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'Worst hour' for Trump as Manafort and Cohen both guilty (mer., 22 août 2018)
Former campaign chairman’s conviction and ex-lawyer’s plea deliver double blow as president faces legal jeopardy Donald Trump has suffered a huge double blow after one of his former associates pleaded guilty and another was convicted of financial crimes, potentially leaving the president himself in legal jeopardy. Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer and “fixer”, pleaded guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations and directly implicated Trump in paying “hush money” to women with whom he allegedly had affairs. Continue reading...
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Rail works and strikes to disrupt August bank holiday travel (mer., 22 août 2018)
London Euston station will close for three days, adding to road congestion Engineering works, including the three-day closure of one of Britain’s busiest stations, are set to disrupt rail travel and add to road congestion over the August bank holiday weekend. Network Rail urged passengers to check their route before travelling, while motoring organisations said that road traffic would peak on Friday before the busiest weekend of the summer. Continue reading...
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Banking is surprise item on list of Brexit 'no-deal' impact papers (mar., 21 août 2018)
Document intended to clarify government plans should Britain crash out of EU A Brexit “no-deal” impact paper for financial services has been listed among the first batch of official assessments due to be published on Thursday, at a time when banks and insurers have been warning about the risks of a disorderly exit from the EU. The paper was unexpectedly slated as one of about 20 “no-deal” papers to be published, covering subjects as diverse as nuclear research, farm payments and state aid. The government wants to spell out what action it will have to take should the UK crash out of the EU. Continue reading...
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Windrush row: Javid's apology overshadowed by new removal figures (mar., 21 août 2018)
Home secretary to apologise to 18 people but Home Office says 164 may have been wrongly told to leave A total of 164 Windrush generation people may have been wrongly removed or detained, according to detailed analysis by the Home Office of almost 12,000 immigration cases. The home secretary has said he will apologise to 18 Windrush people who the government believes were “most likely to have suffered detriment because their right to be in the UK was not recognised”. The narrowness of the official apology was immediately condemned as worrying by Amnesty. Continue reading...
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Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake (mer., 22 août 2018)
Buildings in the capital Caracas have been evacuated and shaking has been felt across the Caribbean Venezuela’s northern coast has been rocked by a powerful earthquake that was felt across the Caribbean and sent people rushing out into the streets hundreds of kilometres away in the capital, Caracas. The United States Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude earthquake had struck off the South American country’s northern coast at 5.31pm local time on Tuesday, east of the city of Carúpano at a depth of 123km (76 miles). The Colombian Geological Service said it was a 7.0-magnitude quake. Continue reading...
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Taliban to travel to Moscow for peace talks after 17 years of war (mar., 21 août 2018)
Talks follow wave of violence but also series of overtures from Afghan government The Afghan Taliban will travel to Moscow for peace talks next month in a high-profile embrace of public diplomacy that will be a landmark for the group and their Russian hosts after 17 years of war. “The first reaction was positive, they are planning to take part in the meeting,” the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said, adding that he hoped for productive negotiations at the talks, which will bring together a dozen groups including regional heavyweights China, Iran and Pakistan, starting on 4 September. Continue reading...
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Asia Argento denies sexual assault of 17-year-old actor (mar., 21 août 2018)
Italian star says $380,000 settlement was paid to Jimmy Bennett by her partner Anthony Bourdain to help with Bennett’s financial difficulties Italian actor Asia Argento has denied allegations that she sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett, saying that a settlement paid to him was made by her partner Anthony Bourdain in order to help alleviate Bennett’s “severe economic problems”. The claims, which were first published by the New York Times on Monday, concern an alleged incident at a Southern California hotel in 2013, when Bennett was 17. According to the report, Argento had settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 last October. Continue reading...
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Saudi Arabia seeks its first death penalty against a female human rights activist (mer., 22 août 2018)
Five human rights activists on trial, including one who would be the first female human rights activist to face capital punishment Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five human rights activists currently on trial in a secretive terrorism court, according to Human Rights Watch. Among the detainees is Israa al-Ghomgham, whom Saudi activists said was the first woman to possibly face the death penalty for human rights-related work in Saudi Arabia. Charges against her include incitement to protest and providing moral support to rioters. Continue reading...
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Malaysia accused of 'state-sponsored homophobia' after LGBT crackdown (mer., 22 août 2018)
Discrimination against community intensifies after politicians ratchet up anti-gay rhetoric to gain votes In the early hours of Saturday, the police and government officials raided a small nightclub in Kuala Lumpur. The venue, Blue Boy, was known to be popular with the LGBT community, but for years had been relatively left alone by the authorities. Until the weekend. Twenty men were detained and ordered into counselling for “illicit behaviour” by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department of Malaysia (JAKIM). Continue reading...
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National Trust property criticised over event with Nazi uniforms (mer., 22 août 2018)
‘Living history’ event at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire criticised by attendees and charity Nazi memorabilia was offered for sale and attendees reportedly wore Nazi uniforms at a “living history” event held on National Trust property. For the past seven years Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire has hosted the Lacock at War event, organised by the West Wiltshire Military Vehicle Trust (WWMVT). Continue reading...
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'Back to the middle ages': Italian police investigate Lazio fans' sexist flyers (mer., 22 août 2018)
Ultras facing probe after warning women to stay away Two suspects identified after public outcry Police and football authorities in Italy have launched an investigation after hardcore Lazio fans warned women to stay away from front row seats at the club’s stadium in Rome, in an incident that has sparked a public outcry about sexism. Ahead of Lazio’s Serie A curtain raiser against Napoli on Saturday, ultras handed out flyers stating that the stand they occupy in the Stadio Olimpico stadium is a “sacred place” where women are not welcome. Continue reading...
