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Ransomware attack disrupts Irish health services
IT systems shut down and some medical appointments cancelled after attempt to access dataIreland’s state health services provider has shut all its IT systems and cancelled some medical appointments after what it described as a “significant ransomware attack” overnight caused widespread disruption.Paul Reid, the Health Service Executive chief executive, told RTÉ there had been a “human-operated” attempt to access data stored on central servers for a presumed ransom. “There has been no ransom demand at this stage. The key thing is to contain the issue. We are in the containment phase.” Continue reading...
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Digested week: the one with a reason to thank David Cameron | Lucy Mangan
Friends will be there for you, unless you’re a former PM calling and texting them with increasing desperationI do not own a passport, because I do not like to travel and my professional life for the last 18 years has required me only to make my way upstairs to my study, which involves standing on much Lego and Transformer parts but no border crossings. Continue reading...
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Poem of the month: Auspices by Rachael Boast
It’s better not to movein the long heat and languid evenings,or maybe just this arm, lookingfor a way of overcoming –it will do its work. You bringthe silver breeze with youup from the forest path, a delicate mercycool around my ankle like a bracelet.Still I’m adorned with the fireof the day. Don’t fan the flames,don’t call the song thrush overto beat her wings.• From Hotel Raphael by Rachael Boast (Picador, £10.99). Continue reading...
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‘She has a skill you can’t buy’: the making of Chelsea’s Emma Hayes | Suzanne Wrack
Manager left England with a one-way ticket and $1,000 to pursue her dream. On Sunday she takes charge in a Champions League final“When did I recognise that she was any good in her business?” says Sid Hayes, the 80-year-old father of Chelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes. “I’m going to tell you a story about the London Olympics.”As Hayes sat next to her dad at Wembley for the Olympic women’s football final, she was to all intents and purposes unemployed. “There was the ceremony on the pitch where the three teams [USA, Japan and third-placed Canada] collected their medals,” Sid recalls. “Emma said: ‘Dad, you see those 50 people out there? I’ve coached 40 of them.’ I thought: ‘Wow, but you’re sitting here unemployed?’ It was time to come back.” That month, August 2012, she took the job at Chelsea. Continue reading...
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The Chase’s Anne Hegerty: ‘As a child I thought: one day I’ll be famous, then they’ll be sorry’
The Chase’s Anne Hegerty: ‘As a child I thought: one day I’ll be famous, then they’ll be sorry’A little more than a decade ago, she was out of work and in debt. Now, ‘the Governess’ is one of Britain’s most famous quizzers. She talks about fame, feminism, Asperger’s and I’m a CelebrityRock bottom, for Anne Hegerty, came some time in 2008. Her work – as a freelance copy editor and proofreader – had dried up. “I had become completely undependable,” she says. “Publishing books, you need people to hit the deadline. I wasn’t doing that, so understandably people weren’t giving me work any more.”She had been struggling with day-to-day life and debt; she was behind on the rent on her flat in Manchester and wasn’t answering the phone. “The housing association lady came round, rang the doorbell. I very carefully peeked round the door and she kind of shoved it open, walked across piles of unopened mail and said: ‘Right, we’re going to fix this.’” Continue reading...
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WhatsApp to force users to accept changes to terms of service
Controversial changes aim to allow small businesses to upload catalogues, letting users buy goods without leaving WhatsAppWhatsApp’s new terms of service: what you need to knowOn Saturday, WhatsApp will finally begin to force users to accept its controversial new terms of service, almost half a year after it first announced plans to do so.Despite an immediate backlash from users, millions of sign-ups to rival messaging firms, and even questions asked in the House of Commons, WhatsApp has pushed ahead with the new rules. The company says the actual changes are small, and that the wave of panic from users in January was driven more by misinformation spread, ironically, on WhatsApp itself than by any reasonable concerns. Continue reading...
