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  • 3 days Labour pledges to put climate emergency on school curriculum TheGuardian
    Angela Rayner says a Labour government would make it a core element at primary schoolLabour has pledged to make the global climate emergency a core element of the school curriculum from primary school onwards, in response to demands by young people taking part in a series of school climate strikes.As young activists around the world prepare for another day of strike action on Friday, Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said a Labour government would ensure that the climate crisis was an educational priority and that all young people were taught about its ecological and social impact. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days England Lionesses get ‘reality check’ for World Cup from Royal Marines TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘There were men who had their legs blown off’ – Beth Mead• Team-building activities took place at St George’s ParkToni Duggan and Beth Mead have spoken of the “reality check” they got from spending a night with the Royal Marines as the England team get stuck into their World Cup preparations.“There were men there who had had their legs blown off, amputees. It was inspiring for us,” said Mead, who won the Women’s Super League with Arsenal and broke the record for assists in a single season with 12. “We think we are courageous when we are on a ... more
  • 3 days Jack Grealish will cost ‘a lot of money’ if Aston Villa lose play-off final, says Smith TheGuardian -Sport
    • Villa captain signed new five-year deal in September• Manager says Wembley defeat would not create financial issuesDean Smith has insisted Jack Grealish will not be sold on the cheap if Aston Villa lose to Derby County in the Championship play-off final.Tottenham are likely to revive their interest in Grealish if Villa fail to seal a return to the Premier League at Wembley on Monday. But Smith pointed out his captain signed a new five-year deal in September and warned potential buyers it would take a sizeable bid to prise the midfielder from Villa Park. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Bryan Habana: ‘World Cup win for Siya Kolisi would be bigger than Mandela’ TheGuardian -Sport
    In Manhattan, the Springbok great discussed retirement, race and how the Rugby World Cup in Japan could eclipse the events of 1995Lunch with Bryan Habana happens in New York, which is not where one would usually find a great South Africa wing. Not long before we sit down, though, the France centre Matthieu Bastareaud has announced a surprise move to the city’s pro team. In a World Cup year, the game is going global.A full season has passed since Habana retired from the fray. He brushes off questions about whether he is tempted to play again, to follow Bastareaud into ... more
  • 3 days NHS to sign up patients for ‘virtual’ A&E in tech revolution TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Patients checking systems will be told by chatbot if they need to go to hospitalMillions of patients will be encouraged to use digital technology to assess how ill they are under a groundbreaking initiative by a leading NHS hospital, as part of a drive to reduce the use of A&E and outpatient appointments.A revolution in the NHS’s embrace of technology will see patients in Birmingham advised to use online – live and automated – chat services, online symptom checkers and video consultations with doctors and nurses to help relieve the “unsustainable” pressure on services. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Antetokounmpo and Harden head All-NBA teams as LeBron’s streak ends TheGuardian -Sport
    Steph Curry, Paul George and Nikola Jokic also in first teamLeBron James missed first team for first time since 2007Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker were also big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were announced on Thursday.Rounding out the first team were Stephen Curry, Paul George and Nikola Jokic, who was Denver’s first All-NBA selection since Carmelo Anthony in 2010. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    • Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations after Premiership Rugby agreed to the early release of their players following landmark changes to World Rugby legislation.Following the threat of legal action from PRL, as revealed by the Guardian in December, World Rugby signed off on changes to its player insurance regulations at its council meeting in Dublin on Wednesday. In turn PRL will agree to release players such as Wales’s Dan ... more
  • 3 days Katie Boulter makes surprise return in French Open draw after withdrawing TheGuardian -Sport
    • Briton withdrew from tournament 17 days ago with back injury• Johanna Konta given qualifier, Rafael Nadal gets twoRafael Nadal could hardly have asked for an easier entry into the French Open – two qualifiers to lift his spirits while Novak Djokovic has a far tougher time of it at the other end of the draw. But the real conundrum of the draw ceremony on Thursday night was the surprise appearance of Katie Boulter, only 17 days after announcing her withdrawal.There were more than a few gasps when Boulter’s name popped up on the screen against that of Donna Vekic, ... more
  • 3 days JPMorgan Chase cuts ties with Purdue Pharma over alleged role in opioid crisis TheGuardian -Biz
