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Theresa May says Windrush victims will be paid compensation (ven., 20 avril 2018)
PM tells Commonwealth leaders she will do ‘whatever it takes’ to resolve anxieties and problems many have suffered Theresa May has reassured Commonwealth leaders that members of the Windrush generation who have suffered “anxieties and problems” as a result of the government’s immigration rules will be paid compensation. Related: 'It's inhumane': the Windrush victims who have lost jobs, homes and loved ones Continue reading...
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'It's inhumane': the Windrush victims who have lost jobs, homes and loved ones (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy has caused pain and heartache for many long-term UK residents How the Guardian broke this story About 50,000 people who arrived from Caribbean countries after the second world war, at the invitation of the UK government, face eviction, NHS bills and deportation if they have not formalised their residency status or no longer have the documentation to prove it. The problems have arisen as a result of the government’s “hostile environment policy”, which requires employers, NHS staff, landlords and other bodies to demand evidence of people’s citizenship or immigration status. Continue reading...
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Democratic party sues Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump campaign over election disruption (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The party alleges in the federal lawsuit that Trump campaign officials conspired with Russia to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging a widespread conspiracy to help swing the 2016 US presidential election in Trump’s favor. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit was filed on Friday in federal court in the southern district of New York. The complaint asserts that senior officials within the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in an attempt to damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and seeks damages for the hacking of DNC’s servers. Continue reading...
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Fear of sack persuaded Arsène Wenger to walk away from Arsenal (ven., 20 avril 2018)
• Arsenal’s board increasingly alarmed by team’s domestic form • Wenger to depart in summer having led club to three league titles • Liveblog: latest news and reaction to Wenger’s departure Arsène Wenger took the seismic decision to walk away from Arsenal on his own terms because he was mindful of the very real threat that he would be sacked at the end of the season. The club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and other directors had grown increasingly concerned by the team’s dismal Premier League performance and the huge number of supporters that have chosen to stay away from home matches in recent weeks. Continue reading...
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North Koreans in the dark about Trump summit – but officials know 'he's crazy' (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Stage-managed tour of Pyongyang for western reporters lays bare official silence on Kim’s meeting with US president From Pyongyang’s vast, empty boulevards to its dusty, disorderly alleyways, there is no talk of the high-stakes summit between the US president, Donald Trump, and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, that has transfixed the rest of the world. The meeting is still a state secret, unmentioned in official media, unknown to the majority of Kim’s citizens – and far too dangerous for those who have heard whispers to discuss them in public. Continue reading...
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Swedish DJ Avicii dies aged 28 (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The producer and DJ, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman, his representative says Swedish DJ Avicii has died in Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28, according to reports. His representative said in a statement: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. Continue reading...
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Two years' detention for UK teenager who 'cyberterrorised' US officials (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Kane Gamble, 18, targeted CIA and FBI chiefs from Leicestershire housing estate A teenager who rocked the US intelligence community when he tricked his way into top officials’ accounts in a campaign of “cyberterrorism” has been locked up for two years. Kane Gamble, 18, founder of Crackas With Attitude (CWA), admitted targeting high-profile figures such as the then CIA chief, John Brennan, and his wife, and the FBI deputy director, Mark Giuliano, from his family home on a Leicestershire housing estate. Continue reading...
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Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle at UK's highest court (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Appeal by family of baby at centre of life-support dispute rejected by supreme court judges The parents of a seriously ill baby who want to take him to Italy for treatment have lost the latest round of their legal fight after the UK’s highest court ruled that almost all of their son’s brain had been destroyed. Judges at the supreme court have approved a plan for withdrawing treatment to 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who has an undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition. Continue reading...
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Investigators 'turned blind eye' to role of Lawrence killer's father (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Duwayne Brooks, who survived attack, says corruption involving Clifford Norris was ignored Duwayne Brooks, who survived the attack on Stephen Lawrence, has said official investigators are ignoring the alleged role one of the killers’ fathers had in shielding the murderers from justice. Brooks claimed a two-year long investigation by the National Crime Agency into claims corruption blighted the hunt for Lawrence’s attackers “turned a blind eye” to Clifford Norris. Continue reading...
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Salisbury asks Banksy to brighten barriers at contaminated sites (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Request sent to artist following concerns that unsightly blockades will put off visitors The street artist Banksy is being encouraged by council officials to make one of his cloak-and-dagger visits to Salisbury to cheer up the barriers being set up around sites contaminated in the nerve agent attack. Unsightly blockades are being set up in the city as the lengthy process of cleaning nine sites connected to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, gets under way. Continue reading...
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EU rejects Irish border proposals and says Brexit talks could still fail (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Michel Barnier says the UK wants to cherry-pick its terms, and that the EU response is: ‘No way’ The EU’s chief negotiator has said there is still a “risk of failure” in the Brexit negotiations as Brussels again rejected the UK’s proposals to avoid a hard border in Ireland. Michel Barnier said on Friday that a quarter of the work needed to complete preparations for the UK to leave the the EU next March remains to be done, as sources say little progress was made in three weeks of talks to break the deadlock on the vexed Irish question. Continue reading...
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Toxic neighbour: Monsanto and the poisoned town (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Almost a century ago, Monsanto opened a chemical factory in Anniston, Alabama. Mathieu Asselin spent years photographing this damaged landscape – including a creek where the water runs red In June 1957, Disneyland in California added a new building to Tomorrowland, its vision of a carefree world to come. Made of plastic, the House of the Future looked suitably avant garde and was entirely mechanised. Sponsored by Monsanto, then one of the world’s biggest chemical companies, it attracted 20 million visitors over the next 10 years. However, as Mathieu Asselin points out in his book Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, a very different vision of the future was unfolding in Anniston, Alabama. There, since the 1920s, Monsanto had been producing PCBs, chemicals widely used in the creation of lubricants, inks, paints and electrical equipment. PCBs were banned in the US in 1979 due to fears about their toxicity, but the damage to Anniston had already been done. Between 1929 and 1971, some 27 tonnes of PCBs were released into the atmosphere, 810 tonnes flushed into Snow Creek canal, and 32,000 tonnes deposited in an open-air landfill site near the city centre, according to a 2005 report by the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading...
