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May humiliated by Salzburg ambush as she fights to save Chequers plan
PM on the defensive after EU leaders take turns to rubbish her plan – just a week before the Conservative conferenceTheresa May was left fighting to save her Chequers Brexit plan and with it her authority as prime minister after she was ambushed at the end of the Salzburg summit when EU leaders unexpectedly declared that her proposals would not work.The prime minister was thrown on to the defensive – just over a week before the Conservative party conference – when EU leaders led by Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron rejected her Chequers plan as it stood, prompting hard Brexit Conservatives to demand it be abandoned.May was also set an October deadline for a solution on the Irish border issue just hours after informing Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, in a private breakfast meeting that she felt it would be impossible to come to a compromise within such a timescale.A clearly nervous and angry May told reporters that EU leaders were engaged in “negotiating tactics” designed to throw her off course. “I have always said these negotiations were going to be tough,” she said. “And at various stages of these negotiations, tactics would be used as part of those negotiations”.The assault on May’s plan came shortly after a lunchtime meeting of EU leaders in the Austrian city, where they discussed the Brexit talks in May’s absence. EU council president Tusk declared that Chequers “would not work” while French president Macron said it was “not acceptable”. Related: May: EU criticism of Chequers plan is 'negotiating tactic' Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:35:33 GMT)

Labour 'could win 1.5m more votes' by backing Brexit referendum
YouGov says endorsing ‘people’s vote’ would bring net gain in general electionLabour could win more than 1.5 million extra voters if it backed a second referendum on Brexit, potentially delivering the party a Commons majority, according to new polling for the campaign group People’s Vote.Labour’s policy on Brexit will be a central issue at its conference in Liverpool, which kicks off on Saturday, with more than 100 local parties urging the leadership to back a referendum on any final Brexit deal. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:05 GMT)

More than 200 feared drowned in Tanzania ferry disaster
MV Nyerere ferry sank on Thursday afternoon near Ukara Island, Lake VictoriaAt least 42 people drowned when a ferry sank on Thursday in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria and government officials feared the final death toll could be more than 200, a senior local official said.Ukerewe district commissioner, Col Lucas Magembe, told Reuters that the rescue mission to find survivors from the MV Nyerere had been halted until dawn with 42 people confirmed dead. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:15:25 GMT)

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify if terms 'ensure her safety'
Christine Blasey Ford says she’s willing to testify next week – but not on Monday as Repubicans have demanded‘No accident’ Brett Kavanaugh’s female law clerks ‘looked like models’, Yale professor told studentsChristine Blasey Ford, the professor who has accused supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, has signaled that she is willing to testify next week – but not on Monday as Republicans have demanded.In an email to the Senate judiciary committee, first reported by the New York Times and obtained by the Guardian , lawyers for Ford said on Thursday that she “wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety”. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:14:39 GMT)

The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up
Normally antisocial sea creature becomes friendly and tactile after being given the drug, scientists sayWhat happens when you give an octopus MDMA? It sounds like a question that might flit through the meandering mind of someone who had been dabbling in psychedelics. But now the matter has become the focus of an unlikely-sounding scientific experiment to uncover the ancient origins of social behaviour.By showing that the normally antisocial sea creature became friendly and tactile after being given MDMA, also known as ecstasy, scientists believe they have made a link between the social behaviours of humans and a species from which we are separated by more than 500m years of evolution. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:56:11 GMT)

Widow of Westminster attacker 'sorry she was not more vigilant'
Rohey Hydara weeps at inquest as she apologises to families of victims of Khalid Masood The widow of the man responsible for last year’s Westminster terrorist attack in which five people died and dozens were injured has said she is sorry she was not “more vigilant” and described her husband as “evil”.Rohey Hydara wept during the inquest into the deaths as she apologised to survivors and families of the victims. She spoke about her marriage to Khalid Masood, who killed four pedestrians and a police officer in a car and knife attack in March last year. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:16:24 GMT)

Huge rise in ambulance callouts to deal with spice users
Figures prompt concerns from paramedics and police that some areas may be engulfed by synthetic cannabinoidsThere has been a dramatic increase in ambulances being called to deal with people who have taken the dangerous synthetic cannabinoid spice, with paramedics in some areas of England dealing with six times as many affected people compared with last year.The figures have prompted concern from paramedics and police that some areas may be engulfed by the substance, which has become a persistent problem among homeless communities. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:30:30 GMT)

France's Le Pen scorns court-ordered psych tests for Daesh images
French far-right leader faces prosecution for posting violent images of IS killings in 2015The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to undergo court-ordered psychiatric tests for posting pictures on social media of Islamic State atrocities.The 50-year-old leader of the Rassemblement National (National Rally) party, formerly known as the Front National, is under investigation for “distributing violent images” in December 2015. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:46:32 GMT)

'Croydon cat killer' hunt ends after three-year investigation
Scotland Yard declares humans in the clear and foxes likely to be behind mutilations in south LondonFor a nation of animal lovers, it was one of the most gripping whodunnits of the modern era. Reports in November 2015 of cats found mutilated around the Croydon area of south London, with their heads and tails removed, sparked media headlines that a “Croydon cat killer” was on the loose and fears the fiend might strike again.But almost three years on, after postmortems on deceased cats and two rabbits, forensic examinations, DNA tests and the studying of CCTV, Scotland Yard announced that humans were in the clear – and that the most likely culprits were foxes or other scavenging animals. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:26:56 GMT)

Toothbrush subscription firm apologises over 'spit or swallow' advert
Brushbox aimed ‘foul’ marketing campaign at first-year university students across the UKA toothbrush subscription company has apologised after attracting heavy criticism for a “foul” marketing campaign aimed at first-year students arriving at universities across the UK.Brushbox admitted that the inclusion of a beer mat with a suggestive image of a woman’s mouth drooling a white substance resembling semen, with the phrase “spit or swallow” on the reverse, was an error of judgment. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:21:43 GMT)

