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WeWork is reportedly planning to layoff at least 4,000 people as part of a major restructure
WeWork is planning on laying off at least 4,000 people from its workforce, The New York Times reported on Sunday. A person with knowledge of the matter told The Times that the company's core office-sharing business would slash 2,000 to 2,5000 employees from its global ventures, along with other employees from its non-core businesses and maintenance employees.  A second source with knowledge of the matter said the number of layoffs could be as high as 5,000 or 6,000, which would represent about a third of WeWork's workforce.  The company is recovering from major losses after a failed IPO in September and reported a loss of $1.25 billion in the third quarter.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. WeWork is planning on laying off at least 4,000 people from its workforce, The New York Times reported on Sunday.  According to The Times, the company — which is recovering from major losses after a failed IPO in September — is expected to announce the cuts as early as this week. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We talked to Kevin Plank right before he stepped down as CEO of Under Armour, and he hinted at why the company may be ready for the changeSee Also:The largest milk producer in the US has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionUber's co-founders are starting to cash out of the ride-hailing giant. Here's the pitch deck they created back in 2008, way before it was a $45 billion ride-hailing giant.10 of the best and 10 of the worst Danny DeVito movies of all timeSEE ALSO: How WeWork spiraled from a $47 billion valuation to talk of bankruptcy in just 6 weeks
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Logitech’s Adaptive Gaming Kit adds accessibility companion for Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller
Microsoft launched its Xbox Adaptive Controller to let people with limited mobility play games. And today, Logitech G is launching the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit.
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Logitech’s $100 Adaptive Gaming Kit finishes what Xbox’s XAC started
“People buy the XAC, then ask, ‘what should go with this? ’” Logitech made the answer.
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I could lift more than I weighed – and loved it. But an injury gave me a much healthier perspective
I wanted to prove I could compete with the men in the weights room. A slipped disc made me reassess my attitude to extreme accomplishmentsI was never good at PE at school, nor interested in getting good at it. Somehow, I knew the best way to endure it was to be enthusiastically bad, overestimating my ability for a laugh or begrudging respect from a teacher. I would voluntarily do butterfly against the county swimming champions, purely because I found it funny.Secretly, maybe, I wished I was naturally sporty. In my early 20s, I had more important things to do than fitness (drinking and watching Mad Men), but by 25, I realised it was time to get moving. I tried running and the gym. Then, with the help of a powerfully shredded trainer, I discovered weightlifting. Continue reading...
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Killer drones: how many are there and who do they kill?
From lightweight surveillance devices to heavily armed attack weapons, pilotless drones are rapidly becoming a favoured tool of warfare. But are they accurate? Ethical? Here to stay?Drones – remotely piloted craft – first appeared in the 1990s when they were used for military surveillance by the US. Familiar advances in miniaturisation and cost mean they are now used for all kinds of purposes – for recreation, filming, monitoring conservation or to deliver vital medicines in remote areas. Continue reading...
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What does a food critic cook for Christmas?
After years of practice, Jay Rayner has rules on Christmas lunch. Don’t faff over a starter; ditch most of the veg; always set fire to somethingThe first inquiry always comes about now, as autumn gives way to winter. “So,” the questioner asks, wet-lipped with anticipation, “what are you going to be having on the big day?” The implication is obvious. I am employed to travel the country passing judgment on restaurants both grand and less so. I look down my nose at the offerings of MasterChef contestants and then deliver a crushing verdict. Surely, therefore, Christmas lunch in my house must be magnificent; the platonic ideal of Christmas lunches to which all others must aspire, a parade of poise and ooh and ah.I don’t blame anyone for thinking like this, because it’s what I think too. Mine really should be magnificent. It’s no accident that I’ve been a restaurant critic for two decades. I brood about what I’ll be having for dinner while eating breakfast, and daydream perfect lunch menus designed to make my guests swoon, even when I haven’t invited any. So, of course, I want my Christmas lunch to be the very best it can be. The problem is making it so. Continue reading...
