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  • 2 months UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit TheGuardian -Biz
    Business group warns that companies are getting ready to shift operations abroadThousands of British companies have already triggered emergency plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit, with many gearing up to move operations abroad if the UK crashes out of the EU, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.Before a crucial week in parliament, in which MPs will try to wrest control from Theresa May’s government in order to delay Brexit and avoid a no-deal outcome, the BCC said it believed companies that had already gone ahead with their plans represented the “tip of the iceberg” and that many of ... more
  • 2 months The academy revolution has swept England. It has left casualties in its wake | Sonia Sodha TheGaurdian – Edu
    More than half of all pupils are educated by an opaque and poorly regulated systemWalk into a school and some things will strike you right away. Is the atmosphere respectful and warm? How do children interact with their teachers? What sort of project work takes pride of place on the corridor walls?One thing that you can’t immediately tell from wandering from classroom to classroom is whether the school is an academy, run by a not-for-profit organisation independent of the local council, or a “maintained” school under local council oversight. When things are going well, parents may barely notice the difference. ... more
  • 2 months Roston Chase humiliates England as dominant West Indies win first Test TheGuardian -Sport
    West Indies 289 & 415-6 dec; England 77 & 246• Chase takes 8-60 on day four as Windies win by 381 runsThe margin of victory was enormous – 381 runs – but this accurately reflects the gulf between the two sides. In terms of runs only the England defeat at Manchester in 1976 against Clive Lloyd’s side is bigger.Back then we could at least admire the ultimately futile bravery of the old, un-helmetted men, Brian Close and John Edrich, in the face of a barrage of short-pitched bowling. But here we witnessed a barren England performance on all fronts. ... more
  • 2 months Man slashed in face during brawl before Millwall’s FA Cup win over Everton TheGuardian
    • Police used batons to break up fighting away from ground• ‘The behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful,’ say policeThe Football Association is expected to launch an investigation into violent clashes that took place prior to Millwall’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton at the Den and resulted in a man suffering a slash wound to the face.Footage circulated on social media showing two large groups of people fighting near Surrey Quays station in the London borough of Southwark, close to the Den. Metropolitan police believe those involved were rival supporters and despite using batons to break up the confrontation, ... more
  • 2 months Man slashed in face during brawl before Millwall’s FA Cup win over Everton TheGuardian -Sport
    • Police used batons to break up fighting away from ground• ‘The behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful,’ say policeThe Football Association is expected to launch an investigation into violent clashes that took place prior to Millwall’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Everton at the Den and resulted in a man suffering a slash wound to the face.Footage circulated on social media showing two large groups of people fighting near Surrey Quays station in the London borough of Southwark, close to the Den. Metropolitan police believe those involved were rival supporters and despite using batons to break up the confrontation, ... more
  • 2 months Alan Hardy the speedster leaves Notts County stuck in reverse | Daniel Taylor TheGuardian -Sport
    Notts are on their third manager of the season, eight points off safety at the bottom of League Two and straying dangerously close to losing their title as the oldest Football League clubIn ordinary circumstances Notts County, rock bottom of the entire Football League, would have been preparing to play Newport this weekend. These, of course, are not ordinary circumstances. Newport had an FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough to take up their time and that left the 92nd-placed club in English football facing a blank weekend. To borrow an old line from Jasper Carrott, their best result for ages.Not that ... more
  • 2 months Everton up in arms after Millwall’s Murray Wallace lands late winner TheGuardian -Sport
    It was an FA Cup tie that will be spoken about for some time to come. Five goals, a late winner to seal a shock victory and, at the end, a pitch invasion that served as a reminder that for all the knocks this competition has taken in recent years it still has the power to send people into a frenzy. They were dancing on the pitch as well as singing in the stands, and for Millwall there is another never-to-be-forgotten Premier League scalp to add to the others they have taken in this corner of south London.Five successive top-flight ... more
  • 2 months Millwall v Everton: FA Cup fourth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-off at The DenJake Cooper: ‘A sold-out Den is special … it’s so intimidating’Feel free to email Barry your thoughts or via Twitter @bglendenning 7.25pm GMT 90+3 min: Now it’s Everton’s turn to defend as Millwall launch a late assault and win a free-kick wide on the right for a Digne foul on Morison. 7.24pm GMT 90+2 min: Millwall win a throw-in deep in Everton territory, which Leonard takes long. Everton clear and Richarlison gallops off on the counter-attack. Millwall recover and clear the ball, but Everton continue to ramp up the ... more
