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Theresa May backs immigration plan that favours skilled workers
Post-Brexit policy to include no preferential access to UK labour market for EU citizensTheresa May’s cabinet has agreed a post-Brexit immigration system that will offer visas to immigrants in a tiered system based on skills and wealth, a flagship policy that is expected to be one of her key announcements to the Conservative party conference next week.Downing Street hopes the migration policy will appeal to party members concerned about May’s leadership and the Brexit negotiations, which last week appeared to have reached an impasse at Salzburg when EU leaders declared her Chequers proposals would not work. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:56:14 GMT)

Tuesday briefing: Third woman expected to accuse Trump court pick
US president faces a fight to save Brett Kavanaugh from more allegations … May banks on immigration plan to woo faithful … and yoga’s YouTube starGood morning. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories to start your day. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:16:33 GMT)

Brett Kavanaugh: third woman expected to make accusations of sexual misconduct
Attorney Michael Avenatti says third woman ‘reached out’ about sexual misconduct allegations against supreme court nomineeA third woman is expected to publicly make accusations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week, her attorney Michael Avenatti said, plunging the judge’s confirmation to America’s highest court into further uncertainty. Related: Embattled Kavanaugh vows to fight on as new allegation emerges Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:00:56 GMT)

Instagram co-founders resign to explore 'creativity again'
Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger leave the social media company amid reports of tensions with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Instagram co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, have announced their resignation from the company, which is owned by Facebook Inc, saying that they are leaving to “explore our curiosity and creativity again”.Systrom and Krieger did not say why they were leaving their positions as chief executive officer and chief technical officer, but there were reports that their departure might be due to tensions between the men and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 03:56:25 GMT)

Private probation firms 'put victims of abuse at risk'
Inspectors say poor practice is widespread in community rehabilitation companies Tens of thousands of victims of domestic abuse and children are being put at further risk of harm by privatised offender supervision companies whose staff lack the skills, experience and time to supervise perpetrators, according to a new report.Inspectors found poor practice was widespread in community rehabilitation companies (CRCs), the privatised probation providers introduced in England and Wales under widely derided reforms by the former justice secretary Chris Grayling. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:01:06 GMT)

Thailand: three men arrested over murder of British millionaire and wife
Police found blood stains but no bodies at the home of Alan Hogg, who is from Edinburgh, and his wife Nod SuddaenPolice in northern Thailand have arrested three men over the murder of a British millionaire and his wife.Alan Hogg, 64, who is from Edinburgh, and his Thai wife Nod Suddaen, 61, were reported missing from their home in the Phrae province on Thursday after they failed to meet friends in the nearby city of Chang Mai. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:17:40 GMT)

Keir Starmer: second Brexit vote could contain remain option
Shadow minister says motion being put to Labour conference leaves question openKeir Starmer has been forced to reaffirm that Labour has not ruled out a referendum that could cancel Brexit, after John McDonnell appeared to insist the party could only back a vote on the deal itself.Labour has said it intends to vote against Theresa May’s deal, if it resembles the Chequers proposals set out in the summer white paper. However it is highly uncertain what would happen next if MPs reject her agreement. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:57:48 GMT)

Trade war: US is putting a knife to China's neck, says top official
Commerce minister says the resumption of talks depends on US ‘will’ as Beijing also accuses Washington of bullyingThe United States is putting “a knife to China’s neck” on trade issues, a senior Chinese official has said, as the two sides struggle to find a way to end a months-long standoff over trade.A day after both sides heaped fresh tariffs on each other’s goods, vice-commerce minister Wang Shouwen said the resumption of talks on the matter depended on the “will” of the US. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:37:54 GMT)

Loneliness among over-50s 'is looming public health concern'
Greater numbers will feel impact of widowhood, poor finance and ill-health, says Age UKSoaring numbers of over-50s in England will suffer from loneliness in the coming years as a result of widowhood, ill-health and money problems, according to a new analysis.More than two million people of that age will be lonely by 2025-26, a 49% increase on the 1.36m who were socially isolated in 2015-16, according to projections by Age UK. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:01:06 GMT)

Weetabix wars: British shop in New Zealand wins part of fight against cereal giant
Sanitarium complained Weetabix was too similar to its product Weet-BixAntipodean breakfast giant Sanitarium has lost part of its case against a British shop in New Zealand, with a judge ruling that importing the British cereal Weetabix did not breach the Fair Trading Act.However, the high court did find that the shop, A Little Bit of Britain, had breached the Trade Marks Act and 108 boxes of Weetabix held by customs must be destroyed, RNZ reported. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:10:51 GMT)

Unbeaten records, crises and shinners – Football Weekly
Max, Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Philippe Auclair discuss the last 100% record in the 92, crises all over the shop, spectacular misses and shinned pearlersJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Philippe Auclair to look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with Liverpool, whose 3-0 win over Southampton sees them maintain their 100% record this season – the only team in the 92 yet to leave any points unclaimed. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:26:46 GMT)

'The people’s yogi': how Adriene Mishler became a YouTube phenomenon
With 4 million subscribers and hundreds of thousands more watching free weekly videos, Yoga with Adriene is a social media sensation. What makes her fans so devoted?There are more than 2,400 people in the main hall of Alexandra Palace in north London, breathing in unison. “Take the deepest breath you’ve taken all day,” says the woman at the front, “and let it out through the mouth.” Lungs empty en masse. It feels like we’re in the belly of a beast.The woman is 33-year-old yogi and actor Adriene Mishler, and this is the largest live yoga class she has ever held – she is more frequently to be found teaching alone in front of her camera at home in Austin, Texas, than IRL. And it is this intimate version of her that 4 million subscribers to her Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel have come to know and share their homes with. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:00:13 GMT)

Kevin Keegan: 'No, I'm not going to take a compliment from Mike Ashley'
The former England captain shares memories of Bobby Moore and George Best, his regrets about managing Newcastle and England and why if he was a player today he’d like to turn out for Jürgen Klopp’s LiverpoolYou can feel the energy as soon as Kevin Keegan walks into the room – barrel chest, big biceps, warm smile, small man, tough handshake. His hair is white these days, the perm long gone, and his belly more rounded, but otherwise he is little changed. Keegan is as passionate and outspoken as he ever was.We meet in a hotel in Manchester. It’s funny that he’s written another memoir, he says, because he hates looking back. “I don’t like player reunions because all you get is the lads talking about whatever year you won something. A lot of them are just lost in that. Sir John Hall had a saying: ‘If you live in the past, you die in the past.’ You’ve got to reinvent yourself – try to move on.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:02:06 GMT)

