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  • 4 weeks Leanne Riley: ‘I hope in two years women’s rugby will be fully professional’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Harlequins Ladies take on Gloucester-Hartpury at the Stoop on Saturday and hopes are high for a record attendance at a women’s domestic matchLeanne Riley does not look at Twitter too much, she says. Which is why one of her posts sticks out; it is a link to a picture of her England No 9 shirt neatly folded on a bed the day of their Six Nations match against France in February. Lying on the shirt is a picture of a steely-haired man slightly awkwardly but determinedly cradling a newborn. Alongside it, Riley wrote: “This one’s for you Grandad.” Related: Shaunagh ... more
  • 4 weeks EU bans UK’s most-used pesticide over health and environment fears TheGuardian
    Officials say chlorothalonil poses high risk to wildlife and may potentially harm humansOne of the world’s most common pesticides will soon be banned by the European Union after safety officials reported human health and environmental concerns.Chlorothalonil, a fungicide that prevents mildew and mould on crops, is the most used pesticide in the UK, applied to millions of hectares of fields, and is the most popular fungicide in the US. Farmers called the ban “overly precautionary”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Why I have organised a march against UK-wide school funding cuts | Donna Ferguson TheGaurdian – Edu
    My daughter’s school is one of many facing financial crisis – it is time for parents to stand up for their children’s educationFund our schools! I hate foolish funding cuts!” This is what my daughter has written on a homemade banner she has made for the April Fools’ Day march in Cambridge, when she and I and hundreds of other parents, teachers and children will march into the city to protest against school funding cuts.Why? Because schools in Cambridge, like many across the country, are facing a financial crisis. My daughter Flora is seven and attends St Matthew’s primary school, ... more
  • 4 weeks UK households spend above their income for longest period since 1980s TheGuardian -Biz
    Average families have been net borrowers since just after Brexit referendum, says ONSBritish households have spent more than they received for an unprecedented nine consecutive quarters amid a longer squeeze on real incomes, according to official figures.Households across the country have been net borrowers in every quarter between October 2016 – when living costs started to rise after the Brexit vote – and December 2018. The Office for National Statistics said the run of nine quarters was unprecedented on comparable records dating back to 1987. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Brexit: May at risk of fresh defeat as MPs debate withdrawal agreement for third time – live news TheGuardian
    Theresa May at risk of fresh Brexit defeat as MPs withdrawal agreement on the day UK was supposed to be leaving EUAs parliament votes again, what happens next?Independent Group to register as Change UK party under Heidi Allen 1.05pm GMT The Tory Brexiter Owen Paterson says he has already voted against this deal twice, and he will vote against it again. He does not want to lose his “integrity and reputation”, he says.He says, under the PM’s plan, the UK would be subject to laws made by the EU27. They would have no incentive to act in the UK’s interests, ... more
  • 4 weeks UK business investment suffers longest decline since financial crisis – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    New GDP report shows that British bosses have cut back on buying new machinery and computers, as Brexit crisis hits confidenceLatest: UK business investment has fallen for a yearHouseholds forced to borrow to make ends meetBalance of payments gap has widenedEnglish house prices are now falling 1.03pm GMT Back in the financial markets, Wall Street is expected to open higher as trade war optimism reaches New York.Investors are cheered by this morning’s tweet from Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, that his talks in Beijing today were ‘constructive’. It's been a choppy directionless week for US stocks but at the moment the ... more
  • 4 weeks Lady Warsi says she fears Michael Gove becoming PM TheGuardian
    Former party chair says senior Tories are concerned about minister’s views on MuslimsThe Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi has said she is fearful of the idea of Michael Gove becoming prime minister, saying she and other senior members of the party are concerned about his views on British Muslims.The former Tory chair, who is Muslim, said any party that elected Gove as a leader “has got major problems”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Anti-bullying organisation questions Ronaldo’s pre-season trip to Stockholm TheGuardian -Sport
    • Organisation which has given name to Friends Arena unhappy• Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn MayorgaThe organisation that has given its name to the Friends Arena in Stockholm has expressed its dismay that Cristiano Ronaldo has been invited to play there with Juventus in August.The Portuguese forward has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says she was sexually assaulted in 2009, and last October Las Vegas police reopened the investigation into the claim. Ronaldo has protested his innocence throughout, saying the sex was consensual. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Bristol residents fear losing their lamp-posts to richer areas TheGuardian