Liverpool impress, Ronaldo ridiculousness and cows, cows, cows – Football Weekly Extra
Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the Champions League, Ronaldo’s red, the timekeeping skills of cows and Mark Hughes’s elusive smileJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the first round of Champions League group stage fixtures, starting with Manchester City’s shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:10:56 GMT)

Private firefighters and five-star hotels: how the rich sit out wildfires
Record-breaking US wildfires are fueling a cottage industry of boutique services – and many are happy to pay the priceWith record-breaking wildfires carving up the American west this summer, firefighters have become the rarest of civil servants: the kind almost universally lauded as heroes. Reinforcements dropped into California’s firefight from as far away as Australia and American Samoa to bolster strained state and federal crews, reaching a high point of 14,000 firefighters on the ground.Yet other crews have pulled into the fires’ path with a less grandiose purpose: to save only select addresses. These are the private firefighters of the rich or otherwise well-insured: private crews hired by insurance companies to minimize damages and keep policyholders’ homes from going up in smoke. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:20 GMT)

Mercury prize 2018: follow the ceremony live!
It’s time to give out the most prestigious music award in the UK, with Nadine Shah and Sons of Kemet the hottest tips. Follow all the action from the red carpet and ceremony here 9.36pm BST Everything Everything were nominated years back for their debut Man Alive, which set out their stall: math rock-influenced guitar pop with fussy time signatures and dictionary-munching lyrics, but which nevertheless cohered into mega choruses. The formula remains the same in 2018, but with even bigger arena energy, and Night of the Long Knives is a brilliantly nervy bit of almost U2-level silliness. The tinny, delayed guitar solo is a nice drop of anti-rockstar energy. I find it incredibly difficult to listen to more than about five songs of these guys in a row without my palate needing a thorough spritz – it’s stuffed to the gills with information – but this could be a curveball winner tonight. 9.30pm BST Jorja Smith performs Blue Lights, her breakthrough track that is loaded with the anxiety of a police stop-and-search. For me the breakbeat backing to this track is fairly rote, and keeps it from being truly arresting, but there is something so satisfying in the way Smith dances on a balance beam between rap and song. Having reimmersed myself in her album recently, it would be a worthy winner tonight – though I feel like it’ll be album three or four that really connects. Will she get that far in our hype-machined music culture? People expected big hits from her which she didn’t deliver, but hopefully she can modulate into a different kind of artist. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:38:06 GMT)

Theresa May in denial after her Salzburg ordeal | John Crace
PM pretends nothing has changed as EU leaders take turns to rubbish her Brexit plansIf it hadn’t all been so numbingly inevitable, it might have been possible to feel sorry for Theresa May. Back in the UK, both remainers and leavers had pronounced her Chequers’ proposals to be dead in the water, but the prime minister had still travelled to the informal EU summit in Salzburg hoping for a stay of execution. A few luke-warm words and some insincere air kisses at the very least, until after she had survived the Conservative party conference. Her current range of vision really is that limited.Instead she got a lesson in plain-speaking brutality. No attempts to sugar the pill, as EU leader after leader took it in turns to dismiss Chequers and to mock the UK over its lack of progress in its Brexit preparations. Even the Dutch thought they were better prepared for a no-deal Brexit than us. It was left to Donald Tusk, president of the EU council, to deliver the coup de grace. The Chequers’ deal was unworkable because it undermined the integrity of the single market. And, by the way, its solution to the Northern Ireland border was just fantasy. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:32:44 GMT)

The death of consensus: how conflict came back to politics
New Labour’s ‘third way’ promised to end the clash between left and right. But did the fantasy of politics without strife create our age of anger?Politics is raw in Britain today. Remainers rage against Brexiters and vice versa. Pensioners are set against millennials; nationalists against immigrants; populists against elites; rural traditionalists against city liberals. Party politics is characterised by contempt and dogma. To his many enemies, Jeremy Corbyn is an extremist and will never be a legitimate national leader. To Corbynistas, his internal critics are bad losers and traitors to Labour. To many non-Tory voters and MPs, Theresa May’s government is an immoral experiment in austerity and pandering to prejudice.On seemingly every fundamental issue, the country feels even more divided than it did in the turbulent 70s and 80s. There are furious battles over free speech, minority rights, the size of the state, the shape of the economy, social and cultural values, even the truth and selection of relevant political facts. In many other democracies, from the US to Italy to Australia, politics has become just as tribal, fragmented and apparently out of control. Opposing factions no longer seem able to talk to each other, or even to agree on what they might talk about. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:00:17 GMT)

The 20 best music documentaries – ranked!
We rate the best films on the music scene down the decades, from Bob Dylan to Blur, Anvil to Amy WinehouseCharming Belgian TV presenter Marcel Vanthilt tries to get to grips with the New York rap scene. Interviewees include LL Cool J and Schoolly D, but this featurette is as alert to social nuances as musical ones. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:15:23 GMT)

Cary Fukunaga: exclusive interview with the new James Bond director
He is replacing Danny Boyle, but the Californian may not be the safest pair of hands – he’s no stranger to walking from projects and his latest series, Maniac, is a mind-bending trip into psychotropic drugs‘Have I done psychotropic drugs?” Cary Fukunaga considers the question and laughs. “Yeah. Just an aesthetic amount, which is basically just enjoying yourself.” He hasn’t had the full, guided experience, he says, “where your mind is turned inside out. But I wouldn’t mind. I’m curious about it.”This curiosity is evident in the 41-year-old director’s new TV show, Maniac, which centres on pharmaceutical drug trials and takes viewers inside the minds of their human guinea pigs and off into fantastical realities. Fukunaga excels at such world building, from his gothic-tinged Jane Eyre to child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, not to mention the debut season of the noir horror True Detective.No doubt these skills are what helped seal the deal when the producers of James Bond signed up the director after Danny Boyle dropped out at the last minute. The announcement came just days after our interview. So what clues can Maniac, as well as Fukunaga’s other work, give us as to what we can expect of 007’s 25th outing? Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:19:07 GMT)

