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White paper to set out tough UK immigration regime post-Brexit
Minimum salary threshold of £30k-a-year will also apply to migrants from the EU27Sajid Javid is expected to publish a long-delayed white paper on Britain’s tough new immigration regime on Wednesday, as the prime minister seeks to build the case for her Brexit deal by pledging to “take back control of our borders”. Related: Business leaders warn against plan to slash EU immigration to UK Continue reading...
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How I recovered, by the people who did | Julie Powell and others
Addiction, mental illness, bereavement, cancer, debt: there is no shortage of afflictions that can beset a human life. But how do you recover?“I’ve been falling for years,” writes the Canadian author Katie Inglis in her memoir about grief and the death of her baby son, “scrambling up again, sorting out in fits and spurts, freshly sorted reasonings collapsing in on themselves to make space for new wrack”.The sense of loss she chronicles is both past and present. Grief is a continuum, recovering is continuous, with no identifiable moment of arrival. Continue reading...
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‘This is supposed to be a rich country’: volunteers on the reality of food bank Britain
Food charities are preparing for their busiest Christmas ever. Guardian readers and volunteers share stories from the frontline of povertyMy husband’s work arranged a food bank collection, as part of their corporate social responsibility. I rang up the organiser and said: “I can come, but I’ll have to bring my baby.” He was eight months old and used to sit in a high chair. We get a lot of young mothers who are embarrassed to be there; having a baby at the table immediately makes a connection. Straight away, you are talking about sleep, or lack of. Continue reading...
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Dolphins’ TV-watching habits confirm what gentle creatures they are. Unlike cats … | Stuart Jeffries
Scientists have established that the mammals are stimulated by television images, and enjoy an episode of SpongeBob SquarePantsWhat, you’ll be wondering, should you get a dolphin for Christmas? Socks will clearly get regifted; the latest volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s memoir will lie damp and unread at the bottom of the ocean, while presents of fish are thoughtless – the dolphin equivalent of service-station flowers. One idea is a subscription to Radio Times (obviously laminated or in some other way water resistant).This, at least, follows from research in Florida showing dolphins don’t just like TV but are discerning viewers. Until now dolphins’ viewing habits have not been studied, presumably because putting TV sets in water isn’t so much scientific research as the kind of genocidal cull that sets David Attenborough why-oh-whying at the end of Dynasties. Continue reading...
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I lived on a lonely street. Could I convince my neighbours to socialise? | Margaret Murphy
When I realised most people didn’t know each other, I organised a party. Success was not immediateAfter moving into my flat a few years ago, I was keen to meet the neighbours and make new friends. I sensed a lack of neighbourly spirit, however. The nature of the street – Victorian terraced houses, many converted into multiple flats – precludes natural neighbourliness. There are no common areas, and no play areas for children or even gardens where you can casually talk to others. But I think we should be friendly to our neighbours. We are all interconnected in our immediate environment, and we should look after and extend goodwill to one another. Benefits such as safety, sharing knowledge about reliable tradespeople, or support when sick, are some advantages of a shared community.In the first few years, I befriended my two immediate neighbours, who live in the same converted house. But after a while I was ready to meet others – so I began a social group for the road. One cold Saturday afternoon I knocked on my neighbours’ doors to find out if they would like to be part of it. As I started to meet them, I realised the extent of loneliness on a typical city street. I found that many people had been residents for a long time – one for more than 40 years. Most did not know many of their neighbours, and some knew nobody. Continue reading...
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Teenager behind 'flossing' dance craze the latest to sue Fortnite creators
Russell Horning is credited with making the dance move a global phenomenon in 2016 A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Russell Horning, aka the Backpack Kid, against a video game company, alleging they breached his copyright for including his signature dance move “flossing” in their wildly popular game Fortnite.Horning, 16, is credited with popularising “The Floss”, and became famous when he did the dance on Saturday Night Live during a performance by Katy Perry in 2016. Continue reading...
