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Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat
Spearhead force will be made up of around 4,000 troops with capacity to 'travel light but strike hard', according to NatoNato is to create a 4,000-strong "spearhead" high-readiness force that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states to help protect member nations against potential Russian aggression, according to Nato officials.Leaders from the 28 Nato countries are expected to approve the plan at the alliance's summit in Wales when the Ukraine crisis tops the agenda on Friday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:19:00 GMT)

Plan to halt jihadis from returning to UK faces political and legal opposition
Flagship anti-terror measure trailed by David Cameron last week may have to be shelved after it fails to gain Lib Dem supportSweeping plans to block UK citizens fighting in Syria or northern Iraq from returning to Britain are to be delayed, and probably shelved, in the face of Liberal Democrat opposition, legal objections and doubts in the security services. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:46:14 GMT)

Ashya Kings parents remanded in custody as judge considers extradition
Couple who removed son with brain tumour from Southampton hospital tell Spanish court they do not want to be extraditedThe parents of Ashya King, who are under arrest in Spain after removing the five-year-old from a Southampton hospital where he was being treated for an aggressive brain tumour, have refused to accept extradition back to the UK.Brett and Naghmeh King appeared at the national court in Madrid on Monday after a European arrest warrant was issued, and were remanded in police custody while the court decided whether to grant extradition. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:05:00 GMT)

Huge new Israeli settlement in West Bank condemned by US and UK
British foreign secretary urges Israel to reverse decision to seize 990 acres of Palestinian land near Gvaot to create new cityThe UK and US governments have criticised, in unusually strong language, Israel's decision to approve one of the largest appropriations of Palestinian land for settlement in recent decades.The UK foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said he deplored the move as "particularly ill-judged". Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:30:01 GMT)

Johnson won't back Heathrow expansion as 'Boris Island' idea sinks
Mayor says third runway at London's busiest airport would be disaster, as plans for Thames estuary hub are groundedBoris Johnson has signalled he will continue to battle Heathrow expansion, despite being told that his plans for a four-runway Thames estuary hub are to be rejected by the airports commission.Sir Howard Davies, the commission chair, who Boris Johnson has frequently antagonised, will announce on Tuesday that the mayor's preferred option had been dismissed from the formal process, leaving Gatwick and Heathrow on the shortlist for its ultimate recommendation for additional runways in south-east England. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:46:00 GMT)

Experts fear bad news about giant panda Tian Tian's pregnancy
Edinburgh zoo specialists say panda should have gone into labour over weekendThe UK's only female giant panda has passed her due date and experts fear bad news regarding her pregnancy.Experts at Edinburgh zoo said Tian Tian should have gone into labour over the weekend but hormone tests suggested "something might be amiss". Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:47:06 GMT)

Eurosceptic Tory MP Chris Kelly quits
Conservative MP for Dudley South wishes Ukip defector Douglas Carswell best of luck as he joins list of party departuresAnother Eurosceptic Conservative MP has announced his intention to stand down from parliament, adding that he wished Ukip defector Douglas Carswell "all the best". Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:23:18 GMT)

Scotland referendum sides told to keep campaigns civil and peaceful
Pleas from police chiefs and MPs follow number of flashpoints between yes and no activists across Scotland at weekendCampaigners and politicians have been warned against using "intemperate, inflammatory and exaggerated language" in the Scottish referendum debate by the chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, following a complaint from Alastair Darling. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:10:21 GMT)

John Bercow delays recruitment of Commons clerk and chief executive
Speaker announces 'modest pause' in appointment to consider whether to split role and to hold pre-appointment hearingJohn Bercow, the Commons speaker, has announced a "modest pause" in the recruitment of a new clerk and chief executive of the House of Commons amid widespread opposition to his plans to appoint an official from the Australian parliament.Tory MPs sought to interrupt the speaker as he told the Commons that parliament would consider splitting the roles of clerk and chief executive. He would also consider calls for a pre-appointment hearing by MPs. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:58:00 GMT)

Naked celebrity hack: security experts focus on iCloud backup theory
After intensive examination of file data leaked by one or more hackers, suspicion grows that iCloud backups were source of pictures though precise method of attack still unclearSecurity experts are warning that there could be many more compromised celebrity iCloud accounts after examining file data from pictures stolen from stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.One theory gaining ground is that many of the pictures had been accumulated by one hacker over a period of time - and were then popped by another hacker who somehow broke into a machine belonging to the first. Lending weight to that was that one of the earliest photos found in a cache released online dated to December 2011, while the most recent was from 14 August. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:07:13 GMT)

Appeal launched to prevent breakup of 'unrivalled' Wedgwood ceramic archive
Stoke museum's collection of pioneering potter, described as 'unparalleled' by Unesco, due to be sold to meet pension debtsThe vast Wedgwood collection of pottery, art and manuscripts regarded as one of the most important industrial archives in the world will be broken up and sold on the open market unless £2.74m can be raised by the end of November.On Monday the Art Fund announced a three-month fundraising campaign to avert what it said would be a disaster for the nation. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:38:51 GMT)

Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission
Reptiles were part of zero-gravity research into reproductionGeckos died about a week before landingRussias space agency on Monday confirmed that five geckos, launched into space for an experiment on weightlessness and sexual behavior, have died.The federal space agency released a statement saying the landing apparatus of the Photon-M satellite had returned to earth as planned, falling into Russias Orenburg region at 1.18pm Moscow time, and that the entire herpetological crew had perished at some point during their odyssey. With four female lizards and one male on board, Russian scientists had hoped to learn how zero gravity would affect the sexual habits of geckos. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:19:56 GMT)

Pakistani protesters force state TV station off air
Thousands of supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri enter Islamabad compound containing government ministriesAnti-government demonstrators stormed Pakistan's state broadcaster on Monday in an escalation of a two-week standoff that one party official claimed had been orchestrated by the country's powerful military.The police, under orders from the civilian government not to use force, were unable to prevent thousands of supporters of former cricket star Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri from entering the offices of the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) and a nearby compound of government offices. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:21:00 GMT)

Plebgate officer sent text saying she could 'topple Tory government'
Text is published in report on Met's investigation into Downing Street incident that ended Andrew Mitchell's cabinet careerAn armed Metropolitan police officer who was on duty in Downing Street on the night of the Plebgate incident involving the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell texted a colleague two days later to say that she could "topple the Tory government". Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:21:41 GMT)

Chetham's music teacher jailed for historical sexual assault on pupil
Nicholas Smith, 66, a conductor who worked at the Manchester school in the 1970s, admitted touching 'vulnerable' 15-year-oldA former music teacher from Chetham's school of music in Manchester has been sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting sexually assaulting a 15-year-old pupil in the 1970s. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:37:00 GMT)

British activist braced for Thai defamation trial amid cover-up claims
Andy Hall could face eight years in jail and £6m fine over report alleging human rights and labour abuses at Thai fruit producerA British labour rights activist will face a Thai court on Tuesday on defamation charges that could carry an eight-year prison sentence, in a case that human rights groups say is a cover-up of "systematic violations" of labour laws in the Thai export industry.Andy Hall, 33, also faces a $10m (£6m) fine if found guilty in civil and criminal lawsuits brought against him by the Thai company Natural Fruit which supplies the EU with drinks products after writing a report alleging major human rights and labour abuses within the company. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:22:58 GMT)

NHS patients have cataract operations reviewed after private treatment
Incident in Devon in which patients suffered complications will intensify political debate over outsourcing of NHS servicesNineteen NHS patients have had the outcome of their cataract surgery reviewed after at least two had problems with their eyes following operations at a private hospital.The private provider concerned has offered its "sincere apologies to all patients that suffered complications" from their operations an incident that will intensify the political debate over outsourcing NHS services. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT)

N Ireland children sent to Australia were sexually abused, inquiry told
Children as young as five were subjected to severe hardship and sexual and physical abuse, inquiry chairman revealsChildren as young as five were sent from Northern Ireland to Australian orphanages and other institutions where they were sexually and physically abused, the chairman of an inquiry into institutional child abuse has revealed.Sir Anthony Hart, who is chairing the historical abuse inquiry, said witness evidence will show "in shocking terms" how children were subjected to "severe hardships, and grave sexual and physical evidence" when they arrived in the country. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:50:27 GMT)

Ancient rock churches put Ethiopia back on tourist map
The world heritage site of Lalibela is key to Addis Ababa's plans to banish images of famine and boost visitor numbersKiya Gezahegne joined an unruly, jostling throng surrounding a priest who wielded a 12th-century gold and bronze cross, one of the most sacred artefacts in Ethiopia. A young man shut his eyes and trembled from head to toe as he was blessed. Finally, Gezahegne stepped forward and stooped so the priest could tap the cross all over her body. "I felt close to God," she said.Steeped in ancient ritual, this was the scene revealed by dawn's first light in the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The cool morning air was filled with the smell of incense and the drumbeat and chanting of hundreds of pilgrims swathed in white robes, some kissing the walls. A sprinkling of foreign visitors groped through narrow crevices and labyrinthine tunnels. Earlier this year they included George W Bush and family and Evgeny Lebedev, the newspaper proprietor. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:49:54 GMT)

BBC News staff vote to strike
NUJ and Bectu members back industrial action over plans to cut more than 400 posts as part of savings initiativeBBC News programmes could be hit by industrial action later this month over plans to cut more than 400 posts, after union members voted to strike over the proposed cuts.The National Union of Journalists and broadcasting union Bectu said on Monday their BBC members had voted in favour of strike action after management declined to give undertakings that there would be no compulsory redundancies and a freeze on external redundancies. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:25:50 GMT)

South Africa's ancient cycad plants under threat from poachers
Experts warn that lucrative trade in endangered varieties of the worlds oldest seed plant could lead to extinction, after 24 rare cycads stolen from Cape Town botanical gardensThey are 340 million years old, outlived the dinosaurs and survived mass extinction in three global catastrophes. But cycads, the worlds oldest seed plants, are now under threat as never before from obsessive collectors. In two separate incidents in August, thieves stole 24 cycads worth an estimated 700,000 rand (£40,000) from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa. Twenty-two of them were on the critically endangered list. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:05:32 GMT)

Hong Kong voters 'would be confused by too many candidates'
Pro-democracy activists escorted from speech by Beijing official, as civil disobedience campaign is launched in cityHong Kong voters would be "confused" if they had too many candidates to choose from, a Beijing official told a briefing in the city on Monday, as pro-democracy activists launched their civil disobedience campaign against the decision to tightly limit electoral reforms.While China has promised to introduce universal suffrage for elections of the next chief executive in 2017, the rigid framework announced on Sunday requires the screening of candidates and effectively ensures pro-democracy politicians cannot stand. Pan-democrat lawmakers in Hong Kong have vowed to vote down the plans. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:35:16 GMT)

Turkish police detained over alleged plot to topple Erdoan government
Raids part of crackdown on what president describes as 'parallel state' seeking to topple his governmentTurkish authorities have detained two dozen police officers in nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of president Recep Tayyip Erdoan.Police conducted early morning raids in 16 cities across Turkey, including Istanbul as well as the western province of Izmir, and detained at least 20 police officers, private NTV television reported. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:26:44 GMT)