Richard Gere’s baby is well and truly blessed – and it’s all thanks to the Dalai Lama
You want to give your yet-to-be-born child the very best in spiritual enlightenment. Who you gonna call? Plus, how Danny Dyer’s family may become reality-TV royaltyRichard Gere is having a baby! This is lovely not because the former Officer, Gentleman and Gigolo is 69 (it’s not even old these days), but because of the way the announcement was made. On Instagram, duh, obviously. But it gets better because Gere’s wife, the Spanish entrepreneur Alejandra Silva, 35, posted a picture of her and Richard AND the Dalai Flipping Lama. Richard has got a hold of Alejandra from behind, His Holiness has his hand on her bump, blessing it, or something. “We couldn’t announce it before telling HH Dalai Lama,” the latest incarnation of Mr Gere wrote.Of course not. First, you’ve got to inform the spiritual leader of the people of Tibet and current manifestation of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion; next, 35,000 Instagram followers; then, maybe, family and friends. That is the correct way to do things, ensuring that the yet-to-be-born child is already on the right path of spiritual development towards enlightenment, as well as getting plenty of media coverage. Maybe also a few more followers – for Mrs G, for HH himself. Everyone is happy and a state of continuous bliss can’t be far away. Remember, next time you’re expecting, to post that selfie with a major spiritual leader. The pope, Eileen Drewery (remember her – Glenn Hoddle’s very own faith healer?), it doesn’t matter; whoever fits in with your belief system. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:18:29 GMT)

Like shopping 30 years ago: first Jack’s customers sample new store
Tesco’s discount store sees feverish trade on opening day, but will the buzz keep shoppers away from Lidl and Aldi?Heavy rain and winds did not deter bargain-hungry shoppers on the opening day of Tesco’s new discount chain, Jack’s, with long queues to enter the store and the car park overflowing.At 10am on Thursday, the formal opening time, 150 people were waiting to enter the new supermarket in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. The store is Tesco’s attempt to fend off the German discounters Aldi and Lidl. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:23:13 GMT)

The EU couldn’t help May at Salzburg because she’s seeking the impossible | Rafael Behr
The EU’s emphasis is on getting Britain safely off the premises, not on humiliating the prime minister or trying to keep us inSubstantial Brexit progress was never on the agenda for the EU’s Salzburg summit in Austria, so its absence comes as no surprise. More revealing is what the gathering says about the balance of power: European leaders can send Theresa May away humiliated and empty-handed, and still imagine they have done her a favour.May was given 10 minutes to address her fellow heads of government over dinner last night, but no subsequent discussion was permitted because, formally, Brexit terms are negotiated with Michel Barnier and the European commission. Any British hopes that those lines might blur at Salzburg and more productive channels might then open up behind Barnier’s back were dashed. Concluding the summit, Donald Tusk, the European council president, re-affirmed member state solidarity behind the commission process. He also said bluntly that the economic aspect of May’s Chequers blueprint for Brexit “will not work.” Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:07:06 GMT)

Nicola Jennings on Theresa May and the Salzburg summit – cartoon
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(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:51:36 GMT)

The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial
Washington has said it will restart talks with Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un knows how to make Donald Trump feel good; that doesn’t mean he plans to denucleariseNorth Koreans are used to extracting the most from very little. It is how the country’s people have survived; and how the rulers who impoverished them have always handled international pressure. Even so, Kim Jong-un must be surprised by his success in eking out minimal material. First came the Singapore summit, where he gave nothing and gained much. Relations with the Trump administration soon stumbled, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that the North is continuing to develop its weapons programme; yet on Wednesday the US announced that it was ready to immediately restart bilateral talks. Discussions on a second Trump-Kim meeting are under way.To what effect? To date the two sides appear to have been talking past, not to, each other. The differences were evident in the US decision to halt meetings in July, after Mr Kim snubbed the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, reportedly believing that Donald Trump was reneging on a promise of a peace declaration. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:35:44 GMT)

Whoops – there go the railways, says Westminster’s answer to Mr Bean | Ian Birrell
With his history of bumbling ministerial ineptitude, the sooner Chris Grayling’s cabinet career hits the buffers the betterImagine you were running a business and one of your senior managers left a trail of disaster in their wake. First, you would investigate to see what had gone wrong in each case. And then, if you found the same person was responsible for repeated failures, you might either dismiss them or, if feeling generous, put them in charge of the paper clips. But as the hapless career of Chris Grayling proves, they do things differently in government.Grayling is a nice guy. No doubt he means well. But when it comes to politics, he seems utterly clueless and shamelessly incompetent as he lurches from job to job, leaving others to clear up his chaos. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:17:37 GMT)

Help – I think I’m in an abusive relationship with Alexa | Emma Brockes
Bonding with devices such as the Echo may be liberating, but there’s an emotional cost“Alexa, how are you feeling?” I said to my Amazon Echo this week, partly out of curiosity, and partly to model for my kids how we can still be nice to things that don’t have feelings. Alexa’s light bar twinkled like Knight Rider’s sentient car, Kitt. “I’m fine, how are you?” she answered flatly. When I repeated the question, just to see what this baby could do, she said, marginally less sullenly: “Great! Ready to help.”The thing about robots is that, as per the creepy Joaquin Phoenix movie, Her, they imperil us by generating emotions Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:19:37 GMT)

Bets are off in 21st Century Fox and Comcast showdown for Sky
Broadcasters set to do battle in unusual auction – but which company will show their hand first?Fancy bidding for Sky? Get yourself down to Paternoster Square, just behind St Paul’s Cathedral, on Saturday. The auctioneer promises to get the process wrapped up by the evening so, with a bit of luck, you’ll be home in time to watch the Anthony Joshua fight on your newly acquired TV station.That’s not wholly accurate, of course. For starters, 21st Century Fox and Comcast, who have been slugging it out for months, will be the only bidders allowed in the auction. And, disappointingly, the Takeover Panel will not require Rupert Murdoch from Fox and Brian Roberts from Comcast to turn up in person at its office to catch the auctioneer’s eye. Instead, investment bankers will relay offers via secure phone lines. But it’s a real auction with real deadlines. Three rounds maximum. Cash only. Best price wins, assuming Sky’s board and shareholders then give a thumbs-up, which is highly likely. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:15:58 GMT)

Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava: Europa League – live!
• Europa League updates from the 8pm BST Group E game• Bernd Leno set for chance to prove his worth in goal• Feel free to email Scott with your thoughts on the match 9.38pm BST 78 min: So Arsenal still haven’t kept a clean sheet this season. Kobakhidze makes way for Serhichuk. 9.37pm BST Rebenok’s free kick, basically a corner from the left, is , chipped into the box and cleared by Holding. But that leads to a scrappy scramble on the edge of the area. Chesnakov breaks into the box and lashes a stunner into the top left. Leno had no chance! Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:38:38 GMT)

Wada lifts Russia’s three-year doping suspension and faces its biggest crisis
• Russian Anti-Doping Agency controversially reinstated• Move heavily criticised by athletes and anti-doping groupsThe World Anti-Doping Agency is facing the gravest crisis in its 19-year history after it was widely condemned by other members of the anti-doping community for a “bewildering” and “deeply troubling” decision to lift the suspension of Russia.Nicole Sapstead, the chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, said the move was premature and accused Wada of “casting aside its responsibilities to clean athletes, sports fans and those who work tirelessly for clean sport”. The US Anti-Doping chief executive, Travis Tygart, called the decision “bewildering and inexplicable” and a “devastating blow to the world’s clean athletes”. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:19:18 GMT)

Willian gets dominant Chelsea off to winning start against PAOK
There were flares, smoke bombs, furious chanting and, for Chelsea, no Eden Hazard, but ultimately it was a case of job done as they got their Europa League campaign off to a winning start having taken the lead through Willian and created enough chances to have departed from here with a thrashing to their name. PAOK were well and truly tamed on a wild night in northern Greece.You would not have known that from the incessant noise created by PAOK’s supporters who have developed a reputation in recent years for giving visitors a hostile time, and it is credit to Chelsea that they coped with that so professionally. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:05:53 GMT)

How Surrey created the best cricket production line in the world | Barney Ronay
Strong finances, passionate coaches, a flow of excellent raw material and a ban on ‘the Surrey strut’ have made the Oval an enviable talent nurseryRory Burns, England’s opener-in-waiting? An off-spinner coming up through the age groups. Batted No 8 until he was 17. Still secretly bowls very good off-breaks. Olly Pope, England’s 10th youngest Test batting debutant of all time? Didn’t score a fifty until he was 16. And while you’re here, Sam Curran, 11 wickets against India, man of the series? Always a batsman coming up. Bowled “floaty little left-armers and a very quick bouncer”.If you want deep background on the most gripping bunch of young cricketers in the country, or arguably anywhere in the world right now, the best people to speak to are probably the ones just off stage. Much has already been made of the home-grown nature of Surrey’s County Championship pennant, sealed last week with victory against Worcestershire at New Road. But it is an achievement that gets a little more striking the closer you look. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:00:05 GMT)

Kyle Lafferty completes Rangers’ Europa fightback against Villarreal
Kyle Lafferty’s first European goal secured Rangers a point in their Europa League opener against Villarreal.Steven Gerrard’s team showed grit and endeavour, with Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno twice having put the La Liga side ahead. Scott Arfield scored before Lafferty’s maiden goal in continental club competition. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:24:43 GMT)

Liverpool sparkle again but don’t forget the toilers behind front three | Eni Aluko
James Milner, Naby Keïta and Georginio Wijnaldum are as important to Liverpool as their attack as Klopp’s team prove again they are Manchester City’s most potent challengersThe Champions League was back this week and what a start to the competition it has been. For me the highlight was Liverpool’s late victory against Paris Saint-Germain to maintain their brilliant unbeaten start to the season.I said in my opening column that I believed Liverpool would be the team to mount a serious title challenge to Manchester City this season. Well they’ve certainly proved that with six wins in a row, and while I understood but disagreed with Gary Neville’s comments that they should sacrifice the Champions League for the Premier League, I think it will be very difficult for Liverpool to win both in the same season. They certainly have a very strong, dynamic and now consistent starting XI but I question if they have the depth in the squad to do it, although you definitely can’t write them off after they reached the Champions League final last season with some fantastic performances. I think the only real challengers in the Premier League are Manchester City so it might come down to the head-to-head between them in a few weeks’ time. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:34:08 GMT)

Danny Cipriani left out of England squad while Manu Tuilagi earns recall
• Gloucester fly-half left out following assault conviction• Chris Ashton included despite serving suspensionDanny Cipriani has been left out of the first England training squad since his convictions for common assault and resisting arrest. Cipriani has since made a flying start to the season with Gloucester but he is the eye-catching omission from Eddie Jones’s 36-man squad, which includes Manu Tuilagi and the suspended Chris Ashton. Related: A year before Japan 2019, rugby is braced for threat of natural disasters | Robert Kitson Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:55:17 GMT)

BHA gives guarded welcome to Labour plan to ban TV gambling
• Chief executive wants assurances TV racing would be exempt• BHA pledges to engage ‘as a socially responsible sport’The British Horseracing Authority offered a cautious welcome on Thursday to a proposal by the Labour party to ban gambling advertising around televised sporting events should it form the next government – but did so only on the basis that racing’s TV coverage would be exempt from a ban.Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, published a series of proposals for stricter regulation of gambling following a year-long policy review. In addition to a “whistle-to-whistle” ban on TV advertising, he pledged to end the use of credit cards to fund gambling accounts and impose a 1% levy on the gross profits of operators to fund the treatment of Britain’s estimated 400,000 gambling addicts. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:28:06 GMT)

Is Brexit definitely going to happen? – video explainer
On 29 March 2019 Britain will officially leave the European Union. It's a historic moment, no country has ever left the EU before. But some campaigners believe it's not too late to stop Brexit from happening. Are they right? And how would it work anyway? The Guardian's political correspondent Jessica Elgot explores whether Brexit is in fact inevitableCorrection: Ece Özlem Atikcan is an assistant professor at the University of Warwick and a visiting senior research fellow at UCL Other videos in the series: Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives – video explainerUnfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainerAfter you: the psychology of queues and how to beat them - video explainerFrom hip-hop to Carrie Bradshaw: what's in a nameplate necklace? - video explainer Continue reading...
(Fri, 24 Aug 2018 10:00:14 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)

