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  • 2 days Speed kills: are police chases out of control? – podcast TheGuardian
    The public expects cops to pursue the bad guys. But a shocking tally of deaths has exposed how often these chases put the public at risk Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Chess: Magnus Carlsen plots surge while draws dominate at Sinquefield Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    The world champion’s unbeaten run of classical games is closing in on Ding Liren’s record, while the world No 3 is also on good formThe $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis moves into its second half this weekend as the draw-dominated event contrasts with the combative play from the identical 12 grandmasters at Zagreb only last month. The games are viewable free and live online, with grandmaster and computer commentaries, each day at 7pm from Friday onwards.After five of the 11 rounds there were only four decisive results from 30 games. Fabiano Catuana (US), Vishy Anand (India) and Ding Liren ... more
  • 2 days US sprinter Christian Coleman facing ban for alleged missed drug tests TheGuardian -Sport
    • Sources allege three drug tests missed in 12-month period• Coleman, 23, leads 100m world rankings with 9.81sec timeChristian Coleman, the world’s fastest man and favourite for 100m gold at the world championships in Doha next month, is facing a two-year ban after allegedly missing three drug tests in a 12-month period.Sources confirmed to the Guardian that the American sprinter, who leads the 100m world rankings with a best of 9.81sec this season, had missed the tests but was contesting at least one of them. Under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency, athletes are required to put details of ... more
  • 2 days County cricket talking points: Championship returns with thrillers TheGuardian -Sport
    Essex are still top of the table in Division One after their victory over Kent in a remarkable game at CanterburyBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogDid you like that week of first-class wicket, slyly interpolated into the T20 biffathon? Sam Billings called it “brainless” – a word that might be better employed in describing Kent’s batting, as they were swept aside by Essex for 40 in 18 overs at Canterbury. Elsewhere, the cricket was less frenetic, if no less compelling, brains evidently engaged. The heretical question to ask is: “Why can’t a professional cricketer adjust from one format ... more
  • 2 days RBS and Santander rapped over PPI failures – business live TheGuardian
    Rolling coverage of economics, business and markets as the competition regulator demands bank changes 11.20am BST Huawei, the Chinese tech giant at the heart of the geopolitical dispute with the US, said on Friday its business has been less impacted by trade restrictions than initially feared.It seems it’s going to be a little less than that. But you have to wait till our results in March. 10.50am BST Greggs is planning to roll out more vegan products, after the stunning marketing success of its vegan sausage roll.We are working away at trying to see if we can come up with ... more
  • 2 days Boy dies after falling ill at Center Parcs in Wiltshire TheGuardian
    Emergency services called to Longleat Forest holiday park on Saturday afternoonA child has died after falling ill at a Center Parcs holiday village in Wiltshire.Emergency services were called to the Longleat Forest holiday park on Saturday afternoon. The boy was reportedly playing in the sub-tropical indoor pool area when he became unwell. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Five things Congress may do that will affect your business this year TheGuardian -Biz
    And three that Congress will probably not do but will dominate the newsThe August lull is upon us so let’s all be grateful. We can definitely use a few weeks of the congressional recess to at least try and forget about the ugliness in Washington and instead focusing on the more important things, like catching up on Stranger Things, spending some quality hours with the family and seeing Once Upon A Time in Hollywood for the third time. At least, that’s what I’ll be doing.But the fall political season – and the 2020 presidential election cycle – will unofficially begin ... more
  • 2 days Brexiter Tories tell Boris Johnson backstop is not only problem with withdrawal agreement – live news TheGuardian
    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 10.55am BST Workers at a centre dealing with universal credit are to stage a two-day strike in a row over workloads and staffing levels, the Press Association reports. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at the office in Stockport, Greater Manchester, will walk out from August 27. More than 200 UC staff in Stockport will go on strike for two days next Tuesday in a row over workloads and staffing levels. The union said staffing at the centre has been in decline since the flagship benefit was ... more
  • 2 days Too many women have pain during sex. This must not be a taboo subject | Susannah Thraves TheGuardian
    It’s a common complaint, and help is available. Yet, because of isolation, fear and shame, few seek it outLike so many, I adore Fleabag. She’s outrageous, with a sexual animalism that I love to see in female characters on-screen. With Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge fearlessly draws out female desires that women have long buried under mounds of unwarranted shame. Now that her theatre run is enthralling London, I’m reminded that we’re in a time when female sexual enjoyment is finally celebrated. Related: Why is sex painful for some women – and what can they do? Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Channel crossing interceptions prompt UK-France talks TheGuardian
