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Tory donors own UK properties via more than 150 offshore firms (ven., 27 janv. 2023)
People including property developers and peers who have collectively donated £21m named on new register Conservative donors who have collectively given the party more than £21m since 2001 have been declared as the ultimate owners of UK properties held through more than 150 offshore companies in a new government register. They include major property developers, such as the Reuben brothers, David and Simon, as well as Nick Candy, a UK-based businessman who owns a £160m flat and other properties through companies based in Guernsey. Continue reading...
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Seven Israelis killed leaving synagogue in East Jerusalem (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Gunman waited until Shabbat prayers ended before opening fire on people in worst terrorist attack on Israelis in years Seven Israelis have been shot and killed as they left a synagogue in East Jerusalem, in the latest episode of spiralling violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories over the past two days. A gunman in a car waited on Friday night until Shabbat prayers ended at a synagogue in Neve Yaakov, an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, before opening fire on people as they left the building, a preliminary Israeli police probe said. Continue reading...
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Biden speaks with Tyre Nichols’s parents ahead of video release – latest updates (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
FBI director says he’s ‘appalled’ by video of fatal police encounter Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email Attorney Ben Crump is holding a press conference alongside Tyre Nichols’s family, where he has compared the swift indictment and arrest of five Black police officers for Nichols’s death to the comparatively slow response to other high-profile killings of Black men. “This is not the first time that we saw police officers committing crime and engaging in excessive brutal force against Black people in America who were unarmed, but yet we have never seen swift justice like this,” Crump said. Continue reading...
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Firefighter dies after battling blaze at Jenners building in Edinburgh (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Barry Martin, 38, was one of five firefighters taken to hospital after fire at historic Edinburgh building A firefighter who was critically injured earlier this week while fighting a blaze at the historic Jenners building in Edinburgh has died. Police Scotland said Barry Martin, 38, from Fife, died on Friday at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Continue reading...
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Man dies after being crushed while working on open-air urinal in London (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Worker died at the scene after becoming trapped below street level in Cambridge Circus A man has been killed after being crushed below street level in the heart of central London’s theatre district while working on a telescopic urinal. The emergency services were called to the scene in Cambridge Circus just after 1pm and a rescue operation was mounted. Continue reading...
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Sandhurst cadet was victim of ‘gross sexual misconduct’ before she died, inquest hears (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Body of Olivia Perks, 21, was found in her room at Berkshire military school on 6 February 2019 A young female army officer cadet was the victim of “gross sexual misconduct” by senior soldiers before she was found dead in her room at the prestigious Sandhurst academy, an inquest has been told. The body of Olivia Perks, 21, was discovered at the elite military training school in Berkshire on 6 February 2019. An earlier inquest hearing recorded her provisional cause of death as “asphyxia due to hanging”. Continue reading...
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Jeremy Hunt says tax cuts will only come ‘when the time is right’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Chancellor aims to temper Tory backbenchers’ hopes as he blames UK woes on ‘economic headwinds’ UK politics live – latest news updates Jeremy Hunt has signalled tax cuts will only come “when the time is right” and be matched by “spending restraint”, as he sought to temper restive Conservative backbenchers’ expectations ahead of the budget in March. However, the chancellor said he hoped to inject what he described as much-needed optimism about the country’s future, saying he wanted Britain to “have nothing less than the most competitive tax regime of any major country”. Continue reading...
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Syrian regime found responsible for Douma chemical attack (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Watchdog report follows years-long investigation into strike that killed 43 civilians in Damascus suburb Investigators from the global chemical weapons agency have found the Syrian regime responsible for a poison gas attack that killed 43 people in a suburb of Damascus in 2018, leaving victims choking to death in the basement of a home. In a report nearly five in the making, the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found the canisters carrying poison gas had been dropped by a Syrian air force helicopter over Douma – then one of the last opposition strongholds near the Syrian capital. Continue reading...
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UK failing to address systemic racism against black people, warn UN experts (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Working group of experts on people of African descent calls for halt on use of joint enterprise and strip search • ‘The law is breaking children’: black people in UK tell UN of daily injustices A UN body has written to the UK government to express “very extreme concern” about its failure to address “structural, institutional and systemic racism” against people of African descent in Britain. The UN working group of experts on people of African descent called for an immediate and unconditional moratorium on the use of joint enterprise, warning it was leading to the disproportionate imprisonment of black adolescents. Continue reading...
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Trans rapist prison case ‘must not lead to blanket rule’, says campaign group (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Scottish Trans and Nicola Sturgeon say decisions must be made on case-by-case basis The case of Isla Bryson, the transgender double rapist who was initially sent to a female prison, must not result in a blanket ban on trans women serving their sentences in women’s facilities, the campaign group Scottish Trans has said. A blanket rule about where trans prisoners are accommodated would be wrong and could put individual trans prisoners at significant risk, said Vic Valentine, manager of Scottish Trans, but added: “It is our view that anyone who has committed sexually violent crimes, and who poses a risk to women, should not be housed with women on the female estate.” Continue reading...
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Ancient statue of Hercules emerges from Rome sewerage repairs (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Work depicting mythological hero and apparently dating back to Roman imperial period found near Appian Way An ancient Roman statue of Hercules has been discovered during repairs to the sewerage system underneath a park in Rome. The statue, which apparently dates back to the Roman imperial period (27BC to AD476), emerged from the ground around the second mile mark along the ancient Appian Way, a famed historic road. Continue reading...
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‘The big battle is coming’: Ukrainian forces prepare for the war’s most intense phase (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Russia and Kyiv both need a breakthrough but a major offensive will be loaded with risk whoever strikes first In the clear sky over the winter-yellowed marsh grasses on the outskirts of the town of Huliaipole, the bang and crump of artillery picked up pace like the thunderclaps of a distant but approaching storm. The Russian armed forces declared on Sunday that they had launched a new offensive in Zaporizhzhia region, but the Ukrainian soldiers seemed unperturbed. The frontline here has not moved for 10 months, and the Russians are hunkered in their trenches, which run across the rolling hills of black-soil farmland. They are not going anywhere soon, the soldiers said. Continue reading...
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Senior EU official calls for a ‘Radio Free Russia’ to help exiled media (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Vĕra Jourová says the bloc has a moral duty and the project would not necessarily mean a new station Russia-Ukraine war – latest news updates A senior EU official has called for a “Radio Free Russia” to help independent Russian media distribute content in their home country and evade heavy censorship. Vĕra Jourová, the European Commission vice-president in charge of values and transparency, said the EU had a moral duty to support democratic ideals in Russia. “We should not give up on the Russian society … regardless of how few or how many want to hear the real news, not Kremlin propaganda,” she said. Continue reading...
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Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 338 of the invasion (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
IAEA monitors reported powerful explosions near Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station on Thursday; Russia is violating the ‘fundamental principles of child protection’ in wartime says UN See all our Russia-Ukraine war coverage Continue reading...
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Ukraine ‘cannot be broken’ says its top general after Russian missile attack (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
General Valery Zaluzhny says Ukraine successfully downed 47 of the 55 missiles launched by Russia following west’s offer of tanks Russia-Ukraine war – latest news updates Ukraine’s top general vowed that his country would not be “broken” after the successful downing of 47 of the 55 missiles launched by Russia in a mass attack that followed the western offer of tanks. General Valery Zaluzhny, commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, said 20 of those intercepted had been heading to the Kyiv region, where one 55-year-old man was killed and two injured by falling fragments. Continue reading...
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‘The law is breaking children’: black people in UK tell UN of daily injustices (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Returning to assess the UK after a decade, the UN’s expert group on people of African descent is ‘highly concerned’ about pressures on young people UK castigated over failure to address ‘systemic racism’ The UN working group of experts on people of African descent last paid a visit to the UK in 2012. The country has transformed dramatically since then, with many people reeling from the impact of austerity measures, Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. For Catherine Namakula, a human rights professor at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, who chairs the working group, the bewildering changes that have taken place make it difficult to compare and contrast their previous findings with what they have witnessed on their most recent visit. Yet, one thing is clear: the situation for young people of African descent is “highly concerning”. Continue reading...
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I’m a celebrity, get the Tories out of here (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Labour gains fans as dyed-in-the-wool Conservative Rod Stewart joins Carol Vorderman in berating Rishi Sunak’s government Has Sir Rod Stewart, of all unexpected people, provoked a flood of celebrity support for Labour? Perhaps not quite yet. But after Carol Vorderman became the second celebrity in two days to hit out at Rishi Sunak’s government, Keir Starmer could be forgiven for wondering if there’s something in the water at least. TV presenter Vorderman, appearing on This Morning on Friday, launched a scorching attack on the prime minister, demanding Sunak reveal if he has shares in the vaccine manufacturer Moderna given the government’s huge investment during the pandemic. Continue reading...