Healing the scars of war: the women rebuilding Mozambique's national park - video
In the heart of central Mozambique, Gorongosa park was destroyed in the crossfire of the country's civil war. Now women are leading the way in its restoration, helping to heal the scars left by the conflict and inspiring young girls from the surrounding communities, through an education programme that offers them the promise of a brighter future Continue reading...
(Fri, 07 Sep 2018 06:00:33 GMT)

Violent winds, raging water, mudslides: Typhoon Mangkhut’s path of chaos – video
Hong Kong was hit by heavy wind and rain, causing extensive damage as super Typhoon Mangkhut hurtled by. The transport system was clogged, leaving commuters stranded for hours. In the Philippines, the search continued for villagers feared buried under a landslide while others had been rescued from raging floodwaters. One couple was walking down the aisle when the storm cut power and sent shockwaves through the wedding party• Mangkhut leaves death, destruction and chaos from Philippines to China Continue reading...
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:27:14 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)

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)

Ex-New York Review of Books editor: I was 'convicted on Twitter' over essay
Publication remains silent over rift with Ian Buruma, who faced criticism over his editorial decisions on #MeToo movementIan Buruma, the former editor-in-chief of the New York Review of Books who was forced out of the job on Wednesday amid a row over his editorial judgment relating to #MeToo, has complained of being “publicly pilloried” and “convicted on Twitter”.A day after the announcement of Buruma’s departure from the literary magazine, the NYRB itself has yet to give an explanation for the rift with its chief editor – only the third person to hold the top post since the review was founded in 1963. The silence means Buruma has got his side of the story out first, portraying himself as a victim of social media bullying. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:55:52 GMT)

Man Booker 2018: Daisy Johnson becomes youngest ever author shortlisted for prize
The 27-year-old British author’s debut Everything Under is up for the £50,000 award, while Michael Ondaatje and the first nominated graphic novel are knocked outThe 27-year-old British novelist Daisy Johnson has become the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, with her novel Everything Under, about a troubled mother-daughter relationship that reimagines Greek myth in modern Britain. It is one of six novels on a shortlist described by the chair of judges as reflecting the “dark times” we live in. Related: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson review – a stunning debut novel Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:41:19 GMT)

Jack Kerouac letter to mother recounts ‘On the Road’ adventures
Written 10 years before the book that defined the Beat Generation, appeal for a $25 sub is now on sale in California for $22,500He may have been the godfather of the Beat Generation, a self-styled crazy hobo mystic who hit the US’s highways looking for himself, but Jack Kerouac wasn’t above asking his mother for money to tide him over on the epic journey he immortalised in On The Road.In a letter from 1947, written at the height of the travels that would form the basis of his classic roman a clef published 10 years later, Kerouac begs his mother, Gabrielle, for $25 to help him get from Denver to California. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:08:32 GMT)

'When people need help, I never refuse': new Doctor Who trailer released
BBC teases fans with latest scenes from series 11, with Jodie Whittaker as the DoctorSpaceships, a twin sunrise, explosions and a pair of goggles reminiscent of Doc Brown’s from Back to the Future – just some of the glimpses of series 11 of Doctor Who that have been offered up to fans in a new trailer.“I’m the Doctor. When people need help, I never refuse,” says the new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, in the clip, which also features her trio of new companions: Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh, playing Yasmin, Ryan and Graham respectively. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:45:25 GMT)

The Outsider review – Ben Okri adapts the Camus classic
Print Room at the Coronet, LondonOkri holds faithfully to the philosopher-novelist’s voice and vision in a striking staging with Sam Frenchum as Meursault‘Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.” The opening of Albert Camus’s 1942 novel L’Etranger is one of the most instantly recognisable in modern European fiction. Ben Okri’s adaptation begins with the same lines and holds faithfully to Camus’s voice and vision, lifting swathes of the novel almost untouched.Okri seems to refrain from adding a contemporary political edge, perhaps to honour the original while leaving its colonial sensibility open for modern audiences to pick up. The downside is that it feels like an abridged version, rather than an adaptation with its own distinct vision. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:37:13 GMT)

Polly Apfelbaum review – a trip into a technicolour dreamscape
Ikon Gallery, BirminghamDon your slippers: the American artist beckons you into an extraterrestrial landscape of vibrant ceramics, immersive installations and patterned paintingsIn 1979, British singer-songwriter Graham Parker was “waiting for the UFOs” in his song of the same name. He stands on the edge of an endless American landscape, staring at the stars, waiting for that magical moment to connect with another world. Polly Apfelbaum combines the song title with René Magritte’s poetic definition of a garden for the name of her latest exhibition at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers). Just as Parker stares into space, Apfelbaum stands on the threshold of Ikon and imagines what wonderful colours and concepts can inhabit that gap between seeing and believing. She views the gallery as a vast landscape, ripe to be filled with her works and the visiting public. The wait is over for Apfelbaum: her extraterrestrial visitors have landed in the form of technicolour ceramics, immersive installations and patterned paintings. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:37:08 GMT)

‘How do you catch a lynx?’: when buying a zoo goes horribly wrong
When the Tweedys bought a zoo in Borth, west Wales, it was a dream come true. But it soon turned into a nightmare of escaped animals, deaths and family feudingIt started with an estate agent listing: a two-bedroom bungalow for sale in west Wales, with sea views and planning permission for an extension. It was just a short walk to the “beautiful seaside town of Borth” and the schools and transport links were, as ever, “excellent”. The asking price: £650,000.Dean Tweedy still remembers travelling from his home in Kent for the viewing with his wife, Tracy. It was a sunny day and the drive along the coastal road, over the hill from nearby Aberystwyth, had already seduced a couple looking for a fresh start. “We could see there was a lot of work to do, but we had taken on rundown properties before,” Dean says, more than a year after moving to Wales. “We were prepared for all of that. We just weren’t prepared for the lynx escape.” Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:00:16 GMT)

