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Jeremy Corbyn sets up inquiry into Labour antisemitism claims
Exclusive: Shami Chakrabarti to lead independent investigation as party draws up new rules to aid disciplinary processJeremy Corbyn has set up an independent inquiry into antisemitism within Labour as he battles to assert control over a party in turmoil on the eve of crucial local elections.In a defiant interview, Corbyn told the Guardian the crisis that led to the suspension of his long-time friend and ally Ken Livingstone would not blow his leadership off course. The Labour leader also insisted he would not be held to “arbitrary” measures of success in Thursday’s polls. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:51:10 GMT)

An end to ‘bill shock’ as EU mobile roaming charges are slashed
Taking your phone on holiday used to lead to debts running into the thousands. But that’s about to changeControversial roaming charges holidaymakers pay to use their mobile phones in another European country will come down dramatically from today, and are set to disappear altogether from 2017 following EU intervention.For several years the European commission has been battling with the big mobile providers to force through cuts to the cost of making cross-border calls and using data in another country – the much hated roaming charges that leave many in “bill shock”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:59:17 GMT)

Trump forced from his motorcade amid chaotic protests at California convention
Hundreds stormed area where frontrunner went to address RepublicansWith entrance blocked, Trump was forced to exit vehicle to access hotelProtesters in California forced Donald Trump to leave his motorcade and walk along a highway on Friday, amid chaotic demonstrations in which activists torched an American flag and set fire to a piñata of the Republican frontrunner. Hundreds of protesters repeatedly tried to storm the hotel where Trump was due to address the California Republican convention in Burlingame, near San Francisco International Airport. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:10:28 GMT)

Dozens of Syrians forced into sexual slavery in derelict Lebanese house
Victims were tortured and only left house for abortions and treatment for venereal diseases in case that has shocked countryTucked in a leafy suburb of the Lebanese town of Jounieh, a short drive from the sparkling Mediterranean, stands a monument to human cruelty.In this derelict two-story house, 75 Syrian women were forced into sexual slavery, the largest human trafficking network ever uncovered in Lebanon. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:00:17 GMT)

'Independent' pharmacist's letter edited by Boots senior execs
Letter takes issue with Guardian investigation but was changed by vice-president at Walgreens Boots AllianceBoots stands accused of “trying to deceive the public”, after a letter sent to the Guardian purporting to be from an independent pharmacist was found to have been processed and extensively revised by the retailer’s senior executives.Submitted this week by a self-described “independent pharmacist”, the letter takes issue with the Guardian’s “portrayal of Boots” for doing “damage ... to a profession I love”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:09:12 GMT)

Norway helicopter crash: Super Pumas grounded worldwide
Move comes after Friday’s crash in the North Sea that killed 13 peopleAll commercial flights using the type of helicopter that crashed in Norway on Friday killing 13 people, including a Briton, have been grounded worldwide. Eleven bodies have been found after the Airbus Super Puma aircraft crashed near the island of Turøy on Friday. Two people remain missing, but are feared dead. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:23:16 GMT)

Charity forced to issue refunds after mistakenly taking 100 times the amount donors pledged
Concern Worldwide apologises for ‘administrative error’ in 25,000 direct debits and promises to meet additional bank chargesA charity is having to issue refunds to tens of thousands of donors after it admitted that it mistakenly took 100 times the amount supporters had pledged from their bank accounts.Concern Worldwide, an international development organisation, apologised and promised to pay all of the money back and to meet any additional charges its supporters may have been hit with as a direct result of the error. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:05:46 GMT)

Over 30,000 sign petition to boycott primary school Sats tests
Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign calls for parents to keep Year 2 children off school on 3 May, saying they are ‘overworked’ More than 30,000 people have backed a boycott of the Sats exams next week.The Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign wants parents to keep their children off primary school, saying they are “over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance of test results and league tables than children’s happiness and joy of learning”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:36:39 GMT)

Daytime cooking ban in India as heatwave claims 300 lives
Authorities try to prevent accidental fires amid scorching temperatures that have destroyed crops and killed livestockWith sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people. Related: The heat and the death toll are rising in India. Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future? Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:57:11 GMT)

CV of failures: Princeton professor publishes resume of his career lows
Johannes Haushofer bravely posts document listing degree programs he did not get in to and academic positions he did not getA professor at Princeton University has published a CV listing his career failures on Twitter, in an attempt to “balance the record” and encourage others to keep trying in the face of disappointment.Johannes Haushofer, who is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at the university in New Jersey, posted his unusual CV on Twitter last week. The document contains sections titled Degree programs I did not get into, Research funding I did not get and Paper rejections from academic journals. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:51:36 GMT)

Diary of a somebody: could I solve the mystery of 148 lost notebooks?
After biographer Alexander Masters was given a pile of discarded diaries, he began piecing together a lifeOne breezy afternoon in 2001, two friends of mine, Richard and Dido, were mooching around a building site in Cambridge when they came across a battered yellow skip. Inside were 148 handwritten notebooks. Some were crammed into an old bottle box that had jaunty green print on the side: “Ribena! 5d!” Most were scattered across the bricks exultantly. A few had royal emblems from George VI’s time. Others were bright, bubblegum colours, tangerine and mushy-pea green. A chalky jotter that Dido picked up broke like chocolate. Inside, the rotted pages were filled with urgent handwriting. Running up one of the margins were the words, “Hope my diaries aren’t blown up before people can read them – they have immortal value.” There was no name or return address on the books. The diarist was simply “I” who had lived, and then died, and been pitched in a skip.What could my friends do? They couldn’t take them to the police: they would laugh. They couldn’t leave them in the skip: that would be criminal. I’m a biographer, so Dido dumped them on my doorstep. Why not, she said, write about an anonymous diarist found in a skip? It would be the first ever biography in which the biographer hasn’t a clue who his subject is. Dido had left the books in three boxes, one of which had a label on the side addressed to the librarian, Trinity College, Cambridge. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:00:18 GMT)

'Boom?': Queen and Obamas feature in Invictus Games promo
Patron Prince Harry ropes in big names for video promoting games for disabled military personnel starting in US next weekIt is a promotional video with a rather more high-profile cast than usual: Barack and Michelle Obama, Prince Harry and the Queen herself.The last time the 90-year-old monarch featured in a spoof video, she was escorted to the London Olympics by Daniel Craig as James Bond. This time, she is seen with grandson Harry in a video to promote the Invictus Games for disabled veterans. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:44:09 GMT)

Scottish Labour leader: 'The SNP has been fundamentally dishonest' – video
Ahead of the Holyrood elections on 5 May, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tells Owen Jones that the SNP portrays itself south of the border as a socialist party – but has failed to act austerity in Scotland, saying its hands are tied without independenceA longer version of this interview is available on Owen Jones’s YouTube channel Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:00:19 GMT)

Prince's final days: few clues pointed to secret behind star's untimely death
Prince betrayed few signs of his ill health and apparent dependency on painkillers in the lead-up to what would be a miserable end for the music greatThe shows were intimate and intense, 43 songs, and a range of covers from Bowie to Bob Marley. Prince, all alone on stage at a purple grand piano, started with Little Red Corvette and ended his second set of the night with a Purple Rain medley.But as soon as the sets were done, Prince was off. No after-party. No jam. He went directly to the airport to board a jet home – the same jet that would make an emergency landing two hours later with Prince apparently overdosed on an opiate painkiller and requiring a lifesaving safe shot of Narcan. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:03:12 GMT)

