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British Youtuber in coma with Covid since Christmas Day after giving birth
Family of Grace Victory, who has more than 200,000 subscribers, urged people to pray for herCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe sister of a British Youtuber has said the family “still needs prayers” for the 30-year-old after she was placed in a coma with Covid-19 the day after she gave birth to her first child.Grace Victory, from Buckinghamshire, contracted coronavirus in December while she was pregnant. After her condition deteriorated, doctors induced the birth on Christmas Eve before putting her in a coma the following day due to respiratory issues. Continue reading...
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Ollie Lawrence: 'I wanted to emulate Tuilagi because his play excited me'
The England newcomer insists comparisons to the injured centre will not be a burden as he looks to fill the void in the Six NationsWhen Ollie Lawrence was young – and he is still only 21 – there was one England rugby player who captured his imagination. As a strongly built centre growing up in the Midlands, he looked at Manu Tuilagi and instinctively decided he would play the same way. Now here he is, waiting to kick off a Six Nations Championship in place of his injured idol.It is both a massive opportunity and, potentially, an even more daunting challenge. There is only one Manu and simply trying to impersonate your childhood hero is a surefire route to top-level underachievement. As any old pro will testify, the smarter option is to be the best version of yourself rather than vainly seeking to become somebody you can never be. Continue reading...
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin ends drought as Everton sink Sheffield Wednesday
Dominic Calvert-Lewin marked his return from injury with his 15th goal of the season as Everton cantered to a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in five years with victory against Sheffield Wednesday. There are plenty of sides remaining in the last 16 who will fancy their chances of winning it: and there was certainly no evidence here to dissuade the suggestion that the Toffees are in that bracket.Credit must go to Sheffield Wednesday, who played with the attitude and spirit of a side far better than their current league position, as they fight to avoid relegation from the Championship. But in the end, the Owls had no answer for the attacking flair Everton possessed on the night. From a very early stage, it felt like when, rather than if, Everton booked their place in the next round. Continue reading...
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Solskjær hails Manchester United's statement FA Cup win over Liverpool
• United through to fifth round tie at home to West Ham• Solskjær claims a first win over Liverpool as United managerOle Gunnar Solskjær hailed a “statement win” for Manchester United after Liverpool were beaten 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round at Old Trafford.An entertaining cup tie was decided by Bruno Fernandes’ late free-kick as United progressed to meet West Ham in the next round at home. Solskjær admitted he was particularly pleased with the manner of victory – his first against major rivals Liverpool at the fifth attempt. Continue reading...
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Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot poetry prize for 'radical' How to Wash a Heart
Judges praise the British-Indian poet’s ‘formidable’ collection, exploring the dynamic between an immigrant and her white, middle-class hostBhanu Kapil has won the most valuable award in British poetry, the TS Eliot prize, for her “radical and arresting” collection How to Wash a Heart, in which she depicts the uncomfortable dynamics between an immigrant and her white, middle-class host.In the collection, Kapil’s immigrant guest addresses her liberal host, exploring how “it’s exhausting to be a guest / In somebody else’s house / Forever”. It beat works by poets including JO Morgan and Natalie Diaz to the £25,000 prize, which counts among its former winners Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney. Continue reading...
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'I like Ivanka': Marco Rubio sweats over rumoured Trump Senate challenge
Florida senator finds familiar discomfort in unfamiliar surrounds of Fox News Sunday as former first daughter circlesTrump plots revenge on betrayers as Senate trial loomsThe last time Marco Rubio looked this uncomfortable in the national spotlight, he was stuck on robotic repeat in a Republican debate, being pummelled by Chris Christie. Related: Can Trump do a Nixon and re-enter polite society? Elizabeth Drew doubts it Continue reading...
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Ben Jennings on UK's growing Covid death toll - cartoon
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Chicago teachers defy order to return to classrooms under shadow of Covid
Union cites lack of vaccinations before Monday startDistrict says safety plan in place for students and staffBirx: Covid deniers in White House ‘derailed’ responseThe Chicago Teachers Union said on Sunday its members had voted to defy an order to return to the classroom because of concerns about Covid-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike. Related: 'A slow drip versus an explosion': inside California's divided Covid reality Continue reading...
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Ministers won't commit to reopening schools in England after Easter holidays
Stubbornly high Covid infection rate means no end in sight for home schooling for most pupilsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has refused to commit to schools being open even after the Easter holidays, raising the prospect that parents will have many more weeks of homeschooling before even a phased return of most pupils to the classroom in England.A senior government source cautioned that although the data was starting to show signs of a slowing of infections, rates were not falling nearly as sharply as had been expected. The source said the picture had become “more pessimistic” over the past week about the government’s ability to ease any measures in the short term. Continue reading...
