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There are no unemployed in UK, says Hammond in TV gaffe
Chancellor is accused of being out of touch after making slip-up as he prepares for politically difficult budget later this week Philip Hammond has claimed “there are no unemployed people” in the UK in a major slip-up as the chancellor prepares to fight for his political life in this week’s budget. Hammond’s gaffe came as he made the case on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that driverless cars will not necessarily lead to more unemployment. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:05:56 GMT)

Aled Jones off air after claim of inappropriate behaviour
BBC Songs of Praise presenter who found fame as choirboy says he strongly denies any inappropriate contactThe Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones will not appear on the BBC while the broadcaster investigates alleged inappropriate behaviour more than a decade ago.The singer and TV host, who found fame at the age of 12 with his top five Christmas hit Walking in the Air, said he was “deeply sorry” for any upset caused but strongly denied any “inappropriate contact”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:55:37 GMT)

Zimbabwe's ruling party fires Robert Mugabe as leader
Zanu PF has sacked the president and replaced him with Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he dismissed two weeks agoThe ruling party of Zimbabwe has voted to sack Robert Mugabe as its leader and has appointed in his place the vice-president the veteran autocrat fired two weeks ago.The vote by hundreds of senior Zanu-PF officials in Harare on Sunday significantly weakens the position of Mugabe, who has refused to step down following a military takeover last week, despite huge marches demanding that he leaves power. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:19:06 GMT)

Gaia Pope: sister pays tribute to 'beautiful and wise' teenager
Police say they are confident a body discovered after a search in Swanage, Dorset, is that of the missing 19-year-old The sister of Gaia Pope has paid tribute to her sibling, calling her beautiful, wise and the “absolute light of my life” after the discovery of a body in the search for the missing 19-year-old.The body was found on Saturday afternoon by search teams near Swanage in Dorset, close to where clothing belonging to the teenager was found on Thursday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:29:38 GMT)

Andy Burnham demands English regions have say in Brexit talks
Greater Manchester mayor says he fears London-centric approach by ministers is prioritising the City above other industriesRegions across England should have a permanent seat at the table in Brexit discussions to guard against the government’s “London-centric” approach, the Greater Manchester mayor has said.Andy Burnham said Westminster had failed the north of England and that he feared ministers were prioritising the City of London above other industries in their Brexit strategy. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:22:43 GMT)

Harvey Weinstein had secret hitlist of names to quash sex scandal
Producer hired team to investigate 91 film industry figures in attempt to stop harassment claims going publicThe Observer has gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.The previously undisclosed list contains a total of 91 actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry, all of whom Weinstein allegedly identified as part of a strategy to prevent accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:57:30 GMT)

Anti-immigration politician could sit on Nobel committee
Norway’s Progress party demands seat on peace prize panel for former leader who has attacked Muslims and gay peopleA populist anti-immigration politician could be elected to the Norwegian Nobel committee this week, sparking outrage and fears the credibility of the prestigious annual peace prize – and the legitimacy of the body that awards it – are at risk.Three of the five seats on the committee, which is chosen by Norway’s parliament and must reflect its political complexion, fall vacant this year after general elections that saw the populist Progress party return to government with a 16% vote share. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:31:58 GMT)

Labour investigates MP accused of altercation in House of Commons
Paul Farrelly denies allegations he was involved in fracas with colleague in voting lobby after late-night Brexit debateLabour has launched an investigation into an MP who was allegedly involved in a fracas with a colleague in the voting lobby of the House of Commons after a late-night Brexit debate. Paul Farrelly denies allegations in the Mail on Sunday that he was involved in an altercation with fellow Labour MP James Frith after confronting two other colleagues – Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell – in a Commons bar. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:19:44 GMT)

Missing Argentina submarine sent seven failed satellite calls
Attempts sent on Saturday from San Juan submarine lasted between four and 36 seconds, says defence ministrySeven failed satellite calls were detected on Saturday that Argentina’s defence ministry believes could be from submarine that went missing in the south Atlantic three days ago with 44 crew on board.The attempts – which lasted between four and 36 seconds – “indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact” after communications were lost on Wednesday said the navy. The defence ministry said it was working on tracing the location of the calls with an unnamed US company that specialised in satellite communications. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:11:18 GMT)

Scotland set for snowfall as wintry chill arrives
Forecasters expect wet and windy week across northern parts of UK, as Scotland shivers under cold Arctic airThe first significant snowfall of the season is expected to hit parts of Scotland overnight on Sunday as forecasters predict a stormy week ahead.A few centimetres of snow is set to fall just north of Glasgow and Edinburgh, bringing warnings of possible travel misery in the Monday morning rush hour. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:38:24 GMT)

US general says he would resist 'illegal' Trump nuclear strike order
Air Force General John Hyten says ‘we’re not stupid people ... if you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail’The top US nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons. Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (Stratcom), told an audience at the Halifax international security forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 02:18:49 GMT)

Rat soup, anyone? Mexican politician bids to restore delicacy to the menu
Guadalupe Flores, of the Zacatecas state legislature, wants to ‘demystify the consumption of field rats’ by encouraging people to eat caldo de rataAs policy platforms go, it is unlikely to become mainstream. But a local politician in the Mexican state of Zacatecas is promoting the consumption of rat soup in an attempt to rescue a local tradition and remove the stigma of eating rodents. Related: Tulum restaurant with $600 menu criticized for being 'not for Mexicans' Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:00:55 GMT)

A mission for journalism in a time of crisis
In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner‘No former period, in the history of our Country, has been marked by the agitation of questions of a more important character than those which are now claiming the attention of the public.” So began the announcement, nearly 200 years ago, of a brand-new newspaper to be published in Manchester, England, which proclaimed that “the spirited discussion of political questions” and “the accurate detail of facts” were “particularly important at this juncture”.Now we are living through another extraordinary period in history: one defined by dazzling political shocks and the disruptive impact of new technologies in every part of our lives. The public sphere has changed more radically in the past two decades than in the previous two centuries – and news organisations, including this one, have worked hard to adjust. Continue reading...
(Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:00:03 GMT)

Unlucky or deluded? One man’s attempt to swim the Atlantic | Alex Moshakis
Ben Hooper’s plan to swim 2,000 miles from Senegal to Brazil – complete with sharks, storms and deadly jellyfish – didn’t work out. Alex Moshakis meets him to find out whyOne sunny morning last November, Ben Hooper, a 38-year-old former policeman, waded into the Atlantic Ocean from a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunged right in. In film of the moment, Hooper appears thick set, almost podgy. He’d spent the past year bulking up and now layers of fat concealed muscle beneath. He wore a sports watch, black goggles provided by a sponsor and a pair of tight blue shorts. The sun had risen early, and by 10.33am, when Hooper entered the water, the ocean temperature had reached 30C, a lukewarm bath. A group of reporters gawked from the shallows. Most of them squinted in the bright light.Hooper had been in Dakar for six weeks, preparing to swim to Natal, northeast Brazil, 1,879 miles away. If successful, he would become the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean – 12 miles a day for over 140 days straight – an unfathomable feat. As he swam away from the beach, Hooper began to feel tears in his eyes. A mile later he “cried like a baby”. The launch represented the culmination of three years’ planning, and the relief was overwhelming. Later that day, as the adrenaline wore off and the magnitude of the task began to sink in, he swam against currents that made it difficult to achieve significant mileage. Later, while he recovered on the support boat, a 37-year-old catamaran, he wrote the first in a series of blog posts he’d publish during the attempt. “Spent the night drifting under sea anchor,” it read, “4.5 miles closer to making history.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:00 GMT)

Bill Clinton's past re-examined in light of Weinstein and Trump – but is it a distraction?
The swirl of sexual misconduct allegations has prompted fresh scrutiny of Clinton’s behaviour – some argue this is long overdue while others question what revisiting the past is meant to achieveBill Clinton’s accusers are sceptical. As the clamour grows to revisit the former president’s history of sexual harassment, abuse of power and alleged rape, and to scrutinise the actions of those who shielded him, his accusers are far from reassured. Related: Donald Trump tweets about Al Franken sexual harassment: 'Where do his hands go?' Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:27:23 GMT)

