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Italy earthquake: mayor of Amatrice says dozens have died after 6.2 quake – live
‘Severe’ earthquake hits central Italy, is felt in RomeMayor of Amatrice: half of the town ‘isn’t here any more’Share your eyewitness accounts with GuardianWitness 10.04am BST The clock on a tower in Amatrice stopped just after 3.35am when the earthquake struck. 9.44am BST The mayor of Accumoli confirms four dead and eight missing in the village, according to state broadcaster. Earlier it reported that six people had been killed in Accumoli.NEWS/ #Terremoto: sindaco Accumoli, al momento 4 morti e 8 dispersi. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:05:18 GMT)

Turkey launches major operation against Isis in key border town
Campaign aims to ‘cleanse’ jihadis from Jarablus – terror group’s last major hub on the 500-mile Syria-Turkey borderThe Turkish military has launched a cross-border campaign to “cleanse” Islamic State militants from the town of Jarablus in northern Syria, the terror group’s last major hub on the 500 mile (800km) border.Turkey said it had hit 63 targets in northern Syria with F-16 warplanes as part of the operation, called Euphrates Shield, and had also shelled Isis positions in response to artillery strikes from within Syrian territory. Turkish tanks have been amassing near the Syrian border. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:54:43 GMT)

Queensland stabbing: British woman killed by attacker who allegedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar'
A British man is in a critical condition and a woman is dead after attack witnessed by up to 30 people in Home Hill, in Queensland’s northA French man allegedly cried “Allahu Akbar” during a stabbing attack that left a 21-year-old British woman dead in front of up to 30 onlookers at a backpackers hostel in Australia’s north-east.The 29-year-old suspect allegedly repeated the phrase – which means God is greatest in Arabic – when arrested by Queensland police who were “confronted with a terrible scene” at the hostel in Home Hill – about 100km south of Townsville – on Tuesday night. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:05:51 GMT)

Owen Smith: Labour should continue to fight Brexit
Labour leadership challenger says new referendum or general election should be held to confirm any deal to leave EUThe Labour party should continue to campaign against Britain’s exit from the European Union and a public vote should be held on the terms of any replacement trade deal before article 50 is invoked, Owen Smith has said. Smith, who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the party, said a new referendum or a general election should be held to confirm the details of the post-Brexit deal before Britain begins the process of formally leaving the trading bloc. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:48:10 GMT)

Japan condemns North Korea's submarine missile launch as 'unforgivable'
Test comes two days after rival South Korea and the United States began annual military exercises in the South that North Korea condemns Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has denounced North Korea’s latest missile launch as an “unforgivable” threat to regional stability after the isolated state successfully test-fired a missile from a submarine on Wednesday morning.US Strategic Command said the missile, believed to be a KN-11, had been fired from the North Korean coastal city of Sinpo at around 5:30 am local time and flew about 500 km before landing in the Sea of Japan. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:27:22 GMT)

Two bombs explode in Thai coastal town of Pattani
One killed and 30 injured two weeks after a series of explosions hit three of Thailand’s most popular tourist spotsOne Thai person was killed and 30 wounded when two bombs exploded late on Tuesday near a hotel in the southern Thai town of Pattani, police said, less than two weeks after a series of blasts hit the south. Related: Thailand blasts: more devices found as authorities blame sole mastermind Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:29:40 GMT)

Medallist Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after Olympics protest
Runner was not on board team plane despite assurances he would not be punished for taking a stand over political repression in his countryThe Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa has failed to return to Ethiopia despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not on board the plane that landed on Monday night carrying Ethiopia’s Olympics team. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:47:39 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn fends off Branson attack over 'ram-packed' Virgin train
Virgin releases CCTV footage they say disputes Labour leader’s claim that no seats were available, but Corbyn camp says he could not sit next to his wifeJeremy Corbyn was drawn into an extraordinary row with Virgin Trains after the rail operator disputed the Labour leader’s filmed account of having to sit on the floor of a “ram-packed” train, releasing CCTV images of him walking past free seats beforehand and sitting down shortly after the film was shot.Backed up by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, the train operator said it had to “take issue with the idea that Mr Corbyn wasn’t able to be seated on the service, as this clearly wasn’t the case” on a crowded train that the Labour leader had taken from London to Newcastle on 11 August. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:28:52 GMT)

Fisherman hands in giant pearl he kept under the bed for 10 years
Enormous pearl thought to have come from a giant clam could be the biggest in the world and, if authenticated, is estimated to be worth more than $100mA fisherman in the Philippines has kept what might be the largest natural pearl ever found hidden in his home for more than 10 years.The enormous pearl is 30cm wide (1ft), 67cm long (2.2ft) and weighs 34kg (75lb). If it is confirmed to have formed within a giant clam, as has been reported, it would likely be valued in excess of US$100m. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:05:54 GMT)

French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban
Authorities in 15 towns have banned burkinis, citing public concern following recent terrorist attacks in the countryPhotographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.Authorities in several French towns have implemented bans on the Burkini, which covers the body and head, citing concerns about religious clothing in the wake of recent terrorist killings in the country. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:43:29 GMT)

Behind Cornwall’s sea and surf: thousands of children living in poverty
Cuts to children’s centres are hitting Cornish families who can’t afford a trip to the nearby beaches, warn charitiesPenzance, the most westerly major town in Cornwall, is known for its picturesque port flanked by sandy beaches. But while many children are enjoying the summer holidays building sandcastles and eating (clotted cream) ice cream, the children from one of the town’s estates can only dream of days at the seaside. Treneere is only a mile away but parents, unable to afford the ice cream and bus journey to get tired children home, avoid the outing. It may as well be 100 miles away. Related: Cornwall fears loss of funding after backing Brexit Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:30:13 GMT)

Declassified papers reveal real reason for Thatcher's dash to Riyadh
Secret memos show Downing Street’s plotting to ensure Saudis chose British Hawks and Tornados over French jetsMargaret Thatcher dashed to Riyadh in order to “smoke out the Saudis” and persuade the country’s ruler, King Fahd, to spend billions on British Hawk and Tornado fighter jets, newly declassified Foreign Office papers show.A series of secret memos show the lengths to which Downing Street went to hide the real reason for Mrs Thatcher’s hastily arranged evening stop-off in Saudi Arabia, made in April 1985 on her way back from a tour of Asia. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:01:04 GMT)

I love the Olympics, but at least football spares us all that learning
The Premier League remains a purely sporting spectacle, without the need for a journey, backstory or training montage to educate us – and what a relief that isAttention, football! My love for you is not conditional on you “learning” from the Olympics. In fact, it’s not conditional. Honestly, darling, you’re like a child to me in that way. I will love you whatever – even when you’re naughty, even when I’m cross, even when it sounds like I’m really disappointed in you. (It might feel confusing at the time, but in some ways those are the moments I love you the most.) In fact, I will love you even if it all gets a bit We Need To Talk About Football. I’ll still come and visit you in whatever maximum-security place they’re keeping you, after whatever horrendous thing it is you’ve done. Related: Rio 2016: Guardian writers pick their favourite Olympic moments Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:16 GMT)