Jacinda Ardern makes history with baby Neve at UN general assembly
New Zealand prime minister is the first female world leader to bring an infant to the meeting in New YorkNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has made history as the first female world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her newborn baby in tow.Ardern appeared with her infant daughter at the UN on Monday evening, and played with her before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit. While she spoke, Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford held the three-month-old baby on his lap. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:31:34 GMT)

About time: why western philosophy can only teach us so much
By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, which is always the first step to greater understanding. By Julian BagginiOne of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy first flowered entirely separately in different parts of the globe at more or less the same time. The origins of Indian, Chinese and ancient Greek philosophy, as well as Buddhism, can all be traced back to a period of roughly 300 years, beginning in the 8th century BC.These early philosophies have shaped the different ways people worship, live and think about the big questions that concern us all. Most people do not consciously articulate the philosophical assumptions they have absorbed and are often not even aware that they have any, but assumptions about the nature of self, ethics, sources of knowledge and the goals of life are deeply embedded in our cultures and frame our thinking without our being aware of them. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

I despair for Vanity Fair: why the costume drama deserves your time
Overshadowed by Bodyguard, ITV’s big autumn drama is one of the best adaptations of the Thackeray classic. Here’s why it’s one of 2018’s hidden gemsWARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERSThis month’s Sunday night viewing wars have given us a heroic clash of mettle on mettle. While most viewers sided with BBC1’s Bodyguard, I’ve pinned my colours to ITV’s adaptation of Vanity Fair.Both are masterclasses in sexual politics, but whereas Jed Mercurio’s pairing of a lonely home secretary with her physically and psychologically scarred minder led us up an implausible cul-de-sac, William Thackeray commands the heights of social satire with a story that, to co-opt one of his most famous pronouncements, “gives back to every era the reflection of its own face”. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:00:13 GMT)

100 armed agents and 143 arrests: the Ice raid that traumatized a small Ohio town
Three months after mass immigration arrests at a meatpacking plant in Salem, the scars on the local community are still visibleArmed with guns and backed by helicopter air support, more than 100 US immigration agents swooped on the employees of Fresh Mark meat packaging plant on a summer day in the small Ohio town of Salem.The huge raid on 19 June resulted in 146 arrests, most of them Guatemalans suspected of being in the country illegally, in a show-of-force raid that likely brought back violent memories of the militarized country many had fled years ago for new lives in America. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

What to do about Hitler's Berghof? Museum challenges far right interest
Museum seeks to stop Third Reich’s second seat of command becoming a shrine for the far rightJust two signs – one in German, the other in English – mark the mountainside location of the Berghof, Adolf Hitler’s retreat in the Bavarian Alps which acted as the Third Reich’s second seat of command.The site on Obersalzberg has lain largely abandoned since the already bomb-damaged chalet was finally blown up and buried in 1952, with fast-growing trees planted to hide from view even the soil on which Hitler once trod. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:00:12 GMT)

Oceania review – marvels of the human mind that were ripped off by modernists
Royal Academy, LondonFrom a two-headed Tahitian god to a mourner’s costume made of pearl shells, this dazzling exhibition is like having the ocean roll under your canoeIn around 1900, an artist portrayed a woman with an oval abstract face bisected by a long rigid slash of a nose, who sits with her legs wide apart to expose her triangular pubic hair framing a well-observed vagina. And no, this artist was not Picasso.This wooden figure that an islander created in today’s Republic of Palau, in the western Pacific, bears an astonishing resemblance to one of the women in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the revolutionary painting Picasso made on the far side of the world in his Montmartre studio in 1907. There’s a similarly squatting figure in Les Demoiselles and almost identical mask-like faces. At this moment in history there was such a quantum entanglement between Paris and the Pacific that artists in the two places were creating the same images. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:01:07 GMT)

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(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:43:17 GMT)

On Europe, Labour’s left is revealing its affinity to the ‘alt-right’ | Rafael Behr
The prospect of the old order crumbling puts Corbynites in tactical alignment with the likes of Steve BannonDotted around Labour conference in Liverpool are T-shirts bearing the slogan “Love Corbyn, Hate Brexit”, which is not an unusual combination but an increasingly unstable one. It is meant as a declaration but comes across as a plea – urging the leader to reward the devotion of his fans with a sign that he shares their pain at the prospect of leaving the European Union. He doesn’t.Jeremy Corbyn’s attitude towards Brexit is not mysterious. He was a critic of the EU before the referendum, declared himself a tepid supporter of membership during the campaign and showed not a flicker of sorrow at the result. Despite emotional aversion to Brexit among Labour members, the leader is up for leaving. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:59:13 GMT)

Hard Brexiters’ new plan gets A+ for idiocy | John Crace
A fortnight after launching their last vision for Brexit, pro-leave politicians decided it was time for another oneTake two. A fortnight ago, Jacob Rees-Mogg, David Davis, Steve Baker, Boris Johnson and other leading members of the European Research Group squeezed themselves into a Westminster committee room to share their excitement at having found a single economist who was optimistic about Brexit. Here was the way forward. Ignore the doom-mongers, just crash out of the EU on World Trade Organization terms and the UK would be more than £1tn better off. Happy days all round. Related: IEA's Brexit proposals: the main points Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:45:50 GMT)

Brexit chisels away any right Britain had to the Parthenon marbles | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
If we leave Europe, we should finally have the decency to return Greece’s plundered heritageThe Acropolis Museum in Athens is an architectural marvel that has rightly won awards. The way the remaining Parthenon marbles are bathed in sunlight and overlooked by the temple that was their original site is profoundly beautiful. But what I found most affecting when I visited last week was the deliberate absences in the exhibits – spaces pointedly left blank for the day when, Greeks hope, the rest of the sculptures that were carved by Phidias and his assistants circa 447–438BC will be returned.Many readers will no doubt be aware that many of these priceless sculptures, once better known as the Elgin marbles, reside in a gloomy room in the British Museum, having been torn from the Parthenon in the early 1800s by Lord Elgin. It is a subject of great controversy, but one that most Britons, especially those who are young and not of an imperialistic bent, struggle to care about. When polled in 2014 by YouGov, only 23% of British people wanted to keep them. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:00:13 GMT)

Martin Rowson on Labour's Brexit fudge over call for second vote – cartoon
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(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:32:34 GMT)

