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'No deal' Brexit would mean £6bn in extra costs for UK exporters
Guardian analysis shows falling back on WTO rules would mean steep bills for industries including fashion, agriculture, cars and ceramicsCrashing out of the European Union without a trade deal would saddle British exporters with more than £6bn a year of extra costs, according to analysis that reveals the limited options facing UK negotiators just weeks before Brexit talks start.Theresa May has insisted “no deal is better than a bad deal” when it comes to the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, suggesting the prime minister believes falling back on World Trade Organisation rules is a credible alternative if she cannot get her preferred option of a new free trade agreement with the EU. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:00:41 GMT)

How difficult, and how costly, is a hard Brexit?
Leaving the EU without a deal and falling back on WTO rules would mean paying customs duties on British exports to the EU. Guardian calculations put the annual bill at $7.6bn just in tariff costs. Here’s why Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:00:41 GMT)

MPs debate refusing Donald Trump a state visit to Britain - Politics live
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryGuardian/ICM poll shows Tories 18 points ahead of LabourOpening of the Lords debate on article 50 bill - Summary 7.51pm GMT A state visit is a uniquely British construct. No other country is able to offer a state visit in quite the same way as we do. It is distinctively British. And over the course of her reign Her Majesty has hosted over 100 of them. All such visits are a rare and prestigious occasion. But they are also our most important diplomatic tool. They enable us to strengthen and influence those international relationships that are of the greatest strategic importance to this country. 7.34pm GMT Stop Trump has been tweeting and retweeting pictures on its Twitter feed of some of the various anti-Trump protests taking place this afternoon.@UKStopTrump going well in Cardiff! pic.twitter.com/q7UPw8B0ZtHundreds turn out at #stoptrump protest in Newcastle https://t.co/KZQrMm1YdE pic.twitter.com/IvAUH0uE3aSome pictures from the protest in Canterbury! @OwenJones84 @1daywithoutusuk can we get an RT? #stoptrump #1DayWithoutUs pic.twitter.com/JsQeqJSHptProtesters chant the Welsh national anthem #Cardifftrump #stoptrump #TrumpProtest #resisttrump pic.twitter.com/CIs4UcfSGQCheck out the choir in Parliament Square #StopTrump pic.twitter.com/3IVIbgGg5V Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:56:12 GMT)

Steve Hewlett, broadcaster and journalist, dies aged 58
Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Media Show revealed last year he had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagusBroadcaster and journalist Steve Hewlett has died from cancer at the age of 58. He had documented the impact of the disease in a series of candid radio interviews and newspaper articles.The presenter of Radio 4’s Media Show revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in March, and had spoken frankly about its development with Eddie Mair on Radio 4 and in a diary published in the Observer. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:20:16 GMT)

MPs warn over child refugees sleeping rough after Dubs scheme closure
Volunteers say decision to stop taking lone child refugees to UK and destruction of Calais camp has been a fillip to traffickersMPs have warned the Home Office that it cannot ignore the growing numbers of child refugees returning to sleep rough on the edges of Calais and Dunkirk after the closure of the so-called Dubs scheme, which gave lone children a safe route to asylum in the UK.Volunteers said the UK government’s decision to take no more lone child refugees from Europe had been a fillip to traffickers, who were emboldened by the desperation of teenagers rejected by official schemes. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:58:39 GMT)

Marine Le Pen's Front National headquarters raided by police
French far-right party dismisses police search as ‘media operation whose goal is to disturb course of presidential campaign’French police searched the headquarters of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National on Monday evening as part of an official investigation into “fake” jobs involving the misuse of European Union funds to pay for a bodyguard and an assistant in Paris.Brussels investigators claim Le Pen paid her bodyguard, Thierry Légier, more than €41,500 (£35,350) between October and December 2011, by falsely claiming he was an EU parliamentary assistant. She is also accused of paying nearly €298,000 between December 2010 and 2016 to her France-based assistant Catherine Griset. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:08:25 GMT)

Russian envoy to UN dies in New York
Vitaly Churkin, a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, died day before 65th birthday, says foreign ministry in MoscowVitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations for the past decade and leading international exponent of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly self-confident foreign policy, has died suddenly aged 64, the foreign ministry in Moscow has said.In a statement on Monday night, the ministry said Churkin died in New York, where the UN headquarters are located, a day before his 65th birthday. His death at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital followed what was described as a cardiac condition in his office at 9am local time, it said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:42:38 GMT)

Swedish police comments 'taken out of context' in film cited by Trump
Officers interviewed for documentary cited by US president as evidence of violence by refugees accuse film-maker of bad journalismTwo Swedish police officers interviewed for a documentary cited by Donald Trump as evidence of a link between crime levels and asylum policy in Sweden say their comments were taken out of context, accusing the interviewer of “bad journalism”.At a Florida rally on Sunday the US president sowed confusion by seemingly referencing a non-existent terrorist attack in Sweden, later explaining on Twitter that the comment had been a reference to a news segment on the Fox News TV channel, which described an “incredible surge of violence” in Sweden. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:58:38 GMT)

Pension changes could cost 11m Britons thousands of pounds
Government green paper discusses giving annual rises based on CPI, not RPI, which could cost average of £20,000 over lifetimeCompanies could slash pension promises to 11 million employees, potentially knocking thousands of pounds off the incomes of people in retirement, if proposals in a government consultation paper are approved.Unions are likely to react furiously to the proposals, which would allow companies to save £90bn by providing annual increases in their retired employees’ pensions based on the consumer price index, rather than the retail price index. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:42:09 GMT)

World's largest sailing yacht impounded in Gibraltar
Taller than Big Ben and longer than 13 London buses, billionaire Russian’s €400m luxury vessel docked over unpaid bills to shipbuilderThe world’s largest sailing yacht has been impounded in Gibraltar over claims that its billionaire Russian owner owes the shipbuilder €15.3m (£13.3m).The Gibraltar Port Authority impounded the €400m “Sailing Yacht A” as it was on its way to be delivered to industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, following a legal filing from the German shipbuilder that constructed the futuristic-looking vessel. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:29:18 GMT)

Ireland PM Enda Kenny expected to resign over police scandal
Fine Gael leader to outline plans at party meeting in Dublin next month after St Patrick’s Day visit to White HouseEnda Kenny is expected to step down as Ireland’s taoiseach next month after severe criticism of his handling of a crisis in the Irish police force.Kenny, who last year became the first Fine Gael leader to win a second consecutive term as prime minister, will outline his plans at a party meeting in Dublin on Wednesday. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:59:14 GMT)

Theresa May in House of Lords as peers begin article 50 bill debate
PM takes unusual decision to sit in on debate as Tory Lords leader Natalie Evans warns peers not to try to alter Brexit termsTheresa May took the highly unusual decision to watch the House of Lords begin debating the bill to start the process of leaving the EU, as her most senior minister in the upper chamber warned peers not to try to alter the terms of Brexit.The prime minister sat on the steps of the throne in the Lords for the opening of the debate, which is considering the Brexit bill to give the prime minister the power to trigger article 50. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:11:45 GMT)

Climate scepticism is a far-right badge of honour – even in sweltering Australia
It’s up to progressives to fight back against this idiocy-promoting rhetoric and save the EarthIt hits you in the face and clings to you. It makes tall buildings whine as their air conditioning plants struggle to cope. It makes the streets deserted and the ice-cold salons of corner pubs get crowded with people who don’t like beer. It is the Aussie heatwave: and it is no joke.Temperatures in the western suburbs of Sydney, far from the upmarket beachside glamour, reached 47C (117F) last week, topping the 44C I experienced there the week before. For reference, if it reached 47C in the middle of the Sahara desert, that would be an unusually hot day. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:14:37 GMT)