Flirting with disaster – Elizabeth Woods on her explosive film debut
The director of White Girl partied herself into oblivion as a teenager. Now she’s turned that experience into an unflinching account of a young woman’s sex-and-drugs lifestyle that addresses class, racism and white privilegeThere is a scene in White Girl, the first feature directed by Elizabeth Wood, in which Leah, the heroine, visits a lawyer after her boyfriend is busted for drug dealing. Leah, a college student, is broke, high and in a state of shambolic collapse most of the time, but she is also a middle-class girl with certain expectations of the world, one of which is that if you get into trouble, you throw yourself at the nearest man who looks like your dad and everything gets better from there. That it doesn’t work out in this case is less interesting to the film-maker than the meaning of that expectation itself.Wood, 33, is sitting opposite me in a cafe in downtown Manhattan, where she lives with her husband and two-year-old son, many miles from the New York neighbourhood in which the film is set. White Girl – the title is also slang for cocaine – draws heavily on Wood’s experiences of moving to New York from Oklahoma 15 years ago, to take up a college place and do much of what Leah does in the movie: move to a crime-ridden Puerto Rican district where, the locals told her, they’d “never seen a white girl, except for that one crackhead”; set about partying herself into near oblivion, hanging out with small-time drug dealers and realising that, for the people living around her, the world worked completely differently – that is, without the “safety net” of racial advantage. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:03:11 GMT)

Sydney's 'war on cyclists': 'I got fined $106 for not having a bell'
Recent changes have seen huge increases in fines for not wearing a helmet or jumping a red light. Next year it will become compulsory for all cyclists to carry identification on every trip – have state authorities gone too far?Michael Gratton was cycling to work in Sydney when he was stopped in a recent police “education and awareness” blitz and fined $531 (£310). His offence? Not wearing a helmet, not having a bell and not having a working brake.“The bell fine of $106 is ridiculous,” says the robotics researcher, who is challenging the third fine, as braking on his fixed-wheel bike is done through the pedals. “I don’t ride on the footpath and a bell is useless against cars. It has been my experience in the past that if you ring a bell behind a person they are as likely to jump into your way as out of it. Pedestrians also see ringing a bell as an aggressive act. The fines are massively disproportionate.” Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:05 GMT)

What is bipolar disorder? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Masuma Rahim
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries“When you are high, it is tremendous. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to seduce and captivate others a felt certainty. Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence and euphoria now pervade one’s marrow. But somehow, this changes. The fast ideas are far too fast and there are far too many, overwhelming confusion replaced by fear and concern. You are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of mind … It goes on and on and finally there are only other people’s recollections of your behaviour – your bizarre, frenetic, aimless behaviour …” – A patient’s account in Manic-Depressive Illness by FK Goodwin and KR Jamison Related: I have bipolar disorder, but I wouldn’t want to ‘fix’ my mind | Gavin Extence Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:14 GMT)

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari review – how data will destroy human freedom
It’s a chilling prospect, but the AI we’ve created could transform human nature, argues this spellbinding new book by the author of SapiensAt the heart of this spellbinding book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. We are not going to build machines any time soon that have feelings like we have feelings: that’s consciousness. Robots won’t be falling in love with each other (which doesn’t mean we are incapable of falling in love with robots). But we have already built machines – vast data-processing networks – that can know our feelings better than we know them ourselves: that’s intelligence. Google – the search engine, not the company – doesn’t have beliefs and desires of its own. It doesn’t care what we search for and it won’t feel hurt by our behaviour. But it can process our behaviour to know what we want before we know it ourselves. That fact has the potential to change what it means to be human.Yuval Noah Harari’s previous book, the global bestseller Sapiens, laid out the last 75,000 years of human history to remind us that there is nothing special or essential about who we are. We are an accident. Homo sapiens is just one possible way of being human, an evolutionary contingency like every other creature on the planet. That book ended with the thought that the story of homo sapiens could be coming to an end. We are at the height of our power but we may also have reached its limit. Homo Deus makes good on this thought to explain how our unparalleled ability to control the world around us is turning us into something new. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:30:13 GMT)

Mrs Brown’s Boys v Mulholland Drive: a culture showdown
TV viewers have named Mrs Brown’s Boys as the sitcom of the century, while film experts say Mulholland Drive is the era’s greatest movie. Two critics swap roles to see what they’re missing ...Ryan Gilbey Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:23:53 GMT)

Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal
Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leaderA decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the Gordon Highlanders. Mandela – who at this point had been in prison for more than two decades – was given the honour in 1984. Aberdeen was the home of the Gordon Highlanders, known as the Gay Gordons, a regiment that performed traditional Scottish dances. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:01:04 GMT)

Researchers find lab rats on marijuana just can't be bothered
THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, makes rats less willing to exert cognitive effort – lazy – but, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, manThe main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana makes lab rats lazy, according to University of British Columbia researchers.The new research, published on Tuesday in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, looked at the effects of both THC – the drug’s main active ingredient – and the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol, or CBD, on the male lab rats’ willingness to exert cognitive effort. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:12 GMT)

Universal reportedly outlaws streaming 'exclusives' after Frank Ocean release
Music industry newsletter claims Universal Music Group will be first major label to ban practice of artists offering exclusives to services such as Tidal and AppleJust two days after Frank Ocean’s Blonde, one of the biggest releases of the year, was released on Apple’s iTunes, Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group and widely regarded as the most powerful executive in the music industry, has reportedly ordered the company’s labels to stop the practice of making “exclusive” distribution deals with streaming services.According to Bob Lefsetz, author of an influential music industry newsletter, Grainge sent out a company-wide email on Monday. UMG, which boasted seven of 2015’s 10 best-selling albums and 38.5% of the year’s recorded-music sales, will be the first major label to ban the practice, which many feel has begun to diminish rather than enhance the way music is distributed and consumed. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:44:45 GMT)

The Great British Bake Off 2016: here's everything we're allowed to tell you
The format is the same: nice people, delicious things and double entendres. So why all the enforced secrecy?I’m going to level with you here: I’m not sure what I can tell you about the new series of The Great British Bake Off (Wednesday, 8pm, BBC1). Simply getting access to a preview tape of the opening episode involved an agonising series of requests and pleas and secret knocks and anonymous park bench meetings and blood oaths and Greco-Roman-style feats of strength and bravery.Then, once I actually managed to acquire a copy, it came with a list of embargoes so bewilderingly comprehensive that I fear I’ll be kneecapped in the street by hired BBC goons for so much as telling you that The Great British Bake Off exists. It all seems incredibly heavy-handed for a show that’s predominantly about buns. But, here goes nothing. If you never hear from me again, tell my wife I love her. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:00:11 GMT)

Never mind the catwalk, here’s how to dress this autumn
Something sporty, something dressy and big earrings – it’s the season made simple. Plus: eight key buysA funny thing happens in fashion, which is that you are bombarded with information about new-season fashion trends without ever being told what it is you should actually wear. I can get to the end of a feature about “the new directions” and feel, if I am honest, none the wiser. OK, I should aim for Contemporary Polish or Fresh Sparkle but, um, what should I wear tomorrow?This is not about fashion being deliberately obtuse. It is not even about fashion being accidentally obtuse by dint of Zoolanderish overuse of impressive-sounding words. (OK, OK, maybe a little bit of the latter.) It springs from good intentions: a well-intentioned recognition that fashion, these days, is as much about cult styling tricks and below-the-radar trends as it is about the new Prada catwalk. But the desire to appeal to the widest possible audience ends up miring fashion in bland, catch-all manifesto-speak that doesn’t mean anything. The phrase “modern tailoring” is to fashion’s September issues what “hard-working families” is to party conference season. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:43:21 GMT)