The Earth may not be flat, but it just might be doomed | David Mitchell
A rise in the belief that scientists are lying about the planet being spherical is just one aspect of an internet-fuelled, progress-threatening suspicion of facts“Nobody likes this uncomfortable feeling of being this tiny ball flying through space,” Mark Sargent, who believes that the world is flat, told the BBC the other day. I thought that was a revealing statement. I mean, don’t they? Personally, I don’t mind it. In fact, I’m not sure you can really feel it at all. Then again, I wouldn’t say I positively liked it either. I’m not against the world being flat. I’d be fine if it were. I’m content for the world to be whatever shape the world is. Unlike Mark Sargent, I don’t have a preference.The remark gives an interesting insight into his approach. I’d say, if you’re trying to convince people of something that flies in the face of scientific orthodoxy, it’s advisable not to let slip that, before you started your researches, you had a huge emotional preference for what you ended up concluding. It may lead people to believe you’ve attached more weight to evidence supporting your theory than to evidence refuting it. And, let’s be honest, people are going to be pretty ready to believe that anyway because you’ve been trying to convince them that the world is flat. And it isn’t. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:59:02 GMT)

Sarah Silverman: ‘Jokes I made 15 years ago I'd not make today’
Sarah Silverman’s comedy has always aimed a laser into the dark corners of sexism, racism and religion. But now she’s using her wit to make sense of the huge issues facing America. Sophie Heawood meets her in HollywoodArriving at the Hollywood studio complex where Sarah Silverman has her office, I am surprised to find nobody can tell me where it is. She’s one of the biggest comedians in America, but it takes 15 minutes of shrugged shoulders and wrong turns before I find a door with a handwritten sign: “If you feel unwell turn around and go home and rest! Do not walk thru this door! You are loved, feel better! Sarah!” So far, so adorable.Germs and visitors might struggle to make their way past reception, but dogs are clearly welcomed like sacred Indian cows here: two of them trot past me unaccompanied. The animals have just left a script meeting in the writers’ room, soon to be followed by a gaggle of comedy writers, including Silverman herself, who is wearing glasses and stopping to stare at her phone. Once installed on the sofa in her own room, with an assistant bringing her black tea, she admits she didn’t realise this interview was in person, hence the phone. “But you’re here!” she says, getting her legs comfy on the furniture. “Great!” Her impromptu welcome is so friendly and her smile so full of shiny teeth, that it only occurs to me afterwards that she might be lying through them – surely nobody wants to be surprised by a journalist. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:00:55 GMT)

Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington: ‘The sadness doesn’t stop…’
She won by just 20 votes in June’s general election. Four days later, Grenfell Tower went up in flames, and she’s been fighting for the victims ever sinceFor four days in June this year Emma Dent Coad was able to celebrate one of the more unlikely electoral victories in modern history. At the age of 62 she had, by a margin of 20 votes and after three recounts, become the first Labour MP ever to win her Kensington constituency in London. “For those four days,” she says now, somewhat wistfully, in her office in Westminster, “it was just amazing. I had strangers hugging me in the street, some who had never voted in their lives before, because they thought nothing would ever change.”The victory was particularly sweet for Dent Coad, who had lived most of her life in the borough, in social housing, and who had been a minority voice on the local Tory council for the previous decade. During those years, she says she kept a little notebook of the ways she and her colleagues were patronised when they tried to speak about poverty in the country’s richest and most unequal local authority. She once raised the question of child malnutrition on one of the borough’s estates, she recalls, and a council member smiled and told her: “Labour loves the idea of rickets”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:30:00 GMT)

Bryan Cranston: Breaking good… TV star electrifies the London stage | Andrew Anthony
In the hit TV series, he made his name as a master of transformation and the same could be said of his career. Now he has become the latest US actor to light up British theatreThe American actor Bryan Cranston received rave reviews last week for his performance at the National Theatre in Network, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film from 1976 that starred Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway. Just as American film and television can’t seem to get enough of British theatre-trained actors, so we return the favour, with no one lighting up the London stage quite as much as an American screen star.Although most of his acting career has been spent in either obscurity or overlooked supporting roles, and although he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Lyndon B Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, Cranston is indeed a screen star – thanks to his celebrated role as Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord, in the cable hit Breaking Bad. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

William Eggleston: ‘The music’s here then it’s gone – like a dream’
His intense colour photographs changed the way we see the world. Now, at 78, he has released his debut album, of synthesiser soundscapes. At home in Memphis, he discusses his extraordinary life and artDarkness is falling outside the window of William Eggleston’s fifth-floor apartment in midtown Memphis, and the silences that punctuate his conversation have grown even longer. After several hours in his company, I am preparing to take to take my leave, when suddenly he decides he is going to play the piano for me. I help him to his feet and he makes his way unsteadily to the magnificent Bösendorfer grand in the corner of his living room. Once seated, he stares for a few long moments at the keyboard, as if lost in thought.“I play the piano maybe two or three times a day,” he told me earlier, “but only if she wants to be played. I speak to her and she talks back. Mostly, just to say: ‘What’s in there?’ She is almost always responsive.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:01 GMT)

Chuck D: ‘Hip-hop is about being who you are’
The Public Enemy founder on the importance of rap’s history, losing his father and how the Trump era might play outRapper, author, producer and activist Chuck D was born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in Queens, New York in 1960. As leader of the rap group Public Enemy, he helped to bring politically conscious hip-hop into the mainstream; Public Enemy’s albums, including It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and Fear of a Black Planet (1990), stand as some of the most important hip-hop albums ever made. He has collaborated with many artists during his career, and is now a member of Prophets of Rage, with B-Real from Cypress Hill and former members of Rage Against the Machine. In 1999, Chuck D founded rapstation.com, a network of internet radio stations. One of its regular slots is “This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History”, compiled by Duke Eatmon and Ron Maskell, and this has become a book: Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History.How did the book come about?Well, there are a lot of urban myths about hip-hop and rap music. I’m about the facts, not the hype. In fact I wrote a song about that… It’s strange, but in this so-called information age, this so-called world genre of hip-hop needs a foundation of facts. People go to their phones, they go to Wikipedia or they go to social media. But they get a lot of opinion, as opposed to facts. Everyone has an opinion, but that leads to misinformation. This book was necessary for this particular genre of music. And you don’t make things happen by just wishing. You make things happen by doing them. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:30:01 GMT)

‘Amazon’s Alexa is now part of the family – I just hope she doesn’t replace me’
In 2017 voice recognition has gone mainstream, with the Echo, Google Home and other smart speakers all competing for space in your lifeThe most futuristic thing I have ever bought used to be a Sonos music player. I’d have people over just to show it off. “Name a song,” I’d say. “Go on, any version of any song by any act that ever lived. I dare you.” So they would, and I’d pull out my phone and – hey presto – seconds later, that song would boom out across my living room like magic. No ungainly wires. No battery-draining Bluetooth connection. When friends moved house, I’d see their stupid boxes of old CDs and laugh. “You antiquated morons,” I’d gloat. “When I move house, I’ll be able to fit every song ever recorded into a shoebox. I live in the distant future and you are a bone-throwing ape, and it’s all thanks to my Sonos.”I hate my Sonos player now. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:15:53 GMT)

Disruption games: why are libertarians lining up with autocrats to undermine democracy?
In the era of digital politics, an odd alliance has sprung up: anti-state campaigners and Moscow-backed nationalists are combining to disrupt liberal institutionsAt a time when strange alliances are disrupting previously stable democracies, the Catalan independence referendum was a perfect reflection of a weird age. Along with the flag-waving and calls for ‘freedom’ from Madrid, the furore that followed the vote unleashed some of the darker elements that have haunted recent turbulent episodes in Europe and America: fake news, Russian mischief and, marching oddly in step, libertarian activism.From his residence of more than five years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange tweeted 80 times in support of Catalan secession, and his views were amplified by the state-run Russian news agency, Sputnik, making him the most quoted English-language voice on Twitter, according to independent research and the Sydney Morning Herald. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT)