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Class, schoolings and some harsh lessons – Football Weekly (lun., 20 août 2018)
Max and co on Manchester United’s lacklustre defeat, Manchester City’s rout of Huddersfield and entertainment at the Bridge Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Andy Brassell to dig into why Manchester United were so lacklustre at Brighton on Sunday afternoon. Continue reading...
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‘A menace to life and limb’: the artworks that have injured – and killed (mar., 21 août 2018)
A visitor to an Anish Kapoor exhibition has ended up in hospital after falling into one of his artworks, Descent Into Limbo. But should art be slightly dangerous? Anish Kapoor’s art installation Descent Into Limbo is a big, black hole, too deep for viewers to be able to see the bottom. Or is it merely a black circular painting? You stand on the edge of the dark nothingness, fascinated and perhaps a little tempted to reach out a foot and test it. You could call it a meditation on the sublime. Or an accident waiting to happen. Related: Holed up: man falls into art installation of 8ft hole painted black Continue reading...
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The rise and fall of Paul Manafort: he sold composure but lived on the edge (mer., 22 août 2018)
Trump’s former campaign chairman, found guilty of eight counts of fraud on Tuesday, built a lucrative career in influence-peddling in US and abroad For 40 years, Paul Manafort sold composure. He sold it to politicians who wanted his advice. He sold it to party apparatchiks who feared his power. He sold it to US presidents, foreign despots, members of Congress, corporate boards, the media. As much as Alan Couture or House of Bijan, which sold him his lavish wardrobe, composure was the Manafort brand. Continue reading...
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‘Everybody feels fragile’: Guy Pearce on fame, family pressures and fatherhood at 50 (mar., 21 août 2018)
The actor went from Ramsay Street to Hollywood – but he’s still close friends with Jason Donovan. He talks humility, hype and why he can’t discuss ‘handsy’ co-stars Long before Hollywood actors were falling over themselves to appear in television series, there was a clear, snobbish line between film and television. “I remember, years ago, when I was on a television show and so many serious actors would sort of scoff and go: ‘Why would you do a thing like that?’” remembers Guy Pearce. “And now everybody is on television.” Does he feel vindicated? “Yeah. Well, it still doesn’t raise the quality of the show that I used to be on.” He laughs. “I’m not naming it, in case I get myself into trouble.” I hope he doesn’t mean Neighbours – Australian institution; after-school viewing ritual; launchpad, in Pearce’s late-80s glory years, of the careers of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, too. “Well, it was great,” he concedes, “but it wasn’t the highly innovative, cutting-edge stuff we see now.” Is he surprised that, 30 years on, people still talk about his role as the teacher Mike, he of the good nature and knife-edged cheekbones? “A bit. I know it was huge at the time and people adored it. I feel really proud of it and thankful to have been part of it, but it’s not even that people go ‘Ah, yeah, I remember’; it really is very present for people. It’s like it’s going to live on. It’s great. Jason and I still call each other Scott and Mike.” Continue reading...
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Great British Bake Off new series to include vegan week (mer., 22 août 2018)
Episode without eggs, meat or dairy will feature among GBBO mainstays such as bread week Traditionally, there are more eggs, slabs of butter and pots of cream on screen than any other programme on television, but they will be absent for one week at least as The Great British Bake Off goes vegan. “We wanted something different and something to represent what was happening in this country,” said judge Paul Hollywood. “Veganism is something that seems to be growing. That’s why it is in.” Continue reading...
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Forget 'survival of the fittest' – the laziest will inherit the earth (mer., 22 août 2018)
Species which use the most energy in their daily lives die out quicker than less energetic animals, say evolutionary biologists It is the perfect comeback for those who are admonished for not pulling their weight. Never mind that work is piling up, being lazy is a winning evolutionary strategy that postpones the extinction of the species. That, at least, is one interpretation. Researchers who studied nearly 300 forms of mollusc that lived and died in the Atlantic over the past five million years found that a high metabolism predicted which species had gone the way of the dodo. Continue reading...
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Danny Boyle exits Bond 25 over 'creative differences' (mar., 21 août 2018)
The Oscar-winning director will no longer take helm of the follow-up to Spectre, set to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond Danny Boyle has walked away from directing the 25th James Bond film. The Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire had been officially attached to the as-yet-untitled adventure but in a tweet from the franchise’s official account, he has now departed over “creative differences”. Continue reading...
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Manhunting With My Mum review – a search for identity ... and a husband (mer., 22 août 2018)
Princes and film stars are courted as AJ Odudu seeks an eligible partner in Nigeria. But it’s her mother Florence who steals the show AJ Odudu’s mother, Florence, is talking about the consummation of her arranged marriage to AJ’s father, a man she had just met. “It was strange when you go to bed,” says Florence, doubled over with laughter. “Switch off the lights!” “Oh God, I don’t know if I want to hear this,” AJ wails, mortified. The peril of travels-with-my-mother programmes is that the mums always steal the show. Florence, bursting with energy and charisma, does so immediately, even though her daughter – beautiful, sequin-catsuited and with a pleasing Blackburn accent – is a sparkling protagonist in Manhunting With My Mum (Channel 4). TV presenter AJ is single; her mother and father had an arranged marriage, which has lasted more than 40 years and produced eight children. Florence wishes her daughter had a husband: “Maybe by now she would have made me two babies,” she says, beadily. And so they go off to Nigeria, AJ’s parents’ birthplace, to look for a man. Continue reading...