How to find accommodation after going through Clearing
Once you’ve found a place on a course, your very next task is to secure somewhere to live at a fair price No matter which university you enrol at, you will find a range of accommodation at a variety of prices, from shared houses to studio flats. Accommodation can be provided by the universities themselves or in partnership with private providers. And wherever you find a university, you will find a raft of private landlords and lettings agencies with houses available for students to share. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:08:16 GMT)

How London might have looked: from Regent St monorail to a straight Thames
The London skyline has been saved from some questionable designs over the years – including a massive stone pyramid in Trafalgar Square. Thankfully none of these grand schemes ever got off the drawing board, says Ian MansfieldFor centuries mankind has built mighty monuments dedicated to their endeavours, and while today we may lean towards huge infrastructure projects as opposed to war memorials, the exuberance, and on occasions ridicule, they engender can still excite the public imagination.Over the years, many grand schemes have been hatched that would have transformed the face of London. Engineers and architects planned to solve society’s ailments and built a new urban utopia. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:50:46 GMT)

How memory apps can help people with dementia tap into their past | Anna Bawden
New apps that help people with dementia to reminisce about their earlier lives have the potential to transform their care and their quality of lifeMore than 650,000 people in England have dementia and that figure is expected to double by 2040. With wildly differing standards of care across the country, there is growing interest in the role technology could play.When Robert Armstrong was admitted to The Uplands care home in Shrewsbury, he had a habit of waking up in the middle of night and wandering about. At first staff thought he was just a poor sleeper, but the 68-year-old would become very aggressive when care workers tried to guide him back to bed. He would often need medication to calm him down. It wasn’t until care workers started working more closely with the family to map his life history that they discovered Armstrong had been a milkman for 40 years and thought he was getting up to go to his job. “So when he woke up at 3am, the night staff gave him a cup of tea and biscuits and then he did his ‘rounds’,” says Mandy Thorn, managing director at Uplands. “Robert had a milk crate in his room and he went round leaving milk bottles outside all the residents’ doors. At 6am he had breakfast and went back to bed, while staff picked up the bottles and put them back in his crate, ready for the next day.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:59:10 GMT)

Liverpool rout Burton with Daniel Sturridge double icing on the cake
It will take more than a victory against Burton Albion to provide evidence that Liverpool are back on the right path after their sobering defeat at Burnley on Saturday but Jürgen Klopp’s side did all that was asked of them on a night when the chasm in class was every bit as wide as the scoreline suggests.Klopp’s team selection underlined how seriously he was treating this match and, in truth, their progress to the third round of the League Cup was a formality before the midway point of the first half. Courtesy of goals from Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool were 2-0 ahead after 22 minutes and it already felt like an exercise in damage limitation for the Championship club. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:56:50 GMT)

Celtic survive Hapoel Beer-Sheva fright to advance in Champions League
• Hapel Beer-Sheva 2-0 Celtic (4-5 aggregate)• Sahar 21, Hoban 48Brendan Rodgers suffered “probably the longest 90 minutes” of his managerial career as Celtic survived a scare against Hapoel Beer-Sheva to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years with this narrow aggregate win.The Scottish champions were heavy favourites to see out the play-off second leg after their 5-2 victory at Parkhead last week but were on the ropes from the early stages at the Turner Stadium. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:20:33 GMT)

England players set to learn the fate of their winter tour of Bangladesh
• Security director to brief the squad on Thursday• Cricket Board says no player will be pressured to tourEngland’s cricketers will discover shortly whether their winter tour to Bangladesh is to go ahead and Eoin Morgan, the limited-overs captain, has pre-empted the announcement by saying there will be no pressure on players should the tour receive the green light from the team’s security director, Reg Dickason.Morgan’s one-day side, who begin a home series with Pakistan in Southampton on Wednesday, are due to fly to Bangladesh on 30 September for the month-long trip that features three 50-over internationals and two Test matches, and will be briefed on the situation in the country on Thursday evening. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:07:00 GMT)

Chelsea to submit £30m bid for Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli
• Antonio Conte looking to sign defensive reinforcements• Milan could be tempted into selling RomagnoliChelsea will make a €35m (£30m) bid for the Milan centre-back Alessio Romagnoli on Wednesday as Antonio Conte tries to add depth to his squad before the transfer window closes next week, with another €5m in performance-related add-ons.The Serie A club are desperate to hold on to the 21-year-old Italy under-21 international but could be tempted to sell this summer if the current owner, Silvio Berlusconi, as well as the future owners, Haixa Capital, who will take over the club in November, believe they can get an adequate replacement for Romagnoli before the window closes. They are interested in signing São Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:50:56 GMT)

Steve Bate set his sights on cycling gold despite being visually impaired
Cyclist who refused to give in when he lost most of his sight has climbed El Capitan and believes he is ready to scale the heights as a ParalympianThree years ago Steve Bate set himself a target. But instead of obsessing about the colour of the medal he was aiming for in Rio de Janeiro, an athlete who had only recently taken up cycling had a more realistic goal. He just wanted to make it to the Paralympic Games in the first place and then, well, who knows what comes next? “Life will go on if I win medals or if I don’t,” Bate says.The first thing you need to know about Bate is that when he puts his mind to something he tends to make a success of it. He might have been a cycling novice but it soon became apparent that he was a natural on a bike and Bate, whose stringent training regime means he will have little time to celebrate turning 39 on Wednesday, will head to Rio with a strong chance of collecting gold alongside his pilot, Adam Duggleby, with whom he won the time trial in the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup last year. Together they will race in 4km tandem pursuit (B/VI), the time trial and the road race. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:37:57 GMT)

David Moyes keen to keep Lamine Koné but rues Sunderland budget restraints
• ‘Our budget is not at the level of many other clubs,’ says David Moyes • Manager faces Shrewsbury in League Cup seeking first Sunderland winDavid Moyes has no intention of selling Lamine Koné if he can possibly help it and believes it would be impossible to sign as good a central defensive replacement for the £21m Everton are prepared to pay.“Koné will stay,” said Sunderland’s manager before suggesting that, although he had vetoed Everton’s bid, it had not been turned down outright by his board. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:02 GMT)

US Open: Andy Murray seeded second and Johanna Konta 13th
• Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are top seeds• James Ward fails to qualify for main draw after losing to Máximo GonzálezThe Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be the second seed at the US Open, starting on Monday, as he looks to win his second grand slam title of the year. Related: Rio 2016: Guardian writers pick their favourite Olympic moments Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:55:43 GMT)

Roma dumped out of Champions League by Porto as Dundalk fall short
• Italians have two men sent off in 3-0 home defeat • Monaco, Legia Warsaw and Ludogorets Razgrad go throughRoma suffered another European humiliation on Tuesday when they had two players sent off, lost 3-0 at home to Porto and missed out on the Champions League group stage.After drawing 1-1 in Portugal in the first leg of the play-off tie, Roma started as favourites but never recovered after Felipe gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:46:15 GMT)

Russia banned from Paralympics after losing appeal against doping exclusion
• Russia banned due to ‘inability to fulfil its responsibilities’ over doping• Court of arbitration for sport upheld International Paralympics Committee callThe head of the International Paralympic Committee said the organisation’s firm anti-doping stance has been vindicated after the court of arbitration for sport dismissed Russia’s appeal against their exclusion from next month’s Paralympic Games in Rio. Related: Yuliya Stepanova ‘certain’ there are athletes doping at Rio Games Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:20:39 GMT)