    Council halts south Bristol removals amid suspicions lamps were going to leafy CliftonBristol city council has halted a programme of removing old lamp-posts from a street after neighbours expressed suspicions that they were being transferred to more upmarket areas.Residents of Beckington Road in south Bristol were aghast when workers took down their beloved wrought-iron lamp-posts and told them they were being replaced with more modern versions. Some suspected they would be moved to leafy Clifton on the other side of the city. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Independent Group to register as Change UK party under Heidi Allen TheGuardian
    Former Tory MP will be interim leader as party looks to launch in time for European electionsThe Independent Group of MPs is to formally register as a political party called Change UK in time for potential European elections, and has said the former Conservative MP Heidi Allen will be interim leader.The MPs in the breakaway party, who also include Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger and Chris Leslie, formerly of Labour, and the former Tories Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry, said they had been advised to urgently register with the Electoral Commission in order to put up candidates. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Klopp and Pochettino have reminded English football what it does best | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Liverpool and Tottenham meet on Sunday when the high press will be evident in what is likely to be an engaging ninth meeting of the men in the dugoutEnglish football has, of course, learned before about the dangers of hailing golden ages before they’ve hatched, but with four Premier League clubs in the last eight of the Champions League and a youthful national side playing with rare verve, it can reasonably be acknowledged that there is a profound sense of positivity and promise about the game. At least at the top end. And if you only look at what’s happening ... more
  • 4 weeks Debenhams offers Sports Direct chance to keep stake as it wins £200m lifeline TheGuardian -Biz
    Move comes after Mike Ashley hit out at department store chain’s advisersDebenhams has offered Sports Direct a chance to hold on to its stake in the company by making a firm bid for the business or injecting new money as part of a £200m rescue finance package.The statement was issued hours after Mike Ashley launched a stinging attack on advisers to the department stores group, saying they should be jailed after Debenhams rejected a potential takeover bid from the founder and chief executive of Sports Direct in favour of pressing ahead with its refinancing plans. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Debenhams offers Sports Direct chance to keep stake as it wins £200m lifeline TheGuardian
    Move comes after Mike Ashley hit out at department store chain’s advisersDebenhams has offered Sports Direct a chance to hold on to its stake in the company by making a firm bid for the business or injecting new money as part of a £200m rescue finance package.The statement was issued hours after Mike Ashley launched a stinging attack on advisers to the department stores group, saying they should be jailed after Debenhams rejected a potential takeover bid from the founder and chief executive of Sports Direct in favour of pressing ahead with its refinancing plans. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks BetBright’s ante-post bets will now be honoured after all – Talking Horses TheGuardian -Sport
    Rich Ricci now appears to have been working behind the scenes to get a fair deal for the firm’s customersRich Ricci, the former chairman of the defunct internet bookmaker BetBright, said on Friday that he is “delighted that we have found a solution”, which guarantees that all outstanding ante-post bets with the firm will now be honoured by BetVictor.BetBright sold its technology platform to rival firm 888.com in early March for £15m, but its outstanding liabilities on bets already placed with the firm were not included in the deal. While 888.com agreed to honour bets on the Cheltenham Festival in ... more
  • 4 weeks The tide is turning against public service privatisation | Richard Vize TheGuardian
    Could the pharmaceutical industry become the test bed for a new approach?The rebellion against privatisation is growing, with the tide moving towards greater public control of key services. The pushback against privatisation can be seen everywhere. In an excoriating assessment of a flagship government policy, the chief inspector of probation, Dame Glenys Stacey, has used her final annual report to condemn the part privatisation of the probation service for a “deplorable diminution of the probation profession”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Robert Winston calls for cycle number plates after street assault TheGuardian
    Labour peer claims he was kicked and abused by a cyclist who was riding on pavement Prof Robert Winston, the Labour peer and fertility specialist, has called for cyclists to be required to have number plates after he claimed he was kicked and abused after challenging a woman not to ride on the pavement.In a letter to the Times, Lord Winston, 78, said he encountered the cyclist on Wednesday riding on the pavement in Bloomsbury, central London. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Norwich’s Onel Hernández: ‘It’s sad. Cuban players want to play for free’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The midfielder discusses his dream of reaching the Premier League and one day being able to represent Cuba as wellOnel Hernández cannot remember touching a football during the first six years of his life. He and his friends in Morón, a city in central Cuba, would steal fruit from trees and play with marbles in the street but he was rarely happier than when he looked up at the sky. The birds transfixed him to the extent that he pleaded for a miniature aviary of his own. “My uncle brought 10 of them home for me,” he says. “We kept ... more