    Home secretary and French counterpart to meet after 37 people picked up this weekThe home secretary, Priti Patel, is to hold talks with her French counterpart after dozens of people were intercepted this week while attempting to cross the Channel.At least 37 people, including six children, were picked up in the Channel from a number of small boats while trying to reach the south coast of England on Thursday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Jim Mallinder leaves England role to become Scotland performance director TheGuardian -Sport
    ‘This was an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse,’ says MallinderMallinder will work across Scotland’s men’s and women’s teamsJim Mallinder will join the Scottish Rugby Union as its new performance director. The 53-year-old had been working with the Rugby Football Union on youth development, but has now accepted a role north of the border.“I’m sad to be leaving the RFU as I’ve really enjoyed my time here, in particular getting to work with some fantastic people in a wide range of roles within the men’s pathway,” Mallinder said on the RFU’s website. “I will miss working with them all but this ... more
  • 2 days ‘I had given up hope, but studying counselling kept me alive’ TheGaurdian – Edu
    I felt less than human until I was given a second chance. University has made me stronger, hungrier and more confidentBefore I became a student, I felt less than a human being and had almost given up hope. But being given a scholarship was like the appearance of a candle, burning bright to lead me out of the darkness: studying counselling at university has kept me alive.I was born in Ghana and came to the UK when I was 12 with my father and four younger siblings, and we lived in East London. One day, when I was 15, I ... more
  • 2 days Football transfer rumours: Fernando Llorente to Manchester United? TheGuardian -Sport
    Today’s tell-all is in a dusty black coat with a red right handAre Manchester United interested in signing Fernando Llorente? Well, nobody seems quite sure. A report in pink Italian paper the Gazzetta dello Sport claims the 34-year-old Spanish striker has been offered a two-year deal at United, but closer to home the Daily Mail insists no such move is ahoy. Llorente, a free agent since being released by Tottenham in June, has also been linked with moves to Serie A clubs Napoli and Lazio. Related: Arsenal tell Mustafi and Elneny to leave before European transfer window closes Continue ... more
  • 2 days Hasbro buys Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One in £3.3bn deal TheGuardian
    UK-listed firm is latest to be targeted by a foreign buyer since pound weakened amid Brexit fearsHasbro, the US toymaker behind My Little Pony and Play-Doh, has snapped up the Peppa Pig owner, Entertainment One, in a £3.3bn takeover.The deal, which sent Entertainment One’s share price soaring by 30% in early trading on Friday, marks the latest UK-listed company to be targeted by a foreign buyer since the dramatic weakening of the pound over fears of a no-deal Brexit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Hasbro buys Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One in £3.3bn deal TheGuardian -Biz
    UK-listed firm is latest to be targeted by a foreign buyer since pound weakened amid Brexit fearsHasbro, the US toymaker behind My Little Pony and Play-Doh, has snapped up the Peppa Pig owner, Entertainment One, in a £3.3bn takeover.The deal, which sent Entertainment One’s share price soaring by 30% in early trading on Friday, marks the latest UK-listed company to be targeted by a foreign buyer since the dramatic weakening of the pound over fears of a no-deal Brexit. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Drivers urged to delay bank holiday getaways to avoid traffic jams TheGuardian
    Friday expected to be worst day for queues as millions head off, with rail travel also affectedMotorists are being urged to delay bank holiday getaways until after 9pm on Friday to avoid severe queues on popular tourist routes.There will also be major disruption on parts of the railway network this weekend as Network Rail carries out hundreds of engineering projects. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days RBS and Santander rapped over PPI failures – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    Rolling coverage of economics, business and markets as the competition regulator demands bank changes 8.13am BST Sterling went on a bit of a tear yesterday as Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, appeared to strike an emollient Brexit tone. It gained 1% yesterday, but is back down 0.4% today.France’s Emmanuel Macron perhaps reminded traders last night that, to coin a phrase, nothing has changed on the UK’s departure from the EU so far. 8.07am BST The FTSE 100 is up by 0.5% in early trading – in part thanks to the weakness of the pound, which has lost 0.4% this morning ... more
  • 2 days Erica review – interactive story careens down a dramatic cul-de-sac TheGuardian -Tech
