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  • 3 weeks Fighting for their futures: boxing under a bridge in Mexico – in pictures TheGuardian -Sport
    Former professional football player and amateur boxer Miguel Angel Ramirez has set up a small gym under a vehicular bridge in Ecatepec, in the State of Mexico, in order to keep children away from drugs, teach them a sport and prevent them enlisting in the ranks of organised crime Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Britain’s towns and cities will never flourish if ‘local’ is a dirty word | Simon Jenkins TheGuardian
    For years, councils have been starved of resources. The resulting crisis in public services is matched by a crisis of democracySome people think Britain’s greatest challenge is the impending Brexit. They are wrong. Britain’s greatest challenge is the impending collapse in its local public services. I recently travelled to cities in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The contrast to Britain was stark. Of course surface impressions can be deceptive, but I was struck by the absence of piles of litter, potholed streets, screaming police cars, tacky ads on roundabouts and graffiti. There were also fewer desperate people pleading for ... more
  • 3 weeks The fashion concept store that is rethinking retail TheGuardian -Biz
    From speed-dating to upcycling workshops, the people behind Peckham Palms have created a space for new fashion talent. Is this a lesson to ailing bricks-and-mortar stores?With the British high street in serious decline and luxury fashion houses such as Burberry closing down stores globally, it’s no secret that the retail landscape is due a rethink. The public may be changing the way it shops, but retailers are also changing the way they sell. On Thursday, for example, models dressed in the latest collection by Amsterdam-based denim fashion label Hardeman joined members of the public in west London’s Eccleston Yards for ... more
  • 3 weeks Boris Johnson and the housing crisis TheGuardian -Biz
    The new PM acknowledges the challenge but housing appears far down the list of prioritiesBoris Johnson has entered 10 Downing Street with Britain suffering from “one of the worst housing crises in the democratic world”. The state of housebuilding is “more catastrophe than crisis”, with the country blighted by “identikit estates”, “nimbyism”, and in the grip of the “big housebuilding corporations”. This may read like a manifesto from campaigners at Shelter, the housing charity. But they are actually the words of Jacob Rees-Mogg, published in a thinkpiece he co-authored just last week as he was being elevated into Boris Johnson’s ... more
  • 3 weeks Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds wins Brecon and Radnorshire byelection – video TheGuardian
    Britain's pro-European Union Liberal Democrats have won the parliamentary seat of Brecon and Radnorshire from the governing Conservatives, a blow to Boris Johnson in his first electoral test since becoming prime minister. The Tories' loss reduces Johnson's working majority in parliament to just one ahead of an expected showdown in the autumn over his plan to take Britain out of the European Union on 31 October, without an exit agreement if he deems it necessary Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Pinterest shares soar after tech unicorn sees ‘blowout quarter’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Second-ever quarterly earnings report marks tentative success for social networkPinterest shares soared after its second-ever quarterly earnings report exceeded expectations on Thursday, representing tentative success for another Silicon Valley “unicorn”.Pinterest joined a number of other tech “unicorns” – private companies valued at over $1bn – to list on the US stock markets when it filed to go public in March 2019. Its better-than-projected revenue and user growth caused shares to jump as much as 17% after markets closed for the day. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Alzheimer’s test predicts onset up to 20 years in advance TheGuardian
    US scientists say their blood test can be 94% effective in spotting those at risk of the illnessA blood test that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s as much as 20 years before the disease begins to have a debilitating effect has been developed by researchers in the US.Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis in Missouri believe the test can identify changes in the brain suggestive of Alzheimer’s with 94% accuracy, while being much cheaper and simpler than a PET brain scan. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Disadvantaged schools ‘will gain least from new Tory funding’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    Extra £4.6bn a year promised by Boris Johnson will favour affluent areas, says thinktankBoris Johnson’s pledge to “level up” pupil funding in English schools will benefit grammar schools and those in more affluent areas, while schools serving the most disadvantaged communities will miss out, a report claims.The new prime minister has promised to ensure that “historically underfunded” schools will see an uplift, and that there will be an increase in minimum levels of per pupil funding, from £3,500 to £4,000 in primaries, and from £4,800 to £5,000 in secondaries. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Disadvantaged schools ‘will gain least from new Tory funding’ TheGuardian
