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Google fined record €2.4bn by EU over search engine results
Brussels claims tech giant abused market dominance by manipulating its search engine results to favour its own comparison shopping serviceGoogle has been handed a record-breaking fine €2.42bn fine by the European Union for abusing its dominance of the search engine market in building its online shopping service.European regulators gave the tech giant 90 days to stop its illegal activities or face fines of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of parent company Alphabet. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:39:59 GMT)

Lee Rigby's mother criticises lack of support for her family
Lyn Rigby, whose son Lee was murdered by Islamic extremists in 2013, said MoD had not contacted her since his funeralThe mother of the murdered soldier Lee Rigby has accused the Ministry of Defence of failing to support her family. Rigby, 25, was off duty when he was stabbed to death in May 2013 by Islamic extremists outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south London. His mother Lyn said the family had not heard from the MoD since his funeral. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:22:40 GMT)

Michael Fallon defends £1bn DUP deal amid backlash
Defence secretary says cash is not a ‘bung’ and it is in all the UK’s interests to help Northern Ireland A leading cabinet minister has rejected the idea that the £1bn of extra spending for Northern Ireland is a “bung” to the Democratic Unionists to prop up the government, arguing it is necessary investment for a more deprived part of the UK.Following a backlash over the deal in Scotland, Wales and parts of England, Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said the money for hospitals, schools and roads in the region was good news for the entire UK. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:41:00 GMT)

Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show
Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his familyMore than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades.But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And six-figure contracts for members of his family needed to be taken care of. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT)

Grenfell Tower survivors demand say in public inquiry
Residents have written to Theresa May asking to be consulted on terms and scope of investigation and choice of chairSurvivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are demanding a say in the scope and setup of the inquiry into the disaster, including over the choice of the judge appointed to chair it. Residents in the area acknowledge that such consultation would be unprecedented in such an public inquiry but say it is necessary to restore local trust in the authorities. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:56:55 GMT)

Finsbury Park accused Darren Osborne appears at Old Bailey
Unemployed father of four from Cardiff charged with terrorism-related murder appears at brief bail hearing by video-link A man has appeared at the Old Bailey in London charged with terrorism-related murder after the Finsbury Park van attack last week.Darren Osborne, 47, appeared at the brief bail hearing by video-link from HMP Belmarsh, wearing jogging bottoms and a maroon T-shirt. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:50:35 GMT)

Syria: Assad preparing chemical weapons attack, US claims
US military sources reportedly surprised by White House’s public warning that regime would pay heavily for repeat of April attackThe White House has declared that it believes Bashar al-Assad’s regime is preparing to carry out another chemical weapons attack, and warned that the Syrian leader and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it went ahead. The unusual public warning on Monday night appeared to be intended to deter the regime from repeating its use of chemical weapons against rebel-held cities and towns. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:03:27 GMT)

Arts Council England to spend £170m more outside London
Plymouth, Tees Valley and Bradford among winners, at expense of National Theatre and Royal Opera House in 2018-22 fundingArts Council England (ACE) is to spend an additional £170m outside London between 2018 and 2022, a significant boost to funding outside the capital at the expense of the biggest arts organisations.The investment was announced on Tuesday as ACE revealed details of a new round of four-year funding decisions, investing £409m a year of public and lottery money in 831 organisations across England. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:39:15 GMT)

Three CNN journalists resign over retracted Trump-Russia story
The story’s author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, along with Eric Lichtblau, assistant managing editor, and Lex Harris, investigations headAmerican broadcaster CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.The story was posted on the network’s website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologised to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:26:26 GMT)

Ukrainian military intelligence officer killed by car bomb in Kiev
Col Maksim Shapoval, who was head of a special forces unit, killed and passersby injured in terrorist act, government saysA high-ranking Ukrainian military intelligence official has been killed by a car bomb in Kiev in what authorities are calling an act of terrorism.An explosive device destroyed the Mercedes being driven by Col Maksim Shapoval at 8.15am local time, police said. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:28:34 GMT)

Japan's love of shogi reignited thanks to 14-year-old record-breaker
Millions follow live on TV as Sota Fujii scores 29th consecutive win in Japanese board game that last sparked the country’s interest in the mid-1990sA schoolboy has set a record for consecutive victories in professional shogi – a Japanese version of chess – winning plaudits from the prime minister and sparking a surge of interest in the board game.Sota Fujii, 14, recorded his 29th straight win late on Monday, taking more than 11 hours to beat his opponent in the first round of the prestigious Ryuo championship in Tokyo. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:57:51 GMT)

Brexit Shorts: The Pines by Gary Owen, starring Steffan Rhodri – video
‘But if I don’t do this, what else can I do?’ … A Welsh dairy farmer reflects on the real cost of a flat white Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:09:33 GMT)

Baby Driver: can a bad title sink a film?
Will Edgar Wright’s decision to make his latest film sound like a slapstick childcare comedy affect its impact – or make no difference?There is a lot going on in Baby Driver, a caffeinated splicing of crime thriller and jukebox musical. Once you clunk-click into the central conceit – audacious heists, hard-boiled badinage and breakneck car chases all wittily synced and choreographed to its central character’s eclectic iPod playlist – it is an intoxicating, heightened huff of pure cinema. But if you don’t read advance reviews (especially ones heavy on terms like “diegetic music”), your first exposure to writer-director Edgar Wright’s latest movie will probably be its title.Baby Driver ... is it an impressively rushed sequel to Alec Baldwin’s animated semi-hit The Boss Baby from two months back? Baby Driver – even if it does make perfect sense in context (Ansel Elgort, as gifted wheelman Baby, operates in a world of pulpy code names like Doc, Darling and Bats) – it still sounds more like a slapstick childcare-gone-wrong comedy, right? Baby Driver, Baby Driver, Baby Driver: maybe repeating it will help burn a new association other than the Simon and Garfunkel song into the collective consciousness, the way everyone overlooks the fact that Oasis is an awful band name or like that brief period we all got used to saying “Courteney Cox-Arquette”. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:00:21 GMT)

EU citizens' post-Brexit rights Q&A: post your questions
Join Lisa O’Carroll for a Q&A on the UK government’s proposal for EU citizens rights after Brexit 12.12pm BST StealthyBanana asks:It sounds like the EU will offer freedom to live and work across the EU to those Britons currently living in an EU country.What is the deadline / window that a British person would need to be living in the EU to get those rights?I am running out of time - but the current law, which the EU is proposing to roll over for Britons in Europe, states that you start to acquire rights three months after you move to another country to work. You then complete the acquisition of those rights after five years. I will return to this in my reporting, but in the meantime here's the link to the EU proposalhttps://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/position-paper-essential-principles-citizens-rights_en 12.07pm BST Blazing Star asks:Is this a proposal or an agreement?It is a proposal. It is a negotiation position. This proposal will change and there will be much pressure applied on the UK government to change it. At the moment the government is spinning it that the EU must reciprocate. The EU already has tabled an offer (June 12) offering Britons in Europe a better deal. The British government will be under pressure to reciprocate that with clashes anticipated over the role of the ECJ and cut-off date. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:12:45 GMT)