    PlayStation 4; Flavourworks/SonyThis experiment in storytelling has a fascinating premise – but its repetitiveness renders it a lesser BandersnatchHad Erica been released a year ago, chances are it would have made quite a splash. An interactive, full-motion video thriller where you control the decisions of troubled youngster it is as a brave, bold experiment in storytelling.But then Bandersnatch came along, and then Telling Lies. Now Erica feels like old news. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Iain Duncan Smith wants us to work until we drop. But we are not machines | Stefan Stern TheGuardian
    A thinktank chaired by the Tory MP suggests raising the state pension age to 75. But there’s more to long life than removing ‘barriers’ to workWhen Oasis’s Liam Gallagher sang about how he wanted to “live forever” I don’t think he meant putting in some extra shifts at work in his 70s. Many of us are, of course, living longer – if not forever – but ideally we should be able to enjoy this greater life expectancy, not see it as a threat or a physical burden. Related: Work until 75? Many people won’t even live that long | Frances ... more
  • 2 days Rocking the boat: how Cornish class war inspired a masterpiece TheGuardian
    Forget Poldark’s pecs – with his film Bait, Mark Jenkin has captured the real Cornwall, a place of struggling locals and second-homeowners in simmering conflictTwenty years ago, Mark Jenkin returned to his boyhood home in north Cornwall to shoot his debut film, Golden Burn, about the tensions between local lads and the owner of a caravan park. Jenkin had been studying in Bournemouth, then living in London and would soon move back permanently. “What’s your Cornwall?” his character asks. “Weekend getaway, summer retreat, Cornish pasties and clotted cream, pixies? Or is it your home? Not your second home – your ... more
  • 2 days Homes that can be let – in pictures TheGuardian -Biz
    From a former mill in Cumbria to a Victorian house on the edge of Exmoor, homes to generate an earning Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Sheffield’s LGBT-only halls were called a ghetto – but a year on, they’re thriving | Katharine Swindells TheGaurdian – Edu
    It was a controversial decision for the university to open the flats, but it’s helped residents gain the confidence to mingle A year ago, the University of Sheffield made headlines when we became the first UK university to launch LGBT-only flats in our accommodation. Much of the coverage was based on untruths and exaggeration, conjuring images of huge rainbow-clad buildings where all gay students were forced to stay.The reality was far less dramatic: 32 students in seven flats scattered among the three student villages, with no way of being identified aside from by their tenants. It was hardly the “ghettoising” ... more
  • 2 days A Jade Goody would never get on TV under new rules, says ex-partner TheGuardian
    Jeff Brazier tells Edinburgh TV festival the reality star wouldn’t have made it on to Big BrotherJade Goody’s former partner believes the Big Brother star would never have made it on to screen if she had been forced to go through the strict new duty of care requirements being placed on reality television producers. Related: Jade Goody: a scorned celebrity who held a mirror up to bitter Britain Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days ‘It’s devastating’. End of GM in Ohio town as Trump fails to bring back midwest jobs TheGuardian -Biz
    Closing of Chevrolet plant is latest blow in a slow, painful decline in Lordstown – an area that has suffered more than most from the outsourcing of jobs overseasFor years, the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, employed 8,000 workers in the Mahoning valley.In a rust belt region that has become synonymous with industrial decline, following the closure of its once mighty steel mills in the 1970s, the presence of the Chevrolet factory in Lordstown, and its well-paid manufacturing jobs, was particularly important. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days The machine always wins: what drives our addiction to social media TheGuardian -Tech
    Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What keeps us hooked? By Richard SeymourWe are swimming in writing. Our lives have become, in the words of the author and academic Shoshana Zuboff, an “electronic text”. Social media platforms have created a machine for us to write to. The bait is that we are interacting with other people: our friends, colleagues, celebrities, politicians, royals, terrorists, porn actors – anyone we like. We are not interacting with them, however, but with the machine. We write to it, and it passes on ... more
  • 2 days Henry VIII wife Jane Seymour – new acquisition for National Portrait Gallery TheGuardian
    Incomplete copy of Holbein work is gallery’s first painting of Tudor king’s third spouseThe National Portrait Gallery, in London, has fixed a glaring hole in its Tudors collection with the acquisition of a portrait of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, who managed to avoid divorce or beheading but not an early death.“It really is filling quite a gap,” said the curator Charlotte Bolland, as the portrait went on public display for the first time on Thursday. “Previously, the only portrait we had of Jane Seymour was a mid-17th century engraving. We had no painted representation of her, ... more
  • 2 days Bona-fried success: how Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich conquered America TheGuardian -Biz