    Extra £4.6bn a year promised by Boris Johnson will favour affluent areas, says thinktankBoris Johnson’s pledge to “level up” pupil funding in English schools will benefit grammar schools and those in more affluent areas, while schools serving the most disadvantaged communities will miss out, a report claims.The new prime minister has promised to ensure that “historically underfunded” schools will see an uplift, and that there will be an increase in minimum levels of per pupil funding, from £3,500 to £4,000 in primaries, and from £4,800 to £5,000 in secondaries. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Talking Horses: Bank on Escobar to strike in the Golden Mile at Goodwood TheGuardian -Sport
    Escobar looked back to his very best at York last time out and Jamie Spencer is the right jockey to deliver him on the lineThere is a familiar feel to the betting for the Golden Mile Handicap at Goodwood on Friday afternoon thanks to the presence of David O’Meara’s Escobar towards the top of the market, and he is worth backing at around 8-1 in the hope that he enjoys more luck than he did 12 months ago.Escobar travelled like a winner from the start to the furlong pole, where he was stopped in his tracks when attempting to find ... more
  • 3 weeks Police and teachers back Welsh anti-smacking bill TheGuardian
    Frontline professional say legislation will make child protection easierA government bill to ban parents from physically punishing children in Wales has received a boost after attracting support from police, social workers and teachers.Frontline professionals have said legislation to stop fathers, mothers and other adults acting in a parental capacity smacking to punish would make their task of protecting children easier. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Israel Folau’s cousin dismissed by Catholic school over religious beliefs TheGuardian -Sport
    Josiah Folau reportedly called the school ‘a synagogue of Satan’ and labelled the Catholic mass ‘a paganistic ritual’The cousin of the sacked rugby star Israel Folau has reportedly been let go from his job at a Sydney Catholic school after calling the church a “synagogue of Satan”.Twenty-year-old Josiah Folau was dismissed in July from his post as a boarding house supervisor at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown, the Australian reported. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Wolves through to face FC Pyunik after crushing Crusaders in Europa League TheGuardian -Sport
    • Raúl Jiménez brace helps team to 4-1 win in Belfast (agg: 6-1)• Aberdeen and Rangers also through to next roundRaúl Jiménez powered Wolves into the third qualifying round of the Europa League as they overcame a brief scare to ease past Northern Irish club Crusaders 6-1 on aggregate. The Mexico international’s brace, a strike from Ryan Bennett and an own goal from Jordan Forsythe earned a 4-1 success in Belfast.Nuno Espírito Santo’s Premier League team, leading 2-0 from the first leg, were forced to come from behind on the night following Bennett’s early own goal. The convincing victory sets ... more
  • 3 weeks Liz Truss’s plan for tax-free zones condemned by Labour TheGuardian
    Proposal equated to setting up tax havens and money-laundering hubs on British soilLiz Truss, the new trade secretary, will promise to create up to 10 new tax-free zones at ports and airports in a move condemned by Labour as setting up tax havens and money-laundering opportunities along Britain’s coasts.The cabinet minister, a free marketeer whose political hero is former chancellor Nigel Lawson, said the plan for so-called “free ports” could revitalise transport and trade hubs like Margaret Thatcher did for the London Docklands in the 1980s. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Liz Truss’s plan for tax-free zones condemned by Labour TheGuardian -Biz
    Proposal equated to setting up tax havens and money-laundering hubs on British soilLiz Truss, the new trade secretary, will promise to create up to 10 new tax-free zones at ports and airports in a move condemned by Labour as setting up tax havens and money-laundering opportunities along Britain’s coasts.The cabinet minister, a free marketeer whose political hero is former chancellor Nigel Lawson, said the plan for so-called “free ports” could revitalise transport and trade hubs like Margaret Thatcher did for the London Docklands in the 1980s. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Zak Hardaker sinks Hull FC after Wigan suffer Sean O’Loughlin blow TheGuardian -Sport
    • Hull FC 14-15 Wigan• O’Loughlin may miss rest of season with torn pectoral muscleThe final weeks of the Super League season are approaching, and there is a familiar feeling in the air. Wigan’s defence of the title they won at Old Trafford last year began somewhat lackadaisically. But with the play-offs looming on the horizon, the Warriors are again showing that desperately craved trait of peaking exactly when it matters.Zak Hardaker’s drop goal ultimately proved to be the difference but, given it was the Warriors who lost an equally thrilling encounter between the sides earlier in the season, the ... more
  • 3 weeks Moise Kean’s huge talent can light up Premier League stage with Everton TheGuardian -Sport
    The forward, who has shown his potential for Juventus and Italy, will hope more playing time can help him flourishMoise Kean has some very specific career objectives. “I dream of scoring in a Champions League final,” he once told the newspaper Tuttosport. “With my head. Against a team from Spain.”A move from Juventus to Everton would seem to take him further away from such ambitions. The Bianconeri have played in two of the past five Champions League finals, and signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer precisely to help them conquer Europe. Everton have not played in the continent’s top club competition ... more