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Hong Kong stocks rebound despite latest violence – business live
Most Asian markets rise after China’s rate cut, as investors await further news on trade 7.51am GMT On the latest clashes in Hong Kong, Erlam says:The stand-off between the protesters and the police has become increasingly violent this last couple of weeks and, worryingly, it’s difficult to see how this ends without further clashes and bloodshed.At this point, the economy is the least of the concerns for both residents and observers. But a place once viewed as being stable and peaceful is looking increasingly less appealing for investors who may continue to pull cash out the longer this goes on and more fierce it becomes.Hong Kong police arrest more than 50 in Tsim Sha Tsui near besieged PolyU https://t.co/1g4SBNjslZ @krislc #HongKong #HongKongProtest #China #PolyUHK #antiELABhk #antiELABChoking and crying, Hong Kong protesters pinned back on campus. ⁦via @jamespomfret⁩ #antielab #hongkongprotests https://t.co/qlkYyqnUjl 7.48am GMT Craig Erlam, senior market analyst UK and EMA at trading platform OANDA, sounded a note of scepticism on the latest trade talks over the weekend.While this is arguably a positive conversation that enables a deal to be reached, we were meant to be at the point of agreeing a date and location for it to be signed off. Trump looks to have been a little premature in his assertion that a deal is done last month with there clearly still being plenty more work to do.It always seemed a little odd how one sided the deal looked, with the Chinese clearly expected a greater commitment from the US side of tariff rollbacks, which is one issue that seems to be holding things up. This could well go on beyond the end of the year and even fall apart altogether which could be troublesome for the markets which have already invested so heavily into it. Continue reading...
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Hong Kong police seal off university, raising fears of crackdown
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Monday to force back anti-government protesters trying to escape a university where hundreds are holed up with petrol bombs and other homemade weapons amid fears of a bloody crackdown.
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Gunman opens fire at California backyard party, four killed: police
Police in the California city of Fresno were investigating a mass shooting at a football game party on Sunday in which at least 10 people were shot, killing four, with five others left in critical condition and another wounded, police said.
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Google Stadia will have 10 more games at launch
After first announcing that its cloud-streaming Stadia game service would launch with just 12 titles, Google has nearly doubled that number, according to a tweet from Stadia boss Phil Harrison. The service will now arrive with 10 additional games, br...
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UBS Chief Ermotti wants to stay until 2021: report
UBS's Sergio Ermotti wants to remain as chief executive of Switzerland's biggest bank until 2021, Swiss website Finews reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.
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ArcelorMittal willing to re-commit to Ilva steel plant on three conditions: paper
ArcelorMittal is drafting a plan to re-commit to the 2018 deal, under which it bought the troubled Ilva steel plant in southern Italy, on three conditions, Il Messaggero daily reported on Monday.
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Up close with Ford’s electric Mustang SUV, the Mach-E
Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Let the arguments begin Continue reading…
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Google Maps puts Local Guides front and center for top travel tips
Google Maps is giving more prominence to its Local Guides in a test designed to give travelers easier access to their suggestions for things to do and places to go.
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Can you solve it? The two child problem
A probability paradoxHere are four questions. They sound very similar. But be careful. They are not.1. Mrs Smith has two children. The eldest one is a boy. What’s the chance that both are boys? Continue reading...
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Under pressure: how stress can change our lives for the better
Stress and emotional tension tends to be associated with distress – but a form called ‘eustress’ can be healthy and productiveStress has become a defining feature of the 21st century, contributing to the mental-health crisis, fuelling a boom in mindfulness apps and even, science has suggested, affecting unborn children. But it is not always the villain it is made out to be. Psychologists are keen to arm us with the knowledge that some stress can be good, healthy and productive. This type is known as “eustress” and without it, they say, our lives would be dull and meaningless.“Stress has got such a bad rap,” says Daniela Kaufer, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “There’s this perception that stress is always bad for the brain, but that’s not true. Your stress response is crucial to your survival. It elevates your performance, is super-important for alertness and prepares you to adapt to the next thing that comes along.” Continue reading...
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Republicans condemned for smearing impeachment witnesses born abroad
Trump tactic suggesting Marie Yovanovitch and Alexander Vindman have mixed loyalties criticized as bigotedRepublicans and Donald Trump have sought to smear key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against the president as having dual or mixed loyalties to the US, due to being born abroad.The move has sparked condemnation as a bigoted tactic that has maligned career US diplomats and officials as being potentially disloyal to their adopted country due to not being born in America. Continue reading...
