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  • 2 months Bath’s Rhys Priestland shows precision with boot to sink Saracens TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bath 18-9 Saracens• Sale thrash Leicester 32-5 after Kalamafoni dismissalFly-half Rhys Priestland kicked six penalties as Bath finally managed to hold on to a lead to topple second-placed Saracens 18-9 in the Gallagher Premiership.The champions were missing their England contingent, but it was their indiscipline that let them down on a wet night at the Recreation Ground, as well as a patchy goal-kicking display by Alex Lozowski. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Richarlison will not be selected on reputation alone, says Marco Silva TheGuardian -Sport
    • Everton forward’s return to side will be based on merit• 21-year-old ‘must show he wants his place’, says SilvaMarco Silva has told Richarlison he will not be selected for Everton on reputation but his contribution to every game and training session.The Brazil international was omitted from Silva’s starting lineup against Liverpool last weekend and has not played a full 90 minutes since the 3-1 home defeat by Wolves on 2 February. He was also left out of Everton’s last high-profile fixture before the derby, against Manchester City, and substituted early against Watford and Cardiff City following quiet performances. Continue ... more
  • 2 months Jorginho: ‘I have a normal relationship with Sarri. I don’t go for dinner with him’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Chelsea midfielder denies he is Maurizio Sarri’s golden boy and says he is working hard to get the fans onsideJorginho abandons Italian and breaks into English only once but, when he does, it is born of exasperation. The prickly subject of his close relationship with Maurizio Sarri has been raised and with it the notion he is untouchable: that his is the first name on the Chelsea team sheet, as the manager’s lieutenant out on the pitch, charged with delivering the utopia of Sarriball. He is the golden boy who can do no wrong. Related: Son Heung-min: ‘My father says ... more
  • 2 months Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool would be ‘weak flower’ to change style now TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘We go for it but that doesn’t mean 11 players in their box’• Xherdan Shaqiri suffers a ‘little injury’ but is fit nowJürgen Klopp said Liverpool would resemble a “little weak flower” should they change the style that has put them in title contention and Xherdan Shaqiri’s peripheral role is not because of caution on his part.The Liverpool manager took exception to criticism of his tactics and substitutions last weekend at Everton, where his side slipped behind Manchester City for the first time since 7 December having played an equal number of games. Klopp revisited the issue in the ... more
  • 2 months Fan confronts James Tavernier as Rangers draw at Hibernian TheGuardian -Sport
    Florian Kamberi snatched an unlikely point as Hibernian held Rangers to a 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw but only after Scottish football suffered another night of controversy at Easter Road.Steven Gerrard’s team should have been out of sight by half-time but only had Daniel Candeias’ strike to show for their dominance in the first 45 minutes. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Italy not planning champagne rugby against England, Sergio Parisse says TheGuardian -Sport
    • Italy intent on putting pressure on hosts at Twickenham• ‘We respect England but will play our own game,’ says captainIt has been England’s party line all week that they are expecting the unexpected on Saturday, all too aware of how they were bamboozled by Conor O’Shea’s side two years ago, but Italy know exactly what is coming. England have picked what O’Shea has described as Eddie Jones’s dream backline including Manu Tuilagi, Ben Te’o and Joe Cokanasiga. Or to paraphrase their captain Sergio Parisse: definitely physical, not so much fizz. “We do not expect too many passes or too ... more
  • 2 months Joe Cokanasiga and England’s heavy artillery primed to flatten Italy | Robert Kitson TheGuardian -Sport
    The selection of Te’o, Tuilagi and Cokanasiga alongside each other has been made with one eye on the World Cup and should give the home side formidable firepower at TwickenhamAs sure things go, sticking a few quid on England to beat Italy at Twickenham is normally right up there. Not quite as secure, perhaps, as players such as Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell going into property investment with their club chairman but not everyone has the luxury of playing for Saracens. Assuming Eddie Jones’s players put down their copies of the Financial Times for long enough, a home win really ... more
  • 2 months Distractions can add fuel to Wales fire against Scotland, says Josh Adams TheGuardian -Sport
    • Wing believes merger mess will not halt grand slam charge• Ken Owens ‘looking forward to getting rid of some frustrations’Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service, said that politics at Westminster were nothing compared to those in Welsh rugby. Even at the height of the Brexit brouhaha, this week’s events have validated his belief. As Wales were preparing to face Scotland at Murrayfield in what they hope is the fourth leg of a grand slam, administrators were falling out in the most public fashion.The question for a Scotland team whose problems lie on the field rather than ... more
  • 2 months Norwich five points clear after Buendía thunderbolt comes out of the blue TheGuardian -Sport