  • 3 weeks Japanese celebrate landmark Goodwood win by Deirdre in Nassau TheGuardian -Sport
    • Japan racing’s 19-year wait for second Group One winner is over• Dettori foiled in attempt to win four consecutive Group OnesJapan racing’s 19-year wait for its second Group One winner in Britain finally came to an end here on Thursday as Deirdre, a five-year-old mare trained by Mitsuru Hashida, brought Frankie Dettori’s golden run to at least a temporary halt with a one-and-a-quarter length defeat of the Italian rider’s mount, Mehdaayih, in the Nassau Stakes. Hermosa, the winner of the 1,000 Guineas in May, finished tailed off at the back of the nine-runner field.Dettori came into the race attempting ... more
  • 3 weeks Steve Smith says after Ashes century: ‘I didn’t know if I’d play cricket again’ TheGuardian -Sport
    • Australia batsman reveals he lost love for sport during ban• Smith’s 144 against England was more than half his side’s runsSteve Smith shrugged off the boos to score a masterful comeback century that, combined with a series-threatening injury to Jimmy Anderson, leaves England battling for control of the first Ashes Test.Joe Root’s side will resume on 10 for no loss on the second morning at Edgbaston after Smith’s 144 from 219 balls, in his first Test since his 12-month ball-tampering ban, helped Australia reach 284 all out in 80.4 overs. Stuart Broad stood out for England with the ball, ... more
  • 3 weeks Leo Varadkar: ‘We should all be afraid of a no-deal Brexit’ TheGuardian
    Irish PM responds to Foster’s fearmongering accusation, stressing ‘serious effect on economy’Everyone in the UK and Ireland should be afraid of a no-deal Brexit, the Irish taoiseach said, after he was accused of engaging in “Project Fear mark two”. Related: 'We should be afraid' - Irish PM Leo Varadkar steps up warning about no deal Brexit - as it happened Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Steve Smith enters as the pantomime villain, but departs a hero | Barney Ronay TheGuardian -Sport
    The Australian batsman was booed on his way to the crease, but 144 runs later left to applause from all around the groundThey came for one kind of story. What they got was another entirely. Under gloomy Birmingham skies Steve Smith produced an innings of rare and compelling brilliance, ending on 144 out of 284 and transforming through a combination of craft and will the direction of this first Ashes Test.It came, of course, in the most extraordinary circumstances. We booed him out – and we booed him back in again. And then in again. And then out. And then ... more
  • 3 weeks Chris Woakes delivers in Edgbaston Ashes homecoming for England | Ali Martin TheGuardian -Sport
    The dependable England bowler justifies his selection for the opening Ashes Test to the delight of the local supportersOn a slightly showery first day of Ashes cricket, in between marshalling the humming hover cover and painting the crease lines, the local lads roped in to bolster the Edgbaston groundstaff were able to watch one of their own step up for England. Related: Smith’s century rescues Australia on first day of Ashes despite Broad’s burst Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Do it for Justin’: Leyton Orient prepare for emotional kick-off TheGuardian -Sport
    Two months after Justin Edinburgh died he remains an inspiration for the club he led back to League Two as managerIt is the day of the annual team photo at Brisbane Road, a staple of any season and an afternoon that always makes the league opener feel that little bit closer. Everyone appears all smiles but there is no getting away from the immense sadness that lingers at Leyton Orient, a club still coming to terms with the death of their manager Justin Edinburgh. When Orient kick-off their League Two campaign against Cheltenham here on Saturday, a key piece of ... more
  • 3 weeks Nicolas Pépé: why Arsenal are paying £72m for the Ivorian winger – video report TheGuardian -Sport
    Arsenal have signed Nicolas Pépé for £72m. The Ivory Coast international is moving to London from Lille after ending last season as the second highest scorer in Ligue 1. The 24-year-old is now the most expensive African footballer in history – so why have the Gunners invested so much in the winger?Nicolas Pépé must learn at Arsenal that football is not fun … it’s his job Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks UK less able to cope with hard Brexit than it was in spring, say officials TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Analysis includes stark assessments of potential problems including panic-buying and civil disorderThe UK is currently less able to cope with a hard Brexit than it was in the spring, with the real risk of panic-buying in the run-up to Christmas and civil disorder if the country leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October, an official document reveals.The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has made Michael Gove responsible for “turbo-charging” Brexit planning, and on Thursday the new chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced an extra £2.1bn of funding to prepare for a no-deal exit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks UK manufacturing ‘suffocating’ as output slips to seven-year low TheGuardian -Biz
    Sector hit by concerns over no-deal Brexit and faltering global demandFactory output in Britain has fallen at the fastest rate in seven years as the risks posed to the economy by a no-deal Brexit rise and as global demand falters.According to the monthly snapshot from IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, UK manufacturers scaled back production because of fading demand at home and abroad. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Nothing compares to this’: the Hollies Stand builds its legend | Geoff Lemon TheGuardian -Sport