  • 4 weeks Premier League team news and more: weekend football countdown – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    All the news as the focus returns to domestic football againPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Paul here. Tweet @Paul_Doyle 11.16am GMT Bournemouth will give late fitness checks to Junior Stanislas, Adam Smith and Dan Gosling before determining whether they are fit enough to play at Leicester.Andrew Surman (calf), Simon Francis (knee), Steve Cook (groin) and Lewis Cook (knee) are out for sure. 11.00am GMT Bad news for Cardif City’s hopes of escaping relegation. The club have revealed that Callum Paterson will miss the rest of the season as a result of the knee injury ... more
  • 4 weeks Testing kit or ban? How universities are tackling student drug use TheGaurdian – Edu
    Student drug use is rising. Some universities are using harm reduction techniques – others are clamping down altogetherJames* found his dealer within the first five minutes of being on campus at the University of Leicester. While waiting for friends close to the student’s union, he was approached with an offer of weed from a dealer. But James wanted more contacts for his time studying “just in case” and found that most were advertising on social media. “There are Snapchat videos, Instagram posts and Whatsapp broadcasts that go out to lots of contacts” he says. “These dealers post all the time ... more
  • 4 weeks Testing kit or ban? How universities are tackling student drug use TheGuardian
    Student drug use is rising. Some universities are using harm reduction techniques – others are clamping down altogetherJames* found his dealer within the first five minutes of being on campus at the University of Leicester. While waiting for friends close to the student’s union, he was approached with an offer of weed from a dealer. But James wanted more contacts for his time studying “just in case” and found that most were advertising on social media. “There are Snapchat videos, Instagram posts and Whatsapp broadcasts that go out to lots of contacts” he says. “These dealers post all the time ... more
  • 4 weeks Portsmouth and Sunderland – the ups and many downs of two famous clubs | Louise Taylor TheGuardian -Sport
    After surviving a decade of turmoil the two sides meet in Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday as promotion rivals in League OneMuch has happened to Portsmouth and Sunderland since February 2010 when the pair drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in their last Premier League meeting - little of it good.Punctuated by debts and defeats, arrests and administration, relegation and regrets, the intervening years have not been kind to the Checkatrade Trophy finalists and League One promotion rivals. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Tourism is coming… Northern Ireland turns into a Game of Thrones hotspot TheGuardian
    Tourism boon for country as fans flock to visit sets and locations of the award-winning fantasy saga The group, tourists from Britain, Germany, the US and half a dozen other countries, followed the guide deep into Tollymore Forest and gathered around a tree stump.“Ladies and gentlemen, cameras ready,” said Eric Nolan, who had chaperoned them from Dublin to this state park in Northern Ireland this week. “This,” he said pointing, “is where Kit Harington’s arse sat.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Hull FC heading back up from ‘really dark place’ after rough winter TheGuardian -Sport
    From Hull’s last 42 Super League games, Sunday’s win was only their 17th. It has been thin gruel on the banks of the HumberBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf it’s not long since you lost 13 games in a row, any win is gratefully received. When Hull FC hung on to claim the two points in London last Sunday, there was a collective sigh of relief. Friday night will bring an even tougher test of their revival when high-flying Warrington come to the East Riding. But whatever happens, Hull left winger Bureta Faraimo is just glad Lee Radford’s team ... more
  • 4 weeks George Clooney calls for hotels boycott over Brunei’s LGBT laws TheGuardian
    Actor targets nine sites owned by kingdom after it announced death penalty for gay sexGeorge Clooney has called for a boycott of nine luxury hotels, including the Dorchester on Park Lane in London, because of their links to Brunei, which plans to impose death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex and adultery from next week.“Let that sink in. In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands alone,” the film star and activist wrote in an opinion piece for Deadline. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Is this minister’s sweary response where we’ve got to on Brexit? – video TheGuardian
    BBC Newsnight's political editor, Nicholas Watt, says a cabinet minister responded with 'fuck knows' when asked why Theresa May is holding another Brexit vote that she is expected to lose. The minister reportedly went on to say, 'I'm past caring, it's like the living dead in here'  Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Tui says Boeing 737 Max grounding could cost firm up to €300m TheGuardian -Biz
    Travel company issues profit warning as it makes alternative plans for holidaymakersTui has warned the grounding of its fleet of 15 Boeing 737 Max planes could cost the UK travel firm up to €300m (£258m), as it scrambles to make alternative plans to fly customers to their holiday destinations over the busy Easter and summer periods.In a profit warning on Friday, the company said it was making arrangements to guarantee customer holidays, including leasing more planes, extending expiring leases that were supposed to be replaced by the 737 Max and using spare aircraft in its existing fleet. Its shares fell ... more