Putin blamed as UK factories suffer slowdown; Germany posts first surplus since 1991 - business live
Rolling business and financial news, as the latest Purchasing Managers reports show a slowdown across Britains manufacturing base.Closing summarySurprise drop in British manufacturing growth in August <- new readers start hereBritains economy may be unbalancing againBerenberg: Putin is to blameEurozone recovery falters as manufacturing growth slowsGermany in surplusIntroduction: Lots of manufacturing industry surveys coming up 5.20pm BST Time to recap.Britains economic recovery has taken a knock after growth across the countrys factories slowed to the slowest rate in 14 months.It is also becoming increasingly evident that UK industry is not immune to the impacts of rising geopolitical and global market uncertainty, especially when they affect economic growth and business confidence in our largest trading partner the eurozone. It is noticeable that where export orders were reported to have risen, companies mainly linked this to demand from North America, Asia and the Middle East, as opposed to our European partners.Russias escalation of the conflict in Ukraine has taken a toll on the internationally exposed manufacturing sector, and that effect could yet worsen further in the coming months given recent confidence drops in the more directly exposed core European economies. Eurozone factory growth hits 13-month low as France and Italy struggle http://t.co/PZGWfnoJVx pic.twitter.com/DDgtOlEm2KIn other European countries the figures will give confirmation to those who expect more fiscal policy impetus from Germany, 4.48pm BST Over in Greece, finance minister Gikas Hardouvelis has been making strenuous efforts to lower expectations around the talks that begin with the countrys creditors in Paris on Tuesday. We are not imposing red lines. We have increased the speed of our work. The fact that we are meeting tomorrow forced us to work all of August and we have moved forward with many structural reforms. We will mostly discuss them, it will be a wide-ranging discussion . the bar has been raised. We have to bear in mind who the counterparties are. They are members of the International Monetary Fund, the (European) Commission, and the European Central Bank.You must understand their limits. They cannot speak politically. 4.44pm BST Germany's Schäuble speaking on the European financial project, cites Bill Clinton "It's integration, stupid." 4.37pm BST OK, the word on the wires is that the German finance minister is calling for tougher controls of national budgets, effectively enforcing tighter fiscal control across the eurozone:German FinMin Schaeuble calls for EC powers to block national budgets, says Euro region should have its own parliament 4.25pm BST Or perhaps not...Germany's Schaeuble Says Too Many Eu Colleagues Think That Should Be Corrected With Public Investments 4.24pm BST Germanys finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, appears to be trolling the rest of the eurozone:@minefornothing I know right! I'm shouting at livesquawk right now 3.52pm BST The final PMI report of the day has just arrived, from Mexico, and its factory sector has grown at a faster rate in August.The Mexico manufacturing PMI rose to 52.1, from the nine-month low of 51.5 recorded in July.Our final #PMI result for today: HSBC Mexico Manufacturing PMI @ 52.1 in August (Jul: 51.5) http://t.co/OJEqMpeNTD 3.32pm BST The crisis gripping Portugals Espírito Santo conglomerate has taken another twist today.The WSJ reports that Goldman Sachs lent around $835m to Banco Espírito Santo in July, when the troubles of its parent company were already making it hard to access funds.#Goldman Loaned $835 Million to Banco Espirito Santo in July: WSJ..ouch! #paintrade #BES #BancoEspiritoSanto #GSGod works in mysterious ways after all... Goldman Sachs Made Big Loan to Banco Espírito Santo Shortly Before Collapse http://t.co/Cvu8wDeX3f 3.03pm BST Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser of Allianz (and formally of bond-trading giant Pimco), agrees that this mornings eurozone factory data shows the economy weakening:This mornings #PMI data point to weakening growth dynamics in #Europe with exception of #Greece and #Ireland @WSJ http://t.co/5eUmBE9Xns 2.41pm BST Over in Greece, the prime minister has vowed to make a dent in the countrys perilously high jobless total.Unemployment is societys most insidious and tough enemy because it undermines the dreams of youth, Samaras said For the first time in 24 quarters there is a projected GDP increase while there is a forecast for new 770,000 jobs by 2020, the conservative premier said. 2.15pm BST Another PMI report just landed, showing that Brazils factory sector has returned to (modest) growth last month.Brazilian manufacturing PMI broke over the 50-point mark, which splits expansion from contraction, for the first time since March, rising to 50.2 from 49.1 in July.HSBC Brazil Manufacturing #PMI posts 50.2 in August, (Jul: 49.1). Although marginal, first >50.0 reading in 5 months. http://t.co/8AwAD6WZxiThe HSBC Brazil Manufacturing PMI index suggests that business activity improved modestly in August in what may have been a rebound following the disruptions caused by the FIFA World Cup. The headline PMI index rose from 49.1 in July to 50.2 in August the first above-50 reading since March, on the back of a sizeable rebound in production. However, new orders remain flat relative to the last month, suggesting that the outlook for the sector remains weak. 2.05pm BST The slowdown in eurozone manufacturing growth has helped to push the main European markets into the red, on a generally tedious trading session.The Italian stock market is down almost 0.5%, after its factories reported an unwelcome drop in activity. Frances CAC index is in the red too, while the German and UK markets are hovering. 1.26pm BST Analysts at M&Gs Bond Vigilantes arm point out that Germany has reached a surplus despite weak growth in the last six months:Germany had 1st budget surplus in H1 since 1991, despite GDP growth of just 0.5%. Note to UK- THAT is austerity http://t.co/g87RcIWESh 1.07pm BST Theres also chatter that the new sanctions on Russia could hit its high-tech gas supply industry."@cigolo: Ban on buying Russian bonds eyed as EU envoys meet-sources High technology for gas excavation also under consideration" 1.04pm BST Interesting... EU leaders are going to consider a ban on Europeans buying Russian government bonds, according to a Reuters newswire snap.RTRS - BAN ON EUROPEANS BUYING RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT BONDS TO BE DISCUSSED AT EU TALKS ON FURTHER SANCTIONS - SOURCES woof woof 12.53pm BST A reminder of how labours share of the pie has been nibbled away since the post-war days:"Happy" Labor Day America. RT @conradhackett: GRAPH: The decline of wages as a share of US GDP pic.twitter.com/VsskTK32S2 12.48pm BST Hats off to James Ashton, executive editor at the Evening Standard and the Independent, for bagging the first interview with Tescos new boss, Dave Lewis.Lewis, who started at Tesco this morning, mainly focuses on his work at Unilever (launching Dove in the UK, making shampoo more glamorous, etc), but theres a few hints about his style.How can I help you? he shoots across the table, pleasantries aside. No wonder Lewis has a reputation for putting the customer first. He is slick, but later comes a confession.I am wonderfully naïve about some of the stuff that is going to come but that is fine, it has served me well up to now, he says, vowels flat from his Yorkshire upbringing. I will do what I have to do tomorrow in the same way that I did things yesterday.I needed to find out for myself whether I can lead a whole business, Lewis says. Some people think that is crazy given some of the jobs I have done but actually I dont think you know whether you can truly lead a business until you sit in that seat.It's Day One for Tesco's Dave Lewis. Read the first interview here http://t.co/ndhFqxVeDJ 12.30pm BST Back to Germany, and the eurozones largest economy has officially posted its first surplus since reunification, for the first six months of this year.The Federal Statistical Office, Destatis, reported that Germanys general government achieved a surplus of 16.1bn in January-June, or around +1.1% of GDP.It's official, Germany had its first GG surplus (+1.1% GDP) in 23 years. There must be *some* room for flexibility. http://t.co/t0TR7sGcrTFirst we have to see if the economic forecasts remain as they are. If we have more money, if in doubt we will spend it in the area of investment. It is absolutely right for the topic of investment to be so prominent. 11.45am BST The escalating dispute between Russia and Ukraine has also driven the ruble down to a fresh record low today.A bout of early selling pushed the ruble down by around 1%, so that $1 was now worth 37.6 rubles.Ruble Falls to Record, 10yr yield jumps to highest in 5years as #Russia sanctions loom. http://t.co/WjimOFvdnH pic.twitter.com/ynFb2LahNFDevelopments in the Ukraine will eminently also continue to cast a long shadow, and will obviously be the main topic for discussion at this weeks NATO Summit in the UK, with the weekend call from some US senators to arm the Ukraine and Putins call for an independent state in the Ukraine underlining alarming similarities to the antecedents to World War I. 11.16am BST Martin Beck, senior economic advisor to the EY ITEM Club, also fears that Britains economy is becoming more unbalanced.Hes worried by the August factory slowdown, and the jump in unsecured lending to consumers in July (see here), saying:The combination of todays data suggests that the UKs expansion is in danger of losing its balance. In early 2014, investment and exports offered solid support to GDP growth and reduced the economys reliance on consumer spending and the housing sector. But there is now concern that the UK is in danger of repeating the problems of the past. 11.09am BST We should remember that Britains factory sector has been declining as a proportion of the overall economy for decades.This chart, from Bloombergs UK economist1 Jamie Murray, shows how overall UK GDP has grown much faster than the manufacturing sector since the mid 1970s.@graemewearden stable GDP share optimistic for a sector that has lost average of 29000 jobs every quarter since 1978 pic.twitter.com/2276XGqFkS 10.53am BST And heres some full reaction from Jeremy Cook, World Firsts chief economist, to the UK factory slowdown: While growth has remained positive, manufacturing is now expanding at the slowest rate since June of last year.Output and new orders for UK manufactured goods continued positively, but the slowing of growth has meant that employment change is at its weakest in 14 months. 10.33am BST Heres a news story on the slowdown in Britains factories:UK manufacturing PMI hits 14-month low in August 10.26am BST In other British economic news, the number of mortgages being approved has fallen.Just 66,569 new home loans were approved in July, down from 67,085 in June. That suggests the market is cooling somewhat as recent affordability tests hit home. 10.12am BST Rob Wood of Berenberg bank lays the blame for Britains factory slowdown firmly at the feet of Vladimir Putin.Wood warns that the escalating tensions with Ukraine could hurt UK growth this year, and in 2015. Putin hits UK manufacturing. The manufacturing PMI fell sharply to a 14 month low of 52.5, down from 55.4 in July and below consensus expectations. Russias escalation of the conflict in Ukraine has taken a toll on the internationally exposed manufacturing sector, and that effect could yet worsen further in the coming months given recent confidence drops in the more directly exposed core European economies. These developments pose a serious downside risk to growth this year and next.So far then increased international uncertainty is probably affecting exports and investment plans the most, and could return the UK to the lopsided consumer led recovery seen last year. 10.05am BST Mike Rigby, head of manufacturing at Barclays, says todays PMI survey shows UK factories havent achieved faster export growth:Growth in manufacturing continues but at a more controlled level than we have seen so far this year. Although there is still a confident buzz amongst manufacturers, the fragility of a recovery which continues to rely heavily on consumer spending is still an underlying cause for concern. A much-needed boost in export orders is yet to materialise but is becoming increasingly important if the UK manufacturing recovery is to rebalance and become more sustainable. 10.00am BST David Noble, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, agrees that this mornings PMI report shows the UK factory sector is slowing.UK manufacturers were walking rather than running in August as the sectors performance fell to a 14-month low and growth began to slow further. There is a distinct easing across the breadth of UK manufacturing, with growth in output, new orders and employment all reducing to a more pedestrian level.Growth in new export orders has slowed to a five- month low against a backdrop of market uncertainty and increasing geo-political tensions. To help plug the hole left by a faltering Eurozone, manufacturers are finding new markets in North America and the Middle East. Vitally however, manufacturers continue to anticipate growth for the foreseeable future, with SMEs in particular, still hiring to catch up with one and a half years of consecutive output and new order growth. 9.52am BST Jeremy Cook, economist at World First, fears that the recent revival in Britains factory sector may have run its course:While the worst days of the recession are definitely behind us, UK PMI survey also suggests that the finest days of the recovery are too 9.42am BST There is bad news in the UK too -- Britains factory sector has reported a bigger than expected drop in growth last month.Geopolitical tensions, such as the Ukraine crisis, appear to be hitting growth in the sector after a strong performance over the last year. Europes economic malaise is also hurting manufacturers.It is also becoming increasingly evident that UK industry is not immune to the impacts of rising geopolitical and global market uncertainty, especially when they affect economic growth and business confidence in our largest trading partner the eurozone. It is noticeable that where export orders were reported to have risen, companies mainly linked this to demand from North America, Asia and the Middle East, as opposed to our European partners.It therefore looks as if manufacturing will provide a lesser contribution to the UK economic growth story in the third quarter than at the start of the year. Another sign that the UK economic boom is fading as the August manufacturing #PMI falls to 52.5 #GBP 9.32am BST Some early reaction to the news that eurozone factory growth slowed last month:Another bad day for #euro zone econ data, #Germany slowing down too. Pressure on #ECB mounts.Overall picture of manufacturing in eurozone: Activity slowing - although some growth, prices hardly increasing. Ukraine a factor #eurozone 9.21am BST And the upshot of all this mornings data is that the Eurozones manufacturing sector has just recorded its weakest growth in 13 months, adding to pressure on policymakers to take more action.The big-three nations of Germany, France and Italy all reported job losses, as did Greece. Staffing rose in Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Ireland, but Ireland was the only nation to report a faster pace of hiring than in July. National data provided some bright spots, with the Irish numbers still buoyant and signs that Greece managed to move back into expansion territory. France remains a real concern though, with its manufacturing sector contracting at the quickest pace since May 2013, as does Italys descent from solid expansion to stagnation. Signs that growth impetus waned in the key industrial engine of Germany, and in Spain and the Netherlands too, is also less than reassuring. The slowdown in industry is likely to add further fuel to the fire for analysts expecting additional monetary or fiscal stimulus to be implemented. Eyes will now turn to the services PMI numbers on Wednesday for further clues on underlying growth momentum and whether policymakers can continue to wait for earlier measures to start to deliver. 9.07am BST Better news from Greece; factories have reported their first growth since May, with the PMI inching over the 50-point mark.Greek manufacturing output returns to growth in August, headline #PMI at 50.1 (48.7 in July) http://t.co/mg3umTxSXR pic.twitter.com/SPR2oqB8Ky 9.06am BST German factory sector has grown at its slowest rate in 11 months, with its manufacturing PMI dipping to 51.4 from 52.4 in July. Markit economist Oliver Kolodseike warns that:Warning lights are flashing in Germanys goods-producing sector, 9.00am BST The decline in Frances factory sector has accelerated, as Europes second largest economy still struggles. The French manufacturing PMI has slipped to just 46.9, well below the 50-point mark that separates expansion from contraction. Thats the lowest reading in 13 months.The latest disappointing PMI data for Frances manufacturing sector underline its ongoing struggles, with new orders sinking further in a fragile demand environment. Sharply falling output led firms to cut back employment, purchasing and stock levels further in August. This sort of across- the-board weakness has been a common theme in recent months and there remains very little to suggest any turnaround in fortunes will be imminent. And the beat goes on in #France as its manufacturing #PMI falls to 46.9 in August #Euro 8.55am BST Bad news from Italy. Its factory sector has suffered its first drop in activity in over a year.The Italian manufacturing PMI fell to 49.8 in August, down from 51.9 in July. Its the first time since June 2013 that the index has fallen below the 50-point mark.Italian manufacturing sector contracts for first time in over a year. PMI falls to 49.8 in Aug from 51.9 in July, expected 50.8. 8.51am BST As flagged in the intro, Germanys Federal Statistics Office has confirmed that its economy contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter of this year.That matches the first estimate of GDP, released last month. German GDP slump largely construction. Net trade also a drag. Big inventory build-up. Outlook weak. pic.twitter.com/7sfORwLIKf 8.38am BST Back to those PMI reports... and the Dutch manufacturing sector has grown at its slowest rate in over a year.The Netherlands manufacturing PMI dipped to 51.7, from 53.3 in July. That still shows that activity expanded, but rather less vigorously. Output, new orders, and employment growth all slowed. 8.36am BST Shares in Tesco have fallen by over 1.5% this morning as the City gives new chief executive Dave Lewis a cautious reception.Lewis has been rushed into the supermarket to take charge a month early, after last Fridays nasty profits warning. 8.28am BST Spain Manufacturing PMI (Aug) comes in weaker than expected at 52.8, exp 53.3Spanish manuf PMI - input prices still rising, but output prices down to a 5-month low (48.8). 8.25am BST Onto Spain, and its factory sector has just recorded its ninth expansion in a row.Growth has slowed, though, with Markits manufacturing PMI dropping to 52.8 from 53.9 in July. Thats still a fairly decent rate of expansion, given weakness in other parts of the eurozone, although slower than expected.Spains manufacturing expansion slows in August, with the headline #PMI at 52.8 (July: 53.9) http://t.co/mTTVcfzrJW pic.twitter.com/QAknqPrgR8However, mfg orders in Spain rose at quickest pace in +7 years. Charted against Quantity of Purchases Index here: pic.twitter.com/eSQ4toOOtj 8.13am BST Russias manufacturing sector has posted a small rise in activity last month, with its manufacturing PMI unchanged at 51.0.President Putins recent policy of import substitution (encouraging firms to use domestic products rather than overseas goods) appears to be stimulating activity. New orders rose at the fastest pace in a year.The overall impact of import substitution on the Russian economy appears to be negative. Indeed, large scale import substitution typically leads to higher costs and output prices growth, deducting from private consumption more than manufacturers add on the production side. 8.03am BST Taiwan has posted the strongest PMI report this morning, with new factory orders rising at the fastest rate in 42 months.But Indonesias manufacturing sector contracted for the first time in a year:Taiwan tops the Asian manufacturing #PMI table for the third month running in August pic.twitter.com/Ueac7PPm3A 7.53am BST Irelands factories have just expanded at their fastest rate in 15 years, helped by a big jump in new orders from Britain.The latest purchasing managers survey, which is produced by Investec, found a marked improvement in the health of the Irish manufacturing sector, with output and new orders both accelerating.This is a strong outcome, particularly when framed against the backdrop of weakening signs from some Eurozone trading partners of late, although the prognosis for Irelands other key export markets (the US and UK) remains encouraging. With manufacturing firms in Ireland stepping up their purchasing and hiring activity, it is clear that they are optimistic of a strong finish to the year and, while noting that the risks to global growth and (not unrelated) geopolitical tensions have increased in recent months, we expect to see continued progress into 2015. 7.45am BST There are new fears that Chinas factory sector is slowing, after two surveys of the countrys manufacturers came in weaker than expected.HSBCs monthly China Manufacturing survey has found that output and new order growth slowed last month, as firms continued to shed job. Overall, the manufacturing sector still expanded in August, but at a slower pace compared to previous months. We think the economy still faces considerable downside risks to growth in the second half of the year, which warrant further policy easing to ensure a steady growth recovery. 7.39am BST Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the financial markets, the world, economy, the eurozone and business.Were starting the week with a splurge of economic surveys of manufacturing sectors across the globe.Something of a tumbleweed open seen for share markets as September trading gets underway. Financial bookies: FTSE100 +1, DAX FLAT, CAC40 +2 Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:22:36 GMT)

UN considers emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Isis 'war crimes'
Human rights council holds special session over alleged rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law by Islamic militantsThe UN human rights council is to debate demands for an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate alleged atrocities committed by Islamic State (Isis) militants, which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.The special session, scheduled to begin on Monday morning, was requested by Iraq and backed by Iran and the US as well as blocs including the Arab Group and the EU. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:58:08 GMT)

North Korea calls new Channel 4 show a 'slanderous farce'
Pyongyang appeals to Downing Street to scrap the forthcoming TV thriller about the Norths nuclear programmeNorth Korea has slammed a new British TV drama series featuring its nuclear weapons programme, urging the British government to scrap the slanderous farce if it wants to maintain diplomatic ties.Opposite Number a series commissioned by Channel 4 and announced last month features a British nuclear scientist character who is captured in the North during a covert mission and forced to help weaponise its nuclear technology.Open contributions: The North Korea film poster challenge Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:43:10 GMT)

