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Scotland votes no in independence referendum - live coverage
Continuing rolling coverage as Scotland rejects independence and chooses to stay within the United KingdomNo independence for Scotland at this stage - SalmondCameron: matter settled for a lifetimeNew readers start hereHow referendum night unfolded Voting day as seen by youShare your photos and stories via GuardianWitness 8.49am BST Ed Miliband is about to make a statement on the result in Glasgow. 8.49am BST In Spain, Ashifa Kassam reports that Catalan pro-independence campaigners, who have been watching the Scottish campaign closely, say the result will have little effect there. What happened in Scotland was exactly what we expected would happen, said Ricard Gené, of the Catalan National Assembly, one of the grassroots movements that has been driving the independence campaign.Whether they voted yes or no, that would have been all right, he said. What we really feel is envy about the possibility of voting. This is what we are fighting for. 8.41am BST Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip (the United Kingdom Independence party - a Eurosceptic party) has called for a full constitutional convention. In an interview on Sky News, he said that the cabinet committee offered by David Cameron was unsatisfactory.Farage said:The English are 86% by population of this Union. Theyve been left out of all of this for the last 18 years. We still have a situation where Scottish MPs can vote in the House of Commons on English-only issues. I think what most English people want is a fair settlement. Mr Cameron this morning, as a last-minute measure yet again, has decided to put William Hague in charge of a committee to try to cobble together a solution. 8.38am BST The head of the British employers organisation, the CBI, said businesses would greet the result with a collective sigh of relief.John Cridland said in a statement: Business has always believed that the union is best for creating jobs, raising growth and improving living standards, and welcomes that the people of Scotland want to play an integral role in this internationally successful partnership. 8.35am BST Heres the full text of David Camerons statement. 8.33am BST The final turnout figure set a record. This is from the Press Association.Turnout in the referendum on Scottish independence hit a record high for any election held in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918. The participation rate of 84.5% topped the previous best of 83.9% recorded in the 1950 general election and dwarfed the tallies in recent Westminster polls, which saw 65.1% vote in 2010 and 61.4% in 2005. 8.28am BST Henry McDonald, the Guardians Ireland correspondent, reports:The no victory is a morale-boosting shot in the arm for unionists on this side of the Irish Sea, with the leader of one of the pro-union parties describing it as a victory for common sense. Mike Nesbitt, the Ulster Unionist party chief, used the result to call for more devolved powers for the Stormont parliament in Belfast, including the right for the region to set its own corporation tax. 8.26am BST Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, has welcomed the result of the referendum. 8.23am BST The final result has come in from Highland.Highland votes NO in final council declaration: Yes 78,069 (47%) No 87,739 (53%) Turnout 87.0% http://t.co/92Wj2QHdrZ #indyref 8.19am BST Heres Patrick Wintours report on David Camerons speech.David Cameron committed himself to a devolution revolution across Great Britain, including votes on English issues by English MPs at Westminster, as he hailed the Scottish peoples decision to remain inside the United Kingdom in the referendum.But he made clear the constitutional reforms including in Scotland will not be delivered until after the General Election, and in tandem with reforms in England. We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of the voices of England must be heard, he insisted. 8.18am BST If you want to catch up with all the overnight developments, here are some stories and articles that will help. 8.18am BST With the vote having been followed by people around the world, Paul Farrell from Guardian Australia reports mixed reactions from Scottish people in Sydney.As the results continue to come in indicating a no vote, Scots are celebrating, or commiserating, in the Arisaig bar in Sydneys Surrey Hills.One lone bagpiper marched slowly and sadly up and down the road, welcoming prospective patrons into the Arisaig.Matthew Bywalec, a Scot who has lived in Sydney for a year, said he was gutted with the result. I just feel like Scotland had been let down today. Weve been let down by a very slim majority, thats all it was.But he remained optimistic about a second round: It starts from tomorrow. Bring on the 2020 referendum. 7.47am BST Scottish first minister Alex Salmonds statement this morning sealed a two-year campaign and was listened to by a group of soberly-dressed supporters, reports Ewen MacAskill. There was none of the raucous flag-waving seen at so many independence events and that was evident on the streets of Edinburgh just hours before.At the end of the statement, Susan Maciver, 48, stood in tears. A local government worker, she had been drawn into politics by the referendum. She feared that all the enthusiasm that it had generated, mobilising people who had not been engaged in politics before, would die. 7.38am BST It truly has been a dramatic and historic night. The eyes of the world have been firmly on the Scottish people, who in the course of the past 24 hours rejected independence in a referendum choosing to stay part of its 307-year-old union with England and Wales.An estimated 55% of voters rejected Scottish first minister Alex Salmonds plans for his country to become a separate nation although there were big majorities for independence in Glasgow, Scotlands largest city, and in Dundee. Continue reading...
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(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:40:14 GMT)

Isis video shows UK hostage delivering propaganda message
John Cantlie, who has been held by Islamic State for almost two years, says: 'I've been abandoned by my government'A British press photojournalist who has been held prisoner by Islamic State (Isis) militants for almost two years has become the latest hostage to be forced to appear in an online video, this time delivering a propaganda message on behalf of the group in what he admits is a desperate gamble to save his life.In a clip posted on the internet, John Cantlie calmly introduces himself and explains his predicament, before calling on the public to act to "change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events" by forcing the US and British governments to change their policies on hostage-taking. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:57:00 GMT)

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 with 70% chance of continuous rise
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual declineThe worlds population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. A ground-breaking analysis released on Thursday shows there is a 70% chance that the number of people on the planet will rise continuously from 7bn today to 11bn in 2100.The work overturns 20 years of consensus that global population, and the stresses it brings, will peak by 2050 at about 9bn people. The previous projections said this problem was going to go away so it took the focus off the population issue, said Prof Adrian Raftery, at the University of Washington, who led the international research team. There is now a strong argument that population should return to the top of the international agenda. Population is the driver of just about everything else and rapid population growth can exacerbate all kinds of challenges. Lack of healthcare, poverty, pollution and rising unrest and crime are all problems linked to booming populations, he said. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:00:13 GMT)

Ebola outbreak a threat to world peace, says UN security council
Group unanimously backs emergency resolution as UN secretary general calls for $1bn aid effort to tackle virusThe UN security council has called the Ebola outbreak "a threat to international peace and security" and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies.A resolution adopted unanimously by the UN's most powerful body at an emergency meeting with an unprecedented 130 countries as co-sponsors reflected the rising global concern at the outbreak. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:51:35 GMT)

Florida shooting: man kills six grandchildren and daughter in murder-suicide
Police were summoned to home when Don Spirit threatened family, county sheriff saysA grandfather shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren at his Florida home on Thursday before turning his gun on himself, law enforcement officials in Florida said.The childrens ages ranged from three months to 10 years, Gilchrist County sheriff Robert Schultz said at a press conference in Bell, a small town in central Florida about 30 miles west of Gainesville.Bell shooting: pic.twitter.com/pp0wMLVO0d Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:30:18 GMT)

Malaysia Airlines MH370 underwater hunt to resume
GO Phoenix ship to begin searching a remote patch of the Indian Ocean where investigators believe the plane ran out of fuelCrews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the end of September, moving the search area further south than initially planned, a senior Australian official has announced.The search had been due to start next week but the first of three ships that will scour a remote patch of the Indian Ocean for the plane that vanished in March needed some additional work done in Indonesia, said Martin Dolan of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:56:54 GMT)

R&A golf club ends 260-year ban on women members
Members of Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews vote to change outdated rulesThe independence referendum was not the only historic decision made in Scotland on Thursday, with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews finally voting to accept female members for the first time in its 260-year history.The R&A, which is the historic home of golf and the game's governing body outside the US and Mexico, belatedly conceded in March that the time had come to vote on whether to accept women as members after years of mounting pressure. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:14:33 GMT)

Ukrainian president makes emotional plea to Congress for greater military aid
Petro Poroshenko asks US to authorise military equipment for Ukrainian forces, and says one cannot win the war with blanketsUkrainian president Petro Poroshenko called on the US to provide his forces with military weapons to fight Russia, in an emotional appeal to a joint session of Congress in which he claimed the world was on the edge of a new cold war.They [Ukrainian forces] need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal urgently need, said Poroshenko, whose forces have currently only received non-lethal supplies from Nato. Blankets and night-vision googles are also important, but one cannot win the war with blankets, he added. Even more, we cannot keep the peace with blankets. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:50:16 GMT)

