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Israeli cabinet rejects US proposal for 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza fighting
Binyamin Netanyahu's ministers turn down ceasefire plan on day when Gaza's death toll passes 820Gaza unrest latest updatesIsrael's cabinet has unanimously rejected a US-backed proposal for a week-long "humanitarian pause" in the offensive on Gaza after 18 days of fighting that has claimed more than 800 Palestinian lives.Binyamin Netanyhau and his ministers reached their decision on a day when Gaza's death toll reached 822 and five more Palestinians were killed in protests that spread to the West Bank. Hamas had already signalled its opposition to the terms of the US plan, which it deemed too favourable to Israel. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:15:27 GMT)

Poor doors: the segregation of London's inner-city flat dwellers
Poorer residents in capital's developments forced to use different entrances and facilitiesMultimillion pound housing developments in London are segregating less well-off tenants from wealthy home buyers by forcing them to use separate entrances.A Guardian investigation has discovered a growing trend in the capital's upmarket apartment blocks which are required to include affordable homes in order to win planning permission for the poorer residents to be forced to use alternative access, a phenomenon being dubbed "poor doors". Even bicycle storage spaces, rubbish disposal facilities and postal deliveries are being separated. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:46:14 GMT)

Ed Miliband: if you want a PM who looks good in a photo, don't vote for me
Labour boss tries to reframe debate about his leadership by painting himself as a man of principle, not personality cultEd Miliband tried to reframe the unflattering debate about his personal leadership by presenting himself as a man of principle who is liable to lose out to David Cameron at the next election if the campaign is about image rather than ideas.In a confessional speech about the general election, Miliband said: "If you want the politician from central casting, it's not me, it's the other guy. If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don't vote for me."Later today, I'll be speaking about all of this... Follow @UKLabour from 12pm for updates. pic.twitter.com/qO2C2syLTd Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) July 25, 2014 Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:30:33 GMT)

Mikaeel Kular: inquiry launched after mother admits killing three-year-old
Rosdeep Adekoya faces lengthy sentence after pleading guilty to culpable homicide, as council launches significant case reviewAn independent inquiry has been launched into the death of Mikaeel Kular, the three-year-old boy battered to death by his mother, after it emerged he had been in and out of foster care.Fife council confirmed it had ordered a significant case review after Mikaeel's mother, Rosdeep Adekoya, admitted on Friday to killing him at their Edinburgh flat in January after becoming enraged when he fell sick, and then covering up his death. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:01:00 GMT)

Iraq: Isis warns women to wear full veil or face punishment
Sunni insurgents issue guidelines in mosques on how clothes should be worn to prevent women 'from falling into vulgarity'Islamic State (Isis), the al-Qaida offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.The Sunni insurgents, who have declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria and have threatened to march on Baghdad, also listed guidelines on how veils and clothes should be worn, part of a campaign to violently impose their radical brand of Islam. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:21:28 GMT)

Fresh boost for George Osborne as economy recovers banking crisis losses
UK economy grows by 0.8% in second quarter, but Labour says standards of living still being squeezedBritain's economy has finally recovered the losses caused by the financial crisis, passing its pre-recession peak in the second quarter of the year by posting growth of 0.8%. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:21:00 GMT)

First case of ebola reported in Africa's most populous city Lagos
Death marks new and alarming cross-border development in world's biggest epidemic spreading across three countries Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:48:40 GMT)

MH17: Australia and Netherlands join renewed push to secure crash site
Australian police sent to London anticipating access to crash site, while locals are allegedly looting items from wreckageThe Netherlands and Australia are standing by to send police and troops to the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine, in an attempt to finally secure the scene of the disaster, more than a week after the plane came down killing all 298 people on board.Pro-Russia separatists in the area, who are accused of bringing down the plane using a surface-to-air missile, have said they would welcome international investigators but the presence of foreign forces in the volatile region presents challenges, with military confrontation between Ukraine's forces and rebels rumbling on in the immediate vicinity. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:50:15 GMT)

David Cameron vows to consider creating domestic violence offence
Prime minister promises to look into issue in the wake of Hollie Gazzard's murder by her ex-boyfriendDavid Cameron has said the government will look into creating a separate offence of domestic violence as he acknowledged the UK needs to "get to grips" with the problem.The prime minister said he would consider the issue after he was asked on BBC Gloucestershire about the case of Hollie Gazzard, who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in February. She had previously contacted police about her partner's violent and threatening behaviour, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is reviewing the force's handling of her complaint. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:02 GMT)

Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor'
Analysts say tender for research on service that anonymises browsing sends signal to online community amid crackdown on Russian internetRussia's interior ministry has offered up to 3.9m roubles (£65,000) for research on identifying the users of the anonymous browsing network Tor, raising questions of online freedom amid a broader crackdown on the Russian internet.The interior ministry's special technology and communications group published a tender earlier this month on the government procurement website offering the sum for "research work, Tor cipher". Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:03:01 GMT)

Chicken factories inspected by FSA as Tesco reveals surprise spot check
Sources reveal measures being taken to clean up production, but company denies allegations of food safety failingsThe chicken factories at the centre of revelations over food poisoning contamination were checked by Food Standards Agency inspectors on Friday, as sources reported that Tesco auditors had found failings during a surprise middle-of-the-night inspection at an abattoir in Wales.This week's Guardian investigation prompted emergency reviews by three of the UK's leading supermarkets, and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, intervened on Thursday to demand that the FSA investigate more thoroughly, just hours after the agency had said it was content that correct procedures had been followed. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:23:39 GMT)

Sea off Cornwall and Devon reaches record-breaking temperatures
Tourist trade hopes seven-year high in water warmth along Britain's south-coast will keep holidaymakers in the UKIt's cheerful news for seaside paddlers, ocean swimmers and the tourist trade. The water temperature off Britain's south-west coast has hit a seven-year high and is continuing to climb.According to the Plymouth Coastal Observatory, the water at Start Bay in south Devon has been measured at 20.4C (68.7F), while the ocean off Perranporth, north Cornwall, has come in at 20.1C (68.2F). Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:02:56 GMT)

Air Algérie crash claims 10 members of same family among 118 victims
Human cost of tragedy emerges as details of those who died when flight AH5017 crashed in the Malian desert are released Ten members of the same French family were among the 118 victims of the Air Algérie plane crash on Thursday, the third air disaster in a week. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:47:06 GMT)

Phone hacking: Coulson asked if he has moved personal wealth to avoid costs
Court hears dispute over whether Andy Coulson or News UK must pay £750,000 costs after phone hacking trialThe former editor of the News of the World, Andy Coulson, is facing questions over the whereabouts of his personal wealth as prosecutors seek £750,000 in costs following his phone-hacking conviction.Lawyers for the Crown have applied to the court for Coulson, 46, to pay potentially crippling costs following the eight-month long trial that ended him being jailed for 18 months. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:32:52 GMT)

Dave Lee Travis to face retrial that includes new count of indecent assault
Former Radio 1 DJ will go on trial on 1 September over sexual abuse allegations, judge rulesFormer Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is to face a retrial for charges of sexual assault and indecent assault as well as a new count of indecent assault, a court heard today.Travis, 69, was acquitted of 12 counts of indecent assault earlier this year but jurors were unable to reach verdicts on one other charge of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s and one of sexual assault in mid to late 2008. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:24:48 GMT)

EU expands Russian oligarch sanctions blacklist in wake of MH17 crash
Measures against Moscow looking likely after shooting down of plane, though deep divisions remain among 28 member statesThe European Union has expanded its blacklist of Russians subject to sanctions and broad economic measures against Moscow are looking increasingly likely following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 despite deep divisions among the 28 EU member states.Such measures would represent a rift between Russia and the rest of Europe of a depth not seen for over 20 years. While analysts balk at describing the looming standoff as a new cold war, pointing out Russia is a much less formidable power than the Soviet Union, they say the new east-west tensions could intensify and prove very hard to reverse. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:42:07 GMT)

Lord Rennard gets Lib Dem apology for botched disciplinary process
Lib Dems drop investigation into whether his failure to apologise for sex harassment claims brought party into disrepute The Liberal Democrats have apologised to Lord Rennard for mishandling part of his disciplinary process and dropped their investigation into whether he brought the party into disrepute by refusing to say sorry to female activists who accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:31:58 GMT)

Jayden Parkinson's ex-boyfriend given life sentence for her murder
22-year-old Ben Blakeley strangled Jayden and buried her in his uncle's grave after she told him she was pregnantThe former boyfriend of Jayden Parkinson, 17, has been jailed for at least 20 years for her murder.Ben Blakeley, 22, a former binman, drug user and petty criminal, strangled Jayden the day after she told him she was expecting his child and hid her body nearby. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:49:19 GMT)

Luxury hunting and fishing estates hit record high price
Demand for exclusive properties and grounds for stalking deer or fishing for salmon has soared, says study by estate agentsBooming demand for hunting, shooting and fishing estates has effectively pushed the price of catching a single salmon to £10,000 and shooting a stag to £45,000.The value of salmon rivers, trout chalk streams, grouse moors and Scottish red deer stalking estates, which slumped after the 2008 financial crash, has soared to a new peak this year, according to a sporting property index from the estate agents Knight Frank. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:34:00 GMT)

Suspect arrested over murder of Bridlington guesthouse landlady
John Heald, 53, arrested a week after Bei Carter was found stabbed to death at her Morayland hotel in East YorkshireA man wanted in connection with the murder of a guesthouse landlady has been arrested after a week-long manhunt.South Yorkshire police confirmed that John Heald, 53, was arrested in the Rotherham area on Friday afternoon. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:41 GMT)

Frances Andrade failed by mental health services, says coroner
Richard Travers rules out verdict of suicide for violinist who died week after giving evidence at sex abuse trial of former teacherA coroner has criticised mental health services for failing to provide proper care to a concert violinist who died a week after giving evidence against her predatory former choirmaster.Richard Travers demanded that new rules be put in place to ensure vulnerable witnesses are given better support when they face traumatic trials. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:27:41 GMT)

Tulisa Contostavlos convicted of assaulting celebrity blogger
Former X Factor judge fined for assault on Savvas Morgan at V Festival in Essex days after collapse of drug trialFormer X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival.The N-Dubz star said afterwards she would appeal against the conviction. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:19:00 GMT)

Writers unite in campaign against 'thuggish' Amazon
Nearly 900 authors across world back criticism of online retailer's business tactics in ebooks dispute with US publisher HachetteThey include some of the biggest literary names on the planet, among them Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson and John Grisham; a Pulitzer prize winner in Jennifer Egan; and four from this year's Man Booker longlist, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Joseph O'Neill. Then there are first-time writers, historians, biographers all of them part of an unprecedented campaign against Amazon.The writers have lent their name to a letter objecting to Amazon's tactics as it negotiates over ebooks with Hachette, the fourth largest publisher in the US. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:14:11 GMT)

Marriage falls out of favour for young Europeans as austerity and apathy bite
Experts blame economic and cultural changes for decline in weddingsMarriage rates have fallen dramatically in most major European countries over the past decade, as austerity, generational crisis and apathy towards the institution deter record numbers of young people from tying the knot.The number of weddings has fallen to historical lows in France and Spain and has tumbled in other Catholic countries such as Italy, Ireland, Poland and Portugal, according to national and European data. But people have also fallen out of love with marriage in countries as varied as Greece, Denmark, Hungary, the Netherlands and Britain. Only in parts of Scandinavia, the Baltic republics and Germany is the institution retaining its allure. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:43:55 GMT)