Japan's annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji cove
Bad weather could delay killing on first day of controversial six-month dolphin hunting season, official saysThe controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.The annual catch, in which people from the southwestern town corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay and butcher them, was thrust into the global spotlight in 2009 when it became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:55:26 GMT)

Surgeons and GPs more likely to cause car accidents than other workers
Nine of the top 10 occupations causing accidents are medical workers, according to analysis of 2m insurance claimswebbed - please turn into mod for paper but do not relaunchSurgeons and doctors are the most accident-prone drivers, according to an analysis of 2 million insurance claims which reveals an extraordinary concentration of problem driving among healthcare professionals. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:31:08 GMT)

New Zealand shooting suspect arrested after massive manhunt
Social development minister says little could have been done to prevent double murder in unemployment officeThe man suspected of shooting dead two staff at a New Zealand unemployment office has been taken into custody without any more shots being fired.Police dogs and members of the armed offenders squad caught 48-year-old Russell John Tully just after 5pm local time on Monday not far from Lake Hood, just east of Ashburton. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:25:25 GMT)

Three children killed in China school stabbing
Six others injured, including a teacher, in knife attack at primary school in Shiyan, Hubei provinceA man has stabbed three children to death and wounded six others, including a teacher, at a primary school in China.The man, named Chen, died after jumping from a building shortly after the attack in Shiyan, Hubei province, according to Xinhua news agency. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:46:52 GMT)

Coalgate: India urges supreme court not to close coal mines
Narendra Modis government pleads to exempt 46 illegal licences arguing total shutdown will cripple the power sectorThe Indian government has urged the countrys supreme court to allow 46 illegally granted coal licenses to continue to operate.The court is considering what action to take in the Coalgate corruption scandal. Last week, it found that every coal mining license the government allocated between 1993 and 2009, 218 in all, had been granted in an illegal and arbitrary manner and the government committee that oversaw the process was a regulatory vacuum in which cronyism thrived. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:45:33 GMT)

Cuba imposes restrictions on goods in travellers' luggage
Government clamps down on large amounts of foreign-bought merchandise brought into the islandCubans are bracing themselves for a clampdown on the flow of car tyres, flatscreen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travellers who haul large amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive.Hundreds of thousands of Cubans and Cuban-Americans fly to and from the island each year thanks to the easing of travel restrictions by the US and Cuban governments over the past five years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:45:30 GMT)

UK political parties urged to include green pledges in election manifestos
Campaigners including National Trust and Greenpeace ask politicians to demonstrate their commitment to the environmentGreen campaigners are calling on all of the UK's political parties to include key environmental pledges in their manifestos ahead of next spring's general election. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:02 GMT)

Lorry driver jailed for eight years for killing 'inspirational' charity cyclists
Judge says Robert Palmer had 'almost certainly fallen asleep' when his lorry hit men on ride from Land's End to John O'GroatsA "totally exhausted" lorry driver who mowed down two cyclists taking part in a cross-country charity ride, killing both, has been jailed for eight and a half years.Robert Palmer is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel of the articulated lorry and struck Toby Wallace, 36, and Andrew McMenigall, 47, shortly after they began a ride from Land's End to John O'Groats. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:25:07 GMT)

