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  • 2 days Universities and the NHS must join forces to improve student mental health | Gianmarco Raddi TheGaurdian – Edu
    Mental health problems are on the rise in universities, but support is too fragmented In universities, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety afflict one in four students, while student suicides have reached a record level in recent years and dropouts have trebled. The burden of mental health illnesses is only likely to increase as stigma recedes and more people come forward with their sufferings. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health issue to their university. It’s well established that the NHS is underfunded ... more
  • 2 days Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action TheGuardian
    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 in the UK are taking part in climate strikes with the support of a former UN climate chief, who said it was “time to heed the deeply moving voice of youth”.Christiana Figueres, who led the historic 2015 Paris agreement, said the fact that children were so worried about their future they were prepared to strike should make adults take urgent action. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Rare works by ‘cultural magpies’ of Bauhaus to go on show in London TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Sotheby’s to exhibit art from influential German design school ahead of auctionA collection of seldom-viewed paintings by key proponents of the influential Bauhaus art and design school are to be brought together for a rare show in London before going under the hammer at the end of the month. Related: Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement's enduring appeal Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days FA Cup fifth round, Valverde’s new Barça deal: weekend countdown – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Get all the latest news ahead of the weekend actionFA Cup fifth round: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Nick here or tweet him here 11.10am GMT “A lot is being made about the Newport pitch being a great leveller,” emails ‘Will’. “Obviously, it’s utter cr@p but surely Manchester City are too good to fear such a thing. De Bruyne could control a rubber ball on a bouncy castle. What do you think?”I think more football should be played on bouncy castles. 11.06am GMT “Chelsea believe in Sarri!” ROARS David Luiz.We have had many meetings ... more
  • 2 days BBC’s This Week to end after 16 years as Andrew Neil steps down TheGuardian
    Lighthearted late-night politics show will conclude in the summer when its current series endsThe BBC’s long-running late-night politics show This Week is to end after its presenter Andrew Neil announced he was stepping down.The BBC One show, which airs on Thursdays after Question Time, will be taken off air this summer when its current series ends, the corporation said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Talking Horses: lessons from the Layezy Racing bankruptcy TheGuardian -Sport
    In recent years, betting syndicates have become an increasingly popular way for smaller punters to play the gambling marketsMore than 200 racehorses will travel to a track in Britain on Friday, but the most significant name on any of the four cards is arguably one of those that won’t. Nickelsonthedime, from Kayley Woollacott’s stable, was declared for the last race at Fakenham and would almost certainly have set off as the favourite.The five-year-old will be staying at home, however, because he is one of 23 horses owned by the Layezy Racing Owners Club, whose founder, Mike Stanley, filed for bankruptcy ... more
  • 2 days RBS warns of Brexit damage despite profits more than doubling TheGuardian -Biz
    Figure of £1.6bn means bank records second straight year of profit since 2008 state bailoutRoyal Bank of Scotland has said Brexit uncertainty has “gone on far too long”, despite posting better-than-expected full-year profits and declaring new dividends that will boost government coffers by £1bn.RBS’s chief executive, Ross McEwan, admitted the additional pressure of Brexit risks would affect the bank’s performance over the coming year and it may struggle to meet its target of getting costs below 50% of its income by 2020. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days With councils and the NHS at loggerheads, vital services are at risk | Richard Vize TheGuardian
    As with Brexit negotiations, some people prefer to walk away or refuse to budge, rather than work together to find solutionsWho should run local health and care services, especially public health services, is becoming an increasingly tense battleground between the NHS and local government, with serious potential consequences. The NHS long-term plan, unveiled in January, aims to deliver the “triple integration” of primary and hospital care, physical and mental health services and health with social care. From councils’ point of view, this is a unique opportunity to fix one of the big flaws in the way the NHS was set ... more
  • 2 days Fired for no reason? US fast-food workers in fresh assault on unfair dismissals TheGuardian -Biz
    New York bill that could apply in other states would give workers stronger protections if they’ve been fired unjustlyIt’s easy to get fired in fast food. According to a recent report, one fast-food worker said she was fired because her nails were too long; another because she said she didn’t smile enough. That might be about to change.In a first-in-the-nation effort, a city council member in New York moved on Wednesday to make the city’s 60,000 fast-food jobs a lot less precarious – introducing legislation that would prohibit fast-food restaurants from terminating employees except for “just cause”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition TheGuardian -Tech