    The chicken chain’s latest offering has been selling out and earning hoards of fans. What inspired the obsession? Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich is a bona fide, boneless fried phenomenon.The fried chicken chain’s new offering has become America’s must-eat sandwich, for those who can find a location where it’s not sold out. The simple meal – battered chicken, pickles and sauce on a brioche bun – has inspired long lines nationwide and endless chatter on social media. A customer at a Popeye’s in Oakland, California, joked about the sandwich’s place in the national conversation: “It’s like Game of Thrones.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days ‘Terrible’ NZ internet prompts concerns over how to watch All Blacks at World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    Fears fans in rural areas will not be able to follow Bill raised in parliament to extend licensing hoursNew Zealanders in rural areas are raising concerns at how they will watch the upcoming Rugby World Cup, as the government introduce legislation in a last-ditch effort to make the tournament more accessible for fans in the rugby-mad nation.This year rights for the World Cup have been bought by telecommunications giant Spark, who will livestream games on a special website, Spark Sport, for a one-off fee of NZ$80. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 days Country diary: the west wind carries a note of change TheGuardian
    Coombs Dale, Derbyshire: This fresh breeze has a keener edge than the warm fronts of summerWhere did it come from, this sense of something shifting, that the year had turned its face? The short answer was out of the west, a fresh breeze rather than a wild wind, not quite Shelley’s “trumpet of a prophecy”, although there were omens aplenty, even within the shelter of Coombs Dale’s steep banks: field scabious wearily leaning against half-flattened knapweed, their button heads lowering to the ground, a gatekeeper butterfly clinging on, like a sailor tossed at sea. It was a matter of temperature ... more
  • 3 days Rugby Australia takes high-risk gamble with World Cup squad | Bret Harris TheGuardian -Sport
    There are potentially serious consequences as a result of the loosening of eligibility rulesRugby Australia is willing to bet the farm on the Wallabies winning the World Cup in Japan. The 31-man World Cup squad announced on Friday includes two players – utility back James O’Connor and halfback Nic White – who were eligible under the so-called Giteau Law. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Basketball fans furious costly seating at USA v Boomers match offered poor views TheGuardian -Sport
    ACCC confirms it has received complaints about star players pulling out and some people have been given refunds Basketball fans in Melbourne were left fuming after paying hundreds of dollars for seats that offered shockingly poor views of Australia’s clash with the US at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night.Many disgruntled fans among the 51,000-strong crowd at the Docklands arena have complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm TheGuardian -Biz
    Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route paves way for solar-powered trainsThe world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains.From Friday, about 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by solar farm TheGuardian
    Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route paves way for solar-powered trainsThe world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains.From Friday, about 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Brooks Koepka streaks into share of lead at Tour Championship TheGuardian -Sport
    • Koepka shares lead with Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele• Four-times major winner posed naked for ESPN photoshootIt is the naked truth that Brooks Koepka has been the dominant figure in golf for two seasons now. The 29-year-old has taken his scenario literally, with a high-profile photoshoot for ESPN’s annual The Body issue this week. Koepka dons only a birthday suit amid a variety of on and off-course poses.Koepka is not particularly bothered about shifting focus away from these photos; victory at the Tour Championship, and the $15m that comes with it, would further confirm his recurring ability to walk ... more
  • 3 days Adam Ashley-Cooper makes Wallabies cut for Rugby World Cup TheGuardian -Sport
    Veteran joins bolter Jordan Petaia on plane to JapanDavid Pocock makes cut despite injury concernsEvergreen Adam Ashley-Cooper and fledgling Jordan Petaia have bolted into the most experienced Australian squad ever named to contest a Rugby World Cup.Two midfield backs at polar ends of their careers have been included in Michael Cheika’s 31-man squad unveiled in Sydney on Friday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Talking Horses: Battaash looking to finally make mark at York TheGuardian -Sport
    The Charles Hill-trained horse is eyeing victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes on FridayBattaash, the second-favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday, has produced two or three performances during his career which strongly suggest that Charlie Hills’s five-year-old is the fastest thoroughbred on the planet. Famously, however, or notoriously, if you prefer, he has never managed to do so at York, having finished fourth on both of his previous starts in the Nunthorpe, including an odds-on failure 12 months ago. That is one reason why Battaash is a 5-2 chance to make it third time lucky, despite two performances ... more
  • 3 days Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith to advise on hospital food TheGuardian