  • 4 weeks Why I have organised a march against UK-wide school funding cuts | Donna Ferguson TheGuardian
    My daughter’s school is one of many facing financial crisis – it is time for parents to stand up for their children’s educationFund our schools! I hate foolish funding cuts!” This is what my daughter has written on a homemade banner she has made for the April Fools’ Day march in Cambridge, when she and I and hundreds of other parents, teachers and children will march into the city to protest against school funding cuts.Why? Because schools in Cambridge, like many across the country, are facing a financial crisis. My daughter Flora is seven and attends St Matthew’s primary school, ... more
  • 4 weeks Back Brexit deal or open ‘chasm of distrust’, Fox tells MPs TheGuardian
    Speaking on day UK was to leave EU, trade secretary says voters will feel ‘betrayed’Follow all the latest on Brexit with our live blogLiam Fox has piled pressure on his Westminster colleagues to vote the prime minister’s Brexit deal through, by warning they will undermine faith in mainstream politics by creating a “chasm of distrust” if they fail to do so.On the day Britain was supposed to be leaving the EU, the international trade secretary said voters would feel “betrayed” if MPs did not pass Theresa May’s deal and that he feared the consequences. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Houthi leader attacks UK over efforts to relax German arms sale ban TheGuardian
    Yemen rebel chief says foreign secretary ‘cannot be a peace broker and arms salesman’The leader of the Houthi movement in Yemen has condemned the British foreign secretary for pressing Germany to relax its arms sales ban on Saudi Arabia, saying it was not possible for the UK to be a peace-broker in the country and an arms seller.“Britain sending aid does not change the tragic reality of its arms sales. Jeremy Hunt cannot promote peace while at the same time as acting as an arms salesman,” said Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the supreme revolutionary committee. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Toxins in the air, toxins in the soil – still ministers won’t act on Grenfell | Seraphima Kennedy TheGuardian
    The shocking report on pollution levels after the fire is another hammer blow for the stricken tower block’s residentsIt is news that no one wants to hear. Independent research from Prof Anna Stec at the University of Central Lancashire, released on Thursday, shows heightened levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the area around Grenfell Tower. Phosphorous flame retardants, toxic to the nervous system, were found in soil samples 50 metres from the tower. Dust and oily deposits were wiped from the blinds of homes close to the tower 17 months later. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were found at 160 times the level ... more
  • 4 weeks House prices in England fall for first time since 2012 TheGuardian -Biz
    Slide driven by London and south-east slowdown as Brexit chaos seems to put off buyersHouse prices fell in England for the first time in seven years in the first three months of 2019, dragged lower by the traditional property hotspots of London and the south-east in a sign that Brexit turmoil is putting off buyers.Prices fell 0.7% in the first quarter, compared with the same period in 2018, taking the average price of a home in England down to £255,683, according to the mortgage lender Nationwide. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks House prices in England fall for first time since 2012 TheGuardian
    Slide driven by London and south-east slowdown as Brexit chaos seems to put off buyersHouse prices fell in England for the first time in seven years in the first three months of 2019, dragged lower by the traditional property hotspots of London and the south-east in a sign that Brexit turmoil is putting off buyers.Prices fell 0.7% in the first quarter, compared with the same period in 2018, taking the average price of a home in England down to £255,683, according to the mortgage lender Nationwide. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Football transfer rumours: Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona for £100m? TheGuardian -Sport
    Today’s piffle expects nothing less than pure chaosNow that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has the Manchester United job under lock and key, he can stop pretending that he cares about promoting youth. Give Ole the moolah! The Norwegian’s already drawn up an expensive shopping list, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane prominent in his thoughts. Ed Woodward had better have the chequebook ready. Related: Tie down De Gea, deal with Sánchez: Solskjær’s key Old Trafford tasks Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Nathan Chen v Yuzuru Hanyu: the rivalry that has taken over figure skating TheGuardian -Sport
    The US skater beat the Olympic champion in his own backyard this week. It looks like a rivalry set to explode at the 2022 Winter GamesThe question, inevitably, on the Yale campus this week as classes resumed was: “What did you get up to over spring break?” No one had an answer quite like Nathan Chen’s.The American figure skater – and Yale freshman – traveled to Tokyo last week to capture his second consecutive world championship, this time triumphing over two-time Olympic gold medalist and Japanese hero Yuzuru Hanyu on home turf. While it’s not Chen’s first win over Hanyu, ... more
  • 4 weeks Far-right terrorism threat is growing, say MI5 and police chiefs TheGuardian