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Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton – digested read (ven., 20 avril 2018)
‘Hi, I’m Prince Harry,’ he said. ‘You had me at Prince,’ gushed Meghan Markle In 1936, an American divorcee called Wallis Simpson almost brought down the British monarchy. Just over 80 years later, another American divorcee, Meghan Markle, is set to give the British monarchy a new lease of life. Yet Wallis and Meghan have even more in common than just being American and divorcees: they have both had biographies about them by me published this year. Some things are truly written in the stars. Meghan’s has been a remarkable journey. Much has been written about the fact that her mother, Doria, was an African-American woman with liquid brown eyes of slave descent, but what is less well known is that her father’s family can trace their ancestry back to Robert the Bruce. So you could say that Meghan was born into royalty, if you didn’t have much material and were desperate to pad out your book to 80,000 words. Continue reading...
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Royal family the real winners as summit draws to a close (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Commonwealth’s 53 leaders chase all round London and, in the end, Prince Charles wins It was billed as the biggest intergovernmental summit ever held in the United Kingdom; the near week-long, 53-country Commonwealth conference whose costs are likely to amount to more than £10m and whose global influence remains limited despite the fanfare. The long agenda of events in theory presented repeated opportunities for Theresa May to talk about issues ranging from banning plastic straws to gay rights overseas, highlighting anything other than Brexit – but in reality required a panicked response to a Windrush immigration crisis. Continue reading...
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Joe Corré on his £5m punk ashes – and Malcolm McLaren's death mask (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s son shocked the music world in 2016 by burning £5m of punk memorabilia. He talks about his new installation, which incorporates the ashes from that fire, as well as his father’s death mask If you were looking for a good place to smash the system, why not try Mayfair? The home of the British hedge fund industry, a place of couture salons and boutique fish restaurants, London’s most monied district is also hosting the latest artwork by punk dauphin Joe Corré. The son of Vivienne Westwood and the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Corré made headlines two years ago by burning an estimated £5m of punk memorabilia to ash. His new work, called Ash from Chaos, takes that detritus, sticks it in a casket and places it in a dark room surrounded by votive candles. The room is at the top of a set of plush carpeted stairs in the Lazinc gallery, and among those in the queue to view the work on its opening night were Dame Vivienne, Rose McGowan, the eccentric designer Daniel Lismore and Bez from the Happy Mondays. Continue reading...
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What would a base rate rise to 2% mean for your mortgage? (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Bank rate rise could cost average homebuyer an extra £138 each month on £175,00 mortgage Interest rate rises may be gradual but they will not be glacial, Michael Saunders, a member of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee has said, hinting that homebuyers could see the base rate rise to 2% before long. So what would happen to your mortgage (and savings) if and when rates are hiked? The base rate is currently 0.5%, so a rise to 2% implies an extra 1.5 percentage points on your annual interest payments. While that sounds low, it is equal to an extra £138 a month if you are the average homebuyer with the typical mortgage in Britain of £175,000. Continue reading...
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Tory ministers milking the system are the real shirkers | Marina Hyde (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Lose one form, and you lose cancer treatment and your liberty – lose a generation’s forms, and you’re the effing PM If I were editing a tabloid newspaper this week – and I’m always open to guest stints – I would have had advertising vans out since Monday. They would have been crawling v-e-r-y slowly back and forth past the houses of Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Nick Timothy and David Cameron – and those just for starters. Instead of the repulsive GO HOME message that adorned the infamous vans May’s Home Office sent out, which resulted in the eventual deportation of precisely 11 migrants, I would have something along the lines of STAY HOME. Stay home, permanently. Whether they would get the message is uncertain. Collectively, Britain did its very best to provide a hostile environment for May with the election result. The message was very clear: take a hike. Not a hiking holiday, but the full hike. Continue reading...
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From Trump’s US to Syria, even the plain truth is tribal | Jonathan Freedland (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The denigration of Robert Mueller and the White Helmets shows the extent to which provable facts are now under siege There was a time when, even if we disagreed about the remedy, we did at least agree that the patient was sick. We might argue about the meaning of this or that event, but all sides usually accepted that the event in question had at least happened. No longer. A new and unsettling dimension has entered our collective, and global, conversation. Related: How Syria's White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine Continue reading...
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My ex-partner and I had a ‘break-up ceremony’ – and it wasn’t that weird | Rhik Samadder (ven., 20 avril 2018)
There was a ceremonial untwining of a braid and mutual friends vowed to support us in our individual lives. I’d urge anybody in a similar position to give it a try This week, I had a break-up ceremony, involving my (now former) partner of six years and 30 of our family and friends. We devised it together as a sort of anti-wedding to separate us gracefully, wanting different things from the future. The language around people “breaking up” or being “dumped” is violent and unilateral, which hadn’t been our experience. We wanted to honour what had been, transition into a “just friends” relationship and convince people that it wasn’t weird. The latter was the biggest ask. “Break-up ceremony – what white nonsense is this?” asked my friend Charlie, who is white. I believe he was invoking the spectre of Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling”, hanging over the whole event, like a mist of reiki-infused delusion. But, even a stopped clock and all that. And Jack White and Karen Elson had a joint party to celebrate their divorce, and that’s much cooler company. Continue reading...
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The dogged pursuit of bad ideas: that’s how May causes so much misery | Gaby Hinsliff (ven., 20 avril 2018)
From the Windrush scandal to the tax credit ‘rape clause’, soulless Tory bureaucracy is crushing individuals’ lives Being inhuman, the former Tory policy guru Steve Hilton once wrote, is “not the natural order of things”. People rarely set out to be callous and unfeeling, or to make others’ lives unnecessarily miserable. But, as he argued in his book More Human, the way the world is structured, and the pressures placed on perfectly reasonable individuals, make them lose sight of other people’s humanity. How ironic that the party he once advised has become such a textbook illustration of what he meant. Related: Are Home Office civil servants particularly anti-migrant? | David Walker Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Brexit and the Irish border: alchemy fails again | Editorial (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The prime minister has wasted precious time backing fanciful plans that looked unworkable from the start. A change of direction is long overdue Theresa May’s desire to combine exit from the EU’s customs union with an invisible border in Northern Ireland is not in doubt. The issue is not how much the prime minister wants a solution but whether a solution exists. Without one, Mrs May’s entire Brexit strategy unravels. Downing Street has been working on technical solutions to this problem, fleshing out formulas described by the prime minister in a speech last month as “a highly streamlined customs arrangement” or “customs partnership”. On Friday, it emerged that those proposals have been flatly rejected by the European commission as unworkable, both from a legal and a practical perspective. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Arsène Wenger: the man who transformed English football | Editorial (ven., 20 avril 2018)
After two decades, Arsenal’s manager is stepping down. His departure may be overdue, but his legacy is undeniable Arsène Wenger was not the first foreigner to manage a top-flight English football team. But when Mr Wenger arrived as Arsenal manager in 1996 he may as well have been from Mars – an unheralded French manager with a spotty playing record and strange ideas about diet. Players and fans were suspicious. Yet as he announces his retirement after 22 years at Arsenal, Mr Wenger and his ideas now seem part of the footballing furniture. His previous job had been managing a club in Japan, an utterly exotic place in footballing terms. The few non-British managers preceding Mr Wenger had either been great ex-players or monumental failures or both. Mr Wenger could boast only an undistinguished career. Worse still, he had a university degree, in economics, at a time when the rare British footballer with an A-level was nicknamed “Professor” in the dressing room. But right from his first press conference, in which he extolled the virtues of broccoli in a player’s diet, he managed to win over even the doubters of the footballing media. “Arsène spoke for 50 minutes, and we were spellbound,” recalled one journalist. Continue reading...