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Nana na naaa! How Hey Jude became our favourite Beatles song (mar., 21 août 2018)
It’s 50 years since Paul McCartney came up with Hey Jude while driving from London to Surrey – and made a song that’s sung everywhere from football terraces to Oxford colleges. Here’s the story of how it came to be You could argue forever about which of the Beatles’ songs is the greatest. According to the Daily Telegraph, it’s something nostalgic: In My Life. According to the NME, it’s something psychedelic: Strawberry Fields Forever, which wasn’t even the best song on the single it appeared on, alongside Penny Lane. According to Rolling Stone and USA Today, it’s something epic: A Day in the Life, which often does well in polls, perhaps because it’s written by both Lennon and McCartney. The debate is diverting but doomed. The Beatles’ range was so broad that it would be easier to name Matisse’s best painting or Meryl Streep’s best performance – which wouldn’t be easy at all. This isn’t just apples and oranges, it’s the whole fruit stall, so if we must use superlatives, we’d better narrow them down. The most covered Beatles song is Yesterday, the biggest seller is She Loves You and the biggest crowdpleaser is Hey Jude. Continue reading...
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When will it be Trump's turn to accept a plea bargain? | Richard Wolffe (mer., 22 août 2018)
Of the two legal calamities befalling Trump, the fate of Michael Cohen is even more disastrous than the guilty verdicts slapped on Paul Manafort To lose one of your inner-circle to criminal charges may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two on the same day looks like carelessness. Donald Trump is nothing if not careless. His type inevitably gets like that as their escapades grow ever more preposterous. Sooner or later, their delusional sense of power and smarts ends in the kind of concrete solitude now being contemplated by Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. The laws do not apply to them until, suddenly, they do. Continue reading...
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Anti-vaxxers are still spreading false claims as people die of measles | Helen Stokes-Lampard (mar., 21 août 2018)
We still don’t have a full uptake of the MMR vaccine. As a GP I know how vital it is to regulate online misinformation and reassure parents In the early 2000s, after the link between the MMR vaccine and autism was thoroughly debunked, healthcare professionals, including GPs and our teams, worked hard to re-establish public confidence in vaccinations. It took years to restore, but uptake rates in children receiving the MMR vaccine began to improve and there was a time, not so long ago, when we thought we had eradicated measles entirely. That is why recent data about the surge in measles cases across Europe will come as distressing news – even to us here in the UK. However, it backs up concerns that were published last month in the British Journal of General Practice. The World Health Organization has reported that a total of 41,000 people in the European region were infected in the first six months of 2018 – up from 23,927 cases in 2017 and 5,273 in 2016. Of the cases reported so far this year, 37 deaths have been recorded. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Venezuela’s hyperinflation: a lethal dose? | Editorial (mar., 21 août 2018)
The Maduro administration has taken one of the world’s big oil exporters to the brink of collapse. Donald Trump wants to tip it over the edge A century ago, John Maynard Keynes recognised the deadly threat inflation posed to a body politic. He wrote: “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.” It is a lesson that Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro has yet to learn. Yearly price rises are running at 1,000,000%. Venezuela’s situation, says the IMF, is not as bad as that faced by Germany in 1923 or Zimbabwe in the 2000s. But it’s not far off. The economy is set to shrink by a fifth. Jobless Venezuelans are leaving in droves for neighbouring countries – only to be greeted by mob violence over the borders. Keynes warned that the ruling class could be overthrown. The irony is that it is Venezuela’s revolutionaries who risk being toppled in nightmarish scenes. Mr Maduro, heir to Hugo Chávez’s populist politics, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt this month. Chávez’s Bolivarian revolution had its roots in social justice, and tapped the world’s biggest oil reserves to aid the poor. Mr Maduro took over just as inflation took off and before oil prices crashed. He failed to tackle an incipient crisis. Instead, he oversaw Venezuela’s descent into economic and social catastrophe. Security forces, who are suspected of killing hundreds of demonstrators, enjoy immunity from prosecution. In June the United Nations warned that the rule of law is “virtually absent” in the country. Continue reading...
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Brexiteers are using the notion of Project Fear to manipulate you | David Shariatmadari (mar., 21 août 2018)
The phrase is used to dismiss expert warnings and build a sense of drama that will allow ‘not disaster’ to be labelled success “This is the most extreme form of project fear yet, these people are an absolute disgrace.” That was how Nigel Farage, ever the patriot, dismissed the voice of the nation’s doctors last week. The British Medical Association had set out some of the harm a no-deal Brexit would cause. Its prediction that the UK’s ability to fight pandemics would be undermined grabbed the headlines. But in the small print were warnings of “delays in diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients” and adverse effects on “nearly a million patients receiving treatment for rare diseases”. Brexiteers’ reaction to this morning’s leaked letter from NHS providers, which states that a rupture with the European Union would damage “the entire supply chain of pharmaceuticals”, will unfold along similar lines. “This is just a re-run of the referendum,” they will say. “Project Fear 2.0.” Continue reading...
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If Google goes to China, will it tell the truth about Tiananmen Square? (mar., 21 août 2018)
The company’s controversial plan to relaunch search is a chance to stand up for truth in the age of disinformation Google’s plan to relaunch search in China, the world’s largest market, is facing pushback from employees, human rights defenders and politicians. With good reason. The Chinese government will insist that the search engine suppress results related to the Tiananmen democracy protests of 1989, in which several hundred peaceful protesters were shot by the army. But international norms oblige companies to treat human rights atrocities such as the Tiananmen Square massacre differently. Suppressing information about these atrocities undermines the individual and collective right to truth that is increasingly recognized in human rights law. Continue reading...
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Steve Bell on Sajid Javid's apology to the Windrush generation – cartoon (mar., 21 août 2018)
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England set for defeat against India despite Buttler’s brilliant rearguard century (mar., 21 août 2018)
India 329 & 352-7dec; England 161 & 311-9 • Buttler makes 106 but hosts heading for Trent Bridge defeat The margin of defeat will surely be massive but we do not yet know the exact numbers. A bizarre day’s cricket finished with England on 311 for nine, 210 short of victory. At one point when Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were in harness it seemed likely that there would be some meaningful cricket left on the final day. Then, as England lost four wickets for 10 runs, the motorway beckoned. Yet somehow Adil Rashid, alongside Stuart Broad and then Jimmy Anderson, survived for an hour so that Trent Bridge must open its doors again on Wednesday. Related: Jos Buttler finally makes the point that talent will eventually tell | Ali Martin Continue reading...
