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Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican 'revolt'
Far-right editor hits out at former president who gave speech in New York condemning bigotry of Donald Trump eraSteve Bannon has depicted former President George W Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House.The former White House adviser delivered a retort to a speech Bush gave in New York during the week in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism”, isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:50:57 GMT)

Spain prepares to seize powers from Catalonia
Prime minister meeting cabinet to set out specific powers to be removed from region after independence referendumThe Spanish government is set to take unprecedented steps to seize powers from Catalonia’s separatist government after Madrid won backing from the king and the EU in its battle to keep the country together.The prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, was meeting his cabinet at 10am (9am BST) on Saturday to set out the specific powers that will be removed from the wealthy north-east region, which enjoys wide autonomy, including control over its own policing, education and healthcare. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:07:14 GMT)

One in three UK retirees will have to rely solely on state pension
Survey by Financial Conduct Authority finds those aged over 50 are most at risk of a bleak financial futureAbout 15 million people have no pension savings and face a bleak future in retirement, according to a major survey of Britain’s personal finances published this week by the Financial Conduct Authority.The Financial Lives survey of 13,000 consumers by the FCA, the biggest of its kind, found that 31% of UK adults have no private pension provision and will have to rely entirely on the state in their retirement. The full state pension is £159.55 per week, but that is only available to individuals who have a complete record of national insurance contributions. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT)

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe
Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarmingThirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide “fog”, he managed to extract all the small living things in the canopies of 19 individuals of one species of tropical tree, Luehea seemannii, in the rainforest of Panama. He recorded about 1,200 separate species, nearly all of them coleoptera (beetles) and many new to science; and he estimated that 163 of these would be found on Luehea seemannii only.He calculated that as there are about 50,000 species of tropical tree, if that figure of 163 was typical for all the other trees, there would be more than eight million species, just of beetles, in the tropical rainforest canopy; and as beetles make up about 40% of all the arthropods, the grouping that contains the insects and the other creepy-crawlies from spiders to millipedes, the total number of such species in the canopy might be 20 million; and as he estimated the canopy fauna to be separate from, and twice as rich as, the forest floor, for the tropical forest as a whole the number of species might be 30 million. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:00:16 GMT)

Storm Brian incoming: 70mph gusts expected
Storm caused by ‘weather bomb’ of low pressure in Atlantic due to hit western parts of UK at 4amCommunities across the British Isles are battening down the hatches in anticipation of Storm Brian, just days after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power by Storm Ophelia. Related: Storm Ophelia: second person killed in Ireland, police confirm - as it happened Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:43:07 GMT)

Half of all UK broadband users get a bad deal, says Which?
Consumer group finds that 53% of households are left unhappy by slow speeds, rising prices or router failuresHalf of all broadband users in the UK are getting a raw deal from their supplier, with slow speeds, rising prices and router failures exasperating customers, according to a damning assessment of Britain’s internet services.Consumer group Which? found that 53% of households have had difficulties with their broadband, with customers of Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky and BT the most likely to experience an issue. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:01:15 GMT)

Theatre director Max Stafford-Clark was ousted over inappropriate behaviour
Exclusive: Out of Joint founder was forced out in September after formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a female member of staffOne of the most influential directors in British theatre was forced to stand down from the company he founded after being accused of inappropriate, sexualised behaviour, the Guardian has learned.Renowned director Max Stafford-Clark – the former artistic director of London’s Royal Court theatre – was forced out of the Out of Joint theatre company after a formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a member of staff. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:00:02 GMT)

Pick-up fees for airport passengers rise at eight out of 20 top UK airports
Some increased charges as much as 100% in a year while others introduced new fees, with London Luton the most expensive at £7 for 40 minutes, said RACSome of the UK’s busiest airports have sharply increased parking charges for drivers collecting passengers, a study has found. Related: Flight delays and cancellations: your rights explained Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT)

Body found in icy river could sway Argentina's midterm elections
Tests confirm body is Santiago Maldonado, an activist missing since a security forces raid in AugustA body found floating in the icy waters of a southern Argentina river could determine the result of midterm elections seen as vital for the right-of-centre president, Mauricio Macri.The body is that of missing backpacker Santiago Maldonado, whose disappearance 81 days ago caused a political storm as the president seeks a vote of confidence on Sunday to continue his economic austerity programme. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:02:01 GMT)

UN lambasted after naming Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador
Zimbabwean president made ‘goodwill ambassador’ to promote health, despite dire health crisis under his ruleThe United Nations faced criticism on Friday after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador” to promote health causes, despite the country’s dire health crisis under his rule.The UN World Health Organization asked Mugabe to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:30:11 GMT)

'I'm not always going to play swords and horses': Kit Harington on life after Game Of Thrones
The man behind Jon Snow talks about Thronesmania, being a sex symbol and his personal link to the gunpowder plotKit Harington is reminiscing about his drama school days. “You think you know the world, and you’re so overly serious about what you’re doing, and how important it is, sitting on the steps, with coffee and a script, in black…”He smiles, but his arms are folded defensively across his chest, and he occasionally brings a hand up to play with his moustache. He’s wearing take-me-seriously wire-framed specs and is dressed entirely in black. He looks down and has a moment of recognition, as if he’s just walked into a trap. “I am actually completely in black. And I’m talking about important things,” he smiles. “I haven’t changed at all, have I?” Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:00:17 GMT)

How this 1967 Vietnam war protest carried the seeds of American division
The marchers who converged on the Pentagon 50 years ago placed flowers in soldiers’ guns but also opened up a cultural faultline that persists to this dayThey were in the belly of the beast. Marching on the Pentagon, control centre of the world’s most powerful fighting force, protesters against the Vietnam war were confronted by military police (MPs) with rifles pointed directly at their heads. Among the demonstrators was a long-haired man with a bulky sweater – and a bunch of flowers.“All of a sudden, this hero put a flower in the barrel of the rifle pointed at his head, and everyone was disarmed on both sides,” participant Bill Zimmerman recalled. “The MPs had a ‘what the fuck is this?’ expression. Then I realised what he was doing and thought it was brilliant. He worked his way down the line and I saw him put seven, eight, maybe 10 flowers in rifle barrels. The crowd surged and I couldn’t see him any more.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT)

Miguel: On his 'crazy' ego, beefing with Frank Ocean and Trump sex jams
After the ‘disappointment’ of his last album, Miguel wants to be the biggest pop star ever. But will he get there by covering Pussy Riot songs? Related: Miguel: ‘I wasn’t drinking, I wasn’t smoking, I wasn’t having sex. I was a really late bloomer’ Miguel is currently stripped off, right down to his pants. I’m aware there are people who would pay good money to be in the position I’m in right now, although I should point out that there’s nothing overly sexy about the scene. “Almost there!” calls out the diminutive R&B star when I interrupt what appears to be a frantic wardrobe session. Our photographer has been waiting almost an hour at this point, but getting the outfit right is important business for Miguel. He turned up wearing a baggy white jumper, after all, and so an epic transformation is clearly in the works. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT)

Blind date: ‘He didn’t tweet once, not even when I went to the loo’
Did Benjamin and Max hit it off over a slap-up brasserie meal?What were you hoping for?The last time I had a blind date, my friends arranged two guys at the same time, who ended up with each other. So I was hoping to avoid that. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:59:14 GMT)