Lorraine Bracco on Goodfellas, therapy, and almost turning down The Sopranos
The star talks about fighting with Martin Scorsese, missing James Gandolfini – and her dad scaring Dustin Hoffman at the OscarsI ask Lorraine Bracco if she remembers the first time she saw Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese’s dazzling portrait of life in the mob. “Absolutely,” she says. “It was last year.” Which is strange, given the film came out in 1990, and Bracco was one of the stars. She is laughing as she speaks, a husky giggle, her accent doorstop-thick New York. “Well, I went to the premiere, but I missed the start doing interviews, and then they pulled me out before the end, and then I had another job on a film with Sean Connery in the fucking jungle. And by the time I came home it wasn’t playing. And I never wanted to see it on TV. So, yeah, I didn’t see it until – Mo, when was the 25th anniversary?”Mo is her assistant, a friendly woman in a Wu-Tang Clan T-shirt, doing emails out of sight behind a partition. “2015,” she calls out. “Right,” Bracco says. “So in New York in 2015 there’s an anniversary thing but again I don’t actually get to see it. And finally I see it last summer, outdoors in LA …” “Hollywood Forever cemetery,” Mo says. “Beautiful,” Bracco says. “4,000 people, a full moon. And me.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:15:43 GMT)

Why do all the women on Fox News look and dress alike? Republicans prefer blondes
From pundits like Ann Coulter to Kellyanne Conway, American rightwingers are a uniform vision of don’t scare-the-horses dressingWhy do so many rightwing American women have bottle-blond hair, often worn girlishly long? I’m thinking of Kellyanne Conway, Ann Coulter and almost any woman on Fox News.Jonathan, London N16 Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:03:17 GMT)

‘The album is a love letter to men’: meet feminist supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique
A collective of female stars including Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia and Nneka is singing out against gender inequality in west Africa over a soundtrack of funk, blues and dub‘We are sick of seeing women suffer because of violence,” says Pamela Badjogo, Afro-jazz and blues singer. “In the family, in the war zones. We want it to stop.”Badjogo is a member of the supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique, an all-female collective of west African musicians campaigning for gender equality. It might seem a worthy premise on which to build a powerful creative expression but their album République Amazone blends ancient rhythms seamlessly over funk and blues with dabs of dub. Tracks are sang intermittently in English, French and Mandinka, and tackle love, oppression and female empowerment. These 12 musicians and singers, among them Grammy-winning Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia of the legendary duo Amadou and Mariam, and international popstar Nneka, believe music can trigger change and be a weapon to address the systematic disempowerment of women across Africa. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:53:05 GMT)

Sweden is often misunderstood. But Trump’s views subvert the truth | Andrew Brown
Progressives used to think everything in Sweden was perfect; now rightwingers believe it’s a crucible of Muslim violence – despite all evidence to the contraryDonald Trump’s outburst about “that thing that happened in Sweden last night” – which turned out to be a Fox News report he had seen on the difficulties of integrating refugees – is only the latest illustration of the role that Sweden plays in the fantasies of the outside world.The wonderful thing about Sweden is that you can believe what you like about it. For much of the 20th century it was a place where foreign progressives could only believe that everything ran perfectly smoothly and everyone got laid, thanks in part to the exploits of Ingrid Bergman and the Swedish arthouse film I am Curious (Yellow). In the 21st century it has become the country where foreign rightwingers can believe that nothing works and that rape is widespread. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:17:44 GMT)

Sutton United v Arsenal: FA Cup fifth round – live!
FA Cup fifth-round updates from the match at Gander Green LaneSutton will host Lincoln in quarter-finals if they can pull off upsetAnd email nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79 8.23pm GMT 25 mins: “I know that most neutrals are hoping for a win for Sutton here,” writes David Wall, “but isn’t there at least something to be said for being secretly pleased if Arsenal do make it through? The idea of seeing the Arsenal defence trying to cope with Lincoln’s Matt Rhead in the next round is surely too good a prospect to want to miss.” 8.22pm GMT 24 mins: Who had 24 minutes in the ‘When will Xhaka be booked?’ sweep? If so, claim your prize: the walking yellow card is cautioned for stupidly, pointlessly, cynically pulling Eastmond back. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:23:58 GMT)

Lionel Messi pulls Barcelona back from the brink, but for how long? | Sid Lowe
There was something about the win over Leganés, the performance, the whole night, that was deeper than a single game. Barça need something to believe inIt was the 89th minute and it could have been the end; 63,378 people watched, minus those who’d already departed depressed – and there were plenty of them – as he stood alone before them. Standing before him, meanwhile, was Iago Herrerín; Iago Herrerín and disaster. But there were no nerves, just annoyance, and there would be no joy, not even much sign of relief. Leo Messi took the penalty that might just have rescued Barcelona’s season, pulling them from an even darker place and keeping them alive for another week at least, as if all he really wanted was to get rid of the ball. Kick the bloody thing away. So he did: dismissively, angrily … and into the net. And then he stood there. Messi didn’t smile, didn’t raise his fingers to the sky, another goal dedicated to his late grandmother Celia, and didn’t say anything. Team-mates ran over and embraced him but there was barely a flicker. He had just scored the winner in the last minute – although there was still time for Nabil El Zhar’s shot to fly wide at the other end – yet he didn’t feel like celebrating, didn’t feel he had anything to celebrate. He just stood, eyes lost, as if he was embarrassed or angry or both, ashamed by it all, black thoughts going round his mind. At the full-time whistle he walked off, occasionally responding to an opponent’s outstretched hand, but not stopping, like he just wanted to get out of there. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:59:29 GMT)

GB Badminton ‘staggered’ after UK Sport rejects seven Tokyo funding appeals
• Badminton funding slashed to zero, while archery and fencing hit • UK Sport defends no-compromise approach in pursuit of medalsUK Sport has defended its decision to reject appeals from GB badminton and six other sports for funding for the next Olympic cycle by warning that if it took “softer decisions now” Britain might end up with a heavily reduced medal haul at Tokyo 2020.GB Badminton said it was “staggered” by the decision to slash its funding to zero from the £5.9m it received in the four years running up to the Rio Olympics. In addition archery, fencing, goal ball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby are also unhappy about the rejection of their claims for money for the next cycle. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:27:23 GMT)

Pep Guardiola a big fan of Monaco and wary of their Champions League threat
French league leaders have grown in stature at home and in Europe and can cause Manchester City problems in their Champions League round of 16 tieAs a measure of why Pep Guardiola spoke so effusively about Manchester City’s latest opponents in the Champions League, it is worth bearing in mind Monaco’s achievements this season eclipse those of the Paris Saint-Germain side who just had the temerity to win 4-0 against Barcelona and knock the throne off football royalty.Monaco are not only looking down on PSG from the top of the French league but, to put it into context, they have scored 76 goals from 26 games compared with 50 for the Qatari-funded team who gave Barça one of their worst chasings for many years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:01:11 GMT)

Mark Clattenburg to continue as Premier League referee until end of season
• England’s leading match official will be in charge of at least four matches• The 41-year-old is to take up new role as head of referees in Saudi ArabiaMark Clattenburg is to remain a Premier League referee for the rest of the season, and will be in charge for West Bromwich Albion’s game against Bournemouth this weekend, before taking up his new position as head of referees in Saudi Arabia.England’s leading match official announced last week that he was to leave his position on the panel of elite referees to succeed Howard Webb in the role in the Middle East but will serve out his notice period. The 41-year-old, who was recently voted the best referee in the world at Dubai’s Globe Soccer Awards, had announced his intention to help “improve refereeing and the education of officials” with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:49:07 GMT)