  • 2 months AFC Wimbledon v West Ham: FA Cup fourth round – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    FA Cup updates from the 7.45pm (GMT) kick-off ‘It’s got the feel of the old Wimbledon’: Downes plots FA Cup shockYou can email Ben your thoughts or via Twitter @benfisherj 7.20pm GMT For all of the hot air around Marko Arnautovic, West Ham remain in talks with Celta Vigo over Maxi Gómez, whose contract contains a £43.5m release clause. The Spanish club, however, are battling relegation from La Liga and want to keep the 22-year-old. Intriguingly, one possibility could be a deal being done in this window before loaning him back until the end of the season. Any deal would ... more
  • 2 months Matthew Dolan stuns Middlesbrough with late strike to earn Newport replay TheGuardian -Sport
    Hamstring trouble dictated that Matthew Dolan had been touch and go for a place on the bench against the club that taught him his trade before terminating his contract five years ago.Such rejection ensured the Newport midfielder was particularly keen to pass a fitness test and, having done so, he made the absolute most of his late introduction. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months European round-up: Marco Reus stars as Borussia Dortmund thrash Hannover TheGuardian -Sport
    • Bundesliga leaders win 5-1 to go nine points clear• Antoine Griezmann scores as Atlético Madrid beat GetafeBorussia Dortmund stretched their lead in the Bundesliga over defending champions Bayern Munich to nine points after hammering Hannover 96 5-1.Captain Marco Reus, who was making his return after an ankle injury, scored one and set up another as his team turned up the pressure on Bayern, who host Stuttgart on Sunday. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Football League: Leeds go three points clear at top after comeback win TheGuardian -Sport
    Championship leaders come from behind to beat RotherhamLuton see off Southend, Macclesfield suffer heartbreakLeeds moved three points clear at the top thanks to a 2-1 win at Rotherham. In a game lacking a cutting edge, Semi Ajayi took matters into his own hands by smashing a goal in from 30 yards for the Millers. Mateusz Klich levelled things up in the 51st minute with a scrappy goal from close range and the Polish midfielder completed the comeback victory with a low shot from inside the area. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Paisley Park gives Emma Lavelle that Cheltenham Festival fervour TheGuardian -Sport
    • Odds cut for Stayers’ after 12-length win in Cleeve Hurdle• Owner Andrew Gemmell, a Prince fan, says: ‘Let’s go crazy’Paisley Park was a hugely popular winner of the Cleeve Hurdle and surely no horse will go into March’s Festival here with a greater weight of public sentiment behind him. Enormously improved this winter, Paisley Park endured a life-threatening illness a couple of years ago and represents Emma Lavelle, who has never previously had a Grade One winner in her yard, and the owner, Andrew Gemmell, who has been blind since birth and developed a love of horseracing while listening ... more
  • 2 months Andre Gray pounces to fire spirited Watford past lacklustre Newcastle TheGuardian -Sport
    On a Tyneside day when enthusiasm petered out with the daylight, Newcastle United lost to Watford to ensure that for the 12th time in 12 seasons under the ownership of Mike Ashley, the fifth round of the FA Cup will not be troubled by black and white dreams.For a club that has been finalists 13 times, and for a city where FA Cup heritage continues to hold meaning, it is a dismal state of affairs. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Billy Sharp pegs back Norwich twice as Sheffield United earn dramatic draw TheGuardian -Sport
    Billy Sharp scored twice as Sheffield United twice came from behind to grab a draw in a pulsating clash against Norwich. Sharp made it 19 goals for the season while the Norwich striker Teemu Pukki took his tally to 18 as two of the division’s leading sides produced a match worthy of the occasion.Norwich were quickest out of the blocks, piling on the pressure and forcing a series of early corners before deservedly taking the lead in the 11th minute. Onel Hernández had already tested Dean Henderson from distance and made no mistake after a neat one-two with Pukki, calmly ... more
  • 2 months Matt Doherty heads late equaliser to stop Shrewsbury shocking Wolves TheGuardian -Sport
    Nuno Espírito Santo opted to punch the air rather than risk another £8,000 fine for sprinting on to the pitch in celebration of another stoppage-time goal, but his relief was unmistakable. The pain was equally plain for Shrewsbury Town. Their manager, Sam Ricketts, convulsed with agony on the sideline. Supporters who had yelled “six” in disbelief when the amount of additional time was signalled screamed once more. It was the 93rd minute and Wolves, two down with 15 minutes left, were reprieved.Matt Doherty delivered Wolves’ latest stoppage-time goal to shatter the League One side’s dreams of a place in the ... more
  • 2 months Ex-Labour MP Jim Sheridan suspended over antisemitism row labels accusers ‘misguided’ TheGuardian
    Jim Sheridan, now a councillor, apologised but said accusers ‘overreacted’ to his commentsA former Labour MP suspended from the party over comments made online about the Jewish community has branded his accusers “misguided” upon being reinstated to the party.Jim Sheridan, a former Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP who lost his seat in 2015 and is now a councillor in Renfrewshire, faced an investigation after a complaint in August last year. It was reported to relate to a social media post in which he spoke about his loss of “respect and empathy” for the community during the antisemitism row. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Kevin De Bruyne hits thunderbolt as Manchester City storm past Burnley TheGuardian -Sport