    Surveillance at concerts is just the beginning, as fears grow around an unregulated, billion-dollar industryTaylor Swift raised eyebrows late last year when Rolling Stone magazine revealed her security team had deployed facial recognition recognition technology during her Repudiation tour to root out stalkers. But the company contracted for the efforts uses its technology to provide much more than just security. ISM Connect also uses its smart screens to capture metrics for promotion and marketing. Facial recognition, used for decades by law enforcement and militaries, is quickly becoming a commercial tool to help brands engage consumers. Swift’s tour is just the ... more
  • 2 days No-deal Brexit could lead dozen ministers to resign, says Grieve TheGuardian
    Tory rebel says government is facing ‘great crisis’ and talks of chaotic departure by accidentAll the day’s political developments – live updatesDominic Grieve, a leading Conservative opponent of Brexit, has predicted that up to a dozen ministers – including six from the cabinet – could resign if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. “Many of them have made representations directly to the prime minister indicating their concern and telling [her that] if by the end of February there is no deal that has been got through the Commons we ought to extend [the article 50 process],” Grieve said. Continue ... more
  • 2 days Leadsom insists a no-deal Brexit is still on the table – Politics live TheGuardian
    Follow all the fallout from the government’s latest Commons defeat on Brexit 10.01am GMT Business minister Richard Harrington has repeatedly threatened to resign if a no-deal Brexit becomes official government policy. In an interview with Parliament’s magazine the House he says he is still considering quitting, but now seems more determined to stay if only to try to fight off the threat from the ERG.He said: “The question for me is not whether I stay in the job or not, it is whether, given that I feel passionately about the interests of business and industry – which is what it ... more
  • 2 days Bloodied Tom Curry channels spirit of Terry Butcher to stake England claim TheGuardian -Sport
    The 20-year-old flanker has quickly become a vital part of the team and now looks forward to testing himself against WalesPerhaps it should not be surprising Tom Curry did not know who Terry Butcher is. It is a sure-fire way to make one feel old, yes, but not really a shock considering Curry was born almost a decade after Butcher’s blood-soaked heroics earned his place in English sporting legend. At 20 Curry is the youngest member of the England squad, as such responsible for keeping his teammates’ drinks topped up, and he has a way to go to earn legend ... more
  • 2 days UK retail sales rebound as shoppers flock to January sales – business live TheGuardian
    Retail sales in the UK rose 1% in January as price discounts convinced shoppers to splash out on clothing. US woes weigh on investor sentimentTrump poised to declare national emergencyExplainer: what a US national emergency will mean 9.58am GMT At 4.2%, the annual rate of growth in retail sales is the strongest in more than three years (since December 2016). 9.52am GMT The stronger-than-expected retail sales have helped the pound a tad, which is now roughly flat against the dollar at $1.2809.However, Moneycorp’s Lee McDarby says investor minds are elsewhere: Despite Brexit uncertainty and a stuttering economy, consumers have begun ... more
  • 2 days Andrea Levy, chronicler of the Windrush generation, dies aged 62 TheGuardian
    Award-winning author of Small Island and The Long Song had cancerGary Younge: ‘After a life of striving, Andrea Levy got the acclaim she deserved’The writer Andrea Levy, who explored the experience of Jamaican British people in a series of novels over 20 years has died, aged 62, from cancer.After starting to write as a hobby in her early 30s, Levy published three novels in the 1990s that brought her positive reviews and steady sales. But her fourth novel, Small Island, launched her into the literary big league, winning the 2004 Orange prize, the Whitbread book of the year and the ... more
  • 2 days Harry Wilson: ‘Ian Rush phoned. I thought what do I call him? Ian? Rushy?’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Liverpool winger, on loan at Derby, talks about that five-fingered goal celebration at Manchester United and his surprise Wales debut at 16In October 2013, Harry Wilson was having a lie-in, watching television in bed in academy digs in Eccleston, round the corner from Liverpool’s academy in Kirkby, when his phone rang again. He had already missed a couple of calls from an unknown number. “I don’t usually answer them but something told me to answer it, so I answered it and it was Ian Rush,” Wilson explains, smiling. “He was like: ‘Hiya Harry, it’s Ian Rush.’ I was like: ... more
  • 2 days Legalisation of cannabis in the UK would help protect its users from harm | James Nicholls TheGuardian