    Andrew Parker and Cressida Dick say numerous plots have been foiled in recent yearsFar-right terrorism has been identified as a key threat to the safety and prosperity of the country, according to the director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, and Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police.Writing in the Times, the pair warned that while Islamist terrorism remains the largest by scale, they are also “concerned about the growing threat from other forms of violent extremism … covering a spectrum of hate-driven ideologies, including the extreme right and left.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Another year of the benefits freeze will be too much pain for many Brits | Frances Ryan TheGuardian
    This cruel policy is about to enter its fourth year, increasing poverty and giving a snapshot of post-Brexit BritainNext month, a seemingly minor “welfare” policy will come into force. You won’t hear a chorus of MPs talking about it. It’s unlikely to make any newspaper front pages. But it will determine whether millions of families will have enough money to live on – and give a snapshot of what Brexit Britain is really going to look like.The benefits freeze – that Osbornomics pillar of post-crash “welfare reform” – has squeezed low-income families for the past three years: while rent, food ... more
  • 4 weeks Why did I get parking fines for entering a digit wrongly? TheGuardian -Biz
    Mixing up the O for a zero on my car registration plate landed me with a string of chargesWe had a leak at home and our insurer booked us into the Bromsgrove Hotel. There is a fee to park and we were asked to input our car registration number. We mistook the zero for the letter O and have received four fines of £60. KM, Bromsgrove Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Nobody takes responsibility for tackling racism in my university. Why? | Anonymous academic TheGaurdian – Edu
    In my university, white staff don’t educate themselves on racism, while BAME staff are chastised for raising the issueShare your experiences of racism at UK universitiesI’m an academic of colour at one of the country’s elite universities. My large department has never hired a black academic to a permanent position, and academic staffing remains overwhelmingly white. Yet when I point to the absence of diversity in my department, I am often reassured – without concrete evidence – that we are making “good progress”. An assumption that things will eventually get better is used to deflect the need to take active ... more
  • 4 weeks Homes with a proper office – in pictures TheGuardian -Biz
    Escape the daily commute with a home fit to work from Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Riding the tube – a photo essay by Stefan Rousseau TheGuardian
    During his commute into central London, photographer Stefan Rousseau has started taking pictures of his fellow passengers, who are often absorbed in their own sleep-deprived worldsFor over 20 years as a photographer I have commuted into central London by car, experiencing a rush hour of anonymous, expressionless drivers hidden in their mobile steel boxes with no interaction other than through beeps of horns and the flashing of headlights. More recently I’ve been leaving my car at home and have joined the bankers and the builders, the day trippers and the tourists on the London Underground for a quicker, less stressful ... more
  • 4 weeks Graduate gender pay gap is widening, official figures reveal TheGuardian -Biz
    Degree premium is shrinking and income is linked to family, social background and schoolThe pay gap between male and female graduates in the UK has widened over three consecutive years, according to new data that suggests a student’s future earnings are strongly linked to their family background and school.The figures from the government’s database of graduate employment and earnings reveal that pay for men continues to outstrip that of women after finishing their undergraduate degrees, and widened each year between 2014 and 2017. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Graduate gender pay gap is widening, official figures reveal TheGaurdian – Edu
    Degree premium is shrinking and income is linked to family, social background and schoolThe pay gap between male and female graduates in the UK has widened over three consecutive years, according to new data that suggests a student’s future earnings are strongly linked to their family background and school.The figures from the government’s database of graduate employment and earnings reveal that pay for men continues to outstrip that of women after finishing their undergraduate degrees, and widened each year between 2014 and 2017. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Boeing faces US lawsuit over Ethiopian Airlines crash TheGuardian -Biz
    The family of Jackson Musoni have filed a suit saying the 737 MAX has a defectively designed control systemA lawsuit against Boeing Co was filed in US federal court on Thursday in what appeared to be the first suit over an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash that killed 157 people.The lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, and alleges that Boeing, which manufactures the 737 MAX, had defectively designed the automated flight control system. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘Democracy has terrible taste’: Grayson Perry’s Brexit vases acquired by V&A TheGuardian
    Matching Pair pots were made based on ideas, images and phrases from social mediaGrayson Perry has had more material out of Britain’s political turmoil than probably any other artist but even he has had enough. “I’m officially a Bob now, Bored of Brexit,” he said.“I just wash my hands of trying to have any kind of opinion about it, it just goes on and on,” he told the Guardian. “I have researched it and talked about it and thought about it an awful lot and I can understand how it happened. But it seems to me the people culpable still ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘One of the biggest financial scandals around’: FCA criticised over LC&F TheGuardian -Biz