England’s Eoin Morgan wary Pakistan’s Test boost will rub off on ODI side
• ‘When teams tour places they don’t visit that often they get better as they go’• Azhar Ali: ‘We are confident and if we bring our A-game we will compete’After the captivating drawn Test series that left Pakistan, not England, basking in a newly acquired status as the world’s No1 team, attention now switches to the 50-over format over five matches starting in sunny Southampton on Wednesday afternoon with, on paper at least, Eoin Morgan’s home side as the favourites. Related: England players set to learn the fate of their winter tour of Bangladesh Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:19:41 GMT)

The forgotten story of … Britain’s first floodlit cricket match | The Spin
Cricket versus football at this time of year has long been an annual British turf war but there was a time when the sports went hand-in-hand rather nicelyIt’s that time of year when football traipses its muddy boots into cricket’s freshly vacuumed deep pile. We still have five ODIs and a T20 remaining in Pakistan’s tour not to mention five rounds of County Championship fixtures to play before the final day of the season on 23 September, by which stage the Champions League will be in full swing, the Premier League will be reasserting its dominance in the sporting consciousness and any optimism surrounding the future of the England national side will presumably be a fading memory on the back of Sam Allardyce’s first match in charge. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:21:32 GMT)

Turkmenistan leader: our medal-less Olympians ‘betrayed the motherland’
• Turkmenistan’s nine athletes failed to win a medal in Rio• President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov threatens to sack sports ministerThe authoritarian leader of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, has criticised the country’s sports officials and athletes after the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation failed to win any medals at the Rio Olympics. Related: Speedo drops Ryan Lochte sponsorship and donates $50,000 fee to charity Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:22:18 GMT)

Cillian Willis to sue Sale Sharks over concussion which ended his career
• Scrum-half has accused Sale and two doctors after incidents in LV Cup match• Willis never played again after suffering two head injuries against SaracensA former Sale Sharks player who was forced to retire at 28 due to concussion is suing the Premiership side for “clinical negligence”. Related: Are we still struggling to get our heads around concussion in sport? | Sean Ingle Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:24:46 GMT)

Cesc Fàbregas and Antonio Conte facing up to their marriage of convenience
The Chelsea midfielder served notice of his qualities with an assist against Watford but he is no longer an obvious pick in his manager’s high-tempo set-upOne week and two nerve‑jangling successes into Antonio Conte’s career as a Premier League manager the Italian will recognise better now the value of one of those he inherited. Cesc Fàbregas has become a recurring theme in the Italian’s post-match media briefings, whether he has been explaining the playmaker’s omission from the side, praising his professionalism in striving for a recall or hailing his impact from the bench. “We all know Cesc is a great player with a great technique,” he had said after the victory at Watford on Saturday, “always with a good pass or assist.” The interception and first-time delivery, scything between backtracking centre-halves for Diego Costa to score Chelsea’s late winner, had proved as much.Yet there have been times this summer when those qualities actually appeared dispensable. Fàbregas has been wondering where he might fit in since mid-April, when he was a studio guest on Sky’s Premier League coverage as the top flight digested the news that Conte was bound for south‑west London after Euro 2016. He had said then he might not be the all‑action midfielder who would fit the manager’s favoured profile. The 29‑year‑old does not charge around the pitch, closing down opponents or working feverishly to reclaim possession. His own game is not about blistering pace off the mark or any great mobility when working defensively, but relies instead on more subtle contributions, whether inventive or sly in the challenge. Oscar, for all that his end product so often falls flat, offers greater energy. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:11 GMT)

Sam Allardyce does not rule out England return for John Terry
• ‘I don’t know what the political side might mean, if there is a political side’• Chelsea defender retired from international football in 2012Sam Allardyce has said John Terry could return for England, although the new manager accepts this also depends on the defender’s desire to do so. Related: Sam Allardyce believes John Stones can be key part of England’s revival Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:30:15 GMT)

County cricket: Surrey v Lancashire and much more – as it happened
Today we had Will Macpherson at the Oval watching Surrey bowl Lancashire out for 287 7.38pm BST Well, that was a long - but very fine - day. If we have this many wickets again (78), then we are in for some short matches. We’re just seeing off the new ball’s shine, though: I’ll be back at the same time tomorrow. Go well, and thanks for your company. 6.45pm BST Hell of a game on our hands at Grace Road.CLOSE OF PLAY. Leicestershire 238 all out, Essex 13 for 2. Cook out 4, Porter out 0. Nick Browne 2*, Tom Westley 1*. #LEIvESS Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:38:26 GMT)

While Labour complains, the Tories simply govern | Rafael Behr
The left is cheered by exuberant amateurism. But most want serious politics left to the professionalsPolitics chases sporting achievement like a breathless autograph hunter. In the past fortnight, I have seen Team GB’s Olympic success deployed to buttress the case for central planning, public spending, market capitalism, Scotland staying in the union, European solidarity, Brexit, Yorkshirian exceptionalism, John Major, open borders, comprehensive education and, in one self-parodying Twitter excursion by a Tory MP, empire. Related: Conservative MP praises 'British empire' for Rio 2016 medal tally Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:11 GMT)

In a year like this, we need Bake Off’s sugary embrace | Lucy Mangan
Terror, Brexit, Trump. No wonder we’re looking for kindness and gentleness on our television screensForget yer mists and yer mellow fruitfulness. Chuck out yer close-bosomed friendship with the maturing sun. If autumn’s on the way, it must be The Great British Bake Off (returning tonight for its seventh sinfully delicious series), Strictly Come Dancing (embarking on its 14th sashay across the floor on 3 September) and The X Factor (the 13th season of which starts on Saturday). Related: Bake Off is PC? Show me a reality show that isn’t contrived | Gaby Hinsliff Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:12 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for the NHS will rescue it from Tory dismantling | Diane Abbott
The Conservatives have mired our health service in crisis. Our task is to shift resources away from profit-seeking private operators and back to frontline careFor patients and staff, the crisis in the NHS is becoming more apparent with each passing day. Waiting times for cancer treatment, ambulances, GPs, A&E admissions and for almost all elective surgeries are lengthening, and targets are receding into the distance. The Tories have provoked the first ever all-out strike by junior doctors. Many hospital trusts are racking up debt. Civil servants have found plans for a seven-day NHS unfeasible. Jeremy Hunt has misled parliament and the British public. Related: These leaks show Jeremy Hunt’s deception over the seven-day NHS | Rachel Clarke Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:15 GMT)

'Come with an open mind': what life is really like in New Zealand
Since the EU referendum, a growing number of Britons are investigating a move to New Zealand. Here, people talk about life in the land of the long white cloudWhat’s been the fallout from the EU referendum so far? One unexpected consequence is a rise in interest in moving to the land of the long white cloud. The New Zealand immigration website – a guide to living and working in the country – recorded a huge spike in queries from British nationals. So much so that the New Zealand Herald playfully declared it a “British invasion”. But what should Brits expect if they relocate? And why is the country so appealing? We asked those already there to tell us. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:10:30 GMT)