    Move makes the bank the most high-profile corporation to have distanced itself from the OxyContin maker and Sackler familyBanking giant JPMorgan Chase has cut ties with Purdue Pharma over the OxyContin maker’s alleged role in the US opioids crisis, forcing the prescription painkiller manufacturer to find a new bank to manage cash and bill payments, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.The move makes JPMorgan, the largest US bank by assets, the most high-profile corporation known to have distanced itself from Purdue and its wealthy owners, the multibillionaire members of the Sackler family, amid thousands of lawsuits alleging the ... more
  • 3 days Donald Trump to bring adult children on UK state visit, reports say TheGuardian
    President will be accompanied by wife, four adult children and their partners in JuneWhen Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK next month he will bring his own version of a royal court, in the form of all his adult children and their spouses, according to US news reports.Neither Buckingham Palace nor the White House has confirmed the guest list for the state banquet dinner on 3 June, but ABC News reported the US president would be accompanied by his wife, Melania, his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner – who both work in the White House ... more
  • 3 days LC&F collapse calls the regulator’s competence into question Nils Pratley TheGuardian -Biz
    The now-bust purveyor of ‘mini bonds’ left 11,500 ordinary investors £236m out of pocketThe official investigation into the collapse of London Capital & Finance, the investment firm that went bust owning £236m to 11,500 ordinary savers, is the most important financial inquiry since the banking crisis. As with the broken banks, the central questions aren’t simply about how to fix the regulatory system. The basic competence of the regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority – is also in the spotlight.Dame Elizabeth Gloster, a former court of appeal judge, will lead the inquiry and, as far one can tell, is a ... more
  • 3 days UK negotiates loophole in Saudi export ban to sell planes to Yemen TheGuardian
    Government will continue to supply aircraft to be used in war, says Jeremy Hunt The UK government has negotiated a loophole in a German arms export ban to Saudi Arabia that will ensure UK-supplied planes will continue to be used in the war in Yemen, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has confirmed.The news is contained in two unpublished letters from cabinet ministers to the parliamentary Committee on Arms Export Controls (CEAC). The aircraft, Tornado fighter bombers and Eurofighter Typhoons, are used in the Saudi bombing raids designed to push back the Houthi rebellion in the four-year civil war in Yemen. ... more
  • 3 days Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall still open for business TheGuardian
    As the chef’s restaurant empire collapses, outpost still planning to train new apprenticesFifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay, one of the last outposts of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire, is still open for business.Owned and run by the Cornwall Food Foundation charity (CFF), Fifteen Cornwall trains six to 10 young unemployed people a year in its kitchens while serving up largely locally sourced seasonal food. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall still open for business TheGuardian -Biz
    As the chef’s restaurant empire collapses, outpost still planning to train new apprenticesFifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay, one of the last outposts of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire, is still open for business.Owned and run by the Cornwall Food Foundation charity (CFF), Fifteen Cornwall trains six to 10 young unemployed people a year in its kitchens while serving up largely locally sourced seasonal food. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days British man arrested on suspicion of giving bleach-based ‘cure’ to Ugandans TheGuardian
    Sam Little arrested after Guardian exposed massive distribution network of MMS in Uganda that was being supervised by US pastorA British man has been arrested in Uganda on suspicions of “intoxicating the public” after he claimed to have carried out a trial of a “miracle cure” on local villagers using industrial bleach.Sam Little, 25, from Arlesey in Bedfordshire was picked up by Ugandan police at 6am on Thursday in a village church in Kitembi, a few miles outside Fort Portal in western Uganda. Also arrested were two Ugandans who are suspected of being involved in the distribution of the bleach, ... more
  • 3 days Baku boycott would solve Arsenal dilemma rather than leave a man behind | Barry Glendenning TheGuardian -Sport
    If Gunners refused to contest Europa League showpiece they would generate headlines that might force Uefa into climbdownLeave no man behind. A code embraced by the US military, it refers to army policy of doing everything and anything possible to avoid abandoning troops behind enemy lines. A commendable dictum, despite the accompanying risks, it is one the Arsenal hierarchy may ponder ruefully as their players and backroom staff set off for next week’s Europa League final, leaving one of their own potentially key troops behind before even arriving at the Baku battlefield.In the meantime a “letter voicing their concerns” has ... more
  • 3 days Thomas Cook receives offer for northern European business TheGuardian -Biz
    Brexit-hit travel firm receives unsolicited offer from private equity investor Triton PartnersThomas Cook has received an offer for its northern European business from a private equity investor, as the tour operator fights for survival under the weight of large debts and difficult trading in the UK.The company said in a statement to the stock market on Thursday it had received a “highly preliminary and unsolicited indicative offer” from Triton Partners. Triton, which mainly invests in northern European countries, bought the Dutch-Swiss travel company Sunweb Group in December. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Benedetti pips Dunbar to Giro d’Italia stage 12 win as Polanc takes pink jersey TheGuardian -Sport
    Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar overtaken on final climb at PineroloJan Polanc takes overall lead from team-mate Valerio ContiIreland’s Eddie Dunbar had to settle for third place as Cesare Benedetti took victory on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia, as Valerio Conti passed the pink jersey to his UAE-Team Emirates colleague, Jan Polanc.The 22-year-old from County Cork, riding for Team Ineos, was among five riders from left from a 25-man breakaway to reach the final climb in Pinerolo together after the group had splintered on the imposing Montoso ascent. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Kohli wary of Archer and predicts pressure will curb World Cup run-fests | Ali Martin TheGuardian -Sport
    India captain offers most intriguing answers as rivals pick England as team to beat and name the opposition players they would most like in their teamThe 10 World Cup captains assembled in east London on Thursday, taking the stage at a shabby chic warehouse that once hosted Dragon’s Den for a media conference in which the title of another reality TV show, The X Factor, was among the phrases that stuck out.It was dropped by Virat Kohli in reference to Jofra Archer, England’s new fast bowler who, upon being named in his country’s squad on Tuesday only two months after ... more
  • 3 days Sasha Forster: a ‘lovely, clever’ woman let down by a litany of failures TheGuardian
    Beloved daughter with severe OCD was turned away from hospital and allowed to obtain lethal drugsSasha Forster was one of the most complex patients many of the mental health professionals who treated her had encountered. Her most obvious condition was an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that compelled her to undertake complicated and time-consuming rituals that she believed kept her and her loved ones safe.But in addition, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and her family believed she had autism. The 20-year-old managed her anxiety by repeatedly self-harming and running away from those charged with caring for her. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Recycling steel could give lifeline to the industry, report says TheGuardian
    Vast quantities of carbon would be saved if the UK moved away from primary productionRecycling steel could provide a much-needed lifeline for the UK’s troubled steel industry, a new study has found, and have the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Two-thirds of the steel currently used is made from primary production, and most of the remainder comes from off-cuts of the steel-making process, rather than recycled goods. The UK does not currently use all the scrap steel produced in the country, but global stocks of recyclable steel are expected to rise sharply in the coming decades. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Deutsche Bank shares slump further as fallout from bad press continues TheGuardian -Biz
    Investors complain shares are worth less than a pack of cigarettes after 40% slump in 10 monthsDeutsche Bank shares slid to fresh lows as its boss announced “tough cutbacks” for the investment bank following a fraught year of money laundering allegations, failed merger talks, and lawsuits by Donald Trump.At a marathon annual shareholders’ meeting in Frankfurt, still going on after eight hours, chief executive Christian Sewing said the bank would push ahead with a further €1bn (£880m) in cost cuts this year, following similar moves in 2018 that led to 6,000 job losses. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast TheGuardian
    Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviewsFrom Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar.Now the late, great George Best has been added to the list, after fans heaped criticism on a life-size bronze statue of the Manchester United legend that was unveiled in his native Belfast this week. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast TheGuardian -Sport
    Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviewsFrom Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar.Now the late, great George Best has been added to the list, after fans heaped criticism on a life-size bronze statue of the Manchester United legend that was unveiled in his native Belfast this week. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Trans women given formal access to Hampstead Heath pond TheGuardian
    City of London says policy will reduce risk of discrimination at ladies’ pondTransgender women have had their right to use Hampstead Heath ponds formalised in a new policy.The City of London Corporation (CoLC), which manages Hampstead Heath and its ponds, announced that it had adopted a new gender identity policy to make sure services in the area “are fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010, and do not discriminate against trans people”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Coming soon: The Spin cricket podcast TheGuardian -Sport
    Introducing a brand new cricket podcast from The Guardian, hosted by Emma John.Like any England fan who grew up with England in the 90s, Emma is a natural pessimist. So she’s finding it hard to deal with England being the favourites to win both the World Cup and the Ashes this summer.Join her for all the highs and lows from this epic English summer of cricket. She’ll be joined by a line-up of guests that combines the deadly accuracy of The Guardian’s sporting analysts with the wicked spin of some of her favourite comedians. First episode out on Friday 24 ... more