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‘My female boss understands, others don’t’: UK readers on block to menopause law changes (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Proposals to change legislation in part rejected due to government fears it would discriminate against men Proposals to change UK legislation to protect the rights of women experiencing menopause have been in part rejected by the government due to fears such a move would discriminate against men. Here, six Guardian readers share differing views of this news. Continue reading...
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The ex factor: Miley Cyrus smashes records with breakup anthem (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Shakira and SZA have also found recent chart success with songs celebrating female empowerment Miley Cyrus can buy herself flowers, she can write her name in the sand. She can take herself dancing, and she can hold her own hand. That’s the message the pop star imparts in her new single, Flowers, which smashed Spotify’s one-week streaming record with more than 96m streams last week, and topped charts around the world including in the UK, Australia, Canada and China. Continue reading...
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Zahawi and Raab inquiries leave Sunak with his reputation on the line (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
There is private grumbling among Tory MPs over lack of decisive action as party struggles to maintain united front UK politics live – latest news updates Rishi Sunak is stuck in a rut. Government announcements are being overshadowed by continued questions over Nadhim Zahawi’s run-in with HMRC and there is mounting incredulity that the Conservative party chair has not already been dismissed. The move to launch an inquiry into Zahawi’s tax affairs – after it emerged he paid a penalty to HMRC over previously unpaid tax while he was chancellor – was designed to relieve some of the pressure. But No 10 knows that the prime minister, rather than the ethics adviser he has asked to establish the facts, will have to make the final call. For, regardless of the “due process” that Sunak has stressed he wants to follow, the decision about whether to dismiss Zahawi will be a political one. Continue reading...
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Sol Campbell: ‘Wishing someone is going to die? What world are we living in?’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Former Spurs defender is still abused 22 years on for joining Arsenal. He opens up on the hurt and why it is time for a clean slate White Hart Lane station, 8.20pm, the Sunday before last. The north London derby has finished a couple of hours earlier, Arsenal winning 2-0, and a lone Tottenham fan starts to sing. The man, in his mid-to late-50s, wants it to be known that everyone will be “having a party when Sol Campbell dies”. The platform is not particularly crowded and nobody else joins in. Equally, no one steps in. The train arrives, the man gets on and goes home. In the seconds before kick-off, there had been a different chant from the Spurs support in the South Stand. This time, it comes from hundreds of them and is similarly vile. It is drowned out by the roar for the start of the game and everybody’s focus shifts. Continue reading...
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Andrew Malkinson is still fighting to clear his name 20 years after rape case (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
After new DNA matched a man on the national database, Malkinson hopes he can overturn his conviction and prove his innocence For 17 years, Andrew Malkinson went to bed in his cell every night hoping that one day science would set him free. He was serving a life sentence for the rape of a 33-year-old woman left for dead on a Salford motorway embankment in 2003. There was never any DNA linking him to the crime, but his insistence of his innocence only trapped him in prison for longer. This week, almost two decades after he was first arrested, science may finally have come to his aid. On Tuesday morning, Malkinson’s case was referred back to the court of appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission after a new DNA sample from the victim’s clothing matched a man on the national database. Continue reading...
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‘I was a drunk for 20 years’: The unlikely US priest revered in the slums of Bangkok (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Father Joe arrived in Bangkok in the 1970’s. Fifty years, 15 schools and 30,000 students later, he credits the community with saving him “This other priest is always drunk, so you go take his place.” With that simple instruction, Joseph H Maeir, a Catholic priest from the United States, found himself in Thailand, ending up in the slums of Bangkok in the 1970s. Continue reading...
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The stench coming from this government? It’s the corrupt mixture of private wealth and public squalor | Jonathan Freedland (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Johnson, Sunak, Sharp and Zahawi operate in a gilded realm, while the services that keep Britain running are hobbled and broken He might have gone by the time you read this. He certainly should have. But we are in the age of shamelessness now, when revelations that would once have driven public figures to hide in mortified penance now prompt not so much as an apology, let alone a resignation. I’m speaking of the Conservative party chairman, Nadhim Zahawi, but not only him. For the proliferating questions about Zahawi’s finances, like those surrounding the appointment of the BBC chairman, Richard Sharp, point to a phenomenon that is both wider and deeper. Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist Join Jonathan Freedland for a Guardian Live online event on 2 February, when he will talk to Tania Branigan about Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and how it has shaped modern China. Book here Continue reading...
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Where is the justice, Suella Braverman, for me and the others whose lives were ruined by the Windrush scandal? | Judy Griffith (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The Home Office scrapping key parts of the commitment to victims wasn’t a surprise – they’ve broken pledges before Judy Griffith is a retired healthcare worker It has been clear for a long time that this government is not interested in learning lessons from the Windrush scandal that ruined so many lives, including my own. So I’m not surprised that the home secretary, Suella Braverman, has decided not to implement key reforms that had previously been accepted. Among the changes that have been abandoned is a commitment to hold reconciliation events in which the people affected would have had the chance to talk to ministers and Home Office staff about the impact of the scandal on their lives. This is a huge missed opportunity – for the government to show that it is truly sorry, and for us to come together and have our experiences acknowledged. Continue reading...
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Hitler didn’t build the path to the Holocaust alone – ordinary people were active participants | James Bulgin (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Having visited the crucible of these atrocities, I now believe it is dangerous to blame a handful of ideologues I have been working around the subject of the Holocaust for more than a decade at the Imperial War Museum. But generally this has been at a distance, researching in archives and institutions. Working on the BBC documentary How the Holocaust Began, released this week ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, changed that. It took me to forgotten places, sites where historical details are still unknown and mysteries remain. There are still mass killings and mass graves about which we know little. Discovering this, and integrating it with the broader history I know, was a profound experience. Continue reading...
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Why is British politics a raging bin-fire? Don’t ask the misunderstood heroes who held the torches | Marina Hyde (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
From Truss to Johnson, former chaos-mongers are sure none of it is remotely their fault. In fact, the time is ripe for a comeback It’s encouraging to see Liz Truss hoving back into view, after a period in the wilderness only slightly longer than that endured by the OG messiah. And, indeed, only slightly longer than her entire premiership. As one ally told the Financial Times of her abortive adventures in the public finances this week: “Liz believes that the policy was right but she didn’t get the political backing she needed.” Erm. Does that quite cover it? Having failed to get backing from her colleagues, the markets, business, the Bank of England, the public and experts from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and beyond, Liz was arguably a full six infinity stones short of a gauntlet. Still, it feels inevitable that another betrayal narrative should be cranking up. You can never have too many, can you? Having accidentally divested itself of various of its other manufacturing industries, the UK is now world-beating in producing betrayal narratives, with supporters of any number of the politicians who played a part in the rolling chaos of the past seven years still claiming that their standard bearer was falsely victimised by people who simply lacked their vision. British politics throws the best pity parties. Consider us the Valhalla of misunderstood heroes. Marina Hyde is a Guardian columnist Continue reading...
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Martin Rowson on Jeremy Hunt’s tax and transport pledges – cartoon (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
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I’ll never regret following my mum’s best-ever advice: ‘If you’re going to say something nice, say it in writing’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
In this series, Guardian writers share the best advice they have received and how it has impacted their lives Read more in the Words to live by series I was barely in my 20 when I found myself thrown into the vagaries of middle management. It’s a weird position to be in. I was telling people what to do and how to do it when I’d barely managed to be a person in the world (I’m still figuring that one out). When it comes to finessing the finer points of office politics, there’s no one better to ask than a public servant. And fortunately I had one on tap. My mother had spent the better part of her career navigating the treacherous waters of the Australian Public Service (there was a period when her job title was actually “navigator”), so whenever a tricky or even mildly bemusing issue came up at work, I turned to her. Continue reading...
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Facebook is allowing Trump back. The platform hasn’t learned its lesson | Jan-Werner Müller (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Trump has never shown the slightest repentance for his role in what Facebook gingerly calls ‘civil unrest’ It was left to Nick Clegg – once a great hope for liberal politics in Britain, nowadays cutting a sad figure as global lobbyist for a company with major PR problems – to announce that Facebook was open to Donald Trump’s nefarious business again. The decision was wrong, but it hardly spells the end of democracy, as alarmists equating Facebook with an inevitable triumph for fascism might think. What the decision does, though, is confirm the breathtaking hypocrisy of a corporation seemingly unable – or unwilling – to learn from its complicity in repeated political disasters. Hillary Clinton never stopped being pilloried for her “basket of deplorables” speech in 2016. However, the fact is that Trump and plenty of his supporters have said and done things which are deplorable. The really scandalous part was her casual remark that some Americans were “irredeemable”. But democracy is based on the notion that no one is irredeemable, that we should never give up on fellow citizens, hard as it may be. Those who have engaged in anti-democratic actions must have the chance to convince others that they have changed their ways. Continue reading...