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Pablo Hernández puts Leeds on top of table after draw with Swansea (mar., 21 août 2018)
This was not the suffocating performance or the kind of masterpiece Leeds supporters have already come to expect under Marcelo Bielsa but his remarkable revolution lives on after Pablo Hernández rescued a draw at his former parish to move top of the Championship. They twice allowed Oli McBurnie, the striker released by Leeds as a boy, to fire Swansea in front but Kemar Roofe’s fourth goal of the season plus Hernández’s late equaliser prevented the Bielsa bubble from bursting. Continue reading...
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Danny Cipriani faces ban after RFU ignores calls to drop charges against him (mar., 21 août 2018)
• Fly-half set to miss start of season despite players’ union plea • Chris Ashton also facing ban for tip tackle in Sale friendly The escalating club versus country row over Danny Cipriani took a new twist on Tuesday when the Rugby Football Union ignored calls by the players’ union to drop its case against the England fly-half, revealing he will learn his fate on Wednesday. Cipriani is in the dock for the third time in a week after the RFU followed through with its charge of “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game” following his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest at a nightclub incident in Jersey. A ban of two or more weeks would result in Cipriani missing the start of the Premiership season with his new club Gloucester and put into jeopardy his hopes of continuing his England comeback this autumn, having made his first international start for a decade in June. Continue reading...
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Bristol City pile on the misery for Steve McClaren and QPR (mar., 21 août 2018)
The ex-England manager’s spell at Loftus Road has got off to a shambolic start and has led to disquiet among supporters “Shambles.” That’s the word QPR fans Simon, 58, and Reg, 70, quickly settle on when asked to describe the current state of their club. It is exactly the same word that springs from the mouth of 18-year-old Matthew, another supporter awaiting this fixture: a must-win game for the Hoops just four games into a fledgling Championship season. It is a fair assumption this match will have done nothing to change their minds. QPR remain bottom of the championship after unravelling in the face of a persistent Bristol City. Matty Taylor’s ruthless opener was followed by a second-half double for Andreas Weimann, with both of the Austrian’s goals made far too easy for him by a shambolic home defence. There’s that word again. Continue reading...
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Trump attacks players for kneeling after 0.06% of NFL does so in latest games (mer., 22 août 2018)
President also attacks ESPN for not showing anthem before games NFL players have been long-term targets of Trump Donald Trump on Tuesday night launched yet another attack on NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem, although the numbers suggest his criticism may be off the mark. Trump was speaking at a rally in West Virginia, where he also criticised ESPN for its decision to stop showing the anthem before its Monday Night Football broadcast this season. Continue reading...
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Dylan Hartley excited by fresh approach of new Northampton coach (mar., 21 août 2018)
• England captain made peace with missing South Africa tour • Hooker says he is enjoying learning from Chris Boyd Dylan Hartley expects to start the season with Northampton after taking the summer off to recover from concussion and the England captain is confident the Saints will mount a title challenge after a couple of seasons when they have floundered below the top four. Related: Danny Cipriani faces ban after RFU ignores calls to drop charges against him Continue reading...
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Johanna Konta withdraws from Connecticut Open because of illness (mar., 21 août 2018)
• British No 1 had been scheduled to face Carla Suárez Navarro • Alex Zverev appoints Ivan Lendl to his coaching team The British No 1, Johanna Konta, has withdrawn from the Connecticut Open in New Haven due to a viral illness. Related: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in Cincinnati to complete Masters sweep Continue reading...
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Jos Buttler finally makes the point that talent will eventually tell | Ali Martin (mar., 21 août 2018)
It has taken 38 innings for Buttler to record his maiden Test century and it was his application, not just his ball-striking, that stood out It was not enough to earn him the nickname of St Jude – the patron saint of lost causes – but in securing his maiden Test century and ensuring that England’s experience here has not solely been one of batting ineptitude, Jos Buttler made a significant point to himself, his teammates and perhaps the wider public, too. After all, until it was trumped by that of Adil Rashid at the start of this series, the restoration of Buttler to the Test team by England’s new selection impresario, Ed Smith, in May was among the most eye-catching and controversial in recent memory. How could a batsman with four first-class hundreds from 128 innings and a diet consisting solely of white-ball cricket over the previous eight months leapfrog those who had spent the opening exchanges of the County Championship season dutifully negotiating the Dukes ball in devilish spring conditions? Continue reading...
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Gay, black and HIV positive: America's hidden epidemic – video (mar., 29 mai 2018)
If you are a black, gay man in America, your risk of contracting HIV is one in two. Leah Green travels to Atlanta, Georgia, which has the largest gay and black community in the country. She finds out how stigma, education and structural racism continue to feed into this startling statistic *Contains strong language Continue reading...
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The perfect storm: building a crypto-utopia in Puerto Rico – video (jeu., 09 août 2018)
In a time of vulnerability, crypto investors are moving to Puerto Rico, attracted by lucrative tax incentives. They plan to regenerate the island using blockchain technology. But not all of the locals support their bold plans Continue reading...
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Blocked from benefits ... literally – video (jeu., 24 mai 2018)
Jaki has been living without disability benefits for almost a year. When she applied for employment and support allowance, she had to attend a work capability assessment. After an hour's journey, she found she was not able to access the testing centre. Her experience is not unique The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits – literally Continue reading...
