backbenchers who had rejected the deal in the first two meaningful votes, including the former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, switched sides during the debate to support the agreement. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Sam Tomkins: ‘Wigan has been my home for years so it’s going to be odd’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Catalans Dragons are at the DW Stadium on Sunday, when a familiar face will be returning as a visiting player for the first timeWith a slow start to the defence of their Super League title and continued uncertainty over whether Shaun Edwards will take charge of the club next year, this has already been a strange couple of months for anyone associated with Wigan Warriors. And it is about to get a whole lot stranger this weekend.“It’s been my home for so many years so it’s obviously going to be odd,” admits Sam Tomkins as he prepares to return to ... more
  • 4 weeks Police arrest ‘zombie’ protesters at 2011 royal wedding – archive video TheGuardian
    The European court of human rights has ruled police acted legally when they arrested protesters planning to disrupt the 2011 royal wedding with a 'zombie picnic'. Eight of those detained for several hours that day had appealed to the ECHR claiming their right to liberty had been violated. The arrests were necessary, an ECHR statement said, to 'prevent the likelihood of an imminent breach of the peace, taking into account the crowd size, international interest and "severe" threat level on the day of the royal wedding'Police acted legally over royal wedding arrests, court rules Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts TheGuardian -Sport
    Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The former England, Arsenal and Portsmouth forward first revealed he was battling alcohol, cocaine and gambling addictions in 1994 while still playing football professionally but recently revealed that he has suffered a relapse of his betting problems. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts TheGuardian -Biz
    Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The former England, Arsenal and Portsmouth forward first revealed he was battling alcohol, cocaine and gambling addictions in 1994 while still playing football professionally but recently revealed that he has suffered a relapse of his betting problems. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks The funeral industry is preying on grieving people. This must stop | Claire Brandon TheGuardian
    I advise people in financial need, and have seen how some are exploited. A new government investigation is long overduePrice increases at double the rate of inflation for 14 years, certain unscrupulous funeral directors targeting bereaved customers’ vulnerability, people left unable to afford to bury loved ones due to vicious benefits cuts. No wonder the Competition and Markets Authority has announced it will launch an in-depth market investigation into the funerals sector. Frankly, it’s dystopian. Related: Competition watchdog to investigate funeral sector as prices escalate Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks The funeral industry is preying on grieving people. This must stop | Claire Brandon TheGuardian -Biz
    I advise people in financial need, and have seen how some are exploited. A new government investigation is long overduePrice increases at double the rate of inflation for 14 years, certain unscrupulous funeral directors targeting bereaved customers’ vulnerability, people left unable to afford to bury loved ones due to vicious benefits cuts. No wonder the Competition and Markets Authority has announced it will launch an in-depth market investigation into the funerals sector. Frankly, it’s dystopian. Related: Competition watchdog to investigate funeral sector as prices escalate Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Police watchdogs to investigate forces over immigration referrals TheGuardian
    Inquiry follows super-complaint against sharing of victims’ data with Home OfficePolice watchdogs are to investigate forces in England and Wales over the sharing of data on victims and witnesses of crime with immigration enforcement authorities, the Guardian can reveal.The move comes after the rights groups Liberty and Southall Black Sisters lodged the first super-complaint against the police, challenging what they said was a potentially unlawful and harmful practice. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Alex Lozowski: ‘You have to be ready to go to places that are likely to be violent’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Saracens centre is ready for another bruising encounter with Glasgow on Saturday, and is not prepared to give up on his World Cup dream with England just yetName the England international who began his career at Chelsea and scored at West Ham last Saturday? The answer is Alex Lozowski, the multi-talented all-rounder now plying his trade in Saracens’ midfield. Not many can claim to have played football against Harry Kane and Jack Wilshere (albeit at academy level), scored a Test try for England at Twickenham and, courtesy of last weekend’s win over Harlequins, tasted success in the Olympic Stadium ... more
  • 4 weeks British GT champion Flick Haigh: ‘I’ll keep pushing despite harsh reality of racing’ TheGuardian -Sport
    A lack of funding to compete in a series this season will not stop the first female winner of the British GT Championship as she prepares to appear in the Le Mans CupOnly 12 months ago, Flick Haigh pulled off an unlikely but outstanding victory on her debut in the British GT Championship. The win at Oulton Park was a bold statement and the start of something special as she went on to become the first woman to take the series title. Related: Human rights groups urge F1 to act over jailed Bahraini activist Najah Yusuf Continue reading... ... more
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