John McDonnell’s plan to tackle inequality should not scare off the bosses | Editorial
John McDonnell’s proposals represent an attempt to deal with growing inequalities of wealth and power in Britain. They deserve to be heardJohn McDonnell’s speech at the Labour party conference was a radical one, with proposals aimed at responding to the concentration of wealth in Britain by doing more than just mitigating it. Mr McDonnell seeks to inhibit the capture of power by putting in place mechanisms that remove the ability of those who accumulate it at an alarming rate. The shadow chancellor rightly wants to use the power of the state to diffuse power – and contrast this with markets which concentrate it.This strategy is not risk-free, but since the great financial crash of 2008 it has become popular. Mr McDonnell’s policy prescriptions are unfairly attacked. They will not “crack the foundations of this country’s prosperity” as the CBI claimed in its response. We ought to resist adding up perceived past failures into a damaging total. This is a problem of the counterfactual – comparing what is with what would have happened. After all, many of these policies are the norm in other advanced western economies. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:48:38 GMT)

Astute and laser-focused, John McDonnell can win a radical mandate for Labour | Polly Toynbee
The shadow chancellor has the talent and backing to convince a country that has rejected klepto-capitalismHe bestrides this conference like a colossus. Big Mac is the one they want to hear, from Andrew Marr to Mumsnet. Lobbyists for every cause are eager to catch his coat-tails. John McDonnell is the man who matters because what he says goes when it comes to almost everything at this Labour gathering in Liverpool. His imprimatur is stamped on every card vote and each frontbench speech; it is as disciplined as in the old New Labour pager-control days.His easy confidence grows with his party’s success. The shadow chancellor is intellectually assured among top economists, politically astute – and laser-focused on victory. You might say shining is not too difficult when few frontbenchers are well known and fewer radiate star quality. But he has it. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:23:33 GMT)

Luka Modric and Marta win Fifa player of the year awards in London
• Modric beats Ronaldo to men’s prize, Salah wins Puskás award• 32-year-old Marta wins women’s award for first time since 2010Luka Modric has been named the Fifa men’s footballer of the year at a ceremony in London, with Brazil’s Marta crowned the world’s best female player.The 33-year-old Modric won the Champions League for the third time in a row with his club, Real Madrid, in May before leading Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, where they lost 4-2 to France. He is the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the Fifa award since Kaká in 2007. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:29:04 GMT)

Comeback king Tiger Woods delivers vindication of father’s tough love | Andy Bull
Earl Woods’s ‘psychological training’ gave his son the reservoirs of resilience needed to recover from a decade of ugly ordealsThey say Earl Woods was a poet laureate of profanity, that he knew so many curse words that he could cuss for 30 minutes straight and not repeat himself once. Earl told Golf Digest that this was “a family thing”, a habit he inherited from his father and passed on to his son. Tiger was 11 when Earl started to swear at him during training. “Fuck off Tiger,” he would say during his backswing, “motherfucker” he’d utter, “you little piece of shit”. Tiger said later he “didn’t mind and even encouraged” his father’s swearing, that “eventually, I started laughing at it”.His father was not the first nor last man Tiger Woods heard shout those words, or worse. “I heard it at school and during tournaments.” Which is exactly why Earl repeated them to him. He abused his boy because he wanted to teach him how to take it. “He helped,” Tiger wrote, “in ways other people thought were hurtful.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:55:10 GMT)

John Mitchell gets to work for England by setting sights on World Cup
• New defence coach says he has no interest in Eddie Jones’s job• ‘The All Blacks are outstanding but a World Cup closes the gap’England’s new defence coach, John Mitchell, thinks Eddie Jones’s squad can still win the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite their disappointing results this year. The former All Blacks head coach has been recruited by Jones to add fresh impetus to the team following a run of five defeats in the past six Tests.“I really believe we can get better and be the best within a year’s time,” said Mitchell, commencing his second spell on England’s coaching staff. “Why? Because of what I’ve seen in the past. We haven’t had the desired outcome in the past year for a number of reasons and now we’re challenging ourselves to get better. I believe I can play a part in that.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:00:03 GMT)

Sir Craig Reedie defends Wada’s decision to reinstate Rusada
• Wada president says deal will benefit clean sport• Compromise will allow access to 2,800 samples in MoscowThe World Anti-Doping Agency president has challenged athletes critical of last week’s compromise with Russia to come up with a better alternative.Sir Craig Reedie also insisted that the deal to lift the suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was a good one for clean sport because it would allow Wada access to 2,800 samples in the Moscow laboratory which could be used to solve more doping cases. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:45:20 GMT)

What’s that odd feeling? It’s sympathy for Mourinho amid Pogba’s malaise | Barney Ronay
The dynamic between Manchester United’s manager and star player is doing nobody any good but can anyone really say Pogba is performing at the level of the Premier League’s best?I know it’s over. And it never really began. But in my heart it was so real. Paul, José. It’s been two years now. There are times in a relationship like this when you just have to take a step back and accept that things aren’t working out. Although, for the sake of the team, who really shouldn’t be asked to choose between you, we could at least try to be civilised about this.Another Manchester United wobble, another public snipe between José Mourinho and Paul Pogba. United may be listing a little this season but there are some things that do seem certain. The dysfunctional dynamic between manager and star player is not doing anyone any good. And beyond this Pogba in particular might want to think twice about asking people to look any more closely at his own role and his own contribution to an evolving team – because it is not always a pretty sight. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:08:33 GMT)

Frank Lampard prepares Derby for meeting with mentor José Mourinho | Simon Burnton
The Rams’ manager, still close to his former Chelsea boss, believes the Portuguese’s influence shines as brightly as everFrank Lampard remembers watching the press conference in 2004 at which José Mourinho, freshly arrived at Chelsea, announced that he was “a special one”. He says: “I saw it and I liked it. It was something different. British culture is not to walk in and call yourself the special one, I don’t think. That’s the way he was and I admired him for it and actually, if you make those statements, you had better back them up, and he certainly did.”If many people believe Mourinho’s aura has started to fade, Lampard is not one of them. The Portuguese remains, in the eyes of his former midfielder, as special as ever. “When you’re the manager of Manchester United, when you have the CV and the background of José Mourinho – and this is not ancient history, this is fresh history, the Europa League, the FA Cup – then of course you have it,” he says. “In terms of the special one and that, those are just words. In terms of being a great manager, of course he is.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:30:04 GMT)