  • 3 days Global markets rocked as US-China trade and tech rift deepens TheGuardian -Biz
    Shares fall sharply in Asia, Europe and North America in intensifying war of wordsThe deepening trade and technology war between the US and China has sent global stock markets sharply lower and prompted a warning from the IMF of the increasing risks to the global economy.Shares fell sharply in Asia, Europe and North America on a day that saw investors alarmed by the intensifying war of words between Washington and Beijing, poor news on the American economy, and political chaos in Britain. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days British Steel’s owners Greybull Capital to face grilling from MPs TheGuardian -Biz
    Parliament expected to demand evidence from the firm that bought British Steel for £1The wealthy investors who controlled British Steel when it collapsed into insolvency are to face a grilling from MPs, as government officials race to find a buyer for the stricken company.The government’s official receiver took control of British Steel on Wednesday and is funding its operations, including the company’s Scunthorpe steelworks, which is one of the last two blast-furnace operations left in the UK. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Coroner writes to health secretary over mental health care TheGuardian
    Sasha Forster, 20, killed herself after medication was prescribed by private GPsA coroner has highlighted concerns over the care given to a young woman with severe obsessive compulsive disorder who killed herself while on leave from a mental health hospital.An inquest jury in Winchester concluded that Sasha Forster, a 20-year-old student, killed herself by ingesting medication that she knew was highly toxic when taken in large amounts. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘Phenomenal’ 2,300-year-old bark shield found in Leicestershire TheGuardian
    Archaeologists hail iron age object a ‘marvellous, internationally important find’An “astonishing and unparalleled” 2,300-year-old shield made of tree bark has been discovered in Leicestershire, the only example of its kind ever found in Europe.Archaeologists say the discovery of the shield, made between 395 and 250BC, has completely overturned assumptions about the weapons used in the iron age, sparking breathless reactions among experts of the period. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘The FA didn’t stop him’: The long road to justice for Bob Higgins’ abuse victims TheGuardian
    Cultivation of father-figure role allowed coach to get away with sexual abuse of boys for decadesHiggins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assaultBob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan Shearer, the Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and the ex-Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise when they were promising juniors, hungry for success.He was admired – loved is not too strong – by the impressionable schoolboys who believed he was the gatekeeper to the world of football. They were “Bob’s boys”, hanging on his every word, following him around Pied Piper-like. Continue ... more
  • 3 days ‘The FA didn’t stop him’: The long road to justice for Bob Higgins’ abuse victims TheGuardian -Sport
    Cultivation of father-figure role allowed coach to get away with sexual abuse of boys for decadesHiggins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assaultBob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan Shearer, the Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and the ex-Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise when they were promising juniors, hungry for success.He was admired – loved is not too strong – by the impressionable schoolboys who believed he was the gatekeeper to the world of football. They were “Bob’s boys”, hanging on his every word, following him around Pied Piper-like. Continue ... more
  • 3 days British Steel’s Scunthorpe works could be saved by a new ownership model | Letters TheGuardian
    Readers respond to the collapse of British Steel, which has put 5,000 jobs directly at risk and endangered thousands more in the supply chainYour editorial (23 May) is surely right to say that Scunthorpe steelworks’ distress was forged in the fires of Brexit, for which this government ought to take responsibility. Jeremy Corbyn ought also to take responsibility, for failing to make the case against Brexit clearly both before and after the referendum.But political infighting is not going to support Scunthorpe and its steelworks. Politicians of goodwill on all sides could perhaps investigate with local people new means of ownership ... more
  • 3 days Psychiatry and student recruitment | Letters TheGuardian
    Great care is taken to choose medical students who have not only the academic ability but also essential personal qualities, writes Paul GarrudIn your article (Psychiatry and nursing numbers remain low, Mental health supplement, 15 May), it is suggested that medical schools may be making the recruitment problems to psychiatry worse by selecting the wrong kind of students. The article states that only three UK medical schools accept psychology A-level for entry to medicine. I must correct this. Every UK medical school will accept psychology A-level as one of the three A-levels usually required. The only restrictions applied are that ... more