Iraq’s lost generation: ‘I have forgotten what happiness is’
Zanab Ismail wanted to be a doctor, Raghda Ali was studying to be a nurse – then Isis destroyed Mosul. Three years on, can they start over?When Mosul was finally liberated on 9 July, Zanab Ismail was 50 miles away, watching events on TV. Her family had left their home in Iraq’s second largest city on the morning of 26 August 2014, after shouts from the street warned them that Isis had entered the area. Rumours had preceded the invasion of what Isis fighters were doing to families with connections to Iraqi forces – beheadings, executions – as well as their treatment of women and girls, the rapes and forced marriages. Zanab was 17 at the time. Her father Mohammed, a property developer and teacher, wanted to get his family out of Mosul as fast as possible, particularly his son, Amir, 26, who worked for the police force.They arrived at Baharka, a camp for people fleeing Isis, near Erbil, with almost nothing. They imagined they would stay for a few months, then go home. Three years later, they were still there: Zanab, her parents, five brothers and sisters, living among row upon row of small grey tents, spread across the bleak plains of northern Iraq. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:30:18 GMT)

The boarding of U-559 changed the war – now both sides tell their story
In an updated extract from the bestselling Enigma history, we revisit the daring engagement in which two men gave their lives to make a breakthrough possibleThe top-secret breaking of the German Enigma code by Alan Turing, and the codebreakers working with him at Bletchley Park, was one of the greatest British coups of the second world war. It helped ships delivering vital supplies to the UK during the darkest days of the war to evade the packs of German U-boats trying to hunt them down, and enabled Britain to rebuild its strength and re-equip its armies in preparation for its bid to expel the Nazi armies from Europe. Related: Eisenhower letter praising UK code breakers goes on display Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:05:06 GMT)

A letter to … my stepfather, who finally showed me what it meant to have a dad
The letter you always wanted to writeI was seven when you appeared in my life. I didn’t like you at first – it felt as if you were taking my mum away from me. I thought if I was cold and distant with you, you would lose interest in me and give up. Luckily, you didn’t. You made numerous efforts trying to bond with me – taking me to see the Lion King, taking us on holiday to France and teaching me simple things, such as how to play catch.I saw very little of my dad, so until you came along I never really had a constant male presence. I had been raised by my mother, grandmother and older sister. I was constantly surrounded by strong and independent women. It didn’t seem unusual to see my dad only once or twice a month even though we lived in the same city. I didn’t know any better. When you arrived, I didn’t really know what kind of bond we would have. I thought to myself, “I already have a dad, I don’t want a new one.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:45:14 GMT)

I usually disparage the royals, but Meghan Markle has changed that
Prince Harry’s partner is initiating real change in UK race relations. It was exciting to hear the royal family defend this mixed-race relationship I have never been much of a royalist. As a child, I was more interested in becoming an author or a pop star than a princess or duchess. But I’m 100% here for Meghan Markle and her potential shakeup of Buckingham Palace. If the rumours of her forthcoming engagement to Prince Harry turn out to be true, it will redefine royalty for a new generation of Brits, because not only is Meghan an accomplished American actress and a philanthropist who is shunning many traditional royal dating protocols, but she is also a black, mixed-race woman. A union between her and Prince Harry would be socially momentous for the country, and especially so for us brown-skinned Brits who never saw ourselves reflected in the all-white Palace lineage.This week, it was announced that Meghan had quit her role in the TV show Suits in an apparent bid to prepare her for the royal wedding. And last month she spoke candidly about being in love in an interview with Vanity Fair. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:45:15 GMT)

José Mourinho: serial winners will always attract more criticism
• ‘Other people have different standards but that’s not my problem’• Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to return for Manchester United in DecemberJosé Mourinho believes the teams he has managed receive more criticism than others because they are serial winners and other people have “different standards” to the Manchester United manager.Following United’s goalless draw at Liverpool Mourinho and his side were viewed as having adopted negative tactics, yet they are second in the Premier League after eight matches, head their Champions League group with maximum points and are unbeaten in all competitions. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:33:11 GMT)

FA’s Greg Clarke under further pressure after John Amaechi’s equality claims
• Clarke allegedly said he would not risk ‘getting fucking fired for equality’• Amaechi is one of Britain’s highest-profile openly gay sportsmenGreg Clarke’s position as chairman of the Football Association is set to come under further scrutiny after it was alleged he told John Amaechi, one of Britain’s highest-profile openly gay sportsmen, that he would not risk “getting fucking fired for equality”.Clarke is already in hot water over the FA’s handling of allegations of discrimination made by Eni Aluko. At a parliamentary hearing this week, which exposed deep flaws in the way the organisation investigated the former England Women’s manager Mark Sampson, Clarke dismissed the idea of institutional racism as “fluff”, although he swiftly attempted to retract his words. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:31:32 GMT)

Bath fly flag in Europe after Rhys Priestland puts boot into Scarlets
• Scarlets 13-18 Bath• Fly-half Priestland lands six penaltiesEven by the standards of these parts this was a wild, rain-lashed evening but Bath successfully rode the intense Friday night storm. Two wins from their opening two European games have set them up nicely in Pool 5 and their forwards ultimately proved too strong for a winless Scarlets side who now face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages.It is not impossible for a team to qualify having lost their first two fixtures but, for the second successive week, Scarlets discovered that Europe is an unforgiving playground. Home defeats are grievous blows and six penalties from their former fly-half Rhys Priestland was enough to deliver Bath a sodden but quietly satisfying outcome. “We couldn’t argue on the day, they were the better side,” admitted the Scarlets’ head coach, Wayne Pivac. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:21:39 GMT)

The good ship Lionel Messi feels too massive to be moved | Barney Ronay
The prospect of the Argentinian and all that is built around him leaving Barcelona would create such a frenzy it is difficult to imagine it being possibleWe all have our favourite Victorian engineering folly. Mine is the SS Great Eastern, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s super-ship powered by a hundred furnaces, a vessel so vast it could carry 10,000 passengers, so vast it became a symbol of grandiose, stovepipe-hatted ambition, and so vast that it turned out it couldn’t actually sail anywhere.Completed in November 1857, the Great Eastern stayed moored at Millwall on the Thames for two months, unable to move because of its own mind-boggling size. Several times a launch was attempted and then abandoned. Eventually the Great Eastern left its dock with the help of an unusually powerful tide and from there set off on its ill-fated shortened lifespan. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:15:18 GMT)

'I prepared not to come back': the woman who finished the world's hardest swim
Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing accident. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretch of shark-inhabited waters Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:05 GMT)

Cricket is rotting away. Everything worthwhile is being destroyed
The authorities are ruining so much of the game many love as they concentrate on T20 money and power – and the ludicrous Test final is the last strawThirty years ago, when he was newly retired as a player and before he was canonised (if not yet knighted) for his performances as a jolly old card on Test Match Special, Geoffrey Boycott appeared on the Radio 4 programme In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.The interviewer, Dr Anthony Clare, casually mentioned that cricket was a team game. Boycott denied it. “No, it’s 11 individuals as a team.” What a giveaway, thought the massed ranks of cricket-loving, Radio 4-listening, amateur psychiatrists. Boycott had finally admitted what his contemporaries always claimed: that he played for himself. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:51:45 GMT)

