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  • 3 days New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung faces felony cocaine possession charge TheGuardian -Sport
    Safety indicted on drug possession charge in New HampshireChung, 32, has played nine of 10 NFL seasons with PatriotsNew England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession.A Belknap County grand jury indicted the 32-year-old Chung on 8 August. Authorities say Chung knowingly possessed cocaine on 25 June while in Meredith. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Cummings should not have been allowed No 10 role, suggests Tory MP TheGuardian
    Damian Collins claims ‘real-world sanctions’ are needed for those found in contempt of parliamentBoris Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings should not have been allowed to take up his Downing Street post after being found in contempt of parliament, a leading Conservative MP and Johnson supporter has suggested.Cummings, who is shaping the government’s Brexit strategy in his role as the prime minister’s special adviser, repeatedly declined to appear in front of the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee select committee, chaired by Damian Collins. The committee’s long-running investigation into data misuse on social media platforms helped expose ... more
  • 3 days Juventus’s star signings mask unease while Inter and Napoli can challenge TheGuardian -Sport
    The champions may have landed De Ligt, Rabiot and Ramsey but all has not run smoothly for Maurizio Sarri this summerItalian football’s summer break began in much the same way as the season had ended: with Juventus way out in front. By 1 July they had concluded the free agent signings of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot. Then they did something far more audacious: signing Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for €75m.Even for a club that signed Cristiano Ronaldo one year previously, it felt like a landmark deal. When did an Italian side last win a bidding war for one ... more
  • 3 days Royal Mail union to launch strike ballot over workers’ rights TheGuardian -Biz
    More than 100,000 staff given vote on strike over job security and ‘culture of bullying’ More than 100,000 Royal Mail workers will vote on whether to strike over grievances about job security, an alleged culture of bullying, and the terms and conditions of their employment.The Communication Workers Union (CWU) will begin balloting its members from 24 September, with the result expected in early October. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Penalty palaver, Neymar and strife at Bolton and Bury – Football Weekly Extra TheGuardian -Sport
    Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Nicky Bandini and Philippe Auclair discuss penalty rock-paper-scissors, strife at Bury and Bolton, the return of Serie A, Neymar’s movements and breaking news from the NetherlandsJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last few days of football, starting with Wolves’ 1-1 draw against Manchester United, during which Paul Pogba missed a penalty he decided to take – apparently independently of the manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Controversial Michaela free school delights in GCSE success TheGaurdian – Edu
    Headteacher at school known for its strict behaviour policy says her pupils ‘smashed it’ Amid the myriad joyful images on social media, showing ecstatic pupils and their teachers celebrating GCSE results, one particular success story stood out.Michaela community school, a controversial free school known for its strict behaviour policy, picked up its first set of GCSE results on Thursday, five years after opening its doors to its first pupils. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Crystal Palace in talks with Christian Benteke over new contract TheGuardian -Sport
    • Striker’s deal expires next summer and he could leave for free• Palace also discussing deal with centre-back James TomkinsCrystal Palace are in talks with Christian Benteke over a new contract as they seek to ensure their record signing does not depart on a free transfer next summer.Benteke, one of the club’s highest earners having joined for £27m from Liverpool in summer 2016, had a productive first campaign under Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce but has scored only four goals in his past 50 top-flight appearances. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Bury deadline will shift only if takeover talks are ‘very deep’, warns EFL TheGuardian -Sport
    • Club has until 11.59pm on Friday to avoid threat of expulsion• Bury owner says potential buyer has requested informationThe English Football League’s executive chair, Debbie Jevans, has maintained a firm stance on the threatened expulsion of Bury, saying that Friday’s 11:59pm deadline would be extended only if there is a “tangible” reason for it such as realistic takeover negotiations, and even then only by a day or two.Steve Dale, who bought the indebted and overspending club for £1 in December, has failed to satisfy the EFL since then that he has the funding to pay its debts and £1.5m ... 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 directly power a railway line is set to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains.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 The Fiver | A mere 427 matches away from reaching next summer’s final in Gdansk TheGuardian -Sport
    Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Wolves play the first leg of their Euro Vase play-off against Torino this evening. If they win the tie they’ll just have to win a bingo tournament, recite the alphabet backwards for the amusement of a couple of Uefa suits and profess their undying love for West Brom to ensure their place in next week’s group stage draw. Then they’ll only be a mere 427 matches away from reaching next summer’s final in Gdansk. European glory beckons! Not that the Fiver’s stereotypical English cousin, $exually Repressed Morris Dancing Fiver, ... more
  • 3 days Home Office passport and visa chief Mark Thomson set to resign TheGuardian
    Exclusive: Director general heading up sections at centre of Windrush scandal to step down next MarchThe head of two of the Home Office sections at the centre of the Windrush scandal has told staff he will be stepping down next year.Mark Thomson, the director general of HM Passport Office (HMPO) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), will be replaced in March and then take on a number of advisory roles and non-executive directorships. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days China’s state media accuses worker at UK consulate ‘of visiting prostitutes’ TheGuardian
    Allegation directed at employee of consulate in Hong Kong is often used by Bejing authorities to smear criticsChinese state media has accused a worker at the British consulate in Hong Kong who is detained in mainland China of visiting prostitutes – an accusation often used by the authorities to smear the reputation of government critics.Simon Cheng, 28, a trade and investment officer for Scottish Development International, travelled to Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, on 8 August. He sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to cross back over the border at about 10pm and has not ... more
  • 3 days Macron tells Johnson Brexit backstop is indispensable TheGuardian
    French president tells Boris Johnson he must present concrete proposals for UK exitEmmanuel Macron has described the Irish backstop as “indispensable” to a Brexit deal and urged Boris Johnson to set out his proposed alternatives as soon as possible, as he met the British prime minister in Paris on Thursday.The French president told Johnson that the EU would like “visibility” on London’s concrete proposals for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within a month, echoing language used by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel on Wednesday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Ryanair says flights operating normally despite strike by pilots TheGuardian -Biz
    Airline reports 97% punctuality rate after walkout over pay and conditionsRyanair’s UK flights were operating as normal on Thursday morning despite a strike by pilots, the airline has said.There were fears of widespread disruption after a judge rejected a high court attempt by the airline to force pilots to return to work. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Ryanair says flights operating normally despite strike by pilots TheGuardian
    Airline reports 97% punctuality rate after walkout over pay and conditionsRyanair’s UK flights were operating as normal on Thursday morning despite a strike by pilots, the airline has said.There were fears of widespread disruption after a judge rejected a high court attempt by the airline to force pilots to return to work. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Man in court over Grenfell effigy video says it was joke about friends TheGuardian
    Paul Bussetti, 47, says burning of cardboard tower was not meant to be about victimsThe burning of a model of Grenfell Tower on a bonfire was a joke about a group of friends, not about the 72 people who lost their lives in the blaze, according to the man who filmed the footage.Speaking at Westminster magistrates court, Paul Bussetti claimed the video – shot at an annual party held by a friend – was considered “funny” by those involved. He said it was not intended to be about the victims of the 2017 fire. Bussetti, 47, is on trial accused ... more
  • 3 days Highs and lows of 2019 GCSE results – in pictures TheGaurdian – Edu
    More than 700,000 teenagers received their GCSE results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday. The system has been overhauled in recent years with Wales retaining the A* to G grade structure while England has introduced a 9 to 1 grading systemGCSE results: girls fare better than boys under more rigorous courses Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘I thought I was going to fail!’ – pupils relieved by good GCSE results TheGuardian
    Following national trend, girls at King David high school in Liverpool outperform boysGirls fare better than boys under more rigorous courses“I thought I was going to fail maths – I’ve been dreaming about it every night,” said Niamh Jamieson, holding a tear-stained GCSE results sheet up for her friends to see.After four weeks of not being able to sleep properly, the 16-year-old received nine GCSEs on Thursday – including an 8 (equivalent to an A*) in maths. “I’m really, really pleased. I’m going to chill out now,” she said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘I thought I was going to fail!’ – pupils relieved by good GCSE results TheGaurdian – Edu