Donald Trump's bloodlust for war in the Middle East risks chaos | Trevor Timm
After a surprise statement on Monday warning Syria about chemical weapons, it looks like the White House is looking for a reason to launch yet another warLost among the deluge of stories about the Russia investigation and the Republicans’ push to take healthcare away from millions of people, the Trump administration is laying the groundwork for a disastrous regional proxy war against Iran in Syria and possibly beyond. Foreign Policy reported recently that key officials within the Trump administration are “pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there.” The strategy was being advocated over objections from the Pentagon, but it doesn’t seem to be deterring White House. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:33:48 GMT)

Why exactly were the police spying on Jeremy Corbyn?
Undercover officers are alleged to have monitored the Labour MP for two decadesAt the tail end of the general election campaign, the Daily Telegraph reported that undercover police officers had monitored Jeremy Corbyn for two decades. It was claimed that he had been put under surveillance “amid fears that he was attempting to undermine democracy”.It was part of a barrage of stories from the rightwing press intended to damage his attempt to win the election. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:13:56 GMT)

Twisted tracks: watch metro maps transform to real-life geography
Transport maps distort a city’s true geography to strike a balance between readability and design. Scroll down to see how six metro maps compare to the real picture on the groundPublic transit maps occupy a unique place in the mapping world, and must strike a careful balance between readability, detail and aesthetic design. To that end, they necessarily distort the city’s true geography and with it, our own mental conception of the city too.But just how distorted are the world’s metro maps? A recent series of animated graphics, created by the DIY cartographers of the online forum Reddit, answers that question. Scroll down to see the metro maps of six global cities transform to match their true geography. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT)

David Squires on … a time when Blackburn were champions of England
Our cartoonist continues his off-season series on the Premier League at 25, with a look back at 1995, when the Lancashire club were lording it over the restDavid Squires on … the Premier League’s inceptionView all of David Squires’ cartoons in his archive here Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:28:51 GMT)

England v Pakistan: Women's Cricket World Cup – live!
Over-by-over updates as the hosts look to bounce back from defeatEngland curtail social media activity during Cricket World CupEmail Vithushan here and tweet him @Vitu_E 12.12pm BST 14th over: England 66-2 (Knight 20, Sciver 13) Change of bowling. Kainat has a blow and skipper Sana Mir, off-breaks with snow on them, brings herself on. Sciver won’t stand for any moon ball sheggery and it seems neither will Knight. The England skipper uses her feet to get to the pitch of the ball and helps it over mid on for four. 12.07pm BST 13th over: England 59-2 (Knight 14, Sciver 12) Four outside the ring, by the way, and a reminder that women’s ODI cricket still has a five-over batting Power Play, too. Long on is one of the four fielders outside the ring and both Sciver and Knight take that single on offer. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:12:29 GMT)

Lions let slip 31-17 lead as Hurricanes force draw in final midweek match
• Hurricanes 31-31 British & Irish Lions• Hurricanes fight back but Dan Biggar last-gasp drop-goal is shortA successful finish to their Test series against the All Blacks remains the British & Irish Lions’ overwhelming priority but their final midweek fixture could scarcely have had a worse ending. Having been 31-17 up with less than 12 minutes to play, Rory Best’s midweek team were dramatically caught by a gallant Hurricanes side who scored two late converted tries to force a breathless draw. Related: Hurricanes 31-31 Lions: tour match ends in thrilling draw – live! Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:46:03 GMT)

Johanna Konta: ‘If I lose a tennis match, so what? My health is everything’
The British world No7 would love to experience the feeling of serving for the Wimbledon singles title but results are not all-important in her lifeJohanna Konta has spent much of her adult life looking for serenity and lost innocence, so it seems rude to intrude on her philosophy when things go wrong, which they have a little lately.As she sees it: “When I was young I associated playing tennis with being part of historic moments, being part of these epic battles and coming out victorious, having those trophy moments. That for me is what I saw and aspired to. I didn’t associate playing tennis with making a living until I was maybe 18 or 19. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:15:24 GMT)

Fifa’s secret report into World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding to be leaked
• Report by Michael Garcia was written in 2014 but never published• German newspaper Bild set to publish first parts on TuesdayQatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup looks set to become mired in fresh controversy after the leaking of a secret Fifa report into the 2010 bidding contests.That highly controversial process saw Russia beat several European bids, including England’s, to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup and the wealthy Gulf state overcome the likes of the United States for 2022. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:47:31 GMT)

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing
• League One club applies for permission to fit rail seats in Salop Leisure Stand• Hope to ‘pave the way for other clubs in England and Wales to follow suit’Shrewsbury Town have applied to become the first English club to introduce safe standing at their ground. The League One side want to have rail seats in use at the 10,000 capacity Greenhous Meadow stadium before the end of the 2017-18 season and have formally approached the Sports Ground Safety Authority to get permission to fit them.Crowdfunding will be used to raise the money – estimated at around £50,000 to £75,0000 – for the installation of around 500 rail seats in the Salop Leisure Stand similar to those used at Celtic last season. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:03:24 GMT)

Scotland wring concessions from SFA after taking stand on pay | Suzanne Wrack
Players use strong hand heading into the European Championship to step up their complaint in the face of a seemingly intransigent governing bodyEqual pay for equal work. It sounds simple enough. Yet it was enshrined in law only in 2010. However, pay parity wasn’t achieved when pen hit paper on the Equality Act. Just as it wasn’t when the women machinist strike at Ford Dagenham in 1968 forced the Equal Pay Act. Though the gender pay gap has been shrinking, in 2017 it stands at 9.4% in Britain.What has sport got to do with it? So stark is the pay disparity between sportsmen and sportswomen that it has become a hotbed of action. Wave after wave of teams and players have stepped up in an attempt to pull their sport into the 21st century and give girls the chance of a more sustainable career in sport in the future. There are examples across multiple sports but women’s football has been increasingly at the forefront of the fight for change. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:12:50 GMT)

America's Cup: New Zealand celebrates 'underdog' victory over billionaires
Hope turned to relief then relief turned to joy for thousands – including country’s prime minister Bill English who celebrated in his pyjamasTwo and half hours before dawn broke in the southern hemisphere thousands of New Zealanders crawled from their warm beds to cheer for a team of youthful underdogs who have remained stoic and inscrutable throughout an America’s Cup regatta that has featured a dramatic capsize, constant sledging and a team budget that looks like pocket money to their competitors. After the devastating 2013 defeat to Oracle in San Francisco the home crowds kept their hopes for victory in check, and right up until the end were careful with their tenses. There was no when we win the cup. Only if, if, if. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:55:53 GMT)