'Angelina effect' more than doubled breast cancer tests in UK, study finds
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy to avoid cancer 'had bigger impact because of her image as a glamorous and strong woman'Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have described as the "Angelina effect".In May last year, actor Angelina Jolie revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:59:00 GMT)

NHS workers back strike action in pay row by 2-to-1 margin
Unison members in England including nurses, porters and paramedics vote for first pay strike in 32 yearsUnison's NHS workers, including nurses, occupational therapists, porters, paramedics, medical secretaries, cooks and healthcare assistants, have voted to back strike action in a row over pay.A total of 68% voted in favour of being prepared to take part in a strikes while 32% said no. The ballot also asked if they were prepared to take part in action short of strike action and 88% agreed while 12% voted against. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:49:03 GMT)

Alice Gross: police say Arnis Zalkalns has murder conviction and is a suspect
Police believe Zalkalns, who was jailed for murder in his native Latvia, encountered Alice on day she went missingPolice yesterday disclosed that a suspect in the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross has a murder conviction and was arrested in connection with an indecent assault on a teenage girl in west London. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:27:00 GMT)

CIA chief: 'If I've done something wrong, I'll stand up and admit it'
John Brennan expresses frustration with Senate and media while decrying lack of trust in agency at intelligence conferenceThe director of the Central Intelligence Agency expressed frustration with his Senate overseers and the media on Thursday, even as he and his fellow heads of US intelligence agencies pledged to win back the trust of a skeptical American public.I certainly believe having the publics trust makes all of our jobs much easier and better, Brennan said on a panel at an intelligence conference, where he was joined by his colleagues at the helms of the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:32:12 GMT)

Yvette Cooper plans legal powers to stop girls at risk of FGM travelling
Shadow home secretary says Labour plans protection orders letting civil courts intervene to prevent female genital mutilationCourts should be given new powers to prevent girls being taken abroad if they are at risk of genital mutilation, Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said on Thursday.In an interview with the House Magazine in the runup to the Labour conference, she said a Labour government would introduce female genital mutilation (FGM) protection orders, giving legal powers for civil courts to intervene and prevent FGM, including by preventing the removal abroad of a child at risk. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT)

Terrorism raids: Isis 'urging followers to behead Australians', says PM
Two charged and nine released after Sydney raids22-year-old accused of planning public killingsAbbott: Isis militants urged demonstration killings videoA senior member of Islamic State was urging a network in Australia to carry out public beheadings, prime minister Tony Abbott said after the largest counter-terrorism raids in the countrys history. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:47:21 GMT)

New Zealand prepares to vote after 'strangest, dirtiest' election campaign
Allegations of online subterfuge and deception over state surveillance have sidelined conventional policy argumentsAn election campaign labelled New Zealand's strangest, dirtiest and most dramatic, reaches a climax as voters go to the polls, though it may take days or weeks before a government is agreed.In the last month conventional policy arguments have been squeezed to the margins, with the ruling National party forced to face down revelations of links to a notorious attack-blogger that hogged headlines for a fortnight. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:57:02 GMT)

Thailand murders: no DNA link to men questioned so far
British pair Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found dead on the island of Koh Tao on MondayThai police investigating the murder on a beach of two British tourists have ruled out a link between DNA found on one of the bodies and any of the men they have so far questioned.Relatives of one of the victims, Hannah Witheridge, 23, paid tribute to her as they flew in to the country to meet investigators. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:49:45 GMT)

NFL running back Jonathan Dwyer 'head-butted wife after she refused sex'
Arizona Cardinals player bailed after Wednesday arrestPolice say he punched his wife a day after first assaultJeb Lund: Adrian Peterson and what our fathers did to usPeterson case exposes Americas blurred lines on disciplineThe Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, then punched her in the face the next day, police said on Thursday.The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early on Thursday. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:32:22 GMT)

Ambulance queue death blamed on NHS cuts
Family of Sonia Powell, who died in an ambulance after waiting for more than half an hour outside hospital, criticise care she receivedThe family of a grandmother who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances outside a hospital accident and emergency unit has criticised the NHS for the care she received.Sonia Powell died in the back of the ambulance after waiting for more than half an hour outside Morriston hospital near Swansea on Wednesday afternoon. Her death has highlighted the widespread problem of patients having to stay in ambulances because A&Es are too busy. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:01:53 GMT)

Nine women masterminded £21m scam that fleeced 10,000 victims
Get-rich-quick pyramid scheme, called Give and Take or Key to a Fortune, caused a loss to the public of about £19mNine women have been found guilty of running a £21m get-rich-quick scheme, fleecing at least 10,000 victims after luring them in with "champagne celebration nights" and encouraging them to "beg, borrow or steal" the £3,000 needed to invest in the scam.The victims, often vulnerable women, were told they would receive a £24,000 payout when they reached the top of their pyramid chart, with organisers promising they could not lose. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:04:56 GMT)

High air pollution levels hit south-east England
Dirty air a result of weeks of low pressure which has drawn in pollution from the continent, Met Office saysAir pollution is expected to be high on Thursday over the south-east of England, leading to warnings to people with respiratory difficulties.The pollution is likely to be localised, with clear skies over Scotland as people cast their ballots in the independence referendum. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:40:49 GMT)

Pope Francis's skull cap attracts 105,000 bid on eBay
Italian TV show that got pontiff to part with skull cap says money raised will be given to charity fighting child mortality in DRCAn Italian TV show has managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over 100,000 in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay.The host of satirical show Le Iene (The Hyenas) got up at the crack of dawn to ensure he had a front row position for one of the pope's regular appearances in St Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:50:21 GMT)

Japan defies IWC ruling on scientific whaling
Tokyo announces new round of culls in the Southern Ocean despite a majority no vote at International Whaling Commission The truth about the peer-reviewed science produced by Japans whalingJapan has responded to a non-binding International Whaling Commission (IWC) vote to impose strict limits on its scientific whaling programme, by announcing that it will proceed with a new round of culls in the Southern Ocean next year regardless.The 65th meeting of the worlds whale conservation body voted by 35 to 20 with five abstentions in favour of a resolution by New Zealand, requiring members to put future scientific whaling programmes to the IWCs scientific committee and the biennial commission itself for guidance. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:39:17 GMT)

Ireland's economy fastest growing in European Union
Dublin government says 7.7% growth rate is reward after period of austerity and adjusts predictions for the yearIreland's economy has surged 7.7% in a year, according to official figures that appear to show the former Tiger economy has rediscovered its vigour.A 1.5% increase in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter pushed the annual growth rate to the highest in the EU after a strong rise in business investment and exports. The government immediately upgraded its growth forecasts for the year for the second time in a week. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:12:09 GMT)

Oracle founder Larry Ellison resigns after 35 years as CEO
Billionaire software magnate, known alongside Bill Gates and Steve Jobs for pioneering work, cedes top post to co-presidentsBillionaire tech pioneer Larry Ellison stepped down as chief executive on Thursday, ending one of the most profitable runs for a leader in business history.Ellison has been Oracles only chief executive since he founded the company in 1977. Over 35 years Ellison, now 70, has built the company into one of the worlds largest database-software businesses and one of the biggest providers of business programs. On Thursday night it was valued at $182.7bn. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:32:10 GMT)

Bodies found after Ebola health workers go missing in Guinea
Team spreading awareness of deadly virus set upon by angry residents in remote villageThe prime minister of Guinea said that seven bodies had been found after a team of health workers went missing during a push to raise awareness of the outbreak of Ebola which started in the country nine months ago.Witnesses said the team were set upon by angry residents in the remote village of Womey, where many remain in denial about the disease, or suspicious of foreign health workers. Several failed to return following the visit on Tuesday. Officials earlier said some including three journalists and the director and two senior doctors of the main local hospital were being held captive. Atempts to reach them stalled when angry residents destroyed bridges leading to the village. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:35:00 GMT)

Google and Dropbox launch Simply Secure to improve online security
Organization hasnt built any products yet but is working to find more consumer-friendly ways to improve online securityGoogle and file-hosting service Dropbox announced the creation of Simply Secure on Thursday, an organization that aims to make security tech easier to use.While consumer-facing security tools exist and are technically effective, they often have low adoption rates because theyre inconvenient or too confusing for the average person to operate. Even well-known features like two-factor authentication, offered by many online services, are not widely used, the companies said in a statement. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:20:59 GMT)