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YouTube host faces charges for criticising Thai princess's Miss Universe dress
Online presenter accused of affecting the country’s reputation after suggesting the outfit was ugly A popular YouTube presenter is facing charges in Thailand after she criticised a Miss Universe dress that was designed by the daughter of the king.Wanchaleom Jamneanphol, a popular online TV host, is facing charges under Thailand’s notoriously strict cybercrimes and lèse-majesté laws – which make it illegal to say anything negative about the monarchy – for her comments online describing a dress designed by Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana as ugly. Continue reading...
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Boarding on obsession: K-pop fans 'falsely' check in on flights to glimpse stars
Korean Air will increase penalties after 35 cases of fans buying tickets to get close to their idols before cancellingThe latest trick employed by K-pop fans desperate to get close to band members, which sees them buy expensive airline tickets and then abruptly cancelling their flight once they have taken photos of their idols, has prompted South Korea’s flagship airline to increase refund penalties for late cancellations.Korean Air announced the decision days after three fans of the boy band Wanna One took their obsession to extremes, boarding a Seoul-bound flight in Hong Kong to take photos of the band’s 11 members. They then demanded that they be allowed to disembark just minutes before takeoff and that they be given a refund. Continue reading...
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Cuba removes support for gay marriage in new constitution after protests
Language saying marriage was between ‘two people with absolutely equal rights’ was dropped due to public pressureCuba’s government has backed away from enshrining gay marriage protections in its new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description in the constitution of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the union of “two people ... with absolutely equal rights and obligations.” But the government said on Tuesday that language promoting the legalisation of gay marriage would be removed from the draft. Continue reading...
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Can the NHS be saved?
A long-term plan designed to secure the future of NHS England has been delayed once again by Brexit. But as Britain’s health service heads into its annual winter beds crisis, the Guardian’s Denis Campbell visits King’s College hospital in London to find out what staff and patients need for the future – and how much it will cost. Plus: Hadley Freeman on why Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was right to distance herself from her father and his media onslaughtBritain’s National Health Service turned 70 this year but, as toasts were raised, there were growing concerns about the institution’s long-term sustainability. There are ongoing budget pressures, lifestyle diseases are on the rise, and a growing population has increased expectations of what a health service free at the point of use can provide. This week was supposed to see the launch of NHS England’s long-term plan, but due in part to the distraction of Brexit, it has been shunted into 2019. As the NHS braces itself for another tough winter, the Guardian’s health policy editor Denis Campbell spent a day in King’s College hospital in London. He found staff and patients who are devoted to the NHS but who can also clearly see what is needed in order to sustain the service for future generations. Continue reading...
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Genoa bridge disaster: Italian architect Renzo Piano chosen to build replacement
Co-designer of the Pompidou Centre will use design that ‘will last for a thousand years’ and be built of steelAuthorities in Genoa have chosen a design by Italy’s most famous living architect, Renzo Piano, for a bridge to replace the Morandi overpass which collapsed in August, killing 43 people and injuring dozens.Piano, 81, who is originally from Genoa, had submitted a proposal in September for the new bridge. Continue reading...
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Grace Millane murder: New Zealand rebukes Google for emailing out suspect's name
Google breached suppression laws by sending out emails headlined with the name of man charged with backpacker murder Google has been forced to explain to the New Zealand government why it breached the country’s strict suppression laws by naming the man charged with murdering British backpacker Grace Millane.The company said it had occurred by mistake, but stopped short of apologising for the blunder. Senior policy manager Ross Young told media Google had acted when it had been made aware of the court order, four days after it was issued. Continue reading...
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Visionary tunnel or over-hyped hole? LA awaits unveiling of Elon Musk's design
As thousands gather for the first public viewing of Musk’s ‘loop track’, skeptics wonder whether it will live up to its promisesElon Musk is calling it “more than a tunnel opening”. Skeptics wonder whether tonight’s launch it is more than a hyped-up party for a hole in the ground.Whatever it is, the first public viewing of Musk’s latest visionary project – an underground “loop” track that promises to revolutionize transport in the 21st-century city – was attracting a cast of thousands on Tuesday to an unlovely corner of south Los Angeles wedged between a home goods store, the headquarters of Musk’s SpaceX, and a small municipal airport. Continue reading...