Warren Gatland hopes Rhys Webb will be available for Wales at World Cup
• Scrum-half in exile due to WRU rules on overseas players• ‘I would like to think common sense will prevail’Warren Gatland has not abandoned hope of being able to select his Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb for the World Cup next year.Under an agreement between the Welsh Rugby Union and its four regions, the 29-year-old Webb is an outcast at international level after turning down the opportunity to remain in Wales and joining Toulon in the summer. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:40:00 GMT)

Roethlisberger's Steelers hold off late Buccaneers rally as 'FitzMagic' runs dry
Roethlisberger tosses for 353 yards and three scores in winSteelers hold on narrow win after leading 30-10 at halftimeTampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick throws three first-half picksBen Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and getting into a spat on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:00:08 GMT)

Our tomorrows: teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams – video
Young people talk about how it feels to grow up in 2018, from dealing with racism in New York and fighting for LGBT rights in Jakarta to facing exam pressures in the Kenyan Rift Valley and the importance of giving back to society in Delhi Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

Bill Gates: 'Trump is open-minded' – video
As the Gates Foundation launches its report on progress in the fight against poverty, the philanthropist talks to Polly Toynbee about the challenges ahead. Gates discusses the US president's approach to foreign aid, sharing his hopes for Trump ‘as a human being who cares about other human beings’The Now generation is a series produced in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read more about it here Continue reading...
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:00:14 GMT)

'Actors don't black up, so why do they still crip up?' – video
The actor Adam Pearson has a similar condition to Joseph Merrick, whose story was told in The Elephant Man. When the BBC was remaking the biopic, he did not even get an audition. This is why he calls cripping up the 2018 version of blacking up Continue reading...
(Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:14:54 GMT)

Brexit breakdown part 1: Why are the Tories winning Walsall?
With Brexit fast approaching, John Harris and John Domokos have spent four months sampling the mood of the country. In episode one of this new series, they spend time in the Midlands town of Walsall, where despite cuts and Tory chaos, Labour isn’t breaking through Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:07:36 GMT)

Spike Lee talks to Gary Younge about BlacKkKlansman​ and racism under Trump​ – video
Spike Lee’s latest film is about a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman draws clear parallels with racial tensions in modern America. With Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of white supremacy, and a spike in racist attacks, what does a film about a black man going undercover with white terrorists tell us about the state of contemporary America and beyond?Spike Lee: ‘This guy in the White House has given the green light for the Klan BlacKkKlansman review – Spike Lee hits his targets again and again Continue reading...
(Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:35:51 GMT)

Brexit breakdown part 2: 'We've lost control'
As their new series continues, John Harris and John Domokos meet Jeremy Corbyn's army of activists, teachers and parents at a Walsall school hit by funding cuts and protesters at a London march in support of a second Brexit referendum. They seem to live in different worlds but everyone has one thing in common: a sense that Britain has to change, before it's too late Continue reading...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:13:33 GMT)

The disturbing truth about teaching in America – video
'I've had hungry students who couldn't concentrate; I've filed tax returns for kids' parents. You're the only adult they trust – the only adult that talks to them like they're a person': a perspective of life as a teacher in two different US states• Share your story: what's your experience of teaching in America? Continue reading...
(Fri, 07 Sep 2018 10:00:08 GMT)

Brexit breakdown part 3: can we put Britain back together again?
In the third part of their summer-long quest to get to the heart of the UK's condition, John Harris and John Domokos head to Boston in Lincolnshire. They find Brexit voters who still think no one is listening to them and Polish people feeling ever more unwelcome. But in London, protesters against Donald Trump offer a ray of hope and the prospect of something that might finally heal the country's wounds Continue reading...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:05:38 GMT)

'He was flying': how Rudolph Nureyev defied gravity
He was an explosively powerful dancer whose grace and beauty revolutionised ballet. Has anyone ever leapt higher? As two Nureyev films appear, we remember the impoverished Russian kid who electrified the worldIt was impossible not to know who Rudolf Nureyev was. From the moment the dancer defected to the west, turning his back on his home and the Kirov company that trained him, he blazed across the front pages. It was June 1961 and relations between the west and the Soviet Union had thawed enough to allow the Kirov to perform in Paris. Nureyev’s “leap for freedom” – a phrase he always despised – was a great propaganda coup for the west, one that helped to refreeze the cold war. Related: Nureyev review – a meticulous, heartbreaking tour de force Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

Memo to Bodyguard writers: Muslim women are more than victims or terrorists | Tasnim Nazeer
At a time when Islamophobic attacks are soaring, it’s despairing to see the BBC pander to dangerous stereotypes of hijab wearers • WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERSFrustratingly, right from the onset of the BBC’s hugely popular drama Bodyguard, we were bombarded with negative stereotypes of Muslim women. We first see a hijab-wearing woman hiding in the toilet of a busy train, about to detonate a vest she is wearing packed with bombs (stereotype one: Muslim woman as terrorist). It then transpires she is actually a victim who looks frightened and vulnerable while our hero steps in to save the day (stereotype two: the oppressed Muslim woman). Related: Record number of anti-Muslim attacks reported in UK last year Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:24:58 GMT)

Tuesday’s best TV: The Flu That Killed 50 Million
Christoper Ecclestone explores the hidden history of the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919 – and reveals how experts believe it will return. Plus: the drama heats up in Bake Off9pm, BBC Two As if the enormous death toll inflicted during the first world war were not enough, in November 1918 a global flu pandemic broke out that claimed more than 50 million lives before it was declared over in July 1919. Christopher Eccleston narrates a thought-provoking docu-drama about the devastation wrought by the “Spanish flu” in which experts agree that another eruption of the disease is inevitable. Unseen memoirs, letters and diaries combine with dramatic reconstructions to bring these troubled times to life. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:20:13 GMT)

Maldives marine artwork destroyed for being a 'threat to Islamic unity'
Sea sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor demolished by authorities after court rules human forms depicted in the work are anti-IslamicA new sculptural work, Coralarium, created by artist and environmentalist Jason deCaires Taylor, was demolished last week after it was deemed anti-Islamic. The semi-submerged artwork was criticised by religious leaders and scholars in the Maldives, where Islam is the official religion. The depiction of human figures in art is discouraged under Islamic law. The government ordered the destruction of the artwork, after a court ruled it to be a threat to “Islamic unity and the peace and interests of the Maldivian state”, the Malaysian Independent reported, despite the authorities previously granting permission. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:40:16 GMT)