    Mental health issues in teenagers could be minimised by age controls and regulation over the strength of the productNew research was published this week highlighting the associations between teenage cannabis use and a range of mental health problems. The results suggested that use of the drug was associated with an increased risk of depression and a significantly higher risk of suicide attempts.As usual in a study based on survey data, the authors noted that a clear line of causation from cannabis use to the reported effects cannot be drawn. There are always other potential mechanisms in action. Young people who ... more
  • 2 days Football transfer rumours: Suso to Spurs or Arsenal? De Ligt to Man City? TheGuardian -Sport
    Today’s fluff is warming up nicelyNow that Tottenham no longer plan to spend half of their cash on an executive cheese room at the new White Hart Lane, they can make more room in their budget for football stuff. That means they can buy some new training bibs, take muddy kits to the launderette after every game, make sure that everyone has shin pads, get enough half-time oranges for the whole team and give Son Heung-min a new contract worth a whopping £150,000 a week. Hooray! Let the good times roll! Related: Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for ... more
  • 2 days I am taking part in the school climate strike. It’s the only power I have | Rosie Smart-Knight TheGuardian
    Today, thousands of students like me will leave the classroom – and make those in charge listen to us on climate changeToday, Friday 15 February, thousands of students from schools, colleges, and universities all around the UK will be going on strike, and I’m one of them. I’m taking part in the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement because I want to make a difference. I want my generation’s voice to be heard and listened to. We stand to lose the most from catastrophic climate change, yet we’re the ones who’ve been excluded from the most serious conversations. Related: School climate ... more
  • 2 days I am taking part in the school climate strike. It’s the only power I have | Rosie Smart-Knight TheGaurdian – Edu
    Today, thousands of students like me will leave the classroom – and make those in charge listen to us on climate changeToday, Friday 15 February, thousands of students from schools, colleges, and universities all around the UK will be going on strike, and I’m one of them. I’m taking part in the Youth Strike 4 Climate movement because I want to make a difference. I want my generation’s voice to be heard and listened to. We stand to lose the most from catastrophic climate change, yet we’re the ones who’ve been excluded from the most serious conversations. Related: School climate ... more
  • 2 days RBS profits more than double to £1.6bn TheGuardian
    Bank records second consecutive year of profit since its £45bn state bailout in 2008Royal Bank of Scotland’s profits more than doubled last year, prompting fresh dividend payouts that will mean nearly £1bn heading to government coffers.The lender, which is still 62% owned by the UK government, said full-year profit surged to £1.6bn for the whole of 2018, up from £752m a year earlier. It marks the second consecutive year of profit for the bank since its £45bn state bailout in 2008. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days By poplar demand: the 2019 European Tree of the Year contest – in pictures TheGuardian
    Voting is open throughout February for the ninth European Tree of the Year contest, organised by the Environmental Partnership Association and featuring entrants from 15 countries Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Anxiety running high about London’s future as a financial centre | Barry Eichengreen TheGuardian -Biz
    The City isn’t going to lose its status overnight, but can the loss of assets pre-Brexit be reversed?Only now, as we approach the third anniversary of the UK’s referendum on membership in the European Union, are the implications of leaving the bloc finally sinking in. One indication, amusing to those with a taste for black humour, is the marketing success of Brexit survival kits containing a water filter, fire-starting equipment and enough freeze-dried food for 30 days.Another indication is the launch, at the end of January, of a parliamentary inquiry into London’s prospects as a financial centre. This investigation is ... more
  • 2 days ‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes TheGaurdian – Edu
    The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to actGreta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament. Related: Teenage activist takes School Strikes 4 Climate Action to Davos Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Parenting in Manhattan is a Darwinian struggle | Emma Brockes TheGaurdian – Edu
    A slew of new books treats child-raising like another branch of economics that only the fittest will surviveShould we raise children the way we run businesses? I say we, though I have no idea how to run a business. Yet the number of books on the market that discuss parenting in terms one might use to discuss maximising an investment – to approach one’s child as one might any other product launch – is simultaneously completely depressing and almost impossible to resist. Why wouldn’t one want to turn out successful children? On the other hand: stuffing them from the age ... more
  • 2 days ‘Amazon isn’t bigger than New York’: meet the man who killed HQ2 TheGuardian -Biz
    Michael Gianaris turned his outrage into leverage when he was appointed to an obscure state board – and soon after, the company called the project offAmazon made plenty of enemies with its plans for a new headquarters in New York, but one of those foes played an outsized role in sending the tech giant packing. Related: Amazon cancels plans for New York headquarters after fierce opposition Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days ‘Amazon isn’t bigger than New York’: meet the man who killed HQ2 TheGuardian -Tech