Caster Semenya is the one at a disadvantage
The irony of privileged athletes with their nutritionists, physios and sports psychologists pointing fingers at those who’ve overcome so much is laughableWhen athletes lined up for the 800m women’s final in Rio last week they weren’t exactly starting from a level playing field – on that we can all agree. But who was it who enjoyed the “unfair advantage” that the eventual winner Caster Semenya has been accused of holding? Various competitors and commentators have declared that the South African runner’s gold medal was unfairly gained because her physical attributes and medical condition make it impossible for others to beat her. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:13 GMT)

Greater transparency around the arms trade would save countless lives | Anna Macdonald
A conference this week will decide how much secrecy should surround the international arms trade. For many civilians this will mean the difference between life and deathHorrific images of bloodshed from across the world have kept coming all summer. The photo of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, in shock after being dragged from the rubble of his home in Aleppo, stunned the world, as have images of devastated families made homeless or left in mourning by Saudi airstrikes on Yemen. Related: UK in denial over Saudi arms sales being used in Yemen, claims Oxfam Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:56:40 GMT)

Tumblr was my saviour. It made me see I wasn't monstrous and unloveable | Jonno Revanche
There has been much written on the negative influence of social media on young people. But these websites can also be life-changers too, in a good way The go-to moral panic of our apparently technology-obsessed younger generation is the tagline “we’re more switched on than ever but just as disconnected.” Yet my experience with online communities tells a significantly different, more nuanced story. My use of the blogging website Tumblr, in particular, encouraged an understanding of my inner self in a way that my geographical community couldn’t immediately satisfy.Having grown up in the deep north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide, reaching other people often meant a a 20 minute walk to a bus stop and a 50 minute bus ride in order to get to the CBD. It’s easy to see how, a lot of the time, the welcoming arms of “community” seemed impenetrable and unreachable for me. My chronic social anxiety also massively inhibited my ability to naturally fit into these spaces. It’s hard to be vulnerable in loud social environments with people you hardly know. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:30:01 GMT)

Ben Jennings on Jeremy Hunt and the NHS – cartoon
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(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:32:10 GMT)

From Rio to film polls, we can’t get enough of competition | Catherine Shoard
The athletes have come home, but we still seize the opportunity to fight it out over Mulholland Drive and Mrs Brown’s BoysHere’s a poser for you. Two polls were announced on Tuesday. In one, Mulholland Drive, the surreal headscratcher from David Lynch, was voted the best film of the century so far. In another, daft, farty sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys was named best British sitcom of the same period. Which was voted for by critics, and which the public?As the universally panned Suicide Squad tops the box office for yet another week, the gulf between the two sets of judges has rarely seemed wider. Reviewers are keen on showing off their appreciation of the impenetrable; audiences, to misquote Basil Fawlty, are keen on the bleedin’ obvious. The battle lines are gouged, the possibility of rapprochement ever less likely. And that’s just how we like it. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:09:35 GMT)

Was everyone on Ben-Hur 2016 too busy sourcing camel milk to generate new movie ideas?
I don’t mind the new version existing but will I have to live out the rest of my life drowning in franchises, reboots and remakes?Between the ages of 11 and 14, while my classmates were memorising the Fresh Prince theme song and perfecting their Jonathan Taylor Thomas découpage, I had a weird fixation on the 1959 biblical fan-fiction epic Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston. My social studies teacher showed it to us during our Ancient Rome unit (I remember her calling Heston “the perfect man” and doing a little sexual shoulder shimmy as if to say “yum yum”). We spent a whole week watching it because, being made in the period before Hollywood figured out how much continuous rowing should go in a movie, Ben-Hur is about three-and-a-half hours long. I was enraptured.Grandiosity, revenge, homoeroticism, miracles, a cave of horrors, four perfect white horses that know English and live in a tent with a guy in wizard robes who is their best friend – as far as I was concerned, Ben-Hur might as well have been Lord of the Rings. This was pre-Harry Potter, and live-action fantasy movies were thin on the ground. When you’ve already worn out your VHS tapes of Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, and The Neverending Story, antiquity is the next best thing. It’s dragon-movie methadone. (That’s why people are forever defending the treatment of rape and race on Game of Thrones by arguing that things were different “back then”. It’s easy to get confused. If you’re 11.) Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:08:36 GMT)

The Guardian view on the Philippine war on drugs: street justice is no justice | Editorial
Hundreds have died since the new president, Rodrigo Duterte, announced a crackdown on crime. He likes it that way. The rest of the world should not be intimidatedVoters in the Philippines knew what they were getting when they backed Rodrigo Duterte overwhelmingly in this year’s presidential election. As mayor of the southern city of Davao he was wildly popular for his harsh anti-crime campaign: “How do you think I did it? … Kill them all,” he proclaimed. He suggested that under his presidency, fish would grow fat on the bodies of 100,000 criminals.Mr Duterte has a well-earned reputation for wild and often foul-mouthed statements, but there was a record behind the bluster. Death squads claimed at least 1,000 lives during his term in Davao. He earned the nicknames The Punisher and Duterte Harry. He appears to like them. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:41:55 GMT)

How to stop wasting women’s talents: overcome our fixation with youth | Margaret Hodge
For women trying to balance family with work, a career is a marathon not a sprint. In a world that sees no value in maturity or experience, it’s an uphill battleI was 65 when I became chair of a powerful House of Commons committee, arguably a peak in my political career. I continue to do my job as the MP for Barking in my 70s, and I have just taken on honorary academic positions at two leading universities.Other women are doing even better. Look at Theresa May and Angela Merkel, both women enjoying top jobs in politics at around 60. Or Hillary Clinton, who, if she succeeds Barack Obama as president of the United States, will take the oath of office aged 69. Nancy Pelosi is the leader of the US Democrats in the House of Representatives at the age of 76. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:24 GMT)

Too many people face unmanageable debt. The cure is trade unions | Owen Jones
Since 2007 wages have fallen in real terms by 10.4%, hitting the poorest hardest. Collective bargaining would help not only them, but the wider economy tooNights spent staring at the ceiling as worries dance manically around the brain. Taking a deep breath before opening the gas bill. Sacrificing a hot meal so your children don’t need to. Living with personal debt can be draining and emotionally exhausting, and it is the everyday experience of all too many Britons. According to a new TUC report, 3.2m British households face problem debt, meaning they spend more than a quarter of their overall income repaying unsecured borrowings (ie, excluding mortgages). For 1.6m households in extreme debt, the picture is even bleaker: more than 40% of their income goes to creditors. Related: Wages growth is at a record low – unless you're a Commonwealth Bank CEO | Greg Jericho Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:44:34 GMT)

My American dream led to a trailer park. And I couldn't be happier | Simon McMuller
I own guns, drive an ice-cream truck and live with the love of my life: a redhead with steel-grey eyes. What more could I want?Read more stories of immigration to the US in our weekly series: How I got here Related: Tell us how you got here: share your stories of immigration My American adventure started in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, in the United Kingdom. I was heartbroken after a long, passionate relationship had come to an end. I went on online and there I found Sabrina, a redhead with chromed steel eyes who lived in Ohio. We spent the next six months courting each other in online chatrooms with dark and bloody poetry, philosophical and political conversation. We shared something neither of us ever had before. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:00:07 GMT)