    England’s recent success at Edgbaston has seen one particular section of the Birmingham ground gain a reputation for a raucous atmosphere that even Australians can enjoySport is a fine arena to watch truisms develop in real time. Take this: one side of a cricket ground in Birmingham gets more rowdy than other venues. People start to reference it, so others pay it more attention. People who hear about it want to get involved. They dress up and come down and are paid more attention in turn. In time the Eric Hollies Stand is known not as a place but a ... more
  • 3 weeks Smith’s century rescues Australia on first day of Ashes despite Broad’s burst TheGuardian -Sport
    First Test, day one: Australia 284; England 10-0• Smith’s 144 drives recovery from 122-8; Broad takes five wicketsSteve Smith is on the periphery no more. On his return to Test cricket with his side deep in the doldrums he struck his 24th Test century – and perhaps the most treasured of the lot. As he was embraced by his partner, Nathan Lyon, the applause from a crowd on its feet, eventually drowned the boos. At last he was back where he belonged, darting around the crease like a puppet on a string, yet always in the right place to ... more
  • 3 weeks Madagascar police say Alana Cutland opened door of aircraft herself TheGuardian
    British student died following her fall from airplane shortly after takeoffA British student who died after falling from an airplane flying over Madagascar opened the door of the aircraft herself, according to local police.Alana Cutland, who was described as a “bright, independent young woman”, was on a research trip on the island. Officers there told the BBC and the Sun newspaper she fell shortly after the Cessna C168 on which she was travelling took off. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks German utilities firm RWE to close its last UK coal plant in 2020 TheGuardian -Biz
    Decision will leave only four remaining coal plants powering British homesThe German utility giant RWE will close its last UK coal plant after the coming winter, leaving only four remaining coal plants powering British homes.RWE will close the Aberthaw B power station in south Wales at the end of March 2020 after half a century generating electricity from coal. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Lewis Hamilton hails atmosphere at Mercedes after poor form in Germany TheGuardian -Sport
    • Briton welcomes possibility of teaming up with Max Verstappen• Mercedes produce worst collective result since July 2018Lewis Hamilton has praised what he describes as a uniquely open and honest atmosphere at his Mercedes team that has enabled them to move on after a poor performance at the German Grand Prix.Before this weekend’s race in Hungary the British driver also said he would potentially welcome driving alongside Max Verstappen at Mercedes, as it would enable him to prove his driving rather than the car makes the difference. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Boris Johnson’s UK tour: did he show he could save the union? TheGuardian
    PM set out to prove his pledge to the ‘awesome foursome’ but not everything went to planBoris Johnson pledged his commitment to the “awesome foursome” of the UK when he was elected Conservative leader, and has since embarked on a whistlestop tour taking in the north of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But how successful were the trips? Visits that involved keeping the prime minister away from booing protesters and, in some cases, journalists? Have they allayed fears that Johnson’s hardline Brexit strategy and the continuation of the union could be mutually exclusive? Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Revealed: Johnson ally’s firm secretly ran Facebook propaganda network TheGuardian -Biz
    Sir Lynton Crosby’s firm CTF has built unbranded disinformation pages for Saudi Arabia and major pollutersClaims of misogynistic culture at offices of Lynton Crosby firmBrexit, cycle lanes and Saudi Arabia: CTF’s Facebook campaignsThe lobbying firm run by Boris Johnson’s close ally Sir Lynton Crosby has secretly built a network of unbranded “news” pages on Facebook for dozens of clients ranging from the Saudi government to major polluters, a Guardian investigation has found.In the most complete account yet of CTF Partners’ outlook and strategy, current and former employees of the campaign consultancy have painted a picture of a business that appears ... more
  • 3 weeks Revealed: Johnson ally’s firm secretly ran Facebook propaganda network TheGuardian
    Sir Lynton Crosby’s firm CTF has built unbranded disinformation pages for Saudi Arabia and major pollutersClaims of misogynistic culture at offices of Lynton Crosby firmBrexit, cycle lanes and Saudi Arabia: CTF’s Facebook campaignsThe lobbying firm run by Boris Johnson’s close ally Sir Lynton Crosby has secretly built a network of unbranded “news” pages on Facebook for dozens of clients ranging from the Saudi government to major polluters, a Guardian investigation has found.In the most complete account yet of CTF Partners’ outlook and strategy, current and former employees of the campaign consultancy have painted a picture of a business that appears ... more
  • 3 weeks Two-child benefits limit hurts the poor | Letters TheGuardian
