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Midcounties Co-op makes record payout to worker who earned below minimum wage
UK’s biggest independent co-op pays £14,000 to one worker and is looking at 200 other possible cases of illegally low wagesBritain’s biggest independent co-op has made the highest single payout to a worker for breaching low pay laws and is examining whether 200 others may have been paid below the minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.Midcounties Co-op, which turned over £1.2bn last year, underpaid a newspaper delivery man for four years by more than £14,000 and has also paid more than £4,000 in missing wages and expenses to another delivery worker, who claimed he earned as little as 69p per hour on some days. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:00:12 GMT)

Arnold Palmer, legendary US golfer, dies aged 87
Champion widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time has died at the age of 87 in PittsburghArnold Palmer, one of the greatest players in the history of golf, has died at the age of 87, a source close to the family confirmed to magazine Golfweek. Related: Masters 2016: Arnold Palmer makes poignant appearance on 1st tee Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:46:10 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn critics will not be silenced despite unity calls
Wes Streeting, Angela Eagle and Hilary Benn among those speaking out against leader just a day after his re-electionHostilities resumed in the battle for the soul of the Labour party at its conference in Liverpool on Sunday as Jeremy Corbyn’s critics insisted they would not be silenced, just a day after he won a convincing victory over leadership challenger, Owen Smith.Corbyn has repeatedly called for unity but has infuriated some MPs by refusing to sign up to proposals for elections to the shadow cabinet, which some believe would give them a mandate to return to the frontline. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:45:15 GMT)

Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session
Accusations centre on widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilians in rebel-held eastern AleppoRussia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo.The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:45:28 GMT)

BBC could launch Bake Off rival before Channel 4 show, source says
Source at BBC close to show says ‘lots of ideas’ are being discussed by corporation, after Channel 4 bought Bake Off formatA BBC show to rival the Great British Bake Off, featuring Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, could be launched before Channel 4 is able to get its version on screens, according to a source at the corporation close to the show.Channel 4 bought the Bake Off format from Love Productions earlier this month, but rumours about a BBC rival have been rife since Perkins and Giedroyc said they would not be “going with the dough” and jumping ship. They were followed in pledging their loyalty to the BBC by Berry. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:59:34 GMT)

Environmental health officers call for smoking ban in playgrounds
Zoos and anywhere children play should become no-smoking zones, says Chartered Institute of Environmental HealthSmoking should be banned in all parks and playgrounds to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal, environmental health officers have told ministers.Zoos, theme parks and anywhere else children play should also become no-smoking zones, in a significant proposed expansion of the outdoor areas in which smokers cannot light up. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Fifa disbands its anti-racism taskforce declaring that the job is done
• Force established in 2013 ‘has completely fulfilled its mission’ says Fifa• Dismay at decision with incidents on the rise in World Cup hosts RussiaFifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behaviour in Russia, the hosts of the 2018 World Cup.Fifa has written to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and “is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:33:16 GMT)

Hospitals and care homes fail food safety inspections
Data shows more than 500 places caring for vulnerable people, including nurseries and playgroups, require improvementMore than 500 care providers in the UK, including 19 hospitals and other NHS facilities, have failed hygiene and food safety inspections, Guardian analysis reveals.Food Standards Agency (FSA) data shows that care homes fail to meet food hygiene standards more than any other type of care provider, with more than 200 residential, nursing and care homes receiving low grades at their latest food safety inspections. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:30:25 GMT)

Brexit fears may see 15% of UK university staff leave, group warns
German academics’ body points to growing evidence that EU employees are turning down posts and considering their futuresThe government must maintain free movement for EU academics or risk losing up to 15% of staff at British universities, a leading German academics’ body has warned.It comes as evidence mounts that European researchers and lecturers are leaving or rejecting UK higher education posts because of Brexit fears. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:12:21 GMT)

May's allies reject claim about her role in EU referendum campaign
Former No 10 media chief Craig Oliver says Theresa May frustrated remain message with strategy of disappearing from viewAllies of Theresa May have rejected claims that she failed to pull her weight in the campaign to stay in the EU, after David Cameron’s former media chief said she declined to help on 13 occasions.Sir Craig Oliver, who was No 10 communications director until July, writes in his book that May frustrated the remain campaign by pursuing a “submarine strategy” of disappearing from view. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:49:43 GMT)

No five: Prince George refuses greeting from Canada's Justin Trudeau
Royal toddler repeatedly demurs when Canadian prime minister offers him a low five, high five and handshake at the airport in British ColumbiaJustin Trudeau’s charm has finally met its match in the form of good old-fashioned British reserve.The Canadian prime minister was shut down while trying to greet Britain’s Prince George on the runway when the royal family arrived for their tour of British Columbia. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:19:59 GMT)

The rise and rise of tabletop gaming
Gentler designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales. Why, in the golden age of video games, are we choosing to play with counters round a table? Below, the best of the new waveIt’s a bright Thursday morning in Oxford, and the Thirsty Meeples cafe on Gloucester Green market is thrumming with activity. As we sit at a sun-warmed window table, the maitre d’, Gareth, introduces himself and presents a list of recommendations.First, he suggests Forbidden Desert. It is not a cocktail. “You have all crash-landed in a desert where you are searching for a lost civilisation,” explains Gareth, who sports a purple Thirsty Meeples “Game Guru” T-shirt. “A sandstorm hits, and you have to find all the pieces of a mythical flying ship to escape.” Next he offers up Escape: The Curse of the Temple, in which we’ll become “Indiana Jones-type people” who have to flee a crumbling ancient tomb. “Or,” Gareth says, “how about fighting fires?”. Last, he recommends Flash Point, in which I, my wife and two sons would rescue people from a burning building. Pull enough of them from the flames and we all win. But if a certain number are lost to the inferno, we lose. We choose Flash Point. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:00:27 GMT)

Robbie Williams review – a perfect meeting of ego, self-deprecation and hits
Roundhouse, LondonThe former Take That star wanted to reintroduce himself – but after all these years it really wasn’t necessary“Allow me to reintroduce myself,” says the floral-suited pop star, who has just sweated through two opening songs without a pause. “I am Robbie Fucking Williams, and this evening, your ass is mine.” It’s not the first time Williams has used almost that exact introduction, but the need to “reintroduce” himself is a new development in a career that has spanned, incredibly, 25 years. Related: Robbie Williams to release new album in November Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:50:08 GMT)

Screened out? Film charting Hong Kong's umbrella movement struggles to be seen
Director claims major cinemas are refusing to show his documentary, Yellowing, because they don’t want to anger BeijingAs police tear gas rained down on student protesters, Chan Tsz-woon grabbed his Canon 50D camera and raced to the frontline.It was the night of 28 September 2014 and, as the umbrella movement protests erupted on the streets of Hong Kong, the young filmmaker decided it was his mission to make a visual record of the historic political convulsion. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:53:45 GMT)