    Calls for investigation into financial watchdog after London Capital & Finance collapses with £236m of investors’ moneyThe bonds on offer from London Capital & Finance looked highly seductive: the interest was a table-topping 6.5% to 8%; they were authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority; and HMRC had granted the bonds tax-free ISA status. Yet after more than 11,000 investors poured £236m into the bonds – only for the company to collapse earlier this year – the FCA is now accused of its worst failure as a regulator for more than a decade.Little of the money went into safe interest-bearing investments. ... more
  • 4 weeks Smithsonian and top institutions under fire for accepting tobacco money TheGuardian -Biz
    Some US museums continue taking tobacco donations even as others are rejecting funds from big pharma amid the opioid crisisResearchers are questioning why some American museums accept tobacco donations, even as some review donation policies in light of the UK National Portrait Gallery recently rejecting a gift from the Sackler family, owner of Purdue Pharma who are the center of America’s devastating opioid crisis.One of America’s most venerated institutions, the Smithsonian museum, which oversees the US National Portrait Gallery, has accepted donations from the US maker of Marlboro cigarettes as recently as 2017. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Silicon Valley revolt: meet the tech workers fighting their bosses over Ice, censorship and racism TheGuardian -Tech
    Whether it’s protesting projects with immigration authorities or walking out to demand better treatment of women, activism has entered tech with a force the industry has never experiencedThe election happens. The next day at the Slack office, people were quite literally sobbing in the cafeteria. I was mostly keeping my shit together until my parents called from Canada. I went into one of the little phone booths and just sobbed on the phone. It took a bit of time to grieve, but then you also have to act. The space that Maciej1 created in Tech Solidarity was incredibly important. To ... more
  • 4 weeks Silicon Valley revolt: meet the tech workers fighting their bosses over Ice, censorship and racism TheGuardian -Biz
    Whether it’s protesting projects with immigration authorities or walking out to demand better treatment of women, activism has entered tech with a force the industry has never experiencedThe election happens. The next day at the Slack office, people were quite literally sobbing in the cafeteria. I was mostly keeping my shit together until my parents called from Canada. I went into one of the little phone booths and just sobbed on the phone. It took a bit of time to grieve, but then you also have to act. The space that Maciej1 created in Tech Solidarity was incredibly important. To ... more
  • 4 weeks Country diary: where Roman Britain reveals its secrets TheGuardian
    Epiacum Roman fort, Northumberland: Under the yarrow and sheep’s sorrel of the short turf were the gates, towers and bath house of the stone-built fortHill cloud rolls over the fell top where snow still fills the cups and hollows of high ground. I’m walking a section of the Pennine Way near Alston, uplifted by the layers of overlapping sound: curlews bubbling, peewits wing-thrumming, skylarks trilling. The path drops steeply down to the Gilderdale Burn, the county boundary between Cumbria and Northumberland. Climbing up again, the ground is spongy with recent rain, wet seeping into my boots.A series of grassy mounds ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘Bias deep inside the code’: the problem with AI ‘ethics’ in Silicon Valley TheGuardian -Tech
    As algorithms play a growing role in criminal justice, education and more, tech advisory boards and academic programs mirror real-world inequalityWhen Stanford announced a new artificial intelligence institute, the university said the “designers of AI must be broadly representative of humanity” and unveiled 120 faculty and tech leaders partnering on the initiative.Some were quick to notice that not a single member of this “representative” group appeared to be black. The backlash was swift, sparking discussion on the severe lack of diversity across the AI field. But the problems surrounding representation extend far beyond exclusion and prejudice in academia. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Australia’s mining exports hit $278bn – but bonanza at risk, says report TheGuardian -Biz
    Despite record earnings from resources sector, tax revenues could fall with coal under threat from Beijing rethinkAustralia’s booming earnings from coal exports could be in jeopardy if China switches to more domestic supply and if port restrictions continue to favour competing exporters, a federal government report has warned.The country’s energy and resources exports will rake in an extra $20bn to rise to $278bn this financial year, the report by the industry department said, creating a timely bonanza for the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, to exploit in next week’s federal budget. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Members and tour manager of Liverpool band Her’s killed in US car crash TheGuardian
    Stephen Fitzpatrick, Audun Laading and Trevor Engelbrektson killed in road accident on way to gig in CaliforniaBoth members of the band Her’s from Liverpool have died in a car crash while touring the US, their label confirmed on Thursday evening. Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading were on their way to a gig in Santa Ana, California, early on Wednesday morning when they were involved in a road accident.The duo, who described themselves as an “international supersonic spectral wave Liverpool band” on their social media accounts, were killed alongside their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend TheGuardian -Sport