Transfer deadline day: news on Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck moves live!
Transfer window latest before the deadline at 11pm BSTRadamel Falcao to join Manchester United on seasons loanThe Rumour Mill: Welbeck to Everton or Spurs? Arsenal eye Bacca?Interactive: see how much Premier League clubs have spentAnd feel free to email john.ashdown@theguardian.com 7.29pm BST Ever wondered why exactly we have transfer windows? Heres the full story. I particularly like the fact that its proposal in 1998 came at the same time as the idea of referees in each half. 7.27pm BST An update on Danny Welbeck: we understand that Arsenal are interested, but no deal has been agreed and no medical is taking place. Sky Sports, who were reporting a medical earlier, are currently rowing back a touch from those statements. 7.22pm BST Deal done: Sunderland have snapped up Ricky Alvarez. He looks fairly pleased.Ricky Alvarez completes his move to become #SAFC's 9th summer signing: http://t.co/xxY8hjbFpy #transferdeadlineday pic.twitter.com/dTTgd8Euen 7.16pm BST The main bits of business: 7.12pm BST Hello everyone. Hope youve all been having a grand Deadline Day, opening all your Deadline Day presents, tucking in to your traditional Deadline Day meal and watching the Queens Deadline Day speech, all followed by a nice Deadline Day snooze in front of the telly. Well its time to WAKE UP! THERES JUST FIVE HOURS TO GO! And were in for a very interesting evening*.*Please note: evening may not be very interesting. 7.06pm BST Thats it from me now. Handing you over to the good man John Ashdown for the gold run, and Im not talking about a sprint up and down the office with Jim Whites tie. Thanks for your company enjoy, and give me a shout when you hear where Welbeck has ended up. 7.03pm BST Not a lot of drama, but plenty of DiameNEW SIGNING: We are delighted to announce the signing of Mohamed Diamé from @whufc_official #UTT pic.twitter.com/II6ZkDot6P 6.59pm BST David Conn has written brilliantly here about the dramatic change of outlook at Manchester United. Must-read. 6.57pm BST Jonathan Biabianys move from Parma to AC Milan has fallen through. Anyone like to tell him?Awkward = doing this....shortly before move to #acmilan collapses pic.twitter.com/C9V6HH5IYr 6.55pm BST ...where the man on the scene is surrounded by what seems a rent-a-crowd of local kids, two of whom genuinely look identical to those spotted at Leicester. Theyre given a thank you from off camera as the broadcast ends, presumably for their not-very-lusty expression of delight. Still. Diame is at Hull and thats a bit of a comedown for a player who was not long ago linked with Arsenal and other Champions League clubs. 6.53pm BST From Chris Martin (not that one, or the other one): Your inbox is going to be overflowing with this, but Ill point it out anyway just in case it isnt. Ufa is west of the Urals and thus is part of European Russia.A rare instance of not actually being pulled up multiply for an error, this, but yes my mistake. Its still a long way from Moscow. And quite a move for Frimpong. 6.50pm BST Sorry Tigers fans Falcao has just failed his medical here at Hyde Leisure Pool, he couldn't swim against the wave machine so the deal's offAnd swimming against the tide is exactly what hell have to do with United, etc and so forth. 6.47pm BST And Welbeck says whatever to a loan:Welbeck's agent via @talkSPORT - "Danny doesn't want to go on loan. He wants a straight transfer and he has every right to say that." 6.46pm BST Square this circle, sent by Brian Hudner: I suspect Wenger is buying Welbeck only because his surname is an Anglicisation of the French name, Houellebecq, (as in the controversial French novelist, Michel Houellebecq).The odd thing is that Michel Houellebecqs own name is not in fact, Houellebecq (or even Welbeck), but Michel Thomas, which is a very Arsenal name in its own way, as Liverpool fans of a certain vintage need no reminding. 6.44pm BST Traffic news: Radamel Falcaos car is part of a two-car convoy en route to the Aon Training Complex. And with that sentence, my soul has shrivelled away. 6.43pm BST Dench Deal Done! «» - «» / / .. http://t.co/R4thiNgu6t 6.37pm BST This is more like it! James Beattie is now in Skys war room, and tells the world that his Accrington Stanley have signed Andrew Proctor from Bury. A slightly disingenuous-sounding congratulations is offered and then hes pushed into talking stiltedly about Falcao. 6.35pm BST Doug Duffy has visited Urban Dictionary and found out what (...errrr, one of the definitions of) a Dutch breakfast is:Something which falls just short of excellent, while remaining perfectly adequate. From the fact that the Dutch breakfast of ham, boiled eggs and bread is almost, but not quite, bacon, eggs and a fried slice. 6.34pm BST From Andy Hunter: Business at Liverpool, unbelievable. Uruguay international defender Sebastian Coates has completed his move to Sunderland on a season-long loan. 6.33pm BST Emile Heskey to Oxford United, says Paul Wilcox down below. Unverified but Us fans all over it.No, no, thats fine Paul. Exactly the kind of response I was looking for. 6.28pm BST There are only four young chaps, who all look eerily similar, behind Skys Rob Dorsett in Leicester. Some of the Leicester fans behind me, look appropriately agog at revelations of the Defoe bid we mentioned below, before relaxing their faces into give-a-damn carelessness moments later.Leicester have also signed a very shy lad from Swansea called Kris Scott, who looks desperately towards his agent when Dorsett charges towards his car window. Its not been a great day for the car window. 6.24pm BST Theres no point Sky trying to chat about Wilfred Bony. Nothing doing, its been clear all day. 6.24pm BST A few murmurs out there that Leicester are in for Jermain Defoe. Lets not forget that Toronto FCs Defoe, as Jamie Redknapp helpfully divulged earlier, doesnt fancy returning to Toronto. Leicesters move for David McGoldrick appears to have died a death and their eyes are on the England frontman now although you rather think a deal with MLS may be complicated at this stage. 6.18pm BST While we wait for Welbeck, because this is when all is said and done what were all reduced to now, feel free to tell us of any particulary eyecatching/amusing/weird/banal lower-league transfers youve happened across. 6.15pm BST Blanked! By Harry!Dan! Dan! Dan! https://t.co/facAIelFR2 6.14pm BST Danny Welbeck is having a medical at Arsenal, Sky are now saying. Thats what happens when you barricade yourself in the London Colney physio room. It might just be a rub down after Englands sesh from earlier, of course. 6.11pm BST And Skys Gary Cotterill looks like a man forced to cover up for a deep, deep personal affront. He genuinely didnt know what to do there. Its you Gary. You. Sandro seems to been joining QPR though, rendered unnecessary by Spurs Stambouli move. 6.09pm BST Any Cavani rumours to report? queries Cata Panzera.No. 6.06pm BST Someone sees method in the Falcao madness. That someone calls him/herself TheDutchBreakfast:Is it just me or is the Falcao deal the shrewdest and best bit of soccer dealing since Harry Redknapp bought his dog?Maybe transfer day HYPE has given me some kind of fever, but as I see it: United pay 6M upfront (peanuts), dont have to pay all of his berserk wages, have an option to release him after 12 months (or earlier one assumes) if he gets crocked again. Insane piece of top, top dealing from the lads there. What on earth are Monaco thinking? 6.04pm BST There are one or two reports doing the rounds that Danny Welbeck, stationed as he has been at Arsenals training ground with England, is rather keen on staying there on a longer-term basis. Were keeping our ears to the ground. Its all about Welbeck, now. 6.02pm BST Newcastles Ben Arfa stand-off intensifies! This just in from our own Louise Taylor:Newcastle United are desperately attempting to offload Hatem Ben Arfa tonight; Alan Pardew seemingly instructed his board to do whatever it takes. But Ben Arfa wants to stay. 6.00pm BST Arsenal stirring after all?Arsenal made a late offer for William Carvalho. Too short. 5.59pm BST David Henen a rompu son contrat à Anderlecht et va signer à l'OlympiacosThis tweet from a Belgian journalist, if it is borne out, suggests that teenage prospect Henen has jilted Everton at the altar and gone for a Greek wedding. 5.55pm BST Sky are now linking John Guidetti with a loan move to Palermo, who need a striker after Abel Hernandez left for Hull. Always feel a faint, slightly intangible tinge of regret about Guidetti and it would be good to see such a gifted player get his career back on track. 5.53pm BST This is for you, Manchester United fans:#Falcao's top 20 goals ever: https://t.co/0ZYcziGytv Not bad. 5.51pm BST Jason Puncheon will be staying at Crystal Palace, says Skys man on the scene, a big relief to the various Beckenham neerdowells gathered behind him who had been biting their nails about their man being linked with nobody whatsoever. 5.49pm BST Slightly surprised #MCFC willing to go down to three strikers, especially with Aguero's occasional injury issues.Danny refers to Manchester Citys imminent letting-go of Alvaro Negredo, whose star has fallen quite a distance since his outstanding form of last autumn. See, Arsenal arent the only ones... 5.47pm BST Do you have any insights at all why Arsenal might have passed on Falcao? Was it a money thing or did AFC never have any intention of betting anyone? asks Sam Hankins.Well, money will be a big factor. Whether on loan or permanent, Falcao isnt coming cheap and thats before his tax-free wage at Monaco. Its also for a player who has only just come back from a very nasty injury. In fact, we might wait and see how any medical at Manchester United goes before we make definitive judgments here. Its notable that Real Madrid, for example, went for the cheaper (and, admittedly, probably happier to benchwarm) Chicharito instead. I also think Arsenal were caught very cold by the Giroud injury. 5.43pm BST Remember David Ngog?David Ngog. Remember him? Off to Stade de Reims on a two-year contract... http://t.co/mkhQKUaS7R 5.40pm BST SIGNED! We have completed the transfer of Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier. #WelcomeBenji pic.twitter.com/jrjwhU3J0TAnd this Welbeck stuff just isnt going away either. Its probably dependent on Falcao getting sorted. 5.38pm BST A fascinating day at Turf Moor, says Peter Stevenson at Burnley. Nathaniel Chalobah is a big draw these days. Nothing in a move for Boltons Mark Davies, were told. 5.37pm BST That Tranmere signing revealed!Tranmere Rovers have completed the signing of striker George Donnelly from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee pic.twitter.com/zCpfNMOwAI 5.35pm BST There I was being all clever and finding Ostersunds clips for you, but Swansea have actually done something else: Jose Canas, little more than a squad player last season, has joined Espanyol. 5.33pm BST Royston Drenthe drinking beer and going crazy driving his Ferrari 5.31pm BST Admir Pajic is an Arsenal fan who doesnt take things too seriously. They exist. Wouldnt it be a great thing if Arsenal sign Carlos Bacca from Sevilla and than re-sign Chu Young Park so we can have Chu-Bacca in attack next to Yar-Yar Sanogo Binks? he chuckles. At least we can joke about our problems. 5.29pm BST Im sitting there, thinking that Charlie Nicholas jacket is beyond comprehension. 5.28pm BST Any chance of a hint of a whisper of a shadow of a clue of a wild guess about anything Newcastle related?, asks James Sprague. My Sky Sources have drawn a blank on that one. Anyone know any better? 5.26pm BST Sky have segued into knocking down straw men with Geraint Hughes outside Arsenal, so lets watch some non-transfer-related football. Thats a thing, trust me. Here are our goals of the week including a humdinger from Jeff Stans. 5.23pm BST If you were wondering what Premier League leaders Swansea are getting up to, the answer is not much, although Skys reporter appears to have been asking them to sell Wilfred Bony all day. They have, though, signed Gambian striker Modou Barrow from Swedish side second-tier side Ostersunds. I know nothing about him (although I did spend a decidedly bleak couple of days in Ostersund back in the spring of 2002), so lets learn together: 5.18pm BST Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have taken Royston Drenthe on loan from Reading. Dont see that ending remotely badly. 5.16pm BST Sebastian Coates has gone back to Liverpool to get his stuff, now. Im checking my pulse. 5.15pm BST Sky Sources have now told them, in strictest and most exclusive confidence, that news about Morgan Amalfitano. 5.14pm BST News from Southampton, where Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Sadio Mane, who has a quite phenomenal career scoring record, are both having medicals so says Skys Roger Clarke. 5.12pm BST What film is Jack Wilshere watching? The Arsenal Stadium Transfer Mystery?, asks Joseph Surtees, innocently. 5.08pm BST Christian Purslow, ex-Liverpool MD, is talking on Sky about Falcao pointing out that matching his tax-free salary at Monaco, if were talking net earnings, would take the kind of wage as yet not seen in this country. He is now sticking up for Ed Woodward. 5.05pm BST If Villa sign Sergio Canales, perhaps hell do things like this: 5.03pm BST David Wall emails in: How smug must Liverpool be feeling right now? Not only have they conducted some (on the face of it) pretty decent transfer business and mostly done so early in the summer to avoid the panic today, theyve obviously provided inspiration for the approach that traditional rivals United are going to adopt this season. Clearly someone at Old Trafford saw how well Liverpools forget about decent defence well just try to out-score the opponents tactics worked last season and the aim is to follow suit. Perhaps their focus shifted to the World Cup a little early though, they seem to have missed how that approach stood up at the real business end of the season down at Selhurst Park.How smug must they be feeling, indeed? The floor is yours. 5.00pm BST Real Madrid have unveiled Chicharito:#BienvenidoChicharito #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MxAldVK3o2 4.56pm BST To prepare you for Matt Smiths British record move to Fulham, this is an interesting interview Jacob Steinberg did with him last year. 4.54pm BST An email from Conor OKane: Falcao is probably going to score hatloads, but he wasnt needed and Id have preferred something to have been done to address the number of run outs Tyler Blackett and your lad Keane are getting. They should be getting shipped off to Preston, not starting for United.Then they, too, would be one step on the way to starring in Danny Welbeck Deadline Day. 4.51pm BST Fulham have offered Bolton £13 million for Jermaine Beckford would like to sign Boltons Jermaine Beckford, and have offered Leeds £29 million for Matt Smith would like to sign Leeds Matt Smith. As well as Cardiffs Mark Hudson. Good luck with the negotiations, Fulham. Theres a phrase somewhere involving being hoisted by ones own petard. 4.47pm BST More soul food from Guardian colleagues, this time in the form of Football Weekly. Deadline day, Premier League and La Liga wit and wisdom for your earholes on the journey home. 4.44pm BST Atletico Madrids rebuild continues:. @ale_cerci_7 has passed the medical examination and has signed his contract http://t.co/W8ZLeLOUkj #WelcomeCerci pic.twitter.com/4q0o3uMFDM 4.42pm BST It is obviously for charity, Hayley McQueen benevolently offers of Arsène Wengers trip to Rome, offering transparently doubtful-sounding mitigation. Look, whether or not Arsenal have got the transfer window right or wrong, where Wenger is today makes no difference whatsoever. None! 4.40pm BST Arsenal fans, how are you feeling? Just asking. What an odd window for Wenger and company this has been. It all looked pretty good a month ago youd have said they perhaps needed one more on board, maybe a deep midfielder, but the early dealings had been sharp enough. Girouds injury was unlucky but, really, they now look a bit underdone and it feels like a wasted opportunity for them. 4.37pm BST The Fiver has landed. And if I were you Id read it, before things get even more earnest over here. 4.33pm BST A deal resurrected from the dead! You thought youd heard the last of Oussama Assaidi to Stoke? You thought wrong. This from the indefatigable Andy Hunter has sailed into my inbox:Oussama Assaidi on loan to Stoke City appears to be back on. His OTT wage demands had jeopardised a return to the Britannia Stadium from Liverpool but may be a compromise to get that deal through. 4.31pm BST Jamie Redknapp on Sky with more: I dont think Jermains idea is to go back [to Toronto], before launching into one about how Defoe could be decent for Arry. Not so sure about the etiquette of that. Theres a lot of Im sure my dad will think..., Im sure he will be happy with.... This is not a patch on the car window, but it might as well be the car window. 4.27pm BST Danny Welbeck is the name on everyones lips, says Skys Jamie Weir at Spurs. And its going to be true, isnt it? Weve had our Falcao fun. Were in for six and a half hours of Welbeck pingpong, now, before he ends up back at Sunderland.Meanwhile: I know my dad would like to sign him, says Jamie Redknapp of Sandro, apparently sought by QPR. Like father, like son. 4.24pm BST We understand that Morgan Amalfitano, the Marseille midfielder who spent last season at West Brom, is to be the latest member of Big Sams Footballing Revolution. Three-year deal for the Frenchman. 4.21pm BST Regarding Tranmeres striker who is in the building (16:02)- I guess that rules out former Leicester striker Elvis Hammond at least, quips Rich Harland.Very good. Hammond, because you definitely werent wondering, is now with Kingstonian. I know this because a friend of mine is nuts about the Ks and recently sent me this example of this recent work. 4.15pm BST Jack Wilshere is in a cinema at the moment, says David Garrido. 4.14pm BST Neil Warnocks arrival at Crystal Palace has been a bit of a gamechanger for today, hasnt it? James McArthur seems to have been rescued from the confines of that Range Rover, should you have been worried, and is expected to join in that club-record deal today, and Spurs Zeki Fryers should follow. A striker Gary Hooper? Chris Wood? should be next. 4.12pm BST This is what youve got, Hull fans: 4.09pm BST The Uruguay striker, previously of Palermo, arrived on a three-year deal, greeted by a going-through-the-motions cheer by the various layabouts stationed behind Skys correspondent. 4.08pm BST But things have now got serious where our Radamel is concerned, and heres Danny Taylor to unpick it all for you. Read his excellent piece on what his arrival will mean for United and their formation. 4.06pm BST Remember when we could look at Falcao from a nice, objective distance and delight in his gifts? And then use him as our muse for some quirky, occasionally slightly subversive pieces of artwork? Remember September 2012? 4.02pm BST Its not only Sky who are coy...The Club has agreed a transfer fee for a striker, he is in the building... 3.57pm BST Im told by my Sky sources... is a popular buzzphrase today. Forfeit if Sky arent mentioned? Gripping viewing on my Guardian computer. 3.55pm BST Chelsea loaning out a player? I know, I know, but heres Andy...Burnley have signed Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan until January. 3.51pm BST Liverpool have agreed a fee of £10m plus add-ons with QPR for Fabio Borini. Now up to the player to decide, or accept, that his days as a Liverpool player are over. 3.51pm BST West Ham targeting a second player, says Skys Paul Wright. They do keep on with this mystery-player lark, dont they? 3.50pm BST Southampton update from Danny Taylor:Possible hitch for Southampton with Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel. Parma trying to get involved. 3.43pm BST Skys Keith Downie tells us that Sunderlands club photographer has been to take photographs of new boy Sebastian Coates in the last hour or so, and promptly gone again. Nicely efficient work from the snapper, and more forensic detail than ever from Sky. Downie also says Sunderland are not, despite reports, in for Stokes Geoff Cameron but hes dangled the possibiliy of a late move for a forward in front of us so on we hang, in helpless thrall. 3.40pm BST Lower down the leagues, Jon Obika has joined Swindon on a two-year deal from Spurs. Thats no Falcao, but it must feel rather strange for Obika: nearly 24, he enjoyed no fewer than ELEVEN loan spells (four at Yeovil!) during his time at White Hart Lane. 3.33pm BST Is something stirring at Liverpool? And, indeed, Loftus Road? An email has arrived from my colleague Andy Hunter:The price of having a productive summer and getting deals done early is to feel like a spare part on deadline day but (and it is only a but at this stage) something may be stirring at Liverpool. Fabio Borini, who has resisted all efforts to move to Sunderland for £14m this summer, is in talks with QPR and could end up at Loftus Road providing Harry Redknapp doesnt opt for Jermain Defoe instead. 3.30pm BST Interestingly, says Skys man at Palace, James McArthur has spent an hour and a half sitting in his agents Range Rover. Why isnt he having a medical, he wonders? Hopefully someone will come and rescue McArthur, as it doesnt sound very safe although its not a particularly hot day and hopefully he has a bottle of water handy.Further transport news: Owen Garvan has left Palaces training ground in a taxi. Big fare up to Bolton from there, but they seem the frontrunners for the Irishmans signature. 3.27pm BST And now theyre talking about tennis, which seems rather noble. The big news of this particular moment continues to be Canales to Villa. 3.24pm BST Sky seem to have their own fallout room for dealing with tonights repercussions. David Garrido has just given us a tour of it, while blitzing us over-familiarly with names were to hold closely to our bosoms this evening. Its like the bad guys lair from a Bond film, although Im not sure there are any dead volcanoes in Osterley. 3.21pm BST This totaliser aint listening 3.18pm BST Lets start our hours together with news of a possible non-transfer. Suggestion has it that Leicester dont fancy taking their interest in Ipswich striker David McGoldrick much further, having seen the Suffolk side who are apparently looking for £7m or £8m play some serious hardball during negotiations.If you want my opinion and I know youve not solicited it they should pay what Ipswich want. Its stupid money but Leicester have played their full part in this transfer windows egregiousness by spending £8m on Leonardo Ulloa (as well as he played yesterday). McGoldrick is better than him, and better than Ross McCormack too, so its best they play the market theyve helped create. There. Now we can carry on. 3.11pm BST Barry has gone off to eat his deadline day cake, which youd assume is crammed with E-numbers. Anyway, hows it all going for you? 3.03pm BST OK, thats all from me. Thanks for ytour company, your time and your emails. Im off to lie down in a darkened room possibly via an ale house, but will leave you in the capable hands of Mr Nick Ames, who is sitting beside me champing at the metaphorical transfer deadline day bit. Enjoy the rest of the day, although I appreciate that if youre an Arsenal fan that might be difficult. 3.00pm BST Sensational news: Aston Villa have made a bid for Real Sociedad midsfielder Sergio Canales. 2.57pm BST An observation: Outside Newcastles training ground, Sky reporter David Craig is surrounded by young lads who are spending the final days of their school holidays gurning and waving into his camera, occasionally making rude hand gestures and sporting controversial boy-band haircuts. A few miles south, Keith Downie is standing outside Sunderlands training ground, where some older boys with neat side-partings, who are probably on their way to register for university courses, are standing a respectful distance behind him with their hands by their sides, listening intently. 2.52pm BST Lassanna Diarra news: Lassanna Diarras mooted move from Lokomotiv Moscow to QPR has collapsed. I know not why, but it aint gonna happen. 2.50pm BST More possibly inaccurate popular culture references: Having lived in Sunderland for a stint, your opening with More News from Sunderland for some reason reminded me of this, writes Duncan Smith. For the record, I have been successfully rehabilitated back into normal society. 2.48pm BST @bglendenning As a Norwich fan we are only permitted crumbs from the transfer cake. 2.46pm BST Oh for crying out loud! Tim the Reni hat pedant has been exposed as a charlatan and a know-nothing fraud. @bglendenning Reni was the drummer not the bass player, that was Mani 2.42pm BST Interesting transfer news: Stoke City want to rescue Scott Sinclair from Manchester City and Ron Vlaar is not leaving Aston Villa if his manager Paul Lambert has anything to do with it. 2.41pm BST Rennie Hats v Reni Hats: Im enjoying your coverage, as ever, writes Tim. By the way, Reni hats were named after Alan Reni Wren bass player from the Stone Roses rather than the eponymous indigestion aid. You know this, Im sure! I was aware of that, Tim. Not even my finger is that far away from the pulse. 2.37pm BST Weird Southampton news: Saphir Taïder, who arrived on loan at Saint Marys from Inter just last month has been sent back to his parent club. Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has agreed to terminate midfielder Saphir Taïders loan spell, reads a stetaement on the club website. The midfielder joined Saints for the 2014/15 campaign but, having failed to live up to the high levels of commitment expected of Southampton players, that arrangement has been cut short by the club. Taïder, whose only first-team appearance came in the friendly against Bayer 04 Leverkusen last month, now returns to parent club Inter Milan. Dani Osvaldos loan arrangement with the Italian side is unaffected.Its believed that Taïderwas unhappy at not being guaranteed a first team spot. The bold type in the quote above was added by me, I hasten to add. 2.32pm BST More news from Sunderland: Modibo Diakite has had his contract cancelled, writes Louise Taylor. A Roberto De Fanti/Paolo Di Canio production last summer, the former Lazio defender is now expected to join Fiorentina. 2.29pm BST GO. TO. SCHOOL! #DeadlineDayCameraBomb pic.twitter.com/djJx7t23cD 2.26pm BST The Guardians Stuart James tweets ... Re Palace & Kevin Doyle, nothing agreed with Wolves as yet & no guarantee will happen. Could be a loan or permanent (1yr left on contract). 2.25pm BST The sensational news all Arsenal fans have been waiting for: Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw has signed a four-year deal. With Wigan Athletic. 2.22pm BST More from Jamie Jackson: Wigan should complete the signing of Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw, he says, tapping his nose and winking conspiratorially. 2.15pm BST Rennie hat-wearing Guardian Manchester football correspondent Jamie Jackson writes: Am told that Richard Dunne is going to Burnley, Mo Diame is having a medical at Hull City and Russell Martin wants to stay at Norwich despite Burnley interest, he says. 2.14pm BST Zenit made the best and most surprising signing of the day! #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/X1GMIVgMPuZenit St Petersburg sign Bart Simpson: FC Zenit and the 20th Century Fox have reached an agreement about Bart Simpsons transfer to the Blue-White-Sky Blues! shrieks the clubs website. The latest addition to the team has already arrived in St. Petersburg, passed his physical, signed his contract and had his first training session this morning with the rest of the team. 2.09pm BST Louise Taylor writes from up north: Sunderlands un-loved Valentin Roberge is on the brink of a season long loan move to Reims while Newcastle Uniteds similarly overlooked defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looks set for a similar loan to Roma, she reveals. Meanwhile Newcastles Hatem Ben Arfa has - surprise, surprise - turned down a mooted loan move to Birmingham which was surely a not so subtle move to smoke out any interest in Alan Pardews favourite player. Despite some talk of Jermain Defoe moving to Tyneside there appear no definite in-comings to St James Park just yet. Down the road at Sunderland the imminent arrivals of Ricardo Alvarez and Sebastian Coates (detailed in earlier posts) could prove the last additions to Gus Poyets squads - although Sunderland are very keen to move the unwanted striker Danny Graham out. 2.04pm BST @bglendenning You left your phone at home on transfer deadline day! Jim White would ask for the cake back if he knew!A fair point well made, here, but its not like Jorge Mendes would be ringing me every two minutes to give me the exclusive skinny on all his biggest clients. 2.00pm BST Sky Sports News take their eye off the ball briefly: They show interviews with England cricket coach Peter Moores and top tennis player Andy Murray, who are not footballers and unlikely to sign anything more interesting than an autograph for anyone today. Neither are asked for thoughts on which central midfielder or striker Arsene Wenger, who is in Rome today, should sign for Arsenal, so they just blather on about cricket and tennis respectively. For those Gunners fans among you who are concerned that Arsenals manager is spending deadline day gadding about Rome, Skys man outside their training ground, Geraint Hughes, has gone to great lengths to point out that the Arsenal manager has a phone and is easily contactable. But what if he forgot his phone? Too implausible a scenario, I reckon. Only a complete moron would leave his phone at home on deadline day. 1.55pm BST Pssst! Pssst! A colleague who shall remain nameless has just g-chatted me the following tidbit:Hi mate, been told Southampton have rejected Tottenhams latest bid for Jay Rodriguez. Would have meant Andros Townsend going tother way. 1.52pm BST And to think some of you doubted me. 1.47pm BST An email from Enna Cooper about Sky Sports reporter Roger Clarkes brush with death: Can we be sure that it was actually a Parcel Force driver in that Parcel Force van? he asks. Were the windows of the van open? Perhaps it was Harry Redknapp attempting a drive-by deadline-day interview. This would probably also be a convenient moment to me a joke about Redknapp and packages wrapped in brown paper bags, but I wont lower to myself to that level. 1.42pm BST Peter Cech news: Bad news for the Chelsea goalkeeper, who it seems will not be the subject of a bid from PSG today. 1.41pm BST @bglendenning SHOW US THE CAKE!!!Ive been getting a lot of these. Sadly, I left my phone at home and the photo my colleague James Dart took of my Sky Sports cake cant be uploaded for some reason. Ill get him to take another one when he gets back from his coffee run. 1.37pm BST Leicester City news: the Foxes kiwi striker Chris Wood has been the subject of a bid from Crystal Palace. 1.34pm BST Meanwhile at Newcastles training ground, David Craig is already surrounded by young teenage boys, none of whom appear to be smoking roll-ups or drinking cans of lager, which is slightly disappointing for those of us who enjoy lazy regional stereotypes. David reveals that Hatem Ben Arfa has just left training. You heard this sensational second hand news here first: a man has gone home from work. 1.31pm BST Sky Sports News reporter Roger Clarke may never know how close he just came to being knocked down by a Parcel Force van that looked certain to reverse into him as he stood outside Southamptons training ground telling us that Morgan Schneiderlin definitely wont be signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Luckily, the driver seems to have caught sight of the intrepid reporter before barreling into him. 1.27pm BST Chicharito Hernández, nuevo jugador del Real Madrid http://t.co/UDH8nN7DvN #BienvenidoChicharito #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/NqQyFEkaOF 1.25pm BST Confirmed: Real Madrid have confirmed that Javier Hernandez has joined them on a season long loan from Manchester United. Real Madrid C. F. and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Chicharito Hernández, who will be at the club throughout this season, declared a statement just posted on the Real Madrid website. Real Madrid have the option to purchase the player. Javier Chicharito Hernández will appear before the media in the Santiago Bernabéu press room today at 16:30. 1.22pm BST Exciting news at the Crystal Palace training ground in Beckenham. Wigan Athletic midfielder James McArthur has arrived for his medical and will become Palaces club record signing for £8m later today. 1.17pm BST Are Arsenal still after strikers? According to Geraint Hughes, who is loitering outside the Arsenal training ground with a group of Arsenal-supporting Junior Gooners jumping up and down across the street behind him, they may not be after a striker any more now that Radamel Falcao is on his way to Manchester United. Dainton dismisses rumours linking Jermaine Defoe with a move to the Emirates as rubbish, but says the club are interested in signing Ron Vlaar from Aston Villa and/or Matija Nastasic from Manchester City. 1.10pm BST Good afternoon everybody. Barry Glendenning here for that all important Lunchtime Idling In The Workplace shift until 3pm. Ive just returned from recording todays episode of our Football Weekly podcast to discover a gift has arrived in the office for me. Its a black box with a yellow ribbon that has Happy Transfer Deadline Day on it in the Sky Sports News yellow ticker style. It also has a Jim White gift tag and the box contains a slice of cake boasting a shirt-and-yellow-tie combo. And to think some people think Sky are a wee bit over-zealous in their coverage of transfer deadline day, eh? Anyway, cake is cake, so Im not going to grumble. Thanks, Sky. 1.04pm BST Handing over to Barry Glendenning now. Enjoy! 1.03pm BST You wanted crying footballers? Here are some crying footballers. (Hat tip: Chris Zammarelli)This one is hard to beat, to be fair (as suggested by Joe Mackertich) 1.01pm BST Some guy has just tweeted Sky saying hes actually taken the day off work to watch Sky Sports News. Really?! REALLY? Needless to say the Sky presenters are positively beaming at that.I thought everyone just goes to work and has a sneaky tab open on their browsers/pretends they are sending important work emails from their phone. 12.56pm BST Oh here we go then I've just seen the boss....looks bang in negotiation mode �� 12.54pm BST Dont forget the lower leagues! reminds James Liu. Marine FC set to sign Southport youth player Shafi Anwar on a permanent deal YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! 12.51pm BST Do get in contact with your favourite footballing cry-ers. Valbuena was in a bit of a state when he left Marseille this summer, for example. Doesnt have to be strictly press-conference crying, of course. 12.47pm BST Cant imagine hes going to turn on the waterworks for leaving Monaco, but Falcao traditionally loves a good cry, look at him when he left Atletico!As mentioned in Classic YouTube, earlier this year when the striker was on the sidelines he went to a meet-and-greet with some young Colombian fans. Boy gets overwhelmed. Boy cries hysterically. Boy tries to heal Falcaos knee (we think). Falcao cries. Actually quite a tender moment. 12.28pm BST Heres confirmation of Marco van Ginkels loan move from Chelsea to Milan.Includes the line: A lot of Dutch players have played in this great club, big names. Im just happy to be finally here. I spoke to [Milans Dutch international] Nigel de Jong and he told me very good things about this club. 12.24pm BST Another loan! Expecting announcement from Southampton later about loan deal for Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel. Told it's 'almost done' 12.16pm BST Stat attack: There have already been more than half a million Tweets and counting related to Falcao since #DeadlineDay began at midnight. 12.10pm BST North-east football correspondent Louise Taylor has been in contact with some Sunderland news:Sunderlands South American contingent is set to increase with the imminent arrivals of Ricardo Alavrez and Sebastian Coates. Alvarez, a 26-year-old Argentina left winger or playmaker, is moving from Internazionale on a season long loan with a view to a permanent £9m transfer next summer and is earmarked for the left sided attacking role in Gus Poyets 4-1-4-1 formation. 12.08pm BST Thats the spirit Tom! @michaelbutler18 FALCAO FALCAO FALCAO FALCAO. Still terrified about the defence but too excited to care anymore. #DeadlineDay 12.00pm BST Amidst the entirely necessary commotion to sign a striker, Id like to morosely remind Arsenal fans that we are no closer to signing a central defender, another of our top priorities emails Bharath Ganesh. Remember Arsenal have made an enquiry for Matija Nastasic, and are rumoured to be interested in Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar, although the players agent has said hes be staying in the Midlands. 11.56am BST Danny Welbeck is well up for Tottenham. Heres Jamie Jacksons story on that. 11.52am BST Fear not Arsenal fans, Wenger is on the move! Maybe he wants Gervinho back?!Just spotted Wenger at terminal 5 in Heathrow, said he was going to Rome. pic.twitter.com/yYs8BS4qj2Wenger to Rome for : pic.twitter.com/c82ebkP2zw 11.46am BST Falcao agents insist he's been bought 65m for 4 years. Loan deal first for FFP reasons?Manchester United do have the option to purchase Falcao at the end of the season but would be very surprised if United have already signed off on a permanent deal, particularly with the Colombians injury record. 11.40am BST BREAKING: Luis Suarez is at Liverpools training ground! The Uruguayan is set to sign his autograph, pick up some luggage that he left behind and rub in the fact that he no longer plays for them.Sorry for getting your hopes up there. 11.33am BST Not exactly Falcao-esque but #BoydSigns. Its a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.CONFIRMED: Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of George Boyd from @HullCity. #BoydSigns pic.twitter.com/aL1dSt1oAB 11.31am BST The Sky man loitering outside Tottenhams training ground thinks Lewis Holtby is in Hamburg for a medical to cross Ts and dot Is on a loan deal. Seems to be true Lewis Holtby is in Hamburg for a medical and, to be fair, he looks pretty chuffed about it... http://t.co/xc0zsqMiYp pic.twitter.com/hSvdyH07VL 11.29am BST Anerudh Athrey on the email.Im not sure if I have missed something, but given that AS Monaco are in the Champions league this season and have already lost James Rodriguez to Real Madrid, why havent they shown more interest in keeping hold of Falcao ? Is it because of FFP? 11.17am BST Read here for the full story on Falcaos loan move to Manchester United. 11.17am BST More domino-based chat.If Van Ginkel moves to Milan then I suppose De Jong will come to Man United?, emails/begs Fraser Duguid. Finally, somebody who can pass the ball to Falcao when he comes. No offence Cleverley. 11.13am BST All hail the Transfer Deadline Day Domino Effect. Falcaos arrival has already shunted Javier Hernandez off to Real Madrid for a medical, and another of Uniteds peripheral players, Danny Welbeck, surely wont be long in getting the hell outta Dodge.Jamie Jackson has been in contact to say that Spurs are leading the race to sign the England striker, on loan apparently. 11.06am BST Hello all. Phew! Its been a breathless start to THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE YEAR. First up, The Guardians Andy Hunter has been in touch with some hot Liverpool chat.Galatasaray and Napoli want Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva but both have only offered a loan deal so far. Liverpool would prefer a permanent transfer but unlikely to stand in Lucass way if he accepts a loan to Naples or Istanbul. 11.00am BST Michael Butler will be taking over the live blog now. Be nice. 10.54am BST Mohamed Diame's move from West Ham United to Hull City looks likely to go through today. 10.53am BST Stoke City had not anticipated doing anything on deadline day but Peter Odemwingies serious knee injury has thrown a spanner in the works, Stuart James says. Theyre now desperately trying to bring in a winger. Aaron Lennon, the Spurs wide man, is one option. Oussama Assaidi, who was on loan from Liverpool last season, is another. Stoke had a permanent deal for Assaidi agreed with Liverpool but Im told the players wage demands were ridiculous and prevented it from going through. Unless Assaidi drops what he is asking for, Stoke think another loan is the only option. In other Stoke news, Jack Butland, the England Under-21 goalkeeper, will go out on loan again. They are happy for him to join a Championship club but only if he is guaranteed first-team action. 10.42am BST Micah Richards has touched down in Florence... 10.35am BST Karim El-Ahmadi has re-joined Feyernoord from Aston Villa. 10.33am BST Stoke keen on winger in wake of Odemwingie injury. Assaidi on radar - deal previously agreed with Liverpool but wage demands stopped it. 10.32am BST The loan fee for Falcao will be £6m. He is yet to agree wages with United. 10.29am BST With United getting Falcao from Monaco I trust Rooney is going the other way, says Mark Judd. 10.24am BST Heres a picture of Javier Hernandez at Real Madrid.It's medical time for Javier Hernandez at Real Madrid pic.twitter.com/SoMiPaqpxk 10.23am BST Six clubs have inquired about James Milner in the last two weeks but the England international will definitely not be leaving Manchester City in this transfer window, writes Stuart James. City and Milners representatives have recently held further talks with City about a new contract, although no financial terms have been discussed and there is little sign of any progress. At this stage, Milners main concerns are the lack of first-team action he was a peripheral figure last season and has played only 12 minutes of Premier League football so far this term. With less than 12 months remaining on his contract, Milner is in a strong position. City, however, have no desire to cash-in on him before the window closes tonight. Equally, Milner does not believe it would be in his interests to move now. 10.21am BST I can only presume that, given his solidity in the air, Falcao is being brought in to give some added strength to our three man defence, says Wilf Waterhouse.As if United need any more defenders. 10.16am BST In the big news of the day, Crystal Palace are going to sign James McCarthy McArthur from Wigan for a club-record £7m. 10.12am BST Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Radamel Falcao, subject to a medical.Bloody hell. Didn't wake up today expecting that. #falcao 10.10am BST It seems that Milan have signed Marco van Ginkel from Chelsea. 10.03am BST Obviously tempting fate here but deadline day may not be quite so manic on Merseyside this time, says our Merseyside correspondent Andy Hunter. Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy is joining Blackburn Rovers from Everton for £1.5m and Roberto Martinez could make a final signing in the window, despite investing heavily in Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Etoos wages, though its not Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.Liverpool are not expected to bring anyone else in today. To be fair, they have signed nine this summer. Sebastian Coates is close to joining Sunderland on a season-long loan and, despite all being told they can go, Fabio Borini, Lucas Leiva, Ossuama Assaidi and Suso have gone nowhere yet. 10.02am BST Zeki Fryers already at Beckenham, says Dan Johnson. Are we live blogging his train journey from Tottenham? Only a couple more stops to go 9.54am BST I was getting all excited about the slim chance of arsenal signing a world class forward but youve ruined that with all your facts, says Ben Lake. I hope youre happy with yourself. This really raises the question of why we didnt sign Remy on the cheap? Surely he would have preffered to lead the line for Arsenal than sit on the bench for Chelsea. Im not sure if Wenger is a huge fan of Remy. 9.45am BST Looks as if James McArthur will cost Crystal Palace a club record £7m, the same figure Wigan agreed with Leicester City before they opted instead to secure Esteban Cambiasso, says Dominic Fifield. There had been suggestions over the weekend that Palace might send Adlene Guedioura the other way, with the finer details of the deal still to be finalised. Talks continue with Tottenham Hotspur over Zeki Fryers, whom Palace had initially hoped to secure on loan but may now have to sign permanently. But the young left-back is apparently already at Beckenham in anticipation of the completion of that move to south London. 9.42am BST Wouldnt it be wonderful if Neil Warnock and Adel Taarabt were reunited at Crystal Palace? 9.40am BST Juan Mata has done a tweet.One Hour Behind: Welcome Di María & Blind http://t.co/YtptH7s3SM / Bienvenidos Di María y Blind http://t.co/TpVWOjRmkA 9.31am BST There has been interest in Arsenal from Ron Vlaar but word is he is happy at Aston Villa for the time being. Southampton are digging their heels in over Jay Rodriguez but wouldnt mind signing Andros Townsend. And Glenn Murray will leave Crystal Palace if they nab Gary Hooper from Norwich. 9.28am BST I have just had a word with the other 1,056 and surely Nastasic would be a good signing for either Tottingham or Arsenal rather than for both? parps Duncan Smith. Unless he stays in London and just plays for whoever is at home that week. 9.21am BST Heres some more on Micah Richards, who is heading to Fiorentina on loan, from Danny Taylor.West Ham were in for him but there was a loan fee and quite high wages. There was been interest from Sunderland and earlier in the summer Newcastle. He is the longest serving player at City but has had injuries and turned down new contract at the end of last season because he wanted to restart his career. 9.20am BST One for Watford fans reeling from the departure of Beppe Sanino by the way: they have been talking to the former Brighton manager Oscar Garcia about the vacancy. 9.16am BST Are there any news on a Van Ginkel move to Milan? says Konstantin Sauer. Id rather keep him with Chelsea if compatible with allowed number of foreign players. There arent too many central midfielders left in the squad.Hes close to joining Milan but it hasnt been confirmed yet. And Chelsea have Fabregas, Matic, Ramires and Mikel. 9.14am BST Some things to think about when it comes to paying such a high fee for Radamel Falcao: hes almost 29 and hes had three knee operations in his career. The problem could be his wages. He could end up being the highest paid player in the league if he moves to England and that would be a big risk for a player who, while clearly extremely talented, has had fitness problems. His is a game based on pace and aggression but would he be able to play with that sort of intensity in the most physically demanding league in the world after coming back from a cruciate ligament injury? 9.05am BST Heres todays Rumour Mill. 9.02am BST Micah Richards is on his way to Florence to talk to Fiorentina about a loan with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, reports our chief football writer, Daniel Taylor. 8.55am BST If it was me making the decisions at Southampton, Im not sure Id accept Tottenhams offer of cash plus Andros Townsend for Jay Rodriguez. Remember when everyone was so hyped about Townsend? We were so young, so naive. 8.49am BST Heres Jamies story on Arsenal and Tottenhams interest in Manchester Citys Matija Nastasic. Hed be a good signing for both, wouldnt he? 8.47am BST At long last, Newcastle have unearthed a little gem in Rolando Aarons, says Rob Morgan. Quick , direct , fearless , scores goals and only 18. The best to come through for years. So at some point today, Ashley will sell him. 8.46am BST Could Micah Richards really be on his way to Fiorentina? 8.44am BST Apparently its eerily quiet at Upton Park today, even though I can hear passing cars in the background. 8.33am BST Get your Premier League talking points here! All your talking point needs here! 8.29am BST Jamie Jackson has been in touch with some news that will be of interest to Arsenal and Tottenham fans. He says that both clubs have made enquiries about the Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic. 8.25am BST It sounds like West Hams Mo Diame could be off today, with Hull a possible destination for the Senegalese midfielder. This puts a dent in my dream of Sam Allardyce one day fielding an entire team of defensive midfielders. 8.20am BST Arsenal still havent signed a striker. This is getting ridiculous. 8.16am BST Arsenal havent signed a striker yet. 8.04am BST Ive just heard mention of Harry Redknapp. Which is just as well, because we arrived at work together this morning. 8.02am BST Neil Warnock has told TalkSport that he wants to bring four players to Crystal Palace today. I assume one of them is Paddy Kenny, his inspiration, his muse, the reason he gets up in the morning. 8.02am BST I love this day, dont you absolutely love this day? says Sky Sports Man.I absolutely love it! says Sky Sports Woman. 7.54am BST Oh Loic! How could you! 7.47am BST Alan Curbishley, still with us ... I was worried that the Sky presenter was going to continue by saying still ... with ... us ... its been how long, Alan? Alan? How long have you been with us? It feels like its been for ever. 7.45am BST My colleague, Dominic Fifield, recently a cover star in the Crystal Palace programme has been in touch. He says that Palace are looking at Zeki Fryers. Tyrone Mings, James McArthur and a striker, Chelsea are unlikely to do any business and it should be busy at QPR, with Aaron Lennon, Sandro and Jermain Defoe all potentially on their way to Loftus Road. Whos QPRs manager again?Major honour to be sitting next to this guy today pic.twitter.com/BIVvuaXog2 7.33am BST Heres what Paul Lambert had to say about Tom Cleverleys possible move to Aston Villa: Theres no update on that. Hes still a Manchester United player. Nothings gone forward on that. And heres what Steve Bruce had to say about the chances of Cleverley going to Hull: Everyone keeps writing about Cleverley but I cant see it. I dont think it will happen. 7.28am BST Barry Glendenning has just arrived in the office - our very own Jim White - and has asked why there are already so many people here. Is it deadline day? he queries. 7.27am BST Excellent pronunciation on Sporting Gijon by Skys man in Glasgow. He really nailed the Hee-Hon. 7.24am BST I see that Atletico Madrid have signed Alessio Cerci from Torino. Thats one striker who wont be going to Arsenal. 7.17am BST Alan Curbishley is in the Sky Sports News studio. He thinks that Radamel Falcao fits the bill for Arsenal. 7.15am BST It is far too early to be watching Sky Sports News. Theyre all so happy and smiley and giddy. Whats wrong with these people? 6.30am BST Morning! Its the most wonderful time of the year! Will Radamel Falcao move from one rich club to another rich club? Will Arsenal sign a striker? Will Arsenal sign a defensive midfielder? Will Arsenal sign some defensive cover? Will Arsenal sign a dainty creative midfielder? Will Manchester United sign a new defence and a new midfield? Will Tottenham sign Morgan Schneiderlin? Will Harry Redknapp sign Jermain Defoe for the 17th time in his career? Can a man go insane from watching too much Sky Sports News? Find out all that and much more in transfer window deadline day liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!!!!!!!!!!!!! Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:29:27 GMT)