    Norwich had looked nothing like Championship leaders when Emi Buendía decided it was time to show Swansea just who they were dealing with.The half-time statistics had made gloomy reading for Norwich with no shots on target compared with the visitors’ five but that changed in dramatic fashion within nine minutes of the restart. Buendía’s first touch took him past Matt Grimes before firing home a left-foot thunderbolt that stunned everyone in the stadium and took Norwich five points clear at the top. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Weatherwatch: wanted – citizen scientists to transcribe old records TheGuardian
    Scientists need to study weather data from the past to aid current climate research – and seek volunteers to convert handwritten records into digital formatIt may not surprise readers that on average the British spend the equivalent of one working day each week on the weather – that is 4.02 hours checking the weather and 3.72 hours talking about it. Some say knowing the conditions affects their travel plans or what they wear but the largest number, 40% of those interviewed, said the weather affects their mood. Related: Weatherwatch: rescuing weather records from Ben Nevis Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Graham Thorpe set to take over after Mark Ramprakash is ousted as coach TheGuardian -Sport
    • Ramprakash pays price for Test series defeat in West Indies• Thorpe has been England’s white-ball batting coachMark Ramprakash has lost his job as the England batting coach and is expected to be replaced by Graham Thorpe before this summer’s Ashes series against Australia.Ramprakash has paid the price for the Test team’s poor batting, with their dismissal for 77 by West Indies in the opening match of the recent series defeat in the Caribbean appearing to be the final straw for Ashley Giles, England’s new director of cricket. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months As working women we have been short-changed. It’s not our problem alone to fix | Eleni Roussos TheGuardian -Biz
    Women are expected to happily toil away at home and in the office, only to see their salary eaten up by childcare and taxDuring a recent dash into my local chemist to buy infant formula, I came face to face with a cashier at the register who wanted to know why I wasn’t breastfeeding my baby. With my daughter on my hip and exhausted from a rough night, I was unprepared to handle what felt like an interrogation and hurried out as quickly as I could.“Is she sleeping through?” and “how long have you got off?” are regular questions I ... more
  • 2 months Commuters warned of ‘teething problems’ with new rail timetable TheGuardian
    Rail Delivery Group says lessons have been learned following last summer’s chaotic timetable overhaulPassengers face “teething problems” on the rail network when new timetables are introduced in May, the organisation that represents the industry has warned.However, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said that the introduction of more than 1,000 extra services will help to tackle overcrowding. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Commuters warned of ‘teething problems’ with new rail timetable TheGuardian -Biz
    Rail Delivery Group says lessons have been learned following last summer’s chaotic timetable overhaulPassengers face “teething problems” on the rail network when new timetables are introduced in May, the organisation that represents the industry has warned. However, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said that the introduction of more than 1,000 extra services will help to tackle overcrowding.Last May there was chaos when Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – the parent company of Southern Rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern – and Northern overhauled their timetables with the aim of laying on hundreds of extra trains a day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Monchi considers Arsenal technical director role after leaving Roma TheGuardian -Sport
    • Monchi quits Roma as Claudio Ranieri is appointed manager• Arsenal manager Unai Emery worked with Monchi at SevillaThe Spanish technical director Monchi is considering joining Arsenal after leaving Roma. The 50-year-old lasted less than two years at the Serie A club, having left Sevilla in April 2017.It was at the Spanish club where Monchi worked successfully together with the Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, winning the Europa League three years in succession. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Tom Watson sets up centre-left group within Labour party TheGuardian
    Future Britain Group seen as response to apparent inaction by Corbyn over party crisesLabour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, is promising to “ensure all voices within the party feel they are being heard”, as he convenes a new centre-left grouping of MPs, widely regarded at Westminster as a rival power base to Jeremy Corbyn’s.Watson has made a series of pointed public interventions since a group of seven MPs announced that they were leaving the Labour party to form the breakaway Independent Group (TIG). In particular, he urged Corbyn to reshuffle his shadow cabinet, and to take personal oversight of the handling ... more
  • 2 months Tottenham announce first match for new 62,000 capacity stadium TheGuardian -Sport
    • Spurs to play either Brighton or Crystal Palace in April• Champions League quarter-final to take place at new groundTottenham’s first competitive match at their new 62,000-capacity stadium will be against either Brighton or Crystal Palace in the first week of April.The eagerly anticipated news came as the club announced they would host two test matches at the end of March to satisfy the requirements for a safety certificate. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Chelsea ‘astonished’ after Fifa rejects club’s request to freeze transfer ban TheGuardian -Sport