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How advert showing women shaving actual body hair broke taboos – video (mer., 11 juil. 2018)
Ever wonder why women shown shaving on TV adverts are already completely hairless? Breaking with decades of tradition, Billie, a US razor company, depicts women actually removing their body hair. Perhaps a sign of brands responding to calls for more realistic portrayals of femininity, say experts Continue reading...
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After you: the psychology of queues and how to beat them - video explainer (jeu., 05 juil. 2018)
Queues are simple: you join at the back and wait your turn. But there's a whole branch of psychology devoted to studying how they work. Wimbledon publishes a guidebook on how to queue and major brands are obsessed with stopping you leaving to go elsewhere. The Guardian's science editor, Ian Sample, explains  Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives – video explainer Unfit for office? How the 25th amendment could remove Trump – video explainer Continue reading...
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From hip-hop to Carrie Bradshaw: what's in a nameplate necklace? - video explainer (jeu., 02 août 2018)
If you don't already own a 'Carrie necklace', chances are you've seen them in music videos, films, fashion shoots – and, of course, in Sex in the City. But the origins and cultural significance of the jewellery goes much deeper than Carrie Bradshaw. Grace Shutti explores the origins of the nameplate necklace, which emerged from black and Hispanic communities in 1970s New York and draws on graffiti and hip-hop culture After you: the psychology of queues and how to beat them - video explainer Why forcing cyclists to wear helmets will not save lives – video explainer Continue reading...
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Life in the shadow of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire - video (mar., 17 juil. 2018)
On 3 June, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, killing at least 113 people and leaving 332 missing. Thousands of victims have been displaced and are still living in temporary shelters. Questions are being asked about what the government's disaster prevention agency is doing to help victims. The Guardian journalist Iman Amrani found out how people were coping, and what lessons need to be learned from the disaster Continue reading...
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Barbara Harris, Nashville and Freaky Friday actor, dies at 83 (mar., 21 août 2018)
The Oscar-nominated and Tony award-winning star of stage and screen who stopped acting in the 1990s has died of lung cancer Barbara Harris, the award-winning star of stage and screen, has died at the age of 83. The actor, who had left the film industry in the 90s, died of lung cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she had lived for many years. Continue reading...
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The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran speaks out against online bullying (mar., 21 août 2018)
In an op-ed for the New York Times, the actor explains why she deleted her Instagram posts after trolls inundated her with abuse Kelly Marie Tran has spoken out about online bullying for the first time since she deleted her Instagram posts earlier this year. The 29-year-old star of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has revealed the extent of the abuse she received in an op-ed for the New York Times. Continue reading...
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I saw a man die on stage. It was me | Brian Logan (mar., 21 août 2018)
He’s been derided by Daniel Kitson, shamed by Stewart Lee – and now our comedy critic has been depicted having his brains blown out by Sam Campbell. Just as well he can take a joke I can see why you might think it’d be alarming. I’m in the audience at Sam Campbell’s nutty late-night comedy show (I would say minding my own business, but that’s not quite true) when Campbell conjures photographs of three people on his upstage screen. “These are my enemies,” he says. My companion pokes me in the ribs – one of them is me. Next thing I know, Campbell (who won the prestigious Barry award in Melbourne with this show) is pointing a gun at the three headshots. I hear the crack of a pistol, and the image of my face collapses in a burst of cartoon blood. I’ve just watched a comedian blow my brains out live on stage. In other circumstances, this might be – as they say these days – “triggering” for me. We’re permitted, I think, to be sensitive to images of ourselves being shot in the head. But I’m a live-comedy critic, I’ve got a thick skin when it comes to offence – and it’s not a new experience for me to cower in the audience while a comedian gets laughs at my expense. I remember an Edinburgh fringe many years ago when friends kept coming up to me saying: “Have you heard what Daniel Kitson is saying about you on stage?” I hadn’t, I didn’t really want to, but I soon did. Friends, it turns out, just can’t keep incitements to sexual violence towards comedy reviewers to themselves. Continue reading...
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How did the creators of This Country become bigger than Benedict Cumberbatch? (mar., 21 août 2018)
Daisy May and Charlie Cooper have stealthily become TV’s most successful siblings after word of mouth propelled their masterly sitcom to two Baftas For the most part, the annual Radio Times TV 100 list is exactly what you would expect – Olivia Colman, Chris Chibnall, David Attenborough, Idris Elba – but you don’t have to look too hard to see a curveball. This year, Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, the siblings who created the BBC sitcom This Country, are in third place. They are above Gary Lineker, Laura Kuenssberg and Benedict Cumberbatch. Considering that This Country premiered online with zero fanfare, it is a surprising choice. Continue reading...
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Love Songs review – comedy in the key of life (mar., 21 août 2018)
Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghEndearing storytelling carries the day in Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s show, combining standup, poetry and rap Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s flyers call her Edinburgh fringe debut a “one-woman spoken-word and rap show” but Love Songs, tucked into the corner of Underbelly at Cowgate, comes across more like standup comedy. For most of the show, Jeun Yi bounces with endearing energy from anecdote to anecdote, all loosely connected to the theme of love. With only occasional music and props kept to a minimum, it’s the storytelling that carries the piece. We hear how her parents met at university, the love lessons she learned watching soap operas in Hong Kong, and how her mixed-race Chinese and white heritage plays into the way her womanhood is viewed by the world. The sharp observations inspire genuine laughs. One, about fancying someone with a minimal triangle wrist tattoo – “it says so much whilst saying so little!” – is a reminder millennials can really nail our own self-ridicule. Continue reading...
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UK festival directors demand end to ‘overly complex’ visa process (mar., 21 août 2018)
Leading figures from arts, music and culture call for government reforms Directors of some of Britain’s biggest festivals have signed a letter calling for the government to make its “overly complex” visa application process more transparent, after a surge in refusals and complications for authors, artists and musicians invited to perform in the UK. Related: Visa refusals starve UK’s arts festivals of world talent | Letters Continue reading...