The best goals of the week: Robbie Keane, Clint Dempsey and Rohan Ince
Featuring a chip in LA, a volley in Seattle, a scissor kick in Gdansk, a thunderbolt in Swindon and a blaster in Rotterdam Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:18:48 GMT)

Football Weekly: Falcao flies in to Manchester United on deadline day
Deadline-day news. Plus Liverpool return to top form, Swansea stay strong, and a shock defeat for Real Madrid Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:40:55 GMT)

Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel confirmed for 2014 Tour of Britain
Rivals will line-up in Liverpool for opening stage Irishman Nicolas Roche named in Tinkoff-Saxo squad Latest on Vuelta a EspañaMark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, the worlds leading sprinters, will go head to head in this months Tour of Britain, race organisers have announced.The pair will line-up in Liverpool on Sunday for the opening stage of the race, which concludes in London a week later, having done battle on just a handful of occasions this year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:44:02 GMT)

Manchester United transfer spree reveals extent of Old Trafford upheaval
Radamel Falcaos arrival shows that Sir Alex Fergusons impregnable-seeming dynasty is being dismantled rapidly Our transfer window interactiveManchester Uniteds shock, high-priced loan grab of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from his odd year out at tax-lite, thinly supported Monaco planted the transfer deadline day story where the focus has been all summer: on the tumultuous leavings and frantic arrivals at Old Trafford.It is acknowledged now that clubs doing huge deals as late as United have this year are not as stable or organised as their rivals notably Chelsea and Manchester City who have recruited players early enough to show them round, at least, before the season starts. Yet this feverish United activity, more than £120m spent including the staggering £60m for Angel di Marias left-midfield thrust and £6m for a season for Falcao, goes way beyond that truth about thinness of planning. This is genuine, historic upheaval as, in hindsight, the eventual retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, like Sir Matt Busbys before him, was always going to be. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:33:40 GMT)

US Open: Caroline Wozniacki stuns Maria Sharapova to bring house down
Popular Dane grinds her way to three-sets win Sara Errani beats Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in three setsSentiment should not intrude on professional judgment in sport but paying customers have no such inhibitions. And there were few in the packed seats on the Arthur Ashe Court here on a sweltering day seven of the US Open who did not celebrate Caroline Wozniackis victory over Maria Sharapova nearly as wildly as the ever-smiling Dane did.It is not that Sharapova is still not their golden darling. But Wozniacki is on a different mission. She showed the world that not only is she over her split with Rory McIlroy but that her tennis is in as good shape as his golf which is, as they say here, awesome. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:09:14 GMT)

Carlisle sack Graham Kavanagh after tipping point defeat at Cambridge
Relegated club have no wins from first five League Two games They say team averaged one point a match under KavanaghCarlisle have sacked Graham Kavanagh after a poor start to the season following their relegation to League Two in May. The club are without a win in their first five matches and lost 5-0 at promoted Cambridge United on Saturday. Carlisle said in a statement: From the 40 league games last season, following Greg Abbotts departure, and through the five league games this season, there has been an average of one point per game. It resulted in relegation to League Two in May 2014 and it was felt we were continuing to head in the same direction this season.Saturdays result at Cambridge was a tipping point for those concerned with the running and management of Carlisle United. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:16:27 GMT)

County cricket as it happened
With Richard Gibson at the Riverside for Durham v Notts and Andy Wilson at Old Trafford for Lancashire v Yorkshire 4.49pm BST Some late afternoon reading from Gary NaylorCounty cricket: the weeks final overSix talking points from the last week in the country game, including Paul Collingwoods resilience, James Taylors England credentials and the Cowdrey family name 4.35pm BST Richard Gibson reports from Durham v NottsA really cracking story developing here with Gary Keedy producing an inspirational debut performance to claw Nottinghamshire back into the contest. Having taken 3-12, he has trudged off for tea and will presumably now go and give his fellow bowlers a rub down before returning to finish off Durhams innings in the evening session. 4.07pm BST Andy Wilson reports from Old TraffordThere are some glum Lancastrian faces in a respectable, although perhaps slightly disappointing, second-day Roses crowd. Yorkshire have seized control of the game in the fifth session, through the perfect fourth-wicket combination of Jonny Bairstows controlled aggression and Adam Lyths inevitable accumulation, and at 273 for four they are now only five runs behind Lancashires first-innings total. 1.43pm BST Richard Gibson reports from the Riverside Paul Collingwood cited enjoyment and an ongoing ability to contribute to the team cause as reasons for shelving his retirement plans and playing on in 2015. And he would have enjoyed his contribution this morning as only his second Championship wicket of the season hastened Nottinghamshires demise. 1.23pm BST Andy Wilson writes from Old TraffordIts been Yorkshires morning, not spectacularly, but solidly, resolutely, and frustratingly from a Lancashire point of view. They have accumulated 80 in 31 overs for the loss of only Alex Lees, who was lbw to Tom Bailey, the tall young seamer from Preston who has shown promise for the second consecutive Championship game at Old Trafford. Lees was replaced by Kane Williamson, the New Zealander who is making his last appearance of the season, and has moved to 42 mostly unobtrusively, although he broke cover to take two boundaries off Simon Kerrigan, one through extra cover and the other over mid wicket. 12.05pm BST Richard Gibson reports from the RiversideGiven the clatter of wickets yesterday 14 went down in all including that of Samit Patel to the final delivery of the evening session it was something of a surprise that Nottinghamshire survived the opening half-hour without further mishap here at Chester-le-Street. There were perfect bowling conditions for Durhams seamers to operate in too with thick cloud hanging overhead. 11.18am BST Andy Wilson sets up the dayHow better to prepare for the second day of the Roses Match than to spend the morning reading lengthy interviews with Brian Statham and Cyril Washbrook? They are two of the nine former greats who speak from the grave, via the medium of the former BBC cricket commentator Ralph Dellor, in Lost Voices of Cricket, which has proved highly educational for a whippersnapper like me. 10.29am BST Morning all,Today we have Richard Gibson at the Riverside for Durham v Nottinghamshire and Andy Wilson at Old Trafford for Lancashire v Yorkshire. Here are their reports from yesterdays play: Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:49:03 GMT)

Transfer deadline day: Skys loiterers turn trolley dash into unbridled frenzy
The closure of the transfer window has become seared on the public consciousness by the excitable people at Sky SportsWe go again. Transfer deadline day. Last orders in the football saloon. A biannual event that is ostensibly a final opportunity for football clubs to buy enough new players to see them through until the next time, it has become seared on the public consciousness by the excitable people at Sky Sports.They have attached such monumental significance to this glorified trolley-dash through the supermarket of international football humanity that it has now eclipsed the FA Cup and Capital One Cup to become English footballs second most prestigious tournament. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:01:05 GMT)

Tottenham favourites to sign Manchester Uniteds Danny Welbeck
England striker open to season-long loan at White Hart Lane Manchester United close to signing Radamel Falcao Transfer deadline day live!Tottenham Hotspur are the favourites to take Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on a loan deal, with the striker open to moving to White Hart Lane.Although United have told Welbeck he can depart, they had previously stipulated that he could not move to a top-six team. However Radamel Falcaos expected arrival for a £6m loan fee plus the Monaco strikers wages, mean United may allow him to join Spurs. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:35:19 GMT)

Radamel Falcao to move to Manchester United on season-long loan
28-year-old will move from Monaco, subject to a medical United to pay £6m for loan fee, plus substantial wages Javier Hernández moves to Real Madrid on loan Transfer deadline day live! Danny Taylor: where will Falcao fit in at United?Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Monacos Radamael Falcao, subject to medical and the striker agreeing personal terms. The loan fee is understood to be no more than £6m, with the club having the option of a permanent deal for the player at the end of the season.The 28-year-old is due to fly to Manchester on Monday for a medical and to sign off on a deal that would take Uniteds summer spend to over £160m. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:58:06 GMT)

Crystal Palace set to break club record fee to sign James McArthur for £7m
Wigan midfielder set for move to south London Palace also in talks to sign Tottenhams Zeki Fryers Match report: Newcastle 3-3 Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace are set to break their club record fee to sign the Wigan midfielder James McArthur for £7m.McArthurs transfer would surpass the former club record fee paid to Peterborough last summer for Dwight Gayle, and would cost Palace the same figure Wigan agreed with Leicester City before they opted instead to secure Esteban Cambiasso on a 12-month deal. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:14:15 GMT)

Munster sign Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guiñazú on a four-month deal
Argentinian brought in to solve injury problem Anthony Foley: He will help us get through the opening period Johnny Sexton faces fitness race to make Ireland testsArgentinas hooker Eusebio Guiñazú has signed for Munster on a four-month deal as they try to offset Mike Sherrys long-term shoulder injury.The 32-year-old joins the Pro12 province after two seasons at Bath and following stints at Biarritz, Toulouse and the Stormers. We need to hit the ground running this season and to do this we need to have a full complement of players available to us, said Munsters head coach Anthony Foley. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:25:01 GMT)

Legia Warsaw charged by Uefa over fans Champions League protest banner
Slogan read: Because Football Doesnt Matter, Money Does Legia mock Celtic after Bhoys Champions League exitLegia Warsaws legal problems this season have continued after Uefa charged the club over a banner criticising their disputed exit from the Champions League.The latest case follows the Polish champions fans displaying a large image of a pig imposed on a Uefa badge and the slogan Because Football Doesnt Matter, Money Does. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:49:36 GMT)

Lionel Messi injured in Barcelonas win over Villarreal
Messi has pulled adductor muscle in right hip Argentinian and Munir El Haddadi will be assessed on Tuesday Match report: Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona Match report: Real Sociedad 4-2 Real MadridLionel Messi picked up a hamstring strain in Barcelonas 1-0 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday, the club said.The 27-year-old played 90 minutes in the win and hit the post twice, before setting up the winner, scored by the teenager Sandro Ramírez. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:28:36 GMT)

Move over Amazon, HMV is getting people back in stores
The music retailer is on course to overtake Amazon as the UK's biggest music and DVD retailer, just 18-months since its collapse. What's behind the comeback?It's one of the biggest musical comebacks of all time and no I'm not talking about Kate Bush. High-street music retailer HMV says it is close to wresting the title of UK's biggest music and DVD retailer back from Amazon as Britons rediscover the charm of actually going into a shop and buying a CD or a record.Regaining its high-street crown would be a remarkable achievement for HMV, which went bust just 18 months ago, felled by the toxic combination of declining physical music sales, expensive shop rents and huge debts. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:59:00 GMT)

How Britain is committing crimes against international cuisine
From lasagne sandwiches to chicken tikka-flavoured Blackpool rock, Britons' eagerness to embrace 'foreign food' has resulted in some atrocities that other nations find hard to stomachWhen pizza was first introduced to a sceptical British public in the 1950s, it was marketed, so the story goes, as "Italian Welsh rarebit". These days, however, nobody feels the need to describe ceviche as "Peruvian rollmops" or quinoa as "Bolivian porridge oats". The British are, contrary to the rest of the world's stereotype, wonderfully open-minded about food and eager to try anything with an exotically "foreign" name.However, rather than applauding that endearing receptiveness to other nation's cuisines, many of those who have landed on British shores seem appalled when they discover what's been done to it. The otherwise affectionate blog of London-based Spanish writer Jorge Ruiz, for example, has a section devoted to "atrocities committed under the name of Spanish food". Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:49:00 GMT)

Stealing naked photos of female celebrities and posting them online is an outstanding example of sexism
Why there are almost no men included on the list of celebrities whose privacy has been violated?Now that September is here, what are the big autumn trends for women?Fiona, by email Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:20:51 GMT)