The 20 best apps to improve your smartphone
Whether you want an alarm that syncs with your body clock or a to-do list you can speak to, these are the apps you’ll need to make your smartphone smarterThe latest generation of smartphones comes with a panoply of apps to get you started, from email and photography to navigation, weather and video-calling services. But every one of those default apps has at least one alternative on the app stores, and there are often dozens more that can represent a big upgrade.Here are 20 examples that will improve your smartphone’s stock features, and in some cases provide the functionality that is puzzlingly missing from apps in 2017’s starter packs. A number of them also have smartwatch extensions, providing an upgrade on your Apple Watch or Android Wear timepiece’s features too. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:45 GMT)

Hull’s year of culture: ‘We look at our city with new eyes’
The real story of Hull’s year as City of Culture is how it’s transformed the lives of local people. Here they discuss 2017’s highlights – and what its legacy might beIn July 2016, Sheila Annis and her daughter Caron Mincke saw an ad for volunteers for Hull UK City of Culture. “We fancied having a go,” she says. “But we didn’t think for a minute we’d be picked.” Nevertheless, they answered it, and soon afterwards, somewhat to their amazement, they were invited to an interview, given uniforms to try on, and photographed. “And then we got an email. We were so shocked. They wanted us. We thought they’d want someone more… professional, someone who knew what they were doing.” How did being chosen make them feel? “Ecstatic,” says Mincke. And it was catching. Now Mincke’s daughter, Leanne Ayre, wanted in, too. “I began to suffer badly from Fear of Missing Out,” she says. “When they went to the KCOM Stadium [home of Hull City football club] to do a lap in their uniforms and hand out flags [part of efforts to promote City of Culture], I was jealous. So I signed on as part of wave two.”Mincke and Ayre, who are both teachers, have always been keen theatregoers, though as Mincke notes, this wasn’t something she grew up with: “We were a working-class family,” she says. “We went to museums – they were free. But the theatre was too expensive.” Annis, though, worked in a fish and chip shop until her retirement, for which reason it is fair to say that it is on her that the last year has had the most transformative effect. “I’m 75,” she says. “I looked after my children, and helped out with my grandchildren; I looked after my mum, who was in a wheelchair, until she died. I worked in the fish shop for 47 years, until I was 67. So when this came along, I thought: right, I’m going to do something for myself. Someone said to me: ‘You’re doing it for the people of Hull, not yourself,’ which is true, in a way. But oh, it has brought me out of my shell. When I was a child, art was just a picture on a wall. Now I go to the Humber Street Gallery [a new space in Hull’s Fruit Market] every week, and I love it.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT)

This is redistribution for Zimbabwe’s elite, not revolution in a ruined nation | Jason Burke
Comrade Bob and Grace may go, but little good will come if power is retained in the hands of Zanu-PF septuagenariansDrive any distance anywhere in Zimbabwe beyond the upmarket Borrowdale neighbourhood in Harare, where Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are detained in their sprawling mansion, and the scale of the challenges facing what was once one of the wealthiest countries in Africa is evident.In the capital, the roads are potholed, outside they are cracked and crumbling. Banks are so short of cash that people wait hours to withdraw even tiny sums. The only jobs are in government service, yet salaries are rarely paid. The best and the brightest have long fled abroad. Warehouses are empty, fields lie fallow. The busiest store in rural villages is the “bottle shop”, selling dirt-cheap spirits. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:21:25 GMT)

Implacable, immutable, irreplaceable: why Malcolm Young was a rock’n’roll great
Michael Hann pays tribute to AC/DC’s late rhythm guitarist, driving force behind the band and co-writer of their biggest and best songs‘Not only is he a great guitarist and songwriter, but also a person with vision – he is the planner in AC/DC. He is also the quiet one, deep and intensely aware.” That’s how Malcolm Young was described in an early Atlantic Records press release about the band he founded and led for more than 40 years, those words ringing true right until dementia forced him to retire from the band in 2014. Now, just weeks after the passing of his elder brother George – a rock hero in his own right, and an important part of the AC/DC story, too – he has died, aged just 64. Related: Malcolm Young obituary Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:34:06 GMT)

My husband has sex with me, but never says I look nice | Dear Mariella
A woman whose husband no longer compliments her says it’s getting her down. Mariella Frostrup suggests she initiates change herself The dilemma My husband and I have been together for just over 10 years, and have a young child. He’s a kind, intelligent person and a loving father and husband. He used to compliment me quite often up until a few years ago, when we began fertility treatment in order to have our child. That was a stressful time and it involved some serious and painful medical issues for me. I also had to face an emergency c-section, which I found traumatic. My husband and I have regular sex, which he usually instigates and I think in his mind this is all he needs to do to show he is still attracted to me. But I feel less and less like having sex because of this. He never says I look nice or compliments me any more. I’ve told him I would really appreciate it if he would, but it doesn’t sink in. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:53 GMT)

Grayson Perry goes north to help make Britain whole again
Bridging divides was the theme as the popular visual artist delivered the first of a new Orwell lecture series in SheffieldA mysterious and extravagantly coutured figure boarded the Sheffield-bound East Midlands Trains service at St Pancras station on Wednesday morning. Wearing a Victorian-style cape over a lavender satin minidress with a pleated collar, the visual artist Grayson Perry was leaving the capital to meet some more of his increasingly enthusiastic public audience.Around him in the carriage were a mix of travellers from a handful of British social tribes that Perry so ably identifies, both in his art and in his television documentaries. The only thing they appeared to have in common was that they were not looking at him. It seems the pantomime eye makeup and the outlandish garb can serve as a protective forcefield. Although Perry’s dressing-up habit might seem attention-seeking, it also effectively fends off the duller outside world without any hint of aggression. (Typically, Perry was quick to joke about his incongruous appearance for the journey up north, tweeting his 100,000 followers a selfie of his “grande dame” get-up underneath the words: “Wearing this outfit boarding the train to Sheffield I can kid myself it’s the Orient Express.”) Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:46 GMT)

As Amazon opens a ‘guerrilla shop’, has the internet beaten the high street?
The online giant will have a real store in London for Black Friday. In this topsy-turvy retail world, innovation is now a necessityOn London’s Oxford Street a row of glittering snowflakes guides shoppers along the golden mile of fashion and department stores. The 750,000 lights floating above Selfridges, John Lewis and Debenhams are a decades-old tradition but events like Black Friday have changed Christmas shopping for ever.The UK high street has just experienced something of a watershed, what some have called its “Tesla moment”. Online fashion website Asos overtook Marks & Spencer in market value terms for the first time despite not having a single store to its name. The comparison with the automotive industry comes because electric carmaker Tesla moved ahead of the 114-year-old Ford Motor Company in market value earlier this year. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into evil | John Naughton
If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in nowOne of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled. But he’s not alone. In fact I’d say he is quite representative of many of the biggest movers and shakers in the tech world. We have a burgeoning genre of “OMG, what have we done?” angst coming from former Facebook and Google employees who have begun to realise that the cool stuff they worked on might have had, well, antisocial consequences.Put simply, what Google and Facebook have built is a pair of amazingly sophisticated, computer-driven engines for extracting users’ personal information and data trails, refining them for sale to advertisers in high-speed data-trading auctions that are entirely unregulated and opaque to everyone except the companies themselves. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT)

Leeds United v Middlesbrough: Championship – live!
Live updates from the 1.15pm kick-offEmail Tom here, or Tweet him here, with your thoughtsFootball League roundup: Wolves back on topThe latest Championship table 1.44pm GMT 26 mins: Just as the game was meandering a little, Leeds have their tails up. It wasn’t exactly coming but they’ve played with reasonable amount of confidence. And Saiz, Alioski and Hernandez are beginning to combine to neat effect. 1.41pm GMT Leeds lead. Alioski crosses from the right, Roberts flicks on and Hernandez steals in at the far post on the left to bury a shot in the roof of the net. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:44:05 GMT)

Eddie Jones compares Danny Care to Alexis Sánchez after match-turning arrival
• England scrum half involved in three tries after coming on from bench• ‘He was like a little Sánchez,’ says head coach Eddie JonesEddie Jones believes England have found their Alexis Sánchez in Danny Care after the Harlequins scrum-half plotted Australia’s downfall at Twickenham.In a finely-poised Cook Cup showdown, the hosts led only 13-6 until Care’s arrival off the bench in the final 10 minutes ignited a flurry of tries that sealed a record 30-6 victory. Spotting the space in Australia’s backfield, Care used his boot to set-up tries for Jonathan Joseph and Jonny May before crossing himself in stoppage-time. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:17:36 GMT)