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Arsène Wenger, Arsenal's departing general, deserves a fitting farewell | Barney Ronay (ven., 20 avril 2018)
No one will lead a top club for so long again. Wenger will stand as one the last of English football’s great Napoleonic managers All things must pass. Even, it turns out, the glorious, unrepeatable and by the end strangely interminable reign of Arsène Wenger as manager of Arsenal Football Club. After 22 years in charge Wenger has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season. It is a departure that has been pencilled tentatively in to the footballing calendar for as long as anyone cares to remember; but which still arrived on Friday morning like a long-delayed bereavement, jamming the phone-in switchboards and flooding social media with the usual mess of rage, regret and irresolvable argument over a hotly contested legacy. Continue reading...
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Arsène Wenger: Arsenal’s miracle worker who lost his touch but kept his values | Amy Lawrence (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Few modern managers have had as profound an impact on one club as Wenger, whose long reign ultimately will be remembered more for the glorious history than underwhelming end La Fin. And so the credits finally roll. Like reaching the end of some heaving biopic, it may take a while for Arsène Wenger to feel able to shake himself back into the real world, to emerge blinking from that life intensely lived as manager at Arsenal Football Club, to take off the red and white spectacles and not assess everything through that prism. Finally, now, he has reached that point that for so long seemed impossible, the trigger which has pushed the endgame button. The mantra that he would always respect his contract, the stubbornness that made it so implausible that he one day would do that, has been blown. The debate bubbled and frothed around him for years, for quite a lot of that turbulent second half of his tenure in London N5, but the truth is it was something that Wenger could not easily judge for himself because he was always so immersed. Bob Dylan caught the mood in inimitable style in one of his piercing love songs: “I could stay with you forever and never realise the time.” Wenger’s collaboration with Arsenal sucked them in deep, which is why, for club and man, this break will shudder through the both of them. Moving on, after such a long spell entwined, will be strange. Continue reading...
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Scarlets’ James Davies: ‘I’d rather have fun than be boring and have more Welsh caps’ (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The Welsh club hope their openside flanker’s rugby skills will be as sharp as his comic timing when they meet Leinster in Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final Not since Llanelli’s fabled win over the All Blacks in 1972 has west Wales felt so much love for its local rugby heroes. At last there is modern-day competition for sepia-tinted legends such as Ray Gravell and Phil Bennett, particularly if the Scarlets become the first Welsh team or region to win Europe’s ultimate club title. Even making the final at Leinster’s expense would out-rank all other Welsh efforts in the past 21 years. Related: Welsh regions still playing catch-up with Irish despite Scarlets’ success Continue reading...
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No place in PFA team for Firmino, Liverpool’s high-class goal-angry scuffle-man | Barney Ronay (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Roberto Firmino defies easy categorisation and while he may not have done enough to warrant a place in the PFA’s team of the season he is a vital part of Jürgen Klopp’s attacking armoury “We like lists because we don’t want to die,” the highbrow novelist Umberto Eco said a few years ago, going on to talk at length about the artistic urge to preserve, the Homeric tradition of listing generals and soldiers as a means of glorifying human existence and the fact he was being paid to promote a big exhibition all about lists at the time. This may be true. But it does overlook the other type of list, lists that make you actively question the value of life itself. Yes, it’s that time of year again, the time of football lists, when the games become sunlit, demob-happy affairs and when it becomes necessary, with a sense of deathly foreboding, to divvy up the players and teams of the last nine months. Continue reading...
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England's netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hope It has often been dismissed as a schoolgirl’s sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between each third and just two the opportunity to shoot. Others mock its rigid rules: no dribbling, no contact, and only taking two steps when in possession. But England’s nailbiting last-second victory at the Commonwealth Games last week proved that netball can be as thrilling as any Premier League match – even if the wingers aren’t allowed to score. Continue reading...
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Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England (ven., 20 avril 2018)
• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa • New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parents Brad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in an attempt to smooth a path towards making his debut for Eddie Jones’s side in June. The NZR chief executive, Steve Tew, confirmed that Shields had made the request and that the union is considering its response. England believe they are entitled to pick the player regardless, in accordance with World Rugby regulations, but should the NZR accept his plea it would avoid a drawn-out dispute. Continue reading...
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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City future hinges on his energy reserves (ven., 20 avril 2018)
• ‘I don’t know how I will react to winning league,’ says manager • Guardiola demands no let-up against Swansea on Sunday Pep Guardiola has said how long he stays at Manchester City will depend on his energy reserves and his players’ hunger. He believes the closing five matches of this season will offer an indication as to whether the Premier League title can be retained next term. City host Swansea on Sunday with the manager demanding a continuation of their excellent season-long form. He has a year left on his contract and will sit down with the board in the summer to discuss a new deal. Continue reading...
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Chess: Mixed results for Gawain Jones, Luke McShane and Nigel Short (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Jones and McShane defied the odds at the European individual championship but Short had a nightmare at the Bangkok Open England’s small group of grandmasters who compete abroad have been in action recently, sparking some impressive results but also a couple of truly disastrous moments. The European individual championship in Batumi, Georgia, clashed with the world title candidates in Berlin so had a low profile. In previous years the event has been dominated by Russia and Eastern Europe, and the only two gold medalists from the West were both former Soviet players. Continue reading...
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Stonewall's Ruth Hunt tells Owen Jones: 'My heart breaks for trans communities' – video interview (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, talks to Owen Jones about her shock at the level of vitriol directed at transgender men and women. She says the scale of abuse in the UK has contributed to high levels of self-harm, mental illness and suicidal thoughts in trans communities An extended version of this interview is available on Owen Jones's YouTube channel Continue reading...
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How was Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered? – video (mer., 18 avril 2018)
Six months after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, police investigators are building a detailed picture of what they believe happened. After three suspects were arrested in December last year, mobile phone data and CCTV footage is providing valuable evidence in determining how Caruana Galizia was killed Continue reading...