Saracens’ Alex Goode: ‘I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me’
The full-back may now be facing more competition for his place but has no intention of leaving the ‘happy environment’ at the only club he has played forIt would be no great surprise if the sense of adventure Alex Goode has always displayed on the field gave rise to some wanderlust off it. Out of the England picture and having won all there is to win with Saracens, at the age of 29 he would be forgiven for seeking to broaden his horizons – not least after the arrival of the British & Irish Lions’ first-choice full-back for competition over the summer.Not a bit of it. It is 11 years since Goode joined the club’s academy, making him the longest serving member of the first-team squad, but he has no intention of following his close friend Chris Ashton across the Channel any time soon. Indeed, it is due to the very fact that he no longer features in Eddie Jones’s England plans that Goode is determined to add further silverware to Saracens’ bulging trophy cabinet. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:00:04 GMT)

A decade after Indy joy Lewis Hamilton is looking for another US win
The suggestion of joining NFL’s kneeling protests at the Grand Prix in Austin is of little interest to the title-chasing Mercedes driverLewis Hamilton may have the numerical advantage heading into this weekend’s US Grand Prix but one thing is clear: he has no intention of allowing mere figures to influence his charge to a fourth world championship. Related: Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese GP to take big step towards F1 title Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:23:52 GMT)

Talking Horses: Big finish in store for Frankie Dettori and John Gosden
Cracksman looks the right favourite for the Champion Stakes but Beat The Bank can turn over Ribchester in the QEIIAnother stellar year for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori should be capped off with victory in the feature race on British Champions Day, to be provided by Cracksman (3.50). This robust-looking son of Frankel was on the edge of becoming disappointing in the first half of the year, when beaten by unglamorous rivals in both the Derby and the Irish Derby, but things look rosier now. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:34:06 GMT)

Women's Ashes: settled England primed to pick apart Lanning-less Australia | Geoff Lemon
The series gets underway with Australia’s tower wobbling and a buoyant England team in a good position to knock it overWomen’s Ashes: the players who can shape the series – interactiveFor English women’s cricket, Australia represents a special kind of angst. Clare Connor speaks of a career being tormented by flint-eyed Antipodeans until the drought-breaking Ashes of 2005. Some 2013 World Cup players grumble that Australia blocked them from the final by losing to the West Indies. Then there is the 2015 Test humiliation at Canterbury, and the calamity when finals-bound at the last World Twenty20. There have been successes too, but they’ve remained in shadow. Ahead of what should be an intimidating tour Down Under, though, England are coming in on a high. Bubbling over following a joyful and fearless World Cup triumph in July, they’ll begin the Women’s Ashes in the same 50-over format, against an Australian team that looked out of sorts and was dumped in the semis. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:00:02 GMT)

England’s women sunk in friendly by Viviane Asseyi’s late goal for France
• France 1-0 England• Viviane Asseyi scores only goal in 89th minuteEngland may not be finding life after Mark Sampson overly easy but they discovered a sanctuary of sorts on the pitch before succumbing to Viviane Asseyi’s late winner. Related: England Women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall sent home from France Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:09:08 GMT)

Papa Massata Diack ‘tried to lock African votes’ to take 2020 Olympics to Tokyo
• Son of Lamine Diack accused of trying to fix bidding for 2020 games• Massata Diack said to be on the run from Interpol in SenegalPapa Massata Diack, the man accused of being at the heart of the corruption racket to fix the bidding for Tokyo to win the 2020 Olympics, is reported to have sent an email on the day of the vote warning of the need to “lock” African votes to prevent them going to Madrid instead.According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Diack emailed his father Lamine, an influential figure in the International Olympic Committee, to warn him: “Information coming from your African colleague, it seems that Sheikh Ahmad is doing all he can to get the Africans to vote for Madrid! We need to lock this before the pause.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:03:38 GMT)

‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’
The Australian centre talks about a year on the sidelines, being apart from his cricketer wife Ellyse Perry and why he is putting Leicester before his countryMidweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this season is Matt O’Connor, fluent Strine speaker with extensive coaching experience in both hemispheres. Finally fit again after a frustrating nine-month absence is the Wallaby centre Matt Toomua, perhaps the Premiership’s most creative overseas back now Kurtley Beale has gone home. Short of signing Dame Edna Everage and swapping to green and gold jerseys, the Tigers have every Australian base covered.Toomua, in an effort to make himself useful while recovering from a major knee operation, has even assumed the role of in-house barista, serving up flat whites so good that the entire squad form an orderly queue. “When I was injured, training would be done by about 10.30am so I thought: ‘I’ve got to do something for the guys,’” he says. “We got a commercial espresso machine installed in the club, I started making coffees for everyone and it kind of took off. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:01:00 GMT)

Wheelchair access at Premier League grounds improved after campaigning
• Fourteen of 20 stadiums now comply with guidelines• Target met after legal action was threatened by fansFourteen of the 20 Premier League clubs have now built enough wheelchair spaces to meet official guidelines, having undertaken substantial development work in response to a relentless campaign by disabled supporters’ representatives and threats of legal action.In 2015, only two clubs provided the recommended access for disabled people in proportion to their stadium capacity, set out in the Accessible Stadia guide, which the clubs agreed to implement almost 20 years ago. That September, the Premier League clubs pledged they would meet the guidance within two years, given the £8.4bn 2016-19 windfall from TV rights. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:03:04 GMT)

Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool are not ‘500 miles’ behind Manchester City
• Manager admits 5-0 defeat by City affected Liverpool badly• Uefa punishes Spartak Moscow for racist behaviour by fansJürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool are not “500 miles” behind Manchester City but have yet to show the ruthlessness of Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history in midweek when they defeated Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League. That demolition was in stark contrast to recent Premier League performances when Klopp’s team, who visit Tottenham Hotspur , have struggled to turn dominant displays into maximum points. They have scored an average of 1.6 goals per Premier League game this season compared with City’s remarkable 3.6 per game. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:24:00 GMT)

Kevin De Bruyne: the stubborn boy who developed into a world beater
The Manchester City midfielder, nicknamed the ‘tumble dryer’ by his friends because of his dry responses on WhatsApp, has gone from being a perceived troublemaker to one of the best players in the world. How did he do it?‘He just held on to one of the posts and refused to let go. He was in a rage. Three of us tried to pull him away from it but we didn’t manage.”Kevin De Bruyne’s youth coach at Genk, Frank De Leyn, remembers the incident well. A young De Bruyne had been reprimanded for not helping to clear up the pitch after training and became so infuriated at being told off that he grabbed one of the posts and refused to let go. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:33:22 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: match preview
After last week’s bore draw against Manchester United it was important for Liverpool to get a good result in the Champions League and they will look to carry this momentum forward against Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino is happy with Tottenham’s performances, as there were many positives from their draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. It will be tough for Liverpool to beat Spurs, who are undefeated in their past six games. Robin SargesonKick-off Sunday 4pm Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:00:17 GMT)

Everton v Arsenal: match preview
Beating Arsenal at home last season was a turning point for Everton, who went into that 2-1 victory on the back of one win in 11 matches. Ronald Koeman’s side enter the corresponding fixture having won twice in 12 games and with their manager under intense pressure, though it is hard to envisage the repeat that Koeman desperately needs when looking at the attacking options at his disposal. Arsenal require a reaction of their own having been bullied into submission yet again at Watford last weekend. Andy HunterKick-off Sunday 1.30pm Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:00:17 GMT)