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Why working nine to five is no longer a way to make a living (mar., 21 août 2018)
Flexible working, new rights and globalisation mean that only 6% of us now have traditional working patterns. Does Dolly Parton need to write us a new anthem? Name: Nine to five. Age: About 70. Continue reading...
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Style clash: how matchy-mismatchy became the new matchy-matchy (mar., 21 août 2018)
Style experts once decreed that we should all match our shoes to our handbags. But now, it’s all about layering subtly mismatched prints In 2018, it is far more fashionable to flout style rules than follow them. You know the rules we mean: don’t wear navy blue and black together; never wear more than three colours at once, don’t wear black or white as a wedding guest, don’t wear cream and white, ever; try to match your shoes to your handbag. In the past five years, we have had wilfully clashing colour-blocking. A fuchsia pink shirt and red trousers is now a classic colour combination for fashion editors, as acceptable as wearing black and white. We have had monotone dressing – the Kim Kardashian-approved way of wearing one very specific shade, typically matching your skintone, head-to-toe. Then there is no-holds-barred clashing, with four different prints in the same outfit on purpose. Best saved for days without a hangover, when you are hoping to be snapped by a street-style photographer, or at least post a particularly memorable selfie. But the newest take on no-rules dressing? That would be matchy-mismatchy. Continue reading...
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From pasta to stir-fry: foods children should learn to cook in school (mar., 21 août 2018)
Prue Leith is right: children should learn to cook. Here are nine simple dishes they should be able to make Prue Leith has talked about the importance of teaching children to cook at school and for packed lunches to be banned. “The most important thing is to teach children to cook at schools,” she says. “And not only to cook but to understand about where their food comes from.” Continue reading...
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Cycle of life: New Zealand MP gives birth to boy after riding to hospital (mer., 22 août 2018)
Julie Anne Genter, the minister for women and transport and member of the Green party, rode to maternity ward to be induced New Zealand’s minister for women, Julie Anne Genter, has announced she delivered her first child, a baby boy, after cycling to hospital. Genter is the country’s second member of the government to give birth this year, after the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. Continue reading...
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Nigel Slater’s roast peppers and tomatoes, butter bean mash recipe (mar., 21 août 2018)
A herby, garlicky, warming veggie treat Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Place 400g of small peppers, 250g of cherry tomatoes and 400g of small aubergines in a roasting tin. Tuck 6 fat garlic cloves, still in their skins, and 3 large sprigs of rosemary among the vegetables, then spoon over 5 tbsp of olive oil. Let the vegetables roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until they are approaching softness, then push them to one side of the tin and tip a 650g jar (or 2 x 400g cans) of butter beans into the tin. Stir the beans to coat them in oil and roasting juices, then return to the oven and cook for a further 20 minutes until all is soft and golden. Continue reading...
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Woman cons dozens of men into 'date' then sets them against each other (mar., 21 août 2018)
Natasha Aponte got her Tinder matches to meet in New York City, all thinking they’d be going on a one-on-one date Natasha Aponte is a New York-based model who isn’t afraid of some drama on a first date. Over the past month, she’s been using Tinder to arrange for hundreds of guys to meet her at the same place, at the same time, unbeknown to each other. Related: Why women should gamble on dating apps and pick the hottest men | Nichi Hodgson Continue reading...
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Corbyn criticises May over refugees after Glasgow eviction threat (mer., 22 août 2018)
Labour leader to meet families affected by Serco decision to evict up to 330 asylum seekers Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of abandoning the UK’s moral duty to protect refugees following threats by the contractor Serco to evict asylum seekers in Glasgow. The Labour leader is to meet some of the families affected by Serco’s decision to evict up to 330 refugees in Glasgow, starting with at least 18 asylum seekers this month – many of whom are fighting Home Office deportation orders. Continue reading...
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Unethical puppy and kitten farms 'to be banned' in England (mer., 22 août 2018)
Measure will end commercial third-party sales and mean a new licensing regime The government is to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, announced on Wednesday that a ban on third-party puppy and kitten sales in England would be introduced. The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming centre. The proposed rule would also effectively prevent the sale of puppies and kittens in traditional pet shops. Continue reading...
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Court says seriously ill woman can work while fighting UK deportation (mar., 21 août 2018)
Nigerian woman wins right to work and have full access to NHS during ruling on immigration status Economic migrants forced into destitution by a law forbidding them to work, rent property or use the NHS have been handed a lifeline after a “David and Goliath” battle in the court of appeal. The case was brought by Kehinde, a seriously ill Nigerian woman, who couldn’t afford the medication she requires to stay alive after the Home Office triggered a terrorism-related paragraph of immigration law to try to get her to leave the country. Continue reading...
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Charity Commission warns RSPCA over payout to former chief (mer., 22 août 2018)
Watchdog issues damning rebuke to animal welfare group over hefty payout to its former interim boss The RSPCA has been given an official warning by the Charity Commission over its hefty payout to its former chief executive. In a damning rebuke to the animal welfare group, the Charity Commission said its trustees failed to ensure the decision was properly made, and their failings amounted to mismanagement. Continue reading...
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Author of Trump-Russia dossier wins libel case in US court (mar., 21 août 2018)
Suit against Christopher Steele by three Russian oligarchs thrown out by judge The former MI6 officer Christopher Steele has won a legal battle in the United States against three Russian oligarchs who sued him over allegations made in his dossier about the Trump campaign and its links with Moscow. The oligarchs – Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan – claimed that Steele and his intelligence firm, Orbis, defamed them in the dossier, which was leaked and published in early 2017. The Russians own stakes in Moscow-based Alfa Bank. All are billionaires. Continue reading...