    Following national trend, girls at King David high school in Liverpool outperform boysGirls fare better than boys under more rigorous courses“I thought I was going to fail maths – I’ve been dreaming about it every night,” said Niamh Jamieson, holding a tear-stained GCSE results sheet up for her friends to see.After four weeks of not being able to sleep properly, the 16-year-old received nine GCSEs on Thursday – including an 8 (equivalent to an A*) in maths. “I’m really, really pleased. I’m going to chill out now,” she said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Donovan Mitchell calls for end to gun violence as USA win World Cup tune-up TheGuardian -Sport
    Team USA defeat Boomers before 51,218 at Marvel StadiumKemba Walker (23 points) leads USA in World Cup tune-upDonovan Mitchell writes message for gun violence victims With his team playing on a raised basketball court in a stadium normally used for soccer and cricket, US coach Gregg Popovich said he felt like he was on a movie set.“I kept looking behind me because I knew I was going to fall off the stage,” he said. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Vissel Kobe facing reality after failing to build in Barcelona’s image TheGuardian -Sport
    Andrés Iniesta’s arrival was part of ambition to mirror Spanish giants’ success but relegation from the J League threatensLast August FC Tokyo were so disappointed that Andrés Iniesta was going to be absent from Vissel Kobe’s visit they hired an impersonator of the Spanish midfielder to entertain the rare sell-out crowd of almost 50,000. Unfortunately Kobe’s impression of Barcelona has been equally dodgy and the club that was supposed to be winning the Japanese title this year and challenging for the Asian crown in 2020 is two points above the relegation zone with a third of the J League season ... more
  • 3 days Morrisons shuts four supermarkets, putting 400 jobs at risk TheGuardian -Biz
    Chain will try to redeploy staff from stores in Crawley, Ince near Wigan, Shirley in Solihull and SwindonMorrisons is closing four supermarkets, putting more than 400 jobs at risk.The Bradford-based grocer said the decision was made after a review of the performance of its 494 stores. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Why are children forced to choose between the arts? The Ebacc must go | Bob and Roberta Smith TheGaurdian – Edu
    The Ebacc system puts children off arts subjects at GCSE. They should be allowed to study the subjects that interest themAll children should be required to take at least one arts GCSE and there should be no restriction on taking more than one. This year there has been a modest increase in the number of children taking art itself – 9% up on last year – but a fall elsewhere: music and drama are down, as is design technology, with uptake a staggering 23% down on last year. Related: Artists condemn exclusion of arts subjects from English baccalaureate Continue ... more
  • 3 days UK retailers gloomiest since financial crisis as sales slide – business live TheGuardian -Biz
    UK retailers report that sales and orders tumbled this month, raising new concerns over the British economyLatest: CBI sales balance hits lowest since 200858% of retailers report falling sales this monthEarlier:Eurozone growth has picked up, but remains weakFrench private sector growth up ...but Germany struggling 2.11pm BST Barely a day goes by without Donald Trump undermining the Federal Reserve’s independence... and he’s just done it again.The president is still fuming that Germany sold over €800m of 30-year bunds at a negative interest rate on Wednesday (meaning investors won’t get any return at all).Germany sells 30 year bonds offering negative yields. ... more
  • 3 days Leaked emails show Ukip leader comparing Muslims to Nazis TheGuardian
    Richard Braine also said there are no ‘moderate Muslims’ as he is accused of stoking tensionRichard Braine, the new Ukip leader, has been accused of whipping up religious tensions and anti-Muslim prejudice after leaked emails showed he argued that people should no more want Muslims to settle in their country than Nazis.Braine, who won the leadership after a campaign in which he expressed anti-Islam views, also suggested that non-Muslims needed to help Muslims to “cast out their demon” and argued there was no such thing as “moderate Muslims”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Aras Amiri’s fiance says UK government ‘utterly blind’ to responsibility TheGuardian
    James Tyson decries ‘diplomatic failings’ after Iran rejects fiancee’s appealMy fiancee is in an Iranian prison, a victim of the depravity of international relationsThe fiance of Aras Amiri, a British Council employee imprisoned in Iran on spying charges, has accused the UK government of being “utterly blind to their responsibility” to try to secure her release.An appeal against Amiri’s 10-year sentence was rejected without a hearing earlier this week, in a decision that prompted her family to call on the UK government to intervene. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days John McDonnell speaks up for Extinction Rebellion during trial TheGuardian