Britain's wild places are vital to our imaginations
The UK has hundreds of islands, hills and rivers and a coastline almost 20,000 miles long, inspiring a passion deep within us. Plus: top five wild hotspotsRecently, I climbed Maol Chean-dearg, a mountain in the far north-west of Scotland. Down in the glens, it was not far above freezing, and the cold air pooled as mist. But up on the summits the sun blazed, and the temperature touched 15C. The result was one of the most dazzling cloud inversions I have seen in 30 years. In the high corries of the peak, I climbed out of the mist and into clearness. To the west, jagging from a glowing sea of cloud, were the Black Cuillin of Skye and the Clisham on the Outer Hebrides. Nearby were the graceful Torridon tops: Beinn Alligin, whose Gaelic name means the jewelled hill, and Liathach, the grey one. Far to the east rose the white domes of the Cairngorms. I had a sight-span of almost 200 miles, across mountain, glen, sea and loch. There was nowhere I would rather have been than there. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:30:18 GMT)

Blind date: ‘The combination of gin, red wine, white wine and port may have been a mistake’
Do dancer Ben, 29, and 25-year-old web editor Henry waltz off into the sunset? Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

My name changed every time my home did
By the time she was three, Esther Robertson had had three full names. Put up for adoption at birth and moved from family to family, each one picked a new identity for her – but which is the real one?Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name?” Like or loathe it, a name helps to define you. It gives you an identity and sense of belonging; your signature security blanket. By the age of three, I’d had three different first and surnames. These are my names and this is my story.My childhood sounds pretty idyllic. I grew up in the 1960s. Home was a 10-bedroom old manse in a picture perfect, leafy village on the west coast of Scotland. The sprawling garden, complete with lily pond and river running through it, was an adventure playground for my six siblings and me. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

Your own Motorcycle Diaries: touring Cuba with Che Guevara’s son
Explore both well-trodden and lesser-known parts of Cuba with Ernesto Guevara on a gleaming Harley Davidson. Plus five more Cuban toursIt’s a sunny morning in Trinidad, Cuba, and in front of a row of brightly painted colonial houses, a vintage Harley Davidson is attracting admiring glances. But a newer Harley parked behind it, outside a guesthouse, probably has a more interesting story: it belongs to Ernesto Guevara, son of revolutionary hero Che.Ernesto runs motorbike tours of Cuba and today, before setting off for the mountains and beach, he’s having breakfast in the guesthouse courtyard with his group. Wearing a black Harley T-shirt and wristband, he looks younger than his 51 years. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:00:17 GMT)

Was there a gun in the house when I dropped off my children for playdates?
Tania Unsworth on bringing up sons in the US, where gun violence is a realityIt was the shrug that got to me. My 12-year-old son had taken part in a class debate that afternoon. The subject was the second amendment. If the founding fathers were around today, what would they think about Americans and gun control? My son thought they’d take an extremely dim view of the whole situation and he had spent several hours preparing his argument, trying to avoid the words “moronic” and “completely insane”. I was at home, wondering how he was getting on, when the phone rang.It was a recorded message from the headteacher. Her voice had that calm, absolutely-no-need-to-panic tone that immediately strikes terror in a parent’s heart. There had been a shooting a few miles from the school … the doors had been secured until the matter was resolved … someone was keeping an eye on all entrances … no direct threat … the measures were only precautionary. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:15:16 GMT)

My shared kitchen: Izy Hossak | Kitchen encounters
Blogger Izy Hossack shows us around her student digsMy kitchen is … a student kitchen. I’m at university in Leeds, sharing a flat with four others. It’s an open-plan kitchen and dining area, with a big island in the middle in place of a table. There’s lots of counter space, which is good. It’s speckled though, so it’s quite hard to tell when it’s dirty! I don’t really like the electric cooker – I find it so frustrating after cooking on a gas hob. We’ve also got one big fridge freezer to share. It’s definitely spacious, so I could have lots of people over, but most of the time I just cook for myself.My favourite kitchen tool is … my set of four Japanese santoku-style knives. They have lovely wooden handles and carbon steel blades. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

Claire Ptak’s passion fruit cream puff recipe | Baking the seasons
The tropical acidic zing of passion fruit makes for a balanced fruit curd, which in turn brings a welcome sharp note to these classic cream puffs I love flavours that are on the acidic side. I love lots of vinegar in my salad dressing and squeeze lemon or lime on just about everything. I am always searching out balance of flavour in my baking and that usually means adding a little acidity. Most fruits have acidicidy, so if you are like me, fruit-based baked goods and desserts are probably your favourite. Their flavour is perfect at the end of a meal – refreshing and bright. They balance the sweetness of sugar and the richness of cream. They remind you of exactly where we are in the world and at what time of year. In the UK, while we are waiting for strawberries and then stone fruits to come, spring ushers in passion fruit and mangoes from India and Pakistan.The colour palette of the seasons provides the inspiration for our buttercreams at Violet Bakery and so much of the baking I do at home. As we move deeper into spring, leaving behind the deep reds of blood oranges and the shocking pink of rhubarb, we get a burst of yellow from our tropical imports just as the daffodils fade and the trees sprout their first green leaves. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

I moved near my mother and it sent me into therapy
For Betsy Lerner, years of conflict with her mother finally ended when she got to know her mum’s warm circle of close friends‘So, I see you bought the low-fat cottage cheese rather than the fat-free,” said Betsy Lerner’s mother, Roz. A chance remark? An aside? An observation? Oh, gentle reader! You either get it or you don’t. This conversation wasn’t about cheese. It wasn’t about calories or flavour or the small print on product packaging. It was about everything that ever happened between Betsy and her mother. It was a hand grenade. No, it was an atom bomb. It was world war three. Because here, according to Betsy, is the translation: are you ever going to be good enough?That question had been at the heart of Betsy’s relationship with her mother for as long as she could remember. It is at the heart of many mother-daughter relationships. Perhaps it’s especially central to those relationships where the mother is today in her 70s, 80s or 90s and the daughter in her 40, 50s or 60s. Betsy and I are of that daughter generation – both in our early 50s, with mothers in their 70s (mine) and 80s (hers). What’s significant for us, and for our generation, is that our mothers – on the whole – did not do paid work. They belonged to the last cohort of at-home mothers; we were the first who combined raising children with earning money. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:15:16 GMT)

How to not screw up your divorce
From managing the process yourself to thinking about what you really want1 Divorce doesn’t have to involve lawyers, although they can be useful if things aren’t straightforward. If it is fairly simple and you and your partner agree about sharing of assets and childcare arrangements, you can do it yourself. For £600 – £550 to apply to the court and £50 for the decree absolute – you can get divorced. But be aware that although the divorce will be legal, anything you agree about finance (even if lawyers are involved) is not legally binding unless it’s been signed off by a judge. You don’t have to go to court to do this, but you will need to send the court the formal agreement for approval and pay another fee of £50.2 If you do get a lawyer, get one who suits your personality. Some people love aggressive, adversarial lawyers because they’ve watched too much TV and want to teach their partners a lesson. Be aware that, yes, you may end up with more money and property with such a lawyer, but very little else. Again: think long term, think future family gatherings. It’s so much easier if you treated each other civilly in the divorce. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:30:16 GMT)

Radiohead's corporate empire: inside the band's dollars and cents
The band have proven themselves shrewd businessmen, forming some 20 companies since their inception – including LLLP LLP and Random Rubbish Ltd If you want to get to the heart of Radiohead as they prepare to release their new record, due in June, there is only one place you should go. It is a narrow, royal blue office in central London. Number 41 Great Portland Street to be precise, just a few doors down from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s unprepossessing embassy and the showroom of a Danish bathroom tap manufacturer.It is the offices of Hardwick & Morris, Radiohead’s accountants. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:42:42 GMT)

The other villain of Hillsborough saga: legal system that left families in torment
The inquest delivered the basic justice people had waited 27 years for – but a detached judge and police repetition of old, putrid claims prolonged the nightmareThe overwhelming majority of people in modern Britain will never be addressed as sir, ma’am, or my lord in their whole working lives. Yet in the places the public pays for to protect our most fundamental rights and preserve the rule of law and justice, the hierarchies and manners of another age prevail. During two years at the inquests where the Hillsborough families sought basic justice yet again, the constant requirement of formalities risked being more than grating: it can seem to institutionalise detachment.The judiciary appears actually to believe that inquests are more people-friendly than high courts, mainly, it seems, because they are mercifully free of wigs. But the process remains formally divorced from normal life. To witness the workings of the upper echelons of the justice class on a business park in Warrington off the M62, hearing the most grounded, loving of families’ need for the truth about their loved ones’ deaths, was unnerving from the start. Only in courts, there to serve the public yet somehow so inaccessible, is a boss required to be called sir by all other adults every single time they speak to him. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:20:52 GMT)