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I was there when Rangers’ unbeaten season crumbled on the final day
Team faced Aberdeen at Ibrox aiming to end a top-flight season unbeaten in 1968 – the same fixture that confronts them nowRangers play Aberdeen at Ibrox on Saturday in the last game of the Scottish Premiership. The match will cap a glorious season for the champions. By winning or merely drawing, Rangers will finish with at least 100 points and will have gone through a top-flight season without a league defeat.Yet it is not the first time such a proud prospect has unfolded at Ibrox – as I can vividly recall. Fifty-three years ago, I turned up at the stadium – a schoolboy in the company of my Rangers-supporting friends – for the last game of the season on 27 April 1968. Continue reading...
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Nine-year-old killed by lightning ‘saved three others’ donating organs
Father of Blackpool’s Jordan Banks pays tribute to ‘little best mate’ who always wanted to help othersThe father of Jordan Banks, the nine-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning, has said his son has saved the lives of three other children by donating his organs.Paying tribute to his son in a Facebook post, Matt Banks said: “Jordan was and is the most amazing little person he had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone … Even now his kindness has meant that three other children may be able to live. Continue reading...
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Comical, cartoonish, wonky-nostrilled brilliance – Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty review
Barbican, LondonWith his galumphing caricatures, spurting paint and quivering doodles, the art brut master caught the hectic rhythm of the postwar world – and his street scenes make you want to jump right inGrinning and bald, Jean Dubuffet leans comically over one of his little sculptures, a frangible little figure that looks like almost nothing at all. Here he is again, in one of the many photos of the artist that punctuate the Barbican’s exhibition, sitting in his studio surrounded by his painters’ paraphernalia, his pastes and concoctions. For all their wild galumphings, the boss-eyed grins and childlike caricatures, the lumps and excretions and strata-like accretions, Dubuffet’s paintings were the product of an ordered mind and an equally ordered studio.He may have wanted to give the impression that his art was produced in a state of laid-back amateurism, but it is belied by the professionally stretched canvases stacked-up behind him, their corners all nicely wedged, their heaving surfaces kept within their perfect rectangles. Even so, he delighted in the fact that bits of his paintings cracked and flaked and sometimes slid off, or spurted wet paint from beneath their congealed slurries on to the floor or people who got too close. Continue reading...
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A green recovery bond will enable the government to fund its climate pledges | Letter
Caroline Lucas MP, Clive Lewis MP, Colin Hines and Richard Murphy call on Rishi Sunak to unveil a new market-leading bond to create jobs and decarbonise homesTo the acres of post-election coverage about jobs, levelling up and devolution, we now have a Queen’s speech calling for lifetime training without answering the question “training for what?” What is lacking is any practical, transformational first-step proposal for achieving all these goals, while providing an answer to how to pay for it.To fill this gap, the Green New Deal Group is calling for the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to unveil a new market-leading “green recovery bond” Isa this summer, to keep his March budget promise of an NS&I green bond. Our research shows that this, like the pensioner bonds of 2015, could raise tens of billions of pounds and, as a first step to creating jobs in every constituency, that could be spent on employing a massive multi-skilled carbon army to make all the UK’s 30m buildings energy efficient. Meeting the official UK government target of net zero emissions by 2050 will require making up to 20,000 properties a week energy efficient for the next 30 years. Continue reading...
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Are they having a laugh? How The Father’s posters get the film so wrong
Anthony Hopkins’ harrowing dementia drama is the sensation of this awards season. So why is it endlessly being advertised as another movie altogether?The Father is not out in the UK until next month, but we already know plenty about it. We know that its script won an Oscar for the uncanny way it dropped the viewer into the mind of someone with dementia. We know that Anthony Hopkins gave such a harrowing, desperate performance that he also won an Oscar. Perhaps you even read the New Yorker interview with Hopkins about the role, which inspired him to recount the circumstances of his own father’s death in devastating detail. Basically, we know that The Father is quite a dark film. Continue reading...
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Covid quarantine process in the UK is riskier than being in a ‘red list’ country | Letter
Muhammad Asif, an NHS doctor, documents his return to the UK and the many dangers he and other passengers facedI have been an NHS doctor for 18 years and recently had to go to a “red list” country to look after my ill mother. I feel that there is a greater risk of catching Covid when returning to the UK than in a red list country.We landed in the UK at 5am on a crowded flight, which had lots of children travelling as well. Adults need a negative Covid test 72 hours before their flight, but children are not tested. Continue reading...