Max Mara rewrites Greek myths at Milan fashion week
Classics were given a feminist twist in a show that also put outerwear centre stageLooking back to look forward has become a bit of a ruse in fashion. Yet few designers tend to go as far back as Max Mara, which revisited Greek myths for its spring-summer show in Milan that was partly about women, partly about the weather, but was mostly a class in classical mythology.The brand’s head designer, Ian Griffiths, had spent the summer reading male-centred myths, rewritten from a woman’s perspective. Among a handful of books, he name-checked Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Homer’s Odyssey told from the viewpoint of Odysseus’s long-suffering wife, Penelope. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:58:01 GMT)

Prada fights project fear with colourful 'clash of opposites'
The influential house’s Milan fashion week show was heady blend of conservatism and liberalismThe hype surrounding a Prada show is second to none, partly because it’s impossible to predict what will happen. And yet the label remains so influential that deciphering what could happen, and what the clothes say about the here and now, has become something of a ritual.No one expected it to be about fear, though. “I struggle to see that the world is becoming conservative. And I’m very afraid,” were the ominous last words of Miuccia Prada, the label’s head designer, speaking after the show. If even Prada fears conservatism, then what hope is there for fashion? Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:06:52 GMT)

Nest Hello review: Google's smart facial-recognition video doorbell
Excellent smart device comes with optional 24/7 video recording with facial recognition – and works as a doorbell too Google’s new Nest Hello is a video doorbell that aims to be smarter than the rest with constant recording, face and object recognition.The Hello is a direct replacement for a wired doorbell, working with an existing chime and requiring constant power, making it one of the high-end options for smart doorbells. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:33:52 GMT)

10 of the best historical walks in the UK: readers’ travel tips
From a Tolkien trail in Lancashire to Gloucestershire’s war poet walks, our tipsters reveal trips through landscapes brimming with historyStart the Tolkien Trail at the hamlet of Hurst Green, home to three pubs and no shops, and head north towards the 500-year-old Stonyhurst College, which schooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gerard Manley Hopkins and at which JRR Tolkien stayed numerous times throughout his life. The area around the college is said to have inspired the Shire, the land of the Hobbits. The five-mile circular route features the so-called Cromwell’s Bridge, which the New Model Army crossed to meet the Royalists at Preston in 1648. Magnificent views of Pendle Hill, famed for its witches, and Clitheroe Castle also star in this magical walk.Chris Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:31:36 GMT)

Is a tablet or 2-in-1 laptop with a stylus useful for a student?
Matt’s daughter already has a laptop for university, but will a lighter device with a smartpen be better for taking notes?My daughter will be starting university and already has a more-than-adequate laptop for essay writing and Netflix. But rather than carry it to and from lectures all the time, we wondered if it would be worth investing in a tablet or smaller 2-in-1 laptop with a stylus for note taking. Or do you think it would be better to stick with a small screen laptop? MattThere are two issues here that go well beyond product choice, and can only be decided by you and your daughter. The first is whether a change in circumstances – going to university – requires the adoption of a new technology, whether it be a tablet or stylus or both. I’m assuming that your daughter doesn’t use either of these, or you would already know the answer. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:37:55 GMT)

The 10 most innovative Mercury Prize albums of all time
Every year, the Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates the most inventive British and Irish albums released in the previous 12 months. Here are 10 of the most mind-meltingly, brain-bogglingly, heart-stoppingly creative records to have ever been nominatedPrimal Scream (1991) For the two albums that came before Screamadelica, Primal Scream were just another fey and jangly Scottish indie band. Enter DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, who harnessed Bobby Gillespie and co’s interest in London’s buzzing late-80s acid house scene and helped turn it into a euphoric, hedonistic and era-defining record. Loaded is the hit, Slip Inside This House the inspired cover version and Don’t Fight It, Feel It the definitive instruction on how to do ecstasy-inspired raving properly. Continue reading...
(Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:00:38 GMT)

It’s a long story: why artists still embrace the album format
From Jorja Smith’s Lost & Found to King Krule’s The Ooz, this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlist is full of raw confessional albums. It continues a Mercury tradition that has always celebrated the album’s unique capacity to tell a storyA third of the way through her Hyundai Mercury-shortlisted debut Lost & Found, neo-soul artist Jorja Smith lays out a plain-spoken statement that sums up her album’s stormy emotional terrain. “I’ve been lost, I’ve been lost again — and I’ve been found,” she says, speaking with the lilting accent of her hometown, Walsall. She concludes: “I’m constantly finding myself.” Smith embraces the flux of 20-something emotions and centres them at the core of her music. By the end of listening to the album, it feels as if you’ve photocopied her brain. Smith’s raw-knuckled intimacy is characteristic of a number of this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlisted artists. Listening to Florence + The Machine’s album High as Hope feels like witnessing open-heart surgery, as she weaves her most painfully personal songs to date into a sonic tapestry that also packs an arena-sized punch. She describes the title as a way of linking those threads and reflecting her positive point of view. Continue reading...
(Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:00:43 GMT)

Hyundai Mercury Prize-nominated artists on the albums that inspired them
Three artists nominated for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize discuss the music that put them on the path to becoming musiciansShortlisted Hyundai Mercury Prize album: Your Queen Is a ReptileAlbum that inspired me: Grounation (1973) by Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari Continue reading...
(Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:01:15 GMT)

Quiz: How well do you know the Hyundai Mercury Prize?
Only one artist has won the prize twice, while one has been shortlisted six times and never won. Find out how much you know about two and a half decades of Mercury Prize musicFirst started in 1992, the annual prize awards the greatest albums by British and Irish acts. The prize is open to all types of music — you’ll find pop, rock, folk, urban, grime, dance, jazz, blues, electronica and classical in their longlists — which, while nice and inclusive, isn’t going to make this quiz easy for anybody. Let’s see how you do. Related: Win two VIP tickets to the Hyundai Mercury Prize Continue reading...
(Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:00:18 GMT)