Elmgreen & Dragset: 'Making art is a headache. Only 2.5% of it is fun'
From gay urinals to a Prada store in the Texas desert, the Scandinavian duo are as playful as they are provocative – as their clashes with Boris Johnson over the fourth plinth rocking horse provedThere’s something hanging in the Berlin studio of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset that is unusual even by their peculiar standards. At first glance, it’s just a punchbag. But, as you approach it, you notice that its blue fabric is decorated with the stars of the European Union. “We’re calling it Anger Management,” chuckles Elmgreen. “We might offer Boris Johnson a 10% discount.”The punchbag has many of the hallmarks of the artistic duo’s work – it’s instantly humorous, yet probes for a deeper response. Should you punch it, as the object suggests, or embrace it, as your political leanings might prefer? And, if it’s a piece of art, should you even punch it in the first place? Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:00:16 GMT)

Black Earth Rising recap: episode three – can Michael be trusted?
As the fallout from last week’s plot bombshell descends, Kate is forced to question everything she knows about herself, and the people who surround her Black Earth Rising recap: episode twoThis week, we see the strange emotional dynamic between Michael and Kate develop further. Although they mostly trade flippancies, Michael’s strong protective and paternal feelings towards Kate are always evident; yet clearly he is accustomed to withholding secrets from her, missing pieces in the jigsaw of Kate’s background and history, as well as himself. Is he being over-protective? How much can he really be trusted? Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:00:04 GMT)

Walks with a tale to tell – part 2
Fascinating stories lie at the heart of these autumnal walks, as nature writers follow in the footsteps of a Pictish queen, an eccentric poet-priest, Charles Darwin and more Strolls with stories: part 1Length/time 3½ miles, 2-3 hoursStart/finish Honister Slate Mine Refuel Sky Hi Cafe, at the mine Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 05:30:14 GMT)

I have never learned to masturbate – and never experienced pleasure, even when intimate
I am a 21-year-old woman and have a boyfriend who I love dearly, but I never get aroused with himI am a 21-year-old woman and have never learned how to masturbate. I bought a small vibrator when I was 17, and that was the first time I ever achieved an orgasm or any sense of pleasure. I am not intimate with my boyfriend, who I have been going out with for a year and who I love dearly. Whenever he tries something, I never get any sense of arousal. If you were able to experience arousal and climax through the use of a vibrator, then you have learned to pleasure yourself to some degree. You have also learned something about the mechanisms by which you achieve orgasm. Over time, you will find other styles of pleasuring – by yourself, if not by others – and other paths to orgasm, but the simplest aspects of these exciting personal responses are now known to you. The next step can be challenging: applying that private knowledge to a sexual experience with a partner. With another person, you must guide and teach him to pleasure you, and learn how to please him as well. But these tasks are not easy. They can best be accomplished with openness and mutual passion. You do not have to feel guilty or think that there is something wrong with you if you are not attracted to someone, even if he feels entitled to your sexual attention. Enjoying a person’s company – even loving them as a companion – is a different kind of friendship from passionate love that includes erotic tension. Either you will meet someone eventually who you either immediately fancy or you will be surprised by the sexual feelings that may develop over time. In the meantime, please bear in mind that you are not obliged to be sexual with someone just because he has assumed a “boyfriend” role. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:10:14 GMT)

Ten minutes of exercise a day improves memory
Researchers have shown that the brain’s ability to store memories improves after a short burst of exercise Just 10 minutes of light physical activity is enough to boost brain connectivity and help the brain to distinguish between similar memories, a new study suggests.Scientists at the University of California studying brain activity found connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage increased after a brief interval of light exercise – such as 10 minutes of slow walking, yoga or tai chi. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:00:01 GMT)

Gucci springs surprises in disused Paris theatre
Designer Alessandro Michele revels in his wicked skill at confusing peopleConcierges at hotels all over Paris this weekend have been bemused by the invitation to Gucci’s catwalk show – a clear plastic pouch of assorted spring bulbs. But then Gucci has become a fashion week hot ticket through designer Alessandro Michele’s wicked skill at confusing people.The venue, a disused theatre with a shady past as a hedonistic 1980s nightclub, was not what guests might have expected from the first Paris fashion show by the most powerful brand of the moment. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:08:59 GMT)

Expecting the Queen for dinner? Make her favourite soup
A tried-and-tested recipe for callaloo soup, from a lifelong fanCallaloo soup is a lovely homemade meal that you would typically enjoy on a weekend. It is very different from a traditional English soup and has the consistency of stew. Callaloo, a vegetable that tastes like spinach and has a kale-like consistency, is hardy and grown in many allotments around Britain by the Caribbean community.I remember first eating it as a little girl growing up in England when my mum cooked with it on Saturdays. My mum learned a lot of her cooking skills from my granny. My grandma, who lived to 106, did eat meat a couple of times a year (curry goat), but lived mainly on a vegetarian diet. She had a huge vegetable garden and always the freshest produce. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:34:40 GMT)

How do I best use the three hours a day I spend commuting?
Whether it’s drafting emails or reading, make the most of this me-time, says Sharmadean ReidI spend three hours a day commuting: how do I best use this time?I love a commute. It’s rare “me-time” that allows you to do whatever you want, but I’ve realised that different modes of transport, times of day and routes call for very different pastimes. If I’m travelling cross-country and manage to get a table seat on a train, the first thing I do is go through all my emails and tee up replies. Don’t attempt to use the train wifi – you’ll waste half the journey trying to connect. Open your laptop or phone, and start drafting all your emails. Not only will you go into work with a clear head and plate, but you’ll get a little dopamine hit when you hear the multiple whooshes of emails flying off when you do connect to your office wifi. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:00:19 GMT)