    Shadow chancellor tells court protests led directly to MPs declaring climate emergencyThe trial of three activists from the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion has heard a statement in their support from the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who said that mass protests in central London in April led directly to MPs debating and declaring a formal climate and environment emergency.McDonnell said he and others were “inspired” by the action taken in April by Extinction Rebellion – when sections of central London were shut down for days – and that the Labour party’s policy programme had developed quickly and substantially afterwards. Continue ... more
  • 3 days Police investigate death of 10-year-old boy in Birmingham TheGuardian
    Death being treated as unexplained after boy found unconscious at houseA 10-year-old boy has died after being found unconscious at an address in Birmingham.The boy was found at a house in the Acocks Green area on Thursday and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Former Tory MP tells Corbyn to rethink plan to stop no-deal Brexit TheGuardian
    Nick Boles says Labour leader should drop idea of becoming caretaker PM and back alternative routeThe former Conservative MP Nick Boles has demanded that Jeremy Corbyn commit to not backing a general election if it would lead to the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October.In a letter that laid out rebel Conservatives’ plans for parliament to stop no deal, Boles turned down Corbyn’s offer of a meeting, saying the Labour leader had to commit to alternative routes to stopping the UK crashing out that went beyond him offering to steward a caretaker government. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Owen Farrell and George Ford to start for England against Ireland TheGuardian -Sport
    • Jones names strongest XV of World Cup warm-up campaign• Tom Curry and Sam Underhill named as flankers against IrelandOwen Farrell and George Ford will start together for England for the first time since last June on Saturday with Eddie Jones naming the strongest starting XV of the World Cup warm-up campaign so far to face Ireland. Farrell makes his first start since the Six Nations, coming in at inside-centre, and assumes the captaincy from Ford, who remains at fly-half.Ford and Farrell is a tried and tested partnership at 10-12 for Jones, who paired the two together for all but ... more
  • 3 days Junior Agogo, former Ghana and Bristol Rovers forward, dies aged 40 TheGuardian -Sport
    Striker also played for Nottingham Forest and QPRAgogo suffered a stroke in 2015, two years after retirementThe former Ghana international Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40.Agogo was born in Accra but made his professional debut for Sheffield Wednesday during the 1998-99 season. He played only two games for the Owls and had loan spells at Oldham, Chester, Chesterfield and Lincoln before moving to the US with Chicago Fire in 2000. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Police release man arrested over death of student Libby Squire TheGuardian
    Twenty-five-year-old released under investigation a day after arrest in Hull murder inquiryA 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of the Hull University student Libby Squire has been released under investigation.Squire, 21, was last seen alive in February returning home from an evening out. Her body was found in the Humber estuary on 20 March. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Food for thought: Mecca Bingo owner plans no-deal Brexit menu TheGuardian
    Rank will not need to rely on foodstuffs coming through ports if there is disruptionThe gambling group Rank has drawn up an emergency “Brexit menu” for its Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino chains, which it will roll out if food and drink supplies are disrupted in a no-deal departure from the European Union.“Our Brexit menu doesn’t rely on foodstuffs coming through ports from the continent, said John O’Reilly, the chief executive of Rank, which operates about 150 casinos and Mecca Bingo outlets. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Food for thought: Mecca Bingo owner plans no-deal Brexit menu TheGuardian -Biz
    Rank will not need to rely on foodstuffs coming through ports if there is disruptionThe gambling group Rank has drawn up an emergency “Brexit menu” for its Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino chains, which it will roll out if food and drink supplies are disrupted in a no-deal departure from the European Union.“Our Brexit menu doesn’t rely on foodstuffs coming through ports from the continent, said John O’Reilly, the chief executive of Rank, which operates about 150 casinos and Mecca Bingo outlets. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days White-tailed eagles return to southern Britain after 240 years TheGuardian
    Conservationists hope release of six eaglets on Isle of Wight will mirror Scotland successWhite-tailed eagles are gracing the skies of southern Britain for the first time in 240 years after six eaglets were released on the Isle of Wight.The huge birds, which are fitted with satellite tags, are expected to disperse along the south coast of England in a scheme backed by the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, who welcomed the return of the “majestic” species. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Laura Ashley reports £14m loss on slump in home furnishings TheGuardian -Biz