Mother of dead girl says Mexican troops executed 22 drug-gang suspects
Incident occurred in southern Mexico on 30 JuneGovernment says fierce shootout injured one soldierA woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang, even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty other people were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told the Associated Press.The Mexican government has maintained that all died during a fierce shootout when soldiers were fired on in the early morning of 30 June. That version of events came into question because government troops suffered only one wounded, and physical evidence at the scene pointed toward more selective killings. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:39:38 GMT)

Swedish court accepts 'sexsomnia' defence and acquits man of rape
Doctor in sleep disorders said defendant could suffer from sexsomnia, where a person unknowingly has sex while asleepA Swedish man who had sex with a woman while he was asleep has been acquitted of rape because he suffers from "sexsomnia", according to an appeal court ruling obtained by a news agency on Thursday.The 26-year-old man did not have the intention to have sex, the Sundsvall appeal court in northern Sweden said, as it overruled the previous two-year prison sentence. The argument that the defendant "was in a state of sleepiness, unconscious of what was happening, does not seem absurd", the court said in its judgment. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:58:42 GMT)

Texas mother's murder conviction overturned in salt poison case
Hannah Overton, convicted of murder after her foster child died of salt poisoning, wins in court of criminal appeals after years in prisonA mother found guilty of murder after her foster child died of salt poisoning has had her 2007 conviction overturned by the Texas court of criminal appeals.Hannah Overtons attorneys are now seeking to expedite confirmation that the decision is final so she can be released on bail, which would allow her to embrace her family for the first time in seven years. They are also waiting to hear from the Nueces County district attorneys office, which could seek a re-trial on the murder charge, pursue a lesser charge or dismiss the case. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:21:26 GMT)

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
Crunch time for Pardew, a testing trip for Manchester United, Chelseas showdown with Manchester City and third v fourthBy common consent Alan Pardew is knee-deep in trouble and sinking fast, with many reports published over the past week suggesting that should Newcastle lose this weekend he will be sacked, and furthermore that if this is the case the very man whose heft finally submerged him, the Hull manager Steve Bruce, will be appointed in his stead. I find it very, very disrespectful that Im linked with somebody elses job when hes still in a job, sniffed Bruce, who has previously admitted his regret at turning down an approach from Newcastle a decade ago. Pardew is unlikely to remember either of last seasons games against Hull fondly. In the first, Sone Aluko scored a superb winner for the visitors at St James Park, and though Newcastle avenged that result with a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture, their manager was sent off for headbutting David Meyler. Newcastle were eighth at the end of that match, having won 46.4% of their 28 league games. They won two of 10 thereafter, and have no wins from four this season. Having apparently had a hand in starting his decline, now Hull could force Pardew to fall. SB Continue reading...
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Everton easily beat Wolfsburg in first Europa League match of campaign
Evertons traditional Z-Cars anthem was rudely interrupted by the Europa League theme tune before kick-off, but the teething troubles went no further for Roberto Martínezs men against Wolfsburg. Goodison Park hosted a display of clinical efficiency on its first European night in five seasons. Everton have returned with clear intent.The final scoreline suggests a comfortable nights work for the victors but there was defensive resilience as well as superior finishing behind Evertons triumph. Tim Howard was by far the busier goalkeeper and the home side were gifted a penalty for their third goal when Aiden McGeady was tripped outside the area. Wolfsburg had 24 attempts to Evertons 11, 12 on target to Evertons five, but not the cutting edge or solidity of their Premier League hosts. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:02:43 GMT)

Newcastle Uniteds Alan Pardew accuses critics of mass hysteria
Manager determined to front it out at bottom-of-table club Newcastle fans ensure anti-Pardew hostility for visit by Hull Pardew tells Newcastle players to stand and deliverAlan Pardew has described the extreme hostility he is facing from many Newcastle United supporters as mass hysteria and maintains it is exerting a detrimental effect on his players.Those fans seem determined to oust Pardew from the managers office at St James Park but he has pledged to fight for a job he knows is under threat and emphasised that he possessed resilience in my soul. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:30:21 GMT)

F1 move imminent on an eight-team, 24-car grid, says Bernie Ecclestone
Formula One chief executive confirms move is in pipeline Well know after the next two or three racesBernie Ecclestone has spoken with team principals before this weekends Singapore Grand Prix as speculation mounts that the future of Formula One will be built around just eight teams running three cars each.Indeed Ecclestone, F1s chief executive, fuelled the speculation himself when, prior to going to the paddocks, he said a decision regarding a 24-car grid was likely to be made by the middle of next month. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:22 GMT)

Andy Murray will play for GB in Davis Cup whatever outcome of Scottish vote
Murray has always stressed pride in representing Britain The vote doesnt change anything in that regardAndy Murray has confirmed he will play for Great Britain in the Davis Cup match against the United States next March whatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.The world No11 broke his silence on the subject with a tweet in the early hours of Thursday morning backing a Yes vote. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:27:52 GMT)

England may make bid to stage Euro 2028 championship, says Greg Dyke
FA chairman says we might well bid for 2028 Wembley expected to host final stages of Euro 2020With Wembley hot favourite to be named as the venue for the semi-finals and final of the Euro 2020 tournament on Friday, the Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has hinted that the FA will bid to host the full tournament eight years later.Only England and Germany, who put forward the Allianz Arena in Munich, have submitted venues to host the climax of Euro 2020, which is being staged in 13 different countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:02:06 GMT)

R&A decision to admit women is hailed as symbolic moment for sport
Historic decision goes through on 85% majority of votes cast 15 female figures in golf will be fast-tracked into membership Ewan Murray: R&A dragged into 21st century by yes voteThe historic and long overdue decision to allow women to become members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has been welcomed by campaigners, golfers and politicians.Many said the decision was a symbolic moment for womens sport and would increase pressure on the three remaining men-only clubs on the Open rota to follow suit and open their membership lists to all. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:31:15 GMT)

Louis van Gaal will succeed at Manchester United, says Arjen Robben
Dutchman has worked with Van Gaal for club and country He will get them back in Champions League, says Robben Late Boateng goal stuns Manchester CityArjen Robben has backed Louis van Gaal to get Manchester United back into the Champions League next season.The Dutchman was a 76th-minute substitute in Bayern Munichs 1-0 win over Manchester City in Wednesday evenings opening Group E match in Bavaria, with Robben having worked under Van Gaal at the German club and when the 63-year-old was in charge of Holland. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:29:18 GMT)

Fulham sack manager Felix Magath
Cottagers bottom of the Championship, relegated last season Magath leaves after just four wins from 20 matches in chargeFelix Magath has been dismissed as the Fulham manager after what he described as a catastrophe of a season so far and in the wake of mounting disquiet among many of the players over his methods.The London club have appointed Kit Symons as the caretaker manager for Saturdays Championship fixture against Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage and they said, in a statement, that the chairman, Shahid Khan, would personally and immediately lead a thorough search for Magaths permanent successor. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:28:48 GMT)

NFLs Wembley success could lead to a permanent London team
Official NFL games at Wembley have been going on for eight years and organisers think there could be a market for an English franchise NFL system makes their game excitingPress your ear to the ground and you may be able to hear the rumble, that now distinct sound of hulking Americans with big plays and even bigger shoulder pads coming across the Atlantic. Yes, it is that time again when summer waves goodbye and the NFL says hello, with Wembley Stadium again the destination for a gridiron invasion.This is the eighth successive year that regular-season NFL games will take place at the home of English football and the first time that three contests will form part of the leagues international series, with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins getting it all under way on 28 September before the Atlanta Falcons face the Detroit Lions on 26 October and the Dallas Cowboys meet the Jacksonville Jaguars on 9 November. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:18:00 GMT)

Rory McIlroys break before Ryder Cup is right approach, says Des Smyth
No1 to recharge batteries after eight tournaments in 10 weeks Vice-captain said: You can go stale a rest clears your mind Memory Lane: Ryder Cup in picturesRory McIlroy is right to take a complete break from golf in the week before the Ryder Cup to avoid going stale, according to Europes vice-captain Des Smyth.McIlroy admitted he had been unable to muster the energy to win the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday after playing eight tournaments in 10 weeks, and said he would be putting his clubs away for a few days. Smyth is convinced that is the right strategy, despite fears the world No1 could lose his form before the Ryder Cup starts at Gleneagles next Friday. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:08:00 GMT)