Sean Dyche: ‘I’m not running from Burnley. I’ve never said I want to move’ | Paul Wilson
The seventh-longest-serving manager in England, who admits he will need a little luck at Manchester City on Saturday, discusses being linked with Leicester and why he swears by honesty and simplicityBurnley’s away form against some of the leading Premier League teams this season has taken them to the top half of the table, last term’s relegation concerns and 35-match wait for a win on the road now a distant memory. Which is probably just as well, since Saturday brings the trip even a side with an unbeaten away record must find daunting.Stoke City’s Mark Hughes admitted after last week’s seven-goal pounding that even in the depths of despair he could not help but admire Manchester City’s attacking play. So accurate and imaginative was their passing he feared some of their goals might have been undefendable. Napoli ended up unlucky on Tuesday in the Champions League, though even the Serie A leaders came close to finding themselves in Stoke’s position, three down in under half an hour. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:03:00 GMT)

The next time Jacob Rees-Mogg is given screen time, I will break the television
Jacob Rees-Mogg is not only, by self-definition, a democrat, he is also a mind-readerMy wife has taken to keeping Lucretius’s On The Nature Of Things by her bedside. I don’t know what this signifies, but I’ve responded with Seneca’s Moral And Political Essays. I’m only dipping in at the moment, but already I’ve found the following: “The best should be preferred by the majority and instead the populace chooses the worst.”Just another 1st-century metropolitan elitist, you might think, but mistrusting majority opinion doesn’t necessarily equate with looking down on people. In a letter to Lucilius, procurator of Sicily, Seneca warned against condescension. “You must inevitably either hate or imitate the world. But the right thing is to shun both courses: you should neither become like the bad because they are many, nor be an enemy of the many because they are unlike you.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:00:16 GMT)

Why does nobody mention that Hillary Clinton is perfectly nice?
The almost-holder of the loftiest office imaginable was on The Graham Norton Show after her recent brush with the NHS“Hello. I am Hillary Rodham Clinton, and this is the Graham Norton Show.” The almost-holder of what was once the loftiest imaginable office was surprisingly game for a bit of British kitsch: warm, indulgent and dressed in yellow, like a president on a kindergarten walkabout. Related: Hillary Clinton praises NHS after broken toe prevents interviews Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:50:15 GMT)

Help to buy has mostly helped housebuilders boost profits
A Morgan Stanley report shows the government’s subsidy has driven up the price of new-build homes – and now it is lining up another £10bnThe chancellor, Philip Hammond, is lining up another £10bn to extend the “help to buy” programme first launched by George Osborne in 2013, which has already sucked up £10bn of taxpayers’ cash. Yet a report from Morgan Stanley – not usually the type to stick the knife into a flagship government policy – lays bare how this colossal sum has been almost entirely wasted.Those billions have not helped buyers. The money has gone almost entirely into the pockets of the giant housebuilding firms, which have raised the price of developments by almost exactly the amount made available by the government. All it has meant for first-time buyers is more misery – by pushing up house prices. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT)

Flattening in England, resurgent in Scotland: accents still shape our island life | Ian Jack
South of the border, dialects are discussed as a matter of interest. North of the border, they really matterAccents might be seen as the failure of speech to match some imaginary norm. What’s odd in Glasgow seems ordinary in Essex, and vice versa; and what was ordinary yesterday seems extraordinary now. In Ma’am Darling, Craig Brown’s recently published (and very entertaining) biographical study of Princess Margaret, the author devotes a chapter to the princess’s stilted encounter in 1981 with Roy Plomley on Desert Island Discs. “Ma’am, have you a big collection of records?” the presenter begins reverentially. “Ears, quate,” says the princess. “Have you kept your old 78s?” Plomley ploughs on. “Oh, ears,” the princess replies, “they’re all velly carefully preserved.”The “ears” is baffling until Brown discloses that that’s how she says “yes”, just as she says “nyair” for “no” and “velly” for “very”; and of course the short “a” now commonly rendered as an “e” in comic transcriptions of Brief Encounter: “Eh hev them up in the ettic, eckshleh,” HRH says when Plomley wonders where her 78rpms are kept. Or rather, that’s what Craig Brown hears. When I find the recording of that episode in the BBC archive, I hear something different. “Yes” sounds more or less like “yes”. No matter how often I say “ears” aloud, I can’t hear a “yes” lurking inside it. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:14 GMT)

Martin Rowson on Brexit divorce talks – cartoon
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(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:46:35 GMT)

Oh yes, May’s ‘sticking it’ to Brussels. Like a zebra sticking it to a lion pack | Marina Hyde
The prime minister’s pleas to EU leaders haven’t fully paid off, it seems. Her captors’ response is that the torture bit isn’t over yetTheresa May is now contractually obliged to appear only in footage that can be soundtracked by Coldplay singing, “Nobody said it was easy … ”. Watching her in scenes from the European council summit in Brussels, it sometimes seems she’s already biting her lip and turning away in slow motion, sparing the News at Ten the task of editing it for the montage. Related: Merkel hopeful of Brexit deal after May's pleas - politics live Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:11:36 GMT)

If the police give up on low-level crime, we all pay a high price | Deborah Orr
When the blue light becomes a white flag, what message does it send to victims and criminals?Crime reduction remains one of Britain’s recent success stories. Back in 1995, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, about 40 in 100 adults reported being victims of crime. By 2007 that figure was down to 24. The latest figures suggest it’s now 15. Related: Is violent crime on the rise – or do the latest figures mask a different story? | Simon Jenkins Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:10:00 GMT)

The Catalan case is persuasive. But that way lies ruin | Natalie Nougayrède
Though separatists are asking Europeans for their support, the last thing we need is more nationalismWatching Catalonia and Spain feels like watching a Pedro Almodóvar movie where all the characters start to act freakily. It could be Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (in this case, a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown) or Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (a film about what, in the end, ties us to one another rather than separates us). Don’t get me wrong. Catalonia is a serious matter. But it is also hard not to see the hysteria, the hyperbole, the manipulation. Emotions sweep away reason; radical gestures lead to more radical gestures; passion drenches everything; the picture becomes one great confusing swirl. Can anyone still get a grip?To sum up the current situation: we now have full-on confrontation. Not armed confrontation but political, legal, and cultural. And with large street pressure involved. The Spanish cabinet is due to meet on Saturday after the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, indicated he wanted to trigger article 155 of the constitution, which allows the imposition of direct rule. Catalonia’s regional institutions could be disempowered. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:33:26 GMT)

'Christ, she’s hard work,' said Pot Plant One as Theresa left the room | John Crace
Told by her green advisers to make her Brexit speech short and meaningless, Maybot perked up. That she could doTheresa May was in her customary position around the table in Brussels. Alone. She sat with her shoulders slumped, trying to catch the eye of the four pot plants in front of her. After several minutes of uncomfortable silence, she said: “How do you think that went?” “Could have been worse,” replied Pot Plant One. “At least the EU have agreed to hold talks about holding talks to advance the negotiations sometime after Christmas.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:29:25 GMT)