Experts decry 'failed experiment' with new death penalty drug combinations
Recent prolonged executions left prisoners in apparent distress 'Irresponsible' to continue with midazolam-hydromorphone mixLeading experts on the use of medical drugs in capital punishment have accused death penalty states of conducting a failed experiment with new drug combinations following a recent run of drawn-out executions in which prisoners have shown signs of distress on the gurney.Some of the country's most prominent authorities on the science of lethal injections have begun publicly to question the use of the sedative midazolam. In particular, doubts are growing about its use in combination with the painkiller hydromorphone. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:54 GMT)

Green deal cashback scheme is shut after surge of applications
Final £70m of money for energy efficiency measures under green deal home improvement fund is taken up in just three daysA government cashback scheme offering £7,600 to people improving the energy efficiency of their homes has been slammed shut overnight after a last-minute surge of applications threatened to blow the budget.The green deal home improvement fund (GDHIF) was intended to give a boost the government's flagship energy efficiency programme, which is widely seen as a failure, having attracted few takers and caused loft and cavity wall insulations to crash. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:13:50 GMT)

Social media storm in wake of Secret Cinema's Back to the Future shambles
Fans take to social media to vent their anger at the immersive film company's last-minute cancellation of Back to the Future screenings Great Scott! Secret Cinema's Back to the Future opening night cancelledAngry ticketholders have had immersive film company Secret Cinema wishing for a time-travelling DeLorean following the announcement that they had cancelled the first night of their Back to the Future screenings on Thursday. The announcement that all shows until next Thursday 31 July are now also cancelled has only increased the social media fury.On Facebook, ticket holder to last night's event, Matthew Bowen, pleaded: "Please take this seriously. We literally came from Cambodia and won't be around for rescheduled tickets. After arriving at hackney wick with our hearts set on having the best night of our lives, we are now sat like lemons in a bar, paying for expensive drinks, drying each other's tears with our sweet purpose bought (expensive) 50s threads."I guess you guys aren't ready for Secret Cinema yet. But your kids are gonna love it. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:30:20 GMT)

Malaysia ferry sinks with loss of life
Three bodies recovered and eight people missing as boat taking Indonesians home for Eid al-Fitr sinks off southern MalaysiaAt least three people died after an overloaded boat ferrying Indonesians home for the Eid al-Fitr festival sank off southern Malaysia, according to officials.Three bodies were recovered, 10 people were rescued and eight more remained missing in the incident, which took place early on Thursday the latest in a string of boat accidents in the runup to the Islamic holiday. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:33:23 GMT)

Greenpeace staff call on top executive to quit for commuting by plane
Over 40 staff write internal letter saying Pascal Husting's 'flying scandal' has damaged the group's reputationOver 40 Greenpeace staff have called on one of the organisation's top executives to quit because of the damage caused by the revelation that he was commuting to work by plane.In June, the Guardian reported that Pascal Husting, Greenpeace's international programme director, was regularly taking the plane from his home Luxembourg to work in Amsterdam. He subsequently promised to take the train instead. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:57:36 GMT)

Sir Alex Ferguson to meet Louis van Gaal on Manchester United tour
Former United manager flying out to Washington Ferguson to be reunited with Reals Cristiano RonaldoSir Alex Ferguson will fly to Washington to meet Louis van Gaal for the first time since the Dutchman became Manchester United manager. The Scot is expected to watch the game against Internazionale before staying on with the club for the meeting with Real Madrid in Detroit a few days later.While Ferguson and Van Gaal know each other from when they were rival managers during the 72-year-olds supremely successful career, the Dutchman said last week he is yet to see the now club director since taking charge of United. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:30:14 GMT)

Scotlands Braveheart Dan Wallace strikes blow for freedom in the pool
Wallace clinches gold in 400m individual medley Englands Ben Proud impresses with 50m butterfly winTwo new stars swam into ken at Tollcross on Friday night. Ben Proud, only 19 years old, won gold in the 50m butterfly for England in a time of 22.93sec, a new Commonwealth record. Proud then won a bronze as part of Englands 4x100m freestyle team, who finished behind Australia and South Africa. In between the two races, Dan Wallace, a 21-year-old Scot, won the mens 400m individual medley. As soon as Wallace finished, he leapt from the water and cried for freedom! At first it was not clear what, exactly, Wallace wanted freedom from. The law, perhaps. In May he was arrested in Florida for urinating on a police car. But it turned out he was quoting William Wallace, via Mel Gibson, in Braveheart.Its such a Scottish thing and it warms my heart, seeing this and all the patriotic fans outside, Wallace said. Im sure there is a little bit of Wallace in all of us. Inevitably, Wallace was asked whether he would follow Alex Salmonds route to freedom? Yeah, he replied, definitely. He had good reason to be emotional. His parents sold their house so they could pay for him to move to the United States to train at the University of Florida but he was suspended from the team after his arrest. He had tried to run away from the police, but, evidently, he is quicker in water than he is on land. I understand that my accomplishments in swimming have the potential to be overshadowed by my behaviour outside of the pool, he said at the time. Now, at least, he can say that the reverse is true. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:59:00 GMT)

Dejan Lovren set for Liverpool medical on Saturday before £20m move
Croatian defender is third player signed from Southampton Liverpool close to deals for Divock Origi and Loïc RémyLiverpool have taken their summer spending to £80m and could reach the £100m mark in the coming days after agreeing a £20m fee with Southampton for Dejan Lovren.The Croatia internationals signature has been a priority for Brendan Rodgers all summer as the Liverpool manager seeks to address his teams defensive shortcomings and a deal has finally been agreed for the centre-half to become the third player to transfer from St Marys Stadium to Anfield since the end of last season. Lovren is expected to undergo a medical on Merseyside on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:32:00 GMT)

Ramunas Navardauskas wins with late escape on Stage 19 of Tour de France
Peloton is splintered by crashes on treacherous finale Stage results and general classification Stage 19: how it unfolded liveCyclings equivalent of the curse of Hello! magazine seems to have struck the cyclists who shook the Duchess of Cambridges hand before the official start of this Tour de France outside Leeds. Seven of the field were honoured in this way the previous three winners, the world champion Rui Costa, and all three British entrants as well as Chris Froome. Of the sextet, only Geraint Thomas remains in the race.Mark Cavendish, Froome, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck all crashed out, Costa was struck down with pneumonia, while Simon Yates was withdrawn by his Orica-GreenEdge team on the rest day to save his 21-year-old legs. Thomas, however, refuses to buy into the idea of a curse of Kate. Nah, it doesnt worry me. Its kind of a strange thing, a curious little fact, but Im not that superstitious. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:35:17 GMT)

Liverpools Adam Lallana set to miss start of season with knee injury
England midfielder suffers lateral collateral ligament damage Lallana could miss season opener against SouthamptonThe Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana could miss the start of the new season after injuring a knee in training. The 26-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Southampton earlier this month, sustained a knock to his lateral collateral ligament during a session at the Reds Harvard University training base in Boston.Although no timeframe has been placed on a return to fitness, such injuries can result in a spell of anywhere up to six weeks on the sidelines. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:08:00 GMT)

Englands Joanna Rowsell claims gold in 3,000 metres individual pursuit
Cyclist beats Australias Annette Edmondson in final Rowsell enjoys winning margin of nearly four secondsIn pictures: day two's best images from Tom Jenkins Many years ago, Joanna Rowsell finished last in her first competitive race on a bike. How times have changed, with this Commonwealth title the latest success in a blossoming career where defeat has become a redundant word in the Rowsell dictionary.As she blew Annette Edmondson aside in the final of the 3000m individual pursuit, the crowd rose to salute the performance of a champion who nobody in her field can touch. Rowsell punched the air as she lapped up the applause and there was further adulation on the podium, where her smile beamed amidst a golden glow that extends her winning legacy from London two years ago. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:34:22 GMT)