Lin-Manuel Miranda on his Broadway smash Hamilton: 'the world freaked out'
The creator of the hit musical, whose fans include Barack Obama and Salman Rushdie, reveals how mixtapes, hip-hop and America’s founding fathers inspired himOn a hot day in late August, Lin-Manuel Miranda sits in a lecture theatre at Columbia University in uptown Manhattan, fizzing with the kind of energy that only comes, one imagines, from the experience of creating a billion-dollar Broadway show. Two weeks earlier, Miranda took his last bow before leaving the cast of Hamilton, the rap musical he wrote and starred in and for which the word “hit” seems, at this point, inadequate.Since its opening last year, not only has Hamilton sold $1bn worth of tickets, won a Pulitzer and 11 Tonys and become the most successful Broadway opening of all time, but Miranda has been credited with everything from reinventing musical theatre to revolutionising the way Americans think about their own history. He has rapped with Barack Obama in the Rose Garden, been quoted by Hillary Clinton in her speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, and seen his beard and ponytail combo become almost iconic. Such is the pitch of his fame that it is hard, today, not to encounter the 36-year-old, who is slight and boyish and unexpectedly clean shaven, and not simply burst into laughter. What does one do after a year like Miranda’s, I ask. He grins widely. “You cut your hair off,” he says. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:00:02 GMT)

‘Jimi went inside with his music. When he got on stage, that was his time’
Half a century after his big brother arrived in London to begin his short career, Leon Hendrix reflects on Jimi’s life and musicThe eyes have it: immediately, and strikingly, the same as those staring out from the portrait of Jimi Hendrix on the wall. But of course, this is Leon Hendrix, the younger brother of the greatest guitarist of all time, and in London this weekend, 50 years to the day since Jimi arrived in Britain in 1966 to launch his astonishing career. Related: When Jimi Hendrix came to London, he changed the sound of music for ever Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:25:19 GMT)

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history
German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world warThe German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Visiting him there is a vertiginous experience. For one thing, he works – and likes to entertain visitors – in what he calls his “writing tower”, a flimsy-seeming, glass-walled turret perched right on the very edge of the roof. (Look down, if you dare, and you will see his little boat moored far below.) For another, there is the fact that from this vantage point it is possible to discern two Berlins, one thrusting and breezy, the other spectral and grey. To our left, busy with traffic, is the Oberbaum Bridge, where there was once a cold war checkpoint, and beyond it the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, its doleful length rudely interrupted by the block of luxury flats that went up in 2013. As for the large building immediately opposite, these days it’s the home of Universal Music. Not so very long ago, however, it was the GDR’s egg storage facility.Does all this press on Ohler as he sits at his desk, the light bouncing off the screen of his laptop? Is it ghostly sometimes? “Yes, it is strange,” he says, smiling at my giddiness. But then he has long believed in a certain kind of time travel. “I remember the 90s. The wall had just come down, and I was experimenting with party drugs like ecstasy and LSD. The techno scene had started up, and there were all these empty buildings in the east where the youth [from east and west] would meet for the first time. They were hardcore, some of those guys from the east – they didn’t understand foreigners at all – and the ecstasy helped them to lose some of their hatred and suspicion. Sometimes, then, you could step into a room, and you could just see the past. Of course, it’s not like that now. I don’t take drugs any more. But I can remember it, and maybe that was why I was able to write this book.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:00:30 GMT)

John Simpson: 'There's nowhere I wouldn't go. That's the job!'
The intrepid world affairs editor, preparing to celebrate 50 years at the BBC, is back on form following a recent brush with death after a dodgy haddock John Simpson has survived gunfire in Baghdad, Belgrade and Tiananmen Square; but the BBC’s world affairs editor almost died from eating some dodgy haddock far closer to home.Three days after coming out of hospital, Simpson sits nursing a glass of red wine in an Oxford hotel still looking mildly surprised that some Monday morning kedgeree could have led to a doctor predicting his imminent demise. “I’ve been close to death a lot, but I’ve never been close to death through natural causes,” he says. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:30:00 GMT)

Britain's best embalmer: 'I can rattle through eight people a day'
He faced some stiff opposition at the Good Funerals awards, but Andy Holder beat rivals to win recognition for his skills. Meet the man who has worked on 30,000 corpsesAndy Holder loves his job. It’s just a shame that the people he works for – or rather, on – don’t appreciate him. It’s not because he’s not good at it. He is – he’s got an award to prove it. No, it’s because they’re dead.Holder is an embalmer – an unsung hero in the funeral business who gets a body ready for burial or cremation, running through procedures that would make most feel a bit queasy. “Basically, I give them a blood transfusion using formaldehyde,” he clarifies chirpily from the mortuary. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:00:04 GMT)

‘The biggest bang ever’: how it felt to survive the New York bombing
When a bomb exploded on West 23rd, Helena Ayeh suffered a frightening injury. Since then she has lost a job, watched the river and wondered what comes nextIt was a beautiful evening, warm but not too warm. Helena Ayeh, a freelance architect, had stepped out from her apartment on 23rd Street, to buy some wine to go with the dinner she was about to cook. Related: Ahmad Khan Rahami spent time at Pakistan seminary tied to Taliban Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:38:44 GMT)

Team Sky have much to explain after Bradley Wiggins meets Andrew Marr
A short TV interview was never going to yield the detailed answers required about TUE use but it is time his team fronted upThe cocksure Bradley Wiggins, the one whose enigmatic personality and supreme sporting talent had made him one of Britain’s best loved sportsmen, was gone. In his place was one nervously trying to remember “lines to take” in response to a series of soft questions from an interviewer who – perhaps understandably after another tumultuous week in Westminster – had his mind on other things.Indeed, things were neatly wrapped up in enough time for Andrew Marr to slip in a couple of questions about politics and fashion, from which we learned that Wiggins thinks Jeremy Corbyn is a “lovely fella” but believes Theresa May has done a decent job as prime minister. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:12:41 GMT)

Sleek Southampton stroll to win and give West Ham grounds for concern
The initial temptation is to blame the ground and say that West Ham United were sorely mistaken when they decided to leave Upton Park. The burst of optimism that greeted their move to the London Stadium has given way to an unmistakable sense of drift, on and off the pitch, and Slaven Bilic could only watch helplessly as Claude Puel’s sleek Southampton inflicted a third defeat on his ragged team in their new home. Related: West Ham United v Southampton: Premier League – as it happened Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:16:17 GMT)

José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft
The Marlins pitcher is dead at the age of 24. It is a tragedy made all the more painful after the adversity he had overcome in his short lifeThis is the year my son fell in love with baseball and for reasons that are still unclear he declared the Miami Marlins his second-favorite team. He often wears a black Marlins shirt to school with orange pants to match the team’s colors. And each night when we sit in front of the television to watch an hour of baseball before bedtime it is usually the Marlins we see. The most recent Marlins game we watched together was last Tuesday night when the team’s best pitcher José Fernández sliced through the Washington Nationals, striking out 12 on his way to a 1-0 victory. Related: Marlins pitcher José Fernández killed in boating accident at age of 24 Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:54:39 GMT)

Tyson Fury seeking professional help after ‘witch-hunt’, says uncle
• Peter Fury explains that world champion is receiving medical treatment• Statement due on Tuesday after Wladimir Klitschko rematch called offTyson Fury is receiving professional help for issues that have arisen as a result of a “witch-hunt” against the boxer, according to his uncle. The WBA and WBO heavyweight champion was due to defend his belts against Wladimir Klitschko next month but last week he was declared medically unfit to fight, meaning the rematch has been postponed for a second time after an ankle injury put paid to the original date in July.Peter Fury, who is also his trainer, said the boxer’s condition has arisen from what he perceives to be a flood of negativity that is driving him away from the sport. “He is seeking help and there will be a statement issued, probably on Tuesday,” Peter Fury said in an interview with iFL TV. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:38:12 GMT)