Experience: I am 16 and live alone in the wilderness
I have an open fire and spend my evenings tanning animal and fish skins, and carving woodI live alone on the Isle of Skye in a tipi almost impossible to find without detailed directions. It might seem unusual for someone of 16, but I love my own company and I’m passionate about preserving wild spaces. I grew up with my mum, Ghillie, and older sister, Yazzie, in the wilds of the Cairngorms, in a remote and sometimes inaccessible home, using cross-country skis to haul food and supplies to the house.Mum, a cookbook writer, taught us about possible dangers and how to cope with them, then let us run wild from an early age. We also travelled abroad regularly, visiting remote tribes and cultures, where we lived for weeks as Mum studied food and recipes to write about. I spent so much time with tribes who rely on the land that this became second nature to me. When I gained a place at the School of Adventure Studies on Skye last year, I decided to live in a tipi, practising what I preach. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:55 GMT)

Strange times in Leicester: 'If we win the league, you’ll see the biggest party ever'
There is tension and excitement in the air as the city’s football team stand on the verge of winning the Premier LeagueLeicestarians looked at the snow falling, and read the unseasonal weather for significance. “Prince has just died, and he wrote a song called Sometimes it Snows In April,” said one man to his friend. “It’s a sign isn’t it.” His friend nodded sagely.These are strange times in Leicester. Everybody is looking for signs. There is tension as well as a bitter cold in the air. Unbelievably, the local football team is on the verge of winning the Premier League. This is the same Leicester City that looked doomed to relegation last season until they were saved by a miraculous run of seven wins in nine games under the guidance of then manager Nigel Pearson. The team of has-beens, rejects and unknowns – now managed by 64-year-old also-ran Claudio Ranieri, nicknamed the Tinkerman – has morphed into a team of wonders. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:43:44 GMT)

Blue Eyes recap: episode six – the Nazi Bonnie and Clyde are on the run
Mad Mattias the pin-up Nazi and his girlfriend Sofia are on the run, and they’re utterly upstaging everyone else – even the crazy corrupt politicosNow, I’m not saying this is a huge problem, but I suddenly find myself responding very differently to the various interconnected worlds in Blue Eyes. The labyrinthine political mystery, with the added twist of some uranium mining deal that seems to necessitate a change to the constitution, is leaving me cold. Just sort it out, you crazy, corrupt politicos. But the visceral story of Mattias and Sofia, who are on the run from the police and last seen making love at dusk by a lake (how very Swedish!), is gripping.At first the implication was that this would be a political thriller with Elin Hammar as the star. But poor old Elin, with her neat tops and perpetual frown, has been thoroughly upstaged by mad Mattias, the pin-up Nazi. He even gives us his revolutionary philosophy in this latest episode – the sixth of 10. “Capitalists have no solidarity with their own people. They’ve sold their soul to the Jews. When we eradicate capitalism, we will have an international community.” Blue Eyes has been careful not to identify Nazism exclusively with the right; it is sui generis, combining elements of left and right in one ferocious cocktail. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:10:06 GMT)

Views on Views: the talking points from Drake’s new album
The fight at Cheesecake Factory, the self-examination and the estrangement from Nicki Minaj – the world’s most meme-worthy rapper returnsIt’s been less than 24 hours since Drake dropped Views, his fourth studio album (excluding mixtapes), and what a time it is to be alive.The record is a powerful love letter to Drizzy’s hometown (Toronto) as well as an introspective journey into his emotions – particularly as he uses tracks such as Fire & Desire and Too Good (featuring Rihanna) to address everything from infidelity, inferiority complexes and how some relationships plant feelings that never really go away. Plus, the man is his No 1 advocate, using songs such as Views to chart his professional successes and gains, asserting that he deserves any and all resulting hype. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:00:12 GMT)

Vladimir Bukovsky: 'I'm on hunger strike for the British public'
Russian dissident, who was a close friend of Litvinenko, is protesting at ‘Kafkaesque’ judicial system in UKThe Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has been on hunger strike at his home in Cambridge for more than a week in protest at what he calls the “Kafkaesque” British judicial system.Bukovsky was charged last year with child pornography offences. He strenuously denies the allegations. In August he took the unusual step of suing the Crown Prosecution Service for libel: he is seeking £100,000 in damages and claims the CPS has “falsely and maliciously” hurt his reputation. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:26:20 GMT)

Why do so many elite athletes have asthma?
Simon Yates tested positive for asthma medication, while studies found a third of Team Sky’s riders and 70% of the top British swimmers have the conditionThe idea of a supremely fit professional cyclist like Simon Yates having to occasionally reach for an inhaler to ward off a wheeze might seem anomalous. But asthma is surprisingly common among some elite athletes. Related: Orica-GreenEdge: Simon Yates’s positive drug test was ‘administrative error’ Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:30:32 GMT)

'You start seeing figures in the paint chips': recollections of life in solitary confinement
What does it feel like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell that measures six by nine. These are the experiences of those who have lived it. Continue reading...
(Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:30:08 GMT)

6×9: A virtual experience of solitary confinement
What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6x9 feet for days, weeks, months or even years? 6x9 is the Guardian’s first virtual reality experience, placing you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell, and telling the a story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation.We’ve created a mobile app allowing you to view the fully experience VR on your own, with or without cardboard viewer. If you don’t have a smartphone scroll down to watch the 360 video. Continue reading...
(Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:36:45 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri: a gentle and principled man on the verge of immortality
As Leicester City close in on the Premier League title, former players remember Claudio Ranieri’s unorthodox training methods and praise a genuinely nice manLeicester City’s players were not the first to hear Claudio Ranieri ring his imaginary bell. Danny Drinkwater provoked much amusement among the British press corps last month, when he revealed the manager’s technique of saying “dilly-ding, dilly-dong” to restore focus whenever energy levels start to dip during training.Back in Italy, though, at least one observer had a different reaction. Ivo Pulga played for three seasons under Ranieri at Cagliari between 1988 and 1991. When he came across Drinkwater’s comments, what he felt was a wave of nostalgia. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:32:44 GMT)

Shane Sutton saga: 10 key questions from British Cycling’s week of crisis
British Cycling has much to address about its alleged culture of fear, its future structure, the role of Dave Brailsford and what it means for the Rio GamesIt is important to note that, had the sprinter Jess Varnish not opened the floodgates a week ago, Sutton would probably still be in post. Famously British Cycling is not a comfortable place to be as an athlete but there is a fine line between robust coaching based on direct speaking and actual bullying based on verbal abuse and the past week has indicated that Sutton stepped over that line at times. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:05:28 GMT)

Middlesbrough let lead slip as David Davis draws Birmingham City level
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka hit out at the officials after his side were denied the chance to take a decisive step towards the Premier League.Daniel Ayala’s second-half strike was clearly shown by replays to have been wrongly ruled out for offside as Boro were held to a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:06:51 GMT)

New York Mets smash 12 runs in one inning to set club record
Yoenis Cespedes records six RBIs in third inningMets beat San Francisco Giants 13-1 as winning run continuesYoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets broke a franchise record by scoring 12 runs in one inning as they beat the San Francisco Giants 13-1.Cespedes set a club mark with six RBIs in the third on Friday night, connecting for a two-run single off starter Jake Peavy and a grand slam off reliever Mike Broadway that capped the outburst. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:27:32 GMT)