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Why can't I wake up? I vow to cut down - but I love sleeping | Brigid Delaney
For us oversleepers, our battles to stay awake are ignored, or mocked. Sometimes we are threatened with violenceThe sleeper (sorry) hit of the year, has to be Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation.In it, the unnamed protagonist, in love with oblivion, aims to spend a year resting and resetting. She uses prescription drugs in order to sleep for days on end. Continue reading...
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Three arrested after man shot dead in north London
Metropolitan police detain trio on suspicion of murder over shooting in EnfieldA man has died after a shooting in north London.The Metropolitan police said officers were called to reports of a man with a gunshot wound on St Joseph’s Road in Enfield at about 9.15pm on Tuesday. The victim, whose age is not yet known, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.10pm. Continue reading...
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Daryl Gurney into round three of PDC world darts with win over Ross Smith
• Gurney won 3-0 with match average of 100.3• Vincent van der Voort also through with 3-0 winDaryl Gurney shook off early double trouble to beat Ross Smith 3-0 and book his place in the third round of the PDC world championship at Alexandra Palace.The fifth seed appeared on course to take the opening set 3-0 before missing eight darts at a finish as Smith recovered to level at 2-2, only to see Gurney then hit double 12. Continue reading...
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NHS pressures causing avoidable harm to 500 patients a year - report
Unmanageable hospital workloads exposing people to increased risks, regulator findsPatients in England are being harmed because doctors and nurses are too busy to enforce directives designed to improve safety, a scathing report by the NHS regulator has found.People in hospital are exposed to increased risk, including during surgery, because safety alerts are not being implemented by staff struggling with “unmanageable” workloads, the Care Quality Commission said. Continue reading...
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Put universal credit on hold to protect disabled claimants, say MPs
Committee says vulnerable recipients who will be worse off need better safeguardsA cross-party group of MPs has called for the next phase of universal credit to be put on hold until ministers can show that disabled claimants will be properly protected from the potentially disastrous consequences of moving to the new system.The Commons work and pensions committee says there are insufficient safeguards for claimants who will be worse off financially when approximately a million disabled people on employment and support allowance (ESA) move on to universal credit over three years from 2020. Continue reading...
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Business 'watching in horror' as PM plans for no-deal Brexit
Five leading organisations say UK is not ready and parliament must back Theresa May’s deal British business has issued a stark warning to MPs that they risk plunging an ill-prepared economy into chaos unless they stop playing politics at Westminster and back the prime minister’s Brexit deal.As ministers agreed to a dramatic escalation of preparations for a no-deal Brexit, including putting 3,500 armed forces personnel on standby, the leaders of the UK’s five leading employers’ groups said the country was nowhere near ready. Continue reading...
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Universities watchdog threatens fines over grade inflation
Proportion of degrees that are first class rose from 16% to 27% in six years, OfS findsThe higher education watchdog has issued a stark warning to universities that they will be fined or even removed from the official register if they fail to tackle spiralling grade inflation at degree level.Research by the Office for Students reveals for the first time the scale of the problem, which is virtually sector-wide with 84% of universities seeing significant unexplained increases in the number of first-class degrees awarded. Continue reading...
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British economy forecast to fall in GDP rankings
PwC analysis predicts India will rise to fifth as Brexit impact pushes UK to seventhBritain’s stalled economy will fall back in the international rankings next year to sit in seventh place behind India and France, according to a report by consultants at PwC.A fall in the value of the pound, combined with slower growth this year and next as Brexit takes its toll, will mean the UK drops from fifth in the GDP rankings to sit just above Italy in eighth place and Brazil in ninth. Continue reading...
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JK Rowling generous but unapproachable, her ex-PA tells court
Former personal assistant Amanda Donaldson accused of fraudulently using author’s credit cardJK Rowling was a generous but unapproachable boss, according to a former personal assistant in court accused of fraudulently using the author’s credit card for spending sprees.Amanda Donaldson, 35, was suspended and later dismissed in 2017 over alleged unauthorised spending and the taking of Harry Potter merchandise to a total value of almost £24,000. Continue reading...
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Jake Hesketh makes Burton Albion history at expense of Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough supporters know better than to underestimate a Clough and, by the end, there was a sense few on Teesside begrudged Nigel Clough’s achievement in leading League One Burton Albion into the Carabao Cup semi-finals.Which is not to say they exempted Tony Pulis or his players from blame on a night when Jake Hesketh’s goal separated the sides and there were sufficient robust boos to suggest Boro’s manager is starting to be seen as more problem than solution. Continue reading...