Leicester’s Owen Williams boots away Bath’s perfect start to season
• Leicester 34-14 Bath• Williams scores 17 points from No10Had Bath extended their unbeaten start to the season by winning a league game at this ground for the first time in 13 years, all kinds of uneasy questions would have hung in the Leicester air. Maybe that grim prospect alone was the driving force behind the Tigers’ most convincing display of the season, one which left a beaten-up Bath to reflect on another fruitless visit to this muscular corner of the east Midlands.The watching England head coach, Eddie Jones, will also have left in thoughtful mood after watching Leicester’s return to bristling, abrasive type. The home flanker Mike Williams, already in England’s preliminary squad of 45 and a serious contender for the 32-man list to be named on Friday for this autumn’s internationals, had an encouragingly forceful game. However, the latest injury news regarding Manu Tuilagi is more downbeat. Leicester do not expect the centre to be back in club colours for another six to eight weeks, in effect ruling him out of contention for England’s November programme. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:53:24 GMT)

Manchester City Women 2-0 Chelsea Ladies: Women's Super League One - as it happened
Manchester City only needed a draw to win the Women’s Super League One, but goals from Jill Scott and Toni Duggan helped them seal the title with a 2-0 win over Chelsea 5.25pm BST Match report Related: Manchester City seal Women’s Super League title by beating Chelsea 4.02pm BST That’s your lot for this one. A terrific season for City, closed out with an efficient and comfortable 2-0 win over their nearest rivals and defending champions. Cheers for reading, and we should have a report for you shortly.Cheers for reading! Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:02:38 GMT)

Francis Coquelin injury gives Granit Xhaka chance to stake Arsenal place
Former Borussia Mönchengladbach playmaker did not sit easily on sidelines as Arsène Wenger stuck with a preferred midfield partnership, but Xhaka now has chance to start on meritGranit Xhaka was not happy. Anybody who knows the Arsenal midfielder will tell you that he cannot understand why he would be omitted from the starting XI. To him, there is never a satisfactory explanation. But there he was, for the Premier League derby at home to Chelsea on Saturday, once again watching the kick-off from the bench.Xhaka has started only three of Arsenal’s eight fixtures this season – one of them was the EFL Cup win at Nottingham Forest last Tuesday – and it is a fair bet that he did not envisage such a situation when he agreed his eye‑catching £35m transfer from Borussia Mönchengladbach to north London at the end of May. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:35:30 GMT)

Atlético Madrid v Deportivo: La Liga – as it happened
Antoine Griezmann scored 20 minutes from time to end the spirited resistance of Deportivo, who played the second half of the game with 10 men 5.08pm BST Well, they weren’t at their best but this was deserved – Atletico created plenty of chances, especially in the second half against 10 men, and the breakthrough had to come at some point. Griezmann provided it against a tough, resilient Depor side that really made them work for the win. But they’ve cleared a banana skin here, and gained two points on Real! Thanks a lot for reading and enjoy the rest of your day. 5.06pm BST 90+1 min: Late chance for Depor! My word. Emre gets onto a cross that isn’t cleared very well, thunders an 18-yard shot towards goal ... and I think that’s beating Oblak before Godin, standing in front of goal, gets his head onto it! I’m not sure he knew much about that. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:08:10 GMT)

Arsène Wenger’s gift arrives wrapped in a majestic Arsenal first half | Barney Ronay
The Premier League does not do anniversary awards. But if it did, Arsenal could have designed this defeat of Chelsea as a perfect homage to their managerClose your eyes, Arsène. Now … Open them. Happy 20th anniversary! Yes, that’s right. It’s exactly what you’ve always wanted. For one perfect half at the Emirates Arsenal produced something sublime, 45 minutes that contained pretty much the full set of Wenger-isms entwined in a relentless performance of sinuous passing football.This was Wengerball in excelsis on a muggy, grey north London late afternoon, the footballing equivalent of one of those Evening-With-Ronnie-Corbett-style affairs, where some garlanded old ham gets to stand centre-stage and beam munificently while his favourite anecdotes, his most wonderful personal qualities are paraded beneath the studio lights. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:03:45 GMT)

Jorge Linares goes distance to claim Anthony Crolla’s WBA lightweight title
• Venezuelan challenger wins unanimous points decision in Manchester• Crolla fails to build on impressive opening round in defeat on home turfAnthony “Million Dollar” Crolla failed to offer up a display to match his moniker as the Manchester fighter lost his WBA lightweight title to Jorge Linares, the 31-year-old Venezuelan, whose triumph gave him a fourth world crown across three different divisions, nine years after his first.After an intriguing contest which went the distance, the score was a unanimous verdict of 115-114, 117-111, 115-113 to Linares. It felt the right result and margin of victory as Crolla won barely three rounds of the 12. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:39:36 GMT)

Vincent Kompany’s fragility leaves him facing game’s cruel reality | Daniel Taylor
Given how Pep Guardiola has treated Yaya Touré and Joe Hart, the news could soon be worse for the Manchester City defender after his 34th injuryThere is a wonderful old sketch in The Goon Show when Throat, Neddie Seagoon and Justin Eidelburger, played by Spike Milligan and his partners in anarchy, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers, intend to steal Napoleon’s piano and arrange to meet outside the Louvre on the second stroke of midnight. Except Seagoon arrives on the third stroke. “You’re late,” Eidelburger says. And the explanation is a thing of beauty. “Sorry,” Seagoon says, “my legs were slow.”Vincent Kompany, one imagines, knows the feeling. It’s just not so funny in his case when his legs are not what they were and he is at a stage of his professional life when, to borrow an old line from Paul Gascoigne, the injuries no longer come in threes, they come in 33s. Or more, to be precise: Kompany’s latest setback is his 34th in Manchester City’s colours, and potentially the most damaging when the club have a new regime that gives the impression there is no place for sentimentality. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:00:15 GMT)

Rory McIlroy making timely pursuit of Dustin Johnson and FedEx Cup title
• Northern Irishman shoots third-round 66 to lie two shots off the lead• World No2 Johnson must cling on to top spot to claim $10m bountyThe identity of the man looking to halt a Dustin Johnson procession to the FedEx Cup and $10m prize is more fascinating than the fact a battle has ensued in the first place. Rory McIlroy’s third round of 66 at the Tour Championship, combined with an unforeseen late stumble by Johnson, has set up a thrilling finale on the outskirts of Atlanta.McIlroy will claim the FedEx Cup if he wins here and Johnson finishes in a share of second or worse. Even a runners-up place for McIlroy may do for the aggregate prize if Johnson capitulates entirely over the closing 18 holes. For now, Johnson and Kevin Chappell lead the Tour Championship at eight under par with McIlroy just two adrift. The element of intrigue was provided by Johnson’s double bogey on the 17th hole of his third round, just as he was threatening to speed away from the field. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:18:21 GMT)

Saracens unbeaten start to season ended by rejuvenated Harlequins
• Harlequins 17-10 Saracens• Eddie Jones in attendance to watch several of his England squadMaro Itoje may just have found his kryptonite. Having last tasted defeat here in January as a replacement, a run of 31 straight victories when starting for the man who can seemingly do no wrong was brought to an abrupt end by a Harlequins side hellbent on breathing life into their 150th anniversary season.That Saracens suffered their first defeat since March may come as a major surprise, but it was a fully warranted victory for Harlequins, who scored tries through their wings Tim Visser and Charlie Walker and made light work of their mounting injury problems. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:51:31 GMT)