Commonwealth Games: day two - as it happened
Relive all the action from Glasgow's second dayIn pictures: the best images from Tom Jenkins 9.53pm BST Right, this blog is coming to an end. Thanks for... reading. I think. Night. 9.46pm BST Barry McGuigan is being quite critical over the Mark Selby gum shield farce. It hasn't been a great day for Wales. 9.41pm BST And gold for Dimitris Minasidis of Cyprus in the men's 62kg weightlifting. 9.41pm BST Gold for Australia in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay! Gold, I say. 9.21pm BST Canada's Katerine Savard wins gold in the women's 100m butterfly. It's silver for England's Siobhan O'Connor. 9.14pm BST It's the men's 100m backstroke final - and England's Chris Walker-Hebbon snatches the gold! Liam Tancock ties for bronze with Josh Beaver. Mitch Larkin of Australia takes silver. 8.59pm BST "I'm loving some of the sport, when the beeb actually decide to show it and shut up the terrible summarisers," says James Taylor. "Balding and Lineker do their best but they aren't helped by the production - do they think because everything is on the red button people are just going to find the best stuff to watch by themselves? Haven't heard one mention of the judo in the last two hours and now they're showing a piece (with usual background emotive music) about the travails of the Welsh team. Show the bloody sport! Apologies for the rant."It makes it quite hard to follow. 8.48pm BST Maddison Elliott takes gold in the women's 100m freestyle S8 event. Hurrah for her. She's only 15. 8.38pm BST Daniel Wallace of Scotland is roared to victory in the 400m individual medley men's final after a frantic finish! He's fairly pleased with himself. He's splashing the water, making quite the exhibiton of himself. 8.30pm BST Meanwhile Lizzie Simmonds has secured her place in the 100m backstroke final tomorrow. England's Lauren Quigley and Wales's Georgia Davies will also be there. 8.29pm BST England's Owen Livesey has done a gold in the men's 81kg judo. 8.28pm BST Trinidad & Tobago actually managed to weather the storm - and they've only lost 14-0 to New Zealand in the women's hockey. It was 13-0 last time I checked. 8.23pm BST Scotland's Michael Jamieson has failed to qualify for the final of the men's 100m breaststroke final. He'll be devastated. Ross Murdoch will be there but England's Adam Peaty set a new Commonwealth Games record in his semi-final. 8.19pm BST The commentators are trying to work out if Billy Connolly is watching the swimming. "Is that Billy Connolly?" "I'm not sure." "I think that is Billy Connolly, you know." Stand by for more. 8.11pm BST In the women's hockey, Trinidad & Tobago are getting a pasting from New Zealand. It's already 13-0. 7.59pm BST Wikipedia has it thusly:Life saving has become a growing sport in many countries. The sport can be played indoors in swimming pools or outside on beaches, in the same way that you get pool lifeguards and beach lifeguards. Life saving sport is one of few sports that has a humanitarian purpose[3]: to train better life savers and life guards.The ILS advises that 'lifesaving sport was primarily intended to encourage lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve the essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment.' The sport consists of a series of competition disciplines intended 'to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation'.[4] 7.57pm BST According to Wikipedia - so there's no reason to doubt it - life-saving is an approved Commonwealth Games sport. Eh? Where do they find the participants? What happens to them if they don't get saved? Have they thought this through? 7.50pm BST Judo, judo, judo, judo, judo. Good judo by England's Owen Livesey in the men's 81kg final and he's left clutching a gold medal. Forget football and cricket, judo is our new national sport. 7.41pm BST Speaking of which, what's your favourite stroke? 7.38pm BST @JacobSteinberg to help you for Commonwealth Games swimming live blog, maybe you could discuss what makes a pool fast?Little-know fact: there are propellors at the bottom of the pool pushing everyone along. It's one of the great cover-ups. 7.35pm BST Australia are good at swimming. Thomas Fraser-Holmes wins 200m freestyle gold and Cameron McEvoy takes silver. 7.28pm BST Help. Really tired. 7.23pm BST "Maria Kitkarska of Canada also seems to have given herself an extreme wedgie," says Ian Copestake. 7.21pm BST Apparently a swimmer hanging his goggles round his neck is a talking point. 7.16pm BST Gold for England! Megan Fletcher makes us all proud by winning her 70kg judo tussle with an "Ippon" against New Zealand's Moira de Villiers. 7.15pm BST Now for the women's 50m breaststroke. An extremely tight race - but Australia's Leiston Pickett wins it! 7.10pm BST Gold for England! Benjamin Proud wins in 22.93sec. 7.09pm BST It's time for swimming. The final of the men's 50m butterfly. 7.05pm BST Swimming. 7.03pm BST Selby unleashes a ferocious barrage as the seconds tick away but he can't find the knock-out blow and the fight goes Reese McFadden's way! He's only 19. 7.02pm BST Selby's mouth guard falls out for the fourth time! He kicks it out of the ring in anger. Oh dear. 7.01pm BST Selby has been issued with a warning over mouth-guard issues in the third and final round. 6.58pm BST Selby takes the second round in the boxing. The world No1 is now boxing like the world No1. 6.57pm BST Scotland's Gavin Ramay has table-tennised his way to table tennis victory but there's no celebration wedgie this time. 6.54pm BST McFadden enjoys himself in the first round and lifts his gloves to the sky in self-congratulatory style when the bell rings. He takes the round but there's a way to go yet against the world No1. 6.53pm BST Here's that celebration wedgie by the way. 6.51pm BST Selby has just tried an unorthodox manoeuvre, burrowing his head into McFadden's stomach. It doesn't work. 6.50pm BST Some boxing. Wales's Andrew Selby versus Scotland's Reese McFadden. 6.46pm BST England's Danny Williams has helped himself to 73kg judo gold. 6.44pm BST Gavin Rumgay, a man who has given himself a wedgie, wins the first game of his table tennis bout 12-14. Wasted a few points to wrap it up but he got there in the end. 6.38pm BST "That's just sometimes how it goes in judo." My thoughts exactly. 6.32pm BST Netball result! Scotland 58-30 St Lucia. 6.26pm BST Scotland have done a gold! Sarah Clark takes it in the 63kg judo, while Australia's Jake Bensted wins bronze in the men's 73kg judo. 6.24pm BST Judo is not a spectator sport. 6.24pm BST None of the sport shown by the BBC in the past 20 minutes has been live. England's Faith Pitman has won 63kg judo bronze after beating Australia's Katharina Haecker. 6.17pm BST Right, sport. Judo specifically, England v Canada even more specifically. And England'sKatie Yeats-Brown has won bronze by beating Beatrice Valois. 6.11pm BST The BBC are not showing any sport. They're talking about sport. 6.07pm BST "James Hindle is onto something of course," says Niall Pickup. "Blake's poem was a criticism of the bleak working conditions of his day, basically saying the holy Lamb of God wouldn't be seen dead there until reformation came upon the land. Somehow over the years its been turned into something nationalistic - the "Born in the USA" of its day? Suggest you try listening to Chris Wood version..." 6.05pm BST It's Friday night and I have Commonwealth Games fever! An exhausted Jason Kenny says he feels terrible. 6.04pm BST Bye, Daniel. Bye. 6.03pm BST Now here actually is yer Jacob Steinberg. 6.03pm BST Kenny's closing, closing, closing, but Webster hangs on! Kenny leaves it a second or so late, and can't catch the faster man - he was nobbled down the banking at the bell rung. Brilliantly worked out by Webster! 6.02pm BST This is brilliant from Webster, making Kenny follow him down the banking, and he's opened up enough of a lead to hold Kenny off as the enter the straight... 6.01pm BST Webster accelerates and they both come down on the bell, Webster ahead.... 6.00pm BST Webster takes the lead, and then goes high, Kenny following, so he drops. 6.00pm BST No, here's me to do Jason Kenny. 5.59pm BST Anyways, shabbat shalom and happy weekend - here's Jacob Steinberg to enthrall you through the evening. 5.56pm BST Bobridge wins gold! What a ride that was, far too good for Edmonson. 5.55pm BST Edmondson looks like he's had enough, but is still fighting - though Bobridge is closing on him, provided he stays on his bike, this is over. 5.54pm BST Bobridge is coming back now, taking the lead and stretching out - does Edmondson have a response? 5.53pm BST They're pretty tight to begin with - Edmondson has a slight lead, but nothing remotely decisive. 5.51pm BST Now it's Bobridge and Edmondson in the final... 5.49pm BST At the bell, the lead is a second and a half. Doull is busted, and, though tiring, Ryan takes the bronze. 5.48pm BST Doull lops off another tenth, but the lead is still a second - lozzing that in three laps seems unlikely. 5.47pm BST But Doull looks strong, and Ryan's lead isn't what he'd have hoped for - the lead is reducing. 5.47pm BST Owain Doull is underway in his bronze medal race in the men's 4,00m individual pursuit, but Mark Ryan is ahead - and even at halfway, Doull isn't closing. 5.44pm BST Back to that Kenny ride, against a faster bloke, he won a speed race. That man knows how to compete. 5.43pm BST "Now that Jerusalem is the national anthem of England", emails James Hindle, "and only one verse is played which part of the song are we meant to sing? Is it first four lines and last four lines? Surely it can't end on 'dark satanic mills'?"That seems fairly appropriate to me - bit of British history, bit of irony if you take it that way. It's nice. 5.41pm BST But no! Kenny uses the lengthy straight to power past on the outside! Wow! That did not look like it was coming! One each! Incredible! 5.40pm BST Webster takes the lead this time, and is putting it in, looking over his shoulder, and Kenny goes outside and inside, but at the bell he's behind - and doesn't use the banking. Surely this is over! 5.39pm BST He doesn't have the speed of Webster, apparently, so will need to tactically perfect, rather like Philip Cocu and unlike Cristiano Ronaldo. 5.38pm BST Now then, Jason Kenny... 5.37pm BST Gosh, this is very easy indeed - Dawkins has much too much, and secures yo bronze in straight rides. 5.37pm BST Here go Dawkins and Lewis... 5.27pm BST Why do medal winners have to bow their heads? Why don't medal presenters - or "dignitaries" - have to jump? 5.25pm BST Here comes Joanne Rowsell to enjoy her gold medal. Some army type or other is involved, because sport is like war. 5.20pm BST Kenny tries to keep Webster just behind and just outside, but then Webster nashes down the banking just on the bell and immediately opens a lead. Kenny decides he's no chance of catching up, so eases off. 1-0 Webster. 5.19pm BST Kenny, with the inside draw, takes the lead at the start. Webster goes high, and Kenny stares him out, looking over his shoulder - he has a very flexible neck, apparently. 5.18pm BST Webster has been much faster in qualification, but if Kenny can work out his tactics, he'll can win. 5.17pm BST Here's Jason... 5.16pm BST Dawkins and Lewis are going for it in the bronze medal race, Dawkins leading around the top bend at the bell and dashing down the banking to take the lead. Lewis has left hissel too much ta dae, and is beaten comprehensively. 5.14pm BST Joanna Rowsell is very happy indeed - her race is out of the Olympics, so this is what she's got. Apparently the track was a bit cold, and therefore slow - I dunno, bad workmen and all that. 5.11pm BST That was - or looked - so easy. As soon as she got going, she never looked like being caught. 5.10pm BST Three laps to go, and Rowsell is still extending her lead, grabbing the inside. And still with two to go, and still when the bell rings... 5.08pm BST Rowsell is half a second up after four laps, eked out to .7, and it's up even further, to a second. Can Rowsell hang on? 5.07pm BST Edmondson gets away quicker, but this is typically how Rowsell starts races, apparently. 5.06pm BST And now for the final. Joanna Rowsell, of England, versus Anna Edmondson of Australia! 5.04pm BST Cure extends her lead, winning by a second and a half. 5.03pm BST Four and a half laps to go, the gap staying the same. Both riders are bushed, can Katie Archibald find that hero inside herself? 5.02pm BST Cure is a second down on her time this morning, Archibald point seven. And Archibald is closing, the gap down to half a second. 5.01pm BST Both start fast, Cure of Australia marginally ahead. 5.00pm BST And now, Katie Archibald of Scotland racing for bronze in the women's 3,000m individual pursyoot... 4.59pm BST Lewis stays ahead, looking back, Kenny up the banking, feinting to go inside, then going outside, and dashing down on the bell taking him ahead. And he pulls away! Lewis can't catch him and he knows it! Brilliant ride - Lewis had no answer when Kenny used the banking to get ahead at the start of the final and he will race Webster for gold. 4.57pm BST Lewis leads out of the gate, both of them on the inside, and Kenny then follows Lewis up high. 4.56pm BST They're on the track, and ready ta gae. 4.54pm BST So, we're waiting for the final installment of Kenny-Lewis. Seems like coming from behind is the way to win here - mebbes it's the extra-long straight. 4.51pm BST Flower of Scotland rings out at the velodrome. It's the medal ceremony for Fachie and McLean, and there were tears, but now there are big grins and loud voices. 4.50pm BST Laura Coles of Australia has beaten Elena Allen of Wales to win skeet gold. 4.47pm BST The weightlifting has been proceeding all the while, and the two favourites - the two Indians - are in a fight, Amalaha laying the smack down in no uncertain terms. 4.44pm BST How many times can BBC refer to the "Sir Chris Hoy velodrome" in Sir Chris Hoy's face? He must think he's got a double-barrelled name. 4.42pm BST And Dawkins steps off because he knows he's beaten. That was brilliant from Webster. 4.41pm BST Dawkins goes to the front again, then feints outside, takes inside, and Webster takes the height. At the bell, Webster pulls in front... 4.40pm BST Aaaaanyway, here come Dawkins and Webster, Webster one-up from the first contretemps. 4.39pm BST So, Chris Hoy was right and I was unright. But hwo many Test wickets does he have? 4.38pm BST Kenny is behind and on the outside, Lewis leading him on the inside, but he times his move beautifully, bousting hard down the home straight to win going away. 4.37pm BST Elsewhere, here goes Jason Kenny... 4.37pm BST Commonwealth record! Swati Singh, 83kg. 4.33pm BST Amalaha of Nigeria, only 16, racks up 82kg with her first lift. 4.32pm BST Billy Connolly is pleased. 4.31pm BST Back at the velodrome, there's a road and Fachie and McLean get going on their tandem, and their absolutely pasting round, this is amazing! 4.26pm BST Wow, Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea deigns to enter, and rousts 80kg just like that. 4.24pm BST But what's this? The judges are being consulted, which has not gone down well in the commentary box, on the basis that it puts doubt in their minds - but they rule that as a no lift. 4.23pm BST Great lift from Phillipa Hale of New Zealand, 78kg - she sits down on it for a while, but always looks likely to get it handled. 4.17pm BST But - or then - Fadzil of Malaysia comes in at 77kg, and takes it after a wobble. 4.15pm BST And a personal best for Ropati-Frost, belting 76kg first shy. 4.14pm BST They've started failing in the weightlifting, Jessica Ruel of Canad - nickname "Fox" - failing at 71kg. 4.12pm BST Jason Kenny is peddling away before the next race, which Hoy reckons he'll win. I reckon he'll lose, and how many Test wickets has Hoy taken anyway? 4.09pm BST Meanwhile, in the weightlifting, we're up to 74kg, and Ropati-Frost of Australia nails it with little apparent effort. 4.08pm BST Webster leads at the bell, and holds off Dawkins' surge easily enough - that was very well done. 4.07pm BST Off they go, Webster leading but turned round to check out his pal. 4.06pm BST Now we have Dawkins and Webster of New Zealand... 4.05pm BST This home straight is long as, which suits Lewis - he lunges to the line, and wins! It's close, but there's no doubt. 1-0 Lewis. 4.04pm BST ...but Peter Lewis is gaining on him! 4.04pm BST And Kenny is ahead all the way, sprinting like billy-o... 4.03pm BST Kenny is in front, and lower, then hugs the inside as they speed up. 4.02pm BST And off they go... 4.01pm BST Meanwhile, we're also back at the velodrome, as Jason Kenny gets ready for his semi. 4.00pm BST Baffoe is back, and having a shy at 71, taken off the set. 3.59pm BST Interesting - apparently you can hurt yourself lifting too light, because your power isn't balanced with weight. That explains a few aches and pains for us all, I'm sure. 3.55pm BST And back she comes, to slide up 68kg. "Gooooood lift", offers the announcer, and she thanks him kindly for the privilege of his haskamah. 3.53pm BST "She needs to put some weight on that bar" - Ruth Baffoeof Ghana absolutely annihilates 65kg. 3.48pm BST And then she bangs - I believe this is what one does with weights, after overhearing a conversation in the gym - 61kg. Easily. 3.45pm BST Now we have weightlifting, Jessica Edge of Malta opening with 57kg. 3.42pm BST But still no actual weightlifting. 3.37pm BST We have weightlifting! 3.34pm BST I'll level with you. I'm upset that the final of the women's 53kg weightlifting hasn't started as advertised. 3.24pm BST Squash is not an Olympic sport. Rugby sevens and tennis are. 3.20pm BST Dan Rivers has snatched bronze in the 10m air rifle - while BBC show squash from earlier. Cheers, lads. 3.16pm BST Elsewhere, in the netball, South Africa and T&T are drawing 9-9 at the bottom of the first quarter. 3.13pm BST "No mas" is what Wales must be thinking - they've sixteen minutes left to play and are losing 9-0. 3.07pm BST Another news story: Azizulhasni Awang, a Malaysian cyclist, has been reprimanded for competing with "Save Gaza" on his gloves. You can read about it here. 3.05pm BST "Bands like Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand and Travis." I'm telling Bobby Gillespie of Hazel. 3.03pm BST And one more. Visiting Ibrox for the first time, when they played Manchester United in 2003, I feathered the car next door when opening the one I was in. Naturally, I squeaked an immediate and sincere apology. "Nae expletive point expletive apologising after ye've done it, ya expletive!" 3.01pm BST Kirsty Wark is talking us through Glasgow. She's not yet said anything about bampots, so an anecdote: on a stag there, with the aforementioned reclining in the gutter, a kind passer-by refreshed him with a warm shower. 2.58pm BST Uh-oh - now it's six, Emily Smith robbing a Wales defender in the semi-circle and and tapping towards goal, only for one of her mates to chup it off her on the line. 2.56pm BST It's not going well for Wales' women, now 5-0 down to the brilliant Australia, and with 32 minutes in which it can get worse. 2.51pm BST That's the first stoppage of the games. Very nice indeed. 2.50pm BST And Fitzgerald lands an overhand right to the side of the heid, followed by a left hooke - and the fight is stopped! 2.49pm BST Good exchange here - Bastian takes a few, but bites down on his mouthpiece and unfurls some lumps to the body. 2.48pm BST Another round to Fitzgerlald, whose mates are giving him plenty of backing - though at the same time, controlling themselves remarkably well. 2.46pm BST Fitzgerald is pouring it on here, catching Bastian with a left hooke to the body - and the arm comes down to protect the midsection, opening it up upstairs. 2.45pm BST Another boxing scoring thing - they've all these criteria you're meant to look for, but how about reducing those to one: who would you rather be? 2.44pm BST Somewhat surprisingly, given the standing count, Fitzgerald is only awarded a 10-9. 2.42pm BST Fitzgerald is showing good ring generalship here, keeping Bastian on the ropes and then catching him with a straight left just after the bell. Whoops. 2.40pm BST Some live welterweight boxing, now - England's Scott Fitzgerald versus Ron Bastian of St Lucia. And Fitzgerald races out to shepherd Bastian into a crushing left hook that staggers him, then again when he doubles it up. Standing count, and what a start! 2.37pm BST Boxing: Michael Conlon fancies himself for a medal, apparently. Meanwhile, John Inverdale reckons that amateur boxing might suffer from "an image problem" on account of the missing headguards, as it's meant to be about guile, not power. He doesn't mention whether or not it's about protecting fighters from head trauma. 2.33pm BST Squash is such a game, but doesanae translate to telly all that well. Maybe it's just because there are no characters in the game these days, since the retirement of Jansher and Jahangir. 2.29pm BST And now it's three, Jodie Kenny megging the keeper from a penalty corner. 2.28pm BST Back in the hockey, Australia are now 2-0 up on Wales, with fifteen minutes left in the first half. 2.24pm BST Barry McGuigan, what a hero. He's apparently a rarity for a fighter in having enormous hands - usually, boxers' hands are small, as that concentrates power. Anyway, he's telling the story of his Commonwealth experience. "I fought back very bravely and won it on a split decision. I got very emotional because I was 17." 2.21pm BST Okwiri wins. A bit more ringcraft and smarts, pretty much, 2.20pm BST Another close round, and really, I wonder about how they score boxing and combat sports. When the rounds are close, does it not make more sense just to score the fight? Because the round breaks are arbitrary anyway, and you don't want a circumstance where two close rounds go one way, one dominant round the other, and the fight goes with the one who nicked the tight ones. 2.16pm BST Clair is coming back into this now, using his length better to dominate the centre of the ring - but Okwiri raises his hands at the end of the round, getting the nod on two of three cards. 2.12pm BST In the boxing, there's a pleasing welterweight scrap developing between Clair of Mauritius and and Okwiri of Kenya - Okwiri won the first round unanimously. 2.07pm BST Dipping into the women's hockey, Australia and Wales are still 0-0 with 30 minutes to go in the first half. 2.01pm BST Edmonson gets second, and will race Bobridge - the defending champion - for gold. Ryan will face Owain Doull for the bronze. 2.00pm BST Edmonson is second, Ryan is fourth, with a kilometre to go... 1.58pm BST This is close, both only just behind Bobridge... 1.57pm BST So, to go we have Edmonson of Australia, the world champion, and Ryan of New Zealand. Owain Doull is sat in the centre of the track, platzing. 1.55pm BST Main and annoying news of the day: Rhys Williams has been suspended for a doping offence. You can read about that here. 1.53pm BST Yourman Scotson is lagging, only good enough for fourth, Bevin fifth - so it's Doull and Kennett still at one and two, with just one ride remaining. 1.50pm BST Now we've an antipodean derby - Bevin of New Zealand with Scotson of Australia. This the penultimate heat. 1.45pm BST Tennant is tying up as Bobridge gets stronger - he sets a new fastest time, and Tennant gets himself into third. 1.44pm BST Good race at the moment between Tennant, of England, and Bobridge - his nickname John Wayne, I trust. 1.39pm BST Owain Doull allows himself a chest tap - when did that become a thing? - but he's earned it, if such things are ever earned. 1.37pm BST Great ride from Doull, that's the fastest time so far. 1.36pm BST "Arguably the greatest/worst nickname in cycling on track now. Steven Burke - The Colne Cyclone", tweets Dan Rawlinson. Ha, a parody of Barry McGuigan - and better than Chris Foy, I guess. 1.35pm BST But Owain Doull, of Wales, is looking stronger, and actually close to catching him. 1.32pm BST Now "taking to the track" - is there anything else, other than Twitter, which is "taken to"? - we have England's Steven Burke. 1.29pm BST Back in the pursuit, Dylan Kennett of New Zealand is about to go top of the leaderboard - though there are plenty of thunderthighses still in the hutch. 1.26pm BST Flicking across to some boxing, it seems that they've dispensed with headguards. I imagine this is a safety issue - though it sounds counter-intuitive, what's especially damaging for the brain is repeated blows, rather than a couple of hard ones that lead to a kayo. For the same reason, MMA, which uses four ounce gloves, is thought to be safer than boxing, where they were ten ouncers. 1.23pm BST Following on from yesterday's Burrito fascination, a question: is burrito guacamole the planet's most expensive substance? 1.21pm BST At the bell, this is the fastest time so far, Pelletier keeping it up to go into the lead. 1.18pm BST While the main BBC channel shows catch-up, there is some live pursuit cycling - the men's qualifiers, at 4,000m. It's Singh of India and Pelletier of Canada. 1.08pm BST "The scoreboard now makes very interesting reading." Your friendly local announcer, there - wonder what he thinks about Ed Miliband's speech. 1.06pm BST Shooting: Coral Kennerley of yer Wales will compete in the final of the women's 10m air pistol. She is very pleased by this development. 1.03pm BST Morning update: Jason Kenny is through to the semi-finals of the men's sprint - but he is the only home nation rider to make it. 12.59pm BST Netball: England have beaten Wales at netball, 65-25. Also today, a thriller - New Zealand, one of the favourites for the gold, beat Malawi 50-47. 12.47pm BST Preamble. Following sport, though one of the principal pleasures of life, is also something of a grind - one thing after another that you actually care about. Which is why events such as the Commonwealth Games are such a joy: you still get to watch people competing, hurting, suffering and succeeding, but at different things to usual, with no real investment in the outcome beyond your viewing ease. Excellent. 12.00pm BST Badminton Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:53:56 GMT)