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Manchester City again rely on penalties to beat Leicester in Carabao Cup
History repeated itself in the East Midlands as Manchester City sealed their passage into the Carabao Cup semi-finals via penalties and at the expense of Leicester for the second season running. Arijanet Muric, City’s 20-year-old Kosovan goalkeeper, was the hero, denying James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu from the spot in a shootout that also saw Christian Fuchs and Raheem Sterling lift their kicks over the bar.The holders had been on course to make it to the last four in normal time when Kevin De Bruyne marked his first start since the beginning of November with his first City goal in almost eight months. Yet a spirited second-half performance from Claude Puel’s side saw Marc Albrighton equalise in the 73rd minute, forcing another penalty shootout. Continue reading...
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The Long Song review – a sharp, painful look at the last days of slavery
A first-class cast bring Andrea Levy’s moving tale of a young house slave in Jamaica to beautiful, horrifying lifeAs with the Holocaust, unless your family history is enmeshed in it – and possibly not even then; I am fortunate enough not to know in either case – it is impossible to comprehend the scale of suffering involved in the transatlantic slave trade. And easy to look away if someone tries to teach you.Andrea Levy’s genius in her 2010 Man Booker shortlisted novel The Long Song was to distil its essence – with a lightness of touch that enabled the reader to face the horror without effacing it – into an intimate human drama. The Long Song presents the life story of July, who is writing the book as her memoir. Conceived by the rape of her mother, Kitty, by the overseer on the plantation on which she worked as a field slave, July is taken from her at the age of eight by the plantation owner’s monstrous sister Caroline, to be trained as her lady’s maid – once she has been renamed something more suitable: Marguerite. She grows to adulthood during the last – official – days of slavery in Jamaica. Continue reading...
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Kingsley Burrell family call for inquiry after sacking of police officer
PC Paul Adey guilty of lying to inquest into 2011 death of student, 29, in custody in BirminghamThe family of Kingsley Burrell, who died in police custody in 2011, have renewed their calls for a public inquiry after one of the officers involved was sacked for lying about the events leading to the death, as well as failing in his duty of care.PC Paul Adey of West Midlands police was found to have committed gross misconduct by an independent panel on Tuesday, though two other officers were cleared. Continue reading...
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José Mourinho just the latest casualty in Ed Woodward’s failing regime | Daniel Taylor
Manager did not help himself but the man in charge, the owners and the players at Manchester United have to share the blameIf you ever needed to know what a mess Manchester United have made of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps we can start with the tragicomedy that there are still 194 days before the six-year contract handed to David Moyes was supposed to lapse. Moyes lasted nine months and, in the process, seemed to age 10 years.Louis van Gaal gave Old Trafford two seasons of drift. And now José Mourinho is history, too – with his lip curled, his bank account swelled by a reputed £15m in severance pay and a very public decline in which he demonstrated that the higher a man climbs the more you see of his backside. Continue reading...
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Film director and TV star Penny Marshall dies aged 75
Marshall’s Big was first female-directed film to gross $100mFrom 1976 to 1983 she starred in ABC’s Laverne and ShirleyPenny Marshall, who starred in Laverne & Shirley before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.Marshall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall passed away in her Hollywood Hills, California, home on Monday due to complications from diabetes. Continue reading...
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Belgian PM Charles Michel resigns after no-confidence motion
Biggest party in his coalition government quit last week in row over UN migration pactBelgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, has announced his resignation after socialists and greens tabled a motion of no confidence in his minority government.Michel relaunched his government a week ago as a minority administration after the Flemish N-VA, the biggest party in his coalition, quit in a dispute over signing the UN migration pact. Continue reading...
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Yemeni mother kept from seeing dying son by travel ban is granted US visa
Mother was unable to join toddler because of Trump’s order barring most citizens from several Muslim-majority countriesA mother from Yemen has been granted a visa to see her dying toddler in California after US officials issued a waiver from its ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, supporters said.Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan, a US citizen like his father, suffers from a rare genetic brain condition and is on life support in a hospital in Oakland, California. Continue reading...