    Manchester City toyed with Burnley then pummelled them mercilessly to record an eighth consecutive victory and enter the fifth round of the only major tournament Pep Guardiola is yet to win in England. Were he to do so he would join Joe Mercer as the only City managers to record a clean sweep of English football’s main honours.His men are hitting optimum form just as the Champions League roves into view and the business end of the campaign begins. When witnessing such a display it seems odd to recall City’s awful December, when they lost three times and ceded ground ... more
  • 2 months The Observer view on Hugh McIlvanney, a poet in print who brought sport alive | Observer editorial TheGuardian -Sport
    The late Observer journalist elevated sports reporting into an art formThe many tributes to Hugh McIlvanney, who died last week aged 84, are the measure of a true Fleet Street legend. McIlvanney defined this paper’s sports pages for three decades from the beginning of the 1960s and set the standard for the match report and the ringside dispatch as a storytelling art form. It is no surprise that so many of the reminiscences have dwelt on the Scot’s inimitable voice.McIlvanney’s words on the page were rooted in the cadences of his spoken language. It seems no coincidence in this regard ... more
  • 2 months Hugh McIlvanney: memories of my uncle, last of the big land animals TheGuardian -Sport
    Famed for his bravura sports writing and penetrating insight, he also brought a seriousness to the business of living – not to mention Trivial PursuitAlong with my father, the novelist William, my uncle Hugh was such a towering presence in our family that his passing seems to complete an era. He was the last of the big land animals, the sole survivor of a generation that became legendary not just within the confines of our tribe but to some extent in the wider world.Having close relatives who are also public figures can be a disconcerting business. The man whose byline ... more
  • 2 months Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume old rivalry for slam supremacy | Kevin Mitchell TheGuardian -Sport
    They may not admit it but the pair will be eyeing Roger Federer’s record when they collide in the Australian Open finalThey dare not say it, but history will weigh heavily on the shoulders of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Australian Open final – and the pressure is being applied by someone who left here several days ago: Roger Federer.Why these two wonderful players and rivals shy away from speculating about matching or overtaking his record of 20 grand slam titles is hard to fathom. Nadal has 17, Djokovic 14. And time is running out for both of ... more
  • 2 months Juncker tells May: permanent customs union is price for revisiting backstop TheGuardian
    Frans Timmermans accuses Tory Brexiters of a ‘cavalier’ approach to EU peaceJean-Claude Juncker has told Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in favour of a permanent customs union is the price she will need to pay for the EU revising the Irish backstop.Without a major shift in the prime minister’s position, the European commission president told May that the current terms of the withdrawal agreement were non-negotiable. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Small energy suppliers get a growth boost as their rivals collapse TheGuardian -Biz
    Some surviving challengers are expanding to almost ‘big six’ size by absorbing displaced customersEight small energy suppliers closed their doors last year as rising wholesale costs tipped them over the edge, and the trend has continued into 2019, with the recent insolvency of Economy Energy, followed by Our Power, which failed on Friday. Industry watchers predict there are more failures to come.The string of collapses has shone a spotlight on unsustainable pricing by new entrants and on the costs all households face from picking up the pieces. What is less remarked upon is how the events have redrawn the landscape ... more
  • 2 months The supermarket in Wales owned by a small council … in Surrey TheGuardian
    ‘Casino councils’ are spending huge sums on property across the country in a high-stakes bid to balance their booksThe rhythmic bleep at the tills charts a steady trickle of shoppers flowing through the checkout area at Asda in Ystalyfera, south Wales. It is a typical mid-morning at the supermarket in this former industrial town, 12 miles north of Swansea. Young mothers browse the knitwear section at George by Asda; a couple of older men in paint-speckled work overalls scour the sandwich section for their lunch.It looks much like every other Asda in the country. But this site is owned by ... more
  • 2 months The supermarket in Wales owned by a small council … in Surrey TheGuardian -Biz
    ‘Casino councils’ are spending huge sums on property across the country in a high-stakes bid to balance their booksThe rhythmic bleep at the tills charts a steady trickle of shoppers flowing through the checkout area at Asda in Ystalyfera, south Wales. It is a typical mid-morning at the supermarket in this former industrial town, 12 miles north of Swansea. Young mothers browse the knitwear section at George by Asda; a couple of older men in paint-speckled work overalls scour the sandwich section for their lunch.It looks much like every other Asda in the country. But this site is owned by ... more