The Guardian view on Oxbridge admissions: race, place and class matters | Editorial
It would be fairer to judge A-levels in the light of the socioeconomic context in which they were achievedEarlier this month Oxford University put up a plaque to celebrate its first black graduate. Christian Cole read classics and went on to become the first African-origin barrister in the English courts in the 1880s. Where Mr Cole once blazed a trail, few unfortunately have followed. Data extracted by Labour MP David Lammy shows that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil in 2015. Oxford’s great rival Cambridge University fared little better: six colleges failed to admit any black British A-level students in the same year. Britain’s most elitist universities could put a plaque up for every black person they admitted and still have room for Cecil Rhodes statues. Related: Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:50:49 GMT)

The NFL protests are being diluted. Here’s how players can change that | Chiraag Bains
More players need to say unequivocally and consistently that these protests are about policing, criminal justice, and the value of black livesNFL players who have been protesting racism and police violence are under attack. Earlier this month, vice-president Mike Pence made a show of leaving a Colts-49ers game when twenty San Francisco players kneeled during the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to bench any player who does not stand. Some fans have booed or burned jerseys.More important than the risk of being benched or booed, however, is the hijacking of the players’ message. Donald Trump has been the hijacker-in-chief. He has insisted that the protests disrespect the flag, the military, and “everything that we stand for.” Trump called for owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who takes a knee, and asked fans to boycott games. When the NFL declined this week to mandate standing, the president lashed out at the league on Twitter. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:58:30 GMT)

Channel 4’s ‘brownface’ documentary is no way to portray Muslims | Radhika Sanghani
I once spent 24 hours in a niqab to explore racist attitudes. But My Week As a Muslim tips a worthy idea into the realm of stereotype and clicheKatie Freeman is being given a prosthetic nose. It is larger, thicker and wider than her existing nose. Next come a selection of teeth covers – all of which appear slightly yellower and more crooked than her existing teeth – and brown contact lenses. Then the piece de resistance: her white skin is covered up with a dark layer of makeup.This is not a tasteless Halloween costume. It is a scene from Monday’s Channel 4 show My Week As a Muslim, where a white woman is “transformed to look like she’s of Pakistani origin”. The idea is for Freeman, a 44-year-old British healthcare assistant who genuinely wonders whether every woman in a burqa might be covering up a suicide belt, to spend a week undercover in Manchester’s Muslim community. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:59:08 GMT)

Yes, the House of Lords needs reform. Why not create vocational peerages? | Maurice Glasman
Forget term limits. The vital role played by the second chamber would be enhanced with peers from every walk of life – including cleaners and nursesAs we crawl towards Brexit, it is inevitable that our attention will turn towards our institutions of national self-government. As parliamentary sovereignty is reasserted, the anomalies of the UK’s ancient constitution will re-emerge. Not the least of these is the House of Lords. There was a suggestion this week that there should be 15-year terms for newly appointed peers to limit their overall numbers. This does not really get to the point. The dilemma is that the unelected nature of the Lords supports the supremacy of the Commons. If it were elected it would lead to legislative conflict by undermining the democratic mandate of MPs. Paradoxically, the unelected Lords strengthens the democratic authority of the Commons.While there is undoubted experience, expertise and not a little excellence in the Lords, it nonetheless remains a vestige of cronyism and patronage in our polity that requires reform. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:27:13 GMT)

Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown | George Monbiot
The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdownWhich of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention. Related: Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:11:00 GMT)

Sarah Solemani: 'The TV and film industries are toxic – and it starts in the audition room'
The Harvey Weinstein scandal puts us at a crossroads. Can we remake the industry?My first experience of sexism in showbusiness came early, when I was 19. I was invited to the director’s house for dinner, just the two of us. He cooked. It was delicious. He’d had practice, to be fair, being in his 50s. After dinner he asked how I felt about nudity. Another role in the project we were working on had involved nudity, so it didn’t feel a strange question, being 19 and ever so keen.“Oh, but your story needed it,” I gushed. “It was brilliantly done.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:07 GMT)

Ignore the naysayers. The Brexit negotiations are going better than EU leaders can let on | Henry Newman
The EU and Britain are like a couple who’ve been on a few dates. It’s too soon to go further but they’ll get there eventuallyThe European council’s decision to tell Theresa May to, in effect, “Go back, try harder” is no surprise. It always seemed overwhelmingly likely that the 27 heads of government would rubber-stamp the recommendation of their lead negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, that the UK has not yet made “sufficient progress” to talk trade. And (whisper it) EU leaders seem to be rather enjoying the theatre of all this – why release the pressure when you can keep the squeeze on the Brits?But the simple truth is that there is probably relatively little that the UK could have done that would have persuaded the EU to green-light trade talks at this summit. Officials had already determined the outcome of the summit weeks ago. So the British team should be thinking Keep Calm and Carry On rather than crying May day. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:24:29 GMT)

Service charges: government to tackle rip-offs that ‘harm’ leaseholders
Ministers plan crackdown and seek evidence on problems from extortionate costs to unscrupulous agentsRip-off service charges and unfair costs paid by leaseholders and renters were in the government’s sights this week after ministers declared there was “overwhelming evidence of the harm some people experience”.On Wednesday it announced plans for a crackdown on property agents in both the leasehold and private rented sectors. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT)

Emmanuel Macron accuses Brexiters of bluffing over no-deal divorce
French president tells EU leaders’ summit that Theresa May has never raised cliff-edge Brexit as an option during any discussionsEmmanuel Macron has accused Brexiters of seeking to “bluff” the EU into softening its negotiating stance by championing a no-deal scenario.In a dramatic intervention at a summit of European leaders in Brussels, the French president said such an outcome was “in no case” part of the discussions, in an apparent reference to reports that the Brexit secretary, David Davis, was planning to positively present a plan to the UK cabinet for Britain to strike out of the EU without a deal. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:05:36 GMT)

Second teenager charged with murder after tube station stabbing
Shafiq Smith, 18, also faces charges of attempted murder and threatening a person with a bladed or pointed articleA second teenager has been charged with murder following a stabbing outside Parsons Green tube station.Shafiq Smith, 18, of Brudenell Road, south-west London, also faces charges of attempted murder and threatening a person with a bladed or pointed article in a public place. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:41:25 GMT)

Children waiting up to 18 months for mental health treatment – CQC
NHS watchdog’s report sounds alarm that accessing care for under-18s in England takes so long, amid self-harm concernsChildren with mental health problems are waiting up to 18 months to be treated, a government-ordered report will reveal next week, in an indictment of the poor care many receive.A Care Quality Commission report into child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) will warn that long delays for treatment are damaging the health of young people with anxiety, depression and other conditions. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:00:00 GMT)

Donald Trump will not visit Britain until 2018, White House confirms
Still to be determined whether Trump will meet Queen in UKAnalysis: Was Trump right to blame terrorism for rising UK crime figures?Donald Trump will not visit Britain until next year, the White House confirmed on Friday. Related: Trump links UK crime rise to 'spread of Islamic terror' Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:06:08 GMT)

Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex couples
Diocese of Hereford proposes motion to allow official blessing after civil partnership or secular marriage ceremonyThe Church of England will debate blessings for same-sex couples for the first time after a motion to discuss the issue was put forward by the diocese of Hereford. Related: Scottish Anglican church faces sanctions over vote to allow same-sex marriage Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:04:01 GMT)