    Retailer blames Brexit for denting consumer confidence, with furniture sales also downLaura Ashley has slumped to an annual loss of more than £14m after a collapse in demand for its signature floral home furnishings.The retailer said Brexit concerns had hit consumer confidence and stopped shoppers from making big-ticket purchases or starting big DIY projects. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Liverpool reveal plan to increase Anfield’s capacity to beyond 60,000 TheGuardian -Sport
    • Club ditch original plans for ‘ambitious’ new proposal• Expansion will take place at Anfield Road end of stadiumLiverpool have confirmed they are to abandon current plans to redevelop Anfield in favour of a more ambitious scheme that will increase the stadium’s capacity beyond 60,000.Liverpool’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, has been reconsidering existing proposals to rebuild the Anfield Road end for several months and on Thursday the club announced “ambitious new plans now under active consideration.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Lukaku claims Manchester United failed to protect him and he had to go TheGuardian -Sport
    • Inter striker concluded United wanted him out this summer• Lukaku says he, Pogba and Sánchez were made scapegoatsRomelu Lukaku has claimed Manchester United failed to “protect” him amid stories regarding a transfer this summer and that he concluded he was not wanted and should leave.The striker, who has joined Internazionale for a fee that could reach £74m, also said he was made a scapegoat during United’s difficult periods, along with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sánchez. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days What is going on at Bury Football Club? – video report TheGuardian -Sport
    Bury FC, one of the oldest clubs in the league, could be expelled from the EFL on 23 August unless it can provide financial information to show it can pay its debts and function adequately. The Shakers have recently been promoted to League Two but have already suspended five matches at the start of this season. Joy Hart, a former club director, handcuffed herself to the stadium, Gigg Lane. Fans are pleading for owner, Steve Dale, to sell the club Archive footage courtesy of footballgroundguide.comBury on the brink of expulsion after fifth League One match is suspended Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Qantas tests 19-hour direct flights from UK and US to Sydney TheGuardian -Biz
    Three flights scheduled on new Boeing 787-9 as airline looks at introducing route in 2022Qantas plans to test non-stop flights from London and New York to Sydney this year to see whether passengers and crew can tolerate 19 hours in a plane.The Australian airline will carry 40 passengers and crew on three flights in October, November and December, with a decision on whether to introduce the ultra-long routes commercially due by the end of the year. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days UK high street sales fall at fastest rate since 2008 TheGuardian -Biz
    Sentiment ‘crumbling’ as shop owners grapple with rising costs and Brexit uncertaintyHigh street sales have slumped at their fastest pace since 2008 in August, leaving retailers’ confidence “crumbling”.The CBI’s health check on the retail industry found sales volumes and orders fell at the fastest rate in 10 years, while the wholesale industry experienced a drop in orders on a scale not seen since 2013. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Ashes 2019: England v Australia third Test, day one – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the opening day of play at HeadingleyAustralia recall Harris and Pattinson for third TestAny thoughts? Email or tweet @collinsadam 12.27pm BST Archer has done it! Off stump, moving away delightfully. Harris edges through to Bairstow who makes no mistake. And they come off at the fall of the wicket for rain. Fantastic bowling. 4th over: Australia 12-1 (Warner 0) 12.23pm BST 3rd over: Australia 8-0 (Warner 0, Harris 4) Warner gets a similar ball on his hip to the delivery that finished the previous over, helping to the boundary off his thigh pad. Broad is right on the ... more
  • 3 days Warrington’s Matt Davis: ‘I used to play in the local park. Wembley is a weird dream’ TheGuardian -Sport
    Wolves forward is not fazed by underdog tag against St Helens as he prepares to live his dream after a unique rugby league journeyThe small Leicestershire town of Burbage is certainly not the first place you think of when it comes to rugby league. But on Saturday, a small pocket of an area where fewer than 15,000 people reside will be travelling en masse to Wembley for the sport’s showpiece event to see one of their own realise a childhood dream.Born on the outskirts of Leicestershire and initially a promising rugby union player with Leicester Tigers, Matt Davis has taken ... more
  • 3 days Man admits sending fake anthrax to female politicians TheGuardian
    Richard Hayes pleads guilty to sending powder to MP Chloe Smith and other public figuresA man has admitted sending fake anthrax to a string of female politicians, including the Conservative MP Chloe Smith and the Labour MP Emma Reynolds.Richard Hayes, 40, of no fixed abode, was arrested in Barnstaple, north Devon, on 18 July by counter-terrorism officers. He appeared via video link at Exeter crown court on Thursday and admitted 16 charges of making a noxious substance hoax, contrary to section 114 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Deaths on the rise in 10 of toughest prisons in England and Wales TheGuardian