Didier Drogba rejoins Chelsea on a one-year deal
Ivory Coast striker returns to Stamford Bridge I couldnt turn down the opportunity to work with José againDidier Drogba has completed an emotional return to Chelsea on a one-year contract, having been sweet-talked by José Mourinho into ignoring offers from elsewhere.The Ivory Coast striker had two-year deals on the table from three Major League Soccer clubs in North America but he has been unable to ignore the pull of Chelsea, the club at which he wrote his name into folklore. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:37:00 GMT)

Bébé ends nightmare spell at Manchester United by joining Benfica
Bébé signs four-year deal with Benfica Portuguese side reportedly pay £2.4m for strikerBebes odd Manchester United career is finally over with the forward moving to Benfica on a free transfer, though the deal could be worth up to 3m in add-ons, with the club also having the rights to 50% of any sell-on fee.The 24-year-old was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in August 2010 for £7.4m from Vitoria de Guimaraes. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:17:00 GMT)

Preston players arrested for alleged spot-fixing are released from bail
Six players, including the captain, had been on bail Club say they are no longer under any form of arrestPreston North End have announced that all their players who were arrested earlier this year in connection with alleged spot-fixing have been released from bail.Six of the clubs players, including the captain, John Welsh, were named in a number of reports as having been arrested in April as part of an investigation being conducted by the National Crime Agency. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:01:16 GMT)

La Course can lead on to a womens world tour, says Marianne Vos
Sundays 90km link-up with the Tour de France is a chance to enlarge the sports profile and put more women on bikesIt is 25 years since women bike racers shared the Champs Elysées with their male counterparts and, while the womens Tour de France remains a thing of the past, hopes are high that La Course, the 90-kilometre race scheduled for Sunday afternoon, will reboot the sport, drawing in new sponsors and increasing participation.That at least is the hope of Marianne Vos, one of the prime movers behind the last nine months of negotiations with the Tour de France organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation, that have resulted in the events creation. The inception of La Course by Le Tour stems from campaigning led by the group Le Tour Entier, with Vos prominent among them, which last July launched a petition calling for the return of the womens Tour de France. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:46:38 GMT)