    • Fifa set to consider appeal before summer window opens• Club could seek interim ruling from Cas if it is rejectedFifa expects to consider Chelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban before the market formally opens this summer, in effect allowing the Premier League club time to seek an interim ruling at the court of arbitration for sport should their appeal be rejected.Chelsea claimed to be “astonished” on Friday after seeing an initial request to freeze the ban from registering new players until the summer of 2020 for breaches relating to the recruitment of minors – they were charged with ... more
  • 2 months ‘A slap in the face’: Barnier sets May on course for Brexit defeat TheGuardian
    Prime minister rebuffed as she pleads for last-ditch EU concessions before MPs voteTheresa May appears set for a second humiliating defeat when she brings her Brexit deal back to parliament next week, after the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, rebuffed her pleas for last-minute concessions.The prime minister urged MPs to “get it done” and back her deal, in an impassioned speech at a dockside warehouse in the pro-leave town of Grimsby. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Ireland ring changes in bid to recapture their champion formula TheGuardian -Sport
    • Joe Schmidt replaces six forwards in team to face France• 2018 champions have lost to England and toiled in RomeFive weeks into the Six Nations it seems Ireland are still looking for whatever it was they lost in that opening round defeat to England. France are unchanged for Sunday’s game but Joe Schmidt has made seven changes to the team who scraped by Italy in the last round.Six of them are up front, where Rory Best and Cian Healy are back at hooker and prop, James Ryan and Iain Henderson join up at lock, and Josh van der Flier ... more
  • 2 months Tommy Fleetwood well set to mix and match his way to victory at Bay Hill TheGuardian -Sport
    • Fleetwood leads Arnold Palmer Invitational on nine under par• 28-year-old has six different brands of golf club in his bagThe sense that Tommy Fleetwood is edging closer to a maiden victory in the United States is growing. Should that success arrive on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Fleetwood would counteract any theories relating to golfing orthodoxy. Related: Rory McIlroy prepares for Bay Hill title defence and ponders Masters blank Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Arron Banks ‘ignored deal to stop pro-Brexit ads’ after Jo Cox death TheGuardian
    Channel 4 News says emails show co-founder of Leave-EU told group to ‘keep pumping’Arron Banks ordered his Leave.EU campaign group to continue promoting pro-Brexit adverts in the wake of the murder of Jo Cox, despite an agreement to suspend campaigning, according to Channel 4 News.Immediately after the MP’s killing, politicians on both sides of the EU referendum debate agreed to the suspension, and remain and leave campaigners cancelled speeches and events. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Debenhams urges watchdog to intervene in Mike Ashley coup attempt TheGuardian -Biz
    Competition concerns raised about potential concentration of control in hands of one manDebenhams has called on the competition watchdog to intervene in an attempted boardroom coup by the Sports Direct and House of Fraser boss, Mike Ashley.Shares in the ailing department store rose nearly 16% on Friday, or less than half a penny to 3.53p, after Ashley used a stock market announcement to call a Debenhams shareholder meeting to oust nearly all its directors and install himself as chief executive. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Not just schools: five public service areas struggling with cuts TheGuardian
    A Guardian investigation shows the impact of austerity on education, but it is not the only victim In addition to education, critics point to the damaging impact of austerity cuts first introduced in 2010 across a range of other policy areas: Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Iran rejects UK claim of diplomatic status for Zaghari-Ratcliffe TheGuardian
    Tehran refuses to acknowledge dual-national woman jailed in Iran is a British citizen Iran has rejected the UK’s claim that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is entitled to British diplomatic protection, insisting she is solely an Iranian citizen and therefore ineligible for such status.In an escalation of the standoff with Tehran, the Foreign Office announced on Thursday that Zaghari-Ratcliffe qualified for diplomatic protection, a step that raises her case from a consular matter to the level of a dispute between the two states. The British-Iranian dual national was arrested three years ago for spying, a charge she denies, and is serving a five-year ... more
  • 2 months The Brexit state of play: a guide to next week’s crucial votes TheGuardian
    As Britain prepares for a pivotal few days, how is the Commons lining up?What happens next week?Theresa May will bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for MPs to be given the chance to accept or reject it in the so-called meaningful vote two. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Real Madrid’s reign is over: now is the time to salute, not mock them | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    The humiliation by Ajax led to much mirth at Madrid’s expense but four Champions League crowns in five years is a period of dominance that history will look upon kindlyPlease allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste. I’ve been around for … well, quite a long time as it happens, most notably as champions of Europe for the last thousand days, an era of oddly room-temperature dominance that has now come to an end.The period of public mourning has been notably brief. Instead Real Madrid’s ejection from the Champions League on Tuesday night was greeted ... more