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How half a million hens were saved from slaughter – video (lun., 16 avril 2018)
There's a growing trend in the UK for re-homing chickens, with tens of thousands finding new homes across the country every year. Many of the hens ​come from farms where they share cages with up to 90 other birds, and have never seen daylight or breathed fresh air Continue reading...
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How Pep Guardiola's tactics made Manchester City Premier League champions – video (dim., 15 avril 2018)
Pep Guardiola has guided Manchester City to an emphatic Premier League title. With the league title wrapped up a month from the end of the season and City on course for a record number of both points and goals it seems business as usual for Guardiola, if so are we only in the middle of his usual cycle. Can he defy his three-year rule and build a dynasty? Continue reading...
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What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report (sam., 14 avril 2018)
The US, UK and France launched a joint military strike against Syrian chemical weapons facilities following the poison gas attack in Douma last week, which killed at least 42 people. Theresa May described the strikes as the 'right and legal' option, which has been challenged by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn Syria: US, UK and France launch strikes in response to chemical attack Continue reading...
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How world's first electrified road charges moving vehicles – video (jeu., 12 avril 2018)
Sweden has opened the world's first electrified road. The 1.2-mile route, between Stockholm Arlanda airport and a logistics site, will now actively charge cars and lorries as they travel along it using an innovative energy transfer system  World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden Continue reading...
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Did senators questioning Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg understand the internet? – video (jeu., 12 avril 2018)
The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, faced five hours of questioning on Capitol Hill for the first time on Tuesday. However, questions and comments from some of the senators ranged from less technically informed to the bizarre, raising the question: did they really understand how the internet works? Zuckerberg got off lightly. Why are politicians so bad at asking questions? Continue reading...
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Al Pacino on Scarface 35 years later: ‘Bombast was what we were trying to say’ (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The team behind the crime classic reunited at the Tribeca film festival to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary with some awkward moments • Sign up for Film Today and get our film team’s highlights of the day When he declared that the world (and everything in it) was coming to him, the audience cheered. When he shot Robert Loggia (that chazzer) the audience cheered. When he wore a white brimmed ladies’ hat and flirted with Michelle Pfeiffer the audience cheered. But when he got blown away by a sawed-off shotgun at the end, the audience cheered at that, too. When people say they love Scarface, they love every bit of Scarface. The Oliver Stone-penned, Brian De Palma-directed rags-to-riches fable is 35 years old, and an anniversary screening at the Tribeca film festival was a reminder that this vulgar, brutal and, um, powdery gangster tale is every bit as entertaining as you remember. Though close to three hours, it zooms from the first electronic Giorgio Moroder beat to its final discharge of bullets. That a dazed, sourpuss Al Pacino slumping in a banquette surrounded by neon-lit mirrors half-listening to Richard Belzer make cocaine jokes is only one of this film’s indelible images tells you something. Continue reading...
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J Cole: KOD review – a brilliantly brooding antidote to hip-hop excess (ven., 20 avril 2018)
With only an alter-ego for company, J Cole casts himself as rap’s moral compass with this masterfully pared-back fifth album When J Cole announced the imminent arrival of KOD earlier this week, some of excitement was caused by the tracklisting: not the titles themselves so much as the fact that two of them seemed to feature a guest appearance, albeit from a hitherto-unknown artist called kiLL edward. The one thing everyone knows about J Cole is that his albums almost never feature special guests – after his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive broke a Spotify streaming record previously held by One Direction, the phrase “J Cole went platinum with no features” turned from endlessly repeated boast to internet meme. One school of thought suggested the presence of kiLL edward was all an elaborate hoax, another that the “experimental” nature of his fifth album might include a slackening of his aversion to sharing space with others. It takes KOD a matter of minutes to announce that the latter is very wrong: “How come you won’t get a few features – I think you should?” Coles snaps on the title track. “How about I don’t? How about you just get the fuck off my dick?” And so it proves: kiLL edward turns out to be Cole himself, his vocals slowed down, the reverse of Prince’s helium-voiced Camille. Continue reading...
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Interstellar sexual adventures and underground erotica – Glasgow International review (ven., 20 avril 2018)
This year’s citywide showcase is a sprawling, ambitious mixture of the marvellous and the mundane, with Tai Shani’s S&M-tinged installation the edgy standout One of my favourite things in this year’s Glasgow International festival is an empty gallery at the Modern Institute, where two fist-sized mechanical snails crawl slowly across the floor. I could watch Urs Fischer’s snails all day, not least because they’re not trying to tell me anything. Lubaina Himid’s deeply underwhelming painted cut-out dragons cross the vast atrium far above our heads at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. They look like leftovers from Chinese New Year. The installation is cumbersome and forced. Why am I here? The eighth edition of GI is full of false steps and wasted journeys. Continue reading...
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Imogen Stubbs laments 'awful treadmill' of UK education system (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The actor attacks the obsession with grades and attainment as she prepares to star in education drama The Be All and End All Star of stage and screen Imogen Stubbs has launched a withering attack on the education system in England, describing it as “this awful treadmill” and a “big con” in which teachers, parents and pupils obsess about exams and grades at the expense of the sheer joy of learning. Stubbs is about to star in a play that examines the lengths to which parents will go to ensure their child’s educational success. The Be All and End All is the second in a trilogy of plays called Education, Education, Education – which echoes Tony Blair’s three declared priorities when he came into power, and was written by Stubbs’s partner, Jonathan Guy Lewis. The first, called A Level Playing Field, looked at the pressures teenagers are under to get good grades. Continue reading...
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New Power author Jeremy Heimans: 'Like it or not, the old world isn't coming back' (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Social media and online movements such as #MeToo are more potent than experts and elitist thinking, argue the authors of a manual on how to navigate the 21st century There is nothing out of the ordinary about a book that makes one angry. We have all read ones that provoke us, and the internet is an inexhaustible feast for anyone easily outraged. It is unusual, however, to read a book that makes one mad with oneself. The co-authors of New Power could not be more likable. Clever, witty and creative, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans are baby-faced wunderkinds of digital activism; the type whose optimistic energy ought to make one feel hopeful for the future. So it is uncomfortable to confess that I hated almost every word, and wished more than anything for them to be wrong. The reason their book made me so cross with myself was that, if they are right, it means my way of thinking is old-fashioned and elitist – the very problem, in fact, they are trying to solve. Continue reading...