    Cook and broadcaster will help ‘root and branch’ official review of NHS cateringThe Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith is to advise a government review of hospital food, following the deaths of six people due to a listeria outbreak.A “root and branch” review launched by the Department of Health and Social Care on Friday will examine whether the number of hospitals catering in-house can be increased. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend TheGuardian -Sport
    A crunch clash at Anfield, early pressure for Steve Bruce as Newcastle visit Spurs and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s Palace reunionThis is where it gets serious for Arsenal. They have made a solid start, seeing off Newcastle and Burnley by one-goal margins, and there is renewed optimism after an encouraging show of ambition in the summer. As transfer windows go from an Arsenal perspective, the signings of David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pépé represent a big step in the right direction and have gone a way towards quelling supporter unrest. Yet Unai Emery’s side have not faced a proper ... more
  • 3 days ‘Illume my life’: Prince Albert’s passions digitised for website TheGuardian
    Thousands of photos and letters available online to mark 200th anniversary of birthThousands of photographs, prints and letters that reveal the private passions and public interests of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert have been published online to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.The Royal Collection has digitised 17,500 documents for a new website, the majority publicly available for the first time. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Jamie Oliver to create ethical ‘B Corp’ from remnants of his empire TheGuardian -Biz
    TV chef’s group sets sights on joining global social and environmental movementJamie Oliver is to turn the remains of his business empire into an ethical “B Corporation” that officially gives equal weight to people, the planet and profit.The former Naked Chef sees it as a way to knit his campaigning on issues such as childhood obesity and animal welfare into the fabric of the business which, following the collapse of the Jamie’s Italian chain, encompasses his successful publishing, broadcasting and licensing interests. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Jamie Oliver to create ethical ‘B Corp’ from remnants of his empire TheGuardian
    TV chef’s group sets sights on joining global social and environmental movementJamie Oliver is to turn the remains of his business empire into an ethical “B Corporation” that officially gives equal weight to people, the planet and profit.The former Naked Chef sees it as a way to knit his campaigning on issues such as childhood obesity and animal welfare into the fabric of the business which, following the collapse of the Jamie’s Italian chain, encompasses his successful publishing, broadcasting and licensing interests. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Women’s World Cup was ‘a balloon that deflated,’ says Carly Telford TheGuardian -Sport
    • England goalkeeper says FA can learn from France’s mistakes • ‘Towns and cities not as football-friendly as they needed to be’The England goalkeeper, Carly Telford, has criticised the efforts of France as Women’s World Cup hosts, describing the tournament as “a balloon that deflated quickly” and has called for the Football Association to learn from the mistakes by making the 2021 home European Championship the “best competition in women’s football history”.“I felt the crowds were good, especially the England fans – when we were up north they were amazing – but the feedback from friends and families and people ... more
  • 3 days Single polypill reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes, study finds TheGuardian
    Large trial held in Iran of inexpensive medication combining four common drugs A cheap, single pill taken once a day that combines four common drugs is safe and reduces the risk of events such as heart attacks, strokes and sudden death in people over the age of 50, research has found.The study, the first large-scale trial to date, looked at the effectiveness of a so-called polypill – a four-in-one therapy containing drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure that was first proposed more than 15 years ago. The researchers found those taking the polypill had a more than 30% lower ... more
  • 3 days Wolves close in on Europa League place with hard-fought victory at Torino TheGuardian -Sport
    • Torino 2-3 Wolves• De Silvestri 61, Belotti 89pen; Bremer 43og, Jota 59, Jiménez 72Nuno Espírito Santo has warned Wolves’ place in the Europa League group stage is far from secure, despite winning at Torino.Wolves will welcome the Serie A side to Molineux next Thursday with an advantage carved out by a Bremer own goal and second-half strikes from Diogo Jota and Raúl Jiménez . Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Arsenal tell Mustafi and Elneny to leave before European transfer window closes TheGuardian -Sport
    • Unai Emery says fringe players should find ‘another challenge’• Mustafi linked with Monaco; Elneny with Turkish clubsUnai Emery has told Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to find “another challenge” before the end of the European transfer window, with both players resigned to bit‑part roles if they remain at Arsenal beyond 2 September.It means they have a week and a half to find new employers and, despite interest in Mustafi from Monaco and in Elneny from Turkish Super Lig sides, no deal has been struck. Emery said a fortnight ago he had spoken to Mustafi about the defender’s future and ... more