Crystal Palace sign Fraizer Campbell on three-year deal
Former England striker leaves Cardiff for undisclosed fee Campbell is Palaces first major signing of the summerCrystal Palace have announced the signing of the striker Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff City on a three-year contract for a fee thought to be around £900,000.Campbell, who won his solitary England cap against Holland in 2012 under Stuart Pearce, has become Palaces first major signing of the summer after Tony Pulis failed in bids for both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Steven Caulker from Cardiff. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:55:00 GMT)

The Joy of Six: Roger Federer to Phil Tufnell ponytailed sportsmen
The humble ponytail has been remarkably persistent with sportsmen but what does it say about the wearer?The mid-90s were a peculiar time: happy hardcore, Happy Gilmore and happy people. But even amongst all that, there was nothing more peculiar than men's hair. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:47:00 GMT)

Southampton tell Tottenham Morgan Schneiderlin will cost more than £27m
Southampton believe Schneiderlin is more valuable than Shaw Arsène Wenger is also an admirer of the French midfielderSouthampton will signal their determination to hold on to Morgan Schneiderlin by telling his suitors, who are headed by Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, that he would cost them in excess of the £27m that Manchester United paid for Luke Shaw.Ronald Koeman, the new Southampton manager, will meet Schneiderlin for the first time on Monday, when the France defensive midfielder reports for pre-season training, having been on leave since the World Cup finals. Koeman has spoken to Schneiderlin on the phone but when he sees him, he will stress how fundamental the player is to be to the project at St Marys. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:18:37 GMT)

Malaysian cyclist reprimanded over gloves with Save Gaza on them
Azizulhasni Awang sorry for Commonwealth Games protest Sprint specialist will not be expelled from the competitionA Malaysian cyclist has been reprimanded by his team after wearing gloves with Save Gaza written on them while riding at the Commonwealth Games but he will not be expelled from the competition.Azizulhasni Awang, 26, took part in the mens sprint on Thursday with the message written across the knuckles and the wrist of each glove, displaying them to cameras after he raced into the quarter-final. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:57:16 GMT)

Christian Horner refuses to talk politics amid Russian GP scrutiny
Red Bulls team principal reacts angrily to line of questioning Azerbaijan to be added to Formula One calendar in 2016An angry Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, has defended Formula Ones right to fulfil its calendar and steer clear of politics. Horner, speaking in the buildup to Sundays Hungarian race, was responding to the news that Azerbaijan will be included on the calendar and speculation that Octobers Russian Grand Prix might be cancelled following the recent shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane, allegedly by pro-Russian separatists, killing 298 people.Horner said: There is a calendar that comes out in October [2013] and we all have a choice whether we enter the world championship. All the people are sitting here because we are racers and passionate about the sport and want to compete. When we sign up for the championship, we put our trust in the FIA and we will attend those races unless they deem it unnecessary for us to be there. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:01:00 GMT)

Rhys Williams out of Commonwealth Games for doping violation
I have not knowingly taken any banned substance Follows suspension of Welsh 800m runner Gareth Warburton The Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams, son of the former Wales rugby international JJ Williams, has denied knowingly taking a banned substance after being suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a doping test earlier in the month.Williams, the joint athletics team captain for Wales, tested positive for a prohibited substance at the Diamond League meeting in Glasgow on 11 July and admitted being utterly devastated at the news. Both his A and B samples tested positive but the UK Anti-Doping Agency has not revealed which banned substance has been discovered. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:29:50 GMT)

Team Sky still hopeful of retaining Bradley Wiggins, says Dave Brailsford
Brailsford keen to find ideal scenario for track and road Wiggins has been critical of cut throat nature of road racingTeam Skys principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, has not given up hope of agreeing a new deal with Sir Bradley Wiggins, despite the latters hints to the contrary. Wiggins, Britains first Tour de France winner in 2012, has yet to sign a new contract with the team after being left out of this years event.Instead, he joined Englands team pursuit squad at the Commonwealth Games, picking up silver alongside Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Andy Tennant at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Thursday. Speaking afterwards, the 34-year-old Wiggins confirmed that his priority now is to claim a fifth Olympic gold in the team pursuit at Rio 2016. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:29:30 GMT)

Roberto Pereyra moves to Juventus on one-year loan deal
Argentinian winger signs from Udinese for season Agreement can be made permanent for extra £11mJuventus have signed the Argentinian winger Roberto Pereyra from Udinese in a £1.2m loan deal, the Italian Serie A champions said on Friday.Juventus Football Club can today announce that Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra has completed a move to the club after terms were agreed with Udinese on a one-season loan deal for a fee of 1.5m, the club said in a statement. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:43:44 GMT)

Everton continue talks with Chelsea over £20m-rated Romelu Lukaku
Blues line up £1.5m deal for Anderlechts David Henen Muhamed Besic hold-up due to agents feesEverton hope to complete the signings of David Henen and Muhamed Besic early next week as they continue to pursue a club record deal for the Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.Besic, a Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder, has accompanied Roberto Martínezs squad to Thailand for a pre-season friendly against Leicester City on Sundaydespite not finalising his proposed transfer from Ferencvaros. A £4m deal has been agreed with the Hungarian club but an issue over agents fees has delayed the move. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:34:18 GMT)

West Ham board at odds with Sam Allardyce over Ravel Morrison future
Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans, says Sullivan We would like to sit down and give him a longer contractThe West Ham board appears to be at odds with the clubs manager, Sam Allardyce, over the future of Ravel Morrison. The former Manchester United youngster looked to have a bright future at Upton Park after breaking into the Hammers first team at the start of last season.Morrison quickly became a fans favourite with his skilful, attacking displays in a West Ham side often accused of being negative in their approach. But, after a slump in form and a number of niggling injuries, the 21-year-old fell out of favour and ended the season on loan at QPR helping Harry Redknapps side achieve promotion through the Championship play-offs. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:50:17 GMT)

England selectors should stand by Alastair Cook to avoid summer of chaos
Paul Downton knows it would be wise to keep faith with Cook after his career was cut short in fateful summer of four captainsAs he watched his selectors pondering the question of what to do about Alastair Cook this week, Paul Downton might have found his thoughts turning to 1988 and Englands infamous summer of four captains, a drama in which he played a supporting role. That chaotic episode, the English and Wales Cricket Boards new managing director would have concluded, offers a perfect example of how not to do it.Downtons career as an international wicketkeeper came to an end that summer, during the series hammering at the hands of Vivian Richards West Indies. In the wholesale cull that followed defeat in the third Test, he was one of six men dropped. John Emburey, although retained as a off-spinner, lost the captaincy he had assumed when it was taken away from Mike Gatting after the first Test as a result of what Wisden described as obscene allegations in the tabloid press of his nocturnal relationship with a young barmaid during the match. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:55:37 GMT)

Tip the scales: Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes for sea bass, cod and scallops
With some seafood, it pays not to mess about with it too much. Simply does itTo me, the nature and taste of a fish are often reflected by its name. In fact, it's almost anthropomorphic: the names john dory and red gurnard, say, sound as though they've just been for a swim with their cold-water fish friends, while mahi-mahi and parrot fish could only belong to the exotic fish family; hake, whiting and haddock, on the other hand, have such solid, sensible names that they just have to be related to the reliable cod family.Now, this may sound a random set of associations, but Venus would never have risen from the shell of a winkle or whelk, would she? Only the fan-like scallop was deemed graceful enough by Botticelli. The scallop's taste is, accordingly, as sweet and tender as its nature would suggest, and less is very much more when it comes to cooking it: yes, you can do all sorts with a scallop, but something this delicate and creamy really needs little more than a quick sear in the pan for the sugars to caramelise and the flesh to brown. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT)

What the fashion editors take on holiday
Ever wondered what those in the know pack for their holiday? Well wonder no more. Here are five packing lists for five fashion editors on five different holidaysWith the Guardian fashion team about to embark on their various summer holidays, conversations have turned to packing. Clearly it's been a slow week but, still, whether you've a tendency to over-pack, under-pack or panic-pack, this bit of the holiday is suspend your disbelief the least fun. But with a little planning and some half-decent luggage, it needn't be! With that in mind, be inspired by what the Guardian fashion desk will be taking on their holidays. You're welcome. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:40:20 GMT)

First episode of new Doctor Who series to be broadcast in cinemas
The screenings are set to follow cinema performances at 1,500 venues last year for the 50th anniversary episodePeter Capaldi will materialise in cinemas around the world next month as his first outing as the latest incarnation of Doctor Who is broadcast simultaneously on BBC1 and the big screen.The first feature-length episode of the new series, titled Deep Breath, will be beamed to screens around the globe from 23 August to allow fans to share in the new Doctor's debut. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:50:57 GMT)

Peter Dinklage's mullet and Madonna's Lazer surgery plus the rest of the today's breaking pop culture news
Don't go for second best baby, put your love to the testWe're counting down to the weekend with a dazzling salvo of pop-related news, videos, music and idle pontificationWe've got the latest updates from Comic-Con that aren't about Benedict Cumberbatch, new music from Rustie and Jessie Ware plus, of course it's #reviewanything dayGet in touch by commenting below or tweeting @guideguardian 5.02pm BST If you're in London, go and see Raekwon The Chef at Brooklyn Bowl. If you're lucky, he might bring his Friday night disco moves: 4.11pm BST The new series of Noel Fielding's divisive Luxury Comedy starts on E4 next week (although you can watch the first episode now on 4oD). Instead of an office-treehouse, this series is set in a coffee bar. So naturally E4 have just sent us some Luxury Comedy-branded coffee. A surreal experience with hints of whimsy and a note of tight leather trouser, this brew is well turned out but may be an acquired taste. That said, I burnt off half my taste buds with a baked potato last night, so you might want a second opinion. 3.15pm BST Today's edition of #reviewanything is up, featuring our critics tearing into your crime novellas, indie symphonies and electroclash nightmares. Read it and weep here. 1.06pm BST Opinion is divided in the office over the original Hot Tub Time Machine. Personally, I call bullshit on anything purporting to be so bad it's good; that usually means it's just bad, with a bonus side of ironic smugness. But Luke Holland reckons it's one of the finest movie comedies of our age, if not all-time. So, horses for courses.Sensibly, John Cusack has ducked out of the sequel, to be replaced by Adam Scott of Parks & Rec. And yes, there is a joke about being shot in the dick. 12.04pm BST There's nothing more tantalising than a pop team-up, promising joy squared from the meeting of two great musical minds. Here are some of the best collabos from the last 24 hours. 11.44am BST Just a reminder that today is #reviewanything day so if you haven't already, please do submit your music, videos, pictures, poems, whatever for a critical beatdown from the Guide team. Just tweet @guideguardian using the #reviewanything hashtag or leave us a link in the comments below. 11.28am BST Coming in 2015, Pixels is an ironic 80s comedy about three former arcade game champs (Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) whose joystick skillz are suddenly required when some actual Space Invaders (in league with Pac-Man and Centipede) launch an attack on earth. You can read more about it here.Cleverly, it looks like they're getting the real-life videogame community onside by inviting a bunch of actual game geeks to be in the movie, via Peter Dinklage's mulleted shout-out at Comic-Con. Nice jerkin. 11.10am BST Morning all. Diplo is working on Madonna's new album, which could be interesting. I said could be. This week, he did a bit of showing off on Annie Mac's Channel 4 show Superstar DJs by playing a bootleg of La Isla Bonita which Madonna has re-vocalled to namedrop Major Lazer. Annie got quite excited, but couldn't Diplo have chosen a better Madonna track to remix than that naff Gloria Estefan rip-off? I want to hear the Major Lazer take on Borderline. Anyway: Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:02:24 GMT)