Liverpool should not be in Europa League after Mamadou Sakho’s failed test | Barney Ronay
The defender is culpable and Liverpool are not but both have gained an unfair advantage, however minor. And whatever the timetabling issues, any club in this position should be stood down from the competition. Uefa’s rules are wrongFor all his current trials, there is a great deal to like about Mamadou Sakho. Before the news broke of the defender’s failed drug test, followed this week by a 30-day Uefa suspension, I had a vague plan to write a kind of fond, fuzzy hagiography – a Sakhiography, if you will – about what a brilliantly engaging footballer he has been to watch this season. Related: Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho suspended for 30 days over doping violation Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:48:51 GMT)

Tour de Yorkshire: Dutch rule but icy winds too much for Bradley Wiggins
• Wiggins joins six other riders in abandoning the event• Caleb Ewan unable to challenge until too lateThe jersey of Sir Bradley Wiggins’s eponymous team has a sponsor called Yesss down its sides but the 2012 Tour de France winner’s legs were clearly saying the opposite on the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire when he climbed off as the roads got hilly during the five-hour run past snow-capped fells to Settle in the teeth of a bone-chilling wind. Related: Lizzie Armitstead uses Tour de Yorkshire to warm up for Rio Olympics Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:10:01 GMT)

Arsène Wenger reveals he rejected Real, Barcelona and Manchester City
• Arsenal manager talks of his loyalty before fans’ planned protest on Saturday• ‘When we built [the Emirates] the banks demanded I stayed. I did it.’Arsène Wenger has revealed he rejected offers from several elite clubs during the “difficult” period Arsenal spent servicing debt accrued over the construction of the Emirates Stadium, having personally pledged his commitment to the banks who had provided the club’s funding. Related: Arsenal v Norwich City: match preview Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:30:07 GMT)

Jürgen Klopp hits back at his critics over Daniel Sturridge Europa snub
• Manager says he has no regrets over leaving striker on bench• Liverpool went down 1-0 to Villarreal in semi-finalJürgen Klopp has said he has no regrets about leaving Daniel Sturridge on the bench for their Europa League semi-final defeat in Villarreal and says he would do the same again.The striker, who has scored four goals in his last five matches, was an unused substitute in Spain on Thursday as Liverpool went down to a stoppage-time winner from Adrián López in the first-leg tie. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:54:35 GMT)

Nigel Melville replaces Rob Andrew as RFU’s director of professional rugby
• Former England fly-half will leave post at end of season• International player development also part of Melville’s remitThe former England captain Nigel Melville has been hired to replace the outgoing Rob Andrew in the most far-reaching Rugby Football Union reshuffle for a decade. Andrew will leave Twickenham this summer after 10 eventful years, with his fellow Yorkshireman and former team-mate Melville taking over as the director of professional rugby. Related: Bristol hope for third time lucky despite Championship play-off torture Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:12:37 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino agrees two-year contract extension with Tottenham
• Argentinian announces he will now remain at White Hart Lane until 2021• ‘It’s an easy decision. The potential of the club is massive. Why change?’Mauricio Pochettino has been rewarded for guiding Tottenham to their best season for more than 50 years with a two-year contract extension that ties him to the club until 2021.Less than a week after the former Argentina defender was quoted as saying it was “part of my dreams” to return to Paris Saint-Germain – where he spent two seasons as a player – the news that Spurs have persuaded one of the world’s most highly rated managers to remain in north London is a significant coup for their chairman, Daniel Levy. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:40:29 GMT)

Heather Watson and Naomi Broady one win away from Madrid Open
• Britons enjoy opening qualifying victories for WTA tournament• Johanna Konta to play France’s Caroline Garcia in first roundHeather Watson and Naomi Broady both won their opening matches in qualifying for next week’s Madrid Open. Related: Heather Watson comes from set down to reach fourth round of Miami Open Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:27:22 GMT)

Orica-GreenEdge claim British Cycling leaked Simon Yates’s failed drugs test
• Australian team’s owner says Yates has not been permitted due process• ‘I’m disappointed Simon hasn’t had the opportunity to put case forward’Further pressure was heaped on British Cycling when the beleaguered governing body was criticised by the Orica-GreenEdge owner, Gerry Ryan, for its handling of the positive drugs test involving Orica’s British cyclist Simon Yates. Yates, world champion in the points race in 2013 and regarded as a strong hope for the Great Britain road race team in Rio, returned an adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug Terbutaline, following what was being explained as an administrative error by Ryan’s team. Related: Orica-GreenEdge: Simon Yates’s positive drug test was ‘administrative error’ Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:08:11 GMT)

F1 Russia Grand Prix: local hero Daniil Kvyat the main draw for Sochi audience
Kvyat and Vitaly Petrov are the only two competitive F1 drivers Russia has produced, but as the sport grows some dare to dream of a new nation of Michael SchumachersThere is nothing like coming in to a home grand prix on the back of a podium from an adrenaline-fuelled race, while carrying the edge from a spat with a four-times world champion. Russia’s local hero Daniil Kvyat is riding just such a wave here.His third place and second career podium, at the last round in China, began with a scythe up the inside of Sebastian Vettel at turn one. It was legitimate but Vettel was still fuming at the end of the race. Local fans would doubtless be delighted to see the same again on Sunday but they can expect more in the future, indeed some dare to dream of a new nation of Michael Schumachers. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:32:21 GMT)

Ryan Moore ready and raring to go on Air Force Blue in 2,000 Guineas
The world’s most successful big-race jockey is famously reticent but in a rare interview says he wants to keep it simple and focus on the riding“I scare them off,” Ryan Moore says with a ghostly smile on a Friday evening in an empty bar in Newmarket. The most successful jockey in British racing pauses to consider his spiky persona – for Moore is a notoriously difficult interviewee who enjoys peddling a dry line of blunt answers.He has been very different today. It doesn’t even matter that he was stuck in traffic for four hours this afternoon, having met the Queen at lunchtime in his role as the monarch’s favourite jockey. Moore has spent 40 minutes talking freely to me about racing winners around the world, reading books, why Air Force Blue, whom he rides in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on Saturday gives him “an electric feeling”, Arsenal, his family, loathing the Racing Post and the fact he would regard himself as “a disappointment” if he became a trainer. He is now ready to assess his caricature as a miserable old sod who rides horses like a magician. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:33:23 GMT)

Fabio Borini: ‘People don’t notice your work. I feel a bit like Thomas Müller’
The Italian’s transformation from striker into efficient winger could help Sunderland stay up. He talks about his new role, leaving Liverpool and how Sam Allardyce ‘doesn’t always speak proper English but is a manager you listen to’As a keen student of interior design, Fabio Borini knows all about minimalism and fully appreciates the benefits of clean lines, pared-down spaces and clever use of light. When it comes to the insides of houses, this most stylish Italian has long understood that, sometimes, less really is more but now he seems to be applying the same concept to an increasingly unshowy, attacking game big on functionality and efficiency.Deployed wide on either flank in Sunderland’s 4-1-4-1 formation, Borini has been transformed from a limelight-craving centre-forward into a no-frills tracker-back whose dedication to the cause helps explain why Sam Allardyce’s side are currently favourites to win their private relegation battle with Newcastle and Norwich. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:05:54 GMT)

Lizzie Armitstead uses Tour de Yorkshire to warm up for Rio Olympics
• World champion not expecting to win race starting in hometown of Otley• Armitstead has won four of her seven races this seasonFor Lizzie Armitstead this has been a heady spring, resplendent in the world champion’s rainbow stripes and notching up a hit-rate of victories that is astonishing, taken as a proportion of races started. The Yorkshirewoman has ridden seven races this season and won four, culminating in a tight victory in one of her major career targets, the Tour of Flanders, in early April. Related: Shane Sutton row puts spotlight on sexism in cycling Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:22:47 GMT)