  • 2 months The verdict on 10 years of quantitative easing TheGuardian -Biz
    In March 2009 the Bank of England began to slash interest and buy bonds – has it worked?Over the past decade an experiment has been underway in Britain since the Bank of England reduced interest rates to almost zero and cranked up the money printing presses of quantitative easing.Ten years ago this week, Threadneedle Street dropped borrowing costs down to the lowest level in the Banks 324 years of existence and embarked on the bond buying programme of QE, never before tested in Britain. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Chess: England start well at World Team Championship and draw 2-2 with Russia TheGuardian -Sport
    The England team are in the hunt for the medals in Astana and face a crucial match against India on SaturdayEngland made a fine start at this week’s World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where they beat the host nation and Azerbaijan in the opening rounds then drew with both the United States and, on Friday, the top-seeded Russians.These impressive results have put England in contention for silver or bronze medals before saturday’s critical match with India. Yet it could have been even better. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Mother jailed for 11 years in first British FGM conviction TheGuardian
    Woman who cut three-year-old daughter also given two more years for other offencesA mother has been jailed for 11 years after becoming the first person in Britain to be convicted of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a landmark case.The 37-year-old woman was found guilty of cutting her three-year-old daughter. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months US women’s team sues US Soccer over ‘institutionalized gender discrimination’ TheGuardian -Sport
    World Cup champions seek equal pay with male counterpartsUSWNT set to defend title in France this summerAll 28 current members of the United States women’s soccer team have filed a lawsuit against their own governing body alleging years of “institutionalized gender discrimination”. The team, who are the reigning world champions, are seeking equal pay with their male counterparts, who failed to reach the 2018 World Cup.The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court in Los Angeles on Friday, seeks equal pay and treatment, in addition to damages including back pay. The group, which includes some of the best players ... more
  • 2 months Holloway prison to be turned into affordable housing TheGuardian
    Former women’s prison in north London was sold to Peabody housing associationHolloway prison has been sold to a housing association and is expected to provide 1,000 homes, the majority of which will be affordable, it has been announced.The women’s prison in north London, which once housed Myra Hindley and closed in 2016, was sold to the housing association Peabody for £81.5m on Friday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green menswear brand calls in advisers TheGuardian -Biz
    Loss-making label founded by ex-Oasis frontman reviewing options including saleLiam Gallagher’s loss-making menswear brand Pretty Green has appointed advisers to review options for the future of the business.The brand, founded by the former Oasis frontman in 2009, told the trade journal Drapers it was “not immune to the challenges currently facing the UK high street” and had appointed restructuring and insolvency experts Moorfields Advisory to help consider ways forward, including a sale. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months UK’s Prevent guidance to universities unlawful, court rules TheGaurdian – Edu
    Court of appeal finds Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers violate freedom of speechThe government’s Prevent duty guidance to universities is unlawful and must be rewritten, judges have ruled after a successful judicial review argued that it violated freedom of speech.The court of appeal found that Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers were not balanced and accurate enough to inform universities of their competing obligations to ensure free speech while stopping people being drawn into terrorism. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months UK’s Prevent guidance to universities unlawful, court rules TheGuardian
    Court of appeal finds Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers violate freedom of speechThe government’s Prevent duty guidance to universities is unlawful and must be rewritten, judges have ruled after a successful judicial review argued that it violated freedom of speech.The court of appeal found that Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers were not balanced and accurate enough to inform universities of their competing obligations to ensure free speech while stopping people being drawn into terrorism. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months F1 set to bring back bonus points for fastest laps after 60-year absence TheGuardian -Sport