Sigourney Weaver hankering after fifth instalment of Alien saga
The actor has hinted at the possibility of a final outing as Ellen Ripley after reiterating her view that the Alien story is unresolved Sigourney Weaver back from the dead in all three Avatar sequels Sigourney Weaver on Alien sequel: 'There's more story to tell'Although the second half of the Alien "quadrilogy" is remembered with mixed feelings by fans of the Ridley Scott and James Cameron movies, it seems the story may not quite be over. Speaking this week while promoting the forthcoming Alien: Isolation video game, Sigourney Weaver admitted for the second time in two months that she thinks there is life in the old xenomorph yet."I definitely feel the story is unresolved, we never really finished it," she said. "That was sort of my responsibility, because I didn't like where the story was going I'd already tried to kill myself in Alien 3. I didn't like the Alien vs Predator movies, I thought they were demeaning to a wonderful story. Jim Cameron said it was like Alien vs the Wolfman. For many reasons, I didn't want to pursue it, I wanted to do other things." Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:39:02 GMT)

10 things we learned this week
From poultry's dirty secret and symbols of Scotland to the West Bank's 'day of rage' and a triumph for pyramid teabags a roundup of the week's newsA factory floor flooded with chicken guts in which bacteria can flourish and carcasses coming into contact with workers boots then returned to the production line are just some of the alleged hygiene failings in chicken-processing factories, as revealed in a grim Guardian report. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has demanded an urgent inspection, and the Food Standard Agency is now investigating the allegations of the spread of campylobacter bacteria the most common form of food poisoning in the UK which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. At the last count, the bacteria was present in two-thirds of British fresh chicken sold in the UK. Although the bug is killed by thorough cooking, around 280,000 people a year in the UK are made ill by it, and it is thought that around 100 people die from it. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:16:01 GMT)

Magic in the Moonlight: Woody Allen's film is as airy as they come first look review
Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in Woody Allen's most exquisite-looking film in quite a whileBefore he alighted on a career in comedy, Woody Allen aspired to be a magician, spending hours every day practising sleight-of-hand tricks with billiard balls, coins, cards and rings. As if proving that old age is a kind of second childhood, Allen has been on a magic-themed run of late, with Scoop, the Curse of the Jade Scorpion, I See a Tall Dark Stranger and now Magic In The Moonlight, his 47th film, in which Colin Firth plays a celebrated stage magician asked to debunk an American clairvoyant named Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) who appears to have hoodwinked a rich American family in their home on the Riviera. Screwing up her nose and cradling the air with her hands, Stones green eyes seem to well with news of the dearly departed. Her cuteness is confounding. The more I watch her, the more Im stumped, confesses Stanley. Is her magic real or it is it a trick? Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:21:40 GMT)

John Hurt: five best moments
Our pick of the actor's greatest film performances to date. What others deserve to be on the list?To mark John Hurt's appearance in Hercules ("cheerfully ridiculous" The Guardian), here's our selection of some of the actor's finest screen roles to date but what are we missing? Share your favourite Hurt performances in the comment thread below. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:53:05 GMT)

Enid Blyton's Famous Five to get big screen adventure
UK film production company Working Title acquires theatrical rights to whole library of Famous Five seriesTheir adventures fighting smugglers, thieves and evil scientists, fuelled on a diet of potted meat sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer, have captivated children for over 70 years.Now Enid Blyton's beloved Famous Five series is to be made into a film after UK production company Working Title acquired the theatrical rights to the books. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:23 GMT)

Experience: I blew myself up at a festival
'I could see the escaping gas changing the colour of the air around it. Time seemed to stand still as I wondered what to do'My friend Felix runs a children's craft stall at festivals, making art with stickers. Last year I was thrilled when he asked me to help him and his girlfriend, Jen, run the stall at Camp Bestival in Dorset.We were on-site a couple of days before the festival started, and a group of us was camping in a circle around a seating area. One lunchtime, I was cooking pasta on a little gas stove with Felix and Jen. We were relaxed, looking forward to the days ahead. When the gas ran out, I reached for a spare canister my brother had lent me. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leave Comic-Con audience in shell shock
Jonathan Liebesman's cinematic reboot of the reptilian Renaissance men took centre stage on day one of Comic-ConIn a very noisy start to its Comic-Con presentation, Paramount stirred up the crowd at Hall H on Thursday with footage from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.On to the stage came Megan Fox, a Comic-Con favourite, and Will Arnett, who play reporters. They were joined by the film's director, Jonathan Liebesman and the producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:20:00 GMT)

How to eat: crisps
Thought you already knew how to eat crisps? Think again. Where do you stand on puffs, gourmet flavours and posh thick chips? And have you ever had a mixed-crisp salad?Crunch, crunch, crunch, rustle, crunch, crunch, scrunch Sorry, *licks fingers, wipes hands on jeans*, where were we? Oh, yeah, how to eat crisps.That's right, the series that tries to establish informal rules of good conduct for the nation's favourite foods, is, this month, biting down on one of the biggies: the potato crisp. Given that we consume 10bn packets of crisps and savoury snacks each year, it is one of the few foods that you could genuinely describe as a national obsession. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:15:00 GMT)

Nicki Minaj's Anaconda cover artwork: too racy for its own good?
The rapper regularly courts controversy, but even diehard fans might be bummed out by the presentation of her latest singleNext week is set to be a busy one for rapper Nicki Minaj. On Tuesday, she will feature on Jessie Js new single, just one day after the release of her new single, Anaconda. For most pop stars, this would be preceded by the usual round of Instagram video teasers and smiley selfies with captions saying: So excited, got something coming for you soon!! But this is Nicki Minaj. And Minaj wouldnt be Minaj without making a statement in the lead-up to Anacondas release. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:13:29 GMT)

My cancer treatment left me unable to enjoy sexual intercourse
I would like to meet a new partner but I worry whether my limitation will hinder my hopes of beginning new relationshipsI am a 62-year-old breast cancer survivor. I had a lumpectomy and radiation three-and-a-half years ago. Now I am in excellent health but take an oestrogen suppressor that causes atrophy of the vaginal walls and makes intercourse painful and impossible. Otherwise, I can fully enjoy sex. I would like to meet new men, but feel uncomfortable discussing my limitation, and fear I will never find a loving partner. Your fears are understandable, but try not to preempt what fear might occur in a future relationship. By focusing on the possibility of a negative outcome, you are tempting fate. In the search for relationships, many people are hampered by their self-fulfilling prophecies, so instead, create new visions of what you really want and how things might ideally work. Visualise being with someone who loves you so much, and is so attracted to you, that this reduced lubrication is barely important. When you find that person (and, with the right attitude, you will!) make sure to be a pro-active lover who focuses on pleasing him, and who is specific about what pleases you. Frankly, if you ask many men whether they would settle for fabulous oral sex rather than intercourse, the answer would be "yes". For now, try self-pleasure with a vibrator and lots of lubricant to help prevent vaginal atrophy. And in future if you do attempt intercourse, never suffer pain. Rather, create fulfilling love-making that relies on erotic "outercourse". Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:49:00 GMT)

Twitch: what is it, and why has Google bought it for $1bn?
The search company has bought the influential gaming video site as a way of expanding YouTube's appeal, reports sayGoogle has reportedly closed a $1bn deal to acquire gaming video streaming site Twitch.The unconfirmed report by GamesBeat places Twitch at the heart of a revamped YouTube push to attract a hardcore group of users to the dominant video platform and tap into the rising gaming trend.Its essentially the YouTube for live gaming: people broadcast themselves playing and/or talking about games while other people watch them (either live or via archived footage) while chatting about it.YouTube and Twitch are both benefiting from the same trend: people going online to watch other people playing games an artform that traditional television has usually struggled (in the west, at least) to make compelling viewing.Gaming channels like PewDiePie, Stampy, The Diamond Minecart, Vanoss Gaming, Yogscast, Sky Does Minecraft and others are hugely popular on YouTube: PewDiePie is the most popular channel on the service with 26.4m subscribers, and nearly 300m video views in April alone.In some ways, Twitch is that classic tech success story: it was in the right place at the right time with a reasonably good platform. The fans did the rest. Set up in 2011 by live-streaming specialist Justin.TV, the service provided a slick method of streaming game footage just as the concept of professional gaming or esports was really taking off. Team games such as League of Legends and Dota 2, as well as first-person shooters like Call of Duty, were beginning to attract vast global audiences, and Twitch provided a way for gamers everywhere to watch and share the excitement of championship events, wherever they were taking place. Last year's League of Legends world final drew 32 million online viewers.In old media terms, YouTube is a tabloid, Twitch is a hobbyist magazine and continued success in the digital media age will be about understanding the differences between those two user-bases. Twitch grew super-fast, but the wrong hands could smother it. This isn't an audience that hangs around; it reacts quickly and decisively. The clue is in the name.Twitch Plays Pokémon was half art project and half reality show for the 21st century. The idea was relatively simple. Pokémon Red, the 1996 Game Boy hit that kickstarted the Pokémon franchise, ran on an emulator hooked up to Twitch.Viewers could enter button commands in the chat window, and they got passed onto the emulator, which entered them in order. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:24:28 GMT)

When is Eid 2014? It could be Monday or Tuesday, it might be Sunday
Eid al-Fitr the feast at the end of Ramadan begins with the sighting of the new moon. But can you use a telescope, or just the naked eye? And what if it's cloudy?Serious question: when is Eid? There's a joking-but-actually-quite-accurate pie chart that breaks down when you know the month of Ramadan is over. The largest chunk suggests: "just keep fasting until phone explodes with Eid texts". It's not bad advice.The Islamic calendar is lunar, which is why the timing of Ramadan is not a fixed thing, and consequently why Eid wanders a bit. In the old days, the patriarch returned from the mosque one evening around 29 or 30 days into the month to say: "Look lively it's Eid tomorrow." I was brought up with the understanding that when the new moon is sighted in Saudi Arabia (signalling the start of the month of Shawwal), it's time for Eid. But of course, as with all things around religion, there are shades of grey. Some scholars, for example, argue that the moon must be seen with the naked eye, while others say it is just as valid if seen through the lens of a telescope. There are some who say an astronomical calculation is good enough, and people who argue this is a fallacy. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:24:57 GMT)

Little Hercules: Stuart Heritage eats and exercises like The Rock for a day
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been sharing his Hercules training regime on Twitter. Here's what happened when Stuart Heritage, a devoted fan of the wrestler turned demigod, decided to ape his hero Stuart Heritage's legendary 30 Minutes With The RockI've yet to see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's upcoming performance as Hercules, but I'm willing to bet that he'll be the most miserable, skint, perpetually exhausted and constantly pooing Hercules of all time. And he's probably going to have manky dishpan hands, too. I'm willing to bet all this because I attempted to replicate The Rock's fitness and nutrition plan for a day, and I'm now all of those things. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:20:00 GMT)

Remote Irish island to feature in Star Wars: Episode 7
Online speculation suggests the World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael as possible spot for Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy Star Wars: Episode 7 plot details suffer unconfirmed leak Discarded cables suggest Forest of Dean shootPinewood Studios in London and the deserts of Abu Dhabi are so far the only confirmed locations for Star Wars: Episode VII's ongoing shoot, with Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean also rumoured to have hosted film crews. Now a tiny island off the coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael, can be added to that list.Ireland's Office of Public Works confirmed to the Kerry's Eye newspaper that the World Heritage Site will feature in the first Disney-produced Star Wars movie. "Skellig Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island," said a spokesperson. "This production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board". Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:16:55 GMT)