    Fernandinho should be fit for Man City, Mohamed Salah will be refreshed and Huddersfield could go down on SaturdayManchester City could welcome back Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones from the treatment room when they travel to Fulham for the first of nine fixtures in 30 days. Fernandinho is considered by many to be City’s most important player, including Pep Guardiola who has previously said the Brazilian is indispensable. His team have done just fine without him though, winning five games in three different competitions since he limped off in the latter stages of the Carabao Cup final. During ... more
  • 4 weeks Antidepressant prescriptions in England double in a decade TheGuardian
    NHS figures reveal 70.9m items to treat depression and anxiety were given out in 2018There were more than 70m prescriptions for antidepressants in England last year, figures show.A total of 70.9m items to treat conditions including depression and anxiety were given out in 2018, according to data published by NHS Digital. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Jill Dando murder will never be solved, says lead detective TheGuardian
    In BBC film to mark 20 years since TV presenter’s death, Hamish Campbell says no new suspects will ever be foundThe detective who led the inquiry into Jill Dando’s murder has said her case will never be solved.Speaking in a BBC documentary to mark 20 years since the 37-year-old television presenter’s shooting in April 1999 in Fulham, west London, Hamish Campbell said he did not think any new suspects would ever be brought to court. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Male NHS doctors earn 17% more than their female peers TheGuardian
    Biggest ever study of public sector gender pay shows female GPs earn a third less than menMale doctors in the NHS earn 17% more, on average, than their female peers, the biggest ever study of gender pay in the public sector has found.Female GPs experience the greatest disparity. They earn, on average, £75,600 – a massive £38,000, or a third, less than the £113,600 average salary among male colleagues. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Nestlé to face lawsuit saying Poland Spring water not from a spring TheGuardian -Biz
    Poland Spring in Maine, which labels name as a source of the water, ‘commercially ran dry’ nearly 50 years ago, complaint saysA federal judge on Thursday rejected Nestle SA’s bid to dismiss a revised lawsuit claiming that it defrauded consumers by filling bottles of its Poland Spring water with ordinary groundwater.The US district Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer said consumers from eight north-eastern states may pursue claims that Nestle Waters North America deceived them into overpaying by labeling Poland Spring as “100% Natural Spring Water”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Ashleigh Barty shrugs off inclement weather to storm into Miami final TheGuardian -Sport
    Australian beats Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3Several breaks due to rain interrupt play in FloridaAshleigh Barty came through another rain-interrupted match at the Miami Open to book a place in the biggest final of her career with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.Australia’s No 1 player did not allow two rain breaks during play at Hard Rock Stadium distract her and she wrapped up victory with an ace after breaking Kontaveit’s resistance in the second set. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks The book industry isn’t dead. That’s just an excuse to keep salaries low TheGuardian -Biz
    Poor working conditions for book editors are ingrained. It’s time for that to change – no matter how much we love our jobsBook editors love their jobs, perhaps more than the average worker. We work diligently with motivated and inspiring peers on projects we are proud of. You may not realise that every great book you’ve read has been through a rigorous editing process. If an editor’s job is done well, you won’t notice their hand in the final product – this is the invisible work behind each brilliant author, even (or perhaps especially) your favourites.However, book lovers might be ... more
  • 4 weeks ‘Ashamed’ Raymond van Barneveld retires from darts with immediate effect TheGuardian -Sport
    • Former world champion was due to quit at end of year• ‘I don’t want the pain any more. I’m relieved. I’m done’The five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld has announced his immediate retirement from the sport after playing the final Premier League game of his career.The Dutchman had already been eliminated in Rotterdam before he took to the stage on Thursday but a 7-1 defeat to compatriot Michael van Gerwen convinced him to bring forward his plan to quit at the end of the year. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Facebook tightens up rules for political advertisers TheGuardian -Tech
    Verifiable contact details will be required to run campaigns on site ahead of EU electionsAdvertisers will be required to provide verifiable public contact details before they can run political campaigns on Facebook, the company has announced, in the latest attempt by the social network to increase accountability for so-called dark adverts.The move is part of a raft of changes in the buildup to the European elections in May, when citizens from across the EU will vote in new MEPs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Points deduction has left Birmingham in ‘serious situation’, says Garry Monk TheGuardian -Sport