Secret headteacher: ‘After Thursday’s GCSE results, will I still have a job?’
This year I’ve no idea what my students will get in their GCSE exams. I am sick with worry and I fear for the futureTwenty-five years ago, when I started out as an English teacher, I was pretty much always spot on estimating my students’ exam results. I had no experience but I had good colleagues and some tatty past papers. All I had to do was check what the kids could do unaided, remedy any mistakes they were making and guide them through. I was working in a big urban comprehensive. There wasn’t much homework going on and I’d been in the middle of more than one lesson when the police had arrived to have a chat with someone. The kids were always there for their exams though. And they got what I expected.Now I’m a headteacher. And this year I have absolutely no idea what my students will get in their GCSEs – neither as a teacher of a GCSE class nor the head of 180 children in that year. We have done four sets of mocks, compulsory after-school revision sessions, Easter school, Saturday school, parents’ revision evenings, and afternoons and mornings. There simply is nothing more my staff could have done – they have put on brilliant lessons, great teaching, lots of feedback, precision analysis. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:25:08 GMT)

Forget 3D-printing Palmyra – this is how to rebuild ruins
Before we replicate lost wonders, we should study Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, the visionary architect whose winged imagination resurrected an entire French cityShould old buildings be left in ruins or rebuilt? Does restoration bring beauty back to life or is it a betrayal of truth? We’re confronted with these questions more than ever as digital technology makes it ever more practical to repair or replicate lost masterpieces. From the possibility of resurrecting the tragic ruins of Palmyra to the more comedic tale of English Heritage upsetting Cornish antiquarians by carving Merlin’s face near Tintagel Castle, restoration is an electric issue. Related: Spain's concrete castle: a case of accidental genius? Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:44:08 GMT)

A death foretold: watch as Priti Patel trashes our proud record on aid | Aditya Chakrabortty
Rightwing critics have long railed against efforts to address world poverty. Now one of them is in chargeLet me make a prediction. Over the next year, Theresa May’s Tories will tack right – but it will not be immediately obvious. The NHS budget will stay ringfenced. Ministers can say what they like about grammar schools, but major changes to education will first need to be dragged past local government, the teachers’ unions and parents. Related: A letter to Priti Patel, the new international development secretary Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:06 GMT)

Sunrise to sunset: stunning timelapse video of America's national parks
In honor of the National Park Service’s centennial this week, the Guardian has compiled scenes from around the country. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service 100 years ago. From coast to coast, Hawaii to Maine, the beauty, nature and scope of US national parks are breathtaking Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:00:08 GMT)

Usain Bolt's 'triple treble' to Simone Biles: the best moments of Rio 2016 – video
We look back at some of the memorable moments from the Rio Olympics, including Usain Bolt’s ‘triple treble’ and Simone Biles’s dominance in the women’s gymnastics. Mo Farah successfully defended his Olympic titles, while Michael Phelps was humbled by a young fanRio 2016: Guardian writers pick their favourite Olympic moments Rio 2016’s biggest baddie, grooviest weightlifter and most forgotten athlete Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:02:15 GMT)

Tom Hiddleston reads from John le Carré's The Night Manager – video
To celebrate the publication of John le Carré’s first memoir, Tom Hiddleston reads from The Night Manager. Don’t miss other leading actors reading le Carré’s work, and an exclusive extract from The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life (Penguin), at theguardian.com on 3 September Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:04 GMT)

Happy Birthday Philando Castile: friends' commemoration after shooting – video
Less than two weeks after Philando Castile was shot dead by police in a suburb of St Paul, Minnesota, and video of the event was seen by the world via Facebook Live, two film-makers spent time with his closest friends as they remembered Castile on what would have been his 33rd birthday. The film-makers are working on a project about the birthday celebrations of several people who have been killed by police Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:02:43 GMT)

How much are Olympic medals really worth? – video
Great Britain enjoyed a record-breaking Olympic Games in Rio winning a total of 67 medals and finishing second in the medal table. An increase in medals for Team GB has also seen seen a dramatic rise in funding over the last 20 years. But is this money well spent? And how much is an Olympic gold medal really worth? Continue reading...
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:28:59 GMT)

Something rotten in the lasagne: Hamlet's poisonous family reunion – video
Ronni Ancona’s Gertrude serves up a bloody homecoming dinner down the Prince of Denmark pub in the seventh of the British Council films for Shakespeare Lives 2016, a global programme celebrating William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death• Anne-Marie Duff is Miranda’s mother in a rewritten Tempest• ‘Unsex me here’: Vicky McClure unleashes hell as Lady Macbeth• Sea Side Story: Laura Dockrill’s salty Romeo and Juliet Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:54:32 GMT)

Generations of Romanian girls trafficked into Europe's sex industry – video
Maya is one of the many Romanian girls lured to work in brothels and massage parlours across Europe in the hope of escaping poverty at home. Often deceived by boyfriends who are little more than pimps, these teenagers are desperate for a better life. Maya is now in a brothel in Switzerland, but her younger sister, Geida, hopes for a different future Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:00:10 GMT)

A deep sea dive into Bermuda’s hidden depths – video
Guardian environment reporter Oliver Milman joins a group of scientists on an underwater expedition off the Bermuda coast to help chart its hidden depths and gauge the general health of the area’s reef and coral. Travelling in a two-man submersible, Milman and submarine pilot Kelvin Magee go on a journey 500ft below the surface Continue reading...
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:00:00 GMT)

'I'll write as if I'm trying to get sacked': Stewart Lee in conversation with Alan Moore – video
Writers Stewart Lee and Alan Moore discuss the term ‘content provider’ the title of Lee’s new book, as well as how to dismantle genres, balance different voices, and play with the parameters of writing a newspaper column or a graphic novel For the full interview please click hereContent Provider is published by Faber & Faber and is largely a collection of Stewart Lee’s Observer columns. An extract from the book can be found here Continue reading...
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:56:23 GMT)

Trio forced off easyJet plane over false claims they support Isis
Maryam, Sakina and Ali Dharas, from London, questioned by armed police on tarmac at Stansted after alarm was raised about message on phoneThree siblings were removed from a plane and questioned on the tarmac by armed police officers after passengers falsely accused them of being Islamic State supporters.Maryam Dharas, 19, Sakina Dharas, 24, and Ali Dharas, 21, had boarded the easyJet flight from Stansted to Naples when they were approached by a cabin crew member and asked to accompany her off the aircraft without explanation. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:38:49 GMT)

Hillsborough detectives release images of 19 potential witnesses
Police leading criminal investigation into stadium disaster appeal for people seen in new CCTV footage to come fowardDetectives leading a criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster have appealed for 19 people seen in CCTV footage at the stadium to come forward.New images showing the potential witnesses at the Leppings Lane end of the football ground in Sheffield have been released by Operation Resolve as part of its inquiry into the disaster and the events that led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:05:59 GMT)

AstraZeneca to sell antibiotics branch to Pfizer
In a deal that could be worth more than £1.1bn, British firm confirms sale of division to US drugmaker AstraZeneca has agreed to sell its antibiotics division to Pfizer, the US drugs company that failed in its bid to buy the group in a takeover battle two years ago.In a deal that could be worth more than $1.5bn (£1.1bn), the British pharmaceutical group said it would sell its late-stage small molecule antibiotics business in most markets outside the US to Pfizer. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:07:01 GMT)