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Colbert on Michael Cohen: 'The word innocent is nowhere in this conversation' (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah talked about Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and America’s problem with over-policing black men Late-night hosts on Thursday discussed the upcoming talks between the Trump administration and the North Korean leader, Kim Jung-un, the likelihood Michael Cohen will flip on Donald Trump, and the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Related: Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team to help end Russia investigation Continue reading...
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Inside Nintendo's Labo toy factory: 'Creating and learning are fun!' (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Developers at the gaming giant reveal the thinking behind their new range of hi-tech interactive cardboard construction kits, and the laughs they had while inventing them The launch of a new Nintendo product always generates excitement, because you never quite know what you are going to get. In 2004, Nintendo abandoned the wildly successful Game Boy portable consoles in favour of an ugly silver clamshell with two screens, the DS. Two years later, when other games companies were focused on improving their consoles’ graphical power, Nintendo popularised motion control with the comparatively underpowered Wii. Both announcements attracted scepticism and even mockery from players and market analysts alike, and both sold more than 100m each. The company’s experimental approach is not always successful, however. Though Nintendo’s most recent console, the Switch, has been a huge success so far, its predecessor, the Wii U, was one of the worst-selling games machines of all time. Nintendo Labo, out today in the US and on 27 April in the UK, is one of Nintendo’s weirdest ever ideas: a set of cardboard construction kits that, combined with the game software packaged with it, can be used to create interactive toys. Continue reading...
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Can’t sleep? Tell yourself it’s not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman (ven., 20 avril 2018)
There’s growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac is a major part of the problem Note to publishers: in my view, there’s an unfilled gap in the “wellness” market for a book on how sleep isn’t really that important. In contrast to the message relentlessly promoted by lifestyle gurus these days, this book would argue that four hours a night is probably fine, that caffeine before bed is no big deal, and that even severe sleep deprivation poses no real risk of poor performance, health troubles or early death. Admittedly, this might raise certain ethical issues, since that’s not what the science says. But you know what? Unlike all those other books, this one would help people sleep. Because take it from an intermittent bad sleeper: there’s nothing more likely to keep an insomniac up at night, or turn a good sleeper into an insomniac, than being told it’s completely essential they drift off. Actually, the ironies of insomnia are even worse than that, because there’s growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac – having an “insomnia identity”, in the coinage of the sleep researcher Kenneth Lichstein – is a major part of the problem. It’s not just that such a self-image makes it harder to sleep, though doubtless that’s the case. It’s that having an insomnia identity makes life terrible even if, in reality, you’re getting sufficient sleep. In a review of the research published last year, Lichstein concluded that “non-complaining poor sleepers” – who sleep badly but don’t define themselves as insomniacs – don’t suffer the high blood pressure commonly associated with severe sleeplessness. Meanwhile, “complaining good sleepers” – who get enough shut-eye, but are heavily invested in their alleged insomnia – were essentially as tired, anxious and depressed as those who genuinely didn’t sleep. Continue reading...
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My sister-in-law treats me with contempt but my husband ignores her | Ask Annalisa Barbieri (ven., 20 avril 2018)
You have to concentrate on minimising the effect her barbs have on you, says Annalisa Barbieri, or confront her about it My sister-in-law is repeatedly nasty to me and I find it upsetting and unjustified. She is over a decade older than me and lives, with her husband, 200 miles away. My husband is the younger child and her only sibling. My sister-in-law is retired, wealthy and has what many would consider an enviable lifestyle. I have a busy career with lots of travel. I’m pretty competent and have a nice home, am an OK cook and also fairly artistic. I am also the only other female in this family of husbands, nephews and sons. We meet a few times a year, often for a celebratory family meal at my home where I will have cooked. At some point I will be subjected to a vicious attack – possibly a character assassination or a response to some perceived error that I have committed. Each time I am shocked and somewhat incredulous – both that this happens, and also that no one says or does anything about it. I either ignore it or brush it off. Of course I have analysed it and can only conclude that the reasons must be of insecurity, possible jealousy and the need to feel superior to me – to keep me in my place. Continue reading...
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Belzan restaurant review | Grace Dent (ven., 20 avril 2018)
A lively, unpretentious place that serves up European and Asian flavours with skill and Scouse swagger Arriving in Liverpool on a wet Thursday night with a migraine and an empty stomach, I was reminded why I love the place when I reached Belzan. Full disclosure: my father is a Scouser. Some of my earliest food memories are of funeral teas in Toxteth, Lion bars from a push-along mobile shop with no engine and, in later years, a whirl around Huyton’s glamorous, two-storey Asda. Truffled celeriac, crayfish emulsions and tonka beans were not regular features in Merseyside dining back then, although the collective psyche has, to me at least, always felt aspirational. As a child, I was more inspired by Margi Clarke than by Madonna, and Liverpool’s food scene – from The Art School to Mowgli and throughout the Baltic Triangle – has flourished on its own terms, not London’s. And now this all-day “neo-bistro” on the Smithdown Road is doing pork collar yakitori and scallops with mango and masala, and it all feels wholly natural. There are raw juices, shakshuka and matcha lattes in the morning, croque-madames and Corpse Bride cocktails at lunchtime, and a dinner menu of seasonal, often local produce that’s just brimming with Scouse swagger and European as well as Japanese splashes. Plentiful shareable plates of butter beans in beef dashi sit alongside barbecued savoy cabbage with chilli, ginger and soy, and mushrooms with ponzu custard. Belzan pulls off a rare thing that many restaurants try and fail to do: being relaxed as hell, but also a little challenging, too. Calves’ liver fried in Pedro Ximénez sherry isn’t for everyone, and while Claudja Barry’s Love For the Sake of Love playing dreamily is my idea of heaven, maybe you’d prefer silence. Likewise, the unisex loo, which, with irony, is indeed for everyone but won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Continue reading...
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Let’s move to Stockport, Greater Manchester: ‘It’s a game of two halves’ (ven., 20 avril 2018)
With staggering deprivation, and swathes of wealth in Victorian suburbs, it’s arriving fashionably late to the regeneration party What’s going for it? Stockport? Yes. Stockport. Been through it countless times, gazing down from the viaduct in my Pendolino, at its odd, dramatic landscape, the deep Mersey valley, the Stockport Pyramid, Merseyway shopping centre, mill chimneys, all chucked together like a petulant child. Interesting. Must explore. And then, one day, I did. It’s a game of two halves. On the one hand, its deprivation can be staggering. On the other, swathes of wealth in Victorian suburbs such as Bramhall or Heaton Moor. Stockport’s misfortune was to bet its economy on hats and silk. Judging from the number of columns on the town hall and the size of those Victorian houses, some people made a lot of money. These days, the town is arriving fashionably late to the regeneration party. But it has plans: office parks, retail parks, creative quarters and futureproofing. Hubs, I’m sure, will feature. Its Victorian market is to become the next Altrincham Market. Its rather pretty old town has been restored. Watch this space. The case against Do not underestimate the scale of revival necessary. I hope it doesn’t ape Manchester’s bling economy too closely. Much of the centre is a swirl of infrastructure: learn to love flyovers. Continue reading...