  • 2 months ‘I forgot to smile’: Naomi Osaka reacts after her Australian Open triumph – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Despite squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, regrouped to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensures she will be the new world No 1. On Saturday, the tears flowed again at the end of a high quality, see-saw final, in which she lost her way and then found it again. As Kvitova’s final forehand return flew wide, Osaka fell to her haunches, her head in her hands. 'I still feel very shocked,' Osaka said.Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova ... more
  • 2 months UK weather: Arctic blast to deliver weekend of two halves TheGuardian
    Strong northerly winds, snow and ice forecast to affect large parts of countryA large swathe of the UK is to be hit by an Arctic blast, bringing strong winds, snow and ice in a chilly end to the month.The Met Office issued five weather warnings for the last weekend of January, saying there was a chance of power cuts and travel disruption. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months West Indies v England: first Test, day four – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Latest updates and score from the first TestButtler: West Indies have given England a reality checkFeel free to email Simon or to tweet: @Simon_Burnton 3.20pm GMT 35th over: England 102-1 (Burns 76, Bairstow 5) Burns jabs his bat down onto Joseph’s first delivery and has no idea where the ball goes after that, leading to a comedy bit of on-the-spot spinnage as he at tempts to track it down. Nothing wrong with a bit of spinnage, though, as Popeye fans will know. Later Burns drives smartly through the covers, Hetmyer stopping it well about a third of an inch from ... more
  • 2 months Telegraph apologises and pays damages to Melania Trump TheGuardian
    British newspaper pulls article peppered with false claims about US first lady from its siteThe Daily Telegraph has paid “substantial damages” to Melania Trump and apologised “unreservedly” to the US first lady after making a number of false claims about her life in an article.The claims were made in a story entitled The mystery of Melania, which ran on the cover of last Saturday’s Telegraph magazine, but the newspaper has now said it included a number of errors about Donald Trump’s wife which should not have been published. The piece promised to tell the truth on what it described as ... more
  • 2 months Manchester City v Burnley, Newcastle v Watford and more: FA Cup fourth round clockwatch – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Live updates from all the 3pm kick-offs in the FA CupFA Cup fourth round: 10 things to look out for this weekendFeel free to email Ben or tweet @benfisherj your thoughts 3.17pm GMT Breaking news at the Etihad Stadium: a corner flag has snapped in half. The referee has no choice but to pause action for a moment. Luckily, the head groundsman Lee Jackson is on the scene, and installs a box-fresh corner flag fit for purpose. Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a delicious cross after the restart but nobody in a City shirt could connect at the back post. ... more
  • 2 months Germany agrees to end reliance on coal stations by 2038 TheGuardian -Biz
    Fossil fuels provide nearly 40% of country’s power as tensions rise on phaseout timetableGermany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe’s attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets.The country is the last major bastion of coal-burning in north-western Europe and the dirtiest of fossil fuels still provides nearly 40% of Germany’s power, compared with 5% in the UK, which plans to phase the fuel out entirely by 2025. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Martyn Waghorn’s late winner ends Accrington Stanley’s FA Cup dream TheGuardian -Sport
    Derby County knocked José Mourinho’s Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup but found the going far from easy against Accrington Stanley on their latest visit to the north-west. Related: Accrington Stanley v Derby County: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months ‘It hurts a lot’: Kvitova vows to bounce back after Australian Open final defeat TheGuardian -Sport
    • The Czech says she has already won her biggest battle• Naomi Osaka made to fight for Australian Open titlePetra Kvitova missed out on a third grand slam title at the Australian Open but said she had already won her biggest battle. The Czech was attacked in her own home by an intruder with a knife in December 2016, an incident that left her requiring several hours of surgery to the fingers of her dominant left hand.Kvitova said the pain of losing was secondary to the pride she felt at being back on the biggest stage. “It’s hurting a lot ... more
  • 2 months Agent Willie McKay arranged Emiliano Sala flight but denies choosing plane or pilot TheGuardian -Sport
    • Football agent issues statement after disappearance of plane• Guernsey police have called off search for strikerThe football agent Willie McKay arranged for the flight to take Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff but claims he had no involvement in selecting the plane or pilot.Guernsey Police have called off the search for Cardiff’s new £15m signing Sala and pilot David Ibbotson after their plane disappeared over the English Channel on Monday evening. McKay’s son, Mark, was the acting agent for Nantes in a move which made 28-year-old Sala a club-record transfer for Cardiff. His other son, Jack, who plays for ... more
  • 2 months ‘Democracy is broken’: Women’s Equality party leader tells why she quit TheGuardian
    Sophie Walker calls for new voices and an entirely new model for politics after stepping down from top jobTalking as part of a panel last weekend, the leader of the Women’s Equality party, Sophie Walker, looked out at the audience with growing unease. “There was a huge amount of energy in the hall, which was made up of women wanting to learn how to be activists,” says Walker. “But there was also an air of them bracing themselves to do something quite unpleasant.”They were all aware that stepping into politics was like walking naked into a blizzard. The thought occurred ... more