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Digested week: Zahawi is on borrowed time – though aren’t we all | John Crace (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Revelations over Tory party chair’s tax affairs come as the Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight Rishi the recidivist. To add to his fixed-penalty notice for joining Boris Johnson at his birthday party during lockdown, the prime minister has now clocked up a second for not wearing a seatbelt. Not the worst crime, but one of the dumbest. Sunak only got caught because he filmed himself breaking the law. Not sure Rishi is cut out for life as a career criminal. Even so, he appears to be rather more trustworthy than some of his colleagues. A low bar, admittedly. First there is Johnson, who didn’t appear to think there was anything questionable about an old mucker, Richard Sharp, allegedly helping him to secure a loan facility just weeks before he recommended Sharp to be chair of the BBC. And what is it with Boris that he needs £800,000 to maintain his lifestyle when he already has friends paying for his accommodation? You can tell Johnson knows he’s done something wrong because he sloped off to Ukraine to see Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the weekend. Then there’s Nadhim Zahawi, the Tory party chair, who appears to have accidentally failed to fill in his tax return correctly, threatened journalists who wanted to reveal the story and negotiated his own settlement with HMRC when he was … chancellor. He now can’t even remember how much of the £4m or so he forked out was a penalty and says any irregularity was “carelessness”. Weird that the very rich never carelessly pay too much tax. Zahawi wants to stay on but my bet is he is on borrowed time. Gone by the end of the month. So much for Sunak’s promise of a Tory party guided by “professionalism, integrity and accountability”. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Tory austerity: an unpopular policy returns | Editorial (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Public spending is needed to green the economy and repair public services. But the chancellor plans £100bn in cuts Sir Rod Stewart is a Tory who backed Boris Johnson in 2019. So it was a surprise to hear the 78-year-old singer, when asked about recent strikes by NHS workers over pay, telling Sky News this week that he was on the nurses’ side not the Conservatives’. “I personally have been a Tory for a long time, but I think this government should stand down now and give the Labour party a go at it. Because this is heartbreaking for the nurses. In all my years of living in this country, I’ve never seen it so bad.” Polling suggests this is a widely held sentiment. The country is in a mess and everyone but ministers can see it. It is not “declinist” to say so. The government bears the bulk of the responsibility for failing to keep the trains running, the classrooms open or the emergency wards working. Public sector workers are fed up seeing their wages fall behind the cost of living. They have every right to feel aggrieved. Private sector industrial disputes are being sensibly settled – with pay awards outstripping those in the public sector. Yet the government doesn’t seem bothered about resolving industrial disputes. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Irish film: laughing all the way to the Oscars | Editorial (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
A record crop of nominations is a reward for decades of investment across the creative industries. The British government should take note News that Ireland had hoovered up 14 Oscar nominations rang out this week from Louth to Limerick. Nine of them were for the black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin, which finally overtook the national record of seven held since 1994 by Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father. Such is the pile-up that Colin Farrell, who stars in Banshees as one of two feuding friends in a remote island community, will compete for the best actor gong with Paul Mescal, from the British-made father-and-daughter duet Aftersun. Films about Ireland and its people are not rarities in the Oscar stakes: Kenneth Branagh’s British-made Belfast bagged seven nominations last year; an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s emigration novel Brooklyn, co-produced by the UK, Ireland and Canada, took three in 2016, and The Crying Game, by Ireland’s most garlanded film director, Neil Jordan, was nominated for six awards and won one in 1993. Banshees is a passion project for its writer, director and co-producer Martin McDonagh, who is an international player, with three Oscar nominations and a win already under his belt. Continue reading...
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Carbon credits: towards net zero or zero credibility? | Letters (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Avoided deforestation should not be used as a basis for creating carbon credits, says David Humphreys, while Paul Steele and Anna Ducros introduce biocredits and Dirk Forrister defends current methodologies Your articles accurately identify the problem of “phantom credits” in carbon offset projects (Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows, 18 January; Shell to spend $450m on carbon offsetting as fears grow that credits may be worthless, 19 January). When such credits are sold within offset schemes they in effect legitimise additional carbon emissions that contribute to global heating. In particular there is an inherent flaw in offset projects based on avoided deforestation. In principle the idea of avoided deforestation is sound. Forest owners and forested countries in the global south should be financially incentivised to reduce their deforestation beneath an agreed baseline rate. Continue reading...
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Gender identity treatment needs greater caution | Letter (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Dr David Bell, former staff governor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust, on its Gender Identity Development Service When considering the interim report by Dr Hilary Cass on gender identity services for children and young people, your article overemphasises the long waiting list and underemphasises that it was a waiting list for the wrong treatment, as Cass makes clear (‘A contentious place’: the inside story of Tavistock’s NHS gender identity clinic, 19 January). A clinician you quote says some staff left the Gender Identity Development Service (Gids) “in a destructive way”. They did not – they raised serious concerns with their managers which resulted in their intimidation. These concerns were borne out by the Cass review – particularly that as a result of the ideological penetration of Gids, it abandoned clinical neutrality and downplayed the significance of other serious conditions in this patient group. The Cass report makes clear that these children have been disadvantaged and that there is a lack of evidence for the “Dutch Approach” to treating them, involving puberty blockers. Continue reading...
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Manchester City v Arsenal: FA Cup fourth round – live (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
FA Cup fourth round updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off And feel free to share your match thoughts with Rob “Maybe it is just me,” writes Scott, “but a fight between Pep and Arteta would be the highlight of the day.” Yeah, that’s the kind of thing nobody likes to see. Continue reading...
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South Africa claim victory after England collapse in first one-day international (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
South Africa 298-7; England 271 England were 146-0 with Jason Roy hitting a century Jason Roy scored a vintage century to signal a welcome and overdue return to form but it wasn’t enough to prevent England losing a game they should have won comfortably when they went down by 27 runs to South Africa in the first of three ODIs at the Mangaung Oval on Friday night. Sam Curran, with three for 35, led the way as England restricted the hosts to 298 for seven on a modestly two-paced but otherwise perfect batting surface and the run-chase was given the perfect start with Roy and Dawid Malan adding 146 for the first wicket. Continue reading...
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Polarising Novak Djokovic is set to complete extraordinary revenge arc | Barney Ronay (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The 35-year-old is scything his way through the Australian Open in a haze of righteous fury after being deported a year ago There was a familiar pitch to the noise from the crowd as Novak Djokovic emerged at Melbourne Park on Friday to walk himself through the largely ceremonial motions of a 10th Australian Open semi-final victory. There is a distinctive Djokovic sound these days: not exactly cheers or jeers but a kind of mixed static, a fuzz of generalised feelings, event glamour, gawp energy. Some hostile shouts from the bleachers drew a look of slight dismay across that imperial visage, visible only in TV closeup. And what does Djokovic look like these days? Physically unchanged for a start, still the same vision of extreme hyper-elastic conditioning. He still looks a bit like a tennis ball, with that immaculate fuzz-cut hair, the fine straight nose, the mischievous eyes. Continue reading...
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Sean Dyche set to be Everton manager as Newcastle strike £40m Gordon deal (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Marcelo Bielsa not willing to take full charge until the summer Former Leeds manager was prepared to work behind scenes Sean Dyche is expected to be named as Everton’s manager this weekend after Marcelo Bielsa told the club he would only take full charge in the summer. The arrival of Dyche is set to coincide with the departure of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle in a £40m deal. Bielsa was the first choice of Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, and flew to London on Thursday to hold further talks with club officials. That raised their hopes of enticing the Argentinian to Goodison Park, despite his reservations over the state of the club and the squad and his record of never taking over a European club mid-season. Continue reading...
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Full metal final: Sabalenka takes on Rybakina in Australian Open epic (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The two best players in Melbourne meet as Sabalenka aims to continue her incredible run to clinch a first grand slam In the opening set of Aryna Sabalenka’s quarter-final with Donna Vekic at the Australian Open, she was struggling. Sabalenka tried to hold off her challenger, but every service game was a desperate battle. She faced 10 break points in four consecutive games, and could have cracked. Yet every time Sabalenka was pressured she remained calm as she stepped up to the baseline and produced an enormous serve or explosive forehand. Sabalenka survived the set, and never looked back. Continue reading...