    The cap pushes a million children deeper below the poverty line, says Ruth Lister, while Paul Nicolson points out that the very rich can pass land on to their three or four children tax freeYour report (Ministers urged to scrap ‘nasty’ two-child limit on benefits, 1 August) rightly warns of the likely impact on overall levels of child poverty. However, given that the majority of children affected are already in poverty, perhaps even more worrying is the Child Poverty Action Group’s estimate that a million children (over half of those concerned) will be pushed deeper below the poverty line.From the ... more
  • 3 weeks Stuart Earnshaw obituary TheGuardian
    My father, Stuart Earnshaw, who has died aged 90, was a lifelong merchant seaman and marine engineer.He was born in Sowerby, West Yorkshire, about as far from the sea as is possible in England, son of Stanley Earnshaw, a cotton spinner, and his wife, Bertha (nee Wade). He attended Sowerby Bridge grammar school and left home aged 15 for an apprenticeship with North East Engineering Co at their Wallsend shipyard. In 1949 he joined the merchant navy as a junior engineer with the British India (BI) company. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks I’m in my 70s and being blamed for all the country’s ills | Letters TheGuardian
    An older reader asks whether she is still worth her place in societyI am 78. In the last few years and days I have been blamed for bed blocking, crisis in care, Brexit, “unconscious bias learned from the older generation” (Duke of Sussex), eating too early (Grace Dent, 27 July) and benefiting from the advantages of my generation (good pensions, free TV licences, cheap housing and free education). For many years I was seen as having made a valuable contribution to society when I worked as a teacher with families whose children had special needs, a role I thoroughly enjoyed. ... more
  • 3 weeks Big moths are a cut above the rest | Brief letters TheGuardian
    Youth crime | Long-lasting clothes | The Archers | Manual typewriters | MothsIt is terrible that the youth crime emergency has arrived so suddenly and taken the government by complete surprise. If only some experts in the field, such as police officers, social workers, youth workers, teachers and so on could have warned them.Louise Fleckney (former DCI)Broughton, Northamptonshire • I have just discarded a pair of trousers that were bought in 1967 (Slow fashion: how to keep clothes for ever, 1 August), at the start of a teacher training course, for a subject known as “movement”. Since then they have ... more
  • 3 weeks Charley Hull shaken but undeterred after 67 at Women’s British Open | Ewan Murray TheGuardian -Sport
    Hull showed Rory McIlroy how to tee off at a home major on her way to a serene first-round rise up the leaderboardThis great summer of golf homecomings has led to nervous times. Rory McIlroy said his hands trembled when gripping a club after the ovation he received on the 1st tee at the Open Championship; the eight shots that followed played a crucial role in the Northern Irishman lasting only 36 holes at Portrush. Anguish was writ large over the face of Darren Clarke after his triple bogey at the 18th afforded him the same fate at his home ... more
  • 3 weeks Wales’ Taulupe Faletau out of Rugby World Cup with broken collarbone TheGuardian -Sport
    • Injury-hit No 8 suffers setback in training and needs surgery• ‘Innocuous training ground incident’ resulted in breakWales will be without one of their most experienced and influential forwards in the World Cup after their Lions No 8 Taulupe Faletau suffered a broken collarbone in training this week.Wales have got used to life without the 72-cap Faletau who was a virtual ever-present in the side after making his debut in 2011 until he joined Bath five years later. He has started only two Six Nations matches in his three seasons in the west country having suffered knee and arm injuries. ... more
  • 3 weeks The Man’s taken the Big Stick to po’ Fiver! Pow! Thwack! | The Fiver TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Two big news items have been rocking the football world today: Aston Villa signed some players, and Harvey Elliott, aged 16, has confessed to being “immature” after a wise old publication decided to reveal he once mocked Sir Harry Kane while joshing with mates. So today’s Fiver has been cancelled. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Arsenal confirm signing of Nicolas Pépé from Lille in £72m club-record deal TheGuardian -Sport
    • Winger joins from French club on five-year contract• Previous Arsenal record was £56m paid for AubameyangNicolas Pépé has completed his move to Arsenal for a club-record fee of €80m (£72m) plus add-ons, signing from Lille on a five-year contract.The deal for the Ivory Coast international outstrips the £56m Arsenal paid to buy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and makes Pépé the most expensive African player in history. The 24-year-old, who is left-footed but prefers to play on the right side of a front three, scored 22 goals in the French league last season. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks First victim named after six drug deaths in Essex TheGuardian
    Friends and family pay tribute to Cian Daly, 20, who did voluntary work with disabled children Tributes have poured in for a “loving” and “popular” young motorbike fan who was one of six class A drug-related deaths in just three days in Essex. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks How Meghan’s workwear collection will help women into work TheGuardian