Oxbridge 'failing to address diversity', David Lammy says
MP says universities put pressure on journalists to change stories about lack of black students getting places rather than addressing concernsOxford and Cambridge have been accused of failing to engage in serious debate over their lack of diversity by the former education minister David Lammy, who first highlighted the issue with data obtained by freedom of information requests.The Labour MP said the universities had been “trying to make journalists change their stories” rather than address how little progress they were making in recruiting talented students by race, social class and location in England and Wales. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:21:39 GMT)

Four police officers cleared over death of teenager in moped crash
Panel clears Met officers of gross misconduct over Henry Hicks’s death in collision while being followed by unmarked police carsFour police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct after a teenager died in a moped crash as he tried to evade them.Henry Hicks was fatally injured when his scooter collided with cars in Islington, north London, on the evening of 19 December 2014. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:38:39 GMT)

Speed limits through roadworks may rise to 60mph
Highways England suggests change to combat congestion and reduce impact of repairsSpeed limits could be raised to 60mph through roadworks as Highways England tries to combat congestion and reduce the impact of repairs.The government-owned company, which has been testing different speed limits since September 2016, found motorists’ heart rates were lower when driving faster through roadworks. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:50:56 GMT)

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologises for 'get on your knees' comment
Female MPs criticised Lewis for language used at a conference fringe meeting, with Tories urging Corbyn to condemn remarksThe Labour MP Clive Lewis has apologised for using a misogynist phrase at a Labour party conference fringe event last month after being criticised by several prominent female colleagues. Video from the Momentum event in Brighton surfaced on Friday in which Lewis, the MP for Norwich, told the actor Sam Swann to “get on your knees bitch”. The language attracted widespread condemnation from politicians on all sides but Swann later described the situation as “jovial”. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:33:49 GMT)

Policeman and former England athlete jailed for secretly filming sex
Jayson Lobo, who represented England at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, secretly filmed sex with eight women he met onlineA policeman and former champion runner has been jailed for three years after secretly filming himself having sex with women he met on an internet dating site.Jayson Lobo, who won the British 800m title in 1998 and represented England at the Commonwealth Games, secretly filmed eight women and stored the “library of personalised pornography” in secret, password-protected folders on his mobile phones, Liverpool crown court heard. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:47:56 GMT)

UK may consider electric vehicle subsidy to increase cycling
Roads minister Jesse Norman says government could push councils to do more to fight pollution and inactive livingThe UK government could potentially consider providing subsidies for electric bicycles and electric cars as part of a concerted policy effort to get more people cycling, the roads minister, Jesse Norman, has said.With the UK facing health crises from pollution and inactive living, other plans could include using electric cargo bikes to deliver packages from internet retailers rather than vans, Norman told the Guardian. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:28:43 GMT)

Lord Nelson’s rotating gems recreated decades after original was stolen
Royal Navy museum in Portsmouth to display replica of admiral’s ‘bizarre’ diamond-laden plume on Trafalgar DayOne of Admiral Lord Nelson’s most treasured possessions, which must have provoked stifled giggles when he switched on the clockwork mechanism and the great diamond in his hat rotated, has been recreated from the original designs more than half a century after it was stolen. Related: Toppling statues? Here’s why Nelson’s column should be next | Afua Hirsch Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:00:02 GMT)

Brexit talks: has the balance of power shifted and what happens next?
Negotiations are still at square one but all sides now say they expect a breakthrough before DecemberAfter the chilliness of recent Brexit negotiations, there was a flurry of warm words at the summit of EU leaders in Brussels this week. Evidence of actual progress was harder to find, but there were important clues about how it could be achieved. Related: Brexiters trying to 'bluff' UK's readiness for no-deal scenario, says Macron Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:15:59 GMT)

Phones 4U founder 'felt bereaved' after partner's expenses claims, high court hears
John Caudwell gives evidence against former business partner Nathalie Dauriac who denies fiddling £33,000 worth of expensesJohn Caudwell, the founder of Phones 4U, said the breakdown of his relationship with a trusted business adviser who he regarded as a “best friend” was like suffering a “bereavement”, the high court has heard.Caudwell was giving evidence at the high court on Friday in his legal battle with French businesswoman Nathalie Dauriac, the former chief executive of Signia Wealth, which helped to manage his personal fortune. Dauriac has been accused of fiddling her expenses. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:25:37 GMT)

Dulwich Park attacker convicted at Inner London crown court
Jermaine McDonald, 26, found guilty of attacking man who remains in hospital six months later with multiple injuriesA man has been convicted of a robbery in a south London park in which he stabbed the victim in the side of his head, leaving him hospitalised nearly six months after the attack. Jermaine McDonald, 26, was found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm, robbery and attempted robbery at Inner London crown court on Friday for the attack in Dulwich Park in April. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:13:21 GMT)

Drug dealer caught with stolen £1m Sir Stanley Spencer painting jailed
Harry Fisher sentenced to almost nine years for offending including handling stolen goods and conspiracy to supply class A drugsA drug dealer caught with a stolen Sir Stanley Spencer painting worth £1m and £450,000 worth of drugs has been jailed for nearly nine years. Harry Fisher, 28, was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison at Kingston crown court on Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, acquiring criminal property, and handling stolen goods. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:32:31 GMT)

David Blaine accused of raping model in London in 2004
Met police confirm allegation of rape under investigation after Natasha Prince claimed magician assaulted her when she was 21The American magician David Blaine has been accused of raping a model in a London house more than a decade ago.The star’s lawyer said he “vehemently denies” the allegation made by former fashion model Natasha Prince. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:37:37 GMT)

Trader who sold TV Kodi boxes enabling free streaming of paid content avoids jail
Brian Thompson, 55, from Middlesbrough, receives suspended sentence after selling illegally pre-configured set-top boxes to stream sports and films A trader who made about £40,000 selling set-top TV boxes allowing viewers to watch Premier League matches and movies for free has avoided a jail term.Shop owner Brian Thompson, 55, advertised what are often called Kodi boxes on the front of his Middlesbrough outlet with a sign saying “Sick of paying monthly subscriptions? Free Sky, Virgin, Box Nation, Racing UK.” Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:48 GMT)

Millennial railcard to launch next year offering a third off fares
Card for people aged 26-30 is expected to offer benefits similar to the 18-25 railcard but will only be available digitallyA new railcard for people aged 26-30 is to be launched early next year offering a third off most train fares as part of a wider government initiative to offer better deals for hard-pressed millennials.It is understood that the chancellor, Phillip Hammond, is preparing to unveil a package of giveaways in his November budget aimed at shoring up support among younger voters, who have been among the hardest hit groups since the 2007-08 financial crisis. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:09:28 GMT)

List of Harvey Weinstein's accusers grows as ripple of effects spread globally
Lupita Nyong’o claims Weinstein harassed her when she was a film student, as police in three cities continue investigations and #metoo gains momentumA list of the accusations made against Harvey WeinsteinThe Los Angeles police department has opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations made against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as famous victims continued to come forward, including 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, who published a powerful personal essay detailing her alleged harassment in the New York Times.An Italian actress and model, whose name has not been released, told the LAPD on Thursday that she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel near Beverly Hills in 2013, police confirmed on Thursday. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:06:14 GMT)