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Less booze, more fruit: a wine revolution (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Unlike high abvs and their soft, ripe flavours, lower-alcohol wines lend themselves to sharp fruit flavours that pair brilliantly with food I recently took part in a debate about alcohol in wine and the effect it has on the way it tastes. It’s obviously part of what makes wine what it is, but the levels have been creeping up relentlessly over recent years – some still wines now hit 16% abv, which is practically the level of a fortified wine. In fact, it has got to the point where it’s comparatively rare to find a new world wine of 12% to 12.5%, even though that is arguably the perfect amount: lower abvs tend to go hand in hand with sweetness, whereas any higher than that, and more than one glass, particularly those huge, 250ml glasses that many bars now have on their wine lists, can be wearing. Continue reading...
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Wakanda forever: why Black Panther’s homeland speaks to 2018 (ven., 20 avril 2018)
As anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War builds, Carl Anka takes a closer look at the fictitious African nation that the superhero of the decade calls home Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas in the UK Thursday 26 April “Wakanda forever” was the battle cry from Okoye in Black Panther – a rousing call that reached beyond the confines of the plot of the film and into the pop culture diaspora. Professional athletes started doing the Wakanda salute to each other in celebration, while people started campaigns to enable young school children to watch and be inspired by the adventures of T’Challa, Shuri, Okoye and Nakia. Black Panther took the super hero genre to Shakespearean levels of storytelling and powered its way to become the highest-grossing super hero film in US box office history. Okoye called “Wakanda forever”, and the people responded. Wakanda, its people and the legend of Black Panther became more than just a setting for super heroes, but an idea – of smart, talented people across a culture uniting for a common goal. Continue reading...
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Bigger than epic: the impossibly starry cast of Avengers: Infinity War (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Downey Jr, Hemsworth, Pratt, Cumberbatch, Johansson – Marvel’s latest megamovie has them all and more. Get up to speed with Infinity War’s dazzling cast before it hits cinemas in the UK on Thursday 26 April by Juno Dawson Continue reading...
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Guess the Avengers superhero (and the odd villain) – quiz (mer., 18 avril 2018)
Take this quiz to see if you can sort the Avengers goodies from the baddies (and those in between) with the help of some of witty clues The Avengers will soon be back in action, in a bid to stop Thanos – one of the biggest bad guys in the Marvel universe – from uniting the infinity stones and killing half the galaxy. But how much do you remember about where the (pretty huge) gang has got to? Find out in our quiz below. This hero has lost his home, his weapon of choice, and even one of his eyes – but at least he has a great haircut Captain America Thor Heimdall Cyclops He really hopes you’ve heard of him. His ethics can be a bit questionable sometimes, but his heart is (usually) in the right place Quasar Loki Black Panther Star-Lord Spy, assassin and double agent, this combat veteran has gone underground following recent disagreements with her former allies Spider-Girl Black Widow Scarlet Witch Okoye He’s lost an arm and spent a lot of time on ice, but this fighter might finally be over his programming problems The Winter Soldier War Machine Drax the Destroyer Spider-Man A bio-engineered animal with a tongue nearly as deadly as his (many, many) guns Groot Rocket Raccoon Cannon Cat Gamora Six PhDs and an awful temper Hulk Tony Stark Monster White Wolf Amazing combat powers, great fighting suit, enhanced strength thanks to a very particular herb, and – oh, yes – a king, too Iron Man War Machine King Kong Black Panther The Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme and a former surgeon, y’know, no big deal. Scarlet Witch Doctor Strange Vision Heimdall He floats, he’s got a gem in his head, and he’s a robot Iron Man Vision Tincan Loki Assassin, bounty hunter, and last of her kind – with some serious trouble headed her way from her adoptive father Black Widow The Collector Gamora Red Hunter Standard teen who lives in New York with his aunt. Does a little crime fighting and wall-climbing on the side Doctor Strange Ant-Man City Slicker Spider-Man Accomplished warrior and head of her nation’s armed forces – just don’t ask her to wear a wig Okoye Shuri Mantis Nebula Billionaire, CEO, genius, and builder of robot suits. Everyone needs a hobby Falcon Iron Man Bruce Banner Quicksilver After battling the Avengers in a bid for revenge on Tony Stark, this powerful psychic was persuaded to swap sides and join forces White Wizard Doctor Strange Groot Scarlet Witch A tree of few words making his way through his “teenage” years Drax the Destroyer Groot Mantis Luke Cage He’s spent a lot of his time being a villain – and an unreliable ally. Useful, provided you don’t trust him an inch Thor Cable Loki Hulk Old enough to draw his pension. Just given up on his all-American image (and matching outfit) Captain America Star-Lord Iron Man Daredevil Former military officer turned Avenger, now battling a serious injury following a friendly-fire incident Iron Man War Machine Vision Gambit A formidable warrior who’s been on a quest for revenge. The only thing that might unseat him is a metaphor Vision Drax the Destroyer Literalo Groot Despotic titan who thinks the universe has an overpopulation problem. Also has a big glove in need of decoration Ego Ronan the Accuser Zeus Thanos 20 and above. Wow! You're a quiz superhero 19 and above. Wow! You're a quiz superhero 18 and above. Pretty, pretty good 17 and above. Pretty, pretty good 16 and above. Pretty, pretty good 15 and above. Not bad at all ... 14 and above. Not bad at all ... 13 and above. Not bad at all ... 12 and above. Not bad at all ... 11 and above. Not bad at all ... 10 and above. Not bad ... 9 and above. Not bad ... 8 and above. Not bad ... 7 and above. Not bad ... 6 and above. Not bad ... 5 and above. Try again! 4 and above. Try again! 3 and above. Try again! 2 and above. Try again! 0 and above. Try again! 1 and above. Try again! Continue reading...