    The Duchess of Sussex’s designs, in partnership with Marks & Spencer and others, are in aid of Smart Works, which dresses women for job interviews. But who will benefit?The September issue of UK Vogue, guest edited by the Duchess of Sussex, has not yet hit newsstands, but much of its content has been revealed, discussed and dissected – among it news of the duchess’s own capsule collection of “classic options for a workwear wardrobe”.The duchess teamed up with her friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw for the collection, with “many of the brands” agreeing ... more
  • 3 weeks Ashley Wagner: Olympian says she was assaulted by fellow US skater Coughlin TheGuardian -Sport
    Olympic bronze medalist details assault in essay for USA TodayWagner, 28, names two-time US pairs champion John CoughlinLongtime US figure skating star Ashley Wagner said she was sexually assaulted by John Coughlin in a first-person essay published in USA Today on Thursday.The three-time US champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist wrote that former American skater John Coughlin climbed into bed with her when she was 17 and he was 22, then kissed and groped her without her permission. The incident took place after a house party during the US team’s training camp in Colorado Springs in June 2008. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Reading scaffolding collapse injures three people TheGuardian
    Building was being demolished as part of redevelopment scheme in town centreThree people have been injured after scaffolding collapsed at a building in Reading.None of the three were seriously hurt but all were taken to hospital after the incident at the former Friars Walk shopping centre on Garrard Street shortly after 11.15am. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Birth rate in England and Wales at all-time low TheGuardian
    Rate drops by 46% from its ultimate peak in 1947 as 657,076 babies are bornThe birth rate in England and Wales has hit its lowest level since records began, government statistics have shown.In total, there were 657,076 live births in England and Wales last year – a fall of 3.2% from the previous year and down by 10% from 2012. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Hatton Garden raider jailed again for failing to hand back money TheGuardian
    John ‘Kenny’ Collins will serve three more years for failing to comply with confiscation orderThe Hatton Garden heist ringleader John “Kenny” Collins has been sent back to prison after failing to pay back millions of pounds stolen in the raid.Collins, 78, was released at the end of last year after serving half of his seven-year sentence for the £13.7m raid. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks London Stock Exchange: more than 300 years and counting TheGuardian -Biz
    From its coffee house roots to becoming a data and markets giant, LSE’s history has been eventfulLike many British financial institutions, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) sprang up informally rather than being organised by the government. The exchange’s 300-year history from its roots in City of London coffee houses to a $27bn (£22bn) deal to form a financial data and markets giant have been eventful.The exchange was formally established in 1773 by a group of stockbrokers who had been trading in the area’s coffee houses. This set-up was in place for more than a century because stockbrokers were deemed too ... more
  • 3 weeks London Stock Exchange: more than 300 years and counting TheGuardian
    From its coffee house roots to becoming a data and markets giant, LSE’s history has been eventfulLike many British financial institutions, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) sprang up informally rather than being organised by the government. The exchange’s 300-year history from its roots in City of London coffee houses to a $27bn (£22bn) deal to form a financial data and markets giant have been eventful.The exchange was formally established in 1773 by a group of stockbrokers who had been trading in the area’s coffee houses. This set-up was in place for more than a century because stockbrokers were deemed too ... more
  • 3 weeks Millwall fined £10,000 for supporters’ racist chanting at Everton FA Cup tie TheGuardian -Sport
    • FA orders club to implement ‘action plan’• Millwall ‘disappointed’ by sanction but will not appealMillwall have been fined £10,000 and ordered to implement an “action plan” over alleged racist chanting by supporters at their FA Cup match against Everton last season.Millwall were charged by the Football Association after some fans were heard using a racist term derogatory to the Asian community during their fourth-round win at The Den. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Fort William end 840-day wait for win with Cup triumph over Nairn County TheGuardian
    Fort William win 5-2 in North of Scotland CupTeam’s last competitive win came in August 2017Highland League side Fort William have ended an 840-day wait for victory in style – recording a 5-2 victory over Nairn County in the North of Scotland Cup on Wednesday evening.The Scottish club’s financial problems have led to two full seasons without a win since beating Elgin City in the same Cup competition in August 2017. Their barren run came to an end in the same week a documentary series on their struggles began airing on BBC Scotland. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Fort William end 840-day wait for win with Cup triumph over Nairn County TheGuardian -Sport
    Fort William win 5-2 in North of Scotland CupTeam’s last competitive win came in August 2017Highland League side Fort William have ended an 840-day wait for victory in style – recording a 5-2 victory over Nairn County in the North of Scotland Cup on Wednesday evening.The Scottish club’s financial problems have led to two full seasons without a win since beating Elgin City in the same Cup competition in August 2017. Their barren run came to an end in the same week a documentary series on their struggles began airing on BBC Scotland. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Here’s how Britain’s broken housing system can be fixed in a decade | Joe Beswick TheGuardian -Biz