Kea or Kākāriki? Bird of the Year contest gets New Zealand in a flap
Country’s treasured avian species puff up their plumage as nation votes on who rules the roostBird of the Year leaderboard – check the pecking orderFirst there was the “Jacinda effect” and a government to cobble together. Then came the mania for the jade Kākāriki, the shining cuckoo and the stern Ruru.New Zealand’s Bird of the Year Competition has kicked off, and it has galvanised voters with the same intensity as the recent election. Now in its 13th year, the poll pits the country’s rare and endangered birds against one another: the cheeky Kea versus the shy Kiwi, the dowdy Bar Tailed Godwit against the alluring Hihi. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:33:00 GMT)

Three men charged after protesters shot at following Richard Spencer speech
Tyler Tenbrink and brothers William and Colton Fears charged in FloridaAll three white nationalists were also present at Charlottesville rallyAfter an incident that occurred less than two hours after the white nationalist Richard Spencer finished speaking at the University of Florida on Thursday, three white men were arrested and charged with attempted homicide. Related: White supremacist Richard Spencer faces barrage of protest at Florida speech Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:52:21 GMT)

Two bodies recovered from sunken trawler off Queensland coast
Six of seven men on board are believed to have drowned as tragedy leaves fishing community shakenAuthorities have recovered the bodies of two men from the wreck of the fishing vessel Dianne, which capsized and sank off the Queensland coast with six crewmen on board.Police divers spent Saturday battling rough conditions and poor visibility in the waters surrounding the vessel, which was discovered late on Friday 30 metres below the surface. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:16:10 GMT)

Trudeau on Quebec face-cover ban: not our business to tell women what to wear
Canadian prime minister responds to province’s law obliging niqab or burqa wearers to unveil on public transit or while receiving government servicesJustin Trudeau has said it is not the government’s business to tell a woman what or what not to wear after the Canadian province of Quebec passed a law – believed to be the first of its kind in North America – obliging women wearing the niqab or burqa to unveil when riding public transit or receiving government services. On Wednesday, Quebec’s Liberal government flexed its majority to vote in a law banning face coverings for those offering or receiving services from government departments, as well as municipalities, school boards, public health services and transit authorities. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:07:00 GMT)

Dozens killed in twin bombings of mosques in Afghanistan
Suicide bombings in capital Kabul and Ghor province leave at least 70 dead, the latest in a series of attacks across the countryMore than 70 people have been killed in twin suicide bombings on mosques in Afghanistan, government officials said. Related: The war America can't win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:03:51 GMT)

At least 30 Egyptian police officers killed in desert shootout
Islamist insurgents were also killed during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desertArmed militants killed at least 30 police officers in a shootout during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s western desert, security sources said on Friday. Related: The dancing, beer-drinking woman who would be Egypt's next president | Ruth Michaelson Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:22:55 GMT)

US court blocks immigrant teenager's bid to obtain abortion
US government has until 31 October to approve a sponsor who could help the 17-year-old obtain an abortionA US appeals court on Friday prevented an illegal immigrant teenager detained by the government from immediately obtaining an abortion, although it left open the possibility she could undergo the procedure within days. The decision by a US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit panel gave the government until 31 October to approve a sponsor, who could help the 17-year-old obtain the procedure without the government’s assistance. Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:23:45 GMT)

Women take top three jobs in Norway's government
Ine Eriksen Søreide joins prime minister Erna Solberg and finance minister Siv Jensen in rightwing coalition governmentNorway’s defence minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, has became the country’s first female foreign minister, in a cabinet reshuffle that put the three most senior government jobs in the hands of women. Søreide, 41, replaces Børge Brende, who is stepping down to take over as president of the World Economic Forum. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:59:19 GMT)

More US-Canada border crossers granted refugee status amid fears under Trump
New data shows asylum seekers are obtaining refugee status at higher rates as fears increase under the Trump administration’s immigration crackdownAsylum seekers who illegally crossed the US border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by Donald Trump’s administration. More than 15,000 people have crossed the US-Canadian border illegally to claim refugee status in Canada this year. Many were in the United States legally and some interviewed by Reuters said they might have stayed were it not for an immigration crackdown. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:36:44 GMT)

Spanish PM vows to end Catalonia standoff and force region to obey law
Mariano Rajoy to hold emergency talks to decide exact nature of Spain’s intervention in Catalonia as crisis reaches ‘critical point’The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has vowed to return Catalonia to the rule of law as his government prepares to announce unprecedented measures to head off the independence crisis by imposing direct rule from Madrid.Speaking at the EU summit in Brussels on Friday, a day after he confirmed that article 155 of the Spanish constitution would be invoked to begin the process of suspending key elements of Catalonia’s self-rule, Rajoy said his government had two clear aims. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:55:47 GMT)

Close schools and send our children to war, urges Yemeni minister
Youth minister Hassan Zaid proposes suspending classes in war-torn country and arming pupils and teachersThe youth minister in war-torn Yemen’s rebel government has proposed suspending school classes for a year and sending pupils and teachers to the front.Hassan Zaid, the minister for youth and sports in an administration set up by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, suggested pupils and teachers could be armed. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:37:10 GMT)

Millennials on screen may be broke, but they're living the dream
From Girls to Fleabag and now Daphne – how film and TV finally paid its dues to generation rentThere’s a moment in Girls that hits very close to home for many millennials. When Hannah (Lena Dunham) finally lands a job at GQ, after endless interning, it marks a huge turning point for a character who up until now has depended on the bank of mum and dad, had to calculate how long she could survive without buying lunch, and recently considered a job in McDonald’s for the free fries. “This is how much money I make a week? This is a lot more than my rent. This is insane, I’m just gonna like walk into a store in the Meatpacking District and make it rain!” It’s a line that at once encapsulates not only how much of their salary Generation Y are used to parting with to cover rising rental costs, but also their first instinct on what to do with whatever’s left over – splurge.In the halcyon days of the 1990s we liked our films and TV shows to be as “aspirational” (read: unrealistic) as possible, with not a whiff of financial struggle. Things could only get better, after all. It’s now a well-worn trope to question how an out-of-work actor and a waitress could afford those vast Manhattan apartments in Friends – maybe Joey and Rachel had trust funds they just didn’t talk about? While Sex and the City fans have long puzzled over how Carrie “I like my money where I can see it – in my closet” Bradshaw funded her lifestyle of Cosmopolitans and Manolos with a single weekly column. So much so that one website even did the “Carrie Bradshaw Maths” to calculate that she’d now be $3tn in debt. That’s a lot of shoes. Continue reading...
(Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:41:33 GMT)

Inside the world’s largest co-living space: ‘You’ve got a whole community under one roof’
When Tjalling van den Burger accepted a job in London, he needed to find a place to live – and like a growing number of young people faced with sky high rents, he turned to co-living. So what’s it like sharing a communal space with more than 500 people?“Searching for a flatshare in London while still living in the Netherlands was almost impossible,” says Tjalling van den Burger. He had accepted a job with a tech company in London and was faced with the daunting prospect of arriving with nowhere to live – until a friend recommended he try The Collective.A sleek 10-storey tower in Old Oak, west London, The Collective claims to be the world’s largest co-living scheme, with about 550 residents. It aims to give tenants, whose average age is 28, a communal life, with every aspect – from utility bills to entertainment – taken care of. It’s much like a university halls of residence for young professionals, albeit a very luxurious one. Continue reading...
(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:52:10 GMT)