    Exclusive: figures from MoJ and charity Inquest show deaths up by 20% in less than a yearThe number of deaths in 10 of the most challenging prisons in England and Wales has increased, a charity has revealed, undermining a £10m government project to reduce violence in the jails.Prisoner deaths increased by 20% in the first 11 months of the project, when compared with 12 previous months, according to data from the Ministry of Justice and the charity Inquest. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days EU migration to UK at lowest level since 2013, disputed data shows TheGuardian
    ONS figures released after it admitted reliability of data had been downgradedImmigration to the UK from the EU remains at its lowest level since 2013, according to disputed estimates from the Office for National Statistics.The quarterly migration statistics report has been released a day after the ONS had to admit the reliability of the data set had been called into question and had been downgraded from the gold-plated “national statistic” status to “experimental”. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Johnny Sexton to miss Ireland’s World Cup warm-up against England TheGuardian -Sport
    • Fly-half not in Ireland squad for Twickenham game on Saturday• Ross Byrne gets chance with Joey Carbery on the sidelinesJohnny Sexton has missed out on Ireland’s World Cup warm-up clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday.The British and Irish Lions fly-half sat out training at the start of the week in Ireland’s warm-weather camp in Portugal. The Leinster playmaker has been recovering from a thumb sprain but Ireland had hoped he would be ready to feature against England. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Walter Tull: football’s hidden pioneer whose story everyone should know TheGuardian -Sport
    One of the first black professional players is too little celebrated and a trip to his ancestral home in Barbados was eye-openingWalter Tull. It’s a name every player and football fan should know. But in reality, few know the story of this incredible man and his contribution to society and the game. I believe this needs to be addressed.Tull was one of the very first black professional footballers. Born in east London, he made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in September 1909, before going on to play for Northampton Town. He was also the first black officer in the British ... more
  • 3 days Andy Murray confirms Challenger Tour return at Rafa Nadal Open TheGuardian -Sport
    • Scot drops down a level to build up match fitness• Murray has lost both singles matches since return from injuryAndy Murray will play on the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years next week. The Scot’s entry into the Rafa Nadal Open at the Spaniard’s academy on his home island of Majorca was confirmed on Thursday.The former world No 1 has lost both of the singles matches he has played since returning from January’s hip surgery and, with the US Open starting on Monday, is dropping down a level as he builds up his match fitness. Continue ... more
  • 3 days Macron warns Boris Johnson Brexit could turn UK into vassal state of US before they meet in Paris – live news TheGuardian
    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s meeting with the French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris 10.52am BST During the Tory leadership contest Boris Johnson claimed (implausibly) that the chances of a no-deal Brexit were a million to one. Subsequently he has admitted it is more likely than that, but he has not gone as far as David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, who told the Today programme this morning that he thought the odds on that outcome were now “50/50”. It was now “a high probability”, Davis said.But Davis also insisted that the ... more
  • 3 days Should we abolish private schools? – video TheGaurdian – Edu
    A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them. Maya Goodfellow explores the case for abolitionBritain’s private school problem: it’s time to talk Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Should we abolish private schools? – video TheGuardian
    A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them. Maya Goodfellow explores the case for abolitionBritain’s private school problem: it’s time to talk Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Why we should all head to the park – the greener the better | Alex Clark TheGuardian
    When a friend came to see me just before she died, we went to the nearest green space. Now a study suggests we’re all happier outsideThe last photograph I have of a friend was taken a few days before her death, when she had mounted a brief escape from the drudgery of hospital life and come to London, possibly knowing it would be her last visit. We went to the pub, we went for a curry, we went and had manicures. And we also went to the park, where I snapped her, sitting on a deckchair, grinning in a break ... more
  • 3 days Talking Horses: Enable the star at UK farewell but Firmament can shine too TheGuardian -Sport