Europe's terrible trans rights record: will Denmark's new law spark change?
Denmark has become the first European country to allow legal change of gender without a medical expert statement. Why are clinical diagnosis and surgery still insisted upon elsewhere?In one leap, Denmark has changed its law on trans rights, taking it from a country where transgender people were forced to undergo sterilisation in order to be legally recognised as a different gender, to one of the most progressive countries on the issue in the world.Unlike in most of the countries that allow new gender recognition, trans people in Denmark now do not even need a medical expert statement, but can simply self-determine. There are still restrictions the minimum age is 18, and there is a six-month waiting period before the person has to reconfirm their wish to have their gender legally changed but the law seems to be moving in the right direction. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:24:29 GMT)

Stonehenge was circular? Well, blow me down
Its great that we have evidence the Salisbury Plain monument was round but did anyone seriously ever think otherwise?It is often hard to make sense of archaeological stories in the news. Are we, the public, being patronised by a profession that assumes were completely ignorant and must be spoon-fed information that doesnt add up to much? Or has archaeological science wandered so genuinely far from common sense that it sees news in what may, to interested outsiders, look blindingly obvious?At the very end of the summer silly season comes the news that Stonehenge may have been a complete stone circle after all. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:10:45 GMT)

Pop's weighty issue: All About That Bass and other body-positive anthems
Physical scrutiny of female pop artists is intense, but stars such as Meghan Trainor, with her breakthrough chart smash, are fighting back with fierce celebrations of fleshAll About That Bass by Massachusetts singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor is shaping up as one of this years big hits. Its topped the charts in Australia, gone top 20 in many European countries and is currently No 3 in America. Bearing in mind the British appetite for breezy, dance-ish pop helmed by female voices, the track should have no trouble repeating that success here when its released in October.Yet its candy-coated, doo-wop-inspired cuteness is only part of the story the true selling point is its unswerving body-positivism. Yeah, its pretty clear, I aint no size two, sings Trainor, vocally a reedy cross between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. But I can shake it like Im supposed to do/ Cos I got that boom-boom that all the boys chase/ And all the right junk in all the right places. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:12 GMT)

Rekindling sparks of life in Frances abandoned ghost villages
Amid picnics and parties, former residents and descendants have not lost all hope of returning to their ruined settlementsEarlier this year, in a freshly mown hayfield on the Var highlands of south-eastern France, about 60 people held a picnic. It could have been a family reunion, but there was not much nostalgia in the air. When the former inhabitants of Brovès return to their land for their annual pilgrimage every spring, they mostly remember the pain of being expropriated by the army, 40 years earlier. However some of them still nurse the dream they might one day return for good.At the end of the second world war the army was looking for a large area of land upon which to build a camp. In the early 1960s it settled on the Canjuers plateau, about half an hours drive from Draguignan, in southeastern France. Brovès, a village going back to the 15th century, was inside the projected perimeter. It was home to just under 100 people in the winter and more in the summer, when former residents came back for holidays. In the spring of 1974, the remaining diehards finally had to go. Even the graves had been dug up and the remains displaced. Access to the empty village was forbidden. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:00:10 GMT)

Record-breaking kitesurf in Spain video
A total of 352 kitesurfers broke the Guinness World Record for the largest en masse kitesurf over one nautical mile on Sunday, beating last year's record of 318 participants. The competition took place in Tarifa on the south coast of Spain. Sir Richard Branson, who broke the record in March for the most people riding a single kitesurf board, sent his support for the new record Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:06:00 GMT)

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 gets green light to shoot in Australia
Dead Men Tell No Tales likely to shoot in Queensland after Australian government agrees tax incentives worth $20.2mThe next instalment of Disney's blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean film series looks set to shoot in Australia after ministers approved tax incentives worth a reported $20.2m (£12.1m). Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:21:27 GMT)

10 of the best indie records shops around the world: readers tips
Vinyl is not dead! From reggae in Iceland to a backstreet in Malvern, readers pick their favourite independent record shops, where youre encouraged to listen, learn and love all music To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a £200 Hotels.com voucher, go to GuardianWitness Founded in 1894, Spillers claims to be the oldest record shop in the world. For locals, it is a legendary store, and even today it has a vast variety of music that could keep you in there for hours. It still has the same charm and personal, friendly service that has made it a landmark for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.31 Morgan Arcade, spillersrecords.co.ukIcedBanana Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:03 GMT)

Jimi: All Is by My Side: watch a clip from the Hendrix biopic video
Watch an exclusive clip from the new film about legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, Jimi: All is by My Side. Hendrix is played by OutKast's Andre Benjamin in a biopic directed by 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley, which follows Hendrix's career in London as a guitarist on the verge of fame. Featuring Hayley Attwell as Hendrix's girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. Jimi: All Is by My Side is released on 24 October in the UKJimi: All Is By My Side: Toronto 2013 first look review Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:44:46 GMT)

Drone video shows Apples Space Ship campus under construction
Video shows vast scale of Apples Norman-Foster-designed Campus 2, scheduled for completion at the end of 2016Fenced off from the world by high walls, Apples fast-developing Space Ship campus, designed by British architect Norman Foster, has been kept from prying eyes since breaking ground earlier this year. Unless, that is, you own a drone with a camera.The 2.8 million square foot complex designed by Foster will see Apple consolidate its headquarters into one giant glass ring, complete with underground parking, forests surrounding the complex incorporating 300 different species and solar panels and fuel cells for acquiring 70% of the buildings energy requirements. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:25:52 GMT)

Downton Abbey series five trailer: bad secrets and scandalous suggestions
First official trailer for fifth series of the historical smash welcomes Richard E Grant and Anna Chancellor to the cast, and reveals a new zinger from the Dowager CountessPreposterous period blockbuster Downton Abbey is back for a fifth series, and theres a brand new trailer for it, with nary a plastic water bottle in sight. As well as the perennial the future is coming but we fear change theme, there looks to be plenty of scurrilous behaviour to take viewers through the autumn. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:17:34 GMT)

End of the Road festival review expertly curated indie rock
Larmer Tree Gardens, WiltshireAmerican upstarts St Paul and the Broken Bones deliver a stupendous set, while indie darling St Vincent triumphsThere is a moment in the middle of St Paul and the Broken Bones's set at End of the Road when singer Paul Janeway unleashes a howl so electrifying it seems to tear right through the drizzly Wiltshire sky. Behind me, the crowd for the Alabama band's Saturday mid-afternoon performance has swiftly quadrupled. People are dancing, a woman is cavorting with a Hula Hoop and one couple has launched into a spontaneous make-out session. Proof, if it is needed, that this is one of the most stupendous live acts around.End of the Road has grown steadily in the past eight years, in confidence and maturity perhaps more than size (capacity has been steady at about 11,000). Its calling card remains the impeccability of its lineup, a selection process that begins each year with co-founder Simon Taffe simply scanning his record collection. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:00:23 GMT)

Should I worry if my child is short?
Short stature is a common reason for children to be referred to a paediatrician it could be a sign of a hormone deficiency or a genetic syndrome. So should you take an undersized child to the doctor?Someone has to be the shortest in the class. But should you worry if it is your own child? It is a common reason for children to be referred to paediatricians. The medical definition of short stature is height that is two standard deviations below the mean height for age and sex so the child will be below the third centile on the growth chart. For every 100 children of that age, three would expect to be shorter and 97 to be taller. But there is nothing wrong with being below the third centile if your child continues to grow parallel to the line and doesn't move downwards. A review in the Archives of Disease in Childhood this month estimates that only one in five children below this line will have a medical reason for being short.So should you check it out, or will it just make your child self-conscious? Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT)

Tricky Adrian Thaws: Exclusive album stream
Have a listen to the Bristol mavericks eleventh album, one week ahead of its release, and let us know your thoughtsDoes the title of Trickys eleventh album which takes his birth name suggest a more personal direction? According to the Bristol maverick, its more a cheeky statement regarding how difficult his genre-leaping music is to pin down. Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you dont really know me, he explains. So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:22:43 GMT)

The playlist new bands: Salt Cathedral, Mother, Kamp! and more
A super supergroup, Charli XCXs sometime drummer gone solo and a Polish trio obsessed with 80s Manchester and Ibiza Salt Cathedral are a Brooklyn-based duo comprising Nicolas Losada and Juliana Ronderos, both of whom originally hail from Bogota, Colombia. Previously in a band called Il Abanico, their debut EP is titled Oom Velt, which apparently means the world as it is experienced by a particular organism, a partially phonetic spelling of the German phrase. But who cares about inaccessible nomenclature and their history as a maths rock band utilising complex guitar work and stabbing percussion structures now that theyve grown into purveyors of breezy electronic pop with lightly tropical rhythms and deathlessly pretty vocals? File next to Purity Ring. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:38:30 GMT)

What are the best books to help my son make friends?
The Book Doctor recommends a dose of Michael Morpurgo, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jacqueline Wilson to help a boy who is struggling with his relationships with other kids and is never chosen to be a 'best friend' plus test your skills in our Jacqueline Wilson friendship's quizI have got a 7-year-old boy, he is very sensitive extremely loyal and good friend but he seems to be struggling with his relationships especially with his best friends as he is never chosen best friend is there any book you could recommend about children and their relationship with other children, mainly boys? I don't think my advice is always particularly helpful as I think we girls think slightly different and my experience was always a happy one at that age anyway. He loves books so I'm hoping maybe a book will be able to help him.Friendship can be so very painful! Rather than just looking for stories about friendships between boys I would extend your search and read stories about friendships of all kinds. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:25:00 GMT)

Human rights legislation in the UK: a cut-out-and-keep guide
Ever wondered what the difference is between the human rights convention and the Human Rights Act? This may helpHuman rights will be a major issue in the forthcoming general election. The Labour party has just begun a political campaign, albeit one with remarkably ill-defined aims ("a Labour vision for human rights", "ensure they remain at the heart of Labour's policy and practice", and so on). The Conservatives recently sacked their well-respected attorney general, apparently because Dominic Grieve advised against the policy they are planning to announce at their party conference in October. And one of their justice ministers has said that Britain "should think of leaving the [human rights] convention if we can't get a satisfactory arrangement" with the court that enforces it.Some people find the issues confusing. So what follows is a simplified cut-out-and-keep guide. I have tried to make it objective, although I am sure readers will not hesitate to correct me if it is not. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:29:00 GMT)

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It review Owen Jones's biting critique of the elite
A passionate account of injustice reveals the lies peddled by our leadersWhy is it that the people who caused the financial crash have got away with it while those who played no part have been punished? This, essentially, is the question that Owen Jones poses in his passionate account of political and economic injustice. In searching for the answer he, like other columnists before him, has alighted on the "e" word, the establishment.David Cameron, the Conservative chameleon de nos jours, saw an opportunity in the mayhem wreaked by the bankers. Before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, the leader of the opposition had pledged to match Labour's spending plans. As the author points out, Cameron quickly changed tack and deftly turned crisis into opportunity. Prompted by financiers and their friends, he turned economics on its head, declaring that the problem was caused not by an out-of-control financial services industry but by a bloated state. Cuts became the mantra to turn Britain back on to the path of prosperity. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT)

Doorstep challenges: who do you open your door to?
The front door is a barrier between you and the outside world, yet sometimes it can feel grim being locked in. Could a small hatch be the solution?When I damaged an ankle jumping off a boat and turned up at the Observer with a bandaged foot, my cheery colleagues said, We didnt know you were a door-stepping journalist.But journalists arent the only people who can stick a foot in the door there are burglars and con-men, people trying for charity money, reformed youths urging you to buy their wares and neighbours whove located your cat. There are evangelists and (allegedly) stranded girls needing a tenner to get home. Until you open the door, you dont know which except in our street we do: our old houses have a glass window in the front door which, when opened, has a metal grille through which people can be seen and spoken to, pamphlets and money passed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:59:09 GMT)

The Hundred-Foot Journey: cute foodie movie leaves a sour taste
Lasse Hallströms latest piece of food porn will only be popular among critics looking to ram more metaphors down our throatsThe Hundred-Foot Journey is a tough slog across acres of corn and oceans of syrup and has provoked the worlds movie critics into an orgy of awful culinary metaphors in their reviews: lacking piquancy, not quite al dente, undercooked, over-egged, expensive ingredients lose all their flavour in this kitchen, and so on. But just because the cliches are flying doesnt make them wrong. Life has its own flavour, says young Indian wonder-chef Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), but the movie does not. It tastes like British cuisine in the years after rationing, ie like nothing (oh come on, allow me one food metaphor).With Helen Mirren and Om Puri as heads of two competing restaurants (one French with one Michelin star, the other Indian run by an exiled family from Mumbai, and separated only by that titular distance) in a French village so annoyingly picturesque you know without even checking that this is a Lasse Hallström movie, things ought to be off to a good start. Mirren is well, shes Dame Hellz: fabulous and imperious, enough said. And Puri is such a captivating actor Id pay to watch him sit on a bus bench and grouch about the weather. But The Hundred-Foot Journey has all the vices of the European international co-production: everybody is out of their element. Its based on a novel by an expatriate American born in Portugal and raised in Switzerland, directed by a Swede, stars a quintessentially English (though half-Russian) actor as a Frenchwoman, and is all about an exiled Indian family in France. The odd part is that only the Indian family seems to feel any firm ground underfoot, possibly because its led by Puri, who as usual has the battle-scarred authority of a war-weary general. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:07 GMT)

Feisty, flounce and bossy: the words used to put women down
Do you ever hear men described as hysterical? Do people say they whine or nag? Thought not. Here are eight sexist words wed like to never hear from againFeisty? My least favourite word. Have you ever heard a man described as feisty, said Daisy Lewis, who plays the schoolteacher Sarah Bunting in Downton Abbey, in an interview. Have you heard a male character described as feisty? I think not. Ah, feisty. It sounds like a compliment for some reason, it always makes me think of those women in the second world war, wearing dungarees, lipstick and a new-found confidence in changing a wheel when really it just puts down a whole gender. In their guide to improving the media coverage of female politicians, the Womens Media Centre lists feisty as one of the words that should be avoided (it categorises it with spunky, which is surely a word that nobody should use, ever), describing both as normally reserved for individuals and animals that are not inherently potent or powerful. The guide goes on to quote Michael Geis, author of the Language of Politics: One can call a pekinese dog spunky or feisty, but one would not, I think, call a great dane spunky or feisty. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:19:10 GMT)

London's housing crisis: a week in an emergency housing office video
As London's housing market booms, the shortage of affordable rental properties is becoming more acute. The Guardian spent a week in the emergency housing office in the north London borough of Enfield. With more than 2,000 people on the waiting list for council properties, and the cap on housing benefit forcing people to accept lower quality housing, we found frontline staff struggling to keep up with their caseloads in a week that further redundancies were announced Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:16:00 GMT)

Greece's migrant fruit pickers: 'They kept firing. There was blood everywhere'
Last year, Greek farm guards shot at illegal migrant strawberry pickers, wounding 35. When a court acquitted them this summer, there was outrage. At the camp, where they continue to live like slaves, the workers share their storiesIs a man worth nothing when he is branded illegal? Tipu Chowdhury has spent the past 17 months wondering. The answer has not been easy. Even now, after being forced to endure subhuman living conditions, after being starved and worked like a slave, the Bangladeshi does not speak ill of Greece. Instead of anger, there is resignation, an almost fatalistic acceptance that this is the life meted out to those who go "undocumented".Had he and his fellow strawberry pickers not been shot at had the case not reached the courts and the men who did the shooting not been scandalously freed he might not have pondered the question at all. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:11:30 GMT)