Tommy Fleetwood wins Race to Dubai after Jon Rahm’s DP World Tour victory
• Justin Rose collapse hands European title to Fleetwood• Jon Rahm seals second victory of season in DubaiSpain’s Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship as Justin Rose’s dramatic late collapse meant Tommy Fleetwood was crowned European No1.Rose looked set for a remarkable third win in succession to seal a second Race to Dubai title when he led by a shot with seven holes to play, only to bogey three of the next five. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:48:34 GMT)

Football puts too many obstacles in paths of youngsters such as Phil Foden
The England Under-17s World Cup winner has a host of players in front of him at Manchester City – perhaps United’s policy of having an academy product in every squad should spreadNo offence intended, but I doubt I was alone, when José Mourinho took the job two summers ago, in wondering whether one of the more remarkable records in the business – the one that tells us a former youth-team player has been included in Manchester United’s match-day squad in every game since 1937 – would be one of the casualties.Mourinho also seemed to sense it, judging by the way he came armed to his first press conference with a notebook featuring a list of names, colour-coded in red, blue and green, to nail “the lie” that he was somehow averse to bringing through players from academies. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:30:00 GMT)

Saido Berahino: the former golden boy who has gone 632 days without scoring | Barry Glendenning
The Stoke striker, who faces Brighton on Monday, was labelled West Brom’s answer to Harry Kane but is yet to score for his club. Will his touch ever return?It’s a long time, 2,159 minutes. Exactly enough to fit in Beverly Hills Cop and all four Indiana Jones movies, plus the Godfather, Toy Story, Man With No Name and the original Star Wars trilogies. Those of a more masochistic bent could spend it watching all the senior football Saido Berahino has played since he last scored a goal: 2,159 minutes and counting. By the time Stoke City take on Brighton in their next Premier League game, 632 days will have passed since he celebrated one of his own. As statistics go it is shocking and must be a source of great concern for his employers. How many more movie marathons must we sit through before it is fair to label him another wasted talent with a great future behind him?In an interview with the Daily Telegraph in early 2015, Berahino complained that “people read about me and hear about me but nobody really knows who I am”. At the time he was best known as a raw but promising 21-year-old striker with West Bromwich Albion, but the interview sketched a picture of a more complex character, offering different aspects of light and shade. A refugee forced to flee Burundi for England alone as a 10-year-old, Berahino eventually joined his mother and sisters who had also escaped the civil war that claimed the life of his father. He came across as an apparently well adjusted young man who clearly adored his mum and had a good understanding of the suffering those left behind in his homeland were forced to endure. Heck, he was even trying to help by setting up an eponymous foundation which he hoped would eventually raise enough money to build a hospital. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:00:02 GMT)

Debutant Craig Overton can help England end the Gabba agony | Vic Marks
England Ashes debutants are rare at Brisbane but they have tended to prosper and Joe Root’s side will be lifted by Australia’s unusually cagey selectionsTo say that Brisbane has not been a happy hunting ground for England cricketers is an understatement on a par with “Jacob Rees-Mogg would quite like to leave the EU”. England have not won there since the team with just three flaws – “can’t bat, can’t bowl, can’t field” – was victorious in 1986. Then the Gabba was a proper cricket ground. In the afternoon the smoke and smell of the barbecues on the boundary edge would add to the atmosphere in this outpost city. Now it is a stadium, a symmetrical bowl in which dismissed batsmen have to think hard about the whereabouts of their dressing room as they head disconsolately from the middle. However, it can still be an intimidating place to start a tour.In 1986 England prevailed after Ian Botham had hit his last and 14th Test century, which allowed Mike Gatting some freedom when juggling a bowling attack that comprised two experienced spinners in John Emburey and Phil Edmonds, Graham Dilley, who would grab his first five wicket-haul there, Phil DeFreitas and Botham, who was still capable of bluffing wickets. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:30:00 GMT)

Unconvincing England into Rugby League World Cup semi-final
England 36-6 PNG in MelbourneEnglish managed just 25 of 45 sets at 56% completionOn a weekend of shocks and surprises in the Rugby League World Cup, England would ultimately not fall foul of another in Melbourne – winning 36-6 against a Papua New Guinea side who were earmarked as a major threat. That in itself is a major positive.Four games into the tournament though, and you suspect England are still capable of more: and how they will need it next week when they face Tonga in the World Cup semi-final. It is perhaps easy to focus on the negatives, primarily England’s lacklustre completion rate, but there were positives against PNG and if Bennett’s team get it right against Tonga, a first World Cup final in 22 years is within reach. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:33:49 GMT)

England bowl Australia out in 18 overs to win second Twenty20
Jenny Gunn took 4/13 in her 250th appearance for EnglandBrunt scored 32 off 24 balls and excelled with the ball and in the fieldThere was a hint that the Barnsley Express was on the verge of a derailment on Friday in Sydney, smashed for 33 runs in three overs after collecting a first ball duck. So often when veterans pass their best, the decline is abrupt. Age gets all fast bowlers in the end.But Katherine Brunt was having none of that, getting back on track in the best possible way by steering England with bat and ball to a 40-run victory in the second Women’s Ashes T20. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:21:08 GMT)

England were not lucky swears Eddie Jones but TMO baffles Michael Cheika
• We enjoyed bounce of ball but that had nothing to do with officials, says Jones• Australia head coach struggles to understand why some reviews lasted so longEddie Jones praised the television match official system after three calls went England’s way in their record victory over Australia, but Michael Cheika said the process confused him as the war of words between the former Randwick team-mates continued. Related: England waltz away from Australia as Danny Care completes smash and grab Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:00:19 GMT)

Arsenal front three give supporters a glimpse of better times ahead | Barney Roney
Sensational attacking force of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Alexandre Lacazette make Tottenham toil in the north London derbyTen minutes into the second half at the Emirates Mesut Özil muscled Dele Alli off the ball on the edge of his own box, buffeted forward through the white shirts, played a perfect little combination with Aaron Ramsey and just missed out on the final scoring pass having sprinted 80 metres, carving his way across the lime green turf of a November afternoon like an elegantly high-spec German bulldozer. Related: Alexis Sánchez caps dominant derby win for Arsenal over Tottenham Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:05:05 GMT)

Kenny Dalglish: ‘As long as we’re living we won’t have closure on Hillsborough’
In a wide-ranging interview to coincide with the launch of a film about his life, Kenny Dalglish opens up about the tragedies of Hillsborough and Heysel but also the joys of football at Liverpool and Blackburn“I wanted to do it and they wanted to come,” Kenny Dalglish says simply on a quiet morning in Liverpool as he remembers how, in April 1989, he led his daughter Kelly and son, Paul, past a vast sea of flowers covering the ground at Anfield and headed up onto the Kop to honour the 96 people who had died that month at Hillsborough. “The kids had been at the game and so it was traumatic for them but it was also an unforgettable experience on the Kop.”Dalglish was then the 38-year-old manager of Liverpool. Kelly was 13 and Paul was 12. Liverpool had asked him to become their player-manager almost four years earlier, on 30 May 1985, the day after the Heysel Stadium disaster when 39 people lost their lives at the club’s European Cup final against Juventus. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:15:38 GMT)

Steve Smith: ‘I read everything. If I don’t agree I use it as motivation to do better’
In an extract from his exclusive Wisden Cricket Monthly interview, Steve Smith talks about his journey from chilled Bondi surfie to the Australia captaincy and his hopes of one day joining the greatsWhen England ram-raided the Australians in 2010-11, it was the home side’s lowest mark in a quarter of a century. The obliteration resulted in a full-scale review of the elite game in the country. “It reads like the school report of an idiot child,” opined Gideon Haigh of the finished product. The Ashes debacle had essentially knocked off the national captain, coach and chairman of selectors.The public’s response was just as brutal and Steve Smith’s involvement became emblematic of all that was purported to be wrong. He wasn’t helped at all by the instructions given to him when brought into the side for the third Test of the series. “I’ve been told that I’ve got to come into the side and be fun,” he said before the match at Perth. “It’s about having energy in the field and making sure I’m having fun and making sure everyone else around is having fun, whether it be telling a joke or something like that.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:00:39 GMT)