    Michael Gianaris turned his outrage into leverage when he was appointed to an obscure state board – and soon after, the company called the project offAmazon made plenty of enemies with its plans for a new headquarters in New York, but one of those foes played an outsized role in sending the tech giant packing. Related: Amazon cancels plans for New York headquarters after fierce opposition Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days BBC launches eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle brand TheGuardian -Biz
    BBC Planet seeks to capitalise on Attenborough’s warnings about ecological catastropheThe BBC is launching a sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand based on its Blue Planet and Planet Earth series, in an effort to capitalise on viewers inspired by the shows and presenter David Attenborough’s warnings about the effect humankind is having on the world.Eco-friendly clothing, homewares and books are being rolled out under the umbrella of BBC Planet, which will act as a kind of kitemark for those who want to change their buying habits and choose more sustainably made products. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days BBC launches eco-friendly fashion and lifestyle brand TheGuardian
    BBC Planet seeks to capitalise on Attenborough’s warnings about ecological catastropheThe BBC is launching a sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand based on its Blue Planet and Planet Earth series, in an effort to capitalise on viewers inspired by the shows and presenter David Attenborough’s warnings about the effect humankind is having on the world.Eco-friendly clothing, homewares and books are being rolled out under the umbrella of BBC Planet, which will act as a kind of kitemark for those who want to change their buying habits and choose more sustainably made products. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Facebook may face multibillion-dollar US fine over privacy lapses – report TheGuardian -Tech
    Company said to be negotiating settlement with FTC after revelations it inappropriately shared 87m users’ informationThe US government and Facebook are negotiating a settlement over the company’s privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.The newspaper said that the US Federal Trade Commission and Facebook had not agreed on an amount, citing two people it said were familiar with the matter. Facebook reported fourth-quarter revenue of $16.9bn and profit of $6.9bn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Facebook may face multibillion-dollar US fine over privacy lapses – report TheGuardian -Biz
    Company said to be negotiating settlement with FTC after revelations it inappropriately shared 87m users’ informationThe US government and Facebook are negotiating a settlement over the company’s privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.The newspaper said that the US Federal Trade Commission and Facebook had not agreed on an amount, citing two people it said were familiar with the matter. Facebook reported fourth-quarter revenue of $16.9bn and profit of $6.9bn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Prisons ‘playing catch-up to psychoactive drug use’ says minister TheGuardian
    Rory Stewart says drugs such as spice are fuelling endemic rise in prison violence The prisons system was unprepared for the arrival of new psychoactive drugs like spice and has been playing “catch-up” ever since, the prisons minister Rory Stewart has said.Speaking half a year after vowing to resign if violence at 10 of the worst prisons did not fall, he said governors had told him significant progress had been made, though official data will not be available until April. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days The gateway to hell? Hundreds of anti-witch marks found in Midlands cave TheGuardian
    Hundreds of symbols at gorge could be Britain’s biggest collection of protective signsIf there is a gateway to hell, a portal from the underworld used by demons and witches to wreak their evil havoc on humanity, then it could be in a small east Midlands cave handy for both the M1 and A60.Heritage experts have revealed what is thought to be the biggest concentration of apotropaic marks, or symbols to ward off evil or misfortune, ever found in the UK. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days FA Cup talking points: 10 things to look out for this weekend TheGuardian -Sport
    Swansea trying to find an on-field distraction, a striker searching for goals and a potential shock at NewportManchester United have lost five times to Chelsea in the FA Cup and the last of United’s eight Cup victories over the Blues came almost exactly two decades ago, in the 1999 quarter-finals, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær was in the team. Within the next month Solskjær’s side will play key games against Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal away from home and against Liverpool at Old Trafford, with the period ending with either a home match with Manchester City in the league, an FA ... more
  • 2 days Mews houses for sale – in pictures TheGuardian -Biz
    Small but perfectly formed properties, from Cornwall to Gloucestershire Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Amazon’s retreat from New York represents a turning point | Ross Barkan TheGuardian -Biz