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Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor and more: the ultimate Avengers primer (mer., 18 avril 2018)
Marvel’s expansive world of superheroes and arch villains comes together in Avengers: Infinity War. Read on to relive the epic battles and rivalries that are sure to play out in the new film Avengers: Infinity War arrives in cinemas on 26 April, with the most powerful team in film history uniting once more to take on Thanos. But he won’t go down without a fight, and plans to bring together the six infinity stones – items of supreme power – that are dotted throughout the films of the Marvel universe. It’s taken 10 years and 18 films to get to this point: heroes have been created, the stones have been tracked down and the Avengers have assembled. So are you all caught up on Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the gang? Here is the ultimate Avengers primer, in narrative chronological order, to get you back up to speed. Continue reading...
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My naked villany: top judge to preside over West End trial of Richard III (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Lady Justice Hallett to take to stage to hear the case for and against the last Plantagenet king He was one of the most maligned monarchs in English history. Half a millennium on, the quest for the truth about Richard III has not faded. Will Crookback Dick ever receive the justice he deserves? That is the question Lady Justice Hallett, who adjudicated in the dispute over last Plantagenet king’s reburial, hopes to settle later this month when she will preside over his fictional resurrection and trial for serial murder. Continue reading...
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Rachel Weisz expecting 'a little human' with husband Daniel Craig (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Hollywood couple who married in 2011 announce they are having their first child together Rachel Weisz has revealed she is expecting her first child with husband Daniel Craig.
Weisz, 48, told the New York Times: “I’ll be showing soon. Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.” Continue reading...
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BBC editor joked about Cliff Richard playing Jailhouse Rock, court told (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Declan Wilson made comment to colleague while discussing broadcaster’s plan to cover raid on singer’s home A BBC editor joked that Sir Cliff Richard would soon be playing Jailhouse Rock, after learning police were investigating an allegation of historic sexual assault against the singer. Declan Wilson, who at the time ran the BBC’s north of England bureau, made the comment to a colleague while discussing the broadcaster’s plan to cover a police raid on the veteran singer’s house in August 2014. Continue reading...
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Britons head to seaside as heatwave expected to last into weekend (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Warning of traffic jams on coastal routes but thunderstorms may dampen mood in some areas Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Britain’s coasts this weekend as the unusually hot weather lasts into Saturday and Sunday. There are warnings of traffic jams on coastal routes to Brighton, Dorset, Cornwall and Blackpool, while supermarkets are preparing for families and friends stocking up for barbecues. Continue reading...
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Tower residents spared £2m bill to replace Grenfell-style cladding (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Barratt’s surprise offer saves leaseholders from ruinous cost of making Croydon complex safe Residents of a private housing complex in Croydon clad in similar flammable panels to Grenfell Tower have been told they will not have to pay £2m to make their home safe, after the company that built the block said it would meet the costs instead. Barratt Homes has indicated it will pay to have the panels of the Citiscape block removed and fund the cost of 24-hour fire wardens, saving residents £31,300 per flat. Continue reading...
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Murder most fowl: Oxford dodo 'shot in the back of the head' (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Revelation astonishes experts, who thought the renowned bird lived out its life in London as a money-spinning curiosity With its plump head and bulbous beak, the renowned remains of a dodo at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History have long captivated visitors, Lewis Carroll among them. Now researchers say they have uncovered how the dodo died – a discovery that makes the old bird’s past curiouser and curiouser. Researchers used a form of CT scanning and sophisticated software to probe the anatomy and habits of the Oxford dodo - the world’s best preserved specimen of the bird – and discovered the animal was shot in the back of the head and neck with lead pellets. Continue reading...
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Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at Sunderland plant (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Plummeting diesel sales deal another employment blow to the UK automotive industry Nissan is to cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland plant, Britain’s biggest car factory, as plummeting diesel sales dealt another employment blow to the UK automotive industry.
The manufacturer would not confirm any job losses, although local reports suggested long-serving staff could be asked to take voluntary redundancy. The Unite union said it had been assured there would be no compulsory redundancies at the site, which employs 7,000 people. A source with knowledge of the situation said “hundreds” of jobs were likely to go at Sunderland, which makes Nissan’s Qashqai and Juke models, as well as the electric Leaf. Continue reading...
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Hammond: Brexit transition deal has averted City job losses (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Chancellor gives upbeat assessment of state of UK economy at IMF meeting A damaging haemorrhage of jobs from the City has been averted by the signing of a Brexit transition agreement between the UK and the EU, according to an upbeat assessment of the economy’s prospects from Philip Hammond. Speaking in Washington, the chancellor said the mood among big US-owned financial institutions was much more positive than it had been before London and Brussels agreed to a 21-month implementation period after the UK officially leaves the EU next March. Continue reading...
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Prince Charles to be next head of Commonwealth (ven., 20 avril 2018)
State leaders honour Queen’s wishes and agree Prince of Wales should succeed monarch Commonwealth leaders have agreed that Prince Charles will become the next head of the organisation after the Queen, it has emerged, in one of the less surprising diplomatic developments of recent months. The role is not hereditary, but the Queen, who turns 92 on Saturday, used the ongoing Commonwealth heads of government (Chogm) gathering in London to say it was her “sincere wish” to be succeeded by her son. Continue reading...
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Mexican court blocks sales of Frida Kahlo Barbie doll (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Distant relatives gain injunction against toymaker Mattel Dispute centres on who controls late artist’s image rights Distant relatives of Frida Kahlo have won a temporary injunction that stops sales of a Barbie doll depicting the late Mexican artist. Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo argued in a Mexican court that Mattel does not have the rights to use Kahlo’s image as part of its Inspiring Women series. Continue reading...
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Millie Bobby Brown becomes youngest person to make Time 100 list (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Stranger Things actor, 14, joins Prince Harry and Donald Trump on list of most influential people Millie Bobby Brown, the supernatural star of the Netflix hit Stranger Things, has become the youngest person ever to be included in Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world. The 14-year-old British actor, who plays the telekinetic Eleven in the sci-fi drama, joins Prince Harry, Donald Trump and the rapper Cardi B on Time’s annual top 100 list. Continue reading...
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'We are truly sorry': Eta apologises for four decades of deadly violence (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Basque separatist group bears ‘direct responsibility’ for deaths of at least 800 people in name of nationhood struggle The Basque terrorist group Eta, which killed more than 800 people during its four-decade armed campaign, has apologised for the suffering it caused and asked for the forgiveness of victims and their families as it prepares to dissolve. In a statement released on Friday morning, the group made a full and unambiguous apology for its actions, accepting that it bore “direct responsibility” for years of bloodshed and misery. Continue reading...
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Comey memos: six of the biggest takeaways (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Donald Trump tweeted the recently released memos show ‘no collusion’ – but that might not be the conclusion that jumps out most Beginning in January 2017, when he first met Donald Trump, James Comey, then FBI director, carefully described each of his interactions with the new president in memos he shared with top deputies and lawyers within the agency. Comey said he wrote the memos because he thought the president might later lie about those interactions. Related: Mystery world leader Trump failed to call for six days revealed to be ... Putin Continue reading...