  • 3 days Chef says ban on takeaways near schools is ‘inherently racist’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    Anthony Warner claims policy is more about gentrification than tackling obesityA policy of banning takeaway food shops near schools has been branded “inherently racist” and more about gentrification than tackling obesity.The comments were made by the food writer Anthony Warner, who calls himself the Angry Chef, at the opening session of the Hay Festival in Wales. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘Angry chef’ brands takeaway ban policy ‘racist’ TheGuardian
    Anthony Warner says clearing takeaway shops from near schools is not about tackling obesityA policy of banning takeaway food shops near schools has been branded “inherently racist” and more about gentrification than tackling obesity.The comments were made by the food writer Anthony Warner, who calls himself the Angry Chef, at the opening session of the Hay Festival in Wales. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘Put that down, cancel that’: the Guardian tracks Philip Green to Monaco TheGuardian
    As his Arcadia empire struggles for survival, its chairman is planning a grand prix partyWhile Sir Philip Green’s 19,000 employees fear for their future as his Arcadia retail empire attempts to engineer a rescue deal, the Guardian tracked down the multimillionaire owner to tax-free Monaco where he is preparing to host a lavish party aboard his £100m superyacht during this weekend’s grand prix.As Arcadia is facing a financial crisis – which in the best case scenario will lead to dozens of store closures and job cuts or in the worst case could spell the demise of the Topshop, Miss Selfridge ... more
  • 3 days ‘Put that down, cancel that’: the Guardian tracks Philip Green to Monaco TheGuardian -Biz
    As his Arcadia empire struggles for survival, its chairman is planning a grand prix partyWhile Sir Philip Green’s 19,000 employees fear for their future as his Arcadia retail empire attempts to engineer a rescue deal, the Guardian tracked down the multimillionaire owner to tax-free Monaco, where he is preparing to host a lavish party aboard his £100m superyacht during this weekend’s grand prix.As Arcadia faces a financial crisis – which in the best-case scenario will lead to dozens of store closures and job cuts, or in the worst case could spell the demise of the Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Wallis ... more
  • 3 days The Fiver | Scotland manager Steve Clarke suffers his first crushing disappointment TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Finding itself on the back foot in the face of overwhelming global outrage for awarding the 2022 Ethics World Cup to Qatar, Fifa reacted with typically monotonous predictability and quickly hit upon a plan to make things even worse. The thorny issue of the tiny Gulf state’s size was raised, with critics pointing out that there was neither enough accommodation nor transport to cope with the hundreds of thousands of football fans who would swarm into the country for such a jamboree. Sniffily pointing out that it’s not how ... more
  • 3 days Why it matters that Philip Green dodged my questions in Monaco – video TheGuardian -Biz
    With Sir Philip Green's Topshop empire Arcadia facing a cash crisis, the Guardian's Rupert Neate wrote to the retail billionaire to ask what reassurances he was offering to the 20,000 people who work for him. There was no reply from his spokesman, so Neate decided to track him down and ask him in person. He found Green in Monaco, preparing to host a grand prix party aboard his superyacht Lionheart. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days King’s College London to probe allegations of lecturer verbally abusing remainer TheGuardian
    Mental health academic Niall McCrae appears to say ‘fucking traitor’ at Brexit party rallyA senior mental health lecturer who allegedly called a remain campaigner a “fucking traitor” and brandished a union jack flag in his face is being investigated by King’s College London.In a video shared on Twitter, Niall McCrae also appears to tell Femi Oluwole to “fuck off” at the Brexit party rally in west London on Tuesday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days The 1975 win two major awards at 2019 Ivor Novellos TheGuardian
    Pop-rock band win songwriters of the year and best contemporary song, with Ben Howard and Idles collecting other big prizesThe 1975 have received two of the most prestigious prizes at this year’s Ivor Novello songwriting awards.The band won songwriters of the year, for songs from their UK No 1 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which considered everything from online dating to Donald Trump, quarter-life crises, and heroin addiction. They also received best contemporary song for Love It If We Made It. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Admin special, play-off previews and life as a released player – Football Weekly Extra TheGuardian -Sport
    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Marcus Bean and Ali Maxwell discuss Uefa’s Europa League final problems, Fifa’s World Cup ticketing problems, life after being released by your club and Batistuta’s red and white armyJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days in football, starting with the news that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with Arsenal to face Chelsea in the Europa League final next week, citing security concerns. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Lloyds boss called before MPs over pension payments TheGuardian -Biz