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Dr Martens bosses and backers set for huge windfall in £3.5bn float
UK footwear brand expected to launch market listing on Monday, with CEO in line for stake worth £58m The British footwear brand Dr Martens is expected to launch a stock market flotation on Monday that would value the Northamptonshire firm at £3.5bn and generate a huge windfall for its bosses and backers.The company, known for its boots with chunky air-cushioned soles and distinctive yellow stitching, was owned until 2013 by the Griggs family, who sold to the private equity investment group Permira for £300m but retained a 10% stake. Just seven years later the business has soared in value and when it lands on the stock market will create numerous multimillionaires. Continue reading...
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Everton v Sheffield Wednesday: FA Cup fourth round – live!
Live updates as crisis club Wednesday travel to Goodison ParkLouise Taylor: Wednesday ‘chomping at the bit’ for Everton testGet in touch! Email Rob 7.13pm GMT Everton (4-2-3-1) Olsen; Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Godfrey; Doucoure, Gomes; James, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.Substitutes: Pickford, Lossl, Kenny, Keane, Bernard, Gordon, Davies, Small, Onyango.Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2) Wildsmith; Urhoghide, Brennan, Borner, Galvin; Harris, Bannan, Pelupessy, Reach; Green, Paterson.Substitutes: Jackson, Palmer, Marriott, Penney, Dele-Bashiru, Windass, Brown, Hunt, Kachunga. 7.12pm GMT Pre-match reading Related: Crisis club Sheffield Wednesday 'chomping at the bit' for Everton test Related: When Everton took three replays to beat Sheffield Wednesday in FA Cup Continue reading...
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Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes sinks Liverpool in FA Cup thriller
This was a thriller of a cup tie, Manchester United emerging on the right end of a 3-2 scoreline courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’s late winner. It means Liverpool have only one win from their last seven outings – and this against Aston Villa’s kids in the previous round – and United roll on in the competition to face West Ham here next month. Related: Manchester United v Liverpool: FA Cup fourth round – live! Continue reading...
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NFC championship game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Green Bay Packers
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers face off at Lambeau FieldEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFeltChampionship round picks: who will come out on top? 4.54pm GMT Hunter will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s a guide to today’s game:What the Buccaneers need to do to win: Surprisingly for two quarterbacks who have ruled the NFL for much of the century, there isn’t a lot of history to go on between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers – this will be only their fourth meeting as starters. Brady won their previous game, a 38-10 beatdown in Week 6 of this season, when the defense harried Rodgers all day, sacking him five times. Rodgers, who has been mostly flawless since, is unlikely to be bullied again though. So Tampa Bay may have to beat the Packers in a shootout, hoping their formidable offensive weapons all click at once. That will put pressure on backup Bucs guard Aaron Stinnie, who made his first ever NFL start against the Saints last week (and did pretty well). Continue reading...
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Trump plots revenge on Republicans who betrayed him as Senate trial looms
President mulls third party amid impeachment debateConviction over US Capitol attack still seems unlikelyTrump is gone but big lie is a rallying call for extremistsRobert Reich: Don’t believe corporate anti-Trump hypeRepublican divisions over Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial came into clearer focus on Sunday, as the former president spent his first weekend out of office plotting revenge against those he says betrayed him. Related: Can Trump do a Nixon and re-enter polite society? Elizabeth Drew doubts it Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on the BBC: more than good value | Editorial
The BBC should argue for itself as a public utility, central to democratic lifeSince its foundation in 1922, the BBC has had powerful enemies, usually commercial rivals, who think that it is “too bloody big, too bloody pervasive and too bloody powerful”, to quote the former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre, still reportedly in the running to be made chair of the media regulator Ofcom. But since 1986, when the Peacock report ushered in a move from regulation to competition in broadcasting, this claim has been less and less true. The more competitors the BBC has, the less market share it has, and the less “universal” it risks becoming; in turn, the weaker becomes the argument for the licence fee. It is an ever-tightening circle, quite convenient for the BBC’s enemies. The success of streaming services such as Netflix – which this week announced that it has topped 204 million subscribers – has heightened the problem, though the BBC remains comfortably the most used media brand in the UK.Last week, a National Audit Office report cast stark light on the BBC’s difficulties. Interestingly, 80% of 16- to 24-year-olds do use the BBC – but almost half of them do not watch BBC TV channels on a weekly basis. And the most damaging recent enemy of the BBC turns out to have been the former chancellor George Osborne, whose insistence in 2015 that the BBC take on the cost of licence fees for the over-75s (an expense previously borne by the government) is significantly harming the corporation’s income. The BBC, after a public consultation, has begun charging those over-75s who are not on pension credit, but it is still unclear how much this will recoup compared with the £745m it would have received had Mr Osborne not taken that drastic step. Between 2017-18 and 2019-20, licence fee income declined by £310m. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on India's farming revolt: a bitter harvest | Editorial