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From Lady Gaga to Malala: the bizarre Friends reunion guestlist in full
Alongside the pop star and the activist, David Beckham, James Corden and Justin Bieber will feature in an upcoming HBO special. Could it be any more random?The one where they return: Friends reunion trailer releasedDetails of the long-awaited Friends reunion have finally been revealed and, well, you should probably prepare for disappointment. It will most definitely not be a new episode of Friends, nor does it contain any new scripted material. What it will include, however, is plenty of scenes where the cast of Friends talk about how nice it was to make Friends. If you ever saw the Inbetweeners reunion – which had the same format and went so badly that one of the stars, James Buckley, felt obliged to apologise for making it – then you will know to keep your expectations low.As well as being decidedly unoriginal, the whole thing is likely to be a bit weird. The list of guests appearing on the show has also been released and you would be hard pushed to find a more random collection of names. So, here they are, all 18 of them, ranked in reverse order of how much sense they make. Continue reading...
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Halston: the almost forgotten icon now getting a Netflix biopic
Designer who dictated American glamour in 1960s and 70s is set to hit radar of younger generationFrom Bianca Jagger’s dresses at Studio 54 to Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat and Liza Minnelli’s stage outfits, the fashion designer Roy Halston – or simply Halston – was the last word in American glamour in the late 1960s and 70s. Now, with the Netflix series Halston telling his story, that name is set to hit the radar of another generation. It comes at a good time – Halston’s disco-worthy designs could provide the perfect inspiration ahead of nightclubs reopening on 21 June in parts of the UK.Halston stars Ewan McGregor as the designer and it is produced by Ryan Murphy, the man behind Pose, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and American Horror Story. Add characters including Minnelli, Elsa Peretti and the models Pat Cleveland and Karen Bjornson dressed in body-skimming fashion, and it is set to appeal to a demographic who like retro glamour and hedonism with their box sets. Continue reading...
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Wild boar corner woman in Rome and steal food shopping
Italian farmers have protested in recent years about soaring wild boar population wreaking havoc on cropsA herd of wild boar surrounded a woman who had just come out of a supermarket near Rome and stole her shopping, rekindling a debate about the presence of the animal in Italian towns and cities.A video posted on social media on Thursday shows the boars approaching and cornering the woman in a supermarket car park in the village of Le Rughe. Continue reading...
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Labour MP Wes Streeting diagnosed with kidney cancer
MP for Ilford North, 38, says news came as ‘enormous shock’ but that he should make full recoveryThe Labour frontbencher Wes Streeting is to step back from politics while he undergoes treatment for kidney cancer.Streeting, 38, said the diagnosis had come as “an enormous shock” but the prognosis was good as the disease had been caught early. Continue reading...
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‘Beavers are just being beavers’: friction grows between Canadians and animals
Beavers cause internet outages, steal posts and even put 30 sq ft of a town underwater – but experts say the animals have a profound effect on ecosystemsAt first, the theft of wooden fence posts seemed like a crime of opportunity – amid soaring lumber costs, stacks of wood have gone missing from construction sites across North America.But officers in the Canadian prairie community of Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, soon identified the culprit: local beavers had stolen the posts to build their dam. Continue reading...
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I’m stuck in post-pandemic limbo – but don’t make me Zoom again | Emma Brockes
No one knows how to socialise any more in New York, so I’m playing safe and opting out of normal life a tiny bit longerAn invitation arrived for a friend’s daughter’s bat mitzvah, and to the surprise – and annoyance – of many on the list, the hosts were opting to conduct it via Zoom. The landmark celebration via Zoom seemed to belong, like remote learning models and stockpiling loo roll, to an earlier, darker stage of the pandemic. Nobody, obviously, wanted actually to go to a party; most of us are still struggling to muster enough social energy for an unmasked dinner with a friend. Equally, who, now, at least in New York, wants to spend their Saturday night in a breakout room on Zoom trying not to talk over five people?The marking of life stages is always approximate, giving an external framework to vast variables in personal development. With the exception of hitting 18 – or 21 in the US – rarely are these boundaries marked by actual rule changes in how we might live. The shift towards post-pandemic life, hampered by uncertainty around new strains of the virus and soaring infection rates in developing parts of the world, brings with it what feels like a profound set of new options governed by unsettled rules. Is returning to work and life as it was pre-pandemic an invitation, a compulsion, a duty, or a chore? Can we opt out? How much can we opt out? And should we want to? Continue reading...