    António Horta-Osório pocketed an extra £400,000 a year on top of his basic £1.3m salaryLloyds chief executive António Horta-Osório has been summoned before MPs over executive pension payments that have allowed him to pocket an extra £419,000 a year on top of his £1.3m basic salary.The work and pensions committee and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee, led by MPs Frank Field and Rachel Reeves respectively, have called both the chief executive and the head of the bank’s remuneration committee Stuart Sinclair to give answer questions in Parliament ahead of the summer recess. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Lloyds boss called before MPs over his pension payments TheGuardian
    António Horta-Osório pocketed an extra £400,000 a year on top of his basic £1.3m salaryLloyds chief executive António Horta-Osório has been summoned in front of MPs over executive pension payments that have allowed him to pocket an extra £419,000 a year, on top of his £1.3m basic salary.The work and pensions committee and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee, led by MPs Frank Field and Rachel Reeves respectively, have called both the chief executive and the head of the bank’s remuneration committee Stuart Sinclair to give answer questions in Parliament ahead of the summer recess. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Football coach Bob Higgins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault TheGuardian -Sport
    Former Southampton and Peterborough coach convicted of assaults on 23 boysA former football coach who helped launch the careers of a string of household names has been found guilty of sexually abusing schoolboy players.Bob Higgins, who worked with hundreds of youngsters, was found guilty of 45 charges of indecent assault against teenage boys at Bournemouth crown court. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Football coach Bob Higgins guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault TheGuardian
    Former Southampton and Peterborough coach convicted of offences against 23 boysA former football coach who helped launch the careers of a string of household names has been found guilty of sexually abusing schoolboy players.Bob Higgins, who worked with hundreds of youngsters, was found guilty of 45 charges of indecent assault against teenage boys at Bournemouth crown court. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Facial recognition tech: watchdog calls for code to regulate police use TheGuardian
    Barrister for information commissioner tells court formal legal framework is requiredThe information commissioner has expressed concern over the lack of a formal legal framework for the use of facial recognition cameras by the police.A barrister for the commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, told a court the current guidelines around automated facial recognition (AFR) technology were “ad hoc” and a clear code was needed. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Facial recognition tech: watchdog calls for code to regulate police use TheGuardian -Tech
    Barrister for information commissioner tells court formal legal framework is requiredThe information commissioner has expressed concern over the lack of a formal legal framework for the use of facial recognition cameras by the police.A barrister for the commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, told a court the current guidelines around automated facial recognition (AFR) technology were “ad hoc” and a clear code was needed. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Bury players urge owner to leave, saying they have gone 12 weeks without pay TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘Stop negatively impacting everyone’s livelihoods,’ say players• Owner Steve Dale took over club last DecemberThe financial crisis at Bury has been laid bare by a statement on behalf of the players, who won promotion to League One this season, that the club has not paid any of their wages since February. Nicky Adams, a 32-year-old midfielder in his third stint at Bury, issued the statement on Twitter, saying that the players “have gone from elation to complete and utter dismay”.Non-playing staff have also been kept waiting to receive their wages and not been paid in full, because of the ... more
  • 3 days Mets call-up takes 112-mile Uber to stadium then belts sealing homer TheGuardian -Sport
    Rajai Davis, 38, arrived during third inning after 5pm call-upVeteran spent about $230 on Uber to stadium from AllentownRajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting a three-run homer that capped a thrilling eighth-inning rally for the New York Mets.“It was a normal day when it started,” Davis said after a memorable 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days VIP abuse accuser ‘told police Edward Heath saved him from attack’ TheGuardian
    Carl Beech claimed former PM stopped an MP beating him when he was a boy, court hears A former nurse accused of fabricating claims of an establishment paedophile ring told police that ex-prime minister Sir Edward Heath stepped in to stop him being beaten by a Tory MP, a court has heard.Carl Beech, known under the pseudonym “Nick”, alleged to a Scotland Yard detective that Heath prevented ex-Conservative MP Harvey Proctor from assaulting him when he was a schoolboy. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days High court judge leads inquiry into London Capital & Finance scandal TheGuardian -Biz