    The company’s surrender is a warning to all Democrats who claim to be progressive: you don’t get to support a company like this anymoreAmazon was ready to impose its will on the largest city in America. The trillion dollar corporation had lined up the support of the mayor of New York City, the governor of New York, and began hiring the fleet of well-compensated lobbyists and strategists necessary to see its vision through.It was a typical American story: a corporation with unfathomable wealth getting exactly what it wanted. Amazon would promise 25,000 jobs, many of them supposedly well-paying, and get ... more
  • 2 days Eddie Jones hand grenades will not faze us, says Wales’s Neil Jenkins TheGuardian -Sport
    • Home coach keen to focus on rugby not words• Wales know they must impose their own gameWales are ready for a war of words in the buildup to their match against England in Cardiff a week on Saturday, with Eddie Jones making an early start on Sunday by declaring he does not see the Principality Stadium as a fortress.The Welsh coaching setup believe the salvos will count for little once the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Six Nations meet. “It is up to Eddie what he says; I am not bothered,” said the Wales assistant coach, Neil Jenkins. ... more
  • 2 days Valencia and Denis Cheryshev deal Celtic harrowing Europa League defeat TheGuardian -Sport
    Valencia’s passage to the last 16 of the Europa League already seems secure. On a bruising night for Brendan Rodgers and Celtic, the Spanish side cantered towards a victory which should render next week at the Mestalla a formality.That Valencia have superior resource to Celtic is hardly breaking news. Nonetheless, a team normally so ebullient at home were curiously flat and error-ridden. Long before full time it had become a question of how many Valencia were of a mind to score. They settled for two, which barring an unforeseen collapse will prove sufficient. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Olivier Giroud’s backheel helps Chelsea see out first-leg win in Malmö TheGuardian -Sport
    European competition has offered Maurizio Sarri some respite. Chelsea may not have dazzled in southern Sweden, and the Italian was infuriated by the late concession that has left the tie more delicately balanced than he would have hoped. But, in the context of the wounds inflicted recently upon his team at Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City, any victory away from home, however workmanlike, is to be cherished.Malmö’s late reward, taken neatly on the gallop by Anders Christiansen as he burst away from Mateo Kovacic and on to Markus Rosenberg’s pass, will pep Swedish belief in next week’s return leg. Sarri ... more
  • 2 days Glenn Maxwell plays cool hand as Stars reach Big Bash final TheGuardian -Sport
    Melbourne Stars beat Hobart Hurricanes by six wicketsMaxwell hits 43 not out; Daniel Worrell takes 4-23Daniel Worrall and Glenn Maxwell have propelled Melbourne Stars to an upset six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes and into the Big Bash League final. Worrall took 4-23 before Maxwell hit an unbeaten 43 as the Stars reached their target of 154 with seven balls to spare at Bellerive Oval on Thursday night.Skipper Maxwell played a cool hand in the sudden-death semi-final after coming to the crease at 78-3. The knock, that included just four boundaries, was a different tempo but equally as valuable as his ... more
  • 2 days Theresa May defeated on Brexit again as ERG Tories abstain TheGuardian
    PM defeated by 303 votes to 258, plunging hopes of uniting her party around renegotiated deal into chaosTheresa May has suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of hardline Eurosceptics, plunging her hopes of uniting the Conservatives around a renegotiated Brexit deal into chaos.The prime minister failed to win support for her EU strategy after the European Research Group (ERG), led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, abstained on a government motion because it appeared to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Denver teachers end three-day walkout after deal to raise pay 11% TheGaurdian – Edu
    More than half the district’s teachers went on strike Monday after negotiations over pay broke downDenver teachers ended a three-day walkout Thursday and returned to their classrooms after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay as much as 11%. Related: Denver teachers set to strike over better pay and working conditions Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Corbyn calls on May to bring forward ‘coherent’ Brexit plan – video TheGuardian
    Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of hardline Brexit supporters who refused to support her approach to leaving the EU. May was not present for the defeat, by 303 votes to 258, in which she again lost control of her party in the crucial final weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, demanded May come to the Commons to explain her Brexit plan in the absence of parliamentary support for her approachTheresa May defeated on Brexit again as ERG Tories abstain Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Arsenal slip at Bate Borisov with Lacazette denied goal and sent off TheGuardian -Sport
    What on earth have Arsenal become? Or what are they even trying to become? These questions cut raggedly through the cold air as Unai Emery’s strange team toiled against Belarusian opponents who have been on a winter break and not played a competitive match for nine weeks. Bate Borisov still more than nullified the best this flawed Arsenal incarnation could offer and inflicted a defeat that was more worrying in its style than its result. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Phew, the Bank would deploy common sense on no-deal Brexit | Nils Pratley TheGuardian -Biz