Confederations Cup semi-final previews: Portugal v Chile and Germany v Mexico
Four unbeaten teams meet in the semi-finals, with Portugal facing an experienced Chile team and Mexico hoping to stop a young Germany sideBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkPortugal’s reward for topping Group A on goal difference is a semi-final against Copa América champions Chile, who finished second in Group B after 1-1 draws against Australia and Germany. Fernando Santos’ team secured top spot with a convincing 4-0 win over the weakest side in the tournament, New Zealand, who have now lost five matches this month. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:54:19 GMT)

Sky cricket-rights duel with BT to yield over £1bn with BBC set for live return
• Final offers to be submitted this week for deal running from 2020 to 2024• Rights have been split into five packages expected to bring in £250m per yearA big money battle between Sky and BT is likely to push the broadcasting deal for English cricket past the £1bn mark and put the BBC in pole position to secure the free-to-air rights put up for sale by the England and Wales Cricket Board.Final offers have to be submitted to Lord’s between 9am and 10am on Wednesday following a month during which the ECB has received presentations by broadcasters bidding for the rights deal which will run between 2020 and 2024. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:31:45 GMT)

Serena Williams tells McEnroe 'respect my privacy' after men's ranking views
John McEnroe says Williams would be ‘like 700’ on the men’s tourWilliams asks McEnroe to ‘keep me out of your statements’Serena Williams has told John McEnroe to “keep me out of your statements that are not factually based” after he reopened a timeworn debate by saying she would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil’s Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000) in the men’s world rankings.Williams, who is set to be out of action until next year after announcing in April she is expecting her first child, said on Twitter: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir”. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:08:39 GMT)

RFL confirms it is discussing central contracts with top Super League players
• St Helens says Jonny Lomax is one of those handed a deal by the RFL• George Williams, Mike McMeeken and Kallum Watkins believed to be in talksThe Rugby Football League has confirmed it is in discussions with a number of leading Super League players about becoming centrally contracted with the sport’s governing body.Leading members of the RFL’s hierarchy, including the former Leeds and England captain, Kevin Sinfield, have identified a number of players to become the first in the sport to be awarded central contracts, after St Helens confirmed on Monday that their full-back, Jonny Lomax, would be among those to benefit from the deals created as part of the radical proposals approved this year to try to retain the competition’s best talent. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:23:16 GMT)

Chanderpaul in the pink for Lancashire as day-night revolution dawns
The county trial was meant to attune England players for the maiden floodlit Test v West Indies but at Edgbaston it was a Caribbean batsman who did bestCounty cricket’s pink ball plunge was devised chiefly as a training tool for England’s cricketers before their maiden floodlit Test against West Indies this summer. But at Edgbaston, where this historic first will be staged, it was a Caribbean batsman with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for runs who dominated on day one of Warwickshire versus Lancashire.While Jimmy Anderson struck late to leave the home side on 23 for one at the close – if anyone is to revel in the delights of the pink Duke it will surely be England’s swing king – his Lancashire team-mate, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, shone brightest under lights, with an unbeaten 117 proving the glue for a total of 273. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:47:06 GMT)

Vettel on thin ice after Hamilton run-in while Ricciardo restores Red Bull fizz | Giles Richards
Vettel is on the brink of missing the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo and Verstappen are transforming Red Bull’s outlook and Stroll is proving his critics wrongThere was clear disappointment for Lewis Hamilton after his charge in Baku ended in him dropping a further two points to his title rival Sebastian Vettel but, moving on from it and the acrimonious exchanges between the pair, the British driver emerged looking the stronger and more rounded. It was the loose headrest that had actually cost him the win and he took it on the chin and did not apportion blame. “I know the team will be devastated about the issue with the headrest,” he said. “We all feel that pain but it’s on me to gather my thoughts and try and lead through this adversity.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:51:54 GMT)

Aidy Boothroyd urges England Under-21s to keep up the momentum
• Manager challenges team to look beyond semi-final against Germany• Says: ‘In order for us to be better, we’ve got to win these games.’For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament.Since that 2-1 loss in Mannheim last July England’s age-group sides have embarked on a remarkable run of 17 wins from the 20 matches they have played in tournaments, the only defeat coming in a shootout in the final of the European Under-17 Championship against Spain last month. That was followed just over a fortnight ago by a first global success since 1966 and all that when many of the players in Boothroyd’s charge last year became Under-20 world champions in South Korea by beating Venezuela after an inspirational comeback against Italy in the semi-final. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:54:01 GMT)

'Maximum tension, minimum release': why baseball produces so many brawls
For a non-contact sport, baseball appears to involve plenty of fights. What is it about the game that produces confrontations?In 1986 I had the privilege of sitting next to the great Scottish sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney during the NFL’s first American Bowl at Wembley Stadium. One of the topics we discussed was the fascination that British fans have with baseball brawls, highlights of which seemed to occupy an unusual amount of time on British television – more, it seemed to me, than on American TV. “It’s just refreshing to us,” McIlvanney explained, “to see most of the violence happening on the field instead of in the stands.” Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT)

Football transfer rumours: Tottenham target Adrien Silva and Carles Aleñá?
Today’s gossip does not have a lightThe Mill loves the smell of gossip in the morning. How better to start a new day than with that fresh, invigorating, hopeful, malodorous, fetid, putrid, fecal scent wafting up our freshly tweezered snout. It’s true that 95% of football tittle-tattle makes us retch, but it’s worth the pain and suffering for the 5% of rumours that turn out to be true.There is something persuasive and thrilling, for example, in the suggestion that Liverpool want to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, thus prompting all kinds of banter-based hilarity about Arsenal being a feeder club. Chelsea and Manchester City have also set up an RSS feed for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:24:30 GMT)

One of us is Lib Dem, the other is Green. But we share a vision | David Boyle and Andrew Simms
Labour and the Tories are happy with a two-party system. But if the UK is to get the radical electoral change it needs, cooperation between smaller parties is vitalWhen, on their first day back in parliament, Labour MPs jeered the phrase “proportional representation”, it was a revelatory moment. There have been times since the election result when we wondered whether the whole multiparty, diversity of British politics was over. But reflecting on the diverse nature of the UK we realised it could not be.There are, after all, powerful forces that would like the old binary certainties back. It may be one of the few things that the Conservative and Labour parties have in common. Even the BBC would breathe a sigh of relief if it could safely return to its old two-dimensional swingometer. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:00:10 GMT)

I live in a tower block, but I don't want to be rehoused | Joanne Fry
The housing association that built my two-year-old block has acted quickly and responsibly to reassure residents that we are safeIn the wake of the Grenfell tower tragedy, one of my neighbours expressed concern about the cladding on our building. Initially I was incredulous and dismissive; our building is only two years old and was built by a housing association, which would have had to conform to stringent safety standards and regulations. However, like many other residents in London tower blocks, it turns out that I live in a building clad in Reynobond PE panels – the same as those used in Grenfell Tower. This fact came to light in emails from the housing association, which has been extremely transparent and responsive in communicating with residents. Nonetheless, there has been a degree of panic and outrage, and some residents have complained to our MP, who has demanded that we should all be rehoused immediately and the cladding removed and replaced. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:56:22 GMT)