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RFU’s Bill Sweeney facing calls to resign over tackle height rule-change debacle (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
RFU acknowledges ‘anger and concern’ in community game CCU will push for Sweeney’s ‘resignation or removal via the SGM’ The Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney, is facing calls to resign over the botched handling of the decision to lower the tackle height at community level with the governing body issuing a grovelling apology on Friday for the distress it has caused. Following a heated emergency council meeting on Thursday, the RFU has acknowledged the “anger and concern” it has prompted but remains committed to lowering the tackle height and will consult its clubs as to the precise definition of how to do so. Continue reading...
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‘The right time’: Jen Beattie on signing off from Scotland duty and next steps (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Arsenal defender departs international scene after 15 years with 144 caps and says rugby family background helped prepare her Jen Beattie’s decision to step back from international football after 144 caps and 15 years has come at the “right time” and is a step towards planning for a life beyond playing. The Arsenal defender, awarded an MBE in the new year honours list for services to football and charity, has stepped back from Scotland duty as the team gear up for a new cycle after missing out on qualification for this year’s World Cup. Continue reading...
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The 100 best male footballers in the world 2022 (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Lionel Messi has been voted the best player in the world in 2022 by our 206-strong panel, with Kylian Mbappé finishing second 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 Meet the judges | The 100 best female footballers in 2022 Continue reading...
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Farmers’ union called UK environment targets ‘irrational’ and ‘unachievable’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
NFU raised questions over water pollution, tree planting and rewilding targets, according to documents The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) raised questions about the government’s proposed targets on water pollution, tree planting and rewilding, calling them “irrational” and “unachievable”, according to documents published by the environment department. Under the 2021 Environment Act, the government was required to set legally binding targets for nature recovery and environmental improvements. It began consultation on those targets in March 2022, recommending, for example, an increase in tree canopy and woodland cover from 14.5% to 17.5% of total land area in England by 2050. Water pollution reduction targets were initially set for 2037. Continue reading...
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Climate activists could face jail over City of London protest (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Four protesters found guilty of public nuisance after stopping traffic at Bishopsgate in October 2021 A judge has told four climate activists they could face a jail sentence after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance during an Insulate Britain protest. Judge Silas Reid spoke after a jury convicted the environmental protesters following a five-day trial at Inner London crown court. Continue reading...
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Weather tracker: Cheneso restrengthens to bring flooding to Madagascar (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Tropical storm upgraded to cyclone status, hitting Indian Ocean island with 75mph winds and intense rainfall Madagascar continued to be hit by intense rainfall this week, resulting in serious flooding and several landslides. Severe Tropical Storm Cheneso made landfall in the north-east last week, and had weakened as it pushed south-west across the island. But after reaching the warm waters of the Mozambique channel on Monday, Cheneso restrengthened, achieving tropical cyclone status by Wednesday with sustained wind speeds of 75mph, equivalent to a category 1 hurricane. Unusually, the system remained near-stationary for almost four days, stalling just off the west coast of Madagascar and bringing more than 100mm of rain each day to some coastal areas. Cheneso’s lack of movement resulted in weakening of the system on Thursday, as upwelling of cooler water beneath the storm reduced the energy available to the cyclone, and sustained winds decreased to about 55mph. The storm has now started to accelerate to the south, and begun the process of curving out towards the southern Indian Ocean. Cheneso may briefly restrengthen during this period, before becoming extratropical by Monday. Continue reading...
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Worst London air pollution in six years as home fires burn (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Wood fires produce more particle pollution than traffic exhausts in UK, and controls remain ineffective Last weekend, air pollution in London reached the top value of 10 on the UK government’s index. Greatest concentrations were measured in the southwestern suburbs. This was London’s worst air pollution since January 2017. These short episodes of air pollution have an impact. A five-year study of 1.2 million Londoners published in 2021 found a rise in GP respiratory consultations and inhaler prescriptions after short increases in air pollution. This was more pronounced in children and persisted for at least a week. Continue reading...
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Inquest into deaths at Brixton O2 could lead to criminal charges, court hears (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Police say investigation into deaths of two people after crush at London venue is ‘vast and complex’ The Metropolitan police are conducting a “vast and complex” investigation into the deaths of two people after a crush at a south London music venue last month, which will probably result in criminal charges, an inquest heard on Friday. Speaking at the opening of the inquest at London Inner South coroner’s court into the deaths of Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, and Gaby Hutchinson, 23, DCI Nigel Penney, the Met’s senior investigating officer in the case, told the court: “It’s a vast and complicated process. It’s a huge investigation.” Continue reading...
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Dartmoor park launches attempt to appeal against wild camping ruling (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Lawyers argue judgment to end wild camping without landowner’s permission may be flawed A landowner who successfully overturned the right to wild camp on Dartmoor may have to return to court after the national park announced it was seeking permission to appeal against the decision. Alexander Darwall, who bought 1,620 hectares (4,000 acres) of the national park in 2013, took the park authority to the high court, arguing that the right to wild camp without a landowner’s permission never existed. Earlier this month, a judge ruled in his favour, ending the decades-long assumption that the activity was allowed. Continue reading...
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Goldman Sachs boss takes near 30% pay cut as turbulence hits bank (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
David Solomon’s pay was $25m for 2022, down from $35m in 2021, as investment bank’s profits halve and 3,200 staff laid off Goldman Sachs has slashed its chief executive’s pay packet by almost 30% after a turbulent year that resulted in one of the largest round of job cuts in the Wall Street lender’s history. The bank revealed on Friday that David Solomon had been paid $25m (£20m) for 2022, down from $35m a year earlier, after the bank revealed a 50% drop in annual profits following a slump in dealmaking. Solomon’s pay included a $2m base salary and $23m in bonuses. Continue reading...
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Octopus Energy calls rivals ‘desperate’ in bitter court clash (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
British Gas, E.ON and Scottish Power demand scrutiny of process by which rival acquired collapsed Bulb Octopus has labelled its rivals “desperate” while British Gas has claimed the energy supplier benefited from “hugely advantageous” terms in landing a deal for Bulb, during a courtroom clash. In a court hearing in London on Friday, the energy firms traded blows in the fallout from Octopus’ deal to buy Bulb from a government-handled administration last October. Continue reading...
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Climate activists guilty of smashing Barclays HQ windows spared jail (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Women were found guilty of causing £100,000 damage to building in Canary Wharf, London Seven climate change activists who were found guilty of causing more than £100,000 of damage by smashing windows at the headquarters of Barclays Bankwere spared jail by a judge. Zoe Cohen, 52, Carol Wood, 53, Sophie Cowen, 31, Lucy Porter, 48, Gabriella Ditton, 28, Rosemary Webster, 64, and another protester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were charged with criminal damage and pleaded not guilty. Continue reading...
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Tearful Lucy Letby said ‘it’s always me when it happens’, court told (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
GP says it ‘seemed a pretty normal reaction’ amid series of collapses of infants at Chester hospital A nurse accused of murdering seven babies was seen crying as she said something to the effect of “it’s always me when it happens”, a court has heard. Lucy Letby, 33, is said to have made the remark amid a series of collapses of infants at the Countess of Chester hospital’s neo-natal unit. Letby denies murdering seven babies and attempting to kill 10 others between June 2015 and June 2016. Continue reading...
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Conspirators jailed for trying to fix Coventry drug kingpin’s trial (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Leslie Allen recruited plotters but plan ‘failed spectacularly’ after jury became suspicious of rogue juror A drug kingpin, a rogue juror, his mother, and a mechanic have been jailed for attempting to fix a trial. Leslie Allen, 66, a boxing promoter from Coventry, recruited a team of stooges to help him get off charges of possessing £150,000 of cannabis and cocaine and a pepper spray in 2018. Continue reading...
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Student nurse appears in court accused of planning terrorist attack at RAF base (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Mohammad Farooq was allegedly found with a pressure cooker bomb outside St James’s university hospital in Leeds A student nurse has appeared in court accused of planning a terrorist attack at an RAF base after he was allegedly found with a pressure cooker bomb outside a hospital in Leeds. Mohammad Farooq, 27, was allegedly inspired by radical Islam and jihad when he carried out “hostile reconnaissance” of the military base in Yorkshire on 10 and 18 January after carrying out online research. Continue reading...
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NHS trust receives record fine of £800,000 after death of newborn (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Failings in the care of Sarah Andrews and her baby Wynter at hospital in Nottingham were avoidable, says judge An NHS trust has been fined £800,000 in the highest ever penalty for maternity care after admitting to failings in the care of a woman and her baby, who died minutes after being born. Wynter Sophia Andrews died on 15 September 2019, 23 minutes after being born by emergency caesarean section, in the arms of her parents, Sarah and Gary, at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Continue reading...