    • Driver with fastest lap in each GP set to earn bonus point• Points were last awarded for fastest laps in 1959 seasonFormula One is set to re-introduce the awarding of a bonus point for the driver who records the fastest lap at a grand prix this season, after an absence of 60 years. The decision is still subject to ratification but is expected to be implemented before the season begins in Melbourne next week. Related: Ferrari have best chance for years but must give ground on money, says Brawn Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months ‘It’s dangerous’: full chaos of funding cuts in England’s schools revealed TheGaurdian – Edu
    Guardian investigation finds teachers doing the cleaning and paying for books and pens to plug the gapsSussex headteacher: ‘Schools perform miracles with nothing’The impact of the funding crisis in England’s schools is laid bare in a Guardian investigation that reveals a system falling apart at the seams, with teachers covering for canteen staff and cleaners while essential funds are raised by parent donations and “charity” non-uniform days. Related: 'Schools perform miracles with nothing, and the nothing is getting less' Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months ‘Just close them down’: Margaret Hodge on antisemitism in Labour branches TheGuardian
    Labour MP challenges Corbyn to get tough after her ‘really, really, really difficult week’Antisemitism could destroy the Labour party unless Jeremy Corbyn is serious about a zero-tolerance approach and is prepared to close down branches which seek to minimise the problem, according to Margaret Hodge.The senior Labour MP is in as combative frame of mind as when she last year called Corbyn an “antisemite and racist” to his face. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months How a survivor of knife crime became a role model for children TheGuardian
    Amani Simpson says culture of youth violence and low aspiration should be seen as a community issueIn a packed room at a college in Walthamstow, in north-east London, a former student is speaking to a class. Amani Simpson has shown the pupils a short film he made based on his life, and now there’s a Q&A session. The questions include what did he study here and how did he get the money to make a film. His answers: music and events management, and through crowdfunding. Then a girl at the back asks what he thinks is the solution to the ... more
  • 2 months Parr’s everyday absurdities and a return to the 60s – the week in art TheGuardian
    Hew Locke sails into Birmingham, Martin Parr hits the National Portrait Gallery and Anthea Hamilton resurrects the 60s – all in our weekly dispatchHew LockeWitty assemblage art that uncovers the darkness of Britain’s imperial history.• Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, until 2 June. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Ocado could face customer exodus after M&S deal, poll suggests TheGuardian -Biz
    Survey shows many shoppers loyal to Waitrose and don’t see M&S as ‘adequate replacement’ Ocado risks a customer exodus as a result of its tie-up with Marks & Spencer after a straw poll by analysts suggested shoppers were loyal to Waitrose and did not see M&S products as an “adequate” replacement.On Friday, a note by HSBC’s retail analyst David McCarthy revealed the opinions of 250 Ocado shoppers on the deal, views which he described as “worrying” for the two listed companies. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Injustice of the benefits system | Letters TheGuardian
    Anne Williams does not think she will ever recover from an experience that nearly left her homeless, Jane Bonnick is shocked that the government can preside over such cruelty and Hester Fairclough says cuts and the housing crisis have created a perfect stormRegarding personal independence payments (PIPs), I was receiving a lifetime award for disability living allowance when the government decided to review my employment and support allowance (ESA), a separate benefit (Minister moves away from language of ‘shirkers’ as she revamps benefits, 6 March). That was reinstated on appeal but as soon as that benefit was reinstated at tribunal ... more
  • 2 months Let’s get asylum seekers to work – email your MP to back the campaign | Letters TheGuardian
    Frances Middleton, who is on the steering committee of Norwich City of Sanctuary, on the desperation and health costs caused by rules that stop asylum seekers taking a jobI was very glad to read of the support for asylum seekers from the world of the arts (Letters, 5 March). Thank you, all of you! I belong to the steering committee of Norwich City of Sanctuary, which supports the campaign, gathering momentum daily, to persuade the Home Office to change its rules about asylum seekers working, and also the iniquity of unlimited detention. I volunteer at an advice centre for refugees ... more
  • 2 months Let’s move to Brentford, west London: its finer moments are the grungier ones TheGuardian -Biz
    It’s as if some deranged, power-filled local politician had spliced Putney with the lower reaches of PudongWhat’s going for it? Walking along the Thames, from Kew to Twickenham, you’d be momentarily excused for wondering where you were. Brentford is an odd place, as if some deranged, power-filled local politician had spliced, say, Putney with the lower reaches of Pudong. It has all the usual accoutrements of a west London suburb: a pleasant enough old, bricky centre, snug pubs, a gigantic stately home, Georgian townhouses and lovely walks by the Thames, all chucked together with luxury gyms and 80s offices housing ... more