With the IPL’s millions, this is surely the best time to be a top-level cricketer | Vic Marks
After Tymal Mills went for £1.4m in the latest Indian Premier League auction, what price would Ian Botham or Denis Compton in their pomp have reached?On Tuesday night every cricketer who has played for England has been invited to a dinner at Lord’s by the bountiful Andrew Strauss. It is an excellent idea, eagerly anticipated, and hopefully there will not be too many long speeches because when old cricketers get together there is much to discuss around the table. Firstly, of course, the past, or some legendary version of it, must be revisited and then the vagaries of the present have to be set to rights. Related: Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills attract millions at IPL auction – as it happened Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:11:33 GMT)

Lincoln City make history amid FA Cup drama – Football Weekly
The podders look back on an historic weekend in the FA Cup. Plus, Manchester City look to stop Monaco’s awesome attack, while Leicester head to Sevilla Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast & Stitcher. And join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterJames Richardson returns to the helm for this edition of Football Weekly, ably assisted by Barry Glendenning, Iain Macintosh and Paolo Bandini. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:20:04 GMT)

IPL auction: ‘complete carnage’ as Ben Stokes becomes best-paid international player
• England T20 specialist Tymal Mills hails his ‘life-changing’ deal• Stokes lands £1.7m after being signed by Rising Pune SupergiantsBen Stokes described the moment he became the highest paid England cricketer of all time as “complete carnage”, having learned of his £1.7m deal to play for Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League during the early hours of yesterday morning via social media.But even the all-rounder’s surprise could not match that of the Sussex left-arm fast bowler, Tymal Mills, who from a reserve price of £60,000 finished up with a £1.4m deal to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, some two years after he nearly quit the game. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:00:00 GMT)

Scott Quigg heads west and into stable of renowned trainer Freddie Roach | Kevin Mitchell
Former world super-bantamweight champion, who is making noises at featherweight, is leaving Joe Gallagher’s care to base himself at the Wild Card gym in Los AngelesScott Quigg has split with Joe Gallagher after six years to join Freddie Roach in the US. It is a gamble that could launch him into a rematch with Carl Frampton or put him into the mix at featherweight, a division that is brimming with possibilities.The 28-year-old former world super-bantamweight champion, now making noises at 9st, insisted on Monday the parting was amicable, although only those close to the camp saw it coming. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:04:20 GMT)

How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy | Igor Mladenovic
Having abandoned big-spending, Monaco, who visit Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, are reaping the rewards of home-grown talentWhen Monaco cut their transfer budget in 2014, having spent £140m in previous windows to catch up with Paris Saint-Germain, few expected them to supersede their rivals any time soon.The vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, said at the time the club would focus on their academy rather than expensive transfer targets to complement Radamel Falcao but no one expected the ageing Colombian to lead Europe’s best attack a couple of seasons later. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:20:00 GMT)

Sutton’s Craig Eastmond: ‘Arsenal will realise non-league is the real world’
The midfielder cannot wait for Monday’s FA Cup tie and facing the club that left him feeling depressed after they let him go after just 10 appearancesCraig Eastmond is standing in the cramped away dressing room at Sutton United’s Gander Green Lane stadium – the one that will accommodate Arsène Wenger and his Arsenal squad for Monday night’s FA Cup tie – and he knows what they will think. After all, Eastmond was once an Arsenal player.Towards the back, there is an old‑fashioned communal bath but it has been largely out of commission this season because the boiler is broken. “Teams can use it as an ice bath, if they want,” Clive Baxter, the Sutton kit man, volunteers. “Tranmere Rovers did that.” Happily for Arsenal, there are four showers that do have hot water. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:35:03 GMT)

Eddie Jones’ tactical periodisation stirs up perfect brew for England | Gerard Meagher
Coach changes players from a tea-and-scones approach to sharp right to the end, which has helped extend the unbeaten run into the Six NationsWhen hearing Eddie Jones explain that England’s ability to win matches in the last 20 minutes was down to the training method of “tactical periodisation” it was hard not to be reminded of Clive Woodward’s T-Cup (Thinking Correctly Under Pressure) mantra, not least because of how Jones measures the method’s success. “We have parameters for how quickly they get off the ground,” he said. “I think some of the blokes used to have a cup of tea and a scone with jam and cream before they got off the ground. It was terrible.” Related: James Haskell: being on the England bench is hard but you still have a big role Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:33 GMT)

Mercedes re-sign Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda to confirm F1 commitment
• Successful pair will remain with all-conquering formula one team until 2020• Continuity key as team adapts to exits of Nico Rosberg and Paddy LoweMercedes have signed new deals with their executive director of motorsport, Toto Wolff, and the team’s non-executive chairman, Niki Lauda, to retain the pair until 2020, confirming the stability of the team up until the end of the manufacturer’s current commitment to Formula One, which runs until 2020 – when the current commercial arrangement with Formula One Management concludes.The team will launch their new car for the season on Thursday at Silverstone and retaining the long-standing presence of Wolff and Lauda at the top of the organisation as they face a new formula this season and readjust after the departures of Nico Rosberg and Paddy Lowe over the winter will help ease the transition. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:15 GMT)

Olympic medallist among gymnasts alleging sexual abuse by USA team doctor
Jamie Dantzscher filed lawsuit against Larry Nassar last SeptemberNassar pleading not guilty in separate case in MichiganThree former elite US gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.Dantzscher, three-time US rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday, detailing what they have claimed is sexual abuse by Dr Larry Nassar. All three accused Nassar, a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades before his tenure ended in July 2015 of touching them inappropriately while he disguised the abuse as treatment. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:04:34 GMT)

DeMarcus Cousins set for blockbuster trade from Kings to Pelicans
Move for temperamental big man signals New Orleans intent on playoff pushSacramento to gain Buddy Hield and first- and second-round draft picksDeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena.The Kings dealt one of the most talented but temperamental big men in the game along with Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a source told AP. The trade is not yet official and has not been announced by either team. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:45:57 GMT)

Leicester’s former head coach Richard Cockerill to take charge of Edinburgh
• It is a project I’m excited to be part of, says the 46-year-old• Sale’s Steve Diamond faces RFU disciplinary committeeRichard Cockerill has agreed to take over as the coach of Edinburgh next season in a move that represents a coup for the Pro12 side. The former England hooker, sacked by Leicester in January after 13 years on the coaching staff, will head to Scotland after completing his short-term consultancy role at Toulon. Related: Eddie Jones’ tactical periodisation stirs up perfect brew for England | Gerard Meagher Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:42:05 GMT)

Werder Bremen give Alexander Nouri breathing space … for now | Andy Brassell
Nouri was right to provide perspective after his side beat Mainz, calling it ‘a small step in the right direction. Many more,’ he added, ‘have to follow’After the ride he’s had to endure since the Bundesliga restart, perhaps it’s unfair to expect Alexander Nouri to raise one eyebrow and drop a Mourinho-esque quote at the end of the game, even if it did bring victory. “You get perfection in the Chinese State Circus,” he reasoned after his team’s 2-0 win at Mainz gave everybody involved with the club a chance to exhale. Clunky, maybe, but most coaches who have been in a similar situation could probably empathise.Either way, Saturday’s win was exactly what Werder Bremen needed – and exactly what Nouri needed, with the sporting director, Frank Baumann, ostensibly having backed him after last week’s loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach, even if he declined to go as far as to guarantee him a job on the other side of it, depending on the result. Baumann, a stalwart in the spine of the Bremen side that won the 2004 Bundesliga/Pokal double, called this “a real win,” and said it was, full of determination, “team spirit” (in Nouri’s words) and no little measure of enterprise. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:02:26 GMT)