Kids, guns and the American way
In parts of rural America, children as young as four learn to handle guns. Its a long-held, fiercely defended cultural traditionIn February, a nine-year-old Arkansas boy called Hank asked his uncle if he could head off on his own from their remote camp to hunt a rabbit with his .22 calibre rifle. I said all right, recalled his uncle Brent later. It wasnt a concern. Some people are like, a nine year old shouldnt be off by himself, but he wasnt an average nine year old.Hank was steeped in hunting: when he was two, his father, Brad, would put him in a rucksack on his back when he went turkey hunting. Brad regularly took Hank hunting and said that his son often went off hunting by himself. On this particular day, Hank and his uncle Brent had gone squirrel hunting together as his father was too sick to go. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:42:00 GMT)

Back to the Future: thousands still hoping to see Secret Cinema cult movie
Secret Cinema is a cult phenomenon among film fans. But its latest screening has so far been more disaster than sci-fiFans of Back to the Future and I sometimes think that as a group we have as large a diaspora as a major religion take the business of liking this time-travel movie very seriously. We have to. Fandom is usually early-fixed, incurable, big on conversationally disruptive quoting. Whether aged 14 or 40, a particular dashboard speed can never be reached without an instinctive ululation, "88 miiiles per houuuur"When Secret Cinema, an organisation that arranges ambitious, mixed-media screenings of films, announced it was to show Back to the Future over 30 nights this summer, it sold more than 65,000 tickets. (On the day the project was announced I was on holiday, and received such a bombardment of texted BTTF quotes from fellow obsessives I assumed a cast member had died, if not that someone really had invented time travel.) The last Glastonbury festival sold 120,000. Secret Cinema had scored a big achievement, especially as its screening-with-extras cost £53 a head. It's those "extras" that give Secret Cinema its zing: live performance, music, food, dress-up all sorts of tricks layered over a main-event screening, the details of which are kept a secret until the last moment. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:53:00 GMT)

The pervasive power of Rupert Murdoch: an extract from Hack Attack by Nick Davies
In this first extract from his new book, the reporter who broke the phone hacking story looks at Rebekah Brookss 2009 wedding and how it was a perfect display of the nature of Rupert Murdochs hold on British lifeOn a bright Saturday afternoon in the middle of June 2009, in the rolling green downland of west Oxfordshire, there is a wedding party. Several hundred men and women are gathered by the side of a great lake, 350 metres long, crowned at the far end with an 18th-century boathouse disguised as a Doric temple. The sun pours down. The guests sparkle like the champagne in their gleaming flute glasses. The bride arrives to the sound of Handels Rejoice!, written for the arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Among the onlookers, two men lean their heads towards each other.So what do you make of all this? one asks quietly. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:02 GMT)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: an evolutionary perspective
Carole Jahme interviewed Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis about talking apes, motion capture and extinction"Evolution" is emblazoned across the publicity for the rebooted Planet of the Apes prequels, but is that label justified by their plots? One challenge for screenwriter Mark Bomback was to show why the apes needed to develop the ability to speak. It has been theorised that speech evolved because of the survival benefits of imparting information to large numbers of individuals at once. When the former San Francisco mayor Dreyfus (played by Gary Oldman) addresses a crowd of human survivors we see this benefit come into play, but we also see it when the chimpanzee Caesar holds court in his ape community. Wars can only be won or lives defended if those in the ranks are united through shared information. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:14 GMT)

How the US's terrorism watchlists work  and how you could end up on one
Long-withheld document provides insight into secretive system in which people can be placed on terrorism databases with astounding ease, and without any way to get offPlacement on a terrorism watchlist is a life-changing event. Your travel is monitored and in many cases restricted. If overseas, you could be stranded, costing your employment or reunion with your family. You could be detained and, certain lawsuits allege, tortured by foreign governments. Yet the ease with which someone can be placed on US watchlists and terrorism databases contrasts markedly with the impact placement has. A long-withheld document published on Wednesday by the Intercept detailing the guidelines for placement shows that the standards for inclusion are far lower than probable cause, and the ability for someone caught in the datasets to challenge their placement do not exist. In 2013, the government made 468,749 nominations for inclusion to the Terrorist Screening Database, up from 227,932 nominations in 2009; few are rejected. Continue reading...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:41:10 GMT)

Why King Creosote's From Scotland with Love is the one album you should hear this week video
Alexis Petridis recommends King Creosote's From Scotland with Love, a soundtrack to a heartfelt documentary film about Scotland to mark Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. His first album since his collaboration with electronic auteur Jon Hopkins in 2011 (the Mercury Prize-nominated Diamond Mine), the songs are an antidote to the "shortbread-tin ghastliness" of the Commonwealth opening ceremony Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:07:00 GMT)

Bollywood Hamlet set in Kashmir likely to cause controversy in India
Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider, which will be released in the autumn, includes graphic scenes of torture in Indian army campsOphelia is a young journalist, Polonius a sinister policeman and Laertes works for a multinational. The climactic duel is a firefight in a snowy graveyard, and the famous "play within a play" features rows of synchronised dancers and much singing. Welcome to Haider, a Bollywood version of Hamlet set for a controversial, much anticipated release this autumn.The film is the work of the local director Vishal Bhardwaj, whose vision of Macbeth as an Indian gang boss won international critical praise. His latest Shakespearian adaptation turns the Prince of Denmark into a philosophy student from Kashmir, the former Himalayan princedom, who returns home from university after hearing that his doctor father has disappeared and his mother is in a new relationship. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:15:00 GMT)

Need splendid isolation? Scottish wilderness walking might get you there
Can we really escape all signs of civilisation to find mental wellbeing? The uncultivated Cairngorms may bring inner calmThe views are barely believable: hundreds of miles of uninhabited landscape, unspoilt by humans, but home to an uneven terrain of sheer cliff faces, deep reservoirs and dense forests hiding rarely seen creatures. Its as if everything as far as the eye can see has been created by set designers whose brief is to create an environment so otherworldly, vast and overwhelming that it couldnt possibly exist in real life. This is the Scottish Highlands, specifically the Cairngorms National Park where uncultivated country is in abundance, covering 4,500 sq km. These mountain wilds are also home to five out of six of the highest peaks in Scotland. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:18:42 GMT)

In China, a single plague death means an entire city quarantined
Tens of thousands of people were trapped in Yumen when officials swiftly locked down the city after a man died of plague, highlighting China's severe approach to the threat from disease How pandemics spread videoThe decision by Chinese authorities to quarantine parts of Yumen city after a local man died of the bubonic plague made headlines around the world. While four people were also diagnosed with the disease in Colorado this week all were treated in hospital and quickly released the 38-year-old Chinese farmers death brought a far more dramatic response from Yumens authorities. On Tuesday, when authorities still had whole swaths of the city in lockdown, the state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported from the scene. The reporter, wearing a face mask, stood in front of a roadblock guarded by two uniformed police officers, also wearing face masks. They had laid down orange traffic cones and tyre-puncture spike strips. The camera panned over warehouses stocked with rice, cooking oil and other emergency rations for the residents trapped behind the blockades perhaps tens of thousands of people. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:56:22 GMT)

Toys are we: 250 years of royal childhood at Buckingham Palace
Baby progress books, milk teeth, rocking horses, a polo mallet and mini Aston Martin go on displayA lifetime of speeches for the monarch has meant dutifully delivering the scripted words of others, a practice she perfected in the pushchair, it would seem. For the first words the Queeen uttered, aged 13 months, were "mama" and "bebe", according to her baby progress book. Which is surprising, given that her parents had set sail to Australia five months previously and had yet to return to her.The book, which notes her first tooth (26 January 1927), when she began to crawl (11th April 1927) and her first pram outing (at 10 days old), is one of hundreds of items, including outfits, toys, christening paraphernalia, lavish gifts and previously unseen family film, now on public display at an exhibition at Buckingham Palace charting 250 years of royal childhood. Continue reading...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:05:00 GMT)

Interactive map - which UK areas have the most commuters?
Almost 11.3m people travel between two different local authorities to get to work according to the 2011 census. This interactive map by the ONS Data Visualisation Centre will show you the places where these commuters live and where their job isClick through the intro to see how the interactive works and then hover over different local authorities to see the patterns for that area Who made this? The ONS Data Visualisation Centre Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:53:40 GMT)

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage, including extraordinary scenes of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italian soldiers fighting high up in the Alps, the half-hour film explores the war and its effects from many different perspectives. You can watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi thanks to our partnership with the British Academy.Warning: contains images some viewers may find disturbing Continue reading...
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:48:39 GMT)

Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups 'extremely successful'
Professor Naomi Oreskes says actions of climate denialists are laying the foundations for the government interventions they fear the mostIn 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson had a special message for the American Congress on conservation of the environment.Worried about the "storm of modern change" threatening cherished landscapes, Johnson said: This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.Not really. There are some new faces on the horizon, but recruiting fresh voices has been a tactic for a long time. So even the things that may look new are in fact old. The Heartland Institute has become more visible, and the George Marshall Institute a bit less, but the overall picture continues: these groups continue to dismiss or disparage the science, attack scientists, and sow doubt. They continue to try to block action by confusing us about the facts. And the arguments, the tactics, and the overall strategy has remained the same. And, theyve been extremely successful. CO2 has reached 400 ppm, meaningful action is still not in sight, and people who really understand the scienceunderstand what is at stakeare getting very worried. Oh this is a long story. I was always interested in broad questions about science. History of science gave me the opportunity to pursue those broad questions. Well, I think he is a basically nice guy who has fallen into a trap: the trap of imprecatory denial. He doesnt like the implications of climate change for our political and economic system, so he denies its reality. But climate change will come back to bite us all. It is already starting to. Clearly. One sees all the same strategies and tactics being used there, plus a few additional ones (trotting out geologists to claim there are hidden underwater volcanoes that are responsible for the extra atmospheric CO2.) The Institute of Public Affairs in Australia has been very active trotting out skeptical and denialist claims with little or no basis in evidence. If you go to their web site, they link back to many of the very same groups whose activities we documented in Merchants of Doubt : the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise institute, the Heritage Foundation.Its the same old, same old: defend the free market, deny the reality of market failure, block action that could actually address those failures. And of course, that is the point of the new book: by denying the reality of market failure, and blocking corrective action, these folks are actually undermining our economies, and laying the foundations for kinds of government interventions that will make them pine for the good old days of a carbon tax.Not unless we are talking about black humour. Our editor, when he first approached us, said he found it funny in a Dr Strangelovian way. I took that as a huge compliment.Yes of course. A good deal of the power of that film came from the fact that while it was farce, it was all too true in some waysor at least, all too plausible. It was conceivable that the world would end not in deliberate, calculated aggression, but in stupidity, mistakes, and men and machines run amok. Kubrick understood that. Fortunately, we escaped disaster in the Cold War, because enough people realized what was at stake. Erik and I have often discussed that, in this caseclimate changea lot of people, folks like Nick Minchin includeddont seem to realize what is at stake.I think its a complicated mix. Certainly, there are some very cynical individuals and groups who are protecting their own self-interest, with little or no regard to the consequences for others.There are also those who have bought into the watermelon argumentthat environmentalists are green on the outside, red on the insideand that climate change is just an excuse to bring in socialism by another name. Yes I think so. Thats one reason why these disinformation campaigns have been so successful. Its always easy to find some aspect of the science that is uncertain, or confusing, and focus on that to the exclusion of the larger pictureWell, it certainly would have helped if political leaders had not repeated that disinformation! What I am doing: writing and talking about it, so we can accurately diagnose the problem. You cant solve a problem if you dont know what it is.A book about the solutions? How not to go down the road to collapse? Continue reading...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:12:42 GMT)