We cannot compromise safety in schools. Asbestos must be removed| Lola Okolosie
If the government is serious about learning lessons from Grenfell, then it needs to rid schools of asbestos. Otherwise its toxic effects could prove a health timebombHere’s a sentence that I never expected to make it into print: “School buildings do not need to be sprinkler-protected to achieve a reasonable standard of life safety.” It comes from what have been called “controversial government proposals” watering down safety standards for new school buildings to help cut costs. Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the proposals have been quietly dropped. But why has it taken a preventable disaster to awaken the Tories, and more broadly the nation, to a simple fact that when we are discussing the “standard of life safety” – in this context that’s children’s lives – adjectives such as “reasonable” set the bar too low. Parents would like to know that when they send their children to school, their lives are not “reasonably” safe, but totally so. Forgive us if that’s too much to ask.It’s an example of how truly flimsy or empty – take your pick – the Tory refrain is of improving schools by giving parents increased choice. More choice in the form of free schools and academies that are no longer expected to have sprinklers is, frankly, bullshit. I think it’s safe to say that most people would rather children didn’t go to schools with fire safety measures that have “potentially devastating consequences”. That’s how London fire commissioner Ron Dobson put it in a letter to the schools minister, Nick Gibb, when these proposals were first announced. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:43:38 GMT)

I know what it's like to be a trans teen at school. Here's how to deal with the bullying | Aimee Challenor
A new report shows 64% of trans pupils are bullied for their gender identity. But some small actions can help change livesBullying and hate speech daily affects how pupils perform – it seems obvious, right? So why are we still failing LGBT+ pupils? During my time at secondary school I felt anxious, isolated, lonely and depressed; there were no adults at school I felt like I could talk to about being trans. Turns out I’m not alone.According to the School Report, released today by LGBT charity Stonewall, 53% of LGBT young people said the same. In fact, more than 40% of trans students said that teaching staff at their school don’t even know what the word “trans” means. This is a huge issue, particularly as 64% of trans pupils are bullied for being transgender. For lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren’t trans, this bullying figure is 45%. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:30:24 GMT)

Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis | Mary O’Hara
The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK requires a radical and fast rethink of drugs policyDr Daniel Ciccarone, a San Franciso-based public health researcher and physician told me of a recent encounter which, despite 17 years in the field, left him stunned. “I talked to a [heroin] user in West Virginia. Nice guy. Manages to keep his habit and keep his job. He’s 10 years out of high school. He’s 29. He went to his high school reunion. I kid you not – half of his high school class is gone. Died. It was mostly [opioid] pills and heroin.”Ciccarone is on the frontline of efforts to understand and combat the US’s rapidly escalating opioid crisis and he makes no bones about the scale and impact of what he says is an unprecedented public health emergency. “We are moving beyond an epidemic. I would call it a crisis,” he says. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:00:10 GMT)

Yes, Northern Ireland should have the £1bn. But what about other UK regions? | Jonn Elledge
To anyone not invested in May’s career it’s hard to explain how people in other deprived areas are less deserving than those affected by the votes of 10 DUP MPsOne of Theresa May’s more memorable screw-ups, in an election campaign not short of them, came on Question Time at the start of June, when a nurse, who had not had a pay rise since 2009 gently queried when this might change. The prime minister sympathised (at least, I assume that’s what she was trying to do). But, she added, “I’m being honest with you ... There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake.” Related: Tuesday briefing: Bung parliament – May's £1bn bill for DUP support Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:12 GMT)

Dear Andrea Leadsom, shrinking the state is the opposite of patriotism | Polly Toynbee
The leader of the House of Commons accuses broadcasters of not being patriotic – yet the Tories have betrayed the nation through cuts to our most valued services and institutionsPatriotic? Who? Not the Tory Brexiteers who have brought this country so alarmingly low. While EU politics are rebooted with new Franco-German confidence, our government is only saved by the Democratic Unionist party. Ignominy doesn’t get much more mortifying than that. Related: Peston on Sunday gives Leadsom's call for patriotism a droll reply Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT)

I’ve grown old with HIV. I don’t fear the virus any more, I fear the stigma | Michael Penn
New cases among gay men in London have fallen for the first time. We’re turning a corner, but there’s a lot to do to bring attitudes and awareness up to dateIn December 1986 my partner, Brian, fell ill. We were spending the Christmas break at our holiday home in Suffolk. Brian spent all of Christmas Day in bed, and on Boxing Day morning I could tell he wasn’t getting better. I called a doctor friend to get his opinion. He took one look at Brian and said we must take him to hospital straight away.Anyone who contracted HIV back then, as Brian had, was almost certain to die. On top of that, there was so much we didn’t know about how the virus worked or how it was transmitted. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:00:25 GMT)

After Grenfell: two councils, two very different responses | Dawn Foster
Unlike the Kensington and Chelsea leader, Georgia Gould showed Camden residents that councils can have an accountable and human faceOn Friday evening, outside Camden town hall, council leader Georgia Gould defended the decision to evacuate the nearby Chalcots estate due to safety concerns. Gould seemed genuinely worried, and told the BBC that Camden had been first in the queue to test its cladding, finding on Thursday that the panels fitted were “not to the standard that we had commissioned” and announcing they would be removed. At a public meeting the same night, Gould says residents raised other safety concerns she’d been unaware of: Camden council and the London fire brigade assessed the block, and the council was advised to evacuate. Related: Grenfell is political. The right can’t make that fact go away | Suzanne Moore Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:37:45 GMT)

How do we explain to our children the ‘British values’ of the DUP? | Michael Rosen
Parents need help in answering the question of why the Tories are still in government and what the DUP believesYou’re back!Did you enjoy the Queen’s speech? It was good to hear her reaffirm the “British values” you are responsible for “delivering” in schools. This raised a question in my mind, though, about an arrangement your party was trying hard to make with the DUP. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT)

Why is the government ignoring the crisis facing children's social care?
Social care funding issues dominated the general election but it isn’t just older people who need helpDebate about social care dominated the general election and proposals for a green paper on funding were included in the Queen’s speech. The government’s supporting commentary stated, however, that it would work to address the challenges of social care for “our ageing population” and the “increasing numbers of over-75s”. The Local Government Association (LGA) estimates that children’s services face a £2bn funding gap by 2020. Why is the government ignoring the funding crisis facing children’s social care? Together for Short Lives provides support for around 49,000 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across the country. These are some of the most vulnerable children in society, with voices that are too often not heard or ignored. They and their families rely heavily on social care. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:27:35 GMT)

Our fear of sharks is tinged with subconscious guilt | Philip Hoare
A blue shark sparked panic at a Spanish beach but our irreconcilable attitudes to the sea ought to worry us moreA shark on a Spanish beach is a vividly terrifying image. The holiday idyll threatened by a sharp-finned deputation from the deep. This is no “snakes on a plane” fantasy. Potential disaster looms. There are children out there, for God’s sake. In a resort where the sand may be raked daily, and where a margarita is never more than a few euros away, such disruptive visions seem all the sharper. Related: Blue shark captured following Mallorca beach panic Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:24 GMT)