Manchester City keep perfect start as Sergio Agüero punishes Swansea City
Manchester City made it a perfect 10 to continue their immaculate start to the season and take their run of successive victories into double figures, with Sergio Agüero carrying on where he left off prior to his suspension. But Pep Guardiola’s side never had everything their own way with Swansea giving as good as they got for an hour. Related: Liverpool’s Adam Lallana inspires emphatic win over 10-man Hull Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:14:39 GMT)

Ian Poulter: ‘I’m not giving up the ghost – I still have a couple of Ryder Cups in me’
The Ryder Cup vice-captain feels revived after a year beset by injury but does not see his role assisting Darren Clarke as a winding-down of his playing careerThere was a spell last winter during which the one event that has afforded Ian Poulter such joy, such revered status, was the basis for intense physical pain. Now, just days before the 41st Ryder Cup gets under way at Hazeltine, a meeting of the United States and Europe has reinvigorated the charismatic Englishman.Poulter would, of course, never lack passion in the context of a Ryder Cup. He would be affronted at the suggestion of manufactured incentive. Still, in piecing together the journey that will see him form part of Darren Clarke’s backroom team as a vice-captain, it is clear this role has relit a competitive fire. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:41:41 GMT)

Now Labour’s two sides can start to bridge the great divide | Gary Younge
After Jeremy Corbyn’s confirmation both left and right have to return to their founding principles. Failing to do so is costing the party – and the country – dearIn 1987 the left activist and academic Hilary Wainwright wrote a book called Labour: A Tale of Two Parties, in which she outlined its two competing strands. On one side was the Labour establishment that thrived on a top-down leadership model with an almost exclusive interest in electoral success, as though government were an end in itself. On the other was a grassroots contingent with one foot in the party and one in broader social movements, more interested in the kind of fundamental societal transformation that parliament alone cannot deliver.The former prides itself on its pragmatism – the capacity to engage with the world as it is rather than as it would like it to be, so it can get into power in Westminster and produce incremental improvements that might make a difference to large numbers of people. The latter is guided by its activism – mobilising communities to challenge the distribution of power itself, so that it can effect change that is more thorough-going but may also be less immediate. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:36:16 GMT)

Martin Rowson on Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour leader – cartoon
Corbyn promised before beating Owen Smith that he would ‘wipe slate clean’ if he won the contest Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:37:02 GMT)

Britain’s universities depend on open borders – Brexit has us all worried | Margret Wintermantel
It would be disastrous for British and European academia if mobility of students and teaching staff were restricted. The government must end this uncertaintyBritish universities are some of the best in the world. Their combination of academic rigour and creativity are admired across the globe. The world-class research they produce has, over decades, provided the basis for innovation and thus guaranteed the success of a whole nation.But to assume that the wonderful success story of Britain’s universities is one entirely of their own making would be a mistake: the UK’s academic system has thrived because, not in spite of, the openness it has shown to foreign researchers in the past. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:00:03 GMT)

Obama’s failed ‘Asian pivot’ leaves China ascendant | Simon Tisdall
When the president came to power, he vowed to look east with his foreign policy. But as he prepares to leave office, the US looks increasingly impotent in the regionTsai Ing-wen is new to the job and the strain is beginning to show. Elected president of Taiwan in a landslide victory, she took office in May, buoyed by high approval ratings. Yet in a few short months, Tsai’s popularity has plunged by 25%. The reason may be summed up in one word: China. Suspicious that Tsai’s Democratic Progressive party, which also won control of parliament, harbours a pro-independence agenda, Beijing suspended official and back-channel talks with its “renegade province” and shut down an emergency hotline.More seriously, for many Taiwanese workers, China also curbed the lucrative tourist trade, which brought millions of mainland visitors to the island during the accommodating presidency of Tsai’s predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou. Cross-strait investment and business have also been hit. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:03:27 GMT)

The Guardian view on an ivory ban: tusk trade rules need teeth | Editorial
No markets in elephant ivory should be legalised. They would sustain demand and provide a cover for illegal trading and poachingThe illegal trade in endangered fauna and flora is the world’s fourth biggest, after the trades in drugs, counterfeit goods and people. The difference is that there is no shortage of the other three. Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed by poachers. A third of Africa’s savannah elephants were slaughtered between 2007 and 2014. On current trends, by the time that today’s children reach adulthood, the African elephant will be extinct in the wild.This is not inevitable. Governments are about to embark on a three-yearly meeting to discuss the future of international wildlife protection. Cites, the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild flora and fauna, brings together nearly every country on Earth in pledges to protect threatened nature. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:56:58 GMT)

Like Ed Balls, Jeremy Corbyn is struggling to impress the judges
Leader’s proposals such as People’s QE would provide useful policy weapons but Labour has done little to turn them into mainstream ideas When polling stations closed at 10pm on the night of 7 May 2015, the bookies would have given generous odds on Ed Balls doing the waltz on Strictly Come Dancing and Jeremy Corbyn leading the Labour party less than 18 months later.Had things turned out a little differently, Balls would now be running the Treasury and Corbyn would have remained a backbench MP. Ed Miliband would have been at the head of a coalition government and there would have been no EU referendum. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:46:15 GMT)

In austerity Britain, why don’t schools teach self-sufficiency? | Kathleen Kerridge
Our grandparents knew how to knit, sew and cook on the cheap. With so many people experiencing poverty, these skills must be taught once againGrowing up, I remember the black bucket next to my nan’s back door. Filled with icy-cold water it held a fish, bought early in the morning by my grandfather from the docks. The fish would sit there, soaking, before it would be scaled, gutted, filleted and cooked for tea. It would have been caught overnight, by one of the small fishing boats that work the Solent. Fresh in every way that mattered, with a minuscule carbon footprint. Related: 10 things children should learn to cook Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:01:55 GMT)

All you need is love… and screaming: what the Beatles really meant
The new documentary about the Beatles brings to life some very old memoriesWhen George Martin’s son recently remixed the Beatles’ live recordings, he removed the screams. Hearing snatches of the new songs makes me feel uncomfortable, as if… as if the music has been caught just coming out of the shower, too naked, too raw. And also it seems to miss the point. If you want the pure music there are the studio albums – if you want the live experience, you need the fans.My mum’s friend phoned her after watching The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. The oddest thing, she said: she’d seen Val. At the ABC Cinema in Ardwick in 1963, my mum and Val were the only ones not screaming. It was two days before John F Kennedy was assassinated and one of the coldest winters on record, but that always seems to be the case, especially in Manchester, and especially looking back. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:00:25 GMT)

If you can’t beat Jeremy Corbyn, you’d better try to learn from him | Andrew Rawnsley
Labour MPs must now have a deep think about why the leadership challenge was such a spectacular failureSpeaking shortly before the re-coronation of Jeremy Corbyn, one Labour MP gloomily remarked of Owen Smith’s failed challenge: “It was always a kamikaze mission.”Oh no, it has turned out much more desperate than that for Labour’s parliamentarians. Back in July, when the challenge was launched off the back of a no-confidence vote by MPs and mass resignations from the frontbench, few of his colleagues thought Mr Smith could win. The purpose of the exercise, or so they calculated, was not to install a new leader but to take the shine off the incumbent. Mr Smith was designed, and in more than one sense, to be the anti-Momentum candidate. If Mr Corbyn could be run reasonably close, so backers of the challenge hoped, it would diminish the “mandate” that he and his supporters have spent the last 12 months brandishing in the face of Labour MPs. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:30:23 GMT)