Greg Dyke says he had no idea World Cup gift watch was worth £16,000
FA chairman thought present was of little value and put it aside It was the fourth watch Ive had since I started doing this jobThe Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has said he had no idea of the value of a designer watch he was given as a gift during the Brazil World Cup one of 65 worth a total of more than £1m and would be returning it as requested by Fifas ethics committee.Dyke was given one of the limited edition Parmigiani watches, worth £16,344, by the Brazilian FA during a Fifa Congress in São Paulo that was dominated by corruption allegations and protests. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:45:33 GMT)

R&A dragged into 21st century by yes vote for womens membership
Royal and Ancients previous stance was not only wrong but prejudiced and harmful to the image of the sportAt the time, the 2013 Open Championship resembled a seminal moment for the vexing issue of women and Royal & Ancient membership. Muirfield was the setting. Standard questioning of the R&A over the hosting of its marquee event at a course which operates a male-only policy on membership this time edged towards a frenzy. This could not continue; the Open was in danger of being overshadowed by its custodians attempts at defending the indefensible.A lot of the background noise was soundbite, opportunist stuff. People who would have no interest in promoting womens golf for 51 weeks of the year suddenly saw merit in joining criticism of the R&A and the chief executive of its corporate wing, Peter Dawson. Other comments were far more significant; HSBC, a key Open sponsor, was soon to admit unease over the R&As restrictions. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:36:46 GMT)

Tottenham hold firm against Partizan Belgrade in Europa League opener
Tottenham held firm in intimidating conditions to kick off the Europa League group stage with a hard-fought draw in Belgrade.Given that the Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, played a much-changed team, it was always likely to be a tough test, and so it proved. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:57:39 GMT)

Celtic twice in front but open Europa League campaign with Salzburg draw
Ronny Deila praised Craig Gordon after the Celtic goalkeeper turned in a terrific performance in this draw in Austria. The 31-year-old was signed on a free transfer in the summer, after two years out of the game with injury, but Gordons form has meant the Celtic fans can now forget about the England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who departed for Southampton.Gordon starred in this pulsating Europa League Group D opener, prompting Deila, the Celtic manager, to say: Fraser was fantastic but now we have a good goalkeeper. He is very good professional, very calm and so far he has been fantastic. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:20:44 GMT)

Bernie Ecclestone backs F1 ban on teams instructing drivers via radio
Formula One chief executive claims it was his idea Ecclestone suggests more changes are on the wayBernie Ecclestone has spoken out in support of Formula Ones recently announced ban on teams giving their drivers advice via radios and claimed it was his idea all along. The sports chief executive has also given a strong hint that there are more changes on the way.The FIA, the sports governing body, announced recently that it was ready to enforce the rule that the drivers should drive the car alone and unaided. The ruling follows criticism that the drivers are little more than puppets, and merely follow instructions from the pit wall. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:20:31 GMT)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits results must improve
Manager met owner Mike Ashley after 4-0 loss on Saturday We really need to focus on this Saturday and get a win Newcastle assistant apologises for confronting fansThe Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed he has not discussed his future with the owner Mike Ashley following the Magpies poor start to the season.Pardews future has become the subject of fevered speculation after Newcastles dismal start to the campaign, with the club sitting bottom of the Premier League with just two points from their opening four fixtures. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:41:25 GMT)

England womens football team hailed by coach after 10-0 victory in World Cup qualifier video
Speaking on Wednesday, after his team beat Montenegro 10-0 in Petrovac, England women's head coach Mark Sampson say he is delighted with the team's performance. England's win over Montenegro was their final qualifier game and marked their 10th consecutive victory. Sampson's team now go through to the 2015 World Cup in Canada Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:14:24 GMT)

Chinas Li Na set to announce retirement, according to reports
Two-time Grand Slam winner plagued by knee injuries Li, 32, has not commented on reports in Chinese mediaChinas two-time grand slam winner Li Na is set to announce her retirement, according to widespread reports in her home country.Chinas state broadcaster CCTV claims the world No6 Li, who won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open singles titles, has chosen to hang up her raket due to knee injury concerns. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:38:29 GMT)

Football Weekly Extra: Champions League, Pardew in peril and more
The podders look back on the first round of Champions League clashes. Plus, trouble on Tyneside, and Cardiff part company with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:31:01 GMT)

Football meets music quiz: from Keegan's hits to Iglesias at Real Madrid
Do you remember Carlos Tevez's band, Paul Gascoigne's singing and the England football team's chart-toppers? Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:12:49 GMT)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves his post as Cardiff City manager
Solskjaer: difference in philosophy is behind departure Dundee adamant Paul Hartley will not move to Cardiff Tony Pulis and Karl Robinson also linked with positionCardiff City are giving serious consideration to more than half a dozen candidates in their pursuit of a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after the Norwegian stood down from his position citing a difference in philosophy on how to manage the club. Solskjaer was referring to Vincent Tan, the clubs owner, who said that results under the former Manchester United striker do not justify [his] continued role as manager at Cardiff.In a rather odd chain of events, Dundee released a statement before Solskjaers departure, saying that Paul Hartley, who was the early frontrunner for the Cardiff job, would not be leaving the Scottish Premiership side. A young, ambitious, upcoming British manager, Hartley fits the profile that Cardiff have drawn up in the wake of Solskjaers exit. Stories have emerged of Hartley being unimpressed with the salary on offer and of Dundee demanding too much in compensation. Either way, Hartley remains at Dundee. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:23:01 GMT)

Scotland says no: newspaper front pages in pictures
As the Scottish electorate voted to stay in the UK, here is a selection of front pages the day after the historic referendumFollow the coverage of the Scotland referendum results live Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:32:46 GMT)

Scottish independence results: how the night unfolded on Twitter
It was a long night, and rather a despairing one if you were a Yes supporter. Heres how events unfolded on social mediaWhen we arrived for the night, people on Twitter were still enjoying this sign outside an Edinburgh church / polling station. Love this sign outside an Edinburgh church doubling as a polling booth today. pic.twitter.com/xoq2Y6XksX"@geocham: My friend Lucy made Salmond en croute tonight. Genius. #indyref pic.twitter.com/uxff3rxyd5" @loveandgarbage How do?Thanks CNN. Seems legit. pic.twitter.com/5bZCHFHUUdWill this be the night Brian Taylor finally tweets? (HT @Henbell) pic.twitter.com/2fLX5XrF3LWhy is @SkyNews showing a tweet from the fictional MP from The Thick Of It? Cc: @PeterMannionMP #indyref pic.twitter.com/5mLO8pUSvY@guardiannews a dram being taken down here in Cornwall. pic.twitter.com/zdNF5EMVsC@guardiannews I'm an American with no horse in this race but I'm watching the BBC with an 18 yo Glenfiddich. pic.twitter.com/YBALg9hJZASam Polling what a great name for a Count Reporter #indyref pic.twitter.com/nxdk1CEk2CHistoric monent: Clackmannanshire leading the Guardian pic.twitter.com/DLWnFmy1VIClackmannanshire in context, courtesy of our latest results page http://t.co/OFfFp9JT5Y pic.twitter.com/5sB1zXoCmfOnly 98.7% of the results to go... #indyrefScotland #IndyRef - with 4/32 councils (2.3% of eligible voters) it's: Yes 42.2% No 57.8% Turnout: 86.4% pic.twitter.com/ecr61bcQCRThese are the scenes in Glasgow now. https://t.co/LDbQjxSkF3Tech reporter at NYTimes: pic.twitter.com/PuJgE1F0zLAlex Salmond has been conspicuous by his absence tonight, but has now been spotted at Aberdeen Airport. #indyreflive pic.twitter.com/5JSgQTBtDDScotland #IndyRef - result for Dundee (2.8% of registered voters): yes: 57% no: 43% Turnout: 78.8% http://t.co/xHw5cd9eOeReaction from an Edinburgh casino to the first Yes result #indyref https://t.co/2RnLh0BvvFThings are coming FAST. Yes in huge, huge trouble now. It's all but over1-2000 all-nighters in G Sq still pic.twitter.com/eR24BzrIOkThat's it - No wins #indyref. Less than 50% of votes to go, Yes would need 57% of all remaining votes. Won't happen.Valiant will_woodward not q able to call #indyref for 4.30am paper. "This internet might catch on" pic.twitter.com/GIwjlmCRqPThere will not be an independent ScotlandScotland #IndyRef - with 26/32 councils (71.4% of eligible voters) it's: Yes 45.7% No 54.3% Turnout: 84.2% pic.twitter.com/aCF4UIVb6zThis sums up the mood at the "Yes" campaign's gathering in Edinburgh: #indyref pic.twitter.com/7IUgWUzXdxScottish First Minister Alex Salmond changes his Facebook photo to "One Scotland." pic.twitter.com/vHnxjcnhclScotland says No to independence http://t.co/RFAokcyaya #ScotlandDecides #indyref http://t.co/82GjNcT4Tn Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:15:38 GMT)