Police question couple at centre of Salisbury poisoning scare
Officers investigating whether incident involving Alex King and Anna Shapiro was a hoaxDetectives have interviewed a couple at the centre of a fresh poisoning scare in Salisbury amid growing suspicion that the incident was a hoax.Alex King and Russian-born Anna Shapiro were taken to hospital on Sunday evening after apparently falling ill at an Italian restaurant. A major incident was declared and the pair were tested for exposure to novichok, but medics quickly established they had not been the victims of a nerve agent attack. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:36:12 GMT)

London only has one home on sale for £100,000 or less
Studio would still require £20,000 deposit and mortgage of three times average salaryLondon has only one home listed for sale at £100,000 or less, as the capital’s housing crisis puts affordable homes out of reach.The property is a studio off a busy dual carriageway in Hornchurch, on the periphery of east London. It is one of several flats carved out of a former commercial building, measures 4.9m by 4.5m (15ft by 16ft) and has one door and two windows. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:37:10 GMT)

Refugee children face long delays accessing education in UK
Report finds schools unwilling to take refugees over fears their results will be affectedRefugee and asylum-seeking children face long delays accessing education after arriving in the UK, in many cases because schools are reluctant to offer them a place over fears they will lower GCSE results and affect school league tables.Research by the children’s charity Unicef, seen exclusively by the Guardian, found not a single region in the UK had successfully met the 20-school-day target for finding places for all the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in their care. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:43:55 GMT)

Uber Eats couriers' pay protest brings traffic to a halt in central London
Motorcyclists block roads outside HQ for second day asking for £5 per delivery minimumUber Eats couriers brought traffic to a halt outside the company’s UK headquarters for the second day in a row in a protest about pay.Motorcyclists, estimated to number more than 100, blocked the road outside Aldgate East station in central London on Thursday afternoon after they said the company cut the minimum delivery rate for riders on Wednesday. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:04:10 GMT)

Aston Martin boss in line for £7.2m package as £5.1bn float unveiled
Deal for Andy Palmer will stack up when James Bond’s favourite carmaker goes publicThe chief executive of Aston Martin is in line for a potential pay package of £7.2m a year after the carmaker unveiled details of its planned stock market flotation that will value the company at up to £5.1bn.When Aston Martin goes public next month, Andy Palmer will be entitled to an annual salary of £1.2m, a maximum yearly bonus of £2.4m and share awards worth up to £3.6m under a performance share plan. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:49:45 GMT)

Scottish government to fight Alex Salmond court action
Former SNP leader claims inquiry into sexual harassment allegations was flawedThe Scottish government has confirmed it will contest Alex Salmond’s court action over his claims that its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him was flawed.Two women, both thought to be civil servants, accused Salmond in January of sexual harassing them while he was first minister, leading to an internal investigation headed by Leslie Evans, the Scottish government’s permanent secretary. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:17:53 GMT)

Barclays internet banking restored after technical problem
Bank follows TSB in facing difficulties but normal service resumes after a few hoursMillions of Barclays customers were unable to access their accounts online for several hours after the bank became the latest high street lender to suffer a technical glitch.The problems emerged at 10.45am on Thursday and continued into the afternoon, although at just after 5pm the bank said normal service had resumed. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:26 GMT)

Public health schemes fall victim to spending cuts, figures show
Efforts to help people stop smoking among those scaled back by reduction in grantsEfforts to tackle obesity, reduce smoking and improve children’s health have been cut back since ministers slashed public health budgets, government figures show.Schemes to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, wean addicts off drugs and alcohol and offer middle-aged people free health checks are also being scaled back, despite experts saying this would cost more money in the long term. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:30:04 GMT)

558m-year-old fossils identified as oldest known animal
Oval-shaped Dickinsonia lifeform existed at least 20m years before the ‘Cambrian explosion’ of animal lifeA fossilised lifeform that existed 558m years ago has been identified as the oldest known animal, according to new research.The findings confirm that animals existed at least 20m years before the so-called Cambrian explosion of animal life, which took place about 540m years ago and saw the emergence of modern-looking animals such as snails, bivalves and arthropods. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:00:04 GMT)

Maryland shooting: four dead, including suspect, at warehouse complex
Rite Aid distribution center employee is suspected to have killed three and wounded several others before taking her own lifeAn employee at a warehouse in north-eastern Maryland opened fire at work on Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded.The suspect is a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center, Harford county sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a news conference. She had been taken into custody in critical condition that morning. Her name was not immediately released. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:34:14 GMT)

Giant spiders' web covers Greek beach
Spiders’ mating season leaves plants at Aitoliko Lagoon covered in 300-metre cobwebsA Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long.A video, posted to YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos, shows the beach at the town of Aitoliko in western Greece under siege from the dense web. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:00:22 GMT)

Restaurant tries marijuana for lobsters to take the edge off being boiled
One Maine restaurateur says blowing smoke over lobsters before plunging them into boiling water makes for a happier crustacean and a tastier dishFor decades, seafood lovers have struggled with a confounding ethical dilemma: how do you balance out the delight of a lobster dinner with the discomfort of boiling one alive, generally regarded as the proper way to prepare the crustacean delicacy? Related: Is it wrong to boil lobsters alive? Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:20:42 GMT)

About 1,000 deer to be culled at controversial Dutch rewilding park
More than 3,000 deer, ponies and cattle died last winter at the Oostvaardersplassen reserveA Dutch provincial council has authorised the mass culling of about 1,000 deer on a controversial nature reserve east of Amsterdam where more than 3,000 red deer, ponies and cattle died last winter, almost all of them shot by park rangers because they were starving.A report by a special committee of Flevoland council this year demanded an immediate end to the rewilding principles on which the unique 15,000-acre Oostvaardersplassen reserve was run, which allowed “natural processes” to determine the herbivore population. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:07:33 GMT)