    Previous projections of a deep recession had assumed the MPC would crank up interest ratesA no-deal Brexit, in economic terms, would be a trip into the unknown and would very likely involve a severe shock. Even the sober sub-set of Brexit promoters concedes the latter short-term point. But at least one likely outcome is becoming clearer: the Bank of England would not make things worse by cranking up interest rates.The idea that it might was a strange notion entertained by Threadneedle Street last November as it sketched various scenarios for the UK’s departure from the European Union. In the most ... more
  • 2 days Six things we’ve learned from May’s latest Brexit defeat TheGuardian
    The PM will find it harder to argue she has Commons backing for her strategy after MPs voted against her motionSome Commons votes have very clear consequences – either legislative or political (like a no-confidence vote). Others are rather harder to interpret. May’s defeat on Thursday was definitely in the second category, but that does not mean it does not matter. Related: Theresa May defeated on Brexit again as ERG Tories abstain Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Telling porkies: no, Peppa Pig is not giving American kids British accents TheGuardian
    American parents say their children are adopting accents after watching the cartoon, but experts say that’s not quite the caseA British show for children is allegedly warping American toddlers’ speech toward “Mummy” and “to-mah-to,” according to several parents who have recorded their children speaking with an English inflection. But according to linguistic experts, the Peppa Pig effect, first reported by the parenting website Romper, is less a soft-power victory for anglophilia than a normal toddler tendency to mimic new words. Related: Peppa Pig: how the ham-fisted cartoon butchered its charm Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Celtic v Valencia: Europa League last 32, first leg – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offYou can email Nick here or tweet him hereRodgers urges Celtic to ‘attack the game’ against ValenciaAll Thursday’s latest scores and results 7.23pm GMT Here’s what Brendan Rodgers had to say ahead of this game. Related: Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to ‘attack the game’ against Valencia 7.15pm GMT These two have met twice in this tournament, or iterations thereof, before. Once was in 2001/02, when both legs were won 1-0 by the home side (naturally Henrik Larsson scored one delicious goal) then Valencia prevailed on penalties. The two managers involved that day were ... more
  • 2 days Bate Borisov v Arsenal: Europa League last 32, first leg – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live updates from the 5.55pm GMT kick-offThe Fiver: Unfit to face inferior playersYou can email Rob here with your thoughts 7.23pm GMT 72 min “And to think,” says Ian Copestake, “that Ramsey is going to swap this to sit next to Emre Can on the Juve bench.” 7.23pm GMT 71 min The new arrival Dubajic is booked for a robust challenge on Koscielny. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Sergio Ramos facing Champions League ban for intentional booking at Ajax TheGuardian -Sport
    • Uefa launches disciplinary investigation after Ramos admission• Bale reported over provocative celebration in Madrid derbyUefa has launched a disciplinary investigation in response to Sergio Ramos’s revelation that he intentionally got himself booked in the Champions League.The Real Madrid captain could now be banned from the first leg of the quarter-final after admitting he wanted to receive a yellow card during Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Ajax in Amsterdam. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Malmö v Chelsea: Europa League last 32, first leg – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live coverage of the 8pm GMT kick-offYou can email Paul here or tweet him hereRösler sets sights on Chelsea after whipping Malmö into shapeLive scoreboard: all Thursday’s latest scores and results 7.09pm GMT Sarri has made five changes to the lineup that started Sunday’s humiliation in Manchester, but there’s still no place for Callum Hudson-Odoi. Malmo: Dahlin; Safari, Rieks, Bachirou, Traustason, Christiansen, Bengtsson, Nielsen, Vindheim, Antonsson, Rosenberg 5.34pm GMT Technically, this first leg is about Chelsea trying to set themselves up well for next week’s home leg and, they hope, safe passage into the last 16 of the Europa League. ... more
  • 2 days Salisbury poisoning: website says it has identified third GRU suspect TheGuardian
    Denis Sergeyev named as involved in suspected poisoning in Bulgaria in 2015 by website BellingcatA third suspect linked to the poisoning of the former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury has been identified as a high-ranking officer in Russian military intelligence by the investigative website Bellingcat.Bellingcat reported that Denis Sergeyev, a graduate of the Military Diplomatic Academy, a training ground for intelligence officers, is the real identity of a man operating under the cover persona of Sergey Fedotov. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days ‘Labour is red, Tories are blue’: MPs read Brexit poems on Valentine’s Day TheGuardian