There’s a growing backlash against Narendra Modi’s autocratic tendencies and the plutocrat donors who fund his party Narendra Modi, India’s Hindu nationalist prime minister, has probably never read Lord Hailsham. But maybe he should. The former lord chancellor’s 1976 BBC lecture contains perhaps the most penetrating assessment of parliamentary democracy, of which India is its largest version. Lord Hailsham’s argument carries a constitutional lesson at an opportune moment for Mr Modi. The Conservative peer warned that Britain risked becoming an “elective dictatorship”. A government’s parliamentary majority is merely tempered by political realities and MPs’ consciences. “Only a revolution, bloody or peacefully contrived, can put an end to the situation,” he said.Mr Modi swept to victory in elections in 2019. The once‑mighty Congress party almost disappeared. No rival party gained enough seats to have its chief named leader of the opposition. The judiciary has been cowed by Mr Modi. It is no laughing matter when Indian Muslim comedians are jailed for jokes that they have not made. Mr Modi has an autocratic style. He takes decisions without forewarning and expects them to be rubber‑stamped by a pliant legislature. This summer, Mr Modi enacted major farm laws that threaten the livelihoods of two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people without discussion, during the Covid lockdown of parliament. What followed was arguably the largest general strike in history and weeks of unrest. Unless there is a climbdown, farmers will bring the capital to a halt this week, when Mr Modi hopes to be taking the military salute on the country’s Republic Day. Continue reading...
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Eileen Pollock obituary
My friend and colleague, the actor Eileen Pollock (Polly), has died aged 73. She was best known for playing Lilo Lil in the BBC sitcom Bread (1986-91), about the Liverpudlian Boswell family. The role was originally written as native Liverpool, so Polly tried out her Scouse on her taxi driver. When he asked what part of Australia she came from, she decided to stick to Irish. She loved playing the character, but other work meant more to her.I first met Polly in the heady days of late-1970s feminism and ructions between the right and left in our union, Equity. Alternative theatre was booming. Polly worked with the political group Belt & Braces, but the lack of women’s roles led her to co-found the feminist companies Bloomers and Camouflage, and write much of their material. In 1989, she was a fiery Mother Jones in Fight Like Tigers, about the Irish-American union activist. Polly was an articulate, passionate campaigner and outspoken socialist-feminist. As a friend said, she “could make the toughest of activists cower for an unguarded remark”. However, she was hugely generous and would give her last penny to anyone who was down on their luck. Continue reading...
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Permanent PJs and pivoting designers: how the pandemic hit the fashion world
Our fashion editor on a year in which sweatpants soared, masks went designer, Topshop tumbled – and a pause fuelled hopes of a resetI was on the Eurostar, somewhere between St Pancras and Paris, when a senior member of the Guardian team called and suggested that it might be a good idea for me to turn around at Gare du Nord and return to London.It was 3 March 2020. This was not the plan. The plan had been to go to the Chanel show and report for the news pages. Instead, it was the beginning of all plans – work and otherwise – disintegrating. Continue reading...
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Johnson being urged to impose blanket Covid border controls
Cabinet ministers and scientists say more protection needed against unknown variants entering UKCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson is facing increasing pressure from cabinet ministers and scientists to impose blanket border control measures against Covid instead of his preferred option of a targeted approach as experts warned that this may not protect the UK from importing further mutations.Ministers are to meet on Tuesday to weigh up the merits of a border policy which could require all new arrivals, including British citizens, to quarantine at their own expense in government-supervised hotels. Continue reading...
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Tesla investment reaps $29bn profit for Edinburgh fund
Electric car maker was $6 a share when Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust started buying, now it’s $846 Elon Musk has made so much money from Tesla that he is now the richest person on the planet. However, the second-biggest winners are investors in an Edinburgh-based investment fund that began backing Musk’s electric car company in 2013.Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s investments in Tesla have made an extraordinary $29bn (£21bn) for investors including pension funds, foundations and charities, according to figures released to the Guardian. Continue reading...
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Two hurt as police officer plows car through crowd at Tacoma street race
Police vehicle seen hitting several people, running over oneDepartment says officer feared for own safetyAt least two people were injured when a police officer responding to a report of a street race plowed his car through a crowd of pedestrians who were pounding on the car’s windows in downtown Tacoma on Saturday night, officials said. The incident happened just before 7pm as about 100 people blocked an intersection and watched several cars spinning in circles, police told the News Tribune of Tacoma. Continue reading...
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Swathes of England's vital flood defences ‘almost useless’
Data from Environment Agency shows thousands of people and businesses ‘at risk from ruined assets’Thousands of England’s vital flood defences were in such a state of ruin last year they would fail to protect communities from extreme weather, an investigation has found.More than 3,400 of England’s “high consequence” flood assets, defined as those where there is a high risk to life and property if they fail, were judged by the Environment Agency to be in such a bad condition they were almost useless. Continue reading...