'Extreme solar storm' could have pulled the plug on Earth
Satellites, power and water supplies would have been hit if billion-ton plasma cloud had erupted from sun a week earlier Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:23:47 GMT)

Sick chicken: what you need to know and what the government won't tell you video
A Guardian undercover investigation exposes conditions inside the chicken factories that supply some of the biggest supermarket and fast-food chains in the business, including KFC, Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Marks & Spencer and Nando's. Find out why the drive for cheaper chicken is making more than 250,000 of us sick every year Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK's poultry industry Continue reading...
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:47:00 GMT)

Isis orders all girls and women in Mosul to undergo FGM, UN report says
Report says 'fatwa' issued by militant group in and around Iraqi city could affect 4 million, but doubts expressed on social mediaUpdate: Isis denies ordering girls in Mosul to undergo FGM Continue reading...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:59 GMT)

Ruby Rose: 'I used to pray to God that I wouldnt get breasts'
The Australian model, DJ and television personality opens up about her struggle with gender identity depicted in her new video Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:28:15 GMT)

Gaza crisis: Kerry says ceasefire deal remains out of reach - live updates
US secretary of state says differences in 'terminology' remainDiplomatic meetings to resume at weekend in ParisReports of a planned 12-hour 'pause' in Israeli strikes SaturdayIsraeli defense minister says ground operation may 'significantly broaden' soonAt least five Palestinians killed as thousands march in West BankHezbollah leader vows support for 'our brothers in Gaza'Read the latest blog summary Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:12:03 GMT)

Calls for NYPD chokehold investigation grow after funeral for Eric Garner
Rev Al Sharpton makes passionate call for justice at funeral for man who died after being put in a chokehold by police officers Continue reading...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:09:27 GMT)

What you can learn from a domestic violence apology
The more an industry is male-dominated, the less it cares about the abuse of women and offenders get off lightlyYou can tell a lot about a man by how he apologises for assaulting a woman. Thats a good rule of thumb, ladies. Feel free to embroider it about your person. Some men beg for sympathy. Some insist that it was no biggie. And some make the perennially favoured point that the woman was to blame. According to the Very Rev Frances Ward David Ruffley, the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, did all three.I heard your lengthy justification and defence of yourself, but I think I need to question your version of events, Ward wrote in a letter to the MP that was published this week. You tried to convince me that in the incident back in March there was blame on both sides. I cannot let you try to tell me that it was only a little local incident or that [Ruffleys now ex-partner] was at fault. I must remind you of the seriousness of the assault and that you were arrested, not her. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:51 GMT)

If we can have just war, why not just terrorism?
I was criticised for suggesting there could be a moral right of resistance to oppression but Christianity has thought a great deal about the idea of just resistanceFor decades now the United Nations has been unable to agree a definition of terrorism. Even our own supreme court recently concluded that there is no internationally agreed definition. The stumbling block has been that western governments want states and state agents to be exempt from any definition. And a number of Islamic counties want some national liberation movements exempt.Or, to put it in terms of todays news: the Israelis wont have any definition that would make them terrorists for bombing old peoples homes in Gaza, and West Bank Palestinians wont have any definition that will make them terrorists for fighting back against occupation with petrol bombs. Writing in his annual report this week, David Anderson QC, the governments independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, sounds exasperated: The intractability of some of these questions has induced a degree of defeatism among those seeking to define terrorism. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:53:00 GMT)

Ian Watkins' failed appeal is evidence of a sharp change in attitudes to abusers
Allegations against the Lostprophets frontman were only taken seriously after Jimmy Savile's abuses were revealed. His conviction represents a sea-change in social attitudesIt is not easy to see much that gladdens the heart in the story of Ian Watkins, the former rock star who has had his appeal against his 29-year prison sentence for child abuse thrown out. Yet this case has been significant, and in a highly positive way. In fact, it's something of a watershed.And that is because no one has wavered in giving Watkins the heavy sentence he deserves. Coverage of his case has been prominent and straightforward. Even professional controversialists and contrarians are not minded to suggest that Watkins is anything other than a complete public menace. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:01 GMT)

The Guardian view on the causes of the fighting in Gaza
The roots of the violence go back to the Israeli withdrawal in 2005Both Israel and Hamas will very soon claim victory in Gaza. In both cases the claim will be empty, the victory hollow. Israel will say it has demolished so many tunnels and rocket sites, destroyed such and such an amount of munitions, and killed so many militants. The assertion will be that the physical infrastructure of what the Israelis call terrorism and Hamas calls resistance has been so wasted that a resumption of attacks on Israel will not be possible for a considerable time to come, perhaps for ever.Hamas will say it has wrested from the Israelis concessions on trade and freedom of movement, that it has broken the siege of Gaza and that Israels technical military superiority has been negated by the bravery of the Hamas fighters. Both will be right, and both will be wrong, because neither achievement, if such a word can be used, can even begin to be worth the lives lost over the last eight days in the schools, hospitals and homes of ruined Gaza. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:29:49 GMT)

The double life of the writer with a family
As Karl Ove Knausgaard knows, theres money to be made from your loved ones as long as youre prepared to wield the ice pickIf you dont want your books to be controversial, its probably better not to call them Mein Kampf. Karl Ove Knausgaard is Norwegian, not German, so what he actually called his autobiographical series was Min Kamp. It means, of course, my struggle, and thats what its about: the struggle to grow up with an alcoholic father, the struggle to feel like a man in an equal-opportunities social democracy, the struggle at the hairdressers to remember the true colour of your hair. Whatever else it is or isnt, its hardly a master plan for the human race.Knausgaards not-quite-misery memoir hasnt sold quite as well as Hitlers, but its still doing pretty well. In Norway alone, the series of six books published as fiction there, though everyone knows full well its autobiographical has sold more than 450,000 copies. And hes not just a homegrown hit. Outside of Norway hes become a massive bestseller. Zadie Smith said she needed the next volume like crack. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:00:44 GMT)

George Osborne is right not to be smug over GDP numbers
Chancellor sensibly understated in response as UK population has risen and recession was far worse than anyone expectedBusiness blog: GDP figures pass pre-recession pointGeorge Osborne's response to news that Britain has finally recovered all the ground lost in the recession of 2008 and 2009 was notably for its lack of crowing. A milestone had been passed, the chancellor said, but there is still plenty of work to do.This is a smart approach for a number of reasons. For one thing, this has been the mother and father of a recession, and it has taken far longer than Osborne expected for the economy to respond to the Bank of England's cheap money medicine. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:36:18 GMT)

The Guardian view on politicians and the polls
Neither good economic news for George Osborne nor low leadership ratings for Ed Miliband will help to determine the election in 2015MPs will not return to Westminster now until September. When they get back, Scotlands independence vote will be the dominant issue. But George Osbornes confirmation that the economy is back to pre-recession levels and Ed Milibands speech on leadership on Friday are reminders that the parties are already focused on the 2015 election. With the Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck in the polls, the political parties dare not take a break as they manoeuvre for advantage in a close contest.The worldly wise view of the 2015 election has long been that the recovering economy and the prime ministerial credentials of Ed Miliband will be the dominant issues. Fridays events seem to confirm those priorities. Announcing 0.8% second quarter growth, the chancellor celebrated a major milestone while warning against any repeat of the mistakes of the past in other words telling voters not to let Labour back in just as the economy is growing. Meanwhile, Mr Miliband attempted to neutralise one of his negatives his low poll ratings by offering a version of leadership that promises something better than photo-ops. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:28:14 GMT)

Russians in London: 'It's official policy now to hate us'
Those living in capital have noticed backlash since the downing of flight MH17, and feel UK media is blaming all RussiansOutside Kalinka, a Russian delicatessen and grocers on London's bustling Queensway, customers were uneasy . "I am shocked," says one, an electrician, who came to London 12 years ago to work on building sites. He remembers the stereotyping of his fellow Russians back then. "It was Russians are rude. And they are drinking beer. And they are drinking vodka. But it was funny. It was soft humour."Now, the newspapers are definitely trying to mix the opinions of people against Russian culture and people. Now it is Russians are killers." Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:26:41 GMT)

For breast cancer patients like me, the age of refinement is truly transforming
No chemotherapy. No major surgery. And now an escape from weeks of radiotherapy. In the cancer war, the tide is turningIm writing this on a train, on the way to my radiotherapy appointment. Its the end of week three of 4.5 weeks of the treatment, following surgery earlier this summer for breast cancer. I attend the hospital each weekday for radiotherapy: its a round journey of about two hours, and my session under the radiotherapy machine takes about half an hour. So, not allowing for waiting time, at least 2.5 hours of every day are currently given over to my treatment. And Im one of the lucky ones, because I live near a big city and its a lot easier and quicker for me to get to my appointments than if, say, I lived in a remote part of Cornwall or Scotland.But Id be lying if I pretended that being on this hot, stuffy train, and having every day dissected by my radiotherapy appointment, in any way resembles fun. It eats into my life, the travel is expensive, and its a constant reminder of the fact that Ive had cancer. I wont be able to start moving on from this disease until radiotherapy is over: and while thats not all bad (cancer is nothing if not an opportunity to assess your life), Id rather it was on my terms rather than someone elses. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:09 GMT)

Ed Miliband is challenging voters to choose between image and substance
The Labour leader may have a serious image problem, but he also has brains, ideas and strong policiesIt was high-risk, but Ed Miliband had no choice. Lagging miles behind in the polls as best leader, he knows that from now on things will get brutally personal. Expect no mercy as his voice, his face, his teeth, his style (or lack of it) will be the Tories weapons of choice. Does he look like a prime minister or does he look weird? The bacon sandwich was just an appetiser. Watch every Tory paper shove a camera up his nose, looking for the ugly shot.Today he took the Ed problem head-on and did it well: Im not from central casting. You can find people who are more square jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace. He stuck many a deft stiletto into the image-based politics of Cameron, someone who hangs out with a husky before the election and then says cut the green crap after it. Do you value posturing or principle, he asked. Photo-op politics creates the cynicism that has voters complaining, Youre all the same youre in it for yourself. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:28:13 GMT)

We must be wary of caring capitalism
The prospect of the rich somehow coming together voluntarily to decide to loosen their grip on the worlds wealth seems very remote indeedIf ever a story deserved to be filed under the heading irony it is the one about a caring capitalism summit ending in a bitter legal dispute among the organisers over money. Thursdays Evening Standard reports that Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild the former financier, director of Estee Lauder and the Economist and member of one of the worlds wealthiest families is suing the charity that helped stage the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism in May, the Henry Jackson Society, on a catalogue of issues, including intellectual property and residual funds and unpaid invoices totalling £187,000.The world was abuzz in the 90s with conversations of whether capitalism could indeed be caring. Companies such as Ben & Jerrys were leading the way with new corporate concepts and ethical structures. Some academic articles glumly concluded that such new concepts will be prone to eventual failure and subsumption by fast capitalism. Twenty years later, while inequality continues to grow and the world is becoming increasingly volatile, we are still having the same conversation. Meanwhile, Ben & Jerrys has been bought by Unilever. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:08 GMT)

Palestinians anger at Red Cross in Gaza is misplaced but understandable
Humanitarian groups such as mine, the ICRC, working in Gaza do their utmost to help but only politicians can end the conflictThree International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) vehicles are leaving Shujaia. They have rescued 11 people from the rubble but the intense combat has forced them back. As they depart an angry crowd of Palestinians attacks the vehicles with stones and sticks. You are useless, the crowd shouts. You must protect us.But we cannot. The anger is unpleasant and misplaced, but understandable. We do our utmost, risking the lives of our staff to rescue who we can, but we cannot end the conflict. Continue reading...
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:47:47 GMT)

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