  • 2 months Anderson set for Bolton exit after toxic tenure that drove fans away | Paul Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Ken Anderson, labelled a ‘rogue chairman’ by another EFL owner, is poised to end a reign beset by financial problemsHot on the heels of the ousting of Owen Oyston at Blackpool the departure of another unpopular owner at a famous old Lancashire club appears likely. Having finally paid his staff in time for Saturday’s game against Millwall to go ahead, Ken Anderson is claiming to have found a buyer for Bolton – and is preparing to sever his connections with the club. Related: Bolton v Millwall set to go ahead after club says safety provisions will be met Continue ... more
  • 2 months Shamima Begum: confusion over health of newborn TheGuardian
    Lawyer for east London teenager said newborn may have died in Syrian campConflicting accounts have emerged about the health of the newborn son of Shamima Begum, with a lawyer for the the east London teenager saying he may have died in a Syrian refugee camp on Friday, but other reports suggesting he remains alive and healthy.Begum, who fled the UK to join the Islamic State terror group four years ago, gave birth to her son three weeks ago. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Shamima Begum: confusion over health of newborn TheGuardian
    Lawyer for east London teenager said baby may have died in Syrian refugee campConflicting accounts have emerged about the health of the newborn son of Shamima Begum, with a lawyer for the the east London teenager saying he may have died in a Syrian refugee camp on Friday, but other reports suggesting he remains alive and healthy.Begum, who fled the UK to join the Islamic State terror group four years ago, gave birth to her son three weeks ago. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Brexit: EU ‘not interested in blame game’ as May plea for concessions misses mark – Politics live TheGuardian
    All the day’s politics news, with Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Grimsby, and Jeremy Corbyn at Scottish Labour conference‘Let’s get it done’: May urges MPs to back her Brexit dealHunt: future generation ‘will blame EU’ for talks failureHome Office ad campaign tells EU citizens how to stay in UKWhat happens if May’s Brexit deal is voted down? And if it passes? 3.47pm GMT The government is to launch a multi-million pound advertising campaign in the next fortnight directed at EU citizens who need to register to remain in the country post-Brexit.It will coincide with a national rollout of the special ... more
  • 2 months The Fiver | Episode 57 of the still popular Ben Arfa v Emery series TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver is not one of those highfalutin organs that would admit to nicking gags from France’s best-known sports daily, so we’re here and now coining the name Panic Saint-Germain. It’s a name that gained fresh relevance this week, of course, but the collapse that seems most pertinent happened two years ago, when Unai Emery was in charge of the jittery marketeers. Because after PSG surrendered a 4-0 first-leg lead to Barcelona in 2017, one of their unused substitutes, Hatem Ben Arfa, is said to have rebuked Emery for ... more
  • 2 months International Women’s Day 2019: celebrations and protests take place around the globe – live TheGuardian
    Follow all the news and developments as people mark International Women’s Day around the worldTell us how you are marking International Women’s Day 4.05pm GMT Women jailed during the ongoing protests in Sudan announced on Friday they are going on hunger strike to protest their arbitrary detention, writes Zeinab Mohammed Salih in Khartoum.The Sudanese rights group No to Women Oppression made the announcement in a statement. The head of the organisation, Dr Ihsan Fagiry, is among the dozens of people detained for participating in the protests since December. 3.50pm GMT Meanwhile, over in Greece, women have been holding protest rallies ... more
  • 2 months Khawaja and Zampa help Australia to win over India in third ODI TheGuardian -Sport
    Australia 313-5; India 281 – Australia win by 32 runsKohli century in vain as Zampa takes vital scalpsAdam Zampa spun Australia to a 32-run victory in the third one-day international in Ranchi, where not even a century from the masterful chaser Virat Kohli was enough to get India home.Written off as World Cup contenders and down 2-0 in the five-match series, Australia responded with arguably their best one-day performance under coach Justin Langer as his side recorded their first ODI victory outside Australia since they triumphed in Bangalore in September 2017. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Norway’s $1tn wealth fund to divest from oil and gas exploration TheGuardian -Biz
    World’s largest sovereign wealth fund was created to invest North Sea oil profitsThe world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, which manages $1tn (£770bn) of Norway’s assets, is to dump investments in firms that explore for oil and gas, but will still hold stakes in firms such as BP and Shell that have renewable energy divisions.The Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), whose assets exceed those of rival sovereign wealth funds such as China’s, said it would phase out oil exploration from its “investment universe”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Conservatives pack an impressive three gaffes into 24 hours TheGuardian
    It’s been an awkward time for Karen Bradley, Amber Rudd and Andrea LeadsomAmid the ongoing Brexit chaos this week the Conservative party experienced a tumultuous 24 hours with three ministers making a string of gaffes.The Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, faced calls for her resignation after she said that the killings by soldiers and police during the Troubles were “not crimes”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Getting fit in middle age as beneficial as starting early – study TheGuardian