    Enable can extend her winning streak in Yorkshire Oaks, while Firmament is one to watch in the preceding race at YorkEnable is the undoubted star of the afternoon at York on Thursday, as she makes her final start on a British track and attempts to extend her winning streak to 12 races. From a betting point of view, however, the preceding Clipper Logistics Handicap over a mile is the race that all the punters will hope to solve. Firmament (3.00) could prove to be the answer at a track where he never seems to run a bad race.]The form of ... more
  • 3 days Ruthless Solskjær cares little for egos or age at Manchester United TheGuardian -Sport
    The manager has fielded young teams and experienced players such as Smalling, Jones, Matic and Fred are the victimsIn Manchester United’s opening two fixtures Ole Gunnar Solskjær has shown the ruthlessness surely required to successfully transform the side.The manager is ushering in a new, vibrant core who made his XI versus Chelsea on the opening day the youngest of the weekend – at an average age of 24 years and 227 days – and that mark was lowered to 24 years and 173 days at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Liverpool v Arsenal, Puskás Award outsiders and Japan’s strangest sports | Classic YouTube TheGuardian -Sport
    This week’s roundup also features Challenge Cup finals, tennis meltdowns and a team scoring without touching the ball1) It’s Liverpool v Arsenal this weekend, and there’s only one place to start as we dig into the archives – a match so famous, it’s got its own documentary. Jumping forward 20 years to 2009, and Andrey Arshavin bags all four in a 4-4 draw. Unai Emery would surely take that: recent trips to Anfield have seen the Gunners lose 4-1 in 2007, 5-1 in 2014, 4-0 in 2017 and 5-1 again last season. Happier memories for travelling fans: a late Robin ... more
  • 3 days The Breakdown | Player concerns over wellbeing must be heeded by coaches and officials TheGuardian -Sport
    Jamie Cudmore is taking his former club to court over concussions, but longer seasons will only deepen the problemKearnan Myall’s stark account this week of the loneliness of the modern-day rugby player showed a disconnect at the top of the game touched on recently by Jamie Cudmore, the former Clermont Auvergne second-row who is taking the club to court for allegedly failing to protect him from serious injury in 2015 after a series of concussions.Myall, who experienced depression as the speed of the sport’s treadmill regularly increased, pointed out that many of the coaches at club and country level were ... more
  • 3 days Northern Ireland police chief warns hard border could revive extremists TheGuardian
    No-deal Brexit could become ‘a fuelling point’ for paramilitary groups, says Simon ByrneThe chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has warned that the return of a hard border in the event of a no-deal Brexit could revive paramilitary groups.It could become a “trigger and a fuelling point” for more people to join extremist groups, Simon Byrne told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Thursday. He said: “If we get this wrong we could drift back to almost a paramilitary style of policing.” Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days I work in A&E. I see the brutal reality of the UK’s homelessness crisis every day TheGuardian
    Rising numbers of homeless people have an impact on the NHS, but healthcare services can’t solve the problem aloneSam’s in his mid-20s, give or take a couple of years, and has attended the hospital where I work six times in the last four months. He’s alright, he reckons, but he’s got a skin infection on his foot that just won’t shift. I have another look at his foot, send some skin swabs to the lab and we try a different kind of dressing on it.I prescribe another course of antibiotics for this recurring skin infection, but the reason it persists ... more
  • 3 days UK weather: record August bank holiday temperature expected TheGuardian
    Mercury forecast to hit 33C as hot weather replaces wind and rainA bank holiday heatwave could set record temperatures around the country, with blue skies expected to replace the wind and rain that has dogged August.South-easterly winds would draw warm air from Europe towards the UK from Friday, bringing rising temperatures and dry, settled weather, the Met Office said. On Monday, the mercury could reach 33C (91.4F), a record high for the August bank holiday weekend. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days The ‘Formula One’ secret behind Tom Brady’s time-cheating dominance TheGuardian -Sport
    The 42-year-old quarterback is among the NFL’s best and he’s shown little sign of slowing down. How does he do it?On 3 August, Tom Brady turned 42. Were there a Newton’s Law of Aging, Brady would be defying it. After all, normal human beings slow down as they age. Tom Brady, not so much.At this point, after yet another Super Bowl win, Brady has little to prove. Surely, the wounds of his sixth-round draft selection have been patched with two record-breaking decades of winning. But at an age most players are working on their golf game or talking about other ... more
  • 3 days GCSE results: girls fare better than boys under more rigorous courses TheGuardian