    There is no shortage of ideas on how to solve the housing crisis. All that is lacking is the political willNew figures released on Wednesday confirmed what we already knew: homeownership is becoming increasingly out of reach for young people. A survey by Santander found 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds now believe that homeownership is over for their generation. Our housing system has been allowed to degenerate to such an extent that secure and affordable housing is increasingly unavailable to working-class people, and in many places middle-class people too. But it’s not for a lack of ideas that this has ... more
  • 3 weeks Here’s how Britain’s broken housing system can be fixed in a decade | Joe Beswick TheGuardian
    There is no shortage of ideas on how to solve the housing crisis. All that is lacking is the political willNew figures released on Wednesday confirmed what we already knew: homeownership is becoming increasingly out of reach for young people. A survey by Santander found 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds now believe that homeownership is over for their generation. Our housing system has been allowed to degenerate to such an extent that secure and affordable housing is increasingly unavailable to working-class people, and in many places middle-class people too. But it’s not for a lack of ideas that this has ... more
  • 3 weeks BT’s season predictor shows data leaves football bedevilled by details | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Using AI to script the coming season is novel but data should not be viewed as a deeper magic underpinning the universeOn the morning of 1 April 2000, the Test Match Special commentator and Manchester United fan Dan Norcross woke up next to the West Ham fan who is now his wife. He nudged her awake to tell her about the vivid dream he had just had in which West Ham had taken the lead at Old Trafford, only for Denis Irwin to equalise before United won 7-1. He wasn’t clear on all the goalscorers but he knew Paul Scholes ... more
  • 3 weeks ‘Sent out in the dark’: why disabled graduates struggle to find work TheGaurdian – Edu
    Many disabled students experience a sudden drop-off in support during the time between graduating from university and entering the workplaceHolly Tuke, 23, a recent graduate who is registered as blind, went to her university careers service in her second year to get advice on finding a job. They recommended she apply for work as a bus driver – work she couldn’t do. “It was frustrating because they clearly didn’t understand my disability,” she says. “And because of that I never went back to ask for help again.”Disabled students face various challenges when they graduate, whether it’s working out whether to ... more
  • 3 weeks Khadijah Mellah becomes first UK jockey to wear hijab – and wins race TheGuardian -Sport
    18-year-old from Peckham earns fairytale winMellah sat on a racehorse for first time in AprilAt 1.10pm on Thursday, Khadijah Mellah, an 18-year-old from Peckham, became the first jockey to ride in a race in Britain wearing a hijab. Just over a minute later, she made history again by riding the winner, as her mount Haverland got the better of a tight finish to win the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood, a charity event in support of Wellbeing Of Women. Related: From Brixton horse club to Glorious Goodwood for pioneering student Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Tory rebels vow to block Brexit deal even without backstop TheGuardian
    Mark Francois says new PM has been clear to ERG that withdrawal agreement is deadA leading Tory rebel who voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal has warned Boris Johnson that he and dozens of colleagues will block any attempt to pass the agreement again – even if the Irish backstop is removed.Mark Francois, one of 28 Tory MPs who repeatedly held out against May’s deal, said Johnson had been very clear at a meeting of European Research Group MPs that the withdrawal agreement in its entirety was “dead”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks England’s Jimmy Anderson sent for calf scan after first Ashes session TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bowler not seen in England’s attack since opening spell• Anderson passed fit despite missing Ireland Test with calf injuryJimmy Anderson has been sent for a scan on his right calf following the first session of the opening Ashes Test.The England bowler had not been seen in the attack since his opening four-over spell, though he did return to field after a brief time off the pitch. At lunch, concerns over the 37-year-old were realised as the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the record wicket-taking fast bowler would need a scan. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Manchester City reopen talks with Juventus over João Cancelo signing TheGuardian -Sport