    Increasing activity in 40s and 50s lowers risk of early death just like staying fit from teensGetting active in midlife could be as good for you as starting young when it comes to reducing the risk of an early death, researchers have suggested.But experts say the study, which looked at people’s patterns of exercise as they aged and their subsequent death records, also shows it does not do to rest on your laurels: the benefits fade once exercise declines. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Cheltenham Festival: fatalities have racing on edge before its biggest week TheGuardian -Sport
    Track officials and racing’s governing body hope to ensure there is no repeat of the six deaths at last year’s FestivalIf it is not every punter’s abiding memory of last year’s Cheltenham Festival, it is certainly the most immediate. Twenty-two horses went to post for the Grand Annual Chase, the final race of the meeting, and in the space of four-and-a-half minutes, three suffered fatal injuries when falling.In the preceding 27 races over the four days, there had been three fatal injuries – from a total of 425 runners. While the death of six horses during races at one Festival ... more
  • 2 months Wales home in on grand slam but what will life after Gatland bring? | Paul Rees TheGuardian -Sport
    Victory over Scotland at Murrayfield is Wales’ prime focus but after a week spent skirmishing over a failed merger of two regions there is growing unease over the futureBefore the start of his last Six Nations with Wales this year, Warren Gatland reflected on how they would do without him in 2020. A feature of his 12 years as the national head coach has been his ability to consistently get his players to rise above the general mediocrity of the country’s four regions who, since their inception in 2003, have lurched from one financial and political struggle to the next.“It ... more
  • 2 months Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola says legacy will not be tainted by FFP claims TheGuardian -Sport
    • Uefa have opened investigation into Premier League champions• Manager insists achievements will ‘absolutely not’ be souredPep Guardiola has insisted his legacy at Manchester City will not be tarnished because of allegations of financial fair play irregularities.Uefa opened a formal investigation into City’s practices on Thursday following claims in the German publication Der Spiegel. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Karen Bradley urged to quit at meeting with Troubles relatives TheGuardian
    Families say minister’s apology in Stormont insufficient after she defended killingsRelatives of people killed by security forces have met the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, and asked her to resign for defending fatal shootings by soldiers during the Troubles.A delegation of family members sat down with Bradley at Stormont House in Belfast on Friday to express concern over her comments in Westminster on Wednesday, when she said security force killings were not crimes and were the actions of people “fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Mo Farah set to make surprise return to track at world championships TheGuardian -Sport
    • Farah has eye on competing in 10,000m in Doha in October• ‘I miss the track, I miss representing my country,’ Briton saysMo Farah has given his strongest indication yet that he will make a shock return to the track to run in the 10,000m at the world championships in October.Farah, who moved up to the marathon last year, said that watching Laura Muir storm to European Indoor 1500m and 3,000m gold last weekend made him realise how much he missed the track. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Is it ever too late to reply to an email? | Oliver Burkeman TheGuardian -Tech
    Social expectations about digital etiquette have never been more in flux. The solution? Avoid worrying about it altogetherYou know you’ve reached a crisis point in your email backlog when you’re obliged – as I was recently – to confront the following conundrum of electronic etiquette: is it ruder to reply to an email after three months than not to reply at all? On one hand, obviously, not replying is obnoxious. On the other, at least it lets the sender imagine that you missed their message entirely, or even that it never arrived; a reply implies, insultingly, that I had three ... more
  • 2 months Patients with severe OCD undergo deep brain stimulation trial TheGuardian
    Scientists say procedure showed improvements but larger clinical experiment needed to confirm benefitsPatients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder have shown remarkable improvements after undergoing an experimental procedure in which electrodes are placed inside the brain.The first UK trial of deep brain stimulation for OCD involved six people who were extremely severely affected by the condition. The patients each had four electrodes surgically inserted through the skull into the brain. These are used to electrically stimulate brain circuits with the aim of bringing the illness under control. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months End of the booze cruise? Calais wine stores run dry amid pre-Brexit stockpiling TheGuardian -Biz
    Day trips across the Channel rising as shoppers race to beat a no-deal BrexitIt looks like there has been a heist in the Calais Wine Superstore, with some floor displays stripped of the box towers of prosecco, pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon that are usually piled up to the ceiling.The wine warehouse has become a victim of its own success. Its “beat Brexit bonanza sale”, which included three-litre boxes of the South African red Namaqua being marked down to £3.99, has whipped its British clientele into a shopping frenzy amid fears Brexit would call time on their regular cross-Channel booze ... more