    More than 25% of entries by girls got top grade of A, or 7, compared with 18.6% for boysGCSE results day 2019: live newsThe introduction of more rigorous GCSE courses in England and elsewhere in the UK appears to have benefited girls more than boys, including in subjects such as physics and maths, where girls have narrowed the gap in grades.More than one in four exam entries by girls received top grades of A, or 7, and above in this summer’s exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an improvement of half a percentage point to 25.3% compared with last ... more
  • 3 days GCSE results: girls fare better than boys under more rigorous courses TheGaurdian – Edu
    More than 25% of entries by girls got top grade of A, or 7, compared with 18.6% for boysThe introduction of more rigorous GCSE courses in England and elsewhere in the UK appears to have benefited girls more than boys, including in subjects such as physics and maths, where girls have narrowed the gap in grades.More than one in four exam entries by girls aged 16 received top grades of A or 7 and above in this summer’s exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, an improvement of half a percentage point to 25.3% compared with last year, while just ... more
  • 3 days Suspended dean of Oxford college to be reinstated TheGuardian
    Tribunal at Christ Church dismisses unknown complaints against Martyn PercyThe dean of an ancient Oxford college who was suspended last September after being accused of “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful conduct” has won a tribunal hearing and will be reinstated next week.Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church college, will return to work after a tribunal chaired by a former high court judge dismissed the complaints against him following a hearing behind closed doors in June. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days ‘It’s an act of hope’: the fairytale rise of the Real Kashmir football team TheGuardian -Sport
    For 90 minutes, while their team plays, people of the war-torn Indian region of Kashmir forget curfews and protests and enjoy normalityBefore an away match, Mohammed Hammad used to call his mother in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir and ask her to pray for the team, Real Kashmir, a football club in the city whose miraculous rise in three years has made football-mad Kashmiris proud.On Saturday, the team was playing Goa FC at Kalyani stadium outside Kolkata for an important match but he didn’t call his mother. Or rather, he couldn’t. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Cuadrilla halts fracking after biggest tremor yet at Lancashire site TheGuardian
    ‘Microseismic event’ measuring 1.55ML on Richter scale stops Preston New Road operationsCuadrilla was forced to halt fracking at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire on Wednesday night after triggering the largest tremor recorded at the location.The tremor closed down operations at the Preston New Road site shortly after it was detected at 8.46pm. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Cuadrilla halts fracking after biggest tremor yet at Lancashire site TheGuardian -Biz
    ‘Microseismic event’ measuring 1.55ML on Richter scale stops Preston New Road operationsCuadrilla was forced to halt fracking at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire on Wednesday night after triggering the largest tremor recorded at the location.The tremor closed down operations at the Preston New Road site shortly after it was detected at 8.46pm. Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days Football transfer rumours: Havertz and Sancho to Manchester United? TheGuardian -Sport
    Today’s tittle-tattle is cool and crispManchester United cannot take a hint. Jadon Sancho might have agreed a new £190,000 contract with Borussia Dortmund, but that will not stop United from making a £100m bid for the England winger in January. Dortmund will consider selling on one condition: Ole Gunnar Solskjær has to tell Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford that Fred takes all the penalties from now on.United do not plan to stop at Sancho as they hunt for attacking reinforcements. They are also in for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, though they face competition for the £90m forward from Arsenal, Chelsea, ... more
  • 3 days Share your reaction and experiences to GCSE results day 2019 TheGaurdian – Edu
    Share photos, videos and stories with us as pupils across the country get their GCSE resultsAs we reach the third results day since the new, tougher GCSE exams were introduced, we would like to hear your experiences. Related: GCSE results day 2019: live news Continue reading... ... more
  • 3 days How do I take better photos? | Ask Jack TheGuardian -Tech
    Lyndsay wants people to post better pictures on Facebook. Here’s how to get the shot right on your phone or cameraSo many people post pictures on Facebook with very advanced cameras, eg from iPhones. Alas, many do not crop their photos, the horizon is not horizontal, there are dark shadows … Some people do not even know the camera can face outwards: I notice so many selfies! I think a gentle article from Jack Schofield on how not to disappoint your friends with holiday pics would be wonderful. Lyndsay (via Facebook)There are some terrible photos on Facebook, but I think ... more
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