  • 2 months ‘It’s painful’: Petra Kvitova reflects on Australian Open loss to Naomi Osaka – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Petra Kvitova has said she is unsure of how long it will take her to recover from her loss to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open final. This was the Czech's first grand slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2014 and the first since she was stabbed in the hand by an intruder at her home just over two years ago.Osaka recovered after wasting three championship points and beat Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4 to win her second major title in a rowNaomi Osaka wins Australian Open final to seal back-to-back grand slams Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Naomi Osaka’s journey from world No 72 to Australian Open champion – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Naomi Osaka claimed her first Australian Open crown and the world No 1 ranking in a dramatic three-set victory over Petra Kvitova.Osaka denied Kvitova, who suffered career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed two years ago, an emotional third grand slam title and secured back-to-back majors of her own with a steely 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4 triumph over the Czech.Ranked 72nd this time last year, Osaka is also the first woman since Serena Williams in 2015 to land successive grand slams after backing up her stunning breakthrough victory over the American superstar in last year's US Open final.Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open final to seal back-to-back ... more
  • 2 months Ireland dismisses suggestion it should quit EU and join UK TheGuardian
    BBC’s John Humphrys criticised for putting ‘Brexit solution’ to Irish ministerIreland has dismissed the suggestion that the best solution to the Brexit impasse might be for the country to quit the EU and join the UK. Related: Leo Varadkar: Brexit has undermined Good Friday agreement Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Ambulance and A&E delays are putting patients ‘at risk’ TheGuardian
    A coroner in Wales issues a formal warning ordering NHS bosses to make improvementsPatients’ lives are being put in danger by long delays for vital NHS care, a coroner has warned, following the death of a 93-year-old woman who waited 10 hours for an ambulance and another two to get into A&E.Ambulance hold-ups, staff shortages and the difficulty of getting speedy A&E care have contributed to “numerous” deaths and may claim more lives, according to John Gittins. He outlined his fears in a formal legal warning detailing a number of recurring flaws in care that he sent to the NHS ... more
  • 2 months Sex, ska and Malcolm X: MI6’s covert 1960s mission to woo West Indians TheGuardian
    Intelligence service secretly funded Flamingo magazine to fight communist threatEven by the demanding standards of the 1960s, Flamingo was considered a groundbreaking magazine. Mixing glamour, sex advice, culture and international politics, it was one of the first magazines to target Britain’s African-Caribbean community.It ran from September 1961 until May 1965 and at its peak sold up to 20,000 copies in the UK and 15,000 in the US. It was also distributed in the Caribbean and West Africa, and published dedicated editions in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. It carried interviews with Malcolm X and advertisements for Island Records, which brought Jamaican ... more
  • 2 months ‘This is another crack in the glass ceiling’: RSC casts disabled actors in new season TheGuardian
    Artistic director Greg Doran hopes to ‘reflect the nation’ in boost to stage diversityThe Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled plans to “level the playing field” for disabled actors by casting them in new productions in what one said marked “another massive crack in the glass ceiling”.Gregory Doran, the RSC’s artistic director, has picked Karina Jones, who is visually impaired, Charlotte Arrowsmith, who is deaf, and Amy Trigg, who is a wheelchair user, among 27 actors for forthcoming productions of As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Key EU medicines regulator closes London office with loss of 900 jobs TheGuardian
    European Medicines Agency heads for Amsterdam 63 days before BrexitThe European Medicines Agency, one of the biggest EU regulators and one of the first casualties of Brexit, has closed its doors in the UK for the last time with the loss of 900 jobs.Staff lowered and folded up the 28 national flags that adorned the lobby in London’s Canary Wharf headquarters on Friday night and bid farewell before moving to their new offices in Amsterdam. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Key EU medicines regulator closes London office with loss of 900 jobs TheGuardian -Biz
    European Medicines Agency heads for Amsterdam 63 days before BrexitThe European Medicines Agency, one of the biggest EU regulators and one of the first casualties of Brexit, has closed its doors in the UK for the last time with the loss of 900 jobs.Staff lowered and folded up the 28 national flags that adorned the lobby in the company’s Canary Wharf headquarters in London on Friday night, bidding it farewell before moving to their new offices in Amsterdam. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Rachel Riley to get extra security after receiving online threats TheGuardian