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Activists publish list of badger cull farmers to 'sabotage' their time (mar., 21 août 2018)
Stop the Cull group says it will not threaten cull organisers but rather disrupt them Animal rights activists have published what they claim is a comprehensive list of farmers leading the badger cull complete with addresses, phone numbers and a map. The Stop the Cull group has suggested its supporters get in touch with the scores of cull organisers it says it has identified to express their opposition, “sabotage” their time by making misleading phone calls or arrange demonstrations outside their farms. Continue reading...
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'has lost patience' with UK diplomacy (mar., 21 août 2018)
Foreign secretary has not made final decision on diplomatic protection to help her home Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman serving a five-year jail sentence in Iran, has reached “the end of her patience” in the absence of any diplomatic progress to bring her home, according to her husband. The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said in a radio interview this morning that Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was facing a “totally appalling” situation. But Hunt said he had yet to make a decision to grant her diplomatic protection, which has been demanded by Richard Ratcliffe in order to escalate his wife’s case from a consular issue to a state matter. Continue reading...
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CPS drops all charges against former Hillsborough officer (mar., 21 août 2018)
Senior police officer Norman Bettison faced charges relating to statements about disaster The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all criminal charges against Sir Norman Bettison relating to his conduct as a South Yorkshire police chief inspector in the force’s response to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Bettison, who was subsequently appointed chief constable of Merseyside and then West Yorkshire police, was charged last June with four counts of misconduct in a public office for statements he allegedly made about Hillsborough and his role, which the CPS claimed were untrue. Continue reading...
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Facebook pulls 652 fake accounts and pages meant to influence world politics (mer., 22 août 2018)
Firm announces removal of pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and Iran, citing ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ Facebook has removed 652 fake accounts and pages with ties to Russia and Iran attempting to exert political influence in the US, UK, Middle East and Latin America. The accounts and pages were divided between four separate campaigns, three of which originated in Iran, of “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, disclosed by the social network today. Continue reading...
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Dutton supporters rally as second challenge to Turnbull's leadership looms (mar., 21 août 2018)
Prime minister’s leadership appears terminal with resignation of key frontbenchers and conservatives lining up behind Dutton The Dutton camp is continuing to foment the Coalition’s leadership crisis, with ministers who supported the former home affairs minister in Tuesday’s snap leadership ballot tendering their resignations as a prelude to a second challenge. Frontbenchers, including Michael Sukkar, Angus Taylor, Zed Seselja and Queenslander James McGrath – who is a former member of the prime minister’s inner circle – offered to quit their posts on Tuesday night after outing themselves as Dutton supporters, the first of a sequence of expected departures. Continue reading...
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Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record (mar., 21 août 2018)
Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere. Continue reading...
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Former Nazi camp guard deported from US to Germany (mar., 21 août 2018)
Jakiw Palij, 95, suspected of war crimes in Poland, expelled as German minister says there is no cut-off point to justice A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany from the US after years of diplomatic wrangling over his status. Jakiw Palij, who lived in Queens, New York City, landed at Düsseldorf airport on Tuesday morning. Continue reading...
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Tourists skinny dipping at Rome monument cause outrage (mar., 21 août 2018)
Police hunt English-speaking pair who frolicked in fountain at Altare della Patria The police in Rome have issued a plea to all of the city’s consulates in a search for the “English speakers” filmed skinny dipping in a fountain at a monument commemorating the unification and liberation of Italy. The two male tourists stripped to their underwear before getting into the fountain situated at the monumental Altare della Patria, or Altar of the Fatherland, which is also dedicated to all fallen soldiers, a part of the complex including the tomb of an unknown soldier killed in the first world war. Continue reading...
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California congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with corruption (mer., 22 août 2018)
Couple allegedly misused $250,000 campaign money Hunter was second member of Congress to endorse Trump A federal grand jury in California has indicted US representative Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. Related: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, pleads guilty in New York court Continue reading...
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US election meddling: 71% of Russians believe Putin denial, poll finds (mar., 21 août 2018)
Just 15% of respondents to Pew survey believe Russia tried to influence 2016 election Vladimir Putin’s claim that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election is believed by more than 70% of Russians, a poll by the Pew Research Center has found, with the Russian president maintaining support for his handling of foreign affairs despite painful US economic sanctions. The results of the poll, which was taken in late May and June, indicate that Putin is unlikely to face serious public pressure over his deepening conflict with the US. Continue reading...
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Trump administration scraps Obama-era regulation on coal emissions (mar., 21 août 2018)
Plan would boost output from coal-fired plants and lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths a year The Trump administration has put forward a greenhouse gas emissions plan that could boost output from coal-fired power plants rather than push them towards closure and result in as many as 1,400 premature deaths each year. Related: Andrew Wheeler: 'point man for Trump' focused on undoing Obama's EPA agenda Continue reading...
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How Britain’s abandoned Anderson shelters are being brought back to life (mar., 21 août 2018)
They survived doodlebugs and the Luftwaffe’s air raids. Now, 80 years on, Britain’s remaining air raid shelters host kids’ parties, flowers and foxes. Why are so many people still so fascinated by them? Martin Stanley’s Anderson shelter rests at the foot of his back garden. Partially submerged and covered with thick tufts of grass and flowers as well as other foliage, it stands as a monument to a time when life in this terrace house in Oval, south London, was very different. Anderson shelters were named after Sir John Anderson, the lord privy seal in charge of air raid precautions in 1938, and were made from corrugated steel or iron panels that formed a semi-circular shape. They were designed to be dug into people’s gardens to protect families from air raids. More than 2m shelters were issued to families during the second world war. All these years later, some houses still have them in their gardens, while many more could still be submerged, awaiting discovery. Continue reading...