  • 3 days Everton’s Marco Silva tells Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English TheGuardian -Sport
    • ‘This is something we demand from them,’ says manager• Silva impressed by language skills of Kean and GbaminMarco Silva has told Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English, with the Everton manager unimpressed with their efforts to learn the language.Silva wants all his players to communicate in English on the pitch and demands all foreign signings take lessons as soon as they arrive at the club. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Brendan Rodgers backs James Maddison to be a perfect fit for England TheGuardian -Sport
    • Leicester manager praises midfielder’s work ethic• ‘He has confidence because he puts the work in,’ says RodgersBrendan Rodgers believes James Maddison has all the attributes to fit seamlessly into Gareth Southgate’s England setup. Maddison is expected to be called up to the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo after making an impressive start to the season with Leicester, and Rodgers has no doubt the 22-year-old has the attitude as well as the ability to thrive.Rodgers highlighted how much extra work Maddison puts in on the training ground and also praised the midfielder, who was ... more
  • 3 days Dean Smith happy with Aston Villa striker Wesley despite lack of goals | Paul Doyle TheGuardian -Sport
    Manager has seen enough, despite defeats by Bournemouth and Spurs, to be confident Villa will not ‘do a Fulham’To really offend people around Villa Park, just say the F word. After spending at least £127m on 12 players following promotion to the Premier League, Aston Villa fans get annoyed at accusations that their club are “doing a Fulham”, who splurged heavily last season only to flop out of the league with a whimper.Villa have lost their first two matches and know that losing at home against Everton on Friday night would increase the heckling. The only way to make it ... more
  • 3 days Europa League roundup: Celtic and Linfield win; Rangers draw in Poland TheGuardian -Sport
    • Celtic beat AIK 2-0; Rangers draw 0-0 away at Legia Warsaw• Linfield record stunning 3-2 victory over QarabagOdsonne Edouard’s free-kick gave Celtic a two-goal cushion to take to Sweden in their Europa League play-off against AIK. The Frenchman curled home from 25 yards in the 73rd minute at Celtic Park to earn the Scottish champions a 2-0 first-leg triumph.James Forrest had scored in his fifth consecutive game two minutes after the break as Celtic took a major step towards sealing a place in the group stage. The result was a much-welcome boost for manager Neil Lennon and a Celtic ... more
  • 3 days Jofra Archer ‘over the moon’ after six-wicket haul in third Ashes Test TheGuardian -Sport
    • Fast bowler’s six for 45 rips apart Australia at Headingley• David Warner salutes Archer’s ‘incredible Test bowling’Jofra Archer was delighted to prove he is more than just pace after a skilful six-wicket showing that sliced through Australia’s batting and left England on the front foot in the third Ashes Test.Archer’s maiden five-wicket haul in his second Test was the highlight of a stop-start opening day in Leeds. The tourists were bowled out for 179 in 52.1 overs after Joe Root won the toss under leaden skies. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Eddie Jones picks ‘Kamikaze Kids’ Curry and Underhill to face Ireland TheGuardian -Sport
    • England coach pairs Curry and Underhill together for first time• Jones also selects Ford, Farrell and Tuilagi in midfieldEddie Jones had been in his job a matter of months when he called a meeting at the Rugby Football Union and announced “I can’t see any natural sevens in England”. He then asked all the age-grade coaches present to find him one.It may go down as one of the more important meetings in his tenure, because a few weeks from the World Cup and for England’s penultimate warm-up game he pairs Tom Curry and Sam Underhill together for the first ... more
  • 3 days Prince Andrew was seen getting foot massage from young woman at Epstein’s apartment – report TheGuardian
    Incident was recounted in an email exchange between a prominent US literary agent and author Evgeny MorozovPrince Andrew was seen inside the New York apartment of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein getting a foot massage from a young woman, according to an email exchange between a prominent US literary agent and author and writer Evgeny Morozov. In the exchange, published in the New Republic magazine, agent John Brockman recommends to writer Morozov (who he represents as literary agent) that he meet with Epstein, calling him a “billionaire science philanthropist” who has “been extremely generous in funding projects of many of our ... more
  • 3 days Stuart Broad enjoying belated love affair with Headingley in Ashes Test | Andy Bull TheGuardian -Sport
    The old hand of England’s bowling attack looks to be having almost as much fun as the new sensation Jofra ArcherThe locals – experts the lot of them – were packing anoraks, hats and brollies on Thursday morning, a bad sign for all those out-of-towners who had been foolish enough to trust the weather forecast.“It’s looking a bit black over Bill’s mother’s,” one of them said to another on the short walk up from Burley Park station. It was, too, if you only knew which way Bill’s mother’s was. Somewhere beyond the Western Terrace, you guess, where the horizon was ... more