Generation rent: how did we get here and where might we end up?
Co-living is catching on among twentysomethings, attracted by chance to live with like-minded people in properties to be proud of Owning her own home was never a dream for Lyndsey Yates. The freelance graphic designer and her partner Mark, a web designer, have always hankered after something more flexible, more exotic. “When we first got together we were convinced we would never buy a house because we wanted our freedom, to move around wherever we wanted to,” she says. They both had good careers. Freelancing gave them flexibility. Life in Spain or Switzerland looked like fun. “At one point we were learning Dutch because we were thinking of moving to Holland.” Continue reading...
(Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:41:21 GMT)

Generation rent: how are you adjusting to the ‘new normal’?
Have you been creative with your career or embraced shared living to navigate your way through the challenging financial landscape? Share your solutions by filling in this formThere used to be a “normal” financial lifecycle. You got a student account, a graduate loan, saved up to get married, got a mortgage to buy a house and then got a pension to enjoy it all when you retired.But for a generation of rising metropolitans in generation rent, it can feel like you’re doing everything in a different order – if you’re even thinking about these traditional life markers at all. Continue reading...
(Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:41:24 GMT)

Hillary Clinton on Trump's inauguration: 'a dark, divisive speech' - video
The almost-holder of the US presidency tells The Graham Norton Show how she didn't feel like attending Donald Trump's inauguration in her role as a former first lady, and jokes about George W Bush's reaction to her campaign rival's speech• Watch the entire interview on The Graham Norton Show• Why does nobody mention that Hillary Clinton is perfectly nice? Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:21:42 GMT)

Who is Jacinda Ardern? – video explainer
Jacinda Ardern has become New Zealand’s youngest prime minister, 26 days after the country went to the polls. The kingmaker, Winston Peters, said on Thursday that his New Zealand First party would support Ardern’s Labour party to create a coalition, displacing Bill English’s National party.Jacinda Ardern to be New Zealand's next PM after Labour coalition deal Continue reading...
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:11:45 GMT)

'He was slippery like a snake': Katy Tur on covering Donald Trump's lies - video
The journalist Katy Tur's new book focuses on the balancing act that is covering Donald Trump. Here, she talks about what he wants most of all: to be loved, feted and celebrated• 'Come here, Katy': how Donald Trump turned me into a target Continue reading...
(Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:39:07 GMT)

Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin, Donald Trump and disappearing democracy – video interview
Backstabbing and deceit are the order of the day in the Veep creator’s historical satire, which stars Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale and Jason Isaacs as underlings vying for power in the wake of the Soviet dictator’s death. Its creator and cast explain why their film resonates in our current political climate and the parallels between Trump and Stalin Continue reading...
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:39:06 GMT)

I am Catalan: 'Political parties are like something from a horror novel' – video
As the north-eastern Spanish region continues the debate over its independence, we are in Catalonia hearing from people worried that the mainstream media is not representing their views. The fifth and final video of the series looks at the perspective of Isabel Muñoz Mitjana, who thinks using fear to influence people’s decision-making is wrong and just wants people to talk to each other• Follow the series here Continue reading...
(Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:38:43 GMT)

Labour MP Laura Pidcock talks to Owen Jones: 'The DWP has caused fear and terror' - video
Laura Pidcock tells Owen Jones the Department for Work and Pensions is 'a national disgrace', saying it has created a sense of fear and terror by treating those in need as criminals. The MP for North West Durham says she regularly sees people in her surgery who are suicidalAn extended version of this video is available on Owen Jones's YouTube channelIn the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org Continue reading...
(Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:30:37 GMT)

'They attack us just for being who we are': trans life in Colombia – video
Being openly trans in Colombia is dangerous. The country ranks fourth in the world for the murder of transgender people. Across Latin America, the life expectancy of trans women – due to violence, poverty and the risk of HIV – is estimated at between 35 and 41 years. Attitudes are slowly beginning to change, however, as trans men and women speak out against attacks and discrimination Continue reading...
(Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:00:33 GMT)

Saturday's best TV: Gunpowder; Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera
Kit Harington brings his shaggy charisma to prime-time BBC1 in this three-part rendering of the Gunpowder Plot. Plus, Lucy Worsley’s opera explainer concludes Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:14 GMT)

Geostorm review – Gerard Butler's dull disaster movie is a washout
An ill-timed action thriller about a rogue weather-controlling system is as clunky as its premise and dumber than a street full of hailstonesWhen writer-director Dean Devlin titled his handsomely budgeted new action tentpole Geostorm, he entered into an unspoken pact with his prospective audience. He chose a goofy, make-believe word, and in doing so, promised a goofy, make-believe movie. Nobody’s walking into the auditorium looking for lofty insights on the complexities of the human condition, or even a commentary on how the timebomb that is climate change continues ticking away due to political gridlock. It ain’t Citizen Kane and it ain’t An Inconvenient Truth, and there’s no sport in expecting it to be. All parties involved should understand the terms of this tacit agreement, an “if you build it, they will come” proposition in which “it” refers to nothing short of a natural apocalypse. All Devlin needed to do was deliver a storm, and no ordinary storm – a storm of geo-proportions. To put it in the parlance of our times, you had one job. Related: Is climate change Hollywood's new supervillain? Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:54:06 GMT)

Head ashtrays and pin-up body parts – Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes review
Hepworth WakefieldThis revelatory survey of a long-overlooked artist is full of wonders and horrors – from the pouting lip lamps to her cast of her son made just before her untimely deathJulie Christie’s pink mouth blooms in a glowing orb atop an elegant curving stem. These Illuminated Lips, a 1966 series of lamp sculptures by the Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow, repeat in coloured polyester resin, varying from flesh tones to ice white against black. There are also lit-up nipples and rumpled amber-hued planes that resemble art nouveau glass light shades, petals and skin. When Szapocznikow was making these forays into pliable industrial materials in her adopted city Paris, her work was frequently dismissed as simply sexy and narcissistic. She was more likely to use her own physique, though her collaboration with the movie star hints at her place in a switched-on circle that took in the artist Annette Messager and the cult film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Continue reading...
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:30:24 GMT)

Travel Man: 48 Hours in … Rome review – a gentle mini-break for the mind
Richard Ayoade takes Matt Lucas on a surreal whistlestop tour through the byways and white-knuckle highways of RomeTravel Man: 48 Hours In …, in which we visit various cities around the world in the company of presenter Richard Ayoade, is back for a sixth series “with some of the most available and affordable names in light ent”. In last night’s opening episode, Ayoade visited Rome with comedian Matt Lucas, who provided the complementary rather than competitive guest presence with which the programme works best.“I’m worried about sunburn,” says Lucas, dolefully rubbing his famously bald head. They buy him a fedora from Rome’s oldest milliners. “You look like a post-colonial Kojak reboot,” says Ayoade with satisfaction. Later they sit down to an exquisite multiple course lunch, through which Ayoade chomps enthusiastically and appreciatively while Lucas gazes yet more dolefully at the delicate dishes placed in front of him. “I have the eating age of a nine-year-old.” He perks up – these things are relative – at pudding time. “I shall end up overweight.” Continue reading...
(Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:30:14 GMT)

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