Maybot's magic money tree? It'll spread the love in Belfast, says Green
First secretary tells MPs the deal is in the national interest – as in, the Tories’ interest and the DUP’s interest Damian Green looked at his hands in despair. The first secretary of state had spent the last 20 minutes scrubbing them, but they still weren’t clean. He turned to the Maybot, begging her to explain the details of the agreement the Tories had reached with the DUP to the House of Commons. After all, the whole sorry deal had only ever been about keeping her in a job. The Maybot shook her head. She’d just spent 90 minutes trying and failing to convince the House that she was a fair and serious prime minister, and was out on her feet. Fair and serious is the new strong and stable. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:27:28 GMT)

Martin Rowson on the DUP's £1bn windfall – cartoon
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(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:46:54 GMT)

Give the NHS more money – or it will face trouble this winter
Without investment, there is a serious possibility of wider failures than last winter with the safety of more patients at riskIt may seem odd to issue a winter warning when we have just been through an early summer heatwave. But the forecast from the NHS frontline is clear: unless we do something now to manage the risk for winter, there is trouble ahead.Last winter, NHS staff responded heroically to extraordinary pressures. But safety and standards of care were compromised in too many places. As demand increased, so did pressure on beds, staff and the whole health and care sector. That meant delays in A&E and more patients waiting on trolleys for a bed. This had knock-on effects for ambulance response times and there were similar pressures in mental health and community services. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:22:53 GMT)

It's not enough to let EU residents stay – they should get the vote, too | Paul Mason
In the UK, more than 2 million EU workers are non-citizens and cannot vote, despite paying taxes and filling Britain’s most precarious jobs. Brexit should be the moment that anomaly is endedOf about 100 Labour activists assembled in the scout hut, in Kimberly, Notts, there is a handful of workers from a local factory, badged up and ready to hit the doorstep. The only problem is, they are from Slovenia and the Czech Republic and cannot vote. They are part of the 2.1 million-strong section of Britain’s adult population disenfranchised by Europe’s voting rules. And Theresa May just proposed to make that permanent.The Conservative offer of “settled status” for EU nationals prepared to carry an ID card will now be the subject of justified haggling with Brussels. If implemented, it will further widen the democratic deficit suffered by those who move across Europe’s borders to work. If you are an EU citizen resident in another country, you can vote in that country’s local and regional elections and for the European parliament, but not for the government that actually makes the laws that affect your life, and to which you pay taxes. Mrs May’s proposal even potentially takes away the right to vote in local elections. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:39:24 GMT)

Trump doesn't want Muslims in the US. That's OK with the supreme court | Moustafa Bayoumi
The supreme court has upheld parts of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. By doing so, it has legitimised blanket discrimination against a religious groupThe US supreme court has decided that parts of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban can take effect, lifting lower court injunctions on his executive order and noting that it would hear the case in October. Days earlier, Trump’s White House broke with decades of tradition by refusing to host a traditional dinner, an iftar, for Muslim Americans during the holy month of Ramadan. Related: Trump travel ban Q&A: what happens next? Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:33:01 GMT)

Queen's income rises to £82m to cover cost of Buckingham Palace works
Crown Estate increases profits as royal accounts reveal Prince Philip spent £18,690 on train trip to PlymouthThe Queen is in line for a near-doubling of her income to more than £82m due to a government decision to increase her funding to cover “essential works” to Buckingham Palace.The Crown Estate, which owns most of Regent Street and swaths of St James’s as well as thousands of acres of farmland, forests and coastline, made £328.8m profit in the year to the end of March 2017, an 8% increase on the previous year. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Official Charts Company shakes up rules to stop the Ed Sheeran effect
The singles chart revamp includes limiting the number of tracks per artist, aiming to adapt to the rise in streaming and showcase new musicThe Official Singles Chart is getting a structural shake up. Starting from July, artists will be allowed only three of their most popular tracks in the top 100, to prevent music’s heavyweight acts dominating the majority of the charts. Related: Ed Sheeran's dominance of the Top 20 is a only a symptom of how sick the charts are Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:44:08 GMT)

Lap of luxury: Net-a-Porter opens new tech hub in London
New building in White City shows increased commitment to IT, and the UK, after merger with Italy’s YooxThe owner of the Net-a-Porter luxury fashion website is to hire at least 100 more IT experts over the next two years as it shrugs off the impact of the Brexit vote to open a new tech hub in the UK.Designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, the architect behind the Eden Project domes in Cornwall, the hub, in west London’s White City, can house up to 650 IT experts. That is an increase from the 500 employed in the UK at present. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:42:08 GMT)

Hundreds of patients potentially harmed by undelivered NHS mail
Watchdog criticises Shared Business Services, which the Guardian revealed in February failed to process 709,000 itemsMore than 1,700 people may have been harmed by an NHS contractor’s loss of almost 709,000 pieces of medical correspondence, including patient records and cancer test results, an investigation has found.But the real total could be much higher, as almost a third of the documents have still to be assessed to see if long delays in analysing them damaged human health, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into what MPs have called “a colossal blunder”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Plastic debris inundates remote UK coasts endangering wildlife
A Greenpeace research expedition into plastic waste finds devastating pollution on Scottish beaches and seabird coloniesPlastic bottles and packaging are overrunning some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches and remote coastline, endangering wildlife from basking sharks to puffins.A Greenpeace research ship has spent the past two months touring the Scottish coast and islands assessing the impact of plastic waste. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:28:42 GMT)

British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt
Sandeep and Reena Mander say they were told they were unlikely to succeed as the only children in need were whiteA British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.Sandeep and Reena Mander said they had wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:28:34 GMT)

Almost half of trans pupils in UK have attempted suicide, survey finds
Stonewall survey shows eight out of 10 trans young people bullied at school or college have self-harmed, despite instances of LGBT bullying decreasingEight out of 10 trans young people have self-harmed and almost half have attempted to kill themselves, according to a significant new study looking at the experiences of LGBT pupils in schools and colleges across the UK.The survey of more than 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people revealed that while LGBT bullying has decreased in the last five years, its impact on young people’s wellbeing and education is profound. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:13 GMT)

Four in 10 UK parents wrongly believe a sun tan is healthy, says poll
Met Office and NHS England find parents are too relaxed about exposing their children to sun, and warn over UV raysAlmost four out of 10 parents mistakenly believe that a sun tan is a sign of good health, research suggests.A new poll for the Met Office and NHS England found evidence of apparently relaxed attitude to children’s sun exposure. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:30:22 GMT)