    Judge will also look at watchdog’s oversight of firm which went bust owing 11,000 investors a total of £236mThe government has launched an independent inquiry into the collapse of London Capital & Finance, the investment firm at the centre of a mounting £236m financial scandal in which thousands of investors lost money.Dame Elizabeth Gloster, a leading high court judge specialising in corporate failures, finance and fraud, will lead the investigation into the company and the oversight of the City watchdog ahead of its collapse. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Shares slide and pound dives as trade war and Brexit fears mount – business live TheGuardian
    Financial markets are gripped by a nervy selloff as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalate, and fears of a no-deal Brexit riseWTO chief: We must end trade warThe rout continues!Pound hit by no-deal Brexit worriesBeijing: Trade talks can’t continue unless US mends its waysChina condemns US mistakesIntroduction: China accuses US of economic bullying 2.14pm BST The International Monetary Fund has just published a blog, warning that consumers are “unequivocally the losers from trade tensions”.IMF researchers have analysed price data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on imports from China, and discovered that tariff revenue collected has been borne almost entirely ... more
  • 3 days EU citizens in UK complain of being denied right to vote TheGuardian
    People are reportedly being turned away from European election polling booths due to admin errorsA nationwide picture is emerging of EU citizens in the UK being denied their democratic right to vote in the European parliament elections because of administrative errors by local councils.Reports are coming in from across the country of EU nationals turning up at polling booths and finding their names crossed out and being told by officials they are not eligible to vote. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days London Bridge attacker ‘was in handcuffs when police fired shots’ TheGuardian
    Inquest hears that armed response officers feared attackers were wearing suicide vestsAt least one of the London Bridge attackers was handcuffed as they were lying wounded on the ground before more shots were fired, an inquest has heard.The three terrorists murdered eight people by driving into pedestrians and going on a stabbing rampage before they were themselves killed by armed response officers who feared they were wearing explosive vests. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days The Birmingham man jailed for stealing £1.50 can of beer TheGuardian
    The 29-year-old says four short sentences in a year have only made his problems worseRevealed: single offender has been jailed nearly 200 timesLee Jones was jailed for two weeks in Birmingham prison last November – his fourth short sentence in 2018 – for stealing a £1.50 can of beer.Having just served a sentence of three weeks for theft, Jones had been released on a Friday and discovered his house had been burgled, its door hanging on the hinges. Distraught, he stole another bottle of beer and found himself back in prison on the Monday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Revealed: single offender has been jailed nearly 200 times TheGuardian
    Exclusive: disclosure prompts calls to curb use of short sentences in England and WalesThe Birmingham man jailed for stealing £1.50 can of beerA single offender has been sentenced to almost 200 jail terms of less than six months in their lifetime, new figures reveal, renewing calls for an overhaul of the justice system to curb the use of ineffective short sentences.The highest number of previous immediate prison sentences of under six months given to an offender sentenced in 2018 in England and Wales was 198, according to a response to a freedom of information request submitted by the charity Revolving ... more
  • 3 days ‘I feel empowered and scared’: pupils speak before climate strike TheGaurdian – Edu
    We asked children around the world to tell us why they will be taking part in Friday’s climate strikes. Here’s what they saidI’m taking part on Friday because adults, and especially politicians, have not done enough to save our future. We have to get them to listen to us and believe what scientists have to say. I’m participating in a strike located in Tampere. We will get together on Sori Square (Sorin Aukio) and march to the central marketplace (Keskustori). I think the earth needs this climate strike movement. And we need it too, because it’s our future that is ... more
  • 3 days Russell Group scraps preferred A-levels list after arts subjects hit TheGaurdian – Edu
    Creative subjects will be given greater prominence on new website for studentsArts education organisations have welcomed a decision by the Russell Group of research-led universities to scrap its controversial list of preferred A-levels, after long-running criticism that it has contributed to a devaluation of arts subjects.The group’s list of so-called “facilitating subjects”, including maths, English, sciences, languages, history and geography, was originally drawn up to help pupils choose A-levels that would open doors to more degrees at the most selective universities. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Michael Gray: ‘All people want to hear about is that bloody penalty’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The former Sunderland player talks about play-offs heartbreak, the kindness of fans and having a giggle with Clive MendoncaBy Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the EcstasyWhen Doncaster Rovers captain Tommy Rowe sliced his kick wide of the goal in the penalty shootout at The Valley last Friday, Charlton fans invaded the pitch and gleefully celebrated with the players. They were going to Wembley for a play-offs final against Sunderland. The younger fans cavorting on the field will not remember the time the two clubs met at the old Wembley in 1998, but they will surely have heard stories ... more