The Fiver | The real quiz for Lincoln City
In today’s Fiver: FA Cup underdogs, advice for Genoa and in-game protestsYou can probably tell which one of the Cowley brothers was more trouble when they were kids. Danny and Nicky, the Lincoln manager and assistant, respectively, were watched by their parents on Saturday as the Imps did what Chelsea and Liverpool have all failed to this season: beat Burnley at Turf Moor. Presumably, at some point after the game but before the pair appeared on Match of the Day that evening, mama and papa Cowley told them both to have a bloody shave: “You’re going on television young man, you don’t want to look like a scruff on the BBC.” Danny complied, but Nicky didn’t, so we all know which brother helped with the washing up and which was hanging outside the precinct drinking Two Dogs when they were youths. Still, you can’t blame Nicky: he had helped his team become the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 103 years. He can stay out as long as he likes and spend his pocket money on whatever he wants. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:36:23 GMT)

The intelligence explosion: how do you stop a robot from turning evil? – original drama video
It’s 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with its flagship robot, Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone predicted, is the company about to run out of time? The latest original drama produced by the Guardian is a super-intelligence sci-fi. Watch our previous dramas:Exploitation, Exploitation, Exploitation: a property show for millennials – video Patrick Stewart sketch: what has the ECHR ever done for us? - video Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:08 GMT)

You can escape the identity trap – but that freedom comes at a cost | Nesrine Malik
It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and genderDiane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks of her politics, the veteran Labour MP has for decades been a fireball of public service. But her star has always been followed by a comet tail of toxic vapour. This personal abuse is at times snide and implied, at other times explicit, vicious and unprintable. But it is a constant in her political life, following her round, undermining her, consistently framing her in terms of her gender and her race.Abbott’s article came just days after she received an exceptional and sustained amount of personal abuse over the article 50 vote, culminating in a leaked text sent by Brexit secretary David Davis, in which he made derogatory comments on her appearance. Her article was necessary and timely, but something about her speaking out made my heart sink. It felt like defeat; the ultimate feeding of the trolls. It is important to look beyond the headlines and understand the significance of what happened. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:06:04 GMT)

Martin Rowson on the NHS deficit – cartoon
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(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:53:44 GMT)

British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped | George Clooney and John Prendergast
High-level corruption and illicit trade in natural resources depend on banks across the EU. Putting financial pressure on them can help save livesAlmost a year ago, the UK government convened a global summit to commit to fighting corruption. The final communiqué from the governments involved summed up their historic intentions: “We want to send a clear signal to the corrupt that they will face consequences internationally. We want to make it harder for them to travel and do business in our countries.”The time for sending signals is over. It is time to act against the kind of corruption that enables governments and armed groups especially in east and central Africa – the deadliest interlinked zone of conflict in the world – to prosecute wars and carry out mass atrocities. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:30:11 GMT)

The Guardian view on dying in public: a daily heroism | Editorial
The illness and death of Steve Hewlett is an example of humour and decencyTowards the end of the last century it was fashionable and even for a while plausible to describe death as the last taboo – the one subject we could no longer mention. Since then there has been an astonishing outpouring of books and journalism about the experience of terminal illness. Steve Hewlett, who died on Monday afternoon, left to humanity a legacy of his own humanity in the diaries he wrote for the Observer and the radio interviews with his friend Eddie Mair. The poet, wit and critic Clive James, fortunately still with us, and the writer Jenny Diski, who died in December, both kept public diaries of their decline which excite compassion and admiration among tens of thousands of people.These records are inspiringly antiheroic. In contrast to the 18th-century tradition of writers using their own deaths as a moral – Addison making his last words “See how peacefully a Christian may die” contrasting with David Hume exhibiting how stoically a philosopher might manage death without any hope of an afterlife – the diarists of today are detailed and quotidian. Instead of a poised epigram – the Instagram of the 18th century – they are more like blogs, which show an ordinary life going on until one day it doesn’t. In this context, the way in which the presenter Eddie Mair teases his dying friend in their interviews is a wonderful demonstration of the way in which courage and love can saturate the fabric of everyday life. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:08:49 GMT)

Theresa May must take £115bn hint from Kraft Heinz's failed Unilever bid
Warren Buffett and 3G were apparently surprised at hostility from Unilever’s board – but PM must use this bid as cue to form proper policy on takeoversWarren Buffett and his Brazilian private equity chums at 3G, the main players at Kraft Heinz, must process their cheese and beans on another planet. The US firm abandoned its £115bn bid for Unilever, we’re told, because it wasn’t expecting its proposal to receive such hostility from Unilever’s board and a few British and Dutch politicians. If that explanation is correct, Kraft’s crew of billionaires should get out more. Did they miss the debates that have raged over rootless global companies, asset-stripping deals and the UK’s open-doors policy on takeovers? Hostility was predictable and justified.Unilever’s board was always likely to reject the chance to be bought by a financier-led firm in search of another target for its job-cutting formula. Unilever’s chief executive, Paul Polman, lectures the world on the importance of looking beyond the next quarter’s earnings and was not about to trade 100 years of corporate history for an uncertain ride on 3G’s debt-propelled takeover machine. A miserly initial offer, comprising a takeover premium of only 18%, will only have strengthened Unilever’s sense of indignation. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:33:19 GMT)

Can we have too many trees? | Patrick Barkham
Hunting and mountaineering organisations say that plans to increase forest cover in Scotland will ruin the countryside. I disagreeA couple of summers ago, I strolled through Glen Feshie, wondering why this beautiful corner of the Cairngorms didn’t feel British. Ah, that’s it: little Scots pines poked through the heather alongside baby willows, dog rose, black grouse and other burgeoning signs of life. Related: Scottish gamekeepers and mountaineers oppose tree-planting plan Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:42:08 GMT)

Don’t trash Manchester’s history to make way for skyscrapers | Hayley Flynn
If Bootle Street police station, the Reform synagogue and a Peterloo-era pub are replaced with Giggs and Neville’s towers investors will benefit – not MancuniansRyan Giggs and Gary Neville’s St Michael’s skyscrapers are two of many such towers currently proposed for Manchester’s city centre. The former footballers’ buildings will sit on the site currently occupied by the Ralph Abercromby pub, the only building remaining from the site of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, St Peter’s Field. Also threatened by the development are the Manchester Reform synagogue, and the 1930s-built Bootle Street police station, both of which are of huge historical significance to the city.As a consequence proposals have come under fierce attack by local campaigners – more than 70% of the public who attended the consultation opposed the scheme – and Historic England have deemed it irreparably damaging to the historical fabric of the conservation area which surrounds it. By and large the dismay boils down to the unsympathetic manner in which the skyscrapers will dominate the townscape around St Peter’s and Albert Square, with considerable negative impact on the built environment. Planning permission is yet to be approved but an apparent disregard for the results of the consultation process by the developers has left an all too familiar bad taste in the mouths of local people who feel that the process was nothing more than lip service. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:00:56 GMT)

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced | William Dalrymple
The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the countryLast week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which killed almost 90, showed the ability of radical Islamists to silence moderate and tolerant voices in the Islamic world.The attack also alarmingly demonstrated the ever-wider reach of Isis and the ease with which it can now strike within Pakistan. Isis now appears to equal the Taliban as a serious threat to this nuclear-armed country. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:55:08 GMT)