ATP Finals: Goffin shocks Federer to set up title showdown with Dimitrov
• Belgian records first victory over Federer at seventh attempt• Grigor Dimitrov beats Jack Sock 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in second semi-finalRoger Federer leaves his magnificent season one match earlier than he had anticipated but it is a measure of the heights he reached in 2017 that he was not crushed by losing to David Goffin here on Saturday. The Swiss missed out on a meeting in Sunday’s final of the ATP World Tour finals with his long-time doppelganger, Grigor Dimitrov, who in the evening session beat the rising young American Jack Sock by the eccentric margin of 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.Goffin, who had taken just two sets off Federer in six previous meetings, earlier beat Federer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 45 minutes, becoming the first player in eight years to prevail against the two top-ranked players in the world at this tournament. Nikolay Davydenko did it to Federer and Nadal in 2009, going on to beat Juan Martín del Potro in the final. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:27:54 GMT)

Stuart Hogg and Scotland denied at the last as New Zealand hold on
• Scotland 17-22 New Zealand• Impressive Scots just miss out on first win over All BlacksThis was an extraordinary attempt to overturn 112 years of hurt – and for a moment Murrayfield, with their darling Stuart Hogg streaking down the left in the last seconds, thought they might have the glory, at last, of a win over New Zealand. Alas, it was not to be, but this was their most valiant attempt for more than 30 years. How they played from the off, and more than that, how they played till the very end. They looked for long periods – including nearly all of the first half – by some distance the better team. Related: England waltz away from Australia as Danny Care completes smash and grab Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:59:56 GMT)

Team Sky slow to see the light after Jiffy bag tale’s dark corners | William Fotheringham
Little sign of the hoped-for spirit of openness can been seen following British Cycling’s plunge into notorietyThere was always a more than even chance that the affair nicknamed Jiffy bag-gate would never arrive at a definitive ending. The investigating UK Anti-Doping agency has limited powers, the events in question hark back five years and more into the past, the allegations were vague – that triamcinolone had been in a certain bag delivered at a certain time to be administered to Bradley Wiggins, who has stated via Instagram that the bag “was never delivered to me” – and the key witness, Dr Richard Freeman, appeared unwilling to engage fully with the inquiry.As a result, Wednesday’s statement from Ukad confirming that no charges would be brought against any of the parties involved because the contents of the bag could not be defined one way or the other prompted little more than a resigned shrug of the shoulders in many quarters. Wiggins and Team Sky have consistently stated that there was no wrongdoing on their part and both have stated that the verdict backs this up; their critics feel that a lack of definitive evidence is just that. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:05:00 GMT)

Bloody nose for Sergio Ramos as Real and Atlético draw in Madrid derby
When the final whistle went at the end of the first ever Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético’s new home 12 miles across the city from their old one, there was no roar, but there was a little relief. A 0-0 draw suits neither side and was nothing to celebrate but at least it was not cruel, as some Atlético fans feel their history against Real has been. Instead, it was largely empty. It leaves both teams from the capital ten points behind Barcelona and showcased the reasons why that is the case. Isco apart, this was a game desperately lacking in creativity or control. Lacking goals too. Related: Luis Suárez back on target as Barcelona pull away with win over Leganés Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:35:33 GMT)

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba returns in style to cut down Newcastle
Once again, Paul Pogba is doing his snake-hips shuffle beneath the Stretford End and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – straight-backed, chest puffed out, knee fixed – can be seen soaking up the crowd’s acclaim. It still might not be enough when it comes to the task of catching, and overhauling, Manchester City at the top of the Premier League – but it must still feel reassuring for Manchester United’s supporters to see these two wearing the team’s colours again.For Ibrahimovic, it was his first appearance since his cruciate ligaments were ruptured in April and it was a tremendous cheer when he came on in the 77th minute. All the goals had gone in by that stage but, Zlatan being Zlatan, one imagines he is certain he can still have a considerable influence on this season’s title race. He will be outraged, undoubtedly, that an acrobatic volley was saved by the Newcastle goalkeeper, Rob Elliot, to deny him a comeback goal in the final moments. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:36:40 GMT)

Scottish Premiership roundup: Murty future in doubt after Rangers defeat
Graeme Murty’s prospects at Rangers weakened by defeatCeltic scrape past Ross County to keep unbeaten streak aliveThe Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty claimed he could not afford to think about his own prospects after Hamilton secured their first league victory at Ibrox since 1926. Murty was given the chance to claim a third consecutive victory, but second-half goals from the former Rangers winger David Templeton and Darren Lyon consigned his men to a 2-0 home defeat. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:51:53 GMT)

Tony Pulis on the brink after four-goal Chelsea hammer West Brom
The message was loud and clear as the home supporters spelt out to Guochuan Lai, the club’s Chinese owner, exactly what they think of Tony Pulis. Anger and frustration has been bubbling away here for a while, yet this was the afternoon when patience finally snapped. “We want Pulis out,” was chanted repeatedly by a fanbase that is no longer willing to tolerate the sight of him in charge of a team in freefall.“You’re getting sacked in the morning” and “Tony Pulis, your football is shit” also reverberated as Chelsea brutally exposed the brittle confidence in a side that has now won two of their past 21 Premier League matches and collected 12 points in the process. It is relegation form and Pulis appears powerless to arrest the slide. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:04:10 GMT)

Philip Hammond must ditch deficit reduction and invest. But he won't | Larry Elliott
The chancellor should change course but with no majority, no money and no productivity growth there’s no hope of thatPhilip Hammond did not get his nickname of “Spreadsheet Phil” for nothing. The chancellor is a cautious man, who thinks that tackling Britain’s productivity challenge is a better use of his time than trying to wrongfoot his opposite number, John McDonnell, with political gimmicks.Hammond’s instinct in the run-up to his second budget has been to hunker down, to hide himself away in the Treasury and send out messages that he simply doesn’t have the money to bail the government out of its current troubles. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:39:01 GMT)

The state of the Tory party is the only grand reveal of this budget | Andrew Rawnsley
Hammond’s colleagues are setting him up to fail so that he can be blamed for all their problems and deficienciesBudget day used to mean something. It was one of the big ceremonial occasions of British politics, second only to the Queen’s Speech as parliamentary theatre and very often much more significant in the hierarchy of importance. The event was vested with unique rituals and the contents of the chancellor’s briefcase were reverenced with elaborate secrecy until the grand reveal to expectant MPs.Philip Hammond will go through the motions this Wednesday. His gaunt and gangling figure will brandish the red box from the steps of Number 11 before he heads down the road. The traditions will be honoured, but they will be performed by an encircled chancellor in straitened circumstances who knows that much of his own party are out to get him. A man who has spent the weeks running up to the event telling Tory MPs that there are no “magic bullets” in his armoury would probably prefer not to be delivering a budget at all right now. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:45 GMT)

Bullies everywhere delight in coming up with new insults | Catherine Bennett
Whether abuse is in the classroom, the media or the trans debate, it represses free speechAmong the highlights of the just-concluded Anti-Bullying Week, a schools event since 2004, was the launch by Prince William of a taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying and its first video – What to do in the event of a banter escalation scenario.“Stop, speak, support”, is its advice to young people who witness online bullying, with an emphasis, as Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, explained, on encouraging their peers to seek help from a trusted adult, “because bullying doesn’t go away on its own”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:03:45 GMT)

John Lewis’s Moz was under my bed years ago | Chris Riddell
Advertising agencies should credit the illustrators and writers whose work they plunderIt was the eyebrows that mesmerised me. They were luxuriantly bushy and rose and fell in an endlessly expressive way. I’m not talking about Moz the Monster, the star of the John Lewis Christmas advert I watched with the rest of the nation this week. No, the eyebrows in question belonged to the publisher Klaus Flugge of Andersen Press. It was 1984 and I was a young art school graduate doing the rounds of the publishing houses, showing my illustrations in the hope of a commission. Flugge raised then lowered those eyebrows and fixed me with a penetrating stare. “These illustrations are perfectly fine,” he said, a little too dismissively for my liking, but I was still mesmerised, “but where are your stories?” I wanted to be an illustrator, not a writer. I had no stories, so I played for time. “I do have a story,” I said falteringly, “but it’s at home.” “Bring in this story of yours tomorrow!” he ordered, his eyebrows furrowed, “I want to read it.”So I went home and, in a blind panic, dredged up a memory from my childhood, common to many, of being convinced that there was something scary lurking beneath my bed. I wrote a reassuring story about a benign cuddly monster and took it in to Andersen Press. “This is perfectly fine,” said Flugge. “We will publish it.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:46 GMT)