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Grenfell: England's building safety system 'still unfit for purpose'
Plans for reforms announced but architects say changes should have happened by nowArchitects have criticised post-Grenfell plans to reform building safety, pointing out that the system remains largely unchanged and still unfit for purpose 18 months on from the fire that claimed 72 lives.Ministers announced the proposals to overhaul building regulations on Tuesday, including tougher sanctions for those who disregard residents’ safety, more rigorous standards and guidance for people doing building work, and a stronger voice for residents. Continue reading...
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England’s rising star Sam Curran becomes an IPL King for £800,000
• All-rounder joins Kings XI Punjab at auction• Curran one of five English IPL newcomersSam Curran emerged as the big winner from the English hopefuls in Tuesday’s Indian Premier League auction, capping his meteoric rise in international cricket this year with an £800,000 deal to play for Kings XI Punjab.The Surrey all-rounder, 20, will be one of five English newcomers in the IPL next year, with Jonny Bairstow signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for £245,000, Liam Livingstone securing a £55,000 deal at Rajasthan Royals, and Joe Denly (£110,000) and Harry Gurney (£80,000) heading to Kolkata Knightriders. Continue reading...
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Theresa May within 20 votes of sealing Brexit deal, say senior Tories
One cabinet minister believes success hinges entirely on last-gasp bid to convince DUPTheresa May will be within 20 votes of winning a parliamentary majority for her Brexit deal if she can gain assurances from the EU that will persuade the Democratic Unionist party to back her deal, senior ministers and Tory MPs believe.One cabinet minister said they believed the success of the prime minister’s deal hinged entirely on a last bid to win round the DUP. Another MP said they saw the Northern Irish party as the “British standard” who would give them the reassurance they needed to fall in behind. Continue reading...
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I’ve been linked to a crime, just for clickbait | Jamelia
My name is in all the headlines though I’ve no connection to the story. It’s hurting my family and my health, and I don’t deserve itHow was your weekend? Mine should have been one full of celebration. My youngest daughter turned one, my mum celebrated her birthday and my grandparents had their 60th wedding anniversary. Yet these celebrations were unexpectedly tarnished as a huge cloud descended over us all, in the form of a barrage of articles flung out by national newspapers linking me to a 2015 “gangland” killing. The link? My mother had a relationship (never married) with the offender’s father when I was two years old – I’ll be 38 in January.I have never dismissed or denied my connections, but I find the fact that I am always used as the peg or promotional tool for these stories to be both damaging and careless. Continue reading...
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Mourinho in Manchester ended up feeling like a loveless celebrity marriage | Barney Ronay
His style at United has been defence-heavy and excitement-free but problems exist in all areas of the clubFarewell, then, José. It’s been fun. Or if not exactly fun then fitful, tedious and wreathed in a familiar sense of entropy. Either way José Mourinho’s abrupt departure from Manchester United on Tuesday morning completes a familiar three-year cycle of doomed hope, doomed decline and, by the end, simply doom.There was at least an inevitability about the end. It has been clear since the summer that Mourinho was preparing for this moment, using his public pronouncements to shift blame, distance himself from the squad of players assembled, and tend to the one element that really matters: his glorious but increasingly distant legacy. Continue reading...
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Removing sweets from checkouts could help tackle obesity – study
Positioning of snacks near supermarket tills increases their sales, research showsRemoving sweets and crisps from supermarket checkouts could dramatically cut the amount of unhealthy snacks bought to eat on the go, say researchers.Under pressure to act because of rising childhood obesity, some supermarkets have moved snacks away from the till, where people queuing – often with children – are tempted to put them in the shopping basket as they wait their turn. Continue reading...
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Trevor Noah on Stephen Miller's hairline: 'Bit of a migration happening'
Late-night hosts examined Miller’s new hairstyle and Trump’s chief of staff pick, budget director Mick MulvaneyLate-night hosts addressed Stephen Miller’s new hairstyle and Trump’s pick to replace outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly. Related: Noah: 'Law and order' becomes 'break the law in order to become president' Continue reading...