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Havana on its 500th birthday – then and now
The Cuban government is planning a jubilee week as the capital city celebrates the anniversary of its birth, with hundreds of events at restored monuments and historic sites, a visit from the Spanish royal family and fireworks over the Malecon seaside promenade. Archive photographs show how much, and how little, the capital has changedThe Revolution Museum, which was inaugurated in 1920 as the presidential palace, before becoming a museum in 1974 Continue reading...
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Yorkshire schools will not get back millions lost in trust's collapse
Wakefield City Academies Trust centralised schools’ reserves and then went bustSchools in Yorkshire that transferred millions of pounds to a multi-academy trust before it went bust will not get the money back, the area’s schools commissioner has confirmed.Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), which ran 21 schools, was accused of asset-stripping after it moved its schools’ reserves to centralised accounts before admitting new sponsors would need to be found for them days into the new term in September 2017. Continue reading...
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New York Times editor says Trump has put his reporters’ lives at risk
Dean Baquet decries abuse of journalists and defends not calling president racistThe executive editor of the New York Times has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters’ lives at risk by subjecting them to personal abuse and describing them as “enemies of the people”.Dean Baquet, who has led the news outlet during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, said the US president’s history of verbal attacks on journalists such as the New York Times’s political reporter Maggie Haberman was “appalling” and risked having serious consequences. Continue reading...
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Birmingham University refused to look into student's off-campus rape claim
Institution said it only dealt with cases linked to university activities or on its premisesBirmingham University has refused to investigate student complaints of rape where the alleged assaults took place off campus, it has emerged.A graduate told the Guardian she was left fearing for her safety after the university said it would not take disciplinary action against a male student who she alleged had raped her in her privately rented student accommodation. Continue reading...
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Serious Noticing: Selected Essays by James Wood review – something to behold
Whether interrogating Chekhov or Jane Austen, the New Yorker literary critic has the eye of a great novelistJames Wood begins this selection of essays, mostly about writers, with a homage to the drumming of Keith Moon of the Who. Long before he became the New Yorker’s resident literary critic, and in advance of those audacious and ardent studenty book reviews with which he made his name in the Guardian in the late 1980s, Wood was a precocious musician: pianist and trumpet player and scholar at Durham’s Chorister school and at Eton. He listened to little or no rock music until he was in his teens. But when he did he was enthralled by the manic genius of Moon.In Wood’s becassocked adolescence of scales and grades, Moon represented rule-breaking freedoms. That internal dichotomy has, the critic suggests, never left him. Wood still dreams of having the confidence to write a sentence that captures the spirit of Moon’s playing: “a long passionate onrush, formally controlled and joyously messy, propulsive but digressively self-interrupted, attired but dishevelled, careful and lawless, right and wrong”. Saul Bellow, his touchstone, could write those sentences, and DH Lawrence, he suggests, and David Foster Wallace on form, but he fears he won’t ever find the animal courage himself. Continue reading...
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Can we separate out fixtures and fittings with a help-to-buy Isa?
We are hoping we can make an offer for the Isa maximum and pay separately for these itemsQ My partner and I both have help-to-buy Isas and live outside of London so the most we’ll be able to spend on a property is £250,000. Property prices around the area we want to buy are very close to the £250,000 limit and often slightly above it.It seems that the help-to-buy Isa guidelines say the £250,000 limit refers to the land but not fixtures and fittings. Does this mean if a property is on sale for £255,000, say, we could offer £250,000 for the property, but separately offer £5,000 for fixtures and fittings such as a new fitted kitchen, curtains, blinds, garden furniture and/or wardrobes? AL Continue reading...
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Is this £62 Easirent admin fee the greediest yet?
It was charged over supposedly ‘new damage’ – even though I’d taken out extra insuranceI write to alert your readers to the extraordinary behaviour of the car hire firm Easirent’s Dublin airport branch. Having paid £48 for the three-day hire, I was talked into taking out extra insurance which would reduce the damage excess to zero – for which I paid £142. The estate car I had booked was not available so we were upgraded to a seven-seater I was told was so new it was unlikely to have any damage on it. As soon as I returned the vehicle, the same agent immediately noted scuff marks to the wing mirror, but assured me that, as I had paid for the insurance, I would not be charged. Then came the bombshell – there was a €70, or £62, admin charge to process this supposedly “new damage”. I have complained to no avail, and have since found terrible reviews of this company. Continue reading...