    MPs mark Valentine's Day by reading poems in parliament about leaving the EU. The leader of the house, Andrea Leadsom, and the SNP's Pete Wishart both elicited groans with their offerings Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Search for Shackleton’s Endurance called off after loss of submarine TheGuardian
    Weddell Sea expedition team loses contact with autonomous vehicle under ice sheetThe search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, Endurance, has been called off after extreme weather trapped an underwater vehicle under a sheet of ice.Explorers working on the Weddell Sea Expedition had hoped to find the Antarctic explorer’s vessel, which was crushed by ice and sank in 1915 during his ultimately unsuccessful attempt at a land crossing of the continent. But severe weather closed in and the sea ice conditions led to the loss of the team’s specialist autonomous underwater vehicle, the AUV7. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days The Guardian view on Shamima Begum: return and face the consequences | Editorial TheGuardian
    The pregnant 19-year-old left the UK voluntarily, but is also a victim who should be helped to come backThe remarks made by the 19-year-old British Islamic State recruit Shamima Begum to a journalist in a refugee camp in eastern Syria are horrifying. She described being unmoved by the sight of a severed head, showed no sympathy for executed hostages, and said she had no regrets about her decision to leave the UK. We do not yet know whether she played any role during her four years with Islamic State other than that of a wife and mother. Other western recruits ... more
  • 2 days McLaren’s Lando Norris expects to learn from errors in debut F1 season TheGuardian -Sport
    The 19-year-old faces a stern task to follow on from Fernando Alonso but knows his first campaign will be a learning curveLando Norris, who next month will become the youngest British driver to compete in Formula One, has said he knows he will make mistakes while under the intense scrutiny of his debut season for McLaren. Norris will be only 19 at the first grand prix in Melbourne and faces by far the most challenging test of his career as he seeks to make his mark at a team still in the throes of rebuilding after four years of underperformance.Norris ... more
  • 2 days Newlyweds killed in London police chase were not at burglary TheGuardian
    Car of teenagers Patrick and Shauna McDonagh hit coach on wrong side of A40 near East ActonTwo newlywed teenagers who died after their car smashed into a coach following a police pursuit were not present at the time of the aggravated burglary that prompted the officers’ response, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Patrick McDonagh, 19, and his pregnant wife, Shauna McDonagh, 18, veered to the wrong side of the A40 near East Acton in London at about 9pm on Sunday before hitting the coach. The car was being followed after reports of an armed burglary in Harrow. ... more
  • 2 days The importance of midwifery units | Letter TheGuardian
    Women’s choice is not the primary factor in declining numbers of midwife-run centres, write 16 experts in midwiferyDespite robust evidence that freestanding midwifery units (birth centres) provide high-quality care, the number of women able to use them is constantly undermined. Women’s choice is not the primary factor in declining numbers (Closure of midwife-run centres ‘denying women birth options’, 11 February).First, an increasingly medicalised approach to pregnancy care means that fewer women are able to use freestanding midwifery units. Second, evidence shows that simply being in an obstetric setting leads to an increase in interventions, such as epidurals, forceps and caesarean ... more
  • 2 days It’s wrong to deport Zimbabweans who sought refuge in Britain | Letter TheGuardian
    The home secretary must abandon this government’s obsession with immigration numbers, says former UK ambassador Brian DonnellyI was British high commissioner, later ambassador, to Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2004 when the number of Zimbabweans seeking refuge in Britain reached a peak (Home Office under fire for sending asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe, 13 February). I know why these people left.Many were fleeing from political persecution. Some were trying to escape a collapsing economy. But now, more than 10 years later, surely the principal consideration should be that, whatever their original motivation, the overwhelming majority of the Zimbabweans who came to ... more
  • 2 days Christopher Chope was wrong to object to FGM bill | Letter TheGuardian
    It is indefensible that courts have lesser powers to protect girls at risk of FGM than those at risk of forced marriage, writes barrister David MaddisonIn response to Dr Brenda Kelly’s letter (13 February) regarding her experience of courts making an interim supervision order, this could only be made if a local authority was already involved with the litigation. This misses the point of the bill that Sir Christopher Chope objected to.I proposed this bill to Lord Berkeley because of an occasion in court where the police sought a female genital mutilation protection order. The local authority were not involved ... more
  • 2 days Former MI6 director says schoolgirl who joined Isis should be ‘given a chance’ TheGuardian
    Although Shamima Begum has shown no remorse, Richard Barrett says Britain should be strong enough to reabsorb herA pregnant British teenager who fled to Syria with two schoolfriends to marry an Islamic State fighter should be “given a chance” and allowed to come home, a former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6 has said. Related: Shamima Begum is just a teenager. Britain should take her back | Richard Barrett Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Backing a Tory Brexit could wipe out Labour, warns Clive Lewis TheGuardian