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Hodeidah residents dare to hope as first day of ceasefire holds
UN-negotiated ceasefire in Yemeni port city seen as litmus test for other measuresResidents trapped in Hodeidah were daring to hope on Tuesday that the misery facing the besieged Yemeni city was abating, after the first day of a UN-brokered ceasefire appeared to hold.Both Houthi rebels in control of the city and forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled government agreed to a cessation of hostilities at midnight on Monday night. Continue reading...
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Leicester City v Manchester City: Carabao Cup quarter-final – live!
League Cup quarter-final updates from the 7.45pm GMT matchDe Bruyne denies exhaustion caused six-week absenceAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts 6.51pm GMT Leicester City: Ward, Simpson, Soyuncu, Maguire, Fuchs, Choudhury, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Ghezzal, Iheanacho.Subs: Jakupovic, Ricardo, Morgan, Mendy, Albrighton, Maddison, Okazaki.Manchester City: Muric, Walker, Stones, Aguero, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden, Garcia, Diaz.Subs: Ederson, Sterling, Gundogan, Delph, Jesus, Sandler, Nmech. 4.48pm GMT Well wasn’t that a day to remember? But life goes on in Manchester, and as managerless United contemplate their next move, rivals City tonight take on Leicester City at the King Power in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.The hosts hope to make it to the semis for the first time since 1999-2000. But that could prove a big ask. They’ve lost all four of their previous League Cup ties with Manchester City, who beat them at this stage both last season and in 2013-14. They’ll most likely not face a weakened team, either, with Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne expected to get some sort of run-out on their journeys back from injury. Leicester’s old boy Riyad Mahrez could also play, too. Continue reading...
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Geordan Murphy appointed Leicester head coach despite dismal run
• Tigers have lost eight games on the bounce• “We are working hard to improve performances and results”Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowest ebb”, according to the former Ireland full-back.Murphy, who has spent 21 years at Leicester as a player and coach, was handed the role on an interim basis when Matt O’Connor was sacked after the first game of the season but has managed only four wins from his 15 matches in charge. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on Instagram’s troll farms: meme warfare | Editorial
Mark Zuckerberg downplayed the role of his fastest-growing arm of his social media empire in Russian troll operations. Why? And what ought to be the consequence?When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Congress earlier this year, the Silicon Valley billionaire focused on the role of the social media platform he founded, Facebook, in the face of criticism that lax protection of users’ data jeopardises democracy. The reckoning had been a long time coming: Facebook’s data-harvesting machine has been at the root of the company’s failure to stamp out fake news and various forms of Russian meddling. Yet in his prepared statement to US senators, Mr Zuckerberg skated over the threat to society posed by Facebook’s fastest-growing division: Instagram. That might have been because the danger was too small to worry about. But perhaps there was a commercial reason to conceal the hazard. It is a matter of great concern that this week two reports for the United States’ Senate intelligence committee highlighted that Instagram played a much bigger role in Russian manipulation of US voters than the company has previously discussed, and was a more penetrating tool than hitherto acknowledged.Although Russia’s trolling on Facebook received more attention in the mainstream press, more nefarious content was created on Instagram. Overall Instagram troll engagement exceeded that of Facebook. The researchers issued a clear warning: Instagram would be a key to Russian disinformation in future US elections. This is worrying as Instagram is attracting new users faster than Facebook’s platform and is on track to exceed 2 billion users within the next five years, about the size of Facebook today. Instagram’s audience is also younger than its parent, making it more attractive to advertisers. And unlike Facebook, Instagram is still growing in the US. Mr Zuckerberg likes to say that any firm which has grown at the speed of his was bound to make mistakes. Yet the problems of Instagram are hiding in plain sight. Instagram’s privacy settings are far from ideal. The network allows anonymous accounts; a user’s profile and all its content are either public or limited to approved followers. It’s open enough to invite harassment, but without the built-in protections to stop the abuse from suppurating. Even worse, a year ago Instagram moved from putting posts into a users’ home feed just from the accounts they followed to putting up posts based on those that have been liked by other accounts a user follows. Continue reading...