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For real change, Labour should ditch its top-down thinking | John Harris
Genuinely modern socialism would revolutionise Westminster and Whitehall and disperse power to local governmentNearly every Jeremy Corbyn speech these days is punctuated by the words “in our society” – a basic indication of what the Labour leader thinks politics ought to be about and the terrain on which he feels most comfortable. And so it goes with Labour’s election campaign. The party’s prospects essentially depend on whether enough people are prepared to put the tortures of Brexit to one side and concentrate on the state of our social fabric.If they are, Labour has an effective vocabulary to nail Tory failure, as evidenced by the words Corbyn used to launch his election campaign: “If you want to live in a society that works for everybody and not just the billionaires, if you want to save our hospitals, schools and public services from Tory cuts and privatisation, if you want to stop the big polluters destroying our environment, then this election is your chance to vote for it.” However bad his personal ratings, the potency of his moral kind of politics endures: on Tuesday, when he debates with Boris Johnson on ITV, it will be by far his strongest suit. Continue reading...
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InnoGames rises from humble German hobbyist roots to $1.1 billion in lifetime revenue
InnoGames started 16 years ago with a browser-based game called Tribal Wars. Now it has generated $1.1 billion in lifetime revenues.
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Belgium vs. Cyprus: Euro 2020 Qualifying Odds, Live Stream, TV Info
Belgium complete their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Tuesday against Cyprus at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. Roberto Martinez's side have enjoyed a flawless campaign and have already sealed top spot in Group I...
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Germany vs. Northern Ireland: Euro 2020 Qualifying Odds, Live Stream, TV Info
Germany will try to lock up the top spot in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group on Tuesday, when they face Northern Ireland in their final match of 2019...
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Argentina vs. Uruguay: 2019 Friendly Odds, Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule
Argentina and Uruguay meet in an international friendly on Monday in Tel Aviv, Israel. Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will be expected to start for the respective nations at Bloomfield Stadium...
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China records third case of deadly bubonic plague
Confirmed case in autonomous region of Inner Mongolia comes after two cases in BeijingChina’s Inner Mongolia has reported a fresh, confirmed case of bubonic plague despite an earlier declaration by the country’s health officials that the risk of an outbreak was minimal.The health commission of the autonomous region said a 55-year-old man was diagnosed with the disease after he ate wild rabbit meat on 5 November. Continue reading...
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Parents of dead Cornell student offering $10K for info on son’s death
18-year-old Antonio Tsialas, a Miami native, was last seen leaving a campus frat event about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. His body was found at the base of Fall Creek Gorge two days later.
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California Police Say 10 Shot, 4 Killed at Backyard Party
No suspect is in custody.
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Lyft is pulling its e-scooters from six cities and laying off workers
Lyft is removing its rentable electric scooters from six locations across the U.S. and laying off around 20 workers as it battles against a slew of competitors.
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"He's gone forever. We are broken": School shooting victims vigil
Thousands attended a candlelight vigil for the two students killed in the Santa Clarita, California high school shooting as authorities tried to determine the gunman's motive
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4 dead, 6 injured after unknown shooter opened fire at a backyard gathering in Fresno, California
Twitter/Larry Valenzuela Ten people were shot on Sunday after an unknown gunman opened fire in a backyard of a home in Fresno, California, just before 6 p.m. local time, police say.  At least four people are dead and six others are injured.  Police say "unknown suspects" remain at large.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At least four people were killed and six others were injured after an unknown gunman opened fire in a backyard in Fresno, California on Sunday evening, police confirmed.  Fresno police say at least 10 people were shot just before 6 p.m. in the backyard of a home in southeast Fresno, according to The Fresno Bee.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Here are the two victims of the high school shooting in Santa ClaritaCalifornia school shooting suspect described as 'quiet' Boy Scout who opened fire on classmates on his 16th birthdayStudents at the Santa Clarita school where 2 people were killed and 3 were injured in a shooting say their sense of safety 'will forever be ruined'
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A local’s guide to Treviso, Italy: 10 top tips
Criss-crossed with picturesque canals, this historic town also offers great art and eating – to a soundtrack of popping prosecco corksTreviso is a cycling city. We all get around the historic centre on two wheels: it’s a good way to avoid traffic jams, and tourists have to get used to bikes weaving between them in what look like pedestrianised streets. The surrounding region is perfect for both serious 70 to 80km routes – around picturesque hilltop Asolo and the climb up 1,775-metre Monte Grappa – or a lazy ride and picnic on the banks of the Sile. There is a municipal bike-sharing scheme, TVBike (€2 an hour), but serious cyclists should head to world-famous Pinarello: the Treviso manufacturer’s bikes have been ridden by winners of the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France (including current champion, Egan Bernal) but its local shop at at Borgo Mazzini 9 also hires town bikes from €15 a day. Continue reading...