    Shadow minister says party would never be forgiven as calls for second referendum growLabour tensions over Brexit threatened to boil over on Thursday as two shadow ministers broke ranks to call for a second referendum, and others hinted they could quit the party unless Jeremy Corbyn’s position changed over the next fortnight.Clive Lewis, a shadow Treasury minister, warned Corbyn that Labour might never be forgiven and could disappear from UK politics if MPs voted to facilitate a Conservative Brexit deal. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Missing student Libby Squire ‘may have come to harm’, police say TheGuardian
    Humberside police release photos of clothes worn by University of Hull student, 14 days after she disappearedMissing student Libby Squire “may have come to harm” since her disappearance two weeks ago, police have said in their latest statement.The lack of progress in the search for the 21-year-old, which has involved hundreds of hours of CCTV being viewed, was worrying, said DS Martin Smalley. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Paddington to emigrate to TV with Ben Whishaw back as the bear TheGuardian
    The marmalade-scoffing mammal and big-screen star will appear in a new pre-school animated seriesFrom darkest Peru to the small screen, Paddington will star in a new animated TV series, with Ben Whishaw returning as the marmalade-loving bear.Whishaw, who voiced the character in the popular recent films, will now bring the adventures of a younger Paddington to a pre-school audience in a series that will air on Nickelodeon in 2020.The animation’s aim is to introduce the next generation to the beloved bear created by Michael Bond 60 years ago. Every episode will open and close with Paddington writing to his long-lost ... more
  • 2 days England or Ireland? Declan Rice’s difficult decision was about identity | Eni Aluko TheGuardian -Sport
    Many people believe it is about picking a county and sticking with it but when your heritage is dual it is trickyIt was intriguing to see the mixed reaction to Declan Rice’s decision to commit his international future to England over the Republic of Ireland. I don’t think people fully appreciate how difficult it can be to have two nationalities in football and the kind of stigma that can come with it – especially for someone who is only 20. Rice broached the issue of respect for his dual heritage so eloquently and honestly in his public statement, which I ... more
  • 2 days Atlético Madrid investigate after former youth coach admits sexual abuse TheGuardian -Sport
    • Manuel Briñas admits offences while he was working at school• No accusations made by players against former coach, now 88Atlético Madrid have severed their relationship with the man who ran their youth system for 20 years and launched an investigation after he admitted to sexually abusing a boy in his charge at the Catholic boarding school where he lived and worked.Friar Manuel Briñas, who is 88 and is known as the man who discovered Fernando Torres, told El País that it had happened “once, maybe twice” in the mid-1970s and that he “stopped immediately”, but his version does not ... more
  • 2 days New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators TheGuardian -Tech
    The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuseThe creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction – dubbed “deepfakes for text” – have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse.OpenAI, an nonprofit research company backed by Elon Musk, says its new AI model, called GPT2 is so good and the risk of malicious use so high that it is breaking from its normal practice of releasing the full research to the public in order to allow more time ... more
  • 2 days A380: a comfortable, eerily quiet cruise ship of the skies TheGuardian -Biz
    ‘It felt less like being in a plane than in a strange kind of conference centre’The first thing you noticed was the silence. Even sitting by the engines at takeoff, you didn’t need to raise your voice on the A380 superjumbo. The quiet was almost eerie.It was a monstrous double-decker so big it felt like travelling in two planes stuck on top of one other. It was a kind of cruise ship of the skies with staircases, bars and private first-class cabins, spilling out a wave passengers when it landed at airports. And yet, when you were onboard, it somehow ... more
  • 2 days Amazon cancels plans for New York headquarters after fierce opposition TheGuardian -Biz
    Tech company says it has ‘decided not to move forward’ with giant campus in QueensSign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspectiveAmazon has cancelled its plans for a new headquarters in New York City following a torrent of local political opposition.“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company said in a statement. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Amazon cancels plans for New York headquarters after fierce opposition TheGuardian -Tech
    Tech company says it has ‘decided not to move forward’ with giant campus in QueensSign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspectiveAmazon has cancelled its plans for a new headquarters in New York City following a torrent of local political opposition.“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company said in a statement. Continue reading... ... more
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