My fear and fury in the eye of the Russia-Leave storm | Carole Cadwalladr
Theresa May has finally acknowledged that Britain is not insulated from fake news and lies from the Kremlin, but what is the government going to do about it?Last week, nearly one year on from the first stories about possible collusion between Donald Trump and the Kremlin, Theresa May stood up and finally talked about Russia. The country had “weaponised” information, she said. It had planted “fake stories and photoshopped images”, and it had our society and institutions in its sights.It was a watershed moment. Finally, the government was acknowledging that Britain is not uniquely insulated from what is a global firehose of disinformation, lies and fake news – from Russia and other actors. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:46 GMT)

Zimbabwe is not the banana republic of western fancy. After Mugabe, it can thrive | Ranga Mberi
Most of us have known no other leader, and now hope that this young nation can realise its potentialOn Friday, an office worker at a government building took down President Mugabe’s portrait to dust it, as she has done every day for years. Then she paused, unsure whether to put it back up. The portrait is everywhere, from supermarkets, offices and banks. There he is – Mugabe, sitting stiffly in his dark suit, peering down through thick-rimmed glasses, as the stern father looking down at us.Much like the portrait, Mugabe has been an ever-present influence in every Zimbabwean’s life. But yesterday, as strangers hugged and stopped to dance with each other when I made my way to an anti-Mugabe rally, it seemed that he was finally leaving, with Zimbabweans looking to the future with a mix of anxiety and hope. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

Brexit lacks credibility – but Remainers lack leadership | William Keegan
Past generations of British politicians proved equal to the crises that faced them. This time, there is a strong whiff of panic in the corridors of powerTo say that the lunatics have taken over the asylum would doubtless be termed politically incorrect. But the uncomfortable truth is that a bunch of ideological Brexit clowns have perpetrated a coup on the British government and the majority of the British people.Seldom – or, to be more precise, never – in half a century of covering British economics have I encountered such a failure of leadership at a time of crisis. We came close to the abyss in 1976 but were saved by Jim Callaghan, the prime minister, and Denis Healey, the chancellor. On that occasion, after fraught talks, the two held the cabinet together and negotiated a loan from the International Monetary Fund which restored our credibility in the markets. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT)

Why breaking up is now even harder to do | Eva Wiseman
Splitting up used to be a privately miserable business, but now thanks to social media and a host of ‘breakup’ apps, there’s an awful public side to having your heart broken, tooThe last time I went through a proper breakup I had a Nokia 3210 and not in an ironic way. Me and my friend Alice watched Gosford Park hungover at my parents’ house, the chairs drawn very close to the telly, and I was sick twice then went to bed for a week. It was painful, and when I think about it now I feel two things: terribly sad for the girl I was, little me in my art school hair trying not to cry in Topshop; and also terribly glad that it wasn’t now, and that breakups were concise and insular and altogether a more quiet sort of thing.Like most things in 2017, breakups have been painted in treacle and sent screaming through bees. Today they are dramatic and public, playing out in the scrolling hell of Instagram where a vivid cocktail is code for “I’m trying to forget you” and whole weekends are lost on deep-diving missions through the griefy reefs of a woman an ex has tagged. For relationships that began on phones it’s only fitting that they end there, too – very tiny in a palm, like a bird you found on the driveway. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:53 GMT)

Michael Gove, where did our love go?
The environment secretary has shown a flash of his old character but I can’t forgive his betrayalDid you wake up on Thursday morning expecting to feel a wave of affection for Michael Gove? I didn’t. I’m not sure anyone did. Possibly not even Mrs Gove, who wrote a very interesting joke in her Daily Mail column the day before.“Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein are reportedly languishing in rehab at an upmarket sex addiction clinic in Arizona,” it began. “No sex for eight weeks, apparently – although quite why they needed to fly to the desert for that is beyond me. Most of us find getting married does the trick.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:46 GMT)

As Norway sells out of oil, suddenly fossil fuels are starting to look risky
Experts are not predicting the end of drilling quite yet: but the decision in Oslo has sharpened the debate over the future profitability of the industryDespite the rise of electric cars and stronger action on climate change, it’s still too early to write the obituary of oil. That was the verdict last week of one of the world’s leading energy experts, economist Dr Fatih Birol.The International Energy Agency, which he leads, is expecting growth in appetite for oil to slow over the next two decades, but doesn’t see demand peaking this side of 2040 because the fuel will still be needed for trucks, ships, aviation and petrochemicals. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT)

David Davis and the Brexit monster – cartoon
Chris Riddell on the troubles lurking beneath Britain’s bed Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

In a world short of hope, could the media help?
Brexit has drained Britain of its authority – and, it would seem, its competence. But, in the gloom, the press must remain optimistic enough to seek new ideasJonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s old chief-of-staff, is a master builder of bleakness. “I work in 11 countries across the globe,” he announced last week, “and no one is interested in what Britain thinks, even in those parts of the world where we had a historical role.”Donald Trump doesn’t sit by his phone waiting for Theresa May to call. “We are no longer able to build a coalition in Brussels behind our foreign policy objectives. No one wants to be seen to be working with a member state about to depart” … “We have rendered ourselves irrelevant.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT)

Did Putin interfere in the independence referendum? | Kevin McKenna
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Kremlin’s claim that Cameron asked for its help to stop Scottish independence was trueWhen Theresa May admonished Vladimir Putin last week over Russia’s meddling in UK affairs she told him: “We know what you’re doing and it won’t succeed.” The Russian president might have replied that the Conservative party ought to make up its mind about just what internal UK matters it does require Moscow’s help with.As David Cameron fought to prevent the break-up of the UK, he asked the Russian president to help him stop Alex Salmond and his vile independentistas, according to the official Russian news agency. Perhaps, having been invited to take an interest in UK domestic affairs, Downing Street simply forgot to tell him to desist once the Scots had been defeated. The thought of Putin’s involvement in the Scottish independence referendum might seem faintly preposterous, but not as preposterous as that assortment of English D-listers led by Dan Snow telling startled Scots how much they loved them. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen
While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi ArabiaMohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Together, they make a dangerous combination. By all accounts, the two men have become firm friends, forging a strong bond melding youth and power. Kushner, 36, made his third visit to Saudi Arabia this year at the end of October. He reportedly talked late into the night with Salman, 32, at the latter’s desert ranch.Shortly after the meeting, three things happened: Salman began a sweeping purge of wealthy royal rivals; he launched a silent coup in Lebanon; and the Saudi armed forces imposed an aid blockade on Yemeni ports, which (though now partly eased) threatens a humanitarian catastrophe. The White House, supportive of its Saudi friends, made no criticism. Trump tweeted support for the purge. Thanks in part to Kushner, his first foreign trip was to Riyadh, where he was feted by the autocratic regime. He feels a connection. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

MPs defend fees of up to £1,000 an hour to appear on ‘Kremlin propaganda’ channel
Commons register of interests shows satirical show has employed at least 10 Tory and Labour politiciansMPs who have accepted up to £1,000 an hour to appear on television shows broadcast on RT, formerly Russia Today, have defended their links to the station, classed by the US government last week as a Kremlin propaganda vehicle.Analysis of the Commons register of interests for the last two years show at least 10 have been paid handsomely for appearing on the channel, which is now coming under acute scrutiny after both the US and UK governments accused Russia of meddling in elections and pushing fake news. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:00:42 GMT)