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Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins Asks 'What Do I Have to Do to Help You?' to OL
The 1-9 Washington Redskins fell 34-17 to the New York Jets on Sunday after trailing 34-3 at one point in the fourth quarter...
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Monday briefing: Protesters under siege in Hong Kong standoff
Students and activists trapped on campus after clashes with police … Boris Johnson targets business lobby as Arcuri questions continue ... Labour to unveil immigration policyGood morning and welcome to the briefing. We’re going to start with developments in Hong Kong overnight and then take a look at what we expect to see on the campaign trail today. The parties have rolled out some eye-catching election pledges. Our live coverage of the day’s political news is up and running. Hundreds of protesters are believed to be trapped inside a university in Hong Kong this morning after the campus building they have been occupying since last week was besieged by police. In a dramatic escalation of the unrest that has gripped the city for the past five months, activists threw petrol bombs and bricks at police and set fire to a pedestrian bridge in violent overnight clashes. Protesters also fired arrows at police and officers used live rounds. When morning dawned, a group of protesters tried to escape the campus but were forced back by a volley of tear gas fired by police at various exits. Three people were treated for eye injuries and 40 suffered hypothermia after being doused with water cannon. In the courts, a ban on face masks implemented by the government was this morning ruled unconstitutional. Continue reading...
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TV tonight: a Viennese whirl of murder, ghosts and Sigmund Freud
Matthew Beard sleuths a killer in turn-of-the-20th-century Austria. Plus: Storyville on China’s brutal one-child policy. Here’s what to watch this eveningCafes, opera and philosophy: it’s Vienna at the in turn-of-the-20th-century and young British doctor Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) is studying under Sigmund Freud when he is enlisted by detective Oskar Rheinhardt (a gruff Jürgen Maurer) to help solve murder cases in the city. Based on Frank Tallis’s Liebermann novels, this adaptation runs at an overstuffed 90 minutes for this first part, but it’s a bearable watch if you can keep up with the story’s wordy theorising and seance-themed turn of events. Ammar Kalia Continue reading...
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Las Vegas Marathon Results 2019: Men's and Women's Top Finishers
Las Vegas is known for its casinos, lights and various forms of entertainment, but for one night only, the Strip was partially transformed into a marathon course as runners from around the globe converged on the city to race...
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Good experiences for sale, along with goods, in John Lewis revamp
£3m spent on Southampton ‘concept store’ with rooftop orchard and barista workshops John Lewis will this week unveil a radical new-look department store that has replaced selling space with “experience playgrounds” where shoppers can hone barista or pasta-making skills or hang out in a rooftop orchard and farm shop.If successful, the revamped Southampton shop – which opens on Tuesday – could provide a prototype for other John Lewis stores. It is the employee-owned retailer’s latest crack at reinventing the department store amid a sea change in shopping habits that has forced major rivals Debenhams and House of Fraser into rescue deals. Continue reading...
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Fall in UK house prices as election keeps homes off the market
Number of properties for sale dropped 15% in November – the fastest rate since 2009 The number of properties coming on to the UK housing market is falling at its fastest rate in a decade as next month’s general election deters sellers.Rightmove said the average price tag fell by £3,900 in November – the equivalent of a 1% decline – on the previous month. The property website also reported the number of new listings dropped by nearly 15%, in what was the largest year-on-year slump in any month since August 2009. Across Britain, the average asking price is £302,808. Continue reading...