Art show too male? At times, this cry makes no sense | Tiffany Jenkins
Where are the women, ask the critics of London’s new blockbuster exhibition. Well, you can’t change history…‘Abstract expressionism,” wrote poet and curator Frank O’Hara, “is the art of serious men.” The bad boys of this great American art movement, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, shifted the centre of western art from Paris to the US in the 1940s and 1950s and, more precisely, to New York, where they were well known for drinking and brawling in the bohemian Cedar Tavern. Lee Krasner, the American abstract expressionist painter, and Jackson Pollock’s wife, rarely joined them. “I loathed the place,” she said. “The women were treated like cattle.”Abstract expressionism moved art away from the figurative and explored darker sides of our nature, irrationality and vulnerability. The art is tremendous and of its time – monumental, paint-spattered pieces, an expression of individual freedom, much of it brash and bold. Were these artists serious? Without question. Men? Most definitely: too much so, apparently. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:05:18 GMT)

Looking for a Trump metaphor? He's an autoimmune disease | Lucia Graves
The Republican presidential nominee has used civil society’s defenses – the press, the courts, financial regulation – to his own ends, causing untold damageDonald Trump’s detractors have struggled to define him as long as he’s been on the political scene. But in 2015 it was the famously tongue-tied Rick Perry who landed upon what seemed like the most accurate descriptor to date: he called Trump “a cancer”.He was speaking in reference to conservatism and, rather amazingly, would later go on to support Trump; he was also on to something. We know how cancer cells evade the body’s natural response by basically disarming the immune system – turning it off or otherwise poisoning it.But the way this election is shaping up, the better analogy might be an autoimmune disease. Such illnesses result from our body’s natural defenses being marshalled against it with destructive results. Trump is exploiting our political immune system to the detriment and potentially grave peril of the republic. He’s taken what actually makes America great, the systems of government designed to foster public good – the courts, the press, our charity and financial systems – and used them for personal gain at the body politic’s expense. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:00:32 GMT)

Brangelina brings the first wave of self-cancelling celebrity news
The divorce ‘stories’ are coming so thick and fast that none seems to have any salience for more than a couple of hoursTim Farron was just stepping up to his party conference podium when Brangelina split. Cue TV gags about Hollywood ructions ruining Tim’s big day. So of course a Facebook furore and Twitter deluge followed the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie rupture (while the Bun and the Mirror cleared six or eight pages and more upmarket editors pondered which way to turn).But is past behaviour any real guide to divorce news today? Celebrity magazine sales on both sides of the Atlantic are far from their lofty peak and sliding. Pitt plays grizzled heroes these days; Jolie seems happier behind a camera, directing. Six children are many things, but not perhaps the guarantee of continuing rose-tinted romance. Pitt’s previous marriage to Jennifer Aniston is old news, remembered in tranquillity by Friends fans who were young at the time. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:26 GMT)

Corbyn Mark II looks like a leader – he must set out a clear, coherent vision
Hope for the future lies with critical friends who cheer when the leadership gets it right and point out when it gets it wrongJeremy Corbyn was always going to win the Labour leadership. We live in an age of confident political predictions that are repeatedly proven to be unwise, but this was an outcome that was never in serious doubt. Yet it is difficult to think of a greater defiance of political odds in modern times. The nearest competitor? Corbyn’s last election win. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:46:07 GMT)

How driverless cars could change our whole future | John Naughton
Vast areas of land are covered in parked cars. When self-driving vehicles become commonplace, we might devote that dead space to something useful insteadI’m looking at two photographs of the main street of the small town in which I was born. Both are taken from the same vantage point – looking up the hill to the T-junction at the top. The two photographs are separated by nearly a century: the first was taken in the 1930s, the second sometime in the last few years.Topographically, the street remains largely unchanged: it’s a straight road with two- or three-storey shops and houses on either side. But the two photographs show completely different streets. The 1930s one shows a spacious thoroughfare, with people walking on the pavements on both sides of the street: here and there, two or three individuals stand in the road, possibly engaged in conversation. The contemporary photograph shows a narrow, congested gorge. The pavements are crowded with pedestrians, but there are no people on the road. In fact, in some places, one cannot even see its surface. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:26 GMT)

Only true liberalism can thwart the demagogues | Nick Cohen
From Brexit to Trump to Putin, it is the scourge of crude nationalism that must be challengedWhen underdogs become overdogs, everything changes. They are the masters now, however much they try to pretend otherwise. Their power to change and ruin lives demands relentless and unforgiving scrutiny.The hangover from the long age of globalisation has hidden the existence of a new elite, let alone the need to hold it to account. The neoliberal order began from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, perhaps earlier with the elections of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in 1979/1980. You have to be in your 50s to remember another time. It ended with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Its death was disguised because no new system stepped forward to replace it. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:15:11 GMT)

Trump v Clinton: an analysis of debate styles
How important are the forthcoming presidential debates? Todd Graham, director of debate at Southern Illinois University, says they could just decide the election. Graham breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of both candidates, and what they need to do to win Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:29:44 GMT)

Panda cubs enjoy the sunshine – video
A group of panda cubs living in the Chengdu panda base in China, still unable to walk, learn to sit and climb trees. The online streaming site iPanda.com was launched by China Network Television in 2013 and gives a 24-hour view of how the pandas spend their days. This video shows them on Wednesday, enjoying the sunshine after a meal Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:46:37 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn: the second coming – video
Fans call him a political messiah: passionate, persuasive and, above all, authentic. Opponents say he is a divisive and unelectable figure who has reopened Labour’s door to the hard left. But whatever the critique, Corbyn is cruising to another victory, this time against Owen Smith. The question is: what happens next for a divided Labour party? Continue reading...
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:21:49 GMT)

Ukrainian politicians brawl after studio debate – video
Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Parasyuk scuffles with his rival Oleksandr Vilkul on Thursday after a studio debate on Ukraine’s 112 TV channel. Parasyuk lunges for Vilkul, a former Ukrainian deputy prime minister, in a corridor, but is held back by bodyguardsGeorgian politicians brawl on live TV – video Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:58:52 GMT)

Trump, trade and racism: economic decay is dividing Ohio Democrats – video
Decades of industrial decline are prompting white, working-class Democrats to reassess their political loyalties, and now many plan to vote for Donald Trump. In the first in a series of election videos, Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone discover the racial consequences of a divisive electionA Trump campaign chair in Ohio says there was ‘no racism’ before ObamaSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism by making a contribution or becoming a member Continue reading...
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:00:42 GMT)

The changing portrait of gun ownership in America – video
As the percentage of overall US gun owners shrinks, their piles of guns are growing, with half of all guns owned by 3% of Americans – as gun ‘super-owners’ have amassed an average of 17 guns each. Meanwhile, the gender gap in gun ownership is shrinking Continue reading...
(Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:00:43 GMT)

Ed Miliband: Labour should not be preserve solely of remain voters
Former leader speaks of ‘national crisis caused by Brexit’ and says Labour should ‘hear the people’s message’Ed Miliband has called on Labour to listen to Brexit voters and avoid becoming the preserve of the 48% who wanted to remain, as the party opted not to discuss the EU as a major topic at its autumn conference. Related: Immigrants must not lead 'parallel lives' in UK, says Chuka Umunna Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Man, 29, charged with murdering Czech man in east London
Raymond Sculley will appear in court on Monday charged with murdering 31-year-old Zdeněk MakarDetectives investigating the murder last week of Zdeněk Makar in east London have charged a 29-year-old man.Raymond Sculley, of Sherman House, Poplar, will appear at Thames magistrates court on Monday charged with 31-year-old Zdeněk’s murder in East India Dock Road on Wednesday 21 September. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:29:46 GMT)