  • 3 days ‘There is a huge black cloud’: Toto Wolff’s emotional tribute to Niki Lauda TheGuardian -Sport
    • Lauda joined Mercedes in 2012 just before Wolff’s arrival• Wolff: ‘I look at pictures and find myself with tears’The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, delivered an emotional tribute to Niki Lauda at the Monaco Grand Prix. The three-times world champion, who died on Monday aged 70, was nonexecutive chairman at the team. The pair had become close friends, as had Lewis Hamilton and Lauda, and Wolff said his driver and the whole team were sharing his grief and sadness.Speaking in Monte Carlo before practice for the weekend’s race began, Wolff revealed how hard Lauda’s death had hit him. “The ... more
  • 3 days Traffic jams and rail closures to disrupt bank holiday travel TheGuardian
    RAC survey suggests 22m planned leisure trips will cause congestion and delays Severe traffic congestion and rail closures will hamper this weekend’s bank holiday getaway.An RAC survey suggests 22m leisure trips have been planned between Friday and Monday, which will lead to “some extensive jams”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘The stories are a bit sinister’: the secrets of London’s hidden rivers revealed TheGuardian
    Exhibition including skulls, weapons and toilet seats recovered from unseen waterways beneath Londoners’ feet gives new insight into city’s historyWhenever a gap appears in the traffic roaring past the new Bloomberg building in the City of London, it is just possible to make out a little hump in the road where Cannon Street and Walbrook meet. As busy a junction now as it was 2,000 years ago, it is also one of the spots where the long buried past almost breaks through the skin of the modern city.The history of London’s secret rivers is being celebrated in a new exhibition ... more
  • 3 days Isis suspect told parents he wanted to behead schoolfriend, court hears TheGuardian
    Parents are accused of sending or trying to send money to Jack Letts after he went to SyriaThe parents of a Muslim convert suspected of joining Islamic State sent or attempted to send him money despite him telling them he wanted to behead a former schoolfriend who had joined the army, a jury has heard.John Letts and Sally Lane challenged their son Jack Letts after he responded to a Facebook post by Linus Doubtfire in 2015, the Old Bailey heard. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Serena Guthrie gets nod to captain England at Netball World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    Guthrie handed armband in Tracey Neville’s 12-strong squadEight of the gold-medal Commonwealth Games squad selectedSerena Guthrie will lead England’s Roses in the upcoming Netball World Cup in Liverpool in July.Guthrie, who has 90 caps since her debut in 2008, will captain a 12-strong squad named on Thursday by the head coach, Tracey Neville. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days PSG president under investigation in IAAF corruption case TheGuardian -Sport
    Nasser al-Khelaifi is a suspect in French inquiry into bids for athletics World ChampionshipsParis Saint-Germain’s president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has been placed under investigation for alleged corruption as part of an inquiry into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 athletics World Championships.A French judicial official said the preliminary charge of “active corruption” was filed against Khelaifi, also the chair of the beIN media group, in mid-May in a case focusing on the payment of $3.5m to an IAAF official. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘I’m so obsessed’: Adam Hills on fitting his TV career around rugby league TheGuardian -Sport
    The Last Leg presenter talks about physical disability rugby league, playing at Anfield and his 400-mile trips to trainingBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf you happen to see a bearded bloke wearing South Sydney Rabbitohs gear in the Crouch End area of north London, it’s almost certainly comedian Adam Hills. The Last Leg presenter is a huge rugby league fan and has recently become the public face of the physical disability version of the sport, which explains why he is playing at Anfield this weekend.How did you end up supporting South Sydney Rabbitohs?“I grew up in Cronulla-Sutherland territory, so ... more
  • 3 days Philip Green’s retail rescue plan at risk over pension scheme TheGuardian -Biz
    Plan to restructure Arcadia Group does not protect members, says regulatorSir Philip Green’s rescue of his Topshop-to-Burton retail empire has been thrown into doubt after the Pensions Regulator (TPR) said the former billionaire’s restructuring plan did not adequately protect the group’s 9,500 pension scheme members.Green’s Arcadia Group has until 5 June to agree a deal with the regulator and trustees of two legacy pension funds, which have a deficit of as much as £750m. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Philip Green’s retail rescue plan at risk over pension scheme TheGuardian
    Plan to restructure Arcadia Group does not protect members, says regulatorSir Philip Green’s rescue of his Topshop-to-Burton retail empire has been thrown into doubt after the Pensions Regulator (TPR) said the former billionaire’s restructuring plan did not adequately protect the group’s 9,500 pension scheme members.Green’s Arcadia Group has until 5 June to agree a deal with the regulator and trustees of two legacy pension funds, which have a deficit of as much as £750m. Continue reading... ... more
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