Bank of England tells banks to raise more capital as consumer credit fears grow - business live
UK central bank has ordered British banks to set aside more capital, and rushed forwards its consumer credit stress testsLatest: Mark Carney is giving a press conference nowBank of England tells banks to set aside more capitalBank has also rushed forward its consumer credit testsCar credit is a key issueGOOGLE HIT WITH RECORD EU FINEEarlier:Janet Yellen discussing world economy in London tonightThe agenda: BoE Financial Stability Report today 12.15pm BST Q: The report talks about the need for ‘consistent implementation’ of international standards; are you particularly worried about the Trump administration?Carney says it is important to have open global standards, and even more important that they are implemented, to avoid another financial crisis. Related: Trump could use alternate routes to roll back bank reforms 12.02pm BST Q: You point out that commercial real estate assets are overvalued, and could unwind if people try to sell them in a rush. That happened after the Brexit vote - has anything changed since?[explainer: several property funds froze redemptions after the EU referendum, to stop investors cashing out, exposing the dangers of investing in ‘illiquid assets’ such as shopping centres]Carney offering coded warning on the value of commercial real estate. Disconnect between growth expectations and asset values. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:15:21 GMT)

Labour MPs to join SNP, Greens and Plaid to resist single market exit
Dozens from official opposition party want a softer Brexit than is proposed by Theresa May’s government and Labour’s frontbenchDozens of Labour MPs are preparing to team up with the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens to back an amendment to the Queen’s speech calling for Britain to remain in the EU customs union and single market. The politicians are hoping to coalesce around wording being put forward by Labour backbenchers, which lays out plans for a softer form of Brexit than is being proposed by both Theresa May’s government and their own frontbench. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:05:56 GMT)

Almost half of highly skilled EU workers 'could leave UK within five years'
Deloitte study finds 47% were considering leaving after Brexit, while overall one-third of non-British workers could leaveOne third of non-British workers are considering leaving the UK, with highly skilled workers from the EU most likely to go, according to new research into the impact of Brexit on the jobs market.The consultancy firm Deloitte found 47% of highly skilled workers from the EU were considering leaving the UK in the next five years. In a report on Tuesday, it warns of serious implications for employers, raising the pressure on ministers to come up with sensible immigration plans and to find ways to improve the skills of UK workers and make better use of robots in the workplace. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Co-op Bank abandons sale talks as it edges towards rescue deal
Lender says plan to secure hundreds of millions from hedge funds would allow it to ‘safeguard its values and ethics’The Co-operative Bank has abandoned talks over a sale after edging closer to clinching a deal with hedge funds to stump up millions of pounds to bolster its financial position. The extra financing from hedge funds comes four months after the bank had put itself up for sale, weakened by low interest rates and its costly turnaround programme. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:58:05 GMT)

Local authorities not up to speed with fast broadband delivery
Eleven areas fail to provide the government’s minimum download proposal of 10Mbps, but speed issues aren’t confined to rural locations, says Which?It might be home to the Shard skyscraper, City Hall and Tate Modern, but the central London borough of Southwark has been named one of the 20 worst places in the UK for broadband speeds, in a list that stretches from Orkney to Bexhill-on-Sea.An analysis of 719,000 speed tests by the consumer organisation Which? found that 11 local authority areas didn’t meet the minimum download speed proposed under the government’s so-called universal service obligation (USO), which anyone in the UK would be entitled to request. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:05:23 GMT)

Consumer confidence collapsed after general election, YouGov finds
Hung parliament, pay squeeze and housing slowdown took consumers’ spirits to lowest level since Brexit vote, says pollConsumer confidence slumped in the 12 days after the general election to its lowest level since the aftermath of last year’s Brexit vote, as households were unnerved by the impact of a hung parliament.A poll by YouGov found that consumers feared the unstable political situation would hit house prices and dent their living standards, which have already come under pressure in recent months from high inflation and sluggish wages growth. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:58:30 GMT)

HMS Queen Elizabeth could be vulnerable to cyber-attack
Royal Navy £3.5bn carrier appears to be running Windows XP, the operating system targeted in NHS ransomware attackBritain’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which has left the Rosyth dockyard, could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack as it appears to be using the same outdated system that left the NHS exposed. But officers aboard the £3.5bn carrier, which is the biggest and most powerful vessel ever built for the Royal Navy, insist that they are well prepared to defend against such attacks and will have a team of cyber specialists on board. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Disabled patients 'relying on crowdfunding' for wheelchairs
Most patients are offered a voucher towards a basic NHS wheelchair, but these do not meet everyone’s needs and can even exacerbate conditionsDisabled patients are increasingly having to rely on crowdfunding to pay for wheelchairs, a leading doctor has warned. Cuts in services, a postcode lottery of availability and delays mean that patients are being forced to rely on the public to help raise funds online to buy suitable wheelchairs.Medics at the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth unanimously passed a motion calling for users to have “timely access to chairs suitable for their individual conditions”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:06:02 GMT)

£1bn bedblocking fund not being spent properly, say 40% of hospitals
Hospital bosses say local councils are failing to properly boost social care provision so that more patients can be dischargedMore than 40% of British hospitals say they cannot guarantee patients will receive safe care next winter because a sum of £1bn earmarked to reduce “bedblocking” is not being spent properly.Hospital bosses claim that many local councils are failing to put the emergency funding into schemes to help patients get home quicker by improving social care support for them. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Trump travel ban: US supreme court partially lifts block on order
Supreme court agrees to hear arguments on legality of controversial order in the fall after lifting significant elements of lower court orders to block banThe US supreme court handed a partial victory to the Trump administration on Monday as it lifted significant elements of lower court orders blocking the president’s controversial travel ban targeting visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries. Related: Refugee admissions nearly halved as supreme court mulls Trump travel ban Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:52:08 GMT)

US joins growing calls for China to allow Liu Xiaobo cancer treatment abroad
Chinese authorities have refused Nobel laureate permission to move home to Beijing or seek medical treatment outside China The US has called for China to completely lift all restrictions on the renowned democracy activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, as fears mount he is close to death after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.In a video posted by a friend, Liu’s wife Liu Xia said the cancer cannot be treated with chemotherapy or operations at this stage. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:24:55 GMT)

'We’re changing something': can alcohol boost the Bible belt's economy?
In America’s south, alcohol has been seeped in stigma. But attitudes are changing, and lawmakers have been exploring ways to boost their economic potentialWhen some residents in the area around Chickamauga, Georgia wish to imbibe, they will drive 15 minutes into nearby Chattanooga, thinking that distance will give them anonymity to drink in public. Grown adults, 40 years old or so, will not drink in front of their parents.Customers ask Skip Welsh, the co-founder of Phantom Horse Brewing Co in Rock Spring, to put their beer into a Styrofoam or red solo cup. They don’t want anyone to know what they are drinking. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:00:10 GMT)

Key senator says Congress to stop arms sales to Gulf until Qatar crisis is solved
Senate foreign relations committee chairman says Gulf nations have chosen to ‘devolve into conflict’ and says dispute undermines US efforts in Middle EastThe Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has said the US Congress will hold up approval of arms sales to the Gulf as a result of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar.Senator Bob Corker said the nations of Gulf Cooperation Council had failed to take advantage of a summit with President Trump in May to overcome their differences and had “instead chosen to devolve into conflict”. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:07:06 GMT)