Parents urged to boycott requests for children's country of birth information
Human rights groups fear schools census data could be used against families by Home Office immigration enforcementParents are being urged to boycott requests to disclose their child’s nationality and country of birth over fears it could turn teachers into de facto border guards and stoke divisions in the classroom. Human rights groups are concerned that the data, collected for the first time this year from pupils aged two to 19 as part of the schools census, could be used against children and their families by immigration enforcement. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

British woman, 26, becomes one of world’s youngest airline captains
Kate McWilliams, 26, says easyJet passengers ask about her age all the timeA British woman has become one of the world’s youngest commercial airline captains at the age of 26. Kate McWilliams, from Carlisle, said she is asked about her age by cabin crew and passengers almost daily and most people are “pleasantly surprised and impressed” when she tells them.McWilliams began flying in the air cadets aged 13 before going on a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday then joining easyJet as a first officer in May 2011. She recently rose to the rank of captain after passing the airline’s command course. An easyJet spokeswoman said the budget carrier believes McWilliams is the world’s youngest commercial airline captain. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Coronation Street actor sacked over racist tweets about Indian people
Marc Anwar, who plays Sharif Nazir, dismissed from soap after making offensive comments on TwitterCoronation Street actor Marc Anwar has been sacked from the soap after posting racially offensive comments about Indian people on Twitter.The Pakistan-born actor, 45, joined the ITV soap as Sharif Nazir in February 2014 as a member of the first Muslim family on the cobbles. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:35:12 GMT)

Brexit anxiety taking its toll on financial services sector, CBI finds
Report shows optimism down for third consecutive quarter in worst sign of unease since 2009Britain’s financial services are becoming increasingly anxious about life after the Brexit vote, according to the latest detailed survey of confidence in the sector. Optimism dropped for the third consecutive quarter in the three months to September, according to the research jointly produced by the CBI business lobby group and the accountancy firm PwC. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Immigrants must not lead 'parallel lives' in UK, says Chuka Umunna
Former shadow business secretary says it is ‘not an option’ for people to not integrate into British life and their local communitiesImmigrants should be forced to integrate into British life to stop them leading “parallel lives”, Chuka Umunna has said.The government had to make it clear to foreigners working and living in the UK that “not getting involved in the community is not an option,” the Labour MP for Streatham said. “There should be an expectation that you become part of the community.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:48:56 GMT)

British manufacturing sector ready for expected boost from Treasury
Reports over the weekend suggest chancellor ready to ‘reset’ the public finances with programme of investment in transport and infrastructureBritain’s manufacturers insisted they have a crucial role to play in a post-Brexit world, contributing $247bn (£190bn) a year to the economy and creating well-paid, high-value jobs.The UK is the world’s ninth-largest industrial nation and manufacturing accounts for 14% of business investment according to a report by the sector’s trade body, called EEF, and Santander. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Boris Johnson says NHS will get substantial extra funds after Brexit
Foreign secretary tells Andrew Marr he agrees with former health secretary’s figure of at least £5bn being available by 2020Boris Johnson has said the NHS will get substantial extra funding after Brexit, despite Theresa May’s refusal to endorse the leave campaign’s promise of an additional £100m a week.The foreign secretary strayed from his brief during BBC1’s Andrew Marr show to sign up the prime minister to a cash injection for health services during this parliament. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:47:41 GMT)

Claudia Lawrence case ‘fits behaviour pattern’ of Christopher Halliwell
Former detective says double murderer Halliwell’s links to area where Lawrence vanished in 2009 should be investigatedThe disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence, who was last seen in 2009, fits with the pattern of behaviour of double murderer Christopher Halliwell, according to the former detective who originally caught the killer. Former Wiltshire detective superintendent Steve Fulcher said Halliwell’s links to the area where Lawrence vanished should be investigated and also suggested he could be linked with the disappearance of 25-year-old university graduate Melanie Hall. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:06:17 GMT)

BHS to launch online a month after last store closed
Qatari Al Mana Group to unveil BHS.com on Thursday with 84 employees compared with previous 11,000 BHS is poised to make a comeback as an online retailer just one month after the brand closed its last remaining high-street store.The business will be relaunched on Thursday, selling lighting and home furnishing products before adding clothing lines and kitchen and dining ranges over the coming weeks. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:54:23 GMT)

National newspapers unimpressed by Jeremy Corbyn's victory
‘An unelectable leader is about as much use as an ice-cream in the desert’, says the Labour-supporting Sunday People - and the Tory press is sharper stillLabour leaders who won general elections (including Tony Blair) did so without the majority of national newspapers supporting them.If Jeremy Corbyn is to lead Labour to victory, it looks as if he will have to do so with virtually no press backing whatsoever. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:54:09 GMT)

Man arrested in connection with Pippa Middleton iCloud hack claim
Pictures of Duchess of Cambridge and her children are reportedly among 3,000 images taken from Kate’s sisterA 35-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating claims that Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account was hacked. Scotland Yard said they arrested the man on Saturday evening at an address in Northamptonshire. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:59:15 GMT)

Tony Blair voices anger at pursuit of British soldiers for alleged war abuses
Former prime minister says such investigations should never have happened and that soldiers and their families should not face such an ordealTony Blair has added his voice to the mounting criticism of investigations into British troops facing allegations of serious misconduct in Iraq or Afghanistan.The former prime minister said he was “very sorry” soldiers were being put through such an “ordeal”, and said the process looking into claims should never have been set up. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:54:46 GMT)

McDonnell defends calling Tory MP 'stain of inhumanity'
Comment about Esther McVey was made in anger but it is ‘better to be honest with people’, says shadow chancellor John McDonnell has defended describing a Conservative MP as a “stain of inhumanity” by arguing that it is better if politicians are honest about the way they feel.The shadow chancellor conceded “I was angry” when he made the comments in the Commons about Esther McVey in March last year, before she lost her Wirral West seat to Labour. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:39:30 GMT)

AkzoNobel chief urges UK to clarify future relationship with EU
CEO says firm, which makes Dulux paint, is committed to UK but desires quick, no-nonsense approach to Brexit negotiations AkzoNobel, one of Europe’s biggest industrial companies, has called for “quick clarity” over the UK’s future relationship with the EU.Ton Büchner, the chief executive of the company, which makes Dulux paint and employs 45,000 people, said staff had sought reassurances about the company’s future in the UK but that he was committed to its existing investments. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:37:02 GMT)

Clinton camp says Trump in 'sewer' as debate looms and fight gets dirty
Mark Cuban and Gennifer Flowers at center of debate guest controversyTrump chief denies investor linked to Russia talks is part of campaignThe US presidential election turned into an increasingly dirty fight on Sunday, as polls showed the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightening ahead of their first televised debate. Related: Trump did not 'formally invite' Gennifer Flowers to debate, says campaign Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:07:33 GMT)

European Space Agency accused of 'having a problem with promoting women'
Rita Schulz says she was ‘shafted’ by management when she was dropped as lead scientist on Rosetta mission six months before its culminationA leading space scientist has accused the European Space Agency of having a “problem with promoting women” that has led to men holding almost every top job at the agency. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:00:32 GMT)

Switzerland votes in favour of greater surveillance
Bill wins almost 70% of vote in victory for government who argued that intelligence agencies relied too heavily on other nationsSwiss voters have approved a new surveillance law, after the government argued that security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world.The proposed law won 65.5% support, final results on Sunday showed. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:49:25 GMT)