Quiz: How eco-friendly are your shopping habits?
What exactly does ‘organic farming’ mean? Can palm oil plantations ever be sustainable? Does buying meat harm the environment? Test how environmentally informed your weekly shop is with our quizFaced with the choice of buying soap in a handy plastic bottle with a pump, or a bar of soap in a cardboard container, which do you choose?I choose the handy plastic bottle without fail.I alternate between the two.I always buy the traditional bar of soap.When you see ‘certified organic’ on your food label, do you know what this actually means?Yep! It means it's been produced without toxic pesticides and fertilisers.Actually, it's been produced without toxic pesticides and fertilisers and it only uses free-range animals, and no artificial colours or preservatives.I think you'll find that no toxic pesticides or fertilisers were used, it was made in environmentally friendly ways that promote biodiversity, using only free-range animals reared without antibiotics and GM-derived feed, and with no artificial colours or preservatives.If I'm honest, I buy it because Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall told me to.How would you go about making sure that your shopping habits only support sustainable palm oil producers?Check for a logo from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or GreenPalm.Look for a picture of an orangutan on the label.Look for information on products containing sustainable palm oil in store.Ha! There's no such thing as a sustainable palm oil producer. How long do you keep vegetables such as potatoes and onions after their “use by” or “best before” dates?I throw them away as soon as either date has passed.I throw them away by the “use by” date.I don’t throw them away unless they are rotting; I use them in cooking. Buying face scrubs with microbeads in: what’s the right thing to do?Make sure you follow them up with a good moisturiser.Leave them on the shelves in favour of other, more eco-friendly face washes.There’s no such thing as a face scrub with microbeads in.Does buying meat harm the environment?Yes.No.Which of these is NOT true? You can buy …Handbags made from recycled London fire hoses.Leather boots made from pineapple leaves.Swimming costumes and carpets made from fishing nets.Jeans made from recycled paper.When you need an outfit for a special occasion, do you …?Go straight to the shops and buy a new piece of clothing.Rent an outfit via an online sharing platform such as Girl Meets Dress, Chic by Choice or Rentez-Vous?Buy something from a charity or vintage shop.Wear something you already have in the wardrobe.Would you buy secondhand plastic toys for your children?Yes, it means we’re saving money and helping to consume fewer natural resources (that would otherwise be used to make new toys).Yes, it means we’re saving money, and helping our children to avoid becoming part of a consumer society.No, they might not be hygienic.I’ll have to check. They may contain toxic chemicals.7 and above.Well done! You’re a definite eco-warrier. Consumerism is fraught with contentious environmental issues, but you’re well on your way to getting your head around them.0 and above.Oh dear. A responsible consumer you are not. What’s for dinner tonight? Whale and chips?4 and above.Not bad. You’re probably not loading up single-use plastic bags with piles of red meat and sweatshop-produced fashion, but you’ve still got a way to go before the UN environment award turns up. Help create a movement to stop companies using dirty palm oil. Watch Greenpeace’s animation, voiced by Emma Thompson, telling the story of an orangutan forced from her forest home. Share the story and sign the petition to big companies asking them to clean up their palm oil: www.greenpeace.org.uk/seerangtan Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:44:46 GMT)

Aping each other: how similar are humans and orangutans?
From umbrella-making to learning how to self-medicate, we share plenty of skills with our fellow great apesWhen scientists talk about animals using tools, they’re not normally talking about the implements you might use to knock up some shelves. But while animals generally confine themselves to bashing things with the odd rock, in extraordinary footage broadcast last year as part of the BBC’s Spy in the Wild series, a wild female orangutan is seen using a saw she has found outside a hut to cut through a log – even pausing to blow away sawdust before continuing.This human-like use of tools shouldn’t be that surprising to us. Bornean, Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans are three of the eight living great ape species, alongside humans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Humans and orangutans share 97% of their DNA, with their last common ancestor having lived an estimated 12-16m years ago. Only gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees have more DNA in common with humans. Continue reading...
(Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:31:53 GMT)

The plight of the orangutan – in pictures
Orangutans, our fellow great apes, are being pushed to the edge of extinction as oil palm producers clear the rainforest. Here are eleven arresting images that photographers have captured – documenting conservation projects, deforestation and rare species that are struggling for their survival Help create a movement to stop companies using dirty palm oil. Watch Greenpeace’s animation, voiced by Emma Thompson, telling the story of an orangutan forced from her forest home. Share the story and sign the petition to big companies asking them to clean up their palm oil: www.greenpeace.org.uk/viewrangtan Continue reading...
(Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:45:58 GMT)

Orangutans and palm oil: seven facts that explain the issues
From ice-cream to shampoo, palm oil is present in a multitude of consumer products. But palm oil cultivation in south-east Asia is clearing forests and contributing to the decline of orangutans. Here are the key points Think back over the past week in your life. If you’ve applied lipstick, eaten toast or put on a load of washing, chances are, you’ve used a product containing palm oil. Indulged in ice-cream or washed your hair? Palm oil. According to the World Wildlife Fund: “It is in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket.” And it’s linked to the destruction of the rainforest and many of the species that reside in it. Continue reading...
(Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:43:44 GMT)

Prosecutors urged to ditch 'weak' rape cases to improve figures
Exclusive: CPS advice to tackle criticism of low conviction rates alarms expertsProsecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.The controversial advice to take a proportion of “weak cases out of the system” has been given to specialist rape prosecutors in training seminars, which has led some staff to fear the service has undertaken an undeclared change in policy. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:07:57 GMT)

David Attenborough calls for more BBC arts coverage
Veteran broadcaster pushes corporation to showcase new attitudes and voices.Sir David Attenborough has criticised the BBC for not producing enough arts and cultural programmes.Attenborough, 92, said the public broadcaster was instead focusing on shows that attracted a large audience. Speaking to Radio Times, he said: “I don’t think the BBC does enough [arts and culture]. It’s not enough simply to say, ‘Well, it doesn’t get a big enough audience’. If you’re a public service broadcaster, what you should be saying is, ‘We will show the broad spectrum of human interest. People of all kinds should be catered for’.” Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:01:06 GMT)

UK newspaper industry demands levy on tech firms
News Media Association says Google and Facebook should fund the journalism from which they profitThe British newspaper industry’s trade body has said the government should force social media sites such as Facebook and Google to pay an annual financial levy to fund journalism, and set up a regulator that would force them to take legal responsibility for all the content on their platforms.The News Media Association, the umbrella group that represents almost all national and local newspapers, including the Guardian, also said Facebook should share revenue with newspaper groups when their stories appear in newsfeeds – even if users only see the headlines and do not click. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:01:06 GMT)