Should Donald Trump be afforded a state visit to Britain? | Tulip Siddiq and Glyn Davies
After Trump was invited to meet the Queen, 1.85m Britons signed a petition against the idea. As parliament debates the issue, two MPs go head-to-head Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:44:41 GMT)

London’s pollution is so bad that it forced me to give up my dream PhD | Vicky Ware
Arriving to study, I had my first asthma attack in 10 years. The capital’s shocking air quality is a health emergency – and it’s already costing livesWhile the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is acting on the fact that London breached its annual air pollution limit within just five days this year by advising Londoners to remain indoors, limit heavy breathing, and eat vegetables – seemingly everything other than not driving – millions of people are suffering serious health effects from exposure to particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and myriad other pollutants in the air.Khan said: “Everyone – from the most vulnerable to the physically fit – may need to take precautions to protect themselves from the filthy air.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:10:37 GMT)

All the horror stories I came across as a care worker were about employers | James Bloodworth
It was easy to get the job, but care slots can be as short as five minutes and pay often dips below minimum wage. No wonder many give upI spent six weeks last summer in Blackpool. I was not there for a stag do or the traditional British seaside fare, but instead to be a home care worker for a private provider.Around 300,000 people live in residential care homes in the UK, while some 500,000 elderly and disabled people rely on home care visits for things such as washing and dressing. As the UK’s population ages, it is estimated that 1.7 million more adults will require social care over the next 15 years. The private sector employs over two-thirds of all adult social care workers. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:55:28 GMT)

You won’t feel alone if you go to a protest on your own | Carmen Fishwick
Don’t be frightened of joining tonight’s Stop Trump march without friends. Take it from me, the sense of unity and camaraderie will be empoweringIf we’ve gained anything positive from Donald Trump it’s that he’s reaffirmed so many of our beliefs: that we should live in a tolerant and compassionate world, free from racism and misogyny – and how ridiculous it seems to even have to state that. About 5 million people worldwide protested in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington last month, and many went on to rally against the US travel ban. This evening – in coordination with One Day Without Us, protesting today for migrant rights – there is a march on parliament against Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and actions, and the complicity of Theresa May and the British government in supporting him. Related: Stop Trump group aims for biggest protests in UK history Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:45:11 GMT)

The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? | Ross Kemp
I’ve seen the dangerous route to Europe through Libya, with thousands of people at the mercy of cruelty for profit. But our leaders prefer to keep them thereIt’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean.Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re the victims of a silent massacre in the Sahara desert – a journey more deadly than the crossing from the coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:34 GMT)

Why Moonlight should win the best picture Oscar
Benjamin Lee makes the case for Barry Jenkins’ heartfelt and artful look at the life of a black gay man in AmericaAn all-too-frequently used response to the call for increased diversity on screen is based around a rather defensive notion. It’s that a piece of entertainment may be enjoyably consumed without the need for unequivocal identification with the characters being viewed. Just check out the comments section of any article arguing for a more varied set of narratives from Hollywood. Related: Why La La Land should win the best picture Oscar Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:47:22 GMT)

The supermarket food gamble may be up | Felicity Lawrence
Brexit, migration and climate pressures mean our ‘too big to fail’ global food chain could unravelThe UK’s clock has been set to Permanent Global Summer Time once more after a temporary blip. Courgettes, spinach and iceberg lettuce are back on the shelves, and the panic over the lack of imported fruit and vegetables has been contained. “As you were, everyone,” appears to be the message.But why would supermarkets – which are said to have lost sales worth as much as £8m in January thanks to record-breaking, crop-wrecking snow and rainfall in the usually mild winter regions of Spain and Italy – be so keen to fly in substitutes from the US at exorbitant cost? Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:29 GMT)

With its history, G4S should not be trusted to care for vulnerable children | Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone
The government is placing the responsibility of care for families waiting to be deported into the hands of a company that has shown itself to be incapableEarlier this month, the Home Office announced that security giant G4S is to take over from Barnardo’s in providing welfare for families detained while waiting to be deported. The news required a double-take. After all, G4S is the same private security firm that promised it would sell its children’s services following a series of scandals about the way it looked after children.The move follows the closure of the much-lauded Cedars detention centre in December. The purpose-built unit for families with children run by Barnardo’s was opened in 2011 by the coalition government, after the Liberal Democrats argued that children should not be held in penal establishments. Families awaiting removal will now be held at Tinsley House, an adult immigration removal centre (IRC) near Gatwick, operated by G4S. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:28:08 GMT)

Donald Trump, the master of unreality, must be resisted at every turn | Joseph Stiglitz
What the US president says and what he tweets can only be countered effectively if we take it seriously and resist itIn barely a month, the new US president has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud – at a dizzying pace. Not surprisingly, citizens and leaders in business, civil society, and government are struggling to respond appropriately and effectively.Any view regarding the way forward is necessarily provisional, as Donald Trump has not yet proposed detailed legislation, and Congress and the courts have not fully responded to his barrage of executive orders. But recognition of uncertainty is not a justification for denial. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:05:33 GMT)

There are reasons to be cheerful ... LGBTI rights gains in unlikely countries
Iraq, Tunisia and Lebanon are three countries that have recently made progressive steps forward in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rightsIn the last 12 months, Martin Luther King’s “arc of the moral universe” has bent towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights. Related: Live chat with Peter Tatchell: what can we do to support LGBTI rights around the world? Mon 20 Feb, 2-3.30pm Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:05:59 GMT)

It’s not politics of envy to be disgusted by the super-rich | Michele Hanson
They can keep their Ferraris and £10,000 watches. I just want them to stop ramming their wealth up everyone’s nose I am getting more and more browned off with the very rich. They’re growing increasingly uppity: bossing everybody around, spouting grand philosophies, ramming their wealth sideways up everyone’s nose and tantrumming if they’re not high enough up the rich lists (as the so-called “Arabian Warren Buffett”, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, did). Now, we’ve got Mark Zuckerberg with his Facebook manifesto and Tony Blair poking his nose into Brexit.Such show-offs: Philip Green and his yachts, the Candy brothers and their cars and properties, Trump with his gold this, that and the other, the global super-rich renting super-prime London properties for £60,000 a week and eating gold-dusted truffle popcorn at the Oscars afterparty. If this is the way things are going – and no government is able, or even wants, to do anything about it – then I don’t want to hear about it. It’s beginning to drive me a bit mad. A couple of streets away from my home, we have some council flats with small, mean, square windows, buildings of the cheapest possible kind, for the common people. A couple of streets the other way, we have £2m houses, with one particularly ostentatious dwelling. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:25:49 GMT)

Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us | Mireya González Rodríguez
From local markets and curry to football stars and the NHS, British culture is indebted to migrants. One Day Without Us – held today – is an acknowledgment of thatI’m an immigrant. I first came to the UK as a history of art student on the Erasmus programme in 1998 and embraced the opportunities I was given living in a diverse city like Leicester. I returned to Ponferrada, northern Spain, but came back to Britain soon after to build my life and my career here. I studied for my master’s and PhD, benefiting from the open and integrated approach of UK academia. I have always appreciated the UK’s multicultural society, one which – as we are reminded when taking the “Life in the UK” test – doesn’t allow discrimination, will not tolerate any forms of extremism, embraces cultural diversity, and respects and praises the contributions of migrants.In recent months, however, popular narratives have increasingly vilified and stigmatised people like me, creating friction between migrants and natives, and attempting to open up divisions between those who have come to this country from different areas. These narratives, driven by certain sections of the media, are creating a sense of hostility. We are now openly blamed for everything that is wrong in Britain, from the traffic to the state of public services. This comes accompanied with micro-aggressions and an increase in the number of hate crimes. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:33 GMT)