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Video platform chief says Nazi posts on white superiority do not merit removal
A leaked email from an Odysee executive suggests the site favoured by the far right could do more to restrict extremistsA top executive at the video sharing platform Odysee wrote guidance to moderators in late April that a “Nazi that makes videos about the superiority of the white race” would not be grounds by itself for removal from the platform, according to a leaked email obtained by the Guardian.The platform, whose owner, LBRY Inc, is currently being sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for trading in unregistered securities, has been increasingly popular with extremists who have been banned from other platforms, and who are attracted by Odysee’s cryptocurrency-based monetization program. Continue reading...
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This week’s new tracks: Willow, Joel Culpepper, Billie Eilish
This week we’ve got bratty pop-punk, a swinging summertime groove, and a breathless yet furious ballad Continue reading...
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Tell us: what are your experiences of access on the street as a disabled person?
Pavements and streets in the UK have become more crowded since the coronavirus restrictions lifted. Has this made them more difficult for you to navigate them?Since the easing of lockdown last month, pavements and streets across the UK have filled up with people enjoying outside drinking and dining.We’d like to find out whether reduced access to some streets has had any impact for some disabled people with wheelchair users and those with visual impairments finding it especially difficult to navigate blocked pavements and narrow gaps between tables and chairs. Continue reading...
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Nobel archives reveal judges’ safety fears for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Swedish Academy documents reveal debate over naming the dissident writer the 1970 literature laureate, four years before his exile from the Soviet UnionNewly opened archives at the Swedish Academy have revealed the depth of concern among Nobel judges for the consequences awaiting Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn if the dissident Soviet writer were awarded the prize for literature in 1970.The author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, who revealed the horrors of Stalin’s gulags in his writings and was eventually exiled by the Soviet Union, was named the Nobel laureate that year, lauded by the committee for “the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature”. Continue reading...
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SFO launches inquiry into Greensill financing of Gupta firms
Agency suspects fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering related to financing of GFGThe Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into the financing of Sanjeev Gupta’s metals empire by Greensill Capital, in a move that will heighten concerns over the future of jobs at Liberty Steel.The UK’s anti-corruption agency said it suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering related to the financing of Gupta Family Group (GFG) Alliance, the loose grouping of steel and metals trading companies controlled by Gupta. Continue reading...
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Amazon creates 10,000 UK jobs on back of online shopping boom
Parcel centre to open in Doncaster and fulfilment centres in Gateshead, Swindon, Dartford and HinckleyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAmazon is creating 10,000 permanent jobs in the UK as the company bolsters its workforce in response to the pandemic boom in online shopping.The company, which has also announced that it intends to hire 75,000 workers in the US and Canada, is opening a parcel centre in Doncaster and four fulfilment warehouses in Gateshead, Swindon, Dartford and Hinckley this year to keep up with shopper demand. Continue reading...
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‘A game-changing moment’: Chile constitution could set new gender equality standard
Chileans to elect 155-strong assembly made up of equivalent men and women to set out new framework and enshrine equal rightsWomen’s rights activists in Chile say that the country’s new constitution will catalyze progress for women in the country – and could set a new global standard for gender equality in politics.In a two-day vote this weekend, Chileans will elect a 155-strong citizens’ assembly to write a new constitution for the country – the first anywhere in the world to be written by an equal number of men and women. Continue reading...