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UK teenager sentenced over far-right videos that inspired US killers (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Daniel Harris, 19, to serve 11 years in young offender institution for ‘stream of rightwing terrorist bile’ A teenage extremist who inspired two far-right killers in the US has been ordered to serve 11 and a half years in a young offender institution for publishing a “stream of rightwing terrorist bile”. Daniel Harris, 19, celebrated white supremacist murderers including Anders Breivik and called for an armed uprising in videos posted from his grandfather’s house in Derbyshire. Continue reading...
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Revealed: Trump secretly donated $1m to discredited Arizona election ‘audit’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Funding for controversial review of state’s vote count in 2020 election can be traced to former president’s Pac One of the enduring mysteries surrounding the chaotic attempts to overturn Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential battle has been solved: who made a secret $1m donation to the controversial election “audit” in Arizona? The identity of one of the largest benefactors behind the discredited review of Arizona’s vote count has been shrouded in secrecy. Now the Guardian can reveal that the person who partially bankrolled the failed attempt to prove that the election was stolen from Trump was … Trump. Continue reading...
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Burning of Qur’an in Stockholm funded by journalist with Kremlin ties (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Permit for demonstration at which anti-Islam provocateur burned Muslim holy book was paid for by far-right journalist linked to Moscow-backed media The Qur’an-burning incident in Stockholm that threatens Sweden’s bid to join Nato was funded by a far-right journalist with links to Kremlin-backed media, it has emerged. The holy book was set alight last Saturday near Turkey’s embassy in Stockholm by a far-right politician and anti-Islam provocateur, Rasmus Paludan, a dual Danish-Swedish national, with a reputation for carrying out similar acts. Continue reading...
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Florida Republican sends welcome grenades to fellow Congress members (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Inert projectiles came with a note that among other things said ‘let’s come together and get to work on behalf of our constituents’ A newly elected Florida Republican sent grenades to fellow members of Congress, prompting one aghast Democrat to say “not even George Santos could make this stuff up”. Santos is the scandal-plagued New York congressman whose largely made-up résumé and questionable finances have threatened to blow a hole in House Republicans’ narrow majority. Continue reading...
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Greek PM survives confidence vote but phone-tapping scandal rumbles on (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras describes Kyriakos Mitsotakis as mastermind of ‘a criminal network’ Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has survived a no-confidence vote over a phone-tapping scandal that has shocked the nation and sparked mounting concern in the EU. After three days of rancorous debate, the censure motion was defeated on Friday by 156 votes to 143 in the 300-seat chamber of deputies. With passions animated by disclosures of wiretaps being placed on politicians, army top brass and journalists, the debate had run into the wee hours before the vote. Continue reading...
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French justice minister ‘devastated’ after son reportedly arrested (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Eric Dupond-Moretti’s son Raphael ‘detained’ in ski resort of Courchevel on suspicion of domestic violence France’s justice minister has said he is “devastated” after his son was reportedly detained in an upmarket ski resort on suspicion of domestic violence. “As a father, I’m devastated,” Eric Dupond-Moretti told reporters. “My thoughts are for the victim. Any violence, whatever it is, is intolerable. Continue reading...
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Police body-camera video of Paul Pelosi hammer attack released (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Footage shows husband of former House speaker opening door with intruder in home and pair wrestling over hammer Police body-camera footage released on Friday afternoon shed more light on the brutal hammer attack last October against Paul Pelosi, the husband of Democratic congresswomen and then House speaker Nancy Pelosi. The shocking video shows officers arriving at the front door of the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and knocking loudly on the door. Continue reading...
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Spanish man accused of sending letter bombs denied bail over risk of fleeing to Russia (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Alleged actions of man, 74, were an attempt to force Spanish authorities ‘to abstain from supporting Ukraine’ A 74-year-old Spanish man accused of sending six letter bombs and explosive devices to targets including the Ukrainian and US embassies and the office of the Spanish prime minister last year has been denied bail because of the risk that he could flee to Russia. Police in northern Spain arrested the man on Wednesday in connection with the devices, the remainder of which were sent to the defence minister, an airbase near Madrid, and a weapons company that manufactures the C90 rocket launchers that have been donated to Ukraine. Continue reading...
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Irish family reveal six-year legal battle in Qatar over daughter’s severe injuries (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Birmingham-based Soffe family still fighting for compensation after fire in Gulf state left Elizabeth with life-threatening burns A Birmingham family have revealed the distress they have endured in a six-year legal battle in Qatar to gain compensation for the severe injuries experienced by their youngest daughter when they lived in the Gulf state. Elizabeth Soffe, now eight, received life-threatening burns as a baby in a fire at her family’s villa in Al Waab, near the country’s capital, Doha, in 2014. Continue reading...
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Three charged with Iran-backed plot to assassinate journalist in US (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Target of alleged plot believed to be Masih Alinejad, a US citizen and longtime critic of Iran’s head-covering laws for women US prosecutors have charged three members of an eastern European criminal organization with ties to Iran’s government with conspiring to assassinate a journalist and activist who is an American citizen, the attorney general, Merrick Garland, said on Friday. Rafat Amirov, Polad Omarov and Khalid Mehdiyev were charged with murder-for-hire and money laundering for their role in the thwarted Tehran-backed plot, the Department of Justice said in a statement. Continue reading...
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Anchorman director to sell Sex Panther prop in climate fund auction (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Adam McKay also selling walk-on role in next film, vintage Marvel comics and basketball cards It may smell like pure gasoline, but it could now help Just Stop Oil. The director of Anchorman is selling the film’s original Sex Panther cologne (“Yep, it’s made with bits of real panther, so you know it’s good”) to raise money for climate protesters. The prop is just one memento being auctioned from the personal collection of Adam McKay, who was also behind the climate satire Don’t Look Up, to raise money for the Climate Emergency Fund. Continue reading...
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Yung Gravy sued by Rick Astley for ‘theft of voice’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Rapper Yung Gravy’s hit Betty (Get Money) made authorised use of Never Gonna Give You Up’s melody, but lawsuit argues vocal ‘imitation’ was unacceptable Is it possible for a rickroll to go too far? Twenty-six-year-old rapper Yung Gravy may be about to find out. Born Matthew Hauri, the musician – from Rochester, Minnesota – had a viral hit last year with Betty (Get Money), a track that heavily interpolated Rick Astley’s 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up – which itself gained new prominence 20 years after its initial release thanks to rickrolling, a phenomenon in which internet users troll each other by sending covert links to the song’s music video. Now, Billboard reports that Astley is suing Gravy, saying that the rapper violated his “right of publicity” by hiring a singer to imitate his voice on the track. Although Gravy’s use of the melody and lyrics of Never Gonna Give You Up was authorised by Astley, his lawsuit claims that he never authorised Gravy and his collaborator, Nick Seeley, to use his “signature voice” on the song. The lawsuit suggests that Gravy “conspired to include a deliberate and nearly indistinguishable imitation of Mr Astley’s voice”, with the intent to “capitalise off of the immense popularity and goodwill” of Astley. Astley’s lawyers claim that Gravy’s song caused “immense damage”, given that Astley is “extremely protective” over his image and likeness. Continue reading...
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GoldenEye 007: the beloved classic that reshaped video games (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The N64 shooter was one of the most innovative games in history – and the myths around its creation still intrigue Life moves pretty slow on a video game magazine when the last pages are being sent to the printer. As a writer on Edge, I’d have to be available in the office to write captions and headlines, but often we were there long into the night as the art team designed pages. So the writers and subs would have nothing to do but wait and play games. And for many months, the game we played was GoldenEye. Released two years after the film, into a market where tie-ins were never exactly epoch-making products, it’s fair to say expectations were low for the N64 shooter. But this was a shooter by Rare, the veteran Midlands-based developer of Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct, and the game that would introduce a lot of players to the concept of using an analogue stick to look around in a 3D game – it’s difficult to overstate how important that was. Continue reading...
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Sylvia Syms, prolific British actor, dies aged 89 (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Performer starred opposite Dirk Bogarde in Victim as well as playing the mother of Helen Mirren’s monarch in The Queen Sylvia Syms, the versatile British actor who appeared in a string of films including Ice Cold in Alex, Expresso Bongo, The Tamarind Seed and The Queen, has died aged 89. According to a statement given to PA by her family, Syms “died peacefully” on Friday at Denville Hall, a care home in London for those in the entertainment industry. Her children, Beatie and Ben Edney, said: “Our mother, Sylvia, died peacefully this morning. She has lived an amazing life and gave us joy and laughter right up to the end. Just yesterday we were reminiscing together about all our adventures. She will be so very missed.” Continue reading...