Blair has a far bigger vision than saving us from Brexit | Matthew d’Ancona
If anything, the former PM returned to warn us of single-issue fixation and against lazy generalisationsTrigger warning: this article includes positive opinions of Tony Blair. So if you are the sort of person who goes into anaphylactic shock when the former prime minister is mentioned, or burns him in effigy at the solstice, or regards his three general election victories as a historic disaster for the Labour party, please stop reading now.Since Blair made his speech on Brexit last week, he has been attacked on any number of fronts. Predictably, he stands accused of loftily disdaining the will of the people – though his explicit point was that popular opinion can change and that the electorate should not be dismissed as a single gormless entity that grunts its assent to a hugely complex and nuanced process, then is consulted no more. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:31 GMT)

Freedom of the press isn't guaranteed. Especially when it's labeled the 'enemy' | Austin Sarat
Support for the media is falling among the American public and the courts have not always protected reporters. So what is the press to do about it?This weekend brought the latest salvo in President Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media. Friday afternoon the president tweeted “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Reince Priebus, the president’s chief of staff, tried to clarify the meaning of the tweet and reassure Americans that “The president believes in the First Amendment. He believes in a free press.” Nonetheless, commentators correctly noted that the phrase “enemy of the people” has notorious associations from the purges ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, which killed tens of millions of people. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:35 GMT)

Why are we failing 75% of the world’s youth at a time of unique opportunity? | Abhik Sen and Rafiullah Kakar
From ending poverty to tackling climate change, the world’s future lies in the hands of the young. So why are we failing to give them a decent shot at life?One in four people alive today is a young person aged 15 to 29: that’s nearly 1.8 billion in total, of whom close to 90% live in developing countries.Demographically speaking, the next couple of decades are a unique window of opportunity. With the exception of Africa, the world is ageing, which means the proportion of young people in the global population will never again be so high. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:31 GMT)

Utopian thinking: let’s embrace precariousness as the road to security | Tom Whyman
Bruce Chatwin understood how ‘civilisation’ represses our need to wander. The ‘gig economy’ may allow us to ditch the ballast of routine for the tonic of changeWith artificial intelligence and the robot revolution helping to destroy traditional forms of employment, the world of work is being profoundly transformed. Traditional jobs are being replaced by the so-called gig economy, in which workers perform a selection of piecemeal roles for different employers. Related: The gig economy is here to stay. So making it fairer must be a priority | Will Hutton Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:59:32 GMT)

Expect to see more emergencies like Oroville Dam in a hotter world | Dana Nuccitelli
Scientists predicted decades ago that climate change would add stress to water management systems like Oroville DamThe evacuation of nearly 200,000 people near Oroville Dam is the kind of event that makes climate change personal. A co-worker of mine was forced out of his home for several days by the emergency evacuation, and another friend was visiting Lake Oroville and happened to leave 15 minutes before the evacuation order was issued.Like many extreme events, the Oroville emergency is a combination of natural weather likely intensified by climate change. California regularly sees “atmospheric rivers” that deluge the state with rainfall, but in a hotter world, scientists anticipate that they’ll be amplified by an increase in the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:35 GMT)

Populist correctness: the new PC culture of Trump's America and Brexit Britain| Arwa Mahdawi
Rightwing snowflakes are offended by everything from Kermit to holiday greetings and Starbucks cupsAn Englishman, a Frenchman and an American man walk into a bar and make whatever jokes they want because – have you heard? – political correctness is dead. Donald Trump and Brexit have sent it to its grave. You can say whatever you like now, offend whoever you like!Well, not quite. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:00:14 GMT)

Paul Robeson's songs and deeds light the way for the fight against Trump | Jeff Sparrow
The great American radical showed how ordinary people mattered more than stars – a lesson today’s celebrities could do with learningThese are strange times for popular music and politics. On the one hand, the opposition to Donald Trump now extends so deeply into the entertainment industry that the president struggled to find any real talent willing to play his inauguration.On the other hand, it’s by no means clear what difference most anti-Trump interventions by musicians actually make. After all, during the election, the galaxy of A-listers backing Hillary Clinton spectacularly failed to generate either turnout or votes, with some pundits even suggesting the campaign’s reliance on celebrity power legitimised Trump’s claim to fighting “liberal elites”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:57:07 GMT)

Trump’s fragile male ego craves the dangerous drug of adulation | Joan Smith
The president’s hyped-up behaviour at his Florida rally was an alarming display of his neediness. Maybe he should have his own theme parkTherapy has never been so expensive. At the weekend, it cost American taxpayers millions of dollars to fly Donald Trump down to Florida so he could hold a session with thousands of adoring fans after another trying week in the White House. At a cost of roughly $3m per trip, it would have been cheaper to hire Dr Freud but, sadly, aides who tried to contact him discovered he has been dead since 1939.Instead, the 45th president of the US invited on stage a man who later revealed he has a 6ft cardboard model of his hero and talks to it every day. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:49:09 GMT)

We need to talk about sense and sensitivity | Lionel Shriver
Some publishers now employ ‘sensitivity readers’ to check books for potential offence – a step that can only have a chilling effect on creativityAfiction editor doesn’t control a manuscript’s content, but tries to ensure that the author’s intentions are fully realised. Authors are free to ignore their editors’ advice. I often avail myself of this veto power – sometimes out of a pigheadedness for which I’ll pay the price. But after multiple instances of positive reviews quoting passages that my editor wanted to cut, I figure I’m batting no worse than one for one.As a woman, I’d be uneasy about being given the power to determine what is insulting to women in general Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:00:05 GMT)

Another Brexit downside: foreign giants in power grabs for famous British names
The fall in the pound against the dollar has made it easier for Kraft Heinz to launch an approach for Unilever, and made UK carmaking unattractive to GMA small corner of Merseyside has become the centre of the corporate universe. Vauxhall’s plant in Ellesmere Port is less than seven miles away from Unilever’s base in Port Sunlight on the Wirral peninsula. The thousands of workers in those two places now face an anxious wait for the outcome of takeover talks involving their parent companies.Last week General Motors revealed it was in talks with Groupe PSA, the owner of Peugeot and Citroen, about selling its European businesses, Opel and Vauxhall, while Unilever rejected a $143bn (£115bn) bid from Kraft Heinz. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:02 GMT)

Two Ukip chairmen in Merseyside quit over Hillsborough row
Pair resign in protest at party’s handling of controversy around Paul Nuttall’s claim to have lost close friends in disasterTwo Ukip chairmen in Merseyside have resigned in protest at the “crass insensitivity” of the party’s handling of the controversy over Paul Nuttall’s claims about Hillsborough.Adam Heatherington and Stuart Monkcom handed in their resignations from the party this week after the Ukip leader’s admission last week that assertions on his website about losing close friends in the disaster were false. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:20:52 GMT)

NHS trusts post 'unsustainable' £886m third-quarter deficit
Shortfall in England, attributed to extra pressure on NHS over winter, is £300m over target for end of financial yearNHS trusts in England posted a deficit of £886m at the end of the third quarter, £300m more than the target for the end of this financial year. NHS Improvement (NHSI), which published the figures on Monday, predicts a year-end deficit of £750m-£850m, much higher than the £580m previously described as the highest figure the health service could afford without risking major financial problems. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:49:17 GMT)