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Rise in homelessness not result of our policies, says housing secretary
James Brokenshire blames factors such as family breakdown and drug useRising rough sleeping in Britain is not the result of government policy, but is being driven by factors including the spread of psychoactive drugs like spice, growth in non-UK nationals on the streets and family breakdown, the housing secretary James Brokenshire has claimed.The number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled since 2010 to 4,751 according to the government’s own figures, and the charity, Crisis, believes this a fivefold underestimate and that 24,000 people will this Christmas sleep on the streets, in cars or sofa-surf. Continue reading...
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Cuomo’s promise to legalize marijuana 'once and for all' welcomed by advocates
Campaigners call for legislation to include expunging the records of people previously convicted of marijuana crimesCampaigners to legalize marijuana have welcomed New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s promise to make the drug legal in the state, pushing it to the top of his legislative priorities next year.“Let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all,” Cuomo said in a speech Monday in Manhattan laying out his priorities as he prepares to begin a third term. Continue reading...
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Global pay gap will take 202 years to close, says World Economic Forum
Gender equality has stalled, says WEF, as women globally are paid 63% of what men getThe global pay gap between men and women will take 202 years to close, because it is so vast and the pace of change so slow, according to the World Economic Forum.The WEF, which organises the annual meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, said the global gender pay gap has narrowed slightly over the past year, but the number of women in the professional workplace has fallen. In 2017, the WEF estimated that it would take 217 years to close the pay gap. Continue reading...
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Readers' favourite theatre of 2018
From rapping and rambling to Victorian female boxers, via Liverpool’s Dream, Asian football casuals and a teenage dance troupe, here are some of our readers’ top shows of the yearDorfman, London Continue reading...
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McCann case may put bookies’ treatment of winning punters in the spotlight
• Teenager not paid after winning bets totalling nearly £1m• Remote Gambling Association denies ‘cartel-like’ behaviourThe legal case in which Megan McCann, a young punter from Northern Ireland, is suing the online bookmaker Bet365 for more than £1m in unpaid winnings promises to put the entire betting industry’s treatment of successful punters in the spotlight after her legal team submitted an amended statement of claim which is understood to allege “cartel-like” activity by major online operators.McCann’s case took another step towards a full hearing last Friday, when Bet365 was granted four weeks to consider whether it will continue with an attempt to strike out key parts of McCann’s claim. The parties will reconvene at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast on 18 January when it is possible that a date will be set for a full hearing of the case in the spring. Continue reading...
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Parliament begins to eat itself with no Brexit resolution on horizon
Meaningless Westminster debate has turned into more of a Brexit Anonymous therapy sessionWe’ve reached the point where only four diagnoses are now left. The prime minister is in a delusional, psychotic state and is in urgent need of help. Or the prime minister is focused purely on her own short-term survival: even she can’t be so far gone as to believe she has a long-term future. Or the prime minister is a sleeper agent for a hostile government committed to the destruction of the UK. Or the prime minister is totally incompetent.Examine the evidence of the last few weeks. First, she is incapable of keeping almost every commitment she gives: it is now safer to plan for the opposite of what she says will happen. Then she goes to the EU summit and manages to come away with an even worse deal than the already bad one she had secured. Continue reading...
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How Cardi B joined the fightback against vitriolic fan culture
Fandom has ruled this decade’s pop culture – but now celebrities are warning their devotees not to go too farFamiliar outrage spread when the rapper Offset invaded his ex-wife and fellow rapper Cardi B’s headline set at a festival this weekend, begging for her to take him back. Here was a man stealing a woman’s big moment, just like the guy who interrupted his girlfriend running the New York City marathon in November to propose to her. But Cardi had a nuanced response to those castigating Offset: she said no man could ever love their daughter the way he does, so she needs him to be happy – not abused by her fans, who have mistaken vengeance for supporting Cardi, and who then attacked her for apparently defending him.Who owns a celebrity’s narrative? Pop stars were once remote, but now soap opera arcs create careers. Heroes and villains reign at the box office, and the line between reality and confection means that onlookers – often bored teenagers – treat real people with the same armrest-thumping fervour as they do cinema’s bad guys. The comedian Pete Davidson received such extreme vitriol after he and the singer Ariana Grande split, she was forced to beg her fans to be gentler. Continue reading...
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