Uganda's pop star politician addresses jubilant crowds on return from US
Bobi Wine flies home from US, where he received medical treatment after being beaten in detentionA Ugandan pop star turned opposition politician whose beating by soldiers last month prompted mass protests has vowed to fight on in an address to jubilant supporters on his return to the country from the US.Bobi Wine’s associates feared he had been arrested after he was separated from other passengers before immigration controls and prevented from seeing his lawyers at Entebbe international airport, then escorted by police to a waiting vehicle. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:38 GMT)

Botswana rejects claims of elephant poaching surge
Country rebuts charity’s accusations by inviting officials to see carcasses for themselvesBotswana has rebutted claims of a surge of elephant poaching by putting carcasses of animals that were allegedly slaughtered for ivory on display – some with tusks still intact.The Elephants Without Borders (EWB) charity claimed two weeks ago that it had discovered at least 87 elephant carcasses during a routine aerial survey of conservation areas, suggesting a sudden spike in killings in recent months. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:47:11 GMT)

'Not just in the US': amateur historian highlights Canada's forgotten racism
Archives shed light on incidents of racial discrimination and the country’s civil rights pioneersAn amateur historian in Canada has highlighted a forgotten story of racial injustice, and one of the country’s earliest segregation lawsuits, in hopes of bringing recognition to civil rights pioneers.In 1914, Charles Daniels bought a pair of tickets to see King Lear at Calgary’s Sherman Grand Theatre, but when he attempted to take his orchestra-level seat, he was told by ushers to move up to the balcony level, where other black patrons were seated. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:00:18 GMT)

Five of the best UK walking festivals
Like to talk while you walk? Then get together with fellow hikers at one of these festivals across the countryNext summer’s Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival in north-west Scotland promises around 60 events in small groups (usually up to a dozen), from gentle two-mile history walks, to a “slow marathon” and a five-day challenge covering the 95 miles of the Moray Way. There’s also fat-tyre mountain biking, a bushcraft workshop and cliff jumping. • 14-23 June 2019, themorayway.org.uk Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:56:45 GMT)

Rail chaos: key points on official review of Britain's network
Former BA boss to chair expert examination of system after timetabling fiascoThe government is to commission a “sweeping” review of the British rail system in the wake of an error-strewn attempt to introduce new timetables this year. The announcement was made alongside a report by the rail regulator into the timetabling fiasco. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:55:43 GMT)

'Money is not the goal': the rise of the female investor
Tech entrepreneur Olivia Sibony hopes to get more women and millennials investing to help impactful businesses succeed What image springs to mind when you hear the word “investor”? Perhaps a man, in a suit, shaking the hand of another man in a suit? (That’s certainly what Google Images offers up.) It’s about bravado and making the big bucks. But that picture is out of date. Women are investing more and more and they’re choosing companies that have a positive impact on the planet, as well as their portfolios.Olivia Sibony is head of impact crowdfunding at Seedtribe – an investment platform that links socially minded investors with businesses that do good (recent examples include a tool to help small- and medium-sized enterprises give to charity, and a plastic recycling plant). Crucially, the minimum investment is £100, a figure low enough, Sibony hopes, to appeal to people who wouldn’t traditionally invest, particularly millennials and women. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:13:54 GMT)

'I'm hard-left, hard-remain': grassroots bid for Labour Brexit seachange
Constituency groups could force Jeremy Corbyn to agree to a ‘people’s vote’ at the conferenceFew people in Labour have heard of Michael Chessum, the self-described “hard-left, hard-remain” campaigner, who concedes he is an unusual frontman for a campaign that could transform the Labour party’s Brexit policy.“Last year the faces were Chuka Umunna, Heidi Alexander, I can’t really believe that this year, it’s people like me, it’s weird,” he says in his shared south London office, surrounded by anti-Brexit paraphernalia and protest signs. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:00:13 GMT)

Don't walk this way: why Hong Kong reopened a pedestrian street to cars
When residents complained the noise from a pedestrianised street was causing sleeplessness and psychological distress, city authorities reopened it to cars. Was there a better way?Trying to walking through the pedestrian zone of Sai Yeung Choi Street South, walkers were always shoulder-to-shoulder, bumping into every other passing person. There was simply no way to avoid fellow pedestrians.Hong Kong’s Mong Kok area – “busy corner” in Cantonese – is a sea of people, shops and chaotic energy in the heart of the city’s most densely populated district. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:00:21 GMT)

'Dream come true' for Moon as Korean leaders make mountain pilgrimage
South Korean president’s visit to North concludes with highly symbolic trip to Mount PaektuMoon Jae-in, the South Korean president, stepped into the shallow waters of Heaven Lake, regarded as the spiritual home of the Korean people, bent down and scooped up a glassful of water.Kim Jong-un, his North Korean counterpart, watched from a distance. Moon was fulfilling a long-held dream to visit Mount Paektu, which straddles the border between North Korea and China. At the summit the two men held hands and thrust them into the air as they posed for a photo with their wives, the lake in the background. Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:28:44 GMT)

Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2018 winners – in pictures
The Iranian photographer Saeed Mohammadzadeh has been named Ciwem’s environmental photographer of the year. End Floating, his haunting image of a beached boat on the solidified salty remains of Urmia Lake, illustrates how climate change, water mismanagement and drought have decimated the landscape Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:56:36 GMT)

A fanfare and a Milan mural: Thursday's top photos
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:37:50 GMT)

Goodbye cars, hello colour: the great reinvention of city intersections
Across the world, urban intersections are being slowly transformed from grim, car-oriented hazards to bright and pedestrian-friendly spaces, with help from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:30:01 GMT)

Wooded bliss: the beauty of trees – in pictures
Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata both photograph nature – but from very different viewpoints. Their striking, breathtaking landscapes collide in the new exhibition Treescapes Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:00:17 GMT)

Pioneering ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell – a life in pictures
Mitchell broke barriers as the first African American to dance with the New York City Ballet – beginning a long, distinguished career Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:03:12 GMT)

The North American Indian by Edward S Curtis – in pictures
A stunning record of vanishing Native American tribes, one of the earliest complete versions of Curtis’s early 20th-century work, will be offered for auction in its original binding by Swann Auction Galleries in New York on 18 October, with an estimate of $1m-$1.5m Continue reading...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:30:17 GMT)

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