  • 3 days Boy, 10, dies after being found unconscious at Birmingham property TheGuardian
    Woman arrested on suspicion of neglect after child receives trauma treatment but later diesA woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect after the death of a 10-year-old boy in the Acocks Green area of Birmingham.Police and paramedics were called to an address in Blossomville Way early on Thursday, following reports of a child unconscious at the address. Reports said the boy had been found in a caravan. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.20am. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Torino v Wolves, Celtic v AIK and more: Europa League clockwatch – live TheGuardian -Sport
    All the latest from the evening kick-offsTraoré justifies Nuno’s faith but more hurdles await Why not send Nick an email | or tweet @NickAmes82 8.29pm BST Close for Wolves again! It’s right-sided free-kick whipped in for Dendoncker who, once he’s risen and met it, really should do better than head wide! Twenty-four minutes gone there. 8.26pm BST Well! I think that’s their first effort on target. A free-kick is delivered from the left and Mark Stafford, timing his run perfectly, nods in on the run! The tie is alive, out of nothing! Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Kevin McCloud: TV presenter whose design for living turned sour TheGuardian
    The property expert’s business woes follow successful careers on TV and in stage designKevin McCloud’s life began in a house his parents built and for the past 20 years he has brought millions of television viewers along on the trials and tribulations of home builders as they struggle to create their own dream place.At Cambridge University he studied history of art and architecture, reportedly abandoning an earlier desire to train as an operatic baritone in Italy. After initially working in theatre design he opened a lighting design practice, which at one point employed 26 people and whose work can still ... more
  • 3 days Investors in Kevin McCloud’s projects told they face huge losses TheGuardian -Biz
    Many feel they have been fobbed off by Grand Designs presenter’s promised returnsSmall investors who sank millions of pounds into the TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing ventures have been told they could face losing up to 97% of their money.For 20 years the star of Channel 4’s Grand Designs has lectured the nation about how to create their dream home – but his own property empire has turned into a nightmare. Between 2013 and 2017, McCloud wooed investors with a string of fundraising schemes that promised returns of up to 9% a year from his Happiness Architecture Beauty ... more
  • 3 days Investors in Kevin McCloud’s projects told they face huge losses TheGuardian
    Many feel they have been fobbed off by Grand Designs presenter’s promised returnsTV presenter whose design for living turned sourSmall investors who sank millions of pounds into the TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing ventures have been told they could face losing up to 97% of their money.For 20 years the star of Channel 4’s Grand Designs has lectured the nation about how to create their dream home – but his own property empire has turned into a nightmare. Between 2013 and 2017, McCloud wooed investors with a string of fundraising schemes that promised returns of up to 9% ... more
  • 3 days Australia throw Marcus Harris to the lions and expose top-order muddle | Geoff Lemon TheGuardian -Sport
    England have long fretted over their openers but Australia’s treatment of Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft and Joe Burns is just as confusedIf you’ve mentioned opening batsmen in England across a growing number of recent years, you will have witnessed a glum ritual in response. Those who have occupied the position since the retirement of Andrew Strauss will be solemnly listed one by one, like a clutch of cast-iron names read from the side of a municipal Boer War memorial.Compton, Carberry, Lyth, Robson. In the name of the Father. Stoneman, Hameed, Jennings, Hales. And of the Son. Moeen, Pietersen, Buttler, Trott. ... more
  • 3 days Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to meet UK foreign secretary TheGuardian
    After criticising Boris Johnson for failing to meet him, Richard Ratcliffe will meet Dominic Raab to discuss his wife’s caseThe foreign secretary has agreed to meet the husband of a British-Iranian woman held in Tehran after it emerged that neither Dominic Raab nor the prime minister had done so since taking office, despite the latter claiming he would prioritise the issue on the campaign trail.Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in Iran in 2016, criticised Boris Johnson on Monday, indicating that he believed the prime minister was not taking his wife’s case seriously. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Jofra Archer rips through Australia to put England on top in third Ashes Test TheGuardian -Sport
    Third Test: Australia 179 v England• Pace bowler makes his mark again with six-wicket haulJofra Archer claimed a brilliant six-wicket haul at Headingley as England bundled Australia out for 179 on a rain-affected first day of the third Ashes Test. Related: Ashes 2019: England v Australia third Test, day one – live! Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Ai Weiwei cites change in German attitudes as reason for move to UK TheGuardian