Potential Martin Shkreli jurors: we can't be impartial over 'most hated man' in US
Some interviewed said they couldn’t be part of the pharmaceutical CEO’s trial because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000%Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn’t be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000%.At jury selection in a Brooklyn courtroom, US district judge Kiyo Matsumoto questioned the potential jurors at sidebars out of earshot from Shkreli. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:08:36 GMT)

Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts' warnings
As US mulls strategy over country’s support for terrorist groups in Afghanistan, experts say tougher stance could drive Pakistan toward China and Russia The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT)

Vulnerable ‘chokepoints’ threaten global food supply, warns report
Fourteen critical bottlenecks, from roads to ports to shipping lanes, are increasingly at risk from climate change, say analystsIncreasingly vulnerable “chokepoints” are threatening the security of the global food supply, according to a new report. It identifies 14 critical locations, including the Suez canal, Black Sea ports and Brazil’s road network, almost all of which are already hit by frequent disruptions.With climate change bringing more incidents of extreme weather, analysts at the Chatham House thinktank warn that the risk of a major disruption is growing but that little is being done to tackle the problem. Food supply interruptions in the past have caused huge spikes in prices which can spark major conflicts. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:30:22 GMT)

Miranda Kerr hands over jewellery linked to Malaysia corruption case
Australian model was gifted $8.1m in jewellery US prosecutors say was bought by a Malaysian financier with stolen moneyAustralian model Miranda Kerr has handed over $US8.1m (£6.3m) worth of jewellery to the US justice department after prosecutors said the items were bought for her by a Malaysian financier with stolen government money.Kerr retrieved the gifts — including a $3.8m (£3m) 8.88 carat diamond pendant from New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz — from a safe-deposit box in Los Angeles, her spokesman said. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:27:33 GMT)

Brazil's president, Michel Temer, charged with corruption
Temer is accused of accepting bribes – but any move towards trial would have to pass congress by a two-thirds majorityBrazil’s top federal prosecutor has charged President Michel Temer with taking multimillion-dollar bribes, a stinging blow to the unpopular leader and to political stability in Latin America’s largest country. Rodrigo Janot submitted the charge to the supreme court, saying Temer “fooled Brazilian citizens” and owed the nation millions in compensation for accepting bribes. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:42:21 GMT)

Senate healthcare bill would cut insurance for 22 million Americans, CBO says
Republicans’ draft bill improves slightly on projections over next decade compared to similar legislation passed by House counterpartsTwenty-two million Americans will lose health insurance coverage over the next 10 years under the draft Senate healthcare bill, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Related: ‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:53:23 GMT)

China: Vatican gravely concerned for bishop 'forcibly removed' from diocese
Peter Shao Zhumin has been missing for some time from his diocese in Wenzhou in south-eastern ChinaThe Vatican has expressed “grave concern” for one of its bishops in China, saying he was being held in an unknown location after being “forcibly removed” from his diocese.Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the Holy See was “profoundly saddened” by the situation of Peter Shao Zhumin, who he said has been missing for some time from his diocese in Wenzhou in south-eastern China. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:35:32 GMT)

Dinosaurs’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests
Fossilised skull scans reveal neurovascular canal that might have enabled precision-feeding, and face-biting ‘to make a point’ Dinosaurs’ faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought and may have helped them feed more carefully or woo potential mates, according to new research. Experts from the University of Southampton used advanced X-ray and 3D-imaging techniques to look inside the fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii – a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur found on the Isle of Wight, and found evidence that it possessed an extremely sensitive snout of a kind previously only associated with aquatic feeders. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:01:14 GMT)

Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040, report says
Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to report by Tony Blair’s InstituteParts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the global economy, new research has found.The report predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, as well as international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT)

Rome metro excavations unearth 3rd-century 'Pompeii-like scene'
Archaeologists find remains of building and skeleton of a crouching dog that appears to have died in the fire that destroyed itDigging for Rome’s new underground network has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that caused the structure to collapse.Archaeologists said on Monday that they had made the discovery on 23 May while examining a 10-metre (33-foot) hole bored near the city’s ancient Aurelian walls as part of construction work for the Metro C line. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:57:09 GMT)

Swedish man kidnapped by Islamist militants in Mali released after six years
Sweden says Johan Gustafsson, who was kidnapped while on a motorcycle tour, was set free ‘a few days ago’ but declined to give any details on the negotiations A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government has confirmed.There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from South Africa, who was also seized in Timbuktu. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:03:13 GMT)

Former Paris stock exchange to be reborn as major new art museum
François Pinault, the billionaire luxury brand owner, will convert the 19th century Bourse de commerce into art museum with architect Tadao AndoIt is the latest chapter in the art-world rivalry of two of France’s richest businessmen: a saga of momentous contemporary art collections and a quest by their owners to build Paris museums that would transform the city’s landscape.When the French luxury goods tycoon François Pinault – once described as the most powerful man in the modern art world – stepped out under the magnificent glass dome of the former Paris stock exchange on Monday to unveil the plans for his new modern art museum, the architecture world held its breath. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:52:55 GMT)

Tech giants team up to fight extremism following cries that they allow terrorism
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft announced Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to focus on solutions, research and partnershipsFacebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft have created a joint forum to counter terrorism following years of criticisms that the technology corporations have failed to block violent extremists and propaganda on their platforms. The Silicon Valley companies announced the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism on Monday, saying the collaboration would focus on technological solutions, research and partnerships with governments and civic groups. Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:24:20 GMT)

'I'm happy to be a part of change': the Guardian meets Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury – video
The Labour leader sits down with the Guardian backstage at Glastonbury to talk about what his party can offer young people, his priorities for the future and his views on the ‘Jeremania’ sweeping the music festival this yearGlastonbury 2017: Sunday with Barry Gibb, Chic and Laura Marling – follow it live!Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury Continue reading...
(Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:59:17 GMT)

Frankie Boyle: 'Grenfell Tower residents were treated as less than human' – video
Frankie Boyle tells Owen Jones he believes there’s ‘a connection between a Conservative government that wants to get rid of human rights legislation’ and the residents of Grenfell Tower ‘being treated as less than human’. The comedian thinks a series of decisions shows the pursuit of profit was more important than fire safety Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:29:48 GMT)

Kilian Jornet: inside the mind of the world's best mountain runner - video
Kilian Jornet, 29, is widely considered the world’s best ultra-distance and mountain runner. Last month, he conquered Mount Everest twice in one week without using supplemental oxygen or fixed ropes. A project called Summits of My Life has taken him to the peaks of Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Denali and Aconcagua. We asked him what makes him tick and how it feels to be on top of the world Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:46:17 GMT)

Diane Keaton: 'People in London drink in the afternoon ... wow!' – video interview
Diane Keaton’s new film is set in, and named after, the prosperous London district of Hampstead; she co-stars with Brendan Gleeson in a romantic comedy about an American woman who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric itinerant who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Directed by Joel Hopkins and also featuring Simon Callow and James Norton, Hampstead is released on 23 July Continue reading...
(Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:28:56 GMT)