Bovis to pay £7m to compensate customers for poorly built homes
Housebuilder apologises for poor quality of some properties as dissatisfied owners organise protests Are you a Bovis homeowner awaiting compensation? Bovis Homes is to pay £7m to repair poorly built new homes sold to customers, raising fresh questions about the standards of new-build properties across the country and the regulation of the market.The company – one of the biggest housebuilders builders in Britain – will pay compensation after angry customers formed a Facebook group accusing Bovis of pressuring them to move in to incomplete houses so it could hit sales targets. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:23:24 GMT)

How Unilever foiled Kraft Heinz's £115bn takeover bid
Fierce resistance and ‘no appetite for any offer’ warning forced key investors Warren Buffett and Jorge Lemann into retreat, insiders sayUnilever forced Kraft Heinz to abandon its £115bn bid for the company after the Anglo-Dutch maker of Marmite and Flora said it would use every tool at its disposal to fend off a deal. The US consumer goods firm behind Philadelphia and WeightWatchers withdrew its offer “amicably” on Sunday evening, just 48 hours after admitting interest in its much larger rival. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:15:00 GMT)

Moors murderer Ian Brady loses court fight over legal representation
Serial killer took action after his solicitor was denied legal aid contract to represent him in attempt to move to a Scottish prisonMoors murderer Ian Brady has been refused permission to launch a high court battle to get a lawyer of his choice to represent him at a tribunal. Brady applied to launch what his lawyers described as a “totally unique” legal case after his solicitor of more than 25 years, Robin Makin, was denied a legal aid contract to represent him in his attempt to move to a Scottish prison. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:39:20 GMT)

Made in the UK goods could cost more as import prices rise
CBI finds manufacturers’ concerns about inflation at highest levels in six years despite total orders hitting two-year highBritain’s manufacturers fear the rising cost of raw materials will soon dent a robust recovery since the Brexit vote that has included total orders hitting a two-year high.A survey of the sector found suggested that concerns over inflation were at their highest level for six years as firms said the weak pound was increasing the cost of imports, forcing them to raise prices or accept a severe squeeze on profits. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:17:41 GMT)

Four more Liverpool libraries face closure in fresh round of cuts
While the city council struggles to maintain services as budgets fall, mayor announces it is likely that additional branches will be wound upUp to four libraries could close in Liverpool, as the city council takes the scalpel to budgets in the latest battle between central and local government over funding cuts. If the closures go ahead it will mean the city has lost more than half its libraries in the last two years.The future of the as yet unnamed libraries is being considered as part of a plan to plug a £90m hole in the council’s budget over the next three years. It comes on top of cuts of £330m made since 2010, the city’s mayor Joe Anderson said. He has set up a task force to review the library service, with a view to saving £1.6m in the financial year 2018/19. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:03:07 GMT)

Croydon tram victims 'ejected through windows' during crash
Interim report reveals tram was travelling faster than initially thought but signs were too late to allow adequate brakingAn investigation into the Croydon tram crash has revealed that the vehicle was speeding faster than originally thought – but has also shown that the speed limit restriction sign would only have been visible long after a driver would need to apply the brakes.Seven people were killed and 51 injured when the south London Tramlink tram came off the rails on a sharp curve on 9 November last year. Six of the seven who died appeared to have been either flung or partially ejected through the tram’s windows. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:56:15 GMT)

Lady Macbeth cuts a swathe across London fashion week
Formidable women influence proceedings at runway shows for Berardi, Erdem and RoksandaThe namedropping is pretty highbrow at London fashion week these days. Lady Macbeth, Mark Rothko, John F Kennedy, Virginia Woolf and Eugène Delacroix were all referenced by designers before 11am on Monday morning, and Michael Nyman was there in person, playing the piano in a piece composed to accompany the Roksanda collection. Burberry are making Henry Moore the star attraction at their show later on in the day, with a catwalk that will double as the opening night of a sculpture exhibition. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:20:35 GMT)

One in four UK families have less than £95 in savings, report finds
Savings gap between low- and high-income households passes £62,000 as rates of homeownership fall among the less well-offThe gap between rich and poor in the UK is growing, as savings and home ownership decline among the poorest families but rise among the richest, a report by insurer Aviva shows.In a sign of growing financial strain, low-income families had just £95 of savings and investments, excluding pensions, this winter, compared with £136 in the same period last year. That figure jumps to £62,885 among high-income families, up from £50,208 a year earlier. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:01:30 GMT)

Police chief hits out at tabloid over Edward Heath abuse claims
Mike Veale intervenes after Mail on Sunday claimed investigators believe there was cover-up to protect former prime ministerThe chief constable of a police force investigating allegations that the late Sir Edward Heath sexually abused children has criticised tabloid claims that he is “120%” certain the complaints are true.Mike Veale, the chief constable of Wiltshire police, said it was the job of the police to “objectively and proportionately” chase down leads. He said those who commented on the case while not in possession of the facts could damage the reputations of both the former prime minister and people who have disclosed alleged abuse. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:17:35 GMT)

Soaring UK temperatures to be washed away by rain and gales
End of week will see return of colder weather with some snow forecast in northern EnglandSoaring temperatures may have led to parts of the UK feeling warmer than much of the Mediterranean on Monday, but any early signs of spring are likely to be washed away as heavy rain, gales and snow hit northern England by the end of the week.On Monday afternoon, Kew Gardens in south-west London recorded a balmy 18.3C (64.94F) at 2pm, making it the hottest place in the country just a week after tourists were photographing snow falling on the early blossoms. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:41:59 GMT)

Leading terror trial QC to be counter-terror laws watchdog
Max Hill, who prosecuted in ricin conspiracy case and trial of 21 July 2005 bombers, replaces David AndersonMax Hill QC, a leading prosecutor in many of the most serious terrorism trials, has been named the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.He will replace the human rights lawyer David Anderson QC, who marked his upcoming departure this weekend with a warning that the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy Prevent is faltering because it is not trusted by “a very large number of decent British Muslims”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:24:11 GMT)

Judge in undercover police inquiry has motor neurone disease
Lord Justice Pitchford says he will not be able to complete the inquiry, but it will continue ‘unabated’ when he steps downThe senior judge leading the public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups by the police has announced that he has motor neurone disease.Lord Justice Pitchford said on Monday he had been diagnosed with the the condition in November, adding that its physical symptoms were becoming apparent. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:50:52 GMT)

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association
Doctors’ organisation points out that the number of UK mental health beds has decreased by 44% since 2001The NHS is at “breaking point” with a decline in the number of hospital beds leading to delays and cancelled operations, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned. Related: Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:29 GMT)

London night tube drivers to vote on strikes
Rail, Maritime and Transport union claims London Underground is discriminating against night staff in pay and jobs disputeDrivers on London’s night tube are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay and jobs.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:08:48 GMT)

Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care
Despite council tax increases, authorities will need to defund services to meet rising costs warns Local Government AssociationCouncil tax rises due to come into force from April will not be sufficient to avoid deep cuts to services including road repair, parks, children’s centres, leisure centres and libraries, local government leaders have warned.The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils across the country, said authorities will have to continue cutbacks to essential services to plug growing shortfalls in adult social care. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:22 GMT)

UK house price growth at slowest rate in four years
Annual price rise falls to 2.3% in February as buyers become wary of paying over the odds, report by Rightmove saysAsking prices in Britain’s housing market rose at the slowest annual rate in almost four years in February as buyers become wary about paying too much, according to the latest survey from Rightmove.Annual price growth fell from 3.2% in January to 2.3%, the weakest since April 2013. On a monthly basis, average asking prices rose 2% t0 £306,213, the slowest rate of growth in the month of February in eight years. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:01:30 GMT)