Scottish referendum on TV: graphs and talky-talk can't hide a sense of occasion
For all the holographic hogwash, there are still quiet moments when you are struck anew by the importance of the night Scottish independence referendum results - live coverageThree hundred years in the making! From the people who gave you the monarchy and the other people who gave you Monarch of the Glen! Starring Wee Eck, David Cameron and definitely not Cameron Diaz, live from all 32 areas the media have just discovered comprise Scotland tonight is The Caledonian Count: A Moment In History Or Maybe Not After All!And the crowd goes wild. But not quite yet. Historically unprecedented the referendum vote might be, the ramifications of a "yes" to independence for Scotland bewildering even, one suspects, to Alex Salmond, but for the moment at least we are all still British. We take things slowly, we take them one step at a time, and we start at the BBC. Huw Edwards sits like a plump spider at the centre of a growing webby mass of talky-talk and speculation. Scottish political editor Brian Taylor adds some folksy local colour with the news that Stornoway airport has been closed by bad weather and the ballot boxes are being brought over to the mainland by fishing boats. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:09:15 GMT)

Scotland votes no: the union has survived, but the questions for the left are profound
The immediate political question now suddenly moves to London: a new constitutional settlement needs to be on the table by the end of next month Scottish referendum results live coverageLike the battle of Waterloo, the battle for Scotland was a damn close-run thing. The effects of Thursdays no vote are enormous though not as massive as the consequences of a yes would have been.The vote against independence means, above all, that the 307-year Union survives. It therefore means that the UK remains a G7 economic power and a member of the UN security council. It means Scotland will get more devolution. It means David Cameron will not be forced out. It means any Ed Miliband-led government elected next May has the chance to serve a full term, not find itself without a majority in 2016, when the Scots would have left. It means the pollsters got it right, Madrid will sleep a little more easily, and it means the banks will open on Friday morning as usual. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:27:03 GMT)

Scotland votes no: joy and despair after a long night in pictures
Excitement, disappointment and exhaustion for campaigners and voters alike in Edinburgh and Glasgow as the counts come in and the result becomes clear Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:49:51 GMT)

I'm sad that Scotland has lost the opportunity to prove itself
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon can be proud of their achievements. I feel for them, but also for all those for whom the yes campaign brought hopeNo! Yes hopes finally died at eight minutes to five when the Glasgow result brought supporters rare good news but in insufficient numbers to stop the late momentum to no.Was it the son of the manse "wot won it" to paraphrase that infamous Sun headline? Did the late emergence of ex-prime minister, Gordon Brown into the fray, stem the tide of Labour voters seemingly haemorrhaging to Yes? Two nights before the poll Brown, followed by First Minister Alex Salmond, did a lengthy prime time TV interview with David Dimbleby. What was telling was not what he said but that it was Brown rather than Alistair Darling, head of the Better Together campaign, who was in the hotseat. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:29:29 GMT)

Pound rallies and stock market rises after Scotland votes no
RBS bounces back as sterling hits two-year high in Asia markets but analysts warn of uncertainty surrounding further devolution Scottish referendum - live coverage Relief spread across City dealing rooms on Friday as shares rose and sterling rallied after Scotland rejected a break away from the rest of the UK.Royal Bank of Scotland led the FTSE 100 higher, although the 44-point rise in the index of the largest companies listed in London was more muted than expected. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:43:00 GMT)

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scotland has changed forever' - video
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon says the independence referendum, regardless of the result, shows 'Scotland has changed forever'. Sturgeon speaks ahead of the final result, in which voters rejected independence, but when a no vote was likely. She says the high voter turnout shows the country has a 'strong appetite for change' Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:53:00 GMT)

Scotland and England: 300 years of union - in pictures
From the 1707 Act of Union to royal unions and even rugby union - highlights from the last three centuries of shared history Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:13 GMT)

Scotland referendum: long dark nights of the soul ahead for the losers
It's been a rollercoaster and with unprecedented levels of political engagement, the psychological impact will be hugeWaking up on Friday morning, for millions of Scots, will produce the kind of mixture of gut-wrenching anxiety tinged with excitement normally felt among football fans before an important game. Then there will be a range of emotions from euphoria on one side to anger and bitter disappointment on the other.Those who stayed up through the night for the result may feel it all the more. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:21:53 GMT)

Labour warned not to ignore demands for more English political power
Party's leader of local government says Westminster could find England 'blows up in their faces' over subsidies to ScotlandScottish referendum results - live coverageThe Labour leadership, and the rest of the Westminster elite, will ignore at its peril demands for greater English political power, including reserved voting rights for English MPs, fairer funding and greater devolution of power, the Labour leader of local government in England and Wales warned on Thursday night.Dave Sparks, who is also chairman of the Local Government Association, the umbrella body representing all the political parties in England, told the Guardian that England would not tolerate being treated as "second-class citizens offered scraps" after the subsidies have been handed out to Scotland first and then Wales. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:12:13 GMT)

Nine things the indyref campaign has taught us
Whatever the result, the Scottish referendum has shaken things up. Here are the sometimes surprising lessons weve learnedAnyone who has canvassed opinion in recent elections will have met people who say they dont vote because it doesnt make a difference. Whats the point? Theyre all the same. There are many reasons for this broad economic consensus between the big parties in the New Labour era is one; another is the rise of a professional political class that dresses and sounds the same. But when the choice on the ballot paper is self-evidently huge with undeniable life-changing consequences, people register and they vote. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT)

The online battle for Scotlands future: a look back at the highlights
From the Patronising Better Together Lady to Groundskeeper Willie, the Scottish referendum has had the internet buzzingFollow our live blog for results from the referendum21 August: #YesBecause trends on TwitterAt 9am on August 21, National Collective, the cultural movement for Scottish independence, invited followers to tweet their reasons for a yes vote with the hashtag #YesBecause. It proved the perfect way to unite Twitters yes vote while acknowledging its many and varied motives, and supporters piled in with their suggestions. The term swiftly began trending and has been in regular use among yes campaigners ever since. On Wednesday afternoon pro-independence campaigners used the #YesBecause hashtag roughly once every 10 seconds, and it shows no signs of abating on Thursday.I'm #YesBecause I don't believe in UK foreign policy. I don't want my country to be a "superpower", just a power for good.I'm #yesbecause the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Westminster has failed us.I'm #YesBecause I believe in a better Scotland for my kids and their kids, where we really do look out for one another from cradle to grave.I'm #YesBecause UK only looks after rich powerful elites whereas an Indy Scotland can be radically different putting All Of Us First#YesBecause I want my children to grow up in a country where their elected representatives answer to them, not to businesses in London.I am #YesBecause I want to be represented by a government we voted for, with the same goals as our people. We deserve to make our own path.#YesBecause I'm really lazy. If it's a no I'll have to get properly involved in a lifetime of politics or something.#YesBecause I've just bought champagne for Friday and I really, really want an excuse to open it!#patronisingbtlady pic.twitter.com/0S83brS1Z1#patronisingBTlady - @UK_Together treating women like ignoramuses, incapable of understanding politics #voteyes pic.twitter.com/2pKSw2sBsnComedy gold from @UK_Together 's #patronisingBTlady ! pic.twitter.com/6Lwc653uKAI made a #PatronisingBTLady meme based on the absurd scare story published in @TheScotsman today. #indyref pic.twitter.com/tKKzHbjsGoAs a woman, I get all my independence chat from the most reliable source. #PatronisingBTLady #ndyref pic.twitter.com/dGlxbYhmeBThis is still my favourite #PatronisingBTlady meme! #indyref pic.twitter.com/EI8iFbCXxGImagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether to surrender its sovereignty to a larger union. It would be allowed a measure of autonomy, but key aspects of its governance would be handed to another nation. It would be used as a military base by the dominant power and yoked to an economy over which it had no control.It would have to be bloody desperate. Only a nation in which the institutions of governance had collapsed, which had been ruined economically, which was threatened by invasion or civil war or famine might contemplate this drastic step. Most nations faced even with such catastrophes choose to retain their independence in fact, will fight to preserve it rather than surrender to a dominant foreign power.Cameron cant help here, of course. In Scotland, David Cameron is less popular than Windows 8. Hes the physical embodiment of everything a fair percentage of Scottish people hate: a ruddy-faced old Etonian walking around like he just inherited the place, sporting a permanently shiny chin as though hes just enjoyed a buttery crumpet in front of the cricket. Worse still, hes a lizard. An actual lizard. Send him to Scotland to make a speech and the moment a crowd member shouts boo! or hurls an egg, Cameron will display by raising the hyoid bone of his throat and enlarging his dewlap in a bid to intimidate potential predators. And that wont play well on Scotland Tonight. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:12 GMT)

Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize
UK researchers reveal people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, manipulative and psychopathicThe nation can hold its head up high. Once again, researchers in Britain have been honoured with that most coveted of scientific awards, the Ig Nobel prize.Not to be confused with the more prestigious and lucrative prizes doled out from Stockholm next month, the Ig Nobels are awarded for science that makes people laugh and then makes them think. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:30:00 GMT)

Skaters will stay at the undercroft as London's Southbank Centre gives in
Space under Queen Elizabeth Hall to be kept open for skaters, marking a victory for the Long Live Southbank campaignSkateboarders on London's South Bank will be able to remain where they are for the long term, conclusively thwarting plans to redevelop their undercroft into shops and restaurants.Details of a binding agreement between the Southbank Centre and the Long Live Southbank campaign were revealed released on Thursday afternoon. The agreement, which involves both sides withdrawing various legal actions, resolves a battle that has been going on for nearly 18 months, since the centre announced plans for a spectacular £120m redevelopment which could only be funded, it said, by moving the skateboarders further along the Thames. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:16:31 GMT)

Illegal Immigrants And Proud review a mean tone permeated this film about the illegals
Would-be illegal immigrants face dangers in trying to get into Britain and hardships if they succeed but this documentary leaves a bad taste in the mouthBack in January, Fergal Keane made a documentary entitled The Hidden World of Britains Immigrants for BBC2 about well, the hidden world of Britains immigrants. It followed the story of a handful of people who had come to this country in the hope of finding a better life, only to find themselves unprotected, exploited and soon living on the streets that had not proved to be paved with gold, stealing and using drugs to get through the days, and battling both the pride and the red tape preventing them from going home.Last night, Channel 5 told exactly the same story, just a bit um 5ed. This one went by the slightly less carefully-neutral title of Illegal Immigrants and Proud and included more sensationalist footage of the would-be illegals, as the narrator kept calling the people trying to cross the channel by chasing after lorries leaving Calais and trying to wedge themselves perilously behind cabs or axles without the police noticing and dragging them back to the migrant camps dotted around the port. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:12 GMT)

How to make beetroot and caraway bread recipe
Children will love taking pink sandwiches to school, and this homemade loaf is a whole lot healthier than white slicedWere just one week into the new school term, and already its day after day of packed lunches with omnipresent sandwiches. My kids insist they prefer white bread, but I recently won them over to a healthier option by making it pink now its hard work fending them off long enough for the loaf to cool from the oven.Beetroot is a terrific ingredient to pink things up. Caraway is always happy with beetroot, and the vegetable kept this loaf moist and in tip-top condition for a couple of days. I know the girls enjoyed unveiling their pink sandwiches at school the next day. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:13 GMT)

Crimes of Passion: as comforting and unchallenging as a warm bath
BBC4s latest import was billed as The Killing meets Mad Men. Its more like a Scandi Miss Marple, but without Agatha Christies narrative rigourIt was sold as The Killing meets Mad Men. In fact, its Midsomer Murders meets Miss Marple meets a man in 50s clothing who looks a bit like John Hamm. Crimes of Passion, BBC4s current Saturday night import, is a reminder that not all subtitled Scandinavian detectives are created equal.For the design geeks and the retro fashion-lovers, this series of six films has its own particular appeal: we are invited inside pastel-coloured Swedish homes where characters lounge on mid-century furniture in fabulous frocks and pristine suiting. Our crime-solving heroes are perky and glamorous suave murder detective Christer Wijk; curious academic Puck; her handsome beau Eje forever taking breakfast on sun-dappled verandas while wearing silk pyjamas. And then theres the smoking: the verdant green of the Swedish countryside shot through a permanent fug of cigarettes as they are raised to flawlessly lipsticked mouths. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:15 GMT)

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein review
Klein wants this book to be read by people who don't read climate-change books it addresses a potential catastrophe yet is calm and welcomingEight years ago, Richard Branson, the tie-loathing adventurer (as his Twitter feed has it) and figurehead of Virgin Atlantic airlines, Virgin Galactic space travel and so on, pledged to invest around $3bn (£1.85bn) in green technologies by 2016. A $25m investment went into the Virgin Earth Challenge, a prize for inventing something to suck up all the planet-wrecking carbon emitted by gas-guzzling industries like his own. Some goes into developing low-carbon fuels. Some pays for the snazzy Carbon War Room, a sort of green-tech Dragons' Den. "Gaia capitalism", Branson has called his vision. "We have to make it a win-win for all concerned."That 2016 deadline is fast approaching. How much, Naomi Klein asked Branson, will he have put into his pledge by then? "I suspect it will be less than $1bn right now," he confessed. He has been busy elsewhere in the meantime, launching Virgin America airlines, V Australia airlines, Virgin Atlantic Little Red airlines, and investing heavily in Virgin Galactic, perhaps because as he has started saying he has a plan to move to Mars. Klein doesn't necessarily follow the people who see Branson's green shenanigans as "a cynical ploy" to build his brand and confuse his critics. But you can grant him his good intentions and still think all this greenwash doesn't make a lot of sense. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:29:00 GMT)

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will need all J-Laws superpowers
If the new trailer is anything to go by, the final instalments will need Arena-style tech to overcome the source material Mockingjay Part 1: the trailer and the teaser what do you think? Why Hunger Games 3 will kill one Mockingjay with two stonesFrancis Lawrence should be thanking his lucky stars he can count on namesake Jennifer as we head into the final instalments of the Hunger Games saga. The Oscar-winning 24-year-old is an actor capable of genuine big screen alchemy; shes fabulous when handed classy material, but equally impressive when working on leaden fare.Mystique, the shape-shifting comic book supervillain portrayed by Lawrence in the X-Men films, was once a figure of so little consequence that director Bryan Singer hired a model with no previous acting experience (Rebecca Romijn) to play the part in 2000s X-Men. In the hands of Lawrence, the scantily-clad mutant became the tour de force who drove this years X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the first genuinely superb instalment of the interminable Marvel Comics saga. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:30:13 GMT)

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga review Gaga is a wonder
(Interscope)These two Italian-Americans have more in common than you would think. Both have been immersed in jazz from childhood Gaga, many will be surprised to learn, won a jazz competition at school and share a reverence for the Great American Songbook. But its Gaga who will benefit most from this album, which has the pair finding joyous common ground as they swing through 11 standards. She has been musically hamstrung by the common assumption that her talent begins and ends with the Auto-Tune switch; Cheek to Cheek reveals the considerable warmth and depth of her voice. She and Bennett play it absolutely straight there are no radical reboots, just two accomplished vocalists having fun. The ballad Nature Boy is treated with the greatest delicacy underlit by a haunting flute motif, it provides the albums primary study in contrasts, with Bennett at his most assured and Gaga at her most vulnerable. They bond best on the uptempo tracks, though, where the 60-year age gap is immaterial. Flirting and ad libbing on Goody Goody, while Bennett keeps it suave, Gaga is a wonder. She should do this kind of thing more often. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:33:00 GMT)

