Japan's next leader: Higher wages cure for pandemic doldrums

Japan's next prime minister says he believes raising incomes is the only way to get the world's third-largest economy growing again
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Budget 2021 news LIVE: Rishi Sunak to unveil budget for ‘new economy’ after Covid
Rishi Sunak will today hail his Budget as ushering in a “new economy” after the Covid pandemic as he confirms billions of pounds of funding for the NHS and wage rises for millions of workers.
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Betrayal trauma is what happens when our trust is broken – here’s how to navigate it
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Otto Wichterle: Czech chemist who invented soft contact lenses is recognised in Google Doodle
He was author to some 200 patents in organic chemistry, plastics and biomaterials
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Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook combine for 68 in Los Angeles Lakers win
LeBron James did not play against the Spurs due to an ankle injury.
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Could this be the spookiest house in Greater Manchester?
The home has already attracted dozens of visitors
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Couple find secret room hidden behind kitchen cupboard while exploring new flat
A couple have discovered a mystery room at the back of a kitchen cupboard of their new flat which has left them wondering how it comes to be there and even is complete with a window
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Alec Baldwin shooting on Rust set could result in criminal charges, prosecutor warns
A press conference in regards to the shooting will be held on Wednesday.
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At Virginia rally, Biden battles Youngkin, Trump, and other GOP leaders
Biden’s speech focussed on attempts to roll back abortion access in Texas, Mississippi and other states
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Paul Pogba's fury at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laid bare after Man Utd snub
Paul Pogba was left on the bench for Manchester United's 5-0 thrashing by arch-rivals Liverpool before a dismal second-half cameo which resulted in a straight red card
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Do the Don – walking the rewilded river from Doncaster to Sheffield
The post-industrial river, called South Yorkshire’s answer to Apocalypse Now by Jarvis Cocker in the 1970s, today boasts great trails and clean watersGrowing up in Doncaster 40 years ago, I barely knew the river that named our town. Keen walkers as my parents were, their rambles studiously avoided the Don. Like an unsavoury or disgraced relative, its name was rarely mentioned.The Don snakes 70 miles or so from the peat bogs and moors of the Pennines through Sheffield, Doncaster, the lost fens of Yorkshire and on to join with the Ouse and the Trent. This is a mighty river. Back in my childhood, however, the Don’s reputation was as tainted as its waters. For more than 200 years it was canalised, culverted and heavily polluted, serving collieries, power stations, mills and, most significantly, Sheffield’s steel industry. Its waters were artificially heated, poisoned with everything from arsenic to lead, and treated as an open sewer. In The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell wrote caustically of Sheffield’s “ugliness” and the stench of its “bright yellow toxic river”. By the 1960s, the Don was declared biologically dead. When Jarvis Cocker and friend took to its waters in a dinghy in the late 1970s, the singer described the experience as South Yorkshire’s answer to Apocalypse Now. Continue reading...
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Sean Paul: ‘Legal cannabis dispensaries are a good thing, but their weed tastes like cardboard’
The man who brought Jamaican dancehall to the world has spent lockdown working on a star-studded new album. He tells Kevin E G Perry about following up mega-hit ‘Cheap Thrills’ with Sia, the time his father crashed a ganja plane in the Everglades, and weeping over the death of Toots Hibbert
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Manchester United can use short-term immediate action plan to fix faltering form
Whilst talk has been dominated by Solskjaer's future, United need to start getting back on the right side of results in the Premier League
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US, China, Russia join Asia summit amid regional disputes
President Joe Biden and China’s Premier Li Keqiang will join an annual summit of 18 Asia-Pacific nations by video in a region where the world powers have dueled over trade, Taiwan, democracy, human rights and Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in disputed territories
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'Thoroughly good' dad unmasked in encrypted text messages as major drugs boss at heart of criminal underworld
Nathan Loftus, from Bury, has been jailed for 22 years
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Wednesday briefing: Sunak pitches ‘age of optimism’ budget
Chancellor will herald ‘new economy post-Covid’ … the Queen to miss Cop26 … and why there are so few women in politics in JapanHello, Warren Murray asking only a few minutes of your temporal budget. Continue reading...
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Three drunk women taking cocaine ordered 14-year-old girl into dog cage and left her half naked in 'merciless' attack
"There were arguments, and hot tempers. Things turned ugly"
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Gang of thieves steal community nurse's car and her life-saving NHS kit
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Cavallo comes out in a big statement before A-League season
Soccer player Josh Cavallo has come out as gay in a public statement ahead of the A-League season
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Cat makes ‘miracle’ recovery after being hit by a bus and finds a new home
'It's a miracle that she'd survived with those horrific injuries. She showed that she was a real fighter.'