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Uproar in Canada after homeopath gives boy pill made from rabid dog's saliva (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Homeopathic remedy allegedly cured behaviour problem Critics seek review of system for approving homeopathic treatments The Canadian government’s system of approving homeopathic treatments has been challenged after a naturopath in the province of British Columbia claimed to have treated a four-year-old’s behavioural problems with a remedy made from the saliva of a rabid dog. Anke Zimmerman said she had used the product to treat a preschooler named Jonah who had been having trouble sleeping and had been aggressive and violent towards his peers. “His school is complaining that he hides under tables and growls at people,” she wrote on her blog. Continue reading...
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Halt population slump by easing access to donor sperm, EU urged (ven., 20 avril 2018)
World’s biggest sperm bank calls for fewer regulations to revive Europe’s childbirth rates The world’s biggest sperm bank has warned the EU that access to donor sperm must be improved to reinvigorate childbirth rates amid the continent’s slump in population growth. Sperm banks across Europe have closed after the enforcement of new EU regulations on staffing levels, executives at the Danish firm Cryos International told European commission officials in a private meeting. Continue reading...
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Ex-Liberian warlord jailed in US for lying about asylum claim (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Mohammed Jabbateh, who has lived in Pennsylvania for 20 years, committed horrendous crimes during Liberia’s first civil war A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the US for lying about his role in Liberia’s civil war and the atrocities he committed. Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, for 20 years, was found guilty in October on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury and sentenced on Thursday. Continue reading...
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Wallets at the ready! Join our tour of the UK's greatest record shops (ven., 20 avril 2018)
As Record Store Day returns, we go on ‘record store crawls’ around four UK cities with the country’s best new DJs, to find the bricks-and-mortar gems that keep pushing the culture forward It’s Record Store Day on Saturday, a juggernaut that is still picking up pace in its 11th year, with many exclusive special-edition records released as a way to focus music fans’ attention on bricks and mortar. And now there’s a new way to take it all in: in the US, the Record Store Crawl initiative has been set up to explore the wealth of stores in each city. With RSD looming, we thought this could be a model for a survey of the health of record shops in British cities: so, four writers have gone round four cities with some of the UK’s most exciting new DJs and producers, picking out their ultimate record-shopping routes. Continue reading...
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Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with images and ideas that are dazzlingly new. It needs to open our eyes to the true causes of the bewildering, disturbing, exciting changes occurring around us, exposing the possibilities with which our current reality is pregnant. It should make us feel hopelessly inadequate for not having recognised these truths ourselves, and it must lift the curtain on the unsettling realisation that we have been acting as petty accomplices, reproducing a dead-end past. Lastly, it needs to have the power of a Beethoven symphony, urging us to become agents of a future that ends unnecessary mass suffering and to inspire humanity to realise its potential for authentic freedom. No manifesto has better succeeded in doing all this than the one published in February 1848 at 46 Liverpool Street, London. Commissioned by English revolutionaries, The Communist Manifesto (or the Manifesto of the Communist Party, as it was first published) was authored by two young Germans – Karl Marx, a 29-year-old philosopher with a taste for epicurean hedonism and Hegelian rationality, and Friedrich Engels, a 28-year-old heir to a Manchester mill. Continue reading...
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Amelia Gentleman on Windrush: 'I've felt like an immigration case worker' (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The Guardian reporter reflects on her investigation into the residency crisis affecting some Caribbean-born UK residents For the past six months, Amelia Gentleman has been investigating the Windrush scandal. Here she talks about what it has been like to report on the story. Continue reading...
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It's time to stop believing in these 'magic' Brexit solutions (ven., 20 avril 2018)
UK’s unlikely proposals to solve Irish border question leaves Brussels wondering if customs union may be most realistic option From the minute the UK government first proposed its idea last August of maintaining “invisible borders” after Brexit, the convoluted plan was dismissed as “magical thinking” by EU officials. What has changed this week is that the time for pretending otherwise has run out. First, Downing Street reassurances were rejected on Wednesday by the House of Lords, where peers voted by a majority of 123 to push Britain toward a customs union – arguing it was the only practical alternative to wrecking the Irish peace process with a hard border. Continue reading...
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Rise in assaults on staff reveals intolerable pressure on NHS (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Health workers around the globe are at a high risk of physical violence – the UK government must face up to the problem The revelation of the sharp increase in attacks on NHS staff highlights a problem which is serious, global and growing. The survey by the Health Service Journal and Unison showed assaults in 2016-17 were almost 10% up on the previous year, driven by big increases in hospitals that were missing treatment targets or seriously in debt. Staff in mental health trusts were more than seven times more likely to be attacked than those in other trusts. Continue reading...
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What steps can the UK take to reach net zero emissions by 2050? (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The government has pledged to review its long-term climate targets. Renewable energy, housing and and transport are just some areas where new policies could cut emissions fast More wind farms, solar power and electric cars: these are likely to be the future of the UK, under government plans announced this week to seek a zero-carbon economy in the next 30 years. Some of the less obvious effects could be just as transformative, however, involving innovations such as smart houses and smart roads, widespread changes to the countryside wrought by new tree-planting and new farming practices designed to conserve soils. Continue reading...
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Sunset and gnashers: Friday's photo highlights – in pictures (ven., 20 avril 2018)
The best pictures of the day as chosen by our picture editors Continue reading...
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From pilgrims to pub crooners: Sony world photography awards winners – in pictures (ven., 20 avril 2018)
A selection of the winners in the professional categories of the world’s largest photography competition • The Sony world photography awards exhibition is at Somerset House, London, until 6 May Continue reading...
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The week in wildlife – in pictures (ven., 20 avril 2018)
A newly hatched turtle, a roaming peacock and egrets in China are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world Continue reading...
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50 years of British photography: from Twiggy to whaling – in pictures (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
The Association of Photographers, which represents the UK’s professional photographers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with AOP50, a retrospective of images curated by Zelda Cheatle. Here is a selection Continue reading...
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Dale Winton – a career in pictures (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
The television presenter and radio DJ, a favourite who hosted shows from Supermarket Sweep to In It to Win It, has died Dale Winton, Supermarket Sweep presenter and radio DJ, dies aged 62 Continue reading...
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The best tiny homes for sale – in pictures (ven., 20 avril 2018)
These properties may be small, but they’re packed with character – and in one case, have their own model village Continue reading...
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