    Chinese artist and activist will relocate to Cambridge after four years living in BerlinThe Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is swapping his adopted home of Berlin for Britain, saying German society has become intolerant of refugees and that he feels like a man without a home.The artist is to move to Cambridge with his partner and 10-year-old son, but will keep a studio in the German capital. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Despite the tough love, Johnson’s EU sortie has been a relative success TheGuardian
    PM has lined up Brussels, Paris and Berlin as fall guys for any failure to find Brexit solutions Boris Johnson looked supremely relaxed as he met Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée on Thursday, at one point even jokingly resting one foot on an expensive-looking French coffee table.From one perspective, his laid-back demeanour was surprising: Macron’s public remarks before their meeting made clear that the EU27 are a long way from acceding to the PM’s request for a “backstop-ectomy” on the withdrawal agreement. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Serena Williams to face Maria Sharapova in US Open first round TheGuardian -Sport
    Serena opens bid for record-tying 24th major against SharapovaTop-seeded Djokovic drawn into same half as No 3 seed FedererBreakout star Cori Gauff could face Naomi Osaka in round threeSerena Williams has been paired with Maria Sharapova in an eye-catching US Open first round encounter.Williams and Sharapova have met in the finals of the other three majors and the 2012 Olympics but have yet to face each other in the US Open. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Brexit deal solution at risk from ticking clock, not Merkel or Macron TheGuardian
    With or without a 30-day deadline, the Brexit endgame will play out in London – rather than Paris or BerlinIf a week is a long time in politics, three weeks feels like an eternity in Brexit. Newly installed in No 10 in July, Boris Johnson vowed that he would not sit down for talks with EU leaders until they agreed to drop the Irish backstop from the Brexit withdrawal agreement.Less than a month later, the prime minister was in Paris and Berlin, where he heard the leaders of France and Germany pledge their support for the “indispensable” backstop – the ... more
  • 3 days Apple warns new credit card users over risks of it touching wallets and pockets TheGuardian -Tech
    Manufacturer’s warning to keep flashy, minimalist Apple Card away from pockets, wallets and other cards draw derisionApple’s flashy branded credit card comes with all the sleek, designer chic customers have come to expect from the iPhone company. Just don’t put it in your wallet. Related: Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Apple warns new credit card users over risks of it touching wallets and pockets TheGuardian -Biz
    Manufacturer’s warning to keep flashy, minimalist Apple Card away from pockets, wallets and other cards draw derisionApple’s flashy branded credit card comes with all the sleek, designer chic customers have come to expect from the iPhone company. Just don’t put it in your wallet. Related: Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Can the Fed’s chair shake off the wolves of Wall Street and White House? TheGuardian -Biz
    Trump may howl for stimulus but the put-upon Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell has his hands tiedDonald Trump is not known for his love of 12th-century English history but there are echoes of the clash between Henry II and Thomas Becket in the president’s troubled relationship with Jerome Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve.If Powell feels beleaguered as he prepares to make the most important speech in his 18 months in the job, on Friday, then that’s hardly surprising. The world’s most powerful banker has Wall Street and the White House on his back, both howling for more stimulus. ... more
  • 3 days Closing the GCSE attainment gap can’t be up to schools alone | Letters TheGaurdian – Edu
    Readers discuss the disparity between rich and poor pupils in exams, and ways to improve social mobilityWhile a substantial increase in funding for state schools would be welcome (Poorest pupils twice as likely to fail GCSEs as richest peers, 21 August), the schools alone cannot improve the educational outcomes for children from deprived backgrounds. Anyone under stress loses the capacity to concentrate to some degree, and if a child lives in a household beset by anxieties – money, job security, health, housing, etc – the likelihood of achieving their best is limited. From my own experience, any slight distraction greatly ... more
  • 3 days There’s nothing safe about Boris Johnson’s seat | Brief letters TheGuardian
    Steve Smith | Crossword clues | Adrian Chiles | Scottish schools | Steve BellThere are two outstanding issues following Steve Smith’s concussion at the Lord’s test (Report, 19 August). The first is that the International Cricket Council should appoint an independent panel of neurologists whose members should be in attendance at all international cricket matches. The second is that all international cricket players should have brain scans in their off-season so that the neurologists can have a baseline from which to judge the extent of an injury during a match. Ditto boxing, rugby, polo and all other contact sports. Derek ... more
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