Lewis Hamilton has been slow off the mark and must recover his F1 focus | Richard Williams
The world champion’s wealth and fame have put him in the global elite but on the track he is in danger of falling behind and needs to readjust his prioritiesLewis Hamilton made his first appearance in the Sunday Times Rich List this week, a current fortune estimated at £106m taking him into the ranks of Britain’s wealthiest 1,000 people. He is pretty much at the back of the grid, 902 places and approximately £3.1bn below Sir Philip and Lady Green, but still.If that were not enough to confirm his arrival among the elite, on Tuesday he attended a party in New York given for the 100 people nominated by Time magazine as the most influential on the planet. One of only five of the 100 who were chosen to give a speech to the assembled company, he was also pleased by the reception he received when his face appeared on the big screen. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:48:10 GMT)

Golden Goal: Mark Robins for Norwich City v Chelsea (1992)
The former Manchester United striker spearheaded an unlikely push for the first Premier League title with a pre-Christmas goal rush that included a piece of outside-of-the-foot deliciousnessThe Premier League doesn’t have much hidden treasure. All the great stories, goals, games and meltdowns are on show in an inescapable digital museum. But there are a few unnoticed gems, particularly from the years before virality and saturation. One of the best came in the first week of the Premier League, on 19 August 1992, when Mark Robins scored a goal that even a perfect technician like Zinedine Zidane could not have bettered. There was no goal of the month back then (that resumed in September 1992), no player of the month (August 1994), no Sky Sports News (1998), no football on the internet. Even so, it is still slightly odd that Robins’s goal went under the radar because many of the great goals of the first Premier League season are regularly replayed. Dalian Atkinson and the fella with the umbrella; umpteen marvellous team goals from the criminally underrated Ron Atkinson’s criminally forgotten Aston Villa; Ryan Giggs leaving even the great Barry Davies lost for words; and Eric Cantona playing a game of his own. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:52:18 GMT)

Bristol hope for third time lucky despite Championship play-off torture
Andy Robinson’s team finished 16 points clear but are feeling the pressure in the cruel format of the promotion battle as they prepare to face Bedford in the first leg of the semi-finalThe stresses of fighting Premiership relegation are well documented but people forget the flipside of the equation. Welcome to the Championship play-offs and an end‑of‑season format so cruel it could have been devised by the Marquis de Sade. Imagine labouring hard for nine months to be promoted, finishing top of the table by 16 points and then in effect having to start again from scratch? To say Andy Robinson, Bristol’s director of rugby, looks faintly tense is akin to calling Isambard Kingdom Brunel a vaguely useful engineer. Related: London Irish lose relegation loophole as Championship clubs meet criteria Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:02:21 GMT)

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Leicester can win the league in style at Old Trafford, Manchester City should go for second place and Alan Pardew can hurt his old club NewcastleAbout this time 21 years ago Alex Ferguson was gabbling about how he hoped Blackburn Rovers would “do a Devon Loch”. The Scot has no particular reason to hope for a total collapse by Leicester City this season, since Manchester United are in no position to do what they failed to do in 1995 and take full advantage of any deterioration by the top team. But United, in reduced sporting circumstances these days, could sure do with postponing Leicester’s party this Sunday, otherwise their chances of joining Claudio Ranieri’s team in next season’s Champions League will be slim. Beating a United team desperate for victory at Old Trafford would be a majestic way for Leicester to clinch the title. It would be especially sweet for Danny Drinkwater and Danny Simpson, the latter of whom is going to have to excel to subdue Anthony Martial. Paul Doyle Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:16:26 GMT)

Two men dancing in their underwear – Boris and Ken | Marina Hyde
United in self-love, London’s two mayors have passed the city between them like a trophy wifeI feel I must apologise for the conduct of my nation during the war. Or rather, not the war, but the last week. And not my nation, so much as those who would have my nation obey their orders. Your Boris Johnsons. Your Ken Livingstones.Last Friday brought the hyper-cringe of waking up to headlines from abroad reading things such as “London mayor accused of dog-whistle racism for saying Obama ‘part-Kenyan’” and “London mayor compared to Donald Trump for ‘racist’ comments on Obama’s heritage”. This Friday morning offered its own powerful inducements to self-medicate, in the form of “UK Labour party’s crazy Nazi meltdown caught on camera” and “Labour suspends former London mayor over Hitler remarks”. As I type these words, I am watching a news programme in which London mayoral hopeful – very hopeful, admittedly – George Galloway has just explained that in some sense, “Nazism and Zionism were two sides of the same coin”. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:00:19 GMT)

Martin Rowson on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour's struggles – cartoon
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(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:58:02 GMT)

Why did the Hillsborough lie endure? The victims were the wrong class | Ian Jack
In the 1980s, football was derided as a ‘slum sport played in slum stadiums ... watched by slum people’. Our view of disaster often depends on who is involvedIn April 1989 I was about to fly home from Delhi after several months in India, some of them spent travelling along the banks of the Ganges in Bihar and Bengal. News from home had been nearly always bad. It had been a winter of British disasters: crowded trains came off the tracks at Clapham and Purley in south London; a Pan Am 747 exploded over Lockerbie; another plane crash-landed on the M1 at Kegworth in the east Midlands.In these four episodes between mid-December and early March, a total of 357 people died, having their lives taken from them by faulty railway signalling, aero-engine malfunction and a terrorist bomb. Indian television was then a state monopoly that tended to present national affairs through a formal prism in which men in suits and women in saris met each other and exchanged garlands. Now these local items were interspersed with footage from Britain of shiny wreckage and rescuers working under arc lights; as though Britain, not India, was where questions of life and death were at their starkest, and chaos most likely to break out. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:59:36 GMT)

My plea to the left: treat Jews the same way you’d treat any other minority | Jonathan Freedland
The row over Ken Livingstone and Labour antisemitism has exposed people who think they’re anti-racist – but make a curious exception for JewsLet’s imagine for just a moment that a small but vocal section of the left was consumed with hatred for one faraway country: barely an hour could pass without them condemning it, not just for this or for that policy, but for its very existence, for the manner of its birth, for what it represented. And now let’s imagine that this country was the only place in the world where the majority of the population, and most of the government, were black. Related: Is this self-ignited firestorm the end for Ken Livingstone? | Hugh Muir Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:32:03 GMT)

Tim Dowling: the band’s back on the road – and the talk turns to health
‘In a band containing so many men of a certain age, it’s hard to own an illness; someone else will have had it worse than you’The band I’m in is on the road again, heading north. The van picks me up at lunchtime, and we reach Birmingham by 5pm. By midnight, we are loaded up again and heading for a stop partway to the next gig.At 7am, I wake up in a Travelodge bed, half expecting, as always, to find a Muppet version of myself snoring beside me. I can’t get back to sleep, so I get up and wander off in search of outside. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

The Guardian view on London’s mayoral race: elect Citizen Khan | Editorial
An able politician, Sadiq Khan edges his rivals on the housing crisis. And the divisive Conservative campaign run against him is all the more reason to make this Muslim the mayorRarely has the politics of Westminster appeared so remote and unattractive. The Conservatives are entirely consumed with civil war over Europe, while the last few days have produced internal spasms of an even darker kind in the Labour party. Neither parliamentary tribe appears much interested in anything much beyond settling internal scores, and certainly nothing happening beyond the shadow of Big Ben.Just across the Thames, however, and a mere mile downstream, a new mayor for London will next week take up the reins of City Hall, and acquire real power to get real things for the Britain’s infuriating, irresistible, diverse, divided, prosperous, packed and over-priced capital. It is the fifth election for a modern mayor, since New Labour created a political office with one of Europe’s largest direct, personal mandates, and a combination of executive and legislative-style powers, which means that – in those fairly narrow fields which City Hall controls – what the mayor says goes. Sure, the London assembly keeps an eye on the head honcho, but it can’t do much more than that, and so, inevitably, the race for London has come to be a very personalised contest. Over the past two cycles, the chaotic charisma of Boris Johnson has proved decisive, and in all four past elections, the socialist swagger of Ken Livingstone loomed large. But at the end of a week in which he has disgraced himself, Londoners will be relieved that this time around they confront a choice between a fresh cast of characters. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:13:52 GMT)