Budget 2017: UK to launch self-driving cars on British roads by 2021
Embattled chancellor will sweep away regulation to allow testing of cars and put up £1bn for techDriverless cars will be on Britain’s roads by 2021 as a result of sweeping regulatory reforms that will put the UK in the forefront of a post-Brexit technological revolution, Chancellor Philip Hammond will say this week. In his budget on Wednesday Hammond will allow driverless cars to be tested without any human operator inside or outside the car, and without the legal constraints and rules that apply in many other EU nations, and much of the US.The move – welcomed by the UK motor industry – is part of an attempt by Hammond and the Treasury to project a more upbeat message about the prospects for the UK economy after Brexit, and focus on opportunities as well as the risks. Carmakers have warned that they may have to move at least some production abroad if there is no deal to keep Britain inside the EU single market and customs union, at least for a two-year transition period. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:41:02 GMT)

Outrage at ‘lavish’ spending by City of London Corporation
Labour calls for reform as figures show £4m spent on independent schools and hundreds of thousands on luxury dining and alcoholThe secretive local authority that runs London’s Square Mile has come under fire for “lavish” spending – including subsidising its own members’ club and supporting a trio of private schools – at a time when funding for vital public services has been slashed.The Labour party said the City of London Corporation was now in “desperate need of reform” after figures obtained by the Observer detailed spending on a luxurious dining club and bar, grace-and-favour accommodation and multimillion-pound support for elite schools. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

Britain First deputy arrested over speech made at Belfast rally
Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far right group, was arrested in London in relation to her speech in AugustThe deputy leader of far-right group Britain First has been arrested in London over a speech made at a rally in Belfast this summer.Jayda Fransen, 31, from Penge, south-east London, was arrested in Bromley by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:56:43 GMT)

Hospitals attack ‘barking mad’ NHS target to manage winter crisis
Official edicts to banish long trolley waits and treatment in corridors are deluded, say trustsHealth service chiefs have been declared “barking mad” for ordering hospitals to ensure no patient is treated in a corridor or languishes on a trolley for hours when this year’s winter crisis hits.NHS England’s instructions, intended to avoid a repeat of hospitals’ descent into the sort of meltdown seen last year, also say that patients should not have to wait more than 15 minutes in the back of an ambulance outside an A&E unit as they wait to be handed over to hospital staff. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:00:42 GMT)

Putin accuses British anti-corruption campaigner Browder of three murders
Allegations seen as latest attempt to discredit hedge fund manager who has led global campaign for justice in the death of lawyer Sergei MagnitskyThe Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has accused prominent British businessman Bill Browder of being a “serial killer” – the latest extraordinary attempt by the Kremlin to frame one of its most high-profile public enemies.Court documents seen by the Observer reveal that Russian state investigators have named Browder, a London-based hedge fund manager, as the suspect behind the mysterious murders of three men. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:04:46 GMT)

John McDonnell: ‘The Tories have no mission, no objectives’
As the budget looms, the shadow chancellor is even taking advice from Gordon BrownWith the government in choppy waters and the economy heading for Brexit turbulence, John McDonnell has been practising his captaincy skills. To relax away from Westminster and clear the mind, the would-be chancellor of the exchequer reveals that he and his wife, Cynthia, have been heading for the Norfolk Broads for sailing breaks.“We decided we needed to do a sport together, some activity, so we took up dinghy sailing.” He hoots with laughter, recalling the original name of the vessel they bought a few years ago. “Believe it or not, I think it was called the Morning Star. Pure coincidence! The name has dropped off now. These days we just call it the boat.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

Hard Brexit highly damaging, says former top civil servant
No bespoke trade deal can be as good as the single market, says Sir Martin DonnellyThere is no trade deal on offer from the European Union that will stop Britain taking a major economic hit after Brexit, the government’s former top trade official has warned.In a direct warning to MPs, Sir Martin Donnelly, the chief civil servant in Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade until earlier this year, states that leaving the single market in favour of negotiating a long-winded, Canada-style trade deal will “damage UK competitiveness and leave us with less investment, lower living standards and long queues at the border”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

A thousand nurseries close as free childcare scheme falters
Providers resorting to ‘unethical’ practices to replace funding shortfall in EnglandMore than 1,000 nurseries and childminders have gone out of business in England since the Conservative government was elected in 2015 with a promise of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents.Official Ofsted figures, obtained by Tracy Brabin, the shadow minister for early years, show there has been a net loss of 1,146 nurseries and childminders from the Early Years Register since 2015. In total, 15,288 childcare providers have left the register, while only 14,142 have joined. Four-fifths (81%) of those who left the register had been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:00:43 GMT)

McDonald’s set for more strikes as action spreads across Britain
Concerns over low wages, zero-hours contracts and mishandling of sexual assault claims are at root of unrestStrike action at McDonald’s is to spread to outlets across the country in the coming months, following the lead of workers at two restaurants in the south of England.Dossiers on claims made by staff, ranging from the company’s alleged failure to provide protective equipment for workers using grills to allegations about management mishandling sexual assault claims, are being compiled by trade unionists. The September strikes were the first at McDonald’s since it opened in the UK in the 1970s. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

Tech giants face tough curbs to protect teenagers’ privacy
Cross-party campaign on data protection likely to defeat governmentTech firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to prevent teenagers being bombarded by targeted advertising and endless notifications, and routinely having their location tracked by GPS.The new measures to protect the privacy and mental health of children are being proposed by a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a defeat on the government within weeks. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:46 GMT)

Chinese report highest levels of racial harassment in UK
New research suggests that 15% of community reported discriminationChinese people in Britain report higher levels of racial harassment than any other ethnic group, according to the first study of its kind to be undertaken.The new research, which will be published this week by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, suggests that 15% of Chinese men and women reported harassment last year, while between 4% and 10% of men and women from most ethnic minority groups said they experienced racial harassment in the same period. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:05:45 GMT)

Gerry Adams steps down as Sinn Féin president
Republican, 69, who was instrumental in IRA ceasefire, also says he will not seek re-election to the Irish parliamentGerry Adams has announced he is stepping down as president of Sinn Féin after 34 years in charge of the party that was once closely linked to the IRA.Adams also confirmed that he will not seek re-election to the Irish parliament, the Dáil, in the next general election. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:10:48 GMT)

First child refugee from Greek camps comes to UK
Syrian boy was offered place by London council last year but officials did not take action to facilitate the 15-year-old’s transferMore than a year after the UK government pledged to transfer hundreds of child refugees from Greece, the first unaccompanied minor from the country will arrive in London this week.However the 15-year-old Syrian is described by experts as profoundly traumatised because of the delay and has recently attempted to take his own life. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:00:43 GMT)

Helicopter pilot killed in mid-air crash named as Mike Green
Three others were killed in the collision between a helicopter and a two-seater plane in Buckinghamshire on FridayA helicopter pilot killed in a mid-air collision in Buckinghamshire on Friday has been named as Capt Mike Green, according to the Press Association.He was a senior instructor with Helicopter Services, based at Wycombe Air Park. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:23:39 GMT)

Asos overtakes M&S – is this the UK high street's Tesla moment?
Online fashion firm tops Marks & Spencer’s market valuation of £4.88bn as shopping stalwarts stumble and internet retailers thriveMarks & Spencer has been usurped by online rival Asos in what has been described as the high street’s “Tesla moment” as old retailing stalwarts get overtaken by new online rivals.The 17-year-old fashion website has been biting at M&S’s heels for several months but on Friday its shares gained 2%, boosting its market value to £4.89bn, making it a more valuable business than the 133-year-old high street giant, now worth £4.88bn, according to Reuters data revealing the number of shares in issue. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:00:53 GMT)

Giant airship comes loose in UK
Two people suffer minor injuries after Airlander 10 airship breaks free from moorings and automatically deflatesOne woman was taken to hospital after the world’s largest aircraft, Airlander 10, came loose from its moorings, causing its hull to rip and deflate. The vehicle, which is part-plane, part-airship and 92m (302ft) long, lay collapsed in Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire after the mishap at about 9.30am on Saturday. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:47:54 GMT)

Murder investigation begins after woman found stabbed in north London
Victim believed to be in her 50s was discovered in Muswell Hill, with her identity understood to be known to policeA murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found stabbed to death. The victim, believed to be aged in her 50s, was discovered at an address in north London. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:53:30 GMT)