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The inescapable weight of my $100,000 student debt (mar., 21 août 2018)
MH Miller left university with a journal full of musings on Virginia Woolf and a vast financial burden. He is one of 44 million US graduates struggling to repay a total of $1.4tn. Were they right to believe their education was ‘priceless’? On Halloween in 2008, about six weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, my mother called me from Michigan to tell me that my father had lost his job in the sales department of Visteon, an auto parts supplier for Ford. Two months later, my mother lost her job working for the city of Troy, a suburb about half an hour from Detroit. From there our lives seemed to accelerate, the terrible events compounding fast enough to elude immediate understanding. By June, my parents, unable to find any work in the state where they spent their entire lives, moved to New York, where my sister and I were both in school. A month later, the mortgage on my childhood home went into default. After several months of unemployment, my mother got a job in New York City, fundraising for a children’s choir. In the summer of 2010, I completed my studies at New York University, where I received a BA and an MA in English literature, with more than $100,000 of debt, for which my father was a guarantor. My father was still unemployed and my mother had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She continued working, though her employer was clearly perturbed that she would have to take off every Friday for chemotherapy. To compensate for the lost time, on Mondays she rode early buses into the city from the Bronx, where, after months of harrowing uncertainty, my parents had settled. She wanted to be in the office first thing. Continue reading...
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The surprising truth about becoming a mother in your 50s – from the women who know (mar., 21 août 2018)
The number of births to women aged over 50 is soaring. But what’s the real story behind the rise? Three mothers talk about the joy of finally having a baby long after it would once have been possible To celebrate reaching half a century, Gemma Barnes wrote a list of the 50 things she hoped to achieve. Topping it was an ambition that a few years ago would have seemed absurd: she wanted to have a baby. But two years on, Barnes is cuddling her eight-month-old daughter, and while that means most of the other 49 ambitions will have to wait, she is delighted to be a mother. Barnes’s situation is unusual, but she is certainly not alone. In June data published by the Office for National Statistics showed the number of births to 50-plus women has quadrupled over the last two decades, up from 55 in 2001 to 238 in 2016. During that period there were 1,859 births in the UK to women over 50, and 153 to women over 55. Flying the flag for older motherhood have been a host of celebrities, most recently actor Brigitte Nielsen who was 54 when her fifth child, a daughter named Frida, arrived this summer. US singer Janet Jackson gave birth in January, aged 50, to son Eissa. Perhaps most visible of all has been US Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004. She gave birth earlier this year, also aged 50, and was photographed soon afterwards, protesting against Trump’s immigration policies while holding newborn Maile on her lap. Continue reading...
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'I never feel safe': meet the people at the very sharpest end of the housing crisis - disabled millennials (mar., 21 août 2018)
Finding decent accommodation is hard enough for ‘generation rent’ millennials – but for young disabled people a nightmare shortage of accessible housing is ruining lives and career prospects When I first meet Kay Garner, she has been living for months out of a hospital, when she should be at home. The 27-year-old had a spinal injury in September 2017 that left her paralysed. After 12 weeks recovering in a spinal unit in Salisbury, she was due to be discharged in January, but because of a lack of accessible homes for disabled people, she has become a “bedblocker”: well enough to leave hospital, but with nowhere suitable to go. The private rented two-storey terraced house she shared with her boyfriend, Ryan Waters, before the accident is unusable with her new wheelchair – “I can’t even get inside,” she says – and her council can’t find social housing that is accessible to her. The hospital has become Garner’s makeshift home. The nurses are kind, but she can only see friends and family during visiting hours; no one is allowed in past 8pm. “That’s not normal life,” she says. Meanwhile, since the couple have ended their rental agreement in the hope of getting an accessible property together, Waters is being housed by the council in Premier Inns, shipped from one to the next, from week to week. Garner has lived with him for four years and says not spending nights together is “horrible … You realise that all you are to the council, is a number, a statistic and your mental wellbeing means nothing to the people higher up.” Continue reading...
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How many people has the president trolled since Melania Trump’s cyberbullying speech? (mar., 21 août 2018)
The president has already bullied numerous targets in the 24 hours since Melania Trump said social media can be ‘destructive’ On Monday morning, Melania Trump rejoined her signature “Be Best” campaign against cyberbullying at the Federal Partners on Bullying Prevention summit in Maryland. The first lady said in prepared remarks that social media is an integral part of children’s daily lives and has a number of positive uses, “but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly”. Continue reading...
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MTV awards and Eid al-Adha: Tuesday's best photos (mar., 21 août 2018)
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
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Hostile architecture: an uncomfortable urban art – in pictures (mar., 21 août 2018)
Julius-Christian Schreiner’s Silent Agents series, shot in London, Paris, Innsbruck and Hamburg, depicts examples of ‘hostile architecture’: subtle interventions in urban spaces designed to hinder people’s use of them Continue reading...
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Beauty contests and Brixton fashion: black Britain in the 1970s – in pictures (mar., 21 août 2018)
From the archive of arts agency Autograph, these photos depict the lives of black Britons, from sound systems to strident politics Continue reading...
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2018 bird photographer of the year – in pictures (lun., 20 août 2018)
Pedro Jarque Krebs from Peru scoops the top prize of £5,000 for his vibrant image of American Flamingos preening Continue reading...
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Clare in the Community: beach outreach (mar., 21 août 2018)
Clare gets into holiday mode Continue reading...
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Jewels in the Night Sea exhibition - in pictures (lun., 20 août 2018)
Ryo Minemizu, one of Japan’s emerging stars in the field of marine life photography and the 2017 winner of the Nikkei National Geographic photography prize, captures the beauty and complexity of plankton that drift in our planet’s oceans and other bodies of water in meticulous detail Continue reading...
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