Britain is a savers’ paradise … but only for the few
We get access to more tax breaks than almost any other developed country, but not everyone has the money to benefitWell-off Brits are living in a savings paradise. There is almost no need to head off to Panama or the Caymans when Britain itself is such a tax haven. You may not think this, given the miserably low interest rates on savings accounts, but Brits – or, to be more accurate, Britain’s upper-middle classes, because few others have the money – get access to more tax breaks than virtually anyone else in the developed world.Take the new personal savings allowance (PSA). The first £500 of savings interest is now tax-free if you are a 40% taxpayer. This roughly equates to zero tax on the first £35,000 or so of savings balances. It’s worth more to a lower-rate taxpayer, who can shield £70,000 in savings from tax, but show me someone on average earnings who has that much in savings and I’ll show you a junior doctor who supports Jeremy Hunt. The truth is that the main beneficiaries of the new PSA will be the already well-off. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:00:17 GMT)

Why I’m walking in my father’s footsteps, retracing the People’s March for Jobs | Mike Carter
In 1981, 280 people set off from Liverpool protesting at the Thatcher revolution. I hope to join the dots that have led to the state we’re in nowEven at the time, the first months of 1981 felt momentous. In January the Social Democratic party split from Labour. February saw Rupert Murdoch buying the Times and the Sunday Times, and in March the IRA prisoner Bobby Sands began his hunger strike. In April, Brixton erupted in race riots and the first London marathon was run – with the two leading athletes joining hands as they crossed the finishing line together. That summer saw Toxteth and Manchester’s Moss Side burn, Ian Botham dispatch the Aussies, and Prince Charles marry Lady Diana Spencer. As I say, quite a momentous few months.For ordinary working people, things were heating up too. In February, Margaret Thatcher’s government had lost its first assault on the miners, capitulating over the proposed closure of 23 pits. Unemployment was heading for 3 million, as Thatcher’s monetarist polices laid waste to manufacturing up and down the country. Two years earlier, when she had been elected, the jobless figure was just 1 million. Talk was of savage cuts to the welfare state and the public sector.. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:02:17 GMT)

Why aren’t there more women standing for election?
While more than 2,600 seats are up for grabs in UK elections this week, the prospects of getting more women in positions of power don’t look goodWith little of the fervour that surrounds a general election, next week more than 2,600 people will be elected across the UK to democratically accountable positions.This includes 129 seats in the Scottish parliament, 60 seats in the Welsh assembly, 108 members of the legislative assembly in Northern Ireland, 25 seats in the London assembly and some 2,260 councillors in 124 local authorities in England. Plus 41 police and crime commissioners and four directly elected mayors in London, Liverpool, Bristol and Salford. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:35:00 GMT)

Philip Green is a bad apple, but then the capitalist barn is full of them | Deborah Orr
The Arcadia boss has questions to answer about the demise of BHS, but his actions wouldn’t have been possible without the death-by-free-market modelThe collapse of British Home Stores was shocking to many, and I can’t be the only person who was largely shocked because I’d forgotten the retail chain had ever existed. For lots of people BHS stores might as well have been abandoned and boarded up for years, sprouting buddleia, sporting warnings that they’re dangerous sites, decaying places to be hurried past, eyes averted. Related: Is the party over for Philip Green? Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:41:33 GMT)

Here's why I'm suing the New York Times for discrimination | Marjorie Walker
After watching my beloved workplace stop valuing minorities, older folks and women, I’ve finally had enough I have to admit, it was not an easy decision to sue the New York Times, the company where I have worked for eight years in the advertising division. I’m a black woman in my 60s, and I’m currently battling multiple myeloma. But in recent years I have had a front-row seat to the Times’s new management systematically purging my division (and others) of older employees, people of color and women whose family obligations are viewed as interfering with work. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:36:48 GMT)

If it’s cheaper to study in the US, the student finance system really is broken | Abi Wilkinson
Graduates from England incur the most debt, research has found. It’s an intimidating figure that deters bright applicants from poorer backgroundsGoing to university felt like it was worthwhile. I enjoyed myself. I found my course interesting, and regularly use the things I learned in my writing. I got involved in various extracurricular activities and balanced studying with paid part-time work, allowing me to develop organisational skills that have helped me as a freelancer.I also paid only a fraction of the tuition fees faced by current students. A recent report by the Sutton Trust showing that students in England graduate with more debt than anywhere else in the English-speaking world – including the US, where the cost of higher education has become a central political issue – has made me wonder whether I would have bothered with uni if tuition had been nine grand a year. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:09:23 GMT)

Reforming schools? This is more like a doomed exercise in control freakery | Simon Jenkins
Her primary testing regime has run into trouble – as, inevitably, will the rest of Nicky Morgan’s plans to turn schools into places fit only for robotsThere is only one purpose in the government’s chaotic regime for primary school testing. It is control. No wonder headteachers are up in arms. The latest proposals for testing seven-year-olds have been variously delayed, leaked, abandoned and accused of “lacking in clarity”. They will, the teachers’ leader Russell Hobby said this week, “no longer give parents reliable information on a child’s progress.”That, of course, was never the point. The point was the obsession of the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, with reforming school government, and with the targets, measurements and league tables needed to justify it politically. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:24:14 GMT)

Ken Livingstone must be thrown out of Labour. He’s had his last second chance | Jess Phillips
If we allow the Tories to lecture us on racism, we are doomed. The former London mayor is a repeat offender who must be shown the doorI’m a believer in forgiveness. I have worked with people who have been in gangs and now dedicate their lives to helping inner city kids. I’ve run offender services with teachings of responsibility, empathy and understanding of the victims at their heart. I’ve seen people change. Contrition is king.If and when he has made apologies, they are often delivered too late and are mealy-mouthed Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:56:44 GMT)

Hooray! Your husband has cheated on you! Now you’re a better person | Flic Everett
A study says spurned women will benefit from the experience in the relationship long run. But really, when it comes to love the best you can do is hope for the bestThere are many reasons to be grateful that a man cheated on you. Now you can write authentic country songs, for instance, or take solace in the fact that the other woman will have to find space for his prog rock CDs in her one-bed. You might even be grateful to have the bed to yourself, or to be spared another five years of frantically going through his pockets, while a gaslight flickers on the landing and he swears there was no phone reception at the sales conference.What may not have occurred to you as a spurned woman, however, is that he’s made you a better person by betraying your trust. But according to a new study, women who suffer sexual betrayal develop “higher mating intelligence”, as they’re now primed to spot “low mate value” in future partners. Meanwhile, the “other woman” finds herself in a relationship with someone who’s provenly unfaithful, so in the great Darwinian race to the top of the mating tree, she’s already clinging by her scarlet talons to a creaking branch. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:41:49 GMT)

The world adores Justin Trudeau. In Canada, we're still reserving judgment | Rebecca Shapiro
The global focus on the Canadian prime minister’s good looks and athletic prowess distracts from his thin political résuméThe world has fallen in love with Justin Trudeau – the panda-cuddling, wheelchair-carrying, refugee-welcoming prime minister of Canada. Glossies from Vogue to Vanity Fair constantly fawn over his good looks and youthful exuberance. And large swaths of the internet can’t get enough of the liberal leader’s charm, intellect and constant declarations that he’s a feminist. I included myself in this category. Related: It’s not just Canada that loves Justin Trudeau – the rest of the world does too | Anne T Donahue Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:44:30 GMT)

How the car industry trumped banking for sociopathic corporate behaviour | Karel Williams
The emissions scandal has revealed the motor industry’s stunning disregard for public health. Who knows how else they’ve been putting our lives on the line?Since the financial crisis of 2008, we have had multiple scandals about banks and bankers behaving badly – from the misselling of payment protection insurance and interest-rate hedges, to the rigging of Libor and foreign exchange rates, and corporate collusion in money laundering. The banking industry has been singled out for its unhealthy internal culture. But the car emissions scandal shows that sociopathic corporate behaviour is widespread, and its effects are even worse elsewhere. Related: Diesel cars' emissions far higher on road than in lab, tests show Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:32:28 GMT)