    • Blues manager preparing for Friday’s trip to West Brom• Nine-point sanction has left City five points above bottom threeGarry Monk has admitted Birmingham City are in a “serious situation” after being docked nine points for a breach of the Football League’s profitability and sustainability rules, but the Championship club’s manager also insisted he has every faith in his players’ ability to climb clear of the relegation zone and achieve safety twice in the same season.Birmingham have plummeted to 18th place in the wake of the punishment handed out last week, leaving them five points above the bottom three before ... more
  • 4 weeks Brad Dwyer’s golden-point drop goal for Leeds shatters Castleford TheGuardian -Sport
    • Leeds 21-20 Castleford• Drama as 40-metre extra-time drop goal wins matchThis was still some way from the polished performances Leeds fans have come to expect during a period of sustained success, but the emotions swirling around Headingley as Brad Dwyer became the unlikeliest of heroes showed how defining a night this could be for the new-look Rhinos.The dramatic victory over Castleford ensured only their second win of the season from nine attempts; they certainly made hard work of it. Yet the biggest negative for Leeds – namely surrendering a 16-point lead with 20 minutes remaining to enable Castleford to ... more
  • 4 weeks Glasgow’s Adam Hastings: ‘Saracens away is the ultimate test in Europe’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Adam Hastings and the Glasgow side will be looking to make a mark at Allianz Park in Saturday’s European Cup quarter-finalLittle more than a year ago Adam Hastings was playing Premiership rugby in Scotland for Currie, having left Bath. He has since won 11 caps for Scotland and succeeded Finn Russell as Glasgow’s fly-half so seamlessly that the 22-year-old will on Saturday spearhead the Pro14’s side’s attempt to make the semi‑finals of the European Cup for the first time.Standing in their way are Saracens, the 2016 and 2017 winners and current English champions, whose last defeat at Allianz Park was ... more
  • 4 weeks Justin Rose salvages a half against Pepperell and sets up decider with Woodland TheGuardian -Sport
    • Three birdies in final four holes get the job done for world No 2• Francesco Molinari makes it seven from seven in matchplayJustin Rose sympathised with his countryman Eddie Pepperell after snatching an unlikely half to maintain control of his own destiny on day two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.Rose was three down with four holes to play at the Austin country club, but made birdies at the 15th, 17th and 18th to halve his match with Pepperell and will advance to the last 16 with victory over Gary Woodland on Friday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Gonzalo Higuaín retires from Argentina duty with final swipe at his critics TheGuardian -Sport
    • Striker announces retirement ‘to the delight of many people’• ‘When you criticise someone maliciously, it hurts everyone’Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuaín has announced his retirement from international football, and taken a swipe at those who have criticised his performances with Argentina.“My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up,” Higuaín said in an interview with Fox Sports. “To the delight of many people, now I will only look at it from the outside. I have spoken to [the manager, Lionel] Scaloni and told him my point of view.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Man guilty of murdering teenager and hiding body in attic TheGuardian
    Gary Hopkins murdered Abdi Ali, 17, in December 2017 and hid his body for eight monthsA man nicknamed The Magician is facing life imprisonment for murdering a teenager and hiding his body in his attic for eight months.Gary Hopkins, 37, attacked and killed 17-year-old Abdi Ali at the home he shared with his partner and their three children in Enfield, north London. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Book prize names two winners as it criticises ‘false hierarchy’ of awards TheGuardian
    Republic of Consciousness prize honours Will Eaves and Alex Pheby, but says awards make us wrongly consider a sole winner ‘the best’A novel about James Joyce’s troubled daughter, Lucia, and a reimagining of the chemical castration of Alan Turing have been named the joint winners of the Republic of Consciousness prize, which celebrates the best work by small publishers.Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions), inspired by Turing’s punishment for gross indecency, tied with Lucia by Alex Pheby (Galley Beggar Press) for the Republic of Consciousness award on Thursday night. Both titles win £3,500, split between the press, which is awarded ... more
  • 4 weeks Police seal off London mosque after man fatally stabbed nearby TheGuardian
    Victim was found near London Central mosque, by Regent’s Park, on Thursday eveningArmed police have sealed off a mosque in London after a man was fatally stabbed in a nearby street.The Metropolitan police said the victim, who was believed to be in his early 20s, was found with stab wounds in Elmton Court, Cunningham Place, near Regent’s Park, at about 6.15pm on Thursday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 4 weeks Ole Gunnar Solskjær needs to be more than high priest of Fergianity | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Manchester United’s new permanent manager has calmed nerves and brought back the spirit of 1999 but is inexperiencedBackwards, then, to a glorious future. Where change has failed, let there be continuity. After six years of churn and unconvincing change, Manchester United in appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjær on a permanent basis have turned not merely to an icon of their past but to a manager who seems determined to be a conduit for that past. Let there be progress through history. Let it always be 1999.It is a popular move and, on the face of it, a good one. Solskjær has ... more
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