Jordanian writer shot dead as he arrives at trial for insulting Islam
Nahed Hattar killed outside court in Amman where he was being tried for sharing an Isis-themed cartoon on FacebookA prominent Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to appear.Nahed Hattar, 56, was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam after posting the cartoon on Facebook this year. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:16:58 GMT)

Canada’s Great Bear forest comes under Commonwealth canopy
Prince William to announce addition of temperate rainforest to worldwide conservation networkAn unlikely alliance of the Queen, Prince William, the Labour MP Frank Field, Commonwealth countries and Canadian ecologists join forces today to protect one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests in the world: the Great Bear rainforest along the central and west coast of British Columbia.Prince William is in the Canadian province for a weeklong visit and will announce on Monday that the forest will join an international network of forests designed to involve all 53 countries in the Commonwealth. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:01:14 GMT)

Spain’s Guardia Civil in sexism row over bulletproof jackets
Campaign launched over failure of police service to provide female officers with jackets designed for women’s bodiesA failure by Guardia Civil to provide female officers with bulletproof jackets specifically designed for women is discriminatory, dangerous and is affecting their ability to protect the public, a major Spanish policing group has said.The United Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), which has 30,000 members, has launched a campaign demanding the nationwide police service affords equal protection to male and female officers. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:51:35 GMT)

Canadian and two Italians taken hostage in Libya
Canadian government confirms citizen taken hostage and says it is ‘diligently’ seeking more information, after Libyan authorities reported kidnappingsCanada confirmed on Sunday it had become aware of a citizen taken hostage in Libya and was “diligently pursuing all appropriate channels to obtain more information”. Related: Libyan authorities ​search for Canadian and two Italians abducted at border Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:03:24 GMT)

No return to civil war, Farc leader promises ahead of Colombia vote
Guerrilla chief says it is the time to heal wounds, whatever next Sunday’s referendum decidesThe leader of Colombia’s revolutionary guerrilla movement, the Farc, has pledged to maintain the fragile ceasefire that has halted the world’s longest-running civil war even if the country’s peace deal is rejected in a plebiscite on 2 October, he has told the Observer.On Sunday in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, the president of Colombia and the leader of Latin America’s most enduring guerrilla insurgency will put their signatures on the agreement that ends more than 50 years of fighting. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:29 GMT)

Sexism is a problem for us, Angela Merkel’s CDU party admits
General secretary says comments reported by Berlin politician Jenna Behrends are not isolated and calls for a ‘new sensitivity’A leader of the German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has admitted that it has a problem with sexism in its ranks, after a female politician spoke out about vulgar and belittling comments.Peter Tauber, the general secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that remarks made public by Berlin CDU politician Jenna Behrends were not an isolated incident. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:15:18 GMT)

Budapest explosion of ‘unknown origin’ injures two police officers
Unconfirmed reports from Hungarian capital suggest incident was caused by device in bag left at the sceneA large explosion “of unknown origin” rocked a building in Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two passing police officers, authorities have said.The blast occurred at 10.30pm local time (8.30pm GMT) inside or beside a ground floor shop on a major intersection, a police statement said on Sunday, which added that two police officers on patrol were injured and taken to hospital. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:40:16 GMT)

Prince William and Kate's children begin 'lifetime of friendship' with Canada
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s highly anticipated eight-day visit kicks off with official welcome in British ColumbiaThe Duke of Cambridge has said his children were beginning their own “lifetime of friendship” with Canada as Prince George took his first tentative steps in the country.Holding on to his parents’ hands, the three-year-old future king of Canada walked down the steps of a military plane when they arrived, while Princess Charlotte was cradled by the Duchess of Cambridge. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:37:35 GMT)

Rock archway collapses on to beach in Morocco
One of two archways regarded as natural wonders comes down at Legzira beach, leaving a pile of rubble on Atlantic coastOne of two rock archways at Legzira beach on Morocco’s Atlantic coast has collapsed. A pile of red rubble was all that was left after the natural wonder near the city of Sidi Ifni, 93 miles (150km) south of Agadir, came down on Friday afternoon.Often cited as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Legzira is famous for sunsets punctuated by the rock structures jutting out from the cliffs. They were formed over thousands of years by erosion. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:36:50 GMT)

Fifa urged to kick out Israeli football clubs located in West Bank
Human Rights Watch says football body is breaking its own rules by allowing clubs in occupied Palestinian territories to compete Football’s international governing body, Fifa, is facing pressure to rule next month that six Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories should either relocate to Israel or be banned from Fifa-recognised competitions.A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) – published on Monday before a Fifa meeting in October – follows an online petition signed by more than 150,000 people as well as an open letter from dozens of European MEPs this month calling on Fifa to act on the issue. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:34:38 GMT)

Trump did not 'formally invite' Gennifer Flowers to debate, says campaign
Bill Clinton admitted to extramarital sexual liaison with former modelKellyanne Conway: ‘I can’t believe how easily Clinton camp was baited’ Gennifer Flowers has not been “formally invited” by the Trump campaign to attend Monday’s first presidential debate, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday, adding: “I can’t believe how easily the Clinton campaign was baited.” Related: Clinton camp says Trump in 'sewer' as debate looms and fight gets dirty Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:56:23 GMT)

China starts up world’s largest single-dish radio telescope
Dish with reflector as large as 30 football pitches will listen for signs of intelligent life and is one of several ‘world-class’ projects The world’s largest radio telescope has begun operating in south-western China, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life.The five-hundred-metre aperture spherical radio telescope (acronym: Fast), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working about noon on Sunday, the official news agency, Xinhua, reported. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:35:43 GMT)

Washington state mall shooting suspect was under 'no firearm' order
20-year-old suspect Arcan Cetin charged 3 times with domestic assaultEx-girlfriend had previously worked at targeted storeA 20-year-old suspect was in custody on Sunday for the killing of five people during a deadly shooting at a mall in Burlington, Washington, two days before.Arcan Cetin of Oak Harbor, Washington, a legal permanent resident who had immigrated to the US from Turkey, was discovered “zombie-like”, police said, on Saturday evening after police responded to a tip-off following an intensive 24-hour manhunt. Cetin was unarmed at the time of his arrest, authorities said. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:42:10 GMT)

‘Mouse droppings were everywhere’: a day in the life of a food inspector
Sharon Nkansah has worked on the food safety frontline in Newham, London, for 10 years, and seen the good, bad and the uglyWhen you’ve been a food safety inspector for as long as Sharon Nkansah, you know how to smell a rat.“Last month, there was a place I inspected [where] I walked in and you could smell it,” she says. “You can smell mouse activity. They had droppings in fridges, where they have their sauces, where they have their cutlery; the droppings were everywhere. So I just said: ‘Pull the shutters down’.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:57:19 GMT)

Life, death and black humour: on duty with the London ambulance servic​e​
From chasing naked men to calming anxiety attacks, a paramedic’s job is nothing if not unpredictable. Stephen Moss shadows a team in north London whose day gets off to a tragic startIt’s 6.45am at Camden ambulance station in north London, and the day shift is just beginning. Andy Donovan, who will drive the ambulance I will accompany for the next nine hours, is making me a cup of tea. His more senior paramedic partner, Dean Lowes, is running a few minutes late. When he does arrive, Lowes looks very sorry for himself: he’s got an ear infection, picked up on a friend’s stag weekend in Budapest. Lowes is the ambulance’s first case of the day. They nip off to the nearby Royal Free hospital in Hampstead to get some ear drops. Paramedic, heal thyself.All this delays us for more than an hour, and we’re not ready to “go green” – telling the London ambulance service’s call centre near Waterloo station that they are available for a job – until after 8.30am. Lowes, who along with Donovan is featured in the BBC’s new three-part series on London’s overstretched ambulance service, is suitably embarrassed. “This never happens to me,” he says. “I’m never ill.” But full marks for at least getting here. Crewing an ambulance is challenging at the best of times. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:00:04 GMT)