Making poverty history didn’t happen. We should have been tackling the rich | Selina Todd
We must change the terms of the debate about poverty – and that means looking at the behaviour not of the destitute but of the super-wealthyWhat happened to making poverty history? Since 2008 a mountain of research has documented the growing use of food banks, the extent of fuel poverty and the inadequacies of the state pension to provide housing or social care. And now the Joseph Rowntree foundation gives damning evidence that more than a million of us live in destitution. Like every study of poverty over the past century, from Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree’s in York in 1901, these researchers show incontrovertibly that the poor are not to blame for their poverty but have it forced upon them by circumstance – specifically low or no income, ill health or homelessness.Poverty researchers have always done great work. They embarrass politicians who want to claim their actions cause prosperity not hunger – witness the current Conservative attempt to rebrand the minimum wage a “national living wage”. And they provoke readers of a liberal or leftwing persuasion to sympathy or anger – in 1965 poverty research led to the establishment of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). But talk about poverty and the poor rarely provokes riots, or prompts lasting change. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:41 GMT)

What now for Nicola Sturgeon and the rebels who became the Scottish establishment? | Martin Kettle
The SNP are set to storm the Holyrood elections next week. But with the referendum behind them, they need to find a new purposeWell wrapped against the morning squalls blowing in off the North Sea, a group of us huddle outside a barn in the flatlands of rural East Lothian, waiting for Nicola Sturgeon. There’s barely a local voter in sight, but a yellow ribbon has been tied across the barn entrance for Scotland’s first minister to cut during her visit to the Thistly Cross cider makers outside Dunbar. Related: The Guardian view on the Scottish and Welsh elections: British politics is no more | Editorial Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:00:37 GMT)

Museums face ethics investigation over influence of sponsor BP
Internal documents appear to show British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and others accommodating oil firm’s demands The Museums Association is investigating claims that some of Britain’s most revered cultural institutions have broken its code of ethics in the way they dealt with one of their commercial sponsors, BP.The move follows the release of internal documents seen by the Guardian that appear to show the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and other institutions bending to accommodate the demands of the oil company. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:59:48 GMT)

Blacklisted workers win compensation from big construction firms
Hundreds of trade unionists awarded damages over illegal scheme that kept them out of workHundreds of workers who were blacklisted by large firms in an illegal conspiracy have won compensation following a long-running lawsuit.Approximately 420 trade unionists have secured damages from major construction firms after launching legal action four years ago. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:58:43 GMT)

Nine in 10 say they cannot name local police and crime commissioner
Of those who said they knew, 10% got it wrong, according to poll published before next week’s PCC electionsNine in 10 members of the public say they cannot name their local police and crime commissioner, according to research published before next week’s elections.Polling commissioned by the Electoral Reform Society found that 11% of people in England and 8% in Wales claim to know who is their PCC. Of those who said they knew, 10% got the name wrong. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

Primary tests would have stumped Jane Austen, says teacher
National Association of Head Teachers says new grammar assessments for 10- and 11-year-olds in England are too difficultThe new grammar tests for primary school pupils would have stumped Jane Austen, according to an experienced headteacher, as members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) criticised the government’s assessment regime.Amanda Hulme, an NAHT executive member and head of a primary school in Bolton, said the tests for year six pupils were too difficult for the 10- and 11-year-olds in England who would be taking them this year. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:51:00 GMT)

Tory backbenchers seek compromise over immigration bill vote
Ministers under pressure over plight of unaccompanied child refugees after Labour peer tables amendmentBackbench Conservative MPs unhappy with the government’s refusal to take in more unaccompanied child refugees from Europe are negotiating with ministers to find a compromise to stave off a possible government defeat next month.Ministers are under growing pressure over the plight of unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, after it emerged that the Democratic Unionist party has signalled it may instruct its eight MPs to vote against the government in a crucial vote on an amendment to the immigration bill. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:47:05 GMT)

Warning over ottoman beds after child caught in loop handle
Buddy George, two, from Derbyshire makes full recovery after mother finds him hanging unconscious from lift-up bed baseTrading Standards has launched an investigation after a two-year-old boy was found hanging from a loop attached to a lift-up bed base.Buddy George was found by his mother hanging unconscious from a bed base at the family’s home in Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire, on Monday morning. He was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he made a full recovery. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:42:25 GMT)

Hillsborough relatives call for South Yorkshire police to be investigated
Law firm acting for families of victims asks home secretary to launch root-and-branch examination into ‘shambles’ at the forceFamilies of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have urged the home secretary to send inspectors to investigate South Yorkshire police amid calls for the force to be disbanded.The law firm Broudie Jackson Canter, which represents families of 20 of the 96 Hillsborough victims, has written to Theresa May, asking her to launch a root-and-branch investigation into the “shambles” at the force. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:25:12 GMT)

Teenager detained for 27 years for two 'brutal and sadistic' murders
James Fairweather, 15 at the time, sentenced for fatal stabbings of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in ColchesterA 17-year-old boy who idolised the Yorkshire Ripper has been detained for at least 27 years for the “brutal and sadistic” murders of two strangers. James Fairweather, who was 15 at the time, has been convicted of stabbing to death James Attfield in March 2014 before killing Nahid Almanea in the same way three months later. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:10:09 GMT)

Sian Blake's partner admits killing her and two children, court told
Arthur Simpson-Kent has admitted killing the EastEnders actor and their children, Zachary and Amon, according to his lawyerThe partner of the former EastEnders actor Sian Blake has admitted killing her and their two sons, who were found buried in the garden of their London home.Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from Belmarsh prison on Friday morning, having been arrested in Ghana in January and extradited to the UK. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:20:13 GMT)

Inquest ruling on teenager prompts family criticism of care
As jury rules death of Jack Susianta was drug-induced accident, relatives say he could still be alive if care had been betterThe family of a 17-year-old boy who fled from police before drowning in a river as dozens of officers watched, have criticised police and psychiatric services, claiming he would still be alive if he had received proper care.Their remarks came after an inquest concluded on Friday that Jack Susianta’s death was a drug-related accident. The A-level student had developed drug-induced psychosis after taking MDMA at a music festival. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:11:38 GMT)

Government could ask BBC to trial pay service as it closes 'iPlayer loophole'
John Whittingdale will tell corporation to introduce passwords as part of TV licence crackdown, according to a reportThe government could ask the BBC to trial a new paid-for service on the iPlayer as it cracks down on viewers without TV licences watching online for free.Culture secretary John Whittingdale signalled last month that the government would rush through legislation to close the £150m “iPlayer loophole”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:16:53 GMT)

BHS collapse: more details emerge on Retail Acquisitions' loans
Department store’s former owner lent money to Colin Sutton, a director of companies run by a convicted fraudsterThe former owner of BHS loaned cash to a man connected to a convicted fraudster, raising further questions about its stewardship of the department store chain.The discovery, which contradicts statements made to the Guardian last year, follows a torrid week for the retailer which collapsed into administration on Monday, putting 11,000 jobs at risk. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:08:20 GMT)

Le Pain Quotidien ended paid staff breaks ahead of 'national living wage'
Cafe chain also accused of failing to pass on all staff tips as Sajid Javid prepares to release investigation into abuse of tippingThe Belgian coffee shop chain Le Pain Quotidien has been criticised for stopping paid breaks for staff ahead of the introduction of the government’s “national living wage”, and for failing to pass on all staff tips.The upmarket eatery is the latest business to be revealed to have cut staff perks in the weeks leading up to and after the wage was imposed at the beginning of April. The number of employers trimming back benefits has prompted the chancellor, George Osborne, to say that those cutting paid breaks, Sunday pay, free food and overtime are not acting within the spirit of the law. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:27:37 GMT)