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China Telecom: US revokes licence of top Chinese ISP over ‘national security’ concerns
One of China’s largest telecom giants will have to withdraw its services from US within 60 days
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TV tonight: Prof Brian Cox’s thrilling exploration of the cosmos
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Coronavirus news live: UK watchdog criticises £37bn test and trace service; Australia approves Covid booster shot rollout
The UK’s flagship system to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 failed to achieve “its main objective,” committee says; Australians soon to get a Covid booster shot after regulator approvalCovid-19 crisis is ‘far from finished’, WHO emergency committee saysFDA backs Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for US children aged 5-11New Zealanders stranded in Australia are sailing Tasman Sea to get homePregnant women turned away from Covid vaccine clinics, experts warnChina locks down city of 4m after six Covid cases detectedSee all our coronavirus coverageWelcome back to our Covid blog where we’ll bring you all the latest news surrounding the evolving coronavirus crisis. I’m Samantha Lock reporting to you from Sydney, Australia. Here’s just a quick guide on what you might have missed earlier. Continue reading...
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Police refute ‘false reports’ that remains found in search for Brian Laundrie did not match his DNA
North Port police say no DNA analysis has been conducted on Brian Laundrie’s remains yet
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TfL gets tough on sexual harassment with launch of new crackdown
Sexual harassment will not be tolerated on public transport or anywhere in London – that is the message from TfL as it launches a new campaign on Wednesday.
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Mum-of-eight refuses to buy Christmas gifts for her kids and they don't mind
Angie Wipf, 35, said that she felt her eight kids were overwhelmed at Christmas with her buying around 40 gifts in total and so now they buy each other a present each and are happier
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Defense says American charged in Ghosn pay case not involved
The defense for former Nissan executive Greg Kelly has argued there is no evidence or motives linking him to alleged under-reporting of his ex-boss Carlos Ghosn’s compensation
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Asian stocks fall after Australia inflation accelerates
Asian stock markets are lower after Australia reported unexpectedly strong inflation, highlighting global pressures for prices to rise
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Budget 2021: What has already been announced?
A number of briefings about what will be in Wednesday’s fiscal statement have already been published.
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Campaign for National Parks photography competition 2021 – in pictures
Following the release of CNP’s National Parks and the Climate Emergency report in June, this year’s competition focused on documenting the climate crisis, with stark images of extreme weather, wildlife in decline and pollution accompanied by images of hope and nature recovery.To see the full shortlist and stories behind the images, visit: www.cnp.org.uk Continue reading...
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Uncertain future for Bechstein’s bat colony in Hampshire
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China will honour its climate pledges – look at the changes we have already made | Zheng Zeguang
Cop26 is a chance for developed countries to take the lead in cutting emissions and making good on financial promisesZheng Zeguang is Chinese ambassador to the UKIn the run-up to the climate conference in Glasgow, there are suggestions that without real participation and greater contribution from China, neither the conference nor the global response to climate change will get anywhere. The unstated worry is this: will China honour its pledges to reduce emissions?This anxiety is unnecessary. Anyone who knows China well is sure that my country is serious about reducing carbon emissions and pursuing green development, and that we mean what we say.Zheng Zeguang is the Chinese ambassador to the UK Continue reading...
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Poorer countries spend five times more on debt than climate crisis – report
Charity says lower income countries handing over billions of dollars in debt is impeding their ability to tackle crisisLower income countries spend five times more on debt than coping with the impact of climate change and reducing carbon emissions, according to a leading anti poverty charity.Figures from Jubilee Debt Campaign show that 34 of the world’s poorest countries are spending $29.4bn (£21.4bn) on debt payments a year compared with $5.4bn (£3.9bn) on measures to reduce the impact of the climate emergency. Continue reading...
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Rebecca Hall on race, regret and her personal history: ‘In any family with a legacy of passing, it’s very tricky’
The actor has just directed her first film, an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing. She discusses the family story that inspired her, cultural appropriation and class in HollywoodIt would be easy to assume that Rebecca Hall has never had to fight for anything in her life. Now 39, she made her screen debut at the age of 10 in The Camomile Lawn, the 1992 TV series directed by her father, the British theatre grandee Sir Peter Hall. Her stage debut came a decade later, in his production of Mrs Warren’s Profession. There followed 15 hugely successful years as an actor, working with Steven Spielberg (The BFG), Christopher Nolan (The Prestige), Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and many more. But for more than a decade she has been struggling to build a second career, as the director of a movie that some would say she has no right to make.That movie is Passing, which Hall has adapted herself from the 1929 novel by the Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen. It is an emotionally resonant study of racial identity, seen through the eyes of two Black women, Irene (played by Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga), both of whom, to varying extents, “pass” as white. Hall remembers first encountering the book in her early 20s and feeling a rush of inspiration: “I was sat there reading and I could just suddenly start seeing it: their two faces, seeing each other in that tea room, and I had that idea of looking from Irene’s perspective and panning through someone staring at you and then coming back. That was really there, and very potent, in black and white in my head.” Continue reading...