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Insurers 'funding organised crime' by paying ransomware claims
Exclusive: former cybersecurity chief calls for law change and warns situation is ‘close to getting out of control’Insurers are inadvertently funding organised crime by paying out claims from companies who have paid ransoms to regain access to data and systems after a hacking attack, Britain’s former top cybersecurity official has warned.Ciaran Martin, who ran the National Cyber Security Centre until last August, said he feared that so-called ransomware was “close to getting out of control” and that there was a risk that NHS systems could be hit during the pandemic. Continue reading...
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Three more teenagers arrested after murder of boy, 15, in Birmingham
Postmortem establishes cause of Keon Lincoln’s death to be gunshot and stab woundsThree more teenagers have been arrested after the murder of a 15-year-old boy during the daytime, taking the total to five.West Midlands police said Keon Lincoln was attacked by a group of teenagers with weapons in the Handsworth area of Birmingham on Thursday. Continue reading...
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All’s not fair in Covid vaccination strategy
Readers on the inequality, logistical problems and north-south divide in the distribution of vaccines I must say that I was surprised by your headline (English care homes ‘sitting ducks’ as GPs refuse Covid vaccine at infected sites, 21 January). I am a semi-retired GP who has, with other retired colleagues, returned to the frontline as a vaccinator. I have seen how hard my colleagues – be they GPs, nurses, pharmacists, administrative staff – have been working to coordinate and administer the Covid vaccines that are available. Your headline rather implies that many GPs are avoiding care homes with Covid outbreaks and this seems inaccurate, negative and misleading.However, the article does discuss the situation rationally and explain what is happening in various parts of the country. One reason for delays in care homes is the logistical issue associated with taking the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to them. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine presents far fewer issues and I am sure that this will enable rapid coverage in community settings.Dr David Lawrence Hextable, Kent Continue reading...
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Joe Biden's talk of 'healing' is pointless, and will be seen as weakness by the right | Nesrine Malik
The new president needs to be fearlessly radical – it’s the only way to rebalance the economy and tackle the causes of divisionNormal. The United States is returning to normal. During Joe Biden’s inauguration, the commentary was overwhelmingly about a country slowly regaining consciousness, blinking away the bad dream that was Donald Trump. That state of normal was one of not just reinstating all the protocols and rituals of high office, but of the pastoral hand of the president. Biden will now “heal” the nation and rebuild America’s standing in the world. “Civility” will cleanse the US of the previous administration’s toxicity.But against the backdrop of the past four years in general and the previous two weeks in particular, the ceremonials all felt a bit flat, like trying to burn incense to banish the smell of a rotting corpse. Trump may be gone as president, but the morbidities he exposed remain. They hang heavily in the air: the 74 million people who voted for him despite four years of lies and carnage; the proportion of voters who still think the election was stolen; the ongoing round-up of those who stormed the Capitol; the hundreds of thousands of lives claimed by coronavirus. Continue reading...
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Deborah Birx says Covid deniers in Trump White House 'derailed' response
Statements by political leaders ‘derailed’ coronavirus response‘A massacre, a horror film’: inside Brazil’s Covid disasterThe former US coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx has said people in the Trump White House considered Covid-19 a hoax. Related: 'A slow drip versus an explosion': inside California's divided Covid reality Continue reading...
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Brazilian motorcade rallies demand Bolsonaro's impeachment
Protests take place in more than 20 state capitals after president’s shambolic Covid response Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets in their cars to demand Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment as polls showed support for the far-right president slipping over his shambolic handling of the coronavirus pandemic.On Saturday, as Brazil’s official Covid-19 death toll hit 216,000, leftwing and centrist protesters organised motorcade rallies in more than 20 state capitals, including Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Belém. Continue reading...
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WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update
Poorly-executed change to terms of service sends messaging app’s subscribers flocking to competitors A poorly-explained update to its terms of service has pushed WhatsApp users to adopt alternative services such as Signal and Telegram in their millions.The exodus was so large that WhatsApp has been forced to delay the implementation of the new terms, which had been slated for 8 February, and run a damage limitation campaign to explain to users the changes they were making. Continue reading...
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Indian comedian held over ‘indecent’ jokes at show where he did not perform
Police admit they have no evidence against Manuwar Faruqui, who has been held for three weeksA Muslim comedian in India has been detained for more than three weeks for allegedly insulting Hindu gods during a standup routine that he did not perform.Fellow comedians, lawyers and opposition politicians have spoken out against the detention of Manuwar Faruqui, 29, who was accused of making “indecent” and “vulgar” remarks about Hinduism and government figures during a comedy show on 1 January in the city of Indore, in Madhya Pradesh. Continue reading...
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