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All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt review – experimental film pulls on the senses (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Sundance film festival: Raven Jackson’s gorgeous, sparsely worded debut film evokes the non-linear memories of one Black woman in Mississippi There will be a moment in All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, the gorgeous, unconventional debut from Raven Jackson, when the film’s spell works. It may be in the first 15 minutes, lulled by Mississippi’s lush soundscape and meditative shots of a southern summer, or an extended take in a hospital delivery room. It could wait until the final scene, an ode to memories already recorded and yet to come. The pull of this sparsely worded, deeply sensitive film will probably depend on what triggers one’s personal sentimentality and, more pertinently, how much you know about it going in. The plot is so loosely outlined, and the camera so frequently turned to hands over faces, that it could be difficult, sans context, to pick up on its ambitious logic: a series of non-chronological memories in the life of one Black woman, connected by the senses of touch and sound and particularly attuned to the lingering feel of one’s skin on another. All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt premiered at the Sundance film festival and will be released later this year Continue reading...
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‘It was my most terrifying experience – and I’ve seen Trump naked!’: Stormy Daniels on standup, tarot and reality TV (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
She has endured death threats, hate mail and unfair arrests, but now Stormy Daniels wants to help gay men find love. She talks about her new dating show, writing jokes – and why she won’t back down ‘There is nothing anyone can say that can embarrass me,” says Stormy Daniels, the pornography actor who became a household name in 2018 when it was revealed Donald Trump had paid her to keep quiet about a 2006 affair. “I have seen my butthole on a Jumbotron. You can’t shame me.” I’m calling Daniels to discuss the new gay dating show she presents, For the Love of Dilfs, and whether it could be her chance to finally put Trump, and the numerous scandals that followed, behind her. Continue reading...
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Wolf Pack review – Sarah Michelle Gellar’s TV comeback is mind-bendingly bad (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
This startlingly awful teen werewolf drama is a cheesy, trope-packed mess. It’s full of dodgy acting, nonsensical dialogue and inexplicable plot – this is no Buffy … Wildfires in California are just the sort of peace-shattering, visually intimidating force of nature that dramas like to use as a starting point. What happens to the people who share the terrifying experience of being surrounded by walls of flame? How do families cope when everything they own is incinerated? The startlingly awful new fantasy drama Wolf Pack (Paramount+) asks a bigger, deeper question. You see that big fire? Well, what if there was a werewolf in it? After a fleeting introductory scene in which a park ranger sees a fire, stops his vehicle, gets out and stands square-chested in the road, looking with grizzled apprehension at the flames, we are aboard a yellow school bus in Los Angeles. It should be taking Everett (Armani Jackson) to his classes but is snarled in traffic, with the wildfire raging in the Angeles National Forest not 50 yards away. Continue reading...
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Habits – not resolutions: how to achieve your fitness goals in the year ahead (Wed, 21 Dec 2022)
Keen to nail a fitness goal – or simply find a workout routine you can actually stick to and enjoy? We spoke to experts to discover how to create healthy habits that go the distance While many of us make new year resolutions with all the best intentions, recent research found that two-thirds of people abandon them within the first month. Ouch. But if you’re determined to change your lifestyle and stay that way for the whole of 2023, what can you do to defeat the new year resolution curse? Continue reading...
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Intense cardio or chill out vibes? Take our quiz to find your workout style (Wed, 21 Dec 2022)
Exercise comes in all shapes and sizes – but which style is best suited to your personality? Take our quiz to find out … With thousands of classes to suit all moods, goals, tastes and experience levels, Peloton is your chance to ride, run, lift and flow from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you choose to work out. To find new ways to move – and a community that inspires you to conquer more – head to onepeloton.co.uk. Continue reading...
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Building motivation: top tips on (Thu, 22 Dec 2022)
When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, the fun factor is key While Jane Fonda launched a million workouts from the US and Jackie Chan went on to spark a worldwide craze for martial arts from Hong Kong, Britain’s most famous fitness guru is Derrick Errol Evans, AKA 90s legend Mr Motivator – who seemed to understand that our entire problem with exercise was motivating ourselves to bother. Some 30 years on, the situation hasn’t changed: according to Public Health England, about 34% of men and 42% of women were not active enough for good health. So why do we still struggle to get moving? “Fundamentally, we’re motivated to do something when it feels as if the costs of doing it are outweighed by the benefits of getting it done,” says Caroline Webb, author of How to Have a Good Day, who uses psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics to glean insights on how to improve our daily wellbeing. “It’s normal to find it hard to get motivated to do things where the benefits are mostly long term rather than immediate, because it’s easier for our brain to process concrete rather than abstract things.” Continue reading...
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Riding to recovery: how I cycled back from injury (Mon, 09 Jan 2023)
Colin Leadbetter was unable to exercise for months after a plane accident left him with multiple broken bones and fractures – but, thanks to his Peloton Bike+, he has begun the journey back to peak fitness “I’m a middle-aged man in Lycra,” laughs Colin Leadbeatter. At 39, he’s hardly middle aged, but he certainly owns a lot of Lycra. “I used to spend a lot of time whizzing around London, getting beeped at by angry road users on my bike.” Since the Covid pandemic, Leadbeatter’s job as a local government planning officer at a north-west London authority has allowed him to work from home four days a week, so now he and his dog Bruce live in Rye, East Sussex, with his partner. They love being near the sea, and the house came with an added benefit. “My other half always wanted a home gym,” he says. “And the new house came with an outbuilding that had previously been used as an office. We got a Peloton Bike+, which came into its own during the lockdowns when we were both living and working together. Having a gym in a little separate building meant we could get out from under each other’s feet.” Continue reading...
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The camera never lies … What BeReal selfies have taught me about my fashion choices | Jess Cartner-Morley (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The photo-sharing app leads to some pretty random images – and with them unexpected but useful style lessons The social media platform BeReal, in which users take a photo during a random two-minute period every day, is not an obvious place to look for style inspiration. Unlike Instagram, which is full of selfies taken specifically to show off a new coat, a good hair day or a flattering lift mirror, BeReal shows everyone at their most humdrum. If Instagram is a glossy, coffee table book compilation of high days and holidays, Be Real is a blooper reel of life’s tea-bath-bed days. If you are on the app, you get a notification to take a picture of what you are doing at a random time of day – and the reverse camera snaps a selfie while you are doing it. It means you are much more likely to be in the park in your dog-walking coat or sitting at your laptop in an old hoodie than you are to be dolled up. Continue reading...
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My brother’s fear of Covid has stopped him socialising. What can I do? | Ask Annalisa Barbieri (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Try expressing your concerns more directly – but the pandemic may have been an excuse to change the way he lives I am worried about my brother and wondering if there is any way to help him through his fear of Covid. It’s prevented him going out for all but essential errands and appointments since the beginning of the pandemic (neither he nor his wife go out to work). At the root of it is a very understandable concern about infecting his wife, who has some underlying health conditions. But they were happy to socialise for many years before Covid – the risk of catching coughs/colds etc was not a major concern (they’re both healthy in other ways). Sadly the lockdowns seem to have triggered a general paranoia about germs, infection and mingling with other people. This is despite also being fully vaccinated and boosted. I’ve gently tried to coax him into socialising in a safe setting – at the park with just me and my wife, getting a coffee outside, and offering to do LFTs in advance for extra reassurance – but he’s still anxious about face-to-face contact and declines. My worry too is that he and his wife are subconsciously feeding each other’s fears – made especially intense with them being at home all day – and that they can’t get themselves out of this way of thinking and behaving. Continue reading...
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Three things with Joe Wicks: ‘If I’m having a stressful day, I jump in the ice bath’ (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
In our weekly interview about objects, and on the eve of his Australian tour, the fitness star shares his craving for cold, and the worst job he held as a backpacker Read more Three things interviews here Get our weekend culture and lifestyle email Many of us have worked up a sweat with Joe Wicks. When the world went into lockdown back in 2020, the UK-based fitness personality started sharing daily workout sessions on YouTube. They became a sensation, garnering more than 100m views globally. Wicks considers the success of those lockdown workouts his “proudest life achievement”, but they weren’t his first foray into the world of fitness. He has been in the game for more than a decade now – the Briton’s resume includes authoring 11 cookbooks and launching the popular training app Body Coach. Last year Wicks even received an MBE for services to fitness and charity. Continue reading...