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Meat and dairy giants feed climate crisis by dragging their heels on methane
World’s biggest livestock corporations ‘given free pass by governments’ over lack of clear targets to reduce emissions, say campaignersWhat’s the beef with cows and climate change?A failure to take action on methane emissions by the world’s biggest meat and dairy companies is fuelling the climate crisis, say campaigners who have compiled the first ranking of what the animal protein sector is doing about the short-lived but potent greenhouse gas. Livestock generate about 32% of anthropogenic, or human-generated, methane, mainly from the planet’s billion-plus cattle.The new ranking, published today, names the three worst-performing meat and dairy corporations as two French companies – Groupe Bigard and Lactalis – and the Japanese company Itoham. The ranking was based on an examination of the companies’ climate targets “to see if they had any methane action plans or reporting and to see what research they were doing”, said Nuša Urbancic of Changing Markets Foundation, the ranking’s co-author.Even companies that ranked best – Switzerland’s Nestlé, France’s Danone and New Zealand’s Fonterra – were doing too little, said the report. For example, none of the 20 companies, which together represent the “vast majority” of livestock sector emissions, have concrete methane reduction targets, it said.Leading climate scientists have warned that methane is playing an ever greater role in global heating. Cutting methane emissions, it has been said, is the strongest lever we have to slow climate heating over the next 25 years.The company closest to having a methane action plan, the ranking found, was Nestlé, although it failed to “include any milestones or key performance indicators”.Anne Mottet, livestock director at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said companies were under no obligation to report emissions. However, she said the natural links between animal agriculture, methane, climate, food security and nutrition, all of which must be carefully balanced, made it “very important for governments and NGOs to engage with food companies on methane”.Although more than half the ranked companies were undertaking research into methane reduction, mainly via methane-reducing feed, the report said none appeared to be contemplating lowering animal numbers or replacing animals with other protein sources. “Most [of the ranked] companies are investing in alternative proteins, but [they are not] looking at alternative proteins as a replacement for animal production,” said Urbancic, who added that meat and dairy corporations were being “given a free pass by governments”. Responding to the criticisms, Groupe Bigard sent a report showing a 9% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2015, but made no mention of methane. Fonterra said it includes methane from livestock in its annual sustainability report and that its “aspiration” is to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Nestlé said its ambition was to halve its emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest. “One of the specific solutions we are exploring is related to the diet and digestion of livestock animals. By using feed alternatives, we can help minimise methane emissions,” it said.Danone said that while it did not have specific methane reduction targets, they were included in its ambition to reach net zero by 2050. Lactalis said it was exploring solutions to reduce methane emissions through innovation in feed, increasing yields per cow and providing technical support to farmers.Other companies did not respond to requests for comment or said they had no comment.Sign up for the Animals farmed monthly update to get a roundup of the biggest farming and food stories across the world and keep up with our investigations. You can send us your stories and thoughts at animalsfarmed@theguardian.com Continue reading...
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Liverpool vs Preston North End Carabao Cup kick-off time, TV details and team news
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side face Championship opposition Preston North end as they bid to reach the last-eight of this year's Carabao Cup competition
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Timeframe when Xavier Amaechi could make Bolton Wanderers injury return and loanee's future
The winger is yet to make his competitive debut for Wanderers since picking up an injury in pre-season against Preston North End
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Tyson Fury next fight: Date, UK venue & potential opponents after Whyte and Joyce update
Tyson Fury will return to the ring in 2022 and could make his long-awaited return for a UK bout
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Manchester United need to move on from the Sir Alex Ferguson era
The problems at Man United go beyond Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he is responsible for the worst-coached United side in a lifetime and the identity crisis is acute.
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Man City have unusual dilemma over right back role for West Ham cup game
There is a reason for leaving out each of Manchester City's options at right-back for the Carabao Cup game at West Ham
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19 small changes you can make to help save the planet
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Canada’s Drag Race judge Brooke Lynn Hytes opens up on Stacey McKenzie’s ‘jarring’ last-minute exit after Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman’s departure
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Can you recycle polystyrene? Here’s what you should do with it
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Tiger King season 2: Release date, plot, and will Joe Exotic star in it?
Tiger King 2 is just weeks away.
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Emmerdale's Kim Tate devastated by surprise return during Andrea's memorial
Spoilers - Kim Tate expected to find Jamie appear at the memorial for Andrea but is left disappointed by who actually turns up
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TikTok’s joy-miners and ‘shitposters’, and Instagram’s ‘cursed’ interiors
In the second episode of Guardian Australia’s new podcast, Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun and Steph Harmon bring in Rashna Farrukh to discuss how TikTok is leaching into every corner of the internet – and the algorithms that know more about us than we do. Later in the episode: Michael gets trolled by a homeware memeShow notes: Continue reading...
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Washington orders Chinese phone carrier out of US market
U.S. regulators are expelling a unit of China Telecom Ltd
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Charles speaks of importance of retaining rare literature collection in the UK
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