Father of girl who died of allergy on plane blames Pret a Manger
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse checked labelling but sesame was not listed, he tells inquestA father whose 15-year-old daughter with severe food allergies died after eating a baguette from Pret a Manger has told an inquest that the food chain is to blame for its failure to list allergens.Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was travelling with her father and a school friend from London to Nice when she collapsed during a British Airways flight on 17 July 2016.After treatment on the plane and at the airport failed to revive her, she was taken to a French hospital but, with no prospect of recovery, her life support was switched off later that day.An inquest into her death at west London coroner’s court on Monday heard that shortly before boarding the plane, after carefully checking the label herself and then getting her father to double-check, the teenager ate an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette bought from a Pret a Manger shop in Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport.In his statement, read to the court by the family lawyer, Jeremy Hyam QC, Natasha’s father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said that at one stage while receiving treatment his daughter had vomited the red filling of the sandwich. As she lay in hospital, he said he “instinctively knew that Natasha was dying due to something contained in the Pret baguette”.He said he called his own mother from the hospital and asked her to buy the same baguette from her local store in Fulham, which she did. She also found no allergens listed in the ingredients or any warnings displayed around the store. It was only when she consulted a folder encased in plastic at the store that she saw the product contained sesame seeds in the baguette dough, he said.Ednan-Laperouse said: “When my mother called and told me that the baguette contained sesame, I was taken aback … I was completely horrified. It was their fault … I was stunned that a big food company like Pret could mislabel a sandwich and this could cause my daughter to die.”Ednan-Laperouse’s statement and oral evidence given later told how Natasha began to itch three minutes after eating the sandwich. She took some liquid Piriton and did so again when the same symptom presented itself on the flight, the inquest heard.Her father said she went to the toilet. “She said: ‘Daddy, I’m not feeling well’ … she lifted up her top and showed me red welts … like lacerations,” said Ednan-Laperouse. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:09:53 GMT)

UK grocers pledge to halve food waste from 'farm to fork' by 2030
Roadmap outlines steps firms must take to reduce waste at every stage of supply chainLarge supermarkets and manufacturers are signing up to efforts to drive down the UK’s annual £20bn food waste bill by committing to halving waste from “farm to fork” by 2030.A roadmap being published on Tuesday by the government’s waste reduction body, Wrap, and the food and grocery charity IGD sets a series of milestones for businesses to reduce waste at every stage of the supply chain. The annual bill is equivalent to more than £300 per UK citizen. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:01:07 GMT)

'They want me to relive Grenfell then get on a rush-hour tube home'
Survivors and the bereaved want inquiry into fire moved nearer their community Huge TV screens streamed footage of the Grenfell Tower inquiry to empty pews at the Notting Hill Methodist Church in the latest sign of a widening gulf between survivors of the disaster and the multimillion-pound public inquiry set up to uncover why their loved ones died.Whole days have gone by when not a single person has come into the screening facility which was installed to head off criticism that the court-style venue seven miles away in the Holborn legal district was too remote. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:02:46 GMT)

British ultra-endurance cyclist killed almost instantly, inquest told
Mike Hall’s dark clothing and bike ‘indistinguishable’ in early morning gloomBritish ultra-endurance cycling star Mike Hall died almost instantly from massive head injuries when a driver with a provisional licence hit him at 100km/h (62mph), an inquest has been told.Shegu Bobb, from Cooma, who was 19 at the time, was on his way to work in Canberra, Australia’s national capital, on 31 March 2017 when his car hit Hall on the Monaro Highway in darkness at 6.22am. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:55:25 GMT)

May to petition Iranian president over Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at UN
Chemical weapons and Brexit are other items high on PM’s agenda at general assemblyTheresa May is to petition Iran’s president for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and call for greater efforts to curb chemical weapons at the UN general assembly in New York, a trip also expected to be punctuated by repeated questions about Brexit.May sets off for two days at the gathering of international leaders on Tuesday morning. A schedule released in advance by Downing Street shows that among those she will meet later that day is Hassan Rouhani. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:30:04 GMT)

Elderly man found alive inside building five days after it burned down
Engineers discovered the tenant when they heard shouting days after fire gutted the Washington DC senior housing complexEngineers inspecting the wreckage of a public housing complex gutted by fire five days ago found a 74-year-old tenant inside, alive and well, on Monday.The discovery of the elderly survivor adds an improbable postscript to the fire that struck the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex in southeast Washington DC last Wednesday. The fire started near the top of the building around 3pm, and a large section of the roof collapsed about three hours later. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:57:07 GMT)

Beijing protests Swedish TV satire about Chinese tourists
The satirical news programme aired on Swedish television a week after police removed three Chinese citizens from a Stockholm hotel China has complained to Sweden over a satirical news show on Swedish state television that advised Chinese tourists how to avoid culture clashes in a way that Beijing said insulted the Chinese people.The satirical programme Svenska Nyheter (Swedish News), was aired a week after police removed three Chinese citizens from a Stockholm hotel. Local media reported they had refused to leave the hotel despite the fact they were not booked to stay there. Continue reading...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:02:44 GMT)

Trump plans new Kim summit a year after threat to destroy North Korea
South Korean president hails Trump’s ‘bold decision and new approach’ as they sign trade deal in New YorkDonald Trump has said is he looking forward to a second summit with the “very open and terrific” North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to be announced in a “pretty short period of time”.Trump was speaking at an appearance in New York on Monday with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, who claimed that North Korea’s decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme was irreversible. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:45:15 GMT)

Revolutionary spinal cord implant helps paralysed patients walk again
Researchers implanted electrodes in the lower backs of five patients, all of whom regained some movementA small group of paraplegic patients have once again been able to take steps after researchers implanted a device to electrically stimulate their spinal cords.Two separate teams of scientists have revealed for the first time that the technique, together with physical training, has allowed three out of the five people treated to walk again after losing all voluntary movement below the site of an injury. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:23 GMT)

Wreck of 400-year-old ship may shed light on Portugal's trading past
Vessel and its cargo could also help clarify the importance of Cascais on the spice routeArchaeologists in Portugal have discovered peppercorns, fragments of Chinese porcelain and bronze cannon among the sunken remains of a 400-year-old ship that once sailed the spice route between Europe and India.The wreck of the still-unidentified vessel was found at the beginning of September by a team of experts surveying an area of sea around the fishing port of Cascais, about 15 miles west of Lisbon. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:08:26 GMT)

Bill Cosby: prosecutors ask for five- to 10-year prison sentence
Cosby’s lawyer argues prison sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand would be an ‘excessive hardship’Prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence Bill Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while his lawyer argued that the 81-year-old comedian is too old and frail to serve time behind bars. Related: How Bill Cosby went from 'America's dad' to convicted sex offender Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:19:59 GMT)