The seven rules of tying a tie
The tie is a given in menswear but for many of us it is no longer part of our daily uniform. So how to choose the right tie and knot it properly when the occasion arises? Pay attention at the back ...Though the only real difference is the amount of fabric used, each knot has its own connotations. The three most common are: Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:12 GMT)

New Zealand election: what could happen?
When the verdict is decided NZs MMP system usually results in days or weeks of negotiation how are the cards likely to fall?There are 70 electorates in New Zealand, including seven Maori electorates that span the country (Maori voters can choose to be on the Maori or general roll). Voters have two ticks: one for an electorate MP, the other for a party. The party vote determines the composition of parliament, with the remaining places in the 120-seat parliament filled from party lists to achieve that.Parties only qualify for list seats if they satisfy at least one of two criteria: reaching 5% of the overall party vote, or winning an electorate seat. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:19:33 GMT)

How can I help my bipolar boyfriend, whose father has just died?
His depression is well-controlled but he has a history of pretending he is fineMy boyfriends father died one month ago, after a long illness and an aggressive form of cancer. I have just graduated and moved home, while my boyfriend is doing a PhD and is still at university; we therefore cant meet often. I love him, but he finds it extremely difficult to talk about his feelings, which I wont force him to do. He seems to be coping well, but has a history of pretending he is fine, while actually seriously struggling. He is bipolar, which has been well-controlled for years, but he still suffers from occasional bouts of depression. Im extremely worried about him, and feel useless because I dont think Im doing enough to help. When leaving a message on this page, please be sensitive to the fact that you are responding to a real person in the grip of a real-life dilemma, who wrote to Private Lives asking for help, and may well view your comments here. Please consider especially how your words or the tone of your message could be perceived by someone in this situation, and be aware that comments which appear to be disruptive or disrespectful to the individual concerned will be removed. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:11 GMT)

Yesterdays Papers review when music mags ruled
This rose-tinted retrospective looked back at the halcyon days of NME and all but were they really that good?When NMEs declining circulation figures were announced in August (sales had fallen to around 14,000 in the early 70s it was selling around 300,000) its publisher released a statement trumpeting the power of the brand that included content partnerships with Amex and Nikon. Pretty rocknroll, eh? How far we have fallen from when the weekly inkies set the cultural agenda, is the premise behind Yesterdays Papers (Radio 4). But instead of a rigorous analysis of the music magazine, this apparent celebration of the golden age of music journalism (according to presenter David Hepworth) feels like a wake. Or more specifically, the misjudged trip to Wetherspoons after the wake, ending in a chorus of: everything was better in our day.Hepworth is joined by Danny Baker to revel in the halcyon days, stopping off at the newsagent on the corner of Memory Lane to feel the Proustian rush of buying music magazines on Thursdays and to hear the well worn tales of music hack excess (limo drivers and cocaine). It would have been preferable to hear from Julie Burchill or Tony Parsons, those hip young gunslingers who pushed through the bloated privilege that existed both off the page and on (as it turns out, much of the writing in this golden age was largely unreadable, unless you were after a dissertation-length article about the stitching on one of Rick Wakemans capes) to get closer to a journalistic truth, or to hear a bit more from outside this club of the pale, male and stale. Even former NME scribe Mark Ellen called out the nostalgising of the most extraordinary collection of massively self important egomaniacs. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:10 GMT)

The Code: Australian political thriller set for the world stage
ABCs hacking drama has been sold to the UK, US and Latin America before it even airs. Creator Shelley Birse reveals her inspiration and how she gained access to Parliament HouseIf youre making an Australian political thriller set in the very heart of national government, there is only one place to film it: Parliament House in Canberra. Problem is, the big place on top of the hill is usually off limits to TV drama crews. We thought it was an impossible dream but we decided to try anyway, says Shelley Birse, creator and writer of The Code, a six-part ABC drama premiering on Sunday night. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:41:09 GMT)

Wish I Was Here review Zach Braffs annoying Manic Pixie Dream life
Zach Braff populates his film with a whole family of stock characters in horribly indulgent quirky-by-numbers fashionYouve heard of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, that stock character from relationship comedies, pioneeringly identified by film writer Nathan Rabin: shes bubbly, scatterbrained, pretty-but-not-too-obviously-sexy and there to make the sensitive male lead gain some emotional literacy. Well, this intensely annoying film almost radioactive with its own indie self-love is a Manic Pixie Dream Movie. Its got a Manic Pixie Dream Guy, a Manic Pixie Dream Brother, a Manic Pixie Dream Wife, some Manic Pixie Dream Kids and a Manic Pixie Dream Grumpy Grandpa. Potential sparks of comedy are swamped in quirkiness and phoney-baloniness.Director and star Zach Braff has co-written the screenplay with his brother Adam and the plot looks horribly like an indulgent working-through of their own issues and lives, reconfigured into an unstarry ordinariness. Braff plays Aidan, a struggling wannabe actor whose money worries mean taking his adorable, backtalking kids out of an expensive private Jewish school; his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) earns the money; his cantankerous dad Gabe (Mandy Patinkin) is very sick and his estranged brother Noah (Josh Gad) is a Comic-Con nerd who lives in a trailer. All the cute scenes and montages, leading inexorably to redemption and reconciliation, could have been generated by screenwriting software. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:45:01 GMT)

From the archive, 19 September 1975: Patty Hearst caught
The kidnapped newspaper heiress turned revolutionary urban guerrilla and bank robber is arrested in San Francisco Patricia Hearst, the newspaper heiress who was first kidnapped by and then joined the militant Symbionese Liberation Army, was captured by FBI agents in San Francisco this afternoon.She was arrested in the Mission district of the city after a search which had dragged on for more than 18 months and has spread throughout the United States and Canada. Late today she was in a police cell awaiting some 20 formal charges, ranging from kidnapping to robbery with violence. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:30:11 GMT)

Why Acid Thunder is the one album you should hear this week - video
Alexis Petridis recommends Acid Thunder, a collection of house classics compiled by club aficionado Terry Farley, the co-founder of the late 80s London zine Boy's Own and the dance label Junior Boy's Own. Ranging from some of the genre's most seminal works to its more avant-garde corners, the expertly curated 5 CD compilation unearths the sound that defined the vintage era of house Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:52:30 GMT)

Baltic states wary as Russia takes more strident tone with neighbours
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, anxious that battle of wits with Kremlin may escalate, look to Nato for back-up pledgeThe 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru in Tallinn has been carefully preserved as a reminder of Estonia's past. Like much else in the Soviet era, it did not officially exist even though everyone knew it was there. It was where the KGB sat every day and night to eavesdrop on the conversations of the hotel's mostly foreign guests. It remains today as it was when the Soviet spies hastily evacuated at Estonian independence 23 years ago, leaving their listening equipment behind them.The tone of the guide is jaunty, joking that guests found it quicker to get the minibar replenished by talking loudly to the table lamp than by calling room service. The clunky equipment and cold war paranoia all seems absurd and dated now, but although the KGB fled the Viru, it never altogether left Estonia. Its successor, the Federal Security Bureau (FSB), has remained highly active in Estonia and its Baltic neighbours, Latvia and Lithuania increasingly so recently as Russia seeks to reassert its sway over what it calls the "near abroad". Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:42:27 GMT)

Indias new wave of comedians laugh in the face of taboos
Standups such as Varun Grover and Aditi Mittal are confronting the countrys stigmas and outraging some audiencesVarun Grover, one of Indias leading standup comedians, was recently performing in Udaipur, a modest city in the countrys north. He began, as he usually does, with a series of jokes lambasting Indias prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his government. The crowd guffawed.But when he moved on to discussing sex, and used some Hindi swearwords, the audience fell silent. People started walking out, says Grover. Some men asked me how dare I swear when there were ladies in the room. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:18 GMT)

Think like a franchise the on-off affair between black romcoms and the box office
Black romcoms are proving comparable to Hollywoods latest CGI showcases, according to box office sales. Now their sequels are upping the anteWith its sparky, battle-of-the-sexes storyline and spiffy tailoring, Boomerang, the 1992 Eddie Murphy comedy, seemed cut from the same cloth as Howard Hawkss 1940 classic, His Girl Friday. At the time, however, some critics were reminded of genres other than screwball comedy, derisively labelling the film fantasy and science fiction for its portrayal of upscale black professionals living and loving in a world where white characters were largely sidelined.Twenty-two years on, the black romcom may seem less futuristic (movies such as Jumping the Broom and Baggage Claim having gone far less boldly where Boomerang went before), but when executed successfully, they are in a marketing sense, at least still comparable to Hollywoods latest CGI showcases, with African-American audiences as excited to see relatable black characters battle bedroom disasters and embarrassing parents as they are superheroes facing giant lizards or alien invaders. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:21:09 GMT)