Destiny: behind the scenes of the world's most expensive video game
When Destiny launches next week, 10 million players will be let loose in an intricate, beautiful, interplanetary gaming playgroundOn the wall are multiple LCD displays showing graphs, maps and streams of data; this small windowless box, hidden away in a cavernous converted multiplex in Washington, is crowded with serious-looking people hunched over keyboards, amid a mass of cables and high-spec PCs. It looks like a Nasa control room, and the people working here are as smart as rocket scientists. But this isn't a launch site this is a game development studio. What these people are waiting for is the launch of the epic online sci-fi adventure Destiny, the biggest, most costly to make video game, the most preordered piece of entertainment software in history. "These guys have to be super-smart and super-dedicated," says one manager against the blinking lights and whirring fans. "And they don't fall asleep. Ever."For the past decade, the video game business has been growing at a spectacular rate. Globally, it's now thought to be worth about $80bn (£48bn) a year, and as the technology advances, ambitions widen and budgets blow up. Destiny, the latest title from Bungie, maker of the hugely successful Halo series, is the biggest yet. In May, the game's publisher, Activision, revealed that the title might cost up to $500m to develop, market and support. To put that into perspective, Avatar, the most expensive movie ever made, was $75m cheaper. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:02 GMT)

Gordon Brown's battle for Britain: 'You have to think about 100 years down the line'
The former Labour prime minister on why it's so important for him to campaign for the No vote in the Scottish independence referendum and what Amy Winehouse said to Nelson MandelaEvery time we try to make a getaway Gordon Brown is grabbed by another Scottish elder just a quick word, a reminisce, a photo. This is the former prime minister in his heartland South Lanarkshire council HQ, Hamilton, just outside Glasgow, among old-time Labour loyalists. There is lots of white hair on display, a fair amount of belly, a huge amount of shared history. He bearhugs the men, self-consciously pats women on the back with both hands, slinks his hair to the side for pictures. He even smiles. He's got a lovely smile, when it catches him unawares.Brown, 63, and still MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, is back in frontline politics briefly. He is on the road campaigning for a No vote in the independence referendum. For Scotland to go independent would be a betrayal of so much he has fought for. We head upstairs. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:48:00 GMT)

Kenya: mothers and children scratching a living on Eldoret dump
Extreme poverty drives some Kenyans to scavenge through rubbish dumps for materials to sell for recycling. At the main dump in Eldoret, a town in Kenyas Rift valley with a population of 280,000, people sift through debris, despite the risks of disease and injury, and the threat of violence. Even though primary education is free in Kenya, many children work at the dumps to help support their familyAt the main rubbish dump in Eldoret, western Kenya, several dozen men, women and children sift through the towns rubbish. They separate plastic, metal and other materials that can be sold. Adults working on the site earn around £1-1.30 a day for tiring work in highly unsanitary conditions. Children as young as seven some of whom have never attended school work at the site every day. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:52:26 GMT)

Ten years after Beslan school siege, survivors struggle to make a new life
Two of Nadezhda Guriyevas children were among the 334 people killed after militants stormed their school. She tells RFE/RL how teaching young survivors has helped her carry onAs Nadezhda Guriyeva huddled with her children on the floor of the sweltering school gymnasium, an explosive device rested ominously just a few feet away. Boris and Vera, Guriyevas two older children, were dressed for a folk dance performance that had been planned to celebrate the first day of school. Those festivities never began.Boris and Vera were among the 334 people, including 186 children, who were killed amid explosions and hails of bullets after being held captive for two days in a terrorist attack on School No 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. Guriyevas youngest daughter, Irina, survived. Some still cry and live at the cemetery, trying to raise their children thereOne little girl who managed to escape ran straight to a drinking fountain, Guriyeva recalls. She couldnt stay away from the fountain - to the water, she says. A sniper killed her on the spot.A new school was built opposite School No 1, across the railway tracks where cows and goats graze. Multicoloured lettering above the entrance proclaims: The start of a new life. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:00:16 GMT)

Iran-Iraq conflict remembered through the lives of widows
A commemorative literary series pays tribute to fallen soldiers and the war wives who grappled with loss and grief long after the conflict came to an endA typical assumption in realistic war literature is that In war, the dead pay the debts of the living. But the Iranian widows of the Hidden Half of the Moon, a harrowing collection of memoirs and a long-running Farsi-language literary series, suggest that it is not the fallen soldiers, but the toiling survivors who carry wars burden long after the troops have gone home. Edited by writer Koroush Aliani, the series profiles the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq conflict through the lives of women whose husbands fought in the war, whether as generals, foot soldiers, revolutionaries or air force pilots. As its name suggests, the Hidden Half of the Moon constitutes one of the first efforts to bring womens voices to the forefront of the war experience. Through their stories of loss, grief and resilience, the women recount how war became a fixture of daily life, even in households hundreds of miles from the front line. Twenty-one booklets make up the collection, each chronicling the story of one war widow, told in her voice. Each booklet features several pages of photographs, and focuses on the stories of women whose husbands served in the navy, army and basij militia. The first book of the collection was published in 1999, and has now been republished 20 times. In it, Ghadeh Jaber, the Lebanese second wife of the scientist-turned-military commander Mostafa Chamran recounts the couples first meeting in Lebanon, their subsequent marriage and, finally, Chamrans 1981 death in Khuzestan province. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:34:54 GMT)

Tough case to crack: the mystery of Britain's falling crime rate
Decline in heroin use, unrecorded cybercrime and greater civility are some of the reasons suggested for the drop in offendingOn the south side of Northampton, a town an hour's drive north of London, stands a former cinema that is now the home of a discount sofa warehouse called The Sofa King. Outside, a sign proclaims the prices to be "Sofa King low!" Inside, Mark Kypta, a savvy former estate agent, produces a business card that introduces him not as the proprietor, but as The King.Kypta knows the town well: he was raised there, his parents live there; he knows where the business opportunities lie and which neighbourhoods are best avoided after dark. Asked whether he believes crime to be going up or down in Northampton, his response is immediate: "Up it's got to be hasn't it?" And nationwide? "It's going up!" Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:28:44 GMT)

What can forensic architecture reveal about the conflict in Gaza?
Bulldozing new roads, using buildings as weapons ... to the Israeli architect Eyal Weizman, city warfare leaves clues in the very architecture. Hes piecing together the evidenceThe latest instalment of the six-part film series Rebel Architecture opens with architect Eyal Weizman approaching one of the watchtowers along the separation wall that runs through the West Bank. An Israeli soldier shouts down, audible but invisible in the turret room: Dont come any closer!Weizman shouts back in response: Why? Is this place only yours? Its everybodys place. Is that tube your home? Its not even your home, and youre sitting in that tube telling me what to do. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:43:22 GMT)

Writer's community challenge: how I helped bring in the harvest
Patrick Barkham took up this months Live Better challenge to get involved. How did he do on Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm?Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm essential informationOoh, youve taken a lot on, exclaimed the old boys on the neighbouring allotment when they came to inspect Joanne Mudhars new patch. Joanne had worked her way up from one allotment to two and then a few acres, and was now the proud and slightly baffled owner of a 12-acre wheat field on the edge of Ipswich.It was a daunting prospect. The soil was exhausted after decades of industrial farming but Joanne was determined to turn this arable desert into a market garden. Barely five years on, piglets are squealing and bouncing around, a kestrel swoops overhead and half a dozen local people young families, a student, retirees are bringing in the harvest. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:32:00 GMT)

Sherlock, Downton Abbey: what the US can learn from our TV exports
As Benedict Cumberbatchs detective scoops seven Emmys, what is the secret of successful UK drama?Last week, BBC1s Sherlock took home no fewer than seven Emmys a higher total than Game of Thrones or even Breaking Bad, which was hailed as the big winner on the night. So while British TV critics regularly and often justifiably lament that the best drama is made in America, UK series are now enjoying unprecedented success in the US.Downton Abbey led the way, scooping 11 Emmys for its first three series on US public service broadcaster PBS, which also co-produces Sherlock and Call the Midwife. Cable channel BBC America provides a more niche showcase for the best of British drama, airing shows including Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Luther. Other US cable channels (such as Sundance, which shares The Honourable Woman with BBC2) are looking more and more to UK drama for co-productions. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:04:00 GMT)

We cant let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values
Accountability must become part of Silicon Valleys culture and we cant leave editorial processes down to algorithmsSeveral years ago, Vint Cerf visited the Guardian in his capacity as Googles evangelist in chief the kind of Silicon Valley title you can carry off only if you have invented the internet, which, luckily for Cerf, he had. He showed us mini-robots and talked about building the internet in space. We smiled indulgently, inwardly questioning the robustness of his faculties, and talk turned inevitably to the future of newspapers. Well, said Cerf, rotating his robot, the problem is theres news and theres paper, and those are two separate things.It seemed so preposterously obvious as to be not worth further scrutiny. But Cerfs pronouncement, like his tabletop robot and astral internet, was more profound than we realised. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:02:00 GMT)

If you click on Jennifer Lawrence's naked pictures, you're perpetuating her abuse
Actors may offer their image to public consumption as their professional practice, but what they are not trading is their intimacy. To merely look is an act of sexual violation Zoe Williams: Aldi, whats wrong with the word slut? Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:05:14 GMT)

The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning
There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of nude celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:03 GMT)

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others posted online by alleged hacker
Website user publishes list of 100 mostly female actors, singers and celebrities of whom they claim to have explicit images Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:33:37 GMT)

Radamel Falcaos arrival at Manchester United poses formation questions
Will Louis van Gaal stick with his 3-4-1-2 system, is it time for the new club captain Wayne Rooney to drop into midfield or will there be a three-pronged attack with Robin van Persie? Colombian to move to Old Trafford on loan from Monaco Transfer deadline day live Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:55:08 GMT)

Nude celebrity picture leak looks like phishing or email account hack
Apples iCloud service may have been the source of the photos but security experts think password hacks are likely explanation Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:02:11 GMT)

Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme
The Scots may vote no to independence this time. But history shows these movements intensify until something gives Ed Cox: However Scots vote, let's devolve power in England Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:00:00 GMT)

Cameron announces anti-terror measures in Commons statement as it happened
Lunchtime summaryJohn Bercow backs down over Commons clerk appointmentCamerons statement - Snap summary and analysisAfternoon summary Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:52:24 GMT)

Story of a male escort
A dead-end job was all Josh could find in the former coal-mining town in Wales where he grew up. So he left behind his friends to become a highly paid male escort in London. Will Storr hears his story Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:00:04 GMT)

Enfield tears up rules in radical attempt to ease housing problem
Pushed into a corner by soaring prices, greedy landlords and a cap on benefits, one London council has embarked on a daring set of untested policies to provide more public housing Video: a week inside Enfields emergency housing office Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:15:58 GMT)

How I was raped and pressured into dropping the charges
The police told me I didnt have a chance of a conviction, and my university, Oxford, largely ignored my requests for help. Why does our criminal justice system penalise women for drinking rather than their rapists? Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:57:41 GMT)

Dont blame the parents of the Foxtons child cleaner
Corporations have a choice when it comes to choosing employees. Poor families may not have a choice in how they make ends meet Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:16:13 GMT)

And so the Great British Railway Rake-Off rolls on
Network Rails £34bn debt has helped private companies to make huge profits. And now were ordered to pick up the billCongratulations, dear reader! As of this morning, you have racked up an extra £539 in debt. No, you havent just bought a new wardrobe. You havent made a deposit on a winter break. And its not because of that heavy eBay session where you overbid for a signed Bulgarian copy of Wet Wet Wets first LP.Nor are you alone. Im another 539 quid in the red too as are each of the other 63 million Britons. Put all those sums together and the entire country has just lost £34bn. How did we manage that? The short answer is that some statisticians made it so. The Office for National Statistics has decided that, under new accounting rules, Network Rail can no longer be called a private company. It was always borrowing on the states behalf, and if anything went wrong with Network Rail, it was always going to be taxpayers who would be on the hook. So as of this week it goes on the public balance sheet, its £34bn of debt now indelibly inked next to our names. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:30:06 GMT)

Rotherham child sex abuse: it is our duty to ask difficult questions
Anyone who wants to fight for emancipation should not be afraid to examine religion and cultureThe outline of what happened in Rotherham is now more or less clear: at least 1,400 children were subjected to brutal sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013; children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities, beaten and intimidated. The perpetrators were (almost exclusively) of Pakistani origin, and their victims were often white schoolgirls.Reactions were predictable. The left exhibited the worst of political correctness, mostly via generalisations: perpetrators were vaguely designated as Asians, claims were made that it was not about ethnicity and religion but about the domination of men over women, plus who are we with our church paedophilia and Jimmy Savile to adopt a high moral ground against a victimised minority can one imagine a more effective way to open up the field to Ukip and other anti-immigrant populists who exploit the worries of ordinary people? Such anti-racism is effectively a barely covert racism, condescendingly treating Pakistanis as morally inferior beings who should not be held to our standards. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:45:04 GMT)

Whats so bad about development?
Third world or global south? Pro-poor or pro-wealth? The term development is a minefield that eclipses the real issuesThe idea of development can still conjure up romantic visions among some about helping to improve the lives of people in the third world through sheer goodwill. Yet we hold on to the term and defend it.We also hold on to the UKs Department for International Development or the millennium development goals or, indeed, Guardian global development like an uncle: worthy and charming, if occasionally drunk at inappropriate moments, that, as a family, we hastily brush under the carpet and hope nobody notices. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:08 GMT)

To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia
Ramped up rhetoric on security makes no sense so long as the west cosies up to dictatorships that support fundamentalismThe so-called war on terror is nearly 13 years old, but which rational human being will be cheering its success? Weve had crackdowns on civil liberties across the world, tabloid-fanned generalisations about Muslims and, of course, military interventions whose consequences have ranged from the disastrous to the catastrophic. And where have we ended up? Wars that Britons believe have made them less safe; jihadists too extreme even for al-Qaidas tastes running amok in Iraq and Syria; and nations like Libya succumbing to Islamist militias. There are failures, and then there are calamities.But as the British government ramps up the terror alert to severe and yet more anti-terror legislation is proposed, some reflection after 13 years of disaster is surely needed. One element has been missing, and that is the wests relationship with Middle Eastern dictatorships that have played a pernicious role in the rise of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. And no wonder: the west is militarily, economically and diplomatically allied with these often brutal regimes, and our media all too often reflects the foreign policy objectives of our governments. Continue reading...
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:30:02 GMT)

The Wedgwood Museum is an ode to Britains industrial past we must save it
The collection is an inspiration for young ceramicists as well as a compelling account of industrial, social and design historyI have often wishd I had saved a single specimen of all the new articles I have made, and would now give twenty times the original value for such a collection. I am now, from thinking, and talking a little more upon this subject resolvd to make a beginning. So said Josiah Wedgwood in 1774, as he laid the foundations for one of the greatest ceramics collections in the world. The Wedgwood Museum was first opened to the public in 1906, and for more than a century it has been telling the story of how six towns in north Staffordshire were transformed through clay and coal into the world-famous Potteries.Then, in 2009, the Wedgwood business went into administration and, through a wretched quirk in pension law, brought the museum down with it. Suddenly, this extraordinary testament to the genius of Josiah Wedgwood and the unrivalled skills of Stoke-on-Trents potters was at risk of a fire-sale to fill a £134m pension black hole. Continue reading...
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:47:21 GMT)

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