EastEnders and other TV shows to be monitored for diversity in new scheme
BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are backing Project Diamond, which will monitor gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identityShows such as EastEnders and Coronation Street are to be monitored for diversity following the launch of a new system that measures the ethnic, gender and sexual orientation makeup of British television. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are taking part in Project Diamond, which will gather data about the background of those working on all UK programmes. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:12 GMT)

Jeremy Hunt weekend NHS death claims unhelpful, say civil servants
Leaked documents show Hunt’s own officials believe focus on ‘weekend effect’ has undermined drive for ’seven-day NHS’Jeremy Hunt’s own civil servants believe that his claims about thousands of patients dying because of poor weekend hospital care have undermined the drive to create a “truly seven-day NHS”, according to leaked documents from the Department of Health.A briefing paper produced last month by his department’s team looking at a seven-day service and obtained by the Guardian and Channel 4 News says the health secretary’s repeated allegation of patient safety failings at weekends to justify the switch to fuller seven-day care “has not been helpful”. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:00:16 GMT)

German economy grows by 0.4% in second quarter - business live
Official data confirms growth in Europe’s largest economy slowed to 0.4% between April and June, from 0.7% in the first quarter 10.05am BST Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight, believes UK house prices will fall in 2016 and 2017 as greater uncertainty surrounding Brexit creeps in.We suspect that house prices could ease back by around 3% over the latter months of 2016 and there could well be a further 5% drop in 2017.We believe housing market activity is likely to be limited over the coming months and prices will weaken as heightened uncertainty following the UK’s vote to leave the EU weighs down on consumer confidence and willingness to engage in major transactions, and also hampers economic activity. 10.01am BST Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics has a different interpretation of the BBA figures, arguing there are clear signs that Brexit is weighing on consumers’ minds.July’s mortgage approvals data bring clear evidence that the Brexit vote has made households reluctant to undertake major financial commitments. Following a 5% month-to-month fall in June, approvals fell a further 5.3% in July, leaving them at their lowest since January 2015 and down 19% year-over-year. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:05:54 GMT)

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows
Hundreds of thousands of households face a £100-a-month gap between private rents and housing benefit by 2020, says studyHundreds of thousands of low-income households in Britain are facing a living standards crisis that by 2020 will see them struggling to meet a £100-a-month shortfall between rents and housing benefit payments, according to the Fabian Society.Many private tenants could become homeless if they cannot find the money to meet the shortfall, while others will be forced to turn to food banks or “black market” cash-in-hand jobs to make ends meet, says the leftwing thinktank. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:01:04 GMT)

UK workers consume 800 extra calories a week while commuting
Royal Society for Public Health study finds snacking on junk food largely to blame for additional consumption on work journeysThe average UK commuter consumes nearly 800 additional calories a week while travelling to and from work, often as a result of unhealthy snacking, a study has found.The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which commissioned the research, said longer commutes are potentially shortening lives by increasing stress, limiting sleep and physical activity, and encouraging unhealthy eating. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:01:04 GMT)

FTSE falters as Glencore leads mining shares lower
Commodities group reports a fall in profits but set to reduce debt furtherMining shares are leading the market lower, with Glencore under pressure after a sharp drop in first half profits.The company reported a 13% drop in underlying profits to $4bn, but said its disposal programme was on track. Like other commodity companies, Glencore has suffered from a upheaval in the market amid concerns about global growth, not least in China, a key customer for mining groups. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:58:02 GMT)

UK economic indicators defy Brexit fears
Data from manufacturers, Britain’s biggest housebuilder and UK supermarkets paint a positive picture of industry after the Brexit vote Britain appears to be bouncing back from the post-Brexit panic in better shape than expected, after a string of indicators showed growth across the manufacturing sector, the building industry and in consumer spending.A survey of manufacturers reported a rise in exports to their highest level in two years. Persimmon, Britain’s biggest housebuilder, said customers were flocking back to view new build homes. And grocers enjoyed a 0.3% rise in sales in the 12 weeks to 14 August, the best performance since March. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:50:48 GMT)

Childhood concussion linked to lifelong health and social problems
Study suggests that even mild childhood head injuries can increase the risk of low educational attainment, psychiatric hospitalisation and early death Children who suffer a traumatic brain injury, including mild concussion from a blow to the head, are less likely to do well at school and are at increased risk of early death, researchers have revealed.As adults they are also more likely to receive a disability pension, have failed to gain secondary school qualifications and nearly twice as likely to have been hospitalised for psychiatric reasons. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:50:15 GMT)

Man given suspended sentence for death threat to MP
Geoffrey Farquharson sent a racist and homophobic voice message to Ben Bradshaw the day before Jo Cox MP was killedA man who sent a threatening voice message to senior Labour MP Ben Bradshaw the day before the killing of parliamentary colleague Jo Cox has been given a suspended sentence.In the two-minute message Geoffrey Farquharson, 37, shouts down the phone, swears repeatedly and makes threats towards the former culture secretary. The racist and homophobic message, which was left on the answerphone of Bradshaw’s parliamentary office, was sent the day before Labour MP Cox was killed in June this year. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:50:55 GMT)

Rochdale Muslim leader 'was bludgeoned in Isis-inspired murder'
Manchester crown court hears Jalal Uddin was watched for months by two Isis supporters who hated his form of IslamA former imam was bludgeoned to death in a children’s playground by two Islamic State supporters who believed he practised “black magic”, a court has heard.Jalal Uddin, 71, was murdered by two alleged Islamist extremists who harboured a “hatred and intolerance” of his form of Islam, jurors were told. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:35:54 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn promises to 'renationalise' NHS
In search for common ground among Labour MPs, party leader says he would end private firms’ involvement in provision Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to “renationalise” the NHS on Wednesday as he sets out some of the policies he hopes to use to reunite the Labour party if he succeeds in seeing off a leadership challenge from Owen Smith.At an event in London with his shadow health secretary and close ally Diane Abbott, Corbyn will make a series of pledges aimed at ending the involvement of private companies in NHS provision. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:00:01 GMT)

Soldier killed during live shooting exercise in Northumberland
Unnamed male soldier pronounced dead at Otterburn army training estate after sustaining serious head woundA soldier has been shot dead during a live firing exercise at a military training area in Northumberland, police have said.Officers were called to the Otterburn army training estate at 11.15pm on Monday. A male soldier had received a serious head wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:15:41 GMT)

Free schools anxiously await first full set of GCSE results
As secondaries in England that opened in first wave of policy hope for above-average grades, free school model is evolvingThe performance of a handful of free schools which were the first to open as part of Michael Gove’s flagship education policy will come in for scrutiny this week with the publication of their first GCSE results.Three secondary schools, which opened their doors to pupils in September 2011 as part of the first wave of free schools, will receive their first full set of results on Thursday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:33:56 GMT)

English fire services pay radically different amounts for equipment
Large differences in spending on hoses, helmets, waterproof jackets and portable ladders revealed in national reviewEnglish fire services are spending radically different amounts on equipment, with some authorities paying as much as five times more than others for the same kit, according to new figures.The large differences in spending appear in the first national overview of what each fire and rescue authority in England pays for common items of uniform and equipment. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:01:04 GMT)

Ofsted's David Hoare quits under pressure over Isle of Wight slur
Chair resigns after meeting with education secretary Justine Greening about his claim island is poor, inbred ghettoThe chair of Ofsted, David Hoare, who caused uproar when he described the Isle of Wight as a poor ghetto where there has been inbreeding, is to stand down.The former City businessman agreed to resign with immediate effect from his £50,000-a-year role after a meeting with the education secretary, Justine Greening, on Monday. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:06:09 GMT)