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Director Kevin Smith on heart attacks, happiness, extreme weight loss – and Weinstein
The director and actor talks about his near-death experience, becoming vegan and the star-studded reboot of the film that first made him famous 25 years agoIn February last year, Kevin Smith performed 90 minutes of standup for a TV special, padded back to the green room and started to worry that the joint he had smoked before the show was too strong. He was sweaty and nauseous, which was not entirely out of the ordinary. But after he lay down on the tile floor and vomited, he was rushed to hospital, where a doctor broke the news that Smith was having a massive heart attack.Smith stayed calm. Honestly, he tells me, as we talk at his Hollywood Hills home, he was still stoned. On learning that he might die, he says: “I was like: ‘I’m going to make peace with this right away.’ You did way more than you ever set out to do, you got to do some cool shit, and if it’s done, it’s done.” Continue reading...
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A Warning review: Anonymous Trump book fails to make a name for itself
It took the death of John McCain to turn this ‘senior official’ against the president. Like much about this book, that is absurdA Warning fails to live up to the hype. Its author, “a senior official in the Trump administration”, offers few new revelations about the tempest-in-chief. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the public is well aware he is neither stable nor a genius. Related: Trump proposed sending migrants to Guantánamo, claims book by anonymous author Continue reading...
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This election may be the end of Farage, but not of Faragism | Daniel Trilling
The politics of the Brexit party leader, fuelled by the myth of the ‘white working class’, has already colonised the mainstreamIt’s always been easy for liberals to mock Nigel Farage: for his posturing against the “establishment”, despite being a privately educated City trader; for his affected tweeds and boozy bonhomie; for his endless failure to win a seat in parliament. And now, for his latest bumbling retreat. After loudly proclaiming that his Brexit party would stand general election candidates across the country, he was forced to make an awkward U-turn last week, announcing that they would withdraw from Conservative-held seats in a bid to ensure a leave majority in the next House of Commons.It’s easy, but pointless. This looks like a personal humiliation for Farage, and it has clearly angered many of his own party activists. But it may be a sign of his ultimate triumph. What helps make Farage one of the most skilled campaigners of this century is precisely his willingness to let himself look ridiculous, or to make and break alliances without concern for appearances, in the service of his greater project. Continue reading...
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Vote for candidates who care about climate, urge Scottish Greens
With some seats lacking a Green candidate, party says voters should support those who back action on fossil fuels Green voters should only back election candidates who accept that urgent action on climate is needed, the leader of the Scottish Green party has said.Patrick Harvie, the party’s co-convenor, said green voters should prioritise radical action on climate, giving that equal or greater weight than Brexit or Scottish independence, by politely “rattling the cages” of their local candidates. Continue reading...
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Wiping out the daughters: Burkina Faso's controversial mosquito experiment
A radical experiment to genetically modify a strain of mosquito in order to stop them breeding malaria-carrying daughters is one of the latest efforts to tackle the deadly scourge of malaria At 6.30am five-year-old Osman Balama and his mother reach the state hospital of Bobo-Dioulasso, the second-largest city in Burkina Faso. He hasn’t been feeling well for a few days and his mother is worried that he has contracted malaria. The waiting room is already full of mothers and grandmothers with young children on their laps, all with the same tired look as Osman.“The rainy season has started,” says Sami Palm, head of the clinic. “That means more mosquitos. I’m certain that almost everyone here has malaria.” Continue reading...
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Foetus 18 Weeks: the greatest photograph of the 20th century?
In the 1950s, photojournalist Lennart Nilsson set out to capture the earliest stages of existence. His foetus images seized the public imagination – and sparked a controversy that has raged ever sinceIn April 1965, Life magazine put a photograph called Foetus 18 Weeks on its cover and caused a sensation. The issue was a spectacular success, the fastest-selling copy in Life’s entire history. In full colour and crystal clear detail, the picture showed a foetus in its amniotic sac, with its umbilical cord winding off to the placenta. The unborn child, floating in a seemingly cosmic backdrop, appears vulnerable yet serene. Its eyes are closed and its tiny, perfectly formed fists are clutched to its chest.Capturing that most universal of subjects, our own creation, Foetus 18 Weeks was one of the 20th century’s great photographs, as emotive as it was technically impressive, even by today’s standards. And its impact was enormous, growing into something its creator struggled to control, as the image was hijacked by the fledgling anti-abortion movement. Continue reading...
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