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The Woolpack, Slad, Gloucestershire: ‘Fancy but hearty food’ – restaurant review (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
‘This is confident, swaggering cooking. You’ll get fed until you can barely walk’ One of the several million reasons I love Great Britain, and can never truly join in with giving it a kicking, is our place names. Nobody doles them out like we do. Take Slad in the Cotswolds. Yes, it’s a charming village on the side of a valley, but it has the name of a Brutalist architect or a 15th-century Romanian warlord. Just the word Slad evokes arduous winters and that bit in An American Werewolf in London when the doomed walkers drop in at the terrifying local pub on darts night. But Slad, in fact, has a very welcoming pub called the Woolpack, which several folk have mentioned to me over the years, although I’ve eschewed it because people always recommend their local, plus how many of them really want to see a restaurant reviewer in there? The Woolpack, however, has coped with far more celebrated writers than me. For one thing, this used to be Laurie Lee’s local, and he didn’t just describe salad; he wrote the much-adored Cider With Rosie, which has sold more than six million copies and haunted many a school syllabus. A Slad resident until his death in 1997, Lee was often seen at The Woolpack, which still has about it a literary feel, and even has its own minuscule bookshop. It is little more than a shelf really, but it’s still charming, because, in most other ways, this 300-year-old watering hole is decidedly higgledy-piggledy and has outside toilets down a set of stone stairs – back in chilly January, when I went to spend a penny there, I quietly thanked whoever had turned on the radiator. Continue reading...
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The pickleball revolution: how a game for all ages became one of the world’s fastest-growing sports (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
A gentle cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong, pickleball is an easy game to pick up. Sam Wollaston has a little dink The sports hall of a school in New Malden, south-west London, may seem an unlikely venue for a revolution. But here, on an icy Thursday night, a revolution of sorts is taking place. Comrades are facing off, honing their skills and sharpening their reflexes. A group of raw new recruits, a motley rabble of women and men sucked inexorably into the cause, looks on. The local commander, a no-nonsense but cheerful woman named Lou, will take them to the end of the hall to issue them with equipment, show them how to use it, and explain the rules of combat. Continue reading...
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Cocktail of the week: Ramael Scully’s barley water with coconut caramel - recipe | The good mixer (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
There are only a few days of dry January to go, so see it out with this rich and luxurious, coconut caramel treat A favourite alcohol-free drink to help you through the last days of dry January. Continue reading...
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Palestinians killed as Israeli forces raid Jenin refugee camp in West Bank – video report (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
Israeli forces have killed nine Palestinians during a raid in the north of the occupied West Bank in the deadliest single day in the territory in years. A 61-year-old woman and a male civilian were among the dead, the Palestinian health ministry said, and about 20 more people were seriously injured in the violence on Thursday morning. The Israeli defence force said in a statement that it conducted the unusual daytime operation because of intelligence suggesting a cell linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad was planning to carry out imminent attacks against Israelis. Two of the casualties were claimed by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, four by Hamas, and one by the armed wing of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas’s, Fatah faction. Palestinians say nine killed in Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp Continue reading...
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‘No issues were raised’ when Nadhim Zahawi was appointed, says Rishi Sunak – video (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
Rishi Sunak has said that no issues about Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs were raised when he appointed him as Conservative party chair. The prime minister initially told the Commons last week that Zahawi had already addressed the matter ‘in full’ Nadhim Zahawi faces questions over source of £30m unsecured loans to wife’s property company Nadhim Zahawi allows HMRC to share his tax information with inquiry Continue reading...
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Ukraine: drone footage shows residential building on fire in eastern city of Bakhmut – video (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
The Ukrainian armed forces have published drone footage showing fire and smoke rising from a residential building in Bakhmut, on the frontline in eastern Ukraine. Intense fighting is taking place between Ukrainian troops and Russia's Wagner mercenaries centred on Bakhmut and neighbouring towns. Moscow has intensified its efforts to make progress in the area to advance on eastern Ukraine. The US has recently designated the Russian mercenary group Wagner as a 'significant transnational criminal organisation', imposing further sanctions on the military contractor that has been aiding Russian troops since the invasion of Ukraine Russia-Ukraine war: 11 killed and 11 wounded in Russian missile attacks; Wagner group classified as criminal organisation by US – live Ukraine ‘cannot be broken’ says its top general after Russian missile attack Continue reading...
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Why rivers shouldn't look like this – video (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
The quintessential image of a river you might recognise from post cards and paintings – nice and straight with a tidy riverbank – is not actually how it is supposed to look. It's the result of centuries of industrial and agricultural development. And it's become a problem, exacerbating the impact of both extreme flooding and extreme drought. Josh Toussaint-Strauss looks into how so many rivers ended up this way, and how river restoration is helping to reestablish biodiversity and combat some of the effects of the climate crisis ‘This is what a river should look like’: Dutch rewilding project turns back the clock 500 years ‘We make nature here’: pioneering Dutch project repairs image after outcry over starving animals Continue reading...
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'Fire under the ashes': why executions are not stopping Iranian protesters – video explainer (Mon, 23 Jan 2023)
It has been more than four months since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran's 'morality police' sparked waves of protests across the country. After mass arrests, the Iranian regime has now begun executing people connected to the protests in what the UN human rights office has called ‘unfair trials based on forced confessions’. As concern grows for those demanding change in Iran, journalist Deepa Parent explains what we know about the executions so far – and how they have created a 'fire under the ashes' by fuelling protesters' anger Iran: fears grow of security crackdown in Zahedan as anti-regime protests persist Continue reading...
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Can Extinction Rebellion’s new brand of climate protest win people over? – video (Fri, 20 Jan 2023)
In an attempt to gain popular support, Extinction Rebellion has promised to 'quit' public disruption as a primary tactic of its protests, focusing instead on the 'perpetrators' of climate destruction. The Guardian environment correspondent Damien Gayle joins the group in its first targeted action against Michael Gove's Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the UK government's decision to approve a new coalmine in Cumbria Continue reading...
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Inside the NHS in crisis: every day like a 'horrific board game' – video (Tue, 13 Dec 2022)
The NHS is facing an unprecedented crisis this winter. Thirty-three months since the pandemic was declared, the Guardian spent 33 hours in NHS services across south London and found crammed wards, burnt-out staff, patients waiting hours for ambulances and a constant juggling act to find space for patients in need Continue reading...
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‘We can’t afford not to’: a firefighter, paramedic, train driver and teacher on UK strikes – video (Wed, 14 Dec 2022)
“We can’t afford to strike, but we can’t afford not to strike,” firefighter Kasey from Leicestershire has told the Guardian. The wave of strikes sweeping the UK are reaching their peak this week, threatening to bring much of the country to a standstill as workers across the transport network, NHS, Royal Mail and civil service take industrial action in ongoing rows over pay and conditions. In the new year, strike ballots for firefighters and teachers will close, while junior doctors are scheduled to vote next month. Nurses across the country will begin their first strike on Thursday.  We asked four people across England – a paramedic, a teacher, a firefighter, and a train driver – about why they are striking, the realities of being a public sector worker during a cost of living crisis and whether they are hopeful that this action could lead to change in their industry UK strike days calendar – the public service stoppages planned for December Continue reading...
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UK parents and carers: what are your plans for the half term? (Wed, 25 Jan 2023)
We would like to hear what parents and carers have planned for the school break in February In February, school aged children across the country will break for the half term holidays. As the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze families’ budgets, we want to know how you plan to keep your kids occupied. Maybe it is a visit to your local library, or a sports camp to fit with your work schedule. Continue reading...
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Tell us: are you a lodger in the UK? (Wed, 25 Jan 2023)
We would like to speak to lodgers renting out a landlord’s spare room, as rising numbers of empty bedrooms are advertised online Rising numbers of homeowners in the UK are advertising their spare bedrooms online as a way of supplementing rising living costs. Homeowners advertising empty bedrooms on the website SpareRoom in January jumped to the highest levels since summer 2020, according to Bloomberg. Continue reading...
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Share your experience of studying in the UK as an EU national (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
We would like to hear from EU students and recent graduates about their UK university experiences as Brexit sees enrolment figures plummet British universities have seen the number of EU students enrolling halve since Brexit, with the decline attributed primarily to changes in fee status. Before Brexit, EU students paid fees ranging from nothing in Scotland to £9,250 a year in England. Fees have risen as high as £38,000 after Brexit. Continue reading...
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UK business owners: how will you cope with reduced energy support payments? (Tue, 10 Jan 2023)
We’d like to hear how business owners in the UK expect to be affected by the treasury’s decision to reduce the energy support scheme from April UK industry bodies have called on the government to allow firms to renegotiate contracts signed when wholesale gas prices peaked last summer amid fears unaffordable bills will force many to close. Businesses will receive reduced support for their energy bills from the end of March, with the Treasury announcing that the government would provide £5.5bn of “transitional support” for businesses over 12 months from 1 April 2023. Continue reading...