Birmingham men in court accused of funding Paris attack suspect
Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 26, and Zakaria Boufassil, 26, are charged with giving £3,000 in cash to Mohamed AbriniTwo men from Birmingham have appeared in court charged with giving £3,000 to Mohamed Abrini, who was allegedly involved in the terrorist attacks on Paris and Brussels.Abrini, captured on camera wearing a hat during the bombing of the Brussels airport in March, got the cash for terrorist purposes, British prosecutors have said. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:31:23 GMT)

Time Out plans £200m stock market flotation
Oakley Capital, which has controlling stake in magazine, intends floating company on London AIM market in JuneTime Out, the lifestyle and listing magazine turned international digital media business, is planning a stock market flotation later this year.Oakley Capital, which acquired a controlling stake in Tony Elliott’s 48-year-old Time Out in 2010, intends to float the company on London’s AIM market in June. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:16:25 GMT)

Nine Edinburgh schools to remain closed until end of summer holidays
More than 3,500 children will continue to be taught at other sites while remedial work is carried out to fix building defectsMore than 3,500 children in Edinburgh affected by the emergency closure of 17 privately financed schools will be taught in temporary sites until the next school year starts in August.The city council said on Friday that nine of the 17 schools shut suddenly after potentially lethal building defects were found will remain closed for nearly four more months. They will reopen after the summer holidays on 17 August while remedial work is carried out – later than council leaders and parents had hoped. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:08:48 GMT)

Sir Martin Sorrell handed £70.4m in 2015 pay deal
WPP confirms one of the biggest pay packages in corporate history but says award is a result of ‘outstanding set of returns to share owners’Sir Martin Sorrell, the longstanding chief executive of advertising company WPP, received £70.4m in cash and shares last year in one of the biggest pay deals in UK corporate history.Estimates of his 2015 pay deal have been made since the disclosure last month that Sorrell received nearly £63m in share awards. The advertising company’s annual report on Friday showed that a £4.2m annual bonus and other payments had pushed the total to £70.4m. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:59:47 GMT)

Hillsborough families seek remedial measures against police
Victims’ relatives call for rigorous examination of ethical behaviour of South Yorkshire constabulary at every levelSolicitors for many of the families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have called on the government to place South Yorkshire police under remedial measures. Related: Hillsborough disaster: deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:13:11 GMT)

'Bank of terror' conmen had catastrophic impact on victims, court told
‘Cruel and calculating’ gang to be sentenced after posing as police officers to dupe victims into handing over nearly £1mA gang who conned pensioners out of their life savings in a £900,000 fraud linked to the “bank of terror” in Syria case had a “catastrophic” impact on their victims, a court in London has heard. The conmen posed as police officers to dupe elderly victims into handing over their money, which was then laundered and spent on foreign holidays and designer clothes. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:44:13 GMT)

Son of Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino asked to explain Nazi references
• Ercole Cellino used the hashtags ‘gestapo’ and ‘ss’ on Instagram post• He and his brother Edoardo both listed as directors at Elland RoadThe son of the Leeds chairman, Massimo Cellino, is under pressure to explain an Instagram post where he used the hashtags “gestapo” and “ss”.Ercole Cellino, who in March was reported to have referred to one woman as a “whale” and told her to stop eating in an exchange on the social media site, is listed as a director at Elland Road. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:32:44 GMT)

NGOs demand end to Syria atrocities as Aleppo airstrikes continue
US talking to Russia about reducing fighting in Aleppo after agreeing ‘regime of calm’ deal in Latakia and Eastern GhoutaAirstrikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo and shelling of government-held areas of Syria’s largest city resumed after a brief lull on Friday as the US and Russia consulted to shore up a collapsing truce after a week of violence.At least one child died and five people were injured in airstrikes on rebel areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, while dozens of Syrian and international NGOs appealed to Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin to halt “atrocities happening on your watch”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:23:16 GMT)

China refuses US carrier permission for port call in Hong Kong harbour
USS Stennis and accompanying vessels turned away as China says port calls by US ships are decided on ‘case by case’ basisChina has denied the US aircraft carrier USS Stennis and accompanying naval vessels permission to make a port call in Hong Kong.It was not immediately known what prompted the Chinese action, but it comes amid growing tension between the two countries over Beijing’s moves to assert its claims to much of the South China Sea. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:52:12 GMT)

John Paul II: The Musical to debut in Poland next year
Show will combine pop, rock and the story of the life Karol Wojtyla, who grew up to lead the Catholic ChurchPolish theatre producers have announced they are working on a pop and rock musical of the life of John Paul II, the former pope and the nation’s beloved native son. “We’re trying to create something big,” says the show’s writer Michal Kaczmarczyk. “We will tell his whole life story, from his infancy until his death.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:32:04 GMT)

Large Hadron Collider on paws after creature chews through wiring
LHC to be out of action for a week while connections to transformer are replaced following visit from hungry fouineThe world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator has been brought to its knees by a beech marten, a member of the weasel family, that chewed through wiring connected to a 66,000-volt transformer.The Large Hadron Collider on the outskirts of Geneva was designed to recreate in miniature fireballs similar to the conditions that prevailed at the birth of the universe, but operations of the machine, which occupies a 17-mile tunnel beneath Switzerland, have been placed on hold pending repairs to the unit. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:14:03 GMT)

Walt Whitman revealed as author of 'Manly Health' guide
Thirteen-part series unearthed from the New York Atlas, which lays out plan to ‘give America a far nobler physique’A long-lost book-length guide to “manly health” by Walt Whitman, in which the great American poet tackles everything from virility to “care of the feet” and the attainment of a “nobler physique”, has been rediscovered by a scholar, more than 150 years after it was first published under a pen-name.Written under the pseudonym Mose Velsor, a known pen-name for Whitman, the 13-part Manly Health and Training series was published in the New York Atlas in 1858 and runs to nearly 50,000 words. Zachary Turpin from the University of Houston stumbled across it when searching digital archives for Whitman’s pseudonyms, and finding a single hit for “Mose Velsor” in the NY Tribune, advertising the fact that his “original articles on manly training” were shortly to appear in the New York Atlas. He sent away for the Atlas microfilm, and was astonished to discover the 13-instalment series. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:00:16 GMT)

Silvio Berlusconi faces sex and lies charges in seven cities across Italy
Courts will try the disgraced former prime minister and young women he is accused of bribing to lie under oathCourts in seven cities across Italy will join forces to try billionaire Silvio Berlusconi and the young women he is accused of bribing to lie under oath, a judge in Milan has ruled. Related: A scene worthy of Caravaggio as Silvio Berlusconi finally falls from grace Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:29:10 GMT)

Rescuers search for dozens missing after giant Guatemala rubbish heap collapses
At least four people died and 24 are missing after the huge pile of garbage in the capital caved in on itselfAt least 24 people are still missing after a collapse at Guatemala City’s largest garbage dump this week that killed four people. People sifting through the dump, which receives about 500 truckloads of rubbish every day, were caught unawares on Wednesday when part of the massive heap caved in, according to authorities in Guatemala City. Continue reading...
(Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:24:02 GMT)

Kunduz hospital attack: MSF's questions remain as US military seeks no charges
Médecins Sans Frontières’ request for independent inquiry into 3 October airstrike that killed 42 civilians remains open after military fails to yield chargesMédecins Sans Frontières reiterated its request for Barack Obama to permit an independent inquiry into a US attack on its hospital in northern Afghanistan on Friday after a US military investigation failed to yield criminal charges.Meinie Nicolai, the president of the group also known as MSF or Doctors Without Borders, told the Guardian: “We still have questions on negligence and the list of errors that we’ve heard” outlined in a declassified report into the 3 October airstrike that killed 42 civilians in MSF’s Kunduz hospital, one of the most infamous episodes in the US’s longest-ever war. Continue reading...
(Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:42:52 GMT)

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