    Countdown co-presenter says she is abused for criticising antisemitism in Labour partyThe Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley has revealed she is to be given extra security on the Channel 4 game show after being abused online for her criticism of antisemitism in the Labour party.Riley, who is Jewish, said she had been targeted by Labour supporters on Twitter for her criticisms of the party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Australian Open women’s final: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win title – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the final on Rod Laver Arena from 8am GMTFull report as Osaka wins back-to-back grand slamsEmail James or tweet @piercy360 with your thoughts 11.28am GMT Kvitova given a huge reception as she walks onto the stage. Here’s what she had to say, fighting back tears. Hello everyone. it’s crazy I cannot believe I just played a final of a Grand Slam again so ... It was a great final, well done Naomi. To your team as well, you really played well and congratulations for being (world) No1 as well. It’s a great tournament so it’s a big honour ... more
  • 2 months Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win Australian Open for back-to-back slams TheGuardian -Sport
    Osaka wins 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 after missing match points in second setUS Open champion also secures world No 1 ranking This time the tears were of joy. Tennis already had a star in Naomi Osaka; now it has a superstar. Despite squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese regrouped brilliantly to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensures she will be the new world No 1 and aged 21, there is surely a lot more success to come. Related: Beaten Petra ... more
  • 2 months Henry Slade: ‘I’m not small but my game is putting others in space’ TheGuardian -Sport
    The Exeter playmaker is finally becoming a regular at 13 for England, and his guile is a welcome counterpoint to the pure power currently dominating the gameNothing more succinctly sums up the state of the professional game than Henry Slade’s belief that he is relatively small for a centre. Exeter’s England international is 6ft 4in and weighs more than 15st, taller and heavier than most second rows not long before the 25-year-old was born, but not sufficiently bulky to be tasked with battering his way into traffic and over the gainline.Slade is a playmaker – not quite a species on ... more
  • 2 months Simple tweak to Lukaku’s role keeps charmed prince Solskjær’s reign alive | Jonathan Wilson TheGuardian -Sport
    Playing Romelu Lukaku on the right wing meant Ole Gunnar Solskjær created the space to get the most out of Alexis Sánchez in the win over ArsenalEasy game, this management lark. So easy, you wonder what on earth Ole Gunnar Solskjær was doing during his first stint in the Premier League: it didn’t seem this straightforward with Cardiff City. These days, though, it seems he can do no wrong. Not only did he allow Alexis Sánchez to invoke the immutable law of the ex by scoring against Arsenal but, far less expectedly, he deployed Romelu Lukaku to dismantle Arsenal from ... more
  • 2 months ‘We are playing with a smile’: Pogba and Lukaku celebrate FA Cup win over Arsenal – video TheGuardian -Sport
    Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba have been reflecting on the mood at Manchester United after their team's 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the fourth-round of the FA Cup.United have now scored 22 goals under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has won eight matches in a row since stepping in as interim manager following the sacking of José Mourinho.United see off Arsenal to maintain manager’s perfect start Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Racism in Britain: how we revealed the shocking impact of unconscious bias TheGuardian
    Our Bias in Britain project showed the extent of racial bias faced by black, Asian and minority-ethnic people every dayOn the morning I was due to fly out to the US, I got an error message while trying to print out my boarding pass. I shrugged and rushed to the airport to print it out from a kiosk, but it didn’t work there either. I tried to stifle the rising panic as I queued up as the desk to check in – did I fill in my details wrong? No, I was told I had been randomly selected for extra ... more
  • 2 months Tax return 2019: a stress-free guide to tackling it TheGuardian -Biz
    With just days to go until the HMRC deadline, we take the pain out of the process The weather may have turned arctic, but frostbitten fingers won’t get you out of doing your tax return. HM Revenue & Customs has issued a list of the most bizarre (and unsuccessful) excuses it received from customers who missed last year’s self-assessment deadline. They included “My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type”.If you have been putting off the day when you have to gather up all your bits of paper and sit down and fill in the form, ... more
  • 2 months Hebden Bridge: how a thriving town lost its last bank TheGuardian
    Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man has a plan to fill the gapThanks to the creatives who flocked to buy cheap housing half a century ago, Hebden Bridge has long been known for its thriving town centre. But though independent shops, cafes and arts venues are here in abundance, there is one vital lifeline missing – a bank.Last week, the market town’s last surviving bank, a branch of Lloyds, closed its doors for the final time. Now there are no banks within a 15-mile stretch between Todmorden and Brighouse in West Yorkshire’s Calder Valley. ... more
  • 2 months Hebden Bridge: how a thriving town lost its last bank TheGuardian -Biz
    Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man has a plan to fill the gapThanks to the creatives who flocked to buy cheap housing half a century ago, Hebden Bridge has long been known for its thriving town centre. But though independent shops, cafes and arts venues are here in abundance, there is one vital lifeline missing – a bank.Last week, the market town’s last surviving bank, a branch of Lloyds, closed its doors for the final time. Now there are no banks within a 15-mile stretch between Todmorden and Brighouse in West Yorkshire’s Calder Valley. ... more
  • 2 months Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals TheGuardian -Biz
    London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK’s food waste problemMothers with toddlers at their ankles sit beside elderly men and women out for a welcome bit of company on a Monday lunchtime. Plates are piled with steaming pasta, couscous salad and warm bread rolls as the chefs wipe sweat from their foreheads in a galley kitchen next door.This is a bustling local restaurant in an affluent area of south-west London, but there is one big difference from the many fashionable cafes that line the streets of this London “village”. The food has all been saved from the bin. ... more
  • 2 months Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals TheGuardian
    London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK’s food waste problemMothers with toddlers at their ankles sit beside elderly men and women out for a welcome bit of company on a Monday lunchtime. Plates are piled with steaming pasta, couscous salad and warm bread rolls as the chefs wipe sweat from their foreheads in a galley kitchen next door.This is a bustling local restaurant in an affluent area of south-west London, but there is one big difference from the many fashionable cafes that line the streets of this London “village”. The food has all been saved from the bin. ... more
  • 2 months Australia flog Sri Lanka in first Test at the Gabba TheGuardian -Sport
    Pat Cummins spearheaded victoryBiggest Australian win in more than a yearPat Cummins has spearheaded Australia to their best week of Test cricket since the ball-tampering saga, dismantling Sri Lanka to flog them by an innings and 40 runs inside three days at the Gabba.Cummins demolished the Sri Lankans on Saturday to have them all out for 139 inside eight sessions in Brisbane, claiming career-best figures of 6-23 as the tourists found his pace and bounce virtually unplayable in the day-night series opener. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Letting fees ban is good news for tenants – but beware a backlash | Phil Spencer TheGuardian -Biz
    Renters could save about £272 on average from June, but agents may seek to claw cash backIt may be a little chilly for dancing in the streets, but those who rent their home have had two things to celebrate in January.The first was official data showing that average rents rose by just 1% in 2018, a fraction of the 2.5% seen in the pre-Brexit days of 2015. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months The best investment of the past 35 years? Sadly, it was cigarettes TheGuardian -Biz
    British American Tobacco has made big gains but RBS has stayed flat, new analysis revealsThis month the FTSE 100 is 35 years old. When it launched in 1984 it was a true barometer of UK commercial and industrial talent, but now only 30 of the original names remain intact. Courtaulds, which in the 1970s was the world’s largest textile manufacturer, was an early casualty. Gone, too, are ICI, Plessey, Ferranti and Pilkington.Other countries have maintained industrial giants and developed technological powerhouses. The DAX index in Germany contains Bayer, BASF, Continental, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp and Volkswagen. The S&P 500 in the US ... more
  • 2 months I’m freezing – which thermal underwear should I buy? TheGuardian -Biz
    I’ve heard about products from Uniqlo, M&S and Damart, but I’m not sure which is bestEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.I’ve been freezing all week. I’ve never bought any of that “base layer” or “thermal underwear” stuff, but I’m wondering if it is worth spending on to keep me warm. M&S does lots of Heatgen stuff, a friend swears by Uniqlo Heattech, while Damart’s Thermolactyl pants are £59. Tell me what’s best. Continue ... more
  • 2 months ‘I’m 90 and my car insurance soared to more than £2,000’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Peter Newton’s premium leaped but, unlike Prince Philip, he hasn’t had a crash. Are older drivers being ripped off?Peter Newton is 90, fit and healthy. He drives about 10,000 miles a year, at times criss-crossing the country from Sussex to Scotland. He has a 10-year no-claims record and, last year, passed a voluntary driving assessment with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) with flying colours. So why did his insurer, Saga – a specialist for older drivers – dramatically increase his premium at renewal from £717 to £2,033 in December?Newton, who worked in the motor trade for ... more
  • 2 months ‘I’m 90 and my car insurance soared to more than £2,000’ TheGuardian
    Peter Newton’s premium leaped but, unlike Prince Philip, he hasn’t had a crash. Are older drivers being ripped off?Peter Newton is 90, fit and healthy. He drives about 10,000 miles a year, at times criss-crossing the country from Sussex to Scotland. He has a 10-year no-claims record and, last year, passed a voluntary driving assessment with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) with flying colours. So why did his insurer, Saga – a specialist for older drivers – dramatically increase his premium at renewal from £717 to £2,033 in December?Newton, who worked in the motor trade for ... more
  • 2 months ‘I’m growing my reselling business, but I’d like my own brand’ TheGuardian -Biz