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News needs to shout about people doing good, as well as people doing bad
The Upside salutes a new series about people making a difference – plus all the week’s reasons to be hopefulOne of the things the Upside has always celebrated is people making a difference. In a world beset by things going wrong and dominated by news about rogues and villains, it’s easy to forget the unsung heroes in our midst.So over the past three years, we’ve done what we can to shout about them. There was our alternative New Year honours lists. Our heroic teachers of lockdown. Female entrepreneurs, carbon champions, and our favourite Iranian cleric. Continue reading...
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Eighteen elephants found dead in Indian forest reserve
Lightning or poisoning cited as possible causes of deaths in protected area in Assam state Authorities are trying to establish how 18 wild Asiatic elephants died in a remote corner of India’s north-east.The elephants, including five calves, were found dead in the protected Kondali forest reserve in the state of Assam, Jayanta Goswami, a wildlife official, told Associated Press. The forest guard reached the area on Thursday and found 14 elephants dead atop a hill and four at its bottom. Continue reading...
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FA Cup and Women’s Champions League finals: football countdown – live!
Team news and more ahead of another busy round of matchesFA Cup final and Premier League: 10 things to look out forGet in touch! Email Tumaini or tweet @tumcarayol 10.24am BST Outside of the English clubs, there is still the small matter of La Liga to sort out. With two games to go, this is how things stand: 10.09am BST Hello! Welcome to today’s Friday blog ahead of one of the final weekends of this exhausting season. There is, of course, a lot going on in and out of the Premier League this week. Newcastle will host Manchester City tonight at 8pm, then from 12:30pm on Saturday we will see Burnley vs Leeds, Southampton vs Fulham and Brighton vs West Ham. Sunday’s Premier League action will begin with Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa, followed by Tottenham vs Wolves, West Brom vs Liverpool and Everton vs Sheffield United. Continue reading...
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Brian Carney: ‘A psychologist would have a field day with me’
The player-turned-presenter talks about his Irish upbringing, his love of rugby league and his days as a LionBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredUnusually for someone raised in County Wicklow in Ireland, Brian Carney had an illustrious rugby league career as a winger with Hull, Wigan and NRL club Newcastle Knights before a spell with Irish union giants Munster. He represented Ireland in both league and union and starred for Great Britain, scoring eight tries in 14 Tests for the Lions. Erudite and eloquent, he is the face of rugby league and Gaelic games on Sky Sports.You went to a Jesuit boarding school best known for being in James Joyce’s novel A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. I don’t suppose rugby league was huge there.“No. The only rugby league I saw as a kid was Challenge Cup finals. We used to see them in the TV room at school. Bizarrely, what struck me most was the players having really high-cut shorts. We had pockets in shorts that were nearly down to our knees. Rugby league looked different. It was WWF meets rugby union. I fell out of love with rugby union – at school I was scrum-half who couldn’t pass, and at university a winger who couldn’t catch. In my final year I was invited down to Dublin Blues by Brian Corrigan. He thought I’d like rugby league. He was right. I loved it.” Continue reading...
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Sussex v Kent, Middlesex v Hampshire and more: county cricket – live!
County Championship updates from day two of the gamesThe Spin: subscribe to our weekly cricket newsletterAnd you can email Tanya, tweet @tjaldred or post BTL 10.14am BST A lively Jofra Archer took two wickets on his first bowl for Sussex since rehabilitating from both his persistent elbow problems and the finger injury he sustained when accidentally dropping a fish tank in the bath. In a pencil-point-sharp four-over opening spell, he sent back Daniel Bell-Drummond and Zak Crawley, finishing with two for 29. Crawley’s delivery in particular reared spitefully off the pitch on a good length and, surprised, Crawley gloved behind. Archer bowled two more spells.Ollie Robinson, also on the selectors’ radar for the Test series against New Zealand in June, barrelled in, big and strong, snatching three wickets including the stubborn Jack Leaning, who made 63, and debutant Tawanda Muyeye, a former Wisden schoolboy cricketer of the year, for one. There were three wickets too for George Garton, with his characteristic stumbling follow-through, and two for off-spinner Jack Carson, as Kent were all out for 145 during an on-off afternoon of squally rain. In reply, Sussex were 51 for two at stumps, losing both openers before bad light fell. 10.12am BST Group One Continue reading...
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