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What is the teachers strike really about? (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Over the next couple of months, thousands of teachers are due to strike across the UK. What is the government doing in response to their demand for an above-inflation pay increase? Jessica Elgot reports Georgia Townsend works with children who have special needs with English. Teaching is the only job she ever saw herself doing, but now she faces a decision. If the National Education Union’s (NEU) strike to get an above-inflation pay rise is unsuccessful, she might not return to the classroom this September. When Townsend puts the heating on to keep her two-year-old son warm, she does not eat. Last week, her parents realised what was happening and started ordering food parcels to her door. Continue reading...
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Why are women in Britain having to travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion? podcast (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
Record numbers of abortions are being carried out and services are struggling to cope. Why is the system under so much pressure and what toll is it taking on women? An unprecedented demand for abortions in the UK is leading to a crisis in abortion services. While women in the early stages of pregnancy can now receive abortion pills in the post, services that provide surgical abortions are being pushed to the limit. At Homerton hospital, east London, doctors explain to Hannah Moore why women with complications, such as anaemia, are having to travel hundreds of miles to get the care they need and, in some cases, face delays of weeks before they can have a termination. Continue reading...
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What was behind Jacinda-mania – and why did it end so suddenly? – podcast (Wed, 25 Jan 2023)
Jacinda Ardern became a progressive icon around the world, but despite winning a rare parliamentary majority in New Zealand and gaining plaudits for her handling of Covid, the outgoing prime minister’s legacy is complicated, says Tess McClure in Auckland Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s outgoing prime minister, has said leading the country was “the greatest privilege of my life”. She leaves office today having led New Zealand through its response to the worst terrorist attack in its history and the Covid pandemic. As the Guardian’s Tess McClure in Auckland tells Michael Safi, global adulation for Ardern, particularly in progressive circles, has made her an unlikely celebrity politician. But in New Zealand her legacy is more complex. The country – like much of the world – is in the grip of soaring inflation, and its housing is among the most expensive in the world. Continue reading...
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Pruning HS2 cuts short-term costs but loses bigger long-term benefits (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Reports that the line could permanently stop at Old Oak Common, not Euston, would mean even less value for money from HS2 There is only so long that you can prune the branches of a major infrastructure project. Now the government is – according to swiftly denied reports – considering hacking away at the roots of HS2. Much has already faded from the grand vision that was first unveiled in 2009 and confirmed as effectively cross-party policy in 2012 – most notably the north-eastern leg of the original Y-shaped high-speed rail network linking London, Manchester and Leeds. But most of the cropping back to date has been lines on a map – not sites that have been worked on for years. Continue reading...
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Jeremy Hunt overdoes the Es: why his economic plan is a letdown (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Speech on ‘enterprise, education, employment and everywhere’ contained only vague, empty promises Brexit will shake Britons out of their comfortable torpor, turn them into risktakers and put the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution – that was Jeremy Hunt’s message in his much-trailed speech on growing the UK economy. The chancellor came to Bloomberg’s HQ in the City of London on Friday seeking to raise the country’s spirits, hail the split with Brussels and dispel the “declinism” he says saps Britain’s energy. Continue reading...
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Donald Trelford obituary (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Editor of the Observer in the 1970s and 80s who fought to retain the paper’s integrity and identity Donald Trelford, who has died from cancer aged 85, edited the Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, for 18 years from 1975, while fighting for much of that time to preserve its existence, its editorial integrity and its separate identity under three successive owners in less than two decades. The Observer, to which he first contributed sports reports as a freelance while still a student – three guineas for 300 words on a rugby match – was the focus of his career for nearly 30 years. Some editors are writers, some technicians, able to design and lay out pages: Trelford was both. He could write with facility and enthusiasm about a range of sports from cricket to snooker, but also tap out editorials and news reports, and each Saturday design the paper’s front page. Continue reading...
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‘We’ve had pups try to head to the pub’: grey seals make remarkable UK comeback (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
With record numbers of the once heavily hunted mammal popping up around the UK, they have been seen in some unlikely places Grey seal numbers are booming in the UK. After nearly disappearing a century ago, they are now so abundant that in the past few weeks pups have been rescued from outside kebab shops, fish and chip restaurants and farmers’ fields. It is a remarkable conservation success story, say environmentalists. Numbers dropped as low as 500 in the early 20th century due to hunting, as seals were often treated as pests in fishing communities. Today, about 120,000 grey seals make the UK their home, representing about 40% of the global population. They have become more common than the UK’s other main seal species, the common seal, sometimes known as the harbour seal. Continue reading...
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Resale therapy: charities reinvent former Topshop to take on Depop and eBay (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Boasting DJs and ice-cream, groups from Shelter to Barnardo’s have clubbed together to create a preloved department store There’s a DJ playing funky tunes, colourful ice-creams and even more colourful outfits from animal print coats to a sequined jumpsuit at the latest opening in north London’s Brent Cross shopping centre. The former Topshop store, empty since the chain closed down two years ago, has been filled not with another fast-fashion name but with secondhand fashions being sold to raise money for charities including Shelter, Barnardo’s, Cancer Research UK, Emmaus and Traid. Continue reading...
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Bestway: from London cornershop to Sainsbury’s stakeholder (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Founded in 1963, the group includes Well Pharmacy and the Costcutter and Best-one chains Costcutter owner Bestway takes near £200m stake in Sainsbury’s A convenience store in Earl’s Court, west London, may seem an unlikely launchpad for a multinational conglomerate, but that is where the Bestway Group began. The company – which is now one of the UK’s largest grocery wholesalers and also the owner of Well Pharmacy stores and the Costcutter and Best-one convenience chains, has paid roughly £200m for a 3.45% stake in Sainsbury’s, making it the sixth largest investor in Britain’s second largest grocer. Continue reading...
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Sign up to House to Home: our free interiors email (Wed, 28 Sep 2022)
Upgrade your space today, with eight emails packed with tips to brighten up your home - whatever your budget. Embrace your space: the Guardian’s House to Home newsletter is bursting with tips and tricks to help you boost your bedroom and give your living room some love. Sign up any time, and get eight emails direct to your inbox every Sunday morning. Continue reading...
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Sign up for the Design Review newsletter: our free design email (Wed, 09 Sep 2020)
Get a dose of creative inspiration. Expect original, sustainable ideas and reflections from designers and crafters ‘Design’ is a word used to describe architecture and products, ideas and visual arts. Design makes your sofa comfortable, but it can also save the planet if you’re developing innovative building materials. In this age, every aspect of design is considered by the switched-on reader, so the Design Review newsletter focuses on thinking and process as much as products to buy. The way we think about lifestyle is changing. As our focus turns to sustainability and away from the short fix of fashion and trends, we have updated our lifestyle journalism to reflect this. Following on from the Observer’s quarterly Design magazine, our monthly newsletter to bring you more of these features and stories. Continue reading...
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Sign up for the Hear Here newsletter: our free podcast email (Wed, 30 Mar 2022)
Podcast recommendations for unexpected audio pleasures. Our reviewers and audio producers pick out the top shows Hear Here highlights the best new podcasts and essential series to catch up on every week. Sign up and we’ll send you an email filled with the latest shows as reviewed by our podcast critics, plus best of lists and talking points from the world of audio. From entertainment to sport to politics and everything in between, you’ll find the best audio recommendations in your inbox every Thursday morning. *** Continue reading...
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Sign up for the TechScape newsletter: our free technology email (Tue, 20 Sep 2022)
Alex Hern’s look at how technology is shaping our lives, direct to your inbox Get our UK tech editor’s unique insight into the latest goings on in Silicon Valley and beyond direct to your inbox. Sign up to receive our Wednesday email and get the lowdown on everything from crypto to TikTok – and much more. Explore all our newsletters: whether you love film, football, fashion or food, we’ve got something for you Continue reading...
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The week around the world in 20 pictures (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
Valentino at Paris fashion week, Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open, protests continue in Lima and fighting on the frontline near Bakhmut – the most striking images this week Continue reading...
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Superheroes, snowy peaks and suffragettes – Friday’s best photographs (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
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Crowning glories: sea dragons, lionfish and a fever of dancing rays (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
From an eerie flooded cave in Mexico to a lone jellyfish in Cornwall, the winning images of the 2022 DPG/Wetpixel Masters competition highlight our planet’s breathtaking diversity and the art of underwater photography Continue reading...
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More than a woman: images of female empowerment – in pictures (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
A new exhibition featuring British female photographers takes a fresh look at women’s issues, from cosmetic surgery to pregnancy and online trolls Continue reading...
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The week in wildlife – in pictures (Fri, 27 Jan 2023)
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a swooping kingfisher, a giant cane toad and feral chickens Continue reading...
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India marks Republic Day and Sydney protests: Thursday’s best photos (Thu, 26 Jan 2023)
The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
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