Why do our spies keep telling us everything? | David Mitchell
The alarming news that MI6 plans to recruit 1,000 more staff makes me hanker for the days when they just kept things to themselvesDespite being an enthusiastic consumer of spy films and novels, I’ve never much fancied being an actual spy. Physical cowardice is part of the reason – I don’t like the sound of all the piranha tanks, gun fights, torture by sleep deprivation or polonium-laced sushi (depending on genre) – but that’s not the main deterrent. After all, popular culture makes it clear there are plenty of espionage jobs that don’t involve anything more challenging than ducking under some police tape in a cashmere overcoat. That’s the sort of spy I’d dream of being, if I dreamed of being a spy which I’m surprised to find I don’t. The suit-and-tie, office-with-a-rooftop-view, “How can we stop them realising we’ve realised that they’ve realised we realise?” kind.Which isn’t to say I don’t want to be George Smiley: I absolutely do want to be George Smiley. I just don’t want to be any of the people he’s based on. I’d be thrilled to pretend to be a spy, with lots of people watching and applause at the end. What I’m not tempted by is the long career, wrestling with terrible secrets, mind-bending complications and soul-crushing compromises, while not being able to get credit when it went well, sympathy when it went horribly or a huge pile of money if I happened to be good at it. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:59:30 GMT)

Björk review – scenes from a marriage
Royal Albert Hall, LondonThe Icelandic star revisits her 2015 break-up album Vulnicura in a raw, stripped-back set – and the crowd goes wildThe appreciation of live music has a limited lexicon, given the range of emotions artists elicit. Audiences can clap, cheer, boo, perhaps make gunshot noises, heckle “Judas!”; more nuanced responses are at a premium. How then to respond adequately to the songs that make up the first half of Björk’s first ever concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall? The yay/boo binary is sorely lacking.Backed by a 26-strong forest of bows, wood and catgut – Aurora Orchestra – the Icelandic polymath sings an austere selection of tracks from her harrowing 2015 album, Vulnicura. It was the record that detailed the collapse of Björk’s 13-year marriage to conceptual artist Matthew Barney with frank horror; this one-off performance echoes the beatless, whole-album remix, Vulnicura Strings, released a few months afterwards. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:29 GMT)

10 things you need to know about vaginas
From the science of the orgasm to cannabis tampons, there’s a lot to learn. Warning: explicit contentVagina 101: Can you pass the test?Draw a vagina vulvaMae and I thought we were well informed when it comes to vaginas (between us, we have 58 years’ experience of them), but the more we researched the subject for our new video series, Vagina Dispatches, the more we discovered that, like most people, we don’t know our asses from our elbows – let alone our vulvas from our vaginas.Does it matter that we don’t know what a perineum is, never mind where to find one? It turns out it does. Even though there are lots of parts of our bodies we don’t know well (neither of us can explain the full process from sandwich to stool), there is something particularly damaging about vagina ignorance. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 GMT)

‘Well, that didn't go to plan’: Cameron’s spin doctor on the Brexit vote
In Craig Oliver’s insider account of the referendum Theresa May is exasperatingly Sphinx-like and Boris Johnson wobbles David Cameron’s director of communications, Craig Oliver, is publishing an insider’s account of the EU referendum campaign with his memoir, Unleashing Demons.The book, serialised in the Mail on Sunday, offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Conservative party’s biggest players in the vote. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:13:57 GMT)

The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1966-1989 – digested read
‘Saw Harold who showed me The Birthday Party. Suggested a couple of places where the pauses could be longer’Ussy, Paris, Berlin, TunisiaDear Whoever, Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:00:05 GMT)

'Draw and you'll go to jail': the fight to save comics from the censor
From worried parents to policemen with built-in ‘Satan detectors’, underground comics have never lacked enemies. And for 30 years Neil Gaiman and his friends have fought back in the name of free speechIn 1994, Mike Diana found himself in jail near his home in Largo, Florida. Sitting alongside rapists, muggers and murderers, he spent four days waiting to be sentenced after his conviction at Pinellas County court. His crime? Making comics.Diana was just 25 when he became the first person in the US to be convicted of “artistic obscenity”. The jury took 40 minutes to find him guilty on three counts: for publishing, distributing and advertising his comic series Boiled Angel. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:00:03 GMT)

Poldark recap: series two, episode four – stick your oar in, Ross!
This week there was some unexpectedly graphic eye-gouging, and a hardcore spot of fishing. Next week, Ross has a wash. I repeat: Poldark in the bathThis was rather tiring, and very much a tale of two halves. At first, it was an extremely exciting episode if you are a fan of marine engineering. For everyone else, it was a bit rambling. Lots of things going on, but nothing really moving. Demelza is with bump and catching illegal fish. Francis is looking for a mine in the garden with his homemade divining rod. There’s a vote to curb the mine expansion. Ross is selling his shares. Elizabeth is taking refreshment with (soon-to-be-broken-nosed) Evil George. And here’s Verity! All these things, and yet all a bit dull. Until ... suddenly it all kicked off! “Are you suggesting we go into partnership?” A renewed collaboration with Francis was a quick route to an unexpectedly graphic eye-gouging in the pub for Ross, an altercation which revealed that Evil George’s lessons with the weedy boxing master have not been as effective as he had hoped. Meanwhile Demelza was going into labour while doing a spot of fishing. “Give me the oars, Demelza.” “I can manage!” This was some hardcore baby-delivering, with Demelza seemingly set on the world’s first unassisted water birth. At sea. And straight back into a moss-green corset for the opening of the Grace Wheel within moments! Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:00:11 GMT)

Could ants be the solution to antibiotic crisis?
Bacterial defences of fungus-farming ants could help in medical battle against superbugsScientists have pinpointed a promising new source of antibiotics: ants. They have found that some species – including leaf-cutter ants from the Amazon – use bacteria to defend their nests against invading fungi and microbes.Chemicals excreted by the bacteria as part of this fight have been shown to have particularly powerful antibiotic effects and researchers are now preparing to test them in animals to determine their potential as medicines for humans. Continue reading...
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:17:33 GMT)

'It represents my liberty': America and the gun, then and now
Two decades ago, photographer Zed Nelson travelled across America for his acclaimed project, Gun Nation. This year, he went back: what’s changed?Watch Zed Nelson’s Guardian documentaryThat original photograph is powerful. It represents my freedom. Some people may see me as a rightwing lunatic, but I’m just looking out for myself and my family. Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:00:29 GMT)

Che Guevara era closes as Latin America's oldest guerrilla army calls it a day
The Farc’s peace deal in Colombia marks the effective end of a wave of rebel movements inspired by the Cuban revolution, with just a few small groups leftIn their 52-year fight against the Colombian state, Farc rebels used assault rifles, shrapnel-filled gas canisters, homemade landmines and mortar shells. Related: Colombia's half-century of conflict that led to historic peace deal Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:00:31 GMT)

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