Russian film director's replica Berlin Wall rejected by city authorities
The 800-metre recreation for the premiere of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s film Dau caused safety concernsA controversial art installation that would have rebuilt part of the Berlin Wall in the German capital has been put on hold by city authorities over safety concerns.The brainchild of Russian film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky, who also paid 400 people to live for three years in a recreation of the Stalin-era Soviet Union, Dau Freedom would have immersed visitors in a totalitarian regime in the heart of a city once home to both Nazi and communist states. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:18:11 GMT)

Monsanto's global weedkiller harms honeybees, research finds
Glyphosate – the most used pesticide ever – damages the good bacteria in honeybee guts, making them more prone to deadly infectionsThe world’s most used weedkiller damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections, new research has found.Previous studies have shown that pesticides such as neonicotinoids cause harm to bees, whose pollination is vital to about three-quarters of all food crops. Glyphosate, manufactured by Monsanto, targets an enzyme only found in plants and bacteria. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:00:01 GMT)

How will a no-deal Brexit affect UK's travel and exports?
Notices warn of grounded planes, extra border checks and costly food relabellingAviationBritish and European Union airlines will automatically lose the right to fly to each other’s territories if Britain leaves the bloc. The government says there could be disruption but it intends to give permission to EU flights to continue landing at British airports and expects the EU to reciprocate to protect against business and travel chaos. If there is no agreement, flights to the EU from Britain could be grounded. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:12:11 GMT)

'We're moving to higher ground': America's era of climate mass migration is here
By the end of this century, sea level rises alone could displace 13m people. Many states will have to grapple with hordes of residents seeking dry ground. But, as one expert says, ‘No state is unaffected by this’After her house flooded for the third year in a row, Elizabeth Boineau was ready to flee. She packed her possessions into dozens of boxes, tried not to think of the mold and mildew-covered furniture and retreated to a second-floor condo that should be beyond the reach of pounding rains and swelling seas.Boineau is leaving behind a handsome, early 20th-century house in Charleston, South Carolina, the shutters painted in the city’s eponymous shade of deep green. Last year, after Hurricane Irma introduced 8in of water into a home Boineau was still patching up from the last flood, local authorities agreed this historic slice of Charleston could be torn down. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:00:15 GMT)

'I went loopy': the photographer who walked 1,200 miles from Wales to Poland
Michał Iwanowski came across some graffiti in Cardiff that said: ‘Go home, Polish.’ So he did. The 105-day slog almost broke him – but it restored his faith in a volatile, fractured EuropeOn 27 April this year, Michał Iwanowski left his house in Cardiff to walk to his home village of Mokrzeszów in Poland. Carrying British and Polish passports and wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “Polska”, he began his 1,200-mile journey east, sticking as closely as possible to a straight line he had drawn on a map. Over 105 days, it would take him through Wales, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic. Related: I walked 2,000km to trace my grandfather's escape from a Russian gulag Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:14 GMT)

Labour's left divided against itself over reselection reforms
Shouts of ‘shame’ greeted union delegates in Liverpool over reform compromises some members see as betrayalIt is a sign of the left’s absolute dominance in the Labour party that the talk of this year’s conference in Liverpool is no longer of the tensions between Corbynites and centrists, but between the trade unions and party members.On Monday, the party agreed sweeping reforms to MP selections, making it far easier for party members to deselect their MPs, though stopping short of mandatory reselection. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:36:05 GMT)

Oh, brother: why siblings make the most savage political opponents
The attack ad on Paul Gosar, the Republican governor of Arizona, by six of his own siblings could be a career-ending betrayal. But even measured brotherly or sisterly criticism can cast your character into doubtI can describe it to you, but you have to watch it: there’s an attack ad out on the Republican governor of Arizona, Paul Gosar. His record on everything, from healthcare to jobs to the environment, is poor. He is “absolutely not working for his district”. Voters should “hold him to account”. The visuals are unremarkable: non-celebrity middle-aged people endorsing his opponent, David Brill.When these talking heads reveal their identities – Joan, Jennifer, Tim, David, Grace and Gaston Gosar, siblings of Paul – the impact is devastating. It sends a thrill up your spine of such raw emotion that you can’t tell for a moment whether your heart has been warmed or frozen. It’s the latter: Gosar’s character has been obliterated. One sibling would be a flesh wound, even three could be managed; six full siblings – unless he has another 10 on call who would challenge them to a mud wrestle – is a career-ending betrayal. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:46:51 GMT)

It’s just an illusion: culture secretary Jeremy Wright’s hologram
Plans to liven up the Tory party conference with a Tupac-style virtual form of the minister have sadly been shelvedName: Jeremy Wright QC MP (hologram).Age: 45. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:51:50 GMT)

Ebb and flow: Britain's tidal coastline – in pictures
Photographers David Levene and Christopher Thomond picked spots around Britain’s coastline at high and low tideThe tide is a long wave. The vertical movement of water pulled by a constellation of air pressure, wind, topography, the sun and the elliptical orbit of the moon is rarely visible to the naked eye. Instead we see the impact of this irrepressible force on our coastline roughly every six hours, when the tide is high and when it is low.The British coast has some of the mightiest tides in the world – the Bristol Channel has the second biggest rise and fall after Nova Scotia – and two Guardian photographers, David Levene and Christopher Thomond, spent much of the summer exploring how the tide’s ebb and flow reveals different worlds. Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:30:13 GMT)

The stars come out for the Fifa football awards 2018 in London – in pictures
Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Marta, Mbappé, Noel Gallagher and many more put on their best for the awards ceremony in LondonModric and Marta take top Fifa awards Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:32:33 GMT)

10 of the key shows from Milan fashion week – in pictures
From Prada’s clashing opposites to a show in a hangar at Milan Linate airport for Emporio Armani – Jo Jones picks her 10 highlights from the spring/summer 2019 shows Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:00:23 GMT)

Royal Navy photographic competition winners – in pictures
The winners of the Royal Navy photographic competition, the Peregrine trophy awards, have been announced. Royal Navy photographers are tasked with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world. In the past year, their images have covered everything from submarine operations in the north pole to joyful homecomings in Portsmouth Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:45:26 GMT)

Corbyn cufflinks and a bare-handed winner: Monday's top photos
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:02:04 GMT)

The Scala: London's cinema temple to the offbeat and bizarre – in pictures
First in the West End, then in Kings Cross, the Scala cinema was a unique venue with its committment to exploring the wildest reaches of film culture•Scala Cinema 1978-1993 by Jane Giles is published by FAB Press Continue reading...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:12 GMT)

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