Wisdom2.0: it came for our heartbeats, now Google wants our souls
Tech companies are embracing mindfulness to help staff deal with stress - and help seize back control from the gadgets that have taken over our livesDublins Google headquarters bears all the hallmarks of the modern tech workplace: an industrial chic aesthetic, endless free snacks, designer furniture in primary colours that looks like its been hijacked from a childrens playground, and, this week, the advanced forces of what may or may not be the Next Big Thing: not a new mobile phone, or a really super fancy watch, but something even more radically cutting-edge: wisdom. Because for three days this week, in an auditorium at the heart of the citys hi-tech cluster, an unholy alliance of Googlers, Buddhist monks, techies, HR directors, MPs and recovering CEOs bandied around words like compassion, empathy, communion and consciousness. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:16 GMT)

Floods in India and Pakistan offer a chance for peace-building
A younger generation of leaders from both nations are aiming to foster cross-border cooperation to combat climate changeSouth Asias rivers are again in furious flow with Indias northern state of Kashmir hit by the worst floods in 50 years. Its capital, Srinagar, has been overwhelmed by the deluge, with road links to the rest of India washed away and villagers marooned on rooftops. Indias prime minister, Narendra Modi, has declared a national disaster. However, with crops and livestock under water, a state that was re-emerging from years of conflict has suffered a cruel setback.On the Pakistani side, the flooding has been equally devastating with more than 300 dead, 2.3 million people affected and rural livelihoods decimated as cotton fields are intentionally flooded to save cities. Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:00:08 GMT)

Why are there no happy families in Hollywood?
Every new film seems to be about kids looking for a new family even if the kid is a space-travelling raccoon. I love Hollywoods obsession with divorce and dysfunction, but wouldnt it be nice to see a nuclear family on screen for once?A few weeks ago I saw Richard Linklaters daring, ingenious film Boyhood, in which a young boy experiences a primal need to create a fully operational, emotionally nurturing family to replace the dysfunctional one he inherited after his parents got divorced. The film, shot over a 12-year period, uses a single group of actors, including the directors own daughter, who at one point asked her dad to kill off her character because she wanted out of the film. In Boyhood, new dads come and new dads go, but the heros biological father, played by Ethan Hawke, manages to occupy a central place in his daily life. He does so even though he eventually comes to realise that he will never reunite with his first wife (Patricia Arquette), in part because of a horrible moustache. This deceptively heartwarming film is thus about the corrosive effects of divorce and the need so many human beings experience to create a more satisfactory family unit because their original family vanished, imploded or simply let them down. And it is a film about the ways in which conventional family structures are jettisoned to compensate for the breakdown in the nuclear family.Around the time I saw Boyhood, I also happened to take in Chef. The story focuses on Jon Favreaus deposed celebrity chef, who goes back to basics to save himself from a failed marriage and a floundering career. It is a film about holding on to your dreams, fulfilling promises you made to yourself long ago, refusing to sell out. But on another, more affecting level, it is a film about a little kid who tries to reassemble his family after his parents divorce. Travelling all across the US in the back of a merry sandwich truck, living it up with Favreau and his plucky assistant (John Leguizamo), the kid demands that his father becomes an integral force in his life, not a glorified babysitter. Thanks in part to his efforts, his parents ultimately remarry. Chef is thus a film about the corrosive effects of divorce and the ways in which conventional family structures are jettisoned to compensate for the breakdown in the nuclear family. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:04:12 GMT)

Mayors: The Gathering city leaders in fantasy playing cards
As the global parliament of mayors kicks off, which leaders would you want in your deck? A global parliament of mayors? Just what cities need more bureaucracy Whos your ideal mayor? Vote now! Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:47:18 GMT)

View to a kill: Indian hangman prepares for his first execution
Pawan Kumar, who learned his trade from his father and grandfather, is paid £30 a month as a registered executionerThe phone call will come some time in the next few weeks, and when it does Pawan Kumar will be ready."I have already done a test run, with a sack of sand the weight of the criminal. I have been waiting for this moment all my life," said the part-time clothes hawker in the northern Indian town of Meerut. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:38:23 GMT)

World briefing: Europes worsening migrant crisis
The news of 700 would-be illegal migrants, possibly more, feared drowned after traffickers rammed their boat off Malta has brought the issue of migration into Europe to a head. But what can be done about it?Migrants from Africa and the Middle East risking increasingly perilous journeys into Europe has been propelled to tragic prominence with the news that around 700 people, possibly more, are feared drowned after two migrant boats sank. About 500 of those were seemingly murdered when traffickers rammed their vessel off Malta. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), almost 3,000 would-be migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean this year so far, against 700 for all of 2013. In parallel, the agency that monitors the EUs external borders, Frontex, says more people are set to risk undocumented passage into Europe this year than at the height of the Arab Spring, with almost 140,000 illegal border crossing detected up to mid-July 2014, among them large numbers fleeing the violent chaos in Syria and Libya. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:58:55 GMT)

Women and girls failed by international response in Syria
A report from the International Rescue Committee makes eight recommendations to ensure greater protection from sexual violence, exploitation and forced marriageCommitments to protect Syrian women and girls from sexual abuse, exploitation and early marriage have not been backed by practical action, which has had devastating consequences, according to a report published on Thursday.The report published by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) details chronic abuse and harassment experienced by women and girls over the past three years. One in three of those interviewed said they felt too scared or overwhelmed to leave their homes. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:57:11 GMT)

Garden ecotherapy: 'Here it's just easier for people to open up'
Garden plots set up by Sage Greenfingers in inner-city Sheffield bring rewarding activity to broad range of people with mental health problems, discovers Bibi van der ZeeHow to set up a therapeutic garden projectTheres not a lot of spinach to be found either the slugs or the birds have been feasting. But the raspberry bushes are treasure troves, studded with perfect ripe rubies right at the moment of sweetness. I eat a handful right away, and then sneakily circle back several times for more. Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:47:18 GMT)

Scotland rejects independence with No winning 55% of vote
Majority reject Scottish first minister Alex Salmond's plan to become a separate nation and choose to stay in UK Live blog: latest on the Scottish referendum results Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:09:15 GMT)

Scottish independence referendum: latest results in full
Live results as they come in from across Scotland, reporting voters response to the referendum question: Should Scotland be an independent country? Initial declarations are expected from 2am Edinburgh time, and a definitive result from about five hours later. Follow our live coverage of the Scottish referendum results Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:13 GMT)

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analysis as Scotland pulls back from leaving the United KingdomThis live blog has now finished. Click here for our continuing coverageSalmonds deputy Nicola Sturgeon concedes defeatEstimated 55% of voters set to reject independenceVoting day as seen by youScottish referendum explained for non-BritsShare your photos and stories via GuardianWitness Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:49:22 GMT)

Scottish referendum: David Cameron and the Queen seek to ease tensions
Prime minister likely to promise to devolve greater powers, over taxation and welfare, to the Scottish parliament in early addressFollow the coverage of the Scotland referendum results live Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:52:49 GMT)

Scottish referendum explained for non-Brits - video
An animated explanation of some fundamental questions prior to the referendum on Scottish independence on Thursday. Where is Scotland, what is Scotland and what does it mean to be Scottish? And what is the history of Scotland's relationship with England? But the real question is, will Scotland be better off as an independent country?Follow our live blog as voters turn out for Scotland's historic referendum Continue reading...
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:02:00 GMT)

Scottish independence: no campaigners buoyed by first referendum results
Yes campaign claws back some support with 57% in Dundee voting for independence Scottish referendum results live coverage Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:10:49 GMT)

Scottish referendum result: the yes and no camps react
Results became clear in the early hours of Friday morning; these referendum tweeters were awake for the moment of truth Continue reading...
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:36:30 GMT)

José Mujica: is this the worlds most radical president?
Uruguays José Mujica lives in a tiny house rather than the presidential palace, and gives away 90% of his salary. Hes legalised marijuana and gay marriage. But his greatest legacy is governing without giving up his revolutionary ideals Continue reading...
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:15 GMT)

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