Cancer charity welcomes NHS u-turn on second stem cell treatments
Anthony Nolan had called for funding for transplants for people who relapse with diseases such as leukaemiaCancer campaigners have welcomed an NHS announcement that money may soon be available for a potentially lifesaving treatment it had previously refused to pay for. The health service in England said on Sunday it was “confident” it would soon be able to announce funding for second stem cell treatments for blood cancer patients who have relapsed after an initial transfusion. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:19:21 GMT)

More than half UK investment in transport is in London, says study
Thinktank IPPR North warns gulf in investment between regions is at cost of greater northern productivityMore than half of the UK’s total spending on transport networks is invested in London, research has found, prompting warnings of “chronic underinvestment” in northern infrastructure projects.The gulf in transport infrastructure investment between London and the rest of England is set to get worse, according to the analysis by the thinktank IPPR North, with £1,943 being spent per person in London on current or planned projects compared with just £427 in the north. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:22 GMT)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins eight prizes at WhatsOnStage awards
Sold-out show wins best new play, best director and three acting prizes, while Billie Piper wins best actress for YermaHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, one of the biggest stage events of recent years, has won eight prizes at the only UK theatre awards voted on by the public.The two-part play at London’s 1,900-seat Palace theatre took best new play, best director and three of the acting prizes at the 17th annual WhatsOnStage awards on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:30:19 GMT)

Council investigates Oldham headteacher's claims of threats
Department for Education says inquiry has nothing to do with extremism and should not be referred to as a ‘Trojan horse’ caseAn investigation has been launched after a headteacher claimed she had been forced to work from home and that her position at an Oldham school had been made untenable by alleged threats and verbal abuse.The Department for Education is working with Oldham council to investigate allegations made by Trish O’Donnell, head of Clarksfield primary school, that she feared for her safety after a string of alleged incidents that she labelled a “Trojan horse” plot to make her quit. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:17:01 GMT)

Piers Morgan pulls out of hosting Royal Television Society awards
Presenter cites a campaign that claims his hosting show would be ‘damaging’ as his reason for quittingPiers Morgan has pulled out of hosting the Royal Television Society awards, saying he did not want to become a distraction after a campaign claiming his involvement would be “damaging” and “inappropriate”.The Good Morning Britain presenter was unveiled as host of the awards three days ago, with the RTS chief executive, Theresa Wise, saying his “reputation for being opinionated and his wealth of experience working within the industry make him the perfect host”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:28:14 GMT)

Results will reveal the good, the bad and the ugly of UK banks
Boardroom pay, litigation and losses to come under spotlight as Britain’s top lenders post financial results this week Britain’s major banks will be in the spotlight this week as they unveil their full year figures, with Royal Bank of Scotland forecast to make losses of more than £6bn and HSBC expected to face questions about a boardroom overhaul.The controversy over bankers’ pay is likely to be reignited as they disclose the size of their bonus pools and how much their bosses have received during a year when the vote for Brexit has helped turn the government’s attention on public anger over rising executive pay. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:37:29 GMT)

Northern powerhouse event organisers apologise for lack of female speakers
Apology comes after after resignations from advisory boards and influential women deciding to boycott the conferenceOrganisers of a conference celebrating the best and brightest businesspeople in the north of England have issued a grovelling apology over lack of female representation.The two-day UK northern powerhouse conference in Manchester caused controversy after all 15 main speakers highlighted in a press release were men. Only 13 out of the 98 speakers over the two days are women. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:50:39 GMT)

Two-year-old boy dies after being found in Perthshire river
Child was reported missing from a property in Milton of Drimmie area and later recovered from river ErichtA two-year-old boy has died after being recovered from a river in Perthshire. A search was launched after the child was reported missing from a property in the Milton of Drimmie area, close to Bridge of Cally, at around 11.15am on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:25:35 GMT)

Milo Yiannopoulos disinvited from CPac after making comments on child abuse
Conservative union rescinds invitation after alt-right provocateur suggested sex between ‘younger boys’ and older men could be a ‘coming-of-age relationship’The American Conservative Union has rescinded its invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the group’s annual CPac conference, after footage emerged in which the rightwing provocateur discusses sex between “younger boys” and older men.In an internet livestream, Yiannopoulos, a news editor at Breitbart who was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016 for instigating abuse of the Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones, says “you can get quite hung up on this child abuse thing”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:30:27 GMT)

Greece standoff over €86bn bailout eases after Brussels deal
Government agrees to talks on reforms with European creditors in return for progress on releasing next tranche of fundsGreece’s bailout inspectors are returning to Athens to seek changes to the country’s tax, pensions and labour market laws in a sign that the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, will give way to European pressure for deeper reforms.His government agreed at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday to talks on big economic reforms in exchange for progress on releasing the next instalment of bailout funds. In return, Europe signalled a winding back of austerity measures for the struggling nation, in a move that could end a dispute between EU creditors and the International Monetary Fund over how to deal with Greece. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:44:42 GMT)

Famine declared in South Sudan
‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the countryFamine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Unimpeded humanitarian access was urgently needed to reverse “an escalating catastrophe”, they added. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:53:10 GMT)

Ryanair flight takes off without passenger in wheelchair
Student Niamh Herbert says she was left at the gate at Dublin airport after being told the flight would not be able to wait for her A passenger in a wheelchair watched her Ryanair flight from Dublin to London take off without her after she was asked to walk up the stairs “for easiness’ sake”.European studies student Niamh Herbert was due to board the 6.30am flight from Dublin to London Stansted on Friday for a trip to London fashion week. The 20-year-old was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia when she was 13 and requires a wheelchair when travelling. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:47:13 GMT)

'Spider-Man' art thief jailed over Paris heist
Vjeran Tomic and two others sentenced and fined for stealing five 20th-century masterpieces from Musée d’Art ModerneA burglar known as Spider-Man has been jailed in Paris for eight years after one of the most daring art heists in recent years.Vjeran Tomic and two accomplices were also fined €104m (£88.6m) over the theft of a Matisse, a Picasso, a Braque, a Léger and a Modigliani from the Musée d’Art Moderne in 2010. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:01:23 GMT)

Emmanuel Macron eyes French connection with voters in London
Centrist candidate will address more than 3,000 French people in Central Hall hoping to persuade those registered to vote abroadMore than 3,000 French voters are set to pack out Central Hall in Westminster on Tuesday as Emmanuel Macron, the centrist outsider seen as a leading contender in France’s presidential race, brings his campaign to London.With nine weeks to go before the first round of a wide-open contest, the former investment banker and economy minister is seeking votes where he can find them and hoping his crusade to break the “complacency and vacuity” of a failing French political system will find favour with expatriates. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:26:00 GMT)

Mike Pence pledges 'strong commitment' to EU on Brussels visit
US vice-president strikes emollient tone as he urges continued cooperation and partnership between America and EuropeThe US vice-president, Mike Pence, has attempted to mend fences with European leaders by pledging support for the EU, following hostile comments from Donald Trump and his supporters.On his first visit to Brussels since assuming office, Pence said on Monday the new administration wanted to work in partnership with the EU. “It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union,” he said. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:54:44 GMT)

Hungarian slaughterhouse love story wins top prize at Berlin film festival
On Body and Soul took the Golden Bear, beating odds-on favourite The Other Side of Hope, which came away with best director for Aki KaurismakiHungary’s On Body and Soul, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase of the year.The drama by Ildiko Enyedi, one of four female film-makers in competition, features graphic scenes in an abattoir set against the budding romance of two people who share a recurring dream. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:57:03 GMT)

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