    Danilo could go to Juventus in part-exchangeRight-back Cancelo valued at €60m by his clubManchester City have reopened talks with Juventus over signing the full-back João Cancelo in a transfer which could take Danilo in the opposite direction.Juventus turned down an offer earlier this summer from City of €40m (£36.5m) plus Danilo for Cancelo, saying they were interested only in a straight money offer of €60m, but they are now willing to consider the Brazilian in part-exchange. Talks are ongoing and a meeting is due soon. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Khadijah Mellah: the first jockey to wear a hijab on a British racecourse – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Khadijah Mellah will ride out at Glorious Goodwood and make history in front of 25,000 people.The 18-year-old student, who trained at Ebony Horse CLub in Brixton, is believed to be the first person in the UK to appear in a competitive horse race while wearing a hijab.She will ride in the all-female Magnolia Cup - an amateur jockey's charity race - alongside former Olympian turned jockey Victoria Pendleton and TV personality Vogue Williams Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks No 10 rebuffs new minister’s backing for pre-charge anonymity TheGuardian
    Robert Buckland’s comments on protecting suspects are not policy, Downing Street says The new justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has received an extraordinary rebuff from Downing Street after saying he believed there was merit in allowing people accused of serious crimes to remain anonymous until they were charged – provided they had reputations to protect.The comments have been criticised by the Society of Editors as well as some victims campaign groups, though several prominent lawyers and MPs have backed Buckland. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Gambling advert ban takes effect from start of Ashes TheGuardian -Biz
    No gambling adverts will be shown during live sport televised before 9pm watershedA ban on gambling adverts during televised sport has come into effect, with the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia becoming the first major UK sporting event in more than a decade subject to the restrictions.The gambling industry announced the voluntary measure last year, in an apparent effort to address mounting concern about the volume of gambling adverts on television and their impact on children and vulnerable people. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Gambling advert ban takes effect from start of Ashes TheGuardian
    No gambling adverts will be shown during live sport televised before 9pm watershedA ban on gambling adverts during televised sport has come into effect, with the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia becoming the first major UK sporting event in more than a decade subject to the restrictions.The gambling industry announced the voluntary measure last year, in an apparent effort to address mounting concern about the volume of gambling adverts on television and their impact on children and vulnerable people. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Gambling advert ban takes effect from start of Ashes TheGuardian -Sport
    No gambling adverts will be shown during live sport televised before 9pm watershedA ban on gambling adverts during televised sport has come into effect, with the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia becoming the first major UK sporting event in more than a decade subject to the restrictions.The gambling industry announced the voluntary measure last year, in an apparent effort to address mounting concern about the volume of gambling adverts on television and their impact on children and vulnerable people. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks K-League angrily hits out at Juventus over Ronaldo’s absence from friendly TheGuardian -Sport
    • Forward was rested for pre-season match in Seoul• League accuses club of ‘deception’ over kick-off delayThe K-League, South Korea’s domestic league, has said it feels “indignation and disappointment” after Juventus refused to apologise for leaving Cristiano Ronaldo out of a pre-season friendly in Seoul last week.Ronaldo was contracted to play for at least 45 minutes against the K-League All Stars according to event organisers, but did not play. The forward was advised to rest by Juve’s medical staff due to muscle fatigue from a match played 48 hours earlier in Nanjing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Shell posts worst financial results since 2016 oil price crash TheGuardian -Biz
    Company, hit by oversupply in gas market, blames slowdown in global economyRoyal Dutch Shell has blamed a slowdown in the global economy for its worst financial results since the oil price crash in 2016.Shell’s profits were down a quarter to $3.5bn (£2.9bn) in the three months to the end of June, well below City forecasts of nearly $5bn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 weeks Exclusion of no deal from analysis renders BoE’s projections uncertain TheGuardian -Biz
    Latest inflation report assumes smooth transition to UK-EU deal, but markets take different viewWhat if Napoleon had won the battle of Waterloo? What if Lord Halifax rather than Churchill had become prime minister in May 1940? To the “what if” history book could soon be added a new chapter: “what if” the UK had exited the EU with a deal in October 2019?That, despite everything that has been happening at Westminster in the past week, remains the assumption of the Bank of England. In its last inflation report before the Brexit deadline, the Bank said its base case was a ... more
  • 3 weeks Premier League 2019‑20 preview No 8: Everton TheGuardian -Sport
    Marco Silva has foundations to build on and after some shrewd signings should be aiming for Europa League qualificationGuardian writers’ predicted position: 8th (NB: this is not necessarily Andy Hunter’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season’s position: 8th Continue reading... ... more
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