Senior Ukip members claim party's MP helped Tories beat Nigel Farage
Douglas Carswell is accused of passing data to Tories to help them win South Thanet in 2015, according to Ukip donor Arron BanksSenior members of Ukip have accused the party’s only MP of helping the Conservatives defeat Nigel Farage in South Thanet in the general election last year, according to Ukip’s main donor, Arron Banks.Farage, then the leader of Ukip, was beaten by the Tory candidate, Craig Mackinlay, after a controversial campaign in the Kent constituency. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:12:22 GMT)

Sports Direct faces more pressure over working practices review
Local authority pension funds to support union-backed plan for independent investigation into treatment of workersLocal authority pension funds are planning to back a shareholder resolution calling for an independent review of Sports Direct’s treatment of employees.The retail group will hold its annual general meeting on 7 September in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, where shareholders will vote on a trade union-backed plan to commission an investigation into working practices that will report back within six months. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:12:27 GMT)

WikiLeaks posted medical files of rape victims and children, investigation finds
The ‘radical transparency’ organization has published sensitive personal data belonging to hundreds of ordinary citizens, an investigation has revealedThe whistleblowing site WikiLeaks has published the sensitive personal data of hundreds of ordinary people, including sick children, rape victims and people with mental health problems, an investigation has revealed.In the past year alone, the “radical transparency” organization has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens. Hundreds more have had sensitive family, financial or identity records posted to the web, according to the Associated Press. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:07:08 GMT)

Jihadi recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi breaks down in court: 'I love Australia'
Sydney man who helped seven people travel to Syria tells sentence hearing he should have minded his own businessA man who helped young men travel to Syria to fight has broken down in tears in a Sydney court as he described loving Australia and his regret at helping the wannabe jihadists.Hamdi Alqudsi, 42, was found guilty last month after a jury heard he had organised for seven men to make a border crossing from Turkey and meet up with the well-known Australian fighter Mohammad Ali Baryalei between June and October 2013. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:08:25 GMT)

Singapore to cut off public servants from the internet
Government declares its systems will be ‘air-gapped’ to guard against cyber attack but some analysts warn hi-tech nation risks falling behindSingapore is planning to cut off web access for public servants as a defence against potential cyber attack – a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term “smart nation”. Some security experts say the policy, due to be in place by May, risks damaging productivity among civil servants and those working at more than four dozen statutory boards, and cutting them off from the people they serve. It may only raise slightly the defensive walls against cyber attack, they say. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:40:31 GMT)

Mexican journalist wounded in mystery shooting by masked man
Lucia López Castillo in a serious condition after surviving the assaultMexican journalist Lucia López Castillo is in a serious condition after surviving a shooting outside her home Veracruz on Sunday (21 August). One of her kidneys had to be removed because of the damage caused by the bullet.López Castillo was shot by a masked man, according to Crónica de Xalapa. Her condition is complicated by the fact that she reportedly suffers from diabetes. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:15:03 GMT)

Crimea's champagne makers hope to recreate the Soviet glory days
Since the Russian annexation local vineyards have been capitalising on gaps in the market triggered by western sanctionsIt was once the “Coca-Cola of the Soviet Union”, a homegrown luxury promoted by Josef Stalin as a promise of the supposed abundance soon to come to the USSR. Now, more than 80 years since Stalin’s “invention” of Soviet champagne, a ban on western-imported produce triggered by Russia’s annexation of Crimea is prompting a revival in home-grown versions of foreign luxury goods. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:30:14 GMT)

FBI investigates whether Russia hacked New York Times reporters, US says
Authorities do not believe the entire newspaper was compromised, US official says amid investigation into Democratic National Committee leakThe FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of the New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a US official said Tuesday.The cyberattacks are believed to have targeted individual reporters, but investigators don’t believe the newspaper’s entire network was compromised, according to the official, who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:00:51 GMT)

Microplastics should be banned in cosmetics to save oceans, MPs say
Environmental audit committee calls for ban after hearing that microbeads harm marine life and enter the food chainCosmetics companies must be banned from using plastic microbeads in scrubs, toothpaste and beauty products because of the marine pollution they are causing, say a group of MPs.Members of the environmental audit committee have called for a ban within 18 months after hearing that trillions of tiny pieces of plastic are accumulating in the world’s oceans, lakes and estuaries, harming marine life and entering the food chain. About 86 tonnes of microplastics are released into the environment every year in the UK from facial exfoliants alone, they were told. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:01:04 GMT)

Turkey tells border town to evacuate due to skirmish with Isis
Mortar rounds hit town of Karkamış as Turkish army responds with shelling of Islamic State-held border town in SyriaTurkish authorities have ordered residents to evacuate the border town of Karkamış after it was hit by mortar rounds fired from an area of Syria controlled by Islamic State.The Turkish army responded by firing about 60 artillery shells on positions around Jarablus in Syria, amid preparations by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels to retake the Isis-controlled town. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:39:59 GMT)

Afghan migrant travels 250 miles strapped to underside of lorry
The man spent 22 hours strapped to the lorry bound for Spain after paying a trafficker to help him reach EuropeAn Afghan migrant travelled 400 kilometres (250 miles) along an Italian highway strapped by leather belts to the bottom of a lorry, according to police.He was arrested after other motorists on the Naples-Rome stretch of the A1 motorway caught sight of him suspended from his makeshift harness and alerted police. Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:39:18 GMT)

Qantas profit rises to record $1bn on back of overhaul and dip in fuel prices
Australian airline delivers shareholders $500m capital return as well as $75m cash bonus to be shared among its remaining 25,000 employeesQantas shareholders will receive another $500m of capital after Australia’s biggest airline delivered an 84.7% jump in annual net profit to $1.03bn, thanks to benefits from its operational overhaul and lower fuel prices.The airline – which has gone through a major cost-cutting restructuring program that saw thousands of jobs lost – also unveiled a $75m cash bonus to be shared among its remaining 25,000 employees. Full-time staff will get a $3,000 bonus, while part-time employees will receive $2,500. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:16:27 GMT)

Trump manager says 'undercover voters' will deliver win in US election
Kellyanne Conway says Trump’s popularity is not reflected in his polls because of the perceived social stigma of supporting the Republican nomineeThe Donald Trump campaign is counting on “undercover voters” to win in November.Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway outlined her vision of how the Republican nominee could win in November despite consistently trailing in polls, during an interview with Channel 4 in the United Kingdom for the documentary President Trump: Can He Really Win? Continue reading...
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:59:34 GMT)

Turkey requests extradition of Fethullah Gülen but not for coup attempt, says US
State Department did not specify what the Turkish cleric was being sought forJoe Biden expected to meet Erdoğan on Wednesday in wake of foiled plotThe US has confirmed it has received a formal extradition request from Ankara for the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, but not over the July coup attempt the Turkish authorities has accused Gülen of orchestrating.The state department’s announcement came after US officials met their Turkish counterparts in Ankara to discuss Gülen, who has lived in rural Pennsylvania for the past 17 years in self-imposed exile. Vice-president Joe Biden is expected in the Turkish capital on Wednesday to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Continue reading...
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:37:29 GMT)

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