Why do people still go hungry? – video
There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach. World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains Continue reading...
(Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:17 GMT)

Government ‘reneging on promise to fund 10,000 extra nursing places’
Scrapping nursing bursaries was supposed to expand training places – but that pledge has been quietly dropped, universities sayUniversities are warning that the government is quietly reneging on its promise to provide 10,000 new nursing degree places, intended to relieve pressure on the NHS.Student nurses must spend 50% of their degree working under supervision, usually in a hospital. But universities have told Education Guardian that not a single extra nursing training place has been funded or allocated for the future. It would cost £15m over five years to fund training placements for 10,000 new nurses, according to the Council of Deans of Health, the body that represents university faculties of nursing. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:15:23 GMT)

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?
It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell. By Stephen BuranyiIn 2011, Claudio Aspesi, a senior investment analyst at Bernstein Research in London, made a bet that the dominant firm in one of the most lucrative industries in the world was headed for a crash. Reed-Elsevier, a multinational publishing giant with annual revenues exceeding £6bn, was an investor’s darling. It was one of the few publishers that had successfully managed the transition to the internet, and a recent company report was predicting yet another year of growth. Aspesi, though, had reason to believe that that prediction – along with those of every other major financial analyst – was wrong.The core of Elsevier’s operation is in scientific journals, the weekly or monthly publications in which scientists share their results. Despite the narrow audience, scientific publishing is a remarkably big business. With total global revenues of more than £19bn, it weighs in somewhere between the recording and the film industries in size, but it is far more profitable. In 2010, Elsevier’s scientific publishing arm reported profits of £724m on just over £2bn in revenue. It was a 36% margin – higher than Apple, Google, or Amazon posted that year. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:00:21 GMT)

Canada celebrates 150 but indigenous groups say history is being 'skated over'
Anniversary marks British North America Act of 1867, but many people are rejecting the official celebrations and instead highlighting indigenous resilienceTwo hundred paddlers will weave through the waters, their canoes carving a thin line in English Bay against the backdrop of Vancouver’s dramatic skyline.When they pull in to Vanier Park – one of the many destinations on their 10-day journey – local chiefs from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations will greet them and offer permission to step ashore on to their traditional territories. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:27 GMT)

How the Tory election machine fell apart
The conventional wisdom is that the Conservatives are good at elections. Last month they failed spectacularly. But do recriminations about negative tactics mask deeper problems for a party that hasn’t won convincingly since the Thatcher era?In September 2015, a few months after the Conservatives had won that year’s general election, more comfortably than even their most optimistic supporters had hoped, a veteran Tory politician and journalist was waiting to appear on a BBC radio show. Still smiling about the election, he was in expansive mood. The party’s targeting of voters had become so precise, he told me, thanks to the latest marketing software, that it would take Labour many years to catch up.During this year’s general election, as in 2015, Tory activists across Britain were supplied with computer-generated lists of amenable voters by Conservative campaign headquarters in London. But this time, many canvassers got a shock when they knocked on doors. “The data was only 65% accurate,” says a local Tory organiser who has worked in the party’s heartlands in southern England for decades. “In the marginals, it was less than 50%.” In some cases, canvassers were accidentally sent to the addresses of activists for rival parties. The organiser says: “I despair of our national campaign.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:29:46 GMT)

The Little Hours review – foul-mouthed nuns run riot in flimsy but fun comedy
Aubrey Plaza heads up a cast of skilled comic actors in a sex farce that has amusing moments scattered throughout but risks feeling like an extended SNL skitRather like 2011’s Your Highness, the initial gimmick proudly, even boastfully, revealed in The Little Hours is based on the notion that medieval characters can be just as puerile as their contemporary counterparts. Within seconds of the titles ending, 14th-century nuns are swearing, shouting, vandalizing and attacking any local man naive enough to look their way. But the test here – and it’s one that Danny McBride’s misjudged comic fantasy failed at – is whether the film can sustain itself beyond mere shock value. Related: The Big Sick review – Kumail Nanjiani's real-life romcom is a humane delight Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:00:27 GMT)

Nintendo announces the Mini SNES
Classic 1990s console returns with 21 games including Super Mario Kart, Secret of Mana and an unreleased sequel to Star FoxFor some it was the greatest video game console of all time, a 1990s treasure trove of legendary titles such as Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and Yoshi’s Island – and now, not altogether unpredictably, it’s back. Nintendo has announced that it will launch the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or Mini SNES), a petite version of its early-1990s machine, on 29 September. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:25:38 GMT)

Priests: the punk group caught up in Trump politics and Pizzagate
Other artists would love to be the poster band for anti-Trump alienation, but the DC quartet want debut album Nothing Feels Natural to represent morePriests have a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. In January, the week after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Washington DC four-piece released their appropriately titled debut album, Nothing Feels Natural, a boisterous rampage through surf rock, savage cheerleader chants and dystopian murk.Critics were quick to link the band’s alienation-obsessed lyrics to the foreboding political climate, even though Priests started working on the album in 2014, when the idea of a Trump presidency was just a bad joke. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT)

From Line of Duty to Lost: what if things had ended differently?
The right finale can make a show great. Here, we consider alternative endings that were ditched in the edit. Warning! There will be spoilersThe ending Nobody is “Balaclava Man”: it’s simply a dial-a-thug service accessed by corrupt coppers when they need to take someone out or fit them up good and proper. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:00:25 GMT)

In the Days of Rain: A Daughter. A Father. A Cult by Rebecca Stott; A Book of Untruths by Miranda Doyle – review
Two desperate childhood memoirs reveal girls at the mercy of patriarchal powerIn the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott and Miranda Doyle’s A Book of Untruths are each powerful, distinctive memoirs in their own right, but they have threads in common, such as dysfunctional family, charismatic, flawed fathers, damage, loss, love, and how institutions have the power to destroy individuals.Both books come with the blessing of key family members. In Stott’s case, her dying father asks for her help in documenting his own role as an influential (and intimidating) preacher in the Exclusive Brethren, the ultra-hardline Christian fundamentalist creationist sect (still active today) into which Stott was born. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:30:23 GMT)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 'I know there will be an attempt to silence me'
Her films about ‘honour’ killings and acid attacks won Oscars – and caused fury in Pakistan. How will her latest work, an uncompromising look at lives wrecked by the partition of India, be received?When Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was studying for her A-levels while growing up in Pakistan, she heard that Michael Jackson was playing a concert in India. The 17-year-old was desperate to go, but when she told her grandfather, he forbade her – not just from the concert, but from the country. “He said, ‘You are going to India over my dead body.’ He was a very logical man, so I wondered why.”The answer lies in 1947, when Obaid-Chinoy’s grandfather became one of more than 15 million people who fled across the hastily drawn borders between the new country of Pakistan and newly independent India. Seventy years on, the migration it sparked is still one of the biggest in history, while the repercussions – from the birth of Bangladesh in 1971 to the ongoing hostility between the two now nuclear countries – still shape the subcontinent today. Continue reading...
(Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:23 GMT)

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