    Dario Hart works 15-hour days buying and selling goods online on sites such as DepopName: Dario HartAge: 21Income: About £400-£500 a weekOccupation: Sells used goods over the internetUntil about six months ago I was living in Bourne near Peterborough and working as a stonemason. I was unhappy. I was hanging out with the wrong type of people for what I was looking for in life. They weren’t bad. It was just all about drinking and chilling. It was like a dead-end place where you keep doing the same old thing. I just saw it as a place to nowhere. I ... more
  • 2 months Australia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs – live! TheGuardian -Sport
    Updates from the opening day at the GabbaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @GeoffLemonSport 7.04am GMT The inevitable arrives. Australia win the Test at nine down, with Kumara injured and unable to bat. It was always likely to be too much for Sri Lanka, batting in such unfamiliar conditions against decent pace, and so it proved: bowled out for under 150 in both innings.Patrick Cummins is the star of the show, with ten wickets in a Test match for the first time. “He is a bowler and all-rounder to absolutely savour,” says Alison Mitchell, and my word he is. The first ... more
  • 2 months Davos 2019: 10 things we learned at the World Economic Forum TheGuardian -Biz
    WEF lacked buzz without Donald Trump as unease over Brexit and global recession dominated the summitThe first big international gathering of the year is the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Politicians, academics, businessmen and a smattering of billionaires make up the guest list, while campaigners and activists lobby on the fringes. So what have we learned from their week in the snow? Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Corbyn planned tour of marginals if he won no-confidence vote TheGuardian
    Labour’s strategy sheds light on likely approach if it forces election in coming monthsLabour made plans for Jeremy Corbyn to travel to a string of marginal constituencies calling for an immediate general election if the party won last week’s vote of no confidence, a party insider has said.The intention would have been for Corbyn to tour seats in areas such as the east and West Midlands and Scotland, even though in theory the Tories – or even Labour themselves – would have had 14 days to create a new government at Westminster. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Revealed: ‘dozens’ of girls subjected to breast-ironing in UK TheGuardian
    Perpetrators consider it a traditional measure to stop unwanted male attentionAn African practice of “ironing” a girl’s chest with a hot stone to delay breast formation is spreading in the UK, with anecdotal evidence of dozens of recent cases, a Guardian investigation has established.Community workers in London, Yorkshire, Essex and the West Midlands have told the Guardian of cases in which pre-teen girls from the diaspora of several African countries are subjected to the painful, abusive and ultimately futile practice. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Met police ‘disproportionately’ use stop and search powers on black people TheGuardian
    London’s minority black population targeted more than white population in 2018 – official figuresThe Metropolitan police increased its use of stop and search last year, with a 19% rise among London’s minority black population, which was targeted more than the white population, official figures show.Analysis commissioned by the Guardian also shows that searches of black people were less likely to detect crime than those conducted on white people, and most stops found no wrongdoing. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months Ban school league tables. They’re not just misleading, they’re harmful | Nuala Burgess TheGaurdian – Edu
    Yet more research has surfaced debunking the authority of league tables, which do nothing to interrogate grammar schoolsYet another piece of academic research has been produced which shows grammar school performance in school league tables is not quite what it seems. You have to wonder how many more publicly funded research projects undertaken by leading academics it will require before such findings are taken seriously.This latest research, conducted by Bristol University, reveals what campaigners against academic selection and grammar schools have long argued: when social and economic factors are taken into consideration, grammar school performance is no better than any ... more
  • 2 months Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra wins Cadel Evans race TheGuardian -Sport
    Disappointing result for Australian Mitchelton-Scott team Lucy Kennedy finishes second and Amanda Spratt thirdCuban Arlenis Sierra has spoiled the Australian show for the biggest win of her cycling career.Sierra launched a perfectly timed attack in the last 4km of Saturday’s 113.2km Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race at Geelong. Continue reading... ... more
  • 2 months A star is born: Alysa Liu, 13, becomes youngest ever US figure skating champ TheGuardian -Sport
    Teenager lands two triple axels to edge Bradie Tennell for titleLiu eclipses Lipinski’s mark as youngest US ladies’ championMadison Hubbell and Zach Donohue hold lead in ice dancingAlysa Liu became the youngest person to win an individual title at the US figure skating championships, stealing the show Friday night with two triple axels and taking the title more than six months before her 14th birthday.Defending champion Bradie Tennell, the leader after Thursday’s short program, fell during her free skate and Liu, skating immediately after, took advantage, breezing through her routine after the two early triple axels, one of which was ... more
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