Lords push for new regulations to protect children online
Cross-party support for amendment looks likely to lead to defeat for the government, which favours a code of practiceTechnology firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to protect the privacy and mental health of children as a result of a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a defeat on the government within weeks. An amendment from the crossbencher and film director Beeban Kidron to a bill going through the House of Lords has won the support of senior Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems. Its backers warn that teenagers are being bombarded by bespoke advertising and endless notifications and can routinely have their locations tracked by GPS. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:00:32 GMT)

Richard Leonard wins Scottish Labour leadership in decisive victory
Pro-Corbyn candidate beats centrist rival Anas Sarwar as party stunned by Kezia Dugdale’s appearance on I’m a CelebrityJeremy Corbyn has strengthened his grip on the Labour party after Scottish members elected a leftwing trade unionist, Richard Leonard, as their seventh leader in the past decade.Announced as the winner in front of cheering supporters in Glasgow, Leonard won a decisive victory over his rival Anas Sarwar, a former Scottish deputy leader, after a fractious contest between the party’s left and right wings in which the Unite union played a significant role. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:59:56 GMT)

Saad Hariri: I will explain on return to Lebanon, says prime minister
Speaking after talks with Emmanuel Macron, Saad Hariri says he will explain his sudden departure, which sparked political turmoilPrime minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations and explain his situation, after his shock resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia sparked political turmoil.Speaking after talks in Paris on Saturday with French president Emmanuel Macron, who is seeking to broker a way out of the crisis, Hariri said he would “make known my position” once back in Beirut. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:34:02 GMT)

David Cassidy 'conscious' after being hospitalised with organ failure
The 67-year-old Partridge Family actor and singer is surrounded by his family after being rushed to hospital in Florida, spokeswoman saysUS actor and singer David Cassidy is “conscious and surrounded by family”, his spokeswoman has said, after he was admitted to hospital for organ failure earlier this week. The Partridge Family star, 67, was rushed to a Florida hospital three days ago and requires a liver transplant. A spokeswoman for Cassidy told the Press Association: “He is now conscious and surrounded by family,” following reports he had been put into an induced coma. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:10:28 GMT)

UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias
Afghan strongmen have already begun vying for influence over militia program that diplomats fear will undermine Afghan government and lead to abuseAs the Afghan government struggles to stem the Taliban insurgency and shore up its dwindling security forces, the US military is turning to a controversial solution long known to stoke unrest and exploitation: local militias.International donors, including the UN, have warned against such plans and lobbied the Afghan president to reject the US proposal. They say the new militias resemble the Afghan Local Police, a force notorious for grave human rights abuses and destabilising villages by undermining the central government. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:01 GMT)

'My eyes are burning': Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning
Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed.More than 30,000 people, some sporting pollution masks, braved a hazy morning to run through the Indian capital despite almost two weeks of hazardous smog that forced schools shut for several days. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:25:37 GMT)

US warship damaged off Japan during joint navy drills aimed at North Korea
The USS Benfold was participating in a scheduled towing exercise when the latest in a spate of incidents involving US navy vessels took placeAn American warship has been damaged after a tug boat drifted into the destroyer during a drill off Japan, according to the US navy, the latest in a spate of incidents in Asia.The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Sagami Bay on Saturday when the Japanese tug lost propulsion, according to the US 7th Fleet. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:57:16 GMT)

Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll finds
Poll finds attitude to ban on military-style weapons has striking age divideExperts say finding could be driven by video games such as Call of DutyResistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. It’s a finding that experts said might be driven by the popularity of first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the increasing prominence of military-style guns in the consumer market. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:00:02 GMT)

'Love won': vandalised George Michael mural in Sydney gets a makeover
Man charged with defacing artwork in Erskineville as community rallies to add its own positive messages A mural depicting the late singer George Michael as a saint has been defaced in Sydney by a man claiming to be defending his religion.The 23-year-old man, who was arrested by New South Wales police and charged with graffiti offences, was captured on film covering the mural with black paint. Continue reading...
(Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:29:34 GMT)

Syria: at least 14 civilians killed in air strikes by government forces
The deaths, which so far include one young girl, came after bombardment of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region near DamascusAt least 14 civilians, including one young girl, were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday.Ten of the victims were killed by air strikes and another four died in rocket fire, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It added a further 40 people were wounded and the death toll was likely to rise. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:06:39 GMT)

Who wins and loses in Trump's tax plan?
Congress has yet to settle on a final draft of a tax-cut bill but if you’re rich, a corporation or your name is Donald Trump you could be in luckOver the Thanksgiving break Congress will have time to start digesting Donald Trump’s plans to implement the largest tax overhaul in a generation. It already has Trump’s critics – and several leading Republicans – reaching for the Tums.According to the president, the tax plans had some simple aims: to spur business investment by cutting corporate taxes, give middle-class America a tax break and simplify a byzantine tax system. It hasn’t proved quite so simple, or palatable. With two versions of the bill now under discussion in Congress, the final shape of the plan is still unclear but some losers and winners are emerging. The clear winners? Rich people and corporations. The clear losers? Poor people, the vulnerable. And America. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:40:30 GMT)

Nasa map of Earth's seasons over 20 years highlights climate change
The visualization shows spring coming earlier and the Arctic ice caps receding over time Nasa has captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of planet Earth​.The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:12:44 GMT)

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes diplomatic office in Washington
Potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine Trump’s bid for peaceRex Tillerson says Palestinians ran afoul of obscure provision in US lawThe Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine Donald Trump’s bid for Middle East peace – a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Related: Israeli military chief wants closer Saudi ties as Iran tensions rise Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:59:36 GMT)

'More girls, fewer skinheads': Poland's far right wrestles with changing image
March for Independence may signal not a surge in support for far right but the seeping of its ideas into the mainstreamThe presence of Islamophobic, homophobic, antisemitic and white supremacist chants and banners at last weekend’s March of Independence in Warsaw raised fears about the rise of the far right in Poland.But interviews with nationalist and far-right leaders and their opponents reveal a more nuanced picture of a relatively marginal movement wrestling with its public image while hoping to seize the opportunities afforded to it by the success of the ruling rightwing Law and Justice party (PiS) and popular opposition to immigration from Muslim-majority countries. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:00:22 GMT)

Maverick fashion designer Azzedine Alaia dies aged 77
Death of French-Tunisian designer, who rose to fame in the 1980s, met with outpouring of tributes from fashion worldDesigner Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, France’s fashion federation said on Saturday.Alaia, who was French-Tunisian, rose to fame in the 1980s, refused to march to the beat of international fashion weeks, releasing his collections in his own time with little concern for publicity. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:32:51 GMT)

America's response to school massacres? A booming classroom security industry
After a deadly school shooting, the UK banned handguns – in the US 20 years of killings have spawned ‘active shooter’ drills and bulletproof backpacksWhen 16 primary school children were massacred in Dunblane in 1996, the United Kingdom responded by tightening already strict gun laws to ban civilian ownership of handguns.The United States has responded to nearly 20 years of high-profile school shootings with a booming school security industry. To protect children from potential attackers, companies have offered everything from hi-tech locks for classroom doors to bulletproof whiteboards and backpacks. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:00:30 GMT)

Easter Island candidate puts self-rule on ballot in Chile election
The tiny island in the Pacific has been ruled by Chile since 1888 but Annette Rapu Zamora hopes a seat in parliament will be a step towards revising the relationshipOn the tiny Pacific outpost of Easter Island, the giant stone heads representing ancient ancestors face inland towards the island’s rolling green hills and volcanoes.And ahead of general elections in Chile – which has ruled the island since 1888 – this unique place is once again looking inwards as it tries to wrest back power from the mainland. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:25 GMT)

Nato apologises to Turkey after Erdogan and Ataturk appear on 'enemy chart'
Turkey withdraws 40 soldiers from Nato drill at joint warfare centre in Norway, in protest at incident Nato’s secretary general has apologised to Turkey over military exercises in Norway during which Turkey’s founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, were reportedly depicted as “enemies”.Erdoğan said Turkey withdrew 40 soldiers participating in the drills at Nato’s joint warfare centre in Stavanger, Norway, in protest at the incident and criticised the alliance. “There can be no such unity, no such alliance,” he said in an address to his ruling party’s provincial leaders. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:22:48 GMT)

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