  • 2 months Poverty and climate more important than Brexit, says Corbyn TheGuardian
    Labour leader says party not ‘obsessed by constitutional questions like the others are’Jeremy Corbyn has said poverty and climate change are far greater priorities for Labour and the country than Brexit.In advance excerpts of a speech to the Scottish Labour conference, Corbyn said his party was not “obsessed by constitutional questions like the others are. We’re obsessed with tackling the problems people face in their daily lives.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months ‘I’ll Kaepernick myself’: Cowboys’ Irving quits NFL after substance-abuse ban TheGuardian -Sport
    Player attacks league over policies towards marijuanaMarijuana is legal in most cities that host NFL teamsDallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving says he is quitting the NFL after being given an indefinite suspension over the league’s substance abuse policy.“Basically, guys, I quit,” Irving said in an Instagram Live post on Thursday. “I don’t want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I’m outta there. I’m not doing this shit no more.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months ‘Let’s get it done’: May urges MPs to back her Brexit deal TheGuardian
    PM uses Grimsby speech to also urge EU to make further concessions, but refuses to take any blame for uncertaintyTheresa May has urged parliament to “get it done” and back her Brexit deal in an impassioned speech which, however, offered no new concessions for wavering MPs ahead 0f next week’s crucial vote.Speaking at a dockside warehouse in the leave heartland of Grimsby, May also repeatedly declined to accept any personal responsibility for the ongoing uncertainty, or give any clues as to what she will do if the vote is lost. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Death on the track: why are so many horses dying at Santa Anita? TheGuardian -Sport
    The famous racetrack has been closed after 21 horses died in the last few months. And questions have been raised about the racing industry across the USSanta Anita, sitting in the shadow of southern California’s San Gabriel mountains, has always been a special place for American racing fans. Horses like Seabiscuit, Affirmed and John Henry have won famous victories on its track while, during Hollywood’s golden age, actors such as Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich and Bing Crosby would cheer on from the stands. But late on Tuesday night, the racetrack announced it was closing immediately as it seeks to discover ... more
  • 2 months ‘Schools perform miracles with nothing, and the nothing is getting less’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    Sussex headteacher says funding cuts are ‘condemning kids to a lack of opportunity’Michael Ferry is the headteacher of St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in Crawley, West Sussex. The school has 943 pupils and is rated as good by Ofsted. In 2017-18 it received income worth £5,157 per pupil, nearly £700 below the national average. We have had to save in the region of half a million pounds by not replacing staff who have left. That’s £500,000 saved, and we still need to find more. I can’t rule out having to make similar savings in the future. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Global growth worries mount as Chinese exports plunge – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including worrying Chinese trade data and German factory ordersLatest: Norway to stop investing in exploration and production firmsChinese exports plunged 20% in FebruaryLunar new year partly to blameChina’s stock market slides, Europe down too 1.05pm GMT Charlie Kronick, Oil Campaigner for Greenpeace UK, says Norway hasn’t gone far enough:“This partial divestment from oil and gas is welcome, but not enough to mitigate Norway’s exposure to both global oil and gas prices and the wider financial ramifications of climate change. However, it does send a clear signal that companies betting on the ... more
  • 2 months MSPs call for inquiry into devastating fires at Glasgow School of Art TheGuardian
    GSA ‘failed to protect’ Mackintosh building from separate blazes in 2014 and 2018A Holyrood committee has called for a judicial inquiry into two separate fires which devastated the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building. In a lengthy report, the Scottish parliament’s culture committee heavily criticised the art school, accusing it of failing to protect the 110-year old listed building from the significant and obvious risk of fire before it was first heavily damaged by a blaze in 2014. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Son Heung-min: ‘My father says I shouldn’t marry until I retire and I agree’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Spurs forward talks about gruelling four-hour keepy-uppy sessions as a child, his desire to repay his family and why marriage can waitThe way that Son Heung-min tells it, he was 10 years old and squabbling with his older brother, Heung-yun. Then something happened that has stayed with him.The Tottenham forward’s father, Son Woong-jung, was a former professional footballer who made it to a good level in South Korea, and he had begun to coach his boys, making it his mission to guide them to the top, avoiding the